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October 25, 2014, 4:30 PM

Quest Aircraft of Sandpoint, Idaho, received FAA approval for installation of a TKS anti-ice fluid tank in the forward section of the single-turboprop Kodiak’s optional underbelly cargo pod. The current installation features cockpit-console mounting for the tank.

The pod installation does not reduce cargo weight capacity and only marginally decreases cargo space, the company said. The tank size remains the same 16 gallons for the pod installation.

October 25, 2014, 4:15 PM

Lufthansa Technik is expanding its U.S. footprint, and while its BizJet International executive and VIP aircraft completions division in Tulsa, Okla., has opened a new maintenance and refurbishment hangar, the company also announced the opening of a new Original Equipment Innovation division in Montreal.

The new Tulsa hangar can house an aircraft up to a BBJ 737-800 in size and also has offices that allow customers to be in close proximity to their aircraft as they undergo modification.

October 25, 2014, 4:00 PM

Northrop Grumman’s Litef subsidiary in Freiburg, Germany, has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to provide the attitude heading and reference system (AHRS) for a variety of helicopter types. Based on the standard LCR-300 AHRS, the new LCR-350 system features a micro electromechanical system (MEMS) inertial measurement unit and enables a directional gyro mode that minimizes compass errors. Available for both civil and military rotary-wing platforms, the LCR-350 is expected to go into production in 2016.

October 25, 2014, 3:45 PM

Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems of Limington, Maine, brought a range of its high-duration oxygen systems to NBAA 2014. Lloyd Boston, Aerox president, insists that oxygen isn't optional and that emergency backup oxygen is essential for safe flights above 10,000 feet msl. The company makes both fixed and portable systems, as well as emergency personal oxygen systems that are FAA approved. These include TSO-C103 continuous flow and TSO-C78A and TSO-C89A quick-donning, diluter-demand style systems, some of which can be used up to 40,000 feet msl.

October 25, 2014, 3:15 PM

Lufthansa Technik unveiled a “Fly Away Kit” for VVIP and special-mission aircraft that allows carriage of spare parts and consumables in a convenient container. The company said it has already received its first order for the kit, which is integrated in a modified standard airliner-size ULD9 container. The first order is for a head-of-state Airbus A340.

October 25, 2014, 3:00 PM

Neil Bracken, formerly director of the General Mills flight department, has joined Fargo Jet Center as vice president of flight operations and interim general manager for the company’s recently acquired Premier Jet Center in Eden Prairie, Minn. Meanwhile, Mike Clancy was promoted from director of maintenance to vice president of technical services for both locations, as well as the company’s associated Weather Modifications business. Finally, Bruce Boe was promoted to vice president of meteorology at Weather Modifications.

October 25, 2014, 2:45 PM

California-based Vessix, an aviation software developer, has partnered with Total Control Systems, a provider of electronic flow meters, on a new FBO fuel inventory reporting system, which is making its debut here at NBAA.

According to its designers, the new system will modernize and streamline the fuel invoice and inventory-monitoring processes. “The sheer amount of wasted time and energy [currently] involved is mind-blowingly expensive, not to mention an incredibly archaic process that is prone to costly mistakes,” said Vessix co-founder and COO Tom Perkins.

October 25, 2014, 2:30 PM

MD Helicopters and partner Universal Avionics Systems of Tucson, Ariz., are progressing well in their program to offer a next-generation cockpit for the MD Explorer helicopter. Capable of supporting single-pilot IFR operations, the new cockpit will be available on both new-build helicopters and as a retrofit option. The Explorer has found particular success in the law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) world.

October 25, 2014, 2:15 PM

Two of Cobham Satcom’s most successful high-gain satcom antennas have racked up significant sales figures, with the business jet-optimized Aviator HGA-6000 passing the 1,000-unit milestone. Meanwhile, the Aviator HGA-7001 has surpassed 2,000 sales in the commercial airliner sector.

October 25, 2014, 2:00 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace has assembled a diverse supplier team for its new G500 and G600 large cabin jets, which the OEM announced on October 14.

Power for the new models will come from Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW800 engines. The 16,000-pound-thrust PW814GA and PW815GA powerplants have the same core technology used in the company’s family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The new engine was on display at P&WC’s NBAA exhibit along with the company’s PW600, PW300 and PT6A engines.