Embraer Executive Jets announced yesterday that the first part was milled last week for its Legacy 450, ushering in the start of the mid-light twinjet’s fabrication. The first part, an unspecified component of the forward fuselage, was milled from a block of aluminum alloy. Once completed, the part was approved by a quality control process that employed the use of laser devices for design validation with the digital mockup.
“We remain positive about continuing growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as that of all Latin America,” said Embraer vice president of sales for Latin America Breno Corrêa, discussing the debut of the company’s Lineage 1000 this week.
Business aviation analyst Brian Foley believes that the Latin American market has been under-appreciated by the industry. “It currently accounts for 10 percent of all the world’s business jets, and it operates on a somewhat different economic cycle,” he said. While the European general aviation markets are essentially stagnant and the Asian markets appear to be slowing, Latin America “will continue to play a key role in sustaining what has been a troubled industry, hopefully until the U.S. market regains its strength,” he said.
Bombardier Aerospace scored another fleet order for its Global series early last month, announcing a firm order for eight of the ultra-long-range business jets from an undisclosed customer. The order consists of three Global 6000s and five Global 8000s, a deal valued at approximately $507 million based on 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi said, “Sales momentum for the Global product line is strong, and we are experiencing tremendous success with the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.”
The 200th Falcon 7X rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France on July 9, and the aircraft has since entered the final cabin completion process. “We are especially proud of this milestone,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon. “The 7X is clearly the best seller in the current Falcon family and remains one of the most sought-after jets in itscategory.”
Shelly Hedrick had been in aviation–fractionals, charters, FBOs–for 12 years when it occurred to her recently that there was a niche in the business aviation market that she could fill.
Last month she announced the launch of JetSeat, a company providing customized overhead layouts of business and private jet interiors, for existing or proposed cabins.
The JetSeat overheads are not only to scale, but the various fabrics, designs, shapes and colors are replicated accurately, said Hedrick.
Today Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 to go to a mainland China customer, Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group. Since the first delivery of a Legacy 600 in Greater China in 2004, Embraer has booked firm orders for 28 executive jets in this market, 15 of which were written last year. The company forecasts Chinese demand for 635 executive jets from all manufacturers in the coming 10 years.
UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.
Pentastar Aviation’s new iPad yoke mount for business jets allows pilots to view the iPad in landscape or portrait mode. The viewing angle is also adjustable, and the iPad can be stowed above the yoke in portrait mode. Adapted from Pentastar’s electronic flight bag (EFB) yoke mount, the new mount will be available for Gulfstream jets first, followed by other models under an approved model list supplemental type certificate.
There was a time in the completion and refurbishment industry when customer demand drove technology. Now, says Hawker Beechcraft v-p Brian Howell, it’s the near light-speed progress of technology that’s driving customer demand for cabin equipage.