Soloy Aviation has received FAA certification for its Soloy 206 Turbine Mk II, a Cessna 206H re-engined with a 417-shp Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2 turboprop engine and fitted with a Hartzell three-blade prop with full beta reverse features. According to the company, the Mk II can climb at 2,460 fpm at sea level, cruise at 20,000 feet at 213 ktas, carry 775 pounds with full fuel and has an approximately 550-nm range.
When Gary Bosstick, a frequent charter client, became dissatisfied with the sleeping comfort of the typical business jet seat, he did what any entrepreneur would do: he designed a solution (the JetBed) and formed a company (JetBed) to develop and market it.
JetBed (Booth No. 5420) has reached an agreement with Cessna Aircraft for the Wichita-based OEM to offer the portable bed as optional original equipment of all of Cessna’s Citation line except the Mustang. The JetBed, starting at $3,995, is designed to fit between two upright, facing seats in club configuration. It weighs about 15 pounds and inflates quickly with a rechargeable cordless pump.
Count on Kim Yensen to be turning heads on the highway in the months ahead. Yensen–a Devon Energy Corp. employee in Edmond, Okla.–is the winner of a drawing for a 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle that was given away at the show Tuesday by private-jet-services provider Million Air.
Looking for something more comfortable for a nap, or perhaps a more substantial snooze, than a reclining seat? JetBed of Downers Grove, Ill. (Booth No.
Access Concierge has partnered with Chicago-based DB Aviation (Booth No. 2612) to provide exclusive “flight concierge” services for more than 100 flights per month. The service offers wealthy travelers access to personal concierge staff who can assist them with arrangements such as villa rentals, limousines, on-site medical visits, golf and spa appointments and dining reservations.
The Scottish firm of Andrew Muirhead & Son is introducing a luxury leather called Arisaig, named after a section of Scotland’s west coast renowned for its natural beauty. According to the Glasgow-based company, it is made from the best quality hides from British beef cattle. The hides are put through a wet process to ensure a through-dye quality and they are then finished with a specially formulated resin top coat.
An FAA-operated King Air, N11, in late July landed gear up at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) after a gear malfunction. After taking off from SLC and raising the gear, the pilot noticed that the three green gear lights went out and the red gear transit light illuminated. He saw that the gear had not retracted and attempted to recycle it, but it failed to lock down.
London-based helicopter operator PremiAir claimed to have operated more than trips between the London heliport (often referred to as Battersea) and the show here in Farnborough. PremiAir has flown “more than 160 senior aerospace executives” with its Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrel and Sikorsky S-76. The trip takes 20 minutes.
It’s fitting that the first museum to which Raytheon Aircraft is donating a Beech Starship–the Kansas Aviation Museum–is located in Wichita, the city where the composite twin-turboprop pusher was conceived, designed and built. In June Raytheon Aircraft disclosed to AIN (July, page 1) that it planned to destroy all 50 Starships produced because continued support is cost prohibitive.