At its EBACE press conference, Raytheon Aircraft took the wraps off two improved jets, the Hawker 800XPi and Beechcraft Premier IA. The newly designated models feature upgraded cockpits, redesigned interiors and a compendium of other enhancements that customers have long been asking Raytheon to incorporate into the designs. These improvements come at a cost.
Aviation International News » June 2005
Greek FBO Athens Aviation Signature is introducing a new tailor-made package called “Fly & Save.” The package provides free cleaning services and fuel discounts for frequent visitors, the company said at EBACE.
Flying Group, based in Antwerp, Belgium, reported it is in final negotiations for the takeover of the Euralair FBO at Paris Le Bourget. It plans to upgrade the Euralair facilities.
GE Honda Aero Engines, though it has yet to announce an airframe application for its engine, continues to develop its HF118 1,700-pound-thrust turbofan. The company validated durability and performance enhancements on rig tests held in March at Honda’s facility in Japan.
Raytheon Aircraft brought a completed Hawker Horizon to Geneva for the first time. Full FAA certification of the super-midsize jet is expected by the end of this summer and EASA approval next year. The Wichita OEM has firm orders for 32 Horizons, and a soon-to-be-finalized firm order from NetJets for 30 aircraft and options on another 20.
Coming just one month after it announced receipt of the supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) high-speed data system in the G500 and G550, Gulfstream Aerospace announced at EBACE it had received approval for installation of the high-speed data system in the G450 and G350, its fourth such STC. The first installation of the system on a customer G450 will be completed next month.
Jeppesen of Englewood, Colo., introduced new weather maps that provide forecast information on icing and turbulence. The maps are available in four Jeppesen software applications.
Dassault launched FalconCare at EBACE, the French OEM’s new “pay as you go” fixed-cost maintenance program. The six-year renewable program covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for both parts and labor costs.
Averitable order bonanza totaling an estimated $420 million, a new attendance record (7,667) and some industry surprises were the highlights of the fifth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, held May 18 to 20 in Geneva. But the decidedly upbeat event lacked announcements of clean-sheet, new aircraft designs.
1. Don’t overinsure or underinsure your aircraft. Hull insurance policies are stated-value policies. In case of a total loss the insurance company pays the stated value of the policy. Be sure to know your aircraft’s true replacement cost and insure the aircraft for that amount. Overinsuring your aircraft results in higher premiums; underinsuring means you’ll need to pony up extra money to replace that aircraft if it’s lost.
After being forced into retirement at age 60, some former airline pilots turn to corporate aviation to continue their flying careers. It can become a problem for operators to obtain hull and liability coverage when these older corporate pilots reach age 70.