The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) soirée committee announced today that a private concert by legendary band Three Dog Night will be the capstone to this year’s Soirée. This year’s event to benefit CAN, the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft, will be held Wednesday, October 22, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Ballroom as part of the 2014 NBAA Convention.
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The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) announced that two new products and services members, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and LL Johns & Associates, have joined the association. All NARA members must follow a code of ethics and broker/dealer members must pass a rigorous application process, established last year, to become an exclusive NARA-certified aircraft broker/dealer. “NARA products and services members’ commitment to the code of ethics guarantees value and instills the highest degree of confidence for aircraft buyers and operators,” it said.
The Colorado Aviation Business Association, Colorado Pilots Association and other state and national aviation groups are working to obtain 3,000 signatures from Colorado residents to support its Colorado Aviation License Plate project. The project is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of aviation and the economic impact it has in the state of Colorado. The groups said the signatures will aid in the introduction of an aviation license plate bill during the next legislative session.
“Business jet market conditions have improved somewhat, and [OEM] management sentiment seems incrementally more optimistic–though only modestly so–but the data still does not point to a recovery in earnest,” J.P. Morgan analysts noted in their latest Business Jet Monthly report, released on Friday.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) expanded its aviation insurance program (MAIS) to include coverage for MROs, pilots, ground handlers, refuelers, fuel sales agents and other industry stakeholders. The association launched the aviation insurance group discount program for operators at the 2011 Dubai Airshow.
With just two months before the 11th annual LABACE is held at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, Brazil, exhibitors gathered at organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag) last week to draw spaces in the remodeled exhibit area. “We’re working with the expectation that the fair will be smaller this year than in 2013, which was smaller than in 2012,” said Abag executive director Ricardo Nogueira.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated a G100 and other aircraft components to Savannah Technical College last week. The aircraft is a former Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) aircraft that flew technicians and parts to AOG customers. Gulfstream also donated fly-by-wire components, including manifolds and actuators, from a G650, as well as a flap assembly and fuselage panel assembly from a G450. The aircraft and components will be used as training tools in the college’s aviation programs.
Business aircraft flying trended positive last month in every operating category and all jet segments, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Overall, activity climbed by 1.9 percent year-over-year in May.
For the first time this year, Part 91 operators led the way, with flying up by 2.3 percent in this operating segment versus a year ago. Part 135 activity wasn’t far behind, rising 1.9 percent from May last year, while the fractionals eked out a 0.2-percent gain.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the Challenger 350 received Transport Canada approval, with FAA certification expected “shortly.” An upgrade of the Challenger 300, the 350 has a new wing with canted winglets, a higher mtow of 40,600 pounds and greater fuel capacity for an NBAA IFR range of 3,200 nm versus its predecessor’s 3,065 nm.
The seventh Citation Special Olympics Airlift will get under way on Saturday, flying some 700 athletes from across the U.S. to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. The airlift is sponsored and managed by Textron Aviation, and–thanks to its recent acquisition of Beechcraft–for the first time will include Beechcraft owners alongside Cessna Citation operators.