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NBAA says continued certification improvements critical to business aviation, FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest

July 30th, 2014

Avoiding Plane Crashes as Air Traffic Doubles

 A surge in global air traffic, particularly in emerging markets, is posing new challenges to air travel safety. Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press investigates.

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.

Some flights, however, are safer than others.

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NBAA’s President: Continued certification improvements ‘critical’ to business aviation

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today submitted a statement to a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on U.S. aviation manufacturing challenges. The written statement emphasized that certifications and approvals are fundamental to all aviation segments, and that further improvements are needed to support business aviation’s environmental, economic and safety concerns.

“Certification is critical to business aviation in terms of time, cost, efficiency and safety,” Bolen said. “Improvements must continue to be made to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) certification processes, including operator authorizations, operator certifications, and aircraft and parts certifications.”

Bolen welcomed the progress being made by the FAA in streamlining reviews for certain of these procedures, emphasizing that “long timelines have a direct impact on safety, the environment and overall cost of operations.”

Safety is of utmost concern, Bolen noted, because delays in proper flight authorizations mean that business aviation operators must fly at below optimum altitudes for safety and efficiency.

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday proposed a $12 million fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on its fleet. Beginning in 2006, the Dallas-based airline conducted “extreme makeover” alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 Boeing 737s, the FAA said. An FAA investigation found that both the airline and its contractor, Aviation Technical Services, Inc, of Everett, Washington, failed to follow procedures for replacing the fuselage as well as other work on the planes.

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New Cessna Citation CJ3+ makes first flight, Gulfstream Deliveries Climbing

July 29th, 2014

New Cessna Citation CJ3+ makes first flight

Cessna Aircraft Company announced the successful maiden flight of the first production unit of the Citation CJ3+ from the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas. Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 min. flight.

New Cessna Citation CJ3+ makes first flight

The new aircraft was first announced on March 20 of this year, and Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected this year.

“Response to the CJ3+ has been excellent; customers recognize the value proposition of the airplane with its Garmin G3000 flight deck along with upgraded interiors and systems throughout,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “The CJ3+ is engineered for superior reliability without sacrificing efficiency and comfort, and is offered with best-in-class acquisition and direct operating costs.”

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Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings and an advocate for business aviation, will be a featured opening-session speaker at this year’s NBAA Convention, which will be held from October 21 to 23 in Orlando, Fla.

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Though second-quarter revenues and profits dipped slightly at Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer still recorded a “strong” quarter, Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO at parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference call. Revenues at the aerospace division, which also includes Jet Aviation, came in at $1.995 billion during the quarter, down from $2.053 billion a year ago. Year-over-year profits slid only by $5 million, to $384 million, thanks to higher margins that were primarily the result of continuing efficiencies in G650 production.

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Raisbeck Gets STC for Learjet 60 Aft Fuselage Locker

Raisbeck Engineering received FAA STC approval on Friday for its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck-authorized dealer locations. Final certification flights were completed in March. Development of the aft fuselage locker-which weighs 276 pounds and adds 28 cu ft of storage space-began in June 2008, with the confirmation of technical cooperation between Raisbeck and Bombardier Learjet.

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Assembly of First Falcon 8X Almost Complete, Falcon deliveries down but order intake up

July 25th, 2014

Assembly of First Falcon 8X Almost Complete

Dassault Aviation has joined the engines, wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X, paving the way for initial power-on and the beginning of ground tests.

The 6,450 nm ultra-long range 8X was unveiled at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva in May. Due to be certified in mid-2016, it will build on the strengths of the fast-selling Falcon 7X, and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon, offering customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts.

Assembly of First Falcon 8X Almost Complete

The first 8X fuselage, built at Dassault Aviation’s Biarritz, France facility, arrived at the nearby main assembly plant in Mérignac near Bordeaux in May. The 8X wing, 600 lbs lighter than the airfoil on the 7X, arrived from Martignas outside Bordeaux in June and was mated to the fuselage at month’s end, along with the empennage. Like all in-production Falcons, the airfoil on the 8X features Dassault’s proprietary piano junction design, which gives Falcons advantages in aerodynamic efficiency, robustness and ease of maintenance and reparability.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, which will provide 5% more thrust than the PW307As that equip the Falcon 7X, were installed at the beginning of July.

