Rarely does the chief pilot of an OEM become the president, but it happened at Boeing Business Jets last year when Steve Taylor took over from Steve Hill, who retired after five years as BBJ president and 35 years with Boeing.
Boeing Business Jets announced in May at EBACE that its then-president Steve Hill would be retiring in July after 30 years at Boeing and that BBJ chief pilot Steve Taylor would be taking over as president. One of Taylor’s first tasks as president, he related to the author at that time, was to find someone to replace himself as chief pilot.
Florida Jet Sales has a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) for sale out on the MEBA show static display. The aircraft entered service just over eight years ago, in August 2000, and has logged more than 4,000 hours. The U.S. preowned aircraft sales specialist also has half a dozen other jets in its current inventory, including a Hawker Beechcraft 800XP and an 800A, a Dassault Falcon 50 and a 900EX, a Bombardier Learjet 60SE and an IAI Astra SPX.
Business aviation support company Arinc Direct and Rockwell Collins have been awarded a contract for the installation and certification of the Rockwell Collins eXchange satellite broadband communication system on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
A Japanese industrial trading company and a U.S. aviation management and services firm doing business on Guam have joined forces at NBAA ’02 to market shares in Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) to companies and individuals throughout Asia.
DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.
A recently delivered Boeing Business Jet on April 7 flew the farthest distance yet for a BBJ: 6,854 nm, from Seattle to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 14 hr 12 min. Boeing Business Jets said the airplane landed with 5,900 lb of fuel, about 1 hr 30 min of endurance. Total flight time was helped by an average tailwind of 45 kt. In addition to its long flight, this is the first BBJ to be certified under FAR Part 135, according to the company.
General Electric’s Garrett Santa Barbara completion center, opened in mid-1999 for the express purpose of outfitting Boeing Business Jets, is scheduled to close next month following a troubled three-year history.
The announcement last month by GE was described as part of a decision by the parent company “to adjust its business activities to the current market conditions.”
When Peter Campbell was managing the interior completion of a BBJ2 for a client, he became concerned about the expensive blended wood flooring and leather paneling inside the main cabin door. So he made a sketch of an awning attached to the top of the BBJ’s door and presented it to Lufthansa Technik Completion Center designers in Hamburg, Germany.
Boeing Business Jets said it plans to install the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics Head-up Guidance System (HGS-4000) as standard equipment in all BBJs and BBJ2s. In addition to traditional HUD functions, the HGS-4000 provides improved low-visibility takeoff guidance as well as runway deceleration cueing, readout of remaining runway length and unusual-attitude recovery cues, said BBJ chief pilot Mike Hewett.