At EBACE this week, Tailwind Capital unveiled the first of five Bombardier CRJ conversions it plans to sell to business aviation customers. Called the Hemisphere 200XR, the airplane will go to Dutch concern Solidair outfitted with a 15-passenger cabin and an FAA-certified fuel system that extends range out to 3,000 nm.
AINalerts » May 21, 2008
To ensure that the increasing numbers of very light jets operating in European skies within the next five to 10 years are handled safely and efficiently, Eurocontrol’s European VLJs Integration Platform (VIP) is assessing solutions for integrating VLJs into the European air traffic system. Aside from the European Business Aviation Association, some VLJ manufacturers and operators participate in the VIP.
Eclipse Aviation announced this week that it received approval from U.S. and Canadian authorities to export the Eclipse 500 very light jet and its components to Russia, where it plans to establish an assembly facility in Ulyanovsk.
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is still hoping to convince an OEM partner to join it by the end of this year in its quest to build a supersonic business jet capable of sprinting from New York to London in just four hours. In the six months since the company began accepting orders for the Mach 1.6, $80 million twinjet, 40 would-be buyers have signed letters of intent backed by refundable deposits of $250,000.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation today signed a letter of intent with Ogden, Utah-based Kemp Development to open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility and Jet Aviation FBO at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The Swiss company plans to assume the existing FBO operations of Kemp Jet Services, following the close of the deal.
Eyebrows elevated when Grob was named earlier this year as the single source for the Bombardier Learjet 85’s entire primary and secondary composite structures. That’s because Zurich, Switzerland-based Grob is also developing its own all-composite light jet, the SPn, which could potentially compete with Bombardier’s Learjet 40XR. Not so, says Bombardier Learjet vice president of sales Mike Fahey.