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October 23, 2014, 2:00 PM

True Blue Power recently received TSO approval from the FAA and ETSO approval from the EASA for its TB44 main-ship lithium-ion battery. Its Li-ion products use nanophosphate technology that was initially developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and introduced commercially by A123 Systems. OEMs are now integrating the TB17 (17 amp-hour) and TB44 (44 amp-hour) batteries into 11 business jets and helicopters. The batteries will also be offered as an STC retrofit for in-service King Airs, Caravans and PC-12s.

October 23, 2014, 1:36 PM

The crash of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 MKI on October 14 has led to the temporary grounding of the entire fleet of some 200 jets. The IAF’s safety record is again under scrutiny, with concerns about training and maintenance being voiced unofficially. The aircraft crashed approximately 20 km from Pune airbase, near Mumbai, after both K-36DM zero-zero ejection seats inadvertently fired. The pilots survived the ejections.

October 23, 2014, 12:51 PM

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will begin using Schiebel Camcopter UAVs to monitor the uneasy truce in Ukraine between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, starting on October 24. The aircraft, based near Mariupol, are being supplied and operated under contract by the Austrian manufacturer. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has been present in Ukraine with a multinational team of observers throughout the conflict.

October 23, 2014, 12:35 PM

The impressive line-up of aircraft at the NBAA BACE 2014 static display, hosted by Showalter Flying Service, drew large numbers of show attendees from the Convention Center to Orlando Executive Airport. The almost 100 new and preowned jets and twin turboprops comprised several aircraft making their first NBAA or public appearances, including Embraer’s Legacy 450 and Cessna’s Citation Latitude (both making their public debuts) and the Gulfstream G650ER and Citation Sovereign+.

October 23, 2014, 12:15 PM

Representatives of China’s Ordos Airport Industrial Zone (OAIZ) in Inner Mongolia and China Aviation Investment Group (CAG, Booth 4666) announced the establishment of the Ordos World Aviation Expo Industrial Zone, created to stimulate development of an indigenous aircraft manufacturing and services industry as well as high-end tourism.

October 23, 2014, 12:15 PM

Sometimes the best fire prevention you can come by in an aircraft is a good lock. Well, that’s how they think at Peerless Electronics, a New York electronics online distributor of heavy equipment and aerospace electronics components. For NBAA 2014 the company is featuring two aircraft locks that can help prevent electrical shorts. The S2329 Master Lock aircraft circuit breaker lock keeps pilots or maintenance personnel from resetting critical circuit breakers. It accommodates short or long circuit breakers.

October 23, 2014, 12:15 PM

Cirrus Aircraft has selected Aviation Occupant Safety of Sterling Heights, Michigan, to provide seatbelts for the Vision SF50 single-engine personal jet, the conforming prototype of which flew in March this year. Aviation Occupant Safety (Booth 1024) will supply its inflatable three-point belts for the crew and front passenger seats, while the company’s standard three-pointers will be used for other passenger seats. The inflatable seatbelts deploy an airbag from the lap strap. Aviation Occupant Safety is a joint venture between Aircraft Belts and Key Safety Systems.

October 23, 2014, 12:10 PM

The happily married, but politically opposed, media stars, James Carville (Democrat) and Mary Matalin (Republican) agreed at the NBAA 2014 second-day general session on Wednesday that the Republican Party would likely take control of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming midterm elections on November 4.

October 23, 2014, 12:10 PM

With the 1,500th enhanced vision system recently delivered, Elbit Systems (Booth 4246) has been at the forefront of this technology since the first Kollsman enhanced vision system (EVS) was developed in 2001. At this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., the company unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-ft runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.

October 23, 2014, 11:33 AM
U.S. Air Force AN/TPS-75 mobile tactical radar

Losing bidders have protested the U.S. Air Force’s contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program to replace the service’s primary ground-based aerial search radar. Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin filed protests with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 21 and 22, respectively.

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