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Boeing delivers first VIP 747-8I
Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental VIP aircraft to an undisclosed customer,
the company announced on 28 February.
The jet was handed over with a minimal interior and is scheduled to enter service in 2014,
once fully furnished and equipped for its VIP role.
The VIP version of the 747-8I jetliner provides a cabin area of 4,786 square feet (444.6
square metres), and the aircraft just delivered will feature Greenpoint Technologies' Aeroloft,
offering 393 square feet more usable space above the main cabin of the aircraft, aft of the
upper deck. The Aeroloft is to be installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems
(GTES) in Wichita, Kansas.
In this configuration, the aircraft will be able to carry up to 100 passengers and offer a range
of about 8,840 nautical miles (16,372 km), Boeing says.
Boeing has so far gathered nine orders for the VIP jetliner from undisclosed customers.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
Cessna Citation M2 completes
Cessna's new Citation M2 light business jet
completed its first flight on 9 March.
The test-flight lasted a little more than an
hour and a half and included tests of the
avionics, autopilot, engines, aircraft systems
and instrument approaches. The prototype
aircraft took off and landed at Mid-Continent
Airport in Wichita, Kansas, where Cessna's
main manufacturing facility is located. Cessna
announced development of the latest model in
its Citation line less than six months ago.
"The aircraft performance, handling
characteristics and Garmin G3000 avionics
were exceptional, just as we had anticipated,"
says Peter Fisher, Cessna's engineering test
pilot who flew the test aircraft.
The six-passenger Citation M2 is intended to
fill the gap between the four-passenger Citation
Mustang and the Citation CJ family, which
accommodate up to nine passengers. Part 23
certification is expected from the US Federal
Aviation Administration in the first half of 2013,
with deliveries scheduled to start in the second
half of 2013.
The aircraft, with a new cabin design, is
powered by a pair of Williams International
FJ44-1AP-21 turbofan engines with a full
authority digital engine control (FADEC) system.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
Embraer wins Indian certification for
Embraer has won certification from the Indian Directorate
General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for its Legacy 650 large
business jet, clearing the way for customers to register
and operate the aircraft in India.
The company made the announcement at the India
Aviation show in Hyderabad in mid-March, where it had
one of the aircraft on display.
"The Legacy 650 at Hyderabad is a significant event,
since it is the sixth Embraer Executive Jet model to
gain Indian certification," said Jose Eduardo Costas,
vice-president of Asia-Pacific marketing and sales for
Embraer Executive Jets, at the show.
Other business jet manufacturers were also in attendance
at the show, hoping to position themselves to tap the
evolving market's potential as the country modernises its
aviation infrastructure and its economy expands.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Vice-President for Asia,
Australia and India Dan Keady said: "For years, the
family of HBC business turboprops and jets has been
in-country and proving they are an excellent fit for this
region. We've also expanded our customer service and
support capabilities in the region to reflect increased
activity. We see that activity continuing to grow as India
is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world."
The manufacturer said it has produced more than 60
percent of all business aircraft delivered into India in
the past decade and 58 percent of the total business
aircraft registered in India. "In the segments in which
we compete, Hawker Beechcraft is proud of its market
share leadership in India," Keady said.
Also exhibiting at the show was Dassault Falcon, laying
claim to Indian market dominance in the large-cabin,
long-range sector. The company said it "continues to
consolidate its position as the benefits of business
aviation become recognized by an increasing number
of Indian companies and private owners".
"Private investment in the country's aviation
infrastructure and growing support by the Indian
authorities are making this dynamic market even more
attractive," Dassault said.
-- Andrzej Jeziorski
GULFSTREAM Aerospace has won a
provisional type certificate for its new
Gulfstream 280 business jet from the
US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),
following Israeli approval obtained on
29 December. The manufacturer says
the main item still needed before full
certification from both authorities is a
software update for the aircraft's avionics.
Full certification is expected later this
year. The three G280s in the flight-test
programme have so far flown more than
1,845 hours in 685 flights, while the
fatigue-test airframe has completed over
14,300 out of 40,000 cycles.
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