A persistently optimistic outlook was in evidence at the first Large Executive & VIP Aircraft Conference: Opening speaker Arnaud Martin, program director of corporate and VIP aircraft for Airbus, noted that while sales are suffering as a result of a depressed U.S. economy, “The market is still alive.” The event, held December 11 and 12 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted some 50 delegates.
Boeing Business Jet
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is “seriously” revisiting the idea of offering a corporate version of its 70-passenger regional twinjet, the 170. Embraer described an aircraft with a max range of about 5,000 nm, filling a niche between the Global Express and Gulfstream lines and the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and Boeing Business Jet. A spokesman at the company’s U.S.
Boeing 737s, including the derivative BBJ, have been hit by another emergency AD affecting the twinjet’s fuel pumps. The latest directive (AD 2002-24-51) results from overheating pumps and requires affected aircraft to continue to carry the same minimum fuel quantities as required by the September 30 emergency AD dealing with chafed pump wiring.
Rifton Aviation at Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., has confounded observers since it took over the former W.R. Grace hangar several years ago. Operated by the Anabaptist Bruderhof religious community, the FBO expanded quickly, riding the tide of economic prosperity late in the last decade. The county planned an expansive industrial park nearby, meant to go hand in glove with development and marketing of the airport.
Millennium Concepts of Wichita, a specialist at development and certification of aircraft interiors, has been selected by Gore Design Completions of San Antonio to provide engineering, design and fabrication services for the executive interior of a Boeing Business Jet. It is the second aircraft completion project on which the two companies have been partners.
An integrated class-3 electronic flight bag developed by Boeing for airliners will now be offered for retrofit in the Boeing Business Jet and BBJ2.
Some 30 operators are now evaluating executive and corporate shuttle versions of the Fokker 100 twinjet (the F100EJ and F100CS, respectively), according to Fokker Services–a subsidiary of the Stork group that bought the assets of the bankrupt Dutch airframer and is marketing the converted airliners at prices ranging from $11 million to $12.5 million. The airplanes are also available for lease through UK-based Aravco.
In collaboration with TAG Aircraft Interiors, Italian design house Gianni Versace of Milan continues to move into the business aviation cabin. The two companies joined forces in April last year and at the NBAA Convention that year introduced a prototype executive seat.
An STC for after-production installation of the auxiliary fuel tanks for the Boeing Business Jet 2 is expected this month, about three months later than originally planned. PATS of Columbia, Md., is doing the aux tank installation in addition to BBJ2 winglet installations at its Georgetown, Del. facility.
When Peter Campbell was managing the interior completion of a BBJ2 for a client, he became concerned about the expensive blended wood flooring and leather paneling inside the main cabin door. So he made a sketch of an awning attached to the top of the BBJ’s door and presented it to Lufthansa Technik Completion Center designers in Hamburg, Germany.