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GE Hondajet launches Cessna jet engine retrofit program, Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology + More

October 22nd, 2014

Global demand for business aviation is projected at deliveries of 9,450 new business jets valued at $280 billion between 2014 and 2024, according to the 23rd annual business aviation forecast released by Honeywell Aerospace ahead of NBAA 2014. Across all business jet segments, range is the top consideration for new purchases, along with an interest in cabin volume, connectivity and advanced avionics, said Brian Still president of business and general aviation at Honeywell Aerospace.

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Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.

“It’s a product family that really has come together well,” said president and CEO Scott Ernest, alluding to the merger of the Hawker, Beechcraft and Cessna product lines after Textron, parent company of Cessna Aircraft, purchased Hawker Beechcraft earlier this year and created Textron Aviation. “Our focus for the last six months has been on integration.”

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NBAA: GE Honda launches Cessna jet engine retrofit programme

GE Honda is partnering with Sierra Industries to retrofit Cessna CitationJet, CJ1 and CJ1+ models with its newly developed HF120 turbofan engine.

The new project, called Sapphire Jet, is designed to boost the performance and productivity of the jets, all of which are out of production. Sierra primarily provides MRO services to business jet operators.

Hondajet

“We at GE Honda are pleased to add Sierra Sapphire as an application of the 120 engine,” says Masahiko Izumi, executive vice-president of GE Honda Aero Engines. “Our goal is to make both airplanes – the HondaJet and the Sapphire – a great success in their respective market segments.”

 

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When Flight International last flew the Citation X in 2002, Boeing was still wrestling with the Sonic Cruiser concept, an effort to field a nearly supersonic transport aircraft. In the intervening 12 years, much has happened. The Sonic Cruiser was shelved in favour of the successful 787.

The Citation X, which held the record for the fastest civil aircraft from its certification in 1996 with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.92, was displaced by the ultra-long-range, large cabin G650 with a top speed of M0.925.

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Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology

As Wi-Fi networks increasingly become standard on modern aircraft, aviation maintenance personnel are finding their workloads becoming increasingly more complex. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in the business aviation world, where aviation technicians responsible for troubleshooting and clearing the airworthiness of aircraft have a much different “need to know” than their General Aviation (GA) and air transport counterparts, according to National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Sparks.

Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology

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BusinessAviationVoice: A Gathering of Rivals

The world’s single largest exposition dedicated to business aviation is poised to get under way in just over 24 hours. It will mark the culmination of months of meticulous planning by every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on how to capitalize on this annual event to the max.

Airframe builders in particular will be highly sensitive to the feedback they get, based on the image they project. Some announcements of new-product launches will fall flat, while others will generate excitement that will carry over for weeks. Some press briefings will be duds, while others will be electric. Consistent among all of the OEMs will be the message all of them will strive to convey: they are the alpha and omega when it comes innovation.

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NBAA 2014 Starts Tomorrow, Tour the Gulfstream G650, Garmin ADS-B Solution for Bizjets

October 20th, 2014

Business aviation is on its way to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to join colleagues, vendors, manufacturers and friends at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Pre-show events begin this weekend and the exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the opening-day general session at 8:30 a.m. in the south hall. As in years past, JetOptions will be attending the annual NBAA convention.

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Garmin announced “strategic partnerships” with some of its authorized dealers today to provide a standalone ADS-B solution for several business jet models. According to Garmin, the “minimally intrusive solution” satisfies global ADS-B Out requirements by using existing equipment to alleviate the need for flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.

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Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014, NBAA tweets

October 19th, 2014

Bombardier will give the new LearJet 85 its public debut at the 2014 NBAA convention next week in Orlando, Florida. JetOptions will be attending NBAA 2014 convention.

The aircraft will be the first prototype, or FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle 1) as Bombardier call it.

Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014

FTV1 was the first LearJet 85 to be completed and rolled out from the manufacturer’s Wichita production facility. It is also the first LearJet 85 to fly, having completed the types first flight on April 9 2014.

