January was a good month for Texas Aviation Services (Booth No. 3935), with the award of a multi-ship upgrade contract and delivery of yet another executive helicopter completion to Brazil as part of its partnership with in-country sales, customization and consulting specialist Sierra Aeronautica.
Honeywell is at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 1310) debuting its latest iteration of Zing for civil helicopters, an on-condition maintenance diagnostic system. A military version of Zing has been keeping U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters flying in some of the world’s worst conditions.
The FAA and EASA granted a major repair organization design authorization (MRA-ODA) to StandardAero’s Maryville, Tenn. engine and APU repair and overhaul base.
Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility recently became the first avionics shop to receive FAA certification for a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to 21 upgrade in a Dassault Falcon 50EX. The upgrade is part of Duncan’s Glass Box Project series, and the next planned upgrade will be in a Falcon 2000 this year.
The Odyssey Aviation FBO marketing partnership, which includes eight FBOs, has chosen Passur’s FBO software suite for customer flight tracking and to improve fuel pricing, fuel sales and customer service. Passur uses its own network of passive transponder detectors combined with the FAA’s live radar feed to track aircraft, even those with N-numbers blocked by the NBAA block aircraft registration request program.
It’s been less than two years since startup airborne telecommunications firm TrueNorth Avionics of Canada introduced its first products–the Simphone (pronounced symphony) line of cabin communications systems. Today, with the economy in serious trouble and business jet sales activity slowing down, the company’s growth prospects would seem severely dampened.
In the next few years, CMC Electronics, Canada’s largest avionics maker and an important player in a number of niche markets, plans to develop an integrated avionics system for business jets that will pit the company directly against industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
CRS Jet Spares has been named a Honeywell Aerospace designated warranty center. The recognition allows the company to augment its support of Gulfstreams, Learjets, Hawkers, Falcons, Beechjets and Challengers with Honeywell exchange, sales, repairs and managed asset programs.
Garmin last month unveiled the GPSMAP 696, a portable aviation navigation device with a seven-inch portrait screen. The GPSMAP 696 incorporates the features of the GPSMAP 496, while its larger display allows added capabilities such as airways, electronic charts and expanded weather. According to Garmin, the GPSMAP 696 is now available and costs $3,295.
Timken has acquired assets of Gilbert, Ariz.-based Extex, which specializes in manufacturing FAA-approved aftermarket parts for turbine engines. During its 13 years of operation, Extex expanded its portfolio of parts manufactured under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations to serve three powerplant lines–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6, Honeywell auxiliary power units and the Rolls-Royce 250.