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ELITE WINGS SHOW NEWS THURSDAY 25 May 2023 Showcasing the Designer Series Luxury Interior BELL 429

Bombardier completes initial flight-testing phase on the EcoJet research project

The EcoJet research project aims to develop and mature technologies to support a sustainable future for business aviation. The initial flight-testing phase uses a model of a blended-wing-body aircraft.

During EBACE 2023, Bombardier presented the progress made on its EcoJet research project, a research platform that aims to develop technologies with the goal of reducing aircraft emissions through a combination of advanced aerodynamics and propulsion enhancements. After several years of research, the organizationsuccessfullycompleted its first phase of testing with a small-scale model of a blended-wing-body aircraft, representing approximately 7% of a large business jet.

Bombardier is now building on the significant knowledge acquired to engage in a second phase of testing with a model twice as large, and which completed its first flight last year to pave the way for this next test campaign.

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Bombardier’s team noted highly positive results during the design optimization loops and initial flight test campaign. Those include the deployment of a next-generationProduct Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, the confirmation of a sixth-generationtransonic wing modeling capability, and the demonstration of a new aircraft control architecture. This research and technology project aims to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 50% through a combination of aerodynamic and propulsion enhancements. Renowned for its leading expertise and ingenuity, Bombardier created the EcoJet research project to develop and mature powerful technologies to leverage in future projects, as part of its firm commitment to a sustainable future for business aviation.


“Bombardierhas taken a leadership position in the industry’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, and the EcoJetresearch project is paramount to developing the technologies that will bring us toward the goal of net zero emissions by 2050,” said Stephen McCullough, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Development.“We are very pleased to see the highly engaging results yielded so far and to continue our trailblazing work as we kick off the next phase of this gamechanging research project. The EcoJet researchproject has garnered a high level of interest across the industry, and we are looking forward to mobilizing partners as we continue to define the future of business aviation.”


Bombardier published Environmental Product Declarations(EPD) for its Challenger3500, Global 5500, Global 6500 and Global 7500 aircraft. Bombardier is also using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), at a 30% blend, to cover the totality of its flight operations, utilizing the Book-and-Claim system. The initiative will create a significant gain by reducing the annual greenhouse gas emissions associated with fuel used in Bombardier’s flight operations by approximately 25%.


G700 Sets Speed Recordon Sustainable Aviation Fuel


AT EBACE 2023, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. tody announced the G700 continues to make flight test milestones toward certificationand subsequent customer deliveries. The aircraft recently accomplished several certificationtest points in coordination with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration(FAA), all of which confirm the aircraft’s exceptional performance characteristics.

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The G700 demonstrated excellent stability and control in takeoff, landing and climbing during field performance and flying qualities trials during two months of testing at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The aircraft also finished water ingestion testing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, with touchdown and taxi maneuvers in standing water at takeoff and landing speeds ranging from 60 to 120 knots. In addition, in flyover noise testing, the G700 has proven sound levels well below FAA regulations.

“The G700 continues to exceed our expectations throughout all facets of the flight test program,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “At the same time, even more customers around the globe are seeing the realworld performance features and benefits the aircraft provides in terms of efficiency, speed and safety, while experiencing the immense comfort of the cabin firsthand.”

Gulfstream is showcasing the G700 alongside the G280, G500, G600, G650ER, and G800 at this year's EBACE in Geneva, with all inbound and outbound fleet aircraft flying carbon neutral.

13 hr Flight Time Mach 0.89 Average Speed Fuel Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Savannah, Ga USA Tokyo JAPAN
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Designer Series

Superior Leather

Bell’s highest-tier leather covering the classically tailored seats, consoles, door accent panels and headliner

Enhanced Flooring

Hardwood flooring and improved upholstery and improved hex-pattern cockpit flooring, combining style and ruggedness to enhance appearance and resist stains, scuffs and damage

Elegantly Flexible

BELL 429

MTOW 7,500* lbs

Cabin Volume 204 ft3

PAX 1+7

Speed 155 kts

Max Range 411 nm

Max Endurance 4hr 30min

The BELL 429 completed its first flight on February 27, 2007, prior to entering service in 2009

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Available in a variety of cabin configurations that can accommodate every traveler’s needs. Consoles and multifunctional seats with fold-down tray tables allow easy access to food, drink, and storage of personal items.

