Piaggio Aero announced the first major order for its Avanti EVO this week at the Farnborough International Airshow, with Hong Kong-based Bravia Capital signing an order for 10 aircraft with options for another 40. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year. The aircraft will operate in the U.S., primarily in what Bravia CEO Bharat Bhise described as the “up to three-hour” market sector.
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Textron Aviation’s flagship Cessna Citation X+ landed Saturday at TAG Farnborough Airport after a short flight from Paris Le Bourget. On Friday, the X+ crossed the Atlantic for the first time, flying 2,788 nm from Presque Isle, Maine, to Paris in five hours 33 minutes, averaging 502 knots groundspeed and burning 10,600 pounds of fuel.
Amelia Rose Earhart completed an around-the-world flight in a Pilatus PC-12 NG earlier this week, becoming the youngest female, at 31, to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Landing at Oakland (Calif). International Airport, Amelia Rose Earhart returned to her flight origin and “closed the flight plan” of the original Amelia Mary Earhart.
Bombardier Aerospace’s latest 20-year market forecast, released on Sunday at the Farnborough Airshow, shows a significant drop in anticipated deliveries of business jets compared with its forecast from last year.
The current forecast, which spans from 2014 to 2033, calls for deliveries of 22,000 business jets worth $617 billion. Last year Bombardier predicted demand for 24,000 business jets worth $650 billion from 2013 to 2032. These numbers are for aircraft segments in which the manufacturer competes, with its Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
Preliminary data suggests second-quarter results for business jet deliveries “will not be impressive,” according to J.P. Morgan North American Equity’s latest business jet monthly update. While its analysts note there are aircraft still missing from the database used to track deliveries, “Preliminary indications are that deliveries will fall short of estimates, with the possible exception of Gulfstream,” noted J.P. Morgan lead aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III.
Snecma recently started flight-testing its Silvercrest turbofan on a modified Gulfstream II, a Snecma senior executive confirmed last week. AIN understands that the trials are taking place from Sierra Industries’ base in San Antonio, Texas. The maiden flight had been postponed several times but the delay is not expected to have any effect on the engine’s certification, planned for next year. The Silvercrest will power the Dassault Falcon 5X and Cessna Citation Longitude.
Embraer Executive Jets delivered 29 business jets in the second quarter, unchanged from the same period last year. However, this year’s mix is slightly more favorable–six Phenom 100s, 16 Phenom 300s, six Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000, compared with 11 Phenom 100s, 12 Phenom 300s, five Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000 in last year’s second quarter. In the first half, Embraer delivered a total of 49 business jets (39 light, 10 large) versus 41 (31 light, 10 large) in the first six months of 2013.
Textron Aviation announced yesterday at the Farnborough International airshow that its entire range of Beechcraft and Cessna products is now available in special-mission configuration. All 20 current-production aircraft “fit numerous mission profiles, including aerial survey, air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport,” the company said.
Annapolis, Md.-based international business jet and helicopter brokerage firm Avpro opened a new office at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Ill. The company’s new location, which is being managed by executive sales director Matthew Stringfellow, will help serve Avpro’s growing aircraft brokerage business in the U.S. Midwest, it said. Stringfellow joined Avpro in 2012 and has more than 11 years in business aircraft sales. Avpro has more than 30 employees worldwide.
Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the seventh straight month, with activity in June up 3 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released today by aviation services company Argus. In addition, flight activity for the first half climbed 1.6 percent, compared with the same six-month period last year, it said.
Fractional flying came out strong last month, rising 6.5 percent from June last year. Part 91 activity jumped by 3.2 percent, while Part 135 charter flying saw a 1.4-percent gain.