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‘War’ on bizav not over, says Mica by James Wynbrandt session. “Some people just don’t get it that business aviation is one of the great economic engines of our economy and of a free-enterprise system,” he said. Ed Bolen, NBAA’s president and CEO, used the opening of the 65th annual Meeting & Convention to highlight what the organization is doing to win the war and
he cataloged recent victories won despite the gridlock in Congress. In addition to FAA Reauthorization, the industry achieved reinstatement of the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, the Ex-Im Bank program for financing foreign purchases of U.S.-made aircraft and passage of the Pilots Bill of Rights.
“I wish I could tell you the war [of battling business aviation foes in Washington] is over, but all I can tell you is there’s a slight ceasefire,” said representative John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee and prime architect of this year’s passage of the longdelayed FAA Reauthorization legislation, at the NBAA’12 opening
Rep. John Mica, a longtime advocate of business aviation, anticipates yet another user-fee battle.
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The show goes on:
In the teeth of two storms NBAA prevails
NBAA Opens under blue skies Hurricane Sandy certainly made travel to NBAA a challenge, but the storm did not dampen the spirits of the 24,289 registered attendees who passed through the gates at the Orange County Convention Center by the end of the day on Tuesday. Last year’s event, at the popular Las Vegas venue, attracted more visitors–25,637–by the end of n the first day.
by Amy Laboda It takes more than a monster storm and a potentially stifling presidential TFR to knock out the 65th Annual NBAA Convention and Trade Show. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the northeastern U.S. on the Saturday before the annual gathering, airlines began a chain of flight cancellations that eventually topped 8,000 before the storm made landfall in southern New Jersey on Monday evening. With airlines backing out of the picture, the organization itself found that business aviation came to its rescue. “Most of our staff came in early to set up the show,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. But not everyone made it Continued on page 94 u
Aviation’s Next Gen
iPads in the Cockpit
Avionics and ATC
Irving Seeks To Inspire Young Aviators
App Makers Talk EFBs
Klapmeier Talks Kestrel
Jetcraft Unveils EFVS for Bombardiers
CAE, APS Revisit Upset Training
A Hawker 400XPR will serve as a ‘classroom in the sky’ from which Barrington Irving will reach out to millions of young people in the hopes of sparking a love of aviation. Page 21
Business aviation users have been quick to embrace iPad-based electronic flight bags–and the improved flight safety and efficiency they provide–and FAA EFB authorizations have proliferated. Page 24
The single-engine turboprop might be ready in about three years, according to company CEO Alan Klapmeier, who knows a thing or two about the difficulty of bringing a new aircraft to market. Page 75
The HUD Vision Access system will bring the benefits of an enhanced flight vision system to the in-service fleet of Bombardier aircraft. Jetcraft is also showing a HUD training program. Page 39
Pilots need better training–in both a simulator and an airplane–to recognize and cope with unusual attitudes, to improve the industry’s safety record, according to the trainers. Page 68
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Business aviation has some influential supporters who recognize its value for individuals, and the economy in general, and several turned out to kick off this year’s NBAA Convention. On hand were (from left) Russ Meyer, Arnold Palmer, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Clay Lacy and former astronaut Gene Cernan.
Narita officials boosting Japan business aviation by Curt Epstein Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy, is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation. The number of business aircraft registered in Japan is a minute percentage of those in the U.S., and the infrastructure to support them is on a diminished scale as well, but the situation is improving. According to Akira Takano of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Tokyo metropolitan area receives more than 35 percent of the country’s business aviation traffic, split between Haneda and Narita
International Airports, and those two airports have seen recent upgrades with regard to business aviation. At Narita, all former restrictions on operations by aircraft of less than 5.7 tons have been abolished and applications for landing slots, which formerly required application by letter, can now be requested online. The airport has increased the maximum parking period for business aircraft from 7 to 30 days. This past April saw the opening of Premiere Gate, the Tokyo area’s first dedicated business aviation terminal. Premiere Gate offers private aviation passengers curbside dropoff, VIP lounges and onsite customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) services. Haneda has changed its takeoff and landing slot request deadline from a week’s advance notice to the day of takeoff or landing. At both airports,
which suffer from congestion, plans call for an increase in the number of arrival or departure slots from about 640,000 a year to 747,000 by 2014 as an open skies policy in the Tokyo metropolitan area will be implemented. Nagoya Airport is home to Japan’s first business aviation terminal, which has its own CIQ facility. Nearby Chubu International Airport offers a private aviation terminal. o
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Correction In the Ikhana Twin Otter article in yesterday's issue of AIN Convention News (page 77), information attributed to Ikhana actually applies to Viking Air, the owner of the DHC6 Twin Otter type certificate. Viking, not Ikhana, has taken orders for more than 60 aircraft for the Peruvian Air Force. And it is Viking Air that is installing Honeywell's Primus Apex in new Twin Otters.
NBAA awarded its 2012 Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence to AIN senior editor Matt Thurber here at the Convention yesterday. The award recognizes Thurber’s article, “Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time,” about business aviation’s role in organ transport, published in the August/ September 2011 issue of AIN Publications’ Business Jet Traveler. The article highlights the key role that chartered aircraft and their operators play in the swift and reliable delivery of human organs for transplants. The association presented its David Ewald Platinum Wing Award to Flying Magazine editor-in-chief Robert Goyer. –N.M.
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Jeppesen studies documented that iPad EFB users find that the device increases their situational awareness, decreases pilot workload and simplifies flights in general. The pilots were, of course, using the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app. Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, produced similar data about his product’s users. “In the last 30 days there were 2.7 million ForeFlight
and WingX Pro 7 all had their time at the podium offering information on how the products can enhance flight safety and efficiency across the business aviation fleet. All of the speakers were quick to acknowledge that
Three popular Apple iPad applications were central to the first of several education sessions dedicated to the iPadbased electronic flight bag (EFB) at NBAA’12. Speakers featuring Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, ForeFlight Mobile
sessions, with 50 percent of the app usage being in short bursts of 30 seconds to 10 minutes in length.” He also said that half the users triggered the app four to 20 times a day on any given day. Just 15 percent of ForeFlight users keep the app on for more than 10 minutes at a time. As for whether all the EFB apps for in-cockpit use actually work, one can only look at the graph that Weihs placed on the screen at the end of his presentation. “Since the beginning of portable terrain awareness GPS-equipped products in the cockpit, there’s been a 75-percent reduction in the number of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents in aviation,” he said. His vision for the future includes more “magic boxes” such as ADS-B and auxiliary back-up AHRS connecting to iPad-based EFBs, Arinc 129 integration and interactivity among apps with complementary services. Another recent development is the ability for WingX Pro 7 and ForeFlight Mobile to display the position of a personal computer-derived simulated aircraft when running the X-Plane flight simulator program. This feature helps pilots by allowing them to train how to use the app before taking off in a real airplane. o
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none of their products would be such a hit with business aviation were it not for favorable regulator treatment–namely the revision of Advisory Circular 126-76B, “Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Use of Electronic Flight Bags,” published in June 2012; and the FAA letter of authorization guidance for use of iPads in particular in the cockpit, which was released in February last year after much pressure from Part 135 operators in the U.S. This precipitated a significant increase in FAA EFB cockpit authorizations, from roughly four a month to more than 30 a month. And this year alone FAA EFB cockpit authorizations in the U.S. are running at more than 100 per month.
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Bizav CEOs cautious about near-term forecasts demand for business aircraft. “Business aviation activity differs depending on the geographic area,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “The BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China remain our backbone, but we’re seeing a slow increase of activity in the United States. Latin America, Australia and the rest of Asia are all active markets for Falcon business jets.” That sentiment was echoed by Stéphane Mayer, president and CEO, Daher-Socata. “While Europe is suffering from very poor growth, the rest of the world is enjoying recovery,” he said. “In terms of aviation segments, commercial aviation is already in a significant climb, while business aircraft are just seeing the light and are preparing to take off.” “While we have seen the global market for Piper business and training aircraft grow over the past year, we remain
Organizers Expect Record LABACE 2013
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Business aviation is growing fast in Brazil, and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação (ABAG) believes its Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) this past August in São Paulo is ample proof. Total attendance at the show this year was a record 16,722, a healthy jump from 15,429 visitors in 2011, despite an increase in the admission price. There were also 190 exhibitors and 70 aircraft on display. And ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson took note of aircraft sales announced during the LABACE show this year that included six helicopters sold by Helibras and two business jets by Tam Aviação Executiva, one of them a Citation Mustang. Perhaps more to the point was a comment at the opening general session by Minister of Civil Aviation Wagner Bittencourt, who said a decree to permit the private construction and commercial operation of badly needed business aviation airports is “in the final stages of consideration.” Welcome news indeed with Brazil as host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson believes that by 2014, ABAG (Booth No. 3230) may see LABACE expand even further at a new business aviation airport. Looking forward from its stage at NBAA, ABAG is promoting LABACE 2013, scheduled for August 14 to 26, again in São Paulo. –K.J.H.
Brazilian Minister of Civil Aviation Wagner Bittencourt (center) with ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson (right) open LABACE 2012.
While many companies are beginning to see some encouraging signs of recovery in the U.S. and Europe, most are turning to emerging markets such as China, right, and Brazil, above, to compensate for continued weak sales in what have traditionally been the regions with greatest demand for business aircraft.
cautious about the state of the global economy,” said Simon Caldecott, president and CEO of Piper Aircraft. “As a corporation, we continue to reach out to more countries in the world and expand our presence to ensure that our business is not dependent on one particular region.” The outlook appears more encouraging for manufacturers of the largest, longest-range and most-opulent business aircraft. Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, noted his company has been “quite fortunate that the downturn hasn’t hit the high end of the market as much as the entry-level business jets. The market continues to be challenging for us, [but] we have a great backlog and this year alone we’ll deliver 12 airplanes into completion, including eight BBJ 747-8s, and we’ll also move 12 airplanes from completion into service.” Taylor’s counterpart across the Atlantic, Airbus Corporate Jets vice president for worldwide sales François Chazelle, echoed that sentiment. “Airbus corporate jets continue to spark interest from companies, individuals and governments at the top end of the marketplace, despite the economic uncertainty that our industry faces,” he said. Responses were mixed from manufacturers of light- to medium-sized business aircraft, reflecting a continuing downward trend of depressed deliveries in these segments. “The industry continues bumping along the bottom of a stubborn and difficult market,” said Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture. “While the larger aircraft segment is
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The 65th Annual NBAA Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla., is taking place as the U.S. presidential election looms and with the state of the global economy very much on the minds of people worldwide. AIN recently took the opportunity to ask the leaders of several business aircraft manufacturers for their thoughts on the state of the economy and their forecasts for the business aviation industry. Perhaps not surprisingly, responses were generally measured to the question, “Is your company seeing any light at the end of the tunnel as far as the overall economy is concerned and for the business aviation market in particular?” While many companies are beginning to see some encouraging signs of recovery in the U.S. and Europe, most are turning to emerging markets to compensate for continued weak sales in what have traditionally been the regions with greatest
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experiencing a faster recovery, we are not seeing similar progress for the smaller aircraft segment. Despite this, however, our King Air order intake is on pace with the last two years and the special-mission market remains strong for Hawker Beechcraft.” Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets, said his company “is seeing the first signs of recovery, especially in the U.S. market. Global demand for business jets appears to be further off, especially due to uncertainty in the European economy. China and Asia Pacific, on the other hand, are brighter spots where Embraer is well positioned for growth.” “Cessna remains optimistic about our long-term strategies and success in the general aviation industry,” said Cessna Aircraft president and CEO Scott Ernest. “Our focus on developing and delivering high-quality, innovative products based on customer input, providing outstanding service and support and expanding our global presence in new and more mature markets will allow us to remain the global leader in general aviation for years to come.” The state of the global economy has offered opportunities to manufacturers of efficient single-engine turboprops. Thomas Bosshard, president and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, said he considers the economic
climate “an excellent opportunity for Pilatus. The PC-12NG is an efficient and versatile aircraft that enables corporations and governments to accomplish more with limited resources.” “We are seeing some positive signs in the marketplace, both domestically and outside the United States,” noted Dave Vander Griend, chairman and CEO of Quest Aircraft. “Barring another severe economic downturn, we are optimistic about our prospects in several geographic markets going into 2013.” Vander Griend added that his company has expanded its marketing efforts throughout Latin America, a region he termed “a bright spot” for Quest and other turboprop manufacturers. By far the most encouraging sentiment came from Mason Holland, chairman and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace. Noting that even the most severe economic downturns have historically been cyclical in nature, Holland stated he is “very, very bullish on the economy. Manufacturing is coming back to the U.S. at a modest pace, after years of being dominated by the service industry over the production of goods. I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we’ll look back in 10 years and marvel that the Dow was only 13,000, because we’ll be at 30,000,” Holland concluded. “As the U.S. goes, so goes the world.” o
New FSF committee addresses safety issues for mx technicians by Rob Finfrock The rise in global demand for commercial and business aircraft has not been accompanied by a proportional increase in the number of technicians ready to service those airplanes and helicopters; in fact, the number of qualified maintenance personnel continues to dwindle. The Flight Safety Foundation (Booth No. 3532) recently formed a new Maintenance Advisory Committee (MAC) to examine issues affecting aircraft maintainers and find ways to encourage new talent in the field. Committee members are consulting with industry personnel on these topics throughout NBAA’12. FSF COO Kevin Hiatt told AIN the MAC is tasked with developing programs to assist the aircraft maintainer segment on safety issues, as well as identifying and offering solutions for maintenance and engineering concerns. “We took a look at our committee structure and determined there was a gap where maintenance organizations weren’t being adequately represented in our international, European, and business advisory groups,” he said. “We simply didn’t have many
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maintenance people involved to discuss the safety issues needing to be addressed.” Fatigue and Filling the Ranks
Formed in August, the maintenance committee met for the first time in early September. Hiatt said members came away from that gathering with two key areas to address, including concerns about fatigue. Though many think of pilot and crew rest concerns when discussing fatigue issues, it’s a significant problem for aircraft maintainers as well, especially in Part 91 operations. “Technicians work long hours, often outside their normal circadian rhythm,” Hiatt noted. “The bottom line comes down to when the operator wants to use the airplane; they expect to use it now; and maintainers are expected to work until a problem is fixed. Fatigue inevitably begins to set in when the mechanic is continually working, and many operations don’t have a lot of structure to deal with that.” Of arguably even greater concern, though, is the lack of new personnel choosing to enter the aircraft maintainer field.
“The industry isn’t as lucrative for people coming out of college and going into the job as it’s been in the past,” Hiatt acknowledged. “People are starting to retire, and there are not enough people with the time and experience coming up to replace them. We’re not seeing as many people getting excited about those career paths, and the places that educate pilots and mechanics aren’t seeing the enrollment numbers we’d like.” The number of qualified and eager candidates transitioning from other aviation-related fields or coming out of the military has also declined, leaving commercial training programs as the primary source for new candidates. “There are particular schools that turn out mechanics, but we’re not seeing the enrollment there to support today’s number of business aircraft, never mind the growing market in the future,” Hiatt said. “We’ll have to do the best we can by working with these people to develop a suitable talent pool and maintain the high current level of safety.” Competition
While pay rates certainly factor into the low numbers, Hiatt believes another significant reason lies in competition from other career fields that might appear “more glamorous.” “In Europe and Asia, aircraft maintenance is considered a more professional trade, with a specific path to follow through
schooling and into a job,” Hiatt said. “The situation is somewhat sketchier in the U.S., and to compete, those offering jobs in these fields have to modify their hiring practices and style. There needs to be a better path for moving that individual from the learning role to being an employee.” A greater focus on ab initio training– with companies assisting not only with hiring the student but also in tailoring the educational program–may be one possible method to address this issue. Hiatt noted the MAC “will be taking a look at the industry from a global perspective. Worldwide demand for commercial airline maintenance personnel is tremendous; we’re already seeing a shortage there, and that leaves the business aviation community clamoring for people to work on their aircraft.” The MAC will function primarily in an advisory role to companies and the industry. “We’ll definitely point out the gaps that need to be covered and then use the resources available within the committee and the foundation to speak on those topics,” Hiatt said. “Like all of our committees, the MAC will examine the issues to ensure that aviation safety remains paramount. “We try to stay out of the political, labor and industrial sides of the issue, and instead focus on particular issues affecting aviation safety and ways to keep aviation among the safest forms of transportation,” he concluded. o
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has estimated that the varying interpretation of the FAA’s regulations by the agency’s regional aircraft certification offices (ACOs) and Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) is estimated to cost general aviation businesses hundreds of millions of dollars annually when previously approved regulations are subjected to “reinterpretation.” Currently, there are nine FAA regions, 10 ACOs and more than 80 FSDOs that issue approvals on a wide range of maintenance and operational requests made by regulated entities. These regulated entities include Part 135 on-demand charter operators, Part 145 repair stations and Part 141 flight-training facilities. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, aircraft owners and operators may have experienced this when applying for supplemental type certificates or field approvals, or when undertaking major repairs. Pilots and businesses may see it when applying for operating certificates or working with different FAA offices. Industry Stakeholder
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Snecma puts Silvercrest engine to test by Thierry Dubois Snecma has started running the first Silvercrest turbofan at its Villaroche test facility, near Paris. With 11,000 pounds of thrust, the Silvercrest will power the Cessna Longitude supermidsize business jet. EASA engine certification is slated for 2015 and FAA validation is expected shortly thereafter. “Silvercrest testing began in the last week of September,” program director Laurence Finet told AIN. The engine had left the assembly hall in the middle of the month, and it then had to undergo the installation and instrumentation process. Some 1,000 measurements are performed during a test. Reaching takeoff power was a target for mid-October. Asked about a planned number of hours or cycles, business aviation marketing manager Loïc Nicolas answered, “Checking the engine’s behavior is more important than a number of hours.” Eventually, eight engines will be involved in
the development program. One of the Silvercrests will fly on a Gulfstream GII, modified as a flying testbed. The first flight is pegged for mid-2013. This is “a project in the project,” as Finet put it. Modification work will take a total of one and a half years. Pylon changes and the addition of telemetry
equipment are the bulk of the job. The GII will keep one of its original Rolls-Royce Speys. What about studying a reengining of the GII and even the GIII, as they share the same engines? “The Spey is rated at 12,400 pounds at takeoff; the Silvercrest could provide as much thrust at takeoff and even more
The Silvercrest, which is to power the Cessna Longitude, made its first run on Snecma’s testbed in Villaroche, near Paris. Eight engines will be in the test program. 2012 Speed Control NBAA_NBAA 2012 10/22/12 4:20 PM Page 1
than the Spey in cruise,” Finet answered. Although some contacts with GII and GIII owners have been encouraging, the idea is not deemed mature yet. Snecma wants to see a solid business case before moving forward. For the Silvercrest program, full-scale engine development began in the third quarter of 2010. The core had undergone 80 hours of ground tests in 2008, after which Snecma toiled to find an application. The contract with Cessna for the Longitude was signed in May. The Silvercrest has long been rumored to be the choice for the still-under-wraps Dassault Falcon SMS, but as of early October, Snecma would not confirm this rumor. The Silvercrest’s cold section consists of a 42.5-inch fan, a four-stage booster and a fivestage compressor (including four axial blisks and one centrifugal stage). The 20 fan blades are metallic. The low-emission
combustor is said to have a highaltitude relight capability, and it is followed by a single-stage high-pressure (HP) turbine featuring single-crystal blades and a four-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine. The HP and LP spools are contra-rotating for better fuel efficiency. The bypass ratio is close to 6:1. Snecma is claiming that the Silvercrest will burn 15 percent less fuel, emit 50 percent less NOx than the CAEP/6 standard and halve the noise footprint, “compared to existing engines in the 10,000- to 12,000-[pound thrust] class.” Finet named the two reference engines (actually a bit below the aforementioned class), the 9,200-pound GE CF34-3 and the 9,440-pound Rolls-Royce AE3007C2. In terms of maintenance, Snecma said the Silvercrest is a “true on-condition engine,” with no fixed interval. No hot-section inspection will be required. Another feature will be in-flight engine monitoring capability. o
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Honeywell plans for engine approval by Thierry Dubois Honeywell is targeting the third quarter of next year for the certification of the HTF7500E turbofan. This is a revised schedule that fits with Embraer’s delay in developing the midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 business jets. “We have begun the formal Part 33 certification program,” Jim Kroeger, Honeywell’s director of engineering for propulsion engines, told AIN. The development program is “essentially complete,” he said. Six engines are involved in the certification program, and five have flown on the engine maker’s flying testbed, a modified Boeing
(where Saber stands for single annular combustor for emissions reduction). It is based on a rich-quenchlean scheme. The combustion commences with a rich setting
and is quickly leaned out to mitigate the formation of nitrous oxides (NOx). The technology enables a 25-percent reduction in NOx emissions and does not
compromise the durability of the combustion system, according to Honeywell. For Embraer, the engine company is supplying an integrated powerplant system, where the engine comes with its nacelle (built by GKN Aerospace) and other equipment. This includes, for example, the inlet, the thrust reversers (built by Safran) and
the engine build unit–bleed ducts, hydraulic lines, fire detection and so forth. In the same engine family, which entered into service on the Bombardier Challenger 300, Honeywell (Booth No. 4494) also developed the HTF7250G for the recently certified Gulfstream G280 supermidsize business jet. o
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Honeywell has tested five HTF7500Es on its flying testbed, a modified Boeing 757. The engine type is to power Embraer’s Legacy 450/500 business jets.
757, to demonstrate operability and performance. “We want Embraer’s certification program to be as short as possible, as far as the engine is concerned,” Kroeger said. The HTF7500E will be rated at 6,080 pounds (takeoff thrust, ISA+15-deg C) on the Legacy 450 and 6,540 pounds on the Legacy 500. First in the airframer’s pipeline is the Legacy 500, which is expected to fly by year-end. As of late last month, Honeywell had delivered engines for the first two aircraft and was about to hand over a third pair. Spare parts have already been provisioned to support the aircraft’s development program. Shipment of production engines will begin after certification of the HTF7500E. Among the development tests Honeywell has run, noteworthy are two endurance trials. Two engines have been subjected to 2,000 hours each of equivalent run time, simulating actual service operations. “I am confident with the results demonstrated,” Kroeger said, adding that part of his assignment is to make the HTF7500E “as reliable as the HTF7000.” The new engine features the Saber 1 low-emission combustor
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EADS Sogerma designs Please do not delete rule border. It is part of the ad design. cockpit seat for bizjets Junior tabloid page 7 13/16” x 10 3/8” by Thierry Dubois EADS Sogerma (Booth No. 5431) is exhibiting at the NBAA convention for the first time
and is showcasing a full-size mockup of a cockpit seat that could fit into a super-midsize to
large-cabin business jet. “We visited the show last year and saw it was in our interest to become an exhibitor,” Daniel Furon, Sogerma’s vice president for aerostructure business development, told AIN. The company has cockpit seats flying today in business jets but they are relatively old designs. “We are introducing a
new line for aircraft the size of a Bombardier Challenger 300 or bigger,” he said. The new product development is close to being completed. The mockup on display here represents a seat that can be adjusted forward, laterally and vertically. The back can also recline. All movements can be motorized, which allows for a
EADS Sogerma’s cockpit seat for supermidsize to large-cabin jets provides thigh and armrest support and can be motorized to offer a position-memory feature.
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position-memory feature. “We can add a lumbar setting and massage,” Furon said. “We put a lot of effort into pilot comfort,” he emphasized. For example, Sogerma’s designers have endeavored to give the pilot good lateral thigh support, and to provide good back support for both the flying and resting phases. One of Sogerma’s strong points, he said, is armrest design. “An armrest must support the forearm and the wrist without disturbing the humanmachine link,” he stressed. Because the company supplies cockpit seats for Airbuses, which have sidesticks instead of central control columns, Furon anticipates it will employ this technology on forthcoming flyby-wire business jet types, as this kind of control system is often associated with sidesticks. Power plugs and communication ports also can be added for laptop and tablet computs. Separately, Sogerma has made progress in developing foam materials. Although none of the foam types is ideal by itself, superimposing a few layers can give good results. Three layers of different foams is a frequent combination, providing enough stiffness but keeping cushions comfortable. Furon expressed hope that his company will sign a contract within two years for its new seat. Certification work will be conducted for one aircraft type at a time, he said. Aspects of the design that must be addressed include crashworthiness, environmental friendliness and endurance (measured in number of takeoffs and landings). “A seat structure is supposed to have the same durability as the airframe,” Furon pointed out. o
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Eclipse Aerospace sets sights toward production by Rob Finfrock It’s been a bit more than three years since Eclipse Aerospace was awarded the assets of bankrupt Eclipse Aviation in August 2009, not quite enough time, perhaps, to fully separate conversations about the former from the mixed record of its predecessor, but Mason Holland, CEO of Eclipse Aerospace, told AIN the company is weary of “Phoenix rising from the ashes” stories and declared it has made considerable progress updating and improving the Eclipse 500. The most recent sign of this progress came in June, when Eclipse Aerospace started production of the Eclipse 550, a significantly revised version of the original very light twinjet. Resuming production was the last of Holland’s three primary goals for Eclipse Aerospace, following the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company’s successful implementation of a supply and support network for the existing fleet of 261 Eclipse 500 jets and developing programs to upgrade those airplanes to the latest comfort and technological standards. The most significant upgrade Eclipse Aerospace offers for the Eclipse jet is the revamped panel, developed by Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) and
dubbed the Avio integrated flight management system (IFMS). (Development of the IS&S panel began before Eclipse Aviation went bankrupt.) The Avio IFMS fulfills the functionality promises the former company struggled to meet, including full moving-map navigation capabilities, GPS-coupled autopilot and XM WX satellite weather. Command entry keyboards–part of the original Avio system but subsequently removed by Eclipse Aviation to make room for a Garmin GPS400W-based interim FMS– have also returned to the panel. The Avio IFMS is a retrofit option for existing Eclipse 500s and standard on all Total Eclipse refurbished variants of preowned aircraft. A dual-redundant Avio IFMS version will also be standard on all new-build Eclipse 550s. Referring to the numerous placards that once littered Eclipse 500 cockpits, Holland said, “Only one inoperable sticker remains–that for autothrottles. That system is currently in flight test and will be ready for production on the Eclipse 550, along with synthetic vision.” An optional infrared enhanced-vision system is also in development, though it “may or may not be ready by [the first Eclipse 550 delivery],
The Avio integrated flight management system for the Eclipse 500, developed by IS&S, features full movingmap navigation capabilities, GPS-coupled autopilot and XM satellite weather. The Eclipse 550 will retain much of what made the original VLJ attractive including a six-seat cabin.