Improved Interior Details

Aluminum plate finishes and leather accents complement refreshed color schemes tying in every detail of the cabin from door handles to light fixtures

The 429 carry the external lines of Bell legendary 206 Jet Ranger with an all-new wider airframe especially optimized for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) configuration. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW 207D1 turboshaft engines, the design of the 429 features a four-composite bladed rotor, a composite, and aluminum structure for a two-person crew and up to six passengers, standard landing skids, and optional retractable landing gear for convenienttaxiing.

The Bell 429 offers a higher design weight IGW version which is not FAA certified but can be certified in over twelve countries outside the USA

The Bell 429 is Single-pilot IFR certified and features the Bell designed BasiX Pro flight deck.

* 7,000 lbs under FAA certification

BELL 429

Italian Air Corporate Orders 43 Airbus Helicopters

Leading Italianbusiness aviationoperator Air Corporate placed a firmorder for 43 helicopters from Airbus on the concluding day of EBACE 2023.

The helicopters include 40 single-engine helicopters H125 / H130 plus three ACH 160 from Airbus Corporate Helicopters in Line configurationwith the Lounge package to add to two ACH160s already on order. The contract is the largest commercialhelicopter order booked by Airbus in Italy and will see the helicopters delivered over the coming years for a range of private and business passenger services as well as utility operations.

The Air Corporate board said in a statement: “We are experiencing a growing demand for the innovative ACH160 in the Italian market. The ACH160 is a beautiful, safe and comfortable helicopter and the Line configuration with Lounge package configuration guarantees elegance and, at the same time, excellent performance”.

“Equally the H125 remainsthe helicopter of reference for aerial work missionsin Italy due to its unrivalled performance.The H130 is also enjoying great success in our country for tourist flightsand passenger transport”.

Airbus Helicopters Head of Europe Region Thomas Hein said: “I would like to thank Air Corporate for its continued trust in our products. This order is the result of the years we invested in building and maintaininga strong business relationshipwith Air Corporate. I am proud of the success of Air Corporate in further expanding its fleet and the private business aviation sector in Italy”.

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The latest announcement expands on 28 additionalorders from Verona-based Air Corporate in recent years as part of an ongoing fleet expansion. In the past two years alone, Air Corporate has taken delivery of 17 Airbus helicopters, includingthe first of two twin-engine H135s.

Airbus helicopters have been flying in Italy for 50 years and the company is a key player in the Italianhelicopter market with 90 customers and a fleet of morethan 240 helicopters in service.

THURSDAY 25 May 2023

And The 2,000th PC-12 goes to… PlaneSense®

On May 12th, Just a few days prior to EBACE 2023, Pilatus announced the handover of the 2,000th PC-12 to its longstandingUS customer PlaneSense®. The milestone delivery was marked by a large ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Stans, Switzerland, and attended by over 2,000 employees. PlaneSense® is a leading Fractionaloperator with a fleet of 43 PC-12s and eleven PC-24s.

George Antoniadis, Founder, President and CEO of PlaneSense®, comments: “We are honoured to receive the 2,000th PC-12. We took delivery of our first PC-12, the 20th built, in 1995. This unique aircraft constitutes the backbone of our operation and has been an important part of the success of the PlaneSense®program. Over the years, the mutual respect of our companies has supported a productive dialogue contributing to the improvement of the PC-12 and the PlaneSense® program. Our clients have enjoyed the aircraft’s versatility, reliability, comfort, and efficiency for 28 years. Our partnership with Pilatus has been incredibly valuable and we look forward to expanding it further in the years to come.”

Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus, said at the handover: “Year after year, our PC -12 is, and will remain, the world’s best -selling single-engine turboprop aircraft in its class with pressurised cabin. We have continually developed our bestseller over the years and the current PC-12 is state of the art. Today, I’m very proud that I and my team are able to hand over the 2000th PC-12 to our exceptionally loyal and faithful customer PlaneSense®. I’m grateful that we can count this very professional company among our customers. PlaneSense® is an important part of the PC12’s history, demonstrating day in, day out, that our proven, reliable and safe aircraft is ideally suited to the most demanding of missions. Quite simply, it’s the best aircraft in its class!”


Alpha Star to Add a King Air 360C for MedEvac.

At EBACE 2023, Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Aviation Service entered into an agreement with Textron Aviationto purchase a Beechcraft King Air 360C (cargo door equipped) aircraftin support of their air ambulancemission.

Alpha Star recently purchased two Cessna Citation Latitude aircraftfor ambulance and transportmissions.The King Air 360C will be the newest addition to Alpha Star’s fleet.

Alpha Star is one of the largest air ambulanceoperators in the region and has been a long-timeoperator of Textron Aviation aircraft,providing comprehensivemedical evacuation and transportservices within Saudi Arabia and internationally.


TBM 960 Makes EBACE Debut

Launched at the 2022 SUN ’n FUN Aerospace Expo. The TBM 960 upgraded turboprop from Daher was designed to offer owners and operators a superior piloting experience, a high level of safety, and increased cabin comfort, as well as enhanced efficiency and sustainability.

Key features of the TBM 960 include the new PT6E-66XT turboprop engine – purpose-built by Pratt & Whitney Canada for this aircraft, and Hartzell Propeller’s five-blade composite propeller with the Raptor™ lightweight hub. Both the engine and propeller system are linked to the TBM 960’s dual-channel digital Engine and Propeller ElectronicControl System (EPECS).With the EPECS, the PT6E-66XT’s startup is fully automated after a single-switch activation. The cockpit’s power lever becomes an ethrottle, using a single forward position from takeoff to landing – with the EPECS optimizing powerplant performance throughout the flight envelope while reducing pilot workload by integrating all functions and protecting


the engine’s life.

The Hartzell propeller is fully integrated into the aircraft’s propulsion system. It is specificallydesigned to reduce overall weight and improve the TBM 960’s takeoff distance, climb, and cruise speed. Turning at 1,925 rpm during maximum power output, the propeller contributes to limiting noise and vibration. Its sound level during takeoff is just 76.4 decibels, meeting the most stringent international noise standards.

The TBM 960 retains safety features that have contributed to the commercial success of Daher’s previous high-end TBM version – the TBM 940. Notably, the G3000 integrated flight deck enables the TBM’s e-copilot® functions:icing protection system; flight envelope monitoring through the ElectronicStability and Protection (ESP) and the Under-speed Protection(USP) systems; the Emergency Descent Mode (EDM) function;as well as the game-changing HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system.


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The Piaggio P.180 Avanti EVO is a refreshingly different business aircraft in terms of efficiency and comfort.

With an extended range option (up to 1.800 nm), superior climb performances and classleading fuel economy, the EVO is also the fastest turboprop produced today. It achieves greater speed without compromising operating costs, which run at up to 30% less than a jet of the same size.

Efficiencyand speed are produced by its sleek and stylish lines. The innovative Three Lifting Surfaces concept creates an extremely safe handling of the aircraft, while also making the EVO super-efficient and striking on the apron.

In terms of comfort, the P.180 Avanti EVO is spacious, finely furnished, and its quiet cabin is truly an office in the sky, allowing passengers (up to 7) to maximize their working day while arriving fresh and ready for business.

THURSDAY 25 May 2023

Pratt & Whitney Delivered the 1,000 PW308C for Dassault Falcon 2000

During EBACE 2023, Pratt & Whitney Canada announced that it has delivered the 1,000th PW308C turbofan engine to Dassault Aviation for the Falcon 2000 series. The company also announced the production of the 6,000th engine in the overall PW300 family, which has changed the face of business aviation.

