AgustaWestland is acquiring Bell Helicopter’s 25-percent interest in the AB139 twin-turbine helicopter and increasing its stake in the Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor. Consolidating the ownership of the AB139 will provide “increased sales and improved customer support,” according to AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppi Orsi. Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland remain partners on the Model 412 and the U.S. Presidential fleet of US-101s.
Manufacturers delivered 738 general aviation turbine airplanes in the first nine months of this year, some 28 percent more than the 577 delivered in the same period last year, according to data released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Few if any Mustang orders are for very light (VLJ) jet air-limo operators, and Cessna seems neither surprised nor alarmed.
The bull is back, or at least it appears to be. After watching business aviation limp along for the past three years, executives at Textron, General Dynamics and Raytheon are now optimistic that the industry is on the rebound.
Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes in the first half of this year increased slightly over the same period last year, but not all manufacturers reported improved numbers, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
OEMs shipped 240 business jets in the first half–just six more than in the first six months last year. Turboprop deliveries, however, increased to 83 from 69 year-over-year.
In the rating codes chart in AIN’s 2004 product support survey (August, page 20), the overall average shown for Honeywell (Allied Signal/Textron Lycoming) turbofan engines should be 5.592. The value is incorrectly given as 6.592. Also, the overall average for Turbomeca turboprop/turboshaft engines should be 5.771. It is incorrectly given as 6.771.
Installation of an executive interior last month represented the 100th completion of a Cessna Caravan by Capital Aviation. The Oklahoma City-based company has been installing its Big Sky Custom Edition interiors, based on 15 different floor plans, in new and used Caravans since 1996. Turnaround time is about two weeks.
Cessna has announced an addition to its authorized service center network, with the appointment of Flightcraft of Eugene, Ore. (EUG).
Pratt & Whitney Canada and Cessna announced at the Paris Air Show PowerAdvantage Plus (PA+), an expanded pay-by-the-hour maintenance program for P&WC-powered Citations. This jointly developed program will provide Citation operators “with the opportunity to enter into a pay-by-the-hour program that covers parts, rental engines and engine shop labor, in addition to certain consumables,” the two companies said.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the Special Olympics athletes’ oath, and Citation owners and operators can help give them a chance to make the attempt.