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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.

October 23, 2014, 10:55 AM

Bryan Moss, vice chairman of hourly cost maintenance program provider Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI, Booth 1206), signed an MOU with Tarek Ragheb, founding chairman of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), cementing an alliance that should be good for both organizations.

Africa’s business aviation market is expanding, and with that the complexity of the market is ratcheting up. Under the new agreement JSSI will provide educational tools and incentives designed to promote the adoption of industry best practices among AfBAA members.

October 23, 2014, 10:55 AM

Argus International announced on the eve of NBAA 2014 that Apollo Jets has become the first charter broker to complete its new on-site audit program and be named an Argus Certified Charter Broker. The Argus Certified Charter Broker program was introduced this year in response to calls to create a set of voluntary standards for air charter brokers, an otherwise unregulated industry.

October 23, 2014, 10:55 AM

Vector Aerospace (Booth 2640) of Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island, is showcasing its engine MRO services at NBAA 2014, in particular highlighting the capabilities of the company’s Engine Services-Atlantic (ES-A) and France-based Seca divisions. Vector holds approvals to support a wide range of General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca engines.

October 23, 2014, 10:50 AM

Conklin & de Decker (Booth 3231) announced at NBAA 2014 the release of the second volume of its 2014 Aircraft Cost Evaluator, providing updated operating and ownership cost information on more than 575 business aircraft. The new version includes data for recently released offerings, such as the Cessna Citation CJ3+, Daher Socata TBM 900 and Embraer Phenom 100E and Lineage 1000E, as well as fuel, maintenance, parts and labor costs, and other criteria necessary for tax reporting.

October 23, 2014, 10:50 AM

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

Dallas-based Aviall (Booth 1885) came to this week’s NBAA convention with announcements of several new distribution agreements, including the expansion of the company’s support portfolio for GE Aviation CF34-3A and -3A2 turbofans on the Bombardier Challenger 601.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

Bombardier announced yesterday that it will be doubling its fleet of customer response team (CRT) trucks with a planned total of 14 trucks in operation by the end of the year.

Our customers are learning to love the small jobs that can be done right in the hangar, eliminating a flight to a maintenance facility,” said Stan Younger, the OEM’s vice president of customer support and training. “We’re going from 2,100 unplanned maintenance events in 2011 and this year we’ll see 4,500 and so customers are starting to learn how to use that CRT truck as a tool.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

As the newest torchbearer for the SJ30 program, San Antonio, Texas-based SyberJet (Booth 4259) brings a little swagger to this year’s NBAA convention with the debut of a mockup of the company’s new flight deck clearly inspired by high-end (and fast) automobiles.

Designed by Jason Castriota, whose portfolio includes work at Ferrari, Maserati and Audi, the look emphasizes sweeping shapes, rendered in high-level materials such as Alcantara faux suede, brushed aluminum and carbon-fiber veneer. Thick red stitching contrasts against black leather along the top of the panel.

October 23, 2014, 10:45 AM

Beechcraft has received FAA certification for its new Hawker winglets, which deliver a 3- to 4-percent range increase to Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft, according to preliminary performance data. The winglets can be fitted to either model at Textron Aviation service centers.

Also announced this week is an order for the 400XPR upgrade package, including winglets. Guardian Flight has ordered six upgrade kits for its fleet, which is used for aeromedical evacuation services in Alaska. First deliveries are planned in the first half of next year.

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