Boeing Business Jets president Steven Hill couldn’t help upstaging himself in a press conference yesterday, initially ignoring the announced subject of large aircraft executive/VIP cabin concepts in favor of an announcement that last night the company had inked deals for a new Boeing Business Jet and yet another VIP version of the 787 Dreamliner.
EBACE Convention News » May 23, 2007
Piaggio Aero Industries’ speedy Avanti II, long acknowledged as the fastest turboprop aircraft in the world, is now even faster.
At EBACE, Piaggio announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted approval for installation of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B in the Avanti II, giving the twin-engine pusher a maximum cruise speed of 402 knots (Mach 0.70).
At the Embraer booth (No. 7510) yesterday, fractional operator Executive AirShare announced an order for seven Phenom 100 very light jets (VLJs) for delivery in the summer of 2010, with options for seven more. Embraer also revealed that Premier Aviation signed a contract at EBACE for four Phenom 100s that were already included in the Phenom backlog.
Bombardier Aerospace is another manufacturer celebrating the rapid growth of European business aviation, announcing that Zug, Switzerland-based VistaJet has added to its existing all-Bombardier fleet.
An order for two Grob SPn jets to newly formed Abu Dhabi-based operator Prestige Jet, announced here yesterday, marks a breakthrough into the growing Middle East market by the Zurich-based manufacturer.
European politicians and the wider environmental lobby have made it clear that aviation is firmly in their sights in the struggle to halt what is broadly perceived as manmade global warming. Yesterday, here in the opening session of the EBACE conference, the business aviation community made it clear that they aren’t hiding from the issue.
To meet surging demand for its executive jets, Airbus is appointing Stork Fokker in the Netherlands as an additional completion center and reviving the defunct company-owned Sogerma completion center located within Airbus’ premises in Toulouse, France. This new facility is called Airbus Corporate Jet Centre and will be independently managed to provide the flexibility needed in the VIP market.
Aircraft sales numbers often catch the big headlines, but it is the delivery figures that matter most to aircraft manufacturers. The unpredictable nature of economic cycles, customers’ needs and desires and a company’s many suppliers often cause a disconnect between reported sales and the number of airplanes that actually end up in customers’ hands.
Universal Weather and Aviation is demonstrating its new electronic flight bag CD-ROM and online editions of its UVTripPlanner airport information database at Booth No. 1420. The online and EFB versions offer more information than the company’s traditional printed UVTripPlanner, which lists only airports with runways longer than 3,900 feet due to space limitations.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?