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Fly-by-wire, electric innovations embedded in Gulfstream’s new jets, FlightAware Boosts Flight Tracking Capabilities, Corporate Angel Network raises funds

October 30th, 2014

FlightAware unveiled several upgrades to its popular web-based flight tracking system at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition last week. In addition to these upgrades, the flight tracking service provider has moved beyond its core online aircraft flight tracking system with a global Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver network. JetOptions uses Flightaware to track its aircraft.

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The business aviation community came together last week in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s annual NBAA/CAN Soiree, held last Wednesday during the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., the silent and live auctions raised $380,000 for the charity. The event was capped by a live performance by rock group Three Dog Night.

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Under the metallic and composite skin of Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 lie several new innovations that came to light in supplier announcements and interviews at the NBAA convention.

A key theme from Gulfstream in the 14 October unveiling of the two jet designs is a goal to migrate the Mach 0.935 maximum speed, cabin comfort and fly-by-wire technology of the G650 to a slightly smaller, shorter-range class of aircraft.

Gulfstream G500

Gulfstream G600

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Cessna Investing For The Future: Citation Latitude, Beechcraft heads for happier times, Business Aviation Relies Heavily on Aircraft Connectivity, Wheels Up CEO Says

October 29th, 2014

In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) company SmartSky Networks has been making quite a splash since it’s emergence at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, Fla., last week. With claims that the company’s 4G LTE Air-to-Ground (ATG) network will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently in the market, the new company is a serious competitor for existing IFC providers, such as Gogo.

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Five years ago, aircraft cabin connectivity was considered a luxury for commercial and private air transportation providers. Today, in the business aviation world, connectivity is not only an expectation, but also a crucial part of the decision-making process when considering what company or aircraft a traveler decides to use.

Business Aviation Relies Heavily on Aircraft Connectivity, Wheels Up CEO Says

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The last five years have not been easy for customers of Hawker or Beechcraft-branded aircraft. With hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars invested, those loyal to the brand face a gloomy future for assets whose value is substantially based on whether there is a commercial system available to support them.

Beechcraft King Air 250

For many years it all seemed to be moving in the wrong direction. First, there were bizarre-yet-futile moves by then-Hawker Beechcraft management to take the company out of Wichita, Kansas – the firm’s home since 1932. A plunge into bankruptcy in 2012 amplified fears that a worst-case scenario – liquidation – was possible. Amid bankruptcy proceedings in the summer of 2012, Hawker Beechcraft suddenly entered into exclusive negotiations with an almost unknown Chinese company, Superior Aviation Beijing. That plan fell apart for reasons never explained to Beechcraft’s executives.

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Under the metallic and composite skin of Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 lie several new innovations that came to light in supplier announcements and interviews at the NBAA convention.

A key theme from Gulfstream in the 14 October unveiling of the two jet designs is a goal to migrate the Mach 0.935 maximum speed, cabin comfort and fly-by-wire technology of the G650 to a slightly smaller, shorter-range class of aircraft.

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The power of new-product introductions to stimulate market demand across business aviation has been proven time and again. Case in point: Cessna Aircraft.

Fifty percent of the models it will deliver during the next two years are aircraft that were certified within just the last 12 months, such as the Citation Latitude and the CJ3A. Observes Cessna CEO Scott Ernest: “It’s important to keep our [product development] pipeline full.”

Cessna Investing For The Future: Citation Latitude

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Embraer struggles in China, Aircraft Cost Calculator Offers One-stop Prebuy Research, Nexus Buys Wyvern Safety

October 28th, 2014

Embraer struggles in China

Embraer’s CEO Frederico Curado has said that the company is finding new business in China tough to come by, as the country’s anti-corruption drive continues.

Embraer Executive Jets struggles in China

In an interview with the UK’s Financial Times website, Curado said that the slow down in business has been sudden and sharp.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang introduced an anti-corruption drive in November 2013 that has largely been blamed for the collapse of the Chinese charter market.

