Bombardier is to hold its first Safety Standdown event in Europe at the end of this week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition here in Geneva. The gathering will consist of a full day of seminars at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (next to the Palexpo convention center) on Friday, May 25, preceded by a reception on Thursday evening.
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Two of Signature Flight Support’s top managers in Europe will be making it to this year’s Paris Air Show on just two wheels to raise money for children’s charity Starlight Foundation. David Best (left), the FBO group’s managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be cycling from London to Paris Le Bourget Airport, along with Steve Gulvin, Signature’s regional director for Europe and the Middle East.
Business aviation is not new to Stork Aerospace (Booth No. 652). The Dutch aerostructures specialist is long established in this market segment, having made significant contributions to business jets such as the Gulfstream IV and V (for which it designed and built the tail sections), the Cessna Citation Sovereign and various Dassault Falcon jets.
Of more than 30 new business jet designs now in various stages of development, no fewer than seven are very light jet (VLJ) projects represented here at the
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Nearly all of these projects are clean-sheet designs, typically absorbing more money and time than variants of existing designs and demonstrating the faith aircraft manufacturers have in this prospective new market.
Helicopter manufacturers have come to EBACE 2007 riding high on the wave of some $732 million in new orders announced at the industry’s Heli-Expo held in Orlando, Florida, in March. They will be looking to chase more business here in Geneva, mindful of the latest market report from avionics and engine maker Honeywell, which has forecast an increased fleet replacement rate of 20 percent among European operators over the next five years.
London Biggin Hill Airport (Booth No. 1333) opened its new apron last month, significantly increasing available aircraft parking space to almost 270,000 sq ft. According to Robert Walters, the privately owned airport’s business development manager, the expansion will allow aircraft to be parked more safely and also increases capacity by some 60 percent.
A new fourth model in EMS Satcom’s eNfusion CNX line of mobile cabin gateways is making its debut here at EBACE’07 (Booth No. 1030). The new CNX-400 adds a private branch exchange (PBX) function to the existing CNX-200 network accelerator unit and comes with additional hardware to support multiple extensions.
Revue Thommen, the Swiss avionics manufacturer (Booth No. 712), has announced that its AD32 air data display with autopilot alerter has been integrated into an RVSM package available for European-registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air twin turboprops. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an STC for the package to Elliott Aviation of the U.S.
Dassault is increasingly using tactile virtual reality (VR) to design its Falcon business jets. Haptic (from the Greek for sense of touch) interfaces, such as force-feedback arms, allow engineers to better check maintainability early in the design phase. Along with several partners, the French manufacturer (Booth No. 7514) is integrating these tools into its Catia v5 product lifecycle management (PLM) suite of software programs.
Demand for new business aircraft in Europe is riding high on a wave of economic growth that is particularly strong in the former communist eastern states. The market is being fanned by the bolstered buying power of customers paying in euros and British pounds as the U.S. dollar continues to languish on international currency exchanges.