It is testament to both the rising stature of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the audacious ambition of Embraer that the Brazilian airframer chose the Geneva show as the venue for its surprise launch of the new Lineage 1000 very large-cabin business jet. There was a time when the annual U.S.
As the industry prepares for very light jets (VLJs) to live up to their billing to transform personal transportation, air-taxi and charter operations, members of the Aviation Insurance Association recently gathered for their annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, to consider risk exposure implications and market opportunities if the VLJ phenomenon turns its promoters’ rosiest visions into reality.
HighTech Finishing announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that last year was its best 12 months since 2001. The Houston company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft fittings, attributes the strong 2005 performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in interior refurbishment.
The very light jets (VLJs) are coming. Smaller than what have thus far been regarded as entry-level business jets, most VLJs offer a passenger capacity of about six, a range of a little more than 1,000 nm, cruise speed of about 350 knots, and price tags ranging from about $1.3 million to a shade more than $2.25 million.
Very light jet air-taxi hopeful Pogo will likely “not launch operations before 2009,” according to company CEO and former American Airlines boss Robert Crandall. Initially, Pogo was planning to get a VLJ operation off the ground this year with Adam A700s.
As anticipation builds over the pending certification of the first very light jet, the Eclipse 500, “There’s a new sense of legitimacy for the idea of personalized air mobility in the form of per-seat fleet operations [using VLJs],” according to NASA Langley advance planning office director Bruce Holmes. “After all, mobility is freedom, and the big picture of the VLJ is individualized air travel.”
Assuming the marketplace wants the aircraft, nothing is more important to
At this year’s EAA AirVenture show, plans and promises from the past finally yielded fruit. Last year, Honda flew the Honda-powered, Honda-designed HondaJet to Oshkosh in an impressive demonstration of the company’s aeronautical capabilities. Yet the company was maddeningly silent about bringing the jet to market until AirVenture 2006, when it announced plans to certify and market the HondaJet.
Not to rain on Eclipse’s parade, but…the July 27 waving of the checkered flag in the very light jet (VLJ) race might have been premature. While Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse did announce FAA provisional certification of its Eclipse 500 that day