The LearJet 85 is the first of the LearJet family to rely heavily on composite materials, with the manufacturer opening a composite manufacturing plant in Querétaro Mexico to work on the fuselage.

Announced at the NBAA convention in 2007, the LearJet 85 is designed to carry eight people up to 3,000 miles.

Bombardier had targeted entry into service in 2014, but the aircraft suffered several delays as Bombardier learnt to work with new technologies.

Following the aircraft’s first flight in April, Bombardier is yet to announce a new schedule for the aircraft, leading some people to believe that the aircraft remains a low priority to Bombardier, who are simultaneously working on its new flagship Global 7000 / 8000 aircraft.

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Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450, NBAA 2014 + More

October 18th, 2014

First, a disclaimer (and it’s one we use every time): “A paper aircraft can always beat a real aircraft when you compare them,” says the head of one aircraft manufacturer. “Until an aircraft is flying, it is unfair to compare it with an aircraft that is still being designed.” Comparing the G500 and the Falcon 5X with the 11 year old Global 5000 seems a bit unfair (especially as Bombardier is rumoured to be announcing next-generation Global 5000/6000s at the upcoming NBAA 2014 convention.) JetOptions will be attending NBAA 2014.

Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450

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Gulfstream G500 vs Gulfstream G450 aircraft comparison

With 300 aircraft delivered since 2005, Gulfstream’s G450 was a popular and successful replacement to the – also popular and successful – Gulfstream GIV. With a larger cabin, longer range and higher speed the new Gulfstream G500 looks set to follow this success.As the table shows the G500 will offer many improvements over the G450: faster speed, longer range, larger cabin, higher altitude (which allows you to fly over bad weather), more baggage space and even lower pressure in the cabin (which reduces effects of jet lag).

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Bombardier will give the new LearJet 85 its public debut at the 2014 NBAA convention next week in Orlando, Florida.

The aircraft will be the first prototype, or FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle 1) as Bombardier call it.

Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014

FTV1 was the first LearJet 85 to be completed and rolled out from the manufacturer’s Wichita production facility. It is also the first LearJet 85 to fly, having completed the types first flight on April 9 2014.

The LearJet 85 is the first of the LearJet family to rely heavily on composite materials, with the manufacturer opening a composite manufacturing plant in Querétaro Mexico to work on the fuselage.

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It is almost 11 years since Concorde services were withdrawn, but supersonic flights could soon again be a reality for holidaymakers.

Airbus to help build supersonic jet

A number of American aeronautical and engineering companies have released proposals for the development of supersonic aircraft that could whisk passengers from New York to London in under four hours or from London to Sydney in an afternoon. Although some military aircraft already reach supersonic speeds, it hasn’t been considered economically viable to offer this kind of flight commercially. Due to technological advancements however, the Boston-based engineering firm Spike Aerospace has claimed its proposed supersonic aircraft could be in service by the end of this decade.

Also endeavouring to launch supersonic aircraft, the Nevada-based company Aerion Corporation has given further credibility to claims that members of the public will soon be able to fly at faster than the speed of sound by announcing that it has partnered with Airbus Group.

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One thing that you cannot fault Gulfstream for is the ability of its employees to keep a secret.

Everyone has known that Gulfstream has been working on a new aircraft for several years (the cars outside the factory were a good guide) and most people had a pretty good guess at the larger cabin, Pratt & Whitney engines and range. But it has been extremely good at keeping the details and the level of its development secret.

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Bizjet Demand Stabilizes, NBAA/CAN Soiree, Bullish Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

October 17th, 2014

Business aviation in Jordan continues to grow at a modest rate, according to new research commissioned by the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) ahead of the group’s conference today in the Jordanian capital. The research, conducted by Germany-based WingX Advance, showed that while there has been almost no growth in the number of active and registered business jets in Jordan since 2000, the number of operators in the country has increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent. On this basis, MEBAA estimates that the industry in Jordan will be worth $1 billion per year by 2020. The WingX numbers show 2.2-percent growth in flights by Jordanian aircraft, giving the country a 6.5-percent share of the Middle East market for professionally operated business aircraft flights.

