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Bombardier to be the 1st business aviation manufacturer to equip high speed JetWave, Ibiza by Private Jet

September 20th, 2014

Ready to welcome high fliers, newly launched luxury resort ME Ibiza is offering to take them there in the owner’s private jet

Any luxury hotel worth its stars can arrange transfers to ensure guests arrive at the property in appropriate style, but I’ve yet to experience a more lavish service than that offered by Spain’s Meliá Hotels International. To celebrate this summer’s launch of ME Ibiza – the latest of the company’s high-end ME lifestyle hotels – the group’s CEO Gabriel Escarrer is making his private jet available to guests who want to reach the party isle without enduring a disagreeably timed budget flight packed with frazzled clubbers.

Ibiza by private jet on Melia's Falcon 900

As part of one of the first groups to avail of the service, I boarded the Me by Melia-branded Falcon 900 jet at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. The facility caters exclusively to what it calls “business aviation”, so crowds are absent, queues non-existent and clearing security a doddle. You can park your car – or, more realistically for a typical Farnborough customer perhaps, have someone else do it for you – and be in the air within 15 minutes.

For those wishing to stay at ME Ibiza the convenience of the experience can’t be faulted, but given the price that’s the least that can be expected. The hotel’s private jet package costs from €25,000 (£20,000), based on a group of 12 staying in the property’s best suites for six nights. Other benefits, from private yoga classes to a jaunt on the ME yacht and VIP club entry, are included too, but I’m doubtful as to whether UHNW individuals who are willing to splash out so much on a holiday to Ibiza would choose to stay at a 205-room resort where rates start at £250 per night, pleasant as it is.

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Bombardier First to Deliver Honeywell’s High-Speed “Jetwave” Connectivity Hardware for Business Jets

Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business aircraft manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-Band satellite connectivity system. Honeywell’s JetWave hardware exclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX* (JX) service which, when it goes live in 2015, will provide business jet passengers with high-speed, in-flight connectivity virtually anywhere in the world.

Bombardier Business Aircraft will be the launch business aircraft manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave

Bombardier will be the first business aviation manufacturer to equip JetWave and plans to offer the technology across the Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 platforms. A retrofit offering will also be available for all Global aircraft currently in service.

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Citation XLS+ headlined Cessna exhibit at China business aviation show + More BizAv news

September 19th, 2014

Founded in 1991 by pilot entrepreneur Michael Kaufmann, Aerocardal is the largest private aviation company in Chile. It is well known as both an executive aviation and aeromedical company, and today boasts a large, modern FBO at Santiago International/Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL).

Aerocardal is the largest private aviation company in Chile

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Following recent agreements between former FBO GATE V and MRO provider FAME Executive Aviation at Vienna (VIE), Jet Aviation has now officially established operations at the airport.

Jet Aviation has now officially established operations at Vienna airport

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On September 3, over 120 business aviation professionals attended the 7th Business Aviation Forum in Moscow. The event serves as Russia’s leading communication and networking platform organized for the business aviation community – both in Russia and globally. Operators, brokers, manufacturers and suppliers, airport managers, and service and equipment providers all enjoyed the unique opportunity to learn more about key market trends and establish new business connections.

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The Cessna Citation XLS+ was the centerpiece of the company’s exhibit at the China International Business Aviation Show at the Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Authority of China in Beijing, China Sept. 16-18., representing its role both in Cessna’s joint venture in China and as one of the best-selling business jet models ever produced. Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.

The Citation XLS+ was certified by the CAAC in April. This was a key milestone in the joint venture agreement between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aviation Company Ltd. (CAIGA) for final assembly and delivery of Citation XLS+ aircraft to customers in China.

Citation XLS+ Tops Cessna Exhibit At China Business Aviation Show

“The Citation XLS+ has earned a reputation for performance and reliability. It continues to be a market leader in the midsize business jet segment because it has proven to be a smart investment in helping to grow a business without sacrificing the cabin features you expect in private air travel,” said Bill Schultz, senior vice president of Business Development in China. “The XLS+ is perfectly suited for the Chinese market due to its acquisition and operating costs, its range, and particularly its performance at high-altitude airports in many parts of the country.”

