Ikhana Aircraft Services, a specialist in extending the life of the popular DHC-6 Twin Otter based at French Valley Airport in Murietta, Calif., has been remanufacturing aircraft long before the term became popular in aviation circles. Ikhana–the name stems from the Choctaw word for knowledge and intelligence–was created from the merger of engine specialist Total Aircraft Services and R.W. Martin, the originator of the Twin Otter VistaLiner conversion that opened up spectacular aerial tour opportunities by upgrading fuselages with huge passenger viewing windows.
Cindy Halsey is joining Gulfstream Aerospace as vice president of completion, planning and design. Before coming to Gulfstream, she was senior vice president of interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she led interior design, industrial design and interior engineering. Halsey’s responsibility at Gulfstream will include “ensuring a world-class completion experience for customers purchasing Gulfstream aircraft.” She will take a “leading role” in the definition of Gulfstream’s completion and outfitting strategies for both current and future aircraft.
Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., is working on two STCs for an anti-skid brake system (ABS) for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. Its ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500. Advent developed the system primarily to bring anti-skid technology to the under-20,000-pound-mtow sector, both for new projects and for existing aircraft. The system is intended for aircraft without powered brakes, although Advent is also developing a brake-by-wire system for power-braked aircraft.
Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.
Honda Aircraft is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company said today at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co., which will start accepting loan applications tomorrow from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. And a training center opened in Greensboro, where the first level-D HondaJet simulator will be installed in the first quarter.
Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Dr. Johannes Bussmann will take over as the chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik from August Wilhelm Henningsen on April 1 next year. Henningsen has been the chairman of the executive board since 2001. The supervisory board of Lufthansa Technik appointed Bussman to the position on September 15.
The primary business arms of Jet Aviation Basel, maintenance and completions, celebrated their achievements last month. Jet Aviation is exhibiting at two locations at NBAA 2014, booths 1200 and 4600.
Frasca International (Booth 3073) last month received level-D approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the Cessna Citation CJ1+ full flight simulator delivered to the country’s Nanshan International Flight Academy. The simulator features Frasca’s Simplicity Instructor Operator Station software, a 60-inch electric motion base, CANbus interface system, Griffon real-time true operating environment and TruFeel electric control loading. It was recently installed at the Nanshan facility at Longkou.
ADS-B is without question a promising solution to the many safety, capacity and other suboptimal characteristics of today’s air traffic management system. Moreover, most observers agree that ADS-B will be one of the essential keys to America’s NextGen air traffic control system and comparable programs worldwide. All that is a given. Unfortunately, its introduction appears to be off to a rocky start.