Third-quarter delivery figures reported by Embraer indicate the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence in the business jet market is gradually but steadily increasing. The company said it delivered three Legacys in the third quarter of this year, bringing the nine-month total to seven. In the first nine months of last year, Embraer delivered just four Legacys, and in the same time frame of 2001 only two Legacys were shipped to customers.
Aviation International News » November 2003
Embraer introduced a beefed-up Legacy Executive jet at the NBAA Convention last month. In a series of just-completed improvements started early this year, the Brazilian airframer has boosted range with added fuel capacity, higher engine thrust and enhanced aerodynamics. Carrying eight passengers, the corporate Legacy can now fly up to 3,250 nm nonstop at Mach 0.74–an almost 5-percent increase over the original 3,100-nm range.
In a unanimous vote by its board members, Atlantic Coast Airlines last month formally rejected Mesa Air Group’s offer to acquire all of its outstanding shares and reaffirmed its commitment to forming a new low-fare operation at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Farnborough Aircraft’s struggling turboprop-single program has received the backing of former Rolls-Royce chairman Sir Ralph Robins and the ex-CEO of BAE Systems, John Weston. The UK company went into bankruptcy last year, but has now been restructured and is hoping to fly an F1 prototype before the end of next year and receive certification in 2007.
The second of three conforming Sino-Swearingen SJ30-2 light jets joined the flight-test program on October 17. Although Sino Swearingen has yet to officially revise the certification target date again, it’s clear now that it won’t happen until next year at the soonest because the company doesn’t plan to add its third conforming aircraft to the flight-test program for several more months.
In contrast to its primary competitors, Raytheon Aircraft posted an increase in deliveries of its turbine business airplanes. In the third quarter, Raytheon shipped 39 Hawkers, Beechjets, Premier Is and King Airs, compared with 32 in the same period last year. In the nine months ending September 30, Raytheon delivered 105 jets and turboprops vs 99 last year.
Gulfstream reported delivering 19 jets in the third quarter, two more than the same period last year. But for the nine months ending September 30, Gulfstream delivered 53 aircraft this year versus 68 last year and 76 in 2001. Gulfstream projects it will deliver 50 large aircraft (G300 and above) this year. The company delivered 85 aircraft last year and 101 in 2001.
French manufacturer Dassault delivered 10 Falcons in the third quarter, compared with 18 in the same period last year. In the nine months ending September 30, the company had shipped 25 Falcons, just over half as many as the 48 delivered in the January to September period last year.
Cessna Aircraft delivered 42 Citations in the third quarter, compared with 74 in the same period last year, bringing nine-month delivery totals this year to 148 versus 223 last year. The company expects to finish this year with 195 Citation deliveries, compared with 305 last year. The manufacturer expects to deliver even fewer Citations next year–between 165 and 170.
Operators of U.S.-registered CitationJets must disengage the pitch-trim/ autopilot circuit breakers to prevent runaway pitch trim, a condition that has led to at least one accident, according to an October 21 AD (2203-21-17). A CitationJet was ditched on July 22 in Penn Cove in Coupeville, Wash., following a loss of elevator trim control, resulting in an uncommanded nose-down pitch attitude.