Eclipse Aviation announced last month that it received certification from India and Australia for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. These certifications, which were issued on the basis of bilateral agreements between the FAA and the individual countries, allow customers to register and operate their Eclipse 500 jets in India and Australia.
Aviation International News » June 2008
Three separate forecasts released last month indicate a steady increase in demand for and deliveries of business jets over the next two decades.
Tail-rotor cracking has prompted the FAA to issue an Airworthiness Directive for Bell helicopters. The AD affects approximately 400 Bells, including the 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 210, 212, 412, 412CF and 412EP. More than 380 of these machines are listed on the U.S. registry. The AD prescribes shortened inspection and maintenance intervals for the tail rotors on these helicopters.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), acting chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, accused John Bruton, the European Union’s Ambassador to the U.S., of “looking for a trade war” during a hearing on aviation emissions May 7. The spat began when DeFazio questioned an EU proposal that would force airlines flying from Los Angeles to London to pay carbon allowances to the EU for the entire 6,000 miles.
Gulfstream has received type certificate validation from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the Republic of Korea for the G550. Operators of the G550 and G500 can now register their aircraft in that country. In addition, the fleet of G550s and G500s in April surpassed 200,000 total flight hours since the first G550 entered service on Sept. 29, 2003.
BBA Aviation’s first-quarter results showed group revenue up 12 percent over the same period last year, with 7 percent of that “due to increased fuel prices.” Revenue for the Flight Support (FBO) division dropped by 4 percent, although sales climbed 15 percent when acquisitions made last year were included. Aftermarket Services and Systems sales grew by 5 percent.
Hawker Beechcraft reported continued strong sales in the first quarter, though costs associated with Hawker 4000 certification and delivery delays resulted in the Wichita aircraft manufacturer posting a $1.5 million loss for the period. The company reported net bookings of $1.1 billion during the three-month span, resulting in a record backlog of $6.8 billion.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer recorded first-quarter sales of $1.34 billion, an increase of nearly 61 percent year-over-year, and a profit of $85 million, the company said May 7. Embraer’s firm-order backlog at the end of March increased 8 percent over the previous quarter, to a record $20.3 billion, due to business jet and E170/190 airliner sales.
Honeywell last month signed a deal to license VistaNav 3-D synthetic vision from Mercury Computer Systems and will thus assume sales and support of the VistaNav Cockpit Information System situational awareness products.