The Gulfstream G650 completed its first transoceanic flight Saturday, arriving at Geneva International Airport from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C., in just six hours and 55 minutes. The green, unpainted aircraft, flying under an experimental certificate, flew at an altitude of 43,000 feet at speeds of Mach .90 to Mach .92, over a ground track of 7,000 km (3,780 nm).
EBACE Convention News » May 14, 2012
Pilatus Aircraft will arrive in Geneva, Switzerland for EBACE 2012, after just announcing an “excellent set of results for 2011,” thanks to solid deliveries of its PC-21 military trainer. The Swiss manufacturer’s business aviation division, however, had a “difficult year.”
Some 10,120 business jets worth $257 billion are expected to be delivered over the next 10 years (2012-2021), according to the third annual industry forecast published late last month by Zenith Jet, a Montreal-based business aviation services company.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is tackling the headaches facing those trying to secure funding for new and preowned aircraft with the recent formation of a finance and leasing working group to report to its associate members advisory committee (AMAC). The group will be chaired by Aoife O’Sullivan, a partner with London-based aviation law firm Gates and Partners.
Gulfstream’s super midsize G280 business jet, flying under an experimental certificate, landed this morning at Geneva International Airport for its EBACE debut. The aircraft, N280GD, touched down on Runway 25 at 10 a.m. under low-hanging clouds, following a seven-hour, 47-minute flight from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C.
Now that the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is certified and in service, pilots who enjoy the benefits of flying with a head-up display (HUD) gain a new feature on the HUD, synthetic vision. The first business jets with HUD synthetic-vision systems (SVS) are Bombardier’s Global 5000/6000.
Tightening regulation of airport noise is set to boost interest in hush-kitting older business jets, according to Hubbard Aviation Technologies, which will demonstrate its QS3 system for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs at EBACE 2012 in Geneva next week.
Nextant Aerospace is delivering the tenth example of its Nextant 400XT here at EBACE 2012. The re-engined and cockpit-upgraded reworkings of Hawker Beechcraft’s Beechjet 400A are in demand on this of the Atlantic, according to the company.
Here at EBACE 2012, Daher-Socata is exhibiting the TBM 850 Elite, the latest version of its single-turboprop business/utility aircraft. Its main feature is the “quick-change” capability from the conventional six-seat arrangement to a configuration with four forward-facing seats, with the rest of the volume being made available for more luggage. Other improvements can be found in the avionics suite.
Aerion Corp. is preparing to start another round of test flights in the development of what would be the world’s first supersonic business jet (SBJ). A new test article is set to fly in the centerline position beneath one of NASA’s F-15B aircraft in either June or July.