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+.
Brazilian civil aviation agency ANAC issued type certification for Embraer’s Legacy 500 in a ceremony held during the LABACE show in São Paulo on August 13. U.S. FAA certification for the $20 million midsize jet is expected in the coming weeks, with European approval to follow soon after.
ANAC approval, the culmination of a six-year development program for the fly-by-wire jet, paves the way for delivery of the first aircraft (S/N 005) next month to an undisclosed Brazilian industrial customer that will use the aircraft to link the company’s facilities around the country.
Second-quarter business jet deliveries climbed by 30 percent in North America, but this gain was more than offset by deficits in the rest of the world, according to data released yesterday by UBS Global Research. Global business jet shipments, excluding very light jets, fell 1 percent during the quarter, dragged down by losses in other world regions: -50 percent in Asia-Pacific outside China/India, -39 percent in China/India, -23 percent in Western Europe and -21 percent in emerging countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Jet Aviation Dubai has appointed Prabhat Gummadi as its new maintenance director. Gummadi will be responsible for overseeing operations at the maintenance and AOG facility including supply chain management and quality control. He began his career with Air Works India Engineering based in Mumbai, India, where he served as senior/avionics engineer from 1998 through 2005. He has numerous AME licenses and significant experience with Beechcraft, Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Boeing, Gulfstream, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.
Business jet demand has not recovered in line with corporate profits as it has in the past. J.P. Morgan aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III attributes the sluggishness to “the stigma attached to bizjets during the recent recession and a focus on cost cutting among corporate customers. We estimate that 2013 U.S. corporate profits were up about 50 percent from the 2008 trough, whereas bizjet deliveries have yet to turn up decisively.”
The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is home to more than 5,000 business aircraft–2,457 jets 2,588 turboprops–according to current data from aviation data services firm JetNet. This represents 14.8 percent of the world’s fixed-wing business turbine fleet, despite the region’s 6.6-percent share of world gross domestic product (GDP).
Airbus Corporate Jets doesn’t do small business jets. The entry level into the ACJ world is the ACJ318, based on the 100-plus-seat A318 airliner. The top end of the range reaches right up to the ACJ380 based on the world’s largest commercial aircraft. And such aircraft do not come cheap, especially when outfitted to a luxurious standard.