First electrical power-on is expected at the end of the month, in line with production and test schedule. The 8X is due to make its first flight in early 2015 and to begin deliveries by the end of 2016.

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With the second quarter results for business jet manufacturers being reported towards the end of July, now is a good chance to see how the industry is faring in 2014.

First half business jet deliveries as of 25 July 2014

Every July business jet manufacturers report their delivery numbers for the second quarter, giving a useful reference point for the health of the industry.

As of 25 July Airbus (which reports monthly), Dassault, Gulfstream, and Textron Aviation (Cessna) have reported their figures.

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Dassault delivered four fewer Falcon private jets in the first half of 2014 than in the same period of 2013, but its sales were up by 40-percent.

A Dassault Falcon 7X lands at London City Airport (Photo: Alud Davies).

Dassault delivered four fewer Falcon business jets in the first half of 2014 versus the same period of 2013. This is the second in a row that deliveries have fallen in the first six months

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Gulfstream G550 first took flight 12 years ago this month + More

July 24th, 2014

Gulfstream G550 first took flight 12 years ago this month

It was 12 years ago this month when the Gulfstream G550 took its first flight. The Gulfstream G550 large-cabin, ultra-long-range business jet turned heads right from the start. Less than two weeks after it entered service, a G550 flew nonstop from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Fla., covering the 7,301-nautical-mile(13,521 km) distance in 14.5 hours, and setting a city pair record. In fact, it would go on to establish 40 city-pair records in its first five years of service.

Gulfstream G550 first took flight 12 years ago this month

The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, and a choice of 12 floor-plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers. Maintaining contact with the home office is easy thanks to a host of standard communication features: A fax machine, a printer, a wireless local area network and satellite communications. As an option, consider Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML), which combines fast Internet connection speeds with low operating costs.

The value of this world-class airplane is readily apparent in its 6,750 nm(12,501 km) range, its best-in-class cockpit, its advanced technology, its superb warranty, and Gulfstream’s top-rated customer support network that stands ready to render assistance on six continents.

And, finally, the team that developed the G550 was honored for its work with the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the most prestigious award in aviation today.

You can charter the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550 from JetOptions. Happy anniversary Gulfstream G550.

Out with the old and in with a new Falcon 7X

Dubai, UAE-headquartered Empire Aviation Group has replaced one of its Dassault Falcon 7Xs in its fleet with a new one. Acquisition, replacement, registration and induction were all handled by the company on behalf of one of its clients.

“This is a good time for existing aircraft owners to upgrade with business jet prices starting to edge higher,” comments EAG Executive Director Paras P. Dhamecha. “The Falcon fleet continues to grow in the region and [Dassault] continues to invest to support Falcon operators and owners, which is one of the key reasons they are so popular among our aircraft owners.”

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Avflight plants FBO at TVC

FBO services provider Avflight Corporation officially kicked off operations at its FBO located in the GA terminal at Cherry Capital, Traverse City, MI (TVC).

The company acknowledged the potential of TVC, as the city is known to be a popular year-round tourist destination. Avflight President Carl Muhs hopes visitors will take advantage of Avflight’s presence at the airport, especially during big events in the region: “These […] events bring a diverse crowd of travelers to northern Michigan,” he comments.

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Eclipse Takes Flight, Again, With the Eclipse 550 – JSSI agrees to engine and APU coverage for Challenger 850 fleet

July 23rd, 2014

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has agreed to provide Engine and APU Program coverage for VistaJet’s fleet of six Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft.

“We are proud that VistaJet has once again placed their trust in JSSI, this time extending our program coverage to their Challenger 850 fleet. We greatly value the relationship and strive daily to deliver the same level of quality and service to VistaJet, which they deliver to their customer base,” commented Neil Book. “This agreement comes a year after our record-breaking VistaJet deal to enroll their fleet of 50 newly ordered Bombardier Global aircraft, and we embrace the opportunity to further develop our alliance as they continue to expand their global market presence.”

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Eclipse Takes Flight, Again With the Eclipse 550

Recall the Eclipse 500, the first of a new class of Very Light Jets conceived in the late 1990s? What few people may not realize is there’s a successor to the Eclipse 500 called the Eclipse 550.

