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Friday
Jan092015

AOPA Applauds Appointment of Pilots to House Transportation Committee 

Association Welcomes Added GA Perspective As FAA Reauthorization Approaches

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently applauded the announcement that two more pilots would be joining the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January. The Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee will play a vital role in setting long-term spending priorities for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the 2015 Reauthorization process.

Rep. Todd Rokita, (R-IN), is among the 12 new committee members announced on Dec. 10.  Rokita is an active pilot and AOPA member. Rokita is also an original co-sponsor of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act (GAPPA), which reforms the third-class medical certification process, as well as a member of the House GA Caucus and one of general aviation’s staunchest allies in Congress.

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Friday
Nov142014

NBAA Supports Future Business Aviation Leaders With Scholarships

 The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), through NBAA Charities, offers a wide range of scholarships that support young people seeking careers in business aviation. Last month, at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), students were recognized for receiving the following awards: UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Eitenne Fage Scholarship and the new Eddie Queen Aviation Management Scholarship.

The recipients were recognized at a press conference on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, Room N220B.

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Friday
Nov142014

Beechcraft Completes Nonstop Hawaii Flights with Standard Production Multi-Mission King Air 350ER

Beechcraft Corporation announced recently at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition that company pilots recently flew a standard production King Air 350ER aircraft nonstop between California’s Napa County Airport (KAPC) to Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport (PHNL).

“This is the first time a King Air class airplane has made the California to Hawaii leg without additional ferry fuel tanks,” said Dan Keady, vice president, Special Missions. “We’ve been touting the King Air 350ER’s endurance, range, payload and mission flexibility, and now we’ve demonstrated the airplane’s unique deployment capabilities.”

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Friday
Nov142014

Genuine Hawker Winglets Receive FAA Certification for Hawker 400XPR Upgrade Program

Beechcraft Corporation announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando that its Hawker 400XPR winglet testing and certification is complete. Genuine Hawker Winglets are now available for installation on Beechjet 400A / Hawker 400XP aircraft at Textron Aviation service centers.

“Genuine Hawker Winglets deliver distinct performance improvements while maintaining wing life and aircraft inspection schedules,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “These winglets will save owners time and money with improved fuel economy, reduction in time-to-climb and more range than ever before, not to mention the added ramp appeal.”

With a lightweight construction, these winglets feature a two-year warranty and LED position lights with 5,000-hour average lifetime. The winglet system increases wing aspect ratio to reduce induced drag and allows the airplane to fly farther on less fuel. By increasing wing surface area, the winglets provide greater slow speed handling and improved stability at higher flight levels. Preliminary performance data shows that aircraft upgraded with Genuine Hawker Winglets should see a 3 to 4 percent increase in range.

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Friday
Nov142014

Global Jet Capital Launches At 2014 NBAA Convention To Serve Long-Range Business Jet Leasing And Financing Market

Global Jet Capital, a new company providing leasing and lending solutions for large-cabin, long-range business jets, has officially begun operations. Three global investment firms–GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone company in partnership with Franklin Square Capital Partners*; The Carlyle Group; and AE Industrial Partners–have partnered to launch the company, which has the financial capacity to fund more than $2 billion in aircraft financing for individual, corporate and government use globally.

“Our management team, executive committee and sponsors have been evaluating this marketplace for the last 36 months,” said Shawn Vick, Chairman of Global Jet Capital’s executive committee. “The conditions are right for asset-based structured financing services. In recent years, traditional lending sources have not been as active in business jet financing as they used to be, leaving an opportunity for Global Jet Capital.”

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