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Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

News about Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Beechcraft, Rockwell Collins Talk Avionics Upgrade

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics flight deck is making its way onto the factory line for Beechcraft’s King Air turboprop aircraft. The two companies announced at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) last week that the avionics suite will soon be offered as standard equipment on board the business jets, with touchscreen Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and an array of improvements to enhance operations and ease strain on King Air pilots.

Pro Line Fusion King Air flight deck display


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Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G280 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream G280


BusinessAviationVoice: Embraer Lands Charter-Related Sales

While airlines specialize in selling transportation by the seat, a growing number of commercial carriers around the world are discovering that selling charter flights can be a lucrative means of generating additional revenue—and provide business jet manufacturers with an ancillary market.

Embraer Executive Jets is one of the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that are taking advantage of airlines’ desire to expand or enter the charter business.

Middle East Airlines—Airliban (MEA) recently placed an order for one midsize Legacy 500 and an option for a second aircraft of the same model.

Embraer Legacy 500 for charter

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Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet

Aerion Corporation’s board of directors has authorized the sale of the AS2 aircraft at a price of $120 million in 2015 dollars. The initial 50 launch customers will receive preferential pricing and other benefits available only for this first tranche of orders. “This is another step forward for Aerion,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. “We are offering a select group of forward thinking business aviation users the opportunity to fly faster and to make history with us as we reintroduce commercial supersonic flight.”

AS2-AERIAL supersonic business jet

Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet Cabin

AS2 Supersonic business jet engines

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Airbus and Aerion, Business Aviation Outlook, BBA Aviation and Landmark

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

ANALYSIS: Airbus deepens role in Aerion supersonic project

Aerion’s planned production system for its AS2 supersonic business jet is evolving as Airbus‘s role in the programme begins to deepen.

Aerion AS2 in flight

At last year’s NBAA convention it was revealed that Airbus had agreed to partner with Aerion, giving the supersonic project its long-sought major OEM partner. The original disclosure involved only the Airbus Defence & Space division, but the airframer’s commercial group has already become involved, Aerion vice-chairman Brian Barents revealed on 21 September at the Wichita Aero Club – where he delivered the first major programme update since the EBACE exhibition in May.

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BusinessAviationVoice: U.S. and Foreign Market Demand at Odds

Some perspective is in order in the wake of Rockwell Collins recent guidance to Wall Street on the company’s outlook for business aviation in the coming year.

Rockwell President and CEO Kelly Ortberg indicated the company “continues to see weak [business aviation] market conditions” and expects no significant improvement in its upcoming fiscal 2016. Factored into Rockwell’s outlook is a previously announced production rate cut for the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Global 5000 and 6000 aircraft, as well as additional rate reductions in “other business jet platforms,” including models in the mid-size and light segments.

Bombardier Global 6000

But Ortberg also noted these reductions will be partially offset by—among other things—the ramp-up in production of Embraer midsize Legacy 450/500 jets, in particular.

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BBA Aviation Makes Move to Acquire Landmark

BBA Aviation has entered a $2-billion stock purchase agreement to acquire Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) Landmark Aviation from investment fund manager Carlyle Group. BBA Aviation also announced the launch of a rights issue to raise $1.1 billion in proceeds, which will be used in part to finance the acquisition.

Landmark Aviation San Diego

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Business Aviation Up In Q2, HondaJet Certification, Aerion Latin America Sales, Gulfstream G500, Legacy 450

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Business Aviation Flight Hours Up In Second Quarter

Business aviation is operating at 83% of the sector’s peak levels of 2008, according to Jet Support Services, Inc., which tracks business aircraft flight hours. Flight hours in the second quarter grew 2.9% from a year ago. Q1 2008 marked the decade’s highest activity rate, JSSI said. In the second quarter of this year, monthly usage totaled 27.75 hr. per aircraft, down from the 2008 peak of 33…
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HondaJet Debuts as Certification Wait Continues

​Honda Aircraft continued a four-month-long “world tour” in Sao Paulo with the HondaJet making its debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) on 11 August. But the long wait for the type to receive airworthiness approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues, with no clear timeline offered from North Carolina-based manufacturer.

Hondajet at NBAA 2014

The FAA granted the HondaJet a “provisional” type certificate in March, a step often implying that full airworthiness approval usually demanded by customers before accepting delivery is either weeks or a few months away.

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Aerion Taps Equus to Sell Supersonic Business Jet in Latin America

Aerion Corp., which is currently developing the Mach 1.5 AS2 supersonic business jet in conjunction with Airbus, has appointed Equus Global Aviation as its exclusive authorized sales representative for Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Aerion AS2 supersonic

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Gulfstream G500 resumes flight testing following modifications

Flight testing has resumed on Gulfstream’s G500 after a break of “several weeks” to prepare the large-cabin, long range business jet for flutter tests, the company announced on 10 August at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).
Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA

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Type Approval of Legacy 450 Completes Embraer Strategy

​Brazil’s civil aeronautics authority (ANAC) on 11 August announced the approval of the type certificate for the Legacy 450, ushering into service the seventh and last jet of a market-bending, 15-year-long Embraer quest to become a powerhouse in the business aviation market.
Embraer Legacy 450 model display

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Airbus to help build supersonic business jet, Qantas celebrates debut of A380 flights to Texas

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Qantas’ superjumbo Airbus A380 is now flying to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Qantas Flight 7 departed Sydney Airport for Dallas/Fort Worth Monday, giving the Qantas the honor of operating the longest A380 flight in the world.

