Embraer’s numbering system for its existing models suggests current gaps in the line, and company chairman Mauricio Botelho, speaking in Manhattan last month after parking a Phenom 300 cabin mockup outside the New York Stock Exchange and ringing the opening bell, said the company will soon announce two more new business jets to plug gaps between the Phenom 300 light jet now under development and the Legacy 600 super-midsize, 80 of which are i
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The original BBJ3, which was proposed in early 2000, was going to be a 7,000-nm aircraft based on the 757-200 fuselage and 757-300 wing. But the project was shelved in late 2001, a victim of cost reductions at Boeing, according to then BBJ president Lee Monson.
On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its maiden flight. The first -900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced (though not for the first time) that it plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative, but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention later this month.
Reports of cracks found on the rudder-pedal arm assemblies of two Raytheon Beech Premier I light jets have prompted a proposed AD that mandates replacing affected parts. The directive would apply to nearly 100 U.S.-registered Premier Is. Comments on the proposed AD are due by August 19. For more information, contact the FAA’s David Ostrodka at (316) 676-3140.
Executive Jet Investments (EJI), the Swiss-based group of investors that has had a 50-percent stake in the Grob SPn Utility light business jet, has now acquired a controlling stake in the German manufacturer for an undisclosed sum. Grob will also not disclose the exact size of EJI’s holding, so it is not clear how large a stake the Grob family might have retained.
Dassault will decide by early next year whether to launch a smaller Falcon, chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said shortly before the Paris Air Show last month. Production of the small, sleek Falcon 10 ended in 1983. The apparently twin-engine jet Dassault is now considering would be priced at less than $20 million and would be about the size of the Falcon 50 trijet but have less range.
A former NetJets researcher places high odds on the likelihood of the fractional pioneer operating a fleet of supersonic business jets. Michael Baur, now with air-limo start-up Pogo, told attendees at last month’s SATS demonstration in Virginia that, while at NetJets, he reported directly to chairman Richard Santulli on his research into the suitability of VLJs and SSBJs for frax ops.
Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI) of Las Vegas said it continues to work with Lockheed Martin on the Quiet Small Supersonic Transport (QSST), the circa-$80 million, 4,000-nm, 12-passenger, Mach 1.8, no-boom supersonic business jet (SSBJ) it announced at the NBAA Convention last year.
Last month at the Paris Air Show, Reno, Nev.-based Aerion said its market research, conducted over the past nine months by aerospace market research and strategy firm I2, indicates that there is sufficient demand to proceed with development of the company’s proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ).
The experimental HondaJet is scheduled to make its worldwide public debut at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. Will this be the initial step in actively marketing the new light business jet? Stay tuned.