US Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Washington’s biennial change of command ceremony took place on Jun 11 at DCA, with US Coast Guard Asst Commandant for Capability Rear Admiral Vincent Atkins presiding. (L–R) Four CGAS Washington Commanders in a row—Jack Santucci (Jun 2004–Jun 2006), Steve Reynolds (Jun 2006–Jun 2008) and outgoing CDR Todd Lutes (Jun 2008–Jun 2010) with new man at the helm CDR Kory Benz.
ProJet Aviation, an aircraft management and charter company, held the official grand opening of its new full service jet center at JYO (Leesburg VA) on Jun 2. Six corporate aircraft are based at the 25,000 sq ft facility, which will serve as the company’s principal base for charter operations. Established at OKV (Winchester VA) since 2007, ProJet also operates from HEF (Manassas VA). ProJet JYO is an AvFuel dealership. (Inset L–R) Town of Leesburg Council Member Ken Reid, Virginia State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel, ProJet Aviation Pres & CEO Shye Gilad, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, Salamander Hospitality Owner Sheila Johnson, Leesburg District Supervisor Kelly Burk and Leesburg Council Member Fernando “Marty” Martinez.
Gulfstream has successfully installed the Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on a GIV. The device is now available for GIIIs, GIVs and GVs. Mounted within the upper nose radome, the infrared camera system provides pilots with improved situational awareness at night and in low-visibility conditions. Images can be displayed on a CD820 FMS control and display unit or another approved aircraft device, such as an EFB. The system can also interface with existing video-capable head-down displays.
Hawker Beechcraft has completed testing and certification on the composite winglet for the King Air 90x. Winglets for the King Air C90 and E90 are now available for installation at the company’s network of factory-owned service centers. The King Air 90x upgrade is a 2-part conversion that combines the aerodynamic benefits of winglets with a gross weight increase to create improved handling, range and payload capability. Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) is offering the upgrades individually or combined as a package. The package is available at all US HBS locations.
Bombardier will purchase the Saint-Laurent QC facilities of ExelTech Aerospace following ExelTech’s bankruptcy. The acquisition will give Bombardier additional completion center capacity for the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS. ExelTech will be a fully integrated completion facility with the capability to design, engineer, fabricate, certify and deliver customized interior installations. Bombardier plans for the 115,000 sq ft facility to be operational by this fall.
TEB sees record turnout for NBAA forum
Jet Aviation TEB hosted NBAA’s Jun 10 regional forum, which attracted more than 1900 attendees. A total of 50 exhibitors took part and 20 business aircraft were on static display.
First Aviation Services held a pre-forum dinner for selected guests at the Sorrento restaurant in East Rutherford NJ on Jun 9. First Aviation Services CEO Bill Thomas (arrow) delivered the welcome remarks.
On Jun 10 NBAA held another successful regional forum at TEB. These events are designed to showcase the value of local networking and educational events. With more than 1900 aviation professionals in attendance, this was the largest and most active NBAA regional forum to date. It provided a venue for owners and operators, manufacturers and suppliers to exchange information and discuss topics of interest such as safety management systems.
Each regional forum is a day-long learning and networking opportunity crafted to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. Next NBAA regional forum will be hosted by DB Aviation UGN (Waukegan, Chicago IL) on Aug 18.
Field Aviation has selected Universal Avionics’ EFI890R flat panel display for the flightdeck component of its Dash 8/Q-series modernization program. The flightdeck upgrade employs a 5-panel EFI890R display including primary flight, navigation and engine displays, dual Vision-1 synthetic vision, radio control units and WAAS/SBAS FMS. The new flightdeck will be available to operators of non-EFIS and EFIS Dash 8/Q-Series 100, 200 and 300. The EFI890R Dash 8 flightdeck uses 2 large-format PFDs, 2 navigation displays and a dedicated engine display, similar in arrangement to current-production Q400 aircraft. Dual application server units, available as an option, support Jeppesen charts, checklists, e-docs and video and can be displayed on the navigation display or dedicated side-mounted displays. The modernization program is designed to reduce the number of LRUs aboard the Dash 8. Universal plans to have the final software and hardware available for installation and certification mid-2010. Field Aviation will handle integration and installation.
Flight Display Systems (FDS) has designed a combination 32-inch high-definition LCD video screen and low-profile motorized lift for the Gulfstream G550. The system consists of a large high-def 1080p LCD screen, which when stowed is 23 inches in height. Gulfstream ATW (Appleton WI) installed the FDS screen and lift in a G550. Installation was completed as a 1-time STC and may be performed by any Gulfstream service center or General Dynamics Aviation Services facility. Additional Gulfstream models will support a similar installation in a standard cabin credenza. The screen and lift may also be installed in the Bombardier Challenger and Global Express and the Embraer Lineage.
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