Increasing demand from wealthy individuals for the Bombardier Skyjet International fixed-rate block charter program has prompted the company to experiment with a new option called Jet Membership Light. This option–which gives customers 25 hours in light jets for $135,000 (€112,500)–is currently available only in Europe.
The upgrade parade that has been a hallmark of recent NBAA Conventions continued to march along pretty much unabated at last month’s show in Orlando, Fla., where no fewer than seven new models made triumphant debut appearances, but only one entirely new airplane bowed in–and it was a very light jet (VLJ) from a start-up company few people had ever heard of before the show.
While the business aviation industry remains healthy and forecasts predict continued growth, the established OEMs announced only incremental product upgrades at the NBAA Convention last month. In all, manufacturers unveiled six derivative business airplanes: the Airbus A318 Elite; Bombardier Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR; Cessna Encore+; Dassault Falcon 2000DX; and Raytheon Hawker 850XP.
Macau, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, has awarded Innotech Aviation MAR-145 maintenance organization status.
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options announced three new buyer-incentive programs. Until December 16, buyers of a three-thirty-second share (75 hours of annual usage) in a new Hawker 400XP will get an extra 25 occupied hours per year (a total of 100 hours) with no additional capital outlay.
At its EBACE press conference, Raytheon Aircraft took the wraps off two improved jets, the Hawker 800XPi and Beechcraft Premier IA. The newly designated models feature upgraded cockpits, redesigned interiors and a compendium of other enhancements that customers have long been asking Raytheon to incorporate into the designs. These improvements come at a cost.
Safe Flight Instrument is working with Raytheon Aircraft to obtain an STC on an autothrottle system for Hawker 800XPs. The White Plains, N.Y. company’s AutoPowersystem for the Hawker 800XP is expected to be ready for delivery early next summer.
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–Amazingly, there were no fatalities when Hawker N879QS, collided with a Schleicher sailplane at 16,000 feet 42 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Cleared to descend from 16,000 to 11,000, the Hawker captain saw something out of the corner of her eye to the left. She then saw the glider filling the windshield. She pushed the yoke down and to the right to try to avoid the glider.
Raytheon Aircraft breaks ground October 3 for a major expansion of its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. The company plans to deliver 156 business jets this year, including the first five Hawker 4000s.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.