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September 9, 2014, 3:35 PM

Embraer officially opened a 75,000-sq-ft Engineering & Technology Center yesterday at its growing campus in Melbourne, Fla. The facility will conduct engineering and development activities for both products and technology across Embraer’s business lines–airliners, executive aviation, defense and aerospace–with the first assignments focused primarily on executive jet interiors. It is the first of its kind for Embraer outside Brazil, where the company is headquartered.

September 9, 2014, 3:20 PM

Cessna received FAA type certification for the Citation CJ3+ on Thursday, some six months after the company introduced the new derivative. The CJ3+ features a Garmin G3000 integrated avionics suite, an automatically controlled cabin pressurization system and an advanced fault and maintenance diagnostic system.

September 9, 2014, 3:15 PM

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s (AAIB) just-released final report on the fatal crash of an AgustaWestland A109E in January last year in central London does not suggest new causes, but investigators recommend preventative measures to avoid such collisions with obstacles in future.

September 9, 2014, 3:10 PM

Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales climbed to $652.1 million in the second quarter, up 2.7 percent from $635 million in the same period a year ago, according to the latest data from the Aircraft Electronics Association. Combined with first-quarter sales of $651.7 million, total worldwide sales of avionics exceeded $1.3 billion in the first half, a gain of 6.8 percent year-over-year.

September 9, 2014, 3:00 PM

The FAA selected four unleaded aviation fuels yesterday for the first phase of testing at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel ready for general aviation use by 2018. Shell and Total, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude later next year.

September 9, 2014, 2:55 PM

Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group signaled its intention to offer stock to the public–an initial public offering (IPO)–yesterday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. No date for the IPO has been set, nor has any valuation been placed on shares to be offered. Milestone was founded by former NetJets CEO and founder Richard Santulli in 2010 with an initial capitalization of $500 million. The company’s current fleet is valued at $2.2 billion and it has more than 145 helicopters on order worth $3.4 billion.

September 9, 2014, 2:55 PM

Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to install the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot into its Kodiak turboprop single. The GFC 700–which provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities–integrates with the Kodiak’s G1000 avionics system. Standard features of the GFC 700 include electronic stability protection, which prevents the airplane from decelerating below established minimum airspeeds and allows for coupled go-arounds. Deliveries of Kodiaks equipped with the Garmin GFC 700 will begin in the fourth quarter.

September 9, 2014, 2:50 PM

To help sustain the talent pipeline and nurture newcomers to the industry, NBAA will debut its young business aviation professionals program during its Soar networking event next month at the 2014 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. “Soar is dedicated to building relationships and a sense of community between emerging leaders across the industry,” said NBAA project manager of operations Brian Koester.

September 9, 2014, 2:45 PM

To improve situational awareness and gather more specific data about helicopter movements and helicopter noise, the FAA is requesting that pilots of civil helicopters operating under VFR at or below 6,000 feet in the Los Angeles Basin squawk transponder code 1205 between September 1 and Feb. 27, 2015. Law enforcement and other first-responder helicopters have been asked to squawk 1206. However, both rotary- and fixed-wing pilots should continue to squawk 1201 when flying in the L.A. Special Flight Rules Corridor.

September 9, 2014, 2:02 PM
Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle

A Pentagon “quality assurance assessment” of Raytheon’s exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV), part of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System, identified 48 “nonconformances” that could affect the reliability of the system, which is designe

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