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October 15, 2014, 10:50 AM

Bill Cavitt has been named president and CEO of Mxi Technologies and also appointed a member of the company’s board of directors. Cavitt will be responsible for working with the executive team to strengthen Mxi Technologies’ market position and drive growth. He succeeds Dave Seibel, who is retiring after nearly four years of leading Mxi. Seibel was instrumental in Mxi’s business transformation. Cavitt joins Mxi from American Airlines, where he most recently served as vice president for engineering, performance improvement and quality.

October 15, 2014, 10:49 AM
U.S. Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson

U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson used an analogy from American football to explain why his department will open new customs pre-clearance facilities at foreign airports to screen against potential terrorists. “Any opportunity I have to defend the end zone from the 50 (yard line) and not just my one yard line, I will take,” Johnson said October 14 in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2014, 10:45 AM

SoCal Jets appointed Marty Owens manager of new business development. Owens will focus on developing the company’s relationships with key accounts and seeking new business opportunities. With more than 27 years of aviation experience, Owens joins SoCal Jets from StandardAero, where he most recently served as director of airframes. Owens was responsible for maintaining relationships with the OEMs for which the company is an authorized service provider.

October 15, 2014, 10:40 AM

The FAA is issuing a superseding airworthiness directive for certain Airbus Helicopters EC130B4s. AD 2012-02-13 required inspecting certain areas of the tailboom/fenestron junction frame (junction frame) for cracking. The new AD retains the requirements of AD 2012-02-13, expands the inspection area of the junction frame and shortens the repetitive inspection interval.

October 15, 2014, 10:24 AM

Airbus won another big endorsement for its narrowbody family—potentially the biggest in its history—by securing a memorandum of understanding from India’s IndiGo covering 250 A320neos, the company said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014, 7:25 AM

On October 10 an Italian judge found former Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi and former AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini not guilty of international corruption, but convicted the pair for the lesser crime of “false invoicing” and sentenced them to two-year prison terms and fined each €1.5 million. The sentence is suspended pending an anticipated appeal.

October 14, 2014, 10:23 PM
Bell V-280 Valor mockup

The two industry teams the U.S. Army selected to build advanced rotorcraft designs under its joint multi-role technology demonstration (JMR-TD) revealed details of their proposals during the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Bell Helicopter displayed a full-scale mockup of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor.

October 14, 2014, 3:32 PM

Etihad Airways is betting on the Airbus A380 cabin to launch “reimagined” premium classes, according to airline CEO James Hogan. Speaking recently at the unveiling of the carrier’s new livery, Hogan also singled out India and Abu Dhabi as major growth destinations.

October 14, 2014, 1:40 PM
Gulfstream G500

During a ceremony this morning at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters, Gulfstream Aerospace took the wraps off the new G500 and G600, which are expected to enter service in 2018 and 2019, respectively. At this morning's ceremony the G500 rolled out under its own power. Both models have a wider cabin cross-section than the G450 and G550, but not quite as wide as that of the G650. The new jets–nestled between the G450, G550 and G650–will also have more composite content than existing Gulfstreams.

October 14, 2014, 1:30 PM

Flexjet and Qatar Executive quickly lined up to be the launch customers for the new Gulfstream G500, which was revealed this morning alongside its larger G600 sibling during a ceremony at the aircraft manufacturer’s Savannah, Ga. headquarters. Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding today for up to 20 Gulfstreams, while Flexjet placed an order for 50 aircraft, including options.