Forward Vision of Russell, Pa., is working on a King Air 90 STC for its low-cost infrared enhanced vision system, according to company co-owner Patrick Farrell. Its EVS uses an uncooled barium-strontium-titanate infrared sensor that is immune to heat and sun damage.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5100) was recently awarded an STC for installation of Securaplane main ship batteries for Falcon 900/900EXs. This STC covers Falcons with existing Nicad or lead-acid type batteries.
The company is authorized to provide sales and service on the Securaplane “pure lead” SLA batteries and is an authorized Dassault Falcon Jet service center at its Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., locations.
International Water-Guard, a specialist in aircraft water treatment and water systems, has signed an agreement with UK-based Reheat International of Alton, Hampshire, for distribution and maintenance of its water-treatment products for European business aviation. “Business aviation is on a growth curve and we wanted to ensure maximum penetration of one of its largest regions,” said David Fox, president and CEO of International Water-Guard.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings has developed an epoxy primer formulated without hexavalent chrome, an environmentally harmful substance and a suspected carcinogen. The low volatile organic compound (VOC), two-component, corrosion-inhibitive epoxy primer is the only chrome-free combination primer/surfacer available to the aerospace market, according to Sherwin-Williams technical director Tim Scheuer.
One of the greatest concerns for any maintenance operation, the potential problems associated with a hazardous material spill, has become a little less worrisome thanks to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Securaplane came to NBAA this year flush with new business, ranging from a contract to supply cameras for NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) to a more down-to-earth distribution deal for battery sales and reblocking services.
According to published reports supported by on-site witnesses, the Venezuelan National Guard is still holding in custody a Portuguese-registered Citation X seized last October. The anti-drug command reported it found about 880 pounds of cocaine on board the business jet, which reportedly had flown from Mexico and stopped in Caracas for fuel before a planned transatlantic flight to South Africa.
Iridium said the number of aircraft fitted with its satellite communications equipment has grown by more than 100 percent in the last year. Iridium subscribers in the aviation market recently surpassed 5,000, the company announced, adding that the number of aircraft fitted with Iridium-based data systems has grown 200 percent in the last 12 months.
German aerospace research agency DLR has enlisted the services of two business jets for some extensive environmental research intended to measure ozone depletion in the atmosphere. On November 4, a Falcon 20E and a Learjet 35A took off from DLR’s Oberpfaffenhofen base near Munich, along with a Russian Geophysika M-55 high-altitude surveillance aircraft.
European regional airlines don’t need to be told that fuel prices could stunt their growth. But one industry official believes that operators must start to view high fuel costs in the broader context of all expenses, and resist the temptation to blame them for all losses. Speaking at the ERA gathering, Professor Judith Patterson reminded operators of commercial aviation’s fundamental dependence on petroleum, “unlike other transport modes.”