White Plains, New York (Monday, May 18, 2015) — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of
White Plains, New York and Nextant Aerospace of Cleveland, Ohio are pleased to announce that Safe Flight’s AutoPower®, Automatic Throttle System (ATS), is in the final phase of certification with production deliveries scheduled to begin this quarter.
Nextant is reporting a strong order book for the AutoPower® System for the remanufactured Nextant 400XTi. The system can also be retrofit on the fielded 400XT aircraft already in service. PlaneSense, the launch customer for the AutoPower® equipped Nextant 400XTi, has executed 2 firm orders with options for 3 additional deliveries. Nextant has also confirmed additional sales to undisclosed customers for 2 AutoPower® installations later this year.
Nextant President Sean McGeough remarked, “We have been actively demonstrating the system to our current and potential Nextant customers and the market has responded extremely well resulting in a backlog of 4 firm sales and options for an additional 3 in 2015. We are always looking to enhance the safety and performance of our aircraft; Safe Flight’s AutoPower® does exactly this while matching our customers’ requirements with our product capabilities. The partnership with Safe Flight on the development of the 400XT ATS has been a tremendous success resulting in a full regime automatic throttle system optimized for our aircraft.”
“Everything earns its way onto our aircraft” said Ray Torres, Vice President of Flight Operations for PlaneSense, Inc., the launch customer for the AutoPower® equipped 400XTi. “The Safe Flight AutoPower® System helps us assure that the Nextant 400XTi meets the highest standards in performance, comfort, and most importantly safety for our customers.”
The Nextant 400XTi AutoPower® System provides increased safety by decreasing pilot workload allowing greater situational awareness. The AutoPower® solution with a stabilized speed target allows more consistent approaches. Studies have shown that AutoPower® increases range. The Nextant ATS solution builds on Safe Flights’ 57 years of experience designing and manufacturing nearly 10,000 AutoPower® systems to date.
About Safe Flight
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, a leader in aviation safety and flight performance systems, was founded in 1946. Headquartered in White Plains, New York, the company pioneered the development of Stall Warning and Angle of Attack, Automatic Throttle Systems, Wind Shear Warning, and many other innovations in aircraft instrumentation, flight performance and control systems for fixed and rotary winged aircraft. In the helicopter market, Safe Flight produces Powerline Detection and Exceedance Warning systems. The Exceedance Warning System provides collective tactile cueing that allows the pilot to literally “feel” their way around the helicopter’s safe operating envelope of engine and drivetrain limits. Safe Flight products are installed on over two-thirds of the world’s aircraft in the general aviation, corporate, commercial and military sectors. To find out more, please visit www.safeflight.com.
About Nextant Aerospace
Nextant’s pioneering process for remanufacturing business jets is now recognized as an established technical and commercial success worldwide with significant sales in every major operator category and class-leading levels of comfort, performance, and reliability at a purchase price half that of comparable aircraft. The revolutionary 400XTi light jet features Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ integrated flight deck. The same winning combination is expected to repeat this success with the Nextant G90XT turboprop powered by next-generation GE H75-100 engines and an enhanced Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck. Founded in 2007, Nextant is a Directional Aviation company based in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join us on LinkedIn.
PlaneSense, Inc. is a fractional aircraft ownership program based in Portsmouth, NH, that has been in operation since 1996. The PlaneSense® program manages the largest civilian fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft in the world, and has more experience with the PC-12 than any other aircraft management and maintenance team. Apart from its Nextant 400XTi order, PlaneSense, Inc. has also placed the largest launch agreement order for six new Pilatus PC-24 jets. Offering optimal access to many airports, and fractional owner flexibility that suits any flying profile, the PlaneSense® program offers compelling value through affordable pricing, world-class service, and a practical, comfortable aircraft. For more information on fractional aircraft shares with the PlaneSense® program, visit PlaneSense, Inc. online at: www.planesense.com.
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