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October 25, 2014, 10:15 PM

Air-charter operator Solairus has announced an air-charter membership club known as “Altitude.” The company, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, has built a sizeable business in aircraft management, operating from more than 40 locations across the U.S. and employing more than 400 flight and support personnel. Its managed fleet has more than 70 aircraft.

October 25, 2014, 10:00 PM

Starting January 1 next year Jet Aviation will add an FBO in the Bahamas to its global network. During the NBAA show the business aviation services company signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS), based at Lynden Pindling International Airport at Nassau, the primary gateway to the Bahamas.

October 25, 2014, 9:45 PM

The days when FBOs made their profits solely on fuel sale margins are long gone and the industry needs to implement either a full service or á la carte fee structure, much like U.S. passenger airlines have done in recent years. That’s the message from John Enticknap, co-founder of the Aviation Business Strategies Group, a company that provides consulting services to FBOs.

October 25, 2014, 9:30 PM

Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.

October 25, 2014, 9:15 PM

While most of the news about Pratt & Whitney Canada at NBAA 2014 included the terms “PW800” and “Gulfstream,” the Longueil, Canada engine maker also highlighted some impressive achievements among its legacy offerings. Since its entry into service on Cessna’s Citation Sovereign in 2004, the PW306C has surpassed two million flying hours, contributing to the more than 13 million flight hours accumulated throughout the PW300 engine family.

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.

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