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October 20, 2014, 7:10 PM

Ten years on from NBAA’s 2004 show when Aerion first shared its dream of building a supersonic business jet, the company believes it is at last poised to turn this into reality with its new partner Airbus.

October 20, 2014, 7:05 PM

Rockford Area Aerospace Network (Booth 4835) has come to the NBAA show seeking to attract more business aviation companies to join the growing aerospace cluster being formed around the northern Illinois city. Already some 250 aviation and aerospace firms have facilities in the Rockford region, which is about 60 miles northwest of Chicago and close to the southern Wisconsin border. These include companies such as UTC Aerospace, GE Aviation, Esterline, AAR and B/E Aerospace.

October 20, 2014, 7:00 PM

Steve Taylor, president of Seattle-based Boeing Business Jets (Booth 1598 and static display), had a lot of solid news about sales and deliveries for NBAA attendees. “We've seen double-digit sales [10] this year for the first time since 2008,” he said during a press conference Monday at the NBAA show.

The sales included four BBJ 737s, three 777-300ERs, one BBJ 787 and two BBJ Max 8s. The company has brought a customer’s 2008-vintage BBJ to the static display at Orlando Executive Airport. “Our customer has a new aircraft on order, and this one is for sale,” he said.

October 20, 2014, 7:00 PM

Dassault, in May, opened a new showroom at Le Bourget airport, where the customer is now offered 5,400 sq ft not only to see Falcon cabin interior amenities in virtual reality but also to touch and feel veneer, carpets, tableware, seats, displays, sound systems and so forth. The company sees it as a major complement to the Falcon 5X cabin mockup and the three demonstration aircraft–one Falcon 7X, one Falcon 900LX and one Falcon 2000S–housed in a neighboring hangar.

October 20, 2014, 6:55 PM

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU, Booth 1478) of Boise, Idaho unveiled its new microgimbal camera at the NBAA show in Orlando. The Owls, for observation wide-area, low-altitude sensor, is designed for surveillance, reconnaissance and target detection from lightweight UAVs and it can also be fitted to manned aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 6:50 PM

Wheels Up, the membership fleet access program founded in August 2013, now has 750 members and is on track to have 1,000 to 1,200 members and 37 aircraft by year end, CEO Kenny Dichter announced at NBAA 2014.

October 20, 2014, 6:45 PM

For aircraft owners and operators looking to save money on airborne telecom costs, BizjetMobile offers a way to text and email over the Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom networks for at little as $899 a month. The key to BizjetMobile’s pecuniary pricing plan is its portable devices, which require no supplemental type certificate for installation (although some require installation of an external antenna). The email feature–called GetMail–is a new development, and BizjetMobile is demonstrating this and all of its products at its NBAA exhibit (Booth 1462).

October 20, 2014, 6:40 PM

Nextant Aerospace is expecting to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin’s G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at the EAA AirVenture show this summer and has recorded keen interest in the Americas.

October 20, 2014, 6:40 PM

In a deal that could be a preview for the red-hot helicopter leasing market, GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas, Booth 2631) announced October 13 that it plans to acquire helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation Group for $1.775 billion. The deal is expected to close next year.

Gecas, the U.S. and Irish commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of GE Capital, has a fleet of approximately 1,600 owned and serviced aircraft with more than 230 airlines. Gecas also provides spare engine leasing, aviation consulting services and spare parts financing and management.

October 20, 2014, 6:30 PM

Advent Aerospace from Rye, N.H., is working on the preparation of two supplemental type certificates (STCs) that will see its patented anti-skid brake system (ABS) become available for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. The ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500.

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