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First ACH160 order in Southeast Asia for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

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Airbus Helicopters has secured an ACH160 order from an undisclosed new customer in the Philippines.

Airbus Helicopters has secured an ACH160 order from an undisclosed new customer in the Philippines, launching this new model in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region. It will be used for private and business flights within the Philippines archipelago.

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Airbus ACH160 During the Experimental Phase Credit: Airbus

This aircraft will feature the ACH160 Exclusive version highlighting two wide hinged doors and electrical footsteps combined with a bespoke cabin, welcoming up to eight passengers in an elegant and refined handcrafted interior for a truly business-jet like experience.

The ACH160 is the first rotorcraft to feature the Blue Edge five-bladed main rotor and a new canted Fenestron rotor. the ACH160 also sets a new benchmark in corporate transportation with a blend of innovative technology, speed, comfort and style.

Airbus ACH160 Exterior looking into Interior
Airbus ACH160 Example Interior

As part of the contract, the ACH160 will be backed by HCare First – the first such premium support agreement in the region, catering to the specific needs of operators requiring worry-free aircraft availability.

“Launching the ACH160 in Southeast Asia with a new Philippine customer underlines the global attractiveness of our corporate helicopters offering to meet the evolving travelling needs of our customers,” said Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH). “We are equally excited to see our ACH products gaining good success in the growing Philippine private travel market.”

Airbus ACH160 Interior Layout Plan Options
Airbus ACH160 interior plan configurations

The H160 is Airbus Helicopters’ innovative medium twin-engine helicopter designed to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. Versions are available for the offshore transportation, business and private, public services, and commercial passenger transport markets. Its entry into service is planned for 2020.

Airbus ACH160 Interior Details

ACH recorded 54 sales in 2017 and is reporting 68 orders in 2018, including 28 in North America.

Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH said: “ACH has made an excellent start since our global launch and is generating great enthusiasm in the private and business aviation community, increasing its market share steadily. It is particularly pleasing to see the new ACH160 continuing to win orders, and we are confident that the new ACH145 being launched here at Heli Expo will have similar success.”

Airbus ACH160 Interior Details

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Embraer Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 Jets Get New Cabin Enhancements

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Embraer announces further enhancements to the class-leading Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 cabins.
Embraer Praetor 600 flying over clouds
The Embraer Praetor 600 is a class-leading super-midsize jet. Credit: Embraer

The new Embraer Praetor 500 (midsize category jet) and Praetor 600 super-midsize category jet) were both announced in Oct 2018 with the first delivery of the Praetor 500 having been delivered only 7 months ago in December 2019, just before we all ran into the headwinds of Covid-19, while the pre-Covid-19 delivery of Embraer’s new Phenom 300E Business Jet was scheduled for May 2020.

Remarkably, both Embraer’s Praetor 500 and 600 series jets are the farthest- and fastest-flying jets in their respective categories and according to Embraer, are the most technologically advanced aircraft in their respective categories as well.

Embraer Praetor 500 flying over sea
The Embraer Praetor 500 is a class-leading midsize jet. Credit: Embraer

Embraer Executive Jets has now gone one step further and announced a series of further enhancements to both the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 cabins to consolidate the Praetor as the best cabin environment among all medium jets.

The Praetor range already has the lowest cabin altitude in the class and 100% fresh air capability, however, Embraer is now making the HEPA filter standard on all Praetor aircraft and has announced the certification of a new electric lavatory pocket door, allowing the lavatory to be used as an emergency exit, and has also approved the use of MicroShield360 on cabin surfaces.

Embraer Praetor 500 galley kitchen
The galley and cabin of the Embraer Praetor 500. Credit: Embraer

Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, remarked “The Praetors truly lead the way as the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft in their respective categories for features such as the best-in-class Environmental Control System and cabin altitude. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incorporation of new health and safety technologies is paramount, which is why we are proud to deliver even more value to Praetor customers with this series of cabin enhancements. Furthermore, with the certification of the new electric lavatory pocket door, the Praetors combine the cleanest cabin environment and compliance with the most stringent operational requirements, such as Part 135.”

Now included as standard, the HEPA filter further improves the Praetor 500 and 600 cabin air quality, capturing 99.97% of all particles, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Additionally, Embraer has tested and approved the use of MicroShield360 ― a preventative coating system that, when applied to aircraft interiors, continuously inhibits the growth of microbes on surfaces.

Embraer Praetor 600 interior cabin
Embraer has tested and approved the use of MicroShield360 on cabin surfaces. Credit: Embraer

At 45,000 feet, Praetor passengers experience a comfortable 5,800-foot cabin altitude. As a result, passengers feel more rested and refreshed. The combination of these new and existing features equates to cabin health that is unparalleled in the medium cabin segment.

To further enhance the atmosphere of safety and cleanliness in Praetor cabins, Embraer has developed the only electric lavatory pocket door in the midsize and super-midsize categories.

This new optional feature, which allows the passenger the comfort of opening the lavatory door by just pressing a button, is now available for delivery in both new Praetor jets and can be retrofitted on both Praetor and Legacy 450 and 500 models (starting in the fourth quarter of 2020), allowing 100% of the Praetor aircraft to have the emergency exit in the lavatory — even those under FAA Part 135 operations.

