rubae2019 reaches out to new heights

September 12, 2019

Late summer is the time, when the Business Aviation community migrates to Moscow for RUBAE. The trade show at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport attracts not only exhibitors and attendees from the CIS countries, but from Europe and North America as well. Volker K. Thomalla reports

RUBAE in Moscow is without a doubt the largest and most important Business Aviation event in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This year, it will take place from September 11 through September 13 at the Center of Business Aviation at Vnukovo Airport’s dedicated Business Aviation Terminal Vnukovo 3.

The official show directory lists over 50 companies and organizations that will exhibit at RUBAE. Besides aircraft manufacturers like Airbus Corporate Jets, Airbus Helicopters, Bombardier Aviation, Dassault Aviation, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace and Leonardo Helicopters, FBO’s like Domodedovo Business Aviation Center, Jetex, Italy FBO and others are offering their products and services. RUBAE expects more than 8,000 visitors during the three day event.

The organizers have already secured over 30 aircraft which will be on display at the show. RUBAE’s static display is conveniently located right outside the exhibition hall, easing access to aircraft and helicopters on display.

Gulfstream Aerospace will once again send its range of aircraft to Moscow which expanded recently with the certification of the G500 and G600. While the G500 was shown at RUBAE 2018, attendees of RUBAE 2019 might see the G600 for the first time in Moscow this year. The aircraft was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 28 this year. The first delivery to an unnamed customer from the US took place in early August. The long-range business jet is powered by two PW800 turbofans from Pratt & Whitney Canada and offers its operators a range of 6,500 nautical miles its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85. The aircraft is one of the most tested business jet in Gulfstream’s history. The design and test program included no less than 100,000 hours in the company’s laboratories and more than 3,200 flight hours. The G600 even set ten city-pair speed records before certification.

Its smaller sibling, the G500, was certified a year earlier. One of G500’s largest customer, Qatar Executive, took delivery of its first two G500 in December last year. The Executive Aviation branch of Qatar Airways was the first international customer of this type. Qatar Executive will be exhibiting at RUBAE in September. The G500 is capable of flying 4,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.90 and 5,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85. It offers its users the signature Gulfstream cabin experience, with 14 panoramic windows, low cabin altitudes and a cabin that was designed to be the quietest in Business Aviation.

Gulfstream has a huge market share in the Russian Business Aviation market. Of the 162 business jets (excluding Bizliners) registered in the Russian Federation, well over 50 percent have been produced by the Savannah, Georgia, based manufacturer.

The French manufacturer Dassault Aviation has long lasting ties with Russia. The company has been an exhibitor at RUBAE and its predecessor JetExpo from the very beginning. Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), the service and maintenance arm of Dassault Aviation, operates a DFS Satellite Service Station at Vnukovo Moscow Airport to serve its customers in the region.

The manufacturer will have, once again, a significant presence at RUBAE, showing its flagship, the Dassault Falcon 8X as well as most probably a Falcon 900LX, which proves to be popular among operators in the CIS. The current flagship Falcon 8X was certified by the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency in spring of 2017. The first delivery to a Russian customer took place in summer that year. The Falcon 8X’s range of 6,450 nautical miles (11,945 kilometres) puts most of the world’s economic and political centers within nonstop reach from Moscow. The 8X is – as well as all other current members of the Dassault Falcon family capable and certified to operate in and out of demanding short-field and steep-approach airports like London City Airport.

Customers in the region will be eager to learn more about the new Falcon 6X, which replaced the Falcon 5X that was cancelled after engine manufacturer Safran Aircraft Engines had to repeatedly postpone the delivery of its Silvercrest turbofan it has in development. The Falcon 6X was launched in February 2018 and features the widest cabin of all purpose-built business jets. It will have a range of 5,500 nautical miles (10,186 kilometres) and a top speed of Mach 0.90. It is powered by two PW812D PurePower turbofans from Pratt & Whitney Canada. From Moscow, the 6X can reach Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles nonstop.

After a critical design review, Dassault has frozen the design of the Falcon 6X right before EBACE in Geneva in May this year. The manufacturer has begun producing first parts for the aircraft right after design freeze. The parts and components include fuselage frames, skin panels and wings. At the Paris Air Show in June, the Fremche manufacturer had a Falcon 6X fullsize cabin mock-up on display. The program is on track to assembly of the first aircraft in early 2020 and first flight in 2021. Dassault is planning to hand-over the first Falcon 6X to a customer in 2022.

The Canadian OEM Bombardier Aviation is a return-exhibitor in Moscow. Last year, the company had two aircraft on display: a Challenger 350 and a Challenger 650. This year, the focus will be on the new flagship of the company, the Global 7500. The Russian market is well-known for its appetite for large cabin Business Aircraft. Therefore, the manufacturer will highlight its Global 7500, which is the largest and most spacious purpose-built business jet. Bombardier’s flagship entered into service at the end of last year. During the development and flight test phase of the program the aircraft proved to perform better than calculated. The aircraft range extended from the envisioned 7,400 nautical miles (13,704 km) to 7,700 nautical miles. Due to the long flight time of the 7500, Bombardier has put a special emphasis on comfort and productivity in the cabin. The manufacturer gas equipped the 16.59 meter long and 2.44 meter wide cabin with four different cabin sections. The aircraft can be completed with up to 19 passenger seats, but a more typical seating sees between 12 and 14 passengers. A large galley and a crew rest compartment are installed in the cabin, too. Optionally, even a steamer for the Galley is available. There’s also an option for a shower. Bombardier has designed a new seat whose name “Nuage” (French for cloud) already indicates that the users of this chair should feel as if they were bedded on clouds. Currently, the new passenger chair is available exclusively on Global family aircraft.

Embraer Executive Aircraft has launched two new midsize business jets, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 in October last year. While the Praetor 600 was certified in spring this year, the smaller Praetor 500 received its type certificate from Brazil’s ANAC on August 13. The manufacturer celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Michael Amalfitano, president & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets, said: “The certification of the Praetor 500 is a welcome achievement for the celebration of our golden jubilee. This revolutionary aircraft is a testament to the commitment of our teams to excellence and a foretaste of the pioneering that Embraer will accomplish throughout the next 50 years.”

RUBAE is supported by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) which is about to expand significantly. Currently, RUBAA represents mainly Russian Business Aviation stakeholders, but at a board meeting in May this year, it was decided, that membership will be open to companies from all CIS countries. The board’s decision still has to be approved during RUBAA’s general assembly in September.

“This is an important step in the development of the association,” says Yaroslav Odintsev, RUBAA’s president and chairman of the board. “It has been discussed for a long time and is well thought out and planned. Colleagues from CIS countries have shown solid interest as our markets have strong links and Business Aviation there is rapidly developing. A joint organization representing our mutual interests is not just a brave idea but a necessity. Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia are members of the customs union of the Eurasian Economic Union. Joint efforts will definitely serve the development of the industry in this territory, first of all in benefiting from economic opportunities that the customs union provides.”

RUBAA is organizing the conference program for RUBAE 2019. During the first two days of the show, there will be presentations and discussions covering important topics for operators. “Conferences and workshops are an important part of all trade shows worldwide. And RUBAE is no exception. Last year, the program was organized and performed at the highest level. This enhanced the level of the show and attracted participants. Presentations will be no longer than one hour, meetings are optimal, and attendees and exhibitors can choose events of their interest without being distracted from meetings and negotiations. We hope that this year the level of the events will be just as high”, commented Igor Mudrik, CEO of Vipport, the venue host.