When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.
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In December the Comlux group is set to begin the expansion of the completions hangar at the Indianapolis, Ind. headquarters of its Comlux America division. The investment, announced at last year’s NBAA show, represents a leap of faith on the part of a company that believes rising demand for VIP completions of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft will offset the relatively sluggish narrowbody sector.
Wheels Up, the membership fleet access program founded in August 2013, now has 750 members and is on track to have 1,000 to 1,200 members and 37 aircraft by year end, CEO Kenny Dichter announced at NBAA 2014.
Boeing Business Jets has seen a double-digit sales increase–10 aircraft–this year for the first time since 2008, company president Steve Taylor said today at NBAA 2014. These sales included four BBJ 737s, three 777-300ERs, on(407) 932-1795
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Taylor is optimistic that sales will continue to increase and is confident that several MOUs will be in hand by the start of December’s Middle East Business Association meeting in Dubai. “I hope these orders are a sign that the market is turning a corner,” he said.
Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.
Honda Aircraft is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company said today at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co., which will start accepting loan applications tomorrow from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. And a training center opened in Greensboro, where the first level-D HondaJet simulator will be installed in the first quarter.
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA 2014 static display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.
Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Nextant Aerospace expects to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month, the Cleveland, Ohio based company announced today at NBAA 2014. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at EAA AirVenture in August, noting “keen interest” in the Americas.
FlightSafety International expects its Embraer Legacy 500 simulator to receive FAA and EASA approval by the end of this month. The Legacy 500 simulator recently received level-C qualification from Brazil aviation agency ANAC. Pilot training is scheduled to begin in November at FlightSafety’s St. Louis learning center and maintenance technician training on the Legacy 500 is slated to start early next year.