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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.”

October 29, 2014, 11:20 AM

Honeywell Aerospace has teamed with Deer Jet, the largest business aviation operator in Asia-Pacific, to offer in-country access, at an unspecified location, to maintenance service for Honeywell auxiliary power units. The partnership marks the first line maintenance service center in mainland China for Honeywell since the company entered the business and general aviation market in the country.

October 29, 2014, 11:15 AM

A new accessory shop is planned for West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location. It is set to open in the fourth quarter. Once operational, the new shop will focus on providing extensive services for aircraft wheels and add battery capabilities before year-end. ALN plans to expand its offerings to include brake services.

October 29, 2014, 11:10 AM

Aircraft technicians seeking to build upon their expertise and broaden their options might want to consider training in aircraft valuation, the practice of performing market or liquidation value appraisals for sales, acquisition, ad valorem taxes, collateralization, insurance or residual forecasting.

October 29, 2014, 11:05 AM

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, awarded a contract to Propulsion International to provide its Honeywell-backed Group Maintenance Plan (GMP) for the division’s two TPE331-10T-powered Twin Commanders.

October 29, 2014, 11:00 AM

Jet Aviation St. Louis has replaced a Rockwell Collins cabin electronics system (CES) with its Venue system in a Global XRS. The Rockwell Collins Venue is a high-definition cabin management system that upgrades and replaces the CES with the features and functionality of the most advanced home entertainment systems and executive suites. Blake Hogge, Jet Aviation St. Louis senior manager for avionics sales, said the facility is performing the same replacement in a Challenger 605 and another Global.