Russell Ford became CEO of StandardAero just before NBAA 2013 and he already has a firm grasp of the direction the independent provider of engine and airframe maintenance and other services needs to go. The Dubai Aerospace Enterprise-owned global company, with more than 3,800 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenue, needs to continue to find new products and new solutions.
The Bell 412EPI will be cleared for more procedures at elevated helipads early next year, according to Bell Helicopter, which is launching an upgrade program next month to incorporate improvements to increase operational flexibility for CAT A Part B procedures. The program will cover the use of circular and rectangular elevated heliports and should be finished in time for initial deliveries of the 412EPI in the first quarter of 2014, said the company.
Universal Avionics (Booth No. N6108) is presenting the company’s new FMS control display unit (CDU) emulator iPad application for its FMS Trainer software at this year’s NBAA convention.
Rockwell Collins introduced Airshow 500, which it calls the first 3-D moving map system for light business jets. The new solution comes with worldwide maps and many other standard features, including passenger-selectable languages and settings. It is a modernized, lighter-weight drop-in replacement for the Airshow 410. It is compatible with legacy monitors as well as newer widescreen monitors with digital inputs. Airshow 500 is also available in a flange-mount option to meet any aircraft installation requirement.
With the announcement that Garmin plans to certify a G5000 flight deck in the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP, Elliott Aviation is demonstrating the system in a mockup at its NBAA booth (No. C8143). Elliott Aviation has already completed 100 King Air G1000 retrofits and sees the G5000 program as a way to allow Beechjet operators to keep flying their jets indefinitely.
Satellite communication specialist Satcom1 appointed Henrik Zinck its new CFO. In that position he will develop the company’s finance and IT departments. Zinck has held management positions at several satellite and telecommunications companies, including VSAT, Emperion and CBB Mobil. He is based at the company’s Copenhagen headquarters.
West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill. is expecting to obtain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2014 for its RVSM solution for the Cessna Conquest II. The solution includes a dual-side Garmin G600 avionics display system and S-Tec 2100 digital autopilot.
ICG (Booth No. N2329) is developing a new mobile application for Apple and Android smartphones, managed by its eRouter data management system, that will allow customers to use personal electronic devices to place calls and send text messages from an aircraft in flight.
Flight support group Palm Aviation (Booth No. C10816) is laying plans to open an office in the U.S., perhaps in partnership with a local company. The move will be the latest expansion for Dubai-based Palm, which is already represented across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
When it comes to unzipping the belly of a Beechcraft King Air to install a sophisticated camera system or modifying classic Learjets with modern radios and new hushkits, the team at Avcon Industries in Newton, Kan., knows exactly what it takes to get such a project done.