As progress continues on the construction of the first flight-test Bombardier Learjet 85, the airframer said this week that it sees a niche for a smaller follow-on model of the all-composite midsize jet. “I think there is an opportunity between the 75 and the 85,” Learjet vice president and general manager Ralph Acs told journalists this week during a media event. “Our entire notion all along has been that you can come up with a platform and then you spin that to other things.”
AINalerts » September 20, 2012
Ocean Sky’s FBO and maintenance businesses have been acquired following the sudden liquidation of the UK-based group’s aircraft charter and management businesses. Cyprus-based RSS Enterprises announced the acquisition of Ocean Sky Jet Centre, Ocean Sky Engineering, Ocean Sky Aircraft Interiors and Ocean Sky Jet Centre (Prestwick) this week.
The EASA management board’s decision today to re-examine how general aviation (GA) is regulated in Europe has been hailed by the U.S. and European GA manufacturers associations–GAMA and EGAMA, respectively–and the AeroSpace & Defence Industries Association of Europe.
The FAA issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that is aimed at reducing noise generated by new helicopters certified under Part 36 (noise standards) of the FARs. If adopted, the rule would impose standards already adopted by ICAO.
Five years after its founding by former Jet Aviation chief Heinz Koehli, Amac Aerospace has significantly strengthened its credentials as a business aviation services group with the opening of its third hangar in Basel, Switzerland, last week. This also comes on the heels of the company’s setting up a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Istanbul, Turkey.
Fog greeted early arrivals to the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in Seattle this morning, but it soon burned off under the unseasonably warm sun shining on the event, which was held today at the Clay Lacy FBO at Boeing Field. More than 800 people pre-registered for the forum and 80 exhibitors filled one of Clay Lacy’s hangars. An Embraer Legacy 650 was the largest jet of the 16 static-display aircraft, which included a Piper Meridian, Quest Kodiak and Hawker 4000.
Signature Flight Support officially opened its FBO at Chicago O’Hare International Airport yesterday. The FBO chain’s newly built 9,150-sq-ft facility includes a large lobby area, management offices, a conference room, crew lounge, VIP lounge, ground support equipment maintenance bay and supporting restroom and locker room facilities.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will be Eurocopter’s single-source supplier for wheels and brakes on the new X4 medium-twin helicopter. The Safran company will provide the two nosewheels, two main wheels and two electric brakes, the electronic brake controller and four brake pedal transmitter units. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s electric brakes are designed “to reduce weight, while retaining excellent friction properties” and simplifying maintenance.
Aviation Partners’ high-Mach blended winglets on the Falcon 50 series were STC’d by the FAA on Tuesday. EASA approval is pending, the company said. The FAA certification is the culmination of an 18-month development and flight-test program, and comes on the heels of its similar winglet approvals for the Falcon 900 and 2000 series. Aviation Partners claims its Falcon 50 winglets provide a drag reduction, and corresponding range increase, of 5 percent at Mach 0.80 and more than 7 percent at long-range cruise.
A Boeing Business Jets BBJ set a new world speed record this week on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand, completing the 5,658-nm trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. The record-setting flight was monitored by the National Aeronautic Association. Owned by Samsung Electronics, the bizliner was flown to New Zealand for the first interior completion of a new BBJ by Auckland-based Altitude Aerospace Interiors. According to Boeing Business Jets, the BBJ is its best selling model, with 157 sold to date.