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“We expect little change to the prevailing business jet narrative, which is that demand has stabilized but with only muted signs of recovery,” J.P. Morgan said in its latest monthly business jet report, released yesterday. “Business jet demand has not recovered with corporate profits, as it has previously. We estimate that 2013 U.S. corporate profits were up about 50 percent from the 2008 trough, whereas bizjet deliveries have yet to turn up decisively,”

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Keeping a secret as large as a new business jet is not so easy anymore, but on 14 October Gulfstream managed to reel off a handful of major surprises as it unveiled a powered G500 and introduced the G600 inside a Savannah, Georgia, factory built to produce them.

All new Gulfstream G500 and G600

There were, of course, plenty of reasons to suspect Gulfstream had been up to something. References to the “Gulfstream P42” project swirled around the industry for years on supplier LinkedIn accounts and even one EASA annual report. Gulfstream also could not ignore the threat posed by the Dassault Falcon 5X and 8X to its 10-year-old large cabin franchises with the G450 and G550.

But not even a hint had emerged about Gulfstream’s unexpected new strategy. If a P42 existed, it was assumed it would be used to replace the G450, the G550 or perhaps both. Instead, Gulfstream has chosen to subdivide its own large cabin portfolio and keep all four types in production even after the scheduled delivery of the $43.5 million G500 in 2018 and the $54.5 million G600 in 2019.

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Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced a new family of business jets: the G500 and G600. The new bizjets can fly 4,800 nautical miles (nm) at Mach 0.90, with a maximum operating speed for both aircraft at Mach 0.925, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines.

Avionics systems in the new jets include Gulfstream’s Symmetry flight deck with Active Control Sidesticks (ACSs), integrated touchscreen controllers, a next-generation Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. Similar to the G650 and G650ER, the G500 and G600 offer a three-axis digital fly-by-wire system with all systems looking to increase efficiency, awareness, communications and fuel efficiency.

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Donated auction items are piling up for the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network Soirée, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., next Wednesday evening during the NBAA Convention. Aviation-centric items include a Cessna Citation CJ/CJ1/CJ2 initial type rating course at FlightSafety; Breitling and Hamilton watches;

Corporate Angel Network

JetOptions is a supporter the Corporate Angel Network.

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The past six years have brought mixed fortunes for business aircraft manufacturers. How are each of the sectors faring, and what new models will this innovative aviation sector bring to the market over the coming years to whet the appetite of discerning customers?

LIGHT LETHARGY

It has been a long and miserable few years for the lower end of the business jet spectrum. The financial collapse of 2008 has been brutal to this huge sector, triggering the disintegration of traditional markets in Europe and the USA, and eroding a long established and previously flourishing customer base.

This segment – which spans the $2.9 million Eclipse 550 very light jet (VLJ) to the $9.4 million Cessna Citation CJ4 light twinjet – commands a 40% share of the 18,500-strong global business jet fleet, but demand for these models has dissolved since the financial crisis and has yet to recover.

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Gulfstream G500 and G600, Flattish September vs Jam Packed October for Used Jet Inventories

October 16th, 2014
Gulfstream G500 and G600

Gulfstream has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

The clean-sheet aircraft were introduced before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter mockup of the G600.

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JP Morgan’s recent business aviation market report showed a flattish September with both flat used jet inventories and a second consecutive decent month in average asking prices.

“Aircraft for sale were 8.0% of the fleet for in-production models and are now at the bottom of the 8.0-8.4% range for this year,” the report reads. Driving that decline were medium jets – “with the notable exception of Citation Sovereign, for which both pricing and inventory were weak” – opposed to heavy and light jets, both logging flat inventories. “Inventory movements were muted in the toddler fleet as well […] back to the mid 2008 level, though it is little changed YTD.”

