Eclipse Aviation, of Albuquer-que, New Mexico, said it has overcome the supplier problem, revealed in December, that was blamed for delaying FAA certification by three months from late March to late June. A spokesman told AIN last month that the revised June approval estimate is “looking good.” Icing certification is planned for September.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer left no doubt that it plans to become a major player in the business aviation market over the next decade.
Eclipse Aviation has begun building a service center at Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport, Fla., for its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet. The 61,000-sq-ft-facility, scheduled to open early next year, will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including work on the aircraft’s P&WC PW610F engine. The Eclipse 500 is scheduled for certification before the end of next month.
Air-limo startup DayJet of Delray Beach, Fla., late last month revealed its launch region–the Southeast–and said it would start on-demand, per-seat operations with Eclipse 500 VLJs in November. DayJet president and CEO Ed Iacobucci said the service will initially be among five airports in Florida–which will be announced next month–and then spread to 20 airports throughout the region by the end of next year.
The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) vision of providing safe, reliable and affordable air transportation for every community in America will move a step closer to reality later this year when DayJet begins per-seat on-demand operations in Florida.
It is testament to both the rising stature of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the audacious ambition of Embraer that the Brazilian airframer chose the Geneva show as the venue for its surprise launch of the new Lineage 1000 very large-cabin business jet. There was a time when the annual U.S.
As the industry prepares for very light jets (VLJs) to live up to their billing to transform personal transportation, air-taxi and charter operations, members of the Aviation Insurance Association recently gathered for their annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, to consider risk exposure implications and market opportunities if the VLJ phenomenon turns its promoters’ rosiest visions into reality.
HighTech Finishing announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that last year was its best 12 months since 2001. The Houston company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft fittings, attributes the strong 2005 performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in interior refurbishment.
The very light jets (VLJs) are coming. Smaller than what have thus far been regarded as entry-level business jets, most VLJs offer a passenger capacity of about six, a range of a little more than 1,000 nm, cruise speed of about 350 knots, and price tags ranging from about $1.3 million to a shade more than $2.25 million.
Very light jet air-taxi hopeful Pogo will likely “not launch operations before 2009,” according to company CEO and former American Airlines boss Robert Crandall. Initially, Pogo was planning to get a VLJ operation off the ground this year with Adam A700s.