Cessna Aircraft delivered the first Citation CJ4 for charter operation in Europe early last month.Fred Eisele, CEO of Stuttgart-based Eisele Flugdienst, accepted the twinjet during a ceremony hosted by Atlas Air Service, the Cessna Citation authorized sales representative for Germany, at the Citation factory service center at Bremen Airport. The single-pilot-approved CJ4 gained type certification from the EASA in May.
EMS Aviation of Moorestown, N.J., brought its Aspire satellite-based, in-flight connectivity systems to Ebace, including its new AirMail portable e-mail product and a touch-screen, color handset.
EMS began shipping its Aspire 200 in North America this spring and the first installation is in a Hawker 4000. Additional installations on a Citation Sovereign and several other aircraft are expected by the end of summer.
A King Air 200, fitted with Aviator 200 powered by Thrane & Thrane, was on display at the Ebace convention in May.
The system delivers Internet and e-mail to WiFi-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops at data transfer speeds up to 158 kbps–not a particularly high transfer rate, but reasonable in these economic times at a cost of approximately $75,000.
Aircell’s Aviator 300, powered by Thrane & Thrane, has been selected for 12 factory airframe programs, including those at Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Gulfstream. Aviator 300 provides global data connectivity for e-mail and light Internet service at speeds up to 332 kbps.
Following what was described on May 2 as the retirement of 52-year-old Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton, Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly headed to Wichita to take charge of day-to-day operations at the 84-year-old aircraft manufacturer. At press time, Textron had not named a permanent replacement to take the helm at Cessna.
EMS Aviation (Stand 443) is debuting its Aspire family of satellite-based, in-flight connectivity systems at EBACE. The family includes the company’s new AirMail portable e-mail product and a color, touch-screen handset.
Europe’s still-fledgling entry-level charter jet market is showing some positive signs of growth, according to leading operators and analysts.
Austrian light jet charter operator GlobeAir (Stand 2231) has undergone a major fleet expansion to become the world’s largest fleet operator of Cessna Citation Mustangs. The company has also been awarded with both Wyvern and IS-BAO certification.
German operator Vibro-Air (Stand 843) recently added a Cessna Citation CJ3 to its charter fleet. The company now operates an Embraer Legacy 600, two Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is and an IAI Astra SP from Dusseldorf International Airport. It plans to add two Embraer Phenom 300s and a Legacy 500 (scheduled for certification in 2012). Vibro-Air CEO Ammr Shaladi said the company is also expanding its aircraft management division.