A cabin mockup of Dassault Falcon’s new Falcon 5X will stop at the Super Bowl for an invitation-only event within the Meadowlands complex on Sunday afternoon before kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Headquartered at nearby Teterboro Airport, Dassault Falcon is a host committee sponsor for this year’s Super Bowl, a spokesman told AIN. The company is also well placed to provide customer support for Falcon operators traveling to the event, especially since its largest spare parts depot is at Teterboro.
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Embraer Executive Jets appointed Peter Griffith vice president of sales and marketing for Europe and Africa and Peter Walker vice president of sales and marketing for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. José Eduardo Costas, who has overseen Middle East and Asia-Pacific sales since 2008, will return to the company’s headquarters in Brazil to take on a broader role as vice president of market intelligence for Embraer Executive Jets. All will report to Marco Túlio Pellegrini, who became president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets on January 1.
Sales of pre-owned business jets took off in last year’s fourth quarter, blunting a weak second quarter and a “mixed bag of activity” in the third, according to business aviation information service provider Amstat. Business jet resale transactions were up 0.3 percentage points year-over-year, with 2.9 percent of the active fleet turning over in the fourth quarter. “This was the best performance since the fourth quarter of 2007 and squeaked ahead of the 20-year quarterly average of 2.8 percent,” noted Amstat general manager Andrew Young.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s product support organization has created private-label fabrics, leathers and carpets for cabin interior refurbishments. The curated collection of in-stock soft goods will shorten the lead time and cost for interior refurbishments, Gulfstream said. There are more than 100 fabrics, 25 carpets and 25 leathers in the collection, which includes three color palettes: beige, tan and taupe. Lead time for Gulfstream Portfolio Collection carpets, for example, is one day versus about four weeks for open-stock selections.
NBAA’s board of directors elected Jim Schwertner as the organization’s newest director. Schwertner, the president and CEO of Texas-based Capitol Land & Livestock, is an ATP with rotorcraft and seaplane ratings, as well as a CitationJet type rating. His initial term on the NBAA board is for one year, and in October he is expected to stand for election for a three-year term. He will serve NBAA without compensation.
Gulfstream Aerospace “is the primary growth engine for both earnings and revenue” at General Dynamics, parent company chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said yesterday during a fourth-quarter investor call. The company’s aerospace unit, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, had a “very good year” in 2013, she added.
Cessna Aircraft delivered 139 jets last year, down from 181 in 2012, but Scott Donnelly, chairman and CEO at parent company Textron, said yesterday during the fourth-quarter investor conference call that deliveries are expected to increase this year thanks to new aircraft such as the Citation M2, Sovereign+ and revamped X. The former two aircraft were certified last month, while the Mach 0.935 Citation X is slated to get the FAA’s blessing in March or April.
During a press event last Friday in Russia, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) president Andrei Kalinovsky told AIN that completion of the first VIP Superjet airliner is under way. “Today, the contracted machine is being worked on, the interior is being installed. Certification for this version will be obtained later this year,” he said. “Delivery to the customer is scheduled by the middle of this year.”
Roger Whyte, who was a senior executive with Cessna Aircraft for more than 28 years before retiring in late 2010, is now the chairman of the Central European Private Aviation Association (CEPA). He succeeds Philippe Lienard, who since last February had been the chairman of the group that supports the development of business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe. Whyte is being tasked with helping guide the organization through its fifth year of growth.
The International Business Aviation Council is holding an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Workshop in Madrid on March 4 and 5. The first-day session assists operators with IS-BAO implementation and provides a practical approach to managing an SMS. The second-day workshop is intended to train IS-BAO auditors, as well as help operators conduct internal audits and validate their SMS performance.