Jessica A. Salerno

Jessica A. Salerno
Executive Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Jessica is Executive Editor of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine. She started as Editor of ShowNews Online, Aviation Week's on-site trade show daily published at the Paris Air Show, NBAA Annual Convention, Singapore Air Show and at other significant aerospace gatherings.
Jessica has worked in television production and management consulting. While not yet a licensed pilot, Ms. Salerno has received flight instruction and has soloed.

Yingling Aviation Acquires ICT Aircraft Services 

Yingling Aviation recently acquired the assets of ICT Aircraft Services, enabling the Wichita services company to provide Type One deicing and Type Four anti-icing services for aircraft at Mid-Continent Airport. The acquisition includes two Premier deicing trucks equipped with heated 1,800 and 1,500-gal. Type One glycol tanks, 300-gal.

Jet Aviation Basel Expands Authorization for Challenger 350 

Jet Aviation Basel recently expanded its authorization status with Bombardier to include the Challenger 350. The Swiss facility is authorized to provide line maintenance on the new Bombardier Challenger. The facility is factory authorized to service Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Gulfstream aircraft.

NTSB Pilot Toxicology Study 

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) says a new study by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) showing a steady increase in fatally injured pilots with drugs in their systems should be “regarded with caution,” while the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) noted that the board’s own researchers considered the findings inconclusive. The study, released Sept. 9, looked at toxicology tests from 6,677 U.S.

Sikorsky Expands in Asian Market 

Sikorsky Aircraft is working to expand its penetration of the Asian market, and while its primary focus is on its military product line, including Black Hawks and Sea Hawks, its commercial helicopters are finding buyers as well.

Honda Aircraft CEO Wins Innovation Award 

Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino continues to collect recognitions for his contributions to the novel over-the-wing engine mount configuration for the HondaJet light business jet.

Quest Aircraft Wins FAA OK For Garmin GFC 700 AFCS On Kodiak 

Quest Aircraft received FAA approval for the integration of the Garmin GFC 700 automatic flight control system aboard the Kodiak single-turboprop aircraft. The attitude-based autopilot integrates with the Kodiak’s Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Quest expects to begin delivery of GFC-700-equipped Kodiaks later this year.

FAA Declares Rome, N.Y., UAS Test Site Operational 

FAA has declared the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Rome, N.Y., as operational, making it the fifth of six sites to reach that status. In addition to the traditional UAS studies, the Giffiss site will also evaluate means of scouting agricultural fields through different types of sensors, including visual, thermal and multispectral equipment. “We are accomplishing two important missions with the launch of this test site,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says.

Hoover, De Decker to Receive NBAA Awards 

Robert A. (Bob) Hoover and R.W. (Bill) de Decker  were selected to receive the National Business Aviation Association’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, respectively. NBAA will present its top honors in October during its Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Blackhawk Modifications Developing Cessna 

Blackhawk Modifications is developing a new engine upgrade for the Cessna 208A Caravan and 208B Grand Caravan that will replace the standard 600-hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114 or 675-hp PT6A-114A-hp turboprop engine with the 867-hp PT6A-140 engine.

Embraer’s Expands U.S. Footprint 

Embraer’s U.S. footprint expanded considerably last month when it opened it’s a new $26 million Engineering and Technology Center adjacent to its Phenom assembly and customer center at Melbourne Airport in Florida. The 75,000-sq.-ft.

Two Poland Customers Order Bell 429s 

Bell Helicopter received orders from the first two customers to take delivery of Bell 429s in Poland. The orders were taken through JB Investments, Bell’s independent representative in Poland. Bell previously had sold three Bell 407GX to customers in Poland.

Brazil, Argentina OK Cessna M2 Entry-level Jet 

Cessna Aircraft’s M2 entry-level jet was granted approval from the civil aviation authorities of Brazil and Argentina, clearing the way for deliveries to those countries. The approvals follow U.S. FAA certification in December and European Aviation Safety Agency validation in June.

Ex-Im Fate Yet to Be Decided 

The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the U. S., which became a controversial subject recently — a fact that took aerospace manufacturers and other exporters by surprise — may have secured at least a short term future by now. By late September the Congress was expected to pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government in business.

Two Former NBAA Staffers to Receive Pillar of Association Awards 

The National Business Aviation Association is honoring two former longtime staff members — Kathleen Blouin and William (Bill) Stine — with Pillar of Association Awards. NBAA has previously only recognized two other former employees, Fred McIntosh and John Pope, with the award, formerly known as the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award. Blouin stepped down earlier this year from her role as senior vice  president of conventions and forums.

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