CAE is preparing to open a fourth training center for Embraer’s Phenom light jets later this year. According to Carlos Mallaco, vice president for Customer Support & Services with Embraer Executive Jets, the additional training capacity will likely be added in the U.S. through the long-established Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) joint venture. Phenom pilots already have three ECTS facilities at their disposal in Dallas, Texas; Burgess Hill in the UK; and São Paulo in Brazil.
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The first order for the new BBJ Max 8 model in March was a major breakthrough for Boeing Business Jets in its efforts to convince buyers of the value that the new generation of 737, with its more efficient CFM International Leap-1B engines, will deliver to VIP operators. The airframer believes the additional range and cabin space provided by the new Max 8 will give the BBJ family a significant extra edge at the top end of the business aviation market.
Zurich-based aircraft management provider Jet Aviation (Booth 418) is putting the spotlight here at EBACE on new developments at its facilities and in its aircraft management services from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and South America.
Aerion announced today at EBACE that it is redesigning its proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ) with a larger cabin and more range, reflecting feedback from a recent survey of potential operators. The new aircraft–dubbed AS2, for Aerion supersonic second design–has three as yet unspecified engines versus the two P&W JT8Ds intended for its now-scrubbed predecessor.
This year’s Middle East Business Aviation show, to be held at Dubai World Central December 8-10, is on course to be the biggest yet, reports the organizer, the Middle East Business Aircraft Association. MEBAA founding chairman Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi told AIN that bookings have already exceeded targets by nearly 20 percent and that more aircraft and helicopters are expected than at the previous five editions of the show. Sections launched in 2012 and devoted to business airports and aircraft interiors are expected to expand considerably.
Bombardier Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mockup of its Global 7000 today at EBACE in Geneva, and the lines of people waiting to get in for a look often exceeded its 111-foot length. Bombardier says it is the largest-ever business jet mockup and “showcases the aircraft’s spaciousness, luxury and comfort.” The ultra-long-range jet, slated to enter service in 2016, also features what Bombardier claims is the “largest window area currently offered on a business jet.”
As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the order book for its PC-24 today at EBACE, and it had orders for 75 of the utility twinjets by the time the show closed for the day. The first contract was inked by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; and U-Haul International in the U.S., two.
The business aviation market’s shift toward larger aircraft continues, and the effect on the industry is growing, according to Teal Group’s latest annual business jet overview. “Last year saw a welcome but largely meaningless upturn, with an impressive 16.3-percent increase in deliveries by value,” said Teal vice president of analysis Richard Aboulafia. “But all of this growth came from large-cabin jets, particularly Gulfstream’s G650. All the smaller segments remained firmly stuck in first gear.”
Legendary aircraft designer Ed Swearingen died on Thursday at age 88, on the eve of the resumption of production of his persistent light jet–the SJ30–by current program owner SyberJet. It was 1986 when he unveiled the small, single-pilot jet powered by a new breed of turbofan engine by Williams International that would propel the airplane swiftly and far, with performance that outstripped most business jets of the era.
Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia received approval from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency for extended-range operations (EROPS) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. EROPS approval allows aircraft to fly routes that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternate airport, twice that for extended-range twin-engine operation performance standard (ETOPS) regulations. This allows for more direct routings.