Dassault Sees Slowdown But Still Plans Expansion »

With the evolving credit crisis hanging over the aviation economy, Dassault joined Cessna this week in conceding that order uptake has slowed. But, like Cessna, Dassault has an impressive backlog -- about 500 aircraft -- which it hopes will see it through the credit crisis. Dassault CEO John Rosanvallon told reporters this week at the NBAA convention in Orlando that the first six months of 2008 "have been more than good" for Dassault, but he reports the company already sees a definite slowdown in its U.S. and Western European business. More

Cessna Aggressively Expands Service Centers »

As the business of business aircraft increasingly becomes global, aircraft manufacturers are finding that customers demand longer-range airplanes capable of transoceanic flight to and from shorter runways. And that means aircraft embark on longer trips and are away from home base for longer periods. As a result, airplane makers are aggressively expanding remote service networks. Cessna said this week that it's substantially expanding its service capabilities in Europe, for example, where it has almost 900 Citations operating. At the NBAA convention in Orlando, Mark Paolucci, Cessna's VP for customer service, said the company has just approved a plan to build a new service center in Spain, with completion planned for 2010. More

NBAA's Bolen: User Fee Clock Is Reset »

On the eve of the next general election, concern over aviation user fees has only temporarily abated and is likely to resurface when the 111th congress convenes in January, says NBAA's Ed Bolen. The FAA's current funding authorization expired on September 30th and the agency is operating in a funding grace period until the end of next March. Bolen told assembled reporters this week that aviation trade groups made good progress toward a fuel-based, rather than a user-fee-based funding basis before Congress recessed last week. More

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Re-Engined D-Jet Flies »

Diamond Aircraft has flown its single-engine D-Jet with the planned higher-thrust Williams FJ33-5A engine. The aircraft, serial number 003, which had been flying on the smaller -15 version of the engine, flew for 1.4 hours with the new engine and aerodynamic refinements designed to take advantage of the extra power. Diamond President Peter Mauer said incorporating the new engine, which will eventually provide more thrust for the D-Jet, delayed development of the aircraft but will be a better package for owners. "When Williams introduced the new engine, we had to decide whether to continue with the original FJ33-15 or upgrade to the FJ3-5A right away, even if it meant a program delay," Maurer said. Also on the eve of NBAA 2008, the company announced that Middle Tennessee State University had added eight DA40 singles to its fleet, bringing the school's total DA40 fleet to 19. More

Globaljet Shows Off Its Tricked-Out Lear 35A »

Globaljet , a charter management company, flew its Lear 35A here from Van Nuys, Calif., to show off its uniquely equipped luxury cabin. The interior features pre-loaded iPods, CD player, DVD player, Air Show, iPod adapters, Iridium Flight Phone and individual video monitors with a Bose Surround Sound System. In-flight food service arrives via crystal and china. More

Satcom Direct and Honeywell Join to Offer Cabin Systems »

Satcom Direct announced here at the NBAA Expo that it has signed an agreement to work with Honeywell International to provide flight support and cabin communications services in a single package. Some of the in-flight service features include flight planning information, reliable e-mail and data communications connectivity, and satellite television. "This joint effort offers aircraft operators increased flexibility in choosing services to meet their specific business requirements," the company said. More

Satcom Direct Announces New Premier Service Plan With On-Site Support »

Satcom Direct , a provider of satellite voice, fax, and Internet data service solutions, announced here at NBAA Expo that it is offering a new premier service plan called Satcom On Site (SOS). The SOS package offers a standard level of service, which includes 24/7 access to technical support, or a premier level, with a Satcom Direct specialist sent to the customer's facility to offer on-site technical support and training. More

Aerion Update »

Aerion is here at the show, still far from having a flying prototype of their supersonic business jet to wow us with, but continuing to make positive progress. Their engineers conducted wind tunnel tests this August in Germany that confirmed their wing design will attain supersonic laminar-flow performance at cruising altitudes of 45,000 feet and up, the company said. "These were historic tests," said Richard Tracy, Aerion's chief technology officer. Tracy designed the wing, which the company says is the enabling technology behind the aircraft's efficiency at both subsonic and supersonic speeds. Where supersonic natural laminar flow exists, drag is reduced by up to 90 percent, according to the company. "It's almost as if the wing isn't there," Tracy said. More