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October 22, 2014, 6:10 PM

Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth 4699) is gearing up for the 2017 arrival of its new PC-24 twinjet and continuing to make improvements to its strong-selling PC-12 turboprop single. Plans include completing the interiors for PC-24s destined for North and South America at Pilatus’s Broomfield, Col. campus, a move that will necessitate a significant expansion there.

October 22, 2014, 6:05 PM

FlightSafety International has earned FAA approval of its Gulfstream G550 eRecurrent online training course, which allows G550 pilots to complete some of their recurrency training on their own time before attending training at a FlightSafety learning center.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Membership fleet access program Wheels Up now has 750 members and is on track to have 1,000 to 1,200 members and 37 aircraft by year-end, CEO Kenny Dichter announced this week at NBAA 2014. The fleet, operated by Gama Aviation, currently consists of King Air 350i turboprops and pre-owned Citation Excels/XLSs–with 27 and 10 of these aircraft, respectively, in the fleet by January–as well as Bombardier Global 5000s owned by Switzerland-based VistaJet and operated by Jet Aviation Flight Services.

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