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April 16, 2014, 9:34 AM

Speaking at the “Helicopter Operations” seminar today at ABACE 2014, Bell Helicopter China managing director Chris Jaran said the helicopter fleet in China has grown by an average of 20 percent annually from 2009 through 2014, to 465 aircraft from 227. The Chinese rotorcraft fleet is 35 percent piston-powered and 65 percent turbine, he noted.

April 16, 2014, 9:26 AM

Training specialist FlightSafety International signed a multi-year agreement with Chinese business jet leasing firm Minsheng Business Aviation yesterday at ABACE 2014. Under the deal, FSI will train pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants and dispatchers for Gulfstream G450/550 operators Beijing Capital Airlines and Shanghai Deer Jet. Most of the training will take place at FSI’s Hong Kong learning center, which opened in 2012. FSI also named Paul Statskey as its new program manager at the Hong Kong facility.

April 16, 2014, 9:20 AM

Lufthansa Technik introduced two new products for private jet cabins at ABACE 2014: an aircraft steam generator system and an onboard therapeutic oxygen generation system. The 40-pound steam generator, which does not need to be connected to the aircraft’s existing water system, facilitates installation of steam showers in VIP aircraft. The oxygen generation system, which weighs 66 pounds, provides oxygen continuously via a mask for up to two connections. Either system can be installed in a midsize or larger business jet during cabin outfitting or as a retrofit.

April 16, 2014, 9:15 AM

Piaggio Aero designated Tianjin International Airport-based Freesky Aviation as its first authorized service center in mainland China. Freesky, which also offers aircraft charter and management services, introduced the first Avanti II twin turboprop to China in 2012. According to Han Wenjun, Freesky’s vice president of maintenance, “We will provide comprehensive service to all Avanti operators and we will further expand the customer service network of Piaggio Aero.”

April 16, 2014, 9:10 AM

Satcom1, a satellite communications service provider, announced the recent activation of its AvioIP advanced router software on an Emteq eConnect airborne router installed on a Bombardier Global Express. This upgrade, installed by Ruag Aerospace Services, was certified by EASA and validated by the FAA and Transport Canada, according to Satcom1, “the first-ever installation of such advanced features on [the] Global Express.”

April 16, 2014, 9:05 AM

The Japan National Police Agency ordered another AgustaWestland AW139, the Italian helicopter manufacturer and its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced at ABACE yesterday. The medium twin is scheduled to enter service next year for operations in Kagoshima Prefecture. More than 40 AgustaWestland helicopters are currently supporting law enforcement throughout various Japanese prefectures. According to AgustaWestland, Japan already uses the AW139 for critical missions such as search-and-rescue, firefighting and disaster relief.

April 16, 2014, 9:00 AM

Shenzhen-based Avion Pacific sold seven Sikorsky S-92s and nine S-76Ds, as well as half a dozen Beechcraft King Airs, in China last year, it announced this week at ABACE 2014. The helicopters will be delivered by year-end. Eight of the S-76s are slated for Chinese government use and one for a private customer. Six of the S-92s will enter oil-and-gas industry service, and one was purchased by a private customer. Avion Pacific’s 50 employees serve a variety of aviation segments in China, with a particular focus on utility helicopters.

April 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

“There has been an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm here in Shanghai at ABACE, despite the change in weather from sunny skies on the opening day to rain yesterday,” National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN as he summed up the show so far.

April 16, 2014, 8:45 AM

Dassault Aviation rolled out the 250th Falcon 7X this week at the aircraft manufacturer’s Charles Lindbergh Hall in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France.

The milestone trijet entered final assembly earlier this year and will fly to the Falcon completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June. It will be delivered to its customer before year-end.

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