The number of used business jets and business turboprops sold globally fell in May, when compared to the same time a year ago, according to JetNet. The total number of used business jets sold in North America in May totaled 170, down from 183 in May 2014. That’s still up from May 2013, however, when 149 used business jets were sold. While the number of light and medium-size jets sold fell in May, the number of heavy jets sold rose to 55 from 48 in May 2014.
Aug. 11-13—12th Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), http://10times.com/labace-saopaulo
Aug. 22-23—Shoreham Airshow, Brighton City (Shoreham) Airport, West Sussex, www.shorehamairshow.co.uk/
Tim Brady, dean of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Aviation in Daytona Beach, Florida, has been named interim chancellor of the campus effective Aug. 15, where he forged the nation’s first aviation PhD program. He has served as chairman of the aviation department at Central Missouri State and dean of institutional advancement and external programs at Parks College of St. Louis University.
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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS Deutscheland GmbH (formerly Eurocopter Deutscheland GmbH) Model MBB-BK 117C-2 helicopters [Docket No. FAA-2015-2994; Directorate Identifier 2014-SW-057-AD] – proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Model MBB-BK 117C-2 helicopters installed with an external mounted hoist system wiring harness requiring inspection of the hoist control pendant wiring harness for chafing; replacement of the wire harness should chafing be found; and a protection sleeve installed for the harness.
Flying Colours KSUS, the St. Louis sister facility of the Canada completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider, is close to securing a Supplemental Type Certificate for ADS-B Out for Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605 aircraft, the company said. It is in response to industry mandates. Flying Colours chose the Challenger 604 and 605 as the first models for installation because it is one of the most consistent airframes in its portfolio.
Duncan Aviation’s satellite avionics facility at Houston’s Hobby Airport has received certification from Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil, the civil aviation authority for the Mexican state. The certificate is good through April 2017 and will allow Duncan to expand avionics for customers based in Mexico. Duncan Aviation holds certificates for 10 additional civil aviation authorities around the world.
RAI Jets has partnered with Chicagoland Aviation to expand into the Chicago area. RAI is a Sturgis, Michigan, private charter aviation company. It will provide an alternative to commercial airline travel between Kalamazoo and Chicago. RAI Jets is experiencing the rising trend for charter jet service, it said.
FlightSafety announced that Dassault Aviation has renewed its Certificate of Approval as an authorized training provider. FlightSafety provides training for the Falcon 10/100, Falcon 20/20-5, Falcon 50 and F0EX, Falcon 200, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900 and 7X aircraft. It will offer training for the Falcon 2000LXS starting in November and the Falcon 8X once the aircraft enters service.
Vertis Aviation, based in Switzerland, has added a Doha, Qatar-based Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet of aircraft. The Challenger 604 is a new model for the company and complements the larger Boeing Business Jet managed by Vertis out of Dubai, the company said.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Aerocardal Limitada as a commercial and government sales representative in Chile. The addition expands Gulfstream’s sales capabilities in Latin America. Aerocardal is a fixed-base operator and charter company located at Comordoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. It’s one of the largest FBOs and charter companies in Chile.
France’s Dassault Systemes is partnering with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research at the university’s advanced manufacturing center on its planned Innovation Campus. Dassault is helping to establish a 3DExperience Center, which will be located at the school’s Experiential Engineering Building. The center will focus on enabling advanced product development and manufacturing of next generation manufacturing materials and technologies using Dassault’s 3DExperience platform and brand applications.
Aspen Avionics has received FAA certification for its integrated angle of attack indicator. The software is priced at $1,995. Deliveries are to begin immediately, the company said. The FAA’s focus on reducing loss of control accidents through increased emphasis on angle of attack played a major role in Aspen’s ability to bring the product to market, officials say.
Duncan Aviation will host a free NextGen seminar Aug. 6 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center at 4900 S. Syracuse in Denver, one of the few remaining NextGen seminars the company has scheduled for this year. The seminar focuses on the mandates for ADS-B and FANS 1A. Representatives from Rockwell Collins, Satcom Direct, Honeywell Aerospace, Universal Avionics, Garmin, L-3 Aviation Products and GoGo Biz will present information about certified equipment available for business aircraft.
FL Technics Jets, a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business and regional aircraft, has changed its name to Jet Maintenance Solutions. The change is effective immediately.
Global Jet Services now offers FAA-accepted maintenance training for Embraer’s Phenom 300 aircraft. The two-week initial-level maintenance training course covers aircraft systems, theory, operation, inspection and servicing. Global Jet Services offers hands-on sessions.
Voyager Jet Center’s new fixed base operation opened July 22 at Allegheny County Airport. It plans to hold a grand opening at 5 p.m. Aug. 6. The facility features a large pilot lounge, sleep room, advanced security, concierge services, flight planning center, crew cars, on-ramp Wi-Fi and an 18,000 ft. heated hangar. It also provides 24-hr. service and charter services.
Avcon Industries, a subsidiary of Butler National Corp., has received FAA approval for the installation of Rockwell Collins AHC-3000A attitude heading reference system into the Learjet Model 60, it reports. The STC retrofit package will be offered through Butler Avionics, in Olathe, Kansas.