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April 16, 2014, 7:55 AM

The Japan National Police Agency has ordered another Agusta Westland AW139 medium twin helicopter, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015 for operations in Kagoshima Prefecture. AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced the sale here at ABACE on Tuesday, noting that the new AW139 will replace an ageing Bell 412 in the police fleet.

April 16, 2014, 7:50 AM

The next major step in satellite communication services will be the deployment of Inmarsat’s new Ka-band GX (Global Xpress) satellite constellation. Satellite service provider Satcom Direct (Booth P212) has ordered 10 shipsets of the new satcom system for its business aviation clients. The three Inmarsat-5 satellites are scheduled to be in orbit by the end of this year, and GX Aviation services should start in the first half of 2015.

April 16, 2014, 7:40 AM

Jetex Flight Support (Booth H706) has set up a new handling facility at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines. The Dubai-based group will provide a full range of support services for private jet operators in Manila, as well as being able to supervise ground handling at other Filipino airports.

April 16, 2014, 7:40 AM

The piston-engine Baron twin and Bonanza single on display at the Beechcraft area of the static display did not arrive by magic or by freighter. The long trip from the factory in Wichita, Kansas, started a few weeks ago, and left the California coast on April 3.

Ferry pilots Chelsea “Abingdon” Welch and Jerry Clark took off from Tracy, California (KTCY) where oversize fuel tanks were installed. The Bonanza held a total of 268 gallons, the Baron about 400. That meant that Welch and Clark were taking off at approximately 30 percent above maximum gross weight.

April 16, 2014, 7:20 AM

Embraer delivered 20 business jets during the first quarter of this year, compared with just 12 during the same period a year earlier.

The 66-percent increase in deliveries in the company’s executive jet business accompanied an increase in its overall, firm-order backlog from $18.2 billion to $19.2 billion during the quarter, driven mainly by a firm for 50 E2 E-Jets to India’s Air Costa during February’s Singapore Airshow. The business jet sales tally included three Phenom 100s, 14 Phenom 300s, two Legacy 650s and a single Lineage 1000.

April 16, 2014, 7:10 AM

China’s commercial aviation manufacturing sector is challenged to match Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer in building large passenger jets. But it faces brighter prospects in building general aviation and business aircraft, according to a Rand study released last month.

April 16, 2014, 7:00 AM

Vulcanair last month delivered the first P68 Observer 2 in China soon after the Civil Aviation Administration of China granted type certificate validation for the high-wing piston twin, in addition to its P68C and Vr (P68R) siblings. According to the Italian manufacturer, the P68 Observer 2’s entire front fuselage is made of clear plexiglass, giving occupants “excellent helicopter-like visibility” needed for mapping, survey, and surveillance missions. Meanwhile, the more conventional-nosed, fixed-gear P68C and retractable-gear Vr are aimed at the training and private aircraft markets.

April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM

Carey Matthews (left), general manager Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC, Booth H128) receives a plaque from Brad Thress, senior v-p Customer Service, Textron Aviation (Chalet 13), identifying SHPBASC as an authorized Cessna Service Center.

“We’re privileged to service Cessnas around China,” Matthews said.

Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna, Beechcraft, and support services for Hawker jets, no longer in production, has some 325 of its products in China, encompassing about 200 piston, 70 turboprop and 50 jet aircraft.

April 16, 2014, 6:45 AM

Airbus Helicopters Japan inaugurated Japan’s first full flight simulator (FFS) for helicopters at its training facilities in the Kobe Airport vicinity on Monday. The EC135 P2+ simulator received level-C certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). Such airworthiness authority approval allows training hours accumulated by pilots in the full flight simulator to count as actual flight hours.

April 16, 2014, 6:15 AM

Dubai-based UAS International Trip Support (Booth H214) announced here at ABACE 2014 an enhancement of its services and presence across Africa, aimed at bridging a trip support gap between China and Africa. UAS recently opened a new continental headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, and regional offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.

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