BAE Systems is out and a number of new suppliers are in, according to Eclipse Aviation officials, who announced the signing of long-term contracts with six additional vendors for the avionics and digital automatic flight controls on the Eclipse 500 after reshuffling the original supplier team.
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Buyers continued to roll up their sleeves and involve themselves with the used aircraft market, driving down further what has been for the last few years a vast supply inventory. The 10-percent depletion in used aircraft inventory over the last 13 months has taken a step toward assuaging the doubts of many left shell-shocked by nearly three years of market malaise.
Sino Swearingen last month said it had passed FAA tests that enable the SJ30-2 to meet its advertised pressurization differential of 12 psi, higher than any other business jet or airliner. At 12 psi, the new twinjet will have a sea-level cabin at 41,000 feet altitude and an 1,800-foot cabin at the maximum altitude of 49,000 feet, according to the company.
In a special airworthiness information bulletin published on February 13, the FAA advised owners and operators of PC-12s to incorporate operational limitations that the Swiss civil aviation authority issued earlier this year as an emergency AD. According to the FAA, the AD was prompted by several incidents on approach where an abrupt nose-down pitch occurred after the autopilot was disconnected when the flaps were at 40 degrees.
Gulfstream introduced the G350 at the Asian Aerospace show in Singapore on February 23 and confirmed that the model would supersede the G300, as reported last month in AIN. The new Gulfstream model, slated to be certified by year-end and enter service in the fall next year, will be a shorter-range and less expensive airplane (3,800 nm and $27.5 million, respectively) than the G450.
Honda Aircraft announced this morning deals with three major component suppliers for the HondaJet. GKN Aerospace of Tallassee, Ala., will supply the structural subassembly for the fuselage, while Avcorp of Delta, British Columbia, will provide the wing structure sub-assembly. Both are major suppliers of civil and defense aerospace systems and components.
The six-seat Citation Mustang, Cessna’s newest addition to its stable of business jets, is starting to take shape. At press time, the Wichita manufacturer was busy building the Mustang prototype’s tooling, and more than 3,700 of the very light jet’s 5,000 detail parts had been fabricated. The $2.395 million Mustang is the company’s first clean-sheet aircraft design since it launched the Citation III in 1978.
Because the Grob SPn Utility jet and the Embraer Phenom 300 weigh more than 12,500 pounds but less than 19,000 pounds, their respective manufacturers are requesting permission to certify the aircraft under the commuter category of Part 23 rather than the more stringent requirements of Part 25.
It’s really, really big, and as an executive transport, the giant Airbus A380–unveiled in Toulouse, France, last month– will be the biggest and most complex challenge ever to roll into an independent completion center hangar to be outfitted for executive or personal use.
Dassault’s fly-by-wire Falcon 7X is nearing the finish line and is expected to receive EASA and FAA type certification either by the end of this month or early next quarter. The first delivery–of S/N 05 to a European customer– should also take place in the second quarter, according to a Dassault Falcon Jet spokesman.