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Gulfstream has introduced two clean sheet business jets to the industry: the G500 and G600. The news follows hard on the heels of the introduction of the company’s extended-range flagship, the G650ER, announced at EBACE last spring.

During an official ceremony held yesterday and attended by approximately 3,000 people, the Savannah, GA-headquartered OEM unveiled its latest long-range products by having the first G500 taxi up on the stage to reveal a 70 ft-long mockup of the G600.

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Tuesday’s announcement by Gulfstream of the new G500 and G600 bizjets included some sizable orders for the new airplanes.

Just after the rollout ceremony, Dallas-based Flexjet inked an order with Gulfstream for 50 Gulfstream aircraft, including options for G450, G500 and G650 aircraft, and a long-term service support agreement.

“We are thrilled to be starting a new relationship with Flexjet, and we are proud that they chose to be a launch customer for the all-new Gulfstream G500,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “This agreement represents a significant milestone in the history of our two companies and ushers in a new era of fractional ownership for our G450, G500 and G650 aircraft. Gulfstream works hard to provide the world’s finest aviation experience, and this order is a testament to that commitment. For the first time, Flexjet will offer its customers our industry-leading aircraft. We are pleased that Flexjet will be able to provide the Gulfstream travel experience for its customers who desire its performance, comfort and safety.”

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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) will provide PurePower PW800 engines to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, which launched Tuesday at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Georgia headquarters.

PurePower PW800 Engines Will Power Gulfstreams New Business Jet Family

The 16,000-pound-thrust-class engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and shares the same proven, rigorously tested core technology used in Pratt & Whitney’s award-winning PurePower family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The PurePower engines have been chosen for five other applications demonstrating the performance, flexibility and robustness of this technology.

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Gulfstream Introduces All New Wide Cabin G500 and G600 and MORE Aviation News

October 15th, 2014

Gulfstream Introduces All New G500 and G600

All-New Gulfstream G500 And G600 Optimize Speed, Cabin Comfort And Efficiency, Introduce Industry-Leading Safety Technologies.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

Gulfstream Introduces G500 and G600

Gulfstream announced the clean-sheet aircraft before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter mockup of the G600.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of General Dynamics’ consistent and disciplined investment in both Gulfstream’s research and development and manufacturing facilities,” said Novakovic. “The effect of that investment is manifest in the two airplanes we announced today.”

The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.

“This is another extraordinary day in the storied history of Gulfstream,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “I could not be more pleased to announce the next generation of Gulfstream aircraft. The G500 and G600 build upon the technology present in our G650 and our latest aircraft, the G650ER. Once again, our customers played a major role in the development and creation of these aircraft. The G500 and G600 continue the long Gulfstream tradition of being the first original equipment manufacturer to ensure an optimal combination of speed, range, wide-cabin comfort and fuel burn.”

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A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said.

A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

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Fears of the Ebola virus outbreak continue to make their mark on the travel industry, with major airline stocks taking a hit on Monday, Business Insider reports.

As of Monday afternoon, United Airlines shares were down eight percent, Delta shares were down seven percent, American Airlines shares were down six percent and shares of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines were down five percent, Business Insider said. In all, these stocks have lost at least 13 percent over the past five trading days, except for American Airlines, which saw a 19 percent decline.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation on Tuesday unveiled two new business jets and announced orders were lining up from Flexjet and Qatar Airways.

The two all-new aircraft — dubbed Gulfstream G500 and G600 — optimize speed, have spacious cabins and are equipped with advanced flight decks, said the Savannah, Georgia-based company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

G500 and G600 interior

According to Gulfstream, the G500 can fly long distances at high speed, including from New York to Geneva at 685 miles (1102 kilometers) per hour.

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Drama conveying truth is what feature films such as “Fast Food Nation”, “Erin Brockovich” and “The Insider” have in common. The first uses drama to expose unknown perils in the fast food industry, and the others retell of personal sacrifice and heroics that brought truth to light.

