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AVweb‘s weekly review of what is happening in aviation uncovered news of an invitation to fly in and help out with Bahamas Habitat, a record-setting third quarter for Embraer, a collaboration in the development of the Sun Flyer electric airplane, and an announcement that Hartzell’s developmental activities for its new five-blade prop will be showcased at the NBAA convention.

Open to both pilots and passengers with a passion for service, the 15th Bahamas Habitat Fly-In is a four-day event that begins Thursday, Oct. 23, with lunch north of Ft. Lauderdale in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Fly-In “launching pad.” After a check-in, the group takes flight, arriving in time for a beautiful Bahamian sunset. Friday’s work day has teams doing everything from delivering medical supplies to outfitting the Zion Children’s Home. Saturday, teams finish up and then take the afternoon off for sightseeing. Participants return to Florida on Sunday.

By the end of the third quarter of 2014, Embraer’s firm order backlog reached $ 22.1 billion, the highest in the company’s history, driven mainly by the signing of the contract of the KC-390 and the firm order for 50 E175s signed with Republic Airways Holdings Inc., the operator with the largest fleet of E-Jets in the world. Also during the third quarter, the company delivered 19 jets to the commercial aviation market and 15 to the business aviation market, for a total of 34 aircraft.

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. is collaborating with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to help develop a complete training system for the solar-electric training aircraft called “Sun Flyer.” Spartan College and AEAC signed a preliminary agreement earlier this year, acknowledging their commitment to align interests in the development of the next-generation trainer.

Hartzell Propeller’s developmental activities for the company’s performance-boosting five-blade, swept-tip carbon fiber propellerswill be featured at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 21-23, booth 1817. Hartzell is working on several other yet-to-be-announced composite five-blade programs for turboprop business aircraft. DAHER-SOCATA’s new TBM 900 features the same Hartzell composite, five-blade, swept-tip props that are available for TBM 700/850 aircraft as a retrofit STC. With field installations already underway for the TBM 700/850 series, Hartzell Propeller is focusing its efforts on future structural composite developmental projects.