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October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Signature Flight Support continues to expand its North American footprint with yesterday’s signing of a licensing agreement with Toronto-based aviation service provider Skyservice, which will add the Canadian FBO operator’s three locations to the Signature brand. While Skyservice will remain independently owned, as part of the Signature network they will be able to use the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s systems and services as well as marketing support. Skyservice has FBOs at Toronto Lester B.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Bombardier will be doubling its fleet of customer response team (CRT) trucks, with a planned total of 14 trucks in operation by year-end. One of those mobile units will be attached to a new line maintenance station located in France at Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, to provide AOG/line service to customers in the French Riviera. The Bombardier service center in Amsterdam will support the services there.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Heliflight Aviation Group plans to open a new FBO at Albrook “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport in Panama in the coming weeks. Known as the Panama Jet Center, the facility is ready to go, and is expecting to get the necessary paperwork to begin operations in early December. The new FBO will offer a full range of amenities, including customs/immigration clearance and the only temperature/humidity-controlled hangar in the region. It can also handle overflight and landing permits for domestic and international flights.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Globalair.com (Booth 4993), a Kentucky-based aviation information service that uses the Internet as its platform announced yesterday that it has awarded Calvin L. Carrithers scholarships, valued at $750 each, to Hayley Haning, Matt Jones and Daniel Patterson, all Eastern Kentucky University freshmen enrolled the school’s professional pilot program.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

FlightAware introduced a flight plan advisory service aimed at customers who are flying to countries where flight plans are not received automatically. Outside these areas, FlightAware’s new offering allows customers to input plans into an advisory service web page. When the aircraft sends ADS-B or datalink position information, the uploaded flight plan activates to allow worldwide flight tracking. For aircraft operating without a filed plan, FlightAware’s system can synthesize a flight plan based on positional data, allowing the tracking of these unscheduled operations.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

AviationGlass & Technology revealed a soon-to-be-certified mirror and optical lens this week at NBAA 2014 that could change the face of aircraft interior design. The two-year-old Netherlands-based manufacturer of optically true mirrors and lenses has been finishing its AS9100 paperwork with the goal of EASA certification this fall. AviationGlass & Technology has installed the products in a Dassault Falcon 900 testbed. Typical applications include interior windows, bulkhead mirrors, lavatory glass, mirrors, and other surfaces.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

With the 1,500th enhanced vision system (EVS) recently delivered, Elbit Systems unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range this week at NBAA 2014. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-foot runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Dassault Falcon Jet launched a new aircraft on ground (AOG) response program this week at NBAA 2014 yesterday. The customer-support program will use two company-owned Falcon 900s as rapid-response aircraft–one based at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport and the other at Paris Le Bourget.

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, 6:00 PM

At the second-day NBAA 2014 general session this morning in Orlando, Fla., the politically opposed and married media stars James Carville and Mary Matalin agreed the Republicans would likely take control of the Senate in the upcoming November 4 midterm elections. Carville pointed out that since World War II, the party with an incumbent president and a majority in the Senate had lost that majority in every mid-term election except one.

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