Cessna’s recently certified Citation X+ set a number of recognized city-pair speed records as part of a two-day campaign, including a flight time of 4 hours 52 minutes from Seattle (Wash.) King County International Airport to Opa Locka (Fla.) Executive Airport near Miami. The Citation X+ departed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport for Seattle, before dashing the 2,364 nm to Miami, returning to Seattle and then back to Wichita. The westbound coast-to-coast flight took 5 hours 13 minutes and reached FL470.
Jet Aviation signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) that will see its FBO at Lynden Pinding International Airport in the Bahamas rebranded as Jet Aviation Bahamas starting next year. The current EFS facility includes 305,000 sq ft of ramp space and a 10,000-sq-ft terminal that houses 24-hour customs and immigration, concierge service, customer offices, pilot lounge and flight planning room, executive lounges, conference room, onsite car rental and 20,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Heliflight Aviation Group plans to open a new FBO at Albrook “Marcos A. Gelabert” International Airport in Panama in the coming weeks. Known as the Panama Jet Center, the facility is ready to go, and is expecting to get the necessary paperwork to begin operations in early December. The new FBO will offer a full range of amenities, including customs/immigration clearance and the only temperature/humidity-controlled hangar in the region. It can also handle overflight and landing permits for domestic and international flights.
Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (Booth 2976), about 15 miles south of Orlando, recently completed two major projects, a new five-acre Business Airpark as well as new taxiway and road access in the new AeroVista development. The projects make about 20 acres open to both aviation and non-aviation development.
The AIN team is in Orlando covering all the news from this week's 2014 NBAA show in Orlando, Florida. Monday's press day was packed with news conferences as exhibitors competed for media attention on the eve of the show. Keep coming back to AINonline.com for comprehensive reports, photos and video.
For many attendees at NBAA’s annual convention and exhibition, the static display remains the highlight, a showcase where airframers and aircraft brokers alike can present their finest aircraft. But while showgoers prowl the Orlando Executive Airport ramp this week, few will take into account the vast amount of logistics that goes into the precision marshaling of all those aircraft, as well as providing the support for them during the show.
Business aviation is on its way to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to join colleagues, vendors, manufacturers and friends at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Pre-show events begin this weekend and the exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the opening-day general session at 8:30 a.m. in the south hall.
Miami, Fla.-based World Fuel Services has added the Orion Jet Center at nearby Opa-Locka Executive Airport to its preferred network of FBOs. The Ascent-branded facility offers business aviation clientele fuel, hangar storage, pilot lounge, flight-planning facilities, on-site U.S. Customs, rental cars, 24-hour gourmet catering and preferred hotel arrangements. Opa-Locka is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Miami, South Beach, Bal Harbor and Fort Lauderdale.
At last year’s NBAA show, whatever good news could be unearthed about business aviation was dampened by the dismal impact of the government sequestration, effects of which are still evident. While the political machinations emanating from Washington, D.C., this year seem to have abated somewhat, there is still a threat of a government shutdown, but so far, at least, there have been no big eruptions of user fee proposals to mar this year’s show. Attacks on business aviation seem to have abated, too, perhaps because the government has more important items on its agenda.
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