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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.

July 29, 2014, 3:15 PM

At this year’s EAA AirVenture, Shell Aviation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the AeroShell Aerobatic team, with the opportunity to meet the team members every day at the company’s booth (Hangar C, Booth No. 3072) between 11 a.m. and noon for autographs to collect the free annual AeroShell Oshkosh poster and relax in the shaded AeroShell park. The company is running a contest for one lucky winner to fly with the Shell-sponsored team, with that winner to be announced on the main stage at Boeing Plaza on Thursday night, before the concert by Boogie and the Yo-Yoz.

July 29, 2014, 3:10 PM

Cessna Aircraft’s second production Citation Latitude (S/N 002) made its first flight on Friday. During the 2.7-hour flight, the crew evaluated the autopilot, autothrottle, landing gear, pressurization, engine operating characteristics, environmental systems and flight control systems. This flight also marked the first time all three Citation Latitude prototypes were in the air simultaneously. S/N 002 is the third Citation Latitude to join the certification flight-test program and is the first that will be equipped with a full cabin.

July 29, 2014, 3:05 PM

WestAir Charter is rolling out a new “price pledge” guarantee on Friday for all of its charter quotes. The charter firm–a division of Western Aircraft that operates PC-12s in the western U.S., Canada and Mexico–said its “price pledge” states “it will never bill clients for more than they were originally quoted,” with exceptions only for itinerary changes and impromptu overnights. “This means there is no guesswork for our clients,” said director of flight operations Jeff Matlock.

July 29, 2014, 3:00 PM

Fractional aircraft ownership firm Executive AirShare hired industry veteran Pete Pedicino as regional vice president of sales for Dallas and South Texas. In his new role, Pedicino “will drive Executive AirShare’s growth in key Texas markets.” The company now serves customers in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and has served customers in Dallas and Fort Worth since 2006. Pedicino has spent the past 14 years in the fractional aircraft ownership industry, most recently as senior vice president of sales with NetJets.

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