While the industry at large has suffered a severe downturn since 2008, very light jets (VLJs) have enjoyed a “secret boom,” according to German aviation consultancy Wingx Advance. The company based its conclusion on Eurocontrol data showing that over the past six months the number of VLJ flight movements in Europe grew by 100 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.
Cessna Citation Mustang
Wijet (pronounce Weejet), a start-up company based at Paris Le Bourget Airport, has begun operations under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) with a Cessna Citation Mustang and is planning to increase the fleet to four by the end of this year. The first commercial flight took place in mid-November, after French civil aviation authorities issued the AOC.
For Europe, the so-called very light jet (VLJ) revolution has turned out to be more a case of evolution in which only the most financially fit seem destined to survive.
Garmin caused the biggest stir at last month’s NBAA Convention by unveiling the G3000 integrated avionics system, a follow-on to the G1000 cockpit that will change the way pilots fly by introducing touchscreen technology for accessing nearly all the functions normally controlled with myriad buttons and dials.
Garmin (Booth No. 2853) yesterday introduced an integrated avionics system for light turbine-powered airplanes called G3000 that sets itself apart by using menu-driven touchscreens for accessing nearly all of the functions that pilots normally control with a myriad of buttons and dials.
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer is a relative newcomer to the business aviation market. Five years ago the company was best known for producing many regional jets and its only business airplane was the Legacy, a corporate version of the ERJ 135.
StandardAero has entered into an agreement with Cessna to support the global Citation Service Center network. Under the agreement, StandardAero will support the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F for the Cessna Mustang and the Rolls-Royce AE3007C/C1 on the Citation X.
Cessna Aircraft last month delivered the 200th Citation Mustang, with the entry-level jet going to Honolulu-based Maritime Air Charters. The firm plans to operate the Mustang as a charter aircraft from its facility in Newnan, Ga., outside Atlanta. Maritime intends to offer to other Mustang owners services such as aircraft management, flight crew service and charter management.
Marshall Business Aviation (Booth No. 1449) has successfully achieved full approval to provide maintenance and modifications on the new Citation Mustang from Cessna Aircraft. The UK group, which has been a Cessna service center for more than 35 years, welcomed its first Mustang into its new 50,000-sq-ft $7.6 million maintenance facility at Cambridge in February. The Mustang is owned by Klyne Air.
The in-development geared turbofan (GTF) has been attracting most of the headlines at engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney lately, and it does indeed promise to make a large leap in powerplant efficiency and environmental friendliness when it enters airline service in 2013.