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  • EASA certifies first electric aircraft

    The EASA last week announced the certification of an electric airplane, the Pipistrel Velis Electro, the first type certification world-wide of a fully electric aircraft and an important milestone in the quest for environmentally sustainable aviation. The Velis Electro is a two-seater aircraft intended primarily for pilot training.

    Slovenia-based Pipistrel is a small aircraft designer and manufacturer. The Velis Electro (Model Virus SW 128) joins a product line-up of similar, but conventionally powered, aircraft.
    “This is the first electric aircraft EASA has certified but it will certainly not be the last, as the aviation industry pursues new technologies to reduce noise and emissions and to improve the sustainability of aviation,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. The aircraft is powered by the first certified electrical engine, the E-811-268MVLC, certified by EASA for Pipistrel on May 18, 2020. “The type certification of the Pipistrel Velis Electro is the first step towards the commercial use of electric aircraft, which is needed to make emission-free aviation feasible. It is considerably quieter than other aeroplanes and produces no combustion gases at all,” said Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Aircraft. “It provides optimism, also to other electric aircraft designers, that the type certification of electric engines and aeroplanes is possible.”
    www.easa.europa.eu

  • Pre-owned business aircraft values dive 15% due to Covid-19

    According to AMSTAT and partner VANGAS Aviation Services the average and median values of pre-owned business aircraft have fallen between 10% and 15% so far during the COVID-19 crisis, with some individual make model markets seeing decreases in excess of 20%. The update shows these declines in value in all segments since early April with some evidence of a recent slowing of this decline in some market segments.

    The report also shows that inventories have increased since mid-March, but the increase is a continuation of a pre-existing trend. Further, the report shows that resale retail transactions for Business Jets were ahead of 2019 levels in January and February but were down 23% in March YoY and down 40% in April YoY. Resale retail transactions for Turboprops were at or ahead of 2019 levels in January and February but were down 27% in March YoY and down 40% in April.
    Andrew Young, AMSTAT General Manager said: “What is also interesting is that inventories, while up, are not indicating a panic to sell and levels remain below recent highs seen in 2017. If inventory levels remain relatively low and interest in business aviation materializes as an alternative to commercial travel in parallel with an economic recovery, then we might expect to see a significant uptick in transaction activity leading to a recovery in aircraft values in the coming months”.
    www.amstatcorp.com

  • Iconic Cessna Skyhawk celebrates 65 years since first flight

    Textron is honoring the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the most popular single-engine aircraft in aviation history, the Cessna Skyhawk. Since the aircraft first took to the sky, more than 45,000 Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world - more than any other aircraft in the industry.

    “The aircraft quickly established its place as the ultimate training tool, with more than 1,100 built and delivered to customers during its first year of production. We are incredibly proud of the role the Skyhawk plays for many pilots as they successfully take their first solo flight and continue to grow as aviators,” said Chris Crow, vice president of Textron Aviation Piston Sales.
    www.textron.com

  • People: Arjan Meijer promoted as the CEO and President of Embraer Commercial Aviation

    Embraer started its restructuring process with the reintegration of the commercial aviation business and announced Arjan Meijer as the new President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, succeeding John Slattery. He will replace David Joyce as the chief executive of General Electrics’s aviation unit.

    Arjan MeijerThe appointment of Arjan Meijer comes weeks after the collapse of a planned aerospace alliance between Embraer and Boeing, which John Slattery had defended.
    Arjan will report directly to Embraer President and CEO Francisco Gomes Neto, and the move will be effective immediately. Arjan, 47, has been Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation since January 2017. In his role as CCO at the company, he has been responsible for the global Marketing and Sales functions across six different regions, helping the company to achieve 35 airline deals. He joined the company in April 2016 as Vice President of Commercial Aviation for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.
    Prior to joining Embraer, Arjan spent 15 years in various executive roles at the KLM Group. His last two roles were Vice President of Technical Services and Fleet Development at KLM’s regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper and Managing Director at KLM UK Engineering in Norwich. Arjan earned a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University in the United States.
    www.embraer.com

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