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The U.S. has imposed travel restrictions on passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, requiring them to enter the country through five airports set up with screening facilities for those who might have Ebola. "We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. "If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking, as needed." Although Johnson specifically mentions airlines in his statement, the restrictions presumably apply to private aircraft. The development is likely to come up at a forum on Ebola and business aviation at NBAA in Orlando and AVweb will be covering that forum.

The designated airports, JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and O'Hare, already admit 94 percent of travelers from those countries and there are no direct, non-stop flights from those countries. Only about 150 people a day arrive in the U.S. from those countries and less than 10 land in airports other than the designated five. At those airports, passengers coming from those countries will have their temperatures checked, as fever is an early symptom of Ebola.

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The wreckage of an airplane that was missing for more than six months has been found in Marion County, Florida, about five miles from the airport where it last took off, local news outlets have reported. Daryl Burns was hiking in dense woods on Sunday afternoon when he spotted the wreck. Skeletal remains were found in the cockpit, Burns told The Gainseville Sun. The airplane, a Sonex, was largely intact, but it was upside down, and the engine was detached. Pilot Theodore Weiss, 74, had departed from the Marion County Airport for Zephyrhills Municipal Airport on April 5.

Volunteers had searched the forested area multiple times since the crash, according to The Sun. The wreck site was only about 300 yards from a state road, but it was hard to spot among the oak trees. "Our helicopter had trouble finding it -- even knowing where it was," said Lauren Lettelier, spokesperson for the Marion County sheriff's office. The wreckage has been removed.

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The captain of a Beechcraft 390 Premier failed to follow the correct procedures for an anti-skid failure, resulting in a fiery crash that killed five passengers, the NTSB said in its final report on Tuesday. The jet was returning to Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, in Thomson, Georgia, on February 20, 2013, when it failed to slow down after touchdown. The captain initiated a go-around. Nine seconds later, the jet collided with a utility pole about 1,835 feet from the end of the runway, 63 feet above the ground. The captain and first officer suffered serious injuries. NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said crew fatigue was a factor in the accident.

"This pilot's inadequate knowledge of his aircraft was compounded by his fatigue," said Hart. "As a result, five people died who did not have to. Just as pilots should not take off without enough fuel, they should not operate an aircraft without enough rest." The captain failed to adhere to the airplane's flight manual procedures for anti-skid failure in flight and did not retract the lift dump -- a critical system to assist in stopping the aircraft -- immediately after making the decision to perform a go-around, according to the NTSB. According to the checklist for an anti-skid system failure, the flap configurations available for the pilot were flaps up or flaps 10. Either of these configurations would have required a longer landing distance than the runway provided. As a result, the pilot should have sought landing at an alternate airport, the NTSB said.

Investigators found the aircraft had extended flaps 30 on the approach, which is prohibited by the anti-skid failure procedures. At the time of impact, the flaps were transitioning through flaps 15. Additionally, while both the airplane's flight manual and a placard in the cockpit warned against extending the lift dump in flight, the go-around was attempted with the lift dump deployed, making a safe climb unlikely. The full report is posted online.

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CAE has opened a new 60,000-square-foot business aviation training facility, CAE Dallas East, just east of the Dallas Forth Worth Airport, the company announced Tuesday at the NBAA convention in Orlando. The company has also added programs at its existing Dallas facility. The combined Dallas space now totals 486,000 square feet, with 40 simulators, 114 classrooms and 80 briefing rooms. It's the largest aviation training campus in the world, according to CAE. They also have added three programs in Dallas, offering training for the Gulfstream 450/550, the King Air 350, and Embraer Legacy.

"This year, we are celebrating 30 years in Dallas with our flagship business aviation training center," said Nick Leontidis, president of CAE Group. "Both [Dallas] centers offer customers an easy commute and an excellent experience in and out of the classroom." CAE has 67 locations around the world, and trains more than 120,000 civil and military flight crew members every year.

Breathable air is one of the main selling points of a northern Chinese province's effort to develop the "World Aviation City of Ordos" in Inner Mongolia. The local government is proposing an $8 billion aviation-oriented community that will include "the world's largest GA base" with an FBO that has parking for up to 1,000 aircraft. So far, the plan is largely conceptual (the former airport terminal is being converted into an FBO) but Ordos official Wang Jian told an NBAA news conference that the three-square-mile development will become the most important GA facility in the area. The development is being backed by the China Aviation Investment Group (CAG) and will feature nine separate modules, including business, research, maintenance and education facilities, along with aviation-oriented tourism facilities.

Ordos is hyping its clean environment and natural attractions as a major lure to offshore investors. The city is about 350 miles west of Beijing, far enough that the choking pollution of the capital city doesn't spread there. The promoters say the climate is pleasant, the city is modern and has good infrastructure and is hungry for investment.

