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October 21, 2014, 5:45 PM

Representatives from Japan’s Nagoya Airport are here at NBAA (Booth 1290) to promote its convenient location within the country and its utility for business aviation travelers. The Aichi-Nagoya region is one of the country’s three largest metropolitan areas, and as the first airport in Japan with a full-fledged business aviation terminal, Nagoya remains one of the few airports in the country to be considered business aviation specific, with the larger Central Japan International Airport built nearby to handle most of the commercial traffic.

October 21, 2014, 5:40 PM

SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications.

October 21, 2014, 5:35 PM

Giving back is one key principle that NBAA and so many NBAA members and member companies live by. Because of this, Corporate Angel Network (CAN) executive director Dick Koenig is a happy man this week. Yesterday at the Phillips 66 exhibit (Booth 4200), Koenig had the opportunity to both give and receive.

October 21, 2014, 5:25 PM

Aviation industry credit card transaction processor U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation has partnered with aviation software developer Vessix to launch a new cloud-based business solution system for FBO operators. The two companies (co-exhibiting at Booth 1624) have unveiled the subscription-based Vessix platform, which has been under development for the past two-and-a-half years and can provide secure transactions with customer credit and fuel cards.

October 21, 2014, 4:27 PM
Air France Airbus A380

Nav Canada, UK NATS and Air France said they have demonstrated that aircraft can safely change their flight profiles to more efficiently cross North Atlantic airspace. The so-called Engage II project will lead to “significant changes” in oceanic procedures, Nav Canada said October 17.

October 21, 2014, 3:10 PM

Moments after the pilot lifted the Bell 206 JetRanger into a hover on a flight many years ago, I choked back a gasp and found myself almost frozen, unable to key the intercom mic button as a spiderweb of powerlines suddenly manifested themselves in front of the helicopter. All I had time to do was quickly point out the front windshield at the power lines, which neither of us had seen when we landed nor during the two hours we had hung around waiting for our passenger to return in a relatively remote location next to a river.

October 21, 2014, 2:50 PM

Van Nuys, Calif.-based MRO provider Western Jet Aviation (Booth 4223) has partnered with MJets, a Southeast Asia business aviation service provider, to establish a new FAA Part 145 maintenance facility at the latter’s FBO at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The MJets operation is currently a Cessna-appointed service facility and also services Gulfstream aircraft from the G200 through the G650.

October 21, 2014, 2:40 PM

RocketRoute (Booth 3680) and Aircraft Performance Group (APG, Booth 3093) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system, which has been used to process more than a million flights since it was introduced in 2010. APG has been providing takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999.

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.