The Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75, updated variants of the Learjet 40 and 45 with a Garmin G5000 avionics suit, received type certification from the EASA on Friday, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said. This clears the way for EASA-registered customers to start taking delivery of the new aircraft. “Since their entry-into-service in December, the Learjet 70 and 75 have received strong interest from our customers,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Eric Martel.
Ralph Acs, who led the Learjet 85 program in his role as vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet, left the company last week as part of the Canadian airframer’s current corporate restructuring plan. A company spokeswoman confirmed that responsibility for its Wichita site as well as for the Learjet 70/75 programs had transferred in March to David Murray, who was previously the company’s vice president of operations for the Global 5000/6000 programs in Montreal.
Manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half business jet deliveries year over year, with 318 handed over during the first six months of this year, according to statistics released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Much of this increase was fueled by Cessna, which delivered 71 jets in the first half of the year, a 36.5-percent rise over the same period last year. Though the company saw decreases in most of its other models, its totals were buoyed by recent certifications of the Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+.
Bombardier is making a strong appearance at the LABACE show with four of its aircraft in the static display at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, spanning the entire gamut of the private jet market.
Bombardier Aerospace today reported second-quarter revenues of $2.5 billion, up from $2.3 billion a year ago, thanks to “higher deliveries of regional airliners but offset by lower business jet shipments due to the Challenger 350 transition,” noted Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin. The division reported a pre-tax profit of $141 million in the quarter, some $3 million more than in the same period last year.
Raisbeck Engineering received FAA STC approval on Friday for its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck-authorized dealer locations. Final certification flights were completed in March. Development of the aft fuselage locker–which weighs 276 pounds and adds 28 cu ft of storage space–began in June 2008, with the confirmation of technical cooperation between Raisbeck and Bombardier Learjet. The program involved the addition of a fire-proof shell and a fire-detection system.
Landmark Aviation continues to expand its managed fleet, with the addition of seven more jets to its aircraft management division. As a result of three acquisitions earlier this year, the company more than doubled the size of its fleet, making it the second largest business aircraft manager in the U.S., behind only Executive Jet Management.
The FAA is investigating an incident last week in which a chartered Learjet 60 left the runway while landing at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho. After rolling for approximately 1,000 feet along the milled asphalt shoulder and packed dirt next to the 7,500-foot runway, the jet regained the runway and came to a stop, destroying two runway lights in the process. There was minor damage to the aircraft, which was able to taxi under its own power; no injuries to passengers or crew were reported.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China has moved into a new maintenance facility on the west side of Tianjin Binhai International Airport, China. The facility, which was recently audited by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, offers a new 62,400-sq-ft building with 29,000 sq ft of hangar space, as well as 71,000 sq ft of dedicated apron.
Market activity in the first quarter saw inventory hold steady at multi-year lows, with an equal number of aircraft coming onto and leaving the market. Buying activity generally accelerates in the spring quarter, and this year’s set-up seems to be no exception, with brokers reporting brisk sales action. Despite the tightening there’s quite a bit of head scratching about why prices haven’t reacted more positively.
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