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AOPA Insurance Services has convinced some of its underwriters to allow flexible coverage for club and partnership aircraft. In an interview with AVweb at NBAA 2013, Bill Snead, the new president of the company, said there are myriad scenarios to aircraft ownership, including the potential for rental, that presented insurance challenges. Read More
Next week, AOPA Insurance will announce new insurance products aimed at collective aircraft ownership. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the new president of AOPA Insurance, Bill Snead. Read More
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Bombardier chalked up a $600 million aircraft order at NBAA on Monday but the customer was a familiar one. Flexjet, which until six weeks ago was owned by Bombardier, converted an option for 30 Learjet 85s to a firm order. The option was part of a huge order made by the new Flexjet LLC when its parent company, Directional Aviation Capital, purchased the fractional business from Bombardier on Sept. 5. Read More
In September, Bombardier announced Flexjet, its fractional arm, had been sold to a group of investors. The investors promptly ordered up to 245 airplanes (firm orders and options) and on Monday added another 20 aircraft options. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Flexjet President Deanna White about how the flurry of transactions positions Flexjet for the future. Read More
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Boeing Business Jets brought an aircraft to NBAA in Las Vegas that looks a little unusual but may become a common sight at airports everywhere. The aircraft is fitted with Split Scimitar Winglets from modification shop Aviation Partners. Read More
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Although many aviation companies are suffering from five years of depressed markets, Gulfstream is reporting solid financial results on the strength of some popular new designs. At a news conference at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas, the company reported revenues of $3.83 billion in the first half of 2013 (up 19 percent over 2012) and earnings of $699 million (up 32 percent). Read More
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Pilatus Aircraft has seen great success with their PC-12 single-engine turboprop. The manufacturer is now venturing into the jet market with the PC-24 twin jet -- a corporate comfort aircraft capable of flight in and out of unimproved airstrips. Read More
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Eclipse Aerospace president Mason Holland delivered the first Eclipse 550, boasting new upgrades to a customer at the National Business Aviation Association exhibition in Las Vegas, October 22, 2013. The aircraft hosts avionics upgrades and enhanced and synthetic vision systems. Read More
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The Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds will return to a full airshow schedule for the 2014 season, military officials announced this week. "Community outreach is key to connecting Americans to the military," said Cmdr. Thomas Frosch, flight leader for the Blue Angels. "Our performances provide a unique opportunity to inspire millions to connect with and support our service members." The teams have been grounded since this spring, when federal spending cuts took effect, and many aviation events around the country were canceled when the teams and other military attractions were unable to appear. The Blue Angels' 2014 schedule (PDF) includes Sun 'n Fun, in Lakeland, Fla., in April. The Thunderbirds team, which canceled a visit to EAA AirVenture this year, has not yet released a 2014 schedule. Read More
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