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October 22, 2014, 9:20 PM

The Charlotte Regional Partnership has come to this week NBAA show (Booth 3575) seeking to attract companies to join the area’s growing cluster of aviation/aerospace activity. Curtiss-Wright and Sealed Air are among the latest companies to relocate their headquarters to the North Carolina city–in both cases moving from New Jersey. Other companies now with significant facilities in the area include UTC Aerospace Systems, General Dynamics, Michelin Aircraft Tire, ATI Allvac and Turbomeca.

October 22, 2014, 6:40 PM

Ever since 2006 with the dawn of the Piaggio Aero (Booth 261) Avanti II with its uprated engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, the company has been promising to correct the fast twin pusher turboprop’s shortcomings including high exterior noise levels, erratic environmental control system and locking brakes that have vexed pilots and owners alike since the plane was first introduced in 1990.

October 22, 2014, 6:35 PM

Despite an aging fleet that is slowly but steadily shrinking, the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-turboprop has inspired a passionate group of owners who continue to fly and upgrade their airplanes, attend safety seminars and enjoy the strong support of the Japanese company that manufactured their high-performance airplanes. The MU-2 consistently ranks at the top of the reader rankings for support of turboprops in AIN’s annual Product Support Survey.

October 22, 2014, 6:35 PM

Universal Avionics Systems (Booth 723) recently received FAA TSO approval for its SCN 1001/1101 software for the company’s satellite-based augmentation system FMS/multi-mission management system (MMMS). The latest software release includes a number of new features and enhancements for better operational efficiency and to support special-mission operations.

October 22, 2014, 6:30 PM

If there were two business aviation airports that spring to mind in the UK it would be Biggin Hill (official name London Biggin Hill, Booth 1285) and TAG Farnborough (Booth 4085). The airfields are very different. Farnborough is neat and shiny but dedicated to business aviation and with no flying schools. Biggin Hill, on the other hand, is much closer to London and is a more pleasing setting, surprisingly enough set up on a hill.

October 22, 2014, 6:30 PM

Georgia-based Flight Display Systems (Booth 2008) came to NBAA 2014 with one goal: to innovate obsolescence away, according to company president David Gray. To do that the company released a series of cabin management systems (CMS) products at the show.

October 22, 2014, 6:25 PM

Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that is expected to see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province.

October 22, 2014, 6:20 PM

ServiceElements International, which provides customer-service training, has joined forces with Vancouver, B.C.-based (Booth 3876) to produce a new online course aimed at improving the customer-relations skills of flight department personnel.

October 22, 2014, 6:15 PM

Bohlke International Airways, an FBO and aircraft charter operator at Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has signed an agreement to partner with IGY (Island Global Yachting) Marinas, a luxury destination brand for the mega- and super-yacht community.

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.