Monthly Archives: March 2017

Global 7000 hits M0.995 in high-speed tests

Bombardier has flown the Global 7000 prototype at speeds up to Mach 0.995 five months after launching the flight test programme, the company says on 29 March. In becoming the largest business jet to come within five-thousandths of a Mach number below supersonic speed, the achievement shows the Global 7000 flight envelope is expanding. The Global 7000, powered by two GE Aviation Passport engines, will enter service in 2018 with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, but the jet is flown beyond that limit in flight tests.   Global 7000 Since first flight, Bombardier has racked up 200 hours in the flight test campaign with two prototypes —FTV1 and FTV2. “Our flight test vehicles continue to show a high degree of maturity in testing, dispatching twice daily in many cases,” says Michel Ouellette, senior vice-president for the Global 7000 and Global 8000 programmes. The first two prototypes feature the Global 7000’s fly-by-wire system and engine, but rely on a pre-production version of the wings. Bombardier announced in July 2015 a wing redesign that caused the programme to delay entry into service by two years. In February, chief executive Alain Bellemare revealed the redesign reduced the weight of the wing, but the aerodynamics of the airfoils remain unchanged. The first flight of a prototype Global 7000 with the lighter-weight wing installed is expected this summer.   The Global 7000 is designed to fly distances up to 7,400nm, fitting between the range of the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER. By contrast, the Global 7000 is longer than either Gulfstream model, accommodating a fourth cabin zone.   Source: FlightGlobal.  

Gulfstream begins G500 certification testing

G500 Gulfstream has completed the development testing for the new G500 and has begun the FAA certification process. During the development testing the five test aircraft flew a combined 2,600 hours over 600 flights. The five test aircraft inclue a fully outfitted G500, complete with a production interior. “Development testing is complete; company testing is well under way, and FAA certification has started, putting us right on track for certification and customer deliveries later this year,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The maturity, discipline and rigor of our program give us great confidence as we look forward to our first delivery.” Gulfstream designed the interior of the G500 interior with extensive feedback from customers, with members of the Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team (ATCAT) recently having the chance to fly on the fully outfitted aircraft. “The feedback during and after these flights was extremely positive,” Burns said. “Our customers tell us that the added flexibility of the cabin, the comfort of our newly designed seats and the enhanced satellite communications will ensure that the G500 customer experience is second to none.” Gulfstream are aiming to have the G500 certificated later in 2017, with customer deliveries begining shortly afterwards. Source: CorporateJetInvestor  

PC-12 NG is 2016’s best-seller

Pilatus- PC-12 NG Delivery of 91 PC-12 NG single engine turboprops in 2016 make it officially the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. With 91 aircraft delivered to customers around the world in 2016, the PC-12 NG outpaced sales of all other individual models of turbine-powered business aircraft. In mid-2017, Pilatus will deliver the 1,500th PC-12. At this year’s “Annual Industry Review” press conference, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association GAMA released its 2016 Year-End Aircraft Shipment and Billings report to the public. While overall industry shipments of turboprops and business jets declined by 3% relative to 2015, Pilatus increased sales of its popular single-engine PC-12 NG turboprop by 30%. New features in the 2016 PC-12 NG increased cruise speed to 285 KTAS (528 km/h), reduced cabin noise levels, offered updated interior design options, and featured more than a dozen drag reduction changes to the airframe, increasing both range and speed. These enhancements were well received in the market, with demand high across the global Pilatus sales network. In mid-2016, Pilatus was also recognized for its customer service being rated number 1 for the 15th consecutive year by owners and operators in an annual survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine. Ignaz Gretener, Vice President of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd’s General Aviation business unit commented: “The entire Pilatus team, from engineering to manufacturing to sales and service worked hard this year to achieve these successes in a very challenging market. The PC-12’s comfort, versatility, performance, resale value, and safety all come together to make it the most sought after aircraft in the market. We are honored that our customers continue to put their trust in us, and we will never take that for granted.” Despite an

