Duncan Aviation announced that a new 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. facility will be in service next spring. It is designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express and Dassault Falcon 7X. The $10.5 million facility incorporates down-draft airflow, automatic monitoring and alarms.
Bombardier Global Express
Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday that Global 7000 and 8000 aft fuselages will be built at its site in Queretaro, Mexico. The Mexican site already produces the aft fuselage of the Global 5000 and 6000, as well as the Learjet 85 aircraft’s major composite structures. Final assembly of Global 7000s and 8000s will take place at Bombardier’s Toronto, Ontario plant.
Innotech Aviation is expanding its facility and maintenance, completion, paint, avionics and refurbishment services with particular emphasis on Bombardier’s Global series. A spokesman for the company told AIN an additional 29,000 sq ft is being added to the existing 180,000-sq-ft facility.
On Monday, Bombardier announced more suppliers and a few additional design and production details for the new Global 7000 and 8000 long-range business jets that are scheduled to enter service beginning in 2016.
Tempus Jets has purchased Global Trip Support, which will now be called Tempus Global Trip Support. The acquired company, which had been based in Las Vegas, will move to Pagosa Springs, Colo., where it will continue to offer flight-planning services for individuals, corporations and governments. According to Tempus, which is exhibiting here at Booth No.
Ever since automaker CEOs went private jet-in-hand to Washington seeking bail-out bucks in 2008, business aircraft have become the political pinata of choice for certain members of the elected, who mistakenly see attacking executive contrails as surefire re-election rhetoric.
Yesterday Bombardier reported a healthy overall jump in fiscal second-quarter profits to $211 million, a 53-percent leap from last year’s $138 million. Business aircraft sales–large-cabin jets in particular–accounted for 45 percent ($903 million) of the company’s $2.085 billion revenues in the second quarter; services accounted for 20 percent ($408 million) of revenues.
Eurocontrol is trying to improve the accuracy of the ETS Support Facility, which is intended to give so-called small emitters a relatively easy way to calculate carbon dioxide emissions for the purposes of compliance with the European Union’s controversial emissions trading scheme.
Bombardier announced last month at the Paris Air Show that Swiss private aviation provider VistaJet has placed a firm order for 10 copies of the Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jet it is developing.
With sister company NetJets due to receive Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s, FlightSafety International is adding flight training for the types at its Columbus, Ohio learning center. FSI is currently designing a level-D simulator, as well as other advanced training equipment and courseware, for the two Bombardier Global Vision-equipped business jets.