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Spring Expands CFM56-5B Fleet with $40 Million Engine Order

China’s Spring Airlines signed the agreement with CFM International for CFM56-5B engines to power two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million U.S. at list price and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in January 2014 and the second aircraft in July 2014.

“We very much appreciate the long-term support CFM has been providing us and we are very happy with the outstanding performance of the CFM56 engines,” said Mme. Zhang Xiuzhi, CEO of Spring Airlines. “We look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the future.”

“Spring Airlines is a great customer,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “And we are honored that this airline has again put it trust in the CFM56 product line. Our promise is to continue earn that trust every day.” 

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, established by Spring Travel in 2005, is China’s first low cost airlines. Its entire fleet consists of 33 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 fleet. The airline boasts one of the youngest fleets in the world today and operates more than 50 routes across China. Spring Airlines is also the first private carrier to operate international routes and currently serves destinations in Japan and Thailand, in additional to Hong Kong and Macau. 

The two new A320 aircraft of Spring Airlines will be powered by the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package engine, which has been the production configuration since October 2011. The PIP improvements, which provide a 0.5% improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, including new high-pressure turbine blade, as well as manufacturing changes to the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention. The engine also features fewer parts to help lower maintenance costs.

CFM56-5B engines (cfm56.com) are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. CFM, the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 24,200 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to power nearly 60 percent of all A320 aircraft in service or on order.

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TAMARACK’S ACTIVE WINGLETS SCORE HIGH AT NBAA

 

Orlando, FL – Six months ago no one was differentiating Active Winglet from Passive Winglet technology. However Tamarack Aerospace Group has successfully added the terms to our aviation lexicon. Following the introduction of a Cirrus SR-22 with Active Winglets at the AOPA Summit, the innovative engineering company brought a Cessna Citation recently upgraded with Active Winglets to the NBAA convention and found itself in a whirlwind of demonstrations, explanations and numerous meetings with aircraft manufacturers.

“We can’t reveal the results of those meetings or who they were with,” said Nick Guida, CEO of Tamarack, “but we are very optimistic about the future of Active Winglets.”

Tamarack personnel flew from their factory in Sand Point, Idaho to Orlando in their upgraded CitationJet, climbing out of KICT (1,300’ MSL) at gross to 41,000’ in 30 minutes. After refueling in KMGM (241’) they got back up to 41,000’ in 32 minutes. The book calls for 43 minutes and typical time to climb to FL 410 is 55 minutes. Formal flight testing is just getting underway and Tamarack expects to record some significant changes in performance with the added wingspan and Active Winglets. The upgrade adds four feet of wingspan.

Tamarack Aerospace expects to complete their STC program for the Cirrus in early 2013 and is on track to complete the Citation before the end of 2013. They have started taking $10,000 deposits (fully refundable) for Citation orders. The pre-STC price for the Citation is $196,000 and it is expected that installation for the Active Winglets will take approximately 160 hours.

“We expect to make significant inroads with Active Winglets in the coming year, and in a decade we expect they’ll be standard on most high end, fixed wing aircraft,” said Guida. “The benefits of winglets have long been established. The problem with the old fashioned passive systems is that there is a phenomenal weight penalty arising from the additional structure required to offset bending loads. Those loads can exceed design limits. With Active Winglets, which feature Tamarack Active Control Surfaces (TACS), the bending loads don’t develop. They’re almost instantly counter balanced, meaning the heavy structure will be left on the factory floor.”

For more information on Active Winglets and other Tamarack products, visit www.TamarackAero.com or call Brian Willett at 855-I-FLY-TAG (435.9824); overseas: 1.208.255.4400.

PHOTO CAPTION: Reaction at NBAA to the CitationJet with Active Winglets was positive and enthusiastic.
 

Learjet 75 Aircraft and Global 6000 Jet Take Centre Stage with NBAA 2012 Debut

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2012) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that its class-defining Learjet 75 aircraft and Global 6000 ultra long-range jet will make their National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) debuts at this year's 65th annual conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida, from October 30 to November 1, 2012.

"Our Learjet 75 mock-up and test aircraft are going to generate excitement as we've worked to take an already great product and make further improvements with its Bombardier Vision Flight Deck and all-new interior; we know that this jet will make a splash at this year's show," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Our Global 6000 demonstrator aircraft has been jetting all over the world for customer demo flights and static displays. And as the industry's eyes are now turning towards NBAA we are all thrilled at the chance to show the largest gathering of customers and professionals the true Global standard in business aviation.

"We look forward to showcasing our high-performance jets and more news at NBAA 2012," he added.

