HondaJet 2600 Concept

Curtain lifts on HondaJet 2600 Concept

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HondaJet 2600 Concept

Honda Aircraft Company has unveiled the HondaJet 2600 Concept, with a mockup display to collect customer feedback and validate market demand.

The HondaJet 2600 Concept will be the world’s first light jet capable of nonstop transcontinental flight across the US. The aircraft has a quiet and spacious cabin suited for long range travel, can seat for up to 11 occupants, and aims to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino stated: “Over the past five years, we introduced the HondaJet Elite, then the Elite S, to further enhance the original HondaJet design. Now, we are validating market demand as we unveil a new aircraft concept in a different segment from the original HondaJet. With the HondaJet 2600 Concept, which enables efficient transcontinental flight, offers new level of cabin comfort and capacity, and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions, we are introducing a new generation of business jets.”

Internally, there is significantly more passenger space as well as a class-leading cabin tranquility with greatly reduced vibration compared to conventional light jets, due to the OTWEM configuration. The aircraft also has the tallest cabin height and offers class-leading pressurisation with a cabin altitude of 6,363 feet at its maximum operating altitude of 47,000 feet. The aircraft will also offer three types of modular and highly customisable cabin configurations.

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge confirmed as Gogo 5G launch customer

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Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo's 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge International has signed an agreement with Gogo Business Aviation to become Gogo’s 5G launch customer.

Jet Edge has AVANCE L5 installed across the majority of its managed, large-cabin fleet and will upgrade 50 of those aircraft to Gogo 5G over a 24-month period.

“Choosing Gogo was an easy decision because of their proven track record of meeting their commitments and delivering the best in-flight connectivity in the industry,” said Bill Papariella, CEO of Jet Edge. “After a thorough evaluation of other in-flight connectivity services, we chose Gogo 5G – it was the obvious choice and we’re thrilled to offer it to our discerning clients.”

Deployment of the 5G network has begun and the onboard hardware is in certification approval. Gogo 5G will serve aircraft operating within the contiguous US and the nationwide network is expected to launch in the second half of 2022.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Jet Edge and by upgrading to Gogo 5G, it shows the commitment Jet Edge is making to its clients to provide the best inflight connectivity and entertainment experience in business aviation,” said Andy Geist, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Gogo. “With AVANCE L5 installed across most of its fleet, upgrading to 5G becomes a relatively quick and easy process.”

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation unveils ALTO Soundstage

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ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

ALTO Aviation has expanded its ALTO Sound offering with the unveiling of ALTO Soundstage.

Designed in-house by ALTO Aviation’s acoustic engineering team, ALTO Soundstage is the most advanced 3D Immersive ALTO Sound System offered in Business Aviation. Audiophile-quality ALTO loudspeakers and premium digital amplifiers are strategically mapped to allow passengers to immerse in movies, music, sports, and video games with zero compromises.

“With ALTO Soundstage, we have gone beyond our flagship Front Row, Center Stage ALTO Surround Sound, providing soundstage concert hall quality, the highest standard in 3D immersive audio in business aviation. This sound system is ideal for a credenza-mounted video monitor across a luxury divan in medium, large, and VVIP business jets, making passengers feel like if they “step up on the stage. I am confident that we will exceed the most demanding acoustic expectations,” said  Steve Scarlata, VP Engineering, R&D at ALTO Aviation.

The front stage includes PSU mounted Left, Center, and Right loudspeakers; Surround-Left, Surround-Center, and Surround-Right ALTO loudspeakers provide passengers with a fully immersive image. Two powerful, ultra-light, and compact ALTO subwoofers mounted beneath the seats or divan or bulkheads provide ample bass for real impact.

ALTO’s exclusive onsite tuning process and state-of-the-art signal processing guarantee that every ALTO Soundstage audio system offers powerful, coherent, high-fidelity surround sound.ALTO Soundstage can be controlled with Cadence Cabin passenger controls or with the new ALTO Cabin Control Appation.

ALTO Soundstage is already available in selected OEM and aftermarket installations with minimal work and full blended integration with each cabin’s unique interior design concept.

Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics releases EFB and Connected Avionics solution

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Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications.

Universal Avionics (UA) has launched its FlightPartner and FlightReview applications. Hosted on an iPad and initially connected to Universal’s WAAS/SBAS enabled Flight Management System (FMS) by introducing Wi-Fi enablement of existing equipment, these applications make possible comprehensive two-way interactions between the FMS and the apps, and between the tablet and UA’s cloud-based infrastructure for data analytics.

The applications will be available by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and represent the first step in UA’s goal of creating a connectivity enabled ecosystem across its avionics solutions.

The Connectivity Ecosystem brings to UA’s customers a connected, open and data centric environment to enhance mission preparedness on the ground, in the air, and post flight. Optimising day to day operations and maintenance, the ecosystem utilises a robust cyber secure, portable, and cloud-based platform to deliver avionics centric solutions and support services, including the use of a 3rd party applications and content.

“FlightPartner and FlightReview are UA’s early steps in a push towards the creation of a dynamic connectivity ecosystem, tying our various avionics systems to a suite of applications and expanded services that our customers will be able to use 24/7/365”, said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “After the initial deployment of the products we plan to introduce many others in the coming months and years to come”.

With FlightPartner, operators will be able to build, brief and file a complete flight plan on their tablet using a convivial graphical interface, upload it to the FMS upon aircraft power-up, and dynamically alter it throughout the flight, directly on their iPad, as FlightPartner is tightly coupled to the navigation data of the FMS. Additionally, when connected to ground infrastructure, FlightPartner facilitates access to accurate weather information, displayed in horizontal and vertical profiles, to assist flight planning and operations, for example by prepopulating the flight plan with winds and temperatures aloft, saving valuable time and increasing efficiency.

