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 Mercury Air Centers (16 locations) has confirmed that president John Enticknap has been replaced by Randall Jones; and Signature Flight Support (43 North American locations) has verified that Beth Haskins will step down in September.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.
Cleveland-based Corporate Wings/Mercury Air Centers this week named Richard Michaels as its vice president of marketing. Michaels, a 25-year business aircraft sales veteran, was tapped by company CEO Kenn Ricci to head marketing and sales functions for all affiliated companies.
Enstrom and the FAA have published separate alert notices strongly urging operators of Model 480 turbine helicopters to “immediately” remove any elastomeric dampers and replace them with hydraulic dampers. The action follows a ground-resonance incident on August 5 in Goshen, Ind.
Securaplane Technologies of Tucson, Ariz., has announced the availability of a sealed lead-acid battery for Gulfstream IIIs and IVs and Falcon 2000/2000EXs. The EnerSys Hawker battery is a direct replacement for the Ni-Cad battery and does not require any modification to the existing charger or battery-temperature system on the aircraft.
Nobody likes to disconnect a push-pull primary fluid line and take a shower in jet fuel or hydraulic fluid, especially in a combat situation. To avoid this all-to-common scenario on the new multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin chose Eaton’s new Ultra-Mate couplings for primary fluid conveyance applications.
Of some 3,572 TFE731-2 and -3 engines on U.S.-registered business jets that would have to get their low-pressure turbine stage 1 disks repetitively checked for fatigue cracks, it is estimated that about 1,900 would need to replace the disks, if the FAA adopts a proposed AD. The directive would essentially mandate compliance with a two-year-old Honeywell Service Bulletin that addresses possible fatigue cracking in the disks.
B/E Aerospace has received an STC for after-market installation of direct and indirect LED lighting in the Cessna Citation 500 series. The Citation 500 STC is the latest step in the certification of the company’s LED system. The company has already provided LED lighting for installation in more than 50 aircraft, including Boeing Business Jets, Challengers, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Merlins and Sabreliners.