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Gufstream Announces New Performance Specifications for G650 – World’s Fastest Certified Business Jet

| Gulfstream, Gulfstream G650 | 2012/10/29

ORLANDO, Fla., October 29, 2012 – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that its ultra-long-range, ultra-large-cabin G650 aircraft offers even better performance than originally announced. The improvements affect the aircraft’s range at high speed and takeoff distance, giving operators increased flexibility for ultra-long-range missions.

“The improved performance of the G650 makes an already best-in-class aircraft even better,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream Aerospace. “Operators are gaining a distinct advantage with these improvements: They’re going farther faster and requiring less runway. If business jets are time machines, then the G650 is the ultimate in business travel.”

The G650’s range at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 is now 6,000 nautical miles (11,112km), a 1,000-nm (1,852-km) increase over the original target of 5,000 nm (9,260 km). The additional capability makes city pairs such as Tokyo to New York, New York to Dubai, Shanghai to London and Moscow to Los Angeles possible at speeds faster than any other business jet.

The G650 can complete 6,000-nm missions in less than 12 hours. “The G650’s flight time for a 6,000-nm mission at Mach 0.90 would be 40 minutes less than the same mission flown on a G550,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “When every minute counts, a 40-minute savings is considerable.”

The G650’s takeoff balanced field length decreased to 5,858 feet (1,786 m) from the original 6,000 feet (1,829 m) at the aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight of 99,600 pounds (45,179 kg). This improvement allows the G650 to fly farther from demanding, short runways. The G650 has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.925, making it the fastest certified civilian aircraft in production. Each of its two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines provides 16,900 pounds of thrust, yet the aircraft burns less fuel and produces fewer emissions compared to other aircraft in the class.

The G650 received its type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 7, 2012. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin before year-end.

 

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GULFSTREAM TO SHOWCASE FULL FLEET – INCLUDING NEWLY CERTIFIED G280 AND G650 AT NBAA

| Gulfstream, Gulfstream G280, Gulfstream G650 | 2012/10/24

SAVANNAH, Ga., October 23, 2012 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will showcase its full

fleet of aircraft, including the recently certified Gulfstream G650 and G280, at the 65 th Annual

National Business Aviation Association Meeting & Convention in Orlando from Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Gulfstream’s static display at Orlando Executive Airport will include the G650, G550, G450,

G280 and G150.

The company’s exhibit in the North Hall of the Orlando County Convention Center will focus

on its wide-ranging product support initiatives. Gulfstream’s 7,200-square-foot convention

center exhibit will feature products and services that keep Gulfstream at the forefront of product

support. These include:

• The Gulfstream Network, an on-location version of the Savannah-based “Studio G,”

an Internet production channel that allows the company to effectively disseminate

information to customers on safety, service and support, and technical training;

• Total Technical Training, a hands-on aircraft maintenance training program;

• Advanced Technologies, enhancements for the cockpit, cabin management and

entertainment systems for large-cabin and mid-cabin models, including features and

timelines for any mandated items;

• The Interior Design Center, focusing on the company’s interior design capabilities and

featuring an opportunity to experience real-time rendering technology;

• PlaneBook, a portable compact electronic document manager that provides pilots

access to critical flight information during flight; and

• PlaneParts™, a spare-parts subscription service that offers Gulfstream owners and

operators a way to manage their yearly maintenance costs.

Additionally, the exhibit will feature one-twentieth scale models of the full Gulfstream fleet, from

the G150 through the G650, along with iPad information stations specific to each aircraft model.

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Hawker Beechcraft may split

| Business Aviation, Hawker Beechcraft | 2012/10/22

Hawker Beechcraft plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a standalone company.  Talks between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing Co. have ended without agreement.

The company has now announced plans to emerge from Chapter 11 protection as Beechcraft Corporation. A letter to customers signed by Hawker Beechcraft chairman Bill Boisture and executive vice president Shawn Vick said the company’s main goal is to ensure the company completes reorganization “in a strong operational and financial position.”

That may leave it without Hawker product lines “or a closure of the entire jet business,” as a result of strategic or financial considerations. The company says it will focus on other holdings, including piston lines and refurbishments, which are seen to “have high growth potential.”

“In consultation with its key creditor constituents,” the letter says, the company is “evaluating its strategic alternatives for Hawker product lines” (emphasis added). Specifically, that could include sale of some or all associated product lines. If no suitable bids are received, the jet lines could be shuttered altogether. The company says it will focus instead on those areas it has identified as having high growth potential. That includes turboprop, piston, special mission and trainer/attack aircraft as well as parts, maintenance, repairs and refurbs. While the company’s discussions with Superior are over, it still retains a $50 million deposit from the company, which it says is “now fully non-refundable” and the property of Beechcraft. The company says it has sufficient liquidity to complete its restructuring and has announced that it will develop and file a Joint Plan of Reorganization which will be the subject of a hearing on Nov. 15, 2012.

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Boeing Business Jets set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course”

| BBJ, Boeing, Business Aviation | 2012/09/19

Boeing Business Jets set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” when a BBJ flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for installation of its VIP interiors. The BBJ, a 737-700 modified for VIP use, made the 5,658 nautical mile (10,479 km) trip in 13 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

The record-setting trip was monitored by the National Aeronautic Association based in Washington, D.C.  BBJ president captain Steve Taylor said the trip demonstrates the incredible range capability of the BBJ.

