The pre-owned business aircraft market, in the fourth quarter, was mostly on par with the 20-year average in terms of sales transactions and inventories, according to recent data from business aircraft market research and services firm Amstat.
Comlux Aviation Group had an “excellent” year in 2012 and is expecting even better in 2013, according to chairman and president Richard Gaona. While the company’s Zurich, Switzerland-based charter and aircraft management operation contributes the greater percentage of annual revenue, Gaona is especially encouraged by the growth at Comlux America, the group’s Indianapolis, Ind.-based bizliner completion and refurbishment center.
Embraer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai-based Indamer to provide maintenance support for the midsize Legacy 500. The Legacy 500, which is expected to enter service in 2014, is currently in the flight-test stage following the maiden flight of the first prototype late last year.
Desert Jet of La Quinta, Calif., named James Silverman as director of maintenance. Silverman, who has more than 25 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance and management, will lead in the development of Desert Jet Maintenance, a Part 145 repair station focusing on the Citation. Desert Jet is an aviation management company with expertise in acquiring, operating, maintaining private jets and generating revenue from their use. The company also offers on-demand charters with a fleet of jets based in Palm Springs, Orange County and San Diego.
While millions watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday evening, the local FBOs at the Big Easy’s airports were gearing up for their own second half as many of the more than 800 private aircraft that flocked there would seek to depart soon after the game ended.
Embraer released its 2013 outlook yesterday, forecasting delivery of between 105 and 120 business jets this year, up from 99 last year. The forecast is for delivery of up to 90 light and 30 large-cabin business jets, compared with 77 and 22, respectively, last year. The company’s executive aviation segment is expected to contribute 25 percent of Embraer’s revenues this year.
India is becoming an important market for Embraer, which is promoting its entire line of products at this week’s Aero India show. According to the Brazilian airframer.
List Components & Furniture, a major supplier of business and private jet interior components, will open a new plant in its home city of Edlitz-Thomasberg, Austria, in May.
The company specializes in development and product definition of high-end components and monuments and is known for its quality wood and lightweight stone veneers and metallic surfaces.
Its client list includes OEMs Bombardier and Embraer, which have chosen List to provide cabinetry for the Learjet 45 and Legacy 500. The company already supplies cabinetry for Embraer’s Lineage 1000 bizliner.
Jet Aviation has begun construction of a new hangar in Singapore to accommodate continued growth in its maintenance and FBO activities there. The company is the latest multinational to opt for a new facility at the island state’s Seletar Airport, which has been redeveloped significantly in the past few years as an aerospace and general aviation center. Jet Aviation first landed at Seletar 1995, taking over a 29,400-sq-ft World War II-vintage hangar that it still occupies.
Embraer’s new Legacy 500 just might be the most well equipped midsize business jet cabin on the market. Embraer v-p of interior design Jay Beever is convinced that the airplane is that, and more. Beever could be accused of hyperbole, but on the other hand he might be right.
When Embraer began designing the interior of its latest business jet, now barely a year from certification, designers and engineers wanted to create an interior that meets every expectation.