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October 18, 2014, 9:20 AM
Cessna’s new Citation Latitude is available for inspection on the NBAA static display line, featuring this production interior. With its flat floor and generously sized cockpit layout, the new-design Latitude is one product of the company’s creative engineering team. “They like designing stuff, and we’ve got to keep them busy,” said Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest.

The combination of two 80-year-old Wichita aircraft manufacturers–Cessna and Beechcraft–under the new Textron Aviation umbrella marks its NBAA Convention debut here in Orlando. With 21 airplanes in production between the two factories, which are about 10 miles apart in Wichita, and a full-service network that is rapidly becoming capable of handling all of the Beechcraft and Cessna turbine models, Textron Aviation (Booth 220) and its president and CEO Scott Ernest continue to invest in new products as the integration of the two companies solidifies.

October 18, 2014, 9:10 AM
The combined vision system window can clearly be seen in the center top of the PFD. This is where the enhanced vision system infrared image is combined with synthetic vision.

Honeywell is continuing development of cockpit technology that makes pilots’ jobs easier and that will help in that most fundamental of piloting tasks, landing safely in poor weather. What is unique about Honeywell’s approach to this problem is that its researchers take advantage of existing hardware in the aircraft, using new software to make primary flight displays and multifunction displays (PFDs and MFDs) do a lot more work than they were designed for.

October 18, 2014, 8:10 AM

Gulfstream’s new flagship, the ultra-long-range G650ER, made its airshow debut last month at the Africa Aerospace and Defence show, held at Waterkloof Air Force Base close to the South African capital Pretoria. According to the airframer, the new model, which will offer range of up to 7,500 nm, is set to complete certification during the fourth quarter of 2014, with initial deliveries to start early next year.

October 18, 2014, 8:05 AM
Gulfstream’s “iron bird” version of its new models shows off the new cabin cross-section. T

Extensive construction work over the past two year at Gulfstream Aerospace’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., provided a visible clue that the manufacturer had something big brewing. One new building completed in September 2012 will be used to make the wings and tails for the new G500 and G600 models, and another facility opened last month will house fuselage manufacturing and final assembly.

October 18, 2014, 7:55 AM

By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.

October 18, 2014, 2:00 AM

A rollout ceremony held Saturday in Nagoya, Japan, for the Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet marked a symbolic end of a 50-year wait for a new Japanese airliner to take shape. Not since the NAMC YS-11 turboprop flew for the first time in 1962 has a Japanese effort to break into the commercial airplane market reached such a state of progress. Under development for some seven years, the MRJ finally looks like an airplane capable of flying—and ultimately delivering the 20-percent fuel efficiency improvement over current designs Mitsubishi Aircraft advertises.

October 17, 2014, 2:25 PM

Embraer started fabricating parts for its new E190-E2 on Friday, when it cut metal on the first prototype’s wing stub forward pressure bulkhead at its Évora plant in Portugal.

The production of this first part, on schedule, is an important milestone in all aviation programs, marking the transition from the project stage to beginning the manufacturing phase of the airplanes,” said Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO Paulo Cesar Silva. “There is still a long road ahead, until it actually enters service, but we harbor no doubts as to whether we will deliver to the market the most efficient, modern and robust aircraft in this segment, as well as a very comfortable cabin for passengers.”

October 16, 2014, 4:55 PM

Seattle-based FBO consulting firm FBO Partners tapped industry veteran Alec Maguire as senior partner.

October 16, 2014, 3:40 PM
Eurocontrol CEM specification

Eurocontrol has published a “high level, generic protocol” airport stakeholders can follow to jointly manage airport noise and emissions issues. The agency will formally launch the collaborative environmental management (CEM) specification at the Airports Council International 2014 Airport Exchange conference, which will be held November 3-5 in Paris.

October 16, 2014, 3:30 PM

Directional Aviation Capital (DAC) is “realigning” its two fractional aircraft providers–Flight Options and Flexjet–to eliminate confusion in the marketplace since acquiring Dallas-based Flexjet from Bombardier in December. “Frankly, we were even a little confused internally about how the two brands were differentiated,” DAC principal Kenn Ricci told AIN.

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