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October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Textron Aviation is now actively marketing its Citation X Elite program, which refurbishes Xs­­–formerly in service with NetJets­–with updated avionics, new interior, paint and other refinements. The first ex-NetJets Citation X was inducted into the Elite program last year and the second is on display this week at NBAA 2014. The Elite upgrade isn’t limited to NetJets airplanes, noted Brad Thress, Textron Aviation senior vice president of customer service.

October 22, 2014, 5:55 PM

West Star Aviation (Booth 2685), headquartered in East Alton, Ill., has joined a select group of FBOs and MROs, earning Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) status from the FAA. Having the ODA allows West Star to manage its own certification projects and determine for itself if its STCs and PMAs are meeting FAA procedures and guidelines, streamlining the entire process.

October 22, 2014, 5:50 PM

With FBOs in Los Angeles and Seattle, Clay Lacy Aviation is expanding its avionics sales, installation and repair business and is currently engaged in two STC programs to offer future air navigation system (FANS) solutions for the Challenger 601-3A and -3R and for the Gulfstream GIV/IV-SP/V.

The work is being performed at Clay Lacy’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility and will be available through partner Universal Avionics’ authorized dealer network.

October 22, 2014, 5:45 PM

After the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, all aircraft that fly in U.S. airspace anywhere transponders are required must carry equipment that meets the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B OUT) standard. The ADS-B OUT mandate is part not only of the FAA’s but many other countries’ plans to replace inaccurate and expensive radar surveillance systems with highly accurate, GPS-based ADS-B, which reports aircraft position, velocity and identification information to air traffic controllers and other aircraft.

October 22, 2014, 4:55 PM

FAA assistant administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton Jr. addressed the second-day opening session on October 22 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., seeking to assure attendees that the U.S. ATC modernization program is on track.

October 22, 2014, 4:50 PM

Microturbo is exhibiting an auxiliary power unit (APU) and an engine starter here at NBAA 2014 and also is developing two new APUs. Last summer, the Safran group company assumed full responsibility for two programs in which it was a minority partner: the APUs for the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Bombardier Global 7000/8000. Microturbo now wants to play a greater role in business jet APUs, including meeting the needs of future system architectures.

October 22, 2014, 4:30 PM

For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.

October 22, 2014, 4:10 PM

Flight-tracking company FlightAware has launched a number of new developments here at NBAA, including a worldwide ADS-B network that provides real-time, high-precision updates for any ADS-B-equipped aircraft operating within range of the more than 1,000 ADS-B FlightAware ground stations in more than 70 countries. ADS-B data augments that from other tracking sources, such as datalink and radar. FlightAware is showing off its new FlightFeeder ADS-B receiver here at NBAA (Booth 4845).

October 22, 2014, 4:05 PM

Los Angeles-based Jet Edge (Booth 4223) has added six aircraft to its managed-jet fleet, including two Gulfstream G650s, a G550, a GIVSP, a GIV and a Bombardier Global 6000. It expects to add an additional G550 and Global 6000 next year, which will bring its one-year new and used sales figures north of the $600 million mark. The company now has more than 40 large-cabin jets under management around the globe.

October 22, 2014, 4:00 PM

Dr. Moneesh Bhow of MedAire (Booth 3185) made it clear: “Ebola is not passed via airborne transmission. In fact,” he continued, “it is half as infectious, on a measureable scale, as HIV. Transmission can be prevented with commonsense, basic hygienic precautions,” he told AIN at NBAA 2014.

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