The House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to punish anyone convicted of knowingly pointing a laser at an aircraft with a maximum of five years in prison. Introduced by Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.), the bill stems from a number of cases over the past few years where pilots have reported lasers being shone in the cockpit, causing temporary loss of vision. To date, no accidents have resulted from laser pointing.
Good news for any aerospace exhibitor who ever complained about the infrastructure or utility services available at the Farnborough Air Show: organizer Farnborough International (Hall 2B, Stand 14B) is spending almost $2 million to improve existing and create new facilities at the site, about an hour’s drive southwest of London. There also may be improved arrangements for business aircraft.
U.S. equipment manufacturer Parker Aerospace (Hall 5 E21) is here at Le Bourget promoting its “core” flight-control, hydraulics, fuel and engine systems products in a “streamlined” exhibition stand. Parker is showing fuel-tank inerting systems, for which it has been working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the past four or five years, said technology and innovation group vice president Mark Czaja.
U.S. engine maker Pratt & Whitney (PW) is here touting its solutions to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, including more fuel-efficient technologies and better engine maintenance. During a press conference here at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, president Steve Finger highlighted existing PW engines features and pledged geared turbofan flight-testing very soon.
Texas-based ComTran on June 1 received EASA certification for its noise-cutting “advanced jet nozzle” on MD-80 airliners. When so equipped, MD-80s will meet EASA Chapter 4 noise requirements. According to ComTran, the additional equipment brings neither weight penalty nor fuel burn increase. The company also claims it does not change engine operation. It is said to even cut maintenance costs.
The ultra-light Akoya, an original amphibian twin-seater, is to make its first flight by this summer. The Akoya can takeoff from land, water or even snow thanks to innovative features, Lisa Airplanes CEO Erick Herzberger explained to EBACE Convention News. Simultaneously, the Chambery, France-based company is working on a fuel-cell powered aircraft, the Hy-Bird.
Stage III Technologies, which received an STC two years ago this month for its hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs, plans to have its long-awaited first installation under way in August at Western Jet in Van Nuys, Calif. The kit, which pairs a mixer nozzle with an ejector shroud, yields a 50-percent reduction in noise, according to the company. A thrust reverser that the company says is good for 10,000 cycles is also included.
Allied Capital, the private-equity firm owner of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain, has agreed to sell its 24 FBOs to Macquarie Infrastructure, a publicly traded Australian company that also owns the Atlantic Aviation FBO chain. The $456.2 million deal includes 24 Allied Capital FBOs, which include Mercury Air Centers (purchased in 2004 from Mercury Air Group), Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center.
The top spots at two of the country’s largest FBO chains are changing hands. Mercury Air Centers (16 locations) has confirmed that president John Enticknap has been replaced by Randall Jones; and Signature Flight Support (43 North American locations) has verified that Beth Haskins will step down in September. Signature has not named a replacement for Haskins, who served as the company’s CFO before taking the reins as president in 2000.
Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure confirmed that it is buying Allied Capital’s chain of 24 FBOs, which includes Mercury Air Centers, Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center. Price of the purchase is $456.2 million, and the deal should close in the third quarter, “subject to consent (or letters of estoppel) being received from relevant airport authorities,” according to a Macquarie statement.