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News and issues relating to business, aircraft, primarily turbine-engine powered airplanes and helicopters.

October 20, 2014 - 8:30am

TAG Farnborough Airport is no stranger to NBAA shows, said Brandon O’Reilly, who has now been in the CEO post for more than eight years. And this year he comes with good news from Europe, with a 6-percent improvement in business over the past 10 months, he added, “for the first time since 2008.”

October 18, 2014 - 9:30am
Driven by airlines to refine the 737’s efficiency, Boeing might have also developed a winning bizjet formula.

Dramatically better fuel economy and range coupled with attractive pricing and faster and less expensive completion options could rekindle Boeing’s (Booth 1598) sluggish single-aisle BBJ programs, if customers can step into the middle of a flood of airline orders and pry aircraft off the assembly line.

October 18, 2014 - 9:20am
Cessna’s new Citation Latitude is available for inspection on the NBAA static display line, featuring this production interior. With its flat floor and generously sized cockpit layout, the new-design Latitude is one product of the company’s creative engineering team. “They like designing stuff, and we’ve got to keep them busy,” said Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest.

The combination of two 80-year-old Wichita aircraft manufacturers–Cessna and Beechcraft–under the new Textron Aviation umbrella marks its NBAA Convention debut here in Orlando. With 21 airplanes in production between the two factories, which are about 10 miles apart in Wichita, and a full-service network that is rapidly becoming capable of handling all of the Beechcraft and Cessna turbine models, Textron Aviation (Booth 220) and its president and CEO Scott Ernest continue to invest in new products as the integration of the two companies solidifies.

October 18, 2014 - 8:10am

Gulfstream’s new flagship, the ultra-long-range G650ER, made its airshow debut last month at the Africa Aerospace and Defence show, held at Waterkloof Air Force Base close to the South African capital Pretoria. According to the airframer, the new model, which will offer range of up to 7,500 nm, is set to complete certification during the fourth quarter of 2014, with initial deliveries to start early next year.

October 18, 2014 - 8:05am
Gulfstream’s “iron bird” version of its new models shows off the new cabin cross-section. T

Extensive construction work over the past two year at Gulfstream Aerospace’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., provided a visible clue that the manufacturer had something big brewing. One new building completed in September 2012 will be used to make the wings and tails for the new G500 and G600 models, and another facility opened last month will house fuselage manufacturing and final assembly.

October 18, 2014 - 7:55am

By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.

October 14, 2014 - 10:17am

Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch today of its new G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have been in the works for five years. During an event at its Savannah, Ga., headquarters, the company surprised guests by rolling out a prototype of the G500 under its own power.

October 2, 2014 - 12:45am

Think less James Bond, more Captain Value.

New business jets under development have one thing in common: with a laser-like focus on value, almost to the model they have achieved a near-perfect balance of versatility, performance, comfort and costs.

Concern about costs per seat mile used to be the preserve of the airlines. No longer: it has helped define even the Mach 0.935 Cessna Citation X+.

October 1, 2014 - 3:30am

I pulled the Eclipse 550’s throttles back and allowed the jet to slow down. The autopilot and autothrottles were turned off, but as we neared the stall, an audio alert sounded (“STALL”), the autothrottles kicked in and automatically advanced power to maximum continuous thrust and the airspeed climbed back to a safe level as I simultaneously unloaded the wings. After leveling off, I reset the throttles and resumed normal cruise speed.

October 1, 2014 - 2:15am

There had to be a way of delivering the latest in business jet technology without doing a clean-sheet design,” said Jay Heublein, executive v-p of global sales and marketing for Nextant Aerospace, explaining the reasoning behind the Nextant 400XTi remanufacturing of the Beechjet 400/Hawker 400XP.

 
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