NBAA will hold its annual business aviation convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, October 10-12, the group announced this week. The event will feature 1,100 exhibits, 100 aircraft on static display, and plentiful opportunities for education and networking. Keynote speakers will be U.S. astronauts and identical twin brothers, Mark and Scott Kelly. They’ll headline the event’s second-day Opening General Session. "We are honored to welcome Mark and Scott Kelly to NBAA-BACE," said NBAA president Ed Bolen. "Their stories are truly remarkable aspects of America's aviation and aerospace history.”
Flight Design, which has been in receivership in Germany since February 2016, is now under new ownership, the company announced on Wednesday. Lift Air, from Eisenach, Germany, has taken over all assets and operation of the company. “I am glad that we are able to maintain the know-how of one of the world’s market leaders in the light aircraft sector and to secure it with a well-funded investor,” said Knut Rebholz, the insolvency administrator for the company, in a news release.
With a full line of aerodiesel engines in its product portfolio, Continental Motors says it’s seeing more uptake of Jet A-burning engines in the training market, including some nibbles in the North American market. At an AirVenture press conference on Tuesday, Continental’s Rhett Ross said that the company’s new CD-300 six-cylinder diesel is now fully certified and production ready.