The upgrade parade that has been a hallmark of recent NBAA Conventions continued to march along pretty much unabated at last month’s show in Orlando, Fla., where no fewer than seven new models made triumphant debut appearances, but only one entirely new airplane bowed in–and it was a very light jet (VLJ) from a start-up company few people had ever heard of before the show.
Cessna Citation X
More than eight months after the start of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in North America, about 70 percent of U.S.-registered business aircraft are approved for RVSM operations, and only four models have achieved 100-percent fleet compliance, according to data provided by technical consulting firm CSSI.
For the third consecutive year in AIN’s Product Support Survey, readers gave Gulfstream top marks for both its newer business jets (less than 10 years old) and older business jets (10 years or older), when ratings for the Westwind series are excluded.
It’s one thing to find a new way of doing business. It’s quite another to make it work. Paul Touw, founder and CEO of Xojet (pronounced exojet) in San Carlos, Calif., believes he has done both.
China’s Aviation Authority has taken delivery of two new Cessna Citation XLSs. One is to be used for transporting government officials and the other for flight inspection work at the country’s airports. The flight inspection aircraft was fitted with an avionics package of hardware assembled by RVA Aerospace and installed by Kitchener Aero, both based in Ontario.
AIN’s readers this year have chosen CFM as the best provider of product support for turbofan engines (the CFM56s on Boeing Business Jets), and Pratt & Whitney Canada as the leader in turboprop support.