Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE, launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet, to be based at the CAE training facility in Dallas. While the announcement at NBAA’08 marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.
Aviation International News » November 2008
In the first three quarters of this year, both the business jet and turboprop segments saw an increase in accidents and fatalities over the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the business jet category, this year saw four more accidents compared with the first nine months of last year.
While Textron said last month that its finance unit dragged down income in the third quarter, dropping year-over-year from $225 million to $210 million, revenue and profit at its Cessna Aircraft division increased by $150 million and $16 million, respectively, over the same three-month period last year.
For the first time in several years the unabashed exuberance that has prevailed at the annual NBAA Convention was replaced by concerns– if not outright fear–that business aviation’s rapid rate of climb is now nosing over into a descent that will likely be felt beginning in 2010 or 2011 and last for at least two years.
Embraer has selected Meggitt to provide wheels, brakes and a bleed-air system for its new Legacy 450 and 500. Meggitt Fluid Controls will develop and produce a pneumatic bleed-air system for the new models, while Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems will supply wheels, carbon brakes and a braking control system.
The BA609 tiltrotor program continues to move forward, according to Bell/Agusta Aerospace. Four BA609s will be used in the development and certification flight-test program–two of which are flying now, one with Bell in Texas and the other with AgustaWestland in Italy. The aircraft have flown 365 hours to date. Three more years of flight and certification tests are planned, with 2011 as the current time frame for certification.
Vero Beach, Fla.-based Piper Aircraft last month announced a 24-percent increase in third-quarter deliveries and an increase in year-over-year deliveries of 18 percent, resulting in a $25 million increase in billings compared with the same period last year. The manufacturer delivered 195 aircraft, compared with 166 deliveries during the same period last year.
AAI Acquisition, which bought the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft in April, now has about 200 employees and says that design, manufacture and test activities have resumed for the A700 very light jet. According to CEO Jack Braly, the FAA has agreed to accept A700 certification work previously completed by Adam Aircraft.
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air last month announced that it received $150 million in funding from MercMed, a California-based investment company headed by former Mercury Air Group chairman Dr. Philip Fagan. CEO Ron Lueck said the company has started taking refundable $100,000 customer deposits on the $2.95 million, Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered Comp Air 12 and has deposits in hand for about two dozen airplanes.
Cirrus Design’s Vision single-engine jet prototype has logged about 75 hours to date, the company announced last month. The company also determined that the jet will have only a single cabin door, will feature a carbon-fiber structure instead of fiberglass, and the wing might also be relocated up or down slightly. Certification could occur as early as 2010, but is more likely in 2011, the company said.