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October 31, 2014, 11:25 AM

A week after securing new ownership and a much needed capital infusion, the UK’s Monarch Airlines finalized an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max 8s worth more than $3.2 billion at current list prices, Boeing announced Friday. The order, originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, includes options for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s and marks the beginning of the British carrier’s transition to an all-Boeing single-aisle fleet.

October 30, 2014, 4:42 PM

A Beechcraft-owned King Air 200, crashed onto the roof of FlightSafety International’s Cessna Citation Training Center on the north side at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) this morning just before 10 a.m. CDT. Authorities reported that the sole-occupant pilot–Mark Goldstein, a contract pilot–reported an engine failure on takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. Goldstein was attempting to ferry the twin turboprop to Mena, Ark., Ryan Aviation president Ron Ryan told Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.

October 30, 2014, 3:55 PM

Business aircraft deliveries showed a healthy 8.7-percent year-over-year jump during the first nine months of this year, according to third-quarter data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Billings also rose about 4 percent during this period, to $16.02 billion.

October 30, 2014, 3:40 PM

Bombardier Aerospace delivered 45 business jets (seven Learjet 70/75s, one Learjet 60XR, 12 Challenger 300/350s, six Challenger 605s and 19 Global 5000/6000s) in the third quarter, compared with 36 (two 60XRs, 12 Challenger 300s, eight 605s and 14 Globals) in the same period a year ago. Year-to-date as of September 30, it shipped 126 business jets (16 Learjets, 55 Challengers and 55 Globals) versus 120 (nine Learjets, 66 Challengers and 45 Globals).

October 30, 2014, 3:35 PM

Under a newly constructed International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) registration, business aviation safety firm Baldwin Aviation is now offering a co-operative registration plan to qualifying flight departments–meaning one aircraft and four or fewer staff members–that are working directly with the company on IS-BAO compliance and registration. Baldwin became the first IS-BAO registered safety management system (SMS) implementer in 2007; achieved Stage II registration in 2010; and this year met the requirements to establish its new Safety Co-op program.

October 30, 2014, 3:30 PM

The FAA and U.S. aviation industry have formed an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

October 30, 2014, 3:25 PM

Garmin announced the GDL 84 ADS-B datalink, which provides an all-inclusive, minimally intrusive ADS-B OUT solution without the need to significantly modify the aircraft panel or the need for a multifunction display. When paired with Garmin’s Flight Stream Bluetooth wireless gateway, the system also provides ADS-B IN benefits, including access to advanced traffic and subscription-free weather information, within the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device. The GDL 84 is expected to receive FAA Approved Model List supplemental type certification in the first quarter.

October 30, 2014, 3:22 PM

Bombardier has decided to set aside plans to collaborate with Russian industrial conglomerate Rostec to establish an assembly line outside Moscow for the Q400 turboprop, the Canadian company’s CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, confirmed during its third-quarter earnings briefing on Thursday.

October 30, 2014, 3:15 PM

Beechcraft is now offering a factory-installed modification for King Air 250s that increases the mtow from 12,500 pounds to 13,420 pounds, providing 1,025 pounds of payload with full fuel. Aircraft with this option will be certified in the commuter category, meaning pilots will be required to have a type rating. The modification, developed with CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, is also available as an aftermarket option for in-service King Air 250s via Textron Aviation’s factory-owned service centers

October 30, 2014, 3:10 PM

Garmin expanded its global aviation chart coverage with the latest release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams. Ground movement charts and airport diagrams are also available as part of the European FliteCharts database, Garmin said. The latest release extends coverage to following countries: Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Hungary; Ireland; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; and Ukraine. Aircraft overlays of current aircraft position are available on Garmin’s FliteCharts.