Third citation longitude takes its first flight

The third Citation Longitude has joined the test programme. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the programme for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. In addition to the three flying test aircraft, the company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. These aircraft are being built using the same advanced tooling and manufacturing techniques that were applied on the Longitude flight test articles, which drives precision and quality on the assembly line. “The speed at which our team is achieving these milestones is an important indication to our customers of the maturity of the aircraft’s systems and the proficiency of our processes.” “The speed at which our team is achieving these milestones is an important indication to our customers of the maturity of the aircraft’s systems and the proficiency of our processes,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president of Engineering. “We continue to build momentum in the program, and the team is dedicated to getting this world-class aircraft in the hands of our customers.” The third aircraft joins the test programme less than six months after the first Longitude flew in October 2016. To date, the first two aircraft in the flight test program have completed 125 flights, logging more than 250 hours. Certification of the citation longitude is expected by the end of this year. Source: corporatejetinvestor


Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce its establishment of five new line maintenance stations across Europe. The facilities provide line maintenance support to Bombardier Business Aircraft customers in Europe, complementing the tip-to-tail heavy maintenance services provided by Bombardier’s Service and Support Network in the region and worldwide. “This expansion is an integral part of our overall strategy to enhance OEM support for our European operators, including the opening of our brand new heavy maintenance facility at London Biggin Hill Airport,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice-President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “As a part of our commitment to offering an exceptional customer experience, we are delighted to continue to offer our customers expanded support, more resources and increased flexibility closer to their base of operations.” The facilities are located in Linz, Austria; Nice and Cannes, France; and Milan and Olbia, Italy and provide scheduled line maintenance along with unscheduled and AOG maintenance support for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft in the Europe region. The five stations are connected to Bombardier Business Aircraft’s 24/7 Customer Response Centre, as well as Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Customer Support Team.The line maintenance facilities join Bombardier Business Aircraft’s award-winning network of nine service centers and a total of 17 Customer Response Team mobile units worldwide, all equipped to support Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft. The network’s approximately 1,000 dedicated technicians have completed some 45,000 maintenance events to date, and share best practices to provide industry-leading maintenance and care. Bombardier Business Aircraft customers also have access to a broad network of nearly 50 Authorized Service Facilities around the world. Copyright : Frédéric Vergnères   Source: ULTIMATE JET

Why business aviation must match commercial for safety

Business aviation's safety record isn't bad but it needs to improve to match commercial air transport, and the Flight Safety Foundation is working to achieve that. FSF's Greg Marshall talks to Dave Calderwood. Business aviation has a long way to go to become as safe as commercial air transport and the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), along with other organisations and partners such as the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) and National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), are highlighting the specific threats to business aviation, wherever it takes place. Comparing accident numbers per hours flown is commonly used but that favours commercial air transport because of the generally longer time spent in the cruise, traditionally the safest part of a flight. So, these days, another measure to look at is the fatal accident rate per departures – the reasoning is that the greatest threats to flight are during take-off, approach and landing. Boeing’s much-respected annual accident report shows that scheduled commercial air transport has a global fatal accident rate of 0.033 per 100,000 departures. That’s an incredible one in three million chance. For business aviation, turn to the 2015 safety report by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the corresponding global fatal accident rate is 0.40 per 100,000 departures for all business aircraft, jets and turboprops. That’s one in 250,000, a much higher accident rate. These figures are averaged over a number of years to iron out any ‘bad years’. However, it’s not all bad news. Dive deeper into IBAC’s figures and corporate aviation jet traffic is achieving a very similar figure to commercial air transport, with 0.03 accidents per 100,000 departures. So, business aviation can be just as safe as commercial air transport. The

Opinion:The UK needs to follow the US with dedicated business aviation airports

Robert Walters, business development director at London Biggin Hill Airport, says that if the UK government does not recognise the importance of business aviation the country will not be able to keep up with demand.   London Biggin Hill Airport Last week, as the British Chancellor announced the new Budget, the UK’s Business and General Aviation industry leaders met to discuss the market at a time of pronounced political uncertainties, particularly in Europe and North America. But despite ongoing political shifts, it must be business as usual for the rest of us. As with any industry, there are those tenets which are constant. For the property market it is the timeless principle of Location, Location, Location. For airports, there are a couple of adjustments: Location, Flexibility, Capacity. The latter of those is in crisis. The business jet industry is a lucrative and constantly evolving market, with the next decade likely to see around 8,000 deliveries of business jets, worth nearly $250 billion. The emergence of dedicated business aviation airports is a growing trend in response to a massive surge in demand for more and more city-dyad links in an era of intensifying global business transactions. Within the next 10 years, emerging economies will dominate the market, both as producers and the customers of rapidly evolving new technologies. Indeed, this is strengthening the case for dedicated business aviation airports, and in the UK, just three dedicated airports (Farnborough, Biggin Hill and Oxford) now account for more than a fifth of the entire UK market. This reflects the strong demand for specialist FBOs away from the bustle of scheduled airliners. As anyone working in aviation is acutely aware, the government is having to address the fact that by 2030, Heathrow, Gatwick, London