Eclipse Takes Flight, Again With the Eclipse 550

Marketing and fund-raising for the project—courtesy of larger-than-life figure Vern Rayburn, a former Microsoft executive—was as brash and colorful as Rayburn himself. I had the opportunity to sit in the left seat and pilot the aircraft on a short orientation flight over the New Mexico desert as production was ramping up.

The pioneering, six-seat aircraft went into production in 2006 but was halted two years later when manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation, ran out of funding and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A Chapter 7 filing and liquidation followed in 2009. Nonetheless, the Eclipse 500 had made a lasting impression and set the stage for similar aircraft that would follow. Example: the hugely successful Embraer Phenom 100.

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Bombardier 20 Year Forecast Projects Strong Business Jet Demand Growth + More

July 22nd, 2014

Honeywell Aerospace Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

Honeywell Aerospace marked an incredible milestone in the company’s history. 100 years ago, Lawrence Sperry demonstrated the first gyroscopic autopilot and, in the process, gave birth to the science of controlled flight.

Today we can trace our heritage back to the Sperry Gyroscope Company and our other legacy companies including Bendix, Garrett AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King, AlliedSignal, EMS Technologies and many others. I am proud to be part of company that has accomplished so much and to work with so many smart and incredible colleagues – from those who have been with the company for more than 50 years to a generation of young and ambitious interns that join us every

Honeywell Aerospace Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

With an impressive list of “firsts,” Honeywell has made flying and space exploration safer, more efficient, productive and comfortable. Honeywell products, found on virtually every aircraft, are essential to modern-day flight.

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Business jet demand driven by large-cabin types in Bombardier’s 20-year forecast

Strong business jet demand growth is expected across the light, medium and large-cabin business aircraft sectors over the next 20 years, propelled by “long-term market drivers” such as wealth creation, expanding globalisation of trade, replacement aircraft and the increasing adoption of business jet use in high-growth economies including China, Russia and India. These are the projections in Bombardier’s latest industry market forecast.

Business jet demand driven by large cabin types in Bombardier 20 year forecast

Between 2014 and 2033 the Canadian airframer forecasts deliveries of 22,000 business jets worth $617 billion across the three segments in which it competes with its Learjet, Challenger and Global families. This tally consists of 9,200 deliveries worth $264bn between 2014 and 2023, and 12,800 deliveries worth $353bn from 2024 to 2033, says Bombardier.

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Eclipse 500 PLUS Program a Smashing Success

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) is proud to announce that all 2014 Eclipse 500 PLUS upgrade positions have been sold. In the four months since the program commenced (March 12, 2014), more than 60 Eclipse Jet owners have selected the Eclipse 500 PLUS upgrade for their aircraft. All of these upgrades will be completed in 2014. The Eclipse 500 PLUS program will remain open to all IFMS equipped Eclipse 500 aircraft.

The Eclipse 500 PLUS package gives Eclipse twin-engine jet owners who currently have the Integrated Flight Management System® avionics package installed in their aircraft access to many of the technological and safety advancements developed for, and included in, the Eclipse 550™. Available features include the only auto throttle available in the light jet segment, an electric anti-skid brake system, high-resolution PFDs and MFD, a standby display unit, new glass faced windscreens, and an improved air conditioning system. The Eclipse 500 PLUS package also facilitates future expansion, including Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision, VNAV, RAD ALT, and ADS-B Out.

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Amelia Rose Earhart Completes Round-the-world Flight in Pilatus PC-12 NG

July 21st, 2014

Amelia Rose Earhart Completes Round-the-world Flight in Pilatus PC-12 NG

Amelia Rose Earhart completed an around-the-world flight in a Pilatus PC-12 NG earlier this week, becoming the youngest female, at 31, to fly around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Landing at Oakland (Calif). International Airport, Amelia Rose Earhart returned to her flight origin and “closed the flight plan” of the original Amelia Mary Earhart. The contemporary Earhart–no direct relation to the aviatrix who disappeared July 2, 1937, on her round-the-world flight attempt–conducted the trip to draw attention to her foundation to fund flight scholarships for young women…

Amelia Rose Earhart Completes Round-the-world Flight in Pilatus PC 12 NG

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Aircraft Segments Boost Revenues, Profits at Textron

Second-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, climbed $623 million year-over-year, to $1.18 billion, reflecting the Beechcraft acquisition in late March and higher jet deliveries. Textron Aviation delivered 70 turbine business aircraft during the quarter–36 Cessna Citations and 34 Beechcraft Kings Airs, up from 20 jets and 14 King Air turboprops in the same period last year.

