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October 21, 2014, 2:30 PM

Lighting specialist Luma Technologies (Booth 1562) has introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of larger King Air variants (200, 300, 350 and 1900D), Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. As with all the Lumatech series, the King Air panel is designed as an easy-to-install drop-in replacement for older incandescent units.

October 21, 2014, 2:20 PM

Esterline CMC Electronics is showing off its PilotView crew information system for the first time at NBAA 2014. Working in conjunction with the PilotView aircraft information server, the crew information system provides integrated cockpit connectivity, complete with a tablet interface. The system is compatible with the PilotView electronic flight bag.

October 21, 2014, 2:12 PM

Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the company’s Everett, Washington campus.  The company gained permits for the new 1 million-square-foot facility some seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.

October 21, 2014, 2:10 PM

For Learjet 20-series operators, Dec. 31, 2015, has been looking like a dark day. That’s the last day aircraft with takeoff weight of less than 75,000 pounds will be allowed to operate in the contiguous U.S. if they do not meet Stage 3 noise standards. But Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) has a solution that does not involve selling offshore or parting out airplanes.

October 21, 2014, 2:00 PM

The strong investment Rolls-Royce has made in customer service was vindicated by the results of this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, which placed the engine maker in joint number-one position. Last year the engine maker established a new operational service desk in Dahlewitz, Germany, and made a series of reforms aimed at making its product service delivery team more responsive.

October 21, 2014, 1:00 PM

Shortly after the NBAA Convention exhibit hall opens this morning at 10 a.m., Universal Avionics Systems will unveil an ambitious new product line (at 11 a.m., Booth 273), an integrated flight deck–called InSight–that leverages the company’s avionics expertise and also vaults it into the ranks of manufacturers of full avionics suites for Part 25 business jets. A demonstration rig of the new flight deck is available in the booth, and NBAA attendees can also see the InSight system installed in Universal’s Citation VII at the Orlando Executive Airport static display.

October 21, 2014, 12:10 PM

Fixed-based operator Lux Air Jet Centers (Booths 4208 and 4600) announced that it recently signed a 25-year lease at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), a move that also paves the way for a new, dedicated general aviation terminal and expanded hangar space at the Arizona airfield.

With the growth of the Phoenix area in general, our customers deserve an executive FBO facility at Goodyear as a gateway to that growth,” said Lux Air managing partner Tim Berger. “Our new lease is the first step in creating that space. We're pleased to invest much-needed FBO development at the airport.”

October 21, 2014, 11:20 AM

If you’re not yet an iPad user, you might as well get used to touchscreen technology because that’s clearly where the industry is headed, and with good reason. Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion Touch upgrade is a case in point. Touchscreens reduce not only pilot workload, but also pilot head-down time, an especially important item in single-pilot operations. Fusion’s synthetic vision also improves situational awareness.

October 21, 2014, 11:04 AM

A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.

October 21, 2014, 11:00 AM

At its booth here at NBAA 2014, Timken is highlighting its parts manufacturer approval (PMA) and bearing repair services. In September the company announced the year-end closure of its turbine engine overhaul and repair business. No more orders for turbine O&R are being accepted, said Larry Shiembob, director of Timken Aerospace Aftermarket operations in Mesa, Ariz. He added that Timken (Booth 3028) expects to clear its overhaul and repair backlog by the end of October.

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