The 2008 EBACE show will be the biggest yet, but it isn’t size that sets the event apart, according to Eric Mandemaker, new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). “This is such a focused show, focused on exactly that side of aviation that interests us. It’s accessible,” he added.
EBACE Convention News » May 20, 2008
Embraer has chosen Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s Stall Warning and Protection System (SWPS) for the Phenom 100 very light jet. The contract marks the second such selection of Safe Flight’s angle-of-attack AoA sensor for next-generation VLJs.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261) is riding the crest of demand for narrow- and widebody interior completion and refurbishment with deliveries of four aircraft in 2008, even as the doors open to take in new projects.
Since January, the San Antonio, Texas-based independent completion and refurbishment center has delivered two green Boeing Business Jets. The first delivery was also Gore’s first BBJ and went to a U.S. customer.
Jet Aviation inaugurated a new hangar at its Basel completion facility on May 16, just days before the opening of EBACE. Capable of simultaneously accommodating an A380 and a B747, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet. Another 100,000 square feet of office and shop space is to be added in the near future. The event was attended by 500 customers, suppliers, members of local authorities and the press.
Townsend Leather is here at EBACE unveiling its new Cosmopolitan Collection, featuring three product lines in “a coordinated, sophisticated color palette.” There is the well-known Classic; an updated pearlized leather Glamour; and Couture Cow, a hand-rubbed leather that combines an ultra-soft feel with protective qualities. Also on display at its booth (No.
A year ago, EBACE was full of talk about which engine manufacturers would compete for the upcoming requirement for a 10,000-pound-thrust class engine to power the new generation of super-midsize business jets. At that time, no fewer than five companies appeared to be serious about competing in the sector.
On April 22, Airbus’ new Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) delivered its first aircraft–a VIP-configured A320 to a private customer. The manufacturer has invested more than $10 million in modernizing and expanding its new completions center in Toulouse.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s choice of Stork Aerospace to be a major partner for its new G650 large-cabin business jet is
not surprising, given the long-standing alliance between the U.S. and Dutch firms. Stork is developing and manufacturing composite tail and bonded fuselage panels for the G650.
One of six Airbus-approved outfitters for its ACJ corporate jetliner family, Stork Fokker Services (Booth No. 875) is expanding its activities in the VIP/corporate completion market alongside competitors such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and TAT’s Sabena Technics.
Responding to increased demand for its parts throughout the Middle East and India, Hawker Beechcraft has named Kolkata, India-based Arrow Aviation Services an authorized distributor through its Rapid factory-direct parts division. Arrow is one of the subcontinent’s leading parts suppliers with sales offices throughout India, as well as a new facility in Dubai, site of its main warehouse.