Textron Aviation recorded a profit of $28 million in the quarter versus a loss of $50 million a year ago. Meanwhile, Textron Aviation’s backlog at the end of the quarter stood at $1.4 billion, down $100 million from March 30. Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly characterized the business jet market as “stable” and said that much of the growth is attributable to new products–the recently certified Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+, as well as the in-development Citation Latitude.

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Textron Aviation and Special-Mission Market, Business Jet Deliveries and More

July 19th, 2014

Textron Aviation announced yesterday at the Farnborough International airshow that its entire range of Beechcraft and Cessna products is now available in special-mission configuration. All 20 current-production aircraft “fit numerous mission profiles, including aerial survey, air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport,” the company said. “With the combination of the Beechcraft and Cessna products within Textron Aviation, we now offer the largest proposition of special-mission platforms in the industry,” said Textron Aviation special missions vice president Dan Keady.

Textron Aviation Opens Full Cessna, Beech Lines to Special-mission Market

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Preliminary data suggests second-quarter results for business jet deliveries “will not be impressive,” according to J.P. Morgan North American Equity’s latest business jet monthly update. While its analysts note there are aircraft still missing from the database used to track deliveries, “Preliminary indications are that deliveries will fall short of estimates, with the possible exception of Gulfstream,” noted J.P. Morgan lead aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III.

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Bombardier Aerospace’s latest 20-year market forecast, released on Sunday at the Farnborough Airshow, shows a significant drop in anticipated deliveries of business jets compared with its forecast from last year.

The current forecast, which spans from 2014 to 2033, calls for deliveries of 22,000 business jets worth $617 billion. Last year Bombardier predicted demand for 24,000 business jets worth $650 billion from 2013 to 2032. These numbers are for aircraft segments in which the manufacturer competes, with its Learjets, Challengers and Globals.

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Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip, Textron Aviation delivers full product lineup + MORE Jul 18th

July 18th, 2014

Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip

Following closely behind its recent FAA certification, the Cessna Citation X+, the world’s fastest business jet, completed its first trans-Atlantic crossing in a normal business flight profile in 5 hours, 33 minutes for an average ground speed of 502 knots. Cessna is a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

Cessna Citation X+ Makes First Trans-Atlantic Trip

“We filed a fairly standard flight plan to demonstrate the capability a customer can expect in normal operations, and it was very impressive,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing for Textron Aviation. “While the operator will realize a huge benefit from the Citation X+ during shorter cross-country flights, long flights like this is where it really shines.”

The Citation X+ flew from the Cessna factory in Wichita, KS to Presque Isle, Maine, then 2,788 nautical miles non-stop to Cessna’s facility at Paris Le Bourget for an event. The Citation X+ then completed its journey at TAG Farnborough Airport. For the trans-Atlantic leg, the aircraft made a direct climb to 45,000 feet, accelerating to an initial cruise speed of .86 Mach, then to .88 Mach for much of the flight to Paris.

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Confidence in China’s business aviation growth shows signs of weakening

Confidence in China’s rapid business aviation growth is showing signs of weakening, as the country’s inherent issues show little sign of any short term fixes

The pace at which business aviation in China is growing is starting to be questioned; as the government’s tight control of its airspace shows little sign of loosening.

Although the country has been slowly experimenting with opening its airspace up, with small scale trials starting in Changchun and Guangzhou at the end of 2010, progress has been frustratingly slow, and is seen as one of the main barriers to the explosive growth rates predicted for the country.

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To wander the Farnborough airfield during trade show week is to be dwarfed by the big beasts of global aviation, from the epic Dreamliners to the needle-sharp fighter jets, and all for sale.

But with even the cheapest models costing many millions of dollars, is there any prospect that owning an aircraft could follow computers and cars in becoming affordable to the masses?

The figures indicate otherwise. Private jet sales slowed to a crawl following the global recession, falling 3.4% to 682 in 2012 in the U.S. and rising just 0.9% the following year.

Even this minor growth has been concentrated at the top end of the market, with sales contracting toward the lower end. Bombardier airline President Eric Martel was candid about the prospect of an upturn, saying Monday: “It’s no secret the light segment has been difficult over the last couple of years.”

