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AIRBORNEBRIEFING BUSINESS AVIATION IN BRIEF


Business jet operator AVWest of Perth, Australia, placed firm orders for five Bombardier Global 6000 ultra long-range jets — a move that cost approximately USD292.5 million based on the 2012 price list. Considering that AVWest has previously ordered four Global 7000 and two Global 8000 jets, the Global 6000 was an “obvious choice”, said AVWest principal Tim Roberts. The company’s fleet currently includes a Bombardier Challenger 604 and three Global Express XRS aircraft.


Bombardier Aerospace deepened its foray into the Chinese market with a new office in Shanghai. The office will house, among others, the manufacturer’s Shanghai Regional Support Office team, which will expand to include support personnel for operators of Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets. It will also be home to Bombardier’s commercial aircraft teams, supply chain organisation and sales and marketing teams for China and North Asia. The Shanghai office complements the services of an existing business aircraft sales team in Beijing and commercial aircraft sales team in Shenyang. More than 95 Bombardier commercial and business aircraft are currently operating in Greater China.


A supersonic business jet or small airliner with low sonic boom could enter service by 2025, according to a recent NASA report. The agency said


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wind tunnel tests using scale models designed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin showed it is possible to create a supersonic aircraft that produces low sonic boom and low cruise drag, which could qualify it for unrestricted overland flight. The goal is to achieve a perceived noise level of 85 decibels (PNLdB). However, the public threshold for sonic boom noise is estimated at 70 PNLdB — a standard NASA aims to meet by 2035. The low boom is achieved by shaping the airframe to spread out the shock waves in a sinusoidal projection.


In a long-awaited move, Tokyo opened its first dedicated business jet terminal at Narita International Airport on 31 March. Called Premier Gate, it is located about 200 metres from Terminal Two’s landing spots. It has customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) facilities and a private lounge. Concierge services are being planned. The terminal brings the airport’s number of business jet stands to 18. Operating hours are from 06:00 to 23:00. Tokyo is home to 46 per cent of branch offices belonging to overseas companies in Japan. The city saw 2,573 business jet take-offs and landings in 2011, with the top destinations being the US, South Korea and China.


As part of its programme to extend customer services to clients within the Asia-Pacific, Bombardier will set up an authorised training provider location in the region for Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS aircraft. The new training programme and flight simulator will be ready by 2013 and will improve business jet customers’ access to pilot and maintenance training. OEM- backed pilot training for Global Express aircraft is currently offered in the US, UK and UAE.


Cessna Aircraft Company signed an


Anticipating certification by the end of Q4 2012, the Dassault Falcon 2000S completed its first year of flight testing


in early April. The aircraft completed 300 flight hours in more than 100 test flights. The tests gauged the performance of mechanisms like the 2000S’ auto brake system, which is designed to allow the aircraft to operate on shorter runways, such as in the London City Airport. The large-cabin, super mid-size jet was launched in May 2011 and is scheduled for delivery in early 2013.


agreement with Aviation Industry Corporation of China and the Chengdu government to manufacture and certify light and mid-size business jets, utility single-engine turboprops and single- engine piston Cessna aircraft in China. “We foresee China being one of the top 10 countries for business jet ownership globally by 2025, aided enormously by the ongoing liberalisation of the country’s airspace,” said Mike Shih, the OEM’s vice president of strategy and business development. Cessna is also expanding its customer service facilities in Asia and is particularly adding Citation-authorised service facilities in China. >>


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