Stating that he believes the worst years of the global economic downturn are behind us, EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba welcomed the audience to the opening session kicking off EBACE 2014 yesterday morning with “confidence that 2014 is going to be, if not a defining moment, certainly a positive and exciting one.” He cited this year’s total of 499 exhibitors, an amount which is up 8 percent over last year’s tally, along with a 4 percent rise in occupied exhibit space.
Having taken over the European Hawker Beechcraft MRO business last year, Marshall Aviation Services (MAS) has completed its first King Air flightdeck upgrade, employing the Garmin G1000 avionics system. The King Air 300 modified for a European operator is the first aircraft in the EMEA region to feature this major upgrade.
Legendary aircraft designer Ed Swearingen died on Thursday at age 88, on the eve of the resumption of production of his persistent light jet–the SJ30–by current program owner SyberJet. It was 1986 when he unveiled the small, single-pilot jet powered by a new breed of turbofan engine by Williams International that would propel the airplane swiftly and far, with performance that outstripped most business jets of the era.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace announced the availability of web-based chart and navigation subscription updates from Jeppesen. The downloadable data stream replaces physical update disks shipped to the company’s E-Chart subscribers. It also allows pilots of Eclipse 550s and 500 Total Eclipses to import flight data directly into the Avio IFMS, thus eliminating a potential error point with manual data entry. The web-based charts are available to current E-Chart subscribers through Jeppesen’s website.
Nextant Aerospace comes to EBACE with its “as-new” 400XTi remanufactured business jet to promote the aircraft and to highlight developments with its next product, the G90XT. Based on the Hawker Beechjet 400A/XP, the 400XTi is a zero-lifed machine that has been remanufactured with new engines, avionics, cabin and aerodynamic improvements to match or exceed its new-build competitors in terms of performance and cabin comfort, yet at around half the price.
Garmin (Booth 6055) has released European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams as part of the European FliteCharts database. The electronic offer includes the geo-referencing feature, which overlays the aircraft position onto the map. For the initial release, European FliteCharts cover Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.
AIN had the opportunity to fly in Embraer’s Legacy 500 test aircraft (serial number 4) on April 8 at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The first-ever press flight in the type had to be granted special authorization from the Brazilian aviation authority ANAC as it previously was restricted to Embraer’s flight-test team.
Today marks the official launch of aircraft purchase agreements for the Pilatus PC-24 twinjet, which was unveiled at EBACE 2013 on May 21 last year. The company is officially signing agreements with launch customers here at its EBACE display, where visitors can get a taste of the PC-24’s interior in the full-scale mockup of the new jet. The $8.9 million (2017 economic terms) PC-24 will offer a new category to the business aviation market, according to Pilatus, which labels the PC-24 as a “super versatile jet.”
The International Civil Aviation Organization on May 14 agreed to work toward tracking airline flights, no matter their global location or destination. The specially convened ICAO meeting in Montreal on May 13 and 14 also established a framework for medium- and long-term future tracking efforts.
Tinton Falls, New Jersey-based Amstat (Booth 4238), which provides market research about business aircraft to the aviation sales and marketing community, is here at EBACE showing the latest version of its Amstat Premier Online and new Connect Online service, in addition to its existing Amstat StatPak and Premier Mobile.
Both Premier Online and Connect Online are the result of “an extensive, ground-up rethink of how a business aircraft research service should work,” according to the U.S.-based company.