Bombardier will present its Global 6000, Challenger 605, Challenger 300, Learjet 85 mock-up, Learjet 75 mock-up, Learjet 75, Learjet 60 XR and Learjet 45 XR business jets in the static display at Orlando Executive Airport, as well as host customers at its static pavilion and at its two-floor exhibit at Booth #900 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Bombardier Customer Services team members will also be on-site to highlight recent expansions to Bombardier's worldwide support network of more than 65 wholly owned service centres and Authorized Service Facilities, ten parts facilities featuring two distribution hubs in Chicago and Frankfurt and a growing number of Regional Support Office locations that house internationally deployed service and support professionals.

"This past year, Bombardier has made great strides in bolstering our international support presence, parts availability and robust 24-7 capabilities at our wholly owned service centres in North America," said Eric Martel, President, Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. "NBAA will serve as another valued opportunity to meet with the operator community and share further deployment updates and aftermarket program initiatives."

Learjet 45 XR aircraft: The Learjet 45 XR business jet is second to none in terms of speed and range with its eight-to-nine passenger cabin(i). It is the only jet in its class to offer true double-club seating and retains the Learjet look with the performance to match. This jet will whisk four passengers and two crew 1,971 nm (3,650 km) and connect cities such as Miami and Guadalajara(i).

Learjet 60 XR aircraft: A proven model that combines performance, comfort, value and technology to a new level in the midsize category, the Learjet 60 XR aircraft delivers a high cruise speed of Mach 0.81 (863 km/hr) with superior climb capabilities, proven fuel efficiency and low direct operating costs(i). This jet can rapidly fly its passengers above the traffic and make use of the more favourable winds up at 51,000 ft (15,545 m) which translates into time savings as a result of less traffic and turbulence. When loaded with four passengers and two crew it will fly 2,405 nm (4,454 km) and is able to fly Miami to Cayenne(i), French Guiana.

Learjet 75 aircraft: The Learjet 75 jet features the pioneering Bombardier Vision Flight Deck with an interior influenced from its bigger stablemate the Learjet 85 aircraft. This jet will soar above the traffic with a maximum altitude of 51,000 ft (15,545 m) and is capable of more than 2,000 nm (3,704 km) and is able to fly between Miami and Aspen(i).

Challenger 300 aircraft: The dependable Challenger 300 jet offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight to ten passengers. Its 3,065 nm (5,676 km) range connects Miami with Seattle non-stop with eight passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. Its superior airfield performance allows it to operate out of 5,000 ft (1,524 m) runways with ease(i). The Challenger 300 jet offers the best performance and value in its class, combined with a dispatch reliability that has consistently been above 99.7 per cent, it has exceeded customer expectations since its entry-into-service in 2004.

Challenger 605 aircraft: The revered Challenger 605 jet builds upon the legacy of productivity, quality and reliability of its predecessor, the peerless Challenger 604 jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. Featuring one of the widest stand-up cabins of any large category business jet available today it can soar six passengers 4,000 nm (7,408 km); from Miami to London, and also from Miami to Santiago(i).

Global 6000 aircraft: The Global 6000 jet's unrivalled cabin size and levels of comfort combined with a stand-up shower(ii) and the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck means no other purpose built business jet comes close in terms of high-speed range capability and traveller comfort. Offering the ultimate in technology, this intrepid jet can link Miami with Tahiti or Cairo non-stop, with eight passengers and three-to four crew(i).

Confirmed Media Activities

Sunday, October 28, 2012, 4:30
Photo Opportunity, Static Display
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:00-11:00
Bombardier Customer Services Press Conference, Room N220C
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 4:30
Customer Services Cocktail, Bombardier Booth #900

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Avinode Business Intelligence Not-To-Be-Missed NBAA 2012 Press Conference and Forum

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Avinode Business Intelligence Not-To-Be-Missed NBAA 2012 Press Conference and Forum


WICHITA, KS – Anyone associated with business aviation is encouraged to attend the Avinode Business Intelligence press conference at this year’s NBAA convention in Orlando, FL. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Room N 220A of the Orange County Convention Center.

Avinode will present their annual business jet market forecast for 2013, featuring up-to-the-minute analysis on traffic projections and market trends, both in the United States and abroad. The report will look at differences in activity by region, aircraft categories and time-of-year. From these snapshots of quantifiable activities, bigger pictures begin to emerge that panelists will speak to during the open forum. These will be explored in some depth.

Forecasting for industries and market trends take shape as Avinode generates forward-looking demand projections. Projections will include a look at the total global picture. The forecasts will include:

    • Year-over-year projections for business jet traffic in 2013

    • Regional market forecasts for the contiguous United States and Europe

  • Jet category traffic forecasts

“This session uses data as a springboard to develop the context and insights needed for true market-based analysis,” says Magnus Henriksson, Business Unit Director, Avinode Business Intelligence. “People typically walk away with at least a few surprises along with a better understanding of what’s happening and how that can and should affect their decisions moving forward.”

