Business Aviation Flights Up in Europe, Abu Dhabi’s Air Expo Opens at Al Bateen, Bombardier Obtains Flight Test Permit for Learjet 85 Aircraft + MORE Feb 25th

Business Aviation Flights Up in Europe, Marking First Increase in January Since 2008

Business aircraft movements in Europe increased by 1.9 percent last month, marking the first time since 2008 that there has been year-over-year growth in the month of January, according to data from WingX Advance. Flight hours flown by business aircraft in Europe last month also rose by 4 percent, to 69,700 hours. It said January was also the first month since 2012 to record gains in both private and charter flights in Europe.

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Abu Dhabi’s Air Expo Opens at Al Bateen

Abu Dhabi Air Expo opens at Al Bateen Executive Airport

The third annual Abu Dhabi Air Expo opens at Al Bateen Executive Airport on Tuesday. The three-day event (February 25-27), which has become a prominent fixture of the Arabian Gulf general aviation sector, will feature more than 100 aircraft. Around 13,000 visitors are expected by the 170 exhibiting companies.
In 2013, Al Bateen Executive Airport achieved an 18 percent increase in visiting business aviation traffic during 2013, and a 6 percent rise in commercial movements. The airport, which is part of the government-owned Abu Dhabi Airports Company, has its own FBO called DhabiJet.

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General Aviation Manufacturers Association: Business Jet Deliveries End Five-year Slide

For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, according to 2013 year-end numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Airframers handed over 678 business jets last year, six more than in 2012.
Overall, general aviation billings increased by 24 percent year-over-year as well, totaling $23.4 billion. These billings were the second-largest number recorded after 2008, when billings were $24.8 billion, GAMA said.

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Bombardier Obtains FTV1 Flight Test Permit for Learjet 85 Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace announced that Learjet has obtained the first flight test permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Learjet 85 aircraft

Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1). In addition, engine run testing and low-speed taxi testing have been successfully completed on the flight test vehicle.

During the final testing stage in preparation for first flight, the Learjet 85 aircraft program team will finalize the configuration of the aircraft and conduct further engine runs and high-speed taxi tests.

“We have successfully completed preliminary testing on the Learjet 85 FTV1 and we are now one step closer in achieving the first flight,” said Ralph Acs, Vice-President and General Manager, Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We’re committed to offering our customers state-of-the-art aircraft and we look very much forward to showcasing the Learjet 85 jet, the biggest Learjet aircraft ever, during its maiden flight,” he added.

The new Learjet 85 aircraft – Redefining the midsize segment With a customer-driven clean-sheet design, the Learjet 85 aircraft will be the most spacious and fastest aircraft in its category.

The Learjet 85 aircraft flight deck combines advanced technology, with superior design elements for a cockpit environment unlike any other midsize jet. The latest in technological advancements and superior design aesthetics from the Bombardier Vision flight deck offer pilots the most sophisticated cockpit in its class.

The aircraft’s Cabin Management System will feature a high-capacity Ethernet network, a digital amplifier to feed the high-fidelity speaker system and an interface to support the aircraft cabin environment, including lighting and temperature control. The system’s open architecture also allows for easy integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as high-definition features.

The Learjet 85 aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*.

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