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Boeing Business Jets Announces Four New BBJ MAX 8 Orders

Boeing Business Jets today announced orders for four new BBJ MAX 8 airplanes at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. The first order to an undisclosed customer based in the Middle East is for three BBJ MAX 8s. The second order for an undisclosed customer in Asia is for one BBJ MAX 8. "2015 has been a really strong...

Boeing is turning to robots and outsourcing

For most of its 100-year history, when Boeing turned out more planes, employment soared and the Seattle-area economy prospered. When the rate of production fell, layoffs followed and the local economy crashed. The cycle was so predictable that Boeing workers had a phrase for it: "Headcount goes by rate." Now that longstanding cycle has broken down. The world's largest p...

Comlux America Extends Its Service Capabilities on VIP Aircraft

Comlux The Aviation Group is pleased to announce that Comlux America LLC, its Completion and Service Center based in Indianapolis IN, has obtained the required top-of-the-line qualifications to offer complete maintenance and repair services to ACJ, BBJ and Bombardier Business Aircraft customers. Earlier this month, Comlux America was approved by Airbus Corporate Jets as an Authorized Service Ce...

Gulfstream G500 made its first cross-country trip

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new Gulfstream G500 made its first cross-country trip for the 2015 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The G500 flew from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport into 75-knot headwinds and arrived at Henderson Executive 4 hours and 36 minutes later, accomplishing the 1,630-nautical-mile/3,018-kil...

Five Things Not to Miss at NBAA2015

When planning a schedule for NBAA's 2015 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), Chris Strong, NBAA's senior vice president, conventions and membership, suggests the following five events are not to be missed. 1. The Largest Indoor Static Display to Date NBAA2015 will feature 15 aircraft and two mockups inside the convention center, enabling attendees to explore...

CenTex shows Halo Mod and Saddle Tanks

CenTex Aerospace (Booth N3323) is showcasing here in Las Vegas its Halo 250 commuter category conversion for King Air 200 series turboprops, and the latest addition to its line of fuel and baggage saddle tanks for King Air 200s and 350s. The Halo conversion increases payload by moving the airplane into commuter category and boosting mtow to 13,420 pounds. Safety features added in the...

American B738 at Orlando on Nov. 14, 2015, Bird Strike

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N969NN performing flight AA-1027 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to Orlando, FL (U.S.), was on final approach to Orlando's runway 36L about 5 nm before touch down when a bird impacted the left hand engine (CFM56), all engine parameters remained normal. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 36L about 2 minutes later. A borescopic i...

Milestones Reached in Beechjet/Hawker 400 G5000 Program

Garmin’s certification program for upgrading the Beechjet400A/Hawker 400XP to its G5000 integrated flight deck has completed several milestones toward achieving FAA approval in the first quarter of 2016. These include system architecture and installation details, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), lightning and reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) test...

Boeing confident Gulf airlines can keep growing amid oil price volatility

Boeing expects Arabian Gulf carriers to weather the impact of lower oil prices on regional economies and sustain their rapid growth. In an interview at last week’s Dubai Airshow, Bertrand-Marc Allen, the president of Boeing International, said that the UAE’s efforts to beef up its aviation manufacturing capabilities will also help to mitigate any volatility in oil prices. “...

Aviation maintenance program to provide skilled workers

The inner workings of aircraft have always fascinated Michael Cook. So much so, the 18-year-old wants to work on airplanes for a living. The Booker T. Washington High senior wants to become one of the first graduates of George Stone Technical Center's new aviation maintenance program scheduled to start in January. Cook plans to enroll in classes next fall and graduate in a few years with ai...

Sigari: Citation Market Rebounds in North America

Demand for light and midsize jets in North America is finally returning to levels seen prior tobefore the 2008 recession, JjetAviva CEO Cyrus Sigari told attendees of the Citation Jet Pilots Association’'s (CJP) 2015 convention held in September. For the moment, at least, that strength is enough to counter troubling signs on the international stage. “The...

Delta Launches Comfort+ Fares

Saturday Delta Air Lines officially launched a “Comfort+” airfare in its reservation system which makes it the first legacy U.S. airline to sell extra legroom seats under their own fare. For future travel starting May 16, 2016, customers will have the option to book the Comfort+ fare; customers who purchase this will be able to select Comfort+ seats which offer: Cust...