EBACE Convention News - 2014

EBACE Convention News

Dassault is planning various improvements to the Falcon 7X that are to be available later this year, both for retrofit and for new production aircraft. The France-based manufacturer is also leveraging fleet experience to have its customers make the most of their aircraft.

The impending service entry of Embraer’s Legacy 450s and 500s is set to complete the Brazilian manufacturer’s product portfolio–a sort of bridge of options connecting the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets with the larger Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000 models. During a pre-EBACE press visit to its São José dos Campos headquarters last month AIN found Embraer’s management in a confident mood, despite the fact that the overall fortunes of the business aviation market still seem somewhat mixed.

Rockwell Collins has developed a new Venue HD cabin system retrofit for Bombardier Global XRS and 5000 models.

Rockwell Collins unveiled two key cabin systems programs at its EBACE press conference yesterday, including expansion of the capabilities of the Tailwind 550 Direct Broadcast Satellite TV system and introduction of a Venue HD (high-definition) retrofit for Bombardier Global jets.

In acquiring the Broughton works, Marshall not only bought access into the lucrative Hawker and Beechcraft world, but also gained a design and engineering facility highly experienced in special-mission modifications, such as that applied to this King Air.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the oldest and most respected names in aerospace through its long history, consisting primarily of military work. While it has been involved in business aviation for many years, and has 40 years’ experience in performing MRO work on Cessna Citations, the group is now dramatically expanding its footprint in the sector.

Rob Lewis, vice president and general manager of CAE’s global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training division.

A combination of growth from new business aviation markets such as the Middle East and Asia and recovery in the more mature markets of Europe and North America has inspired flight-training provider CAE to triple investments in facilities. Half of all investment is going into new simulators. The group has been adding these at a rate of two to four each year and expects to install another 25 new units at its worldwide locations over the next five years.

What would a convention or airshow be without contract and other signings? EBACE 2014 did not lack for smiling women and men holding pens, documents, plaques and models of aircraft and happily celebrating the signing of an agreement between buyer and seller, customer and provider, company and company. Here are just a few of the signings in Geneva during the week of May 19.

Up close in your face, or across the ramp, airplanes are the core of EBACE. Here, the scimitar propeller and bulging nacelle of Beechcraft’s G58 Baron piston twin in the foreground frame its stablemate King Air C90GTx.

Sometimes, the sensory overload can be overpowering. Aircraft display, hall stands (like the Pilatus booth shown here) and crowds of people all compete for our limited attention span. But at EBACE, it’s all good. Whichever way you direct your attention, it’s bound to be a pleasurable experience. Photo: David McIntosh

Pilatus PC-12

If it’s May in Geneva, it has to be EBACE time. The Jura Mountain range provides the backdrop. And a Swiss Airbus taxis behind a Pilatus PC-12 waiting for positioning on the EBACE static display line.

More Stories from EBACE 2014

May 22, 2014, 7:55 AM

Gulfstream (Booth 5129) filed a patent this week for a new undercarriage arrangement that significantly reduces the amount of noise created when the aircraft flies with the landing gear deployed. As engines have become ever quieter, the aerodynamic noise created by disturbed airflow around the aircraft itself makes up an increasing proportion of the overall noise signature. In landing configuration one of the biggest culprits is the landing gear, and the nosewheel in particular.

May 22, 2014, 7:50 AM

Ruag Aviation and Lausanne-based design house Yasava Solutions have joined forces to deliver an innovative design concept known as Astral. Intended for large-cabin business aircraft such as the Dassault Falcon 7X, Bombardier Globals and Embraer Lineage, Astral is currently being applied to a Global 6000. The cabin design, with an accent on 21st century luxury, is being showcased at EBACE at the Yasava exhibit (Booth 3439).

May 22, 2014, 7:45 AM

Data research firm WingX’s business aviation monitor, released quarterly to EBAA members, is showing a contrasting picture in Europe, with a slight 1.6 percent, unevenly spread growth in flights in the first quarter. Several major Western markets enjoyed noticeable growth in charter and private flights, including France, Belgium and Germany. The upward trend was even stronger in Greece and Poland. The statistics also include Russia, with 1.7-percent growth compared to the first quarter of 2013.

