Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Resistoflex Aerospace employs 84 people and reported sales of $16 million last year. The company, which invented PTFE extruded hose, also produces tubes and swaged fittings, including hydraulic beam seal fittings for aircraft and engine applications, and Nutlok, a separable fluid connector requiring no lockwire.
Augmenting its long list of Learjet capabilities, Duncan Aviation has added landing-gear overhaul to its offerings at Battle Creek. “Battle Creek recently received Bombardier’s Learjet authorization, and adding gear overhaul was a natural fit,” a company spokesman said. “It will help operators reduce downtime by offering yet another service we can provide them.”
Brisbane, Australia-based Aeropower has converted a Volvo truck into a mobile helicopter landing and maintenance facility for its fleet of MD500s, to help crews survey and maintain high-tension power cables–often in extremely remote bush areas.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Sirnach, Switzerland, March 26, 2005–The pilot and three passengers were killed when the Swiss-registered Jet-Ranger they were using for heli-skiing crashed into a mountain. The local Heli Partner flight had departed Sirnach, Switzerland, to take skiers to the Steingletscher Glacier.
Fractional operator Flight Options has launched Global Access, an overseas travel program using a fleet of nearly 100 charter aircraft accessible to the company’s aircraft owners to provide a seamless travel experience in Europe and Asia. Global Access does not require travelers to purchase a block of hours, buy a share, pay monthly management fees or place a deposit. Instead, pricing is based on aircraft category and trip itinerary.
Holders of the Marquis Jet Card will have new restrictions that will require they book flights farther in advance during peak travel times. Also, starting June 1, cards must be purchased 60 days in advance of a peak travel period to fly during that period. Card holders will also no longer be guaranteed their subscribed airplane model, but only one in its size group during peak travel days.
Fractional provider CitationShares recently announced three new programs for its customers. Preferred Positioning lets customers book and purchase–at a steep discount–positioning (deadhead) flights on fractional aircraft. Caribbean Express enables CitationShares’ fractional owners to travel to the Caribbean and Costa Rica without incurring repositioning fees on Saturday trips that fall within designated four-hour windows.
Midcoast Aviation has a new supplemental type certificate for a solid-surface pocket door for the Falcon 900 and Falcon 900EX. The original mid-cabin divider in the Falcon 900 was typically a curtain partition. The new manually operated door, with independent upper and lower sections, can be secured in the open position for taxi, takeoff and landing, and an annunciator alerts the flight crew when the door is closed.
Air Comm Corp. (ACC) is displaying its new air-conditioning system for the Eurocopter EC 145 in Booth No. 1846. The system has dual cockpit evaporators and a dedicated cabin evaporator with an electrical load of 31 amps.
Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in 12 to 18 months.