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The four G650 test aircraft have flown more than 2,225 hours over more than 675 flights.
NCBAA to promote business
aviation growth in China
Gulfstream Aerospace announced on 18
November that its new flagship Gulfstream
G650 business jet has received its provisional
type certificate (PTC) from the US Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA).
This clears the way for the company to
begin interior completions of the ultra-
large-cabin, ultra-long-range aircraft
in preparation for customer deliveries
in the second quarter of 2012, as the
manufacturer originally planned.
"We are pursuing a two-step certification
approach to keep us on track for our
planned deliveries in the second quarter
of 2012," says Larry Flynn, Gulfstream's
president. "With the PTC in hand, our plan
is to move production aircraft into final-
phase manufacturing to ensure customer
deliveries in the second quarter of 2012."
Gulfstream says PTCs have been common
in general aviation programmes over the
past 15 years. Both the Gulfstream V and
the Gulfstream G550 were issued PTCs
before obtaining full certification.
The four G650s now in flight testing have
flown more than 2,225 hours over more
than 675 flights. One of those aircraft has a
fully outfitted interior, allowing the company
to confirm weight projections and test new
features, including its Cabin Essential design
for redundant cabin systems.
To date, seven production aircraft have
flown in preparation for their induction into
final-phase manufacturing. More than 20
are in various stages of initial- or final-phase
Among its achievements, the G650 has
flown for more than 14 consecutive hours,
with flight-test data confirming its ability
to fly 7,000nm (12,964km) at Mach 0.85.
The aircraft has also demonstrated 5,000nm
range at Mach 0.90. Offering a top speed of
Mach 0.925, the G650 is the world's fastest
"The G650 will exceed the capabilities of
anything on the market, flying faster and
farther, with industry-leading fuel efficiency
and reduced emissions," Flynn says. --
China now has its own national organization
to promote business aviation, with the
announcement in November of the formation
of the National Chinese Business Aviation
"Given the fact that there are massive
numbers of potential aircraft buyers [in China],
NCBAA needs to [organise the] business
aviation [sector] to give China a powerful
association that can lead the way in terms of
buyers, airport cartography, training, MRO and
FBO and so on," the group says in a statement.
The association says it has two main
functions: to provide a platform for all
members of the business aviation industry to
voice concerns and participate in the affairs of
the sector; and to support and promote the
growth and well-being of business aviation
industry in China.
"NCBAA wants to encourage its members
to enter into closer relationships by exchanging
ideas on operational matters. NCBAA has
also the objective of creating an information
platform dedicated mainly to members' news
and legislation," the group says.
The organisation says it has created several
committees to cover different aspects of
the industry: an MRO & FBO Committee,
a Flight Safety and Operation Committee,
a Communication Committee, a Training
Committee, a Research Committee, a
Standardisation and Certification Committee, a
Lobbying Committee and a Finance Committee.
The group launched its website at www.
ncbaa-china.com on 28 November, calling for
participation from all parties with an interest in
Chinese business aviation.
Global business aircraft manufacturers have
long seen China as a market with huge pent-up
potential, whose growth has been slowed by
regulatory restrictions and a lack of adequate
infrastructure. The existence of a group whose
aim is to promote the sector and lobby on its
behalf could prove significant in accelerating
the changes manufacturers and operators have
been crying out for. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
HNA to separate Deer Jet from
Beijing Capital Airlines
HNA Group sets to spin off Beijing Capital Airlines'
business-aviation charter service, Deer Jet, as the
country's business aviation sector expands.
Deer Jet is China's largest business jet
operator, and HNA says it plans to mould Deer
Jet Group into a world-class business-jet brand,
in compliance with international standards.
In 2010, HNA Group and Beijing Tourism
Group renamed the former Deer Jet Airlines
as Beijing Capital Airlines, making Deer Jet the
company's business-jet charter subsidiary brand.
HNA now plans to integrate its infrastructure
products, including the Shenzhen Deer fixed-
base operation (FBO), the Beijing business-jet
hangar, a business-jet maintenance base still
awaiting construction and other Deer business-
jet services, into a new, independent subsidiary
of HNA Tourism.
China's business jet market is forecast to
increase by 20 to 40 percent annually in the
next five years, according to the National
Chinese Business Aviation Association (NCBAA).
However, the organisation adds that competition
in the sector is getting tougher, with Air China
planning its own business-jet services subsidiary,
Beijing Airlines. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
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