AIN readers again chose Gulfstream’s large-cabin jets as tops in business jet aftermarket service for newer and older aircraft combined, with an 8.3 overall average. In the 2013 Product Support Survey, Embraer took second place with a rating of 8.2, followed by Bombardier Learjet at 7.9, leapfrogging Cessna, which fell to fourth place this year with an average score of 7.8.
Gulfstream, Mitsubishi top survey results again
Gulfstream, the longtime leader in the AIN Product Support Survey, scored higher this year with an overall average 8.3 rating for its large-cabin jets (newer and older aircraft), although after a large jump last year, Embraer is creeping even closer to the top spot, up 0.1 to 8.2 from last year’s 8.1.
Second-quarter 2013 earnings are likely to bring few signs of recovery for aviation, according to the July Business Jet Monthly report from analyst J.P.Morgan, which highlighted several manufacturers.
The report predicts that demand for smaller Cessna Citations will remain depressed but “We will look for more color on the Sovereign and XLS, key midsize offerings.”
Brazilian aviation services provider Lìder Aviação is the new “exclusive representative” in Brazil for Bombardier Aerospace. Lìder, based in Belo Horizonte, will be responsible for sales of the Canadian OEM’s Globals, Challengers and Learjets. The two companies have a long history together. Lìder was the company that introduced the Learjet in Brazil in 1968. It is also the Brazilian representative of U.S.-based Beechcraft for the company’s turboprop and piston aircraft.
In its description of a new rule outlining the upcoming ban on jets that don’t meet Stage 2 noise standards, the FAA incorrectly stated that hushkits are available only for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs.
Duncan Aviation has entered into an agreement with Safran Power UK & Safran Power USA, naming the MRO the exclusive worldwide distributor of Safran Power UK and Safran Power USA’s replacement starter generator specifically designed for the Learjet 60. Duncan Aviation will house unit inventories on site at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is ready to send shipments worldwide. According to Duncan Aviation, the Learjet 60 starter generator is a direct STC replacement that is “more reliable and simple to install with no required aircraft modification.”
Butler National is nearing completion of an STC for a Learjet 20-series Stage 3 noise suppression device. The aircraft is subject to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which includes provisions that ban its operation in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015 for not meeting current FAA Stage 3 noise level requirements. Installation of the Avcon Noise Suppressor should allow continued use of the airplanes in 2016 and beyond.Butler projects installations of the Avcon Noise Suppressor STC will begin this fall.
Bombardier business jet operators in Europe will soon have access to a broader range of services through Bombardier’s service center at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport. Bombardier will add engine services, interior refurbishment and aircraft cleaning and detailing services to its line and heavy maintenance offerings for Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
The FAA issued a final rule today that prohibits jets with an mtow of 75,000 pounds or less from operating in the contiguous U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015, unless they meet Stage 3 noise levels. To take effect on September 3, the rule could affect up to 599 civil jets, though any of these aircraft that are hushkitted or otherwise modified to meet Stage 3 standards will be permitted to operate in the U.S. in 2016 and beyond.
Avcon is “nearing completion” of its STC project for a Learjet 20-series Stage 3 noise suppression device. Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, aircraft that do not meet Stage 3 noise level requirements–a category that includes unmodified 20-series Learjets–cannot be operated in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015. Installation of the Avcon noise suppressor on 20-series Learjets should allow continued use of the CJ610 turbojet-powered airplanes beyond that date, the company said. Installations of the STC’d suppressors are expected to begin in the fall.