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Eclipse Aerospace’s Total Eclipse 500 jet is on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. This particular aircraft is certified preowned and can be customized and delivered in 45 to 90 days, according to the company.
but all aircraft will be provisioned for it,” he said. “As a guy who lost a lot of money with a company that made promises it couldn’t keep, I’m very sensitive about promising only what I know we can realistically deliver.” Holland was a depositholder for an Eclipse 500. The Eclipse 550 will also feature improved fit-and-finish and revisions to the engine pylon assembly that improve cabin heating at altitude. Additional refinements under consideration include reducing the size of the large isotropic paint patches surrounding the dual static ports atop the nose–required for flightinto-known-icing approval–and a lighter windscreen heating system. Retains Much of 500’s Features
Despite those changes, the Eclipse 550 will retain much of what made the original VLJ an attractive proposition for many buyers, including an airframe and cabin largely indistinguishable from those of the Eclipse 500. Like that aircraft, the 550 will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans (P&WC is a United Technologies subsidiary, as is Sikorsky Aircraft, a minority investor in Eclipse Aerospace). The 550 is expected to have the same flight characteristics as the 500. Eclipse Aerospace will also continue to employ the friction-stir welding technique pioneered by Eclipse Aviation in fabricating the new jet’s aluminum fuselage. Though wary of comparisons to “the old Eclipse,” Holland is quick to express appreciation for the work performed by the former company. “The aircraft is crazy-good. From the beginning, we’ve been able to focus on improving the details and fulfilling the airframe’s promise. The economics, flight qualities, speed and payload enabled us to start off with an incredible foundation.” That foundation includes the training program that Eclipse Aviation developed, and the Eclipse Aerospace training curriculum draws heavily from it. Pilots are required to undergo a type-rating training regime that includes familiarization, a detailed systems review and emergency procedures training at factory-authorized training provider SimCom. The program also includes upset training, conducted by the old company with an Eclipse-owned L-39
Albatros, though Eclipse Aerospace has authorized training providers to use various aircraft for that purpose. “The Eclipse 500 has flown more than 200,000 hours without major incident,” Holland said. “The Eclipse jet is often easier to fly than the single-engine piston aircraft, many of our customers are transitioning from.” Deliveries in Mid-2013
Holland expects the first Eclipse 550 to be delivered in the middle of next year, allowing Eclipse Aerospace to vet the assembly process as that aircraft moves down the production line. Each step is being “checked and improved upon where needed, and revalidated,” he said. And while he wouldn’t reveal the exact number of deposits his company has for new Eclipse jets, he seems comfortable with that total so far. “We have about 70 to 80 percent of the Eclipse 550 orders we want to deliver in 2013, and 60 percent for 2014,” he said. “We’re talking about selling only 50 to 60 Eclipse 550s each year, which shouldn’t be a huge task, especially at this price point. We’re the last and only twin-engine jet in the world below $3 million.” The first several Eclipse 550s will be produced in Albuquerque, with production of the wing, fuselage and empennage assemblies transitioned to Sikorsky subsidiary PZL-Mielec in Poland once those processes have been proven. Holland said that arrangement is another benefit of Eclipse Aerospace’s partnership with the rotorcraft manufacturer. “We’re not saving any money by having Mielec perform [fabrication] work,” he added. “What we are doing is leveraging the manufacturing experience of a company that’s been around for nearly 100 years.” NBAA’12 attendees may sample the Eclipse 550’s Avio IFMS at the Eclipse Aerospace display (Booth No. 2954). A Total Eclipse 500 jet is on static display at Orlando Executive Airport. o
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Shannon Airport, the only airport outside the U.S. providing inbound customs and immigration preclearance for business jets, claims its repair expertise has contributed to high levels of business aircraft movements there.
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Ireland’s Shannon Airport holds unique status as the only airport outside the U.S. able to provide inbound customs and immigration preclearance for business jets and crews. The preclearance process has been considerably accelerated following a decision to permit operators to keep aircraft powered up. The move means that chocks-on to chocksoff procedures can be completed in 45 minutes, a claimed saving of at least 35 minutes over aircraft that have to shut down all power. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency allows aircraft to run auxiliary power units, as long as exhaust outlets are no lower than eight feet from the ground, or to receive power from ground units. So far this year, there has been a slight increase in demand for preclearance compared with last year, according to cargo and technical traffic development manager Joe Buckley, who reports “plenty of spare capacity” for any operator wanting to use the service. Buckley said a mix of about 20 business aircraft types use the airport, “with the Gulfstream IV making up 20 percent of our movements.” Other popular types transitioning via Shannon include Bombardier Challengers (about 10 percent) and Dassault Falcon 900s (about 8 percent). Catering to Business Aviation
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FBO services are available at Shannon from Jetex Flight Support, Signature Flight Support and Universal Aviation. Dubai-based Jetex has established a joint venture with Westair to operate an FBO there. The facility includes an executive terminal, with pilot and passenger lounges and flight-planning room, and 40,000 sq ft of hangar space. Westair/ Jetex also provides fueling and EASAapproved maintenance for several business jet types. Quintessentially Aviation is to develop a VIP lounge for corporate jet traffic operated from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi to Shannon. Some of the larger aircraft–such as the Boeing 737 and 767 and Airbus A319–operating from the Middle East, together with U.S.-based jets, account for almost 50 percent of Shannon’s traffic. Overall, there were about 4,500 business jet movements at the airport last year, according
to director Mary Considine. Also being emphasized at Shannon’s NBAA booth (No. 4642) this year is the airport’s location as “Number 1 for technical stops on the North Atlantic,” a circumstance that is seen as contributing to its high levels of business aircraft movements. Although airport officials are uncertain what caused a record total of 460 business aircraft movements in June this year, Shannon always sees an increase in traffic in line with transatlantic flight trends, said Buckley. The June traffic was about 25 percent higher than in June 2011. However, the airport said it saw no particular sign of movements being influenced by the timing of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A recent initiative at the airport is an effort to focus on business aviation as a potential growth area through promotion in partnership with Shannon Development, a joint exhibitor here in Orlando. With the regional government agency, Shannon Airport has established an annual Irish Business Aviation conference. The airport is being promoted as a center of excellence for the industry, which has led to foreign direct investment inquiries, especially for maintenance and other aerospace projects, according to Buckley. The Irish government has established a Shannon Aviation Task Force to stimulate aviation development at the airport. o
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Embraer’s new inside game by Mark Huber Embraer is bringing interior development and modification for its full line of corporate jets in-house. That’s the word from Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The company previously contracted with BMW Designworks USA for the interior cabin design on its Phenom and Legacy jets. Embraer’s new customer center and its
under-construction engineering and technical center, both at its Melbourne, Fla. campus, will be the epicenter of the new effort. “We want to bring design excellence in-house,” explained Edwards. To that end, Embraer is forming an experienced team. Over the summer it hired Jay Beever as vice president of interior design. Beever previously served as
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Embraer is bringing the design of its Phenom 100 and 300 and Legacy jets (above) in-house and plans to offer customers an unmatched array of interior choices and high degree of personalization. The company is testing its interiors much the way NASA tests spacecraft, using a full-size cabin mock-up to run passenger cabin simulations on its new Legacy 500.
design manager for new product development at Gulfstream Aerospace, where he worked on the new G650 and the Elite interiors for the G550 and G450. Prior to that he was a design engineering supervisor at Ford’s advanced concepts studio in California, where he helped fashion a wide array of concept vehicles for Ford’s domestic and European brands. “Jay’s task is going to be to look at the whole range of airplanes and fine tune the interiors, given customer feedback. Then, maybe do some refreshments,” said Edwards. “You think about it: the world hadn’t seen anything like the [Phenom] 100 and 300 when we launched them in 2005. They were very fresh, but we are seven years into that program. Altogether, Embraer has 550 executive jets out there right now. The older Legacy 600s are 10 years old and the older Phenom 100s are already three years old. It is inevitable that people will start thinking about refurbishing and refreshing their interiors. I think it would be nice to start planning ahead for those days.” Unmatched Array of Interiors
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Beever thinks Embraer’s collaboration with BMW Designworks gives him a good starting point. “Embraer already has done an incredible job of putting itself in a design leadership position because of the work it has done with BMW. There has always been an appetite with this company to differentiate itself with design. The next step is where I get involved, to take design to the next level.” The designer faces immediate challenges with the interiors of the new Legacy 450 and 500. Embraer’s plan is to offer customers an unmatched array of interior choices for aircraft within this $15 million to $18.5 million price point. Beever describes Embraer’s goal as offering a high degree of personalization on those interiors as opposed to customization. “That means strategically planning zones of adjustability ahead of time that will allow the customer to put his fingerprint on the interior without getting out of control [on price]. Customers need to feel like they have a level of adjustability that allows them to come close to a
custom airplane [interior] and we need to make sure there is flexibility and changeability of certain touchpoints to give them a unique look,” he said. Beever sees most choices falling within colors, substrates and fabrics that will be available, but he also sees “bolt-on” features with “zones of appliqué,” such as customer logos or family crests. The challenge is to keep engineering in budget while keeping the customer satisfied. “That’s the challenge,” he said. “The more offerings you have available, even in a ‘plug and play’ configuration, the more engineering is involved. “The industry currently understands design as color and material. My perspective is industrial design and engineering. A well-run design studio incorporates all of those disciplines. Our industrial designers will be working on new product development and, when a design is released, engineering will be able to accept it. I’ve always been very practical in my approach,” Beever said. To further bridge the design to end product divide, Embraer recently acquired a minority interest in Aero Seating Technologies (AST) of San Gabriel, Calif. AST currently is a supplier on Embraer’s Lineage large executive jet. Embraer also is testing its interiors much the way NASA tests spacecraft, using a full-size cabin mock-up to run passenger cabin simulations on its new Legacy 500, according to Edwards. “Our engineers and executives sit in the cabin for three or four hours just like a customer would and we simulate a real flight. The passengers watch movies and are served drinks and meals. When you do that, you start noticing things you wouldn’t otherwise notice, and we are using that experience in finalizing the full production interior for the Legacy 500.” Customers visiting Embraer’s new Melbourne center and showrooms already are seeing tangible evidence of the company’s in-house interiors focus. “This is an area to watch at Embraer,” said Robert Knebel, vice president of executive aircraft sales. “We are going to give midsize jet customers the same completion experience they would have if they ordered a Lineage.” o
Irving to inspire youth with classroom in the sky by Curt Epstein allowing them to interact with him during a planned aroundthe-world flight, which will take him to all seven continents. Irving believes the science, technology, engineering and math (Stem) curriculum under development will engage students in a way that is challenging for typical classroom learning. “This is the advantage that we have in the aviation industry,” said Irving. “What we do is exciting, what Barrington we do really triggers and fires Irving the neurons in the brains of young people to take interest in math and science, and that is very difficult to do within the educational system.” Through the Internet, socialmedia outlets and even through in-flight conversations, students will be able to follow along and participate in lessons tied to the flight. “We are empowering the JA_global_ads_AIN_ConvNews.qxdstudents 10/18/12 2:38 PMtheir Page 1 to become own
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In an attempt to cultivate in young people an interest in aviation, Barrington Irving will interact with millions of students as he flies around the world in a Hawker 400XPR, showing the real-world value of science, technology, engineering and math.
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engineers, become aviators, scientists,” he said. In addition to science and math, Irving plans to include other disciplines such as geography, ecology and biology as well, as students learn more about our planet. In support of the program, Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has donated a Hawker 400XPR jet to serve as the flying classroom. “Sponsoring Barrington’s Classroom in the Sky initiative is a natural fit for Hawker Beechcraft: we provide an aircraft that showcases its ability to meet his rigorous mission requirements anywhere in the world and we help highlight the importance of Stem education in creating a strong future for aviation and other industries,” said Shawn Vick, HBC’s executive vice president for customers.
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Rebranded parts dealer retools for growth by James Wynbrandt Aftermarket parts distributor Globalparts.aero (Booth No. 3215) of Augusta, Kan. announced a corporate rebranding that emphasizes major enhancements to its
business, including the establishment of an FAA Part 145 repair station and a new buildto-print parts manufacturing center equipped with computer numerically controlled (CNC)
machines. “These moves allow us to broaden the support of our worldwide base of OEM, business, charter and regional aircraft operators and provide them with a single, efficient and
cost-effective parts solution,” said Malissa Nesmith, GlobalParts. aero’s v-p and COO. Nesmith noted that the company’s former name, Global Parts Inc, “wasn’t anything that directly tied us to
aviation. We have now tied the name to aerospace.” For its planned parts-toprint manufacturing enterprise, Global has invested nearly $3 million in acquiring five factory-new CNC machines, including a Makino Mag 1 fiveaxis horizontal machining center that can mill complex parts from aluminum blocks measuring up to 60 inches per side. The company plans to use its new manufacturing capability to make out-of-production parts for legacy aircraft under OEM license and take on work from machine shops in the Wichita area that are migrating to larger machines that make bulkier parts. Global plans to build a 60,000-sq-ft addition to its facilities to house the manufacturing operation. “We are moving into this area at a level that demonstrates our long-term commitment to meeting customers’ needs, even for parts that aren’t typically available off the shelf or at multiple sites,” said Chris Roberts, director of manufacturing. Meanwhile, the company’s new Part 145 repair station “allows us to have complete control over cost drivers, turn times and quality so that we can provide quick and competitive service,” said Nesmith. She noted that the company has come a long way since its founding as an authorized distributor for Raytheon excess inventory in 2003, when it operated out of a basement. Today the company has more than 50 employees and plans to add a dozen to 20 more in the coming year. o
Tamarack Announces Winglet Pricing Tamarack Aerospace Group (Booth No. 4171) revealed during its press conference yesterday that it is taking deposits for its active technology load alleviation system (Atlas) active winglet system for the Cessna Citation CJ1. “We’re accepting $10,000 refundable deposits here at the show,” said Brian Willet, v-p of sales and flight operations for the company. “The cost of the Atlas kit is estimated to be $196,000, and we are projecting it will take 80 manhours to install the active winglets,” he continued. The company is providing demonstration flights in its technology demonstrator CJ1 during the NBAA show. –A.L.
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pilot’s field of view. Because there wasn’t enough depth at the top of the instrument panel, the autopilot control was moved to the glareshield. Removal of the typical Collins or King avionics installed in most Twin Commanders and installing the Garmin system results in a net weight reduction of 250 pounds, according to Hagans. “All of the navcoms, radar, autopilot components, inverter system, all legacy avionics and sensors are gone and replaced,” he said. The G1000 system also will include Garmin’s new GWX 70 solid-state radar, a new radar altimeter, an electronic standby instrument and XM WX satellite weather. All of the engine sensors are new, too. The G1000 displays are two 10-inch PFDs and a 12-inch MFD. Larger displays
While many in the aviation indus- is the first time Garmin has incorpotry bemoan the fact that older aircraft rated engine instrumentation for the values are rapidly declining, there is a Honeywell (formerly Garrett) TPE331. bright spot–older efficient airframes The Twin Commander G1000 doesn’t with plenty of life left that can benefit use Garmin’s autopilot but retains the from avionics upgrades. A great exam- Meggitt autopilot found in many of these ple is the Twin Commander twin-engine airplanes. “The original concept was to turboprop series. Twin Commander ser- put in the Garmin autopilot,” Hagans vice center Eagle Creek Aviation of said, “but that would have delayed cerIndianapolis (Booth No. 5385) has been tification by another year.” The Meggitt working on a supplemental type certif- autopilot did have to be moved, because icate (STC) Garmin G1000 upgrade to the mode annunciators need to be in the the Twin Commander series for more than six months and expects to receive On the bids of angels: auction raises funds for Can FAA approval in the second quarter of next year, according to Eagle Creek The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) auction is heating up, with some tantalizCEO Matt Hagans. ing items on which to bid. The auction, held tonight at the NBAA/CAN Evening with Angels There are still more than 700 Twin at the Peabody Hotel here in Orlando, benefits CAN’s airlift of cancer patients nationwide. Commanders flying worldwide and This year bidders can vie for some diverse items, including a Honeywell Bendix/King more than 300 in the U.S., accordKMA audio panel; one year of waived handling fees from Signature Flight Support; Aircell’s ing to Twin Commander Aircraft presATG 5000 high-speed Internet system; and air travel to Dubai, UAE, two Hawker Beechcraft ident Matt Isley. Twin Commander T-6 flights, and business aviation training at Emirates-CAE’s flight training facility. There’s 690 through 1000 series were produced even 1,000 gallons of Phillips 66 jet fuel, redeemable at more than 860 FBOs in the U.S., between 1973 and 1986, and Twin Comas well as initial flight training in the King Air 90, 100 or 200 at SimCom. The complete list mander Aircraft is now owned by Firstof auction items is at www.nbaa.org/events/amc/2012/soiree/auctions/#live. Every dollar mark of Richmond, Va. raised by the auction benefits the Corporate Angel Network. –A.L. JA_global_ads_AIN_ConvNews.qxd 10/18/12 2:40 PM Page 3 The Eagle Creek G1000 upgrade
don’t fit because of the limited panel space in the Twin Commander. “It features great visibility by having a very low glareshield,” said Hagans. The Twin Commander G1000 STC will be owned by Eagle Creek, but it will be available for all Twin Commander service centers to offer their customers. Eagle Creek also offers a Garmin G600 upgrade for the Twin Commander series. Eagle Creek is showing the G1000-upgraded Twin Commander at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. Pricing for the G1000 upgrade is “competitive with King Air installations,” Hagans said, and will be available from Eagle Creek during the NBAA convention. o
AT THE BOOTHS Musty Putters (Booth No. 3738) is showcasing at NBAA’12 its handcrafted wood putters and the ability to laser engrave on multiple locations on the golf club, so the coveted putters can do double duty as golf-related companybranded gifts. “Each of our putters is one of a kind, thanks to the variety of styles available and the unique grains found naturally in wood,” said David Musty, founder of the Signal Hill, Calif. company. “Additionally we are a green company, using environmentally sustainable materials, and our putters are made and assembled entirely in the United States. v
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Shell Aviation is showcasing 18 of the fuel dealers from its network of 428 FBOs nationwide here at the NBAA show and is offering a promotion for NBAA attendees looking to find out more about the services they provide. Visitors to the Shell Aviation booth (No. 1940) will be offered a chance to win a Bad Boy Buggy or the $10,000 cash equivalent in the form of MasterCard gift cards. Guests at the booth will be given a Flightplan, which will be stamped each time they speak with one of the FBO Shell fuel dealers. Once they have accumulated at least 12 stamps visitors can drop the completed Flightplan into the bucket to qualify for the grand prize drawing, which will be held on the last day of the show. Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons guests can meet champion aerobatic pilot Sean Tucker, who will be signing prints of his exploits by aviation artist Sam Lyons.
z CAPS Adds HeartStart AEDs Corporate Air Parts (CAPS), in business since 1983 (Booth No 885), recently signed a new agreement with Phillips Medical products that includes the sale and service of all HeartStart automatic external defribrillators (AEDs). Proper use of these life-saving devices will be incorporated into CAPS’s existing training programs, including Part 135.331 emergency crewmember training, hypoxia recognition and recovery and cabin service and AED/CPR/first aid training. The HeartStart AEDs are specifically designed for trained or untrained responders by providing clear, easy-to-follow instructions. The units employ a series of comprehensive self tests to ensure readiness, using a visible status indicator to show when the device is ready for use. A highly accurate algorithm determines whether or not the patient’s current condition actually requires a shock.
z MarathonNorco Introduces New Charger Texas-based aircraft battery and power equipment manufacturer MarathonNorco is on hand at NBAA’12 to introduce the latest addition to its line of Christie battery analyzers. The RF80-M aircraft battery charger/analyzer incorporates new advanced micro-controller technology with a programmable touchscreen display, while building on the company’s existing power circuitry and durability from its previous models. Battery analysis can be performed either in manual mode or by utilizing the system’s programmable modes. The RF80-M will store up to 100 battery processing programs. Program functions include charge, discharge and wait steps with audible and visual alerts. According to the manufacturer (Booth No. 3182), the new unit is the only aircraft battery charger on the market with three different charge methods: constant current, constant potential and the company’s exclusive ReFlex fast charge setting.
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by Mark Huber Bombardier is moving to upgrade its customer product support and training options. To that end, the company announced a major expansion of its service capabilities, including deployment of a fleet of mobile response trucks and three new regional support offices co-located with Bombardier factory-owned maintenance facilities in Tucson, Hartford and Fort Lauderdale. The trucks and regional offices will be linked 24/7 with Bombardier customer support centers in Montreal and Wichita, all eight Bombardier factory-owned commercial and business service centers in the U.S. and deployed customer liaison pilots, customer support account managers and field service representatives. The trucks and their crews will operate from Van Nuys, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Hartford and Fort Lauderdale. Each truck features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a variety of maintenance equipment. Bombardier is establishing more regional service offices worldwide. The company recently
opened an office for commercial aircraft in Munich and for business aircraft at Farnborough. It also opened an office in Moscow. Other locations include Dubai, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo, Mumbai, Shanghai and Sydney. Bombardier also currently maintains 10 parts depots on five continents, two customer response centers (Wichita and Montreal), 52 authorized
service centers and two training centers, and it has trained 1,500 maintenance technicians. “We really stepped up our game last year,” said Eric Martel, president of Bombardier customer services. Martel said the company now has three main parts distribution hubs in
Online safety course trains volunteer pilots The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new online course aimed at educating pilots about how to stay safe while volunteering their services for emergency relief. The new program, Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion, was developed in conjunction with the Air Care Alliance and offers users interactive techniques to examine flight profiles and decision making that takes pilots far beyond the realm of leisure flying. Users learn how to mitigate pressures and recognize treacherous mindsets that could lead to trouble, helping them become adept at managing the particular risks of volunteer flying. “As an organization dedicated to community service through public-benefit flying, the Air Care Alliance was pleased to partner with
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Chicago, Frankfurt and Asia and that it is launching a Smart Parts Preferred program to cover all Learjets, Challengers and Globals with more component coverage. “The really important change we made was to say ‘yes’ to our customers all the time,” he said. “We can always say ‘yes’ if they need help and support from our service centers. That was not always the case in the past.” Learjet Strike
Martel said the ongoing strike at Learjet is not having an impact on customers’ ability to get parts in a timely fashion, although he admitted that the company did not stockpile parts in anticipation of a strike. More than 825 members of the International Association of Machinists struck Bombardier Learjet Wichita on October 8. As of yesterday, the company and the union had not resumed negotiations. Bombardier also announced an expansion of its partnership with CAE, revealing plans to open a new dedicated pilot and maintenance training center in Amsterdam in 2014 for Globals equipped with the Bombardier Vision flight deck. CAE’s Amsterdam location already offers training on the Challenger 300 and 604. The new facility will complement CAE’s Burgess Hill facility. o in volunteer flying efforts.” ASI’s charter is to provide continuing general aviation pilot education and safety programs, and the organization is a subset of the AOPA Foundation’s larger mission of protecting, preserving and improving the future of general aviation. AOPA (Booth No. 723) serves more than 400,000 pilots and airplane owners.–C.E.
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Which one do you want? Attendees stop to dream at Dassault’s booth (No. 3760), where the company has its full line of business jets on display. The French airframer announced a new model in the Falcon line yesterday–the Falcon 2000LXS–that will replace the 2000LX when it gains certfication in 2014.
