The slump in annual business jet deliveries that started three years ago will bottom out this year at about 470 shipments and begin a gradual increase to more than 820 in 2010, according to the 14th annual business jet overview and forecast from the Teal Group.
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The company that has given satcom service providers the most competition in the phone and Internet arena will now compete in the market for airborne flight-information services, too.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics.
Comp Air continues to fly the Comp Air 12 proof-of-concept prototype while the company works with “potential investor groups and experienced engineering and production resource teams to execute the 36-month certification and production startup.” The large single-engine turboprop, powered by a 1,650-shp Honeywell TPE331-14GR, has undergone systems and handling characteristics tests and performance validations, according to Comp Air CEO Ron Luec
For those who gaze into crystal balls and analyze the business jet market, there are heady days in store, according to recent industry prognostications. Honeywell Aerospace’s 21st annual business aviation market forecast predicts the industry can expect short-term record growth and delivery of more than 14,000 new business jets by 2017–numbers that reflect even more optimism than those the company released last year.
Two weeks ago Honeywell opened a $35 million advanced aerospace systems integration laboratory designed to make next-generation aircraft, including medium and large business jets, more efficient. The unique 100,000-sq-ft facility is located in Mexicali, Mexico, and initially will employ 300 people, said Bob Smith, Honeywell vice president for advanced technology.
Making good on its promise made last year at the NBAA Convention in Orlando when it announced the program, Pilatus Business Aircraft will today present a real Next Generation PC-12 here in Atlanta. The aircraft on display, N47NG, is the second Next Generation PC-12 in the flight test program, which began on October 5 last year when the prototype, HB-FPT, made its first flight.
Honeywell Aerospace has selected Belgian avionics display specialist Barco to supply LCD multifunction cockpit displays as upgrades for CRT-based display units used with legacy Sperry/Honeywell Primus 1000, 2000, 2000XP, SPZ-8400, 8500 and 8000 avionics systems.
Honeywell Aerospace’s 21st annual business aviation market forecast released yesterday predicts short-term record growth and deliveries of more than 14,000 new business jets (not including very light jets) between now and 2017.