Aviation Partners (Booth No. 876) is expanding its reach in the winglet modification market with new Hi-Mach Super Critical winglets optimized for the high-speed cruise regime. To date, the company’s Blended Winglets have helped operators enjoy lower fuel burn, higher initial climb altitudes and longer range while flying at long-range cruise speeds. The new Hi-Mach winglets have the same effect, but at Mach 0.80 and above.
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Aviation Partners has named Penta Aviation Services, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, a Hawker 800 blended winglet installation center. The company joins West Star Aviation (Grand Junction, Colo.); Duncan Aviation (Lincoln, Neb. and Battle Creek, Mich.); and Wing Aviation (Conroe, Texas).
Premier/West Star of Grand Junction, Colo., has been named a factory-authorized Hawker service center. The company has a nine-year track record on the aircraft, during which it invested heavily in the form of tooling, equipment training and personnel. All Hawker technical personnel are FlightSafety and SimuFlite trained.
The installed price of Aviation Partners blended winglets for the Hawker 800 increased on March 1 by 7.6 percent– from $395,000 to $425,000. The Seattle company, which has completed 30 installations on orders for more than 50 to date, claims winglet-equipped Hawkers will fly 180 nm farther up to 7 percent less fuel, climb to altitude faster and cruise 18 knots faster.
Dassault is about to flight-test production-conforming modifications that should boost the range of its new Falcon 7X. Officials at the French manufacturer last month revealed that the average customer is choosing options and cabin equipment that are raising aircraft weight beyond earlier expectations. On many aircraft the weight gain is cutting range to just short of the promised 5,700 nm.
Hard to believe perhaps, but 10 years have passed since Boeing entered the executive aircraft market by unveiling a dedicated corporate 737 variant, the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). In the decade since that launch, military, airline and fractional-ownership operators have joined traditional corporate customers in answering the knock of the U.S. manufacturer’s salesmen.