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October 20, 2014, 6:25 PM

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Sporty’s Pilot Shop (Booth 1357) is highlighting at NBAA 2014 its Sporty’s Easy Approval program for iPad use for Part 91F and Part 135 operators. The program is a simple solution for FAA approvals of iPads as an electronic flight bag (EFB) and paper chart replacement using the ForeFlight Mobile app.

October 20, 2014, 6:20 PM

In addition to an already attention-grabbing design, the Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Split Scimitar winglet displayed on the exhibit floor at the NBAA Convention also sports a custom paint scheme that pays tribute to the U.S. military.

People often tell me our winglets are works of art, so what better way to showcase this art than applying a one-of-a-kind livery to honor America’s servicemen and women, veterans and fallen heroes,” said API founder and CEO Joe Clark. API (Booth 3899) is based in Seattle, Wash.

October 20, 2014, 6:15 PM
Ikhana Twin Otter

Ikhana Aircraft Services, a specialist in extending the life of the popular DHC-6 Twin Otter based at French Valley Airport in Murietta, Calif., has been remanufacturing aircraft long before the term became popular in aviation circles. Ikhana–the name stems from the Choctaw word for knowledge and intelligence–was created from the merger of engine specialist Total Aircraft Services and R.W. Martin, the originator of the Twin Otter VistaLiner conversion that opened up spectacular aerial tour opportunities by upgrading fuselages with huge passenger viewing windows.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Rosen Sunvisor Systems is showcasing its next-generation, five-axis Arc sunvisor system this week at NBAA 2014. The newly designed Arc sunvisor provides stable glare reduction in multiple directions and features flexible mounting configurations suitable on both airplanes and helicopters. The Arc can be placed to cover the side, front and overhead windows using monorail and static mounts, according to Rosen. It also features secure stowage and increased comfort during flight operations.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Neil Bracken, the former director of the General Mills flight department, joined Fargo Jet Center as vice president of flight operations and interim general manager for the company’s recently acquired Premier Jet Center in Eden Prairie, Minn. Meanwhile, Mike Clancy was promoted from director of maintenance to vice president of technical services for both locations, as well as the company’s associated Weather Modifications business where Bruce Boe was promoted to vice president of meteorology.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., is working on two STCs for an anti-skid brake system (ABS) for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. Its ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500. Advent developed the system primarily to bring anti-skid technology to the under-20,000-pound-mtow sector, both for new projects and for existing aircraft. The system is intended for aircraft without powered brakes, although Advent is also developing a brake-by-wire system for power-braked aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Up to 9,450 new business jets worth $280 billion are forecast to be delivered over the next 10 years, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook, released yesterday. This reflects an 8-percent increase in projected billings over the 2013 outlook, thanks to slightly higher aircraft deliveries “modest” list price increases and continued strong demand for larger business jets. While annual billings are expected to surpass peak 2008 levels in 2017 and beyond, unit deliveries are not projected to reach the 2008 peak any time during the 10-year forecast.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Honda Aircraft is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company said today at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co., which will start accepting loan applications tomorrow from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. And a training center opened in Greensboro, where the first level-D HondaJet simulator will be installed in the first quarter.

October 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA 2014 static display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.

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