The Cessna Citation CJ4 is currently the only business jet certified with (but no longer flying with) a lithium-ion main-ship battery, using lithium-iron phosphate, not the lithium-cobalt oxide battery found on the Boeing 787, which is currently grounded in the wake of battery fires.
Astronics’ Max-Viz 600 enhanced vision system has received a Cessna Aircraft Service Bulletin for retrofit installation in recently delivered Cessna Skyhawks, Skylanes and Stationairs. The retrofit, available from Cessna for retrofit by Cessna-authorized service centers, is approved by the FAA and EASA. The Max-Viz 600 and its higher-end sibling, the Model 1500, are already STC’d for a long list of business jets and turboprops, as well as helicopters.
“No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound,” promises Gulfstream in an announcement about its recently certified G650, which boasts a maximum velocity of Mach 0.925.
Denver, Colo.-based private aviation consultancy Bloom Business Jets announced at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers annual conference in San Antonio this week that it has added two new staff members.
JPMorgan North America Equity Research is forecasting a 5-percent rise in business jet deliveries this year, according to the firm’s latest monthly business jet report. It predicts that 627 business jets (excluding very light jets) will be shipped this year, compared with an estimated 596 jet deliveries last year.
Embraer announced yesterday that it delivered 99 business jets last year, matching its total deliveries in 2011.
In the fourth quarter the Brazilian company shipped 53 business jets, three more than in the same quarter in 2011 and seven more than it did in the combined first three quarters of 2012. By model, the Brazilian OEM delivered 13 Phenom 100s, 24 Phenom 300s, 15 Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000 in the last quarter. During the first three quarters of last year Embraer handed over 16 Phenom 100s, 24 Phenom 300s, four Legacy 650s, one Lineage 1000 and one ERJ shuttle.
Cessna Aircraft has started production of the Citation M2 at its Independence, Kan. facility, the company announced today. The front and aft cabin assemblies for the light business jet, which is a derivative of the out-of-production CJ1, are built at Cessna’s Wichita facility and then transported to Independence for final assembly and delivery. S/N 800, a demonstrator aircraft, is slated to roll off the assembly line in April.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 179 business jets last year, 16 more than in 2011. During this same period, the company received net orders for 343 business jets, compared with 191 for the previous year. “We are the market leaders in business aircraft, and the restructuring of our commercial aircraft sales organization is yielding results,” said Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey. “We are seeing positive momentum across our entire product portfolio,” which also includes regional jets.
In a late fourth-quarter sales blitz, Bombardier logged 12 new business jet orders. On December 21, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer secured an order for five Global 6000s worth $293 million from an undisclosed customer. Six days later, another undisclosed customer placed an order for six Learjet 75s worth approximately $81 million. The first Learjet 75 is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
The supersonic business jet development program continues at Gulfstream Aerospace, but until the FAA decides to define “quiet” as it relates to the so-called sonic boom, “We just don’t see a business case,” said a spokesman.
In a series of patent filings last summer, Gulfstream emphasized mitigating the noise produced by the sonic boom, pointing out that regulations currently prohibit supersonic flight over populated areas.