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Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Speed Records, Gulfstream G500 First Flight, Aviation Groups and ATC Reform, Jet Builders and More

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

As lawmakers consider a major change to the current structure of the FAA as both a safety regulator and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), representatives of commercial airlines and business aviation operators are divided on how to move forward. In a hearing before the Senate commerce committee on Tuesday, May 19, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) strongly opposed the creation of a private entity responsible for Air Traffic Control (ATC) while Airlines for America (A4A) Chairman and United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek expressed support for the change.

Senate Hearing ATC Reform

Smisek believes the FAA should retain its current role as a safety regulator, providing certification of airplanes and ensuring safety of air transportation operations. However, A4A — with the exception of member carrier Delta Airlines, which does not support a private ANSP — is asking lawmakers to consider separating the ATC operations and safety regulation functions of the FAA and to create a new user-fee funded non-profit corporation with an independent, multi-stakeholder board of governance free from political influence over decision-making.

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Business jet buyers are a fickle lot. Most airlines expect a new commercial aircraft to provide reliable service for at least 12 years before a replacement is even considered. But the average owner of a corporate aircraft starts looking for an upgrade in about half that time.

It is no coincidence that business jet manufacturers seem in unison to be entering a new phase in the product development cycle. A five-year wave of launches appears to have crested, with the industry now focused on programme execution.

The EBACE convention in Geneva highlights the shift. For the first time in five years, no veils were lifted on new aircraft projects (discounting Airbus’s launch of the ACJ320neo). More glaringly, a normally reliable stream of rumoured imminent launches ran dry.

Instead, the manufacturers seem to be focused entirely on, well, manufacturing, as they attempt to make good on the promises of the last five years.

The static display outside the Palexpo centre emphasised the change in focus. There were three types – the Cessna Citation Latitude, Embraer Legacy 450 and the HondaJet – making show debuts ahead of scheduled certification milestones later this year. They should be followed in 2016 by another wave of pre-certification arrivals, and again the following year.

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FlightAware is continuing to expand the capabilities of its global flight tracking and flight data technology, launching a new network for tracking non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft at the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Beyond the new product launch though, the Texas-based flight tracking company is also looking to expand its flight tracking service to more remote areas of the world to provide airlines and operators with all of the possible surveillance data available that can help prevent the loss of an aircraft position.

FlightAware Targets Remote Markets to Expand Global Flight Tracking

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The Embraer Legacy 500 was getting high marks in the business aviation trade press even before the jet was delivered to the first customer late last year. Nearly all of the attention seemed to be on passenger accommodations, such as the six-foot flat-floor cabin and the aircraft’s 12 oversize windows—so much so that the Legacy 500, with its $20 million base price, routinely was compared to super-midsize models costing much more.

Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Records

Going forward, look for the spotlight to shine more on performance. The Embraer also makes the Legacy 650 500, which is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines—the greenest in their class—recently set four new world speed records for midsize jets.

Embraer Legacy 500

The first two were set for speed over a recognized course on a round-trip flight from Oakland, Ca., to Lihue, Hawaii, a distance of 2,135 nm, with six passengers on board. The flight lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes, achieving an average ground speed of 420 mph. The return flight took 4 hours and 11 minutes at an average ground seed of 586 mph.

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Gulfstream Aerospace ’s new G500 business jet—a clean-sheet design that’s been in development since 2008—has taken to the skies for the first time.

Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

During the 2-hour, 16-minute flight on May 18, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems, evaluating handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations, performed a simulated approach and go-around, and checked all systems using the Symmetry flight deck touchscreen controllers.

After taking off from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, adjacent to Gulfstream headquarters and its sprawling production and test facilities, the aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft. and achieved a top air speed of 194 kts. It is the first of two jets to begin flight tests, and is part of Gulfstream’s new family of large-cabin, long-range aircraft that also includes the clean-sheet G600.

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Gulfstream G500 Test Flights, Citation M2 Certification, Legacy 650 Simulator, Legacy 450 Certified, Legacy 500 Delivered

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G500 Completes Five Flights

Two Additional Aircraft Preparing For Flight

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp announced that the Gulfstream G500 has completed five test flights since it first took to the skies on May 18.

