The third Embraer Legacy 500 joined the flight-test fleet on Friday, after making its initial flight from the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility. “With the first two prototypes already well into the flight-test program, the first flight of the third Legacy 500 is a major milestone for the program,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards. “The four-aircraft test program is designed to ensure all systems and features on the Legacy 500 reach maturity before entering service.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the 400th production Citation CJ3 from its production facility in Wichita yesterday. The light business jet is in its ninth year of service, Cessna noted. “This milestone is testimony to the CJ line,” said Don Beverlin, business leader for the CJ line, which currently includes the CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ4. “The Cessna operators who build and the technicians who service the CJ products take great pride in providing the customer with a safe, reliable product that meets all their transportation needs.
A new Embraer Legacy 650 level-D flight simulator at FlightSafety International’s St. Louis learning center has received approval from the FAA, EASA and Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. Legacy 650 training will start at this location in the second quarter. FlightSafety serves Embraer as its factory-authorized training provider for the E-Jets line of commercial jets, as well as the Lineage and Legacy executive jets.
“New business jet demand remains weak, especially at the small end, but there have been intermittent signs of recovery,” says J.P.Morgan in its latest business jet market report. However, the higher end of the market remains strong while the lower end is still weaker.
Backlog for new business jets remains stable, ending 2012 at about $40 billion, which J.P.Morgan says is consistent with each of the last two years but still down more than 50 percent from the peak in 2008. “We estimate that half of this backlog is attributable to the G650 and the Global [series],” it noted.
EASA certified the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS large-cabin business jets on Monday, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier announced today during the firm’s annual press event in Paris. The manufacturer previously predicted Falcon 2000S certification last year, while the EASA’s nod for the Falcon 2000LXS was anticipated for the first half of this year.
Embraer’s business-aviation results for fiscal year 2012, released yesterday, were flat, with deliveries of 99 business jets equaling the tally in 2011. But net revenue increased, to $1.292 billion last year from $1.118 billion in 2011, thanks to a more favorable mix of model deliveries.
In 2011, the Brazilian OEM delivered 83 light jets and 16 large jets. Last year those numbers shifted, with deliveries of 77 light jets and 22 more lucrative large jets, boosting executive jet revenue by more than 20 percent last year.
Dassault delivered 66 Falcons last year, up from 63 the year before, the company announced today. The manufacturer expects to deliver “around 70 Falcons” this year. Last year, salespeople took orders for 58 business jets, a notable increase from 36 in 2011. The Falcon market is “still convalescent,” Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said. He hopes for a recovery, especially in the U.S. Some regions, such as South America, Russia and Northern Europe, are “very active,” he added.
While general aviation began to show signs of recovery in 2012, boosted by strong growth in rotorcraft and the agricultural turboprop aircraft segment, the slow economic recovery and economic uncertainties continued to plague business jet and multi-engine piston deliveries. However, “We see growth in business aviation demand over the long term driven by a growing U.S. and world economy, especially in the jet, turboprop and turbine rotorcraft markets,” the FAA said in its “Aerospace Forecast for Fiscal Years 2013-2033,” released yesterday.
Dassault Falcon celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Falcon 2000 this week at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013. The first flight of the large-cabin Falcon twinjet took place in March 1993 in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France.
Execaire parent company IMP Group acquired Toronto, Ontario-based Image Air Charter. Image Air, which has about 60 employees, manages a fleet of 20 business airplanes and specializes in executive travel via its air charter and aircraft management services. With the acquisition, Execaire will now serve clients with more than 290 employees and a managed fleet of 53 business jets.