Bruce’s Custom Covers (Booth No. N3532) is promoting its line of custom-fitted covers for more than 90 helicopter models, as well as for nearly every airplane ever produced, here at Heli-Expo ’13. “A custom-fitted cover for any aircraft or engine will serve to protect it from climate hazards, both in the hangar and on the ramp,” the company said. For helicopters, the covers can also be fitted to air inlets, pitot and static ports and canopies, among other areas. Design variations are limitless, according to the company.
The new iPad mini kneeboard from PilotMall features a hold-flat leg strap and smart cover that automatically wakes up the iPad when opened. The kneeboard’s cradle rotates 360 degrees for easy switching between portrait and landscape modes while allowing full access to all ports and switches. The case also doubles as a desk stand. A suction cup mount is an option and costs $9.99. The new kneeboard sells for $29.99.
Able Aerospace Services announced the availability of a new Bell 206 main rotor strap fitting and pin PMA replacement part. Operators of the Bell 206 series can now further reduce operating costs by using the exclusive FAA-certified PMA parts. The main rotor strap fitting and pin are components of the Bell main rotor hub. The strap fitting replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-150-105 and the strap pin replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-125-105. Parts are available immediately at up to 50 percent less than OEM parts, according to the company.
Fuel distributor Avfuel has bolstered its network of more than 600 branded FBOs with the addition of four new dealers. London City Airport Centre is the latest location in the company’s recent UK expansion. The dual-use airport, the closest to central London, celebrated several milestones this year, including its millionth flight, 35 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation.
A J Walter Aviation has launched a new exchange service for complete fan blade sets. It offers a selection of CFM56 engine fan blade sets ready to ship and fit immediately. Blades are guaranteed fully overhauled, mapped and moment weighed and ready to fit. The cost of the replacement blades includes repair of the removed set of blades. AJW has stock immediately available for the CFM56-3, 56-5A and 56-7B; the CFM56-5B will be added early next year.
On Saturday at Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary with a fly-in. More than 60 Piper airplanes, ranging from J-3 Cubs to Meridian turboprop singles, flew in for the diamond anniversary event. During the fly-in, Piper announced a Garmin G1000 upgrade for its Seminole and Archer, as well as a launch order from the Florida Institute of Technology for eight G1000-equipped Archers and options for 16 more. Piper and FIT also announced a career alliance to provide enhanced vocational opportunities for FIT aviation program graduates.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.
Apple iPads continue to flood cockpits, from ultralights to airliners, and here at NBAA ’12, several companies are offering mounts for the popular electronic tablets.
Business aviation in-flight catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide (Booth No. 3024) and moved its headquarters earlier this month from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. Air Chef was founded in Columbus in 2000 by Paul Schweitzer, Air Culinaire’s current president, after he departed from NetJets as its vice president of vendor services. While at NetJets, he observed that the business aviation catering business was “fragmented,” so he formed Air Chef to help consolidate this segment.
International Drive is home to a polyglot of restaurants, presenting ideal choices for NBAA convention attendees, whether they seek a quick lunch or a convenient dinner stop. Pointe Orlando, just across form the Orange County Convention Center, has become home to a bevy of dining “establishments,” some that have been therefore a while, and some that are now roosting in renovated perches. Then, just a stone’s throw down the road is the Rosen Centre Hotel, home to even more.