Embraer announced at the NBAA Convention last month that fractional provider NetJets signed an agreement to purchase 50 Phenom 300 light jets and has an option to buy 75 more. At current list prices, the deal could be worth more than $1 billion. The aircraft, which the Brazilian manufacturer expects to begin delivering in 2013, will be specially equipped for the Berkshire Hathaway-owned NetJets and called Phenom 300 Platinum Edition.
Aviation International News » November 2010
The total number of U.S. business aviation accidents in the first nine months of this year remained nearly even with the same period last year, despite an uptick in flight hours, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Taking advantage of the big stage at the NBAA Convention last month, Piper Aircraft introduced its evolved and renamed PiperJet Altaire, showing a mockup of the redesigned fuselage and cabin interior and describing the aircraft as “the next step” in the evolution of its single-engine very light jet program.
Argus has partnered with JetVizor to allow users of the latter company’s free online charter marketplace and global directory to view Argus ratings for charter operators when searching charter data. There are now more than 400 Argus-rated charter providers, including 314 Gold, 25 Gold Plus and 85 Platinum-rated operators.
Bombardier’s four-day Safety Standdown seminar, held last month in Wichita, was fully booked. A new format was launched this year, featuring two days of workshops and two days of general sessions. New on the agenda at this 14th annual edition were workshops on aviation meteorology, human performance, advanced aerodynamics and aviation leaders/managers, the last-mentioned focusing on establishing benchmarks for professional ethics.
Following successful ADS-B deployment at key sites in the U.S., the FAA gave the go-ahead for the system’s national rollout, with coast-to-coast U.S. coverage forecast in 2013.
At the NBAA Convention last month, CAE inked a $15 million, five-year contract renewal with Flight Options for pilot training on six fleet aircraft types, including the Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation X, Hawker 800XP/XPi and Embraer Legacy and Phenom 300. The training for Flight Options pilots will be conducted at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas and the CAE Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J.
System ground tests and static structural stress testing of production-conforming aircraft continue at the HondaJet research and development center in Greensboro, N.C., as Honda Aircraft’s light business jet proceeds toward planned certification and first delivery in the third quarter of 2012.
A consortium of investors led by Switzerland-based Van Lattmann Corporate Communications (VLCC) has embarked on an ambitious project to operate VIP versions of the Airbus A380 as flying cruise liners. The first of the aircraft is provisionally named the Dicke Berta after the German “Big Berta” World War I gun.
For the third time this year, an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered a dual tire blowout upon landing after a reported failure in the brake-by-wire system. The most recent incident occurred on September 25 in Arizona as the light twinjet landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.