EBACE 2022

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Eviation readies for Alice maiden sortie as ground tests wrap up

Eviation is gearing up for the first flight of its all-electric Alice prototype in the coming months having completed ground testing earlier in May.

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Rolls-Royce powers ahead with Pearl programme pair

Rolls-Royce is accelerating testing of its Pearl 10X business aviation engine for the Dassault Falcon 10X as it closes in on certification for the Gulfstream G700-powering Pearl 700.

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How sustainability has risen up the business aviation agenda

A quick glance at the conference sessions at this year’s EBACE leaves visitors in no doubt about the topic of the day: sustainability. About half of all the sessions have a green focus ranging across strategy, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), carbon offsetting, efficiency, standards, and training.

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Embraer punches up in business aviation

The head of the Brazilian airframer’s executive jets division has high hopes for Europe as its best-selling types continue to thrive in the fractional market and elsewhere

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Business aviation on a high as sector readies for EBACE return

As the European business aviation convention returns for the first time in three years, many believe prospects for the sector are stronger than at any time since 2007.

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Coming down the line: business aviation’s key programmes

Ahead of the first EBACE gathering since 2019, we review business aviation’s most important current development efforts.

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Gulfstream targets 20% bump in 2023 aircraft deliveries

Business jet maker Gulfstream aims to hike its aircraft deliveries by a fifth in 2023 after missing its delivery target last year amid regulatory and supply chain issues.

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Textron Aviation’s 2022 profit jumps as supply chain troubles disrupt production

Textron Aviation turned a $584 million profit in 2022, a year in which parts shortages held up production even as demand for new business aircraft remained strong.

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Japanese group secures delivery slots for Vertical Aerospace VX4

Marubeni plans to launch eVTOL flights in time for 2025 Osaka World Expo and has carried out proof-of-concept trials using helicopters. 

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US aviation lobby groups warn against introducing unleaded aviation fuel too quickly

Several aviation lobby groups say they support the introduction of lead-free aviation fuel, or avgas, but warn against moving too quickly to replace the leaded gas that is currently widely used in the USA’s piston aircraft fleet.

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Russian aviation alliance looks at fleet of LMS-901s to replace An-2s

Russian aviation alliance Aerokhimflot has reached a tentative agreement covering the acquisition of 120 UZGA LMS-901 Baikal light utility aircraft.

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US government supports unleaded fuel drive for general aviation with $10m in funding

The US government will support an industry-wide effort to make unleaded fuel for general aviation more available with $10 million.

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How Dassault is preparing flagship Falcon 10X as a ‘flying penthouse’

In developing the Falcon 10X, Dassault Aviation had one overarching consideration: what could it bring to the very top of the business jet sector that was unique and desirable?

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Which firms are leading aviation’s decarbonisation charge?

The hype about electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft to help solve aviation’s carbon emission problem is huge, but how much progress is being made bringing them to market?

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Business aviation as usual: Will 2023 see a return to pre-pandemic patterns?

The sector has thrived through the Covid-19 era and its aftermath, with a flurry of programme launches. The next 12 months could see a return to quieter times?

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Gulfstream flies business jet on 100% sustainable fuel

Gulfstream has flown a G650 business jet fuelled with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a feat the Savannah company calls a first among business jet manufactures.

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Airbus’ Acubed reveals latest version of advanced air traffic management simulator

Airbus Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) has revealed the latest version of its proprietary simulation tool, USim, which could be critical for understanding the future operations of automated aircraft “without the real-world consequences of system failures”.

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Bombardier expands in-house service network to Middle East

Bombardier to open its sixth maintenance and outfitting centre outside the USA, breaking ground this week on a 9,300sq m (100,000sq ft) site at Abu Dhabi International airport.

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Volare signs for 10 Lilium eVTOL jets

UK charter specialist Volare has become the latest customer for the Lilium electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, with a “firm commitment” for 10 aircraft with 10 options.

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Honda Aircraft lands orders for 25 HondaJets from Volato

US business aviation company Volato has ordered 25 of Honda Aircraft’s recently updated HA-420 HondaJet Elite II.

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Bombardier unveils new Biggin Hill service hub

Bombardier has inaugurated its expanded London Biggin Hill service centre, the fourth new or significantly enlarged maintenance facility it has opened this year.

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String of fatal air tour crashes in Alaska prompts call for special FAA regulations

In response to a series of fatal aircraft crashes in Ketchikan, Alaska, US safety investigators are calling for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create special rules to address flight safety hazards for air tour operators in the region.

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NetJets orders four Bombardier Global 8000s

Fractional aircraft ownership company NetJets has ordered four of Bombardier’s ultra-long-range, newly rebooted Global 8000 business jets in a deal with a list-price value of $312 million.

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Ampaire flies hybrid-electric Eco Caravan, as it lays out route to market

Propulsion system developer Ampaire has performed the first flight of a Cessna Grand Caravan modified to run on a new hybrid-electric powertrain.

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US FAA extending aircraft registration duration to seven years

US regulators are aiming to extend the duration of aircraft registrations to seven years, more than double the current three-year limit, in order to relieve administrative workloads.

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2Excel outlines fleet move plan after Doncaster-Sheffield closure

Aerospace services provider 2Excel Aviation is to transfer its fleet to two sites in northeast England following the closure of Doncaster-Sheffield airport, the firm’s current base of operations.