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October 23, 2014, 2:20 PM

Aviation journalist Paul Lowe, AIN’s Washington, D.C.-based editor for more than two decades, is this year’s recipient of NBAA’s David Ewald Platinum Wing Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and excellence in journalism. Wilson Leach, AIN co-founder and managing director, accepted the award on behalf of Lowe, who unfortunately was unable to attend the NBAA 2014 media breakfast on Tuesday.

October 23, 2014, 2:15 PM

Trip support and ground handling group Jetex Flight Support announced a preliminary agreement with Brazilian real estate company JHSF to establish an operations center at the São Paulo-area Catarina Executive Airport. Brazil’s first dedicated business aviation airport is set to open in 2016 and is expected to house several FBOs and aircraft maintenance facilities. Jetex’s expansion into Brazil is the next stage of a strategy to expand its presence in the Americas following the recent opening of a new operations center in Miami.

October 23, 2014, 2:10 PM

Cessna’s recently certified Citation X+ set a number of recognized city-pair speed records as part of a two-day campaign, including a flight time of 4 hours 52 minutes from Seattle (Wash.) King County International Airport to Opa Locka (Fla.) Executive Airport near Miami. The Citation X+ departed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport for Seattle, before dashing the 2,364 nm to Miami, returning to Seattle and then back to Wichita. The westbound coast-to-coast flight took 5 hours 13 minutes and reached FL470.

October 23, 2014, 2:05 PM

Jet Aviation signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) that will see its FBO at Lynden Pinding International Airport in the Bahamas rebranded as Jet Aviation Bahamas starting next year. The current EFS facility includes 305,000 sq ft of ramp space and a 10,000-sq-ft terminal that houses 24-hour customs and immigration, concierge service, customer offices, pilot lounge and flight planning room, executive lounges, conference room, onsite car rental and 20,000 sq ft of hangar space.

October 23, 2014, 2:00 PM

True Blue Power recently received TSO approval from the FAA and ETSO approval from the EASA for its TB44 main-ship lithium-ion battery. Its Li-ion products use nanophosphate technology that was initially developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and introduced commercially by A123 Systems. OEMs are now integrating the TB17 (17 amp-hour) and TB44 (44 amp-hour) batteries into 11 business jets and helicopters. The batteries will also be offered as an STC retrofit for in-service King Airs, Caravans and PC-12s.

October 23, 2014, 1:36 PM

The crash of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 MKI on October 14 has led to the temporary grounding of the entire fleet of some 200 jets. The IAF’s safety record is again under scrutiny, with concerns about training and maintenance being voiced unofficially. The aircraft crashed approximately 20 km from Pune airbase, near Mumbai, after both K-36DM zero-zero ejection seats inadvertently fired. The pilots survived the ejections.

October 23, 2014, 12:51 PM

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will begin using Schiebel Camcopter UAVs to monitor the uneasy truce in Ukraine between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, starting on October 24. The aircraft, based near Mariupol, are being supplied and operated under contract by the Austrian manufacturer. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has been present in Ukraine with a multinational team of observers throughout the conflict.

October 23, 2014, 12:45 PM

Rock Seven has entered into an agreement with global flight-tracking and data-provision specialist FlightAware (Booth 4845) of Houston to offer an enhanced flight-tracking service for its customers who use the RockStar and RockFleet units. Information from these systems will be integrated into FlightAware’s system, and Rock Seven users will have access to FlightAware’s live Web-based flight-tracking and the data available on that system.

October 23, 2014, 12:35 PM

The impressive line-up of aircraft at the NBAA BACE 2014 static display, hosted by Showalter Flying Service, drew large numbers of show attendees from the Convention Center to Orlando Executive Airport. The almost 100 new and preowned jets and twin turboprops comprised several aircraft making their first NBAA or public appearances, including Embraer’s Legacy 450 and Cessna’s Citation Latitude (both making their public debuts) and the Gulfstream G650ER and Citation Sovereign+.

October 23, 2014, 12:15 PM

Representatives of China’s Ordos Airport Industrial Zone (OAIZ) in Inner Mongolia and China Aviation Investment Group (CAG, Booth 4666) announced the establishment of the Ordos World Aviation Expo Industrial Zone, created to stimulate development of an indigenous aircraft manufacturing and services industry as well as high-end tourism.