The Middle East Business Aviation Association’s efforts to help regulators take the initiative on pressing business aviation issues in the region, such as oversight and the gray-charter market, have helped to create debate in the Gulf, a market that is one of the most important to aircraft manufacturers.
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The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), which co-hosts EBACE with the U.S. NBAA, plays a central role in fighting for the industry’s interests–with the main focus being on lawmakers in Brussels, where the organization first became known as EBAA in 1984. Some 30 years later the association can boast considerable success in the influence it has had on various issues–from the EU ETS and other taxes and charges, to access to infrastructure such as airports and ATC.
Some 12,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the 2014 edition of the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), which officially opens on Tuesday in Geneva. Co-run by the Brussels-based European Business Aircraft Association (EBAA) and NBAA, the event is of particular interest for operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Dassault is planning to roll out several improvements for the Falcon 7X this year, both as retrofit and for new-production aircraft. One of these upgrades includes the fuel system, which is being modified to cut refueling time.
To increase operational availability, Falcon 7X maintenance intervals are being increased. The basic check, which used to take place every two months, is now being rescheduled for every 300 flight hours. Moreover, the time between two A-checks will be extended sometime next year.
According to an analysis released this week by UK-based charter firm Hangar8 Aviation, a 28-percent year-over-year rise in sales of London properties worth more than £5 million last year is fueling demand for private jets because overseas buyers are purchasing many of these properties. Hangar8 said the number of business flights into London’s busiest business aircraft airports increased 6 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, which equates to approximately 300 additional flights.
The Dassault Falcon 7X set a new transatlantic speed record on May 2, flying the 3,465-nm trip between Teterboro, N.J., and London City Airport in 5 hours 54 minutes. Falcon 7X S/N 208 flew at an average speed of Mach 0.88 on the record jaunt, the company said. Test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment were at the controls, and three passengers were on board. The flight information has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as an official world record.
AIN recently launched its updated news app, which is now available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. The app, previously available only for the iPhone, provides a real-time feed of all aviation news published online by AIN. It also includes exhibitor lists, exhibit hall/static display maps and other information at the airshows and business aviation events where AIN publishes daily print issues.
Though TraqPak data released today by aviation services company Argus indicates that business aircraft flying continued its upward trend last month, climbing 1.4 percent year-over-year, this wasn’t the big news. “The bigger story was the turnaround in the fractional market, which posted the first year-over-year increase since September 2011,” Argus said.
Bombardier Aerospace has started assembling major structures for the first flight-test vehicle (FTV1) of the Global 7000 and 8000 program, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. FTV1 will be a Global 7000 prototype, a company spokeswoman told AIN.
Dassault is considering using a large proportion of composite materials on the next generation of Falcons. “Hopefully we will have a full composite wing 10 years from now,” an executive at the company’s Biarritz factory, which has expertise in composites manufacturing, told AIN.
The rationale is that the expected weight reduction will provide fuel savings. Another executive at the Bordeaux Martignas plant, which specializes in wings–so far made of aluminum alloys–confirmed the new path.