The amateur-built market has been a crucible for avionics development for decades. The word “experimental” on the airframe often also applies to the panel. It was, after all, a homebuilder who first tried out a loran receiver from a bass boat in his airplane and adapted it for aerial navigation.
Aviation International News » September 2005
Piston Air Limos Getting the Jump on Pogo
As he does with all VIPs arriving at AirVenture, EAA president Tom Poberezny greeted Honda’s Michimasa Fujino with warm words and great respect. But the HondaJet’s future remains an enigma.
If giant airshows such as Paris, Farnborough, Asian Aerospace and Dubai–even NBAA– represent business aviation’s economic engine, then EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., (July 25 to July 31) measures the pulse of flying’s human side.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced that it has named Carlos Brana sales manager for China.
Brana has spent the past 20 years with Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. He will be based at Dassault Falcon’s Teterboro, N.J. headquarters.
Chinese operator Hainan Airlines announced at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition that it will open an authorized service center for Raytheon’s Premier I and Hawker 800XP. This is the first time a general aviation manufacturer has launched a partnership with a service provider in mainland China.
Gulfstream is set to deliver the first G450 to an Asian customer by the end of this month. The aircraft is going to Hong Kong-based Speed Jet Charter and will be managed and operated by Metrojet.The owner will use the jet to transport its top executives but will also offer the G450 for charter.
Business jet passengers in the Asia-Pacific market will appreciate the generous cabin space Embraer’s Legacy offers, according to Guan Dongyuan, managing director of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Chinese joint venture.
Roger Whyte, Cessna’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, told attendees at the first ABACE that Cessna’s presence in the country dates back to 1982. “Including our current orders, Cessna has 60 single-engine propeller-driven aircraft, eight Caravans and 17 Citations [on order or in service] in Asia,” he said.
Bombardier sold four business jets to Asian customers during July and August. At the ABACE show in Shanghai it announced that Japanese operator Global Wings is buying a second Learjet 45XR. The operator will take delivery of the aircraft in January and will base it at its Kansai International Airport headquarters.