He took the Citation XLS to the West Star Aviation completion and refurbishment center in Grand Junction, Colo., for a special exterior paint job, starting with overall silver metallic paint, using Sherwin-Williams “Acry Glo” applied from special pressure-pots to ensure an even coat.
“Decision Guide to Private Jet Travel” is a new 50-page study on how to select a business aircraft provider. San Francisco-based publisher Helium Report said the study results are based on the responses to a survey of “all major private aviation companies. Our guide couples industry information with company reviews to help you select the
“We’re still Mercury…for now,” is the way a customer service representative at one of the chain’s 16 FBOs responded to a question about the ongoing melding of Mercury Air Centers and Cor-porate Wings. At least one Mercury location–Charleston, S.C.–has changed to the Corporate Wings brand, and there are some indications that the trend could escalate in the wake of a management shakeup last month.
Mercury Air Center LGB, a division of Mercury Air Group, has moved its operations into a newly built facility at Long Beach’s Daugherty Field. Flight crews and passengers will find a full-service day spa, gourmet deli and four-star Italian restaurant overlooking the runways. The FBO also has a passenger lobby topped with vaulted stainless-steel ceiling, full-height windows and privacy booths for telephone/laptop use.
Commercial pilots are at a higher risk than the general public of developing cataracts because of exposure to cosmic rays while aloft, a study concluded. The Wall Street Journal reported that researchers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik found that pilots had “triple the risk of developing” the eye ailment. Cataracts, which can be removed surgically, cloud the eye’s lens and cause blindness.
The new Start Pac Mini Power Supply on display at Heli-Expo Booth No. 1844 is a compact portable external electrical power unit designed to energize entire aircraft electrical systems with engines off and provide engine starting power of up to 50 amperes.
Aviation equipment manufacturer Simplex Manufacturing is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion by commemorating another milestone, delivery of a Model 308 firefighting system for a Bell 407, to the Venezuelan power authority.
Aircraft fuel efficiency depends on many factors, not all of them directly controllable by operators. These include available technology, infrastructure capacity and safety, legal and environmental constraints. There are also many tradeoffs among emissions, noise and other design requirements.
DeCrane Aircraft Seating has announced a patent on core technology around which a new line of lightweight 9-g and 16-g executive single and double passenger seats is being built for super-midsize and large business jets. The patent covers design of a new positive locking brake mechanism to control seat rotation that allows infinite swivel adjustment. At the same time, it prevents uncommanded rotation.
Sikorsky has introduced a software fix for its S-92 that it says will address a 4R vibration some pilots have experienced at high cruise speeds. The company has already retrofitted new active vibration control software to some of the fleet.