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Although the total number of aircraft and hours flown still remains small, business aviation in China continues to grow at a blistering pace, according to Deer Jet, China's largest provider of charter aviation services. In a podcast interview with AVweb on Monday at the National Business Aviation Association show in Orlando, Deer Jet's Zhang Peng said the company flew 20 percent more hours in 2014 over a similar period during the previous year and he expects similar growth over the short term.

"We have had a 20 percent increase in flight time compared to last year. This is a big increase. Because the Chinese economy is still continuing in growth, Chinese business aviation growth will continue as in the past. But the growth rate will become flat," Peng said.

Most of those flights are international trips in and out of China, which is what charter buyers and aircraft owners seem to demand, with only a small portion as domestic flights. With such strong demand, are fractionals on the U.S. model in China's future?

Not for the short term, Peng said. "At the moment, fractional ownership is not a mature product in China. The reason is accounting and financial policy," Peng said. Deer Jet started operations in 1995 and has 83 aircraft at its disposal, 24 of which it owns. The fleet includes aircraft from Gulfstream, Bombardier and Dassualt.

China's largest bizjet charter company, Deer Jet, sees plenty of room for expansion in the exploding Chinese marketplace — maybe not in fractionals (yet), but in some surprising segments, like providing flights in and out of the country.  Deer Jet's Zhang Peng demystifies the world's fastest-growing bizav economy in a short conversation with us at the 2014 NBAA Convention.

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Since this spring, Garmin has been delivering the new G5000 to the OEM market, but now it's starting to offer retrofits in the from of a Beechjet 400/400A mod.  Garmin's Scott Frye gave AVweb a briefing on the new program.

One surprise at NBAA in Orlando is that Progressive Aerodyne showed up with its cool LSA amphibian.  A business aircraft?  Nope, a fun flyer, which Searey's Adam Yang figures a stressed-out Gulfstream owner might want after a long week of flying suits around.

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We get a steady trickle of press releases from the mash-up of companies that now comprise Textron Aviation—Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker. The other day, we noticed something: the press releases are coming through not with the Textron Aviation moniker but the badges of the individual companies.

At the static display on Monday, I noticed the big fancy gate leading into the echelon of airplanes also has no Textron Aviation signage, just the individual company logos. If Textron has given up on trying to brand Textron for aviation they're doing so quietly. And wisely. Those unique brands are sturdier and more recognizable than Textron will ever be, no matter much clever print and web ad money is thrown around trying to change customer perceptions. Branding under Textron just muddies the understanding of what the company is. I noticed in news stories, when we were writing Textron Aviation, it felt like pounding a square peg into a round hole. It was never gonna fit. I'm glad they made the change…if indeed, that's the intent.

Honda and its Engine

For most of the last decade, Honda has had major presence not just at NBAA, but other GA shows as well. This year, it looks like they've gone all out. They have an enormous glitzy booth in the main hall and another major position at the static display, despite not having delivered an airplane yet.

In a show that doesn't promise much news, there was one nugget on Monday. GE Honda, the consortium that developed and is building the HondaJet's engine, announced it's working on an STC to put these new, state-of-the-art engines into older Citations, replacing the old Pratt JT15D. Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, is developing the STC. We don't have specific numbers on the install yet. the HF120 engine is in the same general thrust class as the JT15D, but it's considerably more fuel efficient, according to GE Honda.

Older Citations are all over the used market for bargain prices, but by modern standards, they're thirsty for fuel and many of them have avionics museums for panels.  GE Honda and Sierra are betting that an engine upgrade will give those airplanes new market vitality, reducing operating costs and possibly extending range.  We'll have to see how the numbers crunch, but the concept makes sense on paper. Someone might make a nice business out of refurbing the disco-era jets. They're still prized for being single-pilot approved and capable of carrying respectable load.

Garmin G5000

And part of that refurb industry will be driven by Garmin, which, at NBAA was showing the new retrofit of the G5000 for the Beechjet 500 series. See a video on the site of this project this morning. The G5000 is top-of-the-line glass for Part 25 aircraft and at maybe $450,000 installed, it's both a piece of change and major surgery to the 400. On the other hand, 400 and 400As are a good buy on the used market. In the video, I guesstimated they're selling for just under $2 million, but asking prices can be a lot less than that. Even if the 5000 install approaches half the value of the airplane, an owner would have a modern, capable jet for as little as $1.5 million. That's compelling against small jets starting at $2 million or more. Beechjet 400 owners appear to be like Bonanza owners; they could afford newer but love these airplanes, thus the appeal of the upgrade. There's competition in this marketspace, too. Not for nothing did Nextant pick the 400A for its hot selling 400 XTi re-engineeer/remanufacture program. This may be fertile ground for GE Honda's aforementioned HF120, too. There are quite a few 400 airframes out there and boosting their range by 50 percent makes them competitive with anything out there on the new market.

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