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October 16, 2014, 3:20 PM

Business aviation is on its way to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to join colleagues, vendors, manufacturers and friends at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Pre-show events begin this weekend and the exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the opening-day general session at 8:30 a.m. in the south hall.

October 16, 2014, 3:09 PM

Garmin announced “strategic partnerships” with some of its authorized dealers today to provide a standalone ADS-B solution for several business jet models. According to Garmin, the “minimally intrusive solution” satisfies global ADS-B Out requirements by using existing equipment to alleviate the need for flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.

October 16, 2014, 3:03 PM

Dassault Aviation’s revenues during the first nine months fell 14 percent year-over-year, to €2.229 billion, the result of slightly fewer shipments of Falcons, the French aircraft manufacturer announced today. In the first three quarters, the company delivered 38 Falcons versus 41 in the same period last year.

Though deliveries were down, sales of Falcons during the nine-month period soared by about €1 billion, to €2.910 billion, from a year ago. Dassault sold 67 Falcons from January 1 through September 30, a 63-percent gain on the 41 Falcons sold in the same period last year.

October 16, 2014, 2:57 PM

TAM Aviação Executivo recently received approval from Brazil’s Ceará state government to operate at Aracatí Airport, where it aims to open by year-end a 150,000-sq-ft business aviation maintenance facility that can simultaneously service up to 30 aircraft. Once Brazil’s civil aviation agency, ANAC, approves the new facility in the country’s northeast region, TAM AE plans to start servicing the Cessna Citation and Caravan and then quickly expand to the whole Textron Aviation portfolio.

October 16, 2014, 2:50 PM

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced plans today to retire from the agency at the end of this year. He has led the TSA over the past 4.5 years using a “risk based” security philosophy that has shielded U.S. general aviation airports from onerous security rules. In a statement, NATA president and CEO Thomas Hendricks said, “NATA deeply appreciates Administrator Pistole’s service to the country and applauds his devotion to the safety and security of our transportation systems.

October 16, 2014, 2:45 PM

By the end of the third quarter, Embraer’s firm order backlog had risen to $22.1 billion, the highest in the company’s history and up from $18.1 billion at the end of June. During the third quarter, the company delivered 19 regional jets and 15 business jets (all Phenoms). Over the first nine months, Embraer delivered 62 regional jets and 64 business jets (54 Phenoms and 10 “large jets”).

October 16, 2014, 2:40 PM

Rockwell Collins is now offering Fans 1/A capability for Bombardier Challenger 604s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade builds on the twinjet’s current flight management system and control display units, while incorporating a new communications management unit. Fans 1/A capability adds to a growing list of Challenger 604 avionics updates that prepare operators for airspace modernization worldwide. The Fans 1/A upgrade for Challenger 604s will be available from Rockwell Collins in the second half of next year, the company said.

October 16, 2014, 2:35 PM

Dubai-based flight services company Hadid announced today that it is opening branches in the U.S., India, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil and South Africa. Hadid also recently added an office in Ethiopia. “The market dynamics and economic potential of these countries, as well as growing interest in our services in the mentioned regions, are the main factors behind the decisions,” the company said. This brings Hadid’s footprint to 19 offices worldwide.

October 16, 2014, 2:30 PM

Honeywell Aerospace released two new mobile applications–Pilot Gateway and My-Maintainer–that it says enhance efficiency for pilots, maintainers and operators. The new Pilot Gateway website and mobile app provide access to Honeywell pilot training materials, manuals, videos and other resources. The new My-Maintainer app allows maintenance personnel to access information wirelessly at the gate and perform fault analysis from data stored on the aircraft through Honeywell’s Data LAN Management Unit Wireless (DLMU-w) system.

October 16, 2014, 11:38 AM

The U.S. Army’s plan to acquire up to 110 Airbus UH-72A Lakotas, the military variant of the EC145, as primary helicopter trainers has met with a legal challenge from AgustaWestland (AW). AW alleges, “The army has acted unlawfully and unreasonably by restricting competition to only EC145 helicopters and by not opening the competition for its requirements to other helicopter manufacturers.”

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