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NBAA 2010 highlights Haiti earthquake relief effort


Attendees held first-ever general session on the second day of the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday. As part of the ceremonies, representatives paid tribute to and thanked those in the aviation community who provided assistance during the Haitian relief effort earlier this year, in the wake of a major earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Organizers aired the video posted above to highlight the efforts of those who volunteered, telling the story through first-hand accounts.

According to numbers provided by the NBAA, more than 700 flights carried 3,800 passengers and 1.4 million pounds of supplies. Personnel and cargo included caregivers, first responders, food, water and medical supplies.


Thanks to nearly 100 private airplanes, communities not reachable by road or larger aircraft were able to receive help, while others needing attention were evaluated to American hospitals.

Photos below, provided by the NBAA, further show the effort behind one of the missions.


Piper rolls out roomier PiperJet Altaire at NBAA 2010

Product rollouts continued in the first day of the 2010 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta Tuesday, the first official day of the event, as Piper premiered its new and improved PiperJet, dubbed the Altaire. The $2.6 million single-engine VLJ will get a larger, rounder fuselage that is nine inches taller and four inches wider and will come outfitted with the L-3 Trilogy ESI-2000.

Company officials say the PiperJet Altaire will be able to fly 1,300 NM at a max-cruise speed of 360 knots.


It will come packaged with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, a sunken-aisle cross section to allow ease of movement and three-foot-wide cabin door for easier passenger or cargo shuttling.

Piper says its modified VLJ will cost an average of 25 percent less per hour to operate than comparable aircraft.

“While the earlier PiperJet design, with its Piper M-class cabin cross section, provided a comfortable environment, we wanted to give our jet customers an even roomier light jet that incorporates a scalable design paving the way for a future family of competitive business jets,” said Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger.

L-3 representatives say the ESI-2000 enhances safety by placing a digital standby instrument in a glass cockpit that displays attitude, altitude, airspeed and optional-heading data in a layout that matches most primary flight displays, minimizing a pilot’s chance of disorientation during an emergency.

 “Trilogy provides a clear and constant source of backup data that acts as a safeguard for the electrical system and air data computer,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of business development for L-3 Avionics Systems, in a statement released by Piper. “Should either system become disabled, the ESI provides the information the pilot needs to make a safe landing.”

View more images of the PiperJet Altaire here.

See ain interactive 360-degree view of the cabin here.

Bombardier showcases Global 7000, Global 8000 at NBAA 2010

The arms race for the largest, fastest and most ultra-range business jet continued Monday at the 2010 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention.

As Cessna showed off its revamped Citation Ten and Gulfstream touted its G650 heading into the start of the convention, Bombardier unveiled a pair of ultra-long-range editions to its Global line.

The Global 7000 will  span 2,637 cubic feet across a four-zone cabin, a high-cruise speed of Mach 0.9 and a range of 7,300 NM at Mach 0.85, while the Global 8000 will feature a three-zone-2,236 cubic-foot cabin and a range of 7,900 NM at Mach 0.85.

Both are on display with the rest of the Global line at the Bombardier static display.


“The Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets will give our customers the ability to reach more destinations non-stop than ever before, delivering unprecedented levels of performance, flexibility, and comfort,” said Bombardier President Steve Ridolfi in a company statement. “There has never been a better time to ‘Be Global.’”

Read more about the Global 7000 and Global 8000 at

Cessna, Garmin display Citation Ten, G5000 at NBAA 2010

Representatives from throughout the business aviation community are pouring into Atlanta, Ga., for the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention.

Although the festivities technically kick off tomorrow, a couple of industry heavyweights hit the ground running today.

Cessna unveiled its Citation Ten, a modified version of the Citation X with 15 more inches of cabin space and increased power and efficiency from a pair of Rolls-Royce AE 3007C2 engines.



The aircraft will be the first to feature the Garmin G5000 avionics suite, marking the satellite-navigation company’s first venture into FAR Part 25 operations.

The fully integrated system relies upon three wide-aspect ratio 14-inch LCD primary and multifunction displays and four touch-screen control panels.

Both companies call the flight deck “revolutionary,” as it brings global weather, Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology and electronic flight charts to the fingertips of a pilot.

“Because the G5000 is scalable, aircraft manufacturers can choose as many displays as cockpit real estate will allow,” a statement from Garmin explains. “The landscape-oriented screens have multi-pane display capability that allows multiple pages to be viewed side-by-side on any of the screens. Therefore, pilots can simultaneously view maps, charts, checklists and aircraft systems synoptics, TAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages.”

The Citation Ten will make its maiden flight late next year, with company officials expecting the first delivery to occur in 2013. Winglets on the aircraft will increase performance another 211 NM in range while at high-speed cruise and other modifications provide 214 more pounds in maximum payload and a faster rate of climb to 45,000 feet, according to a Cessna statement.

“We are particularly excited about the advanced technology incorporated throughout the aircraft and the improved performance characteristics that give our customers a more efficient and a more productive aircraft and aircraft cabin that are designed to meet evolving requirements in business travel,” said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton.

A cabin mock-up of the Citation Ten can be viewed amongst Cessna’s static aircraft display at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) in Atlanta during the NBAA Convention, which runs through Thursday.

Keep up with developments at the convention by clicking here to visit the association’s web site.

TSA Administrator Pistole among those to speak at NBAA 2010

Transportation Security Administrator and former deputy FBI director John S. Pistole will be among those to speak Tuesday in Atlanta at the opening general session at the 2010 NBAA annual meeting and convention.

He joins long-time business aviation supporter and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue, FAA Administrator Randolph J. "Randy" Babbitt, and Cox Enterprises President Jimmy Hayes.


The U.S. Senate confirmed Pistole to the top TSA post in June, a month after President Obama appointed him. The move closed a lengthy time period that saw a couple of withdrawn nominations for the TSA post, as well as the Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S.-bound jetliner.

Pistole arrived at the agency with a history of sterling accomplishments in the national security realm, and he has sought to bring that mindset into the agency.

A 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience, Pistole was appointed as head of the FBI's expanded counterterrorism program following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He later became executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence, and then the FBI's deputy director in 2004.

"Administrator Pistole has continually shown a readiness to work with industry to accomplish important goals we all share – enhancing the security of flight while preserving the mobility and flexibility that are the hallmarks of business aviation," NBAA President Ed Bolen said in a statement released last week by the association. "We are delighted that he will be joining us at this year's convention."

Earlier this year, Bolen touted Pistole's role in working cooperatively with NBAA and other business aviation stakeholders to devise the TSA's new waiver plan, which eliminated a historically unpredictable and burdensome process for companies using business aviation to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S.

Get complete details for the NBAA 2010 convention here.

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