Business Aviation

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April 10, 2014 - 2:15pm
China bizav

“Yuan Fang, what do you think?” goes the catchphrase from China’s TV equivalent to detective Sherlock Holmes. The amazing sleuth Di Renjie depends on his assistant Yuan Fang for sound counsel, as he never knows the answer himself.

It’s not a bad way to approach what is happening the business aviation market in the greater China region today. The sector remains temptingly elusive for the big manufacturers, and has yet to deliver the huge prizes promised a few short years ago.

April 10, 2014 - 2:10pm

Cessna Aircraft delivered the 100th Grand Caravan EX this week. The milestone aircraft was handed over at Cessna’s Wichita headquarters to Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla for use at his aviation club in the UAE. Almoalla, who also owns a Cessna 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair, planned to personally fly the Caravan back to his home base in Abu Dhabi, a trip of more than 9,000 nm. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140, the EX offers a 38-percent improvement in rate of climb over the standard Grand Caravan, as well as a 10- to 12-knot boost in cruise speed.

April 10, 2014 - 12:45pm
ExecuJet Indonesia

ExecuJet Aviation, which has made steady progress in the Asia Pacific region over the past few years, is set to open a new maintenance repair and overhaul center just outside Beijing this month through its local joint venture ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services. The Swiss-based group has offices in Beijing and in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, and is currently constructing an FBO in Bali.

April 9, 2014 - 1:32pm

Gulfstream Aerospace realigned its product support organization last week to “enhance the customer experience” and position the division for growth. Mark Burns remains president of Gulfstream Product Support.

April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm

China’s preference for larger, longer-range business jets will endure for the foreseeable future, according to market analyst Brian Foley. Data from Amstat shows that 63 percent of the 198 business jets in mainland China are large-cabin; 25 percent are midsize and 12 percent are light.

April 8, 2014 - 2:50pm

Business aviation flying in Europe last month climbed 22 percent month-over-month and 2.1 percent year-over-year, to 52,931 flights, according to Hamburg, Germany-based business aviation data firm WingX Advance. After three consecutive monthly increases, activity in the first quarter edged up by 1.6 percent from the same period a year ago.

April 8, 2014 - 2:45pm

Flight Dept Advantage (FDA), a provider of start-up and operational services for flight departments, launched a program that “relieves an aircraft owner of all direct obligations related to payroll taxes, benefits and workers compensation while addressing IRS, FAA and other regulatory pitfalls.” Called FDA HR Advantage, it works with clients’ professional advisors to create a customized solution specific to each aircraft owner’s operation, business structure and goals.

April 8, 2014 - 2:20pm

The Dassault Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS received approval to operate at London City Airport, which requires steep approach (5.5 degree) approvals by aircraft model, as well as for crewmembers. With these latest approvals, Dassault claims to be the only business jet manufacturer to have its entire in-production fleet certified to operate at London City. “The ability to operate at London City gives our operators an added measure of flexibility and a distinct advantage in their day-to-day operations,” said Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier.

April 8, 2014 - 2:15pm

Rockwell Collins announced an upgrade path for Fans 1/A capability in Dassault Falcon 50EXs, 2000s and 2000EXs with Collins avionics and flight management system. The enhancements, which will be available from Rockwell Collins next year, include automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C) and controller pilot datalink communications (CPDLC).

April 8, 2014 - 2:05pm

Switzerland-based business aircraft maintenance and completions firm Amac Aerospace was awarded its first completion contract from an Asia-based client, the company announced today. The aircraft, an ACJ319, will undergo completion using designs provided by interior designer Alberto Pinto. The project is slated to start this summer and be delivered to the client by next April. This will be the third ACJ319 that Amac has outfitted.

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