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September 5, 2014, 1:40 AM

BE Aerospace (BEA) bought Emteq Corporate and its subsidiaries. Emteq provides aircraft interior and exterior lighting, as well as cabin management and power systems.

September 5, 2014, 1:15 AM

Pats Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., completion specialist for widebodies and BBJs and sole provider of auxiliary fuel-tank installations for BBJs, was acquired from Wayzata Investment Partners by Moelis Capital Partners (MCP) of New York City. Pats plans to continue concentrating on BBJ completions, expanding its business by finding more customers overseas and possibly putting more emphasis on its refurbishment business, according to John Martin, who retains his position as Pats president and CEO.

September 4, 2014, 4:47 PM

“We can capture almost 100 aircraft in the business aviation market,” CEO of Superjet International (SJI) Nazario Cauceglia told AIN.

September 4, 2014, 3:35 PM

GE Aviation has revised flight-testing plans for the Passport engine, chosen by Bombardier to power its ultra-long-range Global 7000 and 8000. The engine manufacturer initially planned to begin flight-testing the first development engine on its newly acquired 747-400 flying testbed (FTB) from facilities in Victorville, Calif., in July or August. Now the plan calls for the engine to fly on GE’s 747-100 FTB later this year or early next year.

September 4, 2014, 2:40 PM

The “persistent and recently escalating” Ukraine crisis continued to hamper business aviation flight activity in Europe last month, according to data released today by WingX Advance, a business aviation research and consulting firm based in Hamburg, Germany. There were 61,831 business aircraft departures in Europe last month, down 3 percent (1,974 flights) from a year ago–the largest drop so far in 2014, the company said. Year-to-date, the market is 1 percent below last year’s trend and is 21 percent off the pre-2009 peak in European flight activity.

September 4, 2014, 2:35 PM

Month-over-month, projected demand for charter flights over the next 30 days is set to dip across all aircraft categories, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. However, on both sides of the Atlantic and for all aircraft categories, demand levels were ahead of where they stood a year ago, with higher increases seen in North America.

September 4, 2014, 2:29 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace promoted Leda Chong to senior vice president for Asia-Pacific yesterday, a position where she will be responsible for business development, strategic planning and government relations within the Asia-Pacific region for both Gulfstream and the aerospace business group at parent company General Dynamics. Chong, who is based in Beijing, has also joined Gulfstream’s leadership team and now reports directly to Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.

September 4, 2014, 2:24 PM

China-based Avicopter flew a new version of the AC311 light single, the AC311A, with a Turbomeca engine and Chinese avionics on August 14. The 10-minute maiden sortie took place in Jingdezhen, the home city of partner Changhe Aircraft.

The use of domestic avionics steers Avicopter clear of foreign export restrictions, the company said. AIN understands that the same applies to the engine, as France-based Turbomeca and Avicopter have long-established ties. The Arriel 2B1A powers the helicopter in lieu of the AC311’s Honeywell LTS101-700D-2, a U.S. product.

September 4, 2014, 2:19 PM

The super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 350 received full type certification from the EASA on Tuesday, following similar approvals from Transport Canada and the U.S. FAA in June. “Our Challenger 350 successfully entered into service this past June and made its European debut at the Farnborough airshow in July.

September 4, 2014, 2:14 PM

GAMA welcomed the European Parliament Transport & Tourism Committee’s vote yesterday to oppose “damaging resource cuts” to the EASA that could have affected the agency’s ability to certify new aviation products. “The agency’s ability to deal with new certification and validation requests in a timely manner is vital. This ensures that newer, safer products…reach the market without unnecessary delays,” GAMA said.

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