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Mequon, Wis.-based Aircraft Cost Calculator has an app that determines actual costs associated with acquiring and operating an aircraft. Private owners, commercial operators, fractional owners, flight departments, financial institutions or charter operators can find editable pre-loaded real-world data for more than 475…

Aircraft Cost Calculator Offers One-stop Prebuy Research

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Flight operations support group Nexus announced the acquisition of aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting from online charter portal Avinode. In an October 22 announcement, the company also confirmed the appointment of the following three business aviation veterans to Wyvern’s board: former NetJets executive Vincent Santulli, former Beechcraft executive Shawn Vick and former FAA associate administrator Nick Sabatini. Wyvern CEO Art Dawley, an experienced corporate pilot and flight department manager, also has joined the board.

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Beechcraft provides King Air 250 MTOW option, Dassault launches Falcon Airborne AOG service, 4 Australian destinations to explore by private jet

October 26th, 2014

Guardian Flight has secured six orders for the Hawker 400XPR upgrade package, with the first deliveries planned for the first half of 2015.

Brad Thress, senior vice president, customer service at Textron Aviation, says: “As the largest air medevac provider in Alaska, this order demonstrates Guardian Flight’s confidence in the added range performance and operating value provided through the Hawker400XPR upgrade.”

Guardian Flight’s upgraded Hawker XPR aircraft will feature Hawker Winglets and the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines.

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Dassault has launched a new airborne AOG (Aircraft on Ground) support service, utilising two Falcon 900 private jets.

One Falcon 900 will be based at Paris Le Bourget Airport, while the other will be stationed at Teterboro Airport, just outside New York.

Dassault launches Falcon Airborne AOG service

The dedicated support aircraft will be on permanent standby, ready to get parts to aircraft that need them.

Previously, Dassault chartered aircraft for the flights.

As well as fast response to aircraft downtime, Dassault’s new support service will also make alternative travel plans for Falcon customers.

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Beechcraft announced at the NBAA in Orlando that customers can now order a new Beechcraft King Air 250 with a modification that increases the maximum takeoff weight from 12,500 lb to 13,420 lb, providing 1,025 lb of payload with full fuel.

Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft, said: “This is an important upgrade that many of our King Air 250 owners have been asking for, especially our special mission operators who want more capacity to carry heavy equipment or operators who want more range with increased passengers and baggage. Having the option to fill the King Air 250 with full fuel and still get more than 1,000 pounds of payload is a great addition to an airplane that has been exceptionally popular in every corner of the world.”

Beechcraft provides King Air 250 MTOW option

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When it comes to the greatest adventures on Earth, the land Down Under offers a heady array of sheer wonder, excitement and one of the best natural playgrounds in the world. Admire the majestic Sydney Opera House, snorkel the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef and discover the magic of the outback as you sleep beneath Ayers Rock. For the ultimate bespoke traveling experience nothing can compare to the calm opulence and the charm of a private jet vacation. Those who love to travel but cannot abide the stress of the departure lounge, the airport commute and sharing aircraft space with strangers can really bask in the perfection of their own private jet. You can charter your private jet in Australia from JetOptions.

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Embraer Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification, US and Europe Charter Market to Grow, NBAA news + More

October 24th, 2014

Avinode released a market report during this week’s NBAA convention in Orlando, FL, in which it projects that both the European and the US business aviation charter market will grow over the coming years. The company’s statistics and projections are based on historical data, economic forecasts and aircraft deliveries, in addition to data aggregated from its Marketplace.

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Raisbeck Engineering has announced the addition of its EPIC Performance System to the Beechcraft C90GTx production line, effective immediately. Raisbeck Engineering and Beechcraft have been working together for over a year to bring the very best performance possible to both the new C90GTx and the existing C90GTx fleet of approximately 150 airplanes. Several sales of both new and in-service C90GTx models have already been made.

