August 2018

Aviation International News

August 2018

  • Product support takes center stage in this issue, as we present the results of this year’s survey on how well aircraft manufacturers take care of their customers. The short answer is, “pretty well.”
  • Other big stories include the Gulfstream G500 receiving FAA certification. The 5,200-nm twinjet underwent 5,000 flight hours of flight testing testing, and “tens of thousands of lab hours,” according to Gulfstream.
  • Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Longitude’s FAA sheepskin should not be far behind, and meanwhile, Pilatus has begun testing its PC-24 on unimproved runways, in pursuit of fulfilling its role as a business jet that can also serve rural, undeveloped regions.
  • On the air transport side, Boeing’s developing synergy with Embraer made front-page news. And airframers are eying strategies for enduring what could end up an international tariff trade war.
  • Similarly, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association fears the effects of Brexit on European bizav, while on Capitol Hill, timely FAA reauthorization faces further threats from a Congress mired in partisan politics.
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