“When we left Los Angeles with full fuel, we were 21,000 pounds below our Maximum Takeoff Weight.  This means that the customer can add a full VIP interior, fill all the seats and still carry full fuel and have remarkable range – something our competitor with the same class business jet simply cannot do non-stop,” said Taylor.

The airplane had 7,800 pounds of fuel remaining when it landed in Auckland Sunday evening.

The BBJ, owned by Samsung Electronics, is equipped with seven auxiliary fuel tanks, giving it the extended range capability. It also features lower cabin altitude, which differentiates it from its competitor. The option provides a 6,500-foot cabin altitude instead of the standard 8,000-foot cabin, allowing passengers to travel in greater comfort.

The airplane was flown to New Zealand for the first interior completion of a new BBJ by Altitude Aerospace Interiors, an Auckland-based company which was launched in 2008.

Boeing delivers the BBJ to the customer “green” (no interior or paint) so it can be customized to suit the specific needs and taste of the customer. The completion center of the customer’s choosing installs the VIP interiors, which typically takes nine months to a year.

The BBJ is the best selling model of Boeing’s business jet line with 157 sold to date.

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GULFSTREAM G650 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE

| Gulfstream, Gulfstream G650 | 2012/09/07

GULFSTREAM G650 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE

Ultra-Long-Range Aircraft Sets New Standard For Aviation

SAVANNAH, Ga., September 7, 2012 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business-jet aircraft received a type certificate today from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design. Gulfstream expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650 business jets to customers before year-end. The company has received more than 200 orders for the aircraft.

“The G650 is a superlative aircraft with the most technologically advanced flight deck in business aviation and the largest, most comfortable cabin in its class. In short, the G650 speaks to all that is good about business aviation: safety, security, flexibility, comfort, and capability,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “We designed the G650 with significant input from our Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team, and we’re extremely proud of what our entire organization has accomplished with this aircraft.”

“The G650 sets the new world standard for business-jet performance, range, speed and comfort,” said Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulfstream’s parent corporation, General Dynamics.  “The Gulfstream team has done an outstanding job in designing and manufacturing what is already the envy of the global market and is sure to become a milestone aircraft in aviation history.”

 

Exceptional Systems

The G650 offers a full three-axis, fly-by-wire system that delivers a number of benefits, including flight-envelope protection, passenger comfort, increased redundancy and reduced maintenance. The system is the result of extensive testing, leading to a redundant fly-by-wire system that exceeds certification requirements. It has a separate and dedicated backup flight-control computer that provides an additional level of safety.

To ensure optimum system performance, the G650 uses PlaneConnectHTMTM. This Aircraft Health and Trend Monitoring System provides near-real-time aircraft condition monitoring by recording up to 10,000 predefined parameters, including high priority Crew Advisory System (CAS) events and engine health data. The system transmits that information to the operator’s maintenance department with an optional copy to Gulfstream Technical Operations. Gulfstream can, if necessary, request additional data from the plane without any crew interaction. All of the data can be analyzed to identify systems’ condition status, which allows for exceptionally fast maintenance turnaround times and the ability to predict fleet maintenance trends.

 

The PlaneViewTM Cockpit

The G650 is equipped with the most advanced flight deck in general aviation, PlaneView II. The cockpit includes four 14-inch, adaptive, liquid crystal displays; three PlaneBook® subscriptions; a standby multi-function controller that combines current display controller functionality with standby flight instruments; automatic descent mode; wide area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV), future air navigation system (FANS) 1/A; controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC); automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C); and a fully automatic, three-dimensional scanning weather radar with an integral terrain database for efficient ground-clutter elimination.

In addition, the G650 uses state-of-the-art vision systems to improve pilot situational awareness and flight safety. These standard systems include the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS II), the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) and the Head-Up Display (HUD II).

 “Working together with our supplier partners, we’ve been able to provide a level of safety and situational awareness heretofore unseen in business aviation,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

 

Cabin Environment

Comfort figures prominently into the G650. The unfinished aircraft cabin measures 102 inches wide and 77 inches high, providing for a longer living area, more seat recline, expanded leg room and increased stateroom capabilities.

The G650’s comfortable and productive cabin environment is the result of a cabin altitude of 4,850 feet at FL510 and 3,300 feet at FL410, which reduces fatigue, increases mental alertness and enhances productivity. The G650’s new 16 cabin windows are the largest in the industry, providing for even more natural light and visually expanding the aircraft’s already spacious interior.

The Gulfstream Cabin Management System serves as the hub of the cabin network. This Gulfstream-designed and -controlled system allows for digital control of the cabin systems, including high-definition audio and video components. The passenger control units are loaded onto an iPod Touch® and provide the floor plan of the aircraft. Intuitive controls are provided for lighting, temperature, entertainment equipment, attendant call and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.

The cabin adheres to Gulfstream’s Cabin Essential design philosophy. This means the cabin systems (lighting, power, cabin control, cabin entertainment, and the water and waste systems) are designed with redundancy that minimizes the risk of losing cabin functionality.

