Boeing Business Jets celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with cake, champagne and good news. Company president Steven Hill said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate ten years of success in the VIP market than with a new family member.”
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Ravi Tripuraneni is here at NBAA’06 promoting his design for the RT-700, a new piston-powered twin-engine airplane with a three-lifting-surface design similar to that employed by Piaggio’s Avanti turboprop. “Obviously we are looking for funding,” said Tripuraneni, president of Aviation Technologies International, based in Orange, Calif.
Honda Aircraft has selected four U.S. Piper distributors to sell and service the HondaJet, the Japanese manufacturer announced here at NBAA’06.
Drop by the Cirrus booth (No. 2957) and check out the shadow of the Cirrus SR22 on display there. It’s a subtle hint of a shape to come: a new very light jet from Cirrus.
“It’s a good improvement year over year,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss at the company’s press conference here, commenting on the company’s steady growth in sales and deliveries. For 2006, Gulfstream is expecting to deliver 39 mid-size jets and 72 large-cabin jets, up from 26 and 63 last year. Next year, Gulfstream plans to deliver 48 mid-size and 79 large-cabin jets, Moss said.
Cessna Aircraft received orders here for 22 of its Citation-series jets in a number of deals totaling more than $360 million.
While several specific orders were named, a spokesman told NBAA Convention News that a majority of undisclosed orders received so far at the show were for the company’s new $11.945 million Citation XLS+.
The meteoric sales pace set by Embraer for its new line of very light jets only gained more momentum at this year’s NBAA Convention, as the Brazilian manufacturer announced no fewer than three large orders worth $188 million at list prices during the first two days of the event.
On Saturday afternoon, Farnborough Aircraft’s F1 Kestrel prototype (N352F) lifted off the runway at Bend Airport, Ore., for its maiden flight. The milestone marks the completion of nearly five years of design and development since the newly formed Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd. (FACL) began work on the all-composite, turboprop single. “This is a fantastic achievement,” said FACL chairman and CEO Geoffrey Galley.
By March, Sabreliner Corp. should be generating annual sales of $50 million, thanks to support of Sabreliner and Learjet 30-series business jets, subcontract manufacturing for other manufacturers and its Premier Turbines engine overhaul business.
From very large to very light jets about to crest the horizon, Pratt & Whitney Canada engines power some of business aviation’s most exciting designs. Anticipation and optimism are whetting the appetite for information not only about the airplanes, but also the engines that will propel them and the systems that will guide them. The NBAA Convention, as usual, serves as the venue for digesting a year’s worth of news.