An enthusiast could still fulfill their dream through a fixed kit plane, or a discontinued antique. But looking ahead, their best bet might be the emerging field of the car-plane hybrid.

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow, Parajet is showcasing the SkyRunner to potential aviation distributors with a price tag of $80,000.

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Textron Aviation delivers full product lineup for special missions market

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, said today at the Farnborough International Airshow that the entire product range of Beechcraft and Cessna products are available in special mission configurations. All 20 current production aircraft – including a Special Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER on display this week in Farnborough, U.K. – fit numerous mission profiles, including aerial survey, air ambulance, flight inspection, aerial surveillance, training and utility transport.

“With the combination of the Beechcraft and Cessna products within Textron Aviation, we now offer the largest proposition of special mission platforms in the industry,” said Dan Keady, vice president, Special Missions. “We have seen a significant growth in special mission activity around the globe and anticipate this market will continue to grow across our aircraft platforms. From our piston-engine Beechcraft and Cessna products up to the largest Citation business jets, we are able to offer our customers an aircraft to fit just about any mission requirement.”

The Beechcraft products, particularly the King Air turboprops, are utilized around the globe in a number of services including air ambulance, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), maritime patrol and pilot training, while the Cessna product line lends itself to multiple special mission roles from piston trainers, to the multi-purposed Caravan operating in an air ambulance, cargo, parachute and float plane platforms. The Citation jets are also used in training, flight inspection and air ambulance roles throughout the world.

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Piaggio Aero Lands First Major Contract For Avanti EVO and Delivers First P180 + MORE Jul 17th

July 17th, 2014

Piaggio Aero Delivers First P.180 Avanti II Extended Range At Farnborough

Piaggio Aero (Chalet OE2) delivers at Farnborough Air Show the first P.180 Avanti II “Extended Range” to SR Jet, part of the Beijing based Sparkle Roll Investment Holdings Limited,

Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II

The SR Jet aircraft is the first Avanti aircraft able to fly for more than 1,720 Nm, thanks to the installation of a permanent additional tank – which replaces only half of a closet in the toilet and with no changes to the airframe – that allows the fuel capacity of the Piaggio Aero iconic aircraft to grow from 2,826 lb to 3,226 lb enabling a comfortable nonstop flight from Beijing to Hainan or Hanoi, Milan to Reykjavik and Samara, Abu Dhabi to Istanbul and Chennai.

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Is Gulfstream Mulling A New Bizjet?

Some Industry Insiders Say an Announcement Will Be Coming Soon

While company executives are playing their cards close to the vest, there is an industry buzz that Gulfstream may be close to announcing a new business jet aimed at Dassault’s Falcon 5X.

Business in Savannah reports that Gulfsteam president Larry Flynn (pictured in file photo) alluded to a new product announcement on a recent media flight in an interview with Flightglobal. Aboard a G550, Flynn said to a reporter “We know what we are going to do next, but we haven’t announced what we are going to do next.”

There have long been rumors of a project called “P42″ … which even showed up on a LinkedIn profile of a flight control engineer for Parker Aerospace, which developed fly-by-wire technology for the G650, according to the paper.

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Piaggio Aero  Lands First Major Contract For 50 Avanti EVO

Piaggio Aero Industries, the Company active in the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of civil/ ISR aircraft and aero engines, today  unveiled  at Farnborough International air show its  first major contract  to sell 50  Avanti  EVO aircraft to Hong Kong based investment and advisory firm  Bravia Capital Hong Kong.

Piaggio Aero  Lands First Major Contract For 50 Avanti EVO

The contract includes 10 firm orders and 40 options for Avanti EVO aircraft to be delivered starting from the first quarter of 2015.

Bravia is a global investment and advisory firm with a primary focus on transportation and logistics investments worldwide.

The Avanti EVO, presented in May at EBACE 2014, was selected by Bravia Capital based on product characteristics that position the new Piaggio Aero aircraft as the ideal solution in today’s business aviation worldwide market.  Its greater range, superior performances, reduced fuel costs, low noise footprint, state of the art safety systems, and the largest and most comfortable cabin in its segment make the EVO an immediately attractive aircraft that will appeal to individuals and businesses alike.