Custom Control means total cabin control by Kirby J. Harrison Custom Control Concepts has found its niche in business and private aviation and is offering evidence at NBAA (Booth No. 2171) that its original status as a small fish in a relatively small pond has become a big fish in that pond. The pond referred to is the completion and refurbishment market for heavy iron; the single- and twin-aisle executive aircraft derived from airliners. In that pool, CCC made a splash recently with completion center contracts to provide
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Available at the CCC exhibit here is virtually every product in its line, installed and available for demonstration in a cabin mockup. Among the latest items are: • A line of 3-D monitors, from 47-inch to 65-inch, with a switch to shift from standard viewing to 3-D; promoted as “smart, bright, light and skinny.” • The iPlane app, which allows users to stream previously loaded audio and video from Apple or Android devices and enjoy it on the cabin big-screen. It also allows control of all cabin amenities through a personal device. • Spectrum Lighting that permits infinite control of cabin lighting from an Apple or Android device. It will also allow the user to simply touch any color in a photograph in the device and have that color replicated throughout the cabin lighting system. • Back-shells that ensure a custom fit for each application, and ensure “a substantial reduction in electromagnetic interference.” • The SkyShow 3-D moving map. According to Jemera, one of the main advantages enjoyed by CCC is that it has its own in-house lab for testing and certification. The company
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On September 26, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support celebrated the grand opening of its newest service center at the Aeropuerto Internacional del Norte in Monterrey, Mexico. Besides maintenance, repair and modification of airframes, powerplants and avionics systems, the Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil-certified Hawker Beechcraft Services facility also offers interior modification and exterior paint. This is the second HBS facility in Mexico. “Our Monterrey facility offers the first dedicated paint facility in Mexico for general aviation and is a great option for owners looking to update and refurbish their aircraft,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, global customer support. For customers seeking modification work, the Monterrey facility offers a design studio filled with a variety of leathers, carpets, fabrics and finishes as well as electronic views of potential designs. The 48,000-sq-ft Monterrey Hawker Beechcraft service center features a 13,400-sq-ft paint hangar, 24,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar, 10,700 sq ft of office space, on-site parts and dedicated customer area with Wi-Fi-equipped guest offices and a lounge. –M.T.
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• November 2011 • Announced that the company-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Belfast and Dallas were accredited with quality standard AS9110 Revision A. • Signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Kingdom of Morocco for the establishment of a new manufacturing facility.
• Announced that interior completion of the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets will take place at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre in Montréal.
• Bombardier named world-renowned architect Frank Gehry as a Global aircraft brand ambassador. •S elected Stan Younger, who previously led Cessna’s companyowned service facilities, to head the company’s aircraft service center network, succeeding Michael McQuay, who retired. • Began fabrication of the first Learjet 85 flight test aircraft.
• Announced OnPoint engine service agreements for Challenger and Global Aircraft with GE Aviation, for jets using GE Passport and CF34 engines. • Announced that its Querétaro, Mexico manufacturing site will build the aft fuselage for the new ultra-long range Global 7000 and Global 8000.
January 2012 • Bombardier released delivery and order results for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2011. The airframer delivered 163 business jets, up from 155 for the previous fiscal year. During the same period, the company received 191 net orders for business jets, compared to 107 for the previous year. • NetJets’s first Bombardier jet, a Global 6000, was handed over for completions. The aircraft was part of a firm order for 50 Globals by the fractional provider. With a total retail price exceeding $6.7 billion including options for an additional 70 Globals, the order was the largest aircraft purchase agreement in the history of private aviation.
February 2012 April 2012 • Albert K. Li, most recently president, Ford Lio Ho Motor, was appointed as general manager and head of Bombardier Aerospace China.
• The 400th Learjet 60XR midsize jet was delivered to Mexico-based movie theater operator Cinépolis.
• Bombardier Aerospace inaugurates its new office in Shanghai.
• Opened new business aircraft regional support offices (RSO) in Singapore and São Paulo, Brazil and expanded capabilities at its Sydney, Australia commercial aircraft RSO to include business aircraft. • Received a firm, approximately $156 million order for five Challenger 850 large cabin jets from an undisclosed customer.
• First Global 6000 equipped with the Vision flight deck is delivered.
• Released third quarter financial results showing a backlog of $22.3 billion across its aerospace division, a 16 percent rise over the previous year due mainly to an increase in large business aircraft and CSeries airliner orders.
• Bombardier Aerospace inaugurates new engineering service office in Bangalore, India.
• Bombardier named professional tennis player Novak Djokovic as a Learjet Brand Ambassador. • Bombardier’s new Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based Vision flight deck enters service on schedule on a Global 5000. •A ustralia’s AVWest places a firm $292.5 million order for five Global 6000 ultra long-range jets.
• Ground breaking ceremony held for Learjet’s Wichita site expansion. The more than $50 million project, the largest in Bombardier Learjet’s history, includes the company’s flight test center, the establishment of centers of excellence for engineering and information technology, a new paint shop, production flight test building and a new delivery center.
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• June 2012 • NetJets places $2.3 billion order for 75 super-midsize Challenger 300 jets and 25 large-cabin Challenger 605s, plus options for an additional 125 Challenger 300s and 50 605s. The aircraft will be operated in North America and Europe. • Ground breaking is held on a full-scale company-owned service center for business aircraft at Seletar Airport in Singapore. It will be the company’s 10th such facility and its second outside North America.
• Launch of Learjet 70 and 75, direct replacements for the 40XR and 45XR, the midsize pair features newly-designed winglets, upgraded engines, the Garmin G5000 avionics suite and a new cabin.
• Bombardier releases its annual 20-year market forecast calling for the delivery of 24,000 business jets from 2012 to 2031, valued at $648 billion. • Announced firm orders for three Global 6000 and five Global 8000 jets from an undisclosed customer worth approximately $507 million.
July 2012 • Announced the opening of a regional support office at Farnborough, UK.
• Composite fuselage sections for the first Learjet 85 make the two-day journey by truck from Querétaro, Mexico to Wichita for joining.
• The OEM announced it achieved power-on of the first Learjet 75’s electrical systems on the Wichita production line.
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The firm is emphasizing its “truly simple, three-component design.” In both manual and motorized variants, the shade assemblies include: a lead screw to transfer horizontal actuation to vertical shade movement
with a motor for the motorized assembly; an upper pulley bearing assembly, replaced by shaft drive for the motorized assembly; and two belts. “Our ‘drop-in’ design provides worry-free operation
because there are no cables to increase the risk of failure,” said director of marketing Mark Weiland. “This saves customers labor and maintenance costs, while ensuring low force and precise actuation.” Other advantages of Berg’s customized approach to the business aircraft window shade include adaptation to various
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Apple iPads continue to flood cockpits, from ultralights to airliners, and here at NBAA’12, several companies are offering mounts for the popular electronic tablets. One such company is Fort Lauderdale-based CRS Jet Spares (Booth No. 3916), which is announcing its new iPad yoke mount for Gulfstream aircraft this week in Orlando. According to CRS, the mount (part number CRS-IPD-GUL) weighs 11 ounces, attaches flush to the yoke, requires no electrical connection, can be rotated 360 degrees and flips up to allow easy entry and egress from the pilot’s seat. Said to be easily removable, the iPad yoke mount can also be used with other tablets, as well as on flat, horizontal surfaces. Priced at $475, it comes with a lifetime warranty. CRS started marketing its iPad mount a few months ago, according to Jack Caloras, CRS vice president of sales and business development. Another company is manufacturing the mount under an exclusive agreement with CRS. “We have sold more than 100 units of the yoke mount and are ramping up production to meet the demand,” said CRS CEO Armando Leighton. The yoke mount fits the yokes of all Gulfstream jets, except for the G650, Caloras told AIN. He added that CRS is developing a version of the iPad mount for glare shields with the same company that is manufacturing the yoke mount. The glare-shield mount, however, is being designed to fit just about any aircraft. At NBAA’12, CRS Jet Spares is giving away a 2012 Harley Davidson Super Low Iron 883. The drawing for the motorcycle will take place at the company’s booth at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. –R.R.P.
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Despite predictions of a significant increase to private jet movements during the London 2012 Olympics, overall industry traffic levels were around 25 percent down on what was expected. London Biggin Hill Airport (below), however saw a 12.5 percent increase in traffic from the previous July and reported handling more larger jets than usual and using some 1,300 slots.
Olympics traffic less than expected by Ian Sheppard The London Olympics was as much a success from an aviation point of view as it was from a sporting one, although the French may choose to disagree given that Paris was the jilted candidate in 2005. British medal hopes far exceeded expectations and the U.S. beat China at the top of the medals table. The vigilance and good planning paid off and there were no aviation-related news stories to interrupt the smooth flow of sporting action as even the weather, so appalling for much of 2012, decided to stop drenching the British Isles as the Gulf Stream shifted its gaze back up to Iceland. Generally, the 40 slot-coordinated airports did not have capacity problems, and due to
the lack of any disruptions, few aircraft even had to hold in the temporary holding patterns. Having started on July 21, Olympic airspace restrictions switched back to near normal in mid-August with a quiet, behind-the-scenes sigh of relief from the armed forces, airspace coordinators, regulators, ATC and operators. The Paralympics started in late August with far less restrictive temporary measures, mainly focused around London City Airport, which is close to the Olympic Park, and some out-of-London venues. Slot-coordinator Airport Coordination Ltd. (ACL), which is based at London’s Heathrow Airport, reported that around 5,000 bookings had been registered for slots at the 40 airports.
Jet booking service Privatefly said airports did have spare capacity during the Games, although it saw a 40-percent increase in bookings, mostly “as a result of Londoners trying to escape. Despite predictions of a significant increase to private jet movements during the London 2012 Olympics, overall industry traffic levels were around 25 percent down on what was predicted,” Privatefly summarized. Oxford Airport’s experience of the Games period was interesting. “The airport’s Olympics impact really came ahead of the Games in July when we saw a notable increase in heavy metal coming through us in those two weeks,” the airport reported, “50-plus slots versus 18 last year over the same
Olympics brings new business to Biggin Hill Airport London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 1389) business-development manager Robert Walters hopes that business aircraft operators that flew into the airport during the 2012 Olympics will visit again soon. “We have been encouraged by the number of new customers using the airport for the first time,” he said, “approximately 12 percent of the total [during the games].” Heavier aircraft, including several Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Global Expresses and Gulfstreams, were among aircraft arriving from Australia, China, Hong Kong, the Middle East, North America and Europe. Many regular ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop corporate-charter flights from Europe operated into Biggin Hill, which handled a peak of 20 movements in its busiest hour as many departed on the morning after the opening ceremony. Coordinated traffic management permitted Biggin Hill a maximum of 21 movements an hour. Including Olympics-related traffic, Biggin Hill saw overall growth of 19 percent in July and a 7-percent gain for the year’s first eight months to August 31. The airport expects to achieve about 13,000 movements for the year. Resident Swiss business aviation management and charter operator Perfect Aviation plans to move its Biggin Hill-based UK subsidiary to bigger facilities to provide expanded aircraft maintenance capacity. Its 11,475-sq-ft hangar and offices have been extensively renovated and larger ramp parking will accommodate four mid-sized business jets. Perfect will undertake in-house base maintenance for its Learjet 45 fleet and is planning to expand its maintenance capability to other types as demand grows. Among other news, completion center RAS Group has introduced a new apprenticeship scheme at Biggin Hill, and the airport operator has commissioned a new fire station offering capacity for up to eight 6- by 6-wheel rescue vehicles. –I.G.
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period for GV/G550/Global Express/Falcon 7X and first BBJs–representing a 180-percent increase–and we sold 40 percent more fuel.” Interestingly, the airport observed that the trend was “mainly driven by operators who might normally have gone to Luton, looking for a lower-cost option outside the [Olympics] restricted zone with easy aircraft parking space and less hassle. None of [that] was Olympics-related.” Overall, Oxford saw well over 600 business aircraft slots used in the Olympic period, which ranked it number five behind Luton, Farnborough, Biggin Hill and Stansted airports. The Oxford traffic was not Olympics traffic, though. Oxford’s busiest day was July 23 with 45 bizav movements, double the normal peak. It appears that overall air traffic services provider NATS and the UK CAA predicted volumes accurately, with almost 10,000 IFR general aviation movements, 3,000 more than would be expected normally. Biggin Hill Traffic
The Barclays London Heliport, the city’s only commercial heliport, saw an increase of 63 percent over the same period in 2011. The heliport was acquired by Oxford Airport owners the Reuben Brothers earlier this year, but the airport said shuttles to the heliport increased negligibly. Usually, the summer is a quiet holiday season. London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 1389) “handled a significantly higher profile of larger jets and some demanding peaks,” according to business development manager Robert Walters. He added that highlights included a total of 1,300 slots at the airport (July 21 to August 15) with the ACL slot system working well with “no problems encountered.” Growth of 12.5 percent was encountered during July over the same period a year earlier. The peak movement period for Biggin Hill was July 26 to 29, and the peak number of aircraft parked was 80 corporate jets. In addition, Walters recognized the “fine on-site support from Gulfstream, which positioned an engineering team at the airport for the duration. Together with our FBO partners [at Biggin Hill] Jet Aviation and Rizonjet, the handling arrangements were seamlessly managed for customers.” Some 12 percent of the visitor total was new to Biggin Hill, reflecting a positive effect for business aviation airports around
London. Walters concluded, “The logistics required for the London Games has brought us extended capabilities and new ideas. Our task now is to build on that legacy.” Luton Airport confirmed to AIN halfway through the Games that, “The total number of executive jet movements at London Luton for the Olympic period to date is 1,845 and this is expected to be 2,400 by the end. We do not have any information on the purpose of these visits and there is no definitive way of telling if they are arriving for the Olympics or another purpose.” “A last-minute surge of world leaders, government officials, VIPs and celebrities arriving for the opening ceremony helped set a record at Stansted Airport on Friday, July 27,” that airport reported. The influx of so many private jets and aircraft saw more airplanes parked overnight at the airport than ever before. In total, 165 airplanes were positioned around the north side and south side areas of the airport, compared to 156 for the Champions League (European soccer cup) final in May 2011. “We had an extremely busy day on Friday with scores of private jets flying in world leaders and the rich and famous attending the opening ceremony,” said head of airside operations Trevor Waldock. “It was an immense logistical operation and hugely challenging,” he said. Stansted has three established FBOs: Harrods Aviation (Booth No. 4263), Universal Aviation (Booth Nos. 2516, 2914) and Inflite, while Aero Toy Store opened a base there earlier this year. Finally, said TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth No. 4321) director of operations Roger Walker, “Farnborough has been busy, particularly with heads of state and IOC member flights, providing good first and last impressions of London. The service has been seamless, with many positive comments received from our VIPs. We have been planning for the Olympics for over 18 months, and our new infrastructure, including hangars, apron and arrivals lounge, has been well received. It has been a particularly eventful period, with the Farnborough International Airshow ending just 12 days before the Olympic Games opening ceremony.” o
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The Powertech and Powertech 2 feature a dual-rail carrying system to deploy (l to r) a sheer, translucent pleated shade with approximately 50-percent light diffusion and an opaque, virtually 100-percent blackout shade.
With window shade systems, ATG is spreading the light by Kirby J. Harrison Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG) is taking the art of aircraft window shades to a new level. The Boca Raton, Fla.based company (Booth No. 995) is promoting its line of window shade systems for business aircraft. The line includes the electromechanical Powertech and Powertech 2 dual-pleated shade-and-rail systems and the latest product known as Panacea, which adds fourth-generation electrochromic technology. Powertech and Powertech 2 are both in production, with Powertech 2 an upgrade that is “faster, quieter and features a manual override,” according to the company. Variants of each are currently in development in various sizes for six different OEM aircraft, from the HondaJet to Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000. The Modular System 2 is being developed for the Airbus A318, A319 and A321 series, and their ACJ executive versions, as well as for the Boeing Business Jet series. ATG currently supplies both Airbus and Boeing with its earlier-generation products for commercial airline applications: the Powertech NG for the Airbus A380 and the Ambiance shade system for the Boeing 777. These are also applicable to their executive aircraft variants. Translucent Shade
The Powertech and Powertech 2 feature a dual-rail carrying system to deploy a translucent pleated shade with approximately 50-percent light diffusion and a virtually 100-percent blackout shade. The rail assemblies are made of “ultra-lightweight” carbon fiber in a manufacturing technique called “pultrusion” to ensure precise tolerances and high strength. The single-track design allows for a wider overlay cutout as well as the housing of all the components within a thin cassette barely one-inch thick. This creates a flexible installation interface between the aircraft shell liner and interior panels. ATG claims its products are 20- to 30percent lighter than competing aircraft window shades. More important, said company president and CEO Simon Kay, is reliability and ease of maintenance. All the ATG shades, he emphasized, are field serviceable and line replaceable. Powertech 3 is designed to allow anyone to simply snap 19870-SNN-Tech-Stops-AIN-124x318.indd 2
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out the window surround, pop out the interior case containing the shade and articulating mechanism and replace it in a matter of seconds. And the only tools required, he added, “are the 10 fingers available to all of us all the time.” In a demonstration, using only his fingers, Kay pulled a window surround, easily yanked the Powertech window shade cassette unit and replaced it in less than 30 seconds. In fact, he explained further, the modular design allows an “ultraquick” component replacement, from controller to motor to individual shade fabrics. Even the most complex maintenance job, said Kay, requires no more than about two minutes. Taking the demonstration even further, Kay pulled a Powertech shade unit, attached it to an exterior power source and ran the shade up and down, at the same time twisting it, banging it on the tabletop and pressing the acrylic clear shell against the shade. At no point did the shade fail. “It’s a very rugged case,” said Kay, with a satisfied smile. “Any window shade has to work all the time, every time, even with the extreme changes of temperature and flexing of the cabin that’s normal with changes in pressure.” Kay claimed that the reliability of ATG’s shades more than equals that of the typical manual shade. As an option for a small number of customers, ATG does offer a manually articulated shade called Tranquility, but it does not actively promote the product. But the highlight being demonstrated at ATG’s NBAA exhibit is Panacea. The dual shades work as they do in the Powertech and Powertech 2 products and the key difference is the electrochromic variable tinting lens that remains clear until an electrical charge is introduced, causing the window to darken. The degree to which it darkens is dependent on the total amount of current applied. The transition time for the electrochromic shade is approximately 30 seconds. The system allows the passenger to halt the process at any desired light-blocking level, and the unit does not require continuous power to stay dark or clear. ATG’s Powertech shade system can be seen installed in a Hawker Beechcraft 800XP on the static display. o
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news clips z Aeria Lux Gears Up for Long Haul Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, Texas, recently delivered its first airplane and is gearing up for a long-haul bizliner that arrives in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment. “We had our first airplane in over the summer,” said Aeria general manager Ron Soret. “The launch of Aeria Luxury was at the Singapore Air Show in February and just a few months later we took on our first job–a BBJ for light maintenance and installation of a new inflight entertainment package.” The parent company has allocated 100,000 sq ft at its San Antonio International Airport facilities to Aeria Luxury and Aeria is now hiring “a lot more people,” including installers, upholsterers and sheet metal workers for the coming wide-body project. And with “a half-dozen quotes out,” ranging from green airplane completion to major refurbishment, more growth is expected.
z Forum Promotes Emergency Beacon ACR Electronics CEO Michael Wilkerson believes the best way to keep more boaters, aviators and outdoor enthusiasts safe is to educate them about the value of keeping a 406 MHz emergency beacon close at hand when it’s needed. Because stories about rescue efforts carry considerable weight, ACR Electronics (Booth No. 3067) announced its new Survivor Club–www.survivorclub.com–where people who have used an emergency beacon can share their rescue stories on the SurvivorClub.com forum. In addition to seeing the beacon used in that rescue added to ACR’s Wall of Fame, people who activate a beacon after Oct. 1, 2012 will have their unit replaced with a new one at no charge. “We see SurvivorClub.com as a forum to promote a very important public service message that satellite-detectable 406 MHz beacons are the ultimate way out of trouble and are literally saving lives somewhere around the planet every day,” Wilkerson said. “Who better to promote this safety message than survivors who have actually been rescued?”
z An Alternative to WiFi From Execjet Mobile Execjet Mobile, of Scottsdale, Ariz. (Booth No. 706), is enticing NBAA’12 attendees to its exhibit by offering an iPad Mini giveaway if they’ll stay to hear about the company’s new communication platform, Bizjet Mobile. The product uses an existing onboard smartphone, iPad or Android device’s Bluetooth plus Iridium technology to send and receive emails and text messages worldwide. When combining the portable Bizjet Mobile V2 and the company’s iPhone/iPad app (available on iTunes) Execjet Mobile promises in-flight productivity for passengers and pilots for an initial cost of roughly $35,000 and $799 a month.
Jet Aviation upgrades first Legacy flight deck by James Wynbrandt Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior v-p and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well. Jet Aviation St. Louis (Booth No. 3797) also announced the formation of airframe-specific teams to improve aircraft
support. The dedicated teams will focus on Hawker, Falcon, Gulfstream and Bombardier Global and Challenger jets. “Having technical teams focused on specific aircraft benefits operators by providing the right resources,” said Krugh. Efficiency Improvements
The company is on schedule for its 200th green aircraft completion in December, a volume enabled by continuous improvement initiatives that have increased the efficiency of its completions process. The last 16 of Jet Aviation St. Louis’s completions have been delivered
Securaplane showcases next-gen security system Securaplane Technologies (Booth No. 2157) of Tucson, Ariz. is showcasing at NBAA’12 its next-generation integrated security and camera system for business jets and highlighting OEMs that have recently selected its technology for security and flight operations. Incorporating a suite of highdefinition cameras, Securaplane’s security system delivers real-time surveillance remotely to the owner/operator. “Wherever you are in the world–in a hotel next to the airfield or at
your home base on another continent–you can keep a watchful eye on your property,” said Steffen Spell, vice president of sales and marketing. “This is the first system that allows operators to view the perimeter of their aircraft remotely through their phones rather than having to download the video recording from an on-board recorder.” Bombardier Aerospace has selected Securaplane’s security system for its Global 7000/8000, and Boeing will equip its 777300ER with Securaplane’s
ahead of schedule, the company noted. Krugh added that the company’s completion experience “has made us experts at building aircraft and at building the tools we use to manage the aircraft production process. From improved data management to shop-floor layout, we have looked at every variable involved in the process and worked to make it better.” Here at the show, Jet Aviation is debuting an interior configuration and paint scheme app for the iPad and iPhone that allows clients to visualize their options for cabin interior appointments and exterior finishes. Jet Aviation St. Louis is also touting its free tool calibration offer: any client who brings an aircraft in for maintenance before December 31 this year can receive free calibration of hand tools, such as torque wrenches and micrometers. o ground-maneuvering camera system (GMCS), which will provide pilots with views of landing gear and ground conditions. Using a new lightweight camera, the GMCS presents images on a three-way splitscreen flight-deck video display. Additionally, Embraer Defense and Security has selected Securaplane as its sole-source tier 1 supplier to provide a static inverter for its new KC-390 twinjet airlifter. Bolstering its international sales and support, Securaplane, a Meggitt company, has tapped Singapore’s Meggitt Aerospace Pacific as its Pacific Rim distributor and CASP Aerospace of Quebec as its Canadian distributor for power products.–J.W.
Ship It AOG, the Addison, Texas-based international parts distribution company, will offer visitors to Booth No. 682 an opportunity to see the new Fire-Fighter and the Fire-Fighter II fire-containment bags. The bags are designed to provide inflight containment for lithium-ion battery-operated devices in the event of a thermal runaway of the battery packs. Lithium-ion batteries power nearly every portable electronic device that pilots and passengers carry on aircraft. “The fact that batteries can fail on rare occasions in an uncontrolled manner has brought an increased public awareness for battery safety, in particular as a result of some very large product recalls of portable notebook computer and cell phone batteries,” according to a July 2011 study conducted by Exponent (Failure Analysis Associates) for the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF). According to Ship It AOG, “The bag has proven its ability to absorb the energy and fire while minimizing the escape of smoke.” The Fire-Fighter and the smaller Fire-Fighter II each include a pair of thermal gloves to protect the hands of people placing a hot device in the bag.
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Proceed to parking A Falcon 900EX gets a lift to the static display at Orlando Executive, where it is sharing the spotlight with approximately 75 large jets–including a handful of bizliners. For a short time on Sunday and Monday Orlando n played host to the most impressive business jet–Air Force One–while President Obama was in town.
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Jetcraft brings HUD/EVS to in-service Bombardier fleet by Matt Thurber Jetcraft Avionics is unveiling an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) that will be available for aftermarket retrofit in business jets. Jetcraft’s HUD Vision Access system consists of an Elbit-Kollsman EVS II enhanced vision system combined with an Elbit AT-HUD head-up display. The first installation is under way on a Bombardier Challenger 604, and once that is certified, Jetcraft plans to develop similar installations on a Bombardier CRJ200 and Challenger 605. Jetcraft is announcing the EFVS retrofit program today at an event at the Elbit exhibit (“The Future of Low Visibility Operations” at Booth No. 4185, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and at the same time introducing the aviation world to a new personal-computer-based HUD simulator training and practice program developed by FlyRealHUDs.com. Before Jetcraft’s development of an aftermarket EFVS retrofit, the benefits of lower landing minimums (generally 100 feet lower for ILS and LPV GPS approaches with vertical guidance) were available only to new aircraft equipped with EFVS. The
Jetcraft EFVS upgrade will be the first aftermarket EFVS (HUD with EVS) solution. In addition to credit for approaches, Jetcraft is working with industry committees and regulators to seek approval for credit for surface movement guidance and reduced takeoff minimums. For pilots, a key feature of EFVS is that the infrared EVS image is displayed on the HUD. While other companies are working on approach/landing minimums credit for head-down displays (using primary flight displays instead of HUDs), the EFVS combination of EVS and HUD is currently the only way to employ the 100-foot credit. So this means that pilots using EFVS need to learn how to use the system, and this is where FlyRealHUDS.com comes in. Learning how to use a HUD is challenging because the only way to practice is to book some time in an expensive full-motion simulator. FlyRealHUDs. com has developed a much lower cost way around this problem, a plugin piece of HUD simulator software that works on the X-Plane flight simulator (both
Jetcraft’s enhanced flight vision system retrofit incorporates a HUD, and the company worked with FlyRealHUDs.com to develop a PC-based training program (above) to allow pilots to practice flying with the device without having to book time in a full-motion sim or strapping into the airplane.
