Raisbeck Engineering received FAA STC approval on Friday for its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck-authorized dealer locations. Final certification flights were completed in March. Development of the aft fuselage locker–which weighs 276 pounds and adds 28 cu ft of storage space–began in June 2008, with the confirmation of technical cooperation between Raisbeck and Bombardier Learjet. The program involved the addition of a fire-proof shell and a fire-detection system.
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Dassault Aviation announced today that it has joined the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X, paving the way for initial power-on and the start of ground tests. First electrical power-on is expected at the end of this month, in line with the production and test schedule. Dassault expects to fly the 8X trijet early next year, with certification slated for mid-2016 and initial deliveries anticipated by the end of 2016.
NBAA launched a weather subcommittee, which will focus on improvements in aviation weather information and flight safety, yesterday at the Friends & Partners of Aviation Weather forum in Washington, D.C. Among those on hand for the launch were FAA NextGen assistant administrator Ed Bolton, National Weather Service aviation branch manager Cyndie Abelman, FAA Air Traffic Organization senior meteorologist Kevin Johnston, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and NBAA weather subcommittee chairman Dr. Bruce Carmichael.
Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings and an advocate for business aviation, will be a featured opening-session speaker at this year’s NBAA Convention, which will be held from October 21 to 23 in Orlando, Fla. “We are pleased that Andrew will share his perspectives on how business aviation has supported the growth of his company and helped it be more efficient, productive and successful in a highly competitive global marketplace,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) tapped Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, as its new director of engineering and airworthiness. Archer most recently provided key support for the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA aviation certification service pilot study implementing a voluntary safety management system for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations.
Bombardier Aerospace recently completed a non-temperature-restricted bleedless auxiliary power unit starting test, following a 10-hour cold soak at -40 degrees F and using a starter/generation system and lithium-ion battery system. The Safran Microturbo e-APU system included a starter generator and power electronics from Thales and a Saft Li-ion battery system. The prototype equipment was designed for business jets, Bombardier said. The tests were conducted at the Safran Turbomeca cold-chamber facility in Pau, France.
Second-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, climbed $623 million year-over-year, to $1.18 billion, reflecting the Beechcraft acquisition in late March and higher jet deliveries. Textron Aviation delivered 70 turbine business aircraft during the quarter–36 Cessna Citations and 34 Beechcraft Kings Airs, up from 20 jets and 14 King Air turboprops in the same period last year.
Piaggio Aero announced the first major order for its Avanti EVO this week at the Farnborough International Airshow, with Hong Kong-based Bravia Capital signing an order for 10 aircraft with options for another 40. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year. The aircraft will operate in the U.S., primarily in what Bravia CEO Bharat Bhise described as the “up to three-hour” market sector.
Textron Aviation’s flagship Cessna Citation X+ landed Saturday at TAG Farnborough Airport after a short flight from Paris Le Bourget. On Friday, the X+ crossed the Atlantic for the first time, flying 2,788 nm from Presque Isle, Maine, to Paris in five hours 33 minutes, averaging 502 knots groundspeed and burning 10,600 pounds of fuel.
Amelia Rose Earhart completed an around-the-world flight in a Pilatus PC-12 NG earlier this week, becoming the youngest female, at 31, to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Landing at Oakland (Calif). International Airport, Amelia Rose Earhart returned to her flight origin and “closed the flight plan” of the original Amelia Mary Earhart.