Gulfstream GIII Flies American Ebola Patients Back, Sao Paolo Airport to host LABACE

Cessna Citation Latitude and CJ3+ programmes hit development milestones

Two of Cessna’s business jet programs reached development milestones in late July, as they move towards certification and service entry over the coming 12 months.

The second production-conforming Citation Latitude – serial 002 – took to the skies on 25 July for a 2h 42min flight. During the sortie, the midsize business jet reached an altitude of 45,000ft and a maximum speed of 305kt (656km/h) at Mach 0.80, Cessna says.

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D-powered Latitudes – a prototype and a production example – have logged over 330h in more than 150 flights, the Textron Aviation subsidiary adds.

The nine-seat twinjet is scheduled for certification and service entry next year, featuring an all-new fuselage with a 1.8m (5.9ft)-high cabin, a Garmin G5000 avionics suite and Cessna’s Clarity cabin management system.

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Aeromed Gulfstream GIII Flies American Ebola Patients Back to U.S.

Two U.S. humanitarian aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Africa were flown from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta aboard a specially equipped aeromedical Gulfstream GIII operated by Cartersville, Ga.-based Phoenix Air. Dr. Kent Brantly was transported to the U.S. on Saturday, August 2, and Nancy Writebol was flown back today, arriving early this afternoon at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga. Both worked for aid group Samaritan’s Purse.

Gulfstream GIII flies Ebola patients

Registered as N173PA, the former Royal Danish Air Force aircraft is one of only a handful of GIIIs (two of which are owned by Phoenix Air) fitted with a large forward cargo door, which eases patient loading/unloading.

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LABACE: Sorocaba emerges as Latin American MRO capital

Congonhas-São Paulo airport has always been an awkward site to host the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) – the largest gathering of its type in the region.

It some ways, the growing Brazilian economy is to blame.

LABACE 2013 in Sao Paolo

Demand from domestic airlines has transformed Congonhas into a slot-restricted airport. As a result, its metropolitan runway rarely welcomes the scores of business aircraft that will be showcased at LABACE from 12-14 August. Infraero, the Brazilian airport’s authority, prefers to keep Congonhas focused as a domestic hub for airlines, to the exclusion of business jets.

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