PC and Apple Macintosh, version 10.10 or later). With the FlyRealHUDs.com plugin, pilots and simulator enthusiasts can fly any X-Plane aircraft with a fullblown real airliner or business jet HUD. The HUD plugin includes all the normal HUD features, such as the flight path vector, flight director cue, acceleration cue, angle-of-attack, EVS mode, glideslope and localizer indicators, rollout guidance, runway remaining and so on.
The benefit of using a program like FlyRealHUDs.com is that pilots can not only learn how to use a HUD, they can also practice flying with a HUD in varying weather conditions and flying HUDassisted instrument approaches into unfamiliar airports. X-Plane allows users to set any kind of weather conditions, or use existing real weather, time and date. Demos of the FlyRealHUDs.com plugin are available at the Elbit booth. o
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Rockwell Collins harvests bumper crop of bizav apps by Robert P. Mark “If there’s a theme to our presence at this year’s show, it is to display the merger of consumer technology with the flight deck, cabin and flight operations that our customers expect. We’re delivering on that expectation,” said Collin Mahoney,
vice president of sales and marketing for commercial systems at Rockwell Collins. Here at the convention Rockwell Collins unveiled its Skybox system, which wirelessly delivers Hollywood-protected content to personal Apple devices in the
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Although head-up guidance (HGS) capability has been around for nearly two decades, many pilots have never seen the Recognizing that flying with a HUD requires a pilot to practice Rockwell Collins head-up dis- before setting foot in an airplane, Rockwell Collins released the play (HUD) system up close, HGS Flight app to teach HUD symbology. much less flown with it. In keeping with Rockwell Collins’s desire and also about Rockwell Collins HGS to make NBAA’12 an Apple-based products. Experienced HUD pilots experience, it released the HGS Flight might find it challenging, too. The iPad app to familiarize pilots with app starts beginners with a simple HUD flying. The application–avail- flight path marker and guidance cue able at no cost from the iTunes Store– (put the cue “donut” in the flight path offers pilots of all experience levels a marker “hole”) and progresses by chance to experience flying with HGS adding more HUD symbology, plus a and contains a number of tutorials on throttle control. Users can progress to terms and symbology and how HGS new levels of difficulty by successfully landing the iPad airplane, and also operates. The HGS Flight app is diaboli- choose varying weather and wind levcally addictive and helps wanna-be els and day or night. With a simple Rockwell Collins sysHUD pilots learn HUD symbology tem upgrade, Airshow 4000 customers will now be able to use a new iPad app that offers passengers a panoramic view Foliage guides of the outside world from any direction operators through the iPad is held, as if the aircraft were DO-178 compliance transparent. Point the iPad down durCreating software for aviation appliing the day and what is passing beneath cations that complies with the FAA’s the aircraft appears as if the floor were DO-178 standard can be challenging, made of glass. Hold it up at night and requiring completion of a series of prethe iPad will display the stars as they cise development and verification tasks appear outside the cabin. The conduring the process. Here at NBAA’12, trols for the Rockwell Collins version software product development company of Airshow are, of course, all touchFoliage (Booth No. 790) of Burlington, screen. Ascend, the Rockwell Collins Mass. is highlighting how it can help integration of its flight planning and companies meet these challenges. scheduling software, as well as wireless Foliage believes many companies streaming of content updates to an airtake the wrong approach to DO-178 craft information manager, is also now compliance: they either go it alone or available in an iPad version. attempt to outsource completely the The non-iPad-centric news here prescribed development and verificais the award of FAA certification for tion tasks. Both those approaches can Rockwell Collins’s head-up guidance increase product development costs and with enhanced flight vision system time, according to Foliage. (EFVS) on the Bombardier Challenger Foliage recommends a third path, 605, an add-on that allows the suitably an “integrated team” approach of qualified crew of the aircraft to conpartnering with development specialtinue an approach to landing with miniists who have hands-on experience mums as low as 100 feet. o in DO-178 development. This can yield a compliant product with the least expenditure of time and money, according to Foliage. An integrated team approach also ensures that the company’s development team will be better prepared to tackle the next certifiable product development project. Foliage is sharing its ideas on this development methodology at the NBAA show. With more than 20 years of experience supporting the development of certifiable software products, Foliage believes it is well positioned to work with any company seeking such a development partner. –J.W.
NEWS NOTE An agreement has been signed between business aviation MRO provider Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5580) and battery maker EaglePicher Technologies whereby the Nebraska-based Duncan will now provide maintenance for the manufacturer’s line of lithium-ion aircraft batteries. “We were searching for a strategic partner to provide the most comprehensive service and support for our aircraft batteries and we believe Duncan Aviation fits this profile quite well,” said Ron Nowlin, vice president and general manager for aerospace systems at Missouribased EaglePicher (Booth No. 3740). n
Greensboro’s Atlantic Aero celebrates ruby anniversary A regional fixed-base operation that grew into an internationally recognized maintenance and manufacturing facility is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Atlantic Aero, formed in response to customer dissatisfaction with an existing FBO provider in Greensboro, N.C., will hold an anniversary celebration at its booth (No. 2569) today at 3:30 p.m. “A group of investors decided to start their own rival FBO and looked around the country for a model operation for their business to emulate,” said Jim Spinder, Atlantic Aero general manager. FBO owner John Godwin was brought in as a consultant; he later sold his business in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to become Atlantic Aero’s first CEO. The company established its facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in 1972, offering Learjet 24B charters and management services, in addition to fuel sales and maintenance services. In the years that followed, the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business grew to include manufacturers such as Bombardier, Dassault and Cessna. The company received
DAS/ODA certification in 1997. Atlantic Aero soon diversified into other areas, including parts design and production, and even air freight operations. Mid-Atlantic Freight, which at its peak operated 25 Cessna Caravans throughout the Southeastern U.S., helped Atlantic Aero earn a five-state territory for Caravan sales and support. The freight operation later merged with Addison, Texas-based Martinaire. One of the more interesting Atlantic Aero subsidiaries was Godwin Aircraft, a small research and development offshoot formed in 1982, which ultimately led to the company’s role in the development of the Questair Venture two-seat homebuilt airplane. While Questair didn’t survive longterm, lessons learned with the Venture and other manufacturing programs led indirectly to the highest profile project to date for Atlantic Aero, and a tale Spinder termed “one of the strangest stories you might ever hear.” When a mutual friend advised the company of Honda’s interest in partnering with an American company to build
The Beechcraft King Air is one of the varied types of aircraft maintained by Atlantic Aero.
a proof-of-concept jet, Atlantic Aero focused its efforts to impress the Japanese manufacturer. “Honda visited us in 1998. After they left, we didn’t hear anything else from them for a year,” Spinder recalled. “We couldn’t believe it when they called in 1999 and said, ‘We have selected you to be our partner.’ We had assumed they’d gone elsewhere!” Atlantic Aero broke ground in 2000 on a 25,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility for the prototype HondaJet and also assisted with Honda’s initial plan to also develop its own engines. While the company is no longer affiliated with the HondaJet as the program moves toward production, the
experience allows Atlantic Aero to bill itself as one of the only FBOs employing a Catia 3-D modeling system to design aircraft components. Now owned by Greenwich Aero Group, Atlantic Aero provides airframe parts, interior component and cabinetry work and maintenance service for a wide variety of business aircraft. “We started very small and evolved to support a diverse range of aircraft types,” said Timothy Bolton, a quality assurance technician employed by Atlantic Aero for 39 of its 40 years. “Before Atlantic Aero, I’d been with several companies, but I could see right away this was the right place to be.”–R.F.
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London airports to Battersea a short hop for Harrods helos by Ian Goold Harrods Aviation (Booth No. 4263) is here at the NBAA convention promoting its helicopter transfer service from London-area airports such as Biggin Hill, Farnborough, Luton and Stansted to the London Heliport at Battersea in the west of the city. The company believes the operation, which provides easy access to London’s West End, is virtually unknown among U.S. corporate travelers. When flying into Stansted or Luton airports, visitors can take advantage of the amenities at the Harrods FBOs. The Air Harrods helicopter fleet, comprising a Sikorsky S-92, S-76C++ and S-76C+, as well as an AgustaWestland A109S Grand and AgustaWestland A109E, offers quick helicopter transit to London’s sole CAA-approved heliport. It also provides flights to the major international airports at Heathrow and Gatwick. The helicopter operation has grown, evidenced by recruitment earlier this year of two pilots with a combined 17,000 hours of experience. The company has added rotorcraft maintenance services at Stansted as it handles a wider range of
types. In fact, it has broadened its portfolio by taking on more maintenance work on the offshore fleet. Harrods hopes to reflect the city’s recent success in managing the London 2012 Olympics by extending a “welcome back to London” message here at NBAA 2012. During the Olympics, the number of aircraft carrying heads of state was the main challenge for Harrods Aviation’s Stansted FBO. Along with its sister operation at Luton, Stansted saw considerably higher international traffic during the two weeks of the main events. Nevertheless, the company claims not to have overestimated the likely Olympics-related flight numbers, which were subject to strict coordination with allocated slots at many airfields around London. Slots “were never a problem,” according to Harrods, and forecasts of expected movements and related demand for airport capacity were “good for planning,” a spokesman said, although the two FBOs were flooded with operators making late plans. The company believes that handling of Olympics-related aircraft was made
The VIP lounge at Harrods Aviation’s Luton Airport FBO has been upgraded with new furniture to provide a comfortable, quiet place for customers to relax. Drawing on its success with the Olympics, Harrods is here promoting its UK-based FBOs with a “welcome back to London” marketing campaign.
easier by the availability of southern England airfields, among which it claims Luton and Stansted were the busiest. In a continuing effort to improve efficiency, Harrods Aviation has invested in security equipment, fuel trucks and training at its Luton FBO. Using the fuel trucks enables faster delivery of fuel to customers, eliminating the need to wait for a third party, and also guarantees competitive prices. The VIP lounge there has been upgraded with new furniture
to provide a comfortable, quiet place for customers to relax. On the security front, UK requirements have driven the company to invest in explosives-detection equipment and staff training in its use and in baggage-search procedures. “Relying on a strong combination of in-house training and outsourced support, [we] aim to comply with regulations while keeping any inconvenience to customers, passengers or crew to a minimum,” a spokesman said. o
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En route modernization program on target by Bill Carey The director of Lockheed Martin’s En-route Automation Modernization (Eram) program has said the system’s deployment across the U.S. is on schedule and on budget since the FAA recalculated, or “rebaselined,” its cost and schedule in June last year. The FAA now says the Eram deployment to 20 air route traffic control centers (ARTCCs) that manage high-altitude traffic will be completed in August 2014, nearly four years late, at an additional cost of $330 million. That would bring the overall program cost to $2.4 billion. However, in an audit report released on September 13, the Department of Transportation inspector general’s office said the FAA has not “fully resolved” critical software problems that have delayed the program. The IG reiterated a Mitre estimate that cost overruns could exceed $500 million.
the capabilities of ground-based interval management spacing and airborne reroutes. In testimony before the House Aviation subcommittee on September 12, DOT IG Calvin
Scovel said controllers and technicians at the nine ARTCCs using Eram have identified 900 “high-priority” software issues that need to be addressed. Hill said some 60 percent of software
issues “end up being duplicates” across the sites. She said only 6 to 8 percent of reports represent new software problems. Hill said improved governance of the program by
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Hawker Beechcraft A look back at the past year’s news and events
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October 2011 • An exclusive agreement is reached with Rockwell Collins to provide synthetic vision upgrades for all Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft platforms. • The 100th Beechcraft T-6B trainer is delivered to the U.S. Navy. The T-6B has been in service with the Navy since August 2009. • XOJet, a California-based charter operator with 40 percent growth in 2011, announces orders for 12 transcontinental-capable Hawker 800XPRs. • The Hawker 4000 receives Brazilian type certification. The super-midsize jet is the first all-composite fuselage aircraft to receive approval from Brazilian aviation authorities. • All turbine-powered aircraft from Hawker Beechcraft are approved to use biofuels that meet the ASTM International turbine fuel standards.
•P lans are announced to increase scheduled production of the Hawker 400XPR following a sellout of the previously planned production numbers. • A suit is filled in the Court of Federal Claims following notification that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has declined to review Hawker Beechcraft’s protest of the decision by the U.S. Air Force to exclude the manufacturer’s AT-6 from the light air support competition. Instead, the Air Force chose to award the contract, with a potential value of nearly $1 billion, to Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada for the Super Tucano. • A contract is signed with the Mexican Air Force for purchase of six T-6C trainers.
January 2012 • The Hawker 900XP midsize business jet receives type certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Aviation Registry in Russia. • Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture responds to statements by President Obama in his State of the Union Address, protesting selection of the Embraer Super Tucano by the U.S. Air Force as winner of the light air support contract. Boisture said the actions of the current administration do not align with comments made by President Obama that he “wants to protect American manufacturing jobs and called for more highly skilled jobs in the U.S. and for more products to be made in America.”
• March 2012 • Hawker Beechcraft claims Brazil has become “a leading market for the company’s entire product line” and the company recognizes the rapidly growing business jet fleet there as one of the largest in the world. • Hawker Beechcraft announces 2012 as the 80th anniversary of the company and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s Hawker 125 series. • An agreement is announced with “certain lenders” that will provide the company with approximately$120 million of additional liquidity through an incremental term loan facility under its existing credit facility. • The sale is announced of 10 King Air twin turboprops to Avion Pacific of the People’s Republic of China. The deal is valued at approximately $50 million.
February 2012 • Steve Miller assumes the position of CEO, replacing Bill Boisture, who remains as chairman of the company’s operating subsidiary Hawker Beechcraft Corp.. • At the Singapore Airshow, the company announces an order for two Hawker 900XP midsize business jets from Jakarta-based Lion Air, along with options for an additional two. • Notice is received that the U.S. Air Force will set aside the light air support contract awarded to Embraer/Sierra Nevada.
April 2012 • The company announces it has filed its annual report Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011. The filing deadline had been extended to April 16. Hawker Beechcraft CEO Steve Miller noted that, “The majority of the issues disclosed in this filing reflected the company’s financial position as of Dec. 31, 2011.” • In a letter to employees, a 60-day warning is given that the company “will lay off approximately 350 employees in several areas of operations in Wichita.”
• Hawker Beechcraft and certain subsidiaries file voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Terms of a pre-arranged restructuring agreement are to take effect when the company’s reorganization plan is confirmed by the court and the Chapter 11 case is concluded. • Bankruptcy Court grants approval of Hawker Beechcraft’s “first day motions” as part of the voluntary filing for reorganization under Chapter 11. Approval enables HBC to continue to operate “in the ordinary course of business” during reorganization.
• P ending completion of the transaction, Superior Aviation Beijing agrees to acquire Hawker Beechcraft for $1.79 billion and agrees to make payments over six weeks of the exclusive negotiation period. The exclusivity period expires Sept. 1, 2012. • Hawker Beechcraft files a request with the bankruptcy court requesting permission as part of the restructuring to grant bonuses to most of its “senior leadership team.” • A bankruptcy court judge approves the Hawker Beechcraft motion to enter into exclusive negotiations with Superior Aviation Beijing for sale of HBC assets to Superior.
August 2012 • Premium Jet Aircraft Maintenance at Afonso Pena International Airport in Curitiba, Brazil, is appointed a Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center to support the Hawker 125 series and Hawker 400 series. • The bankruptcy court denies the request from HBC, filed on July 13, that would give eight of the Wichita OEM’s senior leadership team as much as $5.3 million bonuses. • In response to a request by Hawker Beechcraft, seeking a 120-day extension of the exclusivity period during which only the company can file a reorganization plan, the bankruptcy court agrees to maintain exclusivity through the end of February 2013.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending that the FAA more thoroughly collect and analyze general aviation (GA) operating data to help identify and mitigate safety risks and then set specific safety improvement goals with fixed deadlines. In an audit (GAO-13-36) of the FAA, the NTSB and general aviation accident data from 1999 to 2011 commissioned by Congress and completed on October 4, the GAO made three major recommendations. The FAA should: • collect individual aircraft flight-hour data at regular intervals, such as at registration or the annual maintenance inspection. • set specific safety improvement goals for general aviation, such as fatal accident reduction targets “for individual industry segments using a data-driven, risk management approach.” • develop performance measures for each significant general aviation safety program activity. The GAO found that corporate aviation, which accounts for an estimated 14 percent of all general aviation flight hours, remains the safest form of general aviation and that experimental aircraft have the highest accident rate. “Corporate operations accounted for less than one percent of fatal general aviation accidents and less than 0.5 percent of nonfatal accidents. From 2008 through 2011, there were no fatal accidents involving corporate airplanes, giving corporate operations an accident record similar to that of commercial air carriers,” the GAO found, crediting factors such as “the pilot’s training, experience and participation in ongoing training to maintain and improve their skills, as well as the safety equipment that is typically installed on corporate aircraft” for this segment’s continuing low accident rate. Conversely, homebuilt experimental or experimental-amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft, according to the GAO, accounted for 14 percent of nonfatal and 21 percent of fatal GA accidents, while representing only an estimated 4 percent of GA hours flown. The agency noted both the growth and unique and inherent risks in this sector. “E-AB airplanes were also the fastest growing type of aircraft in the general aviation fleet in recent years. In 2011, there were approximately 33,000 registered E-AB aircraft, a 10-percent increase from three years earlier. AOPA’s 2010 Nall Report–an annual safety report that provides perspectives on the previous year’s general aviation accidents–indicated that the physical characteristics and the manner in which these aircraft are used expose E-AB aircraft pilots to greater risk and make accidents less survivable.” Citing NTSB findings, the GAO noted that, “The flight test period–the first 50
hours of flight–is uniquely challenging for most E-AB pilots because they must learn to manage the handling characteristics of an unfamiliar aircraft while also managing the challenges of the flight test environment, including instrumentation that is not yet calibrated, controls that may need adjustments and possible malfunctions or adverse handling characteristics.” Single-engine Pistons
Overall, single-engine piston aircraft account for the majority of all GA accidents, according to the GAO: 76 percent of all nonfatal and 60 percent of all fatal accidents, but these numbers were in line with estimated sector flight hours of approximately 65 percent. Personal flights had a higher accident rate, 77 percent, although they accounted for only 40 percent of all GA operations. Instructional flights had the secondhighest number of GA accidents from 1999 through 2011; however, they also had the smallest proportion of fatal accidents. The GAO concluded, “Almost 38 percent of accidents that occurred during instructional flying involved hard landings or loss of control while the aircraft was on the ground. These types of events are less likely to cause fatalities than other types of events. It is also possible that the presence of a certified flight instructor onboard to share the management of the cockpit and other tasks may have contributed to the lower fatality rate for instructional operations.” Loss of aircraft control fueled by pilot error was the most common accident thread in all sectors, followed by full or partial loss of aircraft power. Lack of pilot experience also weighed large, with 44 percent of all fatal and 43 percent of all nonfatal accidents occurring in aircraft whose pilot(s) had fewer than 100 hours in make and model. The GAO acknowledged several FAA initiatives under way designed to improve safety, including renewal of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), a government-industry partnership charged with analyzing accident data and developing effective strategies over five years to combat accidents, including risk management, outreach and engagement, training and safety promotion. The agency noted that the strategy had significant shortcomings because it “lacks performance measures for the significant activities that comprise it” and does not have a strong performance management structure. The FAA earmarked $203 million in FY 2011 to reducing the general aviation accident rate. Overall, the GA accident rate continues its slow downward trajectory since 1999, but that is likely more a function of the declining number of pilots, student pilots and GA hours flown over the period. o
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world. FedEx pilots volunteer to fly the current Orbis DC-10 to help medical programs around the world, to train other volunteer pilots, to provide maintenance and mechanical services and a variety of other assignments with international Orbis teams. “We’re taking our work to the next level by creating the next-generation Flying Eye Hospital,” he said, “which will significantly improve the lives of millions of people around the world who otherwise would have been blind, but now will experience the gift of sight.” Parker explained that humanitarian work FedEx delivers working with Orbis is one of the company’s longest running nonprofit partnerships and reflects Smith’s devotion to aviation as well as his and the company’s commitment to charitable community service. Smith learned to fly as a teenager, is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and has served as chairman of the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association. Smith also has received numerous
FedEx Express and founder Fred Smith were honored yesterday with NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award for their part in flying the Orbis DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital to support medical programs, train other volunteer pilots and provide maintenance and mechanical services for teams in the U.S. and around the world.
honors for his business, civil and humanitarian activities. NBAA’s Ueltschi Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 in honor of Al Ueltschi, founder of FlightSafety International, whose lifetime of dedication to philanthropic causes set a high bar for giving back to communities. Last year’s winner was former senate majority leader Bill Frist, for his use of airplanes to
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FlightBridge streamlines travel plans Improving communications between flight departments and service providers is the goal of FlightBridge, a newly launched company making its NBAA debut. The company’s web-based technology platform was developed to eliminate the many phone, email and fax-based communications that result from changes in travel plans. According to the company (Booth No. 3508), setting up, canceling and modifying arrangements with service providers is more direct using its product.
“FlightBridge consolidates all ancillary services such as hotel and car rental bookings, catering, ground transportation and FBO and handler reservations and requests under one platform,” said company president Dudley King.
Essex Industries is displaying and explaining the uses of its protective breathing equipment (PBE) at Booth No. 4314. The PBE offers eye, head and respiratory protection during emergency conditions in an aircraft at cabin altitudes, both by providing wearers with 60 minutes of protection and also delivering 15 minutes of aviator’s grade oxygen. It dons in 15 seconds, and its design eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask, allowing crewmembers to communicate while wearing the unit.
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PREOWNED Transactions continue in lackluster market by Bryan A. Comstock
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n looking for something to validate my feeling about what a lackluster year it has been in the preowned segment, I compared the year-ago inventory level with this year’s numbers at this time, and even though my gut feeling told me so, the results were still a bit surprising. Last year’s inventory was 2,572, and this year’s number was exactly the same. In between there have been slight upticks and one small downtick that unexpectedly came this past summer, when inventory more often builds than diminishes. Just because the year-over-year figures on this particular day happen to be exactly the same, that doesn’t mean deals aren’t happening. In fact, the rate of transactions has bumped up this year over last year, albeit amid a backdrop of weakening average asking and, presumably, take (sale) prices. Considering that inventory averaged more than 3,000 for sale a few years ago, the reduction to current levels shows a willingness by both buyers and sellers to make deals happen. The current plateau may prove to be the seasonal resting point before the results of the final quarter–typically the most active–get tallied. While there should be no confusion that there are still plenty of aircraft for sale, it is encouraging to see buyers take advantage of segments that until this year were largely dormant. Both the light jets and mid-size jets show transactional activity that hasn’t been seen since the boom years of 2006 and 2007. This may stem from a combination of factors, from the obvious, price destruction that has occurred, to perhaps the relationship between the owner’s current aircraft value and his bank note, no longer requiring him to pony up the difference on an underwater Continued on page 54u
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sale that may have stymied the market in prior years. While happy days are clearly not here again, the recent activity, if not a reason to cheer, certainly comes as a relief and perhaps a sign of things to come.
Election-Year Changes Of course an election year can deal the market its own set of undercurrents, but generally these are transient and more often used as an excuse, rather than a reason, not to buy. Seriously, I’ve never seen any wholesale dumping of aircraft days after any election, or any noticeable increased buying. Everyone has known for quite some time that the economy is on life support and yet I don’t know any
of my counterparts who have gone out of business, and that’s because there are still plenty of buyers and sellers of jets. No matter who is elected, or reelected, I don’t think owners are going to dump their jets on November 7 and start relying on commercial airlines for transportation. Some might argue that regardless of the election outcome aircraft values have only one way to go–up! Of course over the last couple of years many have held that feeling while prices continued to fall, but as the fall continues the argument gets stronger and perhaps has even more credence. In general, the market has perennially been setting lower lows and lower highs in terms of average asking prices. Some types are still on that track, while others seem to have bottomed. Take for example the Gulfstream GIV
market. Even though choices have been reduced substantially since last year, pricing has trended lower, perhaps falling victim to the price pressure being exerted upon it by its successor model, the GIV-SP, which has seen at least one early model trade a tick under $7 million this year. That should leave little wonder why the G-IVs are sinking into the $4- to $6 million area and are trading fewer than one per month. Choices among G550s are tight at nine, which is half what was available at the end of last year. That figure represents a paltry 2.5 percent based on the more than 350 in operation. Over the past few years, buyers have shown their passion for latemodel, large-cabin, current-production aircraft and the G550 exemplifies this. It should take a while before the G650 filters into the fleet and kicks a few G550s
to the street. If that happens at a rapid rate, G550 prices could feel the pinch. If G650 production rates mirror that of the G550 when it first entered service 10 years ago, it shouldn’t have much influence on pricing for the next year. Over the last six months, G550 sold prices have run from a low of $31- to $48 million, and that latter figure isn’t a misprint, but rather what someone paid for one. In his defense, it was a late-model, low-time aircraft.