May 22, 2014, 7:45 AM

London Oxford Airport has continued to grow its business aviation activities over the past 12 months, while its tenants, such as Hangar8, also continue to expand their operations. To celebrate six years of running the OxfordJet FBO, the airport is making an offer for the duration of EBACE to halve landing and parking fees for the rest of the year for operators of business aircraft of more than 4 metric tons mtow, subject to availability.

May 22, 2014, 7:42 AM

There is good news and bad news for Rhineland Air Service (RAS), the Daher-Socata TBM distributor for Germany and Austria. The good news is that Badenwings, a corporate aircraft operator in Germany, stopped by Daher-Socata’s EBACE exhibit (Booth 6540) on Tuesday and unexpectedly signed for a new TBM 900. However, the aircraft that Badenwings will be taking–S/N 1005–was originally slotted to be delivered next week to RAS as a demonstration aircraft, so the distributor will now have to wait until later in the year to get another demo TBM 900.

May 22, 2014, 7:40 AM

Aircraft Performance Group has extended the functionality of its iPreFlight app for the iPad by integrating a flight planning module from Air Support. The revised app is available for preview in its Beta version at the APG booth (6423).

Previous versions of iPreFlight provided runway analysis and weight/balance calculations without the need for an Internet connection. Adding a module using the Air Support PPS flight planning tool allows iPreFlight to be used as a “one-stop” for pre-flight planning purposes.

May 22, 2014, 7:30 AM

Fiduciary services specialist Equiom, based in the Isle of Man with offices in Jersey and Malta, is at EBACE (Booth 625) to highlight its range of services for aviation clients and its new customs warehousing service. Equiom’s offerings include ownership structuring and multi-jurisdictional VAT, tax and registration services. The company said it specializes in creating bespoke solutions to meet exact client needs, and EBACE provides an excellent face-to-face meeting point.

May 22, 2014, 7:20 AM

VIP completion specialist Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth 3539) of San Antonio, Texas is displaying conceptual renderings prepared by its interior design team for Boeing narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Aeria, the completions division of ST Aerospace, is now preparing for its first BBJ green cabin completion, said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager of completions.

May 22, 2014, 7:20 AM

Vision Systems Aeronautics (Booth 2809) of Lyon, France is unveiling here at EBACE 2014 two new products: Energia, a self-powered dimmable window; and VisiStream, a solution for Wi-Fi inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity.

May 22, 2014, 7:20 AM

Ingenio Aerospace of Montreal and Texas-based DAC International are introducing at EBACE 2014 a number of Ingenio’s “Smart Solutions” products. The Ingenio devices are designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurbishment and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change.

The suite of products–Smart Cabin Arm, Smart Cockpit Arm and Smartphone Holder–accommodates different formats and supports tablets, electronic flight bags, smartphones and MP3 players.

May 22, 2014, 7:20 AM

Bombardier and Rolls-Royce announced a new engine service agreement yesterday granting the airframer’s service centers in Amsterdam and Singapore authority to perform maintenance on the BR710 engines installed on the long range Global Express, Global XRS, 5000 and 6000 twinjets.

They are the fifth and sixth company-owned service centers to receive such authorization and are certified to perform line maintenance and engine removal.

May 22, 2014, 7:15 AM

VIP catering management technology specialist Private Flight Global (Booth 3218) is adding a new tool to its web-based ordering system–customer feedback reporting. “Regrettable issues with pricing, selection, food quality, timeliness, presentation or any other situation,” the company noted, can be reported with accompanying photographs. The Flight Feedback Reporting feature also can be used to relay positive feedback.

May 22, 2014, 7:10 AM

H+S Aviation and Dallas Airmotive, both BBA Aviation companies (Booth 4246), have received the first RR300 engines under their recently awarded authorized maintenance repair and overhaul center agreement with Rolls-Royce. “The recent EASA certification of the [Robinson Helicopter] R66 will undoubtedly drive growth in Europe and we have responded by ramping up our support capabilities,” said Mark Taylor, managing director of H+S Aviation, also referring to BBA’s expertise with the Rolls-Royce M250.

 
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