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Challenger 350: Raising the Bar? Farnborough: E2 to be star of Embraer’s show, Cessna Flies Citation X+

July 16th, 2014

In the world of business aviation, observers will be excused if they find it difficult to keep up with original equipment manufacturers’ product-performance claims. So rapidly are new and improved models being introduced that what may pass for accurate brand marketing one quarter may be outdated the next.

Bombardier Challenger 350: Raising the Bar

In that vein, observers are advised to keep a close watch on the market reception of the Challenger 350, the latest version of Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger 300 super-midsize business jet. Operators had long sought capability improvements, and Bombardier delivered in a big way.

The $26.5-million jet, which recently received type certificate approval from Transport Canada, is quite the step up

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Cessna completed the first trans-Atlantic flight with its newly certified Citation X+ business jet. En route to the Farnborough Airshow, the trip lasted five hours and 33 minutes and spanned 2,788 nautical miles between the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan., and the company’s facility at Paris Le Bourget airport prior to making the trip to TAG Farnborough Airport. During the trans-Atlantic portion of the flight, the Citation X+ climbed to 45,000 feet and accelerated to a cruise speed of .86 Mach.

“We filed a fairly standard flight plan to demonstrate the capability a customer can expect in normal operations, and it was very impressive,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Textron Aviation. “While the operator will realize a huge benefit from the Citation X+ during shorter cross-country flights, long flights like this is where it really shines.”

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One year after launching the re-engined E-Jet E2 family at the Paris air show, Embraer is putting the programme at the heart of its Farnborough presence.

The airframer’s E2 strategy at the show is two-pronged, says chief executive Frederico Curado. The firm wants to keep increasing its backlog of the current-generation E-Jet to bridge to the new model, while also highlighting the development of the E2.

“It’s a major development for us,” he says. “It’s not just a re-engining, but a major improvement of the aircraft, including new wings.”

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Business Jet Deliveries Boosted by Growing North America Demand + MORE Jul 15th

July 15th, 2014
The business jet market in North America continues to recover, while in Western Europe it is “off the bottom,” UBS Global Research aerospace analysts noted yesterday. “Bizjet deliveries into North America have grown modestly in each of the last several years and we anticipate further improvement in [this region] driven by pent-up corporate replacement demand,” they said.
First-quarter deliveries of business jets, excluding very light jets, climbed by 23 percent year-over-year.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Implements SMS in Its Sales and Marketing Department

Gulfstream expanded its safety management system (SMS) to include the sales and marketing department, making the company one of the first business jet manufacturers to implement an SMS for a non-manufacturing or service organization. “Having a standard and consistent approach to managing risks helps us enhance what we’re already doing: delivering and servicing the safest possible aircraft for our customers,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing Scott Neal.

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World Cup Brings Shakira, Putin, Merkel to Rio as Private Jets Pile Up

July 14th, 2014

The private jets were stacking up on Rio de Janeiro’s runways as bold-face names from Shakira to Russian President Vladimir Putin drop by for the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany.

World cup brings private jets to Brazil

More than 900 executive jets are expected to pass through Rio de Janeiro three main airports between July 11 and July 14th

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff will host Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with other heads of states, at a luncheon today at Guanabara Palace before heading to Maracana Stadium to watch the 4 p.m. match.

FIFA, soccer’s governing body, expects a worldwide viewing audience of more than 1 billion.

Among the 75,000 at the stadium, the smattering of celebrities includes Shakira, who will perform at the World Cup’s closing ceremony. She’s expected to be joined in the stands by supermodel Gisele Bundchen, fellow chanteuse Rihanna and U.K. chef Jamie Oliver.

South African President Jacob Zuma and German President Joachim Gauck will represent the political end of spectrum. Among business types, Carlos Brito, the Rio-born chief executive officer of beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, and Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Plc, the world’s biggest advertising agency, are expected to attend.

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Charter a Private Jet through JetOptions to Travel to Europe

July 12th, 2014

Europe private jet charter is becoming more popular. There are many reasons to charter a private jet to Europe through JetOptions. If you’d like to save time and want the ability to use many airports including those that commercial airlines don’t serve. If you need to be able to work uninterrupted en route, value your privacy, and prefer a more comfortable flight then chartering a private jet from JetOptions is the answer.

