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Special NBAA 2016 edition of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletterSpecial NBAA 2016 edition of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

NBAA 2016

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

NBAA 2016



Cirrus earns Vision Jet certification

Cirrus Aircraft established a new era in general aviation Oct. 30 with the announcement that it has received FAA type certification of its single-engine turbofan, the Vision Jet. The model SF50 becomes the first modern single-engine jet certified in the civilian world and gives customers of the 6,500 piston-powered Cirrus airplanes already delivered an easy progression to flying a pressurized turbofan. Read more...  



Operating costs compared

For the second year, AOPA Pilot is making Conklin and de Decker's aircraft operating cost comparison available to those shopping for business jets; new this year are the costs of turboprops. The operating costs of business jets and turboprops are detailed by category, variable cost per hour, seats, maximum takeoff weight, range, maximum cruise speed, and engine information. Read more...  


You Can Fly

Fun flying for pro pilots

It's easy to forget, when flying is your job, what it was like to fly purely for fun. That first lesson in a piston airplane is almost certainly a lasting memory, but a few thousand hours in more complex cockpits can make flying seem more like work, and make general aviation procedures and airplanes feel a bit foreign. AOPA has created a new program to help professional pilots make an easy transition back to flying for fun. Read more...  



Legacy 650E unveiled

Embraer Executive Jets has introduced the $25.9 million Legacy 650E slated to enter service in 2017. The aircraft features automation and technology updates and carries a 10-year or 10,000-flight-hour warranty. Read more...  



Jet market cooling

Honeywell's "Global Business Aviation Outlook," released Oct. 30, has scaled back its predictions of last year, forecasting 8,600 new business jet deliveries during the next 10 years valued at $255 billion, a 6- to 7-percent reduction in values from the 2015 forecast. Read more...  



Pilatus PC-24 deliveries to begin in 2019

Pilatus Aircraft completed a significant milestone in the PC-24 twin jet development program in mid-October when it froze the aerodynamic design portion of the project. The move allows the Swiss-based company to move into final flight test and production development as it works toward a planned third quarter 2017 certification schedule. Read more...  



Longitude gets performance boost

Cessna Aircraft Co. says its Citation Longitude will exceed initial performance targets and now has a range of 3,500 nautical miles, an increase of 100 nm, plus a full-fuel payload of 1,600 pounds, an increase of 100 pounds. Read more...  



Hemisphere suppliers picked

Cessna Aircraft Co. has picked suppliers for the engine, avionics, and fly-by-wire controls for the 19-passenger, 4,500-nautical-mile-range Citation Hemisphere. Read more...  



Zetta Jet buys Challenger 650s

Bombardier announced a deal to sell four Challenger 650 large-cabin business jets to Zetta Jet, a Singapore-based charter operator and FAA-certificated air carrier. Read more...  



Blackhawk to test engine upgrades

Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, could begin testing its King Air 350 XP67A engine upgrade program soon. A testing plan has been submitted to the FAA. Blackhawk anticipates testing to begin in November, with the finalized supplemental type certificate expected in May of 2017. Read more...  



Gulfstream shows G500 interior

Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled a new interior for the Gulfstream G500 at the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Association in Orlando, Florida. The company also said Jet ConneX internet connectivity using satellites is available for the G650ER, G650, G550, and G450 at speeds of 15 megabits per second for downloads. Read more...  



Want others to pay for your TBM?

Daher has developed a program called Fly And Charter Your TBM (FACT) to allow owners, whether private individuals or corporations, to lease their aircraft to commercial operators as a way of helping pay ownership costs. Read more...  


Briefing on new cockpit weather capabilities planned

The FAA's Aviation Weather Requirements Working Group and Weather Technology in the Cockpit (WTIC) program will host a briefing on new in-cockpit weather capabilities from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 during the Friends and Partners of Aviation Weather 2016 Fall Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention. The FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, industry groups, and manufacturers will discuss the vast quantities of weather information now available to pilots. Presenters will be available to discuss stakeholders' needs and gather feedback.



Jeppesen introduces flight department software

Jeppesen, along with the company BoldIQ, has introduced Jeppesen Operator, an online business aviation platform that offers a one-stop shop for pilots and operations staff. The flight department management software operates through the cloud. Read more...  



Honeywell offers app to control cabin usage

Operators who lease their business aircraft often find that the amount of data consumed by passengers makes the lease unprofitable, or at least makes it difficult and time consuming to recover the costs. Honeywell has created the GoDirect Cabin Connectivity mobile app to help aircraft owners control data usage over satellite communications systems and accomplish other tasks. Read more...  



Air BP creates app to purchase fuel

Air BP has launched a new way of buying fuel—the RocketRoute Fuel App. The app streamlines the fuel purchasing process for the international general aviation sector. Read more...  



Global flight planning app launched

A Dubai company is putting the final touches on UAS flightevolution, a new app for laptops and mobile devices that claims to improve flight planning, especially on international flights, by integrating the planning with weather and in-flight situational awareness. Read more...  



PayNode offered to charter operators

Billing and payment for charter flights is a time-consuming process, but Avinode Group has created PayNode to speed things up. Read more...  



Jetibles available as cabin snacks

Jetibles, from the same company that offers hotel pillow treats, are now available as 110 different snacks including chocolates, cookies and biscotti, fruits, snack mixes, nuts and popcorn, and candies. An icon of a stylized jet adorns each packet. Read more...  

ePilot Editors:

Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
David Tulis

Production Assistant:

Melissa Whitehouse


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Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
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Alton K. Marsh
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