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October 25, 2006, 5:02 AM

Pilatus’ PC-12 turboprop single will receive several upgrades next year, raising the base price of the aircraft by $80,000 to $2.79 million and a typically equipped aircraft to $3.4 million. Mtow goes up to 10,450 pounds from 9,920 pounds for a 530-pound increase in useful load.

October 25, 2006, 5:02 AM

Following on the heels of several other OEMs, Bombardier Aerospace will build a component manufacturing facility in Mexico (in this case in Querétaro) that will begin operations in May, initially producing wiring harnesses but eventually having the capability for “final aircraft assembly.” Later

October 25, 2006, 4:59 AM

German aerospace research agency DLR has enlisted the services of two business jets for some extensive environmental research intended to measure ozone depletion in the atmosphere.

October 25, 2006, 4:57 AM

Market surveys have guided industry sages for decades, and Honeywell’s and Rolls-Royce’s prog- nostications this year certainly told business aviation what it wants to hear. Both outlooks bear good news.

October 25, 2006, 4:52 AM

Bizliner operators would be required to incorporate technology to meet reduced levels of flammability exposure in fuel tanks, under FAA proposed rulemaking. The requirements would apply to new airframe designs, as well as some 3,200 U.S.-registered Airbus and Boeing airplanes in operation.

October 25, 2006, 4:51 AM

More details have emerged about the November 5 crash of Citation N505K following a loss of control after takeoff from Hobby Airport in Houston. The 55-year-old owner-pilot and his 37-year-old mechanic were killed.

October 25, 2006, 4:49 AM

Landing fees are scheduled to increase at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Effective January 1, aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less will be subject to a $22.50 fee.

October 25, 2006, 4:47 AM

Three serious near collisions on runways in Boston, New York and Las Vegas this year prompted the NTSB again to press for quicker action by the FAA to reduce such incidents. This issue has been on the Safety Board’s “most wanted” list since the list’s inception in 1990.

October 25, 2006, 4:42 AM

Boeing at the NBAA Convention last month said it surpassed orders for 100 Boeing Business Jets, while Airbus Industrie announced it had reached orders for 50 aircraft within the folds of its Airbus Corporate Jetliner.

October 25, 2006, 4:41 AM

The ongoing investigation into the August 10 fatal crash of an S-76C+ in the Baltic Sea has led the NTSB to ask the FAA to take “urgent” action on several recommendations directed at the twin-turbine helicopter’s hydraulic systems.

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