The largest member of Embraer’s 170/190 family of single-aisle commercial jets–the 108-seat Embraer 195–took to the air for the first time on December 7 from the company’s production center in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The first prototype–a two-seat-row stretch of the 100-seat Embraer 190–validated systems operation and flight characteristics during its one-hour-and-56-minute mission.
UK-based Twinjet has forged an alliance with Russian aerospace export agency Aviaexport to sell used business jets in Russia. While conceding that heavy taxes on the importation of foreign-built aircraft will make the sales task harder, Twinjet managing director John Keeble asserted that long-term prospects for the Russian market are promising.
Netherlands-based Fokker Services, a subsidiary of Stork Aerospace, is in the executive interiors business. Actually, the company has been converting Fokkers for private use since the 1980s, but not so much as a core revenue stream.
Landmark Aviation’s Associated Air Center delivered its seventh Airbus Corporate Jetliner last month and has contracts for three more. Its total of 12 ACJ cabin completion orders makes Associated the preeminent ACJ interiors shop in the U.S., but it is not the only one.
In a shift from its traditional role serving the airlines, Thales is preparing to expand its presence in North America this year with a line of avionics products for business jets. But before the manufacturer fully commits to the endeavor, it is putting extra emphasis on product support, an area that has caused headaches for the manufacturer–and its customers–in the past.
Toulouse, France-based aerial work specialist AeroVision is further developing its proprietary aerial cinematography system, which Airbus uses exclusively for in-flight images. The camera system is mounted on a modified Aerospatiale Corvette.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner family has just grown bigger, with the introduction of its newest member, the smaller A318 Elite. The Elite offers less range (up to 4,000 nm) and a shorter cabin than the Airbus 320. Airbus said Germany’s Lufthansa Technik will outfit the Elite with a choice of two cabin layouts seating up to 14 and 18 passengers, respectively, with seats clustered in several lounge areas throughout the cabin.
Business aviation interests have been victorious in their battles over the years to prevent the creation of general aviation user fees to replace the current fuel tax to pay for its share of ATC services. But at last week’s NBAA Convention, business aviation trade group leaders warned that this time the battle could be the toughest yet.
The horizontal wake-turbulence avoidance distance currently required when a lighter aircraft is behind a heavier aircraft might have to be doubled when flying behind the new Airbus A380, according to preliminary recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Bombardier Aerospace's results improved in FY 2006, primarily the result of a continued strong business jet market. According to financial results released yesterday for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, the regional aircraft market presented "significant challenges," but the business jet market remained strong with a "45-percent boost in deliveries, reflecting increases in all Bombardier business aircraft models.