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October 9, 2014, 2:45 PM

Private membership firm Wheels Up inked a deal with New York City-based lifestyle management firm Four Hundred to offer Wheels Up members a full-service luxury concierge program–8760 Concierge by Four Hundred–which offers access to sought-after restaurants, sports events, concerts and clubs, among others, around the world.

October 9, 2014, 2:40 PM

Rockwell Collins signed on the 1,500th business aircraft for its Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) this week, the company said yesterday. The agreement was coordinated by Germany-based Rheinland Air Service, a Rockwell Collins-authorized dealer. CASP offers corporate aircraft operators maintenance for avionics and cabin entertainment equipment. Rentals, exchanges, component repairs, comprehensive reliability upgrades, equipment removal and refit coverage are also included, Rockwell Collins said.

October 9, 2014, 2:35 PM

Las Vegas and Grand Canyon air-tour operator Maverick Helicopters announced yesterday that it will expand its operations to Maui, Hawaii, with Airbus EC-130s beginning in the spring. “I’m thrilled to see the company expand, and even more excited to become part of the Hawaiian tourism community,” said Maverick CEO Greg Rochna. Maverick operates a fleet of 40 EC130s.

October 9, 2014, 11:20 AM

The U.S. government will begin screening arriving travelers from West Africa for the Ebola virus at five major airports beginning this weekend. New layers of screening will be conducted at New York JFK International Airport on October 11, followed by Washington-Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta international airports, which combined receive 94 percent of travelers from Ebola-affected nations.

October 9, 2014, 10:13 AM

Dassault has redelivered to the French Navy the first of ten 10 Rafale M aircraft , that are being upgraded from F1 to F3 standard. The work included replacement of the fighter’s central mission computer;, new cockpit screens;, wiring and weapons store changes. The Spectra electronic warfare system was also upgraded, and provision to change the RBE2 radar to the latest AESA version was made.

October 9, 2014, 10:12 AM
FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker

The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.

October 9, 2014, 9:45 AM

A NATO Members User Group for the GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being established. According to Frank Pace, president of GA-ASI, it will provide a forum for new European Reaper operators to understand U.S. tactics, techniques and procedures, and to arrange mutually beneficial support solutions. The UK and France already operate Reapers, and the Netherlands will buy four, according to Pace. Germany remains a potential customer, he added, although it might wait for the certifiable Predator B. This version of the Reaper is on schedule to fly in late 2016, Pace added.

October 9, 2014, 9:41 AM

CFM International on October 9 achieved the first flight of its new Leap engine when an example of the new turbofan took off on a modified Boeing 747 flying testbed from GE Aviation’s flight-test operations center in Victorville, Calif. The new series of turbofans is set to power the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 Max and China’s Comac C919 new-generation narrowbodies.

October 8, 2014, 5:05 PM
FAA headquarters

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade, according to an FAA executive involved in planning the agency’s next reauthorization.

October 8, 2014, 2:53 PM

Sagem has revealed more details of its Patroller UAV, as the French army prepares to issue a request for proposal for the Système de Drone Tactique (SDT), for which it is a contender. The program is expected to be worth €200 to €250 million (up to $310 million), for the acquisition of 8-10 systems, with three UAVs per system. The other contenders are likely to be the Thales Watchkeeper, and a version of the Textron Shadow M2 that Airbus Defence & Space will propose.