Cirrus Aircraft last month raised the price of the single-engine Vision Jet, a personal VLJ, to $1.39 million for existing position holders and to $1.55 million for new orders placed before December 31. The price increases to $1.72 million for orders placed after January 1. All prices are in 2009 dollars. When Cirrus started taking orders for the jet in June 2007, the target price was about $1 million.
Embraer has received ISA+39-degrees C certification for the E190 airliner from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the FAA, the company announced yesterday. With the certification, the 100-seat jet can fly without operational restriction in airports where temperatures reach as high as 129 degrees F at sea level.
Embraer reinforced its partnership with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, by signing an agreement to extend FAS’s maintenance capabilities to the Lineage 1000 executive jet. FAS became an Embraer authorized service center in the Middle East in November 2008 when it was given responsibility for the entry-level Phenom 100, light Phenom 300 and super-midsize Legacy 600.
A pair of significant milestones underscores West Star Aviation’s continued growth in a depressed economy. The company is in the final stage of a planned service capabilities expansion and facilities consolidation at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) location. In addition, the company’s East Alton, Ill. (ALN) facility has been named a Piaggio Aero authorized service center.
Aspen Avionics in Albuquerque, N.M., introduced a helicopter version of its Evolution flight display system called the EFD1000H Pro Helicopter PFD. The $15,000 unit includes an LCD attitude indicator with airspeed and altitude tapes, altitude alerter and trend vector, plus a full electronic HSI with dual bearing pointers, moving map and flight plan overlays.
More than a year after it bought 80 percent of Sino Swearingen Aircraft, infused it with $150 million of new capital, and rebranded it Emivest Aerospace, the company’s Dubai-based owner, Emirates Investment and Development, may be on the verge of establishing a regular production schedule for the $7.25 million SJ30 light twinjet.
The Russian government has finally committed to production of the Sukhoi Su-35 combat aircraft, which features thrust-vectoring and e-scan radar. At the MAKS 2009 airshow at Zhukovsky airbase near Moscow this month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a contract worth $2.5 billion for 48 Su-35S models. They will be delivered to the Russian Air Force by 2015.
Although Cirrus Aircraft fielded a large display at EAA AirVenture last week in Oshkosh, Wis., notably missing from the Cirrus exhibit area and Cirrus’s press conference was cofounder and board chairman Alan Klapmeier. Now the Cirrus board of directors has decided not to renew Klapmeier’s contract and to seek a new chairman when his term expires at the end of this month.
The new owner of Adam Aircraft said this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., that he plans to decide whether to place a modified version of the A500 push-pull twin into production by year-end.
On June 18, a Learjet 40XR (N988AL) suffered severe damage at Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport after technicians reported a stuck engine throttle while taxiing during an engine run. According to airport manager Bill Welstead, the aircraft was throttled up after leaving Turbine Engine Specialists when the technicians in the cockpit noted that the engine control on the left engine was stuck.