Some 10,120 business jets worth $257 billion are expected to be delivered over the next 10 years, according to the third annual industry forecast published yesterday by Montreal-based business aviation services firm Zenith Jet.
AINalerts » April 26, 2012
Charleston, S.C.-based Eclipse Aerospace announced yesterday that it has received a production certificate from the FAA, green-lighting production of the Eclipse 550 very light twinjet. The approval was granted after the agency determined that the company’s manufacturing processes and quality systems meet all federal regulations.
“Armed now with a fully certified aircraft, a certified production process and an established supply chain, Eclipse is well positioned to re-introduce the Eclipse Jet to new production,” said Cary Winter, the company’s senior vice president.
First-quarter revenues at General Dynamics’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, climbed by 20 percent from a year ago, to $1.62 billion, while segment profits ascended 17.8 percent to $271 million.
Cirrus Aircraft plans to fly the next iteration of its single-engine SF50 Vision jet in February 2014, according to Todd Simmons, executive vice president of sales and marketing, “although our goal for this first conforming aircraft is to beat that date.”
The Eurocopter EC175 medium twin helicopter is making progress toward certification, with its engine type now approved and more performance numbers released.
Transport Canada has just certified Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6C-67E turboshaft, the engine manufacturer announced this week. “We can now transition from development to production as we prepare for the first delivery of the EC175,” marketing v-p Richard Dussault said. The 1,775-shp PT6C variant features a dual-channel Fadec.
While the FAA is doing a better job of collecting aviation safety data, two government watchdogs told a congressional panel yesterday that the agency lacks the integrated collection and analysis needed to enhance the safety of air traffic operations.
Insurance provider Global Aerospace has launched a new safety website dedicated to providing resources to the aviation community. Developed through its SM4 safety program, the new site will offer features such as a searchable resource library, with all items convertible to PDF files for printing or emailing, a safety blog from the company’s leadership team and its industry partners, and information on upcoming safety seminars sponsored by the company.
FBO services provider Sheltair has started construction on a new $13.6 million facility at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Situated on 11 acres on the west side of the airport, the first phase of the project is slated to open early next year and will feature more than 134,000 sq ft of hangar and office space. Two more phases set to start by 2014 will eventually increase the size of the FBO to nearly 19 acres and more than double its square footage.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210 turboshaft has been selected to power the Eurocopter X4 medium twin, which is slated to replace the AS365/EC155 Dauphin series. Entry into service is pegged for 2017. The PW210S, a variant produced for the Sikorsky S-76D medium twin, was certified in 2011. AIN understands the X4 will be offered with two engine options, the other choice coming from Turbomeca.
Deliveries of light business jets in the first quarter climbed by almost 60 percent to 30 shipments, compared with 19 a year ago, according to data from Utica, N.Y-based business aviation information provider JetNet. The very light jet segment–in which JetNet includes the Citation Mustang and Embraer Phenom 100–didn’t fare as well, with deliveries dropping from 11 VLJs in first-quarter 2011 to eight this year thanks to three fewer Mustang shipments.
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