Embraer Praetor 500 interior cabin
Embraer Praetor 500 and 600 will now have HEPA air filters as standard. Credit: Embraer

Certified by ANAC in early June 2020, and recently validated by EASA and the FAA, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the only aircraft in the medium cabin segment to have the emergency exit door in the lavatory, while complying with the latest cabin safety requirements.

By moving the emergency exit to the lavatory, the Praetor 500 and 600 cabins are further enhanced with a recognizably clean, quiet, and functional aesthetic, featuring minimized placards, temperature management, and noise reduction, thanks to the lack of an exit door cut-out, plus full seat and table functionality.

The Embraer Praetor 500 business jet is capable of true North America corner-to-corner nonstop flights, such as Miami to Seattle or Los Angeles to New York. Its sibling, the Praetor 600, is capable of nonstop flights from Paris to New York or São Paulo to Miami. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 has an intercontinental range of 4,018 nautical miles (7,441 km) Embraer’s modern portfolio consists of the entry-level Phenom 100EV, the light Phenom 300E, the midsize Praetor 500 and the super-midsize Praetor 600.

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The $50M Bombardier Global 5500 Jet Range Enters Service

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The first delivery of the new Bombardier Global 5500 range has just taken place marking the jet’s official Entry-into-service.
Bombardier Global 5500 Flying over cloud
The first Bombardier Global 5500 has now been delivered to its customer. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier will certainly be proud that the first of its long-range Global 5500 business jet was completed and recently delivered to an undisclosed customer marking the jet’s entry-into-service.

The new Global 5500 range is an update from the previous Global 5000 range and sees new engines, interiors, avionics, wings, and presents decreased fuel burn, emissions, and an increased range and comfort to its passengers.

Completed at Bombardier’s site in Wichita, Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bombardier employees had to demonstrate flexibility and dedication to enable the Global 5500’s completion. Bombardier said it had taken extraordinary steps to protect its employees and customers against the virus, and that now as manufacturing activities resume around the world, Bombardier will maintain its new strict protocols to continue safety and operational excellence.

Last year, Bombardier made an announcement that the Global 5500 would fly 200 nautical miles more than planned, and that its new range of 5,900 nautical miles is 700 nautical miles more than the nearest competitor at the same speed.

Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards flight deck
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards the flight deck. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards aft
Bombardier Global 5500 interior cabin looking towards aft. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 kitchen
Bombardier Global 5500 kitchen. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 Cabin

Bombardier also state the Global 5500 has the largest cabin (12.41m long, 2.41m wide and 1.88m high) and the smoothest ride in its class and that all starts inside where the conference and dining areas are equipped with the Nuage seat. Bombardier says the Nuage seat is the first meaningful change in the operation and design of a business aircraft seat in 30 years. The Nuage design grants proper posture both for business meetings and dining, and can also be converted into a reclining lounge chair.

Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage seat design detail
The Nuage seat design detail. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage chase lounge
Bombardier Global 5500 Nuage chase lounge. Credit: Bombardier

Passengers will also benefit from a sophisticated air purification system called Pũr Air which is only available on Global aircraft. The system’s advanced HEPA filter captures up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria, and viruses, and completely replaces the cabin air with 100% fresh air in as little as 90 seconds. The cabin also features turbo heating and cooling which instantly adjusts temperatures for a more comfortable flight.

Bombardier Global 5500 Pur Air HEPA filter detail
Bombardier Global 5500 Pur Air HEPA filter detail. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 has a 4K enabled cabin
Bombardier Global 5500 has a 4K enabled cabin. Credit: Bombardier

The Global 5500 boasts the Rockwell Collin’s Venue cabin management and entertainment system, innovated with the capability to provide the first ever ultra-high-definition 4k content all throughout the cabin. The aircraft’s Ka-band satellite connectivity supplies seamless internet connectivity that is almost 35 times faster than other internet systems in the industry, and makes use of the updated satellite technology.

The cabin of the Global 5500 is 12.41-meter long, 2.41-meter wide, and 1.88-meter high. It has three different living spaces that give the needed seclusion and enjoyment by providing sufficient room to eat, work and rest in total convenience.

Bombardier Global 5500 Private Suite
Bombardier Global 5500 Private Suite. Credit: Bombardier
One of the many  Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options
One of the many Bombardier Global 5500 cabin layout options. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier Global 5500 flight deck cockpit
The Bombardier Global 5500 flight deck. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 Flight Deck

One big feature of the flight deck is the Rockwell Collins Combined Vision System (CVS), which joins infrared Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) imagery into a single conformal view. The CVS combines both vision systems throughout the entire display in order to give the pilot the best possible view into one dynamic image and provides real-time situational awareness.

Bombardier Global 5500 has CVS
The Combined Vision System (CVS) to help Global 5500 pilots. Credit: Bombardier

As you would expect with the most modern of Bombardier’s jets, the avionics system of the Global 5500 includes advanced weather radar for predicting wind shear, Airport Moving Maps, real-time air traffic and an enhanced terrain database that serves as a digital representation of the elevation of the terrain at a number of discrete points.

