Embraer plans to appoint five more European authorized service centers (ASCs) for the new Phenom 100 very light jet. The region’s market is “very dynamic and changing quickly,” said Antonio Martini, the Brazilian airframer’s vice president for executive jet customer support and services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Very light jet
The economic downturn brought a much needed reality check to parts of the business aviation industry that were becoming seriously unsustainable, according to ExecuJet Aviation CEO Niall Olver.
Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Innovative Solutions and Support (IS&S) has added electronic chart and XM satellite weather display to the avionics upgrade it provides for the Eclipse 500. The company signed a contract with Eclipse Aerospace late last month to add the upgrade following FAA STC and TSO approvals.
Before Eclipse Aviation declared bankruptcy and ended production of the Eclipse 500 in late 2008, the company manufactured about 260 of the very light twinjets.
Of these, some 30 were equipped with Avio NG avionics. At press time, seven aircraft had been upgraded for full flight-into-known-icing (FIKI) and Avio NG 1.5 avionics. It’s fair to assume that eventually all of the remaining “NG airplanes” will be upgraded.
Embraer is looking back at a relatively successful 2009. The Brazilian manufacturer delivered a total of 244 airplanes, two more than its goal for the year, and 115 of them were business jets, 79 more than were delivered in 2008.
Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator Linear Air and High Performance Aircraft Training (HPAT) yesterday announced that they have partnered to provide Eclipse 500 pilot training under Linear Air’s FAA-approved Eclipse training program. Linear Air will continue to offer pilot training at its facility at Hanscom Airport in Bedford, Mass., either in an owner/operator’s airplane or in one of Linear Air’s.
The UK’s Oxford Airport has been granted customs-designated status, allowing it to be used as a point of entry for operators importing aircraft into the European Union. The new designation was first used for the recent delivery of a second Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet to new air taxi firm FlairJet, which is based at the airport.
Research firm Frost & Sullivan said recently that the Middle East is one of the few world regions where the business jet market has registered growth, adding that the air-taxi segment is expected to be a major driver for this market. According to the company’s data, the Middle East logged 93,000 business jet movements in 2008, and that number was projected to reach 103,000 last year.
JPMorgan Global Equity Research yesterday issued its December Business Jet Monthly report, which notes that November’s used business jet inventory saw a modest decline, marking the fourth consecutive month of shrinkage in the number of active aircraft available for sale. The midsize class saw the biggest inventory decrease, while the number of available light jets remained relatively unchanged from the previous month.