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Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification, Europe Business Aviation, Falcon 5X Avionics

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet to combine a roomy, flat floor, stand-up cabin, with a mid-size price and best-in-class operating costs.

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

“From inception, we looked at every aspect of how we design, build and deliver new products to the market with the goal to further improve upon the key attributes that make the Citation so highly esteemed,” said Scott Ernest, president, and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Throughout the certification program, the Latitude demonstrated breakthrough results, which are evident in the aircraft’s performance and value proposition. And now, customers can experience firsthand how the Latitude can reduce operating costs, while increasing productivity and profitability for their businesses.”

Cessna Latitude

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May.  Customer reception remains strong as the aircraft’s transcontinental and European performance capabilities were showcased during a month-long regional demonstration tour. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours demonstrating notable fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cockpit

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8C inspection done on Bombardier Global

Jet Aviation Singapore has undertaken the first Bombardier Global 8C Inspection in the Asia Pacific region. The inspection will be completed in conjunction with an interior refurbishment.

The inspection began earlier this month at the company’s newly expanded MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park. As the aircraft’s largest maintenance event, the 10-year 8C inspection requires an extensive dismantling of the cabin for a thorough check of the airframe and structures, including a major overhaul of the landing gear, examination of all operating systems and a detailed review of the aircraft’s flight documents.

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European Business Aviation flights on the increase

Eurozone business aviation has clearly recovered. The region saw its six largest markets, comprising 56% of total activity, all grow. Other important markets such as Spain and Turkey also increased activity in May, according to data compiled by WINGX Advance.

In total, there were 73,436 business aviation flight departures in Europe in May, 493 more than in May 2014. That is a 0.7% YOY growth. Strong growth in Germany, France, and Italy, in particular, was partly offset by declines in Switzerland, Austria, and The Netherlands.

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Honeywell Exec Expands on Dassault’s Falcon 5X Latest Integrated Avionics

Dassault has unveiled its latest iteration of the Falcon jet family: the Falcon 5X, flying with Honeywell’s Primus Epic EASy III cockpit technologies. With the 5X set to make its maiden flight this summer, the suite of integrated avionics aims to offer operators a smooth and easy flying experience through cutting edge technology.

Honeywell collaborated with Dassault to create the EASy III flight deck in Dassault's Falcon 5X (PRNewsFoto/Honeywell Aerospace)

“High end biz jets like these want state-of-the-art functionality, they want more than just the minimum certified capability, so we started offering wide screen, high resolution color displays that could show 3-D type formats that pilots find easier to manipulate, easier to train with, safer to operate,” Tom Lawler, director of marketing and product management at Honeywell, told Avionics Magazine.

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OPINION: Why Dassault’s wide-cabin 5X will succeed

The industry got its first glimpse of the all-new and eagerly-anticipated Falcon 5X at a dedicated roll-out ceremony on 2 June.

Dassault’s first clean-sheet design for more than a decade is a triumph. So too is its strategy to make this impressive wide-cabin business jet the benchmark for a family of new-generation Falcons.

With a cabin 2.58m (8.5ft) wide and 1.98m high, the 5X has the largest internal cross section of any traditional business jet on the market today – greater than its sector rivals the Bombardier Global 5000, Gulfstream G450 and in-development G500.

It is bigger even than the G650 and the developmental Global 7000 and 8000 – all positioned at the top end of the ultra-long-range sector where Dassault will eventually stake a claim.

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FAA approval clears Citation Latitude for deliveries

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a type certificate for the nine-passenger Citation Latitude to complete a 3.5-year-long development programme, Cessna announced on 5 June.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior

Cessna Citation Latitude runway

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FAA Grants Certification to Cessna Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced that its Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior aft

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours, demonstrating fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

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Gulfstream G280 Performance Boost, Citation Latitude Europe Tour, Legacy 450 Certified

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G280 Gets Performance Boost Through Software Upgrade

Update Improves Landing Distance, Enhances Flight Management System and Enables Synthetic Vision

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that an avionics software upgrade resulting in improved aircraft performance is now available for the Gulfstream G280.

Gulfstream G280

The new PlaneView280TM software, offered in conjunction with supplier Rockwell Collins, results in slower approach speeds, shorter landing distances, and enhanced flight management system performance.

“The G280 was already a top-performing aircraft in its class,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “With this upgrade, the aircraft’s performance is even better. Our customers will appreciate the increased functionality and utility, the operational improvements, the enhanced display layout and the improved situational awareness.”

