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October 22, 2014, 6:00 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics reported third-quarter revenues of $7.751 billion, up $16 million from a year ago, while earnings rose 16-percent, to $696 million, the company reported today. At the aerospace division, revenues in the quarter climbed $137 million year-over-year, to $2.289 billion, and earnings rose by $42 million, to $411 million.

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.

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

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

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, 5:55 PM

West Star Aviation (Booth 2685), headquartered in East Alton, Ill., has joined a select group of FBOs and MROs, earning Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) status from the FAA. Having the ODA allows West Star to manage its own certification projects and determine for itself if its STCs and PMAs are meeting FAA procedures and guidelines, streamlining the entire process.

October 22, 2014, 5:50 PM

With FBOs in Los Angeles and Seattle, Clay Lacy Aviation is expanding its avionics sales, installation and repair business and is currently engaged in two STC programs to offer future air navigation system (FANS) solutions for the Challenger 601-3A and -3R and for the Gulfstream GIV/IV-SP/V.

The work is being performed at Clay Lacy’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility and will be available through partner Universal Avionics’ authorized dealer network.

October 22, 2014, 5:45 PM

After the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, all aircraft that fly in U.S. airspace anywhere transponders are required must carry equipment that meets the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B OUT) standard. The ADS-B OUT mandate is part not only of the FAA’s but many other countries’ plans to replace inaccurate and expensive radar surveillance systems with highly accurate, GPS-based ADS-B, which reports aircraft position, velocity and identification information to air traffic controllers and other aircraft.

October 22, 2014, 4:55 PM

FAA assistant administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton Jr. addressed the second-day opening session on October 22 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., seeking to assure attendees that the U.S. ATC modernization program is on track.

October 22, 2014, 4:50 PM

Microturbo is exhibiting an auxiliary power unit (APU) and an engine starter here at NBAA 2014 and also is developing two new APUs. Last summer, the Safran group company assumed full responsibility for two programs in which it was a minority partner: the APUs for the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Bombardier Global 7000/8000. Microturbo now wants to play a greater role in business jet APUs, including meeting the needs of future system architectures.