Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is evaluating preliminary results of a new global market survey indicating strong demand for its proposed supersonic business jet. Preliminary data of the latest study confirms Aerion’s earlier research, which projected a 10-year market for about 300 supersonic jets. Meanwhile, Aerion plans to conduct a new series of flight tests on its natural laminar flow (NLF) wing design at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion today said it is evaluating preliminary results of a new global market survey indicating strong demand for its supersonic business jet. “It was time to take a fresh look at the potential for the Aerion supersonic jet, taking into account the globalization of the business jet market,” said Aerion vice chairman Brian Barents.
As expected, the recession has taken a toll on aircraft manufacturers and would-be manufacturers. But while the list of canceled and delayed projects includes the inevitable marginal programs, the crop of active manufacturers is–with few exceptions–forging ahead with new aircraft.
At last month’s Dubai Air Show, Aerion reiterated its ongoing efforts to find a manufacturing and development partner for its nascent supersonic business jet and confirmed that it still holds letters of intent backed by $250,000 refundable deposits for approximately 50 aircraft.
Aerion is here in Dubai to tap what it believes could be strong market for the supersonic business jet (SSBJ) it intends to have certified in 2015. According to the U.S. company, it still holds letters of intent for about 50 of the aircraft and has had to refund only two deposits since the start of the financial crisis.
Aerion chairman Robert Bass said that the company remains committed to its supersonic business jet program “as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs. We are seeing progress,” he told attendees at the NBAA Convention late last month. “In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.
If paper was aluminum, glass and titanium instead of just paper, two Nevada-based groups developing supersonic business jet designs would have revolutionary aircraft ready to fly. To date, though, the specifications publicized by Aerion in Reno (Booth No.
Trading conditions for business aviation remain “bleak,” according to ExecuJet Aviation CEO Niall Olver, but in his view the downturn has provided the stimulus for a much-needed “reset” for the industry and its “unsustainable” business models.
Aerion chairman Robert Bass is using the NBAA Convention next week to reiterate the company’s commitment to forging a partnership with one or more OEM partners and to being first to market with a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). “I am committed to the Aerion program as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs,” he said. “We are seeing progress. In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.
The recession has put the spike to some major new jet development programs, delayed others and shuttered some undercapitalized aircraft companies altogether.