Tough Times Create Future Problems »

Although there have been hopeful signs in the past year that the downward slide of business aviation is slowing, if not stopped, the consensus of industry leaders at this year's National Business Aviation Association convention is that recovery will be slow and painful. "We expect 2010 to be a tough year," said Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton agreed, noting that recovery to the heady levels of 2007 and early 2008 could be years away. Meantime, both CEOs say they've done their best to put their companies in shape to weather the storm and emerge as strong companies. However, in doing so, they have most likely created some serious future problems. More

Columbus Not Quite Dead? »

Cessna's large-cabin business jet might be officially dead, but CEO Jack Pelton is suggesting it still has a pulse. Pelton surprised a packed media conference Monday by saying he prefers to consider the Columbus project "suspended" even though it's been formally cancelled by parent company Textron. He said the stronger language was important for "contractual and legal reasons," but he still believes it's a market Cessna needs to service. "We'll get back in it," he said. More

Longer Range Legacy 650 Launched »

Embraer has announced development of a long-range version of the Legacy 600 super midsize business jet. The Legacy 650 is already flying and is based on the 600 model. A beefed-up airframe and landing gear allow more fuel, and new Rolls Royce AE 3007A2 engines are both more powerful and more efficient. It adds up to a 3,900 nm range with four passengers and a 3,800 nm range with eight passengers. The cabin can hold up to 14 passengers. More

Dornier Seastar To Be Built In Canada »

The Dornier Seaplane Company says it has the orders it needs to begin production of the twin turboprop SeaStar amphibian, and it's narrowed the factory site to two Canadian locations. The 10-place aircraft, with an over-wing push-pull arrangement for the two PT6 engines, will be built in either St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec, just south of Montreal, or North Bay, Ontario, about 250 miles north of Toronto. Winter operations will be conducted in Punta Gorda, Fla. The company says it has 25 letters of intent in hand for the aircraft, which harkens back to Dornier's early flying boat designs, but the version is made mostly of composites and boasts the latest in engine and electronic technology. More

Cessna Makes Hangarcalls »

Cessna technicians will be making hangarcalls for customers who choose the new ServiceDirect option for maintenance of their aircraft. The new program was announced at NBAA in Orlando on Monday and will allow owners to have many servicing tasks done without leaving their home field. "ServiceDirect is a new offering designed to provide a range of customer service options for Citation operators outside of the company's service centers. This includes on-site maintenance operations and long-term logistics support, including A&P placement or contract support," the company said during press day Monday. More

Business Traveler Rewards From Air BP »

Air BP has introduced a fuel purchase rewards program that is tailored to business aviation and offers products and services that might be appealing to business travelers. Accumulated points can be divided among staff and can be redeemed on products and services that BP says its customers have asked for. Merchandise, travel and tickets are redeemable items, but the program also offers a concierge service for those who would like some help tracking custom items. There will also be a charity component to the program, with non-profit groups selected to benefit from the diversion of customers' points. More

Garmin Announce G1000 for the Cessna Citation Jet »

With new aircraft sales soft, buyers who really need business transportation are finding Cessna’s older CitationJet 525s to be an alluring value. They’re about to get even more attractive, now that Garmin and Cessna have announced a program to upgrade these legacy airframes to full glass cockpits with the popular G1000 suite. As configured for the CJ, the G1000 will be fully WAAS and RVSM capable and will include such features as synthetic vision, datalinked weather, SafeTaxi and traffic displays. Garmin will also certify the system with the GFC700 digital autopilot. More

Garmin's New G3000: Touchscreen and Widescreen EFIS »

Touchscreen control is standard equipment on most of Garmin's road navigators and at NBAA in Orlando this week, Garmin says the same will soon be true for cockpit EFIS. Garmin announced the new G3000, a touchscreen (and widescreen) follow-on to its popular G1000 suite. The new EFIS is aimed a light turboprops and will be ready for market in a couple of years. More

AVwebBiz Brings You Daily Updates from NBAA 2009 »

October 20-22 is the annual NBAA Convention, and we'll bring you news and announcements every day from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. To follow our daily coverage, take a moment to make sure you're signed up for our no-cost AVwebBiz e-newsletter. Add AVwebBiz to your AVweb subscriptions today by clicking here and choosing "Update E-mail Subscriptions." More

AVweb's NBAA Convention 2008 Video Round-Up »

In case you missed any of our videos from the 2008 NBAA Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, you can watch all eight of them (plus two shorts you may find interesting) right here. (Click through to watch.) More