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Honda Aircraft Company at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, revealed a new upgraded aircraft, called the HondaJet Elite. The aircraft, explains Honda, has achieved an extended range of 17 per cent (+396km), in addition to updated avionics and cabin structures. With a new range of 1,437 nautical miles, Honda claims HondaJet Elite is now the furthest-flying aircraft in its class.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has unveiled the Nuage, which the company describes as the first new seat architecture in business aviation in three decades. The seat is currently being used on Bombardier’s Global 7000 aircraft.

“In designing the Nuage seat, we examined every conceivable passenger need and comfort that might arise while seated in flight and launched our process from there,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This empathetic design philosophy inspired us to craft a seat unlike any other – the most innovative seat the industry has seen in three decades.”

The Nuage seat is designed to maximize comfort and relaxation on long-haul flights, following news earlier this month that the Global 7000 aircraft will be the longest-range business jet ever built, with a maximum operation range of 7,700 nautical miles. The Global 7000 aircraft is on track to enter service during the second half of 2018.

Bombardier describes the Nuage as providing an all-new, ergonomically perfected deep recline position. The company explains, that unlike other aircraft seats where only the back reclines, pushing the body forward and leading to discomfort, the Nuage features a patented tilt link system that dips the seat as the back is reclined, keeping the body fully supported with no added pressure on the legs.

The Nuage seat also features a fluid movement system and patented floating base, explains the company, which allows the seat to track and swivel naturally; and without visible floor rails, further enhancing its streamlined look. The fluid movement system also includes a centre swivel axis for an intuitively centred point of rotation in any position, allowing the passenger to swivel with high precision.

The Nuage seat is equipped with a tilting headrest, which Bombardier explains to provide optimal neck support in every position while helping to maintain an effortless line of sight when watching TV or reading in a reclined position.
On 7 December 2017 Pilatus obtained type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market.
The PC-24 development project has now entered its final phase, the most challenging tests have all been successfully completed. The three PC-24 prototypes have made a total of 1,250 flights for 2,000 hours in the air so far. Function reliability tests are currently underway with P03, which corresponds to the production standard.
With a slate of new business aircraft and some promising prospects for its military airplanes, Textron Aviation chief executive Scott Ernest is feeling pretty good about the future of the company.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today brought to a close its 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), and event organizers reported the show was an all-around success, highlighting the strength of the industry, the host community of Las Vegas, NV, and the association, on its 70th anniversary.
Textron Aviation Inc. has announced at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) that it is in the process of delivering the 100th Cessna Citation Latitude midsize business jet. The milestone aircraft, which comes just 26 months after the first Latitude entered service, will be handed over to NetJets, Inc., this week at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.
The 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s annual tradeshow and convention kicked off in Las Vegas, Nv. Oct. 9 with its media day and there were plenty of announcements to illustrate how major OEMs are positioning themselves for development and growth in the global market. Here are some highlights.
The business jet aviation industry is likely facing a modest pace for near-term orders due to an uncertain economic and political environment along with a very competitive used aircraft market, per the 26th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook released by Honeywell.
Embraer has launched the Phenom 300E light jet, its newest business aircraft, during a press conference at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in Las Vegas, Nv.
Embraer has announced enhancements to its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 business jets during a press conference at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).
Bombardier's fourth Global 7000 flight test vehicle took off from Bombardier's facility in Toronto on Thursday, under clear conditions.
In its debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), Embraer’s Legacy 650E surprised visitors with a unique paint scheme.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced that it has delivered the first Challenger 350 aircraft to be based in Argentina, joining Bombardier’s fleet of 122 Challenger aircraft in Latin America. Bombardier's business jet fleet in Latin America is comprised of approximately 685 aircraft in service – spanning Bombardier's full product portfolio of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.
Embraer has announced that Stephen Friedrich has been appointed chief commercial officer for the company’s executive aviation business unit, effective immediately.
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