Cessna Aircraft has acquired Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany. The OEM had recently renewed their designations as authorized service facilities. Both facilities went into operation as Cessna Citation Service Centers on January 1. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will continue operating the FBO facilities at both locations.
GE Aviation has named Turkey’s MNG Jet an authorized service center for the CF34-3, which powers the large-cabin Bombardier Challengers (excluding the original 600 series). With this agreement, MNG Jet can perform line maintenance inspections and removal and replacement of engines and engine components.
Embraer Executive Jets has launched the Embraer Executive Care (EEC) Engine Add-On option, which complements the EEC and the Eagle Service Plan (ESP) programs. The new EEC Engine Add-On option helps Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 operators to streamline and simplify invoice and payment processes, addressing what Embraer says is one of its customers’ main concerns.
Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, is at work on a long-haul bizliner that arrived in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment.
The San Antonio facility also delivered its first project this past summer, a Boeing Business Jet requiring light maintenance and installation of a new in-flight entertainment package.
Future Falcon business jets may use composite materials for their wings, but the fuselages will likely continue to be constructed from aluminum alloys. Speaking at a conference organized by the French Air and Space Academy in Paris in late November, Philippe Vautey, a Dassault senior expert in aerostructure technologies, outlined the company’s vision for Falcons that might enter service “four to eight years” from now. He would not clarify whether this includes the still-under-wraps Falcon SMS.
Engineers from Embraer Executive Jets flight operations support team will soon be offering a 2013 version of their two-day flight operations engineering course (FOEC). This is designed to teach pilots of all the company’s business jets the engineering fundamentals behind aircraft performance numbers such as V1, V2, Vr, Vref and so on, used in daily flight operations.
Charter operator Gama Aviation says young children will no longer need to sit on their parents’ laps while traveling aboard any of Gama’s Bombardier Challenger fleet thanks to the company’s new infant safety seats. The UK-based business aviation services group made the seats and claims they are the first child seats certified for taxi, takeoff and landing on numerous business jets. The seats are already in use aboard Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific flights.
Gulfstream handed over the first fully outfitted G650 today to an undisclosed U.S. customer, fulfilling its promise that it would begin deliveries of the clean-sheet ultra-long-range twinjet by the end of the year.
“We’re thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer’s hangar,” said company president Larry Flynn. “Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world.”
The business jet market in 2013 isn’t going to be a lot better than in the previous four years, according to the December Aerospace and Defense Business Jet Monthly report from J.P.Morgan. The financial services company describes the business jet cycle as “still stuck in neutral.”
Charter brokering group Air Partner is predicting further “slow but steady recovery” during 2013. However, in a forecast issued yesterday, the UK-based company also said that it expects to see more business failures in the charter market and what it says will be further contraction in fractional ownership.