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October 20, 2014, 8:30 PM
G600 mockup

Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The G600 and the slightly smaller G500 were announced October 14 following a highly secretive five-year development program. A G500 already is assembled, taxiing and preparing for its first flight early next year.

October 20, 2014, 8:25 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace is opening a new sales and design center in Long Beach, Calif. The facility will support West Coast customers with the selection of cabin interior and paint options for their aircraft. The manufacturer’s 325,000-sq-ft Long Beach center has been open since 1986 and includes a completions center for the G550 and G650 models, as well as a service center for all Gulfstream models.

October 20, 2014, 8:20 PM
Citation Latitude

Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.

October 20, 2014, 8:15 PM

Airbus unveiled here at NBAA 2014 a new VIP widebody cabin concept, Summit, for the A330-200, featuring a floor plan with an executive configuration in the front of the cabin and airline style seating in the rear. The Summit is intended to appeal to customers, such as governments, that need to transport both a few passengers in VIP accommodations along with a larger group, such as a trade delegation and journalists. However, Airbus (Booth 5099, static display) believes Summit may also be popular with private buyers in the Middle East who often travel in a similar manner.

October 20, 2014, 8:10 PM

Bombardier unveiled its new Challenger 650 here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The Montreal-headquartered airframer (Booth 281) is refreshing its classic, 10-passenger Challenger 600 series with redesigned cockpit and cabin interiors and optimized GE CF34-3B MTO turbofan engines that will provide additional takeoff thrust on a limited basis to facilitate shorter takeoff distances, greater payloads and more range from “challenging” airports during high/hot operations. Planned maximum range of the new model is 4,000 nm (with six passengers and standard NBAA IFR reserves).

October 20, 2014, 8:00 PM

Honda Aircraft (Booth 5062) is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company announced yesterday at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co. and, as of today, started accepting loan applications from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. The first production HondaJet is on display at the Orlando Executive Airport NBAA static display.

October 20, 2014, 7:50 PM

Engine condition trend-monitoring specialist Jet-Care has introduced a new version of its webECHO online portal to give aircraft operators easier real-time access to test results and trend reports. The new system is designed to be used on both desktop computers and mobile devices. The improved site brings together analysis and results covering the company’s gas path analysis (GPA) engine trend monitoring, as well as its laboratory testing of oil, hydraulic fluid, fuel, debris and filters.

October 20, 2014, 7:40 PM

Business aviation data provider Amstat (Booth 2968) has noted increasing sales activity in the industry of late. According to the Tinton Falls, N.J.-based company, a greater percentage of the active fleet of business jets (7.8 percent) sold in the first nine months of 2014 than in the same period in any year over the last decade.

October 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.

October 20, 2014, 7:30 PM

Even as Embraer Executive Jets celebrated a record commercial and business aircraft order backlog and continued strong delivery numbers through the third quarter of this year, president and CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini also lamented what he sees as lagging growth in sales figures across the segment.