The 14th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held last week at Geneva’s Palexpo conference center and Geneva International Airport, “will be remembered as one of our strongest shows to date,” said European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) CEO Fabio Gamba. EBACE is jointly hosted by NBAA and EBAA.
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Exhibitor registration for LABACE 2014 opened yesterday, less than three months before Latin America’s largest business aviation show takes place at São Paulo Congonhas Airport from August 12 to 14. Exhibitors must sign up and pay before June 6 for priority in the exhibit space drawing on June 10.
Contemporary aviatrix Amelia Rose Earhart made a stop at EBACE last week, one month before she takes off from Oakland, Calif., for The Amelia Project, attempting a circumnavigation flight that her unrelated namesake never completed in a Lockheed 10 Electra in 1937. She will be flying a much more reliable Pilatus PC-12 NG equipped with an Inmarsat-based Satcom1 satcom system that will enable her to stream the entire flight to followers around the globe.
Kings of the Air is completing the restoration of the first King Air, S/N LJ-1, for a flight around the world, the fledgling nonprofit group announced today–the 50th anniversary of the King Air’s FAA certification.
The Legacy 500 that Embraer brought to EBACE last week is one of four flight-test aircraft that have racked up more than 1,500 hours of testing as the type approaches certification, slated for the middle of this year. Embraer Executive Jets president Mario Túlio Pellegrini said that function and reliability testing is the last remaining item to be completed, followed by paperwork. “We are confident we can conclude the certification by mid-year,” he added.
When Pilatus Aircraft arrived in Geneva for EBACE earlier this week, the order book for its in-development PC-24 utility twinjet was empty, yet to be opened. It left the show, which closed today, with the first three years of production sold out (through the end of 2019).
In all, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer took orders for 84 of its utility business jets since opening the order book on Tuesday. All PC-24 delivery positions planned between the start of deliveries in 2017 and the end of 2019 are backed by binding contracts and non-refundable deposits, Pilatus said.
Cessna Aircraft received an FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the Citation Latitude, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced this week at EBACE. The TIA allows Cessna to begin accumulating flight hours that will apply toward certification.
Gulfstream filed a patent last week for a new undercarriage configuration that significantly reduces the amount of noise created when an aircraft flies with the landing gear deployed. As engines have become ever quieter, the aerodynamic noise created by disturbed airflow around the aircraft itself makes up an increasing proportion of the overall noise signature.
Rockwell Collins received EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. The Pro Line 21 retrofit features four 10- by 8-inch LCD panels and Waas/Egnos capability, as well as support for electronic charts and graphical weather. The upgrade is also available for the Falcon 50EX. The first installation is scheduled for this summer at a Ruag maintenance facility in Germany. An upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for these Falcons.