 

Program Milestones
Gulfstream announced the G650 on March 13, 2008, five years after it began designing the business jet. The announcement, witnessed by more than 7,000 employees, customers and suppliers, took place in the new G650 manufacturing building at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga.

The G650 rolled out under its own power on Sept. 30, 2009, and flew for the first time nearly two months later, on Nov. 25, 2009.

 Over the next 35 months, seven flight-test aircraft were involved in the flight-test program, accumulating more than 3,889 hours over 1,181 flights.

The G650 demonstrated its exceptional high-speed, fuel-efficient cruising capabilities on May 2, 2010, when it flew at its maximum operating Mach number of 0.925 for the first time. It achieved high-speed cruise on October 2010, when a test aircraft flew a 5,000-nautical-mile (9,260 km) closed circuit at Mach 0.90 over the Atlantic Ocean in 9 hours and 45 minutes.

In February 2011, the G650 flew from Burbank to Savannah, a distance of more than 1,900 miles (3,545 km), in just 3 hours and 26 minutes. The aircraft accomplished the mission at speeds between Mach 0.91 and 0.92 with a brief segment at the aircraft’s maximum operating Mach number of 0.925. The trip set a city-pair speed record and was named a most memorable flight for speed over a recognized course by the National Aeronautic Association.

The aircraft received a provisional type certificate from the FAA on Nov. 18, 2011.

The aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic crossing on May 12 en route to the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The G650 flew 3,780 nautical miles (7,000 km) squawk-free in just 6 hours and 55 minutes, setting a city-pair speed record.

“Receiving this type certificate is a testament to the hard work, dedication and ingenuity of the Gulfstream team and our many supplier partners,” Henne said. “We knew the G650 was going to be an incredible aircraft, and it is.”

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GULFSTREAM G280 CERTIFIED BY FAA

| Business Aviation | 2012/09/04

GULFSTREAM G280 CERTIFIED
BY FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
AND CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF ISRAEL

 

Super Mid-Sized Aircraft Delivers Best-in-Class Cabin, Performance And Flight Deck


SAVANNAH, Ga., September 4, 2012 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s best-in-class G280 aircraft has earned type certificates from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI). The certificates verify the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and are among the final steps required before Gulfstream delivers the first fully outfitted G280 to a customer.

 

The G280, a joint effort between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), offers the most comfortable cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed in its class.

 

“Gulfstream is excited to bring this aircraft to its customers, especially since we’re able to provide a plane that does more than we originally announced,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “The G280 has a range of 3,600 nautical miles (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80. This increase of 200 nm (370 km) over our original projections results in increased fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for our customers. It’s the only mid-sized aircraft that can reliably fly nonstop between London and New York. Additionally, our customers will find that the newly designed G280 has a great deal in common with large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft in terms of safety, reliability, handling, styling and cabin management. The G280 is an all-around fantastic plane.”

Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, said: “Gulfstream and IAI have applied their unique technological strengths through all stages of development, manufacturing and certification of the G280. These certifications demonstrate this team’s tremendous technological abilities.”

 

Gulfstream will deliver the first G280 aircraft before year-end to a U.S.-based manufacturer with a worldwide presence spanning 190 countries.

 

Program Milestones
Gulfstream announced the G280 on Oct. 5, 2008, as a replacement for the large-cabin, mid-range G200. The aircraft rolled out under its own power on Oct. 6, 2009, at the IAI facility near Tel Aviv before a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Its first flight, on Dec. 11, 2009, lasted 3 hours and 21 minutes and saw the aircraft fly to 32,000 feet (9,754 m) and achieve a maximum speed of 253 knots. A total of three G280 aircraft participated in the flight-test program, flying more than 2,150 hours over 794 test flights.

 

The aircraft received a provisional type certificate from the CAAI on Dec. 29, 2011, and the FAA on March 1, 2012.

 

As with all Gulfstream aircraft, the G280 was designed with considerable input from Gulfstream customers who participate in the company’s Customer Advisory Board.

 

“Their contributions were invaluable in creating a super mid-sized aircraft that flies so far and so fast,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “The G280, with a top speed of Mach 0.85, already has set four city-pair speed records. We anticipate it will set many, many more in the months and years to come thanks to its advanced wing design and its fuel-efficient Honeywell HTF250G engines, each of which delivers 7,445 pounds of thrust. The significant range and speed increase compared to the G200 is achieved while burning less fuel.

“In addition to the aircraft’s tremendous performance capabilities, it offers the most comfortable cabin in its class with the Gulfstream-designed cabin management and audio/video distribution systems, industry-leading sound levels, 19 super-sized windows and in-flight access to the baggage compartment. We’re extremely proud of this aircraft and know our customers will be, too,” Henne said.

 

Performance

The G280 has an all-new, advanced transonic wing design that has been optimized for high-speed cruise and improved takeoff field length performance. At its maximum takeoff weight of 39,600 pounds (17,963 kg), the aircraft offers a balanced field length of 4,750 feet (1,448 m), an improvement of more than 1,300 feet (396 m) over the G200 it replaces and 210 feet (64 m) less than originally announced at the program’s outset.

 

“The new G280 aircraft is the impressive result of an extensive development program,” said David Dagan, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aircraft Group, IAI. “The aircraft’s performance ultimately exceeds initial projections.”

