Prague-based business aviation group ABS Jets (Stand 775) debuted its new Embraer Legacy 650 aircraft to the Czech and Slovak markets during two open days at Prague’s Ruzyne Airport and MR Stefanik Airport, Bratislava, just before this week’s EBACE show. The two days gave ABS’s clients the opportunity to have a look at an almost complete fleet of Embraer’s executive jets in one place.
EBACE Convention News » May 17, 2011
German business aircraft maintenance group Aero-Dienst (Stand 1643) is increasing capacity at its Nuremberg headquarters in response to full order books.
The company is adding staff and plans to take over a former airline hangar at the airport this summer, increasing capacity by 40 percent to 86,111 sq ft.
ExecuJet Aviation (Stand 242) has added three Spanish FBOs at Gerona, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca to its ground-handling portfolio. “ExecuJet has chosen to expand into Spain as we view it as an area of economic opportunity,” said the group’s managing director for Europe, Cedric Migeon. By growing our FBO bases now we are well positioned for when the Spanish economy begins to rebound.
StandardAero’s business aviation division, now celebrating its “Century of Service,” is actively expanding its worldwide footprint. The Tempe, Arizona-based company, owned by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, is one of the largest independently owned maintenance, repair and overall (MRO) organizations in the world.
After a year best described as challenging, flight-training provider FlightSafety International has seen an uptick in business since January and is adding another training site to its worldwide network, as well as several new training platforms at some of its locations. “We are seeing a little bit of life here in the first quarter,” said Eric Hinson, the company’s executive vice president.
Embraer has resigned itself to a slower rate recovery for the business aviation market, further downgrading its anticipated delivery rates for 2011 compared with those envisaged by the forecast it issued last year. In March, the Brazilian airframer revised its output projections, indicating that total bizjet deliveries for the whole industry could dip this year by as many as 50 units less than the 2010 total of 763.
The in-service fleet of Honeywell’s HTF7000 turbofans powering Bombardier Challenger 300s reached one million flight hours in April. More than 600 engines are operating in the field and Honeywell says dispatch reliability stands at 99.94 to 99.95 percent.
Honeywell (Stand 7044) has completed certification of its HTF7250G engine, which powers the in-development supermidsize Gulfstream G250, and is progressing with the development of the HTF7500E for the midlight/midsize Embraer Legacy 450/500. The U.S.-based manufacturer is also working on upgrades for the HTF7000, in service on the supermidsize Bombardier Challenger 300.
Global Jet Concept is cautious when asked whether the market for aircraft charter and management is yet in a state of full-blown recovery. But maybe its actions speak louder than words since it has just made the investment to move into new, larger premises here in Geneva.
Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.