Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit has completed its first test flight on a Global Express XRS. The flight, from Bombardier’s YZD (Downsview, Toronto ON, Canada) facility, was dedicated to testing basic system functionality. The aircraft reached a maximum first flight altitude of 17,000 ft and 343 KTAS. On completion of initial flying the Global Express XRS will be ferried to the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita KS, where it will complete a flight test program resulting in Transport Canada, FAA and EASA type certification. Scheduled for availability on the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, the Global Vision flightdeck debuts the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. Pro Line Fusion features 4 high-resolution 15-in AMLCDs working in concert with an HGS, personalized formats of display information, electronic checklist, maps with graphical flight planning, integrated cursor control panel, paperless operation enabled by dual electronics charts, future air navigation system, CPDLC and MultiScan weather detection system, SVS and Bombardier EVS (BEVS). BEVS features the new CMA2700, CMC Electronics’ 3rd-generation SureSight I-Series integrated sensor system for EFVS applications. BEVS also offers lower approach minimums under certain situations. Main photo shows (L–R) Bombardier Aerospace Flight Test Engineer Mark Mondt, FO Jeff Kames and Project Test Pilot Gary Bruce. (Inset) Rockwell Collins Global Vision flightdeck.
Raisbeck Engineering has named Groom Aviation of Wichita KS to represent its interests in Wichita. The efforts will cover all of Raisbeck’s current work with Bombardier Learjet and Hawker Beechcraft, both of which are headquartered in Wichita. Groom Aviation is a consulting firm whose clients include aircraft manufacturers, FBOs, aerospace suppliers and private equity firms. More than 3000 airplanes have received Raisbeck productivity upgrades over the past 35 years. Including its independent dealers, Raisbeck’s products are distributed by more than 100 service centers worldwide.
Jet Aviation DXB (Dubai, UAE) has expanded its service offerings to include base and line maintenance for the Hawker 750/800/800XP/ 850XP/900XP, Gulfstream G350/ G450 and Embraer EMB135/145. In addition, the facility’s newly established Boeing BBJ team is now fully operational. Jet Aviation DXB is an approved repair station and authorized service center for the Boeing 737 series (including BBJ), Cessna Citation series, Dassault Falcon series, Embaer Legacy and Gulfstream series, as well as the Hawker series. West Star Aviation ALN (Regional, St Louis MO) is now a Piaggio authorized service center. The contract became official on Jun 23. West Star can now carry out maintenance and modification on all Piaggio P180 Avanti products. Its first Piaggio job is scheduled for Sep 2009.
CAE Pres & CEO Robert Brown (R) will retire on Sep 30. Succeeding him at that time will be CAE Exec VP & COO Marc Parent, who joined CAE in Feb 2005 as group pres simulation products and became exec VP & COO in Nov 2008. Brown, who has held his present position since Aug 2004, will continue as an advisor until the end of this year.
Doug Brantner has joined Groom Aviation as a partner. He was most recently VP responsible for Hawker Beechcraft Services. Brantner’s experience includes operational and financial leadership with aircraft manufacturing, FBOs and aftermarket service.
JSSI has appointed Ron Westwood as dir, business development for the western US. Westwood has over 15 years of business aviation experience. In his role as sales dir of key accounts for Gulfstream, he had responsibility for new aircraft sales in Texas.
ExecuJet Aviation Group’s Head of Fixed Base Operations, Graham Stephenson, is retiring after an aviation career that began in 1958 with a commercial apprenticeship with British European Airways. In 2006, after a period with Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia and LCY Jet Centre, Stephenson became FBO mgr of ExecuJet ZUR. Later, as group FBO dir, he oversaw the development and redesign of ExecuJet Europe’s Berlin FBO and launched ExecuJet’s new FBO in Kuala Lumpur in a joint venture with Hawker Pacific.
Vincent Larnicol has been appointed president of EADS Japan, having formerly been the general delegate of EADS Libya. Larnicol previously worked for Japan’s Nissho Iwai trading house—now known as Sojitz—in Tokyo and Paris.
Patrick Finneran has been named pres & CEO of Sabreliner Corp, a St Louis-based aviation services provider with operations in Missouri and Kansas. Finneran retired as VP of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems and in April joined Sabreliner as executive advisor to Chairman Holmes Lamoreux. Most senior Sabreliner executives who had reported to Lamoreux now report to Finneran.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair & Overhaul (ERO) has appointed Mark Taylor as general mgr, ERO component repair and accessories. He worked for ERO’s H+S Aviation in Portsmouth, England for almost 20 years. In addition to Portsmouth’s repair program, all US-based component repair activity of Dallas Airmotive and Premier Turbines will report through Taylor.
Sep 28–Oct 1: Bombardier Safety Standdown, Wichita KS. Bombardier, 316-946-7876 or visit www. safetystanddown.com.
Oct 20–22: NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando FL. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www. nbaa.org. Oct 26–28: AAMS (Assn of Air Medical Services) Air Medical Transport Conference, San Jose CA. AAMS, 703-836-8732 or visit www. aams.org.
Nov 15–19: Dubai Air Show, Dubai, UAE. Fairs & Exhibitions, 44208-391-0999 or visit www.dubaiairshow.aero.
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