Two of Cobham Satcom’s most successful high-gain satcom antennas have racked up significant sales figures, with the business jet-optimized Aviator HGA-6000 passing the 1,000-unit milestone. Meanwhile, the Aviator HGA-7001 has surpassed 2,000 sales in the commercial airliner sector.
Completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, announced here at NBAA 2014 a joint-venture agreement with China-based Sparkle Roll Technik (SRT), which focuses on business jet cabin modifications and maintenance.
The first project, scheduled to begin by the end of October, will see eight China B-registered Bombardier CRJ-200s (procured by SRT) converted from commuter to executive interiors mirroring the Challenger 850.
After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases.
Flight operations support group Nexus announced the acquisition of aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting from online charter portal Avinode. In an October 22 announcement, the company also confirmed the appointment of the following three business aviation veterans to Wyvern’s board: former NetJets executive Vincent Santulli, former Beechcraft executive Shawn Vick and former FAA associate administrator Nick Sabatini. Wyvern CEO Art Dawley, an experienced corporate pilot and flight department manager, also has joined the board.
Airbus Helicopters received EASA certification for its upgraded EC135T3/P3 light twin, a model that was announced at Heli-Expo last year. Powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 Plus (T3) or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 (P3) turboshafts, the new version of the EC135 offers 440 pounds more payload in hot-and-high conditions.
Last week the FAA and its partners in the NextGen Advisory Committee submitted a plan to Congress to accelerate the implementation of NextGen ATC procedures. The NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan seeks approval to begin the rollout of NextGen’s advanced features and introduce the benefits they produce.
Jet Aviation signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) that will see its FBO at Lynden Pinding International Airport in the Bahamas rebranded as Jet Aviation Bahamas starting next year. The current EFS facility includes 305,000 sq ft of ramp space and a 10,000-sq-ft terminal that houses 24-hour customs and immigration, concierge service, customer offices, pilot lounge and flight planning room, executive lounges, conference room, onsite car rental and 20,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Cirrus Aircraft has selected Aviation Occupant Safety of Sterling Heights, Michigan, to provide seatbelts for the Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet, the conforming prototype of which flew in March this year. Aviation Occupant Safety (Booth 1024) will supply its inflatable three-point belts for the crew and front passenger seats, while the company’s standard three-pointers will be used for other passenger seats. The inflatable seatbelts deploy an airbag from the lap strap. Aviation Occupant Safety is a joint venture between Aircraft Belts and Key Safety Systems.
Vector Aerospace (Booth 2640) of Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island, is showcasing its engine MRO services at NBAA 2014, in particular highlighting the capabilities of the company’s Engine Services-Atlantic (ES-A) and France-based Seca divisions. Vector holds approvals to support a wide range of General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca engines.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.