For those who gaze into crystal balls and analyze the business jet market, there are heady days in store, according to recent industry prognostications. Honeywell Aerospace’s 21st annual business aviation market forecast predicts the industry can expect short-term record growth and delivery of more than 14,000 new business jets by 2017–numbers that reflect even more optimism than those the company released last year.
Delegates from Europe’s regional airlines are “delighted” to be returning to the Greek capital Athens for their annual general assembly (October 17-19) because of the city’s great success as a previous venue, according to Mike Ambrose, director-general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
The U.S. Air Force’s T-6 program office has suspended deliveries of the Hawker Beechcraft T-6A Texan II single-engine turboprop trainer “pending investigation of contract delivery issues,” according to a spokesman at the Air Force Air Education & Training Command (AETC). The AETC currently operates 320 T-6As for Air Force specialized undergraduate pilot training, and the U.S.
For years, Dassault’s marketing executives maintained the position that Falcon business jets flew perfectly well without the aerodynamic benefits of winglets. But then something strange happened. People started seeing winglet-equipped Falcons being test flown in the skies above Seattle, and rumors began swirling that Dassault might be about to change its stance on winglets.
The Dassault Falcon 2000 series is getting a facelift, with increased range for the Falcon 2000LX (which replaces the 2000EX) and slightly less range for the Falcon 2000DX (which supersedes the Falcon 2000). Flight tests are under way and both airplanes are expected to be certified late this year. Deliveries should follow early next year.
EPG Insurance introduced a out-of-warranty maintenance plan that the company said covers almost all unscheduled repairs on small business jets and turboprops. The coverage plan, called Av-Guard, is restricted to aircraft that sell for $3 million or less. It is effective for 12 months or 500 hours of operation, whichever occurs first.
Park Electrochemical, a supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace structures, is showcasing a newly introduced prepreg (pre-impregnated material) that the company said is tailor-made for aircraft interiors.
Since launching the Zing engine data-gathering service at last year’s NBAA Convention, Honeywell has been testing the system in a select group of customer airplanes in preparation for its official rollout. Zing eliminates the need for a mechanic to plug a laptop computer into an airplane to download engine operating data. It instead allows wireless transmission of engine information by tapping into the existing GSM/GPRS cellphone network.
Sheridan, Wyo.-based Phoenix Fuel (Booth No. 4022) has unveiled a new image and Web portal to go with it.
The announcement followed closely on the heels of news earlier this month that Phoenix Japan Aviation Group, the company’s ground-handling provider at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, had opened its doors for business.
Clifford Development of Portage, Mich. (Booth No. 5651), has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (S550). As is the case with the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 engines, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.