Honda Aircraft is ramping up production and expanding facilities at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters as it prepares for certification and first deliveries of the $4.5 million (2010$) HondaJet HA-420 early next year, the company said today at NBAA 2014. It has also established the Honda Aviation Finance Co., which will start accepting loan applications tomorrow from qualified HondaJet customers in the U.S. And a training center opened in Greensboro, where the first level-D HondaJet simulator will be installed in the first quarter.
AINalerts » October 20, 2014
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA 2014 static display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.
Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Nextant Aerospace expects to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month, the Cleveland, Ohio based company announced today at NBAA 2014. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at EAA AirVenture in August, noting “keen interest” in the Americas.
Cindy Halsey is joining Gulfstream Aerospace as vice president of completion, planning and design. Before coming to Gulfstream, she was senior vice president of interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she led interior design, industrial design and interior engineering. Halsey’s responsibility at Gulfstream will include “ensuring a world-class completion experience for customers purchasing Gulfstream aircraft.” She will take a “leading role” in the definition of Gulfstream’s completion and outfitting strategies for both current and future aircraft.
FlightSafety International expects its Embraer Legacy 500 simulator to receive FAA and EASA approval by the end of this month. The Legacy 500 simulator recently received level-C qualification from Brazil aviation agency ANAC. Pilot training is scheduled to begin in November at FlightSafety’s St. Louis learning center and maintenance technician training on the Legacy 500 is slated to start early next year.
Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., is working on two STCs for an anti-skid brake system (ABS) for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. Its ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500. Advent developed the system primarily to bring anti-skid technology to the under-20,000-pound-mtow sector, both for new projects and for existing aircraft. The system is intended for aircraft without powered brakes, although Advent is also developing a brake-by-wire system for power-braked aircraft.
Rosen Sunvisor Systems is showcasing its next-generation, five-axis Arc sunvisor system this week at NBAA 2014. The newly designed Arc sunvisor provides stable glare reduction in multiple directions and features flexible mounting configurations suitable on both airplanes and helicopters. The Arc can be placed to cover the side, front and overhead windows using monorail and static mounts, according to Rosen. It also features secure stowage and increased comfort during flight operations.
Neil Bracken, the former director of the General Mills flight department, joined Fargo Jet Center as vice president of flight operations and interim general manager for the company’s recently acquired Premier Jet Center in Eden Prairie, Minn. Meanwhile, Mike Clancy was promoted from director of maintenance to vice president of technical services for both locations, as well as the company’s associated Weather Modifications business where Bruce Boe was promoted to vice president of meteorology.
Bombardier unveiled the Challenger 650, a refreshed version of the Model 605 with new avionics and engines, yesterday on the eve of NBAA 2014. Deliveries of the $33.25 million Challenger 650 are targeted for the second quarter of next year.
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