While the number of business jet deliveries and overall industry billings continued to slide in the first quarter of 2012, there was a minor retrenchment for the turboprop segment, according to numbers released late last week by the U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). For the first quarter of the year, OEMs handed over 122 bizjets, a decrease from the 128 it delivered in same period last year, a decline of 4.7 percent, while the number of turboprops rose by two year-over-year, representing a better than 3-percent gain.
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While business aircraft operators tear their hair out trying to comply with the European Union’s controversial emissions trading scheme, the issue is threatening to escalate into a full-blown trade war. But an EBACE panel on ETS here in Geneva yesterday heard that the EU appears to have no intention in backing down, with the discussion underscoring the vast gulf between the aims of the carbon cap-and-trade policy and the realities of compliance.
Europe should prosecute pilots flying illegal charter flights within its member states. That was just one of the suggestions coming out of an industry education session on the topic at the EBACE show yesterday.
Jet Aviation has received a European supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Aircell’s Aviator 200 system on the Dassault Falcon 2000LX jet. The Aviator 200 enables near-global email and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service powered by Thrane & Thrane. A complete package costs $60,000, including installation.
Pilatus (Stand 7031) and Daher-Socata (Stand 1439), both manufacturers of business turboprop singles, seem to be having trouble defining time frames for producing larger, twin-engine airplanes, respectively dubbed the PC-24 and the NTX. Both designs are still being worked out on but few details have emerged to date.
The PC-24 was to be unveiled in 2012, according to a Pilatus annual report released earlier this year. This has changed, the company told AIN on Tuesday at the EBACE show and now an announcement is to be made at the EBACE 2013 show–in a year.
Saab Electronic Defense Systems is introducing Rigs, a lightweight, compact, enhanced-vision product for business aircraft and helicopters that can display navigation, attitude, flight, reticle and video information to the crew in a head-up display (HUD) presentation. Its open-system architecture makes Rigs ideal for integration into a variety of forward-looking infrared, flight data display and avionics suites.
CAE (Stand 468) has announced it has become an authorized training provider for Bombardier’s Learjet 31 and Learjet 60, in addition to the Learjet 40XR, 45, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 604, 605; and Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS business jets. Training for pilots ranges from classroom-based courses to level-D flight simulators.
Rizon Jet (Stand 2017), the Doha-based aircraft charter, management and MRO provider, has received EASA Part 145 and Cayman Islands maintenance approvals for its headquarters maintenance facility. The approval allows the company to offer all line and base maintenance and a full range of maintenance and overhaul packages for Challenger 604/605, Hawker 750/800XP/850XP/900XP and Global BD-700 series business jets in Doha.
Swedish start-up Cloudbase (Stand 2205) is here at the EBACE show launching its new flight scheduling software. The Cloudbase software targets small-to-midsize business aircraft operators. Easier work sharing and better pilot involvement in the planning process are its main claimed benefits, making for greater simplicity and efficiency in operations. Cloudbase is being offered for a monthly fee, without any installation or update charges.
Action Aviation has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with AirGlide, a UK company, which claims that its new Aviation Shield nano-technology coating can result in aircraft fuel-burn savings of around 4 percent through drag reduction of up to 40 percent. Nano particles fill all the microscopic gaps and crevices in the aircraft skin surface.