Boeing says it has finished installing a battery system modification on the first 50 delivered 787 Dreamliners that were grounded pending the retrofit. Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing, made the announcement in a blog post on May 29, reporting that all eight current 787 operators expect to return their Dreamliners to service within days and “we can’t thank all of them enough for their patience, partnership and support” during the grounding of more than three months.
Civil Aviation Administration of China
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved both an RNP approach to an ILS and an RNP AR (authorization required) approach for Zhangjiajie Airport (ZDGY) in southeastern China to help increase its capacity. Surrounded by rugged mountainous terrain, the airport sits in the middle of what the country’s Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso) calls “complex airspace that limits operations at peak hours for both inbound and outbound traffic.”
During a ceremony at ABACE 2013 yesterday, Beijing General Aviation Industry Base Investment Holding Co. (BGA) signed a contract for delivery of two Quest Kodiaks, with options for four additional aircraft, from Blue Eagle Aviation Investment Co. of Beijing, the exclusive distributor in China for the turboprop single. These Kodiaks–the first to handed over to a customer in China–will be based at Badalin Airport, near Beijing, and initially used for emergency disaster assistance, said Liu Mingde, BGA’s director of sales.
Beijing-based Blue Eagle Aviation Investment jumpstarted the ABACE 2013 sales action with an order from Beijing General Aviation (BGA) for the first Quest Kodiak turboprop singles to be delivered in China. BGA has placed an order for two Kodiaks, with options for four more. The first aircraft will be delivered following its certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), expected this summer, with the second delivery to follow about six months later. Blue Eagle is the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Beijing-based Blue Eagle Aviation Investment jumpstarted the ABACE 2013 sales action with an order from Beijing General Aviation (BGA) for the first Quest Kodiak single-turboprop utility aircraft to be delivered in China.
The Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC), which is hosting ABACE this week here at Hongqiao International Airport, has made a lot of progress since the 2012 show. According to general manager Carey Matthews, the amount of traffic it has received since 2009 has grown by as much as 12 percent each year. This trend has continued so far in 2013 and by year-end the facility expects to have exceeded 4,000 movements for the first time in its history.
Gulfstream Aerospace has been making major investments of its own to boost customer support in China. In November 2012 the U.S. manufacturer opened the country’s first factory-owned business jet service center at Beijing Capital International Airport.
With the rapid development of China’s economy, business aviation is viewed by many in the country as a so-called “Blue Ocean industry” with vast potential. As estimated by Embraer in its last market forecast, by 2020 China may represent a market for as many as 635 business jets. Bombardier is even more optimistic, projecting a need for almost 1,000 more business jets in the coming decade.
Soloy Aviation Solutions (Booth No. N3230) announced here at Heli-Expo that its efforts to sell Honeywell engine conversion kits for Chinese-registered Eurocopter AS350B2s have gotten the green light from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). CAAC issued a validation STC for the modification approving the replacement of the helicopter’s standard Turbomeca engine with the Honeywell LTS101-700D-2. The approval will allow Olympia, Wash.-based Soloy to proceed with negotiations to sell multiple conversion kits to owners of any Chinese-registered AS350B2.
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours reports that since the ABACE 2012 show it has delivered four Bombardier Challenger 850s to Asia and has another five Challenger 850s in the pipeline, with completion and delivery to China planned within the next 12 months. In addition, the company has completed two major Global Express refurbishments for Chinese-based clients in the last year. By year-end, Flying Colours will have delivered a total of 15 Challenger 850s to China.