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Learjet 70 and 75 Get EASA Certification, Brazilian Air Force Buys 6 Embraer Legacy 500s, Bombardier Global 7000 + More BizAv

September 18th, 2014

The Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75, updated variants of the Learjet 40 and 45 with a Garmin G5000 avionics suit, received type certification from the EASA on Friday, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said. This clears the way for EASA-registered customers to start taking delivery of the new aircraft.

Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75 receive EASA certification

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Embraer quietly sold a half-dozen Legacy 500s to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in April, newspaper Valor Econômico reported yesterday. Deliveries are expected to start in 2016.

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BusinessAviationVoice: One Classy Airplane: Global 7000

Bombardier Aerospace officially launched the Global 7000 aircraft program four years ago with the goal of designing what it described as “the ultimate” purpose-built large-cabin, ultra long-range business jet—uncompromising in comfort, utility and range. That’s a tall order when you consider that archrival Gulfstream Aerospace is committed to doing no less with its G650ER and whatever may follow. Reasonable people may debate which manufacturer can rightfully claim to have developed “the ultimate,” but I recently had the opportunity to tour a full-scale, fully finished mockup of the Global 7000 and there was plenty of the ‘wow!’ factor.

Bombardier's Global 7000

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Sierra Industries announced a new performance upgrade program today for the legacy Cessna 525/CitationJet, which includes the CitationJet, CJ1 and CJ1+. Dubbed Sapphire, the upgrade is billed as a “comprehensive package of modifications that will enhance performance, reliability and comfort.” Some 660 CitationJets, CJ1s and CJ1+s are potential candidates for the Sapphire program.

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Challenger 350 readied for European demonstration tour, Marshall Aerospace to Provide FANS Upgrade for Bombardier Challenger 604, FAA news

September 17th, 2014

Bombardier and Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group have signed a conditional letter of agreement to develop a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ avionics upgrade for the Challenger 604 aircraft. According to Marshall, the upgrade will be designed to enhance pilot to Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications and allow access to dedicated and shorter route FANS 1/A+ to North Atlantic tracks for the 361 Challenger 604’s currently on the market.

Marshall Aerospace to Provide FANS Upgrade for Bombardier’s Challenger 604

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NetJets readies Challenger 350 for European demonstration tour

​Fractional ownership company, NetJets Europe will kick-start a demonstration tour of its Bombardier Challenger 350 business jet on 6 October to drum up sales of its super midsize offering in “key markets” across the continent.

NetJets Europe will kick-start a demonstration tour of its Bombardier Challenger 350

The Lisbon, Portugal-headquartered company says it has already pre-sold nearly a full aircraft worth of shares. “With enhanced range, performance and customisation, we believe there is real appetite for this unique aircraft within the European marketplace,” it adds.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018.

Shell and TOTAL, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude in fall 2015.

“We’re committed to removing harmful lead from general aviation fuel,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This work will benefit the environment and provide a safe and available fuel for our general aviation community.”

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Gulfstream Plans New $33 Million Aircraft Paint Facility, Business Aircraft Flying Continues Ascent in August + MORE BizAv news

September 16th, 2014

Gulfstream announced plans on Tuesday to build a new $33 million aircraft paint facility on the southwest side of its Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport headquarters. “The announcement came up unexpectedly as a result of a Savannah Economic Development Agency [SEDA] board meeting that happened that day,” a company spokesman told Aviation International News.

Gulfstream Paints a Bright Future at Savannah

The new 72,000-sq-ft, state-of-the-art paint facility will be located near the company’s 679,199-sq-ft Savannah Service Center, which is the largest business aviation maintenance facility in the world and can accommodate up to 36 aircraft at a time. According to Gulfstream, the paint hangar will support the company’s growing refurbishment work, especially now that the worldwide Gulfstream fleet has surpassed 2,300 aircraft.

