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April 16, 2014, 8:50 AM

“There has been an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm here in Shanghai at ABACE, despite the change in weather from sunny skies on the opening day to rain yesterday,” National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN as he summed up the show so far.

April 16, 2014, 8:45 AM

Dassault Aviation rolled out the 250th Falcon 7X this week at the aircraft manufacturer’s Charles Lindbergh Hall in Mérignac near Bordeaux, France.

The milestone trijet entered final assembly earlier this year and will fly to the Falcon completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June. It will be delivered to its customer before year-end.

April 16, 2014, 8:42 AM

Completions, refurbishment and auxiliary fuel tank provider PATS Aircraft Systems of Delaware (Booth H412) announced here at ABACE 2014 the redelivery of a BBJ2 to the Government of Indonesia for presidential transport, and the contract award of a VVIP interior completion on a new BBJ2 for an Asia Pacific customer.

April 16, 2014, 8:40 AM

Two years ago, explained Kurt Edwards, director general of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the idea was floated that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which has the mission of improving economic growth in Pacific Rim countries, could also “improve the way that the economies facilitate the movement of business aviation within the region, because business aviation contributes to economic growth.”

April 16, 2014, 8:35 AM

Representatives from Japan’s Nagoya Airport have traveled to ABACE (Booth H124) to discuss the airport’s convenient location within the country, and its suitability for business aviation travelers in the region.

April 16, 2014, 8:22 AM

As in many parts of the world, the helicopter industry in China continues growing steadily and is not as subject to economic ups and downs that frequently hamper the fixed-wing segment of aviation. According to Chris Jaran, managing director of Bell Helicopter China, who spoke at yesterday’s Helicopter Operations seminar at ABACE 2014, it’s a well-kept secret that the helicopter fleet in China has averaged a 20-percent increase from 2009 through 2014, from 227 to 465 aircraft (of which 35 percent are piston-powered and 65 percent turbine).

April 16, 2014, 8:00 AM

As Pilatus Aircraft prepares the prototype PC-24 twinjet for its official rollout on August 1, the company is displaying a PC-12NG single-engine turboprop painted in Sauber F1 racing team livery at the ABACE 2014 static display. The appearance of the Sauber PC-12 fits neatly with the next big event in Shanghai after ABACE, the Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, roaring into town on April 20.

April 16, 2014, 7:55 AM

The Japan National Police Agency has ordered another Agusta Westland AW139 medium twin helicopter, which is scheduled to enter service in 2015 for operations in Kagoshima Prefecture. AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced the sale here at ABACE on Tuesday, noting that the new AW139 will replace an ageing Bell 412 in the police fleet.

April 16, 2014, 7:50 AM

The next major step in satellite communication services will be the deployment of Inmarsat’s new Ka-band GX (Global Xpress) satellite constellation. Satellite service provider Satcom Direct (Booth P212) has ordered 10 shipsets of the new satcom system for its business aviation clients. The three Inmarsat-5 satellites are scheduled to be in orbit by the end of this year, and GX Aviation services should start in the first half of 2015.

April 16, 2014, 7:40 AM

The piston-engine Baron twin and Bonanza single on display at the Beechcraft area of the static display did not arrive by magic or by freighter. The long trip from the factory in Wichita, Kansas, started a few weeks ago, and left the California coast on April 3.

Ferry pilots Chelsea “Abingdon” Welch and Jerry Clark took off from Tracy, California (KTCY) where oversize fuel tanks were installed. The Bonanza held a total of 268 gallons, the Baron about 400. That meant that Welch and Clark were taking off at approximately 30 percent above maximum gross weight.

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