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September 4, 2014, 3:15 AM

South Florida’s Gulf Coast has long been known as a destination for snowbirds, those Northerners who flee winter’s wrath for the balmy climate of places like Fort Myers. At the city’s Page Field, the airport-owned FBO, known officially as Base Operations at Page Field, is the lone services provider. Built and operated by the Lee County Port Authority, the FBO sees seasonal swings in traffic, with the tempo picking up before Thanksgiving and lasting through Easter.

September 4, 2014, 2:25 AM

Tax laws that affect business aircraft owners are constantly changing, and a new law this year makes the process of complying with these tax laws even more complex. Dean Sonderegger, director of product management at Bloomberg BNA Software, explained the new law and how his company’s software helps owners keep track of tax implications to ensure that they meet the legal requirements and don’t pay more tax than is necessary.

September 4, 2014, 12:35 AM

Preliminary Report: Hard Landing Damages AStar

September 4, 2014, 12:25 AM

The Thales Training Academy in Albertville, France, has received EASA qualification to operate a flight simulation training device, anointing it as the first European facility to operate a full flight simulator (FFS) for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. The Reality H simulator holds a dual qualification: FFS level B and flight training device level 3. Located in the Alps next to SAF’s EC135 FFS, the training center caters to aerial work operators.

September 3, 2014, 9:11 PM
U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the aerial refueling system of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early-warning aircraft, the company announced on September 3.

September 3, 2014, 5:43 PM

Privately held Avcom and state-owned Russian Technologies (Rostec) have teamed up on a new FBO project in Moscow area.

September 3, 2014, 4:20 PM

Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.

September 3, 2014, 4:15 PM

Sabreliner Aviation president Greg Fedele said the company plans to exploit experience gained in servicing military aircraft to expand its services into the civilian MRO arena. The company has provided maintenance on C-12s and C-21s, military versions of the Beechcraft King Air 200 and Learjet 35, respectively.

September 3, 2014, 4:10 PM

Rockwell Collins do Brazil announced plans late last week to double the size of its 9,500-sq-ft service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to 19,000 sq ft. The company expects to start construction by year-end.

“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said managing director Nelson Aquino.

September 3, 2014, 4:05 PM

The Jet Support division of St. Louis-based aircraft parts and services provider Avmats has established a composite shop under the direction of vice president Bill Kener to support the company’s new emphasis on one-off parts manufacture and repair.

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