The upgrade reduces G280 approach speeds by up to 9 knots. The landing distance with the new software is 2,380 feet/725 meters, a decrease of 270 ft/82 m.

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Cessna Citation Latitude begins European tour

Cessna has begun a three-week European demonstration tour of its new Citation Latitude with the annual Business and General Aviation day (BGAD), held on 15 September at London Biggin Hill airport – the first stop on its multi-city itinerary.

The $16.3 million, midsize business jet is the newest aircraft in Cessna’s 16-strong product line. It secured FAA certification in June, following a three-and-a-half year development effort, and entered service with a US owner in August.

Cessna Citation Latitude begins Europe tour

The Textron Aviation subsidiary now anticipates European validation for the nine-seat aircraft in the fourth quarter. “We are eager to get the Latitude approved in Europe so we can begin deliveries to our customers here,” says Textron Aviation’s vice-president of sales for Europe, Tom Perry.

Europe is one of the largest markets for the Citation business jet family with an inventory of around 830 aircraft…

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Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 Gains EASA Certification

Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft has met or surpassed all design goals, exceeding targets such as range, runway performance, hot-and-high takeoff distance and maximum payload. The conclusion of the process in Europe follows the recent certification granted by the Brazil and U.S. aviation agencies.

“This is a great achievement that paves the way for deliveries to begin in the member states of the European Union as well as in EASA-associated countries,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 450 is a revolutionary business jet that re-enforces our commitment to deliver true innovation to the market.”

Embraer Legacy 450 EASA certified

With a range of up to 2,575 nautical miles (4,769 km), the mid-light Legacy 450 can fly nonstop from New York to Las Vegas, Dubai to Moscow and Jakarta to Hong Kong. The aircraft has the largest cabin in its class, comfortable seating for up to 9 passengers, and is the first jet in its category to replace conventional controls with full digital fly-by-wire technology.

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GAMA 2015 Q2 Aircraft Shipment Data, Cessna TCAS Upgrade, LABACE Starts Tomorrow, Business Aviation Shipments, Citation Latitude

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

GAMA Publishes 2015 Second Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the second quarter 2015 general aviation aircraft shipment numbers. Industry airplane shipments fell 9.1 percent to 1,015 units for the first half of the year, and airplane billings declined 4.6 percent to $10.4 billion, compared to the same period a year ago. Rotorcraft shipments decreased, from 502 units to 447 units, and billings were down an estimated 16.8 percent to $1.9 billion for the first six months.

The number of piston airplanes delivered fell 11.8 percent, from 526 units to 464 units. Turboprop shipments also declined 9.9 percent to 246 airplanes. Business jet manufacturers shipped 305 airplanes compared to 318 airplanes last year, a drop of 4.1 percent. Piston rotorcraft declined to 130 shipments while turbine rotorcraft dropped from 358 units in 2014 to 317 units in 2015, an 11.5 percent decline.

Fewer business jets were shipped in 2015

“While the second quarter generally improved over the first, our industry is still being buffeted by volatile global markets and contraction within the energy sector,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Robust new product development continues in each of our member companies, accentuating the need for streamlined certification processes and efficient validation mechanisms between regulatory authorities. Finally, fair global competitiveness for all GAMA members rests on the need for a global level playing field. Therefore, Export-Import Bank reauthorization remains a key priority for manufacturers.”


Business Jets
Total Shipments 1,117
Total Billings $10.9B $10.4B -4.6%
Total Shipments 502
Total Billings $2.3B $1.9B -16.8%


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Cessna Certified to Upgrade Early Models with TCAS II 7.1

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has received certification to offer TCAS II 7.1 upgrades for early model Cessna Citation business jets. Available now at company-owned service centers, this upgrade will allow operators of applicable aircraft  to comply with European airspace requirements by the end of 2015.

“With the approaching deadline for TCAS compliance in Europe, this certification allows early model Citation operators the ability to upgrade their aircraft directly from the manufacturer,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The upgrades can be completed along with regular maintenance or independently, usually as a simple software change, though some may require new hardware as well.”

Starting on Dec. 1, 2015, all aircraft already equipped with TCAS and weighing more than 5,700 kg will be required to have the version 7.1 software upgrade to the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) in order to operate in European airspace.  Recent model Citations, as well as applicable Beechcraft King Airs and Hawker business jets, already comply or have certified solutions available.

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System TCAS

Solutions offered under the new certification are for Citation models CJ2, Citation II/SP, Citation SII, Bravo, V Ultra, Encore, Encore+, Excel, XLS, Citation III, Citation VI, Citation VII, Sovereign, and Citation X.

