Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
True Blue Power (Booth No. N1911) announced that it is providing its MD835 nanophosphate lithium-ion emergency power supply on the Nextant 400XT, replacing the lead-acid emergency power supplies on the Beechjet 400A.
Lord Corp., perhaps best known to many as provider of Lord mounts for aircraft engines, is at Booth No. C11836 to showcase its wide range of products and services to improve aircraft reliability, maintainability and passenger comfort by controlling vibration, shock and noise. The company has developed a variety ways to meet the requirements of business aircraft, from traditional elastomeric products to electromechanical systems.
Ram Company, a specialist in electromechanical and fluid management design, is exhibiting at the NBAA show for the first time and is promoting its solenoid valve line and the company’s next step involving solenoid/manifold integration.
To prevent damage to aircraft as they are moved in hangars, charter and aircraft management provider Talon Air, based at Republic Airport on New York’s Long Island, has installed in two of its hangars a new Optex Redscan laser-scan perimeter-detection system that will warn pilots and hangar personnel when part of an aircraft comes within eight feet of the walls.
The FAA has issued Special Conditions for the Cessna 680 Sovereign, for which Cessna proposes to use rechargeable lithium-ion main batteries and APU start batteries. According to the FAA, lithium-ion batteries differ significantly from the nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad) and lead-acid rechargeable batteries currently approved.
The FAA proposed a civil penalty against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on September 2 for allegedly providing to FedEx a mislabeled box containing lithium batteries, bringing attention to an issue of particular concern to the airline industry.
LoPresti Aviation Engineering is poised to introduce a new type of tire called the Never Flat. The tire features a composite band embedded inside the carcass before the tread is put on. “Technically it isn’t airless as we do inflate it to between 10 and 12 psi; however, that is just to give it a smooth ride.
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The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) was relaunched four years ago and this year’s eighth show in São Paulo, Brazil, to be held from August 11 to 13, promises to be the largest.