Very light jets

December 24, 2013 - 8:55am

Honda Aircraft announced that the FAA issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, a key milestone in the light jet’s certification program. Now that the jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is certified and the TIA issued, Honda Aircraft has finalized the certification timetable for the HondaJet.

December 1, 2013 - 10:38am

When the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter delivery totals on Halloween, it was preparing the industry for some trick or treating.

October 24, 2013 - 2:40pm

Three times is definitely the charm for Denise Wilson, president of Desert Jet (Booth No. C10439). For the third year in a row her company has earned the coveted Flying Safety Award from NBAA for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Just 45 charter companies have ever received this award, out of the 2,000 throughout the U.S. that are eligible each year. NBAA has been rewarding its members for flying safely since 1953.

October 23, 2013 - 8:40pm
Wheels Up and JetSuite

JetSuite has exercised options for 10 more Cessna Citation CJ3s to provide additional capacity for its new partnership with private flight membership program Wheels Up. In a deal confirmed here at the NBAA show, JetSuite agreed to take the first of the 10 additional aircraft on November 22, with one more to join its fleet every 90 days.

October 23, 2013 - 3:33pm

Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers.

October 23, 2013 - 12:30am
With the new light M2, Cessna is targeting Citation Mustang owners who want to move up to something more capable, plus it allows Cessna to compete for buyers who are considering the Embraer Phenom 100 or Honda Aircraft HondaJet, which like the M2 is equipped with Garmin’s G3000 flight deck.

Cessna Aircraft is looking to beat back encroaching entry-level light jet competition with its new M2. But can a nearly 25-year-old fuselage design do the trick? The market is about to find out. The new Citation M2, a refreshed version of the company’s smallest Model 525–the CitationJet–is nearing certification. A demonstration model is on display here on the NBAA static line.

October 22, 2013 - 9:25pm
Eclipse 550 delivery

Eclipse Aerospace (Booth No. C10844) ceremonially delivered the first Eclipse 550 yesterday at NBAA 2013, marking the first aircraft to come off its revived production line since its predecessor company filed for bankruptcy and shut down in 2007. The new twinjet builds upon the “proven and reliable” Eclipse 500, adding more range, upgraded avionics and improved cabin comfort.

October 22, 2013 - 8:53pm

Marking its full return to aircraft production, Eclipse Aerospace delivered the first Eclipse 550 today at the 2013 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas.

October 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimassa Fujino said yesterday at NBAA 2013 that the HondaJet would be certified by the end of 2014, as long as the HF120 engine was certified by the end of this year. Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines, said this timeline is doable–“We have completed all the certification testing on the engine and last week we submitted the final two reports to the FAA. Our confidence is high that we will have the type certificate by the end of this year.”

October 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Eclipse Aerospace ceremonially delivered the first Eclipse 550 today at NBAA 2013, marking the first aircraft to come off its revived production line since its predecessor company filed for bankruptcy and shut down in 2007. The very light jet–S/N 265–will officially be delivered to its customer, Fred Phillips, in the coming weeks after three “minor” STCs are approved by the FAA.

 
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