EADS Socata is confident that it has the answer to the challenge of the very light jet (VLJ) threat in its latest single turboprop, the six-seat TBM 850. As of the end of April, the new model had clinched 36 firm orders compared to 31 sales of the previous TBM 700C2 version during 2005.
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“Handling is good in pitch but a little hard on bank. After a while you get used to it and Socata can easily correct it. The turboprop is comfortable and well equipped in terms of avionics, and pilot visibility is good at all times. It has a very efficient constant-speed propeller and a powerful engine. But it seems to me that the turbine exhaust temperatures were a little bit high at high altitudes and at maximum cruise speed.
Gulfstream Aerospace is claiming a record for a G150 flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Geneva on May 1. A company flight-test airplane completed the 1,575-nm journey in three hours and 40 minutes, flying at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.82 against an average headwind of 25 knots. The crew comprised Gulfstream midsize aircraft advanced programs chief pilot Scott Evans and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) senior test pilot Yoram Geva.
Austrian charter operator Jet-Alliance (Booth No. 132) yesterday signed a firm order here for a CFM56-5-powered Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). It will augment the almost 40 aircraft available from the Viennese company by providing long-range, large-cabin capacity, chief executive Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer told EBACE Convention News.
Embraer’s European unveiling of its Phenom 100 very light and 300 light jet full-scale cabin mockups here yesterday provided a platform for the Phenom’s fleet launch customer, start-up charter operator JetBird of Zurich, to announce the launch of its low-cost service.
The Grob SPn light business jet will feature an enhanced Apex cockpit, provided by Honeywell. Grob Aerospace had planned on using an earlier version of Apex but will offer the enhanced one right from the first customer delivery. This has affected the program schedule, however.
Adam Aircraft president and COO Joe Walker is about to appoint a factory direct sales representative to promote sales in Europe and sees this region as having great potential for the A500 piston twin and A700 AdamJet. To encourage potential customers, the company has developed a guaranteed maintenance program for both types, offering cost per hour rates for the first three years (except fuel prices).
While the Premier IA and Hawker 850XP business twinjets are targeted at very different buyers, Raytheon (Booth No. 1044) is here to explain why each airplane features traits sure to appeal to European buyers.
Raytheon Aircraft (Booth No. 1044) is considering plans for a new jet to fill the light- to mid-sized gap in its Hawker family. The new model would fit between the 400XP and 800XP aircraft and would compete with Cessna’s Citation XLS and Bombardier’s Learjet 45XR.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss had hard numbers here at the EBACE show yesterday as evidence of business aviation’s improving fortunes. The Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer plans to deliver 111 green aircraft this year and 127 next year, versus 89 last year. By some measures those are not big numbers, but to Gulfstream, which builds some of the highest value aircraft in the industry, they indicate a market in fine health.