Textron closed its $1.4 billion acquisition of Beechcraft on March 14, bringing together Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft to form Textron Aviation. Scott Ernest, Cessna’s president and CEO since 2011, was tapped to lead Textron Aviation as CEO. Meanwhile, Bill Boisture, chairman and CEO of Beechcraft since 2009, was omitted from the Textron Aviation senior leadership team and “is moving on to new opportunities,” a Textron spokesman told AIN.
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Larry Glazer–CEO of Rochester, N.Y.-based commercial/industrial real-estate developer Buckingham Properties and president of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association–was handed the keys to TBM 900 S/N 1003, registered as N900KN, during the U.S. debut of the upgraded turboprop single late last week in Polk City, Fla.
Business aviation flying in Europe eked out a 0.4-percent year-over-year increase last month, logging the fourth consecutive month of activity growth in the continent, according to Hamburg, Germany-based business aviation data firm WingX Advance. There were 43,524 business aircraft flights last month, 0.6 percent more than in February 2013.
A “systems issue” that cropped up late last week has put the Bombardier Learjet 85’s first flight on an indefinite hold, a company spokeswoman told AIN. This latest hurdle came just hours after the company said weather had prompted it to scrub the all-composite midsize jet’s scheduled maiden flight last Thursday. The spokeswoman said that engineers are working on a software update to fix the undisclosed issue, but they cannot give an estimate of how long this will take.
Cirrus Aircraft’s first conforming Vision SF50, dubbed “C-Zero” (C0), made its maiden flight yesterday from Duluth International Airport, where the company has its headquarters. V1–a non-conforming prototype of the all-composite SF50 single-engine jet–has been flying since July 3, 2008. C0, the first of three conforming flight-test aircraft, was assembled from production-ready drawings, tooling and manufacturing processes, according to Cirrus.
The Citation CJ3 is the latest member of Cessna’s CJ series to be upgraded with the Garmin G3000 avionics system, following the M2 (née CJ1) and CJ2+. The CJ3+’s new avionics include improved turbulence-detecting weather radar, Tcas II, advanced Taws, a wireless media server, Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone and Aircell high-speed Internet system, as well as ADS-B capabilities. Besides the new glass cockpit, the CJ3+ also has an all-new interior with a redesigned cabin and cockpit and new pressurization and diagnostics systems.
Bombardier delivered the first Global 6000 to be operated from Mexico to owner Aero Angeles during a ceremony at its facility in Montreal. “We are delighted to see the first Global 6000 enter service in Mexico,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president of sales for Latin America Stephane Leroy. “Mexico and Latin America are key markets for Bombardier.” Bombardier expects to deliver more than 2,300 business jets in Latin America over the next 20 years.
In an op-ed piece, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen challenged the Washington Examiner’s “mischaracterization” of long-standing tax deprecation policies on the purchase of business aircraft as a “loophole.” “Some in Washington are trying to score political points by characterizing business aviation as a convenience, or even a luxury, rather than a necessary tool for competitiveness,” Bolen said. “In fact, for businesses, an aircraft is as much a necessity as a computer.
Bombardier Aerospace delayed today’s scheduled maiden flight of the Learjet 85 because of weather in Wichita, where the aircraft was assembled and is being tested, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said at an investor conference this morning in New York.
The need for better regulation and firmer action to stem the tide of the so-called gray market in illegal charter flights will top the agenda at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBAC), which will be held in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, on April 10. The event is organized by the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), which is taking the lead in pushing for firmer legal foundations to support the region’s fast-growing industry.