Bend, Ore.-based Stratos Aircraft yesterday received the first deposit for its new single-engine Stratos 714 very light jet. Cascade Air Charter, also based in Bend, became the first buyer to put down a fully refundable, escrowed deposit on the $2 million four-seat jet. “The 714 is an impressive aircraft and is like no other on the market today,” said Cascade Air Charter owner Verson Pandian.
AINalerts » October 13, 2009
Jetbird’s assertions of delays notwithstanding, Embraer said late last week that it continues to ramp up production of the Phenom 100, helping the Brazilian business jet manufacturer deliver a total of 54 business jets during the first three quarters. The five-passenger Phenom 100 received FAA certification last December, with two deliveries before the end of last year.
Aerion chairman Robert Bass is using the NBAA Convention next week to reiterate the company’s commitment to forging a partnership with one or more OEM partners and to being first to market with a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). “I am committed to the Aerion program as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs,” he said. “We are seeing progress. In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.
Business aircraft flight activity last month was at its highest level since last October, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US).
Production delays at Embraer’s factory and an associated bottleneck in the pilot training process for its new Phenom 100 light jet have delayed the service launch of air-taxi firm JetBird.