Beechcraft Adds Raisbeck C90GTx EPIC Performance System

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At the annual NBAA convention, Beechcraft has sold six upgrade packages for its Hawker 400XPR. Buyer is Anchorage, AK-headquartered Guardian Flight. First deliveries are planned for 1H-2015

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Guardian Flight Orders Six Hawker 400XPR Upgrade Packages

Guardian Flight has secured six orders for the Hawker 400XPR upgrade package from Beechcraft. First deliveries are planned for the first half of 2015.

“As the largest air medevac provider in Alaska, this order demonstrates Guardian Flight’s confidence in the added range performance and operating value provided through the Hawker400XPR upgrade,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service at Textron Aviation, at NBAA 2014 in Orlando.

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The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the National Business Aviation Association Conference and Exhibition, in Orlando, Florida. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the United States and in countries that require such certification.

Embraer Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification

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Bombardier and CAE have secured several agreements which will see their existing partnership extended to include various additional business jets of the Canadian OEM.

CAE and Bombardier tighten bond

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Honeywell is Bringing Google Glass to Aviation, Sovereign Winglets Near FAA Certification and More Bizav News

October 23rd, 2014

Honeywell is peering into the future of wearable technology with a Google Glass prototype application. The app, which is still very much in development, aims to connect flight attendants with an aircraft’s cabin systems through Honeywell’s Ovation Select Cabin Management System. Through Google Glass, the app gives flight attendants a hands-free way to perform routine tasks around the cabin, such as raising or lowering the shades or dimming the lights.

Honeywell is Bringing Google Glass to Aviation

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BusinessAviationVoice: Cessna: Investing For The Future

The power of new-product introductions to stimulate market demand across business aviation has been proven time and again. Case in point: Cessna Aircraft.

Fifty percent of the models it will deliver during the next two years are aircraft that were certified within just the last 12 months, such as the Citation Latitude and the CJ3A. Observes Cessna CEO Scott Ernest: “It’s important to keep our [product development] pipeline full.”

Ernest has especially high expectations for the Citation Latitude, which didn’t even exist on paper three years ago. The midsize-category jet certainly is a different product for Cessna, with its wide, stand-up cabin.

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Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014.

 

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Dr. Moneesh Bhow of MedAire (Booth 3185) made it clear: “Ebola is not passed via airborne transmission. In fact,” he continued, “it is half as infectious, on a measureable scale, as HIV. Transmission can be prevented with commonsense, basic hygienic precautions,” he told AIN at NBAA 2014.

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Business aircraft activity in the U.S. has been climbing for the past 10 straight months and is set to continue this trend in the fourth quarter, according to aviation services company Argus. In fact, the company is predicting that flying in the quarter will rise 0.7 percent year-over-year, which would result in this year besting 2013 by 1.5 percent and making 2014 the “most robust” year for flight activity since 2008.

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Three global investment firms have launched a new leasing service – dubbed Global Jet Capital – with more than $2 billion in available financing catering to the large-cabin, long-range business jet market.The Boca Raton, Florida-based firm will be aimed at filling a perceived gap in in business jet financing services as some traditional lending sources have become last active over the last three years, says Shawn Vick, chairman of Global Jet Capital’s executive committee.

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As expected, the mood at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition (Oct. 21-23) is buoyant, and for good reason; the sector continues to show measureable signs of recovery. Better still, the long-term outlook is positive, with numbers to support a general sense of cautious optimism.

But the optimism isn’t universal. Some industry veterans who have observed previous business aviation cycles come and go point out that some OEMs were still shrinking their workforce as recently as several months ago. They believe the current recovery, albeit in the early stages, is fragile and remains susceptible to economic headwinds that could adversely affect the market for new business jets.

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Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept called Summit, initially for the A330-200, which features a VIP section at the front of the cabin and airline-style seating at the rear.

The Airbus ACJ330 Summit features a bedroom at the front, followed by an office, a conference and dining room and a working area, and then airline-style first-class and economy seating at the rear.