U.S. FAA Gives Nod to G500, G600 P&WC Engines

The new P&WC  PW800 family will provide double-digit gains in fuel efficiency. P&WC (Pratt & Whitney Canada)  has received U.S. certification for its new PW814GA and 815GA turbofans that will power the Gulfstream G500 and G600, respectively. The FAA validation, granted on February 24, comes as Gulfstream prepares for initial deliveries of the G500 later this year and of the G600 in late 2018. Gulfstream is the launch customer for P&WC engines’s new 16,000-pound-thrust PurePower PW800 turbofan that shares a common core with the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G Geared Turbofan engine. P&WC began core testing on the engine in 2009 and first flew it in 2013. The engine maker secured Transport Canada certification for the PW814GA/815GA in early 2015, just a few months after the unveiling of the 5,000-nm G500 and 6,200-nm G600. Along with the engines, P&WC is supplying an integrated powerplant system for the aircraft that includes nacelles and thrust reverser systems. The new engine incorporates a full authority digital engine control (Fadec) system with advanced diagnostics and lightweight materials such as titanium and composites that are designed to improve performance and dispatch availability. P&WC estimates that the engines provide double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency. In addition, the engines incorporate P&WC’s Talon X combustor, which provides a double-digit margin in meeting international NOx emissions targets.   Source: Ainonline

Piper prepares M600 for its European debut

Piper Aircraft’s flagship model, the M600, will make its European debut from 5-8 April at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany.   The event – the largest dedicated business and general aviation showcase outside the USA – will also mark the start of a regional demonstration tour for the single-engined turboprop, for which Piper hopes to secure European validation by the end of the third quarter. Piper M600 Piper Aircraft We have several M600 orders from European customers,” says Piper chief executive Simon Caldecott. “And we have a number of sales in process, that are pending EASA certification.” The M600 entered US service in June 2016 following a 15-month certification campaign. The $2.9 million aircraft is a development of Piper’s M500 entry-level turboprop, featuring a redesigned wing, digital fuel management technology and a restyled interior. The1,480nm (2,670km)-rangeM600 is designed, Piper says, to “address a segment of the market currently unserved in general aviation and at a price point significantly below that of our competitors”. These include the $4.9 million Pilatus PC-12NG and the $4.1 million Daher TBM 930. Flight Fleets Analyzer records 22 deliveries of the type to date – all to US-based owners. Source: FLIGHTGLOBAL

Third and final Pilatus PC-24 enters flight testing

Pilatus Aircraft’s PC-24 business jet has entered the final stages of its certification programme, following the maiden sortie of its third and final test aircraft – the first in a production-standard configuration – on 6 March. P03 – registration HB-VSA – took off from Stans at 09:45 local time for a 2h 5min flight across Switzerland. Pilatus describes the debut flight as “another important milestone” in the PC-24’s development. It comes 22 months after the arrival of the first prototype kick-started the validation programme. Aircraft P02 joined the campaign in November 2015, and the pair have since logged more than 1,350 flying hours, the airframer says. PC-24 Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk calls the results of the flight-test campaign “very encouraging” and says the data collected so far indicates that the jet – the company's first – “exceeds published performance figures”. These include a maximum cruise speed of 425kt (790km/h), a maximum range with six passengers of 1,800nm (3,330km), and a maximum take-off weight of 8,050kg (17,650lb). The PC-24 is branded a “super-versatile jet” by Pilatus, based on its large cargo door and its ability to take off and land on very short runways and unpaved strips. The aircraft is scheduled for certification and service entry in the fourth quarter. US fractional ownership company PlaneSense is launch customer for the Williams International FJ44-4A-powered twin, with an order for six aircraft. The company is a long-standing Pilatus customer and the largest commercial operator of its PC-12NG single-engined turboprop with a fleet of 35. Pilatus has secured 84 orders for the PC-24 – equivalent to three years of production – and is planning to reopen the orderbook following certification. P03 will make its public debut in