Its benefits also extend to maintenance personnel as FlightPartner will conveniently manage database updates to the FMS. By automatically connecting with the operator’s account on UniNet, FlightPartner will upload the latest databases to the tablet, and at the appropriate time ensure seamless and secure delivery of the databases to the on-board FMS.

Through FlightReview, UA makes aircraft data work for flight and maintenance crews by providing them information at any given time to review performance, pinpoint issues, and optimise operations

With FlightReview, data is exchanged between the FMS and the tablet, then automatically uploaded to UA’s cloud-based infrastructure at the appropriate time, enabling flight departments to view and analyse the content specific to their operations from any location.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero upgrade cockpit for Bombardier Challenger 604

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StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604.

StandardAero has delivered its first Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion modification/upgrade on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The first installation aircraft departed StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility on 24 September 2021.

The installation was supported by a Collins Aerospace Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and the Pro Line Fusion upgrade removes the existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with touchscreen capable liquid crystal displays. The modification allows for features such as LPV, synthetic vision, multi-scan radar, graphical weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit. The modification also addresses obsolescence issues inherent to the existing CRT displays.

The total work scope on this Challenger 604 aircraft also included the installation of a Collins Aerospace Venue Cabin Management System and a complete cabin interior refresh.

“The Fusion upgrade helps to keep this aircraft on the leading edge, well into the future, with enhanced capabilities and staying pace with the functionality of current production aircraft coming off the assembly line,” said Mike Creek, Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero Business Aviation. “Operators are showing a lot of interest in these upgrades and we expect continued demand throughout this year and next.”

Dassault Aviation ExecuJet Kuala Lumpar Facility

Dassault Aviation consolidates MRO network

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Dassault Aviation ExecuJet Kuala Lumpar Facility

With new major development in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai and new line service bases in several additional European cities, Dassault Aviation is leveraging recently acquired MRO capabilities to reorganise and consolidate its worldwide support network and bring Falcon expertise around the world. The company can now offer major inspections at a range of new locations, dispatch GoTeams to more remote places, and share expertise across its global network. This ensures a single uniformly high level of factory service wherever Falcons fly.

Speaking during NBAA-BACE, Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier commented. “In 2019, we acquired TAG Maintenance Services (TMS), ExecuJet MRO Services and RUAG’s MRO operations in Switzerland to build up our factory service capacity and are now investing heavily in these premier service networks to foster sustained organic growth,” said Trappier. “Two examples of this strategy are our new ExecuJet MRO facilities in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, which replace smaller pre-existing operations and are poised to become regional service hubs for our growing fleets in Asia and the Middle East. These strategic moves will elevate the quality and consistency of Falcon service around the globe.”

In recent months, ExecuJet MRO Services has completed six-year C checks for Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 aircraft in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Perth and Sydney, allowing operators in these areas to turn to maintenance resources nearby, instead of having to fly to Europe or North America for heavy maintenance and modifications.

The new maintenance facility in Kuala Lumpur measures 130,000 square feet and was designed to accommodate Dassault’s latest models – the long-range Falcon 6X and the ultra-long-range Falcon 10X with its 109-foot length and 28-foot height. ExecuJet MRO expects to transition operations there in the second half of 2023. The 163,000 square-foot Dubai facility opens in 2022.

As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range

Dassault unveils full-scale 10X cabin mock-up

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As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range

As part of the NBAA-BACE convention this week in Las Vegas, Dassault Aviation is displaying a full-scale cabin mock-up for the new Falcon 10X ultra-long-range. After the show, the mock-up will remain in the US for individual customer tours. A second mock-up will be available to customers at Dassault’s Paris-Le Bourget showroom.

“The Falcon 10X is not just another intercontinental contender, it’s in a league of its own and has to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “Because of its sheer size and imaginative layout, you’ll move about this cabin differently, much more easily, than in any competing business jet. The 10X will provide the ultimate in privacy and in collaborative workspace—indeed, it will be able to provide both at the same time.”

Compared to a flying penthouse due to its spaciousness and homelike ambience, the 10X cabin is endlessly customisable. The 10X cabin is 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 m) tall and 9-feet, 1-inch (2.77 m) wide, a larger cross section than some modern regional jets.

Detailed design for the jet will be completed before year-end, with parts production beginning in 2022. Many components and structures will come from Dassault’s new Factory 4.0 smart manufacturing facility in Seclin, France. A redesigned building at Dassault’s plant in Biarritz will manufacturer the advanced all-composite wing.

“The Falcon 10X will be the new benchmark in business aviation,” said Trappier. “We’re eager to see industry reaction at NBAA-BACE, we anticipate a very positive response.”

Las Vegas Convention Center - NBAA BACE

NBAA cancels 2020 NBAA-BACE event

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Las Vegas Convention Center - NBAA BACE

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has cancelled its 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, 6-8 October.

The Florida Department of Health recently issued an advisory recommending that individuals avoid participation in gatherings of more than 50 people, making it impossible for visitors and companies to participate in the world’s largest business aviation event.

According to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, “NBAA has always advised its members to conduct a thorough risk evaluation before every flight to determine whether or not the mission can be safely conducted. We have brought that same discipline to the upcoming NBAA-BACE, and we regret that this year’s event must be grounded. We will immediately begin working with exhibitors and others as we wind down this year’s event and begin preparations for next year’s NBAA-BACE.”

The 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will take place from 12-14 October in Las Vegas, Nevada.