On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its first flight. The first 900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative (though not for the first time), but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention next month in Orlando.
AINalerts » September 19, 2006
Epic Aircraft parent Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) last week changed the name of the certifiable version of its Epic LT turboprop single to the Dynasty. AIR also said it is now taking deposits on the $1.9 million, all-composite airplane. The Dynasty is slated to start flight tests this fall in Calgary, Alberta, as part of a previously announced Canadian aircraft certification program.
The FAA granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC on September 14 for installation of two and four 10-inch display units in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’ new STC includes the cockpit/information portal and TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Executive Jet Investments (EJI), a Swiss investment firm led by Execujet CEO Niall Olver, has acquired a controlling stake in German-based manufacturer Grob Aerospace. The Grob family holds the remaining shares, although officials declined to disclose the exact percentage of shares owned by each entity. EJI is simultaneously renamed Grob Aerospace AG.
Last Thursday Verizon Airfone notified customers that it will continue to provide MagnaStar users with air-to-ground communications “through at least December 31, 2007.” This action reverses a Verizon announcement this summer that it would exit the air-to-ground phone business in December, leaving some 4,100 Teledyne Control MagnaStar operators that use the Airfone network weighing options for other service providers.