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October 18, 2014, 12:01 PM

NBAA’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award honors an individual for lifelong achievement in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. It is not awarded every year, but only when a deserving candidate is identified. This year the “more-than-deserving candidate” for the Doswell award is Bill de Decker, now chairman and majority owner of Conklin and de Decker, an aviation research and consulting firm based in Arlington, Texas.

October 18, 2014, 11:40 AM

Donated auction items for the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Soirée– An Evening with Angels–are starting to flow in. Proceeds from the auction benefit CAN, which arranges flights to treatment centers for cancer patients aboard business aircraft. The Soirée, held annually during the NBAA Convention, will take place at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla.

October 18, 2014, 11:30 AM

Two long-time, now-retired employees of the National Business Aviation Association are receiving the association’s highest honor for its employees this year: the Pillar of the Association Award (formerly known as the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award). The recipients are Bill Stine, perhaps best known by NBAA members involved in aircraft operations, such as pilots, schedulers, dispatchers and aviation department managers, and Kathleen Blouin, well known by legions of exhibitors at the association’s conventions and other events.

October 18, 2014, 11:20 AM

On the heels of changing its name from Aircell in early September, Gogo Business Aviation is positioning itself as a one-stop shop for all business aviation connectivity needs, while showcasing here at the NBAA Convention in Orlando new products announced at last year’s gathering in Las Vegas. The airborne communications provider, established in 1991 to bring voice telephone service to general aviation aircraft, changed its name to take advantage of the brand recognition of its Gogo commercial aviation airborne broadband Internet service, launched in 2009.

October 18, 2014, 10:40 AM
Fuel analysis

Engine condition trend monitoring specialist Jet-Care is making its gas path analysis (GPA) available to operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 turboprop engines. The process detects deterioration and faults in the engine core by analyzing key flight data parameters, including fuel flow, shaft speeds and gas temperatures.

In tandem with the GPA service, Jet-Care also offers an array of laboratory services; analyzing oil, chips, filter debris, fuel and hydraulic fluids. These help to provide a fuller picture of an engine’s condition (see below).

October 18, 2014, 10:30 AM

Blue Sky Network (Booth 3479) of La Jolla, Calif., is showing its entire line of satellite communications technologies here at NBAA 2014, including two new communication products: HawkEye 7200 and Iridium Go!

HawkEye 7200, the company’s new portable satcom with Bluetooth support for sending forms from electronic flight bags (EFBs), is now in production. Post-beta test development incorporated feedback from users, resulting in a device that has received U. S. Forest Service approval for automated flight following.

October 18, 2014, 10:20 AM

Bell Helicopter (Booth 212) is continuing its strong focus on the corporate and VIP markets to drive new sales of its civil helicopters. Since 2010, 40 percent of all single-engine Bell 407s and 45 percent of all 407GX models have been configured for corporate customers. Meanwhile, 55 percent of new Bell 429 light twins are being sold into this market. And Bell has begun thinking about the corporate, VVIP and head-of-state market for its new 525 super-medium twin as well.

October 18, 2014, 10:10 AM

I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I sat waiting in the FBO. Randy Green and I had sealed a deal on my 1954 V-tail Bonanza via email and phone calls last summer, and I was delivering it to him at an airport halfway between our homes.

October 18, 2014, 9:50 AM

No matter how anyone defines what makes a person an aviation legend, no one can deny that Bob Hoover definitely is one. In fact, he has been enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, since 1988, certainly a credible barometer of men and women worthy of the title “aviation legend.”

October 18, 2014, 9:40 AM
Able Flight disabled pilots

In its more than eight years of existence, the nonprofit charity Able Flight has taught dozens of people with disabilities how to fly, but it is support from the business aviation community, along with dozens of other supporters, that gives the organization the ability to award scholarships for flight training and aviation career training, currently more than 50 and counting.