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FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey handed Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini the FAA type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 this afternoon at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. approval comes just two months after the super-midsize jet earned authorization from Brazil’s civil aviation authority.

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GE Hondajet launches Cessna jet engine retrofit program, Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology + More

October 22nd, 2014

Global demand for business aviation is projected at deliveries of 9,450 new business jets valued at $280 billion between 2014 and 2024, according to the 23rd annual business aviation forecast released by Honeywell Aerospace ahead of NBAA 2014. Across all business jet segments, range is the top consideration for new purchases, along with an interest in cabin volume, connectivity and advanced avionics, said Brian Still president of business and general aviation at Honeywell Aerospace.

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Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.

“It’s a product family that really has come together well,” said president and CEO Scott Ernest, alluding to the merger of the Hawker, Beechcraft and Cessna product lines after Textron, parent company of Cessna Aircraft, purchased Hawker Beechcraft earlier this year and created Textron Aviation. “Our focus for the last six months has been on integration.”

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NBAA: GE Honda launches Cessna jet engine retrofit programme

GE Honda is partnering with Sierra Industries to retrofit Cessna CitationJet, CJ1 and CJ1+ models with its newly developed HF120 turbofan engine.

The new project, called Sapphire Jet, is designed to boost the performance and productivity of the jets, all of which are out of production. Sierra primarily provides MRO services to business jet operators.

Hondajet

“We at GE Honda are pleased to add Sierra Sapphire as an application of the 120 engine,” says Masahiko Izumi, executive vice-president of GE Honda Aero Engines. “Our goal is to make both airplanes – the HondaJet and the Sapphire – a great success in their respective market segments.”

 

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When Flight International last flew the Citation X in 2002, Boeing was still wrestling with the Sonic Cruiser concept, an effort to field a nearly supersonic transport aircraft. In the intervening 12 years, much has happened. The Sonic Cruiser was shelved in favour of the successful 787.

The Citation X, which held the record for the fastest civil aircraft from its certification in 1996 with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.92, was displaced by the ultra-long-range, large cabin G650 with a top speed of M0.925.

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Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology

As Wi-Fi networks increasingly become standard on modern aircraft, aviation maintenance personnel are finding their workloads becoming increasingly more complex. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in the business aviation world, where aviation technicians responsible for troubleshooting and clearing the airworthiness of aircraft have a much different “need to know” than their General Aviation (GA) and air transport counterparts, according to National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Maintenance Committee Chairman Jim Sparks.

Business Aviation Techs Look to Catch up to Evolving Connectivity Technology

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BusinessAviationVoice: A Gathering of Rivals

The world’s single largest exposition dedicated to business aviation is poised to get under way in just over 24 hours. It will mark the culmination of months of meticulous planning by every original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on how to capitalize on this annual event to the max.

Airframe builders in particular will be highly sensitive to the feedback they get, based on the image they project. Some announcements of new-product launches will fall flat, while others will generate excitement that will carry over for weeks. Some press briefings will be duds, while others will be electric. Consistent among all of the OEMs will be the message all of them will strive to convey: they are the alpha and omega when it comes innovation.

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NBAA 2014 Starts Tomorrow, Tour the Gulfstream G650, Garmin ADS-B Solution for Bizjets

October 20th, 2014

Business aviation is on its way to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to join colleagues, vendors, manufacturers and friends at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. Pre-show events begin this weekend and the exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, immediately following the opening-day general session at 8:30 a.m. in the south hall. As in years past, JetOptions will be attending the annual NBAA convention.

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Garmin announced “strategic partnerships” with some of its authorized dealers today to provide a standalone ADS-B solution for several business jet models. According to Garmin, the “minimally intrusive solution” satisfies global ADS-B Out requirements by using existing equipment to alleviate the need for flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.

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Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014, NBAA tweets

October 19th, 2014

Bombardier will give the new LearJet 85 its public debut at the 2014 NBAA convention next week in Orlando, Florida. JetOptions will be attending NBAA 2014 convention.