“The PW308C engine is special, as its selection at the National Business Aviation Association in 2000 was the first time Dassault opted for one of our engines for its prestigious business jet portfolio,” said Anthony Rossi, vice president, Sales and Marketing, at Pratt & Whitney Canada. “

The PW308C served Dassault’s intention with the Falcon 2000 to combine the aircraft’s short-fieldcapabilities with transcontinental range. It was also the first Dassault business jet to be fully conceived with digital design software. To this day, the Dassault Falcon 2000 is the company’s top selling business aircraft in the Falcon family.

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s collaborationwith Dassault Aviation began 60 years ago, when the original Mystère-Falcon 20 launched with JT12 engines. Our collaboration with Dassault Aviation grew as our PW307A/D engines were selected to power the Falcon 7X and 8X. The PW812D-powered Falcon 6X will enter into service this

The PW300 family

The PW300 family comprises 4 engine series and 13 models, ranging from 4,700 to 8,000-pound thrust.


IFM Traviation GmbH to add a new Cessna Longitude

Textron Aviation is welcoming IFM Traviation GmbH as its latest Cessna Citation Longitude customer in Europe. The Düsseldorf-basedcustomer placed an order for a Cessna Citation Longitude business jet, set to deliver in 2025. This order will boost the company’s existing fleet of two Cessna Citation Sovereign+ aircraft.

“IFM Traviation GmbH relies heavily on its own fleet of business jets to visit customersregionally, as well as transfer employeesback and forth from Düsseldorf to Friedrichshafen in Germany,” says Van De Velde. “With seating for up to 12 passengersand a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin, the Citation Longitude elevatesthe passenger experience and will provide IFM Traviation with an exceptional aircraft to support its business needs.”

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PW300 Series Thrust Class Business Jet Applications PW308 7,000 lbf Dassault Falcon 2000 / Hawker 4000 PW307 6,400 lbf Dassault Falocn 7X / 8X PW306 6,000 lbf Cessna Citation Latitude, Sovereign, Sovereign +, Gulfstream G200 PW305 4,700 lbf Bombardier Learjet 60

Gulfstream Expands its Customer Support in Europe

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp announced numerous Customer Support expansions across Europe, includinggrowth in facilities,parts inventory and workforce.

At Gulfstream’s Farnborough Service Center, among the newest and most modern in the GulfstreamCustomer Support network, a new repair and overhaul shop has been added to further support local customersand those arriving from around the world. The new capabilities,which encompass significantwork on wheels, brakes and batteries, have received approvals from the U.K. Civilian AviationAuthority and the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority.

The Gulfstream Farnborough enhancements are complemented by another recent addition of inventory repair capabilities in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

“The Gulfstream fleet is rapidly expanding, and we now have more than 230 aircraft based in Europe, not to mention the many customers from around the world flying through the region,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support. “As a result, we have invested over $1 billion in ready-to-serve parts inventory, positioned around the world, with more than $70 million of this inventory located in Europe. We’ve also grown our footprint by 40% at the Amsterdam distribution center, where the majority of our Europe-based parts inventory is located.”

A new GulfstreamFAST operations manager was added to the Farnborough Service Center, marking the first timethe role has been positioned outside of the U.S. This addition was made to focus on G700 entry into service support in Europe and Field and Airborne Support Teams operations, among other responsibilities. This new role is in addition to four new technical specialistsand two service engineers in the U.K. and a second field service representative (FSR) in both Spain and Austria. There are today, more than 10 FSRs and 25 FAST members based throughout the U.K. and Europe as part of the Gulfstream Customer Support network that includes nearly 5,000 employees positioned worldwide.

2022 Key Indicators

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Transactions Amount Forecast Highlights
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VIEW FORECAST $ 8.2 M Average pre-owned transaction value 60 % Of Jetcraft buyers were corporate purchasers 200 hrs The average a Jetcraft buyer flew their aircraft
Jetcraft Released its 5-Year Pre-Owned Business
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