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To help sustain the talent pipeline and nurture newcomers to the industry, NBAA will debut its young business aviation professionals program during its Soar networking event next month at the 2014 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The JetOptions team will be attending NBAA 2014 in Orlando.

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Business aircraft management and charter company Hangar8 Aviation has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters at London Oxford Airport to help sellers refresh their aircraft’s paint to make it more attractive to buyers. According to Hangar8, 16.5 percent of the 381 private jets in the UK are currently up for sale, making it a buyer’s market.

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Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month, climbing 0.9 percent last month versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 2.7 percent year-over-year.

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Bombardier Aerospace said there is still a “small window of time” to register for its 2014 U.S. Safety Standdown, a free four-day aviation safety seminar that will be held in Wichita from October 6 to 9. This year’s theme is “attention control techniques.”

Registration Closing Soon for Bombardier’s Free Safety Standdown

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Nike designs private jet for NBA teams, US flight activity grows for ninth month running + MORE

September 15th, 2014

US business jet flight activity has risen for the ninth consecutive month, according to the latest data from Argus.

The latest Argus TRAQPak data, which includes serial-number specific arrival and departure details on all IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flights in the US and Canada, is showing that flight activity for business jets in August has risen for the ninth consecutive month.

US business flight activity grows

Month-on-month increases were seen across all cabin sizes and operational categories, with large cabin fractional operations seeing the largest gains.

Large cabin fractional flights increased by 9.5 per cent, with small cabin jets registering a 7.3 per cent rise. Smaller gains were made in the mid-size category, which saw a 2.6 per cent rise.

Charter operations, known in the industry as Part 135 flights, took the saw the smallest gains, with small cabin operations seeing the biggest rise with 1.2 per cent. Close behind were large cabin jets, where saw a 1.1 per cent increase, where as mid-size cabin aircraft only just manage to increase with 0.5 per cent.

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Nike and a Seattle design firm have joined forces for a private jet interior that has been tailored for NBA basketball teams.

The beds on board Nike’s NBA private jet can comfortably sleep 7 ft tall basketball players.

Nike has teamed up with Teague, a design house in Seattle, to design a private jet for flying professional basketball teams to away games.

Nike designs private jets

The concept – named Home-Team Advantage at 40,000 ft – has been conceived to improve the travelling conditions for NBA teams, in order to combat the statistic from a 2008 study, which showed that travelling professional baseball teams that cross three time zones are 60 per cent more likely to lose their game.

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Hangar8 Aviation has opened a new repaint facility for private jet at its headquarters in London Oxford Airport. The launch follows analysis, which reveals that 16.5 per cent of the UK’s 381 private jets are currently up for sale.

The UK has the largest number of owned private jets for sale of any European country, making it a buyer’s market. However, Hangar8 advises owners looking to sell their aircraft that having it re-sprayed could increase the chances of finding a buyer while also increasing its sale price.

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Cessna’s CJ3+ Receives FAA Certification, Avionics Market Report Shows Business Jet and General Aviation Markets Increase Demand

September 10th, 2014

Cessna Aircraft Company announced on Friday it received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for the Cessna Citation CJ3+. Certification, awarded Thursday, comes less than six months after the company introduced the new model in March.

Cessna Citation CJ3+ gains FAA certification

Cessna is committed to new product development and the swift progress of the Citation CJ3+, from announcement to certification and on to the market, is a perfect example of that laser-like focus,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “The CJ3+ incorporates the latest in technology for the cockpit and for the passenger cabin which is exactly what the customer has asked us to do, and that has always been a hallmark of Cessna’s new product innovations.”

The Citation CJ3+, with seating for up to nine people, is certified for single pilot operation, featuring a number of new systems designed to reduce pilot workload. Building on the popular Citation CJ3, the CJ3+ features an integrated avionics suite from Garmin, the G3000, an automatically controlled cabin pressurization system, and an advanced fault and maintenance diagnostic system.

