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October 28, 2014, 2:20 PM

To combat the spread of Ebola, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has mandated that all flights to the U.S. carrying people who have recently traveled to, from or through the disease-stricken West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone must first land at one of five designated entry points, which are now implementing enhanced screening protocols. The five major airports are New York John F.

October 28, 2014, 2:15 PM

Completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, announced a joint-venture agreement with China-based Sparkle Roll Technik (SRT) that focuses on business jet cabin modifications and maintenance. The first project, scheduled to begin this week, will see eight China B-registered Bombardier CRJ200s (procured by SRT) converted from commuter to executive interiors mirroring the Challenger 850. The first conversions will be performed at Flying Colours’ Peterborough facility and are expected to take eight months each.

October 28, 2014, 2:10 PM

Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XPR winglet has completed testing and is now certified. Thus, the company’s Hawker winglets are now available for installation on Beechjet 400A/400XPs at Textron Aviation service centers. The lightweight winglets come with a two-year warranty and LED position lights with 5,000-hour average lifetime. By increasing wing surface area, the winglets improve low-speed handling and stability at higher flight levels. They also augment the light jet’s range by 3 to 4 percent, according to preliminary performance data.

October 28, 2014, 2:05 PM

The NTSB has extended the comment period until this Friday on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to reorganize its Part 831 accident investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. In addition, the Safety Board wants to allow investigation participants to share information with supervisors for the purpose of improving safety without prior permission from the NTSB.

October 28, 2014, 2:00 PM

Voyager Jet Center at Allegheny County Airport in Pittsburgh, Pa., started construction this week on an 8,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and attached 18,000-sq-ft hangar. When it opens in the spring, the new terminal will provide a passenger waiting area and amenities, private pilot lounge and sleep rooms and ramp-accessible Wi-Fi. The connected “eco-friendly” hangar will have skylights for natural lighting, LED lighting and advanced fire suppression. Voyager Jet, which pumps Avfuel-branded jet-A and 100LL, also has a newly expanded ramp that can accommodate a bizliner.

October 28, 2014, 1:18 PM
Northrop Grumman G/ATOR expeditionary radar

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman a $207 million modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of four ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems, plus spares and support. G/ATOR is the first Pentagon’s first program to develop a ground-based, multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, the company said.

October 28, 2014, 10:15 AM

United Airlines began flying the world’s longest regularly scheduled Dreamliner route on Sunday with its launch of nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne with its first Boeing 787-9. The route keeps the newest Dreamliner model airborne for some 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound. Carrying 252 passengers, United’s 787-9s fly the service six times a week, competing directly against Qantas Airbus A380s. United’s entry into the Los Angeles-Melbourne market follows almost immediately after Virgin Australia’s withdrawal.

October 27, 2014, 10:40 PM
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

A recently formed “fusion cell” of government and airline industry security analysts helped guide the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

October 27, 2014, 1:45 PM

Dr. Perry Inhofe, the pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2B that crashed on November 13 last year while on approach to Tulsa International Airport, lost control of the aircraft after failing to manage a one-engine-inoperative situation, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The MU-2 was not equipped with a flight data recorder and was not required to be.

October 27, 2014, 1:40 PM

Paying attention is the most effective way to prevent becoming an accident statistic,” according to BJ Ransbury, “because it’s the most important element for preventing an aircraft upset in the first place.”

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