Fact Not Fiction Films’ most recent feature, “A Dark Reflection”, similarly conveys a truth regarding passenger air travel amongst the major airlines. Based on actual events, this film tells a compelling story that raises awareness regarding the air quality made available to captive airline passengers.

As a former British Airways captain, Director and Producer Tristan Loraine delivers an investigative thriller about two British journalists, who whilst investigating a hushed up in-flight safety incident, discover aviation’s biggest cover-up. Spurned by catastrophic events and cover-ups, this independent feature ultimately pits corporate profit against the public’s safety.

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Embraer delivers first Legacy 500, Nextant First UK 400XTi, Cessna Citation Latitude

October 14th, 2014

Nextant mulls new aircraft launch

Nextant Aerospace is hoping to launch a new product as early as next May’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, in partnership with engine supplier GE Aviation.

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The FAA has certified Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650ER long-range business jet, verifying the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clearing the way for G650ER deliveries to begin. Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end. This is ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

FAA certifies Gulfstream G650ER

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Every major business jet manufacturer will descend on Orlando for the annual NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) extravaganza in less than two weeks, and all of them will spar for the attention of prospective customers interested in upgrading their current aircraft or purchasing one of the new models in development or in flight test.

For Cessna Aircraft Co., the timing couldn’t be better. Its pilots have been putting the Citation Latitude prototypes through their paces since February, when the first aircraft first flew. With every test flight, the jet has hit the mark. Now Cessna is reporting that the certification program has yielded improvements in range and runway performance beyond what the company initially projected. As a result, the aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range, to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Runway performance also is significantly improved, with takeoff distance now 3,668 ft., rather than 4,030 ft.

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Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi business jet to Norwich-based business aviation services provider SaxonAir.

The handover brings to seven the total number of the remanufactured light twinjets delivered to European customers to date. “The European 400XTi fleet has proven itself as a strong revenue generator on the European charter market with the majority of the fleet operating more than 90h a month [each],” says the Cleveland, Ohio-based company, which introduced the 400XTi last year.

Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi
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Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500, its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

“The entry into service of the Legacy 500 is yet another important achievement by our Company,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Our teams developed a revolutionary product, which symbolizes our commitment to offer our customers the most innovative solutions in the industry.”

Embraer delivers first Legacy 500 Executive Jet
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Gulfstream G650ER Certified by FAA, Business Aviation Flight Activity and Safety

October 13th, 2014

The number of fatalities from business jet accidents in the first nine months outpaced those from the same period last year, despite a decline in the number of nonfatal accidents for jets and turboprops this year.

According to preliminary statistics compiled by AIN, 15 people died in four accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first nine months of this year. In the same period last year 13 people were killed, also in four accidents. All eight of the fatal accidents in the two periods befell jets operating under Part 91.

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Business aircraft activity in the U.S. increased for the 10th straight month, climbing 3.9 percent last month versus a year ago, making it the busiest September for business aviation since the same month in 2008, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 0.9 percent year-over-year.

Operational categories were positive across the board, led by Part 91 flying, which climbed 4.0 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 3.8 percent year-over-year, while fractional flying increased by 3.1 percent.

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The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that its flagship Gulfstream G650ER has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clears the way for G650ER deliveries to begin.

Gulfstream G650ER Certified by Federal Aviation Administration

Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end, ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

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MEPs Meet Business Aviation, Business Aviation in Europe and Americas

October 10th, 2014

The Cayman Islands has long been a leading jurisdiction for aviation finance transactions in both the commercial and business jet sectors. Among the reasons for this are the Cayman Islands’ tax neutral status, its political stability, the developed, English-based legal system, supporting infrastructure and high-quality service providers, the flexible and commercial nature of its legislation and its adherence to international standards of compliance.

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As the newly formed European Parliament (EP) takes shape, the EBAA is calling for Members of the EP (MEPs) to get up close and personal with business aviation and gain a better understanding of its operations before work resumes on the portfolios that affect aviation.

“I felt it was important that our new colleagues, those who just joined the Transport Committee, get a concrete sense of the different elements composing the air transport mosaic,” says MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu, Member of the Transport Committee. “On-demand business aviation is a world per se, and as needs and business evolve, legislation must evolve too – especially when we are talking about aviation.”

