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October 7, 2014 - 2:36pm

The number of fatalities from business jet accidents in the first nine months outpaced those from the same period last year, despite a decline in the number of nonfatal accidents for jets and turboprops this year.

According to preliminary statistics compiled by AIN, 15 people died in four accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first nine months of this year. In the same period last year 13 people were killed, also in four accidents. All eight of the fatal accidents in the two periods befell jets operating under Part 91.

October 7, 2014 - 2:30pm

Business aircraft flights in Europe eked out a 0.1-percent year-over-year gain last month, to 63,068 departures, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Year-to-date, the European market still remains about 1 percent off from last year. Last month’s results were buoyed by expansion in the region’s top six business aviation markets but dragged down by the “geopolitical crisis” in the Ukraine.

October 7, 2014 - 2:28pm

Newly released results from Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Survey reconfirm that those who fly privately do so primarily for efficiency, not luxury. Among the 1,200 business jet fliers who participated in the fourth annual BJT survey, “save time” again emerged as the number-one reason for using business aviation, followed by “ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve.”

October 7, 2014 - 2:12pm

Turboprop aircraft manufacturer Daher-Socata issued Service Information 2014-008, “Review of High-altitude Operations,” in the wake of the loss of N900TN, a TBM900 that crashed with two on board in open water off the northeast coast of Jamaica on September 5. Cabin depressurization and/or hypoxia are suspected factors in the accident.

October 7, 2014 - 1:40pm

Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has signed a conditional agreement with Bombardier to develop a Fans 1/A+ avionics upgrade solution for the Challenger 604. The upgrade will enhance pilot to ATC communications and allow access to dedicated and shorter-route Fans 1/A+ North Atlantic Tracks. Marshall designed the upgrade for Bombardier and will complete a trial installation early next year. The solution will then be available as a Bombardier Service Bulletin to owners and operators of the 361 Challenger 604s currently in service.

October 4, 2014 - 1:40am

Twenty-five years ago, aviation department manager jobs were often automatically awarded to the most senior pilot, or the person considered the best “stick and rudder” aviator. That kind of career advancement began changing as we entered the 21st century. The efforts to create smarter managers took off in earnest when aviation leaders found themselves under increased scrutiny from regulators, shareholders and investors about how they used their aircraft after the downturn of 2008 and the resulting bad press for private aviation.

October 2, 2014 - 3:12pm

Cessna announced improvements in expected range and runway performance for the Citation Latitude, basing its projections on data from the flight-test program for the new twinjet. The OEM expects FAA certification of the Latitude in the second quarter of next year.

The midsize jet’s range is being extended by 200 nm, to 2,700 nm, at long-range cruise. In addition, the Latitude’s takeoff distance has been shortened to 3,668 feet, down from a previously projected 4,030 feet.

October 2, 2014 - 2:30pm

NBAA announced today the dates and locations of the association’s 2015 business aviation regional forums. “NBAA is pleased to once again provide these popular one-day events. The regional forums offer some of the benefits of our annual convention–access to exhibits, aircraft on display, education sessions and more–in convenient locations across the U.S.,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

October 2, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston. Piper Aircraft’s sales representatives in China for the M-Class are Piper Summit Aircraft China for the Meridian; Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation for the Matrix; and Hebei Yuan’ao Aircraft Manufacturing for the Mirage.

October 2, 2014 - 1:55pm

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), a leading advocate for aviation in his state, will speak at the second-day opening general session (October 22, 10:30 a.m.) at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Markell will also participate in an “aviation-related announcement” later that afternoon at the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) exhibit.

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