The aircraft will be the first prototype, or FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle 1) as Bombardier call it.

Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014

FTV1 was the first LearJet 85 to be completed and rolled out from the manufacturer’s Wichita production facility. It is also the first LearJet 85 to fly, having completed the types first flight on April 9 2014.

The LearJet 85 is the first of the LearJet family to rely heavily on composite materials, with the manufacturer opening a composite manufacturing plant in Querétaro Mexico to work on the fuselage.

Announced at the NBAA convention in 2007, the LearJet 85 is designed to carry eight people up to 3,000 miles.

Bombardier had targeted entry into service in 2014, but the aircraft suffered several delays as Bombardier learnt to work with new technologies.

Following the aircraft’s first flight in April, Bombardier is yet to announce a new schedule for the aircraft, leading some people to believe that the aircraft remains a low priority to Bombardier, who are simultaneously working on its new flagship Global 7000 / 8000 aircraft.

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Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450, NBAA 2014 + More

October 18th, 2014

First, a disclaimer (and it’s one we use every time): “A paper aircraft can always beat a real aircraft when you compare them,” says the head of one aircraft manufacturer. “Until an aircraft is flying, it is unfair to compare it with an aircraft that is still being designed.” Comparing the G500 and the Falcon 5X with the 11 year old Global 5000 seems a bit unfair (especially as Bombardier is rumoured to be announcing next-generation Global 5000/6000s at the upcoming NBAA 2014 convention.) JetOptions will be attending NBAA 2014.

Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450

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Gulfstream G500 vs Gulfstream G450 aircraft comparison

With 300 aircraft delivered since 2005, Gulfstream’s G450 was a popular and successful replacement to the – also popular and successful – Gulfstream GIV. With a larger cabin, longer range and higher speed the new Gulfstream G500 looks set to follow this success.As the table shows the G500 will offer many improvements over the G450: faster speed, longer range, larger cabin, higher altitude (which allows you to fly over bad weather), more baggage space and even lower pressure in the cabin (which reduces effects of jet lag).

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Bombardier will give the new LearJet 85 its public debut at the 2014 NBAA convention next week in Orlando, Florida.

The aircraft will be the first prototype, or FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle 1) as Bombardier call it.

Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014

FTV1 was the first LearJet 85 to be completed and rolled out from the manufacturer’s Wichita production facility. It is also the first LearJet 85 to fly, having completed the types first flight on April 9 2014.

The LearJet 85 is the first of the LearJet family to rely heavily on composite materials, with the manufacturer opening a composite manufacturing plant in Querétaro Mexico to work on the fuselage.

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It is almost 11 years since Concorde services were withdrawn, but supersonic flights could soon again be a reality for holidaymakers.

Airbus to help build supersonic jet

A number of American aeronautical and engineering companies have released proposals for the development of supersonic aircraft that could whisk passengers from New York to London in under four hours or from London to Sydney in an afternoon. Although some military aircraft already reach supersonic speeds, it hasn’t been considered economically viable to offer this kind of flight commercially. Due to technological advancements however, the Boston-based engineering firm Spike Aerospace has claimed its proposed supersonic aircraft could be in service by the end of this decade.

Also endeavouring to launch supersonic aircraft, the Nevada-based company Aerion Corporation has given further credibility to claims that members of the public will soon be able to fly at faster than the speed of sound by announcing that it has partnered with Airbus Group.

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One thing that you cannot fault Gulfstream for is the ability of its employees to keep a secret.

Everyone has known that Gulfstream has been working on a new aircraft for several years (the cars outside the factory were a good guide) and most people had a pretty good guess at the larger cabin, Pratt & Whitney engines and range. But it has been extremely good at keeping the details and the level of its development secret.

