Volume 3, Number 16 September 28, 2005

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ECLIPSE UPDATE I: CERTIFICATION STATIC TESTING COMPLETE
Eclipse Aviation's entry into the coming very light jet (VLJ) sweepstakes cleared another major hurdle on its rush toward certification earlier this month when the company completed FAA-required static testing of the Eclipse 500 airframe. According to the company, the FAA approved the airframe for an initial 10,000-hour lifetime, which Eclipse says "is significantly higher than typically approved by the FAA." By contrast, initial type certification of the Adam 500, an all-composite piston twin forming the foundation for the Adam Aircraft Industries A700 AdamJet, was FAA type-certificated with a 250-hour airframe life limit. The Eclipse 500 is a metal design. Predictably, Eclipse executives were enthusiastic. "We are also pleased that, based on our extensive work with the FAA, the Eclipse 500 has been approved for an initial 10,000 hour lifetime at type certification. The designed fatigue life for the Eclipse 500 is 20,000 hours, which will be demonstrated through testing over the next two years," said Eclipse Aviation Vice President of Engineering Ken Harness. More...

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ECLIPSE UPDATE II: TEST FLEET RACKS UP 500 HOURS
Following closely on the heels of the end of static airframe testing, Eclipse Aviation this week announced its fleet of five certification-research aircraft has flown a combined 500 hours of test flights. Eclipse said flight tests completed thus far in its certification program included lightweight foreign object debris (FOD) testing at power settings up to takeoff thrust and at speeds up to 70 knots, water-ingestion testing at speeds up to 100 knots, 20 landings in one day on one aircraft to test tire wear, and endurance testing with single flights of more than three hours. Given the high-cycle nature of the various air taxi operations with pending orders for copies of the Eclipse 500, the company stressed the test fleet's ability to conduct multiple flights per day with high dispatch reliability and while successfully completing significant test points. More...

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CESSNA PICKS FLIGHTSAFETY FOR CITATION MUSTANG TRAINING
If Eclipse Aviation is the upstart contender in the VLJ sweepstakes, Cessna Aircraft is the grizzled veteran. While Cessna's FAA-certification target of late 2006 for its Citation Mustang likely will not win the race to be first to certify what many in the industry are labeling a VLJ, the company is selling enough of its other Citations for it not to matter very much. Most recently, Cessna said it had selected FlightSafety International to provide initial type training for what it calls its "new generation entry-level jet." Training will be available to customers prior to delivery of the first Citation Mustang late next year and will be conducted at the FlightSafety Cessna Learning Centers in Wichita, Kan., and Farnborough, England. According to Roger Whyte, Cessna’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, “The selection of FlightSafety is the extension of a mutually beneficial relationship that has existed for more than three decades. Due to the large number of overseas orders, it was determined that the location for training close to the customer was an absolute must,” Whyte said. FlightSafety will design and build two motion-based Level “D” flight simulators and two avionics flight training devices (FTD). More...

THE SJ30-2 IS THE WORLD'S FASTEST LIGHT BUSINESS JET
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THIRD EXAMPLE JOINS FALCON 7X TEST PROGRAM
Moving away from the VLJ market, Dassault Aviation last week announced the third copy of its to-be-certificated Falcon 7X trijet took off for its maiden flight on Sept. 20. The 01:43 flight -- from a company facility in Bordeaux-Merignac, France, to the Dassault Aviation Flight Test Center in Istres, France -- was crewed by Dominique Chenevier and Etienne Faurdessus. The airplane reached FL410 and flew at speeds up to Mach 0.82. The newest addition to Dassault's 7X flight-test program will be used for avionics, systems, and function and reliability testing. With this initial flight, Dassault said its 7X flight-test program reached 171 hours after a total of 60 flights. Ten pilots have flown the 7X, including one from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The FAA and EASA have allotted approximately 1200 test hours before final certification in late 2006. More...

THE COLUMBIA 350 & COLUMBIA 400 HAVE A NEW CORPORATE NAME
The Lancair Company has re-branded itself as Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The manufacturers of the Columbia 350 and Columbia 400, the world's fastest certified piston aircraft, made the change as part of an ongoing campaign to develop a unique identity for these premium aircraft. The schedule for the Fly Columbia Tour, an interactive Columbia experience, is posted online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/columbia/biz.

JET AVIATION BASEL ADDS TO HANGAR CAPACITY
Swiss-based Jet Aviation announced it will take over a former Crossair hangar at the Basel airport on Oct. 1, under a recently executed lease agreement with Swiss International Air Lines and the airport authorities. According to the company, the additional hangar space of 5,000 square meters brings to 20,000 square meters the facility's hangar capacity, an expansion of roughly 30 percent. Jet Aviation Basel provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to a wide variety of business jets, including approvals as a factory service center by Gulfstream, Bombardier and Dassault, and performs contract maintenance service on Boeing products. “We are very happy that we found a solution with Swiss and the airport authority to be able to handle the growing number of aircraft at our facility,” said Rainer Albecker, senior vice president and general manager at Jet Aviation Basel. More...

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FRAX INDUSTRY UNAFFECTED BY DAL BANKRUPTCY FILING FOR NOW
Fractional ownership customers -- as well as flight crews and vendors -- may think the recent filing by Delta Air Lines for protection under federal bankruptcy laws won't impact them. Hopefully, they'll be right, but not because Delta isn't involved in the business aviation industry. Instead, Delta AirElite Business Jets is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, providing aircraft charter, aircraft management and fractional ownership programs for more than 20 years. The company operates a diverse fleet of Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream, Hawker and Cessna aircraft. According to a statement from Delta AirElite, "There will be no impact on Delta AirElite's ability to serve its charter, membership or aircraft management customers." More...

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DEE HOWARD'S AVIATION ART ON EXHIBIT
If you know the name Darrell "Dee" Howard, either you've been around the business aviation industry a while or, most likely, have read about the post-WWII conversions of bombers and transports into sleek, winged corporate chariots on which his namesake's company made its reputation in the '50s and '60s. Howard, now in his mid-80s, also made a reputation as an innovator, developing thrust-reverser kits for early Learjets and providing maintenance, overhaul and modifications for business jets and heavy airliners. Now, according to the Galveston, Texas, Daily News, 35 original or first-edition prints from The Dee and Betty Howard Aviation Art Collection will be on display at the Lone Star Flight Museum through September of next year. More...

FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP TAKES ROOT IN INDIA
It's no secret that the fractional aircraft ownership concept has spread worldwide from its humble beginnings with what became the NetJets concept in 1986. Proving you can't keep a good idea down, a company billing itself as India's first domestic fractional operator -- Club One Air -- recently announced starting operations. Club One Air, whose managing director is Manav Singh, presently offers shares in its fleet of five Cessna Citation IIs and Excels to "high net-worth" individuals and India-based corporations. More...

VNY-BASED AIR GROUP FLEET EXPANDS
Van Nuys, Calif.-based The Air Group, a large full-service business and private aircraft management company, said earlier this month it had added six new jets to its nationwide fleet so far this year. The aircraft include a Gulfstream GIVSP based at Teterboro, N.J., a Gulfstream GIV based at both Van Nuys and in Tokyo, a Hawker 800Xpi based at Van Nuys, a Hawker 800XP in Denver, a Falcon 900C based in San Jose, and a Cessna Citation SII based in Honolulu. More...

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