Embraer quietly sold a half-dozen Legacy 500s to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in April, newspaper Valor Econômico reported yesterday. Deliveries are expected to start in 2016. In addition, the FAB signed a technology-transfer contract with Norwegian Special Mission for the supply and integration of systems in the fly-by-wire twinjets for the in-flight inspection of Brazil’s aviation navigation aids.
When Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours purchased JetCorp Technical Services of Chesterfield, Mo., in 2009, each company had a program for converting Bombardier CRJs into business jets: Flying Colours with its ExecLiner and JetCorp with its Renaissance offering, providing foundational synergies for the union.
Embraer officially opened a 75,000-sq-ft Engineering & Technology Center yesterday at its growing campus in Melbourne, Fla. The facility will conduct engineering and development activities for both products and technology across Embraer’s business lines–airliners, executive aviation, defense and aerospace–with the first assignments focused primarily on executive jet interiors. It is the first of its kind for Embraer outside Brazil, where the company is headquartered.
Airbus has again brought the largest aircraft to the annual JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based on the A320 airliner family.
The much-publicized fatal accident of Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363, a Boeing 737, at Kazan International Airport on November 17, 2013, has resulted in a big re-shuffle of aviation assets in the Republic of Tatarstan. The flight had been operated on behalf of Ak Bars Aero, which has its head office in Bugulma in Tatarstan (part of the Russian Federation).
Under a new agreement, Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo will bolster its stockpile of critical spare parts for Bombardier business jets. This follows an initial spare parts agreement signed in 2012 between Bombardier and Jet Aviation’s line maintenance and AOG facility in Moscow. Jet Aviation will arrange for customs clearance and transportation for the parts that Bombardier ships to the facility. “Ensuring ready access to spare parts is a key tactic in reducing aircraft downtime, particularly during AOG situations,” said Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo general director Vitaly Aleksikov.
LoPresti Aviation’s “next generation” 85-watt BoomBeam high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, which the company says offer more than 10 times the illumination of standard lights, are now available for Cessna Citations. They are approved for the recognition, landing and taxi lights. The lights, which can be installed at a service center or by operators’ own maintenance departments, carry five-year or 5,000-hour warranty on the kit components. BoomBeam lights for business jets and turboprops carry prices ranging from $7,400 to $30,000, depending on the aircraft model.
Having signed a spare parts agreement with Bombardier two years ago, Jet Aviation Moscow has agreed to ramp up its inventory. The Jet Aviation line maintenance facility is located adjacent to the Moscow Vnukovo 3 FBO and provides line maintenance, aircraft on the ground services and defect rectification for Bombardier business jets.
Dubai-based Private Jet Charter (PJC) said use of business jets by executives in the Middle East is making a comeback, marking a complete turnaround from the prevailing trend five years ago when most corporations had curtailed such expenditure in response to the global financial crisis.
While CEOs in the Middle East predominantly use corporate jets for business travel to cover the larger geographical areas in the region, they are also starting to fly them more for leisure purposes.
Manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half business jet deliveries year over year, with 318 handed over during the first six months of this year, according to statistics released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Much of this increase was fueled by Cessna, which delivered 71 jets in the first half of the year, a 36.5-percent rise over the same period last year. Though the company saw decreases in most of its other models, its totals were buoyed by recent certifications of the Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+.
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