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Bizjet Demand Stabilizes, NBAA/CAN Soiree, Bullish Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

October 17th, 2014

Business aviation in Jordan continues to grow at a modest rate, according to new research commissioned by the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) ahead of the group’s conference today in the Jordanian capital. The research, conducted by Germany-based WingX Advance, showed that while there has been almost no growth in the number of active and registered business jets in Jordan since 2000, the number of operators in the country has increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent. On this basis, MEBAA estimates that the industry in Jordan will be worth $1 billion per year by 2020. The WingX numbers show 2.2-percent growth in flights by Jordanian aircraft, giving the country a 6.5-percent share of the Middle East market for professionally operated business aircraft flights.

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“We expect little change to the prevailing business jet narrative, which is that demand has stabilized but with only muted signs of recovery,” J.P. Morgan said in its latest monthly business jet report, released yesterday. “Business jet demand has not recovered with corporate profits, as it has previously. We estimate that 2013 U.S. corporate profits were up about 50 percent from the 2008 trough, whereas bizjet deliveries have yet to turn up decisively,”

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Keeping a secret as large as a new business jet is not so easy anymore, but on 14 October Gulfstream managed to reel off a handful of major surprises as it unveiled a powered G500 and introduced the G600 inside a Savannah, Georgia, factory built to produce them.

All new Gulfstream G500 and G600

There were, of course, plenty of reasons to suspect Gulfstream had been up to something. References to the “Gulfstream P42” project swirled around the industry for years on supplier LinkedIn accounts and even one EASA annual report. Gulfstream also could not ignore the threat posed by the Dassault Falcon 5X and 8X to its 10-year-old large cabin franchises with the G450 and G550.

But not even a hint had emerged about Gulfstream’s unexpected new strategy. If a P42 existed, it was assumed it would be used to replace the G450, the G550 or perhaps both. Instead, Gulfstream has chosen to subdivide its own large cabin portfolio and keep all four types in production even after the scheduled delivery of the $43.5 million G500 in 2018 and the $54.5 million G600 in 2019.

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Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced a new family of business jets: the G500 and G600. The new bizjets can fly 4,800 nautical miles (nm) at Mach 0.90, with a maximum operating speed for both aircraft at Mach 0.925, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines.

Avionics systems in the new jets include Gulfstream’s Symmetry flight deck with Active Control Sidesticks (ACSs), integrated touchscreen controllers, a next-generation Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. Similar to the G650 and G650ER, the G500 and G600 offer a three-axis digital fly-by-wire system with all systems looking to increase efficiency, awareness, communications and fuel efficiency.

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Donated auction items are piling up for the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network Soirée, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., next Wednesday evening during the NBAA Convention. Aviation-centric items include a Cessna Citation CJ/CJ1/CJ2 initial type rating course at FlightSafety; Breitling and Hamilton watches;

Corporate Angel Network

JetOptions is a supporter the Corporate Angel Network.

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The past six years have brought mixed fortunes for business aircraft manufacturers. How are each of the sectors faring, and what new models will this innovative aviation sector bring to the market over the coming years to whet the appetite of discerning customers?

LIGHT LETHARGY

It has been a long and miserable few years for the lower end of the business jet spectrum. The financial collapse of 2008 has been brutal to this huge sector, triggering the disintegration of traditional markets in Europe and the USA, and eroding a long established and previously flourishing customer base.

This segment – which spans the $2.9 million Eclipse 550 very light jet (VLJ) to the $9.4 million Cessna Citation CJ4 light twinjet – commands a 40% share of the 18,500-strong global business jet fleet, but demand for these models has dissolved since the financial crisis and has yet to recover.

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Gulfstream G500 and G600, Flattish September vs Jam Packed October for Used Jet Inventories

October 16th, 2014
Gulfstream G500 and G600

Gulfstream has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

The clean-sheet aircraft were introduced before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter mockup of the G600.

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JP Morgan’s recent business aviation market report showed a flattish September with both flat used jet inventories and a second consecutive decent month in average asking prices.

