Lufthansa Technik is offering a new executive shuttle VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies that offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for the Boeing 737. The company has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
As usual, yesterday’s opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., included speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the NTSB; and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor. Shuster kicked off the session by highlighting the importance of general and business aviation to rural communities in his district.
FlightAware introduced a flight plan advisory service aimed at customers who are flying to countries where flight plans are not received automatically. Outside these areas, FlightAware’s new offering allows customers to input plans into an advisory service web page. When the aircraft sends ADS-B or datalink position information, the uploaded flight plan activates to allow worldwide flight tracking. For aircraft operating without a filed plan, FlightAware’s system can synthesize a flight plan based on positional data, allowing the tracking of these unscheduled operations.
After the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, all aircraft that fly in U.S. airspace anywhere transponders are required must carry equipment that meets the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B OUT) standard. The ADS-B OUT mandate is part not only of the FAA’s but many other countries’ plans to replace inaccurate and expensive radar surveillance systems with highly accurate, GPS-based ADS-B, which reports aircraft position, velocity and identification information to air traffic controllers and other aircraft.
For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.
Flight-tracking company FlightAware has launched a number of new developments here at NBAA, including a worldwide ADS-B network that provides real-time, high-precision updates for any ADS-B-equipped aircraft operating within range of the more than 1,000 ADS-B FlightAware ground stations in more than 70 countries. ADS-B data augments that from other tracking sources, such as datalink and radar. FlightAware is showing off its new FlightFeeder ADS-B receiver here at NBAA (Booth 4845).
Los Angeles-based Jet Edge (Booth 4223) has added six aircraft to its managed-jet fleet, including two Gulfstream G650s, a G550, a GIVSP, a GIV and a Bombardier Global 6000. It expects to add an additional G550 and Global 6000 next year, which will bring its one-year new and used sales figures north of the $600 million mark. The company now has more than 40 large-cabin jets under management around the globe.
Turbomeca, a Safran group company (Booth 3259) based in France, announced at NBAA 2014 that it has signed a five year support-by-the-hour maintenance contract extension with Japan-based Aero Asahi and its subsidiary Central Helicopter Service, all part of Toyota Motor Corp. Turbomeca and Aero Asahi Corp. have partnered for maintenance support for more than 50 years.
Rockwell Collins has selected Jet Aviation St. Louis (Booths 1200 and 4600) to develop the STC for installation of its future air navigation system (FANS) solution for the Bombardier Challenger 604. FANS-equipped aircraft will have access to preferred fuel-efficient routes in oceanic and remote airspace on a worldwide basis.
Earlier this year Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) announced that it is upgrading current FMSs and control display units for the FANS 1/A upgrade, while Jet Aviation St Louis will prepare the STC for FAA approval and then offer it as an aftermarket solution.
Mequon, Wis.-based Aircraft Cost Calculator (ACC, Booth 764) has an app that determines actual costs associated with acquiring and operating an aircraft. Private owners, commercial operators, fractional owners, flight departments, financial institutions or charter operators can find editable pre-loaded real-world data for more than 475 piston, turboprop, jet, helicopter and commercial aircraft.