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West Star recognized by Colorado Governor’s Environmental Leadership Program

West Star Aviation has been recognized by the Governor of Colorado as a Gold Leader from the Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) for the 6th consecutive year.

“Contributing to the community’s ongoing environmental efforts and improvements gives our company and employees great pride knowing we are focused on growing a green company with innovations and ideas,” says West Star Aviation GJT (Grand Junction CO) General Manager Dave Krogman. West Star entered the ELP recognition and reward program in October 2010, and is a Western Slope leader, assisting other companies to enroll in the program.

New paint facility at FXE

Sheltair has welcomed Atlantic Jet Refinishing as the newest tenant at FXE (Fort Lauderdale Exec, FL) in its new state-of-the-art paint facility. The 16,500 sq ft paint hangar is the 1st of its class to be built in south Florida.

Its dual-bay layout features upgraded systems built to meet current environmental and fire suppression requirements. The facility’s spacious open span means that Atlantic Jet Refinishing will be able to accommodate aircraft as large as the Bombardier Global Express and Gulfstream G650.

Sheltair COO Todd Anderson notes, “This facility was constructed and designed by Sheltair with precise attention to detail. Combined with Atlantic Jet’s lease with us, we are confident the present and future demands of aircraft painting in south Florida will be met long-term.” Atlantic Jet’s paint facility opens simultaneously with Sheltair’s new 20-acre northside hangar complex at FXE. The complex includes a new FBO terminal to be operated by Banyan Air Services and scheduled to open shortly.

Duncan Aviation updates Battle Creek design center

Duncan Aviation has unveiled a new design center at its BTL (Battle Creek MI) MRO facility. The updated design center now has 30% more space, a more efficient work area, and what Duncan describes as “an inviting environment for customers” as they spec out designs for their aircraft paint and interior modifications.

According to Duncan Aviation BTL Exec VP & COO Andy Richards, “This new space is organized and efficient, and it better captures the professionalism of the design team.”



Honeywell opens UAS-focused avionics lab

Honeywell has unveiled a new R&D laboratory at its Deer Valley AZ avionics facility. The lab highlights the company’s technological capabilities in hardware and software for the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM) markets. The laboratory resembles a conceptual UAM vehicle flightdeck with real hardware.

It has 1 seat in front of a primary display, with 3 additional large wraparound displays to view the simulated outside environment. According to Honeywell, it is the first of its kind to demonstrate actual fly-by-wire (FBW) controls and avionics integrated in a lab setting. It will be used to develop, test, and demonstrate the company’s technology aimed specifically at simplifying future UAM vehicle operations.

Honeywell Aerospace VP & Gen Mgr UAS/UAM Stéphane Fymat says, “With the influx of new UAM vehicles taking to the skies in the coming years, we’re seeing a growing need for operators to test real-world technology in a lab setting. It is essential that these vehicles are as intuitive as possible and that we have a dedicated space to ensure our systems make that a reality.”

AW609 being studied by Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Leonardo’s AW609 is being considered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to improve connection to Japan’s Ogasawara Islands (approx 620 miles south of Tokyo) and provide air access to the remote archipelago, which is an environmentally sensitive World Heritage Site.

The first 2 production AW609 tiltrotors are currently being assembled in Philadelphia PA. Leonardo reports substantial interest in the AW609 from around the world and covering a variety of missions, including EMS, SAR, VIP/corporate transport, offshore resource development, and government/public service duties.