Dassault is inching closer to the launch of its new super-midsize business jet, the latest in its Falcon line. Charles Edelstenne, Dassault chairman and CEO, confirmed in Paris last month that the company would unveil development details of the super-midsize next year. Dassault has defined most of the characteristics of the eight- to 10-seat, long-range aircraft, and selection of the main partners is under way.
Aviation International News » October 2007
In her final speech before the Washington Aero Club last month, former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey chided the airlines for causing most of their own delay problems with flight schedules that “are at times out of line with reality.”
PlaneSense is the world’s largest operator of PC-12s and, according to its president and CEO, George Antoniadis, it intends to hold the same ranking among SPn operators. The company thought long and hard about how to develop its fleet to build on the success achieved by the Swiss-built turboprop single.
Grob Aerospace is facing the possibility of a further delay to the certification of its new SPn light jet. During the first week of this month, the German manufacturer will be re-evaluating the status of the flight-test program to decide whether to push back the target of completing type certification by the end of next year’s second quarter.
NetJets Europe is building carbon offsetting costs into its fractional ownership prices in a bid to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2012. Beginning October 1, all new clients and existing clients who renew their contracts will purchase carbon credits that cancel out the carbon produced when they take flights. Current customers will be asked to sign up for the program voluntarily as part of their existing contracts.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require more detailed information about arriving and departing private aircraft and the people on board within a time frame necessary to assess the risks that such flights could pose to national security.
Embraer has made moves to plug gaps in its young but growing lineup of corporate aircraft, announcing at last month’s NBAA Convention two new concept jets positioned between the Phenom 300 and Legacy 600. Although the company did not officially launch the two programs, it unveiled artist’s renderings of its new midsize jet (MSJ) and midlight jet (MLJ), along with a full-size cabin mock-up of the MSJ.
With Congress back in Washington, D.C., after its long summer hiatus, the propaganda war between general aviation and airlines continued apace, with lawmakers caught in the crossfire.
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