CMC is developing a new flightdeck, dubbed FronTier, that will culminate in an avionics suite for small and medium business jets, helicopters and regional aircraft. Key to this new system is its open architecture style software, HUD, enhanced vision system (EVS) and paperless cockpit integration with electronic flight bags (EFBs). With the open architecture software, new avionics hardware can be installed with a simple software upgrade instead of having to completely replace a system. This will significantly reduce the cost and time for upgrades. Plans are to have HUD standard across all versions of the system, as well as EVS and EFBs to increase safety and reduce pilot workload. After working with aircraft and avionics OEMs to understand their requirements for such a system, CMC plans to launch the new cockpit commercially in 2013. CMC is investing $79 million in the development and has received a $42.5-million repayable loan for the project from the Canadian Ministry of Public Works and Government Services.
Universal Avionics is now offering its 890R Vision-1 synthetic vision system (SVS), application server unit and dual radio control as a modification for the Gulfstream G100/IAI Astra. Columbia Avionics of Columbia MO is installing the 890R and is currently accepting customers. Columbia Pres Lance Fox says, "The complete 890R package with installation will typically cost about $400,000 depending on the aircraft." This all-glass upgrade features 2 PFDs and a navigational display. Universal's nav display will bring to the G100 weather data, JeppView approach plates, GPS/FMS, TCAS and TAWS/EGPWS. Universal's 890R is also available for the Challenger 600 and 601-3A, Citation 501, 550, 551 and 650, King Air 300 and B300, Gulfstream III, Pilatus PC12, Falcon 10/100, 20, 50, Hawker 700, Learjet 25 and 35.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) will now be accepting Air Routing Intl's Card Service program. Using the credit card, customers can not only pay for trip support but will also be able to pay for maintenance services at SXF (Schonefeld, Berlin, Germany)-based LBAS.
Hawker Beechcraft has opened a new paint shop at CEG (Chester, England) to service its European customers' aircraft. Completing the airframer's portfolio at CEG, the 25,000 sq ft paint shop can accommodate a Hawker 4000 or up to 4 smaller aircraft.
Gulfstream can now service EASA-registered G150s at its LTN (Luton, London, England) service center. This development follows approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
Manifest Nordam Group has appointed Greg Thomas as general manager and Steve Pearson as managing director of sales, marketing and support services for Nordam Singapore. Thomas previously served as director, supply chain services for the repair division of Nordam in Tulsa OK. Prior to his promotion, Pearson served as an account manager and technical support specialist for the company.
Allen Novick is retiring from 37 years at Rolls-Royce and its predecessor Allison. He was instrumental in development of Allison's Common Core engine family, which revolutionized the aerospace powerplant business. Leading work on the AE3007 as VP large commercial engines from 1989-98, he oversaw 7 successful engine competitions for the Saab 2000, Embraer ERJ135/145, Citation X, Japanese US1A-Kai and Northrop Grumman Global Hawk. Allison's AE3007 is still one of the mainstays of Rolls-Royce's family of engines. In the early 1980s Novick also worked on the development of the Allison/Pratt & Whitney Propfan-a counter-rotating pusher turboprop-which was to be used on the MD92 and had been considered for the Boeing 7J7. While neither aircraft made it to production, Allison received the Collier Trophy for the work Novick did.
Global Aviation has promoted Brian Lockhart to VP of the company. Lockhart helped establish the company in 1995 and joined officially in 1997 as director of maintenance.
Andrew Farrant has been appointed VP of marketing and corporate communications for Sequa and its Chromalloy subsidiary. He previously served as head of marketing and communications for StandardAero. Farrant was also responsible for the rebranding of Landmark Aviation which brought Piedmont Hawthorne, Garrett Aviation Services and Associated Air Center under the FBO's name. Farrant also worked for Bombardier for 15 years as manager of marketing and communications strategy and tactics. He led the restructuring of the company's product portfolio into the Learjet, Challenger and Global brands.
Ranger Rotorcraft Group has promoted Ed Bolden to president. He was previously VP ops development.
Sikorsky has announced 3 senior level appointments to continue the company's growth and expand its global operations. Stephen Estill (left) was named to the newly created position of VP strategic partnerships. In the position he will develop global partnerships to further Sikorsky's footprint in the international marketplace. Carey Bond (center) replaces Estill as VP & chief marketing officer. Previously, Bond served as VP corporate strategy and strategic programs. Robert Kokorda (right) was appointed VP of corporate strategy and synergy. He served as VP production operations prior to his new appointment.
Banyan Air Service has appointed Alvie Barron as dir North American sales. Alvie previously held positions with Jet Aviation, General Dynamics, Bombardier, and Hawker Beechcraft. He will be responsible for promoting Banyan's avionics and maintenance departments.
Former President Bush's appointment of Lynne Osmus as acting FAA Administrator became effective Jan 16. Osmus has assumed day-to-day operations at FAA and replaces Bobby Sturgell. She will remain in the position until President Obama nominates a permanent administrator to be approved by Congress. Previously Osmus served as assistant administrator for security and hazardous materials.
John Winant, former president of NBAA and VP of Sprague Electric, died on Jan 13 at his Williamstown MA home at the age of 85. Winant served as the 1st president of the association from 1957 until his retirement in 1986. Under his direction, NBAA grew from 824 member companies to almost 3000 and the association's annual meeting and convention became one of aviation's top tier GA events. In 1981 he was instrumental in bringing together other business aviation associations from around the world to form the Intl Business Aviation Council.
Mar 5: Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association's "The Human Side of Aviation" Aviation Safety Sym_po_sium, Seattle WA. PNBAA, 206-291-6335 or visit www.pnbaasafetyevent.com.
Mar 29-31: Helicopter Association of Canada 13th Annual Convention & Trade Show, Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.h-a-c.ca/hacmain.
Mar 30-Apr 1: CHC Safety & Quality Summit: The Future of Human Error Management in Aviation, Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver BC, Canada. CHC, www.chcsafetyqualitysummit.com.
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