Boeing continues to add utility to its BBJ series corporate jets, and the latest effort is the addition of enhanced vision system (EVS) capability to the BBJ’s head-up display (HUD). To add safety to BBJ operations, however, Boeing is also working on delivering the EVS display on one of the Honeywell LCDs on the instrument panel, so the first officer can see the same EVS picture that the pilot sees on the HUD.
Boeing Business Jet
Despite a slowing economy that is diminishing the rate of orders for some business jet manufacturers, delivery rates for many other manufacturers are holding firm. For example, Boeing reports that it delivered eight Boeing Business Jets in the first half of this year, the same number it delivered in the first half of last year. Since being introduced in 1996, 36 BBJs have entered service.
EVASWorldwide, an affiliate of Ramsey, N.J.-based Aircraft Services Group, said its $11,000 Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) personal cockpit smoke-displacement unit has just received certification for use in the Gulfstream III and GV. The company expects STCs to be awarded “any day now” for EVAS use in the BBJ and Challenger. Approvals for the Falcon 50, Beechjet, King Air series and Global Express are also in the works.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Banyan Air Service is expanding its capabilities to include avionics installations in large-cabin business jets. The company’s avionics department recently completed the installation of a cabin entertainment system in a Gulfstream IV-SP, EVS in a Falcon 900B and satellite TV and high-speed-data satcom in a privately owned Boeing 747SP.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 261) is riding the crest of demand for narrow- and widebody interior completion and refurbishment with deliveries of four aircraft in 2008, even as the doors open to take in new projects.
Since January, the San Antonio, Texas-based independent completion and refurbishment center has delivered two green Boeing Business Jets. The first delivery was also Gore’s first BBJ and went to a U.S. customer.
A recently delivered Boeing Business Jet on April 7 flew the farthest distance yet for a BBJ: 6,854 nm, from Seattle to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 14 hr 12 min. Boeing Business Jets said the airplane landed with 5,900 lb of fuel, about 1 hr 30 min of endurance. Total flight time was helped by an average tailwind of 45 kt. In addition to its long flight, this is the first BBJ to be certified under FAR Part 135, according to the company.
General Electric’s Garrett Santa Barbara completion center, opened in mid-1999 for the express purpose of outfitting Boeing Business Jets, is scheduled to close next month following a troubled three-year history.
The announcement last month by GE was described as part of a decision by the parent company “to adjust its business activities to the current market conditions.”
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) opened its UK training center at London Luton Airport on July 27. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 flight simulators, a 737-700/800 unit and a 757 device.
The Transportation Security Administration’s compliance deadline is December 1 on new security requirements for on-demand air-taxi operators of aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more. The TSA’s final Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) was scheduled to be issued on October 31.