Bombardier Buyers You can see the same trend in the Bombardier lineage with the market absolutely saturated with 65 Challenger 604s, a growth of roughly 20 in the past year. Current stock represents 17 percent of the total number of 604s in operation. The availability of the successor Model
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Light Sector Even the light-jet sector is percolating, with the CJ1+ reducing inventory levels not seen in three years, but that makes it difficult to explain why the nextup model isn’t faring nearly as well. The CJ2 is carrying 37 aircraft, or 15 percent of its fleet, onto the used market, which is about consistent with the past few years. This model may be the next one buyers will begin to assault as we move through what is historically the business sales period of the year. The Learjet 31A is no better off with a few less for sale, but equaling the same 15 percent of its counterpart due to a slightly smaller production run. The Premier IA numbers, both in percentage terms and aircraft, are half of those of the CJ2, Learjet 31A and Phenom 100. The Phenom now has a fleet size larger than the Premier, Learjet 31A and CJ2, offering up 27 choices, or about 11 percent of it numbers–it had reached 40 a couple of years ago at a time when its overall production run would have been significantly smaller. So while 2012 didn’t charge out of the box, it’s clear that throughout the year buyers have been picking off the best of breed aircraft. That activity seems only to heighten after the NBAA convention, from which the market seems to get a shot of adrenaline. Should this quarter stay true to form, the market could close out with the lowest total number of aircraft for sale since 2007. o Information sources: Amstat, JetNet, Aircraft Post
the above-mentioned models, later variants show up in lower numbers. There are far fewer Citation Excels: 30 in all and half reside in Europe, while fewer than half are based in the U.S. Similarly, there are nearly twice as many XLSs for sale in Europe as there are in the U.S. Contrasting the two models above shows Hawker 800XPs with an overwhelming supply in North America compared to Europe, 33 to six, and the Learjet 60, at 32 to 16. Clearly the Excel and derivatives play well in the European theater.
605 slips to 18–less than 10 percent–and the Global XRS offers up 15, about 9 percent of its fleet. Although there is a glut of 604s for sale, pricing is attractive and the aircraft is selling at an average rate of roughly two per month. The lowest priced sale brought in the high $6 million range and the upper end topped out at $14 million for a low-time 2005 model. The well-received Challenger 300 choices are about even with its 12-month moving average of 25, or 6.5 percent of the fleet. Average sale prices are at $14 million. Buyers have identified the market soft spots and have been moving in to take advantage. This has brought attention to the super-midsize market segment. Consider that the Falcon 2000 inventory is moving ever closer to prerecession levels. In fact, early this month the choices dipped below 20 for the first time in four years. Pricing on recent sales has fallen within a narrow band between $9- and $12 million, and most of the trading action occurred on models from 2000 and after. Consider also that the Falcon 2000s for sale are predominately domiciled in North America and Europe, whittling in half the choices for the travel-averse. Another super-mid that broke below a multi-year low is the Gulfstream G200. That model peaked a few years ago with nearly 40 for sale and early this year dipped to just 17, or about 7 percent of the fleet. Unlike the Falcon 2000, though, nearly all of them are based in North America. More than a dozen have moved in the last six months and pricing is attractive, with the majority selling at or below $6 million, although a couple of later models captured figures above $9 million. Eleven of 13 sales were on aircraft below S/N 100 between the 2000 to 2002 model-year range, leaving only three in that same grouping available at present: one 2000, one 2001 and one 2002. It should be noted that two 1999 models are also for sale, one of which has been on the market for more than 1,500 days and another that hit early this year. That latter single-digit serial number Falcon looks properly priced at $5.45 million. The run on early models has effectively pushed up the average asking price to nearly $10 million. In the mid-cabin segment, Hawker 800XP sales are outpacing Learjet 60 sales by a two-to-one margin this year. The supplies of both are around 50 at present and both aircraft have arrived at current levels after reaching about 80 over the last few years. Consistent with
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MedAire displaying updated medical kit and website by Curt Epstein International travel medical services provider MedAire is here at NBAA to demonstrate the new functionality of its recently relaunched website. The direct link provides helpful information and relevant resources such as a health map highlighting medical risks to the traveling public. The company has also stocked its subscriber member portal with upgraded features such as the delivery of customized medical, security and travel information and new risk assessment overviews by country. The site also has print/email capability to share pertinent travel safety information with crew and passengers. “We understand the unique challenges aircraft operators face to ensure safe transport of their passengers, both in the air and at their destination,” said MedAire CEO Grant Jeffery. “The enhancements provide a comprehensive view of the information travelers and crewmembers need to make informed decisions about their destinations, both before and during their trip.” That information includes up-to-the-minute alerts
on disease outbreaks around the world, vaccine recommendations, security concerns by location and pre-travel advice. Tempe, Ariz.-based MedAire is also showing off its new advanced aviation medical kit. The kit includes all the supplies required for compliance as well as medications and equipment necessary for in-flight care. “As first responders to medical events that occur during a flight, crew need to provide assistance quickly and accurately,” said Dr. Paulo Alves, the company’s vice president for aviation health. “The needs of the business aviation crew and passengers, as well as integration with safety management systems, were the primary drivers in creating the new medical kit.” The kit is fully integrated with both MedLink and MedAire’s management of in-flight illness course, which is available to flight crew, aircraft operators and owners. NBAA show attendees can visit MedAire at Booth No. 1466, where the company is conducting its free immediate cholesterol screening. o
Aviation community furious about Obama bizjet comments When President Obama criticized tax breaks for owners of corporate jets during the first debate with contender Mitt Romney on October 3, the reaction from the business aviation community was swift. Obama was referring to the allowable accelerated depreciation for capital goods, which ironically is part of a bill that he signed in 2010, HR 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance and Job Creation Act. What the President said during the debate was: “Why wouldn’t we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? My attitude is if you’ve got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it.” While the debate was still under way, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement: “At a time when both candidates claim to be putting job creation at the top of their agenda, it’s unfortunate that the President tonight denigrated the business aviation industry, which is responsible for 1.2 million American jobs and $150 billion in economic impact.” This was followed the next day by a letter in which Bolen wrote: “I’m writing to convey my frustration at your disparaging remarks about our industry during the debate. Your comments seemed to illustrate a complete lack of understanding about the
importance of business aviation in the U.S. and appear to be at odds with your stated interest in promoting job growth, stimulating exports, driving economic recovery and restoring America to its first-place position in manufacturing.” In conclusion, Bolen wrote, “Please consider promoting, rather than disparaging, business aviation–it’s a great American industry.” Former Cessna chairman, CEO and president Jack Pelton brought the issue to a local level by penning a letter to Wichita mayor Carl Brewer (D), who attended the Democratic National Convention in September. Pelton asked the mayor to educate others in his party about the positive effect that the business jet industry has on jobs and the economy in the U.S. Tom Hendricks, the new president of NATA, took a more nuanced view in a blog post about the President’s remarks. “There are more debates to come,” he wrote, “and the candidates will continue to talk about their plans to fix our economy. But when the dust settles after the November elections and the new Congress begins in January 2013, we will be ready to work with whoever is in the Oval Office and Congress to build a stronger economy and strengthen the general aviation industry.” –M.T.
DON’T MISS P&WC’S MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS SEMINARS AT NBAA 2012 Meet P&WC’s experts and get up to the minute on support initiatives, maintenance insights and so much more.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 1 to 3 p.m.: PW300, PW500, PW600 3 to 5 p.m.: PT6A Orange County Convention Center South Hall, Room S330C
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P&WC support encompasses real-world and virtual options by Curt Epstein Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3160) announced it has enrolled the 4,000th engine in its Eagle Service Plan (ESP) pay-per-hour maintenance program. The tiered program offers operators a choice of maintenance coverage. The basic plan includes parts and shop labor costs for scheduled engine overhaul/refurbishment and hot-section inspection, basic unscheduled engine and line replaceable unit/ accessory maintenance and required product-support improvements at shop visits. Over the past two years the powerplant maker has added 1,000 new engines to the program. Total global enrollment for all PW&C-backed hourly maintenance programs now includes 7,500 engines from approximately 2,100 operators. Data Monitoring Systems
P&WC has reached a milestone with regards to its installed fleet of data acquisition systems. Some 4,500 flight data monitoring devices are now installed in aircraft belonging to more than 1,000 customers around the world. These devices include the company’s Flight Data Acquisition Storage and Transmission System (Fast), which was introduced last year. “Fast is unique in that it goes beyond traditional diagnostics, prognostics and trend monitoring,” said Raffaele Virgili, vice president for customer service. “The product can acquire, store and transmit data from the aircraft flight data recorder, thus allowing for customer review of full flight operational quality assurance information.” The system is installed on the Dassault Falcon 7X and has received STC approval for Bombardier’s Learjet 60 and Q400 regional turboprop. To accommodate increased maintenance demand, P&WC is relocating its Long Beach, Calif. regional service center to a new facility in Cypress, Calif.
with more capacity. The 23,000-sq-ft energy-efficient facility (4,500 sq ft larger than the current location) will allow for a new machine/clean line room to support broader repairs. Over the coming months, the location will add a wider range of services for the PT6, PW535/545, PW615/617 and PW200/PW210 as well as dedicated repair areas for larger engines and more in-depth work scopes. P&WC reported that its mobile support teams are on track to finish this year with an exemplary on-time delivery rate for event response. “Year-to-date results show our mobile teams have performed more than 900 events around the globe, with 95 percent on-time delivery to meet customer needs,” said Virgili. Currently P&WC has 93 licensed A&P technicians on rotation with two on-call at each of the company’s six regional service centers in the U.S., and 14 mobile response team support vehicles stationed around the country, plus additional mobile teams around the world. As it prepares to mark its second birthday, P&WC’s website PT6Nation. com now has more than 30,000 followers across many social platforms. The site provides new ways to connect with customers, learn how the engine is performing in the field and deliver customized support to keep them flying, explained Denis Parisien, P&WC’s vice president of general aviation products. P&WC has continued to make investments in the design of the PT6 series, which is now available in 130 applications. Over the half century of the venerable turboprop’s life, P&WC has wrung a four-fold increase in power-to-weight ratio from the ubiquitous engine. Next year, the company will celebrate the official 50th anniversary of the PT6’s first flight in a modified Beech Queen Air that blazed the trail for the King Air 90. o
Bombardier Marks AIN’s Ruby anniversary Monday night at Vines Grille in Orlando the Bombardier team presented AIN Publications with a custom-designed model of the Global 7000 honoring our 40th anniversary. From left to right: Gary Martin, v-p, Bombardier sales marketing and service programs; Eric Martel, president, Bombardier customer services; Wilson Leach, co-founder and managing director of AIN Publications; Charles Alcock, editor-in-chief of AIN Publications; and Andy Nureddin, v-p of Bombardier Customer Services & Support.
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Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3675) has received FAA parts manufacturer approval for its Lumatech LED caution/ warning panels available for most recent models of King Airs fitted with classic, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and Garmin G1000 avionics. The units cost between $14,000 and $20,000, according to Luma president Bruce Maxwell. Lumatech systems can be installed as standalone or as a complement to modern glass
panel systems. Lumatech panels are available in six separate sizes for King Airs and are designed as a one for one dropin for the existing incandescent units. Maxwell said the average installation takes three hours. Luma also makes replacement LED annunciator/warning panels for re-engined Beechjets and is working on systems for Cessna Citation CJs, Caravans, Dassault Falcons and helicopters. The LED-based Lumatech systems offer significant
GE making progress on business aircraft engines by Amy Laboda and look forward to testing the first Passport engine next year.” The Passport engine, a clean sheet design for the Global 7000 and 8000, will produce 16,500 pounds of thrust in its initial incarnation, and will incorporate advanced technologies and materials to provide 8 percent lower specific fuel consumption in comparison to other engines in its class. The engine can best CAEP/8 emissions and Stage 4 noise regulations, according to Mottier. The eCore suite, 52-inch front fan blisk and composite fan, combined with the engine’s integrated propulsion system from Nexcelle–a joint venture between GE and Safran–make it unique. The Passport is expected to be enveloped in a slim-line nacelle
GE Aviation is currently gathering hardware for the assembly of the first Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 program. Assembly of the first full engine will begin by year end, according to Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation organization. “As of April 27, GE has frozen the design of the Passport engine,” he said. “Since then we’ve performed two fan blisk validation tests, Fadec testing and ice ingestion testing. The first engine ground tests are expected to be complete in 2013, and the engine is expected to be in flight testing in 2014. We remain confident in the engine’s performance
A solid piston twin Under the leadership of new CEO Simon Caldecott, Piper Aircraft has focused its attention on its core competencies. The Florida-based OEM’s Seneca remains one of the few traditional piston twins still in production. It has proved a bright spot for the company as the training market has shown a healthy appetite for piston-powered aircraft.
with outward-opening lower cowl to reduce weight and drag. GE’s H80 turboprop engine is now flying on the Thrush 510G ag aircraft, four of which were recently delivered to customers. The company built 40 H80s in 2012 and expects to double that output in 2013. Mottier expects to see more King Air C90 conversions to the H80 and the upcoming sister engine, the 850 shp H85. GE Aviation (Booth No. 3900) has expanded its long-term maintenance service agreement program, known as OnPoint, to include H80 customers. OnPoint maintenance agreements are fully transferable. The program includes overhaul, on-wing support, new and used serviceable
Luma president Bruce Maxwell was here at NBAA touting the benefits of his company’s LED annunciator panels.
parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing and diagnostics. Last summer GE Aviation acquired Austin Digital in an effort to enhance the company’s engine monitoring, diagnostics, prognostics and data gathering capabilities. “We would like to improve the efficiency of not just our engines, but also the operators and the aircraft they fly in,” said Mottier. For engine customers, GE Aviation introduced the Beacon app for the iPad and iPhone. Beacon promises a return call from the appropriate customer service or tech rep in the region for AOG problems within 30 minutes of the request being made. o
Nextant selects midsize jet for newest remanufacture by Chad Trautvetter Nextant Aerospace founder and CEO Kenn Ricci said yesterday here at NBAA 2012 that his company will announce its next business jet remanufacturing program–dubbed “Project XXT”–in early January. It will be a midsize jet, he told AIN, with service entry scheduled for 2015. Ricci expects a mockup of the aircraft to be at the NBAA show next year, with first flight expected about 15 to 18 months from now. “We’ve already done the preliminary engineering and wind tunnel work, as well as supplier selection for avionics, engines and other systems,” he noted. While Nextant is technically ready to reveal the program today, Ricci said, “The avionics manufacturer has asked us to wait until
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January because of contractual obligations with another manufacturer, so we can’t make the announcement until then.” Though he wouldn’t reveal the aircraft type for Project XXT, Ricci said candidate aircraft must meet three basic criteria: there has to be a big enough market; the aircraft needs to be improved; and there has to be an engineering fix available to enable these improvements. “In the end, we came up with four prime candidates and 15 marginal candidates.” Using these criteria, AIN believes that both the Learjet 60 and Hawker 800 would be among the four prime candidates, though Ricci wouldn’t confirm this. Meanwhile, Nextant continues to make headway with its
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advantages over the incandescent lamps that they replace. “The existing design is well known for its low operational life and problematic cap/lampholder assemblies,” according to the company, “on King Air and other aircraft fitted with the iconic ‘press to relamp’ annunciator styles dating to the late 1960s and 1970s.” LEDs not only look more modern, especially when matched with glass cockpits, but run much cooler and last much longer than incandescent lamp systems. “I cringe every time I see a photo of a beautiful new glass cockpit overshadowed by those same old annunciators,” said Maxwell. “It’s like changing your oil, but not the filter. It just doesn’t make sense.” o
Lumatech LED panels OK’d for King Air series
Brad Mottier, v-p and general manager of GE’s BA and GA group, provided an update on the Passport engine.
remanufactured 400XT, which obtained FAA approval about a year ago. The company now expects to receive EASA certification of the 400XT by the middle of next month, to be followed soon after by delivery to a private buyer in Switzerland. This aircraft–the 25th delivered 400XT–will be managed by TAG Aviation for the customer. Nextant also said that the shark-fin winglets for the 400XT are on track to be certified by early second quarter next year. Following this certification, Ricci said that all in-service 400XTs will be retrofitted with the winglets, while new aircraft will come delivered with them. Additionally, the first 400XT level-D flight simulator came online this month at CAE’s facility at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Customer in-simulator training for the remanufactured jet will start by the end of this week, the companies said. o
Aviation industry loses FSI founder Al Ueltschi by Curt Epstein The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16. After buying his own open cockpit airplane, he barnstormed around the country, performing in airshows and giving flying lessons. In 1941 he joined Pan American Airways and was eventually selected as the personal corporate pilot for the airline’s founder and president Juan Trippe, a role he maintained for a quarter century. During that time, Ueltschi realized a need to provide corporate pilots with the same level of comprehensive training as commercial pilots and in 1951, with Trippe’s encouragement he founded FlightSafety, which remains
headquartered at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. While growing and diversifying the company, Ueltschi remained an active pilot with Pan Am until 1968 when FlightSafety went public. Today the company employs more than 4,200 people at 40 facilities around the world, and is one of the world’s largest providers of flight and maintenance training. “Safety is the cornerstone upon which business aviation is built, and in a lot of ways Al Ueltschi is the person who laid the cornerstone,” said NBAA president Ed Bolen. “He always said that the best safety device in any aircraft was a well-trained pilot, and he made sure our community had a lot of well-trained pilots.” Outside his thriving business, Ueltschi was also a staunch supporter of the vision care charity Orbis International, serving as chairman for many years and helping transform a Douglas DC-8 into a flying eye hospital to provide care for people in impoverished regions. In 2010 he and his son Jim founded HelpMeSee, a not-for-profit organization that intends to restore sight to millions of cataractblinded people worldwide by training
thousands of eye care practitioners in the latest low-cost vision restoration techniques and providing equipment, clinics and funds for the procedures. A month before his death, Ueltschi announced he had joined the Giving Pledge, vowing to donate half his personal wealth to philanthropy. “I have never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer,” he wrote in a letter announcing his joining the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the charitable cause; “you can’t take it with you.” His share will be contributed to “helping the least advantaged people in the world lead healthy and productive lives through medical innovation.” During his career Ueltschi was honored on numerous occasions, receiving the NBAA Award for Meritorious Service in 1991 and the NBAA American Spirit award a decade later. In 2006, in recognition of his charitable work, NBAA established the Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership. It
was presented this year to FedEx and its founder Frederick Smith in recognition of the company’s 30 years as the leading aviation sponsor of Orbis. Ueltschi was also given the FAA award for Extraordinary Service in 1991, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy in 1994, and in 2001 he received the National Aeronautic Association Elder Statesman Award and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was presented with the Canadian Business Aviation Association’s first lifetime achievement award. “Al was an aviation icon and pioneer,” said FlightSafety International CEO Bruce Whitman, who worked with Ueltschi for nearly 50 years. “He was admired, respected and held in the highest regard by all who knew him. While his loss will be mourned by us all, we also celebrate Al’s remarkable life and accomplishments. He was one of a kind and serves as an entrepreneurial role model to each of us.” o
Aircare enhances programs for in-flight medical emergencies Aircare Solutions Group of Olympia, Wash., announced the launch of AircarePlus, a new safety recognition program for charter companies, and a new tool for the advanced in-flight assessment of passenger and crew medical needs. “We have charter companies that are constantly investing their hard-earned profit into crewmember emergency procedures training and 24/7 worldwide tele-medical services with us, when the regulations don’t state that they have to,” said Jeffrey Roberts, Aircare CEO. “We want to create a program that makes the charter consumer aware that these companies are exceptional.” AircarePlus status is achieved when an entire charter aircraft crew holds current training certificates from Aircare Facts for emergency procedures training, and the aircraft has Aircare Access Assistance 24/7 tele-medical services available to passengers. Wyvern Consulting has endorsed the program and announced a partnership to develop a data exchange with Aircare for pilot and flight-attendant records. “This partnership is a natural collaboration as Wyvern systems are designed to provide real-time validation of an operator’s fleet and crew information,” said Brent
by James Wynbrandt Moldowan, Wyvern managing director. Charter operators already achieving AircarePlus status include Galvin Flying, M&N Aviation and Priester Aviation. “With all of the rating [systems] available to show that we meet certain requirements and standards, it’s wonderful now to have a method of showing our customers that we actually exceed the requirements in areas of passenger safety,” said Andy Priester, president of Wheeling, Ill.based Priester Aviation. For in-flight medical needs, the new self-contained Aircare RVS (remote viewing station) lets an emergency-room physician see and hear a patient and caregiver in flight or in a remote location. The RVS, priced at $16,000, includes a mini-laptop, high-resolution camera, speakerphone and several medical diagnostic tools. MGM Resorts in Las Vegas recently outfitted its new Gulfstream G550 with an Aircare RVS. “Aircare Access gives us the ability to bring the doctor to the patient in the air or on the ground, and gives our executives and security staff a specialized tool to talk, video conference and send data securely, even in the remotest and least secure areas of the world,” said Bon Conley, MGM Resorts director of aviation. o
Spit and polish NBAA and 1,000 convention exhibitors rolled out the red carpet for this week’s convention, and the aircraft on static display put on their best faces for the occasion. Here, Kevin Ballantine of England cleans the belly of a Bombardier Learjet 75 at Orlando Executive Airport.
Sensor Systems unveils three new antennas Sensor Systems (Booth No. 1994) is taking the wraps off three new antennas at NBAA’12. The first is the S72-1735-24/-26 TAS/Tcas directional antenna designed to pair with the Garmin GTS 800 traffic system. The antenna has better bearing accuracy than its predecessors, which means users see the traffic depicted just where it is. The antenna style is low-drag, making it a good fit on regional jets and business jets. The second fresh product Sensor Systems has brought to the show is the S65-5366-720 WLAN high-speed data transfer antenna. It is compatible worldwide, operating from 0.8 to 2.65 GHz, 3.4 to 3.7 GHz and 4.8 to 5.875 GHz. The broad frequency range allows for a wide choice of wireless updating for flight management systems, avi- The Sensor Systems S65-5366-895L onics, electronic flight bags and in-flight entertainment provides wireless updating for various aircraft systems. systems by supporting WLAN, Quad GSM, WiMax and MIMO. The S65-5366-720 has TSO C74d approval and is hermetically sealed for durability. Finally, the company introduced its S65-5366-895L, an L-band antenna that meets ADS-B UAT specifications. The vertically polarized, omni-directional antenna meets TSO166b and TSO-154c and supports ATC Mode-S and DME. It is less than three inches long, making it suitable for installation on many types of aircraft. –A.L.
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news clips z Kallman To Support More Aviation Shows Taking your products on the road internationally can be a challenge. Kallman Worldwide (Booth No. 4631), recipient of the U.S. President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Export Services for 2012, has recently enhanced the list of aerospace shows that it will support. These include MEBA (December 2012), China Helicopter (September 2013), Seoul Air Show (October 2013) and Defense & Security (Thailand, November 2013). Show support includes creative services design for chalets and booths and marketing strategies customized for the event. The company also arranges trade missions that include introductions to critical business contacts and useful government officials, which can provide firsthand, direct local and regional marketplace intelligence that businesses can use.
z Continuum Upgrades Maintenance Software Continuum Applied Technology (Booth No. 2764) has announced the release of Version 10.5 of Corridor, its aviation service and maintenance software. Version 10.5’s qualifications module enables management and reporting of personnel certifications and qualifications and is designed for compatibility with regulatory authorities such as the FAA, EASA and China’s CAAC. “We worked closely with several Corridor customers to understand their qualification control requirements and developed the qualifications module directly from that feedback,” said Continuum president Jack Demeis. “With task requirements and technician qualifications being enforced in real-time on the shop floor, users of our system will benefit from providing increased quality and service levels to their customers.” Austin, Texas-based Continuum is offering a free user-training package to companies that sign up at its booth here at the show and become a Corridor customer by year-end.
z Honeywell Aero Exec: ‘Flat Is the New Up’ In regards to revenue and growth in the business aviation industry, “Flat is the new up,” Honeywell Business and General Aviation president Rob Wilson said during a roundtable discussion here on Sunday evening. He explained that, while Honeywell expects annual business jet deliveries to rise from about 700 this year to more than 1,000 in 2022, much of this growth won’t materialize until after 2015, meaning market growth in 2013 and 2014 is likely to be “flattish.” Business jet demand from the BRIC countries–Brazil, Russia, India and China–is expected to lead all world regions, according to Honeywell. Asked what that means for the U.S., Wilson said that these areas simply offer growth opportunities for U.S. business aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers, among them Honeywell (Booth No. 494).
z Liebherr Showcases Diverse Aircraft Systems Aviation system manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth No. 1316) of Toulouse, France is exhibiting its landing gear, actuation, flight control and additional systems for business jets and helicopters at NBAA’12. Liebherr provides support for its equipment with component repair, technical expertise and spares distribution services. Its customer service organization is represented in the U.S. by Liebherr Aerospace Saline, with offices in Saline, Mich., Seattle and Wichita. The company also operates a customer service facility in Laval, near Montreal, Canada, that provides technical, logistics and engineering support.
z Gulfstream Aerospace is hiring Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 180) is adding more jobs. Shortly before NBAA’12, the company announced a 20-percent employment boost at its 55,000-sq-ft completions facility in Brunswick, Ga. with the addition of 35 positions. The completion center worked on more than 100 aircraft last year. On the west coast, the company has hired Sherman Collins as a field service representative in the San Francisco Bay area. Collins, who has been involved in Gulfstream aircraft maintenance for more than 22 years, now provides technical and maintenance assistance to Gulfstream owners and operators in northern California.
Diverse portfolio drives Dallas Airmotive biz by Curt Epstein Dallas Airmotive is anticipating that 2012 will be its busiest year ever in terms of field service support events in North America. The engine service provider, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, had 2,600 service calls last year ranging from engine borescope inspections to full engine changes and is on track to exceed 3,000 such events this year.
Bravo, Excel, Encore and XLS jets. “This new appointment extends to the PW535B that powers the Citation Encore+ and the PW545C that powers the Citation XLS+,” said Hugh McElroy, president of BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul group. “Along with the previous DOF appointments this increases our span to cover the bulk of Cessna Citation series aircraft.” The
Dallas Airmotive recently received approval to provide engine support for the Learjet 40, 50 and 60 series at Bombardier’s North American service centers.
The company will surely add to its business with the announcement here at NBAA that it is now a designated overhaul facility (DOF) for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW535B, PW535E and PW545C engine models. With this addition, the company is now authorized to provide repair and overhaul services for all seven engine models in the PW500 series, which makes it the only independent DOF to service the entire range. Dallas Airmotive received its first PW500 appointment in 2004 for the engines that power the Cessna Citation
addition of service for the PW535E engine (used on the Embraer Phenom 300) marks the company’s first entrée into that airframer’s product line. International Endeavor
Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 3100), which is a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul subsidiary, also announced that it has been selected to provide engine support at Bombardier’s North American service centers. Under the terms of the agreement, Dallas Airmotive will support the Canadian airframer’s Learjet 40, 50, and 60 series airplanes as well as the
Challenger 300 and 600 series and the Global Express XRS, 5000 and 6000 jets. The agreement includes line and heavy maintenance on the Honeywell ALF502 and the TFE731; line and minor maintenance for Honeywell’s HTF7000; line maintenance, hot section and overhaul for the P&WC PW305A; and line maintenance on the Rolls-Royce BR710. In addition to support at the Bombardier service centers, Dallas Airmotive also has more than 100 field service technicians and a fleet of strategically positioned service vehicles to support customers throughout the U.S. In Brazil, the company’s regional turbine center in Belo Horizonte–which opened in 2009–has outgrown its space and plans to move next year into a larger nearby facility. “Our new facility will more than double the space of the former so that we can accommodate the volume and add services to better support our customers,” said McElroy. The additional space will enable the location to expand service capabilities for in-region support of Honeywell TFE731 engines and GTCP 36 series APUs as well as P&WC PT6A and PW100 engine repairs. Across the Atlantic, sister BBA ERO subsidiary H+S Aviation has added the latest model of General Electric’s CT7/T700 engine series to its EASA and FAA approvals list. The Portsmouth, UK-based company has been approved on various models of the engine series since 1984 and has processed more than 2,500 of the type. BBA’s parts distribution subsidiary International Turbine Service has expanded its service offerings to now include spectrometric oil analysis program (SOAP) kits from JetCare. “SOAP kits are required for Honeywell’s TFE731 operators and are available for a broad range of turboprop and fanjet engines used in business and general aviation,” noted McElroy. o
Jet Aviation Expands Fleet, ADDS MX Services Jet Aviation (Booth No. 3797) has added 20 aircraft to its management fleet and expanded capabilities and ramp space at its Houston and Dallas FBO facilities. Eleven of the aircraft added to the Jet Aviation fleet since May are U.S.-based and the remainder in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Two of the aircraft, a Gulfstream G550 in West Palm Beach, Fla. and a Bombardier Global 5000 in Moscow, are available for charter. “Expanding the fleet helps ensure that our range of aircraft will meet the varying jet transportation needs of our customers,” said Claudio Peer, Jet Aviation’s vice president of sales for aircraft management and charter in EMEA & Asia. Jet Aviation also recently expanded its maintenance capabilities at its newly acquired FBO at Houston’s Hobby Airport and expanded its ramp space at Dallas Love Field by 48,000 sq ft, bringing the total Dallas facility size to more than 250,000 sq ft. “With the acquisition of our newest FBO/MRO in Houston and the expansion of our Dallas operation to handle aircraft up to narrowbody jets, we are well-positioned in Texas to continue providing premier quality and service to our customers,” said John Langevin, Jet Aviation’s vice president of FBO operations, North America. –J.W.
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Sikorsky challenge yields significant prizes by R. Randall Padfield The Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge, now in its second year, saw a significant increase in entries over last year, a sign that the competition is gaining interest among its target audience: entrepreneurial companies looking “to understand some of the toughest issues facing the vertical flight community and to identify their technology as relevant to one or more of these issues.”
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areas to vet the technologies presented,” Vigeant-Langlois said. “Our external judges represented a mix of successful entrepreneurs and angel investors.” To enter this year’s Entrepreneurial Challenge teams had to select and answer one or more of five defined “Challenge Questions,” such as, “How can your business concept utilize vertical flight to better serve or create new markets?” and “How can your business concept introduce new approaches to preserve, stabilize or heal damaged systems and structures?” Vigeant-Langlois said all five of these Challenge questions received at least one submission. Interestingly, Sikorsky Innovations allows itself the options of selecting more than one winner or none at all. Last year, the company declared Pankl Aerospace Innovations of Cerritos, Calif., the winner, but awarded participation in a threemonth education program to Smart Rotor Systems, of Ottawa, Ontario, and additional interaction with Sikorsky mentors to Drew Lambert, an individual inventor. “The caliber of applicants for the first Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge exceeded our expectations,” Vigeant-Langlois said. “We felt there is a value in maturing more than one of the innovative business concepts, so we decided to grant awards to two additional finalists.” The Challenge comes with significant prizes. The winning team receives a year’s use of office space at the Stamford (Conn.) Innovation Center and access to the facility’s business services, mentoring programs, education programs and events, all for no charge. In addition, Sikorsky Aircraft, which is a founding member of the Innovation Center, provides team m embers a threemonth education program at Sikorsky, giving them guidance in both technical and business strategy. Finally, upon completion of the maturation cycle, a Sikorsky panel will evaluate the team’s results for consideration of investment in the project by Sikorsky or introduction to other investors. Pankl Aerospace Innovations, last year’s winner, began its “incubation” at the Innovation Center earlier this month. “Should a longer term relationship be identified as mutually beneficial, we may also elect to set up future agreements,” said Vigeant-Langlois. Sikorsky Innovation, a division of Sikorsky Aircraft, can be found here at NBAA ‘12 at the exhibit of Sikorsky division Associated Aircraft Group (Booth No. 3395). o
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By the end of August Embraer already had its 20th Phenom 100 on the line and was preparing to begin work on its first Phenom 300 on a parallel line. “We are accelerating assembly of the Phenom 300 in Melbourne,” said Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. Edwards said the company hoped to have the first Melbourne-produced 300 in customer hands by April. The fuselage and wings for both aircraft are sent to Melbourne via cargo ships into Miami and Tampa from Embraer’s São José dos Campos, Brazil plant, a journey that takes three to four weeks. The fuselage for the Phenom 100 is shipped in a standard cargo container. Select interior components such as cabin shells are airlifted from Brazil, while engines, avionics and seats are shipped directly to Melbourne from their respective suppliers in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. “We get really good support from those companies here,” said Krull, adding that the goal is to have no more than three shipsets worth of parts inventoried at any given time. All the parts and pieces come together in Embraer’s bright, clean, quiet, air-conditioned and wireless communications assembly hangar, which runs on two shifts. There, the fuselage is mated to wings, the empennage attached and all major components as well as wiring and hydraulics installed. Workers use computer tablets for quick instruction reference and to sign off on work performed. The status of each aircraft, metrics and team activities are displayed on giant monitors. Industrial and quality engineers and their computerized work stations are located adjacent to the assembly lines on the shop floor and they are in constant contact with their counterparts in Brazil. Key supplier representatives also have work areas in a segregated space reserved for parts inspection and conformance prior to acceptance and entry into the assembly area. The Phenom 100 moves forward through five assembly stations over the course of 12 weeks before proceeding to flight test; the Phenom 300 has six stations. The FAA is currently flying every fifth aircraft, and that is expected to progress to every 10 aircraft early next year. Embraer has the flexibility to paint aircraft either before or after flight test. The modern downdraft paint booth can accommodate aircraft as large as a Legacy 500. o
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Having attended another upset recovery course a decade ago that was focused on aerobatics as the primary escape tool, I left that experience more aware, but not necessarily more confident of being able to recover a transport aircraft from an upset. Although I was initially skeptical of any upset training, my single day of APS exposure left me feeling I could recover an airplane in a pinch. CAE
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Brooks was in charge of the early Aero L-39 upset training at Eclipse Aviation before joining APS. “The education here is a generation beyond what we taught in Albuquerque,” he said. “This isn’t aerobatics. We introduce information in the classroom and demonstrate to proficiency in the Extra 300 and the simulator. Recovery skills need to complement prevention skills. Practicing recovery skills also brings enhanced recognition skills.” APS believes that, like instrument training, it is the knowledge that is critical, not the platform on which pilots train. “Most of our customer pilots have never flown any aerobatics,” Brooks explained. “They are normally pretty apprehensive on the first flight, but they come to trust our building-block approach. We demand more by the second flight, so that by the third flight the gloves come off. We can really train them with the skills they’ll need to survive. We don’t teach spins, for instance, since most transport airplanes wouldn’t recover from a
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spin. But we do teach spin recognition. The fourth flight gives pilots the opportunity to practice all the skills they’ve learned in VFR and IFR flight. They get to see that it all works the same way.” Ransbury spoke to the idea of using rudders early on in the recovery. “That might work in some fighter jets, but not on transports.” He also explained why APS trains first in the airplane and follows with the simulator. “We realized early on that no matter how much we talked in the simulator, the reality of the flight experience, including the startle factor, simply overwhelmed pilots.” Ransbury said another vague hole in flight training today is that stall training is handled at low altitudes– often 15,000 feet in the simulator–where thrust is plentiful. Up high at cruise altitude with engines running hard, recovery is a different ball game. “Pilots also think the first thing they should do in a stall is roll the wings level or pull the speed brake. That can make things worse. The goal is to reduce the angle of attack first.”
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N203EX with my instructor, Otter, in back. The panel was Spartan–airspeed indicator and altimeter, nothing else. We took off eastward toward Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, initially climbing to 5,500 feet and keeping in mind that this was not about aerobatics, something I’m not particularly keen on anyway. It was about stall recognition first of all and recovery when necessary. “When someone’s anxious,” Otter said, “we use a building-block approach that starts with very low-key, low-pressure flights.” We tried stalls using the Time To Fly methodology. Power to idle and feed in It was time to learn up close whether back pressure waiting for the stall. When or not this APS theory worked in the air. it happened, I made a small, but posi1 10/5/12 10:19 AM Page 1 I1210518 climbed AIN into HalfPageAd:Layout the front seat of Extra 300 tive push on the Extra’s control stick,
increased power, checked that the ball was centered and made the airplane climb. In a power-on stall with a climbing left turn, I reduced angle of attack first. “Even if a wing drops in the stall those ailerons can actually aggravate the stall,” Otter said. “Pilots still think life will get better if they roll the wings level first.” A flight envelope exercise of sustained stalls was next, to examine changing stability and controllability. Otter held the stick back and asked me to recover using only rudder at the break when the right wing dropped. I tried correcting with left rudder and the Extra rolled sharp left 150 degrees. Despite being nearly inverted, I pushed forward on the stick a bit and the airplane was instantly flying once again.
Another example included pushing half a negative g in the recovery, something most pilots say they’d never try for fear of hurting the airplane. I pulled the nose up and, just before the stall, pushed the nose over to the half-g point and realized the Extra was perfectly controllable with the airspeed showing less than stall speed because we’d unloaded the wing. We were very stable and controllable. I also tried yanking back on the stick at 80 knots and the airplane stalled instantly. By simply releasing back pressure, I made the airplane fly like a bird. Finally, we tried a skidding turn-tofinal demo. As the aircraft skids and a wing drops, the instinct is to pull the nose up. Without any warning the Extra rolled on its back. Ransbury did a pretty nice recovery the first time but we still lost 800 feet. You’d never see this base-to-final skidding stall coming. How could we? No one ever shows it to pilots in training, although they should. In the USAir 427 accident, the Boeing 737 experienced an uncommanded left rudder hard-over at 5,000 feet. As in my test, that crew added right aileron and rudder, and the Boeing spun into the ground. Otter told me some APS-trained pilots re-created it in the simulator. Using the all-altitude recovery checklist they lost only 1,000 feet before the aircraft was flying again. o
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by Amy Laboda “We have seen the evolution in China and we believe it is early in the process,” said Neil Book, co-president of JSSI (Booth No. 3711). “We’re seeing in our client billing that flight hours are down worldwide in the last several quarters, but our Asian customers are actually flying about 7 percent more. So this alliance is about getting into the Chinese market, but also about getting in the right way. We wanted the right partner, one who shares our value system and who puts customers first. Jason Liao and China Business Aviation Group will accelerate our path to market–that’s clear,” he continued. Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of the China Business
Jetnet iq: smooth skies ahead Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, data provider Jetnet (Booth No. 5099) continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe it’s going to get even better,” said Jetnet iQ director Rolland Vincent at the company’s “State of the Market” briefing yesterday. Over the next 10 years Jetnet iQ predicts a strong rebound in business aviation, with deliveries of 10,424 new business jets valued at $253 billion. For 2012, the company sees 699 bizjet deliveries, a total that will rise to 732 in 2013, an increase of 3.7 percent and 8.1 percent respectively over 2011’s tally. Primary drivers of the resurgence include a return to economic growth, the increasing international scope of business aviation flight operations and customers, and fleet renewal among existing customers, who have forestalled their purchases in the wake of the recent downturn. Indeed, in the company’s most recent industry survey, the second most cited reason for delaying an aircraft purchase, behind not needing another aircraft, was uncertainty about the economy/regulatory environment. With improving economic conditions in the U.S. coupled with post-election “getting back to business” decisions necessary to run the country, Vincent believes that conditions are ripening for U.S. organizations to lead a resurgence in business aviation, although he cautions that more indicators such as utilization need to fall in alignment for a widescale recovery to gain traction. From the most recent of its Jetnet iQ quarterly industry surveys, 52 percent of the 507 owner and operator respondents believe the economy with respect to business aviation is past the low point in the current business cycle. That sentiment increases to 57 percent in North America, where 61 percent of the global turbine fleet is registered. Over the next decade the largest volume of deliveries will be the light jet class, according to Jetnet, with 37 percent of the volume. Medium jets will account for a third of the deliveries over the next 10 years while large jets will total approximately 30 percent but account for 64 percent of the order values. The company expects that the U.S. and Canada will account for 49 percent of all business jet deliveries over the life of the forecast, which sees the worldwide business jet fleet growing to 26,793 aircraft by 2021. North America, which today accounts for approximately 63 percent of the world’s jet fleet, is expected to see that percentage shrink to 58 percent by the end of the forecast window. –C.E.
Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of the China Business Aviation Group (left), and Neil Book, JSSI co-president, are here promoting a partnership between their companies.
Guangdong. We know the market and we have offices in different key areas of the country so that we can understand the local market.” As to the alliance with JSSI, Liao said, “We chose JSSI because of the stable and predictable maintenance
budget that JSSI provides. That is important to Chinese aircraft owners and operators. The hourly-cost maintenance programs covering the multitude of different aircraft makes and models that JSSI offers complement our current business aviation services.” o
Amac delivers completed BBJ 777-200LR When a business aircraft completion takes more than 500,000 man-hours, you know nothing was spared on the project. “The principal set very high standards for this elegant interior,” said Bernd Schramm, COO of Amac Group, which delivered the first Boeing BBJ 777-200LR this week to a Middle East-based customer. Basel, Switzerland-based Amac’s business is split among executive completions, maintenance work and its hangar space, which can accommodate up to three widebodies and six single-aisle bizliners, along with lighter aircraft. The BBJ 777 went to Aviation Link in Saudi Arabia after 19 months at the Basel completion
facility. Inside it is now configured with a master bedroom, master lavatory, private lounges, majlis, cabanas, guest areas, staff areas and more than one galley. An in-flight entertainment system, humidification system, satcom, voice over Internet protocol phone system and Wi-Fi all contribute to passenger comfort. Amac received warranty service center approval from Boeing in May this year and has recently achieved EASA Part 145 approval to undertake heavy base maintenance on the Boeing 777, 747-400/8i and Airbus A330/A340. It expects to begin heavy jet maintenance on executive aircraft in its newly opened facilities in the New Year. –A.L.
Jet Support Services (JSSI), an hourly-cost maintenance provider, has double announcements for NBAA’12. The company just opened its Asian headquarters at Hong Kong International Airport, supported by technical services manager Mark Winzar, client services representative Jacquelyn Lau and business development director Robin Tozer. Along with that opening, the company announced that it has allied with Beijing-based China Business Aviation Group to help it navigate the shoals of regulations and cultural customs that can complicate aviation sales and business development in the region.
Aviation Group, explained why it is key for western companies such as JSSI to have a knowledgeable and compatible Chinese partner when entering into Chinese markets. “In China I would say the growth in business aviation is explosive. Yes, there are 157 B-registered aircraft, but I know there are at least 150 other China-based aircraft operating in the country that may be registered in other domains. So there are easily 300 business aircraft operating in the country, and that number is growing by 25 percent a year,” he said. “I compare the Chinese market more to Western Europe than to the U.S. You are speaking with people who have distinctly different cultural backgrounds, maybe even speaking different languages,” he said. “For instance, in the U.S. you can use the same advertisement in New York and Los Angeles, but in China what works in Beijing will not sell in
JSSI lays out plans to make inroads in China
Business aviation takes a long view The industry has been hard hit since the recession began, battered by opportunistic legislators and the general media. Manufacturers and suppliers have endured years of declining deliveries and forecasts that looked bleak. There have been glimmers of hope–increased flying activity and cautiously optimistic forecasts–but the industry has not yet established a firm rate of climb out of the doldrums and looks ahead to brighter times.
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by Curt Epstein Signature Flight Support has chosen the venue of this year’s NBAA Convention to announce several new programs. The BBA Aviation subsidiary, which currently operates a network of more than 115 FBOs worldwide, unveiled a new partnership with secure identification provider Clear, which uses biometric data to speed travelers through airport security. The partnership gives Signature’s customers a discount on registration in the program. While some might find it odd for a private aviation services provider to be linked with a program that caters to airline travelers, it’s just one more added benefit for Signature’s customers, according to Patrick Sniffen, the Orlando-based company’s vice president of marketing. At the company’s press conference on Monday, he said it’s not just crews that will benefit. “A lot of people in the back of the airplane are transiting through the airline terminal as well, either on an international flight or in
first class, and for them time is money.” Signature is offering complimentary six-month Clear subscriptions to show attendees who register at a kiosk at the BBA Aviation booth (No. 3100) or at its FBO at Orlando International Airport. As a benefit to its customers, the FBO chain will also be installing Clear registration kiosks at its locations at several major U.S. entry ports, including Dulles International and Reagan National airports in Washington D.C. and Westchester County Airport in New York, with more to follow. The service provider also debuted a new alliance with National Car Rental, which earlier this year was named Signature’s preferred rental car partner. Signature customers who are enrolled in National’s Emerald Club program will now earn points in Signature’s Tailwins loyalty program, set by dollars spent and mileage driven. National will match customer status in any other
rental car affinity program, and Tailwins members can enroll in the Emerald Club through Signature’s website. Network Affiliates
The chain also announced news from its Signature Select program. American Aero in Texas has joined the provider’s affiliate network. American Aero is located at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport in a historic former American Airlines terminal known as Hangar 11N. The company plans to begin construction on a modern FBO facility while simultaneously renovating the landmark terminal, which will eventually house a private flight department. Starting in November, the location, operating from a temporary facility, will offer the full range of Signature products (including Signature Tailwins and Signature Status) while maintaining its independent brand. American Aero is owned by Robert Bass,
advertising support and access to the company’s SigNet customer relations system, which provides individualized services no matter where a customer flies in the company’s network. Other Signature select locations currently undergoing transition are Jet Air Group in Green Bay, Wis. and Airside FBO Operations in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. o
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the former owner of Butler Aviation, which merged with Page Avjet in 1992 to form Signature Flight Support. At Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport, ATP Jet Center is now a full Signature network affiliate. Among the benefits it will receive are Signature’s proprietary safety and service training, marketing and
Big movers Paul Acro from Mototok demonstrates one of the company’s remote aircraft tugs at Booth No. 717. The German company claims its tugs can be used to move almost all aircraft without conversion. These visitors and exhibitors are making the most of what the NBAA Convention has to offer: the opportunity for face to face interaction.
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GE earns ICAO nod for instrument procedure design GE Aviation has received the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) seal of approval as a qualified instrument flight procedure (IFP) design organization. The endorsement will assist countries in identifying IFP companies as they move forward with performance-based navigation (PBN). GE is one of five companies to receive the endorsement. PBN allows aircraft to fly precisely defined flight paths without reliance on ground-based navaids. Required navigation performance, an advanced form of PBN, allows aircraft to fly shorter and more precise routes, reducing fuel burn, flight delays and air-traffic congestion. GE’s PBN Service unit is currently working with aircraft operators and air traffic management organizations in Australia, Canada, Central and South America and the U.S. to implement PBN. Separately, GE announced it is creating a new set of global airport mapping databases to bring the next generation of airport situational awareness to business aviation. “Future airspace technologies such as digital Notams, data comm, taxi guidance, aeronautical information management and system-wide information management require the highly precise digitized surface features embedded in GE’s airport maps,” said Dottie Hall, GE product leader. GE’s airport mapping databases include features and functions of airport layouts in the aeronautical information exchange model (AIXM) format. Imagery for GE databases is collected from GeoEye satellites and is suitable for use in synthetic vision systems and electronic flight bags. GE Aviation is at Booth No. 3900. –M.H.
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out and get a whole bunch of deposits that are meaningless when we don’t have all the dates in place. There’s just no upside to doing that,” he said. The Kestrel mockup at the show has the recently adopted straighter wing design, tail moved farther back along the empennage and a larger vertical stabilizer to improve yaw controllability. The windows have also grown in size and should make the aircraft feel larger in a cabin that is 8.4 inches wider at the cockpit and five inches wider in the cabin than the original aircraft. The landing gear is also beefier, with tires about the size of those on the PC-12. Klapmeier said that despite the angst that circulates around all aircraft builders trying to guarantee certification dates these days, “we’re feeling good about the overall performance and design of the Kestrel at this point. It’s all driven by what we think the customers want.” Building a new airplane is a “constant juggling of priorities,” Klapmeier noted. “I do believe there is a lot of room for market growth in business aviation and certainly in singleengine turboprop aircraft. This is now the airplane I’d want,” he said. o
Kestrel Aircraft president and CEO Alan Klapmeier announced that Cox & Company will build the wing ice protection system for the Kestrel single-engine turboprop. Kestrel (Booth No. 5585) also chose Air Comm to develop the aircraft’s environmental control system (ECS). “The Cox system is laminar flow [across the wings] and comes with a significant lifecycle advantage that means a six-year warranty is still in effect when some traditional rubber boots are beginning to wear out,” Klapmeier pointed out. Cox’s ice-protection employs the electro-mechanical expulsion deicing technique instead of rubber boots or TKS fluid panels that have been traditional alternatives. When asked about the Kestrel turboprop’s development status, Klapmeier cracked the smile of an entrepreneur who understands the challenges of bringing a new aircraft design to market and replied, “We expect it’s about a 320knot airplane, it’s going to cost about $3 million, it will fly about 1,300 miles and it may be ready in about three years.” He said lots of people are interested in the Kestrel, but the company is not taking deposits yet. “I’m not willing to go
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10 Strategic Factors That Will Influence Your Next Aircraft Decision Room S320E Demystifying Aircraft Accounting and Budgeting* Room S320C Loss of Control In-Flight Risk Mitigation in Corporate Aviation Room S320GH NBAA Best Practices in Corporate Shuttle Operations Room S210E Next Stop: China, India & Beyond Room S320B Values-Based Leadership in the Aviation Department* Room S320F What’s Changing in Air Traffic Management and How it Will Affect You Room S320D
NBAA Tax Committee Meeting Orange County Convention Center Room S310B 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Hawker 400XP/Beechjet M&O Room S330AB 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. How to Successfully Address the Declining Aviation Talent Pool Room S320F Complying with U.S. Economic Sanctions, Export Controls and Anti-Corruption Laws in Aircraft Transactions and Flight Operations Room S320C Safety Management Systems: What Have You Mitigated Recently? Room S320G Tackling the Blockers: A Playbook for Isolating and Neutralizing Inhibitors to Business Aviation’s Recovery Room S320B
Light Business Airplane: Mission Critical - Using Aviation to Grow Your Business Room S320A 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D/PW300/PW500/PW600 M&O Room S330C
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Light Business Airplane: Purchasing Pre-Owned vs. New Business Aircraft Room S320A
Friends & Partners of Aviation Weather Room S331 Gulfstream Operator’s Forum Peabody Orlando Hotel, Windermere X Ballroom Worthington Aviation Westwind M&O Room S330E
Collaborative Decision Making Weather Evaluation Team Update on Supporting NextGen Concepts Room S310G FAA NextGen: Happening Now for Business Operators Room S320D NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC) Meeting Room S310C 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NBAA Annual Meeting of Members Room S210D 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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Business Aviation Pilot Training for the 21st Century Room S310G Business Aviation Security Review Room S320F Emerging Trends in Charter Sales: from iPads to Social Media Room S320GH Managing Your Aircraft Management Company* Room S320E NBAA Local/Regional Business Aviation Associations Networking Session Room S210E Pitfalls of Purchasing an SMS Program Room S320B Tax & Regulatory Issues: Stump the Chumps Room S320C
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Daher-Socata TBM M&O Room S330D 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. NBAA’12 Second Day General Session Exhibit Floor 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pilatus PC12 M&O Room S330C 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dassault Falcon Jet Falcon 10/20/50 Series M&O Room S330FG Dassault Falcon Jet Pilot Session Room S330H 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. NBAA Flight Attendants Committee Meeting Room S310B Hawker 125 Series M&O Room S330AB
Shuttle Bus Schedules Shuttle bus service to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will be provided from most NBAA’12 hotels. Shuttle buses will start one and a half hours prior to the show opening and continue until one hour after show closing, except for Tuesday when the shuttle buses will start at 6:30 a.m. Shuttle buses to the Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport will be available from the OCCC on show days. Static Display shuttle buses will start one hour prior to Static Display opening and continue until one hour after closing.
