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October 21, 2014, 12:10 PM

Fixed-based operator Lux Air Jet Centers (Booths 4208 and 4600) announced that it recently signed a 25-year lease at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), a move that also paves the way for a new, dedicated general aviation terminal and expanded hangar space at the Arizona airfield.

With the growth of the Phoenix area in general, our customers deserve an executive FBO facility at Goodyear as a gateway to that growth,” said Lux Air managing partner Tim Berger. “Our new lease is the first step in creating that space. We're pleased to invest much-needed FBO development at the airport.”

October 21, 2014, 11:20 AM

If you’re not yet an iPad user, you might as well get used to touchscreen technology because that’s clearly where the industry is headed, and with good reason. Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion Touch upgrade is a case in point. Touchscreens reduce not only pilot workload, but also pilot head-down time, an especially important item in single-pilot operations. Fusion’s synthetic vision also improves situational awareness.

October 21, 2014, 11:04 AM

A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.

October 21, 2014, 11:00 AM

At its booth here at NBAA 2014, Timken is highlighting its parts manufacturer approval (PMA) and bearing repair services. In September the company announced the year-end closure of its turbine engine overhaul and repair business. No more orders for turbine O&R are being accepted, said Larry Shiembob, director of Timken Aerospace Aftermarket operations in Mesa, Ariz. He added that Timken (Booth 3028) expects to clear its overhaul and repair backlog by the end of October.

October 21, 2014, 10:50 AM

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2013 new-airplane shipment statistics show that new airplanes last year required a tad shy of 2,000 propellers. That might be a mere shadow of the 20,762 props for 17,580 aircraft required in the peak production year, 1978, but it’s an improvement on the 1,300 propellers shipped on new airplanes in 1987, the year Jim Brown and his family bought Hartzell (Booth 1817) from TRW.

October 21, 2014, 10:40 AM

Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.

October 21, 2014, 10:30 AM

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s (NBAA static display) M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston.

CAAC’s approval is excellent news for Piper and prospective customers in China,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “There is certainly a large potential market for personal and training aircraft in the world’s most populous country.”

October 21, 2014, 10:20 AM

Scheduling software specialist SchedAero is launching a new charter quoting tool at the NBAA show this week. According to the Avinode subsidiary, SchedAero Quotation allows charter operators to create client quotes and proposals more quickly by avoiding the need to enter data across multiple pages. The system, which is part of the web-based SchedAero aircraft and crew scheduling software, calculates the price in real-time as the itinerary is developed.

October 21, 2014, 10:10 AM

The U.S. business jet charter market is set to continue its recovery in 2015, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode. On the eve of this year’s NBAA show, the company released its Business Jet Charter Market Forecast, which shows an anticipated 3.5-percent increase in charter flights next year, compared with 2014. Over the same time frame, it sees more modest 1.6-percent growth in the European market.

October 21, 2014, 10:00 AM

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 on Sunday evening just ahead of NBAA 2014. This reflects an 8-percent increase in projected billings over the 2013 outlook, thanks to 200 more anticipated aircraft deliveries, “modest” list price increases and the continued strong demand for larger business jets.

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