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NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart will speak at the October 21 opening general session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, which will be held in Orlando, Fla. The JetOptions team will be attending the NBAA convention.“We are excited to hear his thoughts and perspectives on safety issues affecting our industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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Global business and General Aviation (GA) avionics sales totaled $652.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest avionics market report released by the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Total sales for the three-month period of April, May and June represented a 2.7 percent increase in sales compared to the total reported during the same period a year ago.

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Superjet International Sees Market for 100 Sukhoi Business Jets, Vnukovo Busiest Business Aviation Airport in Europe and More

September 9th, 2014

Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport still lays claim to being not only the busiest business aviation hub in Russia, but one of the busiest in Europe. According to the airport administration’s statistics made public as it was hosting the Jet Expo show, the airport’s Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal served 19,437 business jet flights (with 133,000 travelers aboard them) last year. That is nearly the same figure as in the pre-crisis year of 2007 (19,491 flight pairs; 103,000 passengers), when the Russian economy and air travel flourished. The numbers amount to five times the traffic level 10 years ago, when Vnukovo-3 had just begun operations.

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“We can capture almost 100 aircraft in the business aviation market,” CEO of Superjet International (SJI) Nazario Cauceglia told AIN. He spoke during his visit to JetExpo’2014, where the company was showing the first full example of its new Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ)–a VIP version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner. “This is a very important moment for the program, the aircraft and the industrial partnership built around it,” Cauceglia said. “It is also an important event for business aviation, worldwide.” While there is no shortage of regional jets with VIP counterparts (though not mentioned by name, the Embraer Lineage 1000 was an implied example), Cauceglia said his SBJ has distinct advantages.

Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ)

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The “persistent and recently escalating” Ukraine crisis continued to hamper business aviation flight activity in Europe last month, according to data released today by WingX Advance, a business aviation research and consulting firm based in Hamburg, Germany. There were 61,831 business aircraft departures in Europe last month, down 3 percent (1,974 flights) from a year ago–the largest drop so far in 2014, the company said. Year-to-date, the market is 1 percent below last year’s trend and is 21 percent off the pre-2009 peak in European flight activity.

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Dassault Falcon Jet Breaks Ground on Little Rock Expansion on 5X and 8X completions facility and more

September 8th, 2014

Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM), the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21 and Pro Line 4 avionics, is now European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified on 22 aircraft models.

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As the Embraer Legacy 500 business jet takes flight with it’s certification and entry into service so does the TTTech system integration solutions. The closed-loop fly-by-wire flight control system replaces mechanical controls with a lighter-weight digital system that incorporates envelope protection on board the Legacy 500.

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Australia’s government will start consultations with a view to reviewing the list of business jets that are allowed to operate during the curfew periods at Sydney and Adelaide airports, but has given no indication it will allow more commercial jets onto the list.

Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss says that the last time that the aircraft permitted list was updated was in 2005, and since then newer and more quiet aircraft have become available but are not yet permitted to operate from the airport between the 11pm to 6am curfew.

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Following recent declines, private aircraft charter demand in Russia is expected to rebound, according to online charter portal Avinode. The Sweden-based group’s charter availability system currently includes about 60 Russian operators, offering service on more than 70 business aircraft that operate either into Russia or within the country, according to chief commercial officer Gustav Andreasen. The grand total of requests for charter made through Avinode’s overall system has topped 7 million, and the company expects to pass the milestone of 10 million in October. The largest portion comes from Europe, where the number of requests has increased by 30 percent over last year’s traffic. The U.S. share is 20 percent and growing.

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Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground September 2nd on a major expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility dedicated to two new models, the Falcon 5X very large body twin jet and ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet. Introduced in October 2013 and May 2014 respectively, the new models will significantly expand the Falcon fleet and meet customer demand for additional range and cabin space.

