By Kerry Lynch

By Kerry Lynch
Embraer Adds 75,000 Sq. Ft. To Melbourne 
Embraer’s opening of its Engineering and Technology Center in Melbourne, Florida, continues the Brazilian manufacturer’s expansive growth plans, giving it a significant presence in the U.S. market.
NTSB Raises Drug-Use Concerns With GA Pilots 
While the number of aviation accidents directly linked to drug impairment has not increased, the National Transportation Safety Board sees enough evidence of pilot use that the agency is recommending that FAA provide better information about potentially impairing drugs and clearer policy on marijuana use.
Hangar Use Proposal Draws 1,800 Comments 
FAA recently agreed to extend the comment period on its proposed policy to clarify permissible use of hangars, after receiving requests from a few associations and at least one lawmaker worried that it would be too restrictive for activities such as home-building aircraft.
Search Suspended For TBM 900 Off Jamaican Coast 
The NTSB will be the lead agency in the investigation of the Sept. 5 accident involving a TBM 900, among the first to be delivered, which appeared to have lost pressurization and crashed off the coast of Jamaica with the chairman of the TBM Owners and Pilot Association, Larry Glazer, and his wife, Jane, aboard.
FAA Selects Four Fuels For Unleaded Replacement Testing 
FAA has set the stage for initial testing of an unleaded replacement for aviation gasoline, selecting four fuels for the Phase 1 program that will begin this fall at the agency’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Bombardier Learjet, Challenger Heads Depart Under Reorg 
The ongoing reorganization at Bombardier has filtered into the Business Aircraft division, with the departures of the heads of the Learjet and Challenger programs, along with the head of the unit’s supply chain.
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.
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