 

The aircraft’s engine-wing combination gives the G280 tremendous climb performance, propelling it to 43,000 feet (13,107 m) in less than 23 minutes. The aircraft’s maximum cruise altitude is 45,000 feet (13,716 m).

 

The community noise characteristics are a cumulative 15.8 dB below FAA Stage 4 noise requirements.  This level is more than 5 dB quieter than the predecessor model and reflects Gulfstream’s continuing commitment to improved design.

 

The G280 includes auto braking as a standard feature. This system improves passenger comfort and reduces brake wear, resulting in lower operating costs. It also improves safety while reducing pilot workload. The brake-by-wire system features an individual, anti-skid, completely independent mechanical backup and a brake temperature monitoring system.

In the Cockpit

The G280 features the most advanced flight deck in its class, the PlaneView280TM, based on Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion avionics. It includes three 15-inch (36-cm) liquid crystal displays that are capable of showing multiple formats, including a navigation map with terrain; approach and airport charts; graphical flight planning, and optional enhanced vision.

 

The cockpit also includes a standby multi-function controller, dual Gulfstream signature cursor control devices, dual auto-throttle and two PlaneBookTM subscriptions. It’s the only aircraft in its class to offer automatic descent mode as a standard feature. Other features include wide area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV), future air navigation system (FANS) 1/a and controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC), electronic charts on cockpit displays and worldwide graphical weather.

 

“The PlaneView280 system is designed to improve situational awareness and safety through its highly interactive controls and interfaces as well as its advanced graphics and synoptics,” Henne said. “Optional features further enhance the capabilities of the flight deck. These include the Rockwell Collins HGS-6250 Head-Up Display (HUD II) and Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS II).”

 

In the Cabin

Comfort and convenience are just two highlights of the G280 cabin. The aircraft has the longest seating area in its class and a total cabin length of 25 feet, 10 inches. This additional space provides for a larger lavatory, an improved galley and increased storage. Customers can select from three interior floor plans, which seat from eight to 10 and berth up to four. All of them offer significant storage capabilities, with total storage of up to 154 cubic feet (4.63 cubic meters).

 

The significantly larger lavatory is accented by two windows, a contemporary sink with raised ledge, a full-length closet and a vacuum toilet system with overboard venting, the only system of its kind in this class of aircraft.

 

The cabin contains a larger, ergonomically designed galley that features an extra-large ice drawer with gasper-cooled storage, a sink with hot and cold water, and increased storage capacity.

 

Further contributing to the extraordinary cabin environment is an advanced environmental control system that provides 100 percent fresh air and a low cabin altitude: 7,000 feet (2,130 m) at FL450 and 6,000 feet (1,828 m) at FL410.

 

“Taken together, these amenities significantly reduce fatigue, increase mental alertness and enhance productivity,” Henne said.

 

The aircraft has new seats, measuring 21 inches (53 cm) between the arm rests and featuring new styling details, a telescoping headrest with optional flexible wings, an articulating seat pan for full-flat berthing and an optional recliner-style leg rest.

 

The Gulfstream Cabin Management System serves as the backbone of the cabin experience. This Gulfstream-designed and -controlled system allows for digital control of the cabin system network, including high-definition audio and video components. The passenger control units are loaded onto an iPod Touch® and provide the floor plan of the aircraft. Intuitive controls are provided for lighting, temperature, entertainment equipment, attendant call and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.

 

CabinView, a Gulfstream-designed and -controlled system, provides flight and cabin information, such as geographic boundaries, borders and points of interest. Additional content, such as stock prices and weather, can be tailored through optional high-speed Internet data.

The cabin adheres to Gulfstream’s Cabin Essential design philosophy. This means the cabin systems (lighting, power, cabin control, cabin entertainment, and the water and waste systems) are designed with redundancy that minimizes the risk of losing cabin functionality.

 

“This aircraft leads its class in every significant aspect of performance and comfort,” Flynn said.

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Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

| Business Aviation | 2012/08/27

Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

“That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”

“Forty-three years ago, nearly everyone in America was glued to the TV to see a self-described “nerdy engineer” walk out of a space capsule, Apollo 11, and become the first person to step foot on the moon. There were estimates that one-fifth of the people on earth watched the moon landing and moonwalk. Armstrong’s first words on the moon will never be forgotten: “That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”

“When Armstrong and his crew returned, there were parades in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and then a world tour. A quiet hero in so many ways — as a Korean War combat pilot, a man who would never try to make money on his accomplishments as an astronaut, and a soft-spoken professor at the University of Cincinnati. Armstrong defined “the best and the brightest.” On Saturday, his family said this, fittingly: “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and honesty.” In a me-first world, Armstrong was a selfless American original.”

This was written by Peter King in the Monday Morning Quarterback.  Nice to see a sportswriter break from the NFL preseason and recognize a truly great man.  Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/08/26/mmqb/index.html#ixzz24nbM4Zwd

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Citation CJ2 Wanted

| Business Aviation, Cessna, CJ2, FJ44, Williams International | 2012/08/14

O’Gara Aviation Company is exclusively engaged by one of its clients to purchase a high quality Citation CJ2. Our client is financially qualified with funds ready to be placed in escrow and has very near-term purchase expectations…a rare find in these challenging economic times. We are paid by our client, so any offer on your aircraft will be net to your company. We are not seeking a commission or fee from the seller.