Qantas celebrates debut of A380 flights to Texas

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said using the A380 offers the carrier both greater fuel efficiency and a 10% increase in the number of seats it offers on its route between Sydney and Dallas. Qantas previously flew a Boeing 747-400 on the route.

Joyce touted the A380 service between Sydney and DFW as offering “direct access right in the heart of the U.S. with over 50 connections to all U.S. major cities within four hours, including Orlando, Boston and Houston.”

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Titan Airways, the London Stansted-based charter and airline sub-charter specialist, is tripling the size of its Airbus fleet with the introduction of 2 further Airbus A320 airliners.

The announcement of the addition of the 2 latest aircraft, the first of which will arrive this autumn with the second following in the spring of 2015, follows the successful launch of the carrier’s first Airbus, G-POWI, in 2013.

As well as a single Airbus A320, Titan Airways’ current fleet comprises 6 Boeing aircraft. The move to Airbus is a strategic one for the carrier as it aims to introduce more modern, economical and environmentally friendly aircraft to the operation.

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How would you like to trim three hours off the current commercial jet flight time between Paris and Washington, D.C.? Or two hours and 48 minutes off the flight between New York and Sao Paulo? Or two and a half hours between Tokyo and Singapore?

Airbus to help build supersonic jet

With its Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet, the Nevada-based Aerion Corporation aims to do just that.

Now it has a gigantic new partner to help it realize those ambitions: Airbus.

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Need for speed drives efforts for Aerion supersonic business jet

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The need for speed remains the catalyst behind a continuing effort by the Aerion Corp. to develop a business jet that can fly faster than the speed of sound.

“We don’t think there’s any doubt this is clearly the next frontier,” said Brian Barents, Aerion vice chairman and a former executive at Bombardier Learjet and Cessna Aircraft in Wichita.

The industry is building business jets that fly farther, but it’s stuck at subsonic flight, Barents said.

“There’s clearly a demand for speed, and we feel that we’re in a good position to take advantage of that demand,” he said.

Supersonic business jet flight will happen in our lifetime, Barents said.

Reno, Nev.-based Aerion wants to be first to the market.

Gulfstream also has a small supersonic jet research program. It does not yet have an aircraft. Its program is dedicated to mitigating the sonic boom created by supersonic flight.

Aerion was founded in 2002 by Texas billionaire Robert Bass to develop and commercialize supersonic transportation.

The last supersonic flight took place 10 years ago when the Concorde, a commercial airplane built by Britain’s British Aircraft Corporation and France’s Aérospatiale, took place on Oct. 24, 2003. Falling passenger demand and rising maintenance costs prompted British Airways and Air France to discontinue flying the Concorde, they said at the time.

But manufacturers have continued to pursue the technology.

Aerion is deep in research.

It has been working with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to conduct testing.

In the first five months of 2013, they conducted a round of 11 flights with a 40-inch by 80-inch Aerion test article mounted underneath an F-15 research plane and flown up to two times the speed of sound.

The test article was engineered to represent the Aerion wing flow and pressure conditions in supersonic conditions, the company said.

If all goes well, Aerion plans for a supersonic business jet to enter the market in 2021.

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Aerion Revisits Super Sonic Business Jet Engine, Plans 2020 Certification

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Aerion chief technology officer and director Dr. Richard Tracy told Aviation International News yesterday at EBACE that his company is “revisiting” the powerplant for its proposed $80 million supersonic business jet (SSBJ), citing the previously selected Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219’s inability to meet upcoming Stage 5 noise requirements. “The timing is right in the development schedule to do this,” he said. “And a new engine will give us more growth options for follow-on models. We’ve always said we were planning a family of aircraft. We see this as a step forward that builds on everything we’ve done to date.” Tracy said that Aerion made this decision about a week ago and has begun initial discussions with engine manufacturers. “There’s really no off-the-shelf engine available for the Aerion SSBJ, so we’re looking at several existing cores and then will have one of them customized for our airplane,” he added. An engine swap also allows the company to reconsider the aircraft’s specifications, with the most likely changes being more range than the originally specified 4,000 nm and a wider cross section. However, a cruise speed higher than the planned Mach 1.6 isn’t likely, Tracy said. Meanwhile, Aerion vice chairman Brian Barents said selection of an OEM partner should happen within the next year. “It’s a six-year development schedule and we’re working toward a firm 2020 certification date,” he told AIN.

Aerion Revisits SSBJ Engine