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U.S. Type Certificate Acquired For Classic Paris Jet
JetSet Aviation Holdings SAS, announced Tuesday that it has
reached an agreement with SOCATA for the purchase and transfer of
the type certificate and associated rights for the world's first
VLJ, the MS760 Paris Jet. The four-seat twin-engine jet cruises at
400 mph and has a range of 1000 miles.
The NBAA and GAMA have unveiled a new online resource to help
businesses of all types calculate and explain the value a business
aircraft brings to a company's overall business objectives, The
announcement was made Monday at a Media Kickoff Breakfast held
during NBAA's 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention.
Software Determines Optimum Climb, Cruise, Descent Times To
Cessna announced the introduction of GreenTrak Flight Planning
software Monday. The new flight planning program for current
production Citation operators optimizes a flight profile not only
for time and cost, but also for the lowest carbon footprint as
Rolls-Royce officially introduced the latest engine in its AE
3007 series - the AE 3007A2 on Monday. This is the exclusive
powerplant for the Legacy 650, the new Embraer large executive jet.
The engine will be certificated in the second half of 2010 and
Entry-into-Service (EIS) on the Legacy 650 will take place in the
Bombardier Learjet Updates NBAA Audience On Aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace announced Monday that Lufthansa Technik has
been selected to develop the new all-composite Learjet 85
aircraft's cabin-management system. The digital, Ethernet-based CMS
and in-flight entertainment system will integrate all passenger
entertainment and cabin environment management functions.
Online Viewer Polling Will Allow Immediate Feedback On Services
Cessna said it will stream a number of maintenance and
overhaul sessions for Citation aircraft conducted during the NBAA
annual convention live on the Internet. The live streams will allow
more universal access for Citation operators around the world who
can't attend the event in person.
321 Falcon Aircraft Operating With EASy Flight Deck
Dassault Falcon recently delivered the 100th Falcon 900EX EASy
aircraft into service. As of September 30, 2009, the 4,500 nm
Falcon 900EX EASy fleet had performed over 80,000 takeoffs and
landings and accrued 157,000 flight hours. The 900EX EASy was
certificated in December 2003 and features the EASy flight
Music Player Holds 90 Hours Of Tunes In A Single Unit
Flight Display Systems introduced a new MP3 player for in-flight
entertainment systems on Tuesday. The 6-Genre Music Player provides
up to 90 hours of music in one compact unit. Six independent memory
cards each hold up to 15 hours of music. Each card can be
programmed by the user for six different genres.
Stratos Aircraft introduced Alexander Craig as their new
Chief Executive Officer during a news conference at the 2009 NBAA
Annual Meeting & Convention Monday. Craig joins the Stratos
Aircraft team just as the innovative aircraft manufacturer starts
to accept refundable deposits for their Very Light Personal Jet
Partners with AeroMech to Certify New Lithium Emergency Power
Mid-Continent Instruments introduced their newest battery
system, the MD420-1 Emergency Power Supply at the 2009 NBAA Meeting
and Convention on Monday. The MD420-1 is a 2.5 Amp-hour battery
that powers electronic flight displays, standby instruments or
other critical avionic systems.
Since Sierra Industries was awarded an STC for the first FJ44
upgrade – the Eagle II – in 2002, the fleet has grown
to a total of 54 aircraft. The high-performance mix of Citation I,
II and S-II aircraft have amassed a total of more than 50,000 hours
of Williams engine operation with no mechanical problems.
Rarely has anyone set a tone for an event as swiftly and as dramatically as Hawker Beechcraft's CEO, Bill Boisture. Having survived one of the toughest years in the history of aviation (much less business aviation), Boisture showed up in military livery, as did his entire staff and management team, using a strong military metaphor to describe the year past as well as the attitudes that may be necessary to weather the storm of the next few.
ANN does not have to tell anyone that aviation has not had a good year... and one of the reasons for that, economics notwithstanding, is the fact that our image has suffered dramatic hits this year in terms of public, media and governmental perceptions of who and what this industry truly is.
Speakers Express Guarded Optimism About The Future, But Not In
The Near Term
Speakers at the opening session of the 2009 NBAA Meeting and
Convention sounded notes of cautious optimism in a year when
business has contracted, jobs have been lost, and the business
aviation industry has been targeted by Congress, the White House,
and the mainstream press.
ANN does not have to tell anyone that aviation has not had a
good year... and one of the reasons for that, economics
notwithstanding, is the fact that our image has suffered dramatic
hits this year in terms of public, media and governmental
perceptions of who and what this industry truly is.
Rarely has anyone set a tone for an event as swiftly and as
dramatically as Hawker Beechcraft's CEO, Bill Boisture. Having
survived one of the toughest years in the history of aviation (much
less business aviation), Boisture showed up in military livery, as
did his entire staff and management team, using a strong military
metaphor to describe the year past as well as the attitudes that
may be necessary to weather the storm of the next few.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation gave an update Monday in Orlando,
Florida before the official opening of the 62nd NBAA Meeting and
Convention on the successful progress of its Beechcraft AT-6 light
attack aircraft program. The AT-6 is a structurally strengthened
derivative of the highly successful T-6A/B.
Move Gives NASA More Ares I-X Launch Opportunities
NASA is now targeting Nov. 16 for the launch of space shuttle
Atlantis' STS-129 mission from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. Managers for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate
and Exploration Systems Mission Directorate met Monday and decided
to adjust Atlantis' target launch date.
Germany’s DC Aviation Will Take Two Legacy 650 Executive
Jets For Its Charter Fleet
Embraer signed a contract with Aircraft Asset Management AAM
GmbH, of Hallbergmoos, Germany, for the sale of two Legacy 650
executive jets. The announcement was made Monday at the NBAA's 62nd
Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Falcon 7X s/n 04 recently passed the 2,000 flight hour mark,
making it the leader of the Falcon 7X fleet. The aircraft
entered service in July, 2007 and is operated by Dasnair in Geneva,
Switzerland. During its first 24 months in service, the aircraft
has carried over 2,100 passengers and made 543 stops in 73
"I don't know if a year from now or two years from now
we're going to come back as happy as we were two years ago, but I
guarantee in three or four years we will."
Source: Forbes Magazine Publisher and
business aircraft owner and pilot Rich Karlgaard.
An approach which can only be flown with a WAAS receiver, and
enables descent to 200-250 feet above the runway. LPV approaches
are operationally equivalent to the legacy instrument landing
systems (ILS) but are more economical because no navigation
infrastructure has to be installed at the runway.
As a company works to revive a 50-year-old design conceived as a
military traniner but marketed a half century ago as the first U.S.
business jet, Team MS760, led by Captain Dale "Snort"
Snodgrass, will be flying airshows next year to show off the