Gulfstream Aerospace said today at NBAA 2013 that its G650 broke the westbound, around-the-world record for a non-supersonic aircraft, making the trip in 41 hours 7 minutes. This bested the previous record by about four hours. With just three fuel stops, the G650 averaged 568.5 miles per hour over the 20,310-nm trip in early July. Tom Horne, Gulfstream senior experimental test pilot, served as pilot-in-command for the record flight; he was accompanied by Gulfstream pilots Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetje and Eric Parker.
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After years of trying, Airbus has cracked the U.S. VVIP charter market with the first sale of an ACJ318 today at the NBAA Convention. Airbus believes the sale will significantly increase the visibility of Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) in the U.S. The aircraft will be based at Jet Aviation Flight Services in Van Nuys, Calif., where it will be operated for an undisclosed owner and for Part 135 charter. It will be placed on Jet Aviation’s operating certificate for charter late this year or early next year.
Embraer Executive Jets announced today at the NBAA Convention that actor Jackie Chan is the launch customer of the Legacy 500 in China, with scheduled delivery for 2015. The fly-by-wire, midsize Legacy 500 is expected to be FAA certified in mid-2014. Chan became the first customer of the Embraer Legacy 650 in China and is also Embraer Executive Jets’ brand ambassador. “My Legacy 650 is perfect for long trips,” said Chan. “The Legacy 500 is futuristic and I’m anxious to fly in it.”
Beechcraft said today that it has received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla., last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97-nm route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.
Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.
Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s today at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier–including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion
Dassault Aviation revealed details of its long-awaited SMS jet today at the NBAA Convention, along with a new name: the Falcon 5X. Development of the jet, which will be powered by two Snecma Silvercrest engines, is well under way, with first flight scheduled for the first half of 2015 and entry-into-service two years later.
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its flagship business jet–the Lineage 1000–today at the NBAA convention. The 1000 E-model comes with extended range, an enhanced interior with the latest-generation cabin entertainment system and new cockpit options.
Learjet spent a good part of the day October 17 celebrating the “start of the delivery process” of its new Learjet 75 at its facilities in Wichita.
Beechcraft said this week that had received official recognition from the U.S. National Aeronautics Association for a record for a “Speed Over a Recognized Course,” set for a transcontinental flight by its special-mission King Air 350ER flying from San Diego, Calif. to Orlando, Fla. last October. The King Air flew the 1,853.97 nautical mile route at an average speed of 331.08 miles per hour.