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ANALYSIS: LABACE approaches amid regional instability

The 12th Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition will open its doors on 11 August in a region mired in political and economic instability.


The three-day annual event – held at Congonhas airport, São Paulo, Brazil – is now a permanent fixture on the aviation calendar thanks to the significance of the region to the business aircraft industry.

With an installed base of more than 2,700 business jets and turboprops, Latin America is home to the third largest business aircraft fleet by continent, after North America and Europe. While its position on the continental fleet roster is assured for some time to come, Latin America is losing its lustre as the deepening financial crisis takes its toll on new aircraft sales.

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Business Aviation Industry-wide Shipments Lagging

There are a variety of measures to gauge the state of the business aviation sector—overall it has been struggling since 2010 when the worst recession since the 1930s officially ended—and based on shipment data for the second quarter of 2015 it is sputtering.

For the period ended June 30, industry-wide airplane shipments were down more than 9%, while billings were off 4.6%, to $10.4 billion, compared to the same period a year ago. Moreover, the decline wasn’t restricted to just one segment. Business jet manufacturers shipped 4.1% fewer airplanes, for a total of 305 aircraft. Turboprop shipments fell 9.9%, to 246, while the number of piston-powered airplane shipments declined 11.8%, to 526 units.

While second-quarter shipments were an improvement over the first three months of the year, the industry continues to be buffeted by volatile global markets and contraction within the energy sector, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce noted. All the same, there were notable exceptions to the disappointing second-quarter activity.

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NetJets to get first Citation Latitude in July 2016

Fractional ownership company NetJets has firmed up the delivery schedule for its Cessna Citation Latitude business jets, with the first of the midsize type set to enter its operation in July 2016.

Cessna Citation Latitude exterior

The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary – the world’s largest operator of business aircraft – placed an order in 2012 for 25 Latitudes as part a multi-billion dollar overhaul of its 500-strong fleet.

It says the aircraft, worth $16 million each, will be absorbed into its US and European fleets over a two-year period.

cessna-citation-latitude in flight

NetJets also has options for 125 of the nine-passenger model, which received US Federal Aviation Administration certification in June and is poised to enter service this month.

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Citation Latitude’s PW306D1 Engine, Embraer and NetJets Phenom 300 Orders, Chicago Tribune’s Mischaracterization of Business Aviation

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Bolen Clears Up Chicago Tribune’s Mischaracterization of Business Aviation

JetOptions Private Jets is a member of NBAA – Ed.

When the Chicago Tribune ran a recent Bloomberg article about pets flying aboard business aircraft, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen offered a realistic, fact-based view of business aviation in a letter published in the paper’s Dec.24 edition.

Read the letter on the Chicago Tribune website.


Offices in the sky

Dec. 24, 2014

Your recent article “Luxury jets pamper pets with pilaf, room to roam” offered only a caricature to suggest who typically uses business aircraft and why they do so.

Let’s be clear: The vast majority of entrepreneurs and businesses using these aircraft are doing so to increase their efficiency and productivity, meet face-to-face with customers and clients, and reach far-off markets where opportunities can be found. The aircraft are typically used by small and mid-size companies, and the most common passengers are not CEOs but salespeople, middle-managers, and technical specialists.

There’s a good reason why business aircraft are needed in today’s highly competitive, global environment: They are like offices in the sky, with cabins set up so employees can discuss projects, collaborate on presentations and stay connected through email, Web access or teleconferencing. The use of this competitive asset, in this manner, has proven benefits: Studies have repeatedly shown that companies using business aircraft outperform comparable companies that don’t use the aircraft.

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Canada approves Citation Latitude PW306D1 engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received Transport Canada approval for its PW306D1 turbofan.

The 5,760lb-thrust (25kN) engine will power Cessna’s new midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude, which is scheduled to enter service next year.

PW306D1 turbofan

Canada approves Citation Latitude’s PW306D1 engine

US validation of the PW306D1 – the latest iteration of P&WC’s PW300 family, which also powers Cessna’s Sovereign+ – is expected before the end of March 2015.

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NetJets adds 10 Signature Series Phenom 300 to Embraer aircraft order

Embraer Executive Jets and NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company and the worldwide leader in private aviation, have signed an agreement to convert 10 Signature Series Phenom 300 purchase options into firm orders. At current list prices, this addition to the contract is worth US$ 89.55 million, which will be included in the backlog of the fourth quarter of 2014. In October 2010, a purchase agreement was signed for 50 firm and 75 options. The total value of the deal may exceed US$ 1 billion, if all options are exercised.

