Several U.S. manufacturers announced models that now are certified for sales in Europe this week at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, being held in Geneva. Piper said it has been awarded approval for its top-of-the-line single-engine turboprop, the M600, which was FAA-certified in June last year. The six-seat aircraft sells for about $3 million. Cirrus said it has received EASA certification for its $2 million Vision jet and has made its first delivery in Europe. Sales of both aircraft are expected to benefit from a recent rule change in Europe that now allows single-engine turbine aircraft to be used for commercial operations in IFR conditions.
HondaJet officials said at the show the company has expanded sales of its twin-engine jet to Southeast Asia, and sold several aircraft to a new fractional ownership program that plans to operate in the United Kingdom and Southern Europe. Larry Anglisano, editor of Aviation Consumer, recently went for a flight trial in the HondaJet; click here for his video report. Also at the show, Cessna said its new super-midsize Citation Longitude jet, at EBACE for the first time, has made its first sale in Europe, with a copy going to Travel Service, in the Czech Republic. The jet is still in development, with four aircraft in the flight-test fleet.