The rapid growth of Abu Dhabi-based executive charter group Royal Jet paints a vivid illustration of the pace of business aviation expansion in the Middle East. The company started life just two years ago with a single Boeing Business Jet and its fleet has since grown by three more BBJs, two Gulfstream 300s and a Bombardier Challenger 300.
Airbus has chosen Honeywell’s HGT1500 auxiliary power unit (APU) to provide electric and pneumatic power for the new A350 variant of the A330 twin-aisle airliner, while Boeing has selected the company’s nitrogen-generation system (NGS) for the single-aisle 737.
Airbus A318s powered by CFM International engines were approved by the EASA for 180-minute extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS). FAA validation of 180-minute ETOPS is targeted for the first half of next year. The first A318 with the 180-minute ETOPS capability is a corporate Elite to be delivered to Comlux Aviation of Switzerland.
Delays to the A380 program have not made things any easier for major suppliers such as the Engine Alliance (Hall 4 Stand A9), which currently has its first four production GP7200 engines mounted on an aircraft at Toulouse waiting for clearance to begin flight tests.
Dassault Falcon selected VisionSafe’s emergency vision assurance system as optional equipment for Falcon jet operators. Marketed and distributed by EVASWorldwide, more than 1,200 of the systems, which displace smoke in cockpits so that pilots can see instruments and land safely, have been delivered (see related story on page 18).
The FAA said that after reassessing the civil aviation authority of Ghana, the agency concluded that the African country does not have an “adequate infrastructure” to meet international safety standards. These standards are developed around airline operations and airport facilities but can also be applicable to business aircraft operators.
Well behind many other regions, and more than 10 years after initial proposals, Europe is about to rule on proposed commercial single-turbine-engine flights at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (SEIMC operations, roughly equivalent to flights under U.S.
Airbus airline and corporate jet versions of the A319 and A320, as well as the A321, recently received FAA approval for 180-minute extended-range commercial operations (ETOPS). These aircraft received ETOPS approval from the EASA in March 2004. FAA and EASA approvals for corporate and airline versions of the A318 are expected in the second half of this year. Boeing received FAA approval for ETOPS on the basic BBJ
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