Bombardier Aerospace announced here that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics suite in the Canadian company’s Learjet 60XR. It received the supplemental type certificate on September 28, which paves the way for Bombardier to begin production. The first group of aircraft is on schedule to enter service in the first quarter of 2007.
By March, Sabreliner Corp. should be generating annual sales of $50 million, thanks to support of Sabreliner and Learjet 30-series business jets, subcontract manufacturing for other manufacturers and its Premier Turbines engine overhaul business.
This year quickly established itself as one of “rebalancing” of used business jet of inventory and aircraft pricing. A string of back-to-back quarters of falling supply and corresponding price increases came to an end, but not before inventories dipped to their lowest levels since 2000.
As recently as four years ago, some observers openly questioned whether Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional ownership operation would still be around in 2006. Today, not only is Flexjet open for business, but it has turned the corner and achieved solid profitability–a milestone accomplishment in the fractional world.
Representatives from Lux Aviation Engineering, the Tucson, Ariz. battery and flight controls maker, are on hand at Booth No. 1079 to acquaint attendees with the company’s capabilities and expertise.
Responding to rapid growth in maintenance and completion activities since the repair station’s formation two years ago, Indianapolis Jet Center (Booth No. 4093) has added a 50,000-sq-ft hangar to its facilities at Indianapolis International Airport.
To reach out and touch the future is the dream, said Bombardier president and COO Pierre Beaudoin. At Bombardier’s static display on Monday, the dream was presented as a reality with the unveiling of full-scale, functional interior mockups of its new Learjet 60XR and its midsize Challenger 300.
Bombardier marked three decades of service and maintenance support in Tucson by signing a 22-year lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority, ensuring continued service at its Tucson Service Center until 2028.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 5574) continues to expand its MRO business internationally a year after the untimely death of its founder, Ray Siegfried II, last October.
Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for around $8.1 million. From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Bombardier Learjet 45s and a British Aerospace HS 125-800 under management contracts for their owners.