Business Aviation

News and issues relating to business, corporate and private aviation, primarily regarding turbine-engine-powered airplanes and helicopters. Subjects include aircraft, engines, maintenance, operations, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security, and training.

Cabin Interior and Electronics

G500 Cabin Features New Interior Options and Styling

Gulfstream has extensively evaluated the G500 production interior in its new cabin integration test facility.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Satcom Direct Launches Onboard Live-stream TV

SD Live allows passengers to stream live television via their own personal electronic devices or the cabin entertainment system anywhere in the world.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Dallas Airmotive’s New DFW MRO Begins Operations

New DFW MRO campus reflects BBA Aviation Global Engine Services focus on the customer.
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Aircraft

FlightSafety’s New App Gets Rave Reviews

FlightBag, which stores training documents and exercises, has received positive feedback from users.
Maintenance and Modifications

JSSI Reaching Record Sales with New, Expanded Services

JSSI’s Parts business is moving into whole aircraft acquisition.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Blackhawk Expects STC for King Air 350 Engine Upgrade in May

With the upgrade, typical cruise speeds are increased by up to 37 ktas, up to 340 ktas at maximum engine power limits.
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Charter & Fractional

Zetta Jet Boosts Charter Fleet with Challenger 650 Order

Zetta Jet Boosts Charter Fleet with Challenger 650 Order Financial Leasing to be leased to Singapore-based operator Zetta Jet.
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Aircraft

Deer Jet UAS Stake Signals Global Ambitions

China’s largest business jet operator acquires stake in global flight-planning company.
Aircraft

Nextant Shows Off Single Power Levers for King Air G90XT

Deliveries will begin once the new single-lever power lever system is approved by the FAA in early 2017.
Aircraft

Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Gets FAA Nod

After 10 years the company is a jet company.
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Airports

Flight Will Start Trial Ops at China’s Zhuhai Airport

During the three-month trial stakeholders must demonstrate there is sufficient traffic at the airport.
Engines

Textron Selects Silvercrest to Power Cessna Citation Hemisphere

Safran says it has now fixed all performance sustainment problems for the Silvercrest engine powering Dassault's new Falcon 5X.

Thales Introduces FlytLINK Global Connectivity Platform

System will operate with current Iridium network, then transfer to Next satellite network in 2018.
FBOs

Harrods Aviation Offers FlyBuys Points at NBAA 2016

Harrods Aviation, which recently renewed its authorized service facility agreement with Bombardier, will offer FlyBuys points at its booth.
Maintenance and Modifications

Scheme Designers Now Offers 3-D Aircraft Renderings

Photo-realistic renderings allow customers to view all the angles before committing to a paint scheme.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Ez Creeper Reduces Scare of Aviation Maintenance Tech Injuries

Company’s $950 creeper increases productivity of aircraft technicians and reduces repetitive stress injuries.
Aircraft

TrueNorth Router OK’d for SmartSky 4G

The Optelity router has received approval for SmartSky 4G network.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Mid Continent debuts Aurora IFE

Fourth-generation wireless IFE solution offers increased Wi-Fi throughput; plans to add integrated CMS announced.
Avionics

Habco Becomes Approved Supplier of Tooling for PW&C Engines

Agreement covers the spectrum of P&WC engines.
Aircraft

Leonardo Sells Five More AW169s in Brazil

Deal boosts its total order book, including firms orders, framework agreements and options for the model, to more than 150.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Lufthansa Technik Unveils Mercedes Bizliner Cabin Designs

German MRO and completions specialist believes prestige branding will appeal especially to those new to business aviation.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Inairvation Displays New ‘Chair’ Seat for Business Jets

Lufthansa Technik-F/List joint venture showing a new version of its “chair” seat this week at NBAA 2016.
Engines

P&WC Reports Strong Response to Eagle Service Plans

Pratt & Whitney Canada is offering 400 flight hours of free coverage for new PT6A operators.
Training and Workforce

Shaesta Waiz Making Aviation Dreams Soar

NBAA is supporting an epic round-the-world solo flight by Afghanistan’s first female civilian pilot, Shaesta Waiz,
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New Air Charter Booking Platforms Go Head-to-head

Stellar Labs is launching its charter booking portal at NBAA 2016, just a few weeks after Stratajet entered the U.S. market

Guardian Jet Signs for Down-Route App

Free expense management and booking app “ready to launch,” developer says; more than 70 operators have expressed interest.
Avionics

Certon Demos Avionics Development and Testing Platforms

Certrton is demonstrating its internally developed tools, CertSafe and CertBench, at NBAA 2016.
Charter & Fractional

Wheels Up Hits 3,000 Members, Vows To Triple Rolls

Membership company has introduced brokerage service and shuttle flights, and plans European expansion.
Maintenance and Modifications

API, FlexSys Venture Taps Possibilities of Morphing Wing

Aviation Partners is bringing 15-foot demonstrator to NBAA Convention to display multiple applications of FlexFoil wing morphing.

Embraer Says Industry Can Stimulate New Demand

Brazilian manufacturer believes it’s time to open up business aviation more to middle-ranking execs and officials, and broaden its appeal.