Sandy Tweedy visited Geneva to bring us the latest news from Europe’s premier business aviation convention.
Canadair Global 6000
Cirrus Design Corp
Cirrus SF50 Vision – N124MW
Cirrus exhibited the SF50 Vision Jet. The vision is a single-engine, low-wing, seven-seat, very light jet. It is the first civilian single-engine jet to achieve certification with the FAA and is the smallest and least expensive certified jet currently on the market
Cirrus SR-22T – N477EU
Gulfstream 500 – N505GD
Gulfstream 550 – N550GU
Pilatus showed off their new PC-24 a twin engines business jet which is anticipated to be in service by the end of 2017
Piper Aircraft announced the approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its top-of-the-line, single-engine turboprop, the M600.
“This is the fifth certification the M600 has received in less than a year from aviation authorities around the world,” said Piper Aircraft CEO, Simon Caldecott. “The European certification is a key milestone for the aircraft, which has garnered substantial interest due to the M600’s range, payload and safety features along with its outstanding operating economics. With the recent approval by EASA for single-engine turbine airplanes to operate at night or in instrument conditions, the M600 is ideally positioned to take advantage of this expanded opportunity.”
The certification of the M600 by EASA coincides with a robust European demo tour that is currently underway. To date, the aircraft has flown 55 demos and nearly 100 flight hours in six different European nations and has been on display at three trade events. The tour is expected to continue through the month of June. The first M600 that will be delivered under European registry will enter into service in Q3 of 2017 and is destined for the Czech Republic.
The Piper M600 features a new, clean sheet design wing and a sophisticated Garmin G3000 touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck. The M600 seats six and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A 600shp engine. The aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 274 ktas/507 km/h, a max range of 1,484 nm / 2,748 km, and a standard useful load of 2,400 lbs. / 1,089 kg. The G3000 avionics suite is the next generation of Garmin architecture, offering the most comprehensive, intuitive, and technologically advanced package on today’s market.
Textron announced it’s first order from a European customer for the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longtitude, Travel Service the largest Czech based airline, will add the Longtitude to it’s current fleet of four Cessna Citation Sovereign aircraft used for business jet charter services.
“We’ve seen fantastic interest in the Longitude across Europe, a market that welcomes the best-in-class operating costs, amenities, acquisition costs and dependability that our Citation product line offers,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Travel Service passengers will enjoy the Longitude’s clean-sheet design for its class-leading cabin comfort and integration of the latest technology and revolutionary performance of the airplane.”
The Longitude is making its European debut this week at EBACE. The first flight test article flew in October 2016 and to date, four flying test articles have completed more than 230 flights, accumulating over 450 hours toward achieving Federal Aviation Administration certification, targeted for the end of this year. The company expects to deliver the first European-based Longitude to Travel Service in 2018.
“Travel Service is looking forward to being the first European operator of a Citation Longitude and thrilled to use the airplane to meet increased customer demand for our business jet charter operations,” said Roman Vik, general director of Travel Service. “The Longitude’s 6,482 kilometer range will allow us to meet the increasing requests for long-distance flights and to give our customers the flexibility, privacy and efficiency they want while flying in a second-to-none cabin atmosphere.”
Textron also announced it has secured an order from Waves Technologies Ltd for a Cessna Grand Caravan EX utility turboprop. The aircraft is expected to deliver in the coming months and will support the launch of Waves’ new on-demand, user-driven air taxi service for the U.K. Channel Islands.
“We are thrilled Waves has chosen the robust Grand Caravan EX platform to launch this exciting new air taxi service,” said Tom Perry, vice president of Sales, Europe. “We are confident that the Grand Caravan EX will provide Waves and its customers a dependable and comfortable experience with the aircraft’s ability to land on short runways, carry high payloads and take on nearly any mission with efficiency and simplicity.”
Waves Technologies Ltd is redefining the air taxi service with innovative technologies and customer-driven insight. The Guernsey-based flight service is set to launch in August and will fly customers to and from the Channel Islands using a state-of-the-art reservation system that will allow customers to reserve flights in real time based on user demand. The Grand Caravan EX will be the company’s primary air taxi platform, providing Waves with a class-leading turboprop platform unmatched in the segment.
“We are very excited to be working closely with Textron Aviation,” said Waves CEO Nick Magliocchetti. “The support and encouragement has been priceless. The Grand Caravan EX is the perfect choice for our inter island air taxi service and the positive feedback it has received during our demos across the islands has been outstanding. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship together.”
The recent passage of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) commercial air transport (CAT) single-engine turboprop (SET) instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) regulation plays a vital role in opening up operations for companies like Waves to utilize the Cessna Caravan platform to drive their business forward.
Beechcraft King Air 250GT – N239KF
Cessna Citation M2 – N902MZ
Non Manufacturer Display Aircraft
Lauda Motion GmbH
Lauda Motion are a private charter company based in Vienna, Austria. Formed back in 2004 as Amira Air the company was purchased in 2016 by ex Formula 1 racing car champion, Niki Lauda and renamed Lauda Motion. The Company currently has six aircraft in its fleet, Two Canadair Global Express, a Learjet 60XR and three Canadair Challenger 300 aircraft, one of which, OE-HDI was on display.
Triair Bermuda are a private charter airline based at Farnborough in the UK. This Dassault Falcon 7X G-SRDG is the sole aircraft operated
Hyperion Aviation are based out of Malta Luqa.