Dassault Falcon 8X trijet

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Bombardier Challenger 350 Jet Receives EASA Certification, Russian Business Aviation Market + MORE

September 5th, 2014

FlyCorporate sits down with Alfa-Bank Chief Economic Analyst Natalia Orlova to talk about the current political environment in Russia. Orlova offers four reasons why optimism should prevail.

“Considering the current political environment, on top of an already depressed economy, it’s easy to see why many consider the forecast for business aviation in Russia to be ‘gloomy’. To counter this ‘doom and gloom’ forecast, I’d like to present the case for economic optimism in Russia.

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With little prospect of an economic resurgence any time soon, business jet activity in Europe and Russia is reported to be generally down from historic levels.

Bombardier Business Aircraft VP Europe, Africa & Middle East Trevor Lambarth and Regional VP Central & Eastern Europe, CIS & Russia Valeria Kolyuchaya recently talked to FlyCorporate’s Phil Rose about Bombardier’s view on the Russian market.

Honeywell predicts that over the next five years demand for business aircraft in Europe will represent only about 12% of global demand — far less than in the past. Does this correspond with what you’re seeing across the region?

Lambarth: The European business jet fleet currently accounts for approximately 10% of the worldwide bizjet installed base. Europe is the second largest market for business aviation and we expect it to remain among the three most active markets — generating the most revenues — over the next 10 years.

Based on our market forecast, we anticipate close to 1,670 deliveries (industry total) in Europe by 2022.

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Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft granted full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency on September 2, 2014

EASA-registered customers to start taking delivery of the new aircraft

Bombardier, the world’s leading business aircraft manufacturer, announced today that the Challenger 350 aircraft has received full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Challenger 350 aircraft granted full type certification from the EASA

“Our Challenger 350 aircraft successfully entered into service this past June and made its European debut at the Farnborough airshow in July. With certification now in-hand, we are eager to start delivering EASA-registered units to our customers,” said Éric Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We have very strong demand for this aircraft and customers who are already operating it are delighted with its increased performance and new cabin design.”

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Approval Imminent for Embraer Legacy 450/500 U.S. Plant and more BizAv news

September 4th, 2014

Mystery surrounds the fate of one of the UK’s oldest business aviation providers, after the country’s regulator suspended its Air Operator Certificate and the firm was apparently locked out of its base.

PremiAir Aviation Services (PAS) – which traces its roots back more than 30 years to McAlpine Aviation Services – operates a helicopter charter, management and engineering business from Blackbushe airport, to the west of London.

However, despite repeated attempts to contact the Blackbushe office, no-one from the company was answering calls.

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Following a “tepid” first quarter, business aviation flying made a strong comeback in the second quarter, according to business aircraft hourly-cost maintenance provider JSSI. The company’s business aviation index for the second quarter shows that global business aviation flight activity ramped up by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 3 percent from a year ago.

“After a tough first quarter, economic activity in the U.S. picked up considerably, translating into a corresponding uptick in business aviation,” said JSSI president and CEO Neil Book. “With corporate investments on the rise and businesses feeling more confident about prospects for future economic growth, the use of business aircraft, as tools for generating additional business, is on the rise as well.”

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The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility during a special meeting tomorrow morning. Embraer has proposed constructing a $76 million, 250,000-sq-ft building that would be situated between its business jet delivery center and Phenom 100/300 assembly facility on the north side of Melbourne International Airport.

The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility

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BusinessAviationVoice: North America Jet Deliveries Higher

The worst recession since the Great Depression ended in June 2009, but the recovery has been slow and halting—all the more reason to take comfort in recently released data showing second-quarter business jet deliveries in North America, mainly the U.S., 30 percent higher than in the same period a year ago.

Midsize-cabin deliveries increased 7 percent, and small-cabin deliveries rose 2 percent, while those for large-cabin aircraft—the ultra long-range models—declined 5 percent. However, on a rolling 12-month basis, small-cabin deliveries in North America were 15 percent higher than in the prior 12 months, and deliveries of large-cabin jets were up 7 percent, while midsize-cabin deliveries were 14 percent lower.

