Organizers of the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) are working fast to put together this year’s show, to be staged at São Paulo Congonhas Airport (August 12-14). Exhibit space sales opened on May 27, and the drawing to assign specific booth locations to exhibiting companies followed on June 10. Last year’s event drew 180 exhibitors, with 68 aircraft on static display.
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In a ceremony Friday at its facility at New York Westchester County Airport, NetJets accepted the first Bombardier Challenger 350 as launch customer for the super-midsize jet. “This is a terrific piece of machinery and we couldn’t be more excited about it,” said NetJets chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell.
Honda Aircraft’s first production HondaJet made its first flight last week, from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Taking off at 10:18 a.m. on June 27, the HondaJet, with test pilot Warren Gould at the controls, flew for 84 minutes and reached 15,500 feet and 348 ktas. During the flight, checks included low- and high-speed handling characteristics, Garmin G3000 avionics functionality and operation of the landing gear, flaps and speed brakes.
GE Aviation expects this month to fly the Passport engine that will power Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000. GE has shipped the first complete engine to Victorville, Calif., where it is about to be fitted to one of the company’s two Boeing 747 flying testbeds.
Asked to describe what he thought of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA), Pete Bunce started to speak, but nothing came out of his mouth. The president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association looked around the ramp, waved a hand in the direction of all the tents, tugs, fuel trucks, hundreds of volunteers and, of course, a procession of Citation jets, but the words just weren’t there.
From the standpoint of aerodynamics, there aren’t many ways to make a modern airplane a lot better in a single bound, but as computers gain power smart designers can eke out subtle gains and combine them to extract more performance, which is what the engineering team at Daher-Socata has done with the already successful TBM single-engine turboprop line.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on June 12 that the Challenger 350 received Transport Canada approval, with FAA certification expected “shortly.” An upgrade of the Challenger 300, the 350 has a new wing with canted winglets, a higher mtow of 40,600 pounds and greater fuel capacity for an NBAA IFR range of 3,200 nm versus its predecessor’s 3,065nm.
The European Aviation Safety Agency granted certification yesterday for a new auxiliary fuel tank to be installed on the Piaggio Aero Avanti II and Avanti Evo.
The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry continues to grow after seven years of operation, with almost 500 private aircraft around the world now sporting the M-registration.
Recent geopolitical tensions involving Russia have fueled interest further in the registry, with lawyers advising Russian clients to distance their assets from that country and banks reluctant to finance assets that could be confiscated. “The aim is to take out the Russian risk,” said Mark Bisset of Clyde & Co., speaking at the fourth annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference last week.
French turboprop manufacturer Daher-Socata has signed a new five-year agreement with Hartzell Propeller to supply the recently introduced TBM 900 with advanced swept-airfoil composite five-blade propellers and spinners. “The TBM 900 is distinguished by its comfort, speed and efficiency, and all three are improved by Hartzell’s five-blade prop, which is quieter, speedier and more efficient,” said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata’s airplane business unit.