If you are considering the sale of your aircraft please contact:

Johnny Foster
President
Office: 770-955-3554
Mobile: 404-229-4595
johnnyfoster@ogarajets.com

All discussions will be kept in strict confidence.

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737MAX Winglet — Life-size Replica At Farnborough

| BBJ, Boeing, Business Aviation | 2012/07/12

Winglets – they are very interesting devices. They make planes perform better and most people think that they look good too. The new 737Max winglet (which I would assume will be standard equipment on the BBJ MAX) is shown on the blog of Boeing’s Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle. The picture is of Randy with a full scale model of the 737 MAX Advanced Technology Winglet

The picture gives you a good idea of how large these winglets actually are.

Hawker Beechcraft agrees to deal with Superior

| Hawker Beechcraft | 2012/07/09

Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that Superior Aviation Beijing Co. will acquire the company for $1.79 billion.

Should the sale be complete, Superior intends to maintain Hawker Beechcraft’s existing operations while also investing substantial capital in the company, and its business and general aviation product line.

The transaction with Superior would not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company, which would remain a separate entity.

“Superior has had a long-standing interest in the commercial aircraft business of Hawker Beechcraft, having first approached the company several years ago regarding a potential strategic partnership. With Superior’s previous experience operating a U.S. business and its demonstrated ability to quickly restore a business to profitability after emerging from Chapter 11, we believe a transaction with Superior would maximize value for Hawker Beechcraft and its stakeholders,” said Robert Miller, Hawker Beechcraft CEO. “Importantly, this combination would give Hawker Beechcraft greater access to the Chinese business and general aviation marketplace, which is forecast to grow more than 10 percent a year for the next 10-15 years. We look forward to working toward a definitive agreement.”

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Garmin G5000 picked for trio of new jets

| Avionics | 2012/06/21

The new Learjet 70 and 75 and the Cessna Citation Longitude will feature Garmin G5000-based flight decks. In the case of the Learjet 70/75, Bombardier has opted to adopt the Vision brand name for its flight deck (as it does with the avionics suites in the Global series, which feature Rockwell Collins Fusion-based cockpits). Both manufacturers’ cockpits will feature the touchscreen controllers that Garmin has developed for G5000 (and G3000 and G2000) systems, synthetic vision technology, dual FMS with performance data, solid-state weather radar with turbulence detection and ground clutter suppression, checklists, electronic documents and charts, Tcas II/Acas II traffic with Garmin ADS-B target correlation and tracking, Fans/CPDLC compliance, optional Iridium transceiver with weather datalink and voice/data communications and optional XM WX in the U.S. and Canada.

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Sierra sets delivery record for modified Citation aircraft

| Avionics, Cessna, Citation V, FJ44, Garmin, Sierra Industries, Williams International | 2012/06/18

Sierra Industries sets new delivery records for modified Citation aircraft

Completing several of the most active months in the company’s history, Sierra Industries delivered three major Citation modifications to eager customers in June 2012. These included another S550 model in Sierra’s fleet of Williams FJ44 powered Citations, the fourth installation of the recently STC’d Sierra/Garmin G501SP glass panel retrofit, and a Canadian Citation V fitted with the 36” Sierra cargo door modification.

The S550-based Sierra Super SII delivery marks aircraft number 59 in Sierra’s FJ44 re-engining program and the 12th aircraft to be retrofitted with Williams International FJ44-3A engines. The modification dramatically upgrades the Citation S550’s performance by re-powering the aircraft with Williams International’s FADEC-controlled 2820 lb. thrust FJ44-3A engines.

The Super SII modification provides substantial across-the-board performance improvement for the Citation SII – enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions by as much as 27%, boosting cruise speeds by 30 to 40 knots, extending range to over 2,300 NM, and increasing maximum fuel payload. Dual Channel FADEC controls provide smooth, vibration-free flight for passengers and a reduced workload for the pilot.

June also marked the completion of our fourth G501SP “glass panel” retrofit for the Citation 501. Two more Citation aircraft are currently undergoing G501SP installation in Sierra’s Uvalde, Texas hangars, and remaining 2012 installation slots are filling up rapidly.

The three-screen G501SP incorporates Garmin’s G1000 avionics displays into an integrated flight management system utilizing the Citation SPZ500 autopilot. The system offers true 21st century functionality to pilots of legacy Citations at an affordable price. The G501SP package and options are available for installation at Sierra’s Uvalde, Texas facility and in kit form for installation at approved Garmin dealers. The system is applicable to all Cessna Citation 501 aircraft with either Pratt & Whitney JT15-D or Williams FJ44-2A engines.

Also completed in June was a Sierra Wide Door modification on a Citation 560 aircraft for a Canadian air ambulance operator. The Wide Door modification opens up access to the Citation cabin for medical transport, cargo, remote sensing and other specialized missions. The side-opening 36” door utilizes standard hinge and latch components for easy field maintenance. Applicable to Citation 500, 501SP, 550, 551 and 560 models, the door modification typically requires 10 to 12 weeks for completion.

