Making a final show appearance here is Boeing Business Jets chief pilot Capt. Mike Hewett, whose BBJ flight to EBACE saw him pass the 12,800 flying-hour mark (including more than 4,000 hours in the U.S. Navy flying mostly Grumman A-6 Intruders).
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Paris-based operator Trans Helicopter Service (THS) has its twin-engine Eurocopter AS 355 Ecureuil II available here at EBACE 2007 for demo flights of Safe Flight’s helicopter powerline detection system (PDS). The system has just been awarded certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the AS 355. THS conducted the certification work on behalf of Safe Flight, based in White Plains, New York.
The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, which hosted its inaugural event here just six years ago with relatively modest ambitions, has blossomed into what some exhibitors now regard as the most important event on their show calendar.
JetAlliance CEO Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer signed a contract here yesterday for 25 Cessna Citations valued at $280 million. Some of the aircraft will be used by Austrian Business Jet, a new operation launched on Monday by JetAlliance and Austrian Airlines to integrate regional private jet and intercontinental airline travel.
Eclipse Aviation’s announcement of a 180-airplane order yesterday signaled the launch of a very light jet (VLJ) air-taxi operation that will be based in Turkey. The Eclipse 500 order–including 120 firm sales and 60 options–was placed by Eclipse Eastern European distributor Etirc Aviation and is Eclipse’s largest European order to date. The Eclipse order book now stands at just under 2,700 airplanes.
In six years as host city, Geneva remains a favorite on the trade show circuit. EBACE is experiencing some growing pains that have forced organizers to split the exhibits into two halls, but the venue remains a broad hit with visitors. A big part of the reason is easy access to the static display area.
First-time exhibitor Fargo Jet Center (Booth No. 1134) is at EBACE to promote its remote location as an ideal tech and customs-clearing stop for overseas travelers flying to the U.S.
With a 9,000-foot runway, Fargo’s Hector International Airport is located nearly in the center of North America, according to Fargo Jet president James Sweeney. “We’re really an international FBO,” he said, “perfect for long-range jets.”
For the past six years at EBACE, Gulfstream has given groups of aviation journalists the opportunity to experience the cabin amenities of one of its business jets during a morning flight over the Alps. The initial flight in 2002 was in a G200, the model chosen because Gulfstream had purchased the type certificates for it and the smaller G100 from Israel Aircraft Industries the year before.
Can you think of a product on sale here that has even more passenger space than a VVIP Airbus A380? Hint: A helipad can be accommodated on its rear deck. You get it: it is a 260-foot yacht.
The market for executive/VIP helicopters is growing, according to Eurocopter representatives here at EBACE, but the biggest challenge to sales is still cultural.
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