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October 20, 2014, 6:55 PM

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU, Booth 1478) of Boise, Idaho unveiled its new microgimbal camera at the NBAA show in Orlando. The Owls, for observation wide-area, low-altitude sensor, is designed for surveillance, reconnaissance and target detection from lightweight UAVs and it can also be fitted to manned aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 6:50 PM

Wheels Up, the membership fleet access program founded in August 2013, now has 750 members and is on track to have 1,000 to 1,200 members and 37 aircraft by year end, CEO Kenny Dichter announced at NBAA 2014.

October 20, 2014, 6:45 PM

For aircraft owners and operators looking to save money on airborne telecom costs, BizjetMobile offers a way to text and email over the Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom networks for at little as $899 a month. The key to BizjetMobile’s pecuniary pricing plan is its portable devices, which require no supplemental type certificate for installation (although some require installation of an external antenna). The email feature–called GetMail–is a new development, and BizjetMobile is demonstrating this and all of its products at its NBAA exhibit (Booth 1462).

October 20, 2014, 6:40 PM

In a deal that could be a preview for the red-hot helicopter leasing market, GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas, Booth 2631) announced October 13 that it plans to acquire helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation Group for $1.775 billion. The deal is expected to close next year.

Gecas, the U.S. and Irish commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of GE Capital, has a fleet of approximately 1,600 owned and serviced aircraft with more than 230 airlines. Gecas also provides spare engine leasing, aviation consulting services and spare parts financing and management.

October 20, 2014, 6:40 PM

Nextant Aerospace is expecting to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin’s G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at the EAA AirVenture show this summer and has recorded keen interest in the Americas.

October 20, 2014, 6:30 PM

Advent Aerospace from Rye, N.H., is working on the preparation of two supplemental type certificates (STCs) that will see its patented anti-skid brake system (ABS) become available for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. The ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500.

October 20, 2014, 6:25 PM

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Sporty’s Pilot Shop (Booth 1357) is highlighting at NBAA 2014 its Sporty’s Easy Approval program for iPad use for Part 91F and Part 135 operators. The program is a simple solution for FAA approvals of iPads as an electronic flight bag (EFB) and paper chart replacement using the ForeFlight Mobile app.

October 20, 2014, 6:20 PM

In addition to an already attention-grabbing design, the Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Split Scimitar winglet displayed on the exhibit floor at the NBAA Convention also sports a custom paint scheme that pays tribute to the U.S. military.

People often tell me our winglets are works of art, so what better way to showcase this art than applying a one-of-a-kind livery to honor America’s servicemen and women, veterans and fallen heroes,” said API founder and CEO Joe Clark. API (Booth 3899) is based in Seattle, Wash.

October 20, 2014, 6:15 PM
Ikhana Twin Otter

Ikhana Aircraft Services, a specialist in extending the life of the popular DHC-6 Twin Otter based at French Valley Airport in Murietta, Calif., has been remanufacturing aircraft long before the term became popular in aviation circles. Ikhana–the name stems from the Choctaw word for knowledge and intelligence–was created from the merger of engine specialist Total Aircraft Services and R.W. Martin, the originator of the Twin Otter VistaLiner conversion that opened up spectacular aerial tour opportunities by upgrading fuselages with huge passenger viewing windows.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops this week at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of its midsize Cessna Latitude, which is expected to be certified in the first half of next year.

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