An FAA policy memo issued last week highlights the potential safety hazards associated with the rechargeable lithium batteries in electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
General Electric’s Unison Industries subsidiary has sold its Aircraft Parts Corporation (APC) business unit to TransDigm Group for approximately $68 million in cash. APC, a 50-year-old company based in Holtsville, N.Y., manufactures turbine-engine starter generators, generator control units and related components for Cessna Citations, Bombardier Learjets and Bell and Agusta helicopters.
Naasco Northeast has announced its Mercury Mod configured starter generators have accumulated more than one million combined flight hours on Eurocopters, including the AS 350, AS 355, AS 365, EC 120, EC 130, EC 135 and EC 145.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Baton Rouge, La., April 25, 2008–Structural failure of the right main landing gear torque knee caused the King Air’s gear to collapse on landing at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the NTSB determined. Failure to inspect the torque knee at the designated 1,000-hour interval, as required by AD 2002-01-10, was a contributing factor.
Brian Foley Associates, a business aviation consultancy that provides market analysis to the investment community, believes the peak for business jet backlogs likely occurred in the third quarter and will begin shrinking for the predictable future.
A casual glance at the item exhibited by Tesla Industries (Stand No. 723) could lead to the conclusion that it is a single-product company. That may be true in the broadest sense because its product catalog mostly lists ground power units that are similar in appearance, but all are notable for being one-man portable.
Aerospace Optics of Forth Worth, Texas, the manufacturer of Vivisun mil-spec lighted pushbutton switches and programmable displays, is here at NBAA presenting its Web-based Vivisun Configurator, an online part specification system.
Microturbo (Booth No. 4287) is on track to perform a first test run of its so-called e-APU family of auxiliary power units for business jets by the end of the year. The company intends to achieve certification in 2011, having recently reached an agreement with the Triumph group to provide a gear box for the APUs, which are intended to deliver the additional electrical power required by new business aircraft.
Lithium batteries, as used in cellphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, have been in the news recently, as airlines have severely limited their carriage on aircraft due to the hazard of fire. So it might not seem an opportune time to begin marketing a lithium battery designed to replace nicad and lead-acid aircraft batteries.
JetSet Media of Kansas City, Mo., has signed up Jet Aviation’s U.S. FBO network for installation of JetSet’s free digital signage system. FBOs can install the free system, which includes a large plasma or liquid crystal display in their lobbies, in exchange for allowing JetSet to run advertisements on the units, which the FBO can approve in advance.