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There were 63,068 business aviation flight departures in September, 1,237 more than in August, equal to a YOY increase of 35 flights, +0.1%. The European market remains about 1% off 2013 YTD. This month the good news was that Europe´s top 6 country markets all expanded, YOY. The UK´s growth was exceptionally strong, +10%, and France, Europe´s No.1 market, increased activity by 6%. The overall picture has a negative distortion due to collapse in demand for business aviation in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and to a certain extent the whole CEE region.

WINGX Business Aviation Monitor – September 2014: Western Europe pulling ahead

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Latin America is a supremely diverse and promising market. It includes the second and third largest business aviation fleets in the world — Brazil and Mexico. Embraer Executive Jets President & CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini talked recently with FlyCorporate’s Phil Rose about how Embraer sees the prospects for business aviation in Latin America and the rest of the world.

Embraer Sees Great Prospects for Latin America

Some predictions suggest that over the next five years demand for business aircraft in Latin America will represent as much as 18–20% of global demand — outstripping traditionally strong markets such as Europe. Does this correspond with what you’re seeing across the region?

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FAA approval accelerates G650ER deliveries, Survey: Business Jets Used for Time Efficiency, Not Luxury, Business Aviation climbs in Europe + More

October 9th, 2014

FAA approval accelerates G650ER deliveries

Gulfstream expects to start deliveries of an extended range version of the G650, the Gulfstream G650ER, slightly early by year-end.

The US Federal Aviation Administration certificated the design four months after Gulfstream unveiled the G650ER at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gulfstream G650ER model at EBACE 2014

Gulfstream launched the concept in May with a promise to deliver the first retrofit models in early 2015 and the first new-build aircraft in 2017, but now will accelerate the delivery schedule by a few months.

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Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has signed a conditional agreement with Bombardier to develop a Fans 1/A+ avionics upgrade solution for the Challenger 604. The upgrade will enhance pilot to ATC communications and allow access to dedicated and shorter-route Fans 1/A+ North Atlantic Tracks.

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Business aircraft flights in Europe eked out a 0.1-percent year-over-year gain last month, to 63,068 departures, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Year-to-date, the European market still remains about 1 percent off from last year. Last month’s results were buoyed by expansion in the region’s top six business aviation markets but dragged down by the “geopolitical crisis” in the Ukraine.

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Survey: Business Jets Used for Time Efficiency, Not Luxury

 Newly released results from Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Survey reconfirm that those who fly privately do so primarily for efficiency, not luxury. Among the 1,200 business jet fliers who participated in the fourth annual BJT survey, “save time” again emerged as the number-one reason for using business aviation, followed by “ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve.”

Business Jet Traveler's 4th Annual Readers' Choice Survey

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Embraer Phenom 300 is One Hot Airplane, Bombardier Challenger 604, Superyacht Destinations

October 8th, 2014

Set sail with the one you love and experience memories that will last forever on board your own luxury superyacht charter. Imagine watching the sun rise and fall over the glittering ocean, sipping chilled Champagne on the sun deck, indulging in a personal massage and dining beneath the stars, feeling the sway of the tide beneath you. A honeymoon charter aboard a superyacht can offer the ultimate when it comes to tender romance and divine destinations. If you and your betrothed are looking to truly get away and discover paradise on earth, take a glimpse at these gorgeous honeymoon destinations to melt your heart.

You can charter a private jet from JetOptions to all 5 of these destinations:

Anguilla

Exumas, Bahamas

Turks and Caicos

Aegean Islands

Lipari Islands

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Meridian Air Charter adds Challenger 604 to fleet

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, is pleased to announce the addition of a newly refurbished Challenger 604-N575AG to its managed fleet of twenty-five business jets. The aircraft will be based in Bedford, MA (BED), and it is immediately available for charter, certificate IMJA053F. You can contact JetOptions to charter this Challenger 604 or any other Bombardier aircraft.

