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Nextant Aerospace was among the busiest companies at NBAA with two major announcements that will keep the "remanufacturing" company busy for years to come. The company, which launched two years ago with a plan to retrofit Hawker 400 series aircraft announced it will give the same nose-to-tail refurb treatment to legacy King Air 90 aircraft, re-engining them with new GE turboprops. Read More
Nextant Aerospace has hade a business of "remanufacturing" the Hawker Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP -- offering a new aircraft experience at a used aircraft price. Now it's expanding that business model to the King Air, refitting the aircraft with GE engines. Read More
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Rockwell Collins brings enhanced vision to light jets with the EVS-3000 vision system and HGS-3500 display, which employs a new space-saving design. The company will bring the products to market with Embraer in 2015 aboard the Legacy 450 and, later, Legacy 500 business jets. Read More
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The Alliance for Aviation Across America has grown from a small advocacy group to a national force in setting aviation access policy, particularly in rural America. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Selena Shilad, the group's executive director. Read More
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IPads are a fixture in modern cockpits, but integrating them to simulator training is relatively new. SimCom worked with Redbird Flight Simulations to allow iPad simulation in its devices. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Eric Hinson about how it all works. Read More
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Offering the most compatibility with your favorite apps and uncontested AHRS performance, the iLevil SW has been known as the most flexible AHRS/ADS-B system in the market. Levil Technology is now introducing the iLevil AW, featuring internal pressure sensors that measure indicated airspeed, pressure altitude, and VSI when connected to the pitot-static system of a homebuilt or light sport aircraft. Check out the iLevil at AirVenture Oshkosh or visit our web site here.
Those special security lanes at the airport that some seemingly privileged passengers breeze through completely dressed are actually central to the TSA's plan to streamline security screening, according to the agency's director. Read More
Honda Aircraft Company opened a new customer service facility at its world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., last week, and this week, the company is bringing its conforming HondaJet to the annual NBAA Convention for the first time. With the new customer facility, HondaJet now occupies more than 130 acres at Piedmont Triad International Airport, with more than 600,000 square feet of buildings. The new center aims to provide "a new level of the private jet ownership experience," said CEO Michimasa Fujino. The center will serve as a base for the company's customer service and training operations, and also will provide heavy maintenance and major repair and overhaul work. Read More
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There was plenty of star power on hand to help brighten NBAA 2013 as the bizjet industry continues to use celebrity endorsement and attendance to bolster its fortunes. Although not a promotional event per se, few would dispute the draw actor Harrison Ford provided for the opening general session of the convention. Read More
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A new rule from the FAA that would effect changes to how commercial pilots are taught to deal with stalls was expected to be published this month, but now will be further delayed because of the government shutdown, the FAA has said. In a statement, the FAA said that employees at the FAA, the Transportation Department, and the Office of Management and Budget who are responsible for finalizing the rule all were furloughed, and "the agency is assessing the shutdown's impact on finalizing the rule." The new rule will mandate changes in how flight simulators work and how pilots are taught to react to stall warnings. Read More
A man fell from the wing of a 1942 Stearman biplane and died on Saturday, shortly after the airplane took off from the inaugural Festival of Flight open-house event at the Tampa North Aero Park in Florida. Marc Curto, 62, was wearing a parachute, but it was not deployed. Curto and another man, also wearing a parachute, and a pilot were on board the aircraft and flying at about 1,000 feet when the accident occurred. The pilot circled the site above a suburban neighborhood where Curto fell and then landed safely back at the airport. Although it was widely reported that Curto was a "wing walker," John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, told AVweb that's not an accurate term. Read More
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Cessna CEO Scott Ernest effectively killed off the Skycatcher program at NBAA on Monday and he did so in the worst way possible. What does that say about Cessna and its attitude to the GA industry. Read More
ForeFlight || Plates on Maps
This week, AVweb is attending the China International General Aviation Conference (CIGAC) and the annual Aviation Training Congress China (ATCC). We'll have coverage all week of our visits to Beijing and Xi'an. Read More
As China struggles to expand its aviation infrastructure at a breakneck pace, it's seeking help from every corner of the globe, and the European Union is stepping up expertise in airport design. AVweb's Tim Cole interviews Norbert Gronak of Aviare Consult GmbH about China's airport design needs. Read More
A Chinese-based company recently bought Mooney and pledges to restart production, keeping the company at its Kerrville, Texas headquarters. In this exclusive interview from AVweb's CIGAC/ATCC coverage of Chinese aviation, Jerry Chen reveals new details about where Mooney will be headed. Read More
In Europe, autogyros are a mainstay in the recreational aviation market, and the same trend may develop in China. In this exclusive video report from the China International General Aviation Conference in Xi'an, AVweb's Tim Cole reports that autogyros may be uniquely suited to China's developing GA market. Read More
Geographically, technologically, and spiritually, Xi'an is poised to be the heart of general aviation in China's emerging GA market — much as Wichita, Kansas is to the U.S. GA scene. Perhaps that's why Wichita is opening a bureau in Xi'an. AVweb spoke with Cessna's William J. Schultz and Wichita mayor Carl Brewer at the China International General Aviation Conference 2013. Read More
China is building new, modern, and capable airports at a blistering pace, and many of these will eventually serve the developing general aviation market. AVweb's Tim Cole visited Peucheng Airport in east central China and filed this video sampler of what's on the flightline there. Read More
Women in Aviation International (WAI) 
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