BLR Aerospace’s latest product, winglets for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 90 series twin turboprop, received certification in March by authorities in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. The new winglets are currently available for all King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi models. BLR expects to receive certification shortly for a winglet package designed to fit earlier King Air C90 and C90E models as well.
Aviation Partners and Aviation Partners Boeing said their blended winglet technology has saved airlines and private jet operators from burning two billion gallons of jet-A. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of almost 21.5 million tons, the company said. Aviation Partners winglets are currently flying on more than 3,700 airplanes and 21 different models.
BLR Aerospace winglets were STC’d last month for the King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi; approval will eventually be expanded to include the C90 and C90E. Deliveries have already begun, the company said. Current list price of the winglets
is $49,950, not including between 100 and 150 hours of installation time. According to BLR, the modification improves stability, cruise speed and rate of climb.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
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Shane Eddy has been named v-p of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Most recently he served as senior v-p for customer support and services, and chief services officer at Bell Helicopter.
Boeing is “assessing the market viability of the 787-3” after the only remaining customer for the type, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), converted its order for 28 of the planned high-density, short-range version of the 787 Dreamliner to an order for the same number of 787-8s.
StandardAero is the first authorized independent service center in North America approved and trained to perform wing tank (dry bay) modifications on the Dassault Falcon 50, 900 and 2000. The modification requirement, outlined in recent service bulletin advisories issued by Dassault, is mandatory for all Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 operators.
Aviation Partners (API) has named West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill.,
Since Winglet Technology received STC approval from the FAA for installation of its distinctive elliptical winglets last June, the company says five retrofit kits have been installed on Cessna Citation Xs at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center. Recently the company has also gotten the OK from Transport Canada, ANAC (Brazil) and is currently pursuing EASA and Australian approval.
Airbus unveiled a much-anticipated advance to its A320 family yesterday when it launched a program to develop new wingtip devices called “Sharklets.” To cost an extra $900,000 installed, the new devices will improve fuel burn on the A320 family by 3.5 percent on “longer” sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of some 730 metric tons per aircraft.