Market analysis: Business jet deliveries up in 2013, Eclipse 550 certified for auto throttle and anti-skid brake, Spike reveals windowless cabin for supersonic jet. NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. orders Hawker 400XPR upgrade + MORE Feb 22nd

Market analysis: Business jet deliveries up in 2013, but only just

New data from GAMA reveals a modest 0.9% rise in business jet deliveries.

Business jet deliveries increased by a modest 0.9 per cent in 2013 – up from 672 to 678 – according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual ‘State of the Industry’ webcast from February 2014.

This is the first time that business jet deliveries have shown a year-on-year increase since 2008…

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Eclipse 550 certified for auto throttle and anti-skid brake

The Eclipse 550 jet receives two FAA supplemental type certificates.

Eclipse Aerospace has received supplemental type certificates (STC) for both the auto throttle and anti-skid brake (ASB) systems for the Eclipse 550 jet.
Mason Holland, CEO of Eclipse Aerospace, said: “I am very excited to announce these new technologies for the Eclipse Jet and it further demonstrates that the Eclipse Aerospace team is committed to keeping the Eclipse Jet as the most advanced general aviation aircraft in the world.”

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Spike reveals windowless cabin for supersonic jet

The Spike S-512 supersonic business jet will feature panoramic display screens fitted onto the walls of the cabin instead of windows.

Spike Aerospace, the company behind the Spike S-512 supersonic jet – tentatively scheduled for a 2018 entry-into-service – has published a series of digitally-generated images which give a first look inside the S-512′s windowless cabin.

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Beechcraft Corporation today announced that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. has signed an order for the Hawker 400XPR upgrade package, with delivery expected in the first half of 2014. Truex Jr. is the first NASCAR driver to select the 400XPR, which offers a value proposition ideal for the transportation requirements of professional race car drivers.

The Hawker 400XPR upgrade package offers several factory approved airframe modifications to significantly improve performance, operating cost and resale value of the Hawker/Beechjet 400. Truex Jr. recently purchased his first business aircraft – a Beechjet 400A – and his upgrade will combine the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker winglets with the increased power of new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines, along with a refurbished interior and new exterior paint.

“An owner like Martin Truex Jr. very much appreciates an aircraft that provides light jet operating costs, but allows for non-stop flights to nearly every NASCAR track from his home in North Carolina,” said Brian Howell, Beechcraft vice president, Aftermarket Sales and Business Development. “And he is choosing the XPR knowing the upgrade is supported by our worldwide network of factory-owned and authorized service centers.”

Truex Jr. added: “I have evaluated many aircraft that have the speed and efficiency to get me to 36 NASCAR events annually. However, only the Hawker 400XPR provides me and my team with the needed range, cabin volume, operating costs and support along the way that I expect from an aircraft partner. The overall value proposition of this aircraft made this a very simple decision for our team.”

Importantly, the XPR enhancements are the exclusive factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrades available for the Hawker/Beechjet 400. The more powerful Williams International FJ44-4A engines enable the Hawker 400XPR to climb directly to FL450 in only 19 minutes at max takeoff weight, whereas a competitive aircraft using the smaller -3A engine requires some 70 minutes at lower altitudes before it can step climb to realize the greater efficiencies without sacrificing speed.

Truex Jr. won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships then became a full-time Sprint Cup driver, twice securing berths in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. He is the No. 78 driver for Furniture Row Racing. Away from the track, the New Jersey native and North Carolina resident helps his communities through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which has raised more than $1.5 million for a number of causes.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., the Global Customer Support organization is dedicated to improving the value of both Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft by employing products and services to simplify aircraft ownership, reduce operating cost and increase resale value. GCS is comprised of five functional groups that include Support Plus (cost predictability/warranty programs), Hawker Beechcraft Parts & Distribution (genuine factory parts), Hawker Beechcraft Services (factory-owned service centers), Technical Support (Field Support Representatives, Hot Line specialists and Technical Publications) and Global Mission Support (government business and special mission maintenance / training support).


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