The Nordam Group named Ken Lackey chairman and CEO and John Uczekaj president and COO. Nordam chairman Ray Siegfried II died on October 6. Lackey had served as CEO and president of Nordam since 2001. He was recently named vice chairman and CEO. Uczekaj joined the company as COO in August last year after serving as executive v-p and general manager of Honeywell’s aerospace and electronics systems business.
Raytheon Aircraft has named Superior Aircraft Maintenance, of Medford, Ore., the most recent addition to its global network of authorized service centers. Superior Aircraft Maintenance has a factory-trained team capable of providing full maintenance services for all Bonanzas, Barons and King Airs.
Pronal, one of Europe’s major manufacturers of bladder tanks designed to store and transport liquids, has developed new elastomer materials for use in manufacturing its onboard fuel tanks for civil and military aircraft, including helicopters.
Robinson now offers air conditioning in the R44 Raven II. Each seat is equipped with an individual overhead vent providing a total airflow of 250 cubic feet per minute. The 33-pound system, mounted on the aft cabin bulkhead and thus preserving all four baggage compartments, uses the latest automotive refrigerant and has a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU per hour.
Starling Advanced Communications, a relatively new name among satcom antenna manufacturers, has officially kicked off a development program for a line of Ku-band satcom antennas that company officials said will bring data connectivity to business aviation in a package tailor-made for buyers of midsize jets.
Quest Aircraft selected the Garmin G1000 as the standard avionics for its under-development Kodiak, a 10-seat STOL turboprop single scheduled to be certified in the first half of next year. The G1000 avionics system has been certified in a variety of piston airplanes and has also been selected by Cessna for the Citation Mustang very light jet. Meanwhile, Quest has opened its 57,000-sq-ft Kodiak production facility in Sandpoint, Idaho.
To better serve operators in Brazil and Latin America, Dassault, along with Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, is tripling the stockpile of spare parts in Brazil. The parts will be housed at Morro Vermelho Taxi Aero (MTVA) on São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport. MTVA is a Dassault authorized service center.
Innotech Aviation has served the corporate aviation market since the dawn of the business jet era. “This is our 50th year, and that’s a long time in aviation,” Kirk Rowe, the company’s executive vice president and COO, told AIN. “We have a long history with Cessna, Raytheon, Bombardier and other OEMs that’s allowed us to build substantial technical depth and product line knowledge.”
Although relatively small, the Jetlan AR230 onboard file server from Pentar Avionics is big where it counts: performance and features. Dual processors (PC plus avionics), nine-port Ethernet switch, wireless (802.11x) access point, ISDN interfaces and avionics interfaces are all provided in this 2-MCU package weighing in at six pounds.
As it usually does, news from the cockpit avionics front featured prominently at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention, held this year April 27 to 30 in Grapevine, Texas. Manufacturers showed off their latest cockpit wares at the primarily dealer-attended event, from full glass flight decks to boxes designed to add capability to the glass displays.