Bombardier Global 5500 has a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 Jet Engine
The Global 5500 has two new tech Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 Jet Engines. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Global 5500 Powerplant

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 engines, the Global 5500 has a maximum thrust of 15,125 pounds and emits 48% less smoke, 20% less nitrous oxide, is two decibels quieter, burns 7% less fuel and has 9% added thrust than the BR710A2-20 engines on the previous 5000 models.

The new engines are some of the latest tech to come out of Rolls-Royce and boast a new core with a new high-pressure compressor, as well as an advanced engine Health and Usage-Monitoring System (HUMS) that tracks the status of critical systems and components.

Bombardier Global 5500 Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine detail
The Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine detail. Credit: Rolls-Royce

Wings

The aircraft also features aerodynamic cleanups that will blend with the purpose-built engines to improve fuel efficiency by up to 13%.

One of those was a next-generation Global wing with a fully re-profiled trailing edge. The re-profiled wing has a span of 28.7 meters and was designed and constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, a Japanese company headquartered in Tokyo. The Global 5500’s new wings with its renowned flexibility, combined with the other aerodynamic improvements, Nuage seats, 100% fresh air system with HEPA filter, instant temperature control, wide cabin, 4K entertainment and quieter engines all go towards creating the best possible conditions for a smooth and comfortable ride or sleep in the air.

Bombardier Global 5500 Range map example
Example range map for the Bombardier Global 5500. Credit: Bombardier

Global 5500 city pair examples

As seen above the Bombardier Global 5500 would be able to connect Sao Paulo to Paris, Los Angeles to Moscow, Sydney to Tokyo, Singapore to London, or New York to Hong Kong non-stop.

Bombardier Global 5500 Specifications

  • Avionics: Rockwell Collins Fusion
  • Engine: 2 x Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 turbofan
  • Power: 15125 pound-force
  • Top Speed: Mach 0.90
  • Max Cruise Speed: 504 knots, 933 Km/h
  • Approach Speed (Vref): 108 knots
  • Travel range: 5900 Nautical Miles, 10928 Kilometers
  • Service Ceiling: 51,000 feet
  • Rate of Climb: 3450 feet / minute, 17.53metre / second
  • Take-Off Distance: 1674 meters, 5492.06 feet
  • Landing Distance: 673 meters, 2207.98 feet
  • Max Take-Off Weight: 41957 Kg, 92498 lbs
  • Max Landing Weight: 35652 Kg, 78598 lbs
  • Max Payload: 3238 Kg, 7138 lbs
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 4710 gallons, 17829 liters
  • Baggage Volume: 5.5 m3, 194 ft3

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The Last New Gulfstream G550 Business Jet Has Just Been Sold

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After eighteen years of production, the last commercially available Gulfstream G550 business jet has been sold, marking an end of an era for the large-cabin, long-range jet.
End of an era as the last Gulfstream G550 is sold. Credit: Gulfstream
End of an era as the last Gulfstream G550 is sold. Credit: Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the sale of its final G550 large cabin business jet, marking an end of an era for the iconic long-range business jet that first entered service in 2003.

First revealed in 2000, the Gulfstream G550 launched as a commercial jet that could be configured for either business, government, or military and seat up to 19 passengers. With the ability to fly 6,750 nautical miles non-stop, it is a versatile jet that enables owners to fly between international destinations such as Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York to Dubai or London to Tokyo

A large-cabin, long-range business jet designed for trans-continental travel. Credit: Gulfstream
A large-cabin, long-range business jet designed for trans-continental travel. Credit: Gulfstream

The Gulfstream G550 was also the launch platform for the Gulfstream PlaneView™ flight deck, which remains an industry leader in safety to this day.

“The G550 set the standard for subsequent aircraft and the industry,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “With more than 600 in service, the G550 has earned its place as a leader in business aviation. Its technological innovations and safety enhancements earned the G550 development team the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2003.

Highly configurable interior of the G550. Credit: Gulfstream
Highly configurable interior of the G550. Credit: Gulfstream

“While manufacturing of the G550 will end, our industry-leading support of the aircraft will continue. With more than 30 company-owned and factory-authorized service centers on five continents as well as the ability to produce and procure parts, we are well-prepared to continue offering G550 owners the highest level of support.”

The final Gulfstream G550 is scheduled for delivery in 2021. Credit: Gulfstream
The final Gulfstream G550 is scheduled for delivery in 2021. Credit: Gulfstream

“Over the past decade, Gulfstream has solidified its reputation for delivering high speed and ultralong range,” Burns continued. “And we know that’s what our customers want: the ability to regularly and comfortably fly at Mach 0.90, so that’s where we’ll continue to place our focus. Our newest large-cabin offerings, whether the high-speed Gulfstream G650ER or the next-generation Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600, continue this heritage by offering exceptional safety, innovation and performance, making them ideal for both commercial and special missions operations.”

Once completed, the final Gulfstream G550 will be delivered to its new owner in 2021.

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