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Embraer Executive Jets to Debut Legacy 500 Prototype at EBACE

The company will also debut the 2013 Edition of its ultra-large Lineage 1000. The entry-level Phenom 100, the Phenom 300 light jet and the large Legacy 650 will be featured in the static display.

EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation gathering, is an excellent showcase to debut the Legacy 500 and the 2013 Lineage 1000,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets. “As with the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 before it, the Legacy 500 is recognized as a game changer in its category. It is the first midsize jet with full fly-by-wire technology for complete envelope protection and improved comfort, efficiency and reduced pilot workload resulting in even more safety. In addition, we are also bringing our new 2013 Edition of the Lineage 1000, featuring an enhanced interior, refined exterior appearance and our Enhanced Vision System EVS.”

Journalists are welcome at the Embraer Booth - number 7041, Hall 7. News media are also invited to the Embraer Executive Jets Press Conference which will be held on Monday, May 20, in Room 1, Hall 7, at 10:00 am.

The Legacy 500 is the first midsize clean-sheet design in 15 years and is the recipient of international design and innovation awards. The Legacy 500 is the first midsize jet with a six-foot (1.82 meters), stand-up cabin, offering the best cabin volume in the class. It is the only midsize jet with a wet galley. It offers the best high-speed cruise and the best cabin pressurization at 6,000 feet to ease jet lag.

The Embraer Executive Jets family recently marked new milestones, culminating with the first flights of the three Legacy 500 prototypes, the delivery of the 200th aircraft from the Legacy family and the transition of its Harbin, China industrial facility to the production of the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650, the first of which is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter. It also recently delivered the first NetJets Signature SeriesTM Phenom 300.

For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.

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Learjet 75 Aircraft Set for World Debut at EBACE 2013


MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) -

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that just one year after launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft, it is returning to this year's edition of EBACE with the first production Learjet 75 jet. Alongside the debutante will be three additional class-leading jets.

The Challenger 300, Challenger 605 and Global 6000 aircraft will all be on display from May 21 - May 23, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland at the 13th European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition.

"This year's edition of EBACE will once again highlight Bombardier's leadership in the industry," said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The debut of the Learjet 75 aircraft marks another exciting year of innovation and we look forward to delivering the first aircraft in the fourth quarter of this year."

Growing Support Network to Put Customers First

Bombardier Customer Services team members will be on hand to highlight the continuing growth of its comprehensive support network. Within the past year, the team has converted its Frankfurt parts depot to a full-service hub to accommodate a wider range of parts transactions, opened a business aircraft-focused Regional Support Office in Farnborough, U.K. and continued to drive greater volume and capabilities at its wholly owned Service Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Bombardier Aircraft on Static Display at EBACE 2013

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 flying more than 2,000nm (3,704km)(i) between Geneva and Cairo non-stop(i).

Challenger 300 aircraft: The dependable Challenger 300 jet offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight-to-10 passengers. Its 3,065nm (5,646km) range connects Geneva with Dubai non-stop 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, the Challenger 605 aircraft features one of the widest stand-up cabins of any large category business jet available today and can soar six passengers 4,000 nm (7,408 km) from Geneva to Montreal(i).

Global 6000 aircraft: The Global 6000 jet's large cabin size and levels of comfort, combined with an optional stand-up shower and the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck, offers a perfect blend of high-speed range capability and traveller comfort. Offering the ultimate in technology, this intrepid jet can link Geneva with Tokyo and Geneva with Sao Paulo, non-stop, with eight passengers and three to four crew aboard(i).

Confirmed Media Activities

Monday, May 20, 2013, 11:00 - 12:00
Bombardier Business Aircraft Press Conference
Hall 7 - Bombardier Booth #7011

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:00 - 11:00
Bombardier Business Aircraft Press Conference
Hall 7 - Bombardier Booth #7011

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 16:30 - 18:30
Customer Services Cocktail
Hall 7 - Bombardier Booth #7011


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, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Exploring the “Despicablimp”

Ray Robinson, West Coast/International Sales Manager at GlobalAir.com

   One of the many great pleasures of being located directly on the Bowman Field Airport (KLOU) is the fantastic opportunities that we have to see rare things! Spring time in the beautiful state of Kentucky means just one thing; Kentucky Derby time! The entire month of April is devoted to airshows, parties on the river, concerts, marathons, and so much more all in celebration and leading up to the first Saturday in May. This is the big day! During this time, here at Bowman field, we’ve got first row seats to all of the best action in aviation. Not only do we get the opportunity to watch planes come in and take off in preparation for the various ceremonies, but we also get opportunities to meet with and watch stunt flyers as they practice for Thunder Over Louisville, (an annual airshow/fireworks display that kicks off the Derby festival in mid-April.) Sometimes, if we’re lucky we can even catch footage of planes as they swoop in and snag the banners that they promote high above Churchill Downs. All of this is fantastic; however, our favorite parts are the special times when we get to see brand new, different and unique sides of aviation – like the Despicablimp.

