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

October 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

First-time NBAA exhibitor Specialty Bulb Co. (Booth No. C12639) is small compared to most of its neighbors on the convention center floor, but its size belies its significance. While the Bohemia, N.Y. company, located across the street from MacArthur Airport on Long Island, has only 12 employees and just sells one product, lighting, it does this for everything from Cessna 152s to Airbus A320s and Boeing 747s, to a diverse range of customers from weekend pilots to major airlines.

October 24, 2013 - 4:40pm

ACEA (Beijing) Aviation Investment, the Piaggio Avanti distributor in Mainland China, signed a contract yesterday at NBAA 2013 with SR Jet, a division of Beijing-based Sparkle Roll Investment Holdings, for the purchase of two extended-range Avanti IIs with options for eight more. The aircraft will incorporate an additional tank with a 400-pound capacity, increasing the maximum fuel on board to 3,226 pounds from 2,826 and extending the maximum range by 250 nm, to 1,720 nm with IFR reserves.

October 24, 2013 - 2:10pm

Fractional jet share and charter companies from NetJets to JetSuite to Executive AirShare are choosing to stack their fleets with Cessna Citation jets, large and small, according to Brad Thress, senior vice-president of business jets for Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843).

NetJets, the largest Citation Jet operator in the world with 50 Citation Xs in its fleet, is perhaps one of the clearest examples, Thress pointed out. NetJets has 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes on order and options for 125 more, all of which will begin deliveries in 2016.

October 24, 2013 - 1:50pm

The Mente Group of Addison, Texas is offering a new aircraft acquisition and completion service called Mente Complete. Under the program, VIP aircraft purchasers will receive integrated assistance in the purchase, design, completion and delivery of used aircraft.

October 23, 2013 - 11:25pm

Outreach and education is a key component in growing the aerospace industry, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) showed its commitment to the future by sponsoring an aviation education night for more than 400 students at Las Vegas Rancho High School during NBAA 2013.

October 23, 2013 - 9:40pm
Gulfstream G550

Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call yesterday morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream (Booth No. N3932) has shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.

October 23, 2013 - 9:10pm

Nextant Aerospace announced an order for up to 50 400XTis worth $202.5 million from Elkhart, Ind.-based aircraft charter firm Travel Management Company (TMC) yesterday at NBAA 2013. The agreement is for the conversion of TMC’s entire Hawker 400XP fleet. Deliveries to TMC begin next year and run through 2019.

October 23, 2013 - 9:00pm

After the unveiling of the Dassault Falcon 5X at an NBAA 2013 press briefing at Henderson Executive Airport on Monday, it came as no surprise that Dassault Falcon used its annual NBAA breakfast as a springboard to provide a nearly one-hour overview of the French OEM’s newest business jet.

October 23, 2013 - 8:50pm

Piper Aircraft is launching a new initiative here at NBAA to promote its flagship Meridian single-engine turboprop as a business aircraft. The six-seat, $2.176 million M-Class Meridian features a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and Garmin G1000 glass panel avionics. Top cruise speed is 260 knots and maximum range is 1,000 nm.

October 23, 2013 - 8:10pm
Eric Martel and Andy Nureddin

Making a corporate jet work for an individual or a corporation is all about the math. And we all know that the purchase price of an aircraft is simply the price of entry. Bombardier (Booth No. N5731) announced at NBAA 2013 the launch of its Max maintenance program for Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.

 
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