NBAA Exhibit Halls, Light Business Airplane Static Display and Static Display Open Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport Global Business Aviation Update Room S320B Dassault Falcon Jet General Session Room S330FG
The NBAA 65th Annual Meeting & Convention offers an array of educational and maintenance and operations sessions and special events in addition to a multitude of exhibits at the Orange County Convention Center. In addition, dozens of aircraft are on display at Orlando Executive Airport, and a smaller display graces the convention center’s parking lot. Shuttle buses are operating between the convention center and the static display. For up to the minute show information, including an interactive exhibitor directory, download NBAA’s show app.
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Future of Flight Duty & Rest Regulations for Crewmembers Room S320E
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Bizav’s Biggest Gathering
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Honeywell Avionics, CFE Technical Discussion Room S331 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. First Responder: Responding to a Business Aviation Crisis Room S320A Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Turboprop Engine M&O Room S330C 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Hawker 4000 Series M&O Room S330AB
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All NBAA’12 shuttle buses arrive and depart from the Main Entrances of the North and South Halls of the Orange County Convention Center. You can then transfer to a Static Display shuttle bus that will take you to the Static Display at Orlando Executive Airport. Static Display Shuttle Schedules Wednesday, October 31
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Thursday, November 1
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SAFE FLYING AWARDS • Support Services
2011 NBAA SUPPORT SERVICE AWARDS Presented to the Top 25 support service professionals in recognition of their years of service.
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The National Business Aviation Association Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed the top recipients for 2011.
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Ron Ludema President/owner 45 years Linda Ludema Vice president 45 years Mick Osborne Director of line service 40 years Tulip City Air Service Holland, Mich. Somewhat notably, three staffers from Tulip City Air Service, a full-service FBO, repair station and charter operation, have made it into the top five Safe Support Service award winner category for 2011. Tied for first place is Linda Ludema, vice president, and in second place, her husband, Ron, who is president and owner. In fourth place on the list is Mick Osborne, director of line service. Tulip City, not coincidentally, is also at the top of the Safe Commercial Business Flying list. Linda Ludema told AIN that her father opened Tulip City Airport (now Western Michigan Regional Airport) in 1947, as a grass strip. He put in the first paved runway, just 2,500 feet
Tulip City Air Service’s outstanding safety record is a result of recurrent training, not only for the pilots but also for support staff. Three Tulip City Air Service employees were recognized by the NBAA with the Support Services Safety Award, from left Ron Ludema, president; Rhonda Hulst, charter department; Linda Ludema, vice president; and Mick Osborne, director of line service.
long, which has now increased to 6,000 feet. Linda was born and raised in a house on the airport, met her husband Ron there and started Tulip City Air Service with him. Her parts in running the business involve handling human resources and taxes. Three of the Ludema’s children are learning to fly; they have soloed, and one planned to take his cross-country flight shortly after AIN spoke with her. The eldest daughter, Rhonda
Hulst, works in the Tulip City Air Service charter department, as does a granddaughter, Ashley Ludema. Linda said that when Rhonda was little, and the airport less busy, she used to ride her tricycle on the runway and the pilots would call in, “Is Rhonda on the runway?” Line service director Osborne has also been around the airport for many years. His stepfather based a V-tail Bonanza there, and as a kid
Osborne spent a lot of time there. He earned his pilot certificate in high school, then Ron Ludema offered him a job at Tulip City Air Service. Osborne has been employed at the airport for 40 years, 30 in his current position. Asked his view on improving safety, Osborne said it requires “a lot of training. And in my department the crew is fantastic,” he
added, explaining that one member has been there for 24 years, another for 12. He also believes longevity at a job is a safety factor. The company’s outstanding safety record is a result of recurrent training, not only for the pilots but also for support staff, he said. In addition to outside training, employees receive inhouse training.
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with such a company.” In 1976, Holbert handed the business over to his sons Donald and Richard. The third generation of the Holbert family is involved in the company and includes Valerie, director of marketing and design; Taylor, director of operations; Susan, CFO; and Steve, manager of IT. o
French electronics provider PGA Electronic is introducing its Smart Touch Cabin, a wireless software application that allows passengers to control cabin functions from any point in the cabin using Apple mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone. The customized interface, according to the company, allows control of most aspects of the cabin, from lighting and entertainment to electric shades. Also on display at NBAAis PGA’s touch-screen line, including a 3.5-inch keyboard screen and a 10.5-inch ultra-slim screen. The company expects users to be impressed by the image quality, fast response time on the touch display and the user-friendly interface. PGA is also demonstrating a range of connector panels–RJ45, USB, HD and VGA–tailored to meet customer requirements. The panels are offered in a variety of colors, and plating can be customized to fit v arious cabin decors. PGA Electronic’s new line of monitors–HD/SDI–feature full audio/video high-definition quality in 1080p resolution. The monitors range from 10.4 to 64 inches in size and can be seen at the company’s NBAA booth (No. 3692).–K.J.H.
Peggy Bunch, office manager at Central Flying Service, has been with the company for 41 years.
Peggy Bunch was working at a restaurant while attending high school when one day a customer offered her a job. It was Claud Holbert, owner of Central Flying Service, which bills itself as the “oldest fixed-base operation in the U.S.” Founded in 1939 to teach pilots in the Civilian Pilot Training program before World War II, the operation is based at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Ark. When Bunch started at Central Flying Service in 1970, right after high school grad uation, the firm operated a fleet of Beech airplanes: Model 18s, King Airs, Barons and Bonanzas. “Working different shifts in different departments,” she said, “and meeting and working with many people left impressions only a few are privileged to experience. I am not a pilot, but just being around aviation definitely gets it in your blood.” Central’s charter department now operates Beech Barons and King Airs, a Mitsubishi Diamond and a Cessna Mustang. “Central has an outstanding safety record that I attribute to training,” Bunch said. “After all these years I am a firm believer in our vision statement: ‘To set the national standard for aviation customer service through innovation, quality and teamwork.’ I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work
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Jet Professionals expands small biz services by Curt Epstein to business aviation. The Jet-Pro PEO provides personnel administration and payroll services in addition to tax compliance and filing duties for small and midsize companies. By leveraging the buying power of parent company General Dynamics, Jet Professionals believes it can provide company benefits such as medical, dental and vision coverage
along with life insurance and workers’ compensation, at a level and price point previously untouchable by a company with fewer than 200 employees. “We provide economies of scale similar to a Fortune 100 company and therefore we are allowing the companies to save a significant amount of money, hopefully, and be able to provide them with a better benefit plan, better payroll process and streamlined administration at less cost than what they are paying now,” said George Kythreotis, Jet Professionals’ vice president and general manager. The program, which had been under development for nearly a year, had its soft opening last month and is ready for full-scale operation. “It’s a co-employment relationship where clients maintain operational control over their employees and we are the backoffice support services supplier,” noted Kythreotis. He said several customers
Demand for Contract Staff
Jet Professionals, which can staff all aspects of a flight department from pilots to flight attendants and dispatchers to maintenance staff, noted a recent strong demand for contract staffing. “In a downturn what we’ve noticed in respect to the core staffing business is it’s been more of ‘try before you buy,’” said Kythreotis. “In that respect is we’ve been able to cater to the industry.” Under that “payroll” model, companies needing staff but nervous about hiring full-time employees can contract with Jet Professionals to
Jet Professionals, a flight-department staffing specialist, is on hand at NBAA announcing a new human resources offering it believes could revolutionize business for smaller aviation companies. The Jet Aviation subsidiary (Booth No. 3594) has unveiled its Jet-Pro PEO, which it describes as the only professional employer organization exclusive
West Palm Beach, Fla., in addition to its locations in Basel, Switzerland and Abu Dhabi. The expansion will continue with the opening of two California offices by the end of the year as well as at a yet-tobe-finalized location in Asia. The company’s U.S. headquarters currently handles its South American business, but Jet Professionals expects to open an office in Brazil by next year. In August, it signed an agreement with Lider Aviação to provide ferry pilots to deliver aircraft purchased in the U.S. to Lider’s customers in Brazil.
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Jet Professionals, which can staff all aspects of a flight department from pilots to flight attendants and dispatchers to maintenance staff, is announcing a new human resources initiative, dubbed Jet-Pro PEO, that provides personnel administration, payroll and benefit services to small and midsize companies.
have shown interest in the PEO, which recently signed its first client. At a time when many companies looking for areas to contain soaring costs are targeting employee benefit packages, Jet Professionals believes this program could attract companies looking for skilled talent by permitting them to offer a more attractive benefits package. “With this [professional organization], the game changes. It affords and allows companies that are smaller in size to play with bigger company benefits,” Kythreotis told AIN. “I believe this product will improve the basic benefits and payroll infrastructure of small to midsize companies, the companies that have been the heart and soul of this industry but have had a hard time over the last several years.” Jet Professionals, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, has seen its global core business of permanent and contract flight-department staffing nearly triple over the past few years, leading the Teterboro, N.J.-based company to open new offices in St. Louis, Houston and
fill vacant positions for periods of time ranging from per diem to six months or longer. The flight department receives the employees’ services and maintains operational control over them in a nostrings-attached lease arrangement, but they are employees of Jet Professionals. The human resource specialist pays their salaries and provides their benefits, workers’ compensation and personal liability insurance for as long as needed until the employees’ services are no longer required or until the flight department hires them. The pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction as the number of available qualified domestic crewmembers has recently declined. Kythreotis said that in the past a listing for a crew position might attract dozens of respondents, but due to the expansion of business aviation in Asia and the Middle East, the skill sets possessed by U.S. and European pilots have become a valuable commodity, forcing potential employers to intensify their search tactics. o
Fuelerlinx now calculates multi-leg tankering needs by Curt Epstein Fuel management software provider Fuelerlinx is here at NBAA showing off the newest capabilities of its system. The San Francisco-based company has recently added a multi-leg tankering calculator to its subscription-based product, which continually updates the fuel prices at FBOs and airports so flight departments can determine where they will get the best fuel prices. The Fuelerlinx system receives direct price inputs from more than 30 fuel suppliers, and program subscribers can tailor it to reflect their own contract fuel program discounts. According to company president Kevin Moller, the multileg calculator was created to save money for flight departments. While fuel purchases often are planned in advance so discounts can apply, many times dispatchers are uncertain about the quantity required and may
authorize a captain’s request for an open-ended amount, which is typically billed at a higher price point. “As you know, with fuel the more volume you buy, the more discount you receive,” Moller told AIN. “What we were finding is many dispatchers didn’t know exactly how much fuel that aircraft was going to consume in flight, so we developed a tool that helps estimate that.” A dispatcher or a pilot can enter the legs of their particular trip into the software, which is accessible through virtually any computer platform, including mobile devices. The system will then calculate the distance between those legs and make fuel purchase recommendations based on fuel reserve as well as maximum landing and takeoff weights. While the system is preprogrammed with the factory specifications of every business
aviation airplane type currently in operation, users can customize the software by inputting parameters for their specific airplane. “The great thing about the tankering calculator is that, within seconds, it finds the ideal fueling route for the user,” said programmer Mike Mieglitz. “The software completes anywhere from 10 to 70 million calculations to reach this outcome, something that users are just not capable of doing on their own.” In addition to base pricing, the software advises users about volume-based price breaks and ramp fee waivers at airports in the U.S. and abroad. International Reach
Since its founding in 2008, Fuelerlinx has focused on domestic operations, but it is increasing its international capabilities and to that end it has partnered with CB VAT America, a company that specializes in the recovery of value added taxes (VAT) and excise taxes charged to international operators. European VAT rates average approximately 21 percent of the price of fuel, an addition that some providers
Fuelerlinx’s software continually updates fuel prices at FBOs and airports, enabling users to compare fuel costs, ramp fees and fuel discounts. The new multi-leg tankering function gives dispatchers purchase recommendations to maximize discounts.
include in their price quotes while others do not, which often leads to confusion. Based on its new partnership, Fuelerlinx can incorporate data into its software, which gives a more accurate evaluation of international fuel prices by providing a clear breakdown of taxes at the time of dispatch. This will allow users to more easily determine what fees may be refundable to them based on certain operating criteria.
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WingX adds GPWS, X-Plane compatibility by Matt Thurber Hilton Software (Booth No. 3064) has added new features to its WingX Pro 7 iPad moving-map software, including integration with the X-Plane flight simulator and a terrain and obstacle ground proximity warning system (GPWS) that includes a terrain profile. The GPWS also provides a lookahead function to warn pilots of impending impact with terrain or obstacles. With the simulator integration, X-Plane users can fly with WingX Pro 7 and view all of the WingX features during a simulated flight, without having to cable the iPad to the computer running X-Plane. The X-Plane integration runs on a WiFi network and includes the “position” of the simulated aircraft depicted on WingX’s moving-map and geo-referenced approach plates. A unique feature offered by the X-Plane
integration is that the user can try out advanced WingX features such as synthetic vision with pitch and bank, without needing a separate attitude heading reference system (AHRS) device. In an aircraft, to obtain pitch and bank with WingX synthetic vision, an AHRS is needed to feed attitude data to the iPad. Currently, two such AHRS devices are available, the AHRSG Mini by Levil Technology ($795) and Clarity SV ($997) from Sagetech. These devices are not inexpensive, but one advantage they also offer is not only providing pitch and bank data for WingX’s synthetic vision but also for the iPhone v ersion of WingX. In the iPhone version, WingX includes an attitude indicator, and an AHRS device could make the iPhone attitude indicator work as a direemergency backup device if
A steep turn in an Avanti in WingX Pro, above, on the X-Plane flight simulator is contrasted with the same data playing on a WingX attitude indicator on an iPhone, right.
everything in the instrument panel were to fail (see photo above). On the iPad, this feature is called “heads-up display.” WingX pioneered the split screen on iPad moving-map apps, and the benefits of this approach are easily apparent when testing WingX with a computer running X-Plane and an iPad running WingX. To do this, the latest version of X-Plane, 10.10r3, is required ($69.99), and it runs on PC, Apple Macintosh and Linux computers. WingX Pro 7 costs $99.95, plus $99.95 for synthetic vision and $74.99 for Seattle Avionics geo-referenced ChartData to display own-ship position on approach charts.
With the split screen, you can run a variety of displays on two screens at the same time. While shooting an approach, for example, you can view the approach plate with own-ship position on the top half of the iPad display and the en route or sectional chart on the bottom half. Plus, you also can view terrain on the en route or sectional chart as well. Other features include a “passive radar altimeter,” which shows GPS altitude above the ground or the elevation of the terrain. The terrain profile shows the flightpath along the bottom of the screen and the relative elevation of any terrain based on the current flightpath or along the planned route.
For flight departments with multiple iPad-using pilots, Hilton Software recently added the FlightShare function to WingX. You can create a route plan on one device and share it with other iPads and iPhones that have WingX installed. You don’t need to use X-Plane to try out WingX features; the app includes a simulator function that will run a flight in simulated mode, although it doesn’t include simulation of the AHRS. Synthetic vision will run without an AHRS, but you won’t see any pitch and bank, just a static animation of the view outside the windshield. o
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NC Carpet gives upholstery an edge NC Carpet Binding & Equipment is hardly a household name, but chances are the carpeting and upholstery in most aircraft on display here and at Orlando Executive Airport were fabricated and installed using custom-designed machines from the company. NC is a primary manufacturer of sewing machines that apply edging to carpet and that are used to fabricate aircraft seats. Just about any aircraft upholstery and carpet will have borders sewn on NC machines, said CEO Mal Maher. Maher’s grandfather and uncle founded the family business in 1947 upon their return from World War II. “We sell to those who build the seats and do their own interior completions fabrication,” Maher said. These range from the airframe OEMs to completion centers, aircraft restorers and furnishings specialists such as B/E Aerospace of Miami (Booth No. 2059) and Wichita-based Aircraft Interior Products (Booth No. 3185). Maher added that NC works closely with Kalogridis International (Booth No. 3985), the Dallas-based designer of high-end wool and silk custom carpeting for corporate and VIP aircraft. Kalogridis employs taskspecific NC machines not only for carpet edging (serging) and binding but to embed unique designs into the carpet. NC is in Orlando this week introducing its newest product, a polyester serging yarn developed in response to customer demand. Although carpet fabrication and
installation machinery remains NC’s primary product, the company also provides yarn and thread for use in its machines. The new “poly serging yarn” is said to be twice as strong as nylon or wool and also more
affordable, with the highest burn rating in the industry, Maher said. He invites anyone interested in aircraft interiors to drop by Booth No. 2555. “I’m the guy with the boring sewing machine booth,” he joked.–H.W.
Carpet and upholstery in most business aircraft were most likely fabricated and installed using machines from NC Carpet Binding & Equipment.
Careers Presentation NBAA is again hosting a general session focusing on careers in business aviation targeted at middle- and high-school students. The event, to be held tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, is designed to inspire young people to consider aviation careers. Keynote speaker is Barrington Irving, ambassador for the Mitsubishi/ Barrington Irving Dream & Soar: Youth in Aviation program, which emphasizes study in science and math. The session will be followed by a question-and-answer period and then a group tour of the exhibit halls by the students, who hail from central Florida. Irving is the first African American and the youngest person to n fly solo around the world.
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Sherwin-Williams shows new website Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings (Booth No. 4547) has launched a new website to assist aircraft coatings specifiers and paint applicators with what it calls one of the most detailed online information
sources in the aircraft coatings industry. The aerospace unit of paint giant Sherwin-Williams is demonstrating to conventiongoers how the revamped website is easy to maneuver and provides more connectivity for
visitors. According to Sherwin-Williams, the website is intuitive to navigate, allowing direct search of specific market niches (general, business, commercial and military aviation), or product
categories (interior, exterior coatings, primers, fillers, etc.). The site features Skyscapes, Sherwin-Williams’s new basecoat/ clearcoat exterior paint system, with two complete coating systems–including pretreatment, corrosion protective primer, topcoat and clearcoat–certified to SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095.
Also featured in the products section is the Jet Glo Express polyurethane topcoat, optimized as a complete painting system for commercial airline fleets. Jet Glo Express is also qualified to numerous general aviation OEM specifications and is military aircraft-qualified to MILPRF-85285, Type I, Class H. The website links to a recently launched YouTube channel developed to acquaint manufacturing engineers and procurement executives, MRO professionals and painting crews with the newest Sherwin-Williams products and processes. The channel offers videos on Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings features as well as step-by-step instructional videos of the aircraft painting and repair process. Also on the website is enhanced technical data, including information in other languages, regulatory documents, product listings, downloadable product flyers and sell sheets and an updated qualified products list.–H.W.
Scott updates carpet colors
Scott Group Custom Carpets is displaying at Booth No. 978 selections from its collection, which features blended tweeds in classic colors such as navy, tan and charcoal. Scott Group designers have reinterpreted the classic textures found in this season’s fashions, using unique weaving techniques and color combinations. All patterns and colors are fully customizable, to meet the needs of the aircraft owner. Scott Group Custom Carpets and its staff of 15 artists custom design and manufacture wool carpets for business jet customers in Grand Rapids, Mich., in a 150,000-sq-ft facility. With a long history of crafting custom aircraft flooring carpets, Scott Group performs all design and manufacturing of carpets and rugs, from start to finish, on its premises. –H.W.
Just three of the wool carpeting patterns in the Scott Group Custom Carpets selection on display at NBAA’12 are, left: Mika with silk; Erratic Plaid with silk, top; and Vale, at bottom.
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October 2011 • In a departure from the earlier policy of doing all Lineage 1000 cabin completion work in-house, Embraer has begun offering a green variant of this executive version of its E190 regional jet.
•Embraer’s Lineage 1000 wins CAAC certification from Chinese aviation authorities, and the Brazilian OEM’s Phenom 300 gets the nod from aviation authorities in India.
• Embraer celebrates the sale of 13 Legacy 650 large-cabin jets to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing.
• February 2012 • Action film icon Jackie Chan takes delivery of a new Legacy 650, the first Legacy 650 to be delivered for service in China. • Minsheng Financial Leasing, on the heels of an agreement to buy 13 Legacy 650s, places a firm order for three Lineage 1000 bizliners, with deliveries slated to begin in 2012.
• The maiden flight of the Legacy 500 prototype, expected by year-end, is delayed due to problems with the Parker remote electronic unit software in the fly-by-wire controls.
December 2011 • Embraer Executive Jets opens its Global Customer Center at Melbourne International Airport in Florida and simultaneously delivers the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 to Executive AirShare. • The first Lineage 1000 bizliner is delivered to a customer in China. • Embraer rolls out the first Legacy 500 at its São José dos Campos, Brazil headquarters.
• Embraer reintroduces its Legacy 600/650 cabin with major upgrades, including Honeywell’s new Ovation Select cabin management system. • The first Phenom 300 to be equipped for medical evacuation is delivered to Amil Resgate Saúde in Brazil.
Embraer Legacy 650
•Maurício Botelho, left, often credited with saving Embraer, resigns abruptly “for personal reasons.”
April 2012 • International Water-Guard signs to provide its IWG-A4 ultraviolet water treatment system as optional equipment on Embraer’s Legacy 600 and 650.
May 2012 • The Phenom 100 fleet reaches a combined total of 100,000 flight hours since the first aircraft entered service three-and-a-half years ago. • The Lineage 1000 adds hot-and-high to its c ertification list with approvals for operations at altitudes above 13,000 feet, including El Alto International Airport in La Paz, Bolivia, at 13,357 feet.
March 2012 • With more than 100 of its executive jets operating in Brazil, Embraer signs with the state of São Paulo to establish a $25 million modern service center at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, about 55 miles from São Paulo. • Air Works India signs a memorandum of understanding to create a stock of Embraer parts in Bengaluru for all the OEM’s executive jet line in service in India, including the Lineage 1000 bizliner. • The first international delivery of the Phenom 100 goes to Canadian businessman Tasso Kastelidis, an instrument-rated private pilot who plans to use the light twin to tie together distribution centers throughout Canada.
• Embraer Executive Jets names Jay Beever as vice president of interior design, at its Melbourne, Fla. headquarters.
• June 2012
July 2012 •Embraer’s expanded design suite at its Melbourne, Fla.based customer center is unveiled.
August 2012 • The first part for Embraer’s new Legacy 450 mid-light jet is milled as work began on fabrication of the first aircraft.
• Jose Filippo takes over as Embraer’s new chief financial officer.
• In a ceremony at Embraer Executive Jets’s Melbourne Campus in Florida, the FAA presents a production certificate to facilitate assembly of the Phenom 100 in the U.S. • In a signing ceremony with Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Embraer agrees to build Legacy 600 and 650 jets in China, using the infrastructure, financial resources and workforce of their joint venture entity Harbin Aircraft Industry.
• September 2012
• The Lineage 1000 makes its debut at the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition.
• The entry-level Phenom 100 executive jet receives certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
• Using the LABACE show as the launch pad, CAE Latin America inaugurates its Latin American Training Center near São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, unveiling its Phenom 100 full-flight simulator as a centerpiece of ceremonies.
• With arrival of the first wing and fuselage, Embraer adds production of the Phenom 300 light jet to its assembly operation in Melbourne, Fla.
