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October 10, 2011 - 7:20am
Bill Carey
Aerion supersonic business jet

Supersonic business jet developer Aerion Corp. (Booth No. N5707) says it has gained traction among aircraft manufacturers with its new aerodynamics consultancy–Aerion Technologies–since the subsidiary was launched in May at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).

October 10, 2011 - 7:00am
Mark Huber
Nextant 400XT

Nextant Aerospace received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval last month for its 400XT conversion for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. The company also announced that it is beginning a program to offer winglets on the jet and already has begun to study the next aircraft for conversion, according to Nextant president James Miller.

October 10, 2011 - 6:40am
Charles Alcock
The Jet Business Store

The Jet Business is taking aircraft sales right to billionaire main street with the opening in London of what it claims is the first storefront retail outlet of its type. The first store in the new chain is due to open this week at Hyde Park Corner right where three of the UK capital’s most exclusive neighborhoods–Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair–converge.

October 10, 2011 - 6:00am
Harry Weisberger
Mitsubishi MU-2

Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot and the first African American to fly solo around the world, will welcome 50 students from Las Vegas’s Rancho High School to hear his inspirational story and view NBAA convention center exhibits tomorrow. Irving will meet the students between 9 a.m. and noon at the Turbine Aircraft Services booth (No. C6920). NBAA show attendees are welcome as well. 

October 10, 2011 - 5:30am
Harry Weisberger

ACES Systems, a division of Technology for Energy Corp. headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., is at Booth No. N2311 to acquaint NBAA convention-goers with its line of aviation vibration and acoustical analysis and balancing equipment for airframe and engine ground test and test cell applications.

October 10, 2011 - 5:10am
Kirby J. Harrison
Yankee Pacific custom cabinetry in a BBJ2

When Yankee Pacific president and CEO Ken Goldsmith says his sprawling company of cabin completion subcontractors started small, he isn’t being disingenuous.

October 10, 2011 - 5:00am
Kirby J. Harrison
Hawker Beechcraft 800XPR

Asked recently how Hawker Beechcraft is doing, company chairman and CEO Bill Boisture’s answer of, “We’re doing all right,” was abbreviated at best. The long answer is more enlightening. “The progress we’re making in transformation of the company through Project Challenge is very significant,” Boisture said, answering more at length.

October 10, 2011 - 4:50am
Bill Carey
DH-6 Twin Otter life-extension fuselage

Engineering modification house Ikhana Aircraft Services (Booth No. C7116) expected to receive FAA supplemental type certification (STC) of its DH-6 Twin Otter fuselage life extension by the time the NBAA show began, adding to a range of other upgrades the company offers for the twin-engine turboprop.

October 10, 2011 - 4:40am
Kirby J. Harrison

Zodiac Aerospace comes into NBAA 2011 buoyed by an agreement with its banks to increase the amount and maturity of its financing. According to the French aerospace equipment and systems provider (Booth No. N6229), the agreement “reinforces the group’s financial capabilities and gives it the possibility to actively pursue its external growth strategy.”

October 10, 2011 - 4:30am
Kim Rosenlof
Mobile service vehicle

Dallas Airmotive recently announced that it will open a new Regional Turbine Center (RTC) at Singapore’s Seletar Airport in February 2012. Initially launching as a Honeywell authorized service center, the facility will offer line maintenance and major periodic inspections on Honeywell TFE731 turbofan engines and line maintenance on various Honeywell engines and APUs.

 
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