The extended “down time” of a significant modification, repair or major inspection can be a challenge for owners and operators that depend on their aircraft for frequent travel. Sierra’s exclusive “Fly-Thru Maintenance” program can provide short-term, low-cost leasing of a comparable replacement aircraft during major modifications and other maintenance events, helping to minimize travel disruptions.

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Gulfstream G280 Flies Paris to New York in less than eight hours

| Business Aviation, Gulfstream, Gulfstream G280 | 2012/05/31

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s super mid-sized Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours, 40 minutes. Official recognition of this city-pair speed record by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pending.

The G280, which is nearing certification and entry-into-service later this year, took off from Paris Le Bourget Airport on May 17 and flew nonstop to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., at an average speed of Mach 0.80 against an average 32-knot headwind.

At maximum takeoff weight, the aircraft climbed to 43,000 feet in 22 minutes. The aircraft landed with an excess of NBAA IFR fuel reserves.

Piloting the G280 were Brett Rundle, chief pilot, mid-cabin; Chip Leonard, senior international captain, mid-cabin; and Butch Allen, senior production test pilot. On board the aircraft were Jeanette Brewer, manager of flight crew operations, and three additional passengers.

Gulfstream confirmed in October 2011 that the G280 would perform better than originally promised at the program’s public launch in 2008. Following extensive flight testing, Gulfstream demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm (6,667 km) with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves.

In addition to more range, the aircraft offers a shorter balanced field length. Its balanced field length has been reduced from 4,960 feet (1,512 m) to 4,750 feet (1,448 m). This field length is an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200 that the G280 replaces.




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Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 unveiled

| Learjet, Learjet 70, Learjet 75 | 2012/05/16

New Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 Aircraft Set to Revolutionize the Light Jet Segment Bombardier Aerospace, leading business aircraft manufacturer, today redefined the light jet landscape by launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

The new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft build on legendary Learjet strengths and successes while leveraging Learjet 85 aircraft technology. The jets will feature a new modern design interior, a next generation cabin management system, the Vision Flight Deck with a state-of-the-art avionics suite, superior aircraft performance and low operating costs. Entry-into-service is scheduled for the first half of 2013.

Performance

The aircraft will have enhanced performance through an engine thrust increase with an improved Honeywell engine, offering improved takeoff field length performance over its predecessor. The new systems will also contribute to weight savings gain and the new canted winglets will improve aerodynamic efficiency. Overall, up to a nine per cent improvement in field performance under hot and high conditions* and up to a four per cent improvement in fuel efficiency are expected.

Cabin

Based on the Learjet 85 aircraft interior design and technology, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft include: improved comfort and styling of the seats; cabin management system featuring individual touchscreen monitors with full audio and video control; LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft; a generous baggage suite and a spacious galley for optimized catering, work and storage space. The advanced connectivity options of the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft will ensure the highest levels of convenience.

Vision Flight Deck

A breakthrough in business aviation, the Vision Flight Deck is designed to deliver a completely new cockpit experience. By combining the best in technological advancements with superior design aesthetics, it provides pilots flying Bombardier’s Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft an unprecedented level of control and comfort. The Vision Flight Deck for Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft will feature the fully integrated Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite, designed with leading edge technology and one of the most intuitive crew interfaces available.

 

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GULFSTREAM V FLEET ACHIEVES ONE MILLION FLIGHT HOURS

| BR-710, Gulfstream, GV, Rolls-Royce | 2012/05/14

GULFSTREAM V FLEET ACHIEVES ONE MILLION FLIGHT HOURS

Large-Cabin, Ultra-Long Range Aircraft Surpasses 450,000 Landings

SAVANNAH, Ga., May 13, 2012 — Nearly 15 years after its entry-into-service, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s first ultra-long range business jet – the Gulfstream GV – has surpassed one million flight hours.

“This milestone reflects the safety, performance and reliability of these aircraft,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

The GV remains an extremely reliable aircraft, currently operating at an NBAA dispatch reliability rate of 99.82. Over the past 15 years, the GV in-service fleet has completed more than 458,000 takeoffs and landings. The GV fleet leader has flown more than 16,100 flight hours and completed more than 7,400 landings.

The GV rolled out in September 1995 and was manufactured simultaneously alongside the GIV-SP.  Within a few months of the GV’s first delivery in June 1997, its development team was awarded the 1997 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the highest honor in aeronautics and astronautics in North America.

The GV was the launch aircraft for the BR710 engine by what was then BMW/Rolls-Royce, now wholly owned by Rolls-Royce. The engine was the first member of the very successful BR700 engine family. New technologies made it very light and fuel efficient with an excellent take-off and climb performance.

“Rolls-Royce congratulates Gulfstream on this milestone for the GV, the first aircraft to be powered by our BR710 engine,” said Scott Shannon, executive vice president, Customer Business, Civil Small and Medium Engines, Rolls-Royce. “The GV has delivered outstanding performance and reliability and we are proud to have played our part in its success.”

A total of 193 GVs were manufactured. The aircraft has been certified in 55 countries, including 31 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) countries. The holder of more than 60 world aviation records, the GV can fly 6,500 nautical miles non-stop, cruise at speeds up to Mach 0.885 and reach altitudes of 51,000 feet, well above commercial traffic.