   The Despicablimp is traveling across the nation promoting the summer release of “Despicable Me 2”, the animated movie starring the voices of Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand. Arguably, the most popular features of the movie are the Minions, which are small, yellow creatures that wear goggles and overalls. These characters are the comic relief that bring comedy to each and every moment they are on the screen. So, what better way to get the word out than with a giant floating minion?

   We spoke with blimp pilot Allan Judd to get an idea of what life with “Stuart,” the Despicablimp, was like. Surprisingly, one word that he never Judd compared his Blimp to was aircraft. “This is much more like piloting a submarine; imagine an upside-down picture with the sky as the ocean, and the land as the surface” he states.

   Judd gave us a simple 101 lesson over how the blimp works. “The helium in the envelope displaces around four tons of air – this makes it buoyant. We simply fill and empty a bladder inside the envelope, called a ballonet; this controls the balloon’s lift and pitch. This can be compared to that last bit of helium that’s added to mylar balloons that you may purchase from flower stores. It is this last bit of helium which will remove all wrinkles from the edges.” For thrust, the 150 ft. long blimp is propelled thru the air by two Lycoming 10-360 engines with additional oil coolers.

   What determines whether or not a blimp will launch? “Whether or not we can successfully bring it back to safe harbor,” says Judd. “If the weather conditions are such that we can’t hook back up to the mooring mast, then we will not be launching.” And the mooring mast is incredibly sturdy – the stakes that hold it are over 3 ft. long and are screwed deep into the ground. When the blimp is secured to it, it can withstand 100 mph winds.” If the pilot and the Mast Headsman (the man that releases and connects the blimp to the mooring mast) determine that the conditions are not good, they don’t fly.

   The Despicablimp crew includes 15 members on site, each of which have different jobs managing the day-to-day aspects of prepping the blimp including, launching and securing it to the mooring mast, and driving the equipment to the next landing spot. Much like a submarine crew, they do everything together while they are on the road. There is also another crew of 15 stationed at the company’s headquarters in Orlando, Florida. This crew handles the behind the scenes work, such as arranging hotel accommodations as well as schedules for the on-site crew.

   I would like to thank Allen Judd and the entire Despicablimp crew for taking some time with us on their busy day. Not only did we learn about the functionality and science behind the scenes, but we were actually invited to sit in the pilot’s seat and given the full tour. Plus we recorded an amazing video of the blimp taking off and circling back – make sure to watch that as well!

Don’t forget to see Despicable Me in a theater near you; due to hit the box office July 3, 2013!

For more information on the Despicablimp:

Despicablimp Command Center - www.despicablimp.com

Despicablimp Twitter feed - twitter.com/Despicablimp

Despicable Me 2 official site - despicableme.com

How Blimps Work - science.howstuffworks.com/transport/flight/modern/blimp.htm

For more photography, visit our Facebook page!: www.facebook.com/GlobalAir

(Additional reporting by Keely Mick)

Jim and Matt

Allen Judd as he teaches Ray a few "Blimp 101 Fundamentals."

Jim and Matt

Meet "Stuart!"



Embraer Executive Jets Delivers First Signature Series™ Phenom 300 to NetJets, Inc.

“The NetJets delivery is a significant milestone in the Phenom 300 program,” said Ernest Edwards, President Embraer Executive Jets. “NetJets’ US$1 billion order came just a year after the aircraft entered service. It was a significant validation that Embraer Executive Jets had delivered to the market an aircraft that meets NetJets increasingly demanding requirements for safety, comfort, economics, performance and reliability. We are especially pleased that we will begin producing the NetJets’ Signature Series™ Phenom 300s on the Melbourne production line in 2014.”