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GE delays Passport engine flight test for Bombardier, Online Ground School for Gulfstream G550 Recurrent Course and MORE

September 3rd, 2014

Jordan Will Host Next Middle East/North African Business Aviation Conference

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will host its next MEBAA Conference in Amman, Jordan, on October 14. Initial plans called for it to be held in Tunisia next month, MEBAA said, but this venue has been postponed until next year. Following the success of the last MEBAA Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April, the event in Jordan will also draw upon members and prominent stakeholders across the region’s aviation sector “to deliberate and discuss the issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa’s business aviation market…

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Second-quarter business jet deliveries climbed by 30 percent in North America, but this gain was more than offset by deficits in the rest of the world, according to data released yesterday by UBS Global Research. Global business jet shipments, excluding very light jets, fell 1 percent during the quarter, dragged down by losses in other world regions: -50 percent in Asia-Pacific outside China/India, -39 percent in China/India, -23 percent in Western Europe and -21 percent in emerging countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia…

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Bombardier must wait a few more months to see the flight test phase begin for the GE Aviation engine that will power the Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

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​The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a safety information bulletin (SIB) to prepare airlines, air navigation service providers and national aviation authorities for the procedures they would have to follow in the event that the seismic activity reported by Iceland becomes a major volcan

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FlightSafety International is offering online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course. The company’s G550 eRecurrent training course is available for pilots who operate their aircraft under FAA or EASA regulations and replaces the two-day, in-person recurrent training course. It includes a 13-hour ground school eLearning module and instructor-lead LiveLearning CRM training…
FlightSafety International is offering online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course

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Bombardier Global to Receive Satcom Direct Routers, Pilatus Announces Partnership and MORE

August 29th, 2014

Bombardier Global to Receive Satcom Direct Routers

Yesterday, the FAA issued supplemental type certificates (STCs) to Jet Aviation’s St. Louis facility for the installation of Satcom Direct’s router onboard several Bombardier Global models.

Bombardier Globals to Receive Satcom Direct Routers

Jet Aviation St. Louis Senior Manager Avionics Sales Blake Hogge speaks highly of the Satcom Direct Router (SDR), as the upgraded router delivers better bandwidth capabilities, allowing a higher amount of data transfer for Bombardier Global aircraft. According to a Satcom Direct company statement, “the SDR allows customers to manage all cabin communications systems in combination with Inmarsat Swift 64, SwiftBroadband, Ku-Band, and Ka-Band satellite connections.”

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The Houston, TX-headquartered UVair FBO network has gained three members, bringing the total number of affiliated FBOs to 25.

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The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to recognize Landmark Aviation as a sustaining member. Landmark has shown their commitment to the foundation’s vision of enhancing and improving safety through their generous financial support.

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A long-term contract between Pilatus and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has been signed for a ten-year period providing for delivery of the first complete PC-12 NG aero structure during the second half of 2016.

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Textron Aviation announced that Cessna Aircraft Company delivered the 10,000th single-engine aircraft from its Independence, Kan. facility since its first delivery in June 1996. Liberty University took delivery of this milestone aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, along with two other Cessna Skyhawks, adding to its growing flight training fleet.

Textron Aviation Independence facility delivers 10,000th single-engine aircraft

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Honeywell propels Embraer Legacy 500 into service, latest cover of Aviation Week Space Technology

August 28th, 2014

Honeywell propels Embraer Legacy 500 into service

Customized technology from Honeywell offers a new level of comfort in the midsize business jet market with the latest offerings for crew and passengers.

A number of Honeywell Aerospace products contributed to the recent certification of Embraer’s newest midsize jet, the Legacy 500, offering a new level of comfort and reliability in business aviation.

