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October 25, 2014, 9:00 PM

GE Honda Aero Engines is gearing up for serial production of its new HF120 turbofan, which will power the HondaJet and now the Sapphire retrofit of the engine onto the Cessna 525, CitationJet, CJ and CJ1+ in partnership with Sierra Industries.

The 2,095-pound-thrust HF120 received FAA approval in late 2013 and EASA certification is anticipated in early 2015, the company said. Ten production engines have been delivered to Honda Aircraft to date from GE’s Lynn, Mass. engine plant.

October 25, 2014, 8:45 PM

Moline, Illinois-based Elliott Aviation has rebranded its aircraft sales division as Elliott Jets. “We’ve been quietly selling airplanes for nearly eight decades,” said Todd Spangler, president of the new venture. “This rebranding of our aircraft sales division better reflects the evolution of Elliott in the marketplace.”

October 25, 2014, 8:30 PM

Flight department training provider Advanced Aircrew Academy unveiled a new management tool at NBAA 2014 that interprets the applicability of annual changes to the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) for individual flight departments.

Noting that keeping track of those changes “can require an advanced degree in IS-BAO,” the Johns Island, S.C.-based company said that the new resource assesses each revision published annually by the International Business Aviation Council.

October 25, 2014, 8:15 PM

Operators of aircraft equipped with the Honeywell Primus Epic and Primus Apex avionics suites now have fewer thumb drives to worry about, thanks to a new cloud-based navigation chart update service. Developed in partnership with Englewood, Colo.-based chart provider Jeppesen, the Integrated Navigation Data Service (INDS) Data Manager (IDM) for Windows speeds and simplifies the data delivery and downloading process and reduces the possibility of update errors.

October 25, 2014, 8:00 PM

Lincoln, Neb.-based MRO facility Duncan Aviation announced its newly added ability to overhaul and repair landing gear assemblies on Embraer 135 and 145 and Legacy 600 and 650 models. The company recently completed its first ERJ-145 landing gear overhaul, a task that company accessories team leader Tony Curtis said provided “no surprises” over other business aircraft landing gear systems overhauled by Duncan during the past 30 years.

October 25, 2014, 7:45 PM

Germ-a-phobes know there are more than a few microbes that can get to you on an airplane. In fact, the dry air in airplanes causes humans to be especially hospitable to invasions of bacteria.

October 25, 2014, 7:30 PM

Avidyne, based in Lincoln, Mass., has added ADS-B IN functionality to its ADS-B products for general aviation. By partnering its AXP340 mode-S transponder, which provides ADS-B OUT capability, with its 978 MHz MLB100 receiver, users can access traffic and flight information system-broadcast (FIS-B) services for display on numerous Avidyne displays. The receiver will be available in early 2015 and is listed at $2,495, including connector kit and mounting tray. Upgrading existing systems to work with the MLB100 is achieved by a field-loadable software update.

October 25, 2014, 7:15 PM

Aircare Access Assistance, a telemedical and safety service company based in Tacoma, Wash., highlighted its aircraft sanitizing kit at NBAA 2014. The kit’s contents are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control in direct response to concerns about the spread of Ebola. The clutch-sized kit includes gloves, sanitary cloths and VioNex anti-microbial towelettes. Aircare Access Assistance is a member of the Aircare Solutions Group.

October 25, 2014, 7:00 PM

Safran’s Turbomeca unit has several turboshaft engines across several market segments in development but nevertheless wants to address and compete in another market, namely the 2,000- to 3,000-shp segment.

October 25, 2014, 6:30 PM

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Sporty’s Pilot Shop is highlighted at NBAA 2014 its Sporty’s Easy Approval program for iPad use for Part 91F and Part 135 operators. The program is a simple solution for FAA approvals of iPads as an electronic flight bag (EFB) and paper chart replacement using the ForeFlight Mobile app.

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