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Consolidation In The Fuel Supply Business

William Garvey, Jessica A. Salerno and Molly McMillin Business & Commercial Aviation

A major consolidation in the fuel-supply business is occurring with World Fuel Services agreeing to buy Universal Weather and Aviation’s UVair Fueling Div. for $170 million. The move, announced in late August, will affect...

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King Air 350i: Fill The Seats, Fill The Tanks And Feel The Difference

Fred George Business & Commercial Aviation

Beechcraft King Air 350i, the second-generation Model B300, is significantly quieter, more comfortable and more capable than the original aircraft. It’s been in production since 2009 and more than 440 units have been delivered, including 35 to launch Wheels Up, the model’s launch customer.

The 350i features triple-layer skin panel insulation, dynamically tuned vibration dampers, thicker thermal insulation and an acoustically isolated interior shell. The package is tuned to sop up noise at 1,500 prop rpm, reducing the interior sound level by 4 dB, resulting in a 78-dB cabin in cruise.

There are six 115 VAC outlets in the cabin and one more in the cockpit. A Collins Venue inflight entertainment system is standard...

What’s Next In New Business Jet Models?

Molly McMillin | The Weekly of Business Aviation

Business aircraft manufacturers are typically tight-lipped about their next new aircraft and save product announcements for major aviation shows, such as the upcoming NBAA-BACE convention in Las Vegas in October, said analyst Brian Foley with Brian Foley Associates.

But “through deduction and observation, one can make a good guess as to what their next products could be,” Foley said. 

Here are Foley’s predictions: 

Gulfstream Aviation is likely motivated to build a successor to the aging G650ER flagship for two reasons, he said. First, Gulfstream has not historically allowed any competing product to have an edge for long. But Bombardier’s new Global 7500 “outshines”...

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Crunch Coming As ADS-B Compliance Mandate Nears

Kirby Harrison | The Weekly of Business Aviation

It has been a decade since the FAA announced a requirement for aircraft automatic dependence surveillance broadcast (ADS-B).

The mandatory compliance date of Jan. 1, 2020, is now only about 100 days away, and the push is on for owners and operators to comply with the required aircraft upgrades. 

As of mid-September, 77% of U.S. business jets, or 11,305 aircraft, were compliant with ADS-B, Duncan Aviation Satellite Operations Manager Matt Nelson said. That leaves 3,384 not yet in compliance. At the current compliance rate, at least 1,600 aircraft will not be compliant by the deadline...

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How To Prevent Flutter And Other Aeroelastic Modes

Patrick Veillette, Ph.D. | Business & Commercial Aviation

On Sept. 16, 2011, The “Galloping Ghost,” a highly modified P-51D Mustang racer piloted by James K. “Jimmy” Leeward, had just rounded pylon No. 8 at the famed National Championship Air Races when the racer suddenly pitched up abruptly, rolled inverted then nosedived. The aircraft hit the Reno/Stead Airport (RTS) apron at over 400 mph in front of the grandstands in an area containing box seating, disintegrating on impact. Seven people, including the pilot, died at the crash site, and four more died later.

The NTSB began examining the wreckage after the crash along with photographic evidence taken just before the crash. The latter revealed that part of the left elevator trim tab was missing. The extensively altered aircraft showed signs of extreme stress demonstrated by buckling of the fuselage aft of the wing in addition to gaps appearing between the fuselage and the canopy during flight.

The investigation report found that...

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