Honda Aircraft took its first deposits for 100-plus HondaJets during the NBAA Convention last week and is negotiating with “a number of fleet customers,” according to president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. The new twinjet will sell for $3.65 million (2006 dollars), with first delivery scheduled in 2010.
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Theo Staub, president and COO of Jet Aviation North America, and Colin Bond, CFO of the Jet Aviation Group, "have decided to leave the company," according to a statement from the Swiss-based business aviation group.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
From very large to very light jets about to crest the horizon, Pratt & Whitney Canada engines power some of business aviation’s most exciting designs. Anticipation and optimism are whetting the appetite for information not only about the airplanes, but also the engines that will propel them and the systems that will guide them. The NBAA Convention, as usual, serves as the venue for digesting a year’s worth of news.
Frederico Fleury Curado is to succeed Mauricio Botelho as president and CEO of Embraer next April. Following a previously announced transition schedule, Botelho will then stay with the Brazilian airframer as chairman for a further two years before retiring. Curado is currently Embraer’s airline market executive vice president.
As it does each year, NBAA is recognizing the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with good safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the technicians exceeds four decades.
After all Archie Trammell has done for aviation, he’s still surprised by the recognition and gratitude bestowed on him.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.
The industry’s fortunes have changed dramatically in the last three years, swinging wildly from the lowest of lows to almost unimaginable heights. For business aircraft makers, the current “cycle” likely will be remembered as one of the biggest roller-coaster rides in the industry’s history. Perhaps no company is more illustrative of the rapid turnaround than Dassault Falcon Jet.
Sales expectations were modest when Boeing formed its business jet unit in 1996 to market an executive/VIP version of the company’s Next Generation 737-700. The mild ride that many anticipated turned out to be “a wild ride” in the words of the division’s first president, the late Borge Boeskov.