November

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The news from NBAA 2003 spilled over into Novemberís BizAV cycle. Without a doubt, Bombardier Aerospace made the most noise with a slew of product and service announcements throughout the busy NBAA event week. The manufacturer made three aircraft-related announcements at the show, including its biggest headline of the year: the official launch of the Ultra-Long Range XRS Global Express XRS business jet. In addition, the new Bombardier Global 5000 arrived at Orlando Executive Airport for its first-ever appearance at NBAA, where company officials proclaimed the super-large business jet is capable of flying nonstop from continental Europe to central North America at Mach 0.85 (562 mph) with eight passengers and a crew of three. Gulfstream Aerospace made its own headlines after it unveiled its latest addition to the family, the G450, at a special pre-NBAA event on Sunday, Oct. 5. The fourth example (serial number 4004) of the GIV-X (or next-generation GIV) officially joined the first G450 (S/N 4001), which first flew on April 30 and has flown more than 100 hours since. This was the first time that Gulfstream has developed two new models concurrently, and the G450 has benefited from a number of systems originally developed for the G550. Not to be left out, Cessna Aircraft unveiled it latest variant in a growing family of jet aircraft, the Citation XLS. Hailed as a faster derivative of the Citation Excel, it carries a price tag of $9.895 million and is described as "a logical step up for customers moving up from smaller light jets."