On Monday December 5, Embraer delivered the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 light jet from its new Phenom final assembly facility at the Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport to Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare. This milestone airplane marked the 18th Phenom jet to enter the fractional provider’s fleet.
Very light jets
Shortly after Piper Aircraft posted billboards in Wichita advertising for engineers, the company suspended further development of the single-engine PiperJet Altaire, “following a review to align the company’s business goals with the light jet market outlook, investment strategies and overall economic forecasts.”
President Obama signed a $12.5 billion transportation, housing and urban development appropriations bill on Friday containing language that reinstated the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) through at least Fiscal Year 2012 (Sept. 30, 2012).
Embraer has named Constant Aviation’s Birmingham, Ala. facility an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. The facility will be allowed to provide complete maintenance and avionics services as well as modifications, composite repairs and work required by Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on the Phenom series.
Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of London, Ontario, signed an agreement yesterday at the Dubai Air Show for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond. The agreement does not affect Diamond Aircraft Gmbh in Austria.
NBAA is praising the Senate for passing an appropriations bill containing language that would reinstate the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. The FAA dismantled the aircraft tail-number blocking privacy program in August. H.R.2112 was passed on Tuesday by a 69 to 30 vote.
Eclipse Aerospace announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it is resuming new-build production of its iconic very light twinjet, newly dubbed the Eclipse 550. At the show, Eclipse began taking orders for the new jet, which sells for $2.695 million (2011 $). The company expects to produce 50 to 100 Eclipse 550s per year once production resumes in 2013.
Piper Aircraft “indefinitely suspended” the PiperJet Altaire today, just one week after announcing that the single-engine jet program was put “under review.” The Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer also announced that it will lay off 150 of its 850 employees and 55 contract workers due to the program’s cancellation.
Piper Aircraft announced yesterday that it has placed the PiperJet Altaire program “under review,” clouding the single-engine jet’s future. It also named Simon Caldecott as its interim president and CEO, making him the fifth person to hold the position since Imprimis Brunei acquired the Vero Beach, Fla.
Last month, business aircraft flight activity in the U.S. rolled back slightly from a year ago, decreasing 1.3 percent, according to recently released TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Part 91 operations remained in positive territory, with a year-over-year increase of 2 percent, but fractional flying led the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent.