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October 7, 2014, 5:15 AM

AgustaWestland is preparing to make a big splash in the executive helicopter market when deliveries of its new AW169 medium twin begin next year. The company already claims a 65-percent world market share in recent years for twins with VIP and executive interiors and it is counting on the new helicopter to add to it.

October 7, 2014, 5:15 AM

International Corporate and Cargo Services (ICCS), an FBO based in Mexico City, opened its latest location at Mariano Matamoros International Airport in Cuernavaca, in the south central part of the country. The FBO is open during airport hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), with after-hours callout available, and offers a 12,260-sq-ft terminal, the largest among the ICCS facilities, with a passenger lounge, a pilot lounge, flight-planning room, ground transportation, hotel reservation service and catering. A pilot sleep room is under construction.

October 7, 2014, 4:35 AM

The three locations of Sacramento Jet Center (SACjet) are the most recent additions to the UVair FBO Network, a joint venture between Universal Aviation & Weather and fuel supplier Epic Aviation. Late last year, SACjet took over operation of the sole FBO at county-owned Mather Field, with its 11,300-foot main runway. The facility was previously operated by Atlantic Aviation, dating back to its 2006 merger with Trajen Flight Support.

October 7, 2014, 4:35 AM

Miami, Fla.-based World Fuel Services has added the Orion Jet Center at nearby Opa-Locka Executive Airport to its preferred network of FBOs. The Ascent-branded facility offers business aviation clientele fuel, hangar storage, pilot lounge, flight-planning facilities, on-site U.S. Customs, rental cars, 24-hour gourmet catering and preferred hotel arrangements. Opa-Locka is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Miami, South Beach, Bal Harbor and Fort Lauderdale.

October 7, 2014, 4:35 AM

Despite an estimated $535 million overage in aviation insurance claims this year stemming from a recent spate of foreign airline losses–including two fatal crashes involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s and a rebel attack at Libya’s Tripoli International Airport that damaged 20 airplanes–Corporate Aviation Insurance Group president Matt Drummelsmith doesn’t expect any effect on insurance premiums for U.S.-based aircraft operators.

October 7, 2014, 4:15 AM

Operators that need to meet upcoming ADS-B OUT mandates have an option for a precision GPS source, the Esterline CMC Electronics IntegriFlight CMA-5024 Landing System Sensor. The CMA-5024 not only meets the ADS-B OUT GPS sensor requirements but also offers the optional CMA-5025 control panel so the unit can act as a completely independent precision approach system. The CMA-5024 offers RNP 0.1 performance and built-in LPV approach capability to CAT I standards, “with growth to GBAS CAT I/II/III, according to CMC. The unit also meets all TSO C-145c Beta-3 and TSO C-146c Delta-4 requirements.

October 7, 2014, 3:55 AM

The Pitkin County (Colo.) attorney’s office has accepted Landmark Aviation’s submission of an application to open a second FBO at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, thus triggering the mandatory issuance of a request for proposals (RFP). In 2012, the county-approved master plan examined the possibility of another service provider at the airport, which is currently served by Atlantic Aviation.

October 7, 2014, 3:50 AM

The FAA has issued Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) an amendment to the Part 25 approved model list (AML) STC for its flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB installation, adding the Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300 and Q400 to the STC. The AML STC is available for both U.S. and Canadian operators of the types covered by the STC. ASIG’s eXtreme Flight Bag (XFB) system adds more rugged components to the mounting system for iPads in cockpits.

October 7, 2014, 3:40 AM

Lee Lauderback conducts upset training in a comprehensive program designed specifically for jet pilots. Best known for his warbird training and support company, Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Fla., Lauderback decided a few years ago that crews of corporate jets with glass panels ought to train in something similar to what they fly for a living. As a veteran corporate jet pilot himself (former chief pilot for Arnold Palmer), Lauderback established his unusual-attitude training program branded as UAT. The logo even has a stylized “A” printed upside down.

October 7, 2014, 3:35 AM

Ruag Aviation signed a dealership agreement with Jetcraft to market the HUD Vision Access for the Challenger 604 and 605. Under the agreement, Ruag will sell and install the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), which includes an Elbit AT-HUD head-up display and infrared sensor. The HUD Vision Access also allows pilots to descend below decision height at many airports (generally 100 feet lower for ILS and LPV GPS approaches with vertical guidance) thanks to FAA landing credits for an approved EFVS, which displays the infrared EVS image on the HUD.

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