With the new Beechcraft Corp. exiting the jet business when Hawker Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy as a standalone company in the spring, the company sought to clarify its position with regard to warranties today at the NBAA Convention.
AINalerts » October 29, 2012
As Hawker Beechcraft moves toward its resurrection as Beechcraft Corp. after exiting bankruptcy protection in the spring, it has not ignored research and development. Today at the NBAA Convention, Hawker Beechcraft executive vice president of customers Shawn Vick announced plans for three new turboprops, one of which will be a single-engine model and another a twin; the third is yet to be defined.
Cessna Aircraft launched a new version of its midsize Citation Sovereign today at the NBAA Convention, and invited show attendees to visit the new aircraft, which has been under development for the past year-and-a-half, at the static display. President and CEO Scott Ernest revealed that three of the upgraded Sovereigns are currently flying and have thus far accumulated approximately 800 flight-test hours.
Nearly 10,000 new business jets worth about $250 billion are predicted to be delivered between 2012 and 2022, according to Honeywell’s 21st annual business aviation outlook, released yesterday. The forecast reflects an approximate 9-percent increase in projected delivery value over last year’s 10-year prognostication, driven by pricing increases and a continued trend toward more demand for higher-priced larger business jets.
At the NBAA Convention today, Dassault Falcon introduced yet another new version of its Falcon 2000 super-midsize twin. The new Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short-field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The $32.8 million, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered Falcon 2000LXS will replace the 2000LX when it gains certification in 2014.
Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) reconfirmed plans today to build the BBJ Max, the executive version of Boeing’s 737 Max commercial jet that uses the CFM International Leap 1-B engines. Paralleling the commercial program, the first BBJ Max 8 will be based on the 737 Max 8 airframe. First BBJ Max 8 deliveries are expected in the 2017 to 2018 time frame. The BBJ Max 9 will follow, while plans for a BBJ Max 7 are under study.
NetJets unveiled its new Bombardier Global 6000 at the NBAA show static display last night. The fractional ownership giant has spent 18 months developing the Signature Series cabin interior for the large-cabin aircraft and will also roll out the new design to other new members of its fleet, including the Challenger 300 and 605. The aircraft is part of the 50-ship firm order for Global business jets placed by NetJets in March last year, along with options for 70 more.
Kestrel Aircraft has tapped Cox to supply an electro-mechanical ice protection system for its single-engine turboprop, the companies announced today at the NBAA Convention. The system allows “effective ice removal” without the need for de-icing boots or an anti-icing fluid system. According to Kestrel president and CEO Alan Klapmeier, the electro-mechanical system “allows for effective ice removal while retaining a laminar flow.” The single-engine Kestrel is expected to be in service by 2016.
Gulfstream president Larry Flynn noted today at the NBAA Convention that the certified G650 comes with performance improved substantially over earlier projections. Gulfstream had originally predicted a max range of 5,000 nm at Mach 0.90. The revised range is 6,000 nm at the same speed, making city pairs such as Tokyo to New York possible at speeds “faster than any other business jet.” Further, the G650’s takeoff balanced field length was reduced to 5,858 feet from the original 6,000 feet at the airplane’s mtow of 99,600 pounds.
Fractional provider Avantair continues to stand down operations and has retained safety expert Nick Sabatini to help complete a thorough examination of its fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis, including a comprehensive review of records and supporting maintenance documentation. It has also furloughed all of its pilots and operations staff.