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July 6, 2014, 12:25 AM

CitationJet training company ProFlight added a tool to its online distance learning system, an annunciator trainer that will help new pilots breeze through the cockpit preflight and save hours of simulator time.

July 6, 2014, 12:15 AM

The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 destined for the new regional division of Russia’s UTair rolled out of its paint hangar at Spektr-Avia in Ulyanovsk, Russia, on May 29. Scheduled for delivery to UTair Express by early this month, the airplane features a special livery developed by UTair Group and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. Featuring bright folk patterns in the traditional Russian style, the paint job took more than 120 gallons of enamel and 3,600 feet of stencil to complete.

July 5, 2014, 4:45 AM

John Bingham, who has been president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer at parent company Piaggio Aero Industries since 2009, left the company on May 30. The company said the move was a planned departure, but was delayed until after it had announced the upgraded Avanti Evo at EBACE in mid-May. Giuliano Felten, Piaggio Aero’s executive senior vice president of civil sales, took over as president and CEO of Piaggio America early last month.

July 5, 2014, 4:45 AM

West Star Aviation’s East Alton location was founded in 1947 and was originally named Walston Aviation. It changed ownership in 1986 and was renamed Premier Air Center. In 2004, the principals of Premier Air Center acquired West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., and operated under the dual name Premier Air Center/West Star Aviation until September 2007, when the company was rebranded West Star Aviation.

July 5, 2014, 4:40 AM

Universal Weather & Aviation has raised its presence in France, as airport-owned FBO Le Castellet Airport becomes a co-branded member of Universal’s FBO network. Under the terms of the deal, Universal will partner with the airport to operate the FBO to provide standards, training and procedures consistent with the company’s other locations.

July 5, 2014, 4:25 AM

In an effort to make its airport more attractive to business jet users, authorities at the Avoyelles Parish Airport Authority in central Louisiana have approved a five-year improvement plan for Marksville Municipal Airport, the cornerstone of which is a $2 million extension to the runway. Currently at 3,800 feet, the runway at the propeller-only airport is unusable by all but the smallest private jets, even if jet fuel were available; the proposed 1,200-foot addition would provide midsize jets a comfortable length for takeoffs and landings.

July 5, 2014, 3:55 AM

Avfuel has added three new branded FBOs to its international portfolio: Rizon Jet, Air Service Basel and Million Air Calgary. Rizon Jet is located at London Biggin Hill Airport. The terminal features lounges and business suites equipped with the latest technology, as well as aircrew facilities and aircraft handling, maintenance and catering. “Rizon Jet’s extremely desirable location combined with an acute attention to detail results in an unparalleled experience for guests,” said Marci Ammerman, vice president of marketing for the Michigan-based fuel provider.

July 5, 2014, 3:40 AM

The Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre made its debut last month as a new service provider at Belfast International Airport.

July 5, 2014, 3:15 AM

Private charter operator Qatar Executive–a subsidiary of Qatar Airways–is set to open a new FBO at Doha’s Hamad International Airport shortly, having already moved its headquarters there. The airport, which opened earlier this year after a series of delays, is scheduled to replace Doha International Airport as the Gulf nation’s primary international gateway. The company plans to strengthen its core Middle East, Far East and African markets next year, according to executive vice president David Edwards.

July 5, 2014, 3:10 AM

Patrick de Castelbajac was named CEO of Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). He was previously head of contract negotiations for Airbus.

James Colleary was named president of Associated Air Center. He was previously COO and replaces Jack Lawless, who left the company.

The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association appointed Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets, and Renaud Cloatre, international sales director for Dassault Aviation, to its board of directors.

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