Among all the factors that influence a buyer’s decision to purchase one business jet over another, brand loyalty is well recognized as one of the strongest. Citation owners, looking to replace or add another steed to their stables, usually buy another Citation. Falcon owners, for the most part, buy another Falcon. And Gulfstream owners generally buy Gulfstreams.
Bombardier Global Express
Messier-Dowty believes that the success of its fully packaged landing gear for Bombardier’s Global Express and Continental and Raytheon’s Hawker Horizon has allowed the system-supplier concept to take root in business aviation. The group has high hopes of being named the landing gear system supplier for both Dassault’s new Falcon FNX program and Raytheon’s Hawker 450.
Flight testing of Gulfstream’s GV-SP is back on pace following a schedule interruption caused by last month’s terrorist attacks. The latest ultra-long-range business jet from Gulfstream Aerospace, the GV-SP made its first flight on August 31, four weeks ahead of schedule and well on the way to an expected certification date late next year.
It looks as though LCD flight displays will be coming to the cockpit of Bombardier’s Global Express sooner than many thought. Honeywell announced that the Canadian business jet builder has selected its DU-875 liquid crystal display upgrade as an aftermarket replacement for the Global’s original Primus 2000XP CRT screens.
Travelers Aviation has increased its aircraft hull coverage limit to $50 million. The new ceiling will allow Travelers to insure larger general aviation aircraft, including jets such as the Gulfstream G550, Falcon 7X and the Bombardier Global Express. Both Travelers Flight Plan Preferred and Travelers Flight Plan Premier policies will now have capacity to insure this new hull limit for eligible accounts.
Zurich-based ExecuJet signed for six Bombardier Learjet 85 midsize jets, making the executive aircraft sales, charter, completions and maintenance firm the European launch customer for the all-composite twinjet. The firm order is valued at approximately $103 million, and deliveries to ExecuJet are slated to begin in 2013.
A familiar name moved up at Bombardier Aerospace in October when Pierre Beaudoin replaced Michael Graff as president and COO.
Rolls-Royce and Chinese aerospace representatives have signed a “collaborative agreement” to study a new regional jet application for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engine. An MOU, signed by representatives of Rolls-Royce Deutschland and the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), involves the potential use of the 14,000 lb- to 17,000-lb-thrust BR710 on China’s proposed ARJ21 regional jet.
The FAA and Transport Canada have certified the $450,000 Head-up Flight Display System (HFDS) developed by Thales Avionics of France as an option on Bombardier’s Global Express. The HFDS allows crews to make approaches and landings to Cat II minimums and provides guidance during all phases of flight, as well as recovery from unusual attitudes.
Dassault Falcon Jet describes its new 5,700-nm, $35+ million Falcon 7X three-engine business jet as providing 30 percent more range and 20 percent more cabin space at a 10 percent higher price than the 900EX. This positions the new airplane in the range and price market between its own 900EX, the Gulfstream IV-SP and the newly announced Global 5000 on one side and the GV and Global Express on the other.