Dassault demonstrated its EASy flightdeck philosophy to trade magazine representatives on Sep 8 during a flight from IAD to PHX. Later, a comprehensive demonstration of Honeywell’s new integrated EVS and SVS display on a PFD was conducted in the company’s advanced technology facility at PHX. (Inset) Falcon 900EX before departure from Dulles Jet Center IAD with Flug Revue Editor-in-Chief Volker Thomalla (L) and AOPA Pilot Editor-at Large Tom Horne.
Embraer has delivered a Legacy 600 to DUS (Düsseldorf, Germany)-based Vibroair Flugservice. This is Vibroair’s first aircraft. The company has ordered 2 Phenom 300s and a midsize Legacy 500 for 2014 delivery.
Cessna has delivered the first Citation X fitted with elliptical winglets. The retrofit kit includes flight and ops manual supplements along with an updated version of CESSNAV for customers who have purchased that subscription service from Cessna. The retrofit kit also includes replacement of the existing anticollision and position light system with LED versions. Plans are under way to offer the elliptical winglet installation STC on the Citation X at all 9 Citation service centers in the US and Europe. Cessna Parts Distribution will provide spares support for the winglet-equipped Citation Xs.
The Royal Thai Air Force has taken delivery of the first of 4 ATR 72-500 VIP aircraft. It features a VIP cabin interior and will be dedicated to transport for the Thai royal family, as well as government and military officials. The remaining 3 aircraft under this contract will be delivered before the end of this year.
Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) have announced that the Intl Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) has received official European recognition as an industry standard for business aircraft operations. This recognition was achieved through a European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop Agreement. CEN is the EU’s official standards setting body. This official endorsement will facilitate recognition of IS-BAO in the upcoming EASA implementing rules.
Hawker Beechcraft says it has made significant progress on the Beechcraft Premier II program. The first successful test flight of the aircraft’s new engines on a modified Premier IA is complete and the first Premier II fuselage is on the assembly line. First prototype flight is due to take place in Dec 2009. The company says it intends to adjust the aircraft’s entry-into-service date in response to the economic environment. It now expects this to occur in late 2012 or early 2013.
Emivest delivers first SJ30 to customer
First SJ30 business jet delivered under the Emivest brand (s/n 008) taxis away from the factory at SAT (Intl, San Antonio TX) on Sep 23. While Sino Swearingen Aircraft (SSAC) delivered 2 SJ30s since Emivest acquired it—1 in 4Q2006 and 1 in 3Q2007—both have been used extensively as company demonstrators, and 008 is the first to be delivered to a regular customer. Based at PDX (Intl, Portland OR), it is operated by Déjà Vu, a company that operates gentlemen’s clubs around the world. (Inset L) Emivest Aerospace CEO Anthony Power (L) presents the keys to new owner Harry Mohney (Inset R, L–R) Capt Debbie Balsley, SJ30 Designer Ed Swearingen and Mohney. Power says Emivest expects to deliver another SJ30 in 4Q09, to actor Morgan Freeman.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has opened a newly expanded, factory-owned aircraft maintenance and service facility at IND (Intl, Indianapolis IN). The facility has provided service to the region for almost 40 years. HBS’s new facility is 3 times the size of the previous one. In addition to focusing on maintenance, repair and modification of airframes, powerplants and avionics systems, the Indianapolis HBS facility offers AOG support and custom interior modification services, with paint capabilities becoming available this fall. Present at the ribbon-cutting were (L–R) HBS VP Ops and Quality Bob Recchio, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support VP Christi Tannahill, HBS Indianapolis Gen Mgr Mike Robinson, Hawker Beechcraft Operations Exec VP Bill Brown, IND Secretary of the Board Al Bennett and Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Dir of Planning Brandom Gengelbach.
Atlas Air Service, a Citation authorized sales representative in Germany, has opened a Citation service center at BRE (Bremen, Germany). The 10.5-million-euro ($14.8 m) facility took a year to build and is among the largest authorized Citation service centers in Europe.
Universal Weather and Aviation has enhanced its UVdatalink Fleet Status online flight tracking application. The change allows flight departments to track and manage their aircraft more efficiently and provides global VHF and satcom datalink communication services for ACARS-equipped aircraft. Additional enhancements include improved capabilities for managing larger fleets, the ability to overlay North Atlantic tracks, enhanced map graphics, automatic map refresh and the ability to view planned routes if flightplans have been filed with UV.