“Aircraft for sale were 8.0% of the fleet for in-production models and are now at the bottom of the 8.0-8.4% range for this year,” the report reads. Driving that decline were medium jets – “with the notable exception of Citation Sovereign, for which both pricing and inventory were weak” – opposed to heavy and light jets, both logging flat inventories. “Inventory movements were muted in the toddler fleet as well […] back to the mid 2008 level, though it is little changed YTD.”

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Gulfstream has introduced two clean sheet business jets to the industry: the G500 and G600. The news follows hard on the heels of the introduction of the company’s extended-range flagship, the G650ER, announced at EBACE last spring.

During an official ceremony held yesterday and attended by approximately 3,000 people, the Savannah, GA-headquartered OEM unveiled its latest long-range products by having the first G500 taxi up on the stage to reveal a 70 ft-long mockup of the G600.

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Tuesday’s announcement by Gulfstream of the new G500 and G600 bizjets included some sizable orders for the new airplanes.

Just after the rollout ceremony, Dallas-based Flexjet inked an order with Gulfstream for 50 Gulfstream aircraft, including options for G450, G500 and G650 aircraft, and a long-term service support agreement.

“We are thrilled to be starting a new relationship with Flexjet, and we are proud that they chose to be a launch customer for the all-new Gulfstream G500,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “This agreement represents a significant milestone in the history of our two companies and ushers in a new era of fractional ownership for our G450, G500 and G650 aircraft. Gulfstream works hard to provide the world’s finest aviation experience, and this order is a testament to that commitment. For the first time, Flexjet will offer its customers our industry-leading aircraft. We are pleased that Flexjet will be able to provide the Gulfstream travel experience for its customers who desire its performance, comfort and safety.”

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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) will provide PurePower PW800 engines to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets, which launched Tuesday at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Georgia headquarters.

PurePower PW800 Engines Will Power Gulfstreams New Business Jet Family

The 16,000-pound-thrust-class engine is optimized for high-flying, fast, long-range business jets and shares the same proven, rigorously tested core technology used in Pratt & Whitney’s award-winning PurePower family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The PurePower engines have been chosen for five other applications demonstrating the performance, flexibility and robustness of this technology.

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Gulfstream Introduces All New Wide Cabin G500 and G600 and MORE Aviation News

October 15th, 2014

Gulfstream Introduces All New G500 and G600

All-New Gulfstream G500 And G600 Optimize Speed, Cabin Comfort And Efficiency, Introduce Industry-Leading Safety Technologies.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

Gulfstream Introduces G500 and G600

Gulfstream announced the clean-sheet aircraft before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter mockup of the G600.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the power of General Dynamics’ consistent and disciplined investment in both Gulfstream’s research and development and manufacturing facilities,” said Novakovic. “The effect of that investment is manifest in the two airplanes we announced today.”

The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.

“This is another extraordinary day in the storied history of Gulfstream,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “I could not be more pleased to announce the next generation of Gulfstream aircraft. The G500 and G600 build upon the technology present in our G650 and our latest aircraft, the G650ER. Once again, our customers played a major role in the development and creation of these aircraft. The G500 and G600 continue the long Gulfstream tradition of being the first original equipment manufacturer to ensure an optimal combination of speed, range, wide-cabin comfort and fuel burn.”

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A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said.

A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora resumed control of the center’s airspace from adjoining centers between midnight and 1 a.m. on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

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Fears of the Ebola virus outbreak continue to make their mark on the travel industry, with major airline stocks taking a hit on Monday, Business Insider reports.

As of Monday afternoon, United Airlines shares were down eight percent, Delta shares were down seven percent, American Airlines shares were down six percent and shares of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines were down five percent, Business Insider said. In all, these stocks have lost at least 13 percent over the past five trading days, except for American Airlines, which saw a 19 percent decline.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation on Tuesday unveiled two new business jets and announced orders were lining up from Flexjet and Qatar Airways.

The two all-new aircraft — dubbed Gulfstream G500 and G600 — optimize speed, have spacious cabins and are equipped with advanced flight decks, said the Savannah, Georgia-based company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

G500 and G600 interior

According to Gulfstream, the G500 can fly long distances at high speed, including from New York to Geneva at 685 miles (1102 kilometers) per hour.

