The twin-engine Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter, well established in the emergency medical services and law enforcement sectors, is gaining greater acceptance as an executive aircraft, with about 100 delivered to this market, according to the manufacturer. Here at EBACE, Eurocopter (Booth No. 7513) is showing one of these aircraft, OE-XFB–owned by The Flying Bulls of Austria.
EBACE Convention News » May 23, 2007
Jet Aviation was acquired by European private equity firm Permira Funds in 2005 and, barely a year later, bought major independent aviation services and completion center Midcoast Aviation of East Cahokia, Illinois. Now, the company has a new CEO–former Bombardier Business Aircraft president Peter Edwards–and is charting a course for the future.
The Solar Impulse has made significant progress toward its aim of being the first solar-powered aircraft able to fly at night. The team initiated by famous balloonist Bertrand Piccard began construction of the 200-foot-wingpsan prototype just four weeks ago. Flight tests should start next year.
The ultra-light Akoya, an original amphibian twin-seater, is to make its first flight by this summer. The Akoya can takeoff from land, water or even snow thanks to innovative features, Lisa Airplanes CEO Erick Herzberger explained to EBACE Convention News. Simultaneously, the Chambery, France-based company is working on a fuel-cell powered aircraft, the Hy-Bird.
Skylliance, a charter partner program set up by Jet Aviation for smaller air-taxi companies and first announced at EBACE 2006, now has five members: Homac Aviation in Germany; GainJet in Greece; Spain’s Executive Airlines; Silver Cloud in Germany; and VIP Avia of Latvia. Members of Skylliance are required to apply operating standards defined by Jet Aviation aimed at providing consistent high-quality service.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion center is ramping up its capacity to meet demand for Dassault’s newly certified Falcon 7X, while continuing to fulfill commitment with regard to the Falcon 900EX, 900DX and 2000EX.
Rolls-Royce, widely known for heavy engines, such as the Trent powering the Airbus A380 and Boeing B747, is in fact a pre-eminent provider of business jet engines and claims a 34 percent share of that market. The company delivered 328 engines for corporate aircraft last year, up from 250 in 2005. Rolls-Royce’s involvement with business aircraft began in 1958 with the Dart-powered Gulfstream I twin turboprop.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has grown to 41 members since the last EBACE show, up from 30. Demand for business aviation products and services in the Middle East “is still there and still growing,” said Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi, MEBAA founding chairman. “That’s a good sign.”
Operators of jets powered by Honeywell TFE731 engines with digital electronic engine controls (DEECs) will be able to participate in the fault-code reporting service offered by Honeywell and Jet-Care beginning on June 1. The fault-code reporting service was announced in mid-2005, and Honeywell and Jet-Care have been preparing to launch the service since then.
Nayak Aircraft Services Group, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, has teamed with LoPresti Speed Merchants of Vero Beach, Florida, to certify, market, install and maintain in Europe LoPresti’s Boom Beam landing and taxi light systems, the only xenon landing and taxi lights available for business aircraft.