Quest Aircraft named Samuel Hill as its new CEO, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based turboprop manufacturer announced today. Hill has more than 40 years of aviation experience, most recently with Honda Aircraft, from which he retired earlier this year. Before joining Honda, he spent 10 years with Embraer Aircraft in key leadership positions, including president and vice chairman, and was responsible for starting Embraer’s corporate aircraft division. Dave Vander Griend, who had been serving as Quest’s interim CEO since mid-2011, will continue in his role as chairman of the board.
Embraer’s Legacy 600/650 program reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the 200th Legacy business jet, in this case a Legacy 650 that was handed over to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing last week at Embraer’s headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. This aircraft, one of the 13 Legacy 650s that Minsheng ordered last October, will be used by an undisclosed Chinese customer. Minsheng also has an outstanding order for three Embraer Lineage 1000 bizliners.
Statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reveal that business aircraft deliveries did not show much evidence of resurgence during the third quarter. While the industry overall recorded a 4.2-percent increase, the business jet landscape remained virtually flat, with the OEMs reporting deliveries of 428 private jets through the first nine months of the year, just one more than they did during the same period last year. In the third quarter, airframers handed over 134 jets, a decrease from the 171 delivered in the second quarter of the year.
Embraer broke ground for a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center in Melbourne, Fla., yesterday, marking further expansion of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s footprint at this U.S. location. The new building, which is expected to open in mid-2014 and house 200 employees by 2017, will join Embraer’s Phenom assembly facility and executive jet customer service center at the Florida campus.
Embraer’s composites factory in Évora, Portugal, has completed its first shipset–a mostly composite empennage for the Legacy 500 midsize twinjet. The component has been shipped to the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, Embraer announced today.
International Water-Guard (IWG) has announced a supplemental type certificate from Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority for installation of its IWG-A4 potable water treatment unit on the Embraer Legacy 600 and Legacy 650.
Embraer’s Legacy 500 program is gathering pace as the new midsize business jet is prepared for its maiden flight.
Embraer Executive Jets is expanding its Melbourne, Fla. campus. Already home to a Phenom 100 and 300 assembly plant and a state-of-the-art customer center, Embraer has begun construction on a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center announced earlier this year.
Embraer is bringing interior development and modification for its full line of corporate jets in-house. That’s the word from Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The company previously contracted with BMW Designworks USA for the interior cabin design on its Phenom and Legacy jets. Embraer’s new customer center and its under-construction engineering and technical center, both at its Melbourne, Fla. campus, will be the epicenter of the new effort.
While Embraer’s third-quarter numbers, released yesterday, showed “its best gross margin in several years,” the company’s 13 executive jet deliveries were the same as in the first quarter and seven below the second quarter. Deliveries in the third quarter–11 light jets and two large jets–were also five below those logged in the third quarter last year. Embraer expects deliveries in the fourth quarter to show a substantial jump, typical of industry as a whole in the final period of the year.