Embraer Phenom 300

Embraer and NetJets signed firm order agreement for 10 Signature Series Phenom 300

“NetJets’ addition of 10 aircraft to their order reaffirms the success of the Signature Series Phenom 300 and of our relationship,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Phenom 300’s market acceptance continues to grow in the fractional and corporate markets, having recently become the most delivered business aircraft.”

Embraer has now delivered 36 Signature Series Phenom 300s to NetJets. These aircraft operate in the NetJets fleet, with fractional owners in the U.S. and Europe. Deliveries of the 10 additional aircraft will begin as of January 2016.

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Embraer delivers first Legacy 500, Nextant First UK 400XTi, Cessna Citation Latitude

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Nextant mulls new aircraft launch

Nextant Aerospace is hoping to launch a new product as early as next May’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, in partnership with engine supplier GE Aviation.

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The FAA has certified Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650ER long-range business jet, verifying the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clearing the way for G650ER deliveries to begin. Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end. This is ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

FAA certifies Gulfstream G650ER

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Every major business jet manufacturer will descend on Orlando for the annual NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) extravaganza in less than two weeks, and all of them will spar for the attention of prospective customers interested in upgrading their current aircraft or purchasing one of the new models in development or in flight test.

For Cessna Aircraft Co., the timing couldn’t be better. Its pilots have been putting the Citation Latitude prototypes through their paces since February when the first aircraft first flew. With every test flight, the jet has hit the mark. Now Cessna is reporting that the certification program has yielded improvements in range and runway performance beyond what the company initially projected. As a result, the aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range, to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Runway performance also is significantly improved, with takeoff distance now 3,668 ft., rather than 4,030 ft.

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Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi business jet to Norwich-based business aviation services provider SaxonAir.

The handover brings to seven the total number of the remanufactured light twinjets delivered to European customers to date. “The European 400XTi fleet has proven itself as a strong revenue generator on the European charter market with the majority of the fleet operating more than 90h a month [each],” says the Cleveland, Ohio-based company, which introduced the 400XTi last year.

Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi
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Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500, its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

“The entry into service of the Legacy 500 is yet another important achievement by our Company,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President, and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Our teams developed a revolutionary product, which symbolizes our commitment to offer our customers the most innovative solutions in the industry.”

Embraer delivers first Legacy 500 Executive Jet
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Gulfstream GIII Flies American Ebola Patients Back, Sao Paolo Airport to host LABACE

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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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Citation Latitude Moves To Production, Embraer business jet deliveries up, HondaJet Debut

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Cessna Aircraft is making good progress toward achieving FAA certification of its Citation Latitude in the second quarter of 2015. Assembly line work recently got underway, with the first aircraft earmarked to become the fourth flying prototype.

Cessna Citation Latitude to start production

Starting the production flow now coincides with Cessna’s targets for delivery of the new model.

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  • In the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), Embraer delivered 29 commercial and 29 executive (22 light and 7 large) jets
  • The Company’s firm order backlog ended 2Q14 at US$ 18.1 billion
  • As a result of aircraft deliveries, coupled with revenues from the Company’s Defense & Security business, 2Q14 Revenues were US$ 1,761.3 million, for year-over-year growth of 13.1%. Year-to-date
  • (YTD) Revenues in the first six months of 2014 were US$ 3,003.6 million, representing year-over-year growth of 13.6%
  • EBIT and EBITDA1 margins were 10.6% and 14.8% respectively, in 2Q14, and for the first six months of 2014 were 9.3% and 13.7%, respectively
  • 2Q14 Net income attributable to Embraer Shareholders and Earnings per basic ADS totaled US$ 143.4 million and US$ 0.7829, respectively. For the first half of 2014, Net income attributable to Embraer Shareholders was US$ 254.0 million and Earnings per basic ADS was US$ 1.3867
  • The Company’s 2014 Guidance for financial performance and Commercial and Executive aircraft deliveries published in February remains unchanged.

Embraer business jet deliveries up

The Executive Jets segment delivered 22 light jets and 7 large jets, totaling 29 aircraft in 2Q14, with an increase of one large jet and a decrease of one light jet relative to the deliveries reported in 2Q13. You can charter the full line of Embraer executive jets from JetOptions


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The first production HondaJet made its public debut today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.


“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda’s aviation venture,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams.”

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