Business jet activity in the U.S. will decline by 0.1 percent in 2013, according to a forecast presented at NBAA ’12 by Avinode (Booth No. 2120). On a regional level, the forecast projects the south and west will experience a 0.4 percent and 1.3 percent growth rate respectively, buoyed by leisure travel, while the northeast and midwest will see a decrease in business jet activity of 1.2 percent and 3.9 percent respectively. “The more business-travel focused northeast and midwest continue to struggle,” said Magnus Henriksson, business unit director, Avinode Business Intelligence.
Safe Flight Instrument announced that West Star Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Safe Flight’s AutoPower automatic throttle system on the Hawker Beechcraft 750/800/850/900 business jet series.
Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, data provider Jetnet (Booth no. 5099) continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe its going to get even better,” said Jetnet iQ director Roland Vincent at the company’s “State of the Market” briefing yesterday.
Embraer’s Legacy 500 program is gathering pace as the new midsize business jet is prepared for its maiden flight.
This week at the NBAA Convention, Embraer Executive Jets is displaying a complete Legacy 450 cabin and cockpit mockup for the first time. The mid-light Legacy 450, which is expected to enter service in 2015, is designed to carry up to nine passengers and have a range of 2,300 nm with four passengers at Mach 0.78. The interior on display, which was designed in partnership with DesignworksUSA, features a stand-up cabin with a flat floor.
Embraer Executive Jets is expanding its Melbourne, Fla. campus. Already home to a Phenom 100 and 300 assembly plant and a state-of-the-art customer center, Embraer has begun construction on a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center announced earlier this year.
Embraer is bringing interior development and modification for its full line of corporate jets in-house. That’s the word from Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. The company previously contracted with BMW Designworks USA for the interior cabin design on its Phenom and Legacy jets. Embraer’s new customer center and its under-construction engineering and technical center, both at its Melbourne, Fla. campus, will be the epicenter of the new effort.
Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2520) of Van Nuys, Calif. and Chicago’s Priester Aviation have announced a strategic alliance aimed at creating a nationwide service for management, charter, maintenance and all other aircraft services. Both companies will retain their independent brands while working to provide each other’s clients additional value wherever possible. Clay Lacy and Priester have a combined fleet of almost 100 managed aircraft throughout the U.S., 70 of them charter-ready.
NetJets unveiled its new Bombardier Global 6000 at the NBAA show static display on Sunday. The fractional ownership giant has spent 18 months developing the Signature Series cabin interior for the large cabin aircraft and will also roll out the new design to other new members of its fleet, including the Challenger 605 and 300 models.
The leadership at Gulfstream was wearing out their dancing shoes yesterday at media conference. If there had been champagne, it would have flowed freely. The highlight was the presence for the first time at an NBAA show of a newly certified G650 and G280, backed by a $16 billion backlog and news of revenues up 30 percent in the third quarter. Gulfstream expects to begin making customer deliveries of both the G650 and G280 before year-end 2012, further padding a year that saw 78 green deliveries in the first three quarters, 18 more than in the same period in 2011.