The robust construction, versatility and reliability of the Gulfstream V make it highly desirable for use as a special mission aircraft. For example, GVs are used for weather research, electronic intelligence, medical evacuation and maritime patrol. The GV also serves the U.S. Air Force and presidential fleet under the C-37A designation.

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Bumpy Ride for Banks in Business Jet Financing

| Business Aviation | 2012/05/10

FlightGlobal says banks in business jet financing are in for a bumpy ride as a result of the abundance of cash buyers for new busines aircraft. Quoting the head of aviation finance at Credit Suisse, the trade journal says that up to 80% of new business jets are acquired through cash deals.

The article notes that low pricing is another sign banks are feeling the pressure. FlightGlobal quotes Michael Amalfitano, head of corporate aircraft finance at Banc of America Leasing, as saying, “There is increased competition in the market owing to the number of financiers returning to the market post downtown.”

To read the full text of the FlightGlobal article: click here.

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Hawker 400XPR Engine Test Article Completes First Flight

| Business Aviation, FJ44, Hawker Beechcraft, Williams International | 2012/05/10

 Hawker 400XPR Engine Test Article Completes First Flight 

WICHITA, Kan. (May 7, 2012) – Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) today announced the successful first flight of the Hawker 400XPR engine test article. This was the first flight of an upgraded aircraft with new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines.

The Hawker 400XPR upgrade combines the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines with the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker Winglets. Also available are optional Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21™ avionics and a number of system enhancements that significantly improve performance, operating cost and resale value. The company anticipates certification in September 2012.

“The first flight of the Hawker 400XPR engine test article is a major milestone and significant achievement for our design and production teams,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Hawker Beechcraft GCS. “Hawker Beechcraft and its partners spent countless hours and great effort to ensure the Hawker 400XPR exceeds the needs our customers require in their light-jet aircraft. We continue to see great demand for this upgrade in the market and look forward to certification and deliveries commencing later in the year.”

Hawker Beechcraft offers customized XPR upgrade packages for existing Hawker/Beechjet 400 owners as well as XPR Factory Completed Aircraft for those who do not currently own an aircraft. Both the XPR upgrade and Factory Completed Aircraft include performance, cost and reliability enhancements that are available only through Hawker Beechcraft. Importantly, the enhancements are the exclusive factory-designed, engineered and supported upgrades available for the Hawker/Beechjet 400.

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Hawker Beechcraft Reaches Agreement with Lenders to Reduce Debt, Strengthen Company for the Future

| Business Aviation, Hawker Beechcraft | 2012/05/03

Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. today announced that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and approximately $125 million of annual cash interest expense. To implement the terms of the prearranged restructuring expeditiously, Hawker Beechcraft and certain of its subsidiaries today filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The terms of the prearranged restructuring agreement will take effect when the company’s reorganization plan is confirmed by the Court and the Chapter 11 case is concluded.

As part of the prearranged restructuring, Hawker Beechcraft obtained a commitment for $400 million in Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) financing, which will enable it to continue paying employees, suppliers, vendors and others in the normal course of business.

Robert S. (Steve) Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, Inc., said, “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with our largest lenders and bondholders on a solution to stabilize and improve our capital structure. In the last three years, the company has made aggressive transformational changes in all operational functions, and today’s announcement represents the next step forward. Restructuring our balance sheet and recapitalizing the company in partnership with our debtholders will dramatically improve Hawker Beechcraft’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing environment.”

Hawker Beechcraft continues to operate in the normal course of business and serve its customers around the world. All orders for available products will be fulfilled and the company’s commitment to providing the best products and service in the industry remains unchanged. Further, the company will comply with all Department of Defense acquisition and maintenance contracts, as well as agreements with international air forces including, but not limited to, the recently announced sale of T-6C+ trainer aircraft to Mexico. Hawker Beechcraft is also committed to moving forward with its bid to provide the U.S. Air Force with the AT-6 in support of the Light Air Support contract.

Reorganization Plan

A prearranged Chapter 11 filing means the company has secured the support of a majority of its lenders and senior bondholders for its proposed financial restructuring prior to the Chapter 11 filing with the Court. Financial institutions representing more than two-thirds the company’s bank and senior bond debt are parties to the agreement.

Upon confirmation by the Court and consummation of the plan, equity ownership in Hawker Beechcraft will be transferred to holders of the company’s secured debt, bond debt and certain other unsecured creditors.

Business Continuity

Hawker Beechcraft will continue its operations without interruption and meet its ongoing commitments to customers during the restructuring process. Specifically, deposits and progress payments will be secure and all customer orders for available products will be fulfilled. The company believes the size of the DIP financing commitment will be sufficient to maintain adequate and stable working capital and liquidity positions. The company expects to meet its obligations to its suppliers and employees in the ordinary course during the recapitalization process.

Miller continued, “As we have worked to develop this long-term plan to recapitalize the company and strongly position Hawker Beechcraft for the future, our employees have continued to build the best airplanes in the world and provide our owners with the most comprehensive global customer support in the industry. The protections provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the financing commitment we have obtained put Hawker Beechcraft in a great position to continue to do so throughout the restructuring process.”

Financing

The agreement includes a commitment from certain members of the senior lender group to provide $400 million in DIP financing, which the company expects will ensure sufficient liquidity during the reorganization process. Upon approval, this DIP facility will be available to fund Hawker Beechcraft’s operations, pay its suppliers and vendors, and for other corporate purposes.

