Irish helicopter and jet management and sales company Premier Aviation Services has signed for three Sikorsky S-76D corporate helicopters. The business, covered by “position assignment agreements” with Sikorsky, is said to involve the first European deposits for this newest variant of the successful rotorcraft, which will be powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 engines.
EBACE Convention News » May 3, 2006
CAE (Booth No. 1344), which established a beachhead into business aviation simulator training by buying SimuFlite in December 2001, is bolstering its presence in Europe with the expansion of its facility in Burgess Hill, about 20 minutes south of London Gatwick Airport in southern England.
Universal Weather & Aviation, which provides a variety of preflight and in-flight services, has also set up FBO facilities at 15 locations in Europe over the last few years.
Eclipse founder, president and CEO Vern Raburn likens the potential for the mass air-taxi market that he envisions to the network effect that took hold as e-mail gained its burgeoning following.
“Last year, we did not expect any new 7X sales since we thought that long lead times would slow down the sales activity,” said Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO. “However, the rate of sales has remained high until the first quarter of the year.”
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) has been sending out initial proposals for “green” corporate versions of the proposed 747-8 jetliner, for which parent company Boeing still seeks a launch customer. Here at EBACE 2006 yesterday, BBJ president Steve Hill said that a first buyer could be identified within about two months.
Business aviation devotees are increasingly tapping into the expertise of other industries catering to the high-end marketplace to find news ways to improve their products. One of the latest examples of this is here at the EBACE show, in the form of 1:25-scale mockups of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus 350 cabin interiors at Jet Aviation’s exhibit.
In order to keep the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) here in Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions, show organizers have shifted the indoor exhibits from Hall 7 to the larger Hall 6 because the event has outgrown its former home. Hall 7 is not large enough to accommodate this year’s record amount of exhibit space–1,183 standard three-square-meter booth spaces (a total area of more than 38,200 sq ft).
This morning’s EBACE 2006 Opening General Session, starting at 10:30 in Ballroom B, promises to provide important “need to know” information about the state of European business aviation, according to Brian Humphries, EBAA chief executive, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the U.S. National Business Aviation Association and moderator of the session.
TAG Farnborough Engineering (Booth No. 1156) plans to expand its existing two-hangar set-up with additional workshops and is aiming to move into aircraft completions within the next two years, according to engineering director Les Batty.