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July 29, 2014 - 3:35pm

Dassault Aviation received orders for 38 Falcons in the first half of this year while delivering 25, CEO Eric Trappier announced on Friday in Paris. The orders were worth €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion), a 29-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and a continuous improvement since the first half of 2011.

July 29, 2014 - 3:15pm

Daher-Socata’s U.S. Southwest distributor, Avex, took delivery of its 100th TBM aircraft, the French manufacturer announced today. The milestone aircraft is the third TBM 900 provided to Avex this year and will be delivered to its owner, John Edwards. Avex became a Daher-Socata dealer 15 years ago for California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Meanwhile, the TBM 900 is making its AirVenture debut this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Daher-Socata is displaying two TBM 900s at the airshow, one of which is taking part in the daily flying display.

July 29, 2014 - 9:45am

Cirrus co-founder and chairman Dale Klapmeier said the company plans to spool up production of its new SF50 Vision single-engine jet to 125 units per year after the aircraft is certified in 2015. Klapmeier said the company is exploring various options to expand its production capacity to meet demand, including the foreign manufacture of components.

July 29, 2014 - 9:30am

Say goodbye to the Gipps imprimatur on its line of general aviation aircraft. India’s Mahindra Aerospace, which bought Australia-based GippsAero in 2009, is renaming its piston GA8 single the Airvan 8 and its under-development turboprop-single GA10 the Airvan 10. Mahindra also announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that the Airvan 8 would be available on optional Wipline amphibious aluminum floats by year-end and that it is now taking nonrefundable deposits on the Airvan 10. It said it expects Airvan 10 certification in 2015.

July 24, 2014 - 2:45pm

Though second-quarter revenues and profits dipped slightly at Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer still recorded a “strong” quarter, Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO at parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference call. Revenues at the aerospace division, which also includes Jet Aviation, came in at $1.995 billion during the quarter, down from $2.053 billion a year ago.

July 24, 2014 - 2:30pm

The annual EAA AirVenture show officially opens on Monday in Oshkosh, Wis., at Wittman Regional Airport, but aviation enthusiasts are already streaming into the airport ahead of the show.

July 24, 2014 - 2:20pm

Business aircraft remanufacturing firm Nextant Aerospace joined the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), the company announced today. The RIC defines remanufacturing as “a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn or non-functional product or component is returned to a ‘like-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ condition and warranted in performance level and quality.” Nextant remanufactures Beechjet 400/400XP twinjets into the 400XTi and plans to remanufacture King Air C90s into the G90XT.

July 24, 2014 - 2:10pm

Raisbeck Engineering received FAA STC approval on Friday for its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck-authorized dealer locations. Final certification flights were completed in March. Development of the aft fuselage locker–which weighs 276 pounds and adds 28 cu ft of storage space–began in June 2008, with the confirmation of technical cooperation between Raisbeck and Bombardier Learjet. The program involved the addition of a fire-proof shell and a fire-detection system.

July 22, 2014 - 3:40pm

Dassault Aviation announced today that it has joined the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X, paving the way for initial power-on and the start of ground tests. First electrical power-on is expected at the end of this month, in line with the production and test schedule. Dassault expects to fly the 8X trijet early next year, with certification slated for mid-2016 and initial deliveries anticipated by the end of 2016.

July 22, 2014 - 2:55pm

NBAA launched a weather subcommittee, which will focus on improvements in aviation weather information and flight safety, yesterday at the Friends & Partners of Aviation Weather forum in Washington, D.C. Among those on hand for the launch were FAA NextGen assistant administrator Ed Bolton, National Weather Service aviation branch manager Cyndie Abelman, FAA Air Traffic Organization senior meteorologist Kevin Johnston, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and NBAA weather subcommittee chairman Dr. Bruce Carmichael.

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