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News and issues relating to business, aircraft, primarily turbine-engine powered airplanes and helicopters.

October 22, 2013 - 3:55pm

Between deliveries, aftermarket upgrades, maintenance expansions and prototypes, Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843) has a lot to talk about concerning its current and upcoming Citation products during NBAA 13.

October 22, 2013 - 3:50pm
Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, which combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities.

Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, announced earlier this year at EBACE, here at its NBAA booth (No. C12216) near the indoor static display. A prototype is currently under construction and is expected to fly late next year and certification and first customer deliveries are anticipated in 2017. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test program.

October 22, 2013 - 3:20pm
Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of HondaJet

Engine development drives aircraft development, so it should not be surprising that Honda is forecasting the certification date of its HondaJet based on the date of the certification of its engine, the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120. It’s more complicated than that, of course, but that’s the Cliff Notes version.

October 22, 2013 - 2:15pm

Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. N3932) has launched a new free iPhone- and iPad-compatible service application called 24-Hour Support, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

October 22, 2013 - 1:55pm

West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill. is expecting to obtain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2014 for its RVSM solution for the Cessna Conquest II. The solution includes a dual-side Garmin G600 avionics display system and S-Tec 2100 digital autopilot.

October 22, 2013 - 12:00pm
Beechcraft King Air 350i

Wheels Up, the U.S.-based aircraft access membership program scheduled to begin service this November, has named Gama Charters of Stratford, Conn., a subsidiary of Farnborough, UK-based Gama Group, as operator of its U.S.-based fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops.

October 22, 2013 - 6:30am
When the still-developing Learjet 85 joins its forebears, its designers expect it will continue Bill Lear’s vision of creating a beautiful aircraft that outperforms the competition.

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence.

October 22, 2013 - 4:30am
Comlux America’s services division provides cabin refurbishment work on in-service aircraft, as well as having a wide portfolio of maintenance capabilities.

Business aviation services group Comlux is expanding its aircraft completions activity to include widebody VIP aircraft like the Boeing 747 and Airbus A330. The strategic move was confirmed by the company’s board last month and comes at a time when its Indianapolis, Ind.-based Comlux America maintenance and interiors division is seeing a declining backlog of new green Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets.

October 22, 2013 - 4:00am
Shown in flight above Edwards AFB, with the test side visible, is Aerion’s phase-two test article mounted under a NASA F-15B.

Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is releasing results from recent flight tests of a natural laminar flow (NLF) wing test article this week here in Las Vegas, while the company continues to work to have its supersonic business jet enter service in 2020. The goal of these tests was to measure “real-world robustness” of supersonic NLF, which is a key technology for the Aerion SSBJ, in regards to surface quality and manufacturing tolerances.

October 21, 2013 - 10:30pm

Cessna Aircraft painted a picture of its mixed fortunes at its NBAA press conference yesterday, with CEO Scott Ernest saying the company was making good progress on its marquis development programs–the new Citation Latitude and Longitude–while acknowledging problems with single-engine piston products, and continuing quarterly financial losses.

 
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