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October 29, 2012 - 2:20pm
Mark Huber

Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 5028) is celebrating the certification of its fly-by-wire flight-control system on the new Gulfstream G650 ultra-long-range jet and announcing EASA and Brazilian ANAC approval for new wheel and brake kits for several versions of the King Air turboprop.

October 29, 2012 - 2:15pm
Kirby J. Harrison
Hawker Beechcraft

Hawker Beechcraft is moving ahead with restructuring during Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and in a press conference here yesterday HBC chairman Bill Boisture made it clear the new Beechcraft Corp. that emerges in the first quarter of next year will focus on the turboprop and piston aircraft lines.

October 29, 2012 - 2:10pm
Kirby J. Harrison
crash test dummies

Aircraft Belts has been promoting aircraft safety for more than 30 years and returns to NBAA this year to present a new brand and a new product that promises a quantum leap in cabin safety.

October 29, 2012 - 2:10pm
Mary F. Silitch
Tulip City Air Services management staff

The National Business Aviation Association presents the Commercial Business Flying Safety Awards each year to member company pilots who have exemplary safety records in nonscheduled, revenue-producing flight operations. AIN caught up with some of the top award recipients for 2011.

Ron Ludema, director of operations

Tulip City Air Service

Holland, Mich.

43 years, 30,943 hours

October 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
James Wynbrandt

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), yesterday, announced plans to build the BBJ MAX, the VIP version of Boeing’s 737 MAX commercial jet and next iteration of BBJ’s executive airliners. The MAX brings the BBJ into the Leap era, using the same CFM International Leap 1-B engines and winglets as on the 737 MAX, which provide a range increase of more than 14 percent, according to Boeing.

October 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
Mark Huber

After years of rumors about development of a fast, low-wing, single-engine turboprop, Cessna unveiled an aircraft interior mock-up in July to solicit prospective customer interest and opinion, gathering more than 350 detailed surveys during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. While Cessna has not decided if it will move forward with the aircraft, spokesman Andy Woodward said the company was “very encouraged” by the positive feedback the concept has received to date.

October 29, 2012 - 1:50pm
Mary F. Silitch

The NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Awards have been awarded to a number of member companies, the oldest of which, ExxonMobil, has flown 268,819 safe hours over the past 80 years. The top four recipients in the corporate category for the year 2011 are listed below, with the number of years of safe flying and the number of safe hours flown. AIN interviewed representatives of these companies to find out more about their operations and their safety successes.

Exxon Mobil


80 years, 268,819 hours

October 29, 2012 - 1:40pm

The National Business Aviation Association presents the Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to member company pilots who have exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident. The actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2011 top pilots is, in fact, above 20,000 hours.

Steve Warner, pilot

Spectra Energy

Lancaster, Pa.

25,782 hours

October 29, 2012 - 1:30pm
Kirby J. Harrison
Green Hides Tango leather

Green Hides Leather Studio describes Tango leather from the Verde Valley region of Italy, as “a modern classic” from the finest, hand-selected European hides. The Greensboro, N.C.-based purveyor of fine leather is introducing its new Tango line here (Booth No. 4150) as a full-grain, aniline through-dyed product with hand-applied two-tone tipped grain effect with “a luxuriously soft touch.”

October 29, 2012 - 1:30pm
Mary F. Silitch
Robert E. Breiling

Aviation accident statistician and former member of the NBAA board of directors Robert E. Breiling is this year’s recipient of the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, granted annually for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation.