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October 24, 2014, 11:21 AM

A new airline industry forecast from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that international freight volumes will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1 percent over the next five years, suggesting a reasonably abrupt reversal of bad fortunes for a segment whose growth rate has averaged 0.63 percent a year since 2011. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest growing markets, according to the report.

October 23, 2014, 5:15 PM

Sandel Avionics (Booth 4866) announced that it had been issued a service installation bulletin (equivalent to an FAA STC) from the Russian aviation authorities and the Mil Design Bureau for installing its ST3400H HeliTaws system in the Mil Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters. The ST3400H thus becomes the first non-Russian helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-Taws) to be certified in the country.

October 23, 2014, 5:00 PM

International Communications Group (ICG), Newport News, Va., formed 20 years ago to specialize in connectivity for the cruise-ship industry. The company now is a major supplier to the aerospace industry and has relationships with all the major OEMs and many MRO companies in business aviation.

October 23, 2014, 4:45 PM

FBO chain Hawthorne Global Aviation (Booth 3031) has purchased Heartland Aviation, the lone service provider at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. Backed by Moelis Capital Partners, this latest acquisition marks the company’s fifth FBO overall and its third addition in the past six months.

Along with the recently added facilities at Chicago Executive Airport and Cobb County Airport in Atlanta, Hawthorne also operates FBOs at Long Island Mac Arthur Airport in New York and at Louisiana’s New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

October 23, 2014, 4:30 PM

Completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, announced here at NBAA 2014 a joint-venture agreement with China-based Sparkle Roll Technik (SRT), which focuses on business jet cabin modifications and maintenance.

The first project, scheduled to begin by the end of October, will see eight China B-registered Bombardier CRJ-200s (procured by SRT) converted from commuter to executive interiors mirroring the Challenger 850.

October 23, 2014, 4:19 PM

After gaining 370-minute ETOPS certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals like in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding spare parts inventories near customer bases.

October 23, 2014, 4:15 PM

Uniontown, Ohio-based Fire Containment Concepts is on hand here at NBAA (Booth 3894) to demonstrate its line of fire-containment bags for lithium-ion batteries. According to the company, its fire-containment product is intended to contain blazes with temperatures of more than 2,200 deg F, as well as a majority of the smoke arising from such a situation. The bags feature an integral fire suppression system that will automatically deploy if a set temperature within the bag is exceeded.

October 23, 2014, 4:00 PM

Pilatus and Williams International have been touting some features–passive thrust vectoring and quiet power mode–of the FJ44-4A turbofan on the PC-24 but the engine manufacturer is scarce on details. The so-called Exact passive thrust vectoring system uses “a proprietary fluid dynamic scheme,” Matt Huff, Williams’ business development vice president, told AIN. The thrust vector from the exhaust nozzle varies as a function of engine operating conditions–power setting, exhaust gas temperature, Mach number and altitude.

October 23, 2014, 2:50 PM

The U.S. business jet charter market is set to continue its recovery next year, according to projections online charter portal Avinode released this week at NBAA 2014. It predicts 3.5-percent year-over-year growth in charter flights in the U.S. next year. By U.S. region, the South is expected to see gains of 4 percent; West, 3.6 percent; Northeast, 3.3 percent; and Midwest, 2.5 percent.

October 23, 2014, 2:40 PM

Flight operations support group Nexus announced the acquisition of aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting from online charter portal Avinode. In an October 22 announcement, the company also confirmed the appointment of the following three business aviation veterans to Wyvern’s board: former NetJets executive Vincent Santulli, former Beechcraft executive Shawn Vick and former FAA associate administrator Nick Sabatini. Wyvern CEO Art Dawley, an experienced corporate pilot and flight department manager, also has joined the board.

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