Wingtip device

October 21, 2013 - 10:10pm
Steve Ridolfi and Kenn Ricci

Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s yesterday at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier (Booth No. N5731)– including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion

October 21, 2013 - 9:45pm

Tamarack Aerospace and Cessna Aircraft have signed an agreement in which Cessna will market, sell and install Tamarack’s active winglets for theCitationJet family through the CJ3. Tamarack announced the agreement here at NBAA 2013 yesterday.

October 21, 2013 - 6:45pm
The new winglets are actually a modification of existing winglets on BBJs and make use of existing wing structure to add a split-tip and a lower dorsal fin.

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ, Booth No. 2304, Static) yesterday revealed more details about its line of fuel-efficient and longer-range BBJ Max single-aisle bizliners here at the NBAA show, while also announcing a new “Split Scimitar” winglet retrofit for existing BBJs, in cooperation with Aviation Partners.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Boeing Business Jets gave more details about its line of fuel-efficient and longer-range BBJ Max single-aisle bizliners today at the NBAA Convention. Looking forward, the new BBJ Max 8 and BBJ Max 9 are designed to replace the current BBJ2 and BBJ3, respectively, and feature significant range improvements, thanks mostly to new CFM Leap engines and advanced winglet technology.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.

October 19, 2013 - 5:30am
5,300 cu ft of cabin space in the ACJ319 gives a lot of room for eight to 18 passengers to experience a really comfortable ride.

If you want to see the inside of a really big business jet–one that’s the size of an airliner–at the NBAA 2013 static display at Henderson Executive Airport, you may encounter a silk rope draped across the handrails at the bottom of the passenger stairs. A professionally attired man or woman standing by the rope will explain that the aircraft is being shown and then politely suggest, “Please come back later.” Later could take a long time.

October 7, 2013 - 5:00am
The first production Learjet (S/N 23-003) being readied for delivery to Cincinnati’s Chemical and Industrial Corp. in 1964.

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence. Early Learjet owners included crooner Frank Sinatra and industrialist Louise Timken, and their aircraft were a far cry from the comfortable cabins of today.

October 3, 2013 - 3:55pm

Cessna is completing certification flight-testing on its new $4.395 million M2 light jet and expects certification within “a few weeks,” company vice president Brad Thress told AIN. Earlier this week, Garmin provided the Wichita aircraft manufacturer with the final data load for the aircraft’s new Intrinzic cockpit, which features a touchscreen G3000 avionics system.

October 2, 2013 - 2:10am
On a recent trip AIN had the opportunity to see Safe Flight’s AutoPower autothrottle system in action on a Hawker 800.

Once you’ve watched a professional flight crew fly a business jet equipped with Safe Flight’s AutoPower autothrottle system, you’ll wonder why autothrottles aren’t standard on more airplanes. While they offer efficiency and passenger comfort benefits, it’s the safety aspects that make autothrottles well worthwhile.

October 1, 2013 - 2:30am
Cessna Citation Sovereign (Photo: Matt Thurber)

When I pushed the thrust levers forward for takeoff in the newest version of Cessna’s Citation Sovereign, not only did the big jet surge forward but something else interesting happened: at about 75 percent N1 the power levers moved forward on their own and set takeoff power precisely, rather than require Shannon Peterson, senior pilot flight operations, to make the fine adjustments for takeoff power. Shortly thereafter we reached rotation speed, I pitched into the V-bars on the flight director and the powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306Ds launched the Sovereign skyward.

 
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