Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories eased further in April with more sales transactions thinning the herd, according to the latest data from business aviation market information firm JetNet.
AINalerts » June 21, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 compound helicopter prototype began its U.S. demonstration tour at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas campus yesterday. The X3 first flew in 2010 and can reach speeds in excess of 230 knots. Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling said the company is “well positioned to bring this type of helicopter to market in the next 10 years.”
Switzerland-based VistaJet named Dexter Aviation, a Moscow-based Pilatus PC-12 charter operator, as its Russian partner. Under the arrangement, announced last week, VistaJet will lease two of its yet-to-be-delivered Challenger 605s to Dexter, which will base the large-cabin jets at one of Moscow’s airports when they arrive in the third or fourth quarter.
The Gulfstream G280 joined a small but growing list of aircraft that are subject to special conditions from the FAA meant to prevent unauthorized “connectivity to, or access by, external systems and networks.” An FAA spokesman told AIN that “similar cybersecurity protection special conditions have already been applied” to the Airbus A350; Boeing 767-2C, 787-8 and 747-8; Bombardier C Series; Embraer Legacy 500; and Gulfstream G650.
Jim Rice is determined to see his single-engine VisionAire Vantage jet program through to certification and delivery. “We’ve got a long way to go but I would like to finish this,” he told AIN. The newly formed VisionAire Jets held a community awareness event at Hickory Regional Airport in North Carolina yesterday to introduce his company to the Catawba Valley, where up to 600 jobs could be created if the Vantage jet goes into production.
Eurocopter has integrated a Tcas II into the EC225 medium twin helicopter’s autopilot, meaning pilot input is not needed for emergency avoidance maneuvers. In the event of conflicting trajectories and after a traffic alert without any resulting pilot action, the Tcas II will issue a resolution advisory (RA) and the autopilot will react immediately by commanding a climb or descent to ensure safe separation. It will then return the helicopter to its original altitude.
On Monday, the FAA presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Embraer has delivered five U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s since the first one came off the line in December. In total, the company plans to deliver 23 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s this year. Embraer will also start production of Phenom 300s in August at the Melbourne facility, with 38 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s and 15 Phenom 300s expected next year.
Aircraft Cost Calculator, which offers a web-based business aircraft operating cost calculator, has formed an advisory board of business aviation industry veterans “to further strengthen our application for our clients.” The four advisory board members include Rene Banglesdorf of Charlie Bravo Aviation; Dan Dickinson of Inav Group; Emmanuel Dupuy of Heli Asset of Paris; and Robert Gort of Sterling Aviation.
A new procedure at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport–the host airfield for the static display at the NBAA Convention in October–will allow more efficient operations year-round by enabling controllers to position aircraft on the runway before takeoff clearance. Effective July 1, controllers at the central Florida airport will be able to issue “line up and wait” instructions to departing traffic.
Kestrel Aircraft, the startup aircraft manufacturer headed by Alan Klapmeier, moved into a temporary facility in Superior, Wis., this week. In January, Kestrel Aircraft announced plans to relocate its headquarters and new production plant for its K-350 single-engine turboprop in Superior on land adjacent to Richard I. Bong Airport. It will begin construction of its permanent facility there soon.
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