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Notes from the NBAA (Oct. 29)

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 11:17 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.

— Bob Kiser’s Citation X set a distance record last weekend when it flew nonstop from Anchorage to Miami in 7 hours and 11 minutes. Kiser made the flight ahead of the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention. The plane averaged more than 556 miles per hour.

Kiser is head of Winglet Technology in Wichita, which designed the winglets on the airplane.

The winglets let the plane fly farther and higher than a typical Citation X.

The plane is on static display at NBAA in Orlando this week.

Boeing’s Max

Boeing announced a corporate jet that will use the Boeing 737 MAX as its platform.

The 737 MAX is an upgraded 737 commercial airliner with new engines.

The company will build the BBJ (for Boeing Business Jet) Max 8 and BBJ Max 9 business jets.

Boeing expects the BBJ MAX 8 to be a strong seller as a VIP aircraft because of its performance, space and comfort, officials said.

Flight delays

Hurricane Sandy isn’t affecting the weather in Florida, but it is making it hard for people to get to the NBAA convention, which is expected to draw more than 25,000 attendees.

With thousands of flights canceled because of the storm, some people have not yet been able to get in.

President Obama, who was in Orlando Sunday night, left early Monday. So delays at area airports are not a problem.

The show officially opens Tuesday.

Special transport

Cessna Aircraft put out a plea for volunteers to help fly more than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches to the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.

The company launched its seventh Special Olympics Airlift at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention in Orlando on Monday.

The games are held every four years.

Cessna hopes to recruit at least 175 Citation business jet owners to fly the athletes on June 14, 2014, and return them home on June 21.

“I think it’s one of those things that we can combine what we do, build airplanes, and our passion for aviation and do something good for the community,” said Rhonda Fullerton, director of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift and Cessna’s director of marketing events.

The first airlift began in 1987 when 130 Citation owners flew nearly 1,000 athletes to South Bend, Ind., for the games.

Attitude training

Wichita aviation photographer Paul Bowen was at the show Monday to introduce the head of a Florida company that is offering unusual attitude training in a specially equipped L-39 turbojet.

Lee Lauderback is president of Stallion 51 Corp., and the former chief pilot for golfer Arnold Palmer.

Lauderback wants to help pilots train to recognize and respond accurately and quickly for recovery from unusual attitude and aircraft upset situations.

Simulator training can provide some background, but it’s not enough, Lauderback said. The training allows pilots to experience loss of controlled flight, unusual attitudes and upsets in visual flight and instrument flight conditions.

The training includes ground school and flight training.

Contact Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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