Eclipse Aerospace powered up the first production Eclipse 550 very light jet at its Albuquerque, N.M. facility, the company announced yesterday. An Eclipse spokesperson told AIN the process entailed “a normal power on of both [Pratt & Whitney PW610F turbofans] and all aircraft systems.”
AINalerts » March 19, 2013
“New business jet demand remains weak, especially at the small end, but there have been intermittent signs of recovery,” says J.P.Morgan in its latest business jet market report. However, the higher end of the market remains strong while the lower end is still weaker.
Backlog for new business jets remains stable, ending 2012 at about $40 billion, which J.P.Morgan says is consistent with each of the last two years but still down more than 50 percent from the peak in 2008. “We estimate that half of this backlog is attributable to the G650 and the Global [series],” it noted.
“There are still a number of battles to win if we are to see business aircraft flight activities in Europe return to pre-crisis rates,” EBAA chairman Rodolfo Baviera said at the association’s annual general meeting, held on Friday in Brussels. “EBAA has established a set of key priorities aimed at removing growth barriers for our sector–be they financial or operational–to ensure that we can continue meeting the demand” for business aircraft travel.
The sophistication of external iPad ADS-B receivers has taken a new leap with the release of Levil Technology’s iLevil SW. The device combines attitude information, Waas GPS, ADS-B in and the ability to display information from external systems, such as engine monitors, all in a package topped with a solar panel for inflight recharging.
Two gunmen attempted a daring daylight helicopter prison break from a maximum-security prison in Saint-Jerome, Quebec, on Sunday.
The Robinson R44 Raven I, owned by Heli-Tremblant and operated by Quebec Helicopters, was hijacked by two gunmen during a sightseeing flight shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday and directed to fly to the prison. There, a rope line was lowered for the escapees, who were then flown to a getaway car near Mont-Tremblant, where the helicopter and pilot were located by police.
Business jet remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace bolstered its global sales team as it prepares to announce its next remanufactured model. Jay Heublein has been promoted to executive vice president of global sales and marketing. The Cleveland-based company also hired Peter Walker as vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and Richard “Butch” Lang as U.S. regional sales director. Nextant recently delivered its 26th 400XT and has a more than $175 million backlog for these remanufactured Beechjets.
Sikorsky disclosed its 2012 performance last week, and it appears the U.S. helicopter manufacturer has a $2.2 billion backlog for commercial helicopters. The released charts lack precision, but AIN estimates civil sales totaled approximately $800 million last year and are forecast to increase to around $1.3 billion this year. A major geographical shift is under way, as developing markets are seen accounting for approximately half of Sikorsky’s civil helicopter deliveries in 2020.
Kitchener, Ontario-based Kitchener Aero Avionics received Canadian STC approval for an Aspen and Garmin avionics upgrade package for the Cessna 208 Caravan. The upgrade features an Aspen EFD-1000C3 PFD, which replaces the “problematic and expensive gyros in the King KFC 150/225 flight control systems,” and Garmin GNS 530W Class B Taws. The Taws system is compliant with the “enhanced altitude accuracy” provisions of Transport Canada’s Taws mandate.
Hundreds of exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in Hamburg, Germany from April 9 to 11, are from the business aviation sector. Among some 60 new exhibitors is Satcom Direct, a global satellite communications provider. Other exhibitors range from smaller suppliers such as U.S. window treatment specialist Lou Martin & Associates to heavyweights such as cabin completion and MRO provider Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.
Aviation research, consulting and education specialist Conklin & de Decker has announced a new addition to its seminar line-up: “Exploring Aircraft Operating Costs.” The inaugural seminar, which is scheduled for May 14 and 15 in Dallas, has been certified by NBAA as a Certified Aviation Manager-accepted program, allowing attendees to receive CAM credit for participating. An early-bird price for the seminar of $895 per person is valid until April 22.