Industry Updates from EBACE 2019

This week our European team is at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva; from meeting industry partners to sharing our own news and of course, experiencing the latest aircraft innovations first hand, they’re quite busy!

It’s a great opportunity to catch the latest news and updates in private aviation – and we’ve summarized some of the biggest headlines here:

Spotlight on Sustainable Fuel – including the G550’s record-breaking flight

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) is one of the biggest talking points at this year’s EBACE, with a number of aircraft fueled by it as they flew in (many from London Farnborough Airport, which hosted a pre-show SAJF event).

A SAJF-fuelled G550 broke a speed record on its way to the show. Image: Gulfstream Aerospace

A SAJF-fuelled G550 broke a speed record on its way to the show. Image: Gulfstream Aerospace

A Gulfstream G550 even broke a record on the way, demonstrating that SAJF offers the same performance as conventional jet fuel but with more than a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The long range jet flew a new route record between Charleston and London – taking 7 hours and 13 minutes to fly the distance of 3,591 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.85.

The Praetor 600 is Now Certified

Embraer’s newest model, the Praetor 600, has been making strides & headlines lately.

The Praetor 600 was also fuelled by SAJF on its journey to Geneva, and is one of the most popular aircraft on the static display here at EBACE. Brazilian manufacturer announced that the new super-midsize jet has now passed certification in Europe and the US, with the first aircraft due to be delivered to a US owner before the end of June.

The Praetor 600 was also fuelled by SAJF as it arrived at EBACE. Image: Embraer

The Praetor 600 was also fuelled by SAJF as it arrived at EBACE. Image: Embraer

The $21 million Praetor 600 – along with its smaller sister the Praetor 500 (due for certification later this year) – has hit a sweet spot with buyers, combining technology (such as full fly-by-wire and active turbulence reduction) with style and value.

It has the range to fly between Europe and the US, which puts it in direct competition with the current super-midsize market leader the Challenger 350 and the incoming Citation Longitude.

Pegasus Unveils New VTOL Aircraft

VTOL and electric aircraft offer the opportunity for business aviation to lead the way in sustainable air travel. So we were excited to see Pegasus Universal Aerospace showcasing a scale model of its Pegasus One VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) business aircraft in Geneva.

The sleek exterior of the Pegasus One. Image: Pegasus Universal Aerospace

The sleek exterior of the Pegasus One. Image: Pegasus Universal Aerospace

The design combines the vertical operation of a helicopter with the turbine of business aircraft – opening up point-to-point air transport between a wide variety of locations and situations, from landing on yachts to skyscrapers.

The aircraft is planned to accommodate 6-8 passengers and fly at a speed of 430 kts. Depending on the seat configuration, it’ll be able to fly up to 2,375 nm; it can operate from a conventional runway or in VTOL mode, which mimics how helicopters land & take off. The company says operating costs will be competitive with business jets of similar range, but will have lower fuel burn.

The South African start-up is seeking investment and hoping to secure certification within seven years. It’s now building a full-scale cabin mock-up of Pegasus One, and planning to take this on a demonstration tour of Europe in 2020.

The Falcon 6X to Fly in 2021

Dassault’s latest aircraft launch also made headlines at EBACE; the French manufacturer announced the jet is on track to make its first flight in 2021, which entry into service expected in 2022.

The Falcon 6X will offer the biggest cabin cross-section of any business jet. Image: Dassault

The Falcon 6X will offer the biggest cabin cross-section of any business jet. Image: Dassault

A mock-up of the cabin at the show demonstrates its very spacious cabin cross-section – the biggest in business aviation. At 6ft 6 inches high and 8 ft 6 inches wide, this will be an important selling point against rival long range jets from Gulfstream and Bombardier.

Three cabin configurations will be offered, accommodating up to 14 passengers.

The PC-24 Back Open for Orders

The Pilatus PC-24 is always a jet that grabs attention, and this year at EBACE is no exception. The ‘Super Versatile Jet’ – sold out in its first delivery run of 84 aircraft after it was unveiled in 2013, with buyers drawn to the jet’s exceptional landing capabilities.

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Now the Swiss manufacturer has reopened the order book, with the new run of the aircraft due to start deliveries from later this year.

Since the aircraft entered service last year, feedback from operators and owners has been positive. In addition to its superior landing performance (which means it can land on steep and even unpaved runways), it offers a versatile, spacious cabin with extra-wide door and excellent luggage space.

We’re looking forward to more PC-24’s becoming available in the charter market.

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