• Two new iPad apps–eTechPubs and Customer Support and Service Guide– are released, making it easier for customers to access technical and customer support information.
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Cessna Citation CJ4
efore digging into the details of each of the light jet markets, itâ€™s worth noting some global factors affecting the market. In 2012, the big story in the light jet market was Europe and the devaluing euro. As the light jet market typically trades in U.S. dollars, with the euro dropping nearly 20 percent in value compared to last year, European sellers saw an opportunity to take advantage of the strong dollar and liquidate at relatively lower dollar values for their assets, yielding a higher amount of euros. The result was pricing pressure on non-Europe-based aircraft, forcing price reductions to compete with the good deals from Europe. Furthermore, with the U.S. stock market trading at nearly pre-crash values, U.S. operators have become more comfortable with buying aviation assets. Combine the strength of the U.S. market with the weakness of the European marketâ€“the two largest markets for light jetsâ€“and the result is a net shift of pre-owned inventory from Europe to the U.S. While there are global effects on the light jet markets, each of the products in this space are experiencing
market forces and factors that have affected liquidity, market size and longterm residual value.
Cessna Citation Since the 1960s, Cessna has been the leader in the light jet segment with the introduction of the first Citation, the Cessna 500. While the cast of characters and products has evolved, Cessna still has the largest market share of light jets in production and in operation. With the entry-level Mustang now in its sixth year of operation and more than 400 units in operation, it represents one of the most liquid light jets in the marketplace. Since the beginning of the year, nearly 40 pre-owned Citations traded hands. Mustangs are trading in the high $1 million to the mid $2 million range, depending on pedigree, options and program enrollments. Looking to 2013, watch for a spike in pre-owned Mustang inventory as M2 deliveries begin. With a majority of the orders for the M2 coming from current Mustang owners, there is likely to be some motivated market overhang that will present good deals for buyers next year. Cessna expects to deliver the first M2 in mid 2013, with roughly 20 jets delivered by the end of the year. The M2 brings some life into the lower side of Cessna’s jet product line with an upgraded version of the venerable CJ1+. The M2 will offer operators a Garmin 3000 touchscreen cockpit, a redesigned interior, boosted thrust and winglets. Priced in the mid $4 million range, the M2 will present a strong threat to Embraer’s Phenom 100 as a direct competitor in size, seating, speed and price. The M2 will likely be the first of many new products we see out of Cessna using the formula of adding an upgraded Garmin cockpit combined with aerodynamic and interior improvements to bring Cessna’s 525 line more into the forefront of potential buyers. The CJ2+ and CJ3 markets have been particularly interesting. Over the last 10 months, nine pre-owned CJ2+s have traded hands, with prices ranging from the high $3 million to mid $4 million range. On the CJ3 side, more than 30 preowned units have transacted, with prices ranging from the low $4 million to the
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mid $5 million range. Many of the aircraft have come from European sellers taking advantage of the currency favor. Cessna’s top-of-the-line 525–the CJ4– has been in operation for almost three years with nearly 100 units in operation. Due to the relative newness of the product, there haven’t been many pre-owned CJ4 transactions. However, moving into the fourth quarter of 2012, a number of pre-owned CJ4s have begun to hit the market, leading the way for buyers and sellers to begin establishing the landscape. So far this year, only one preowned CJ4 has traded hands. A new CJ4 is priced from the high $8 million to the low $9 million range. Pre-owned CJ4s listed for sale range from low $7 million to low $8 million.
Embraer In 2007, Embraer had zero light jets in operation. After four years of being in the light jet business, Embraer has delivered nearly 300 Phenom 100s and 100 Phenom 300s. With light jets a segment that Embraer strongly believes in, expect to see exciting and innovative products from the Brazilian manufacturer. The pre-owned Phenom 100 market remains fairly liquid with Phenom 100s trading in the mid to high $2 millions. The Phenom 300 market is similar to that of the CJ4, in that a pre-owned market has yet to fully form due to the newness of the product. New Phenom 300s are priced in the low $9 millions with pre-owned aircraft available in the mid $7 millions. A notable dynamic in the Phenom market is Embraer’s success in placing its homegrown product into hands of Brazilian operators. Approximately 30 Phenom 100s in operation are Brazil-based.
Eclipse Aerospace We would be remiss in not mentioning the impressive resurgence of Eclipse Aerospace in its efforts to bring life back to the Eclipse 500 and the soon-to-beproduced Eclipse 550. Pre-owned, fully upgraded Eclipse 500s are trading in the mid $1 millions, with factory-refurbished Total Eclipses trading north of $2 million. Eclipse recently announced that the Eclipse 550 will go into production later next year.
Embraer Phenom 100
Hawker Beechcraft As Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) continues to work through bankruptcy, the future of the company’s light jet, the Premier I/IA, remains in question. While loved by many operators, the Premier I/IA never reached the level of market success to help keep the speedy little jet a market leader. Since late 2007, the pre-bankrupt HBC had been hard at work certifying the Hawker 200 (formerly known as the Premier II), a much-improved variant of the Premier IA. In December 2011, HBC formally shelved the Hawker 200 certification project until a more market-appropriate time. The future of the Premier I/ IA and Hawker 200 is up for speculation as HBC continues to work with potential suitors to take the company forward.
Market Outlook Moving into 2013, assuming the economy continues to show signs of growth, we expect to see some exciting new product announcements and first deliveries (M2 and HondaJet). It’s unlikely that we’ll see many new entrants in this space for many years to come. However, manufacturers that have been able to survive the market downturn will likely be well positioned to capitalize on their intestinal fortitude. o Cyrus Sigari is CEO and co-founder of jetAviva, a light jet sales/acquisition firm based in Santa Monica, Calif. Sigari is an ATP type rated in the Eclipse 500, Citation Mustang, Citation 525 series, Embraer Phenom 100 and Boeing 747.
Eclipse announces ‘Carefree’ Fuel, Maintenance Incentive Eclipse Aerospace announced a new incentive program ahead of the NBAA show for those considering the purchase of a new-production Eclipse 550 twinjet. According to the company, the new Carefree Ownership Program covers all operating expenses, including fuel, for new Eclipse owners. Eclipse stated that the program is valid only for a limited number of delivery positions. The program takes a page from luxury automobile manufacturers by covering the costs of all maintenance and inspections for the first two years of Eclipse 550 ownership, including the 300-hour inspection as well as normal wear items such as tires, batteries and brakes. Eclipse will also include an allowance to cover the cost of Eclipse 550 transition training–including jet basics, upset recovery and RVSM training–necessary for pilots to earn a type-rating in their aircraft. Perhaps the most enticing aspect of the Carefree Ownership Program, however, is the offer to cover up to $75,000 in fuel costs during the first year of ownership. This is enough, the company noted, n to pay for at least 225 flight hours.
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Global 6000 offers passengers connectivity in comfy cabin
Left: The aft cabin compartment converts to a private stateroom that includes a 32-inch, high-definition, bulkhead-mount monitor and surround sound. Bottom left: The new stand-up shower in the Global 6000 is an improvement over the sit-down shower in the earlier Global Express XRS and provides sufficient hot water for a 45-minute shower.
by Kirby J. Harrison
High-def Entertainment System
The 720p high-definition (HD) inflight entertainment (IFE) system is tied into the Rockwell Collins CES HD Venue-based cabin management system. It includes two 24-inch bulkhead-mount monitors, along with three plug-in HD monitors as loose equipment. The monitors are also LCD with LED backlighting to create a sharper image with brighter colors. A one-terabyte HD server for media storage is standard and a two-terabyte server is optional. A Wi-Fi application allows passengers to stream any movie in the IFE system to a personal device such as a tablet, and will allow streaming of tablet or smartphone content to the IFE for viewing throughout the cabin. The cabin Wi-Fi system will also allow passengers to operate cabin controls through tablet or smartphone. In addition to the two 24-inch and the three plug-in monitors as standard, cabin options include: a 24-inch pop-up screen stowed in the credenza; a 32-inch monitor with surround sound in the aft stateroom; seat-installation monitors; and additional plug-in monitors. According to Varin, the cabin management system and associated systems have
Below: New options available in the upgraded galley include an induction oven and U.S. style coffee-maker. PHOTOS: BOMBARDIER
When Bombardier Aerospace announced the Global 6000 at the NBAA convention in 2003, it was as a major upgrade of its Global Express XRS. Today, the Canadian OEM describes it as “the most accomplished and luxurious business jet ever brought to market.” Good news, especially for those who want to be connected and stay connected, starting with one-channel Inmarsat Aero H+ SwiftBroadband as standard, providing 432 kbps data transfer, delivered to a personal communication device via the cabin Wi-Fi connection. Optional for higher data transfer rates up to 2 Mbps is the ViaSat Ku-band connection, which has some inconsistencies and with which coverage is not yet worldwide. “But when it is working right, which it virtually always is, it’s great,” said customer account manager for the Global aircraft family Maurice Varin. Industry wide, there is yet no airborne Internet connectivity that is the true equivalent of what is found in the typical home or office. Aircell’s Gogo Biz comes close, and though not on Bombardier’s published options list it is available. Gogo Biz provides data transfer speeds up to 3.1 Mbps over the continental U.S. and Alaska, but only at altitudes above 10,000 feet.
Below, right: New seats from supplier B/E Aerospace recline to full-flat position without the usual uncomfortable “hump.”
all been designed with the demands for a highly customized cabin in mind. “As a result, we have a highly flexible cabin that will easily adapt to new technology.” While all the electronic toys are nice, even necessary, in an airplane with a range of more than 6,000 nm at Mach 0.85, cabin comfort is equally necessary. Start with a 2,140-cu-ft cabin and 335-sqft of floor area in a space 48 feet 4 inches long, 8 feet 2 inches wide and a spacious 6 feet 3 inches of headroom. In the cabin are three compartments, starting with a baseline layout that includes an enclosed aft stateroom, a pocket door divider and aft lavatory, a mid-cabin conference grouping and dedicated forward section that includes a second lavatory, large galley and crew-rest area. The lavatory toilets forward and aft are connected and both are vacuum flushing. Spacious Cabin
The galley position is forward and it is well-equipped with convection and microwave ovens, a Nespresso coffeemaker, hot- and cold-water sink and a refrigerated storage space that gets to 39-deg F within 30 minutes of powerup and maintains that temperature until shut-down. Options include an induction oven and a regular (U.S. style)
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coffee-maker as a replacement for, or in addition to, the Nespresso. Adding further to the comfort is a standard side-facing divan in the aft stateroom area, 80 inches long and 40 inches wide. An optional divan on the opposite side of the compartment will complement it to form a single, large double bed. The seats from B/E Aerospace have been upgraded to eliminate the annoying “hump” in the center when fully reclined. The new seat features electric controls (for the most part) and when fully reclined form a true full-flat sleeping surface. An optional fitted mattress is also available. Varin said the articulation is “very smooth and includes 350-degree swivel.” And he notes that when the seat is partially reclined, the seat pan has a lifter mechanism that tilts so the passenger doesn’t tend to slide forward. “Compared with the original, which was a pretty good seat, this new seat is a onehundred-percent improvement,” he said. If cleanliness is truly next to godliness, the optional, stand-up shower is a place of in-flight worship with a maximum of 45 minutes of hot water (28 minutes standard and another 17 optional). The earlier shower was an adequate but less satisfactory sit-down affair. The shower is rated for one occupant, a restriction
that is related to available emergency oxygen supply. A quiet cabin is high on the gotta-have list of every customer, and Bombardier has developed a thermal/acoustic package that has reduced the Global 6000 average cabin noise level to slightly less than 50 dB SIL (speech interference level), roughly equivalent to a typical suburban living room. By comparison, the cabin noise level in the typical business jet averages about 54 to 56 dB SIL. Finally, the cabin pressurization has been improved to permit a 4,500-foot altitude equivalent at 45,000 feet and 5,700 feet at 51,000 feet. A lower cabin pressure has been shown to increase passenger comfort as well as reduce symptoms of fatigue and jet lag. According to Bombardier, passenger desires were taken into consideration in upgrading the Global Express XRS cabin. “The Global 6000 successor,” Varin explained, “was designed and crafted to not merely meet the traveler’s expectations, but to exceed them.” o
SAFE FLYING AWARDS • Milestones by Mary F. Silitch
Flying safely for decade after decade takes extraordinary commitment and dedication, and the following companies are sterling examples of what it takes. The National Business Aviation Association recognized the following companies for 50- and 60-year safe flying records, and AIN interviewed this year’s honorees to find out about their operations and the secrets of their success.
Award Recipients Hormel Foods Austin, Minn. Hormel, the worldwide manufacturer of food products such as Spam, Dinty Moore stew and Lloyd’s Barbecue, started its flight department 50 years ago with Aero Commanders and Beech King Airs. It now operates Gulfstream G150s and G200s, employing six pilots, two mechanics and one scheduler. Rick Stoulil has been chief pilot for 10 years and has been employed by the company for 12 years. He said his favorite airplane is the G200. Before joining Hormel, Stoulil flew for a computer company in Sioux City, Iowa, and before that he flew for a charter company in Las Vegas. As for Hormel’s 50-year safety record, he said, “The safety-first attitude of top management at Hormel Foods is the major contributor to our safety record. Safety, not only in the aviation department but company-wide in our manufacturing facilities, is one of the company’s top priorities.”
Muscatine Corp. Muscatine, Iowa Muscatine Corp. is a division of Kent Corp., a diversified, family-owned company with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds and the manufacture of food products. The company was started in 1927 and its flight department started 50 years ago with a Piper Apache. Now Muscatine operates a Cessna Citation Encore+. Muscatine employs two pilots, two schedulers and one manager of operations. Jeff Bohling, president and manager of flight operations, has been with the company for 14 years. Bohling attributes his company’s long safety record to “employing people who have a real passion for aviation and who are serious about providing safe, efficient travel for our owners and employees.”
Muscatine’s flight department operates a Citation Encore+. The department includes (left to right) Jeff Bohling, president and manager of flight operations; Lee-Ann Druckmiller and Chris Brown, schedulers; and Jerald Cale and Gary Zeck, pilots.
Award Recipients NiSource Gary, Ind. NiSource is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers in the high-demand energy corridor that runs from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Early aircraft flown by NiSource’s predecessor companies included Beech 18s and Lockheed Lodestars. Through the years, the company has operated Merlins, GIs, Citation SIIs, Hawkers, Learjets and a Bell 222 and 412SP for transport flights. “We also operate patrol flight aircraft to regularly monitor our electric and natural gas system,” said aviation services manager Ralph Rosenbrock, “which includes Cessna 182s and Bell 206 helicopters.”
NiSource currently operates a Cessna Citation Sovereign for transport, plus the utility patrol aircraft. The flight department employs eight pilots. Rosenbrock joined the company 20 years ago and has been aviation manager for the last 13 years. “I first became interested in aviation,” he said, “when I was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and sent to multiple aviation maintenance schools.” His career has been primarily in the helicopter industry. “I’ve also spent time in helicopter risk assessment and risk management. Prior to my current role, I owned my own company that specialized in helicopter safety, technical and financial consultations. I also spent more than 20 years as the technical editor of the Official Helicopter Blue Book. “Safety is job number-one in our business, not only in the aviation department, but throughout all of our operations. The key to safe operations is support from the very top of the organization and a staff that embraces the company’s safety culture, on the job and at home.”
NiSource currently flies Cessna 182s and Bell 206s as patrol flight aircraft to monitor its electric and natural gas system and a Citation Sovereign for staff transport. The company has been flying safely for 60 years.
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Procter & Gamble Cincinnati A list of Procter & Gamble products would fill your shopping cart at the supermarket: Gillette, Ivory, Old Spice, Bounty, Charmin, Mr. Clean and Tide are just a sampling. The company began corporate flight operations in 1951 at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, flying corporate-outfitted Douglas DC-3s. “Over the years, the company has operated Gulfstream I, II, III, IV, V and G550 aircraft as well as Challenger 601-3As and Sabreliners,” said global flight operations director Stephen Ripley. “We now operate two Gulfstream IVs and three G550s.” The flight operation employs 50 people. Ripley has been with the company since 2000 and took on his current role in 2006. Before joining Procter & Gamble he worked for Mobil Oil’s
2011 Safety Milestones In 1998, NBAA starting honoring member companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident, and in 2006 broadened the category to include companies that have flown safely for 60 years.
50 years Hormel Foods Mucatine
60 years NiSource Proctor & Gamble
flight department for 21 years. Ripley attributes Procter & Gamble’s long safety record to “the company’s culture and continued support to do the right thing, to the people who started the flight department and laid the foundation for safety and training and to the employees today who carry on the proud tradition and safety record.” o
Procter & Gamble Global Flight Operations recently received IS-BAO certification. The company has been flying safely since 1951, when it started operating DC-3s.
BBJ ferry flight notches speed record A Boeing Business Jet newly delivered to Samsung Electronics set a world record for speed over a recognized course on September 17, landing after a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, a distance of 5,658 nm covered in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. The flight, monitored by the Washington, D.C.-based National Aero nautical Association, ferried the green airplane to the completion facilities of Altitude Aerospace Interiors (Booth No. 1596) in Auckland for cabin outfitting. On the flight were J.J. Choi of Samsung Electronics, BBJ chief pilot Rene Gonzalez, pilot and captain Matt Coleman A green BBJ belonging to Samsung Electronics set and Boeing Business Jets a speed record over a recognized course: 5,658 (Booth No. 1499) presinm in 13 hours, 7 minutes, 54 seconds. With the dent Steve Taylor. aircraft are (l-r) J.J. Choi, Samsung Electronics; “When we left Los BBJ chief pilot Rene Gonzalez; pilot captain Matt Coleman; and Boeing Business Jets president and Angeles with full fuel, captain Steve Taylor. we were 21,000 pounds below our maximum takeoff weight,” said Taylor. “This means that the customer can add a full VIP interior, fill all the seats and still carry full fuel and have remarkable range.” The aircraft was equipped with a seven-tank auxiliary fuel system installed by PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del. (Booth No. 4206). It also coincidentally was the 150th BBJ to have the PATS auxiliary fuel package installed. –K.J.H.
Four notch milestones of safe flying
In not-so-big cities throughout the United States, there are two kinds of companies:
Viking Range Corporation is headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi â€“ a two hour drive from the nearest major airport. With a business airplane, however, Viking can bring customers directly to its corporate headquarters and often conduct presentations en route. Our industry enables companies such as Viking to maximize valuable time with their key customers all across the United States. Itâ€™s just one more way that business aviation is at work for America. Noplanenogain.org
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CAN Receives $21,000 from NBAA and Phillips 66 at Show
by Robert P. Mark Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai. ExecuJet and Jet Aviation will handle FBO duties during the MEBA show. This year’s event promises to be larger than the 2010 edition, with 60 static aircraft versus 43 and 375 exhibitors versus 338 two years ago. The show also plans an increased focus on helicopters, business aviation airports and aircraft interiors. MEBA’s 2010 visitors were 61 percent from Africa and the Middle East, 17 percent from Europe, 6 percent from the Americas and 16 percent from the Far East and Indian subcontinent. “Operating in the Middle East means
we face some of the same challenges as business aviation everywhere, except when it comes to airport access,” said Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). “We have 23 Middle East and North African governments to contend with. Dubai International Airport, for instance, has become an environment that doesn’t want business aviation.” The Middle East is home to more widebody business aircraft than anywhere else on the planet, just one more reason for the official business aviation move to Al Maktoum just after the first of the year. Al Maktoum is also Dubai’s growing cargo airport. “We are in constant discussions with the 23 regional governments,” Al Naqbi said. “We’re working to promote business aviation because we see that business is really picking up in the Middle East.” o
Mica: ‘war’ on bizav
depressed corner of the state, ultimately drawing more corporations to locate uContinued from page 1 call centers there, dramatically decreasThe 2012 NBAA Convention is ing poverty levels and raising the qualdedicated to the memory of Neil ity of life in the region. The upcoming presidential election Armstrong, who served as one of the first three spokesmen, together with received attention in multiple oblique refArnold Palmer and Warren Buffett, for erences, with attendees keenly aware that the current “No Plane, No Gain” cam- the current administration has often been paign. The effort was mobilized to rally unsupportive of business aviation. Rich support for business aviation in the Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magaaftermath of the economic collapse of zine, noted that the nation’s current 2 per2008 and the subsequent vilification of cent economic growth is insufficient to restore health to the business aviation industry. “Whether [one has] a D or an R on the jersey, we have to get back to between 3 and 4 percent growth,” Karlgaard said at the conclusion of his remarks. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), whose constituents include citizens of the Air Capital of the World (Wichita) spun the No Plane, No Gain message NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen enumerated the efforts the association down to the grass roots has undertaken to protect business aviation’s indicating, intimating that level, talking about the the industry needs to remain vigilant. importance of general avithis segment. Bill Crutchfield, chairman ation not from a jobs or operator’s perof Crutchfield Corp. in Charlottesville, spective, but from the people in rural Va., has employed business aviation to communities he represents that rely on it fuel its growth. Crutchfield told attend- as their lifeline to the world. Yet in a state ees that while people understand the hard hit by the downturn in business avi“plane” part of that phrase, many inter- ation’s fortunes, he emphasized his faith pret “gain” as simply increased profits that “the leaders of this industry are no or efficiencies for those that use pri- different from those who came to Kansas vate aircraft. Crutchfield talked about almost 100 years ago” to create an aviaviewing “gain” as what business avia- tion manufacturing industry. “This industion can do for communities at large. He try has had its struggles,” said Moran, cited the example of how he was able to “but like the Kansas motto, ‘To the stars, o establish a call center in an economically through adversity.’”
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This year’s MEBA event moves to a new venue
Phillips 66 Aviation (Booth No. 4560) and NBAA jointly presented a check to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) for $21,000 to support the organization’s efforts providing free flights on business aircraft for cancer patients en route to and from treatment around the U.S. More than 40,000 cancer patients have had transportation arranged by CAN since 1981. The $21,000 donation, awarded on the first day of NBAA’12, is the amount generated by the Corporate Angel Award program, which recognizes flight departments that donate seats on business aircraft for cancer patients traveling for treatment. The award sponsors are Phillips 66 Aviation, Safe Flight Instrument and McGraw Hill. This year’s Corporate Angel Award recipients are the corporate flight departments for Colleen, Ball, B-D and General Mills.–A.L.
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out before the cascade of flight cancellations. “We brought down several key staff and a speaker on a chartered aircraft that left the Washington, D.C. area on Sunday, in the early evening,” he continued. Business aircraft all over the northeast were relocating out of harm’s way by then, some taking key personnel with them. It’s anyone’s guess how many NBAA convention attendees found themselves chartering aircraft at the last minute to get to the show after airline cancellations, but most speakers managed to journey here one way or another. NBAA said that as of Tuesday evening 24,289 people were in attendance. As if the storm was not disruption enough, the President of the United States decided to pay Orlando a campaign call just before the convention began, locking down Orlando’s airspace for Sunday evening and Monday morning. NBAA, once it learned of the TFR, went to work negotiating with the Department of Homeland Security to mitigate the restriction’s typically onerous effect on general aviation traffic. “We were able to set up gateway airports for flights coming into Orlando so that they could clear TSA there, and then come on into Orlando Executive or Orlando International airports,” said Bolen. “We were also able to negotiate it so that operations were unimpeded at Orlando Sanford Airport and Kissimmee Airport. And once the President was on the ground operations were unimpeded at Orlando International as well,” he added. In the end the President left earlier than planned, to be back in Washington, D.C. before the storm arrived, and Monday’s air traffic in the Orlando area was back to normal earlier than expected. As of press time yesterday afternoon, the airlines were still not operating in the northeast. That said, calls to several business aviation airports in the
northeast yesterday afternoon revealed that Teterboro Airport was closed; but White Plains Airport, Long Island McArthur Airport, Morristown Airport and Atlantic City Airport were all open. The last business aviation flights before the storm left on Monday morning, with the exception of Long Island McArthur, where a Sheltair employee told AIN that the last flight left at around 9 p.m. Sunday night. For the most part only military, Coast Guard and police helicopters were operating at the open airports, with the exception of White Plains, where several business jets had arrived around the noon hour on Tuesday, according to airport operations there. FBOs at White Plains were without power, however, at that time, and could not be contacted by telephone. The flexibility of general aviation revealed itself in another fashion, as AIN learned that a company that needed to rush a group of electrical technicians to help with repairs to the northeast U.S. used its own business aircraft for the trip. o
NEWS NOTE The Microturbo e-APU60, a new concept in auxiliary power units (APUs), recently completed a 150-hour block test and is progressing toward certification, Microturbo, a Safran Group company, announced at the NBAA Convention. “These tests gave us the opportunity to validate the reliability and the endurance of this new concept, meeting our expectations and those of our first customer, AgustaWestland,” said Pierre-Yves Morvan, CEO of Microturbo. “This milestone represents a significant step forward for the program.” The e-APU60 has been undergoing parallel inflight tests as part of the AgustaWestland AW189 new-generation helicopter certification campaign since early this year. In addition to ground starts of the main engines and powering the electrical systems and cabin air-conditioning, the APU, capable of delivering up to 60kWe, can restart the engines in flight if necessary. FAA and EASA certification is expected in the first half of next year. n
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