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October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Beechcraft said today that it has received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla., last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97-nm route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm
Steve Ridolfi and Kenn Ricci

Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s today at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier–including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Dassault Aviation revealed details of its long-awaited SMS jet today at the NBAA Convention, along with a new name: the Falcon 5X. Development of the jet, which will be powered by two Snecma Silvercrest engines, is well under way, with first flight scheduled for the first half of 2015 and entry-into-service two years later.

October 21, 2013 - 4:45pm
The first Learjet 85 (in white) was on display in Wichita October 17 during delivery ceremonies for the first Learjet 75s.

Learjet spent a good part of the day October 17 celebrating the “start of the delivery process” of its new Learjet 75 at its facilities in Wichita.

October 21, 2013 - 4:15pm

Beechcraft said this week that had received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla. last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97 nautical mile route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.

October 21, 2013 - 3:50pm
Tom Horne, Gulfstream senior experimental test pilot, who served as pilot-in-command for the record flight, was accompanied by Gulfstream pilots Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetje and Eric Parker.

Records are made to be broken and the Gulfstream G650 did just that on July 1-2 this year, Gulfstream Aerospace revealed yesterday here at NBAA 2013. Flying westbound around the world, the G650 made the trip in 41 hours, 7 minutes, making three fuel stops–with an average speed for the 20,310-nautical mile trip of 568.5 miles per hour (915 kilometers per hour), which broke the record for a non-supersonic aircraft.

October 21, 2013 - 2:20pm
Dwane Wallace was instrumental in the development of business aviation

“Mr. Aviation” is a big title but Dwane Wallace, who steered Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. C8843) through 40 years of boom and bust and into the age of the modern business jet, deserves the moniker even more after being enshrined into the National Aviation Hall of Fame (based in Dayton, Ohio) on October 4.

October 21, 2013 - 1:10pm

Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its flagship business jet–the Lineage 1000E–at this year’s NBAA convention. The E-model comes with extended range, an enhanced interior with the latest-generation cabin entertainment system, new cockpit options and a new external look.

October 21, 2013 - 11:50am

Hartzell Engine Technologies (Booth No. C7630) has been selected to supply the alternator for the $1.96 million Cirrus Aircraft SF50 Vision single-engine personal jet. Hartzell will provide its 140-amp ES-6904 model for the aircraft.

Hartzell Engine president Mike Disbrow said the company worked closely with Cirrus and engine maker Williams International “to meet the electrical power requirements of the SF50’s systems and advanced avionics.” Williams is providing its 1,800-pound thrust FJ33-5A engine for the jet.

 
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