Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 on Friday, less than two months after the fly-by-wire midsize jet obtained certification from Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC. The launch customer, an unidentified Brazilian company, accepted the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
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NBAA’s two-day Tax, Regulatory and Risk-management Conference starts on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., ahead of the association’s annual convention there. On the conference agenda are sessions on ownership and operating structures, tax planning, financing, leasing, personal use of business aircraft, use policies and aircraft transactions. According to NBAA, the conference is geared for flight department personnel, aviation attorneys and financial advisors.
Donated auction items are piling up for the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network Soirée, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., next Wednesday evening during the NBAA Convention.
Nextant Aerospace made the first UK delivery of its 400XTi remanufactured jet on October 13. The aircraft, which is the seventh to go to a European operator, will be flown by Norwich-based charter group SaxonAir. According to Nextant, the 400XTis operating in the European charter market are logging more than 80 to 90 hours per month each. “The 400XTi’s range allows our customers direct travel anywhere in Europe for considerably less than any other light jet and without sacrificing performance and comfort,” said SaxonAir commercial director Chris Mace.
Business aircraft activity in the U.S. increased for the 10th straight month, climbing 3.9 percent last month versus a year ago, making it the busiest September for business aviation since the same month in2008, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 0.9 percent year-over-year.
The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.
Embraer Executive Jets broke ground today on an expansion project at its Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport campus that will allow Legacy 450/500 assembly to begin there in the second half of 2016. The company plans to deliver at least one Legacy 500 from the facility in 2016 and has a planned production capacity of six per month. The aircraft manufacturer has assembled and delivered nearly 80 Phenom 100s and 300s from the Florida facility since 2012.
The number of fatalities from business jet accidents in the first nine months outpaced those from the same period last year, despite a decline in the number of nonfatal accidents for jets and turboprops this year.
According to preliminary statistics compiled by AIN, 15 people died in four accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first nine months of this year. In the same period last year 13 people were killed, also in four accidents. All eight of the fatal accidents in the two periods befell jets operating under Part 91.
Business aircraft flights in Europe eked out a 0.1-percent year-over-year gain last month, to 63,068 departures, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Year-to-date, the European market still remains about 1 percent off from last year. Last month’s results were buoyed by expansion in the region’s top six business aviation markets but dragged down by the “geopolitical crisis” in the Ukraine.
Newly released results from Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Survey reconfirm that those who fly privately do so primarily for efficiency, not luxury. Among the 1,200 business jet fliers who participated in the fourth annual BJT survey, “save time” again emerged as the number-one reason for using business aviation, followed by “ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve.”