Embraer said last month it delivered seven Legacy 600s during the second quarter, for a total of 12 so far this year. According to GAMA statistics, Embraer is ahead of its total at the same point last year, when it had delivered nine. The Brazilian manufacturer finished last year with 27 Legacy shipments. In all, the company delivered 36 jets–regional and business–last quarter and expanded its commercial order backlog to $15.6 billion.
Aviation International News » August 2007
As Eclipse Aviation awaited FAA approval at press time of a new-design pitot/angle-of-attack probe to prevent a freezing problem that occurred during three test flights, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive in final form, effective at the end of June. The AD restricts Eclipse 500 operations to day VFR, no IFR flight plans allowed. Before the AD was issued, operators had been able to file an IFR flight plan but had to remain in VMC.
In the first half of this year business jet accidents decreased 31 percent from the same period last year, but fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to numbers released last month by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six in the first half of last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
In recent years the charter industry has drawn unwanted attention, as high-profile accidents have prompted the FAA to train a microscope on the industry’s operating practices. A review of the regulations governing the industry was among the most controversial topics at the National Air Transportation Association’s Air Charter Summit, held from June 27 to 29.
Dart Helicopter Services received Transport Canada approval for its Apical Industries emergency float system for Robinson R44s and R44 IIs. The system received FAA approval last April. EASA approval is pending. The system consists of two cylindrical forward floats and two cylindrical aft floats mounted on skid tubes, with a mechanically activated inflation system.
A new service designed in part by former Avantair chairman Al Rapetti seeks to align charter operators under one roof to maximize revenue, fill seats and aid with marketing. Instead of representing the passenger, West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Business Jet Seats is taking a different angle and is serving charter operators. In essence, member companies look to Business Jet Seats to help them market their service.
Clifford Development, working on a Williams FJ44-3A engine conversion for the Citation II, has appointed Chino, Calif.-based Threshold Aviation Group as a service center. Under the agreement, Threshold will sell, install and service the upgrade, which will include all necessary parts, certifications and manuals. Clifford is still developing the more than $2 million conversion. Downtime is expected to be six weeks.
Aviation consulting and education firm Conklin & de Decker released the most recent version of its Aircraft Performance Comparator software last month. This version includes a number of new aircraft, such as the Citation Mustang, Hawker 750 and TBM 850. The software allows for a head-to-head comparison of more than 200 aircraft, enabling buyers to be more informed during the purchase process.
Private-equity company The Carlyle Group, which has been steadily assembling business aviation assets in recent years, plans to add transportation communications and systems engineering specialist Arinc to its portfolio. Carlyle announced last month it had reached a “definitive agreement to acquire Arinc” from its current shareholders– a vast majority of which are domestic and foreign airlines.
Cessna’s Large Cabin Concept (LCC) mock-up completed a tour of Europe in late June. The extensive public consultation exercise has fueled optimism that the manufacturer will find a market for a new large business jet, while at the same time posed important questions that need to be resolved before any such program can be launched.