Gulfstream’s wide-cabin G650 and super-midsize G280 are making their European debuts this week at EBACE. They both flew into Geneva International Airport yesterday from Washington Dulles International Airport, with the G650 making its first transoceanic crossing to appear at the show.
AINalerts » May 13, 2012
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino announced recent certification milestones for the company’s HondaJet today at EBACE, while unveiling new enhancements for the light jet’s avionics and cabin management system (CMS).
Bombardier Aerospace has made “significant progress” on its Learjet 85 program, it announced just before EBACE. Work on the two first flight-test aircraft and the complete aircraft static test article is well under way, the company said, with the production of hundreds of composite components, including the 32-foot composite fuselage.
Not quite two weeks after filing for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft said at EBACE today that it will be “well positioned for the future” when it emerges from bankruptcy this later this year.
“There’s been a lot of misinformation and speculation. We’re going to talk to you about facts,” said Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president of customers Shawn Vick. “Chapter 11 protection should not be confused with liquidation or insolvency. There is simply too much value in Hawker Beechcraft, its people, products and brands to allow that to happen.”
The AgustaWestland AW169 medium-twin helicopter made its first flight on Thursday at the company’s Cascina Costa plant in northern Italy. According to the company, the eight- to 10-passenger, 9,000-pound helicopter performed “as expected” during the flight to check out general handling and basic systems.
International business aviation marketing and services company Action Aviation signed an exclusive distribution agreement at EBACE with AirGlide for Aviation Shield, a new nano-technology coating that claims fuel-burn savings of around 4 percent through drag reduction. AirGlide said the nano-particles in its coating fill microscopic gaps and crevices in the aircraft’s skin surface, reducing drag by up to 40 percent.
Rockwell Collins has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, company vice president and general manager for business aviation Greg Irmen said at EBACE. The expectation is that initial approval will be for any runway equipped with an ILS, with credit allowing pilots to fly the approach down to lower minimums using synthetic vision on the HUD without visual references.
Europe remains solid for business aviation and will remain a high priority for Cessna, company president and CEO Scott Ernest said today at EBACE. This vote of confidence in an apparently ailing market will likely be endorsed tomorrow at the show, with Cessna expected to make an announcement “about a new product.” There are now more than 1,000 Cessna Citations in Europe, the largest fleet outside of the U.S.
Nexus Flight Operations Services, the Arabian Gulf-based business aviation support group, is extending its operations into Europe. Today at the EBACE, the company announced its new Nexus Europe joint venture with French air transport logistics group Flytrans.
Airbus has gained Part 135 operations approval for the ACJ318 and ACJ319. Previously, unscheduled commercial operators flying the ACJs had to undergo a more onerous approval process, such as Part 121 airline rules. Although operators still have to apply for a Part 135 certificate, these charter rules are simpler since they recognize that business jets typically carry fewer passengers, fly less frequently and operate in a less demanding environment. The new stipulations state that the aircraft have a payload no greater than 7,500 pounds.