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.
AINalerts » January 23, 2014
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.”
Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) has flown its flyTab Dual Class 2 iPad EFB system on a Nav Canada flight inspection Bombardier CRJ200. The flight-testing, which lasted about eight hours, is part of an approved model list supplemental type certification program that will cover a variety of fixed-wing and rotorcraft models under FAA, Transport Canada and EASA regulations.
Robinson Helicopter issued a Service Bulletin (SB-109) requiring retrofit installation of fuel bladders in all R22s through S/N 4620 “as soon as practical,” but no later than the next 2,200-hour overhaul or 12-year inspection. It began installing fuel bladders in new-production R22s early last year beginning with S/N 4622.
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.
National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) president and CEO and long-time general aviation advocate Henry Ogrodzinski passed away last night after a battle with cancer. He joined NASAO in 1996 and also served on the boards of directors of the National Aeronautic Association, the Aero Club of Washington, the Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual Collier Trophy.
Embraer delivered 53 business jets in the fourth quarter, closing the year with shipments of 119 executive jets (90 light and 29 large) and meeting its 2013 delivery guidance. At year-end, its firm-order backlog for both executive jets and airliners stood at $18.2 billion.
Conklin & de Decker released the 2014 version of its Life Cycle Cost aircraft budgeting and financial analysis tool, which includes ownership and operating cost data for more than 400 business jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. Specifically, it shows aircraft acquisition costs, operating costs, taxes and final residual values. According to Conklin, database prices are $795 for jets, $625 for turboprops or helicopters and $475 for pistons. A single-aircraft version is also available for $250 per aircraft.