Very light jets

August 23, 2012 - 1:25pm

Executive AirShare introduced two new programs today – Launch and Launch Premium–for business jet users “seeking cost-effective alternatives to full ownership.” Both programs are based on a lease structure, according to the company.

August 2, 2012 - 5:10am
ConnectJets managing director Gabriella Somerville

UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.

July 4, 2012 - 2:15am

The AeroNimbus NMX is another entry in the very light jet market, from a Malaysian company that hopes to begin delivering a new jet in the first quarter of 2016. What makes the NMX different from established VLJs such as the Cessna Mustang or Embraer Phenom 100 is its multirole cabin, which can be switched from six-occupant seating in the business version to seven occupants for air-taxi or five plus patient in medevac configuration.

July 1, 2012 - 5:40am
The Eclipse production team mated the forward keel assembly to the fuselage for the first Eclipse 550 during a dealer and sales conference at the company’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters on May 31. The airplane will be delivered next year.

Sales professionals from more than 30 countries who attended the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference on May 31 may have noticed a not-so-subtle change to the buildings that house Eclipse Aerospace at the Albuquerque, N.M. International Sunport. Before the meeting, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland arranged for bucket loads of blue paint to be delivered to the company’s facilities, and painters quickly erased the bright orange that had been the hallmark of the old Eclipse Aviation and dabbed on the blue that is the color of Eclipse Aerospace.

June 28, 2012 - 2:05pm

Embraer’s Phenom 300 received Transport Canada type certification earlier this week. The Phenom 300, which received its initial certification by U.S. and Brazilian aviation authorities in late 2009, is now approved in more than 40 countries.

June 21, 2012 - 3:56pm

On Monday, the FAA presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Embraer has delivered five U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s since the first one came off the line in December. In total, the company plans to deliver 23 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s this year. Embraer will also start production of Phenom 300s in August at the Melbourne facility, with 38 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s and 15 Phenom 300s expected next year.

June 20, 2012 - 12:25pm
(L-R): Mack Riley, manager of the FAA’s Orlando manufacturing inspection district office, hands the production certificate for Embraer’s Melbourne Phenom 100 assembly line to Phil Krull, managing director of Melbourne production, during ceremonies on June 18

The FAA has presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Previously, Phenom jets assembled in Melbourne were certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.

June 5, 2012 - 4:50pm

Eclipse Aerospace launched production of the Model 550 twin-engine very light jet on Friday in conjunction with its first international Eclipse dealer and sales conference, which was attended by dealers from more than 30 countries. During the meeting at Eclipse’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters, technicians mated the forward keel to the fuselage of 550 Serial Number 1001, which will be delivered to a customer next year.

June 3, 2012 - 3:35am

Despite a halt in production of nearly four years and the bankruptcy of its original developer, the fleet of Eclipse very light jets could soon grow again after Eclipse Aerospace was awarded a production certificate from the FAA.

May 17, 2012 - 1:59pm
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino

The HondaJet fuselage displayed this week at EBACE was a production article with the production interior and cockpit. Some changes are evident in the fuselage, notably the removal of flip-down displays above each passenger seat.

 
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