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October 20, 2014, 8:40 AM

The March 2014 merger that created Textron Aviation brought together three deeply rooted brands, Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, and, at least for now, the group is committed to maintaining the separate identities of these product families. That's not to say the company will not contemplate changes in its line up, with Textron Aviation senior vice president of sales and marketing, Kriya Shortt, acknowledging that it is “evaluating our product line to ensure we’re bringing the best possible products to customers around the world
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October 20, 2014, 8:30 AM

TAG Farnborough Airport is no stranger to NBAA shows, said Brandon O’Reilly, who has now been in the CEO post for more than eight years. And this year he comes with good news from Europe, with a 6-percent improvement in business over the past 10 months, he added, “for the first time since 2008.”

October 20, 2014, 8:20 AM

Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation received an STC for a dual Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS upgrade for Hawker 800s equipped with Honeywell’s SPZ-8000 avionics suite. The STC includes the NZ-2000 6.1 version 03040 operating software, and it can also be applied when upgrading the Hawker 800 to Honeywell’s retrofit Primus CDS/R avionics, which replace the original CRT displays with modern LCDs.

October 20, 2014, 8:10 AM

Italian fabric manufacturer Alcantara is well known in the luxury aerospace, yacht and automobile industries for its cabin coverings, and here at NBAA 2014, OmnAvia Interiors is exhibiting the Milan-based company’s “Discovery” collection of aircraft interior fabrics in the U.S. for the first time.

October 20, 2014, 8:00 AM

For pilots needing to obtain an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, Sporty’s (Booth 1357) has developed an FAA-approved ATP certification training program (ATP-CTP). Sporty’s partnered with ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio, for the simulator portion of the training.

October 20, 2014, 7:50 AM

Aviation tax firm Wolcott & Associates, debuting as an exhibitor at the NBAA Convention, is showcasing its proprietary web-based Flight Tax Systems (FTS) software here in Orlando. FTS helps users identify, protect and preserve tax deductions for their aircraft, and this year a new data import function has been added to the software.

October 20, 2014, 7:40 AM

Associated Air Center (AAC) delivered its first green Airbus A330-200 VVIP widebody completion last month. The project for a prominent, undisclosed customer included a fully customized cabin with full front and rear galleys and a stand-up shower. The equipment installed at the company’s Dallas facility included a high-speed connectivity satcom, high-definition in-flight entertainment, sound insulation throughout the cabin and a complete zonal drier and humidification system.

October 20, 2014, 7:30 AM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a report that examined the effect that rising fuel prices have had on civil aviation in the U.S. The government’s interest lies in the excise taxes imposed on the sale of aviation fuel and their contribution to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was created in 1970 as a dedicated source of funding for the nation’s aviation system including the FAA’s capital improvement programs and a sizable portion of the agency’s operating budget.

October 20, 2014, 7:20 AM

CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is back at NBAA with another Harley raffle, this year a 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883N motorcycle. “This has become a CRS and NBAA tradition and we are proud to be able to hold our special drawing again this year,” said Armando Leighton, CRS CEO.

October 20, 2014, 7:10 AM

Everyone seems to talk about aviation safety and the perpetual need to improve it, and there are a few valuable websites that anyone with a similar interest will find useful. Of course this is the Internet, so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of everything you may find at any of these sites, only that I think they’re worth digging into. If you know of others we should include in this list, write me at rmark@ainonline.com

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