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August 5, 2014, 3:36 PM

In this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, Embraer and Gulfstream tied for first place in business jet support.The results were released on Friday. Both companies’ support scores dropped to an overall average of 8.1 (out of 10), down from 8.2 for Embraer and 8.3 for Gulfstream in last year’s survey. This is the first time in many years that Gulfstream hasn’t owned the top spot by itself.

August 5, 2014, 3:25 PM

To great fanfare, Pilatus rolled out its new PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet on Friday at its home airfield of Buochs, near the town of Stans in central Switzerland. The prototype of the twin-engine business/utility jet was pulled across the runway by 24 horses before coming to rest on a giant Swiss flag painted on the apron, in front of a grandstand with 1,000 VIPs and another 24,000 people.

August 5, 2014, 3:18 PM

Two U.S. humanitarian aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Africa were flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta aboard a specially equipped aeromedical Gulfstream GIII operated by Cartersville, Ga.-based Phoenix Air. Dr. Kent Brantly was transported to the U.S. on Saturday, August 2, and Nancy Writebol was flown back today, arriving early this afternoon at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. Both worked for aid group Samaritan’s Purse.

August 5, 2014, 3:13 PM

Myanmar received its first FBO this week when Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center (MMBAC) opened at Yangon International Airport. The new venture is a partnership between Bangkok-based business jet and FBO operator MJets and the WahWah Group, which provides aircraft handling and aircraft parts distribution in Myanmar, with support from Myanma Airways, the country’s national airline.

August 5, 2014, 3:12 PM

Nextant Aerospace’s G90XT King Air C90A remanufacturing program is steps closer to reaching expected certification later this year, with installation of new GE H75 engines under way and unveiling of the turboprop’s new instrument panel last week at EAA AirVenture 2014.

August 5, 2014, 3:08 PM

Embraer plans to begin assembling its new midsize Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at its Melbourne, Fla., campus by 2016. The company will break ground soon on a major new plant expansion at its Melbourne facility and expects to add 600 more jobs when it is fully up and running. Embraer already assembles Phenom 100s and 300s at the Florida facility. Meanwhile, Embraer Executive Jets senior vice president Jose Eduardo Costas added that certification of the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 is “imminent.”

August 5, 2014, 3:05 PM

Hartzell Propeller will supply new lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third-generation Avanti twin turboprop–the Avanti EVO. For the EVO, Hartzell worked with Piaggio to develop highly swept, wide-chord aluminum alloy propellers that, when combined with changes to the nacelle and engine exhaust geometry, reduce external noise by five dBA, a 68-percent improvement. Cabin noise is also lowered by 20 percent, or one dBA, thanks in large part to Hartzell’s five-blade scimitar design.

August 5, 2014, 3:00 PM

Landmark Aviation completed the acquisition of Ross Aviation’s network of 18 U.S. FBOs on Friday. The former Ross Aviation facilities, which are now operating under the Landmark banner, are located in major cities and resort destinations within the U.S., including Denver; Santa Fe, N.M.; Miami; and six locations in Hawaii. The acquisition increased the size of Landmark’s network from 57 to 75 locations globally.

August 5, 2014, 2:45 PM

Aircraft charter and management firm ExecuJet Charter Service, which is based at Tampa (Fla.) International Airport, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this month. Since its founding in 1994, the company has flown more than 16 million incident- and accident-free miles worldwide on its fleet that currently includes a Dassault Falcon 900B, three Hawker 800XPs, an IAI Westwind and a Blackhawk conversion Beechcraft King Air B200. The company said it has supported, and continues to support, several charities since its inception, including St.

August 5, 2014, 2:40 PM

Air BP recently conducted its first off-airport-site aircraft refueling operation in the Middle East. In June, an Air BP operations team refueled HeliDubai’s Agusta 109e at the HeliDubai Festival City helipad, which was opened in September. Following the successful fueling, complete control of the fueling operations was handed over to HeliDubai’s operational team as the helicopter operator became the first Air BP customer in the Middle East to sign up for the fuel supplier’s Omega (operations manual for external general aviation) support and training program.

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