Flight training provider CAE SimuFlite won’t hold the grand opening ceremony commemorating the start of operations at its Northeast Training Center in Morristown, N.J., until this month, but pilots have already been strapping into the brand-new Falcon 7X simulator for initial training.
Grob Aerospace, which last month at EBACE in Geneva showcased its six-passenger fuselage mockup of the Grob SPn light business jet with a new cabin interior from the Porsche Design Studio, said that it had firm orders for more than 60 SPns, equivalent to the first two years’ production.
Phoenix-based Honeywell announced last month it had received TSO approval for phase IV, the latest version of the Primus Epic control display system/retrofit (CDS/R). The phase IV upgrade will allow the CDS/R to display electronic charts and maps, as well as satellite weather.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the Citation Mustang last month, approximately one month after the first customer airplane was delivered in the U.S. According to Cessna, the VLJ is the first new-generation entry-level business jet to achieve certification in Europe.
Those flying to Cancun may soon get some relief from the near-constant congestion and lengthy delays. Mexican airport operator Asur said last month it was planning to build a new parallel runway at the resort town.
BBA Aviation, parent company of the Signature Flight Support FBO chain, has agreed to purchase Executive Beechcraft, which includes four FBOs, a charter/management operation, maintenance and avionics facilities and an aircraft sales division.
Despite heavy lobbying by general aviation groups, a promising effort to have the concept of user fees for ATC services stricken from the Senate’s version of an FAA reauthorization bill failed narrowly in mid-May by a 12-11 vote.
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