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October 20, 2014, 8:10 PM

The AIN team is in Orlando covering all the news from this week's 2014 NBAA show in Orlando, Florida. Monday's press day was packed with news conferences as exhibitors competed for media attention on the eve of the show.

October 20, 2014, 8:00 PM

Honda Aircraft (Booth 5062) is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company announced yesterday at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co. and, as of today, started accepting loan applications from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. The first production HondaJet is on display at the Orlando Executive Airport NBAA static display.

October 20, 2014, 7:50 PM

Engine condition trend-monitoring specialist Jet-Care has introduced a new version of its webECHO online portal to give aircraft operators easier real-time access to test results and trend reports. The new system is designed to be used on both desktop computers and mobile devices. The improved site brings together analysis and results covering the company’s gas path analysis (GPA) engine trend monitoring, as well as its laboratory testing of oil, hydraulic fluid, fuel, debris and filters.

October 20, 2014, 7:40 PM

Business aviation data provider Amstat (Booth 2968) has noted increasing sales activity in the industry of late. According to the Tinton Falls, N.J.-based company, a greater percentage of the active fleet of business jets (7.8 percent) sold in the first nine months of 2014 than in the same period in any year over the last decade.

October 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Even as Embraer Executive Jets celebrated a record commercial and business aircraft order backlog and continued strong delivery numbers through the third quarter of this year, president and CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini also lamented what he sees as lagging growth in sales figures across the segment.

October 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.

October 20, 2014, 7:20 PM

For the Falcon 5X, Dassault has taken a fresh look at manufacturing, especially for the wings. The PLM v6 version of the Dassault Systèmes Catia design tool has allowed further progress.

October 20, 2014, 7:20 PM

BendixKing is showcasing its AeroVue integrated flight deck retrofit for King Air turboprops and its AeroWave satcom system for piston aircraft, turboprops and light jets, here at NBAA 2014.

AeroVue, a lower-cost derivative of parent company Honeywell’s Primus Apex system, is a complete glass-panel retrofit built around three 12-inch LCD screens. It includes a flight management system, autopilot, synthetic vision and Honeywell’s INAV functionality with electronic chart displays, as well as Internet connectivity via AeroWave 100.

October 20, 2014, 7:15 PM

In December the Comlux group is set to begin the expansion of the completions hangar at the Indianapolis, Ind. headquarters of its Comlux America division. The investment, announced at last year’s NBAA show, represents a leap of faith on the part of a company that believes rising demand for VIP completions of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft will offset the relatively sluggish narrowbody sector.

October 20, 2014, 7:10 PM

Dassault is preparing to fly two new Falcons–the Falcon 5X twinjet and the Falcon 8X trijet, both large-cabin business aircraft–in the first half of 2015. Five test aircraft are thus expected to grace Dassault’s Istres, France ramp by the end of next year. The 5,200-nm Falcon 5X was announced at the 2013 NBAA show and the 6,450-nm Falcon 8X a few months later at EBACE 2014.

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