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October 21, 2014, 6:00 PM

Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014. Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds. FAA certification is pending. The company’s elliptical winglets for the Citation X were approved by the FAA in 2009.

October 21, 2014, 5:45 PM

Representatives from Japan’s Nagoya Airport are here at NBAA (Booth 1290) to promote its convenient location within the country and its utility for business aviation travelers. The Aichi-Nagoya region is one of the country’s three largest metropolitan areas, and as the first airport in Japan with a full-fledged business aviation terminal, Nagoya remains one of the few airports in the country to be considered business aviation specific, with the larger Central Japan International Airport built nearby to handle most of the commercial traffic.

October 21, 2014, 5:40 PM

SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications.

October 21, 2014, 5:35 PM

Giving back is one key principle that NBAA and so many NBAA members and member companies live by. Because of this, Corporate Angel Network (CAN) executive director Dick Koenig is a happy man this week. Yesterday at the Phillips 66 exhibit (Booth 4200), Koenig had the opportunity to both give and receive.

October 21, 2014, 5:25 PM

Aviation industry credit card transaction processor U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation has partnered with aviation software developer Vessix to launch a new cloud-based business solution system for FBO operators. The two companies (co-exhibiting at Booth 1624) have unveiled the subscription-based Vessix platform, which has been under development for the past two-and-a-half years and can provide secure transactions with customer credit and fuel cards.

October 21, 2014, 5:10 PM

Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.

October 21, 2014, 5:00 PM

Deer Jet, Asia’s largest business jet operator, is gradually transforming from a regional operator to a global one as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The Beijing-based company now has a fleet of 85 aircraft, based not only in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also in the U.S., Dubai and Moscow.

October 21, 2014, 4:27 PM
Air France Airbus A380

Nav Canada, UK NATS and Air France said they have demonstrated that aircraft can safely change their flight profiles to more efficiently cross North Atlantic airspace. The so-called Engage II project will lead to “significant changes” in oceanic procedures, Nav Canada said October 17.

October 21, 2014, 3:35 PM

FlightSafety International (Booth 473) expects its Embraer Legacy 500 simulator will receive FAA and EASA approval by the end of this month. The New York-based Berkshire Hathaway unit is also offering new programs for Gulfstream GIV, GV and G550 aircraft, providing satcom system training for pilots, crew and maintenance technicians and expanding its online training reservations system.

October 21, 2014, 3:25 PM

Yesterday at NBAA Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer (Booth 3240) said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.

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