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April 16, 2014, 11:35 AM

Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.

April 16, 2014, 11:33 AM

RBR Maintenance has hired Kenneth “Bo” Slajar as a Hawker crew chief. Slajar’s aviation career started in 1985, leading to a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy working on F/A-18 fighters. While in the Navy he attended Navy leadership school, general airframes and corrosion control school, and aircraft firefighting school. He retired in 2005 as an Aviation Mechanic First Class–E6. In corporate aviation he has worked for various companies and gained experience on Citations, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Challengers, King Airs and Beechjets but he specializes in Hawkers.

April 16, 2014, 11:30 AM

Boca Raton, Fla.-based VAS Aero Services has named Tommy Hughes as chief commercial officer. Hughes, formerly senior vice president for sales and marketing for the company, is responsible for global assets and repair services, in addition to worldwide sales. During a 20-plus-year career in engine MRO services and sales, and before VAS, Hughes worked with Delta Air Lines tech ops, where he led engine maintenance and test cell operations for that airline and its third-party customers.

April 16, 2014, 11:17 AM

As the U.S. expressed “concern” on Tuesday over the devaluation of China’s currency, making its exports cheaper but reducing buying power of Chinese consumers, Chinese airlines continued to feel the pain of a weaker yuan as the value of their foreign debt rose with the relative strengthening of the U.S. dollar. China Southern Airlines, for one, on Tuesday issued a profit warning report estimating a first-quarter net loss resulting from negative foreign exchange fluctuations.

April 16, 2014, 10:20 AM

Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, Germany (Booth H614) is showcasing two innovative products for VIP cabins here at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai: an “Aircraft Steam Generator System” for steam showers; and the “On Board Oxygen Generation System” which delivers an unlimited supply of therapeutic oxygen.

The steam generator facilitates installation of steam showers in VIP aircraft. The self-contained unit, which has an empty weight of 18 kg, does not need to be connected to the aircraft’s existing water system. Essential oils can be added to aromatize the room.

April 16, 2014, 10:00 AM

“There has been an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm here in Shanghai at ABACE, despite the change in weather from sunny skies on the opening day [yesterday] to rain today,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN as he summed up the show so far. According to NBAA and show co-organizer Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), ABACE 2014 has already attracted a record-breaking 187 exhibitors and 38 static-display aircraft. And Bolen expects the number of attendees this year to top the 7,714 people who came through the doors during ABACE 2013.

April 16, 2014, 9:50 AM

NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business this summer, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. It has also hired “key people” over the past few months in the run-up to the launch of NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation, which initially will provide aircraft management services.

April 16, 2014, 9:46 AM

At a meeting today at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, members of key business aviation associations updated attendees on the core Statement of Principles for Business Aviation approved by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers in September.

April 16, 2014, 9:40 AM

At the “Business Aviation Growth and Opportunities” session yesterday at ABACE 2014, aircraft broker Jay Mesinger moderated a panel discussion on how best to navigate what can be stormy waters. He opened the discussion with a reminder that business jet values plummeted after the financial meltdown of 2008, with many aircraft losing up to 70 percent of their pre-recession values.

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