Trends include a significant movement toward economy. “People are downgrading to save money,” says Henriksson. “We see entry-level jets taking marketshare from light jets, super lights taking business from midsize jets, super-midsize taking from heavy jets. Only ultra long-range aircraft show little, if any, price sensitivity.” Another dichotomy: more growth is happening in the U.S. South and West during seasons targeted to entertainment and discretionary travel. “The more business-travel focused Northeast and Midwest continue to struggle,” says Henriksson.

A panel discussion immediately follows the press conference. It brings together charter industry leaders from across the globe to discuss key issues. David McCown, Senior Consultant, Air Partner Inc. will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

          Veriar Collins-Jenkins, Director of Charter, Clay Lacy Aviation
          Christine Amos, VP Charter Sales, Jet Aviation
          Magnus Henriksson, Business Unit Director, Avinode Business Intelligence
          Marc Drobny, SVP Charter and Vendor Services, Executive Jet Management
          Björn Näf, CEO, MetroJet
          Paul Travis, Operations Manager, Acropolis Aviation

At a Glance


          Avinode Business Intelligence 2013 Market Forecast
          National Business Aviation Association
          Room N 220A, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
          1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30
          Light lunch will be provided. RSVPs appreciated. Reply to [email protected].

About Avinode

The Avinode Marketplace is the world's leading tool for buying and selling air charter online. Over 6,000 aviation professionals use Avinode daily to buy and sell charter flights worldwide. More than 3,000 aircraft are currently listed in the marketplace, which features online quoting, availability reports, integrated scheduling, empty leg reports, and safety data. Avinode also provides up-to-the-minute market data and trend reports for the business aviation market through Avinode Business Intelligence. Stay on top of market trends with Avinode’s weekly Business Intelligence newsletter, featuring trip demand, availability, and pricing indexes as well as popularity reports for the most requested aircraft models, most frequented airports and the most traveled routes. In addition, Avinode BI offers custom reports, tailored to fit your personal data requirements. Corporate headquarters is in Gothenburg, Sweden with two sales offices in the Americas, Avinode Inc., in Miami, Florida, USA and Avinode Latin America in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For more information, visit www.avinode.com

NBAA to Honor Contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen at 2012 Convention

'Red Tails' Producer George Lucas to Participate in Award Ceremony

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360, [email protected]

Washington, DC, October 11, 2012
– The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization's highest award to a legendary group of aviators who successfully battled discrimination and adversity as they defended their country in World War II.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen squadron will receive NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award on Wednesday, Oct. 31 during a general session at the Association’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, FL.

“We are honored to present this award to these storied aviators, who in a time of great peril defended the United States and its principles, even as they faced intolerance at home," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

Named for the Alabama home of their training base, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces, flying more than 1,500 combat missions from June 1943 through April 1945.

The squadron operated a wide variety of aircraft, most notably the P-51 Mustang. The livery chosen for the group's aircraft earned the Tuskegee Airmen the appreciative nickname "Red Tails" from the bomber crews who relied on them for protection.

“The Tuskegee Airmen battled prejudice and segregation as effectively as they fought against the Axis forces over Europe, becoming one of the most highly decorated and respected fighter groups of World War II,” Bolen continued. “They serve as an inspiration for anyone faced with adversity to overcome forces that limit their potential.”

Scheduled to accept the award on behalf of the Tuskegee Airmen are Lieutenant Colonel Leo R. Gray, USAF, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, USAF. Gray began his combat flight training in 1943, ultimately flying 15 missions over Italy before leaving active duty in 1946. He remained active in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until his retirement in 1984.

Forced to bail out on his 18th mission over Germany in August 1944, Jefferson was held as a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities in Europe. He later served as an instructor at Tuskegee Army Airfield. Following his retirement from the Air Force Reserves in 1969, Jefferson became a teacher and assistant principal in the Detroit public school system.

Joining the Tuskegee Airmen will be acclaimed filmmaker George Lucas, producer of the 2012 film Red Tails, which recounts the group's history. Lucas, who personally funded production for the movie, is also expected to join a discussion at NBAA2012 featuring a panel of African American aviators, including Lloyd “Fig” Newton, a retired four-star general with the U.S. Air Force, and a member of NBAA’s Board of Directors.

In conjunction with the award presentation, NBAA will feature on the Static Display of Light Business Airplanes and Helicopters outside the Orange County Convention Center a period-correct North American T-6 Texan training aircraft, painted in authentic Tuskegee squadron markings, as well as a “RISE ABOVE” Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit’s mobile theater will also be on hand Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1, where NBAA2012 Attendees may view a video presentation celebrating the group's accomplishments and impact on aviation today. Also, NBAA’s Static Display of Aircraft at Orlando Executive Airport will feature a P-51 Mustang operated by the squadron.

The NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is NBAA's most distinguished honor, in recognition of extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to all facets of the aviation industry. For decades, Meritorious Service to Aviation Award winners have celebrated, through perseverance and technological innovation, the miracle of flight and what may be achieved through it.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 9,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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