Bombardier Aerospace announced today at the NBAA Convention that it completed critical design of its all-composite Learjet 85, allowing production of the light jet to begin. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are now “actively engaged” in the manufacturing validation phase, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (HBC) today announced at the NBAA Convention that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Importantly, this marks the first after-market program of the Fusion avionics system.
SuperJet International, manufacturer of the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner, announced here at the NBAA show that Comlux The Aviation Group will be the launch customer for an executive variant of the aircraft. The agreement covers two Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJs) and options for two more.
Recent start-up aviation asset manager Falko (Booth No. C8030), teamed with design consultancy Design Q, has unveiled its final concept for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) line, an airplane “that James Bond would have loved,” according to Design Q director Gary Doy. The mock-up of the interior is being shown at NBAA 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention in Las vegas, October 10 to 12.
Greenpoint Technologies (Booth No. C9423), which recently delivered its 17th Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) five weeks ahead of schedule, is working in what it considers an increasingly healthy business environment. This month, the Kirkland, Wash.-based center is well along in outfitting its eighteenth BBJ and expects to see the nineteenth arrive this month.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with excellent safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the top technicians adds up to four decades or more.
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring member companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident, and in 2006, the association added companies that have 60-year records. In 2010, three companies were honored for having 75 years of safe operation: Lane Aviation, Columbus, Ohio; South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, Columbia, S.C.; and Exxon Mobil, Dallas, Texas.
Nextant Aerospace received FAA STC approval for the 400XT–the model name for its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP–yesterday.
News Corp./News America chief Rupert Murdoch’s Boeing Business Jet was recently listed for sale, not long after AIN’s page-one story on the sybaritic wanderings of the airplane and the hypocrisy of the proprietor of The Wall Street Journal.
Rockwell Collins is moving aggressively into the light jet and turboprop market with a new version of Pro Line Fusion targeted at smaller aircraft.