Business and general aviation flying in the U.S. has seen 15 months of growth, BBA Aviation CEO Simon Pryce noted on Tuesday during the company’s second-quarter investor call. Large-cabin jet flying in the U.S. has experienced 15 months of growth and is up 5 percent year-over-year in the first half; midsize jets, six months, 1-percent growth; and light jets, nine months, 3-percent growth. Business and general aviation movements in Europe declined by 1 percent year-over-year, he said. Pryce is predicting continued recovery in the North American market in the second half.
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NBAA will award Robert “Bob” Hoover and R.W.“Bill” de Decker with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, respectively. The awards, among the highest ones given by the association, will be presented in October at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The Meritorious Service to Aviation award is given to individuals who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, have made significant identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests.
Malaysian company Aspirasi Pertiwi signed an agreement to invest in Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor, which will help fund final development and production of the twin-engine EV-55 Outback utility airplane. The companies expect the June 26 agreement will eventually reach a total investment of $200 million.
The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry, launched with modest expectations by the island’s government in May 2007, is seeing no letting up in activity as business aircraft owners seize on the advantages of using the M-register. Various factors are driving the registry’s popularity, including banks’ advising owners to distance themselves from Russia; VAT rules; impending ratification by the UK of the Cape Town Convention; intensified scrutiny of U.S.
Embraer announced an upgraded version of the Phenom 100 entry-level light jet last year and customers are beginning to take delivery of the new 100E. The aircraft introduces multifunction spoilers and upgraded interior options. Base price is $4.161 million, but options such as premium seats, a solid lavatory door and an extra passenger seat/kibitzer that faces sideways across from the cabin entry door can quickly take the price past $4.4 million, putting it in line with Cessna’s new M2 with a few options.
In this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, Embraer and Gulfstream tied for first place in business jet support.The results were released on Friday. Both companies’ support scores dropped to an overall average of 8.1 (out of 10), down from 8.2 for Embraer and 8.3 for Gulfstream in last year’s survey. This is the first time in many years that Gulfstream hasn’t owned the top spot by itself.
To great fanfare, Pilatus rolled out its new PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet on Friday at its home airfield of Buochs, near the town of Stans in central Switzerland. The prototype of the twin-engine business/utility jet was pulled across the runway by 24 horses before coming to rest on a giant Swiss flag painted on the apron, in front of a grandstand with 1,000 VIPs and another 24,000 people.
Two U.S. humanitarian aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Africa were flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta aboard a specially equipped aeromedical Gulfstream GIII operated by Cartersville, Ga.-based Phoenix Air. Dr. Kent Brantly was transported to the U.S. on Saturday, August 2, and Nancy Writebol was flown back today, arriving early this afternoon at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. Both worked for aid group Samaritan’s Purse.
Embraer plans to begin assembling its new midsize Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at its Melbourne, Fla., campus by 2016. The company will break ground soon on a major new plant expansion at its Melbourne facility and expects to add 600 more jobs when it is fully up and running. Embraer already assembles Phenom 100s and 300s at the Florida facility. Meanwhile, Embraer Executive Jets senior vice president Jose Eduardo Costas added that certification of the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 is “imminent.”
Hartzell Propeller will supply new lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third-generation Avanti twin turboprop–the Avanti EVO. For the EVO, Hartzell worked with Piaggio to develop highly swept, wide-chord aluminum alloy propellers that, when combined with changes to the nacelle and engine exhaust geometry, reduce external noise by five dBA, a 68-percent improvement. Cabin noise is also lowered by 20 percent, or one dBA, thanks in large part to Hartzell’s five-blade scimitar design.