Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support and Rockwell Collins have started flight testing on a touch-screen primary flight display upgrade for Pro Line 21-equipped King Airs. The Pro Line Fusion system with touch-screen and cursor-controlled flight displays will make its debut as an aftermarket option for these aircraft. Certification for the initial King Air application is expected by the end of 2013, with entry into service to follow in early 2014.
Before digging into the details of each of the light jet markets, it’s worth noting some global factors affecting the market. In 2012, the big story in the light jet market was Europe and the devaluing euro. As the light jet market typically trades in U.S. dollars, with the euro dropping nearly 20 percent in value compared to last year, European sellers saw an opportunity to take advantage of the strong dollar and liquidate at relatively lower dollar values for their assets, yielding a higher amount of euros.
While the 65th Annual NBAA Convention here in Orlando is the world’s greatest gathering of modern business aircraft, it isn’t the only great aircraft collection in the area. Drive just 15 minutes west on I-4 and you’ll find Kermit Weeks’s Fantasy of Flight, home to the “The World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection.” If you are a fan of early era through post-WWII aircraft, the museum is a not-to-be-missed destination.
In the upcoming movie Flight, starring Denzel Washington, the only way the captain can save everyone aboard his crippled airliner is to complete an aileron roll just before bellying it in. Sure the story is pure Hollywood hokum, but there have been a number of accidents where pilots, faced with unusual attitude or control situations, reacted either incorrectly or too slowly to save their aircraft. And, unfortunately, life didn’t imitate art.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has agreed to place a $7.5 billion order with Airbus for another five A380s and 20 A350-900s, the carrier announced on Wednesday. Delivery schedules call for the first airplane to arrive in Singapore in 2017.
Retired Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton was elected chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) yesterday after the association’s board of directors accepted the resignation of president and CEO Rod Hightower. In his role as EAA chairman, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition.
Hightower joined EAA in 2010. According to EAA, he is leaving to spend more time with his family in St. Louis, since they didn’t make the move to Oshkosh as originally planned.
In a reorganization plan filed in June with the bankruptcy court, Hawker Beechcraft listed a number of options and assumptions available during the process, among them that the company might cease all jet production–something the company reiterated it planned to do last week when announcing it would emerge from bankruptcy as standalone company Beechcraft Corp.
Boeing on Tuesday began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for any of its twin-aisle models, the company said today. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month amounts to a nearly 20-percent increase over the previous rate of seven per month.
Workers loaded into position the first part—the lower lobe of the 777’s aft fuselage—for assembly under the new rate in its factory in Everett, Washington.
Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (SMBC) beat more than 30 other bidders to complete the acquisition of RBS Aviation Capital on October 15, demonstrating the growing importance of leasing in new-airliner acquisitions. The bank’s new SMBC Aviation division intends to merge two other leasing companies owned by its shareholders to challenge for the number-three position in the leasing sector, controlling some 331 aircraft.
CFM, the 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma, has embarked on a “major” risk-abatement plan to ensure a smooth production transition from its CFM56 to the new Leap-1A, B and C engines, chosen to power, respectively, the Airbus A320neo, the Boeing 737 Max and the Comac C919 single-aisle airliners. “Transitioning from 1,600 engines per year to the same output of another type in two years, this is something the industry has never done before,” François Harant, Snecma’s supply chain director, told AIN.