Eclipse Aviation (Booth No. 202) has won the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Stratospheric Ozone Protection award for its development of a new engine fire suppression system that avoids the use of ozone-depleting Halon.
EBACE Convention News » May 22, 2007
Honeywell has delivered the first batch of 32 TFE731-50R engines destined for Hawker’s new 900XP midsize business jet. This latest version of the engine, derived from the TFE731-50 powering the Dassault Falcon 900DX, continues a series that began with certification of the first TFE731 in 1972. Since then more than 11,000 TFE731 engines have been built.
Cirrus Aviation, based in Saarland, Germany, is adding a new Gulfstream G200 and a second Legacy 600 to its fleet, which will expand to include 17 aircraft. CEO Stefan Buschle noted that with a range of about 3,400 nm, the G200 can link city pairs like London and Dubai.
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) celebrated its 10th birthday in Berlin on Saturday night with news of an expansion plan that will see the joint venture grow its production capacity more than 30 percent over the next five years.
Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) system with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE yesterday, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the remainder of its model line. Entry into service for Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected in 2009.
Cessna has received European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval for the Citation Mustang, the first very light jet to be certified on this side of the Atlantic. Deliveries to European buyers are expected to begin “later this summer,” according to Cessna chairman, president and chief executive Jack Pelton.
Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn did not wax eloquent with regard to the Avio NG (next generation) avionics upgrade program for the Eclipse 500, other than to say that the company is moving ahead with the project and that the first of two Avio NG-equipped test aircraft will be finished this week.
Cessna and Eclipse are about to feel some Brazilian heat. The first Phenom 100 very light jet being assembled at manufacturer Embraer’s São José dos Campos factory is scheduled for its first flight next month.
As the first three Phenom 100s slated for the certification program are being completed at the main São José dos Campos plant, Embraer is putting into place a multi-site production strategy for the Phenom program.
Hainan Zhong Hangtai General Aviation Airlines Company, the China-based operating entity of Los Angeles, California company Ameritec, placed a firm order for 50 Adam Aircraft A700 very light jets here yesterday. Based on Hainan Island off China’s southern coast, the company already operates Cessna Caravans in charter service in China and plans to sell and charter the A700 as general aviation there grows in the coming years.
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