A U.S. bankruptcy court has cleared the way for Hawker Beechcraft to begin “exclusive negotiations” for China’s Superior Aviation Beijing to acquire the civil aviation interests of the financially troubled group.
Embraer released its second-quarter results this morning and the Brazilian OEM’s executive jets division showed a relatively healthy jump in deliveries from 13 in the first quarter to 20 in the second. The overall improvement in the company’s total second-quarter revenues, from $1.155 billion in the first quarter to $1.717 billion in the second, is no less attributable to the jump in airliner deliveries, from 21 in the first quarter to 35 in the second.
Dassault received orders for 25 Falcon business jets worth €1.05 billion ($1.27 billion), during the first half of this year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said today in a press conference at the company’s headquarters near Paris. This is an improvement on the 22 Falcons ordered during the same period last year.
“The market is still convalescent overall,” a not-too-bullish Edelstenne said. The Falcon backlog continues to decrease.
Here we are in 2012, nearly 110 years since the Wright Brothers made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air flight, and with some notable exceptions aircraft design over the years has become about as conservative and uninspired as a bowl of Jello.
Embraer Executive Jets named Jay Beever as vice president for interior design at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Beever has extensive experience in high-end luxury interior work in the business aviation and automotive industries. Previously, he worked as an interior design manager for the G650, G450 and G550 in the new-product development department at Gulfstream. He was also responsible for overseeing the design and construction of a new design studio for the company. Before that he developed several design enhancements for automobiles at Ford.
Zenith Jet has issued a mid-year update for its annual business aviation forecast. The Montreal-based business aviation services company forecasts delivery of 736 business jets this year, a number that, if accurate, would represent an increase over the 703 handed over last year and the first year-over-year improvement in deliveries since 2008. Zenith views this as the start of a five-year recovery run that will see deliveries grow at a compound average rate of 17-percent each year, with a peak of 1,392 deliveries anticipated in 2016.
Austin (Texas) Executive Airport, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar for business aircraft, bringing the airport’s available hangar lease space to more than 63,000 sq ft. According to airport officials, the 6,025-foot runway and hangars can accommodate business aircraft up to the size of ultra-long-range jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Globals. Henriksen Jet Center provides FBO services at the airfield.
Dassault has begun cutting metal for its still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) business jet. The first parts reportedly are being manufactured for testing purposes at its Argenteuil factory northwest of Paris.
A cockpit subassembly will be used for bird-strike trials, and leading-edge slats will undergo de-icing tests. In addition, a testbed is being readied for the fuel system.
All three crewmembers perished when their Gulfstream IV crashed on landing at Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ) in the south of France on Friday at 3:18 p.m. local time. The twinjet, registered as N823GA, was being operated by U.S. charter firm Universal Jet Aviation on a Part 91 repositioning flight from nearby Nice. There were no passengers aboard the aircraft.
Embraer delivered 55 jets in the second quarter, composed of 35 airliners and 20 executive jets. Of the business jets, Embraer shipped 17 light jets and three large jets. Total deliveries for the first six months reached 89 aircraft–56 commercial and 33 executive jets–13 more than for the same period last year.