Activity Amid Uncertainty: Interviews, press conference reports, and news briefs from NBAA 2002

Interviews, press conference reports, and news briefs from NBAA 2002 ORLANDO – After settling for an abbreviated show in 2001, the National Business Aviation Association was determined to recapture the position of its annual convention as...

He also predicts significant growth, beginning in 2003, with new franchises signing on in North America and Europe. "We really believe that we’ll see 60-70 FBOs in our chain," he says. "But it will not be come one, come all, but are you a fit? Do you have drive, passion?"

SHOW briefs ...

ADVANCES AVIATION SERVICES INT'L, INC.– offers its aircraft maintenance planning service for the Falcon 200 and Sikorsky S-76.

AEROSPACE PRODUCTS INT’L –launches the 5.0 version of its parts ordering E-Commerce system;

AIR BP AVIATION SERVICES–acquires TSI Aviation Fuels of New England.

Aircraft Technical Pub-lishers–introduces a maintenance CD-ROM line for Lycoming engine series ... implements a free daily Airworthiness Directive email service; register at

ArINC, Inc.–will offer data link safety, communications, and information services directly to business aircraft operators beginning in 2003.

Avfuel–is developing a web-based package for dealers to access fuel transactions and view invoices ... Avfuel also teams up with Cessna to offer Citation owners a new credit card that offers discounts of some 20 percent at Avfuel-branded FBOs.

AVIATION & IT SERVICES, LLC, –offers a Web-based application that allows FBOs, corporate flight departments, and charter companies to manage business from one central server, including automated recordkeeping for pilots; aircraft; flights; and flight following;

BOEING–introduces a lower cabin altitude modification for its BBJ, altering the standard 8,000-foot cabin altitute to 6,500-foot, improving passenger comfort. Can be installed as a retrofit on in-service BBJs.

CAE SIMUFLITE–adds a 70,000-sq.ft. training wing at its DFW center ... announces programs for the Boeing Business Jet and CitationJet;

CONOCO PHILLIPS–announces its Prism™ aviation fuels information management system (AFIMS), a PC- based touchscreen system able to process credit card transactions. Users are able to choose the software.

COMMUTER AIR TECHNOLOGY–seeks approval from FAA for three new versions for its CATPASS Exhaust Gas Extractor line ... delivers a CATPASS 250 special missions aircraft to Elta Systems, Ltd., a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries.

ELLIOTT AVIATION–breaks ground on a 48,000-sq.ft. completion center, with 80x80-ft. paint booth, at Quad Cities Airport, Moline, IL ...receives multiple STCs for TCAS and Multi-Function Display for Falcon 10 aircraft ... is authorized by Ray-theon as a Premier I Service Center and by Williams for the Williams-Rolls FJ-44-2A turbofans.

EVERIST VIT–debuts XL PRO, billed as the smallest (3.9 mm diameter) fully articulated video borescope with measurement capability.

HONEYWELL–is selected to supply the propulsion engine, APU, cabin pressurization system, environmental control system, and interior/exterior lighting for the new Gulfstream G150.

HORIZON BUSINESS CONCEPTS, INC.–introduces the newest addition to its windows-based FBO management software. Mobile Agent is an interface based on wireless networking and portable computers, with no range limit;

JEPPESEN–introduces World Fuel Services, a comprehensive jet fuel purchasing program via a partnership with World Fuel Services.

JETWORKS MIDAMERICA–is a new maintenance facility for jets, turboprops at Aurora (IL) Airport.

KAISERAIR, INC.–institutes new security procedures for its flights and executive terminal at Oakland Int’l ... receives the FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence in Maintenance Training.

MEGGITT AEROSPACE SYSTEMS GROUP–renames its avionics business unit Meggit Avionics/S-TEC; follows the previous acquisition of S-TEC Corp. by Meggitt PLC.

METETOLOGIX–releases MxVision AviationSentry, an aviation weather system with storm tracking and lightning detection; also available to pilots in the cockpit. Also shows jet stream forecasts and wind speeds.

MIDCOAST AVIATION–adds technicians and related tooling to service Learjets ... announces record sales for FY2002, ending June 30.

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