Honeywell has announced the purchase of EMS Technologies, parent company of EMS Aviation, for $491 million. EMS specializes in wireless and satellite communications, inflight Internet, rugged computers and data storage, and defense electronics. In 2007, Forbes Magazine named it one of the 200 best small companies. The transaction is expected to be completed in 3Q2011.

Cessna has chosen the GH3900 series electronic standby instrument system from L3 Avionics Systems of Grand Rapids MI as standard equipment on the Citation Ten. The all-digital unit provides combined flight and nav data when primary avionics go down. Its 3-inch display can be configured to match the appearance and format of the aircraft's primary EFIS.


RTCA honored a total of 16 individuals as "outstanding leaders" and 18 as "significant contributors" at its annual symposium in Washington DC on Jun 15. Glenn Connor, president of Discovery Technology Intl and a Pro Pilot contributing writer, was recognized for his contributions to RTCA DO315A—Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for EVS, SVS, CVS and EFVS—as was MITRE Corp Principal Engineer, Human Centered Research & Engineering Dave Domino. RTCA is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a federal advisory committee to FAA in matters of communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management. (Photo L–R) Domino, RTCA Chairman Agam Sinha, Connor and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

HPN hosts NBAA June regional forum

Static display at HPN featured 30 aircraft.

Panorama Flight Service Pres Gene Condreras plays host to friends and colleagues at Enzo's Antichi Sapori restaurant in Armonk NY.

Nearly 2000 people attended the NBAA regional forum at HPN (White Plains NY) on Jun 8—largest NBAA regional forum ever held.

The day-long event, held at the Panorama Flight Service facility, included 30 aircraft and 130 exhibitors and featured industry leaders who spoke on the importance of HPN to business aviation and the local economy.

NBAA Pres & CEO Ed Bolen said, "The airport—home to 80 businesses and 1300 direct jobs—has doubled passenger traffic over the past 5 years and is benefiting Westchester and Fairfield counties with an estimated $600 million in direct and indirect employment."

Bolen used the occasion to criticize the DoT for its stance on the block aircraft registration request (BARR) program. Changes to the program, scheduled to take effect Aug 1, limit participation to aircraft owners with legitimate security concerns about data being publicly available. NBAA, with AOPA and EAA, is considering filing for an injunction to prevent changes to the program taking effect.

Next NBAA regional forum will be held on Jul 14 in San Jose CA.



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