Corporate aircraft news

The Embraer midsize twin Praetor 500 received regulatory approval from the FAA and EASA on 30 September, having first received certification from Brazil’s ANAC on 13 August. The Praetor 500 is an upgraded version of the popular Legacy 450, offering greater fuel capacity, new winglets and performance enhancements. The aircraft was unveiled, along with the larger Praetor 600, at the NBAA-BACE in 2018.

On 21 September, Textron Aviation’s Citation Longitude finally received certification from the FAA. First announced at NBAA-BACE 2015, the aircraft was expected to receive regulatory approval two years later. The delay was caused largely by problems related to the aircraft’s fuel tank. Following certification, the manufacturer announced on 2 October that the first deliveries had taken place to undisclosed customers. The largest customer for the aircraft is fractional specialist NetJets, which currently holds orders for up to 175 examples. Textron Aviation CEO Ron Draper said: “The newly certified Citation Longitude brings unrivalled technology to the business travel market, for both the passenger and the pilot, offering our customers the most efficient and productive super-midsize jet now in operation.”

Just three days later, Transport Canada certified both the large cabin Bombardier Global 5500 and 6500. Both models are enhanced versions of the Global 5000 and 6000 respectively. Both aircraft were unveiled at EBACE 2018 and offer a new flight deck, a redefined wing. They are powered by the new Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 turbofans, which received Transport Canada at the same time. EASA and FAA approval for both Globals is expected soon. The first Global 6500 entered service on 1 October and is being leased by its owner back to the manufacturer for use as a demonstrator. Deliveries of the smaller Global 5500 are expected to begin next year.

On 6 October, Bombardier’s large cabin flagship Global 7500 set a distance record by covering the 15,233km (8,225nm) distance between Sydney and Detroit, assisted by a 20-knot tailwind. The official book range for the aircraft is 14,260km (7,700nm).

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