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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Pipistrel delivers first four Velis Electro airframes to US customers

Slovenian aircraft maker Pipistrel recently delivered the first four Velis Electro fully-electric aircraft to US customers under a Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness exemption that allows the aircraft to be used in flight training for the first time.

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VoltAero targeting maiden flight of Cassio 330 ‘at year-end’, says CTO Botti

French hybrid-electric aircraft developer VoltAero is maintaining its end-2025 goal for certification of its five-seat Cassio 330 as it gears up for a busy year of testing, including a hotly anticipated maiden sortie.

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Business aviation fights its case as green lobby gets vocal

The business aviation sector is experiencing a dip in demand in Europe after a post-pandemic high – but a bigger existential threat may come from those who despise the whole idea of private flying.

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Why ExecuJet MRO Services’ Nadia Coetzee loves tackling AOGs

As general manager of ExecuJet MRO Services’ Brussels facility, Nadia Coetzee loves overseeing the 24/7 provision of essential support to get business jet operators’ assets back in the air.

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Aura Aero starts tendering for ERA supply chain following maturity review

French start-up Aura Aero has begun tendering for suppliers of key components for its hybrid-electric ERA 19-seater, as the developer pushes for a first flight towards the end of 2026.

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GAMA redoubles efforts to convince Europeans of business aviation’s value

Trade body the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is redoubling its efforts to convince European lawmakers and the public of business and general aviation’s importance to the continent’s technology value chain.

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Italy’s Tecnam launches updated P2006T NG

Italian airframer Tecnam has launched an updated version of its popular P2006T four-seat piston-twin, which it designates the NG.

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Caribbean operator St Barth Executive to introduce STOL version of P2012

Caribbean VIP operator St Barth Executive has been revealed as a launch customer for Tecnam’s short take-off and landing P2012 variant.

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FAA grants Gulfstream cabin and production certificates for G700

Gulfstream has still not said when it expects to deliver the first of its recently certificated G700 long-range business jets, but the company has received additional certifications that bring the milestone closer.

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Icon Aircraft files for bankruptcy protection and seeks buyer

Icon Aircraft, the US-based manufacturer of the A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft, has filed for bankruptcy protection in US court and is seeking a buyer as part of a broad restructuring.

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Pearl 10X flight testing gets under way

Rolls-Royce has kicked off the flight-test campaign for the new Pearl 10X business jet engine that will power Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 10X flagship.

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NTSB photographs show damage to Citation 525B’s wing following 2023 winglet separation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released photographs showing the damaged left wing of a Cessna Citation 525B that lost a Tamarack-made wing extension during a March 2023 flight.

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Gulfstream secures G700’s certification after protracted process

The Federal Aviation Administration has certificated Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range, large-cabin G700 business jet, a milestone coming after the aircraft’s approval had been held up for several years amid heightened FAA scrutiny stemming from the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

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Tecnam secures European certification for short take-off P2012

Italian airframer Tecnam has secured European certification for the short take-off and landing variant of its P2012 Traveller twin-engined commuter aircraft.

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Bombardier ceases aircraft production at historic Toronto Downsview site

Bombardier has wrapped up all aircraft assembly work at its Downsview facility in Toronto, closing a chapter in the history of a now largely residential site that had hosted aerospace manufacturing for nearly a century.

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Leonardo rules out adding Piaggio to portfolio

Leonardo has reiterated that it has no interest in acquiring Piaggo Aerospace despite being urged by an Italian government minister to bid for the troubled airframer.

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Piaggio sale no closer as administration extended for another year

Piaggio Aerospace’s future ownership appears no closer to resolution after the Italian government minister responsible for the company extended its administration period by a further year.

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Dassault blames late-running aerostructures suppliers for Falcon delays

Dassault Aviation continues to feel the pinch from supply chain challenges which have forced the French airframer to slow the ramp up of its new Falcon 6X business jet and pushed back the arrival of the developmental 10X.

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FAA grants Pipistrel’s Velis Electro light-sport aircraft certification

The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel an airworthiness exemption for its Velis Electro trainer.

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NTSB revises accident report to remove blaming Tamarack for 2018 crash

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has revised a 2021 accident report to remove a conclusion that Tamarack Aerospace’s Atlas active winglets caused a deadly Cessna Citation 525 crash in 2018.