By Kerry Lynch

By Kerry Lynch
Cessna’s CJ3+ Wins FAA Clearance 
Cessna Aircraft is bringing its fourth newly certified jet to market in the past nine months with FAA approval of its Citation CJ3+.
Rockwell Collins, Landmark Team On King Air Retrofit 
Rockwell Collins is extending its Pro Line Fusion upgrade program to Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350s under a new partnership with Landmark Aviation.
Dassault Growing Little Rock Footprint 
Dassault Falcon Jet began construction on a 250,000-sq.-ft. addition to its already 1 million-sq.-ft. campus in Little Rock, Arkansas, to accommodate completions of its new Falcon 5X and 8X models.
Aircell Aligns Branding With Gogo 
Aircell is rebranding as Gogo Business Aviation, taking on the banner of one of its fastest-growing segments and aligning brands with its parent company and the commercial side of the business.
Retrofit Contract Expands Continental Diesel Business 
Continental Motors Group continues to capture business for its acquired diesel engine line, the latest involving a retrofit contract for 16 Cessna Skyhawk 172s from Spanish training school Aerodynamics Malaga S.L.
Fight Over SMO Intensifies As Ballot Initiative Suits Dismissed 
About 300 people gathered for a recent rally designed to generate support for Santa Monica Airport (SMO) in California as airport opponents weigh options to thwart a ballot initiative designed to help secure the airport’s future.
Gulfstream Targets Full SMS In 2015 
In what started as an effort to meet international requirements for its Appleton, Wisconsin, repair station, Gulfstream is hoping to complete the implementation of its safety management systems (SMS) throughout the entire company in 2015.
FAA Seeks Detailed Inspections On 6,000 Combustion Heaters 
FAA is proposing increased inspection requirements for Meggitt combustion heaters found on thousands of Piper and Cessna airplanes after a heater malfunction was discovered following a fatal crash.
Ride-Sharing Programs Mull Options In Wake Of FAA Decision 
Two relatively new web-based ride-sharing programs are weighing their options, with one altering its program altogether, in the wake of FAA’s recent interpretation that essentially deemed the operations illegal.
Gulfstream Reminds Operators On Proper Gust Lock Procedures 
Gulfstream Aerospace, participating in the investigation of the May 31 G-IV crash at Hanscom Field, is reminding operators to follow proper flight manual procedures regarding use of the gust lock system.
FAA Deems AirPooler Ride-Sharing As Commercial Ops
AirPooler was founded in 2013 as a venue where small aircraft operators can offer rides to passengers and share in expenses. The company says the concept is designed to make general aviation more accessible and affordable by helping pilots connect with passengers to share expenses on flights that would take place regardless.
FAA Seeking Fairness With Informal Conference Rule 
The recent repair station rule spurred FAA to take a new look at fairness issues surrounding agency denial, compliance, cease and desist and other orders.
Embraer’s Legacy 500 Wins Brazilian Approval 

Embraer has secured Brazilian type certification for its newest business jet, the Legacy 500 midsize, and is making plans to begin delivery of the aircraft next month, the Brazilian manufacturer announced Aug. 12.

Embraer is expecting U.S. FAA approval to follow in upcoming weeks, with European Aviation Safety Agency validation after that.

OEMs Eye Ex-Im Battle While Planning 2015 Production 

General aviation manufacturers, particularly those involved in agricultural aviation, are re-evaluating their production plans for 2015 in light of the battle brewing over reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, industry leaders say.

FAA Moves Toward International Review Of Helo Standards 

FAA is taking the next step toward a rewrite of Part 27 and Part 29 standards, planning to establish an international “forum” to look at possible changes to the standards for helicopters.

The agency in February 2013 solicited comments on potential interest for realigning the standards, including whether the weight- and passenger-based thresholds should be re-evaluated.

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