China Business Aviation Group (CBAG), a Beijing-based business aircraft solutions provider, has signed a contract with Beijing Stem Cell Technologies (BSCT) authorizing CBAG to negotiate the purchase of three aircraft for the medical company. The company plans to purchase a long-range business jet, an ACJ/BBJ-type bizliner and a short-haul transport-category aircraft for regional and domestic use. One aircraft per year will be delivered beginning this year. BSCT currently owns two aircraft, but needs more to support the company’s growth.
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Indianapolis-based completion and refurbishment center Comlux America delivered its fourth aircraft–an ACJ319 now in service with Fly Comlux, the charter arm of Comlux The Aviation Group of Zurich, Switzerland–in January.
Jet Aviation Basel has added a tail and wing dock certified for the 737-based BBJ and Airbus A320 to its widebody hangar. This new dock platform will help to shave up to six weeks off aircraft downtime during 12-year inspections by providing access to all areas of the tail on all four levels, as well as access for full structural inspection of the wings.
Aerocon Engineering has developed for the Boeing 737-700, -800 and -900 a replacement forward airstair that the Van Nuys, Calif.-based company says is not only 50 percent lighter but also more reliable and requires less maintenance than the standard OEM equipment.
The new airstair is the culmination of a 24-month government contract. Aerocon CEO Benny Younesi expects an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the middle of this year, and production has already begun.
Avjet has been offering aircraft sales, acquisition, charter, management services and oversight of completion and refurbishment projects since 1979. Headquartered in Burbank, Calif., the company maintains a presence in Washington D.C., Seoul; Abu Dhabi; Moscow; Tokyo; and other locations around the world. Avjet also owns and operates an FBO in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft cabin section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large size of the business jet. For certification, the manufacturer’s engineers demonstrated that a water overflow would not affect critical equipment. In addition, designers had to find space for the water tank, heater and redundant pumps. This required the bulkhead to be moved forward, prompting the need for a new cabin layout. In the shower, the passenger can either stand or sit down and use a showerhead or the “rain sky” ceiling.
Aviation Partners (API) founder and CEO Joe Clark issued a statement yesterday in response to Airbus’s lawsuit complaining about API’s winglet patent.
Alsalam Aircraft Co. is hoping for a record year and believes there is much business to be had in VIP conversion work and military MRO.
As a market with a distinct preference for larger VIP and business aircraft, the Middle East has long been considered good sales territory for Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs). Recent experience proves this with four more operators in the region having committed to swelling the local fleet.