Piper Aircraft has partnered with aircraft interior specialists DeCrane Aerospace and Propel Designs to upgrade the interior of the PiperJet. The changes are being made following input from current and future PiperJet customers. Both firms will integrate cabin interior improvements verified by the company’s proof-of-concept flight testing. Propel Designs is handling overall design of the PiperJet flightdeck and enhancements to the passenger cabin. DeCrane will supply engineering and interior soft goods, including carpeting and interior panels.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has delivered and installed a VIP conversion kit in an Airbus A320 for a customer in less than 8 hrs, giving the aircraft a dual-role capability of VIP or commercial transport. The kit allows conversion of the forward A320 passenger area into a VIP section, giving customers the opportunity to have a multimission aircraft. It includes 2 double-VIP seats and 2 club/4 VIP seats with “hi/lo” tables. The forward area has partitions, leather upholstery, wool carpets and curtains. Reconfiguration of the aircraft can be performed by any EASA Part 145 MRO or approved maintenance organization. ACJC’s field support team can provide customers with tools and equipment required to perform the work and training for the first configuration change.
Viking Air of Victoria BC, Canada, has received Transport Canada certification for the DHC6 Twin Otter 400. Launch customer Zimex Aviation of Switzerland took delivery of the first production DHC6-400, msn 845, at the Farnborough Air Show. Viking launched Twin Otter 400 production in 2007 and claims a $200-million backlog through 2014. The company also provides OEM support for the worldwide fleet of de Havilland Canada models DHC1 through DHC7. Twin Otter 400’s updated flightdeck features a Honeywell Apex integrated digital avionics suite.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support is offering the Max-Viz EVS 1500 infrared (IR) EVS for the King Air 200 and 300 series. Operators and repair stations may order the system directly from Hawker Beechcraft, which also offers installation through Hawker Beechcraft Services. New aircraft buyers may also add the EVS1500 to a King Air 200/300 as a post-delivery modification. Max-Viz EVS1500 uses a thermal imaging camera that can be toggled between wide-angle and telephoto fields of view for display on a Pro Line 21 video-capable MFD. The system also includes a connection for video-capable EFBs and a video distribution amplifier that enables IR images to be displayed on passenger monitors.
Fargo Jet Center at FAR (Fargo ND) is now part of Universal Avionics’ network of authorized dealers. Fargo Jet operates a 200,000 sq ft facility providing aircraft support services including avionics installation, engine and airframe maintenance, repair, modification and routine inspections. It also offers on-demand charter, aircraft sales and management and is an authorized service center for Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Bendix/ King, Garmin, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Avidyne, Raisbeck and S-Tec.
Constant Aviation, an MRO facility at CLE (Hopkins, Cleveland OH), is to open a 15,000 sq ft accessory facility which will offer composite repair services for on and off-wing repairs on the Embraer Legacy 600 and Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet. Capabilities will include thrust reverser and engine-inlet repairs and replacements. Constant also has a facility at BHM (Birmingham AL). Both specialize in airframe and powerplant maintenance, avionics installation and repair, parts distribution, accessory and composite services.
Richard Shaw is the new manager of Gulfstream PlaneParts—a spares subscription service and cost-per-flight-hour program that provides Gulfstream operators with replacement components for a monthly fee based on aircraft age, hours and landings. Before Gulfstream, Shaw spent 25 years with Bombardier’s product support unit.
Geoffrey Berger has taken over as interim CEO of Piper Aircraft and will serve in that role while Imprimus, Piper’s parent company, searches for a new CEO. Berger was the managing director of Imprimis’s Brunei operations.
Greenwich AeroGroup has named Glenn MacDonald president of Professional Aviation Associates. MacDonald began his aviation career at Pegasus Helicopters and was most recently head of helicopter training solutions with CAE. He has 14,000 hrs in numerous types of helicopter.
Natl Aviation Hall of Fame president’s reception and dinner
(L–R) Gulfstream Pres Joe Lombardo, Cessna Pres & CEO Jack Pelton, Rockwell Collins Chairman Clayton Jones, NetJets Chairman David Sokol, IBM Dir Flight Ops (and former NBAA Chairman) Jeff Lee, Clay Lacy Aviation Pres & CEO Clay Lacy and NBAA Pres &
Panel of NBAA aviation leaders at the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) President’s Reception and Dinner, held in Dayton OH on Jul 16. CEO Ed Bolen.
There was unanimous agreement among panel members that the Obama administration’s actions have damaged a world-leading industry that employs tens of thousands of skilled workers and generates billions of dollars in earnings for the US.
NBAA was this year’s winner of the NAHF Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award. (L–R) FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, NBAA Chairman Patrick Cunningham, NBAA Pres & CEO Ed Bolen and NAHF Pres & Vice Chairman Alan Hoeweler.
Members also voiced disappointment that President Obama has yet to visit Wichita KS, a city that has seen a significant drop in employment due in part to the recession but more significantly to the downturn in business aviation orders that followed Obama’s highly publicized criticism of the use of corporate aircraft.
Panel members Gulfstream Pres Joe Lombardo (L) and Cessna Pres & CEO Jack Pelton.