AINalerts » August 7, 2008

August 7, 2008 - 12:48pm

Embraer’s second Phenom 300 light jet joined the flight-test fleet on Tuesday, making its first flight from the runway at the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto plant. Flying aboard PP-XVJ on its maiden jaunt were pilots Jeirgem Prust and John Sevalho Corção and flight-test engineer Leandro Bigarella. “The Phenom 300 program is steadily moving forward.

August 7, 2008 - 12:46pm

On-demand air-taxi firm SATSair on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with Cirrus Design to add five Cirrus Vision SJ50 jet singles to its fleet. SATSair, which currently operates 26 Cirrus SR22s, will integrate the single-engine jets into its operations–following the SJ50’s expected certification in 2010–as a hybrid to its Southeastern whole-airplane charter network.

August 7, 2008 - 12:44pm

Sentient Flight Group on Tuesday announced organizational changes as part of a refocusing of its long-term business plan. “When Sentient and JetDirect first came together, we established a fully integrated personal air travel company, offering jet cards, charter and complete aircraft management services,” Sentient chairman Greg Campbell said.

August 7, 2008 - 12:43pm

ExecuJet Aviation and Hawker Pacific today officially opened their new joint-venture Skypark FBO at Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Malaysia. The development is part of the wider $91 billion Skypark Subang project to transform the former Subang International Airport–Kuala Lumpur’s main airport until the opening of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 1998–into a business aviation gateway.

August 7, 2008 - 12:38pm

When VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation announced early last week that it had received “first funds in a new round of financing” that hinged on the resignation of founder Vern Raburn, observers generally took that to mean that new money was flowing into the company.

August 7, 2008 - 12:36pm

Shipments and billings for business aviation jets and turboprops reached all-time highs in the second quarter, according to data released this afternoon by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), while the piston market took a dive.


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