We’ll Always Have 2007 ...

After more than a decade of robust growth, business aviation puts on the brakes

gulfstream aerospace — based in Savannah, GA unveils its new super-midsize G250. Priced around $24 million, the G250 has increased interior length, in-flight baggage access, and 19 large windows. Best-in-class fuel efficiency provides for lower operating costs and lower CO2 emissions. The G250’s expected entry into service is set for 2011.
• Gulfstream’s largest jet, the ultra-long range G650, has had excellent market response, says the company. The G650’s expected entry into service is set for 2012 with a price in the upper $50 million range. The jet offers more cabin space, larger windows, a top speed of Mach 0.925, and a maximum range of 7000nm.

embraer — the Brazilian-based manufacturer of commercial and corporate jets, projects the sale of 7,220 jets for delivery to the U.S. during the next ten years. Embraer’s investment in the bizjet sector has been substantial, approaching $1.5 billion to date.The company has invested $235 million alone in the development of its very light Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft; $750 million on its midlight Legacy 450 and 500 development; and $100 million on customer support facilities worldwide.
Despite Embraer’s business jet fleet of some 160 aircraft, the company has five business jets currently under development, including its Phenom 100 VLJ. The Phenom 100 is priced at $2.98 million and is nearing final certification. Embraer expects to deliver up to 15 of the new VLJs this year. The Phenom 300, 800 of which have been sold in 44 countries, is equipped with synthetic vision functionality and is priced between $6.65 and $6.85 million.
• Embraer recently opened its third executive jet center, located at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, following openings at Bradley International Airport, in Windsor Locks, CT, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

hawker beechcraft — launches its newest light bizjet, the Hawker 450 XP, which features 10 percent better fuel economy and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics package. The 450 XP is expected to take its first flight in mid-2009, with FAA certification targeted for one year later.
• The company also introduces a new Beechcraft King Air 350i, with lower operating costs and better fuel economy. It will be the first turboprop aircraft to utilize the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system. Certification of the 350i is slated for late 2009.

Industry briefings ...

accord technology — develops the NexNav Max GPS, aimed at providing an enhanced solution for applications needing global positioning system WAAS Class Beta-3 capability, such as L/APV precision approaches.

airbp — unveils its Compass Transaction Processing System, designed to provide its dealers a more streamlined and efficient credit card transaction and bill processing capability.

chevron global aviation — launches a new rewards program, FlyBuys (www.FlyBuysRewardsProgram.com), for both business and general aviation pilots, allowing aircraft operators to accumulate reward points at Chevron and Texaco FBOs.

dallas airmotive — a BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company, is relocating its Regional Turbine Center in Phoenix from Scottsdale to Deer Valley Airport.

horizon business concepts — of Broken Arrow, OK introduces its newest accounting and aviation management software, TotalFBO V6, which features improved work flow in shop orders, new handling of open inventory, additional processor capabilities in credit cards, improved charter quotes with easier airport searching and faster quote generation, and new PCI security certification. Horizon also unveils its new TotalFBOweb, the company’s web hosting service for general aviation businesses that use TotalFBO.

microturbo — of the SAFRAN Group announces that development is on schedule for its e-APU program which began in 2006. The first test run is planned for December Final certification of the complete e-APU is not expected for three years.

pentastar aviation — unveils the first industry Articulating Yoke Mount, designed to increase safety and convenience for aircrews and aircraft operators. The patent-pending yoke mount can be installed in a wide range of aircraft and is designed to provide safe operation during extreme maneuvering. Pentastar has EFB supplemental type certificates for a variety of Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, LearJet, and Westwind Astra business aircraft.

syn-tech’s fuel master plus — is a fuel management system which collects data for any fueling operation and gives instant readouts to hand-held PDAs. Data can be imported into FBO software for data management and accounting.

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