A number of Honeywell Aerospace products contributed to the recent certification of Legacy 500

Aligned with Embraer’s vision, Honeywell’s technologies on the Legacy 500 are designed for the highest standards of customer comfort and come complete with the most advanced cabin and propulsion technologies. Honeywell provides the turbofan engines, auxiliary power unit (APU), Ovation Select Cabin Management System, cabin pressure control system and air conditioning system for Embraer’s latest midsize jet.

“The Legacy 500 offers a new level in comfortable business travel, and we’ve been fortunate enough to work with Embraer and its customers from the beginning to deliver a truly customized and modern flight experience,” said Benjamin Driggs, president, Honeywell Brazil. “The connectivity delivered by Ovation Select and reliability inherent in the HTF7500E engines and the new APU are going to make the Legacy 500 a productivity tool that customers won’t want to live without.”

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U.S. Changing No-Fly List Rules

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel

The decision comes after a federal judge’s ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months. As of late last summer, about 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.

The government’s policy is never to confirm or deny that a person actually is on the no-fly list, citing national security concerns. In most instances, travelers assume they are on the list because they are instructed to go through additional screening at airports or because they are told they can’t board their flights to, from or within the United States.

The no-fly list is one of the government’s most controversial post-9/11 counterterrorism programs because of its lack of due process, long criticized because people cannot know why they were placed on the list and lack a way to fight the decision. Changing how people can challenge their designation could amount to one of the government’s most significant adjustments to how it manages the list.

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Business Aviation’s Second Quarter Comeback, Cessna’s CitationAir to cease operations, Gulfstream flight controls + MORE Aug 27th

August 27th, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace issued a maintenance and operations letter on Monday to all Gulfstream operators stressing that the “freedom of flight control movement is the ultimate indicator the gust lock is fully released for all Gulfstream models.” The letter, MOL-14-0024, is a follow-on to another sent on June 13 in the wake of the May 31 Gulfstream GIV-SP accident near Boston, reminding “operators of the importance of adhering to Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) procedures to confirm flight control integrity and freedom of movement…

Gulfstream: Flight Controls Best Check for Lock Release

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Business Aviation’s Second Quarter Comeback

Following a period of lower activity in the first quarter of 2014, business aviation made a strong comeback in the second quarter of the year, according to a report published by Jet Support Services Incorporated (JSSI). According to JSSI’s Business Aviation Index, second quarter 2014 global business aviation activity grew by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and by 3 percent year-over-year. A provider of maintenance and financial services to the business aviation industry, JSSI tracks the number of hours that business aircraft have flown according to region, industry and aircraft type.

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Some followers of business aviation may think they’ve seen every service offering available, but they would be wrong if they were unfamiliar with a relatively new provider called Wheels Up.

The membership-based private aviation company is a year old this month, and its presence already is being felt in a marketplace that has no shortage of hard-charging competitors. It has 575 members, most of who were accustomed to utilizing light jets. By the end of the year, Wheels Up expects the roster to climb to 1,200. “We have quite a few large corporations who recognize the value of what we’re offering,” says Kenny Dichter, who created and is leading the new venture. He’s also the founder of Marquis Jet and the originator of the 25-hour fractional jet card.

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Cessna’s CitationAir to cease operations

CitationAir – Cessna’s business jet charter and management arm – plans to cease flight operations 31 October around two years after it stopped selling fractional shares in new aircraft and jet cards.

“After diligently evaluating options for the future of CitationAir, we have made the decision to wind down our operations and exit the business,” says CitationAir parent company Textron Aviation.

Citationair™ by Cessna

The reasons behind its decision to shut down have not been disclosed by Textron, but low demand in the US for light and midsize cabin business jets – which are the backbone of the CitationAir offering – are believed to have played a role in its demise.

It is also unclear whether CiationAir was considered core to the business stretegy of the recently formed Textron Aviation unit, which is focused on manufacturing and developing the Cessna and Beechcraft family of business jets, turboprops and piston-engined aircraft.

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