On the eve of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai, China, Embraer held a ceremony to celebrate the recent handover of a Legacy 650 to company brand ambassador and actor Jackie Chan, announced the delivery of Minsheng Financial Leasing’s first Legacy 650 and revealed its 10-year forecast for China. AIN sat down with Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards at ABACE to get more details.
The 2012 Embraer Legacy 650 will make its debut next week at the third International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation (India Aviation) next week at Hyderabad Begumpet Airport. The updated business jet features refinements to its interior, an upgraded cabin management system and increased efficiency. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer will also have a Phenom 100 and 300 on static display at the Indian show.
The FAA has issued what could be an expensive tail-boom inspection airworthiness directive for the more than 100 Eurocopter EC130B4s in service in the U.S., most of them with air-tour operators. The AD mandates inspections for cracks in the region where the tail boom meets the fenestron assembly. If cracks are found the boom must be replaced at an estimated cost of $64,250 per helicopter.
Auburn University has selected Southeast Aerospace, of Melbourne, Fla., to develop an ADS-B STC for the Cessna 172S, which will also include an approved model list (AML) STC for ADS-B installations in a variety of similar aircraft models. The Auburn installation includes FreeFlight’s Rangr ADS-B out system, which is a 978 MHz UAT (universal access transceiver) solution. The system includes the FreeFlight FDL-978-TX Rangr UAT, TC-987 control head, RF decoder, 1201 GPS/Waas receiver, two L-band antennas and a GPS/Waas antenna.
In an informal reader poll conducted on AINonline, readers chose Jack Pelton, the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft, by a margin of 46 percent (89 votes) to be the next FAA Administrator.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a type certificate for Embraer’s Legacy 650, allowing owners to register the jet in China. Orders for Legacy 650s during 2011 include 13 for Minsheng Financial Leasing and one for movie star Jackie Chan.
Days before the 2011 Dubai Air Show opens, the Middle East Business Aviation Association held a high-level roundtable in Dubai to talk about business aviation operational challenges in the Middle East. At the event, AIN caught up with MEBAA founding chairman Ali Al Naqbi, who highlighted the need for more business aviation infrastructure in the region.
The Coalition to Save Our GPS sent a letter today to the FCC asking the agency to “promptly rule” that LightSquared be barred from using the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations.
The ERA assembly in Rome in September proved a high-profile event for Air Nostrum, as the Spanish airline won the ERA Airline of the Year gold award, and Carlos Bertomeu, the airline’s president and CEO, won reelection as vice president of the ERA board.
Tomorrow is press day at the NBAA Convention, which opens on Monday in Las Vegas, and there are a staggering 22 press conferences scheduled bewteen 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.