Embraer delivers 2 Legacy 450s on 2 continents. Aircraft mgmt co Smart Air took delivery of the first European-based Legacy 450 on Dec 30, 2015 in Luxembourg. New trade show technology provider LMG accepted delivery of the first Legacy 450 in the US on Dec 20, 2015 in Orlando.
GV and GIV operators can now install Gogo's cabin connectivity system UCS 5000. When the media server is connected with Gogo Vision paxs can access inflight entertainment. When harnessed with Iridium and SwiftBroadband, Gogo Text & Talk allows multiple users to have smartphone access for calling and texting. Gulfstream is working on STCs for connectivity on G550 and G450 aircraft.
Amid softening offshore helo sector, Lockheed Martin is committed to commercial helos. Lockheed Martin completed the $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky from UTC on Nov 6, 2015. Sikorsky produces the S76D series and heavy lift S92 for civil applications.
UK study to plan military helicopter procurement strategy through 2045. Tasked with consolidating the rotorcraft needs of 3 services the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), a triservice org of the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, will be evaluating what capabilities are needed and how to best meet that need with focus on investment and operational effectiveness.
FlightSafety makes Cessna training more accessible for customers. Atlanta gains a Sovereign sim. Orlando adds a CJ4 training program and sim to its mix. Wichita adds 2 Caravan sims and a Latitude as well. Columbus will gain sims for the Latitude and XLS+ next year.
EC145 Level D full motion sim lands at Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center. First of its kind in North America, the EC145 Level D sim was engineering through a joint venture between Metro Av and FlightSafety Intl. Also located in Shreveport are a FSI EC135 Level D sim, an AS350 Level 7 FTD and a Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 FTD.
JSSI celebrates 20 yrs of assoc with FAA. Jet Support Services Intl, an independent alternative to OEM power by the hour programs, signed a 5-yr agreement to support 26 of the FAA's diverse fleet of aircraft, including a King Air 300, Challenger 601, 604 and Gulfstream GIV.
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp's Sun Flyer participated in electric engine noise tests with National Park Service at APA (Denver CO). Branch Chief of Science and Engineering for the National Park Service Kurt Fristrup reported the difference in noise level was on the order of 30 dB, meaning the Sun Flyer radiates roughly 1/1000th the noise of a conventional aircraft. Sun Flyer is designed to be a 2-place trainer.
SkyVector announces ForeFlight, Garmin and Dynon compatibility. Aeronautical chart and flight planning activity SkyVector has created an "export and share" feature that allows pilots creating flightplans via SkyVector to send a flightplan to their ForeFlight account, or save it with use of an SD card and upload it directly to their Garmin or Dynon avionics-equipped aircraft.
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference hosted 517 exhibitors and 2800+ attendees. Conference was held in Tampa Jan 19-22.
Banyan FXE (Ft Lauderdale FL) offers 2 programs in Feb. On Wed Feb 17 Banyan hosts a 1-day G5000 retrofit open house for Beechjet and Hawker operators. On Feb 18 Banyan hosts a NextGen upgrade and educational event from 10 am to 4 pm at Hgr 62. ADS-B, FANS-1A, EFIS and IFE upgrades will be featured along with avionics from Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Garmin and CMD Flight Solutions.
Static display aircraft will include the King Air 250, 350 and a Quest Kodiak.
World Fuel Services to undertake IS-BAH certification of its Air Elite Network. Accreditation requires FBO staff to attend an IS-BAH workshop, incorporate SMS and receive a 3rd party audit. A voluntary standard among FBOs and Business Aircraft Handlers, IS-BAH incorporates the NATA Safety 1st Program with an industry best practices SMS program.
Napa Jet Center APC (Napa CA) is accepting reservations for Super Bowl XL. Napa Jet Ctr is encouraging operators planning to fly to the Bay Area for the game to reserve slots now. Among the major area airports slotted between Feb 4 and 8, APC is situated approx 80 miles from Levi Stadium.
Shell brands Talon Air FRG (Farmingdale NY). Parent activity is known for its charter, management and mx services. FBO opened in early Jan and features guest and office space, heated hangar space, 3 acres of ramp space, a fuel farm and VIP helo transfer service to Manhattan.
Avflight acquires Gunnison Valley Av GUC (Gunnison CO). Now named Avflight GUC the FBO offers full passenger, aircraft and pilot services, hangarage, office space, airframe and powerplant services, Avfuel contract fuel and Avtrip reward programs. Avflight is part of the Avfuel-branded network of 600 worldwide FBOs.
Stevens Aviation selected to install new Sandel Avilon avionics. Avilon is developed for operators of the King Air 200 and above series of aircraft. It meets all 2020 NextGen regulations and installs in as little as 5 days.
Air Culinaire acquires SkyTop Catering HPN (White Plains NY). Purchase increases the number of Air Culinaire kitchens to 21 in the United States. SkyTop team members at HPN will be retained and will go through an Air Culinaire training program.
EPIC Aviation adds Konect Av MMV (McMinnville OR). Konect was recently awarded the RFP as both the FBO and airport operator at McMinnville, and specializes in helicopter flight training.
Clay Lacy Aviation adds 7 aircraft to charter fleet. The planes include a Global Express, Gulfstream G550, Falcon 900EX EASy, Phenom 300 and Hawker 800XP, all based at VNY (Van Nuys CA). Two Lear 60s will be based at CRQ (Carlsbad CA), and SNA (Santa Ana CA) respectively. All the aircraft feature high speed WiFi among other cabin appointments.