Today at EBACE 2014, Dassault took the wraps off the Falcon 8X–a 7X derivative with a 3.6-foot-longer fuselage (at 42.6 feet) and 500 nm more range (at 6,450 nm). The flagship 8X, priced at approximately $58 million (10 percent more than the Falcon 7X), is expected to fly in the first quarter of next year. Certification is expected in mid-2016, with deliveries beginning in the second half of that year.
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Gulfstream Aerospace announced an extended-range version of the G650–dubbed the G650ER–today at EBACE. Available for both new aircraft and as a retrofit for in-service aircraft, the approximately $2 million ER option stretches the G650’s 7,000-nm range to 7,500 nm at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85, making the G650ER the longest-range business jet when it is certified later this year. At Mach 0.90, the ER can reach 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm.
Piaggio Aero launched the Avanti EVO, an upgraded version of the Avanti twin turboprop, today at EBACE. Fitted with winglets, redesigned engine nacelles, a reshaped front wing and five-blade composite scimitar propellers, the Avanti EVO will have better performance, greater passenger comfort and enhanced safety features compared with the Avanti II.
Progress on the HondaJet continues toward certification, which Honda Aircraft expects to receive in next year’s first quarter, the company said today at EBACE. The first production HondaJet–S/N 11–is now in final assembly in the company’s manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C.
Pilatus is opening the order book tomorrow at EBACE for its PC-24 twinjet, which was unveiled at the convention last year. The company is officially signing agreements with launch customers this week at its EBACE display, where visitors can get a taste of the $8.9 million (2017 dollar) PC-24’s interior in the full-scale mockup of the new jet.
Membership-based charter broker Wheels Up plans to start service in Europe in the first half of next year, company founder Kenny Dichter said today at EBACE. Wheels Up currently operates in three zones in the U.S., the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Besides Europe, targeted future expansion includes Northern California, Chicago and Dallas.
The Phenom 300 received EASA certification for steep-approach operation, which enables increased descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, Embraer Executive Jets announced today at EBACE. “This certification enhances the Phenom 300’s operational flexibility,” said Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini. “Our European customers will be particularly pleased to have access to airports such as London City.” The steep-approach feature is available immediately for EASA-configured Phenom 300s.
A partnership between FlightSafety International (FSI) and Gulfstream has created two new science-based flight crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, presenting the flight crew with as many as 18 different V1 abort scenarios requiring a decision to continue or abort the takeoff. The second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent, helping pilots to avoid unstabilized approaches.
Safe Flight Instrument introduced its new Icing Conditions Detector (ICD) today at EBACE. The patented optical ICD provides an alert that icing conditions exist before ice can accrete on the aircraft. Composed of a single line-replaceable unit, the system is intended for operation in all modes of flight, according to Safe Flight. The system, currently under evaluation in a variety of airframe types, provides an instantaneous warning when icing conditions are present before ice accretion has an opportunity to reduce aircraft performance and controllability.
Aircraft brokerage Jetcraft of Raleigh, N.C., introduced its JetCoast completions program, a refreshed facet of its acquisition services, at EBACE. Through an alliance with Jet Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace, JetCoast offers buyers customized completions on new Challengers and Global XRSs. Under the program, Jetcraft buys green aircraft from Bombardier and oversees the completions, which are performed at Jet Aviation’s facility in St. Louis.
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