For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, according to 2013 year-end numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Airframers handed over 678 business jets last year, six more than in 2012.
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A prototype of Cessna’s newest midsize jet offering, the Citation Latitude, flew for the first time on Tuesday, lifting off from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport at 10 a.m. local time with senior flight-test pilots Aaron Tobias and Marcus Mannella in the left and right seats, respectively.
The Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2014 show next week isn’t expected to showcase many entirely new rotorcraft programs, but early indications are that records may be broken in the orders department. The show officially opens on Monday, and the exhibit halls will be open from Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon. More than 60 helicopters are expected at the Anaheim Convention Center static display (inside the exhibit hall), as well as more than 700 exhibitors.
The Learjet 85 is one step closer to beginning its flight-testing phase after the announcement yesterday by Bombardier that the FAA issued the jet’s first flight-test permit. Engineers have run flight test vehicle 1’s (FTV1) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307Bs and completed low-speed taxi testing. Before the first flight, preparations will include finalizing “the configuration of the aircraft, more engine runs and high-speed taxi tests,” according to Bombardier.
The UK CAA unveiled a series of stringent measures today as a result of a review it launched last September to improve the safety of helicopter operations in the North Sea. These changes are expected to improve survivability after a ditching.
Business aircraft movements in Europe increased by 1.9 percent last month, marking the first time since 2008 that there has been year-over-year growth in the month of January, according to data from WingX Advance. Flight hours flown by business aircraft in Europe last month also rose by 4 percent, to 69,700 hours. It said January was also the first month since 2012 to record gains in both private and charter flights in Europe. This is the third consecutive month showing growth in private flights in the region, WingX noted.
Garmin announced an updated version of its Garmin Pilot iOS app that includes synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers. Dubbed SVX, the new feature displays GPS-derived airspeed, altitude and vertical speed overlaid on a 3-D topographic landscape. When paired with Garmin’s GDL 39 3D Bluetooth ADS-B receiver, back-up aircraft attitude information can also be displayed on top of the synthetic display in Garmin Pilot. The Garmin Pilot app is free, but an annual subscription (starting at $74.99 per year) is required.
Dassault Falcon recently delivered its first Falcon 2000S in Brazil following certification by ANAC, Brazil’s aviation regulatory authority, late last year. “The Falcon 2000S is a terrific option for customers in Brazil and elsewhere in South America,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon.
Air Charter Service, a UK-based aircraft charter broker with 16 offices worldwide, contracted nearly 7,500 charter flights during its fiscal year ending January 31–a 14-percent increase over its 2012 fiscal year. “We have seen constant year-on-year growth for several years, but this is one of the largest single jumps in charter numbers that we’ve ever had,” said managing director Ruan Courtney. “On average, we book a charter every 70 minutes and that’s because most charter contracts consist of more than one flight sector.
Sandel Avionics released its latest upgrades to the SG102 (MOD2) AHRS, a solid-state, three-axis instrument certified for primary heading reference and standby attitude. Enhancements include a three-times-faster initialization time of one minute, and added selectable low- and high-speed Arinc 429 output, which allows for additional interface options with radar systems, satcom antennas and other avionics. The SG102 (MOD2) AHRS is being shipped now.