The bull is back, or at least it appears to be. After watching business aviation limp along for the past three years, executives at Textron, General Dynamics and Raytheon are now optimistic that the industry is on the rebound.
Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes in the first half of this year increased slightly over the same period last year, but not all manufacturers reported improved numbers, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Swedish-based defense group Saab said it has finished developing a system to protect aircraft from surface-to-air missiles and plans to supply production versions of the system as part of a bid to win a U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract.
FlightSafety International has added a new program to its simulator training courses. Called Runway Judgment Training, the program explores runway incursion accident prevention and assists flight crews in developing procedures that address the risks.
In a backhanded way, Airbus almost broke its two-year silence about the number of Airbus Corporate Jetliners it has delivered. The European OEM expects to deliver eight aircraft “from its ACJ family” this year, bringing “total ACJ deliveries to 30,” said a spokesman.
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