If you are heading to the NBAA convention next week or if you just want to know what’s going on in business aviation, Flight International’s 15 October issue is for you. We have a cutaway poster and technical description of the Embraer Legacy 500, a flight test of the Gulfstream G280 and a special report from Wichita. From there Stephen Trimble writes about Beechcraft’s efforts to rebuild its business around the King Air after emerging from the failed Hawker Beechcraft as a standalone business – our cover story this week - and about Cessna’s drive towards new product development, despite its core marketplace being badly hit by a slump that refuses to ease four years after the US economy went into nosedive. We examine the recent safety record of business aviation, look at how US completion houses are positioning themselves for airliner-size retrofits and present the size and shape of the world’s business aviation fleet in a striking infographic.
Elsewhere, the Saab freighter that was 2s from collision, according to investigators, France launches upgrade of its Dassault Atlantique fleet and can Airbus follow up its JAL breakthrough in Japan with further business in this traditionally Boeing market? Also Dominic Perry reports from Italy on Alenia Aermacchi’s push to launch its own 90-seat turboprop and AgustaWestland’s latest travails in its AW101 stalemate with India.