Challenger 604

With a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82 (541 mph; 870 km/hr) and an intercontinental range of over 4,600 statute miles (7,403 km), this twelve-passenger heavy jet is suitable for both short and long haul trips. It was born in 2005, and was fully refurbished and repainted in 2014. Providing superior comfort for its passengers, it offers an extended cabin which allows for more interior space, stand-up room of over six feet, and a passive noise insulation system.

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Phenom 300: One Hot Airplane

It’s nice to be in demand, as Embraer can attest from the popularity of its Phenom 300 business jet.NetJets Inc., which has an agreement with Embraer Executive Jets for 50 Phenom 300 plus 75 options, reports that fractional shares in the light jet are selling so well that it asked the manufacturer to accelerate the delivery schedule. That will add four additional jets to the NetJets inventory this year.Embraer has delivered 25 Phenom 300 jets to the fractional-ownership provider. By the end of 2014, NetJets expects to have 35 Signature Series Phenom 300s in its fleet.

The Phenom is assembled at Embraer’s Melbourne, FL., production facility, where aircraft destined primarily for North American customers are made.One Phenom 300 owner/operator last year was asked to lead racers onto the course of the 2013 Reno Air Races. It was a testament to the aircraft’s power and stability.

Phenom 300

More customers took delivery of Phenom 300 aircraft than any other business jet in 2013. JetOptions has seen increased charter demand for the Phenom 300.

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Cessna Citation Latitude Flight Test Shows Increased Range, NBAA Worthy of The Hype + More Bizav News

October 7th, 2014

In two weeks, 25,000 to 30,000 people will gather in Orlando to attend the 67th annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 65th Annual Meeting & Convention—the largest civil aviation event of its kind in the world. The JetOptions team will be attending the NBAA 2014 convention. But it is not so much the huge attendance that makes the NBAA show such a momentous event—or spectacle, depending on one’s perspective—as its energy level. It is palpable throughout, and it’s infectious.

JetOptions will attend NBAA 2014 Convention in Orlando

NBAA 2012 Orlando Convention’s static display shown here. JetOptions attended the convention

That energy most certainly will be manifest when the show officially gets under way on Oct. 20. Much of the industry has endured six difficult years of struggling to return to its heady days just prior to 2008-2009, when the worst recession since the Great Depression gripped the U.S. While the industry still has a long way to go, it is making progress, and there is a general sense that the recovery is real and gaining steam.

To its credit, most manufacturers took the long view and continued to invest in new-product development even as they struggled to stabilize their businesses operations in the face of dramatic sales declines, with the exception of the ultra-long-range segment. Products tend to stimulate demand, and there will be announcements at the show of new business jets coming to market.

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Cessna Aircraft Company announced the Citation Latitude flight test program has yielded improvements in expected aircraft range and runway performance, promising even greater value for operators than originally envisioned. Certification of the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015.

Cessna Citation Latitude flight test demonstrates increased performance

The aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Additionally, runway performance is significantly improved with takeoff distance now an impressive 3,668 feet, rather than 4,030 feet in prior projections.

Cessna Citation Latitude Flight Test Shows Increased Range

Cessna Citation Latitude model at EBACE 2014

“The Citation Latitude certification program is about two-thirds complete and has hit the mark every step of the way,” said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president and CEO. “The entire team is focused on ensuring we exceed customer expectations with the new Citation Latitude, whether in terms of design, production quality, or in making improvements like we’ve seen in the performance numbers.”

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Canadian engineering company Flying Colours is beefing up its completions and refurbishment portfolio to include bespoke special mission projects for Bombardier’s Global family of high-end business jets.

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The US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) could double its $1 billion target to support general aviation through the end of its 2014 fiscal year, says president Fred Hochberg. A $300 million loan guarantee to Minsheng Financial Leasing for eight Gulfstream aircraft in December 2013 was the deal that pushed Ex-Im over the $1 billion threshold, he adds.