Background on Chapter 11

Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code allows a company to continue operating its business and managing its assets in the ordinary course of business. The U.S. Congress enacted Chapter 11 to encourage and enable a company to continue to operate while restructuring its business, thereby preserving jobs and maximizing the recovery for all its stakeholders.

Important Note

The transaction described above is subject to numerous closing conditions and is not an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities.

The company’s legal representative is Kirkland & Ellis LLP, its financial advisor is Perella Weinberg Partners LP and its restructuring advisor is Alvarez & Marsal.

This release is not intended as a solicitation for a vote on the Plan of Reorganization.

Hawker Beechcraft, Inc., the parent company of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

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Eclipse Receives Production Certificate from FAA for the Eclipse 550

| Business Aviation, Eclipse, Eclipse 550 | 2012/04/25

Albuquerque, NM, April 25, 2012 — Eclipse Aerospace, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first very-light jet (VLJ), today announced that it has received Production Certificate #550 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), paving the way for production of the new Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. Representatives from the FAA presented the production certificate to Cary Winter, Senior Vice President of Eclipse Aerospace, earlier today at a ceremony held at Eclipse’s Albuquerque headquarters.

A production certificate allows a company to manufacture aircraft and parts in conformance with FAA-approved type design, and is only granted when the FAA has determined that the organization’s manufacturing processes and quality systems comply with all federal regulations.

“Armed now with a fully certified aircraft, a certified production process, and an established supply chain, Eclipse is well positioned to re-introduce the Eclipse Jet to new production. Earning our FAA production certificate means we have successfully built a reliable, high-quality manufacturing process, and are well positioned to expedite aircraft deliveries,” said Winter.

The rigorous FAA production certificate approval process includes the exhaustive evaluation of an organization’s manufacturing processes, quality control, and production inspection system. A team of FAA inspectors performs multiple audits on the organization and examines approved design data for compliance.

“This was a great effort by our Quality, Engineering, Production, Supply Chain, and Facilities teams. We also appreciate the professionalism and dedication the FAA MIDO demonstrated throughout this initiative, and look forward to advancing the Eclipse 550 aircraft to full scale production,” commented Winter.

The new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet is built upon the same proven Eclipse 500 platform, but will deliver with the next evolution of aircraft systems for general aviation jets. Systems upgrades include auto-throttles, synthetic vision, enhanced vision, and a redundant flight management system. First deliveries are expected in mid 2013.

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The History of Business Jets

| Business Aviation | 2012/04/14

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The waning years of WWII saw the introduction of the first jet fighter  planes. Though the popular image is that Germany was the first to develop them,  British pioneer Frank Whittle had drawing board designs of a jet plane as early  as the mid-1930s.

After the end of the war, commercial airlines quickly realized the value of  these faster planes. Everyone wants to get where they want to go sooner. Less  time in the air means less jet lag, less stress from engine and wind noise, and  more time on the ground to take care of business. For upscale business  travelers, those goals were first approached in the mid-1960s.

Alongside the development of large, commercial airlines’ use of jets – the  famous Boeing 727 and its later cousins – there grew up a cottage industry of  smaller jets designed primarily for ultra-rich customers.

Learjet, Lockheed JetStar and the Gulfstream II were the ultimate expressions  of those design goals at the time. Selling for around $1 million (a hefty price  tag forty years ago), these hand-built air limousines were heavily used by  oil-rich sheiks and the J. Paul Getty’s of the day.

For the younger crowd, J. Paul Getty was one of the richest men in the world  from the 1940s until his death in 1976. The Bill Gates of his day – only his  money came from oil not computers – he was the first individual to crack the $1  billion mark.

Gulfstream’s GII had room for twelve and the interiors were as classy as the  rooms of the most elegant hotels, with powerful motors for long range travel.  That tradition continued to the mid-1980s and beyond. In 1985, the GIV weighed  in at 74,600 lbs (33,900 kg) and had a range of 4,200 nautical miles.

Though the trend in interiors grew more corporate and less hotel-like through  the 1990s, with jets evolving into flying offices, the lowered luxury didn’t  decrease the functional advantages. Flat-panel video monitors, satellite phones  and many more useful amenities all found a place early-on in business jets. Many  came to have divided conference rooms, sleeping accommodations and other  features conducive to doing business around the clock and around the world.

If you’re going to plan business strategies at 30,000 feet you have to have  the tools.

As the millennium turned, the business jet market branched out. Larger planes  were built to accommodate those with a need for global travel, and smaller jets  were designed with lower production and operating costs.

The Boeing executive models of the B757, powered by Rolls Royce engines, has  the same potential range as its commercial airline counterpart. Only it  typically carries a lot less passenger weight. This plane, and others like the  Cessna Citation X or Global Express, can travel almost anywhere in the world  non-stop.

On the smaller end, the new VLJ (Very Light Jet) models, such as the HondaJet  or Express Aviation’s E500 still have great range – around 3,000 nautical miles  – but at under 10,000 pounds and carrying only six have much lower production  and operating costs.

The future looks even better for bizjets. It won’t be too many years before  small groups of average businessmen can form fractional ownership arrangements  to have a jet at their disposal for short business trips or even a nice  vacation.

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