During more than 15 hours of flying, the aircraft achieved a top speed of Mach 0.80 and a maximum altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters. The aircraft’s longest flight was more than four hours.

Gulfstream G500 Completes Five Flights

Over the past several weeks, the aircraft has been undergoing planned modifications in preparation for returning to flight later this month.

“The first five flights exceeded our expectations,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “And they demonstrated that our testing facilities on the ground are having very real benefits in the air, allowing us to identify and address issues before they’re ever seen in flight.”

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Cessna Citation M2 Reaches New Heights with High-Elevation Airport Certification

Cessna Aircraft Company announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the Cessna Citation M2 business jet has received certification to operate at airports with an elevation up to 14,000 feet.

“Further proving the Citation M2 is unmatched in its class, it now holds high-elevation airport certification,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “This allows customers operating out of high-elevation airports, like many found throughout Latin America, to do more with their aircraft.

Cessna Citation M2 High Elevation Certification

Within Latin America, for example, the Citation M2 can now operate with non-stop reach from places such as La Paz, Bolivia, to Quito, Ecuador; La Paz to Sao Paulo, Brazil; or La Paz to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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FlightSafety’s Embraer Legacy 650 Simulator in Paris Receives EASA and FAA Level D Qualification

FlightSafety International and Embraer announce that the Legacy 650 simulator located at the Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center has been qualified to Level D by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

FlightSafety Embraer Legacy 650 Simulator

“The Level D qualification by EASA and the FAA of our Legacy 650 simulator located in Paris further enhances the benefits FlightSafety provides to operators of Embraer aircraft around the world,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President.

“The Legacy 650 simulator in Europe illustrates our commitment to delivering world-class training to our customers,” said Waldir Gomes Gonçalves, Senior Vice President, Customer Support and Services Worldwide, Embraer Executive Jets. “This is one more great achievement from the partnership between Embraer and FlightSafety to serve our mutual customers. We are continually expanding our global network to create advanced training programs that exceed industry standards.”

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Embraer’s Legacy 450 Executive Jet awarded Brazilian certification

The Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) granted type certification for the Legacy 450 mid-light executive jet during a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Legacy 450 In Flight

“We are especially thrilled with the Legacy 450 certification, delivering on our commitment to reach this milestone just one year after the Legacy 500,” said Humberto Pereira, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Embraer. “The Legacy 450 introduces true innovation in its class. This is also a reward for our teams’ passion and dedication to bring this truly revolutionary aircraft to market, and I congratulate each team member for this achievement.”

The certification campaign comprised two prototype aircraft, the first with flight test instruments and the second with a production-conforming interior. The commonality between the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500 is around 95%. Production of the Legacy 450 has already begun and the first delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Embraer Executive Jets delivers first Legacy 500 in Mexico

São José dos Campos, Brasil, August 10, 2015 – Embraer Executive Jets has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico. The aircraft will be operated by Transpaís Aéreo, a subsidiary of the Lomex Group Aeronautics Division. The Legacy 500 was awarded type certification from Mexican’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority in June.

The Legacy 500 is proving itself to be a highly capable executive jet that is well-suited to the Mexican market. It offers excellent field performance and easy transcontinental range. The aircraft can fly nonstop from Toluca to Manaus, Cancun to Vancouver or New York to London. The Legacy 500 has met or exceeded all performance expectations, with a smooth entry into service since its first delivery in the last quarter of 2014.

Embraer Legacy 500 first in Mexico

“We have been able to differentiate ourselves from the competitors by introducing truly innovative products for the segments in which we compete. The delivery of the first Legacy 500 in Mexico highlights the market trend toward business jets that combine performance, range, low-cost operation and cabin comfort”, said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I’m glad to see the first Legacy 500 enter service in Mexico.”

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Private Jets Sale – Charter: Falcon 7X, Learjet 45XR, Legacy 500, G280, Citation Excel

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Private Jets for Sale and Charter – December 20th, 2016: 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X, 2006 Learjet 45XR, 2016 Embraer Legacy 500, 2014 Gulfstream G280, 2000 Cessna Citation Excel

This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of business jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 private jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, is the place to start. All of the aircraft models you see below can also be chartered from us.


