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August 1, 2014, 3:30 AM

An acquisitive Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE. TRU’s president and CEO is James Takats, one of the founders of Florida-based simulator manufacturer Opinicus, which became a Textron property in November last year.

August 1, 2014, 3:15 AM

A Part 16 complaint about Santa Monica Airport (SMO) was filed on July 2 with the FAA by AOPA, NBAA, airport businesses, local aircraft owners and a corporate operator that often flies into the Southern California airport. The complaint seeks to settle the issue of when the city, which owns and operates the 227-acre airport, is no longer subject to grant assurance obligations that require it to keep the airport open.

August 1, 2014, 1:23 AM

I’ve been thinking a lot about complacency since the crash of a Gulfstream IV on takeoff from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., that left seven people dead. Any accident, especially one with fatalities, affects those of us who have spent our entire lives and careers in aviation. But one that occurs at an airport where we regularly work has a particular impact. The accident investigation continues, but the National Transportation Safety Board has already issued a preliminary report that raises some troubling questions about whether the pilots conducted a routine flight control check.

August 1, 2014, 12:45 AM

This year’s accident picture is looking worse than last year’s. The number of fatalities from business jet accidents worldwide in just the first half of this year exceeds the number for all of last year, according to statistics gathered by AIN. In the first six months of this year, 29 people died in seven fatal crashes involving U.S.- and non-U.S.-registered business jets, compared with 23 people killed in eight fatal mishaps in all of last year.

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Airbus Group announced yesterday that it is “pursuing disposal options for its investment in Dassault Aviation.” Airbus’s 46-percent share gives it no power in decision making and is only a legacy of the share the French state used to have in Dassault. The Dassault family, via the GIMD holding company, owns slightly more than 50 percent of the manufacturer of the Rafale fighter and the Falcon business jets. Investor activist group TCI estimates that Airbus’s share in Dassault is worth €5 billion.

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Sikorsky expects the FAA to certify a higher mtow for its S-92 medium-twin helicopter this fall. The maximum allowable takeoff gross weight of the aircraft is being increased from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, thus allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload.

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Business jet manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half global deliveries year over year, with 318 private jets handed over during the first six months, according to statistics released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). {{Pete Bunce quote TK – insert here}}

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Bombardier Aerospace today reported second-quarter revenues of $2.5 billion, up from $2.3 billion a year ago, thanks to “higher deliveries of regional airliners but offset by lower business jet shipments due to the Challenger 350 transition,” noted Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin. The division reported a pre-tax profit of $141 million in the quarter, some $3 million more than in the same period last year.

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

As Pilatus prepares to roll out the first prototype of its new PC-24 twinjet tomorrow at its factory in Stans, Switzerland–while also celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary on Swiss National Day and the 20th anniversary of the PC-12’s entry-into-service–it confirmed to AIN during a factory tour that it has stopped taking PC-24 orders for now, having announced 84 at EBACE in May.

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Embraer remains on target for its annual delivery forecast, according to the Brazilian airframer. Speaking during a second-quarter earnings call this morning, CFO José Filippo said the company still expects to meet its goal of delivering between 105 and 120 executive jets for the year. He noted the manufacturer delivered 49 business jets (39 Phenoms, eight Legacy 600/650s and two Lineage 1000s) in the first half, 29 of them in the second quarter.

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