The delivery was part of an order that included 50 firm orders and 75 options, signed in October 2010 creating a partnership that would develop into the NetJets’ Signature Series™ Phenom 300. The pioneer and world leader in private aviation has specified an aircraft that features advanced technologies to ensure maximum safety, reliability and operating efficiency as well as superior cabin comfort, advanced inflight entertainment systems and custom cabin designs. The aircraft will join NetJets’ worldwide fleet of more than 700 light, midsize and large-cabin aircraft.

“We are pleased to partner with Embraer to deliver our customers the NetJets Signature Series™ Phenom 300, an outstanding light-cabin jet designed exclusively for NetJets,” said Jordan B. Hansell, NetJets Chairman and CEO. “The high-performance aircraft is ideally suited to our customers’ needs for safety, reliability, interior comfort and operating efficiency. The addition of the Signature Series™ Phenom 300 will expand the unparalleled offerings and capabilities of the NetJets global fleet.”

NetJets’Signature Series™ Phenom 300 will include the Prodigy Touch Flight Deck, based on the Garmin 3000 platform. The Prodigy Touch flight deck provides enhanced pilot interface and situational awareness. This marks the first-in-service application of this advanced avionics system.

NetJets’ Signature Series™ Phenom 300 also has cabin features that were developed exclusively for NetJets to meet specific operating requirements and their discerning customers’ needs for reliability, range, interior comfort and operating efficiency. The aircraft seats up to seven passengers, features a full refreshment center, custom cabin amenities including a customized galley, advanced inflight entertainment systems, WiFi and a fully enclosed aft lavatory.

Production of the NetJets’ Signature SeriesTM Phenom 300 will be moved to Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne, FL assembly and paint facility in 2014. The production line opened in 2011, and, with the development of the nearby customer center, added more than 200 jobs to the community which had been hard hit by the closure of NASA’s shuttle program.

Judged one of the top 15 most influential business aircraft of all time by industry press, the light Phenom 300 is the roomiest in its class. The eight- to 11-seat aircraft has the best climb and field performance for any light jet. It is designed for 15% lower operating costs and offers the most range and speed in its class. The Phenom 300, as with all Embraer Executive Jet aircraft, sets a new standard for light business jets and is the recipient of many international design and innovation awards. It can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) and has a range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 km), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, which means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Dallas or Houston to Los Angeles.

About NetJets® Inc. NetJets® Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway® company, is the worldwide leader in private aviation with the largest and most diverse private jet fleet in the world. NetJets began in 1964 as the first aircraft charter and management company in the world. In 1986, NetJets pioneered the concept of fractional aircraft ownership offering individuals and businesses all of the benefits of whole aircraft ownership and more, at a fraction of the cost. Today, NetJets offers a full range of private aviation solutions through its programs in North America and Europe, including NetJets Shares™, NetJets Leases™ and the Marquis Jet Card®, which provides access to NetJets though a 25-hour jet card.

The North America program is managed and operated by NetJets' subsidiary NetJets Aviation, Inc., and the European program is managed and operated by NetJets Transportes Aereos, SA, a Portuguese/EU Air Carrier. In the United States, NetJets also offers aircraft management and on-demand charter services through its subsidiary, Executive Jet Management, Inc. Subject to obtaining relevant regulatory approvals, NetJets will also offer aircraft management and charter services in China through NetJets China Business Aviation Limited, a joint venture between NetJets and a consortium of Chinese investors. The NetJets companies offer worldwide flight operations. More information on NetJets, NetJets Europe, the Marquis Jet Card, and Executive Jet Management is available at netjets.com.

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NTSB To Assist Afghan Authorities With Investigation Into Bagram Cargo Plane Crash

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board will lead a team to assist the Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation in the investigation of a cargo plane crash at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Tim LeBaron will be the U.S. accredited representative. He will lead a team of three additional investigators from the NTSB as well as representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and The Boeing Company.

The private cargo plane, a Boeing 747-400 operated by National Air Cargo, crashed just after takeoff from the U.S.-operated air base at 11:20 a.m. local time Monday. All seven crewmembers onboard were killed and the airplane destroyed. The seven crew members were all American citizens. The accident site is within the perimeter of Bagram Air Base.

The international cargo flight was destined for Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Afghanistan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation is leading the investigation and will be the sole source of information regarding the investigation. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, they can be reached at (873) 68 2341450 / 49 or by fax at (873) 68 1280784.

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