While the final numbers will not be in until the export credit agency closes all its commitments for the fiscal year that ends today, it has already closed $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion in general aviation deals since it set a three-year, $1 billion goal in 2012, he says at the International Aviation Club of Washington DC.

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Bombardier Learjet Delivers First EASA-registered Learjet 75 and More BizAv News

October 6th, 2014

NBAA announced today the dates and locations of the association’s 2015 business aviation regional forums. “NBAA is pleased to once again provide these popular one-day events. The regional forums offer some of the benefits of our annual convention–access to exhibits, aircraft on display, education sessions and more–in convenient locations across the U.S.,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

The first forum of the year will take place February 19 in West Palm Beach, Fla., hosted by Atlantic Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport, with additional support from Gama Aviation and Signature Flight Support. On June 25, the second forum will be held at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport, with Landmark Aviation as the host FBO. The final forum for next year is set for September 17 at St. Louis Downtown Airport in East St. Louis, Ill., with Jet Aviation hosting.

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While the economy has grown stronger, there is still a lot of work to do to support business aviation’s recovery in the policy arena, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told the attendees at a chief pilots roundtable late last week in Washington, D.C.“The expectation is, as we work our way through the remainder of 2014, that the U.S. economy will continue to strengthen,” he said, noting gains in aviation fuel sales and flight activity, as well as declining inventory and stabilizing sales prices for pre-owned aircraft.

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Bombardier Learjet Delivers First EASA-registered Learjet 75 Aircraft to Groupe Roullier

First European delivery, only days after receiving EASA’s full type certification

Bombardier Learjet Delivers First EASA-registered Learjet 75 Aircraft

Bombardier, the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturer, celebrated the delivery of the first EASA-registered Learjet 75 aircraft to the Roullier Group, a company based in France. The aircraft was delivered during a special ceremony at Bombardier’s facility in Wichita, Kansas and will be operated out of France.

The Learjet 75 aircraft, along with the Learjet 70 aircraft, received full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on September 12.

“We are delighted to see the first Learjet 75 aircraft enter into service in Europe, and we are confident that its performance and efficiency, combined with its completely new interior, will allow the Roullier Group to optimize their business missions”, said Simon Burrows, Regional Vice President, Sales, Western Europe, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

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Airbus to help build supersonic business jet, Qantas celebrates debut of A380 flights to Texas

October 2nd, 2014

Qantas’ superjumbo Airbus A380 is now flying to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Qantas Flight 7 departed Sydney Airport for Dallas/Fort Worth Monday, giving the Qantas the honor of operating the longest A380 flight in the world.

Qantas celebrates debut of A380 flights to Texas

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said using the A380 offers the carrier both greater fuel efficiency and a 10% increase in the number of seats it offers on its route between Sydney and Dallas. Qantas previously flew a Boeing 747-400 on the route.

Joyce touted the A380 service between Sydney and DFW as offering “direct access right in the heart of the U.S. with over 50 connections to all U.S. major cities within four hours, including Orlando, Boston and Houston.”

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Titan Airways, the London Stansted-based charter and airline sub-charter specialist, is tripling the size of its Airbus fleet with the introduction of 2 further Airbus A320 airliners.

The announcement of the addition of the 2 latest aircraft, the first of which will arrive this autumn with the second following in the spring of 2015, follows the successful launch of the carrier’s first Airbus, G-POWI, in 2013.

As well as a single Airbus A320, Titan Airways’ current fleet comprises 6 Boeing aircraft. The move to Airbus is a strategic one for the carrier as it aims to introduce more modern, economical and environmentally friendly aircraft to the operation.

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How would you like to trim three hours off the current commercial jet flight time between Paris and Washington, D.C.? Or two hours and 48 minutes off the flight between New York and Sao Paulo? Or two and a half hours between Tokyo and Singapore?

Airbus to help build supersonic jet

With its Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet, the Nevada-based Aerion Corporation aims to do just that.

Now it has a gigantic new partner to help it realize those ambitions: Airbus.

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