Aviall, one of the largest independent suppliers of new parts for business, government and commercial aircraft, is being acquired by Boeing. The Chicago-headquartered OEM announced yesterday that it had reached an agreement to buy Aviall for $1.7 billion and operate the company under its current name as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts launched over the past year by Dassault as part of a multi-year plan to “become the undisputed leader in customer support in business aviation.” The programs were announced today on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva.
Coming off an all-time record for billings and a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries in 2005, the industry continued flying high in the first-quarter of this year. “Manufacturers have recorded the highest first quarter billings in history,” according to General Aviation Manufacturers Association figures released Friday.
Embraer, which is already developing two new light jets, announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that starts tomorrow in Geneva, that it is breaking into the bizliner market with the launch of the Lineage 1000. The $40-million jet, derived from Embraer’s ERJ 190 regional airliner, is expected to enter service in 2008.
The 560-pound-thrust DGEN380 turbofan engine recently made its first run in Tarnos, France, start-up company Price Induction announced. So far, the engine’s stability and vibration level are satisfactory, the company said. The 50 hours of the first test segment are being spread over this month.
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Manufacturers should be required to determine if engine restart capability exists when core rotation speed drops to zero after high-power, high-altitude flameouts, according to the NTSB. For airplanes susceptible to engine core lock, manufacturers should be required to provide design or operational means to ensure restart capability.
New York City-based Arcadia Aviation announced plans yesterday to create a $20 million 200,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office complex at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va. Groundbreaking for the first phase–a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with 3,600-sq-ft of attached offices–is anticipated to be early next year.
The NTSB released its final report on the Nov. 22, 2004 crash of a Gulfstream III in Houston that killed three crewmembers. The jet, operated by Business Jet Services, was on its way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush. The jet struck a light pole and crashed about three miles southwest of Hobby Airport while on the ILS approach to Runway 4.