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October 30, 2014, 3:30 PM

The FAA and U.S. aviation industry have formed an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2014, 3:25 PM

Garmin announced the GDL 84 ADS-B datalink, which provides an all-inclusive, minimally intrusive ADS-B OUT solution without the need to significantly modify the aircraft panel or the need for a multifunction display. When paired with Garmin’s Flight Stream Bluetooth wireless gateway, the system also provides ADS-B IN benefits, including access to advanced traffic and subscription-free weather information, within the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device. The GDL 84 is expected to receive FAA Approved Model List supplemental type certification in the first quarter.

October 30, 2014, 3:22 PM

Bombardier has decided to set aside plans to collaborate with Russian industrial conglomerate Rostec to establish an assembly line outside Moscow for the Q400 turboprop, the Canadian company’s CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, confirmed during its third-quarter earnings briefing on Thursday.

October 30, 2014, 3:15 PM

Beechcraft is now offering a factory-installed modification for King Air 250s that increases the mtow from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel. Aircraft with this option will be certified in the commuter category, meaning pilots will be required to have a type rating. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, is also available as an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250s via Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers

October 30, 2014, 3:10 PM

Garmin expanded its global aviation chart coverage with the latest release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams. Ground movement charts and airport diagrams are also available as part of the European FliteCharts database, Garmin said. The latest release extends coverage to following countries: Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; and Ukraine. Aircraft overlays of current aircraft position are available on Garmin’s FliteCharts.

October 30, 2014, 3:05 PM

A team of business people and pilots are laying the groundwork for the proposed Massachusetts Air and Space Museum at Massachusetts’ Hanscom Airfield. Scheduled to open its doors in 2018, the project was launched in 2007. The group has accumulated some initial funds, but needs $100 million to build and initially operate the planned 300,000-sq-ft facility. In addition to 150,000 sq ft of exhibition galleries, the museum would include an auditorium, aircraft restoration shop and 13,000 sq ft for classrooms.

October 30, 2014, 3:00 PM

The annual Business & General Aviation Day (BGAD) will alternate annually between London Biggin Hill and Cambridge Airports, the organizer of the one-day exhibition and seminar announced today. Dates and locations for the next two shows are Sept. 15, 2015 (“Battle of Britain Day”) at London Biggin Hill and Sept. 13, 2016 at Cambridge. BGAD organizer Mark Ranger said this plan will provide “variation and freshness” to the event that has grown in popularity since the first one was held 10 years ago.

October 30, 2014, 8:43 AM

Russian Helicopters completed deliveries of Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters to the Afghan Army in October. Sixty-three helicopters manufactured at the company’s Kazan Helicopters plant were delivered to Afghanistan after the the Russian arms sales agency Rosoboronexport and the U.S. Department of Defense signed a first contract in 2011, followed by later contracts.

October 29, 2014, 11:38 AM
Insitu ScanEagle 2

Insitu unveiled an improved version of its widely used ScanEagle small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the Euronaval 2014 conference and exhibition in Paris on October 29. The “ScanEagle 2” increases the aircraft’s payload power and payload options and comes with an improved, fully digital video system and a new engine.

October 29, 2014, 11:30 AM

BizJet International, Lufthansa Technik’s U.S. subsidiary, has opened a dedicated maintenance and refurbishment hangar in Tulsa, Okla., large enough for a BBJ 737-800. Brian Barber, v-p of completions, said, “Building up capacities to service VIP and special-mission aircraft, especially for U.S. customers, is crucial for the market demand. With the opening of a new hangar we are able to serve our customers with faster turn times, while retaining the Lufthansa Technik world-class quality.”