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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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Supersonic Business Jet – A Matter of When, Not If, Learjet 85 First Flight on Hold, NBAA Defends Tax Depreciation for Bizjets + MORE Apr 1st

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
In an op-ed piece, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen challenged the Washington Examiner’s “mischaracterization” of long-standing tax deprecation policies on the purchase of business aircraft as a “loophole.” “Some in Washington are trying to score political points by characterizing business aviation as a convenience, or even a luxury, rather than a necessary tool for competitiveness,” Bolen said.

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Aerion supersonic business jet
In 2004, the world was introduced to no fewer than two supersonic business jet (SBJ) programs. Aerion Corp., an advanced engineering group formed to re-introduce the concept of commercial supersonic flight, took the wraps off one of the designs, and J. Michael Paulson, son of Gulfstream founder Allen Paulson, unveiled the other. The venue was the National Business Aircraft Assn.’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. Reno, Nev.-based Aerion’s target date for placing its SBJ into service was 2011, while Paulson was a bit more conservative; he thought service entry in 2012 was more realistic.

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A “systems issue” that cropped up late last week has put the Bombardier Learjet 85’s first flight on an indefinite hold, a company spokeswoman told AIN. This latest hurdle came just hours after the company said weather had prompted it to scrub the all-composite midsize jet’s scheduled maiden flight last Thursday. The spokeswoman said that engineers are working on a software update to fix the undisclosed issue, but they cannot give an estimate of how long this will take.

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Business aviation flying in Europe eked out a 0.4-percent year-over-year increase last month, logging the fourth consecutive month of activity growth in the continent, according to Hamburg, Germany-based business aviation data firm WingX Advance. There were 43,524 business aircraft flights last month, 0.6 percent more than in February 2013.
While this is good news overall, the gains were largely from the lower end of the aircraft spectrum, WingX said.

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‘First supersonic business jet’ promises to cut flight times in half – Travel from New York to London in just three hours

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
  • The Spike Aerospace S-512 claims to be  the ‘first supersonic business jet’
  • It promises to cut flight times in half  so  that busy billionaires will be able to travel from New York to London in  just three hours
  • The supersonic aircraft was designed by a  team of engineers in Boston, U.S. and has a top speed of 1,100mph, or Mach  1.6
  • LA to Tokyo will take just five hours and  London to Mumbai, four hours

Christmas might be over but jet-set  celebrities and high-flying executives can order the ultimate new toy – a  private supersonic jet.

The aircraft claims to be the  ‘first supersonic business jet’ and promises to cut flight times in half so that  busy billionaires will be able to travel from New York to London in just three  hours. However, such convenience and speed comes at  a price, as the jet will cost between $60million and $80million (£36.3million  and £48.4million).Created by a team of Boston-based engineers, the  Spike Aerospace S-512 aims to be the ultimate business aircraft that can reach Mach 1.6 with a top speed of  1,100mph.
The engineers, who have previously worked for  aerospace giants such as Airbus, Gulfstream and Bombardier, have spent the past  two years designing the luxury aircraft and believe the jet will be capable of  flying between New York and London in three hours.

LA to Tokyo will take just five hours and  London to Mumbai, four hours, according to the firm.

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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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HyperMach Reconfigures SSBJ Design, Aiming for Mach 4.5

Friday, December 7th, 2012

HyperMach Aerospace announced a new configuration for its SonicStar supersonic business jet (SSBJ) that it claims will boost the aircraft’s top speed by about 12 percent to Mach 4.5, while increasing range by 500 nm, to 6,500 nm. At its planned high-Mach cruise speed of Mach 4.4 at FL620, the SonicStar would be able to fly from New York to Dubai in only two hours and eight minutes. The updated version–which includes a new swooped delta wing, redesigned V tail and a pair of more powerful engines–is “slightly larger” than when the SonicStar was first announced at the Paris Airshow last year. Thus, it could now accommodate up to 32 passengers, instead of the original 20. Work is now said to be under way on the SSBJ’s 65,000-pound-thrust H-Magjet 4400 “hybrid turbofan ramjet” engines, which are being developed by Portland, Maine-based sister company SonicBlue. The company says it plans to start engine rig testing next year, followed by core and then electrical compressor tests in subsequent years. A full engine run is scheduled for 2018. The redesign has pushed estimated first flight one year to the right, to 2022, but HyperMach says it still expects certification and entry into service in 2025. The company will start taking orders for the $180 million SonicStar next month.