Lineage 2000 landing at London Oxford airport

One of the most significant reasons our clients cite for using private aircraft is that it is time saving. There is no need to arrive hours before a scheduled flight and there are no waiting lines. Furthermore, the aircraft adapts to your schedule. You do not have to worry about missing your flight. You can arrive at your FBO just minutes before your scheduled departure time, and often fly non-stop to your destination. If you’d like to leave early or your meeting is running late –no problem- the aircraft will move at your leisure. Also, if you have a last minute trip to any city in Europe, JetOptions can charter a private jet in as little as two hours regardless of the time of the day. We are available 24 hours a day.

There are 10 times as many airports available to general aviation as there are to commercial aviation. There are 4,000 plus airports in Europe that you can choose from. Following is a list of the top ranking business aviation airports in Europe*. JetOptions charters jets to all of these European cities and many more:

Top ranking business aviation European Airports

Increase your productivity by utilizing your office in the sky. You can also utilize the FBO business facilities that are at your disposal at your departure and destination city. You and your clients or business associates can make the most of your travel time to conduct business or get ready for your next meeting.

Conduct business at your FBO

Flying out of smaller private airports allow for more privacy and convenience. In many cases you can fly out of airports that are closer and more convenient for you. For added privacy, you can be picked up and dropped off right next to your aircraft. Once on board, you needn’t worry about other people listening in to your private conversations.

Cabin comfort can make all the difference in whether you reach your destination jet-lagged or well rested. Our private jets have roomy ergonomic leather seats with room to stand and move around which helps reduce fatigue. Business jets take into consideration other factors that affect comfort like pressurization, cabin air quality, ambient noise, vibration, and natural light. In most airline passenger cabins, even in first class, the air pressure is equivalent to about 6,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level. When cruising at the highest altitudes, lower cabin pressure in a private aircraft greatly reduces fatigue on passengers. In a commercial airliner, cabin air is a filtered mixture of fresh air and re-circulated air, and it’s extremely dry, which can cause dehydration and may make passengers more susceptible to airborne illnesses.

Charte a private jet to Europe from JetOptions

For all these reasons, when you travel to Europe you should charter a private jet. If you decide to charter, it should be through JetOptions. Call charter specialist Gus Lira for more information or to request a charter quote at 888-535-9538, you can also email us at or fill out a Europe charter request form at .

 *Chart from Blue Sky Business Aviation and Avinode Market Place

WingX: European Bizav Flat, IAI joins effort to develop entry-level business jet + MORE Jul 11th

July 11th, 2014

WingX: European Business Aviation Flying Flat in First Half

There were 67,311 business aviation flights in Europe last month, and while this was a “seasonal leap” of 9 percent over May, it was still down 0.9 percent from a year ago, according to data released today by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. “June’s decline completed a negative second quarter and means year-to-date flight activity [in Europe] is 0.4 percent lower than in 2013,” it noted.

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U.S.- and foreign-based operators flying aircraft on a charter certificate but conducting private, non-revenue operations to Mexico have been given a reprieve from cabotage rules imposed in April by Mexico’s aviation agency, Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil. The new rules, which are effective retroactively to June 3, “clarify that operators with aircraft listed on a charter certificate are once again allowed to operate those same aircraft to Mexico as private, non-revenue flights,” according to NBAA.

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has become involved in an effort to develop a small executive jet that will offer low cost travel up to 1,300nm (2,400km).

The Israeli company will only confirm the small jet is designed to seat six passengers, and that the basic operational costs will be low. The company is working with an undisclosed partner, and has so far completed the aircraft’s initial design.

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Kevin Boardman, who was the aviation director/chief pilot for Elmer’s Glue parent company Berwind Corp. from 1998 until earlier this year, was formally indicted by a grand jury of defrauding his former employer to the tune of at least $2.7 million. According to a release issued yesterday by the Eastern Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boardman allegedly “devised numerous methods to embezzle money from his employer” between 2006 and last year.

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JetTech Gets STC for Garmin GTN 650/750 Installations in CitationJets

Littleton, Colo.-based JetTech received FAA STC approval to install touchscreen GTN 650/750 GPS navcoms in Cessna CitationJets manufactured from 1993 to 1999 (S/Ns 0001 to 0359). The approved STC is for single or dual GTN 650/750 installations and includes Waas approvals and certifies the aircraft for fully autopilot coupled GPS-LPV approaches. JetTech is offering the STC’d data package through authorized Garmin dealers and will include full support through the installation process.

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