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Aviation International News » August 2011
Dassault Falcon received certification for the Falcon 900LX from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. This winglet-equipped version joins the rest of the Falcon 900 series, as well as the 7X and Falcon 2000 line, in being certified in China. The first Falcon 900LX will be delivered in China by year-end, according to Dassault Falcon.
Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport has further boosted its credentials as the Middle East’s leading business aviation hub by establishing its own branded FBO and opening the provision of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to an independent provider.
Rizon Jet recently opened its long-planned FBOs at London’s Biggin Hill Airport and Doha International Airport. Both the UK and Qatar facilities will provide handling support and they plan to extend their maintenance portfolios. Both facilities have been designed expressly to meet the preferences of the growing number of Middle Eastern business aircraft users.
Just when the business aviation industry appears to be weathering the economic storm comes another series of blows.
Daher-Socata is targeting the end of the year for a decision on whether to resurrect the defunct Grob SPn light business jet. The approval or rejection of the program restart will be based on “ongoing technical, cost and market analyses,” a Daher spokesperson told AIN. The manufacturer of the TBM850 turboprop has transferred two SPns to its Tarbes, France base, where one of them is flying.
CitationAir by Cessna added Hawaii to its U.S. service area,making the destination available to all of its customers, including Jet Card, Jet Access, Jet Shares, Jet Management and Corporate Solutions clients. For a guaranteed price, customers have access to an all-inclusive, round-trip service on a Cessna Citation X or equivalent aircraft from San Francisco or Van Nuys, Calif., to approved Hawaiian destinations for up to six passengers.
Jeppesen president and CEO Mark Van Tine in July questioned the Transportation Security Administration’s use of security directives to vastly expand existing security requirements without consideration of the implementation challenges, operational effects and economic burdens these mandates impose on the aviation industry.
Rockwell Collins announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that its engineers have developed a touchscreen interface for the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. While no OEM has yet ordered Pro Line Fusion with the touchscreen interface, deployment could take place in time for some upcoming Fusion-equipped jet programs, according to systems engineer Dave Gribble, depending on certification requirements.
NBAA and the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA) finalized a five-year agreement that guarantees the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) will be held at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. The deal was initially struck between the parties at Ebace in May.