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Volume 4, Number 9
May 10, 2006

 
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ATG - A New Dawn of Business Jets

The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated Business News Coverage At AVweb's Business NewsWire.

EMBRAER ANNOUNCES NEW BIZJET
Brazilian airframer Embraer last week said it would develop a new business jet based on its EMB-190 short-range airliner platform. The announcement came in conjunction with the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 3 through 5. The new jet, dubbed the Lineage 1000, is slated for certification and first deliveries in mid-2008 and would be the company's fourth bizjet in service or under development. That fleet includes the in-service long-range (for a business jet) Legacy and the under-development Phenom 100 and 300 light jets. "When we unveiled the Phenom jets only 12 months ago, we asserted to the business aviation community our firm commitment to stay in this industry and grow our presence,” said Maurício Botelho, Embraer president and CEO. “We are now taking advantage of the Embraer 190 platform to launch the Lineage 1000, a premium product with superior comfort and performance characteristics." Embraer says the Lineage 1000 -- who thinks up these names? -- is an "ultra-large" business jet with a total cabin volume of more than 4,000 cubic feet, featuring five distinct areas capable of accommodating up to 19 passengers. More...

 
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CESSNA’S ENCORE+ PROGRAM PASSES 100 FLIGHT HOURS
Also at EBACE, Cessna said its Citation Encore+ development program passed the 100-flight-hour milestone in late April and is on track for entry into service in the first quarter of 2007. The company's program includes two aircraft: One is being used to develop the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) software while the other is dedicated to fully testing and integrating the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite upgrade, which includes a Collins autopilot. According to Cessna, other improvements covered under the Encore+ upgrade program include new interior lighting, new seat designs and a maximum takeoff weight increase of 200 pounds. The company says it has delivered to FlightSafety International more than 90 percent of the parts required to build the full-motion simulator (FAA Level D/JAR STD 1A) for the Encore+ at the company’s Tulsa, Okla., facility. More...

ADAMJET ACHIEVES FL410 AND 340 KTAS MILESTONES
Adam Aircraft announced late last month that a prototype of its A700 AdamJet flew to FL410 and achieved a true airspeed of 340 knots during flight testing on April 20. The aircraft's test flight was crewed by Senior Turbine Test Pilot Ken Sasine and co-pilot Dan Brand. According to the company, the aircraft departed Centennial Airport and climbed directly to FL410. The climb rate was still in excess of 1,000 fpm out of FL390, according to Adam. After leveling off, the crew accelerated, reaching a maximum speed of 340 KTAS. "This flight signifies the continuing progress of the A700 program," said Bill Watters, Adam Aircraft vice president of flight operations. "Serial Number 001 has demonstrated the aircraft’s flight capabilities, Serial Number 002 remains on track for FAA Certification, and collectively the two aircraft have flown more than 500 hours. A700 Serial Number 003 is currently in production." More...

 
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ECLIPSE ALSO ANNOUNCES MILESTONES
Meanwhile, back at EBACE, Eclipse Aviation last week announced that its Eclipse 500 test fleet has amassed 1,700 total flight hours on its way to FAA certification. Moreover, some 700 of those flight hours were accumulated in the last three months alone. All of which the company says is keeping it on track to achieve FAA certification by June 30, with EASA certification by the end of the year. “Certification testing is progressing exceptionally well, and the Eclipse 500 is proving out the robust design, reliability and performance that it was built to deliver,” said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. More...

DASSAULT CONFIRMS FALCON 7X RANGE AND PERFORMANCE INCREASES
Also at EBACE, Dassault last week confirmed an increase in range to 5950 nm as well as an increase in payload with full fuel for the new Falcon 7X. In February, Dassault said it hopes improvements in the aircraft's design would boost its range from 5,700 nm to 6,000; apparently, they came up only 50 nm short. Regardless, the new range figures will enable the forthcoming 7X to fly nonstop between cities such as New York and Riyadh, Paris and Singapore and Los Angeles and Rome. "Our goal from the first day of the Falcon 7X program was to exceed the expectations of our customers and to build an aircraft Dassault would be proud of," said Charles Edelstenne, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "We've succeeded in both areas. Our customers are getting more airplane than they were promised and the 7X is performing in the best tradition of our visionary founder, Marcel Dassault." More...

 
LightSPEED's LightFlight Mach 1 Headset New Mach 1 Headset by LightSPEED: Smaller Can Be Better
The "born to be worn" Mach 1 packs a lot for its size. After years of pilot input, LightSPEED has introduced the Mach 1, a high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset. Connect to cell phone and music interfaces. Get supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST business hours). View the 60-second Mach 1 video here.
 

GULFSTREAM'S PRODUCT SUPPORT RACKS UP THE MILES
Gulfstream last week said it recently completed its 1,000th product support flight since introducing its on-demand maintenance service in May 2002. According to the company, dispatch reliability rates among its in-service large-cabin fleet are in excess of 99.5 percent, but incidents such as a blown tire or a cracked windshield can still ground a plane. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Gulfstream’s Airborne Product Support uses a dedicated G100 aircraft to transport technicians and/or essential parts to aircraft under warranty at airports within North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Gulfstream says an Airborne Product Support assistance flight can save two or more days of waiting for a replacement windshield or tire. In cases where an operator’s aircraft is located outside the G100’s range of service, Gulfstream will fly the needed parts and technicians to a major hub where they can connect to commercial airline flights to reach the customer’s aircraft. More...

DASSAULT JUMPS ON EFB BANDWAGON
Want a Falcon but just gotta have an electronic flight bag (EFB)? Worry no more: Falcon manufacturer Dassault said this month it is now offering a hard-mounted EFB on all of its new Falcon 2000DX, 2000EX, 900DX and 900EX aircraft. The new system is based on the CMC Electronics PilotView product and will offer airport, departure and approach charts, along with graphical real-time weather information. The Class II unit is on either the pilot's or co-pilot's side of the cockpit and is certified for all phases of flight. "We believe the PilotView EFB gives our operators the most advanced Electronic Flight Bag in corporate aviation," said Eric Monsel, vice president of programs for Dassault Falcon. "With its solid-state design, PilotView makes a terrific supplement to our EASy flight deck and provides to our cockpit a paperless capability." More...

 
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JET AVIATION ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN CHARTER ALLIANCES
Jet Aviation made a splash at EBACE, also, by announcing Skylliance, a new European charter program consisting of selected high-quality air charter operators and aircraft that operate under the same stringent safety and service standards defined by Jet Aviation. “We wanted to set another industry benchmark,” said Jet Aviation’s Martin Bernegger, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s EMEA charter division. “The worldwide charter industry is highly fragmented, consisting of hundreds of providers with vastly different standards and procedures. Skylliance is an alliance of high quality air charter operators and aircraft working to stringent safety and service standards as defined by us.” More...

CESSNA INCREASES FIELD SUPPORT HEADCOUNT
Cessna last week said it had added six additional Citation field service engineers to its support team. According to the company, the latest move is part of its plans to have a total of 26 field service engineers around the world, along with 48 customer service engineers based at its Wichita, Kan., headquarters by the end of 2006. Cessna made the additions to further strengthen customer support for its in-service fleet. “Our people must be available to go to our customers when there is an urgent need,” said Art Warren, director of Citation customer support. “Our customers have emphasized this, and in our efforts to meet or exceed their expectations, we’ve invested in six highly qualified and talented people from corporate flight departments and service centers.” The new field service engineers and their locations are: Craig Duncan, Portland, Ore.; Jeff Saubers, Nashville, Tenn.; Joel Noronha, St. Louis, Mo.; Randy Davis, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Paul Faunce, Houston, Texas; and Kevin Flood, Minneapolis, Minn. More...

 
Isn't It About Time You Chose Something Extra?
Pilot-inspired, German-engineered, and internationally renowned -- that's the difference in Extra Aircraft's EA-500. Extra's certified, Rolls Royce-powered, 6-seat turboprop EA-500 is in a class all by itself. The only new-technology cabin-class airplane, the EA-500 averages 220 kts, gets 11 mpg, and costs less than $200/hr to operate. To find out more about Extra's EA-500, click here.
 

EMBRAER RECEIVES FIRST FLEET ORDER FOR 50 PHENOM 100S
Embraer had a good EBACE. In addition to announcing its Lineage 1000 large bizjet, the Brazilian manufacturer last week said a start-up European executive jet service has placed an order for 50 Phenom 100 jets, with options for an additional 50 aircraft. The service, Swiss-based JetBird, is poised to launch a new pan-European low-cost executive jet service, although its timing was clear. Embraer said the Phenom 100 is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and JetBird is scheduled to take delivery of its first aircraft in April 2009. The $140 million contract allows JetBird to convert its positions into either the Phenom 100 or the Phenom 300. “One year ago today we launched the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. There is a significant potential for very light and light jet products in Europe, and we are glad to offer JetBird the Phenom as the right airplane at the right time,” said Maurício Botelho, Embraer president and CEO. More...

GULFSTREAM G150 ESTABLISHES SPEED RECORD
Gulfstream on May 3 said one of its G150 flight-test aircraft established the first G150 city-pair speed record, flying 1,575 nm between Tel Aviv, Israel, to Geneva, Switzerland, in 3 hours and 40 minutes. The G150 took off from the Ben Gurion International Airport at 11:00 a.m. local time on May 1. It flew at an average cruise speed of .82 Mach into an average headwind of 25 knots, then landed at 2:40 p.m. local time at the Geneva International Airport. The aircraft then went on static display at EBACE. The G150's flight crew included Scott Evans, Gulfstream chief pilot, and Yoram Geva, Israel Aircraft Industries senior test pilot. More...

 
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Selling an aircraft can be a challenging odyssey. Aircraft owners need to: locate a broker with national resources to sell for top dollar; select and utilize the most effective advertising; access no-cost, no-obligation finance pre-qualification; consult aviation tax experts; and obtain insurance quotes with higher liability limits. Columbia Aircraft has created a tool to assist pilots and aircraft owners of all brands. Check out their web site.
 

WATCH YOUR INBOX...
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