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September 30, 2014, 3:21 PM

The Mexican government is now allowing general and business aviation pilots to file advanced passenger information system (APIS) manifests directly when arriving in or departing from the country, eliminating the previous requirement to use a third-party flight-planning provider to do so.

September 30, 2014, 3:17 PM

Lufthansa Technik today promoted Walter Heerdt as senior vice president for VIP and executive jet solutions. He succeeds Dr. Hans Schmitz, who is retiring after seven years at the helm of Lufthansa Technik’s VIP division. Heerdt has headed the German company’s marketing and sales department since 2003. He joined Lufthansa in 1979 as a manager in the engine services division before rising through the ranks and eventually being named senior vice president of marketing and sales for the entire Lufthansa Technik Group 11 years ago.

September 30, 2014, 3:15 PM

Bombardier delivered the first EASA-registered Learjet 75 on Friday to the Roullier Group, a company based in France. The handover during a ceremony at Bombardier Learjet follows EASA approval for the Model 70 and 75 on September 12.

September 30, 2014, 3:15 PM

Dassault celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Falcon 900’s maiden flight this month. On Sept. 21, 1984, the Falcon 900 made its first flight in Merignac with Hervé Leprince Ringuet and Jérôme Résal at the controls. The Falcon 900 “enjoyed a thundering success among business aircraft buyers, and its power to attract enhanced the company market share,” the company said. Dassault has delivered 160 Falcon 900s and 900Bs worldwide. The current-production Falcon 900EX traces its lineage to these previous models.

September 30, 2014, 3:10 PM

Granite Aviation opened its FBO at Sandpoint (Idaho) Airport. The company’s new $1.6 million facility features a 3,700-sq-ft private air terminal, 7,000-sq-ft hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, de-icer truck and recently constructed 171,000-sq-ft ramp. The facility offers fueling, maintenance, storage and ground transportation. Other aerospace companies on the field include business jet winglet manufacturer Tamarack Aerospace, Quest Aircraft and Timberline Helicopters.

September 30, 2014, 3:05 PM

Sikorsky celebrated the 10th anniversary this month of the delivery of the first production S-92 medium-twin helicopter to offshore oil/gas operator PHI. Since then, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 of the type. The fleet has accumulated more than 750,000 flight hours, nearly 90 percent of which were logged in offshore oil/gas operations. Sikorsky is now looking forward to fattening the roster of countries that fly head-of-state S-92s: the U.S.’s Marine One Presidential fleet will be based on the 19-seat design.

September 30, 2014, 10:57 AM
Airbus A350-900 test aircraft

Airbus announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification of the A350-900 widebody airliner on September 30. The manufacturer said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification should follow shortly.

September 30, 2014, 9:51 AM
Doctors without Borders, a charity featured in BJT's Giving Back department, aids a suspected Ebola victim.

The audience demographics of Business Jet Traveler—the AIN sister publication that I edit—are eye-popping.

September 30, 2014, 9:29 AM
FAA ATO chief operating officer Teri Bristol

The FAA plans to restore its Chicago air route traffic control center (Artcc) to normal operation by October 13 following a fire that damaged the facility’s communications equipment and led to the disruption and cancellation of thousands of flights. The agency has also tasked its Air Traffic Organization (ATO) and unions to review contingency plans for major facilities in the wake of the September 26 fire, which was allegedly set by a disgruntled contract worker.

September 29, 2014, 12:10 PM

A fire, thought to have been started by an arsonist, early in the morning on September 26 immediately closed the Chicago En Route ATC Center (ZAU) in Aurora, Ill., shutting down air traffic at Chicago O’Hare and Midway International airports, as well as at a half dozen business aviation airports in the area. A Chicago flight services briefer told AIN on September 27 that ZAU will remain closed until September 30.

The Professional Airways Safety Specialists union described the damage to the center’s equipment as “substantial.”

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