While the business aviation industry remains healthy and forecasts predict continued growth, the established OEMs announced only incremental product upgrades at the NBAA Convention last month. In all, manufacturers unveiled six derivative business airplanes: the Airbus A318 Elite; Bombardier Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR; Cessna Encore+; Dassault Falcon 2000DX; and Raytheon Hawker 850XP.
Under an agreement signed last month with Swiss International Air Lines and airport authorities, Jet Aviation Basel has moved into the Crossair hangar in Basel. The 53,000-sq-ft hangar brings the company’s total hangar space to 215,000 sq ft.
Jet Aviation’s new facility in Dubai is now operating as the first full-service FBO in the United Arab Emirates. The Swiss group’s maintenance center opened at Dubai International Airport in May, and since then the operation has been approved to provide in-house customs, as well as immigration and security clearance.
Raytheon Aircraft brought a completed Hawker Horizon to Geneva for the first time. Full FAA certification of the super-midsize jet is expected by the end of this summer and EASA approval next year. The Wichita OEM has firm orders for 32 Horizons, and a soon-to-be-finalized firm order from NetJets for 30 aircraft and options on another 20.
Steven Hill will become president of Boeing Business Jets, replacing Lee Monson, who becomes v-p of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Hill was formerly business director of Boeing Aircraft Trading. Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture with General Electric. Since the company’s launch in July 1996, Boeing Business Jets said it has received orders for nearly 90 BBJs, and there are more than 75 in service.
On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its maiden flight. The first -900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced (though not for the first time) that it plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative, but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention later this month.
Officials from Rockwell Collins, Max-Viz, NASA’s Langley Research Center, the FAA and other organizations in late June conducted the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics aboard an FAA Boeing 727.
Gulfstream GIV, Newark, N.J., March 16, 2005–The NTSB blamed the ground collision of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and a Gulfstream GIV on the Boeing flightcrew’s misjudged clearance of the parked Gulfstream during taxiing.
Ameco Beijing, located on Beijing Capital International Airport, is offering landing gear service for the Boeing 737 (including the BBJ) and 737NG, 747-200/400 and 767-200/300. The company also offers service on the A320 series, which includes the Airbus Corporate Jetliner.