2008 Falcon 7X

SN: 030

2006 Learjet 45 XR

SN: 304

2016 Legacy 500

SN: 55000066

2014 Gulfstream G280

SN: 2052

2000 Citation Excel

SN: 560-5132

Solar Impulse Flight, Eclipse Special Edition, Embraer Legacy 500, Model 201 Piston

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Solar Impulse 2, a completely solar powered aircraft currently attempting an all-solar around-the-world flight has broken several world records in the attempt, including all distance and duration records for solar aviation. Most recently, with co-founder, CEO and pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the aircraft has also broken the record for the longest solo flight ever by remaining airborne for three consecutive days and nights, producing its own power with solar energy.

Solar Impulse

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One Aviation introduces the Eclipse Special Edition

One Aviation is now offering the Eclipse Special Edition, a factory-refurbished Eclipse 500 that has been upgraded with nearly all the features introduced on the Eclipse 550. These include a dual Avio integrated flight management system, anti-skid brake system, newly designed pilot-side standby display unit, PPG glass windshields, new interior and two-tone paint scheme.

Eclipse SE

The $2.195 million Eclipse SE, which replaces the Total Eclipse series, comes with a three-year factory warranty and Eclipse Advantage maintenance program that covers all required scheduled inspections. It is delivered with all mandatory and recommended Service Bulletins completed and a P&WC Gold ESP engine plan paid through the date of delivery. Also included in the aircraft cost is one initial type rating and access to all Eclipse 500 optional features, such as autothrottles and Taws.

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Pilot Report: Embraer Legacy 500

Eight years ago, then-executive vice president of Embraer Executive Jets Luis Carlos Affonso surprised NBAA show attendees by unveiling concepts for two completely new jets, dubbed mid-light and mid-size; a year later these became the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. The new jets not only signaled the company’s efforts to build a larger presence in the business jet market but also a commitment to fly-by-wire flight control technology that is not available in jets in that class.

Aircraft of the Year: Embraer Legacy 500 by Corporate Jet Investor

At the time, it was unlikely that anyone at Embraer knew that Cessna designers would soon begin sketching the design for a flat-floor cabin jet–the Latitude–that would prove to be a direct competitor to the Legacy 450. And the Embraer prognosticators would not learn until years later that one of the competing midsize jets–the Learjet 85–would eventually suffer a program pause that many in the industry believe will never be un-paused.

Legacy 500 certification coming soon

What Embraer leaders did see was an opportunity to carve out new niches in the market with two business jets that share 95 percent commonality, differing only in cabin length and range, and that have fly-by-wire (FBW) flight controls, the latest Pro Line Fusion avionics from Rockwell Collins, Honeywell Ovation Select cabin management system and Honeywell HTF7500E engines.

Embraer Legacy 500 for charter

The Legacy 500 (officially EMB-550) received Brazilian ANAC certification last August and was certified by the FAA last October and by the EASA in December. The Legacy 450 is slated to enter service by year-end.

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Discovery Sets Sights on Year-end Approval for Piston-engined 201

Discovery Aviation is hoping to secure US certification for its model 201 piston twin before the end of the year, when it will begin asking customers to convert their options into firm orders.

The high wing type is a modernized version of the 18-year-old Russian-designed Avia Accord 201, equipped with Garmin 500 glass cockpit and a 210hp Continental IO-360ES7 engines. “Flight testing is done,” says Discovery founder and chief executive Rick Cunliffe. “Seat crash testing is all that remains, and we should complete this within 60 days.”

Model 201-3

Cunliffe says a lot of the demand for the $1 million 201 has come from charter operators in remote regions of the world, particularly Alaska and Canada “The aircraft is designed for short field capability,” he says. “It can also be equipped with skis and retractable floats, allowing it to operate from snow and water. This broadens its appeal hugely.”

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Embraer Legacy 500 receives EASA certification, Top 10 last-minute aviation Christmas gifts, North American Flight Activity Sees 13-Month Growth

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Embraer Legacy 500 receives EASA certification

Cologne, Germany, December 16, 2014 – Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet today was granted certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during a ceremony at its headquarters, in Cologne, Germany. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the Member States of the European Union as well as in EASA associated countries.

Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet granted certification by EASA

Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet granted certification by EASA

“EASA’s certification is a very important achievement for the Legacy 500, which is introducing advanced technologies and superior comfort in the midsize class,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The approval of this revolutionary aircraft is a testament to our commitment to deliver true innovation to the market.”

Embraer Legacy 500 receives EASA certification

Embraer Legacy 500 receives EASA certification

“This certificate demonstrates the excellent safety performance of Embraer aircraft and the outstanding cooperation spirit which is in place between EASA, the Brazilian Airworthiness Authority ANAC and Embraer, making excellent use of the EU/Brazil Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement,” said Norbert Lohl, EASA Certification Director. “It was Embraer that received the first EASA Transport Airplane Type Certificate in 2004 and are receiving now, 10 years later, another important one for the Legacy 500.”

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Top 10 last-minute aviation Christmas gifts on eBay

Of course, we are biased and we believe the best Christmas gift is the gift of air charter from JetOptions.-Ed.

In case you’ve been too busy to notice, less than 12 shopping days now remain before Christmas. To assist our more procrastinating readers, Flightglobal has compiled a list of the top 10 last-minute Christmas gifts available for purchase right now on eBay, the online auction site. Aviation tends to rank among the more expensive hobbies, and so our guide is not recommended for readers on fixed or – even normal – incomes.

1- Replica Boeing 737NG flight simulator

Replica Boeing 737NG flight simulator

Replica Boeing 737NG flight simulator

This $118,650 model was built privately using a variety of authentic parts and simulator systems.

2- Fantasy Island Grumman Widgeon

Fantasy Island Grumman Widgeon

Fantasy Island Grumman Widgeon

You can own the plane from Fantasy Island.

The 1970s TV show featured a 1967 Grumman Widgeon sea plane in the opening of every episode. That plane is now available for $350,000.

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Signs of a recovery in the business aviation sector are reinforced by predictions of a 13-consecutive-month increase in flight activity when the December figures come in. Analysts at TRAQPak estimate there will be 1.4% growth in overall flight activity year over year in December, following a 3.7% increase in November vs. the same month a year earlier. TRAQPac is the intelligence data arm of Argus International. The results by operational category were positive across the board…

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Embraer Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification, US and Europe Charter Market to Grow, NBAA news + More

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Both US and Europe expected to grow

Avinode released a market report during this week’s NBAA convention in Orlando, FL, in which it projects that both the European and the US business aviation charter market will grow over the coming years. The company’s statistics and projections are based on historical data, economic forecasts and aircraft deliveries, in addition to data aggregated from its Marketplace.

Raisbeck Engineering has announced the addition of its EPIC Performance System to the Beechcraft C90GTx production line, effective immediately. Raisbeck Engineering and Beechcraft have been working together for over a year to bring the very best performance possible to both the new C90GTx and the existing C90GTx fleet of approximately 150 airplanes. Several sales of both new and in-service C90GTx models have already been made.

Beechcraft Adds Raisbeck C90GTx EPIC Performance System

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Hawker 400XPR proves to be popular

At the annual NBAA convention, Beechcraft has sold six upgrade packages for its Hawker 400XPR. Buyer is Anchorage, AK-headquartered Guardian Flight. First deliveries are planned for 1H-2015

Guardian Flight Orders Six Hawker 400XPR Upgrade Packages

Guardian Flight has secured six orders for the Hawker 400XPR upgrade package from Beechcraft. First deliveries are planned for the first half of 2015.

“As the largest air medevac provider in Alaska, this order demonstrates Guardian Flight’s confidence in the added range performance and operating value provided through the Hawker400XPR upgrade,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service at Textron Aviation, at NBAA 2014 in Orlando.

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The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the National Business Aviation Association Conference and Exhibition, in Orlando, Florida. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the United States and in countries that require such certification.

Embraer Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification

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CAE and Bombardier tighten bond

Bombardier and CAE have secured several agreements which will see their existing partnership extended to include various additional business jets of the Canadian OEM.

CAE and Bombardier tighten bond


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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