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October 21, 2014, 10:30 AM

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s (NBAA static display) M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston.

CAAC’s approval is excellent news for Piper and prospective customers in China,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “There is certainly a large potential market for personal and training aircraft in the world’s most populous country.”

October 21, 2014, 10:20 AM

Scheduling software specialist SchedAero is launching a new charter quoting tool at the NBAA show this week. According to the Avinode subsidiary, SchedAero Quotation allows charter operators to create client quotes and proposals more quickly by avoiding the need to enter data across multiple pages. The system, which is part of the web-based SchedAero aircraft and crew scheduling software, calculates the price in real-time as the itinerary is developed.

October 21, 2014, 10:10 AM

The U.S. business jet charter market is set to continue its recovery in 2015, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode. On the eve of this year’s NBAA show, the company released its Business Jet Charter Market Forecast, which shows an anticipated 3.5-percent increase in charter flights next year, compared with 2014. Over the same time frame, it sees more modest 1.6-percent growth in the European market.

October 21, 2014, 10:00 AM

Up to 9,450 new business jets worth $280 billion are forecast to be delivered over the next 10 years, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook released on Sunday evening just ahead of NBAA 2014. This reflects an 8-percent increase in projected billings over the 2013 outlook, thanks to 200 more anticipated aircraft deliveries, “modest” list price increases and the continued strong demand for larger business jets.

October 21, 2014, 9:45 AM

Aviation journalist Paul Lowe, AIN’s Washington, D.C.-based editor for more than two decades, is this year’s recipient of NBAA’s David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and excellence in journalism. Wilson Leach, AIN co-founder and managing director, accepted the award on behalf of Lowe, who unfortunately was unable to attend the NBAA 2014 media breakfast on Tuesday.

October 21, 2014, 9:45 AM

Online aeronautical chart provider and flight planning resource SkyVector (Booth 3691) announced at NBAA2014 that it will now accept advertising on its website, offering companies the opportunity to reach its audience of pilots, schedulers and dispatchers.

October 21, 2014, 9:30 AM

Snecma has confirmed the 11,000-lb-class Silvercrest turbofan has been flying since May on a modified Gulfstream II, after several delays. As another seven Silvercrests are running on the ground, the France-based engine manufacturer is still targeting late 2015 for certification. The first two applications are the large-cabin, long-range Dassault Falcon 5X and the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude, both twinjets.

October 21, 2014, 9:10 AM

Jetex opened its new North American office in Miami, Fla., on October 20. The international flight-planning and trip-support group is transferring its Dubai-based Eagle Team to the new facility in order to have more direct contact with a growing body of customers from the U.S. and throughout the Americas.

The overall goal is to offer a closer connection with [business aircraft] operators, and our support staff in Miami can deliver the same array of services as our head office,” said Jetex corporate sales manager Heather Satchwell.

October 21, 2014, 9:00 AM

The new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, unveiled last week at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., not only ushered in a new era for the OEM, but also provided another validation of the expertise in fly-by-wire (FBW) control systems for Thales. The French avionics company is supplying the FBW systems for both aircraft, building on its work in providing the system for the G650. Thales also provides the FBW system for Gulfstream’s flagship ultra long-range G650ER.

October 21, 2014, 9:00 AM

True North Avionics will this afternoon unveil its new Optelity family of inflight connectivity products here at the NBAA show (Booth 2881). The new wireless connectivity platform is being marketed with fixed pricing that covers all costs associated with updating software and hardware for future needs. The Canadian company says this approach is modeled on the power-by-the-hour concepts successfully applied for supporting aircraft engines.

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