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July 29, 2014, 4:30 PM

Czech airframer Aero Vodochody has confirmed two customers for most, possibly all, of the L-159 advanced light combat aircraft (ALCA) that were surplus to Czech air force requirements. American tactical flight support contractor Draken International will acquire up to 28 aircraft, redesignated L-159E. Meanwhile, a deal with Iraq finally reached the contract stage last month, an Aero Vodochody spokesman told AIN at the Farnborough Air Show.

July 29, 2014, 3:45 PM

Fledgling airframer Icon is showing off the first production version of its A5 light sport aircraft this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Unveiled at the show, engineering serial number 1 (ESN-1), is the first of the company’s aircraft to be built from the production design, using production tooling, methods and components.

July 29, 2014, 3:45 PM

The Embraer Phenom 300 handed over to NetJets on Friday at Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne, Fla. facility marked three major milestones for the light jet program. It not only was the 25th Phenom 300 delivered to the fractional aircraft provider, it was also the 200th Phenom 300 and the 75th U.S.-assembled Phenom.

July 29, 2014, 3:40 PM

The first production HondaJet–N420EX, which has a “deep-green-pearl” paint scheme–made its public debut yesterday at EAA AirVenture 2014 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., just one month after the aircraft first flew from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Following a celebratory event at AirVenture’s Boeing Square, the HondaJet concluded the day with a flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

July 29, 2014, 3:35 PM

Dassault Aviation received orders for 38 Falcons in the first half of this year while delivering 25, CEO Eric Trappier announced on Friday in Paris. The orders were worth €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion), a 29-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and a continuous improvement since the first half of 2011.

July 29, 2014, 3:30 PM

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), an avid pilot and co-chair of the House Aviation Caucus, again pressed FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today to set up a loan-guarantee program for owners and operators to finance NextGen avionics upgrades. In a letter to Huerta, Graves reiterated that the 2012 FAA reauthorization bill gave the agency the “authority to, via a partnership with a private intermediary, provide loan guarantees of up to 90 percent of the principal amount…to assist commercial and general aviation aircraft seeking to purchase and install the necessary equipment.”

July 29, 2014, 3:30 PM

Concorde Battery announced it has received TSO approval for its RG-641, the latest addition to its RG series of valve-regulated sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries. Designed specifically to meet demanding turbine engine starting applications, the new battery passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. This latest approval brings the total of the West Covina, Calif.-based company’s TSO-authorized part numbers to 87.

July 29, 2014, 3:25 PM

The London-based Baltic Air Carrier Association (BACA), which claims to be “the largest and longest standing [since 1949] organization focused on the air charter brokerage industry in the world,” has endorsed Argus’ Certified Charter Broker Program. “The air charter brokerage business is largely unregulated,” so users have to do their own due diligence, BACA noted.

July 29, 2014, 3:20 PM

The first production Cessna Citation CJ3+ made its maiden flight yesterday from the company’s manufacturing facility at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Production flight-test pilot Mark Tuttle said all systems performed as expected during the 73-minute flight. The new twinjet, the latest in the CitationJet family, which was announced on March 20, is expected to receive FAA certification later this year. Features include a Garmin G3000 flight deck and upgraded interior and systems. The nine-seat CJ3+ is expected to receive single-pilot certification and has a range of 2,070 nm.

July 29, 2014, 3:15 PM

Daher-Socata’s U.S. Southwest distributor, Avex, took delivery of its 100th TBM aircraft, the French manufacturer announced today. The milestone aircraft is the third TBM 900 provided to Avex this year and will be delivered to its owner, John Edwards. Avex became a Daher-Socata dealer 15 years ago for California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Meanwhile, the TBM 900 is making its AirVenture debut this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Daher-Socata is displaying two TBM 900s at the airshow, one of which is taking part in the daily flying display.

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