EBACE Launches With Cessna, Honda Updates


The HondaJet in Geneva

The HondaJet is making its European debut this week, at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, in Geneva. The stop is part of a “world tour” for the twin-engine jet, which is getting close to certification and first deliveries in North Carolina. The tour began in Japan, where more than 10,000 people had a chance to see the jet up close, and after EBACE, the jet will continue on a two-week demo tour with stops in the U.K., Poland and Germany. The EBACE show, Europe’s largest business-aviation event, runs from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Cessna, Beechcraft, Daher and Boeing also provided updates on Monday, during a busy pre-show news-conference day.

BBJ split scimitar

Cessna said the final performance specs for its Citation Latitude midsize jet are better than predicted, and added that FAA certification is “imminent.” The Latitude will offer a long-range cruise of 2,850 nm, and takeoff distance of 3,580 feet.The jet is on static display at the show. Also on Monday, Beechcraft said all new-production King Air turboprops will soon feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics as standard equipment. Daher announced the first delivery in Spain of its TBM 900 single-engine turboprop. Boeing Business Jets said split scimitar winglets now will be standard on all of its jets, and offered as a retrofit for the BBJ fleet. The modified winglets increase range by 2 percent or more. EBACE is hosted at Geneva’s Palexpo convention center, with a static display at the adjacent Geneva International Airport.