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December 11, 2006 - 6:33am

Piaggio Aero Industries is showcasing the new Avanti II version of its distinctive twin pusherprop here at Dubai 2005 this week. But the Italian company is remaining tight-lipped about long-anticipated plans for a new light business jet.

The Avanti II completed European certification last month and delivery of the first new-version aircraft is to follow to an unnamed Swiss customer.

December 11, 2006 - 6:20am

The sturdy Liberty XL2 two-seat light aircraft has the appearance of sports or trainer design not unlike many others. However, an alternative lower fuselage panel also displayed at Stand C706 provides a clue to a different role that the aircraft can perform.

December 11, 2006 - 6:16am

Boeing has chosen the new Jet Aviation Dubai facility as an authorized service center for the Boeing Business Jet, the companies announced here yesterday. The deal allows Jet Aviation to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as warranty work for the growing number of BBJ owners here in the Middle East. Jet Aviation Dubai joins the company’s other BBJ repair centers in Singapore, Geneva and Basel, Switzerland.

December 11, 2006 - 5:53am

The Dassault Falcon 7X business jet has passed the 70-sale bar, John Rosanvallon, president of Dassault Falcon Jet, told Aviation International News yesterday here at the Dubai airshow.

Negotiations are under way for more orders in the region. Separately, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based National Air Services (NAS) is thinking of buying some Falcon 2000EXs for its NetJets Middle East operation.

December 7, 2006 - 10:29am

It was no big secret before this year’s NBAA Convention that Piper would be announcing plans for a single-engine jet, and indeed Piper did unveil its PiperJet on October 17. At the time, Piper had not yet selected an engine manufacturer. Early last month at the AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., Piper revealed that a Williams International FJ44-3AP will power the PiperJet.

December 7, 2006 - 10:27am

Cessna’s receipt of flight-in-known-icing certification for the Citation Mustang in early November means that the jet’s certification program is complete and it is time to remove the airplane from the In The Works list.

The first Mustang delivered will be used for customer demonstrations. Cessna plans to deliver 40 Mustangs next year, with the first delivery to a customer outside Cessna taking place early next year.

December 7, 2006 - 10:25am

A day before Honda Aircraft formally announced that the HondaJet will use the GE-Honda HF120 engine, Spectrum Aeronautical announced that its new all-composite midsize Freedom S-40 jet will be powered by the HF120, at a thrust rating of more than 2,000 pounds. The stand-up-cabin Freedom will cruise at up to 435 knots, and fly 2,200 nm at up to 45,000 feet. Certification and entry-into-service is set for 2010.

December 7, 2006 - 10:23am

Honda Aircraft and Spectrum Aeronautical both announced at the NBAA Convention that they will use the GE-Honda HF120 engine in their new business jets.

December 7, 2006 - 10:12am

EADS Socata has appointed IndUS Aviation the authorized sales representative in India for its TBM 700 and 850 turboprop singles. The Indian company, which builds light aircraft at facilities in Dallas and Bangalore, India, will also establish a product and customer support operation for the TBM line in India.

December 7, 2006 - 10:10am

One year after receiving FAA type certification for its SJ30 light jet, Sino Swearingen delivered the first customer airplane to Doug Jaffe of San Antonio, one of the early investors in the SJ30 program. The “J” in the model name stands for Jaffe, while the “S” is for designer Ed Swearingen, who began designing the jet in 1982 and launched the program in the late 1980s.

 
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