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Drama conveying truth is what feature films such as “Fast Food Nation”, “Erin Brockovich” and “The Insider” have in common. The first uses drama to expose unknown perils in the fast food industry, and the others retell of personal sacrifice and heroics that brought truth to light.

Fact Not Fiction Films’ most recent feature, “A Dark Reflection”, similarly conveys a truth regarding passenger air travel amongst the major airlines. Based on actual events, this film tells a compelling story that raises awareness regarding the air quality made available to captive airline passengers.

As a former British Airways captain, Director and Producer Tristan Loraine delivers an investigative thriller about two British journalists, who whilst investigating a hushed up in-flight safety incident, discover aviation’s biggest cover-up. Spurned by catastrophic events and cover-ups, this independent feature ultimately pits corporate profit against the public’s safety.

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Embraer delivers first Legacy 500, Nextant First UK 400XTi, Cessna Citation Latitude

October 14th, 2014

Nextant mulls new aircraft launch

Nextant Aerospace is hoping to launch a new product as early as next May’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, in partnership with engine supplier GE Aviation.

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The FAA has certified Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650ER long-range business jet, verifying the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clearing the way for G650ER deliveries to begin. Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end. This is ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

FAA certifies Gulfstream G650ER

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Every major business jet manufacturer will descend on Orlando for the annual NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) extravaganza in less than two weeks, and all of them will spar for the attention of prospective customers interested in upgrading their current aircraft or purchasing one of the new models in development or in flight test.

For Cessna Aircraft Co., the timing couldn’t be better. Its pilots have been putting the Citation Latitude prototypes through their paces since February, when the first aircraft first flew. With every test flight, the jet has hit the mark. Now Cessna is reporting that the certification program has yielded improvements in range and runway performance beyond what the company initially projected. As a result, the aircraft specification is being changed to reflect an increase in range, to 2,700 nm at long-range cruise, an increase of 200 nm. Runway performance also is significantly improved, with takeoff distance now 3,668 ft., rather than 4,030 ft.

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Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi business jet to Norwich-based business aviation services provider SaxonAir.

The handover brings to seven the total number of the remanufactured light twinjets delivered to European customers to date. “The European 400XTi fleet has proven itself as a strong revenue generator on the European charter market with the majority of the fleet operating more than 90h a month [each],” says the Cleveland, Ohio-based company, which introduced the 400XTi last year.

Nextant has delivered the first UK-owned 400XTi
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Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500, its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

“The entry into service of the Legacy 500 is yet another important achievement by our Company,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Our teams developed a revolutionary product, which symbolizes our commitment to offer our customers the most innovative solutions in the industry.”

Embraer delivers first Legacy 500 Executive Jet
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Gulfstream G650ER Certified by FAA, Business Aviation Flight Activity and Safety

October 13th, 2014

The number of fatalities from business jet accidents in the first nine months outpaced those from the same period last year, despite a decline in the number of nonfatal accidents for jets and turboprops this year.

According to preliminary statistics compiled by AIN, 15 people died in four accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first nine months of this year. In the same period last year 13 people were killed, also in four accidents. All eight of the fatal accidents in the two periods befell jets operating under Part 91.

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Business aircraft activity in the U.S. increased for the 10th straight month, climbing 3.9 percent last month versus a year ago, making it the busiest September for business aviation since the same month in 2008, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 0.9 percent year-over-year.

Operational categories were positive across the board, led by Part 91 flying, which climbed 4.0 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 3.8 percent year-over-year, while fractional flying increased by 3.1 percent.

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The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that its flagship Gulfstream G650ER has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and clears the way for G650ER deliveries to begin.

Gulfstream G650ER Certified by Federal Aviation Administration

Gulfstream announced the ultra-long-range aircraft in May and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ER business jets to customers before year-end, ahead of the projected 2015 delivery date.

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