Last month at the Paris Air Show, Reno, Nev.-based Aerion said its market research, conducted over the past nine months by aerospace market research and strategy firm I2, indicates that there is sufficient demand to proceed with development of the company’s proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ).
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The experimental HondaJet is scheduled to make its worldwide public debut at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. Will this be the initial step in actively marketing the new light business jet? Stay tuned.
General Electric implemented a policy that requires its vice chairmen to personally pay for any trips–personal or business–on company aircraft once their travel expenses have cost the company $200,000 a year, according to a June 21 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Forecast International predicts that nearly 10,900 business jets worth $141 billion will be manufactured between this year and 2014. “Between 2005 and 2014, Cessna, Bombardier and Eclipse Aviation will lead the market in unit production,” said Raymond Jaworowski, the Newtown, Conn. firm’s senior aerospace analyst.
August is typically a slow month for sales activity on pre-owned aircraft, but growing backlogs for new aircraft are keeping the pump primed for used-aircraft sales this summer.
Montreal-based Innotech Aviation has been approved as a line service center for Honeywell’s HTF 7000 turbofan engine. Under the agreement, Innotech will perform engine removal/replacement, hot section inspections, major periodic inspections and line maintenance.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has entered an agreement with Cessna Aircraft to offer PowerAdvantage Plus (PA+), an expanded pay-by-the-hour maintenance program for Cessna Citation operators.
Business Jet Technologies, the co-developer of the Quiet Technologies Stage 3 hush kit for the Gulfstream II/IIB, has launched avionics upgrade programs for the aircraft models based on the recent mandates for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) equipment.
Czech aircraft designer and manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik, best known for a line of light piston singles, used last month’s EAA AirVenture show to begin promoting its new EV-55 twin turboprop. The unpressurized utility aircraft, partly financed by the Czech government, is priced at $1.7 million and is expected to sell as an alternative to turboprop singles such as the Cessna Caravan.
Eclipse Aviation’s fourth conforming Eclipse 500–and the first of its two beta-test jets–joined the flight-test fleet last month. As the company’s certification program advances, the two beta-test aircraft will be tested under accelerated usage conditions to ensure reliability and functionality before first customer deliveries next spring.