HyperMach Now Shooting For Mach 4.0 Business Jet

Monday, November 14th, 2011

HyperMach’s planned 20-seat supersonic business jet (SSBJ)–SonicStar–will be able to fly at speeds up to Mach 4.0, the company said on Friday. This is faster than the Mach 3.6 top speed announced when the V-tailed aircraft was first revealed at June’s Paris airshow. At Mach 4.0, the SonicStar would be able to fly from New York to Dubai in only 2 hours 20 minutes.

According to Richard Lugg, CEO of UK-based Hypermach Aerospace, recent analysis of data by partner Eagle Harbor Technologies showed that the higher speed can be achieved while still meeting requirements for a high thrust-to-weight ratio engine, reduced emissions and no (or minimal) sonic boom. The boom is eliminated using an electromagnetically induced plasma wave that “absorbs” pressure waves. “Eagle Harbor integrated [its] plasma and aerodynamic codes into the HyperMach SonicStar aerodynamic model and generated an initial simulation showing that it is possible to manage the shock wave at the bow of the aircraft,” said Lugg.

The key enabling technology of the SonicStar is the engine, which is being developed by Portland, Maine-based SonicBlue (of which Lugg is chairman). Due to the increased speeds, the original S-MAGJET (“S” for supersonic) five-stage electric-turbine hybrid supersonic 4000-X series engine is being developed into a hypersonic derivative called H-MAGJET (“H” for hypersonic). Like the S-MAGJET, the company claims the H-MAGJET will have a specific fuel consumption of 1.05 pounds of fuel/per pounds of thrust/per hour. Another enabling technology is the magnetic spike on the nose that creates the aforementioned plasma waves that would dampen the sonic boom.

SonicStar is scheduled to fly in 2021, with certification possible, but not promised, by 2025. HyperMach has not previously given give a firm price for the SSBJ, but Lugg told AIN here in Dubai that the SonicStar would cost $180 million at current values. The company continues to seek more investors and partners for the now-hypersonic jet program.

HyperMach said it is increasing the top speed of SonicStar (above), its planned supersonic business jet, from Mach 3.6 to Mach 4, which would allow the aircraft to fly from New York to Dubai in only 2 hours 20 minutes. The jet won’t enter service until about 2025, said Hypermach CEO Richard Lugg (below) during a briefing at the Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Mach 4 Supersonic Bizjet To Be Revealed at Paris Show

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

On Monday at the Paris Air Show, HyperMach Aerospace Industries plans to unveil a “next generation” supersonic business jet (SSBJ) that can fly from Paris to New York in 1 hour 45 minutes. Given prevailing westerly winds on this 4,000-nm trip, this puts the cruising speed of the HyperMach aircraft in the neighborhood of a blistering Mach 4.0, well over double the top speeds of the proposed SSBJ designs in development at Aerion (Mach 1.6) and Supersonic Aerospace International (Mach 1.8). In a press invite for its announcement next week, HyperMach also said its SSBJ could fly around the world in as little as five hours, which is just 48 minutes longer than it would take for the Aerion SSBJ to fly from Paris to New York at Mach 1.6. A HyperMach spokeswoman declined to reveal more details about the program, but company chairman and CEO Richard Lugg’s background might provide more clues about the SSBJ, especially its powerplants. Specifically, Lugg is also chairman and CEO of Portland, Maine-based SonicBlue Aerospace, a company “specializing in revolutionary hybrid turbine and scramjet…propulsion systems,” suggesting that this SSBJ will employ advanced technologies heretofore the preserve of the defense industry.


HyperMach said it is increasing the top speed of SonicStar (above), its planned supersonic business jet, from Mach 3.6 to Mach 4, which would allow the aircraft to fly from New York to Dubai in only 2 hours 20 minutes. The jet won’t enter service until about 2025, said Hypermach CEO Richard Lugg (below) during a briefing at the Burj Al Arab Hotel.