The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s 2013 new-airplane shipment statistics show that new airplanes last year required a tad shy of 2,000 propellers. That might be a mere shadow of the 20,762 props for 17,580 aircraft required in the peak production year, 1978, but it’s an improvement on the 1,300 propellers shipped on new airplanes in 1987, the year Jim Brown and his family bought Hartzell (Booth 1817) from TRW.
Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s (NBAA static display) M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston.
“CAAC’s approval is excellent news for Piper and prospective customers in China,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “There is certainly a large potential market for personal and training aircraft in the world’s most populous country.”
Snecma has confirmed the 11,000-lb-class Silvercrest turbofan has been flying since May on a modified Gulfstream II, after several delays. As another seven Silvercrests are running on the ground, the France-based engine manufacturer is still targeting late 2015 for certification. The first two applications are the large-cabin, long-range Dassault Falcon 5X and the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude, both twinjets.
The new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, unveiled last week at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., not only ushered in a new era for the OEM, but also provided another validation of the expertise in fly-by-wire (FBW) control systems for Thales. The French avionics company is supplying the FBW systems for both aircraft, building on its work in providing the system for the G650. Thales also provides the FBW system for Gulfstream’s flagship ultra long-range G650ER.
Lufthansa Technik is offering a new “Executive Shuttle” VIP interior concept for Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies. The concept, which offers configurations varying from 20 to 52 passengers for the A320 family and 20 to 56 passengers for Boeing’s 737, offers a variety of cabin designs within a “manageable budget.”
The German company’s creative design department has developed 20 different cabin layouts for both aircraft families, from “an all-business/first-class configuration to more sophisticated versions with sleeping options, meeting and dining areas or private rooms.”
Dassault Falcon Jet (Booth 2651) launched a new AOG (aircraft on ground) response program at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday. The customer-support program will use two company-owned Falcon 900s as rapid-response aircraft; one based at Teterboro in New Jersey and the other at Le Bourget in France.
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA static display at Orlando Executive Airport. The G600 and the slightly smaller G500 were announced October 14 following a highly secretive five-year development program. A G500 already is assembled, taxiing and preparing for its first flight early next year.
Airbus unveiled here at NBAA 2014 a new VIP widebody cabin concept, Summit, for the A330-200, featuring a floor plan with an executive configuration in the front of the cabin and airline style seating in the rear. The Summit is intended to appeal to customers, such as governments, that need to transport both a few passengers in VIP accommodations along with a larger group, such as a trade delegation and journalists. However, Airbus (Booth 5099, static display) believes Summit may also be popular with private buyers in the Middle East who often travel in a similar manner.
Bombardier unveiled its new Challenger 650 here at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla. The Montreal-headquartered airframer (Booth 281) is refreshing its classic, 10-passenger Challenger 600 series with redesigned cockpit and cabin interiors and optimized GE CF34-3B MTO turbofan engines that will provide additional takeoff thrust on a limited basis to facilitate shorter takeoff distances, greater payloads and more range from “challenging” airports during high/hot operations. Planned maximum range of the new model is 4,000 nm (with six passengers and standard NBAA IFR reserves).