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Kirby Harrison


Kirby Harrison is a freelance writer for The Weekly of Business Aviation, Business & Commercial Aviation and others in the Informa publishing chain. Harrison joined the Navy in 1962 and spent 20 years in the service, virtually all of it as a photojournalist, traveling from small islands in the South Pacific to Vietnam to the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. When Harrison retired from the Navy, he went back to college and graduated in 1971 from Syracuse University with a Bachelor's Degree in Photojournalism. Along the way, he spent two years as a news photographer at the Daily Press & Times Herald in Newport News, Virginia, and three years working for Studio Sebe in Nice, France as a photographer. More recently, before retiring, he worked nearly 20 years for Naval Aviation News.

Transitioning XOJET Expanding In New Directions, President Says 
Following its acquisition by Vista Global last September, jet charter specialist XOJET Aviation is undergoing a major transition period that President and COO Kevin Thomas said is taking the company in new directions.
Aviation Week Announces 2020 Laureate 
Aviation Week Network has announced the winners of its 63rd annual Laureate Awards, honoring achievements in global aerospace.
Paramount Business Jets Launches Carbon Offset System 
Paramount's Easy Private Jet Carbon Offset System works by calculating the carbon that needs to be offset and suggesting leading carbon offset organizations that can directly accept offset donations, the company said.
Desert Jet Plans New FBO Grand Opening 
Desert Jet began in 2007 when Denise Wilson launched the company as an aircraft management, sales and acquisitions center, later adding a charter operation.
International Aircraft Dealers Name New Chairman 
The International Aircraft Dealers Association has named Paul Kirby as the aircraft dealer organization’s new chairman of the board for 2020-2021.
Bizav To Be On Display At Dubai Airshow 
The Dubai Airshow, one of the largest trade shows at Al Maktoum Airport in the United Arab Emirates, will be held Nov. 17-21.
Elliott Completes Garmin G5000 Upgrades 
Elliott Aviation, a provider of avionics upgrade and cabin refurbishments, has delivered a Citation Excel with a full G5000 retrofit.
Skyservice Expands Maintenance Services 
Canadian business aviation services provider Skyservice has purchased the Muskoka Aircraft Center hangar and Part 145 approved maintenance organization (AMO) in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
Maintenance Techs Will Be in Short Supply
The recently released “Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook – 2019-2038” warns of a shortage of aviation maintenance technicians.
NBAA-BACE To Highlight Innovation In Las Vegas 
The National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22-24 will bring together dozens of topics and educational sessions, along with the latest business aircraft products and services.
Valcora, Shell Team On Emissions Offset 
Digital aviation fuel supplier Valcora has signed its first third-party agreement with an aviation fuel provider to offer customers more ways of offsetting carbon emissions.
King Aero BBJ Refurb Work Increasing 
Customer demand for Boeing Business Jet interior refurbishment at King Aerospace is on the rise.
Safran Landing Systems Launches New Test Laboratory 
Safran Landing Systems is building a new $15.25 million test laboratory in France, called ExceLAB, to test capabilities for new systems, from prototypes to finished products, across a broad range of simulated operating conditions.
Airshare Expanding Into Upper Midwest 
Private aviation provider Airshare, based in Lenexa, Kansas, is expanding its operation into the Upper Midwest, including the Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
Crunch Coming As ADS-B Compliance Mandate Nears 
The push is on for aircraft owners and operators to comply with the required upgrades for automatic dependence surveillance broadcast, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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