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October 21, 2014, 4:27 PM
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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.

October 21, 2014, 3:10 PM

Moments after the pilot lifted the Bell 206 JetRanger into a hover on a flight many years ago, I choked back a gasp and found myself almost frozen, unable to key the intercom mic button as a spiderweb of powerlines suddenly manifested themselves in front of the helicopter. All I had time to do was quickly point out the front windshield at the power lines, which neither of us had seen when we landed nor during the two hours we had hung around waiting for our passenger to return in a relatively remote location next to a river.

October 21, 2014, 2:50 PM

Van Nuys, Calif.-based MRO provider Western Jet Aviation (Booth 4223) has partnered with MJets, a Southeast Asia business aviation service provider, to establish a new FAA Part 145 maintenance facility at the latter’s FBO at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The MJets operation is currently a Cessna-appointed service facility and also services Gulfstream aircraft from the G200 through the G650.

October 21, 2014, 2:40 PM

RocketRoute (Booth 3680) and Aircraft Performance Group (APG, Booth 3093) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system, which has been used to process more than a million flights since it was introduced in 2010. APG has been providing takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999.

October 21, 2014, 2:30 PM

Lighting specialist Luma Technologies (Booth 1562) has introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of larger King Air variants (200, 300, 350 and 1900D), Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. As with all the Lumatech series, the King Air panel is designed as an easy-to-install drop-in replacement for older incandescent units.

October 21, 2014, 2:20 PM

Esterline CMC Electronics is showing off its PilotView crew information system for the first time at NBAA 2014. Working in conjunction with the PilotView aircraft information server, the crew information system provides integrated cockpit connectivity, complete with a tablet interface. The system is compatible with the PilotView electronic flight bag.

October 21, 2014, 2:12 PM

Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the company’s Everett, Washington campus.  The company gained permits for the new 1 million-square-foot facility some seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.

October 21, 2014, 2:10 PM

For Learjet 20-series operators, Dec. 31, 2015, has been looking like a dark day. That’s the last day aircraft with takeoff weight of less than 75,000 pounds will be allowed to operate in the contiguous U.S. if they do not meet Stage 3 noise standards. But Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) has a solution that does not involve selling offshore or parting out airplanes.

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