Bombardier Aerospace is conducting a Learjet 60XR demo tour this week in Poland. The tour, which started yesterday, is being done in conjunction with Polish-based charter firm Blue Jet, with stops for private viewings planned in Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan and Gdansk, as well as a media viewing during the Warsaw leg. “This is an exciting tour for Bombardier and Blue Jet,” said Bombardier Business Jets vice president of sales for Russia, CIS, Central/Eastern Europe, China, Asia-Pacific and Australia.
Bombardier Aerospace will open a company-owned and -operated service center in Singapore next year. “Singapore has the advantage of being a strategic location; it is more central in the Asia Pacific region than Hong Kong. Also in its favor, it has a skilled workforce in place and there is a longstanding aerospace presence at Seletar Airport,” a spokesman for Bombardier told AIN.
Bombardier Aerospace selected Phoenix-based Aviation Performance Solutions to provide live upset recovery training as part of its Leading Edge Program offered to Learjet, Challenger and Global customers. Like its Safety Standdowns, “The Bombardier Leading Edge program promotes knowledge and skills-based training along with each individual pilot’s discipline and responsibility as essential elements of aviation professionalism and safety,” said Capt. Rick Rowe, manager of Safety Standdown programs at Bombardier.
Bombardier Aerospace last month named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011.
Bombardier president and COO Guy Hachey served as interim president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft following Scott’s retirement. “Mike comes to us with a brilliant track record throughout his 30-year career in the automotive industry,” said Hachey. “He brings a unique background of international experience to our team.”
Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets celebrated the rollout of the fractional provider’s first Global-series jet today, in this case a Global 6000 (neé XRS). Last March, NetJets placed an order for 50 Globals worth $2.8 billion, as well as options for an additional 70, breaking the fractional provider’s tradition of buying only Gulfstreams for its large-cabin jet fleets.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 163 business jets during the 11-month fiscal year that ended December 31, compared with 155 shipped during the 12-month Fiscal Year 2010. (FY2011 was only 11 months because Bombardier’s board of directors voted to change the financial year-end from January 31 to December 31, effective Dec. 31, 2011.)
Bombardier Aerospace named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective February 1. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011, after citing family responsibilities. However, Scott had drawn some criticism from the likes of Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy for slow sales of the new C Series narrowbody.
There hasn’t been a good year for business aviation since 2008, and despite hopes of an industry recovery, it appears 2012 won’t be the next one.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Bombardier Aerospace have signed a multiyear agreement building upon a 2010 Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement, which covers research, development and testing in areas of interest to both organizations, details both fee-for-service and collaborative research projects.
In a ceremony attended by Canada’s Prime Minister, the City of Peterborough, Ontario, announced the conclusion of a C$28.6 million upgrade project to Peterborough Airport. The project, funded by national, provincial and city grants, has increased the airport’s runway length from 5,000 to 7,000 feet and created a new aviation industrial park with new areas for aircraft fueling and maintenance.