The manufacturer of the Lektro electric aircraft tug brought its 4,500th tug–an AP 8850 SDA–to this year’s NBAA show and will present that tug to the customer, Jet Aviation Dubai, at Booth 1881 tomorrow. Warrenton, Ore.-based Lektro, the official NBAA static display towing provider since 1996, began making electric-powered aircraft tugs available for the show at the 1986 convention in Anaheim, Calif.
After years of struggling with conventional 16-g VIP aircraft seat designs, Lufthansa Technik (Booth 2289) has developed its own proprietary seat structure design that uses carbon-fiber construction and eschews the bulky appearance and boxy pedestal surrounds of existing designs. Lufthansa did a “soft launch” of its new seat concept at EBACE in May, but is making a splashier showing here at NBAA. The new structure is scalable and can trim as much as 40 pounds from the weight of a finished seat, according to the company.
The combination of two 80-year-old Wichita aircraft manufacturers–Cessna and Beechcraft–under the new Textron Aviation umbrella marks its NBAA Convention debut here in Orlando. With 21 airplanes in production between the two factories, which are about 10 miles apart in Wichita, and a full-service network that is rapidly becoming capable of handling all of the Beechcraft and Cessna turbine models, Textron Aviation (Booth 220) and its president and CEO Scott Ernest continue to invest in new products as the integration of the two companies solidifies.
Honeywell is continuing development of cockpit technology that makes pilots’ jobs easier and that will help in that most fundamental of piloting tasks, landing safely in poor weather. What is unique about Honeywell’s approach to this problem is that its researchers take advantage of existing hardware in the aircraft, using new software to make primary flight displays and multifunction displays (PFDs and MFDs) do a lot more work than they were designed for.
A rollout ceremony held Saturday in Nagoya, Japan, for the Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet marked a symbolic end of a 50-year wait for a new Japanese airliner to take shape. Not since the NAMC YS-11 turboprop flew for the first time in 1962 has a Japanese effort to break into the commercial airplane market reached such a state of progress. Under development for some seven years, the MRJ finally looks like an airplane capable of flying—and ultimately delivering the 20-percent fuel efficiency improvement over current designs Mitsubishi Aircraft advertises.
Embraer started fabricating parts for its new E190-E2 on Friday, when it cut metal on the first prototype’s wing stub forward pressure bulkhead at its Évora plant in Portugal.
“The production of this first part, on schedule, is an important milestone in all aviation programs, marking the transition from the project stage to beginning the manufacturing phase of the airplanes,” said Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO Paulo Cesar Silva. “There is still a long road ahead, until it actually enters service, but we harbor no doubts as to whether we will deliver to the market the most efficient, modern and robust aircraft in this segment, as well as a very comfortable cabin for passengers.”
Eurocontrol has published a “high level, generic protocol” airport stakeholders can follow to jointly manage airport noise and emissions issues. The agency will formally launch the collaborative environmental management (CEM) specification at the Airports Council International 2014 Airport Exchange conference, which will be held November 3-5 in Paris.
Directional Aviation Capital (DAC) is “realigning” its two fractional aircraft providers–Flight Options and Flexjet–to eliminate confusion in the marketplace since acquiring Dallas-based Flexjet from Bombardier in December. “Frankly, we were even a little confused internally about how the two brands were differentiated,” DAC principal Kenn Ricci told AIN.
Dassault Aviation’s revenues during the first nine months fell 14 percent year-over-year, to €2.229 billion, the result of slightly fewer shipments of Falcons, the French aircraft manufacturer announced today. In the first three quarters, the company delivered 38 Falcons versus 41 in the same period last year.
Though deliveries were down, sales of Falcons during the nine-month period soared by about €1 billion, to €2.910 billion, from a year ago. Dassault sold 67 Falcons from January 1 through September 30, a 63-percent gain on the 41 Falcons sold in the same period last year.
TAM Aviação Executivo recently received approval from Brazil’s Ceará state government to operate at Aracatí Airport, where it aims to open by year-end a 150,000-sq-ft business aviation maintenance facility that can simultaneously service up to 30 aircraft. Once Brazil’s civil aviation agency, ANAC, approves the new facility in the country’s northeast region, TAM AE plans to start servicing the Cessna Citation and Caravan and then quickly expand to the whole Textron Aviation portfolio.