A super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours 40 minutes. The G280, which is expected to be certified in the third quarter, took off from Paris Le Bourget Airport on May 17 and flew nonstop to Westchester County Airport in White Plains at an average speed of Mach 0.80 against an average 32-knot headwind. Piloting the G280 were Gulfstream mid-cabin chief pilot Brett Rundle, mid-cabin senior international captain Chip Leonard and senior production test pilot Butch Allen.
After almost a decade of controversy, four years since the first complaint was filed and several postponements of the actual trial, the Bobigny Criminal Court (a French court near Paris Le Bourget Airport) decided on Tuesday to acquit NetJets Management Ltd and NetJets Transportes Aéreos (two companies trading as NetJets Europe) in a case where they were accused of employment practices contrary to French law. All civil plaintiffs’ claims were rejected.
The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed here at Paris Le Bourget Airport yesterday at 5:35 p.m., after completing the first transatlantic flight of a commercial airliner powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation biofuel.
Paris Le Bourget Airport is pressing ahead with the second phase of its 20-year modernization and development plan, having had to delay it two years ago in response to the financial crisis. The first phase of the program was completed in 2009, and this improved several key buildings and provided better access.
The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental flew into a blustery Le Bourget Airport Sunday morning, fittingly marking its international airshow debut in its distinctive reddish-orange Sunrise livery.
ExecuJet Aviation (Stand 242) has added three Spanish FBOs at Gerona, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca to its ground-handling portfolio. “ExecuJet has chosen to expand into Spain as we view it as an area of economic opportunity,” said the group’s managing director for Europe, Cedric Migeon. By growing our FBO bases now we are well positioned for when the Spanish economy begins to rebound.
Eurocopter has unveiled plans for a new rotor-blade factory in Dugny, near Paris Le Bourget Airport, to open in 2014. When the new facility is up and running, the 800 employees at the existing blade production lines in neighboring La Courneuve will move to Dugny, where they will be joined by some research engineers who will relocate from EADS Innovation Works’ offices in Suresnes (west of Paris).
ExecuJet Europe and France’s Ad- vanced Air Support (AAS) launched their new joint-venture FBO at Paris Le Bourget on October 7. AAS is part of France’s Jet Services Group, which has invested almost $1.4 million in the facility that it acquired when it bought Aero Services Handling last year. Now it is set to invest up to another $13 million to upgrade the group’s maintenance operation at Le Bourget, and also to add two more hangars.
Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Paris show will be as successful as its 2009 edition in terms of the number of exhibitors and country delegations expected. “Le Bourget and Farnborough are crucial for our profession; the industry needs us both,” he said.
France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).