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October 21, 2014, 8:05 PM

Signature Flight Support continues to expand its North American footprint with yesterday’s signing of a licensing agreement with Toronto-based aviation service provider Skyservice, which will add the Canadian FBO operator’s three locations to the Signature brand. While Skyservice will remain independently owned, as part of the Signature network they will be able to use the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s systems and services as well as marketing support.

October 21, 2014, 8:05 PM

Jet Aviation St. Louis awarded an impressive piece of machinery to an equally impressive individual at NBAA 2014 in Orlando on Tuesday. Former U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Shumaker, who suffered severe wounds when he and other members of his gun crew were struck by a Taliban shell in Afghanistan in May 2010, received his customized John Deere “Gator” all-terrain vehicle in a ceremony at the Jet Aviation exhibit (Booth 1200).

October 21, 2014, 7:50 PM

AviationGlass & Technology (Booth 1675), a first-time NBAA exhibitor, offers a certified mirror and optical lens that may change the face of aircraft interior design.

The two-year-old Netherlands-based manufacturer of optically true mirrors and lenses has been finishing its AS9100 paperwork with the goal of EASA certification of its products this fall. AviationGlass & Technology has installed the products in a Dassault Falcon 900 testbed. Typical applications include interior windows, bulkhead mirrors, lavatory glass (showers, for example) and mirrors, and so forth.

October 21, 2014, 7:50 PM

Flight operations support group Nexus has acquired aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting. Online charter portal Avinode (Booth 2279), which sold the company for an undisclosed sum, will continue to provide technological support for its former subsidiary and is also retaining control of Wyvern’s pilot and aircraft data division. Wyvern operator ratings, Wyvern Wingman and Wyvern Registered audits will continue to be available through the Avinode Marketplace.

October 21, 2014, 7:20 PM

Lufthansa Technik and Airbus Corporate Jets have renewed an agreement under which they cooperate on cabin designs for the Airbus A318 Elite, extending it to 2020. The agreement started in 2005 when the ACJ318 was launched, with Lufthansa Technik contracted to design the cabin in partnership with Airbus and then to install the cabins in customer aircraft.

October 21, 2014, 7:10 PM

Winglet Technology (Booth 4359) has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The Wichita firm is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (excluding labor) here at NBAA.

Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases 205 nm with payloads under 1,200 pounds and by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds.

October 21, 2014, 7:05 PM

NBAA traditionally fills the opening general sessions to the largest trade event in business aviation with distinguished speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas. The opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday was no exception, as NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor.

October 21, 2014, 6:55 PM

FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey handed Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini the FAA type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 yesterday afternoon at the company’s booth here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

October 21, 2014, 6:20 PM

Landmark Aviation (Booth 2246) held the grand opening last month for its new FBO campus atSan DiegoInternationalAirport, where it is the lone services provider. The Houston-based chain broke ground on the $39 million FBO last October. The 12.4-acre complex includes nearly six acres of ramp space and 115,000 sq ft of hangar space capable of sheltering aircraft up to a G650. The 19,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal includes a passenger lounge, viewing deck, fitness center, conference room, pilot lounge with snooze room, a gourmet café and office space.

October 21, 2014, 6:15 PM

With the values of some business aircraft finally settling after several years of uncertainty and depreciation, many sellers are still losing money by holding out for what they think their airplane is still worth.