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Business Aviation Users Feel More Productive on Private Jets, Pilatus PC-24 Begins Taxi Runs, Gulfstream G500 and G600 New Wing Skin Supplier, NetJets Europe Prepares For First Challenger 350, Dassault Adds Second Falcon 8X to Test Program

May 1st, 2015

Selected business aviation news starting with a look at the PC-24 beginning taxi runs. G500 and G600 news. NetJets Europe is getting ready for its 1st Challenger 350. Second Falcon 8X added to test fleet. An NBAA survey shows that business aviation users feel more productive than when in the office.

Pilatus has begun taxi runs of its PC-24, and says the light business jet remains on target to make its first flight in May.

The seven-seat twin was pictured on 29 April on the runway the airframer’s Stans, Switzerland headquarters.

Pilatus PC-24 begins taxi runs

Launched in 2012, the PC-24 is the first business jet programme for Pilatus – builder of the PC-series of propeller-driven civil aircraft and military trainers.

Continue Reading about the PC-24 On http://www.flightglobal.com »

Gulfstream has selected GKN Aerospace to supply the upper and lower wing skins for its new large-cabin, long-range business jet duo, the G500 and G600.

The award marks another major step in the UK-headquartered company’s strategy to increase its presence in the business jet market.

Gulfstream G600 and G500

GKN already supplies skins for the G550’s wings, and says it aims to “foster and grow its relationship with Gulfstream for the long term”

Gulfstream G550

The G500 and G600 upper wing skins are constructed in a single piece, thus eliminating fasteners and joints and consequently lowering weight and reducing maintenance, says GKN. The lower wing skins are comprised of several panels and incorporate a number of complex design features, it adds.

Continue Reading On About the G500 and G600 http://www.flightglobal.com »

NetJets Europe is poised to take delivery of its first Bombardier Challenger 350.

Bombardier Challenger 350 NetJets Europe

The super-midsize business jet – registration CS-CHA – was pictured in Glasgow on 25 April during its ferry flight from Bombardier’s Montreal completion facility to the fractional ownership company’s headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal.

The aircraft will make its public debut with NetJets at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-21 May.

Another four of the twin-engined type are bound for NetJets Europe this year. The company’s 2015 aircraft delivery schedule also includes six Embraer Phenom 300s and two Bombardier Global 6000s

Continue Reading About NetJets Europe and the Challenger 350 on www.flightglobal.com »

Dassault Adds Second Falcon 8X to Test Program

Dassault Aviation has added a second Falcon 8X into its flight test program that flew for the first time on March 30. After initial checks on the digital flight controls and engine system, test pilots Laverne and Faurdesus took the aircraft to 43,000 ft. and Mach 0.8 for performance testing. They then ran a series of additional checks before landing after 2 hr. and 45 min. in the air.

Dassault Falcon 8X

Continue Reading About the Dassault Falcon 8X On www.aviationweek.com »

A study by the National Business Aviation Association (JetOptions is a member of NBAA) found that more than 20% of all business aviation users felt more productive while on board a private jet compared to working in their offices. Their counterparts using traditional airline service reported a 36% drop in productivity, the study said. Increased productivity stands out the most when it comes to choosing business aviation. That’s reflected in a company’s balance sheet.

Nancy Blanchat Portrait

Continue Reading Business Aviation Users and Their Productivity On www.aviationweek.com »

Four Seasons Private Jet, Flexjet Learjet 85 replacement, Textron Profits Up Thanks to Beechcraft, Boeing 767 Review, China Business Aviation

April 29th, 2015

The Four Seasons Private Jet takes off

Four Seasons launches the hotel industry’s first fully branded private jets

The Toronto-based Four Seasons hotel group last year revealed that its guests would have new means of travelling from one of its properties to another, by announcing that the company would launch the hotel industry’s first fully branded private jet in 2015.

A retrofitted Boeing 757 featuring interiors by the hotel group’s designers, the Four Seasons Jet – as it is perhaps a touch unimaginatively named – accommodates just 52 passengers rather than the 233 this category of aircraft usually carries.

Four Seasons Private Jet

The private jet is currently being used to facilitate a 16-day “Backstage with the Arts” tour that will see passengers visit some of Europe’s most significant cultural attractions, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia; accommodation en route is in Four Seasons hotels. That particular trip was priced at £119,000 (about £71,000) per person, with the rate including all flights, meals and overnight stays.

Continue Reading On telegraph.co.uk »

Flexjet Moving Forward with Lear 85 Replacement

Flexjet has found a replacement for the Bombardier Learjet 85 and has been working to transition customers who ordered shares in this now-shelved model into the new aircraft, chairman Kenn Ricci told AIN yesterday. Ricci did not specify the selection for replacement, saying the company expects to release those details later this summer after Flexjet has reached out to its entire customer base. Flexjet was the single largest customer for the all-composite twinjet, which Bombardier “paused” earlier this year.  Flexjet had orders for at least 60 Learjet 85s and had sold “well over” 60 shares in the business jet. Initial deliveries to Flexjet were anticipated late last year, but the aircraft was still in flight-test at the time.

Bombardier Learjet 85

Flexjet, meanwhile, is preparing to take delivery of its first two Gulfstreams—both G450s—in the coming weeks and four over the next several months as it begins a rollout of international services, Ricci said. The first crews have begun G450 training.

Gulfstream G450

Continue reading about Flexjet’s Learjet 85 replacement on AINOnline.com->

Nepal Earthquake: Travel Companies and Tour Operators Respond (VIDEO)

Following a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal just before noon on Saturday, tour operators and travel companies are beginning to respond to the crisis. Here’s the latest.

The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have killed at least 4,000 and left more than 100,000 homeless, the Guardian reports. More than 1,300 of those killed were in the Kathmandu valley, with another 944 from the Sindulpalchuk district east of the Nepalese capital. Areas west of the earthquake’s epicenter, such as ManasluDhaulagiri andAnnapurna, have experienced only light damage.

According to the NPR blog, the temples and court buildings in Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have suffered heavy damage

Continue Reading On travelagentcentral.com »

Nepal Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nepal and recommends that they defer nonessential travel there following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25.  The U.S. Department of State also recommends that U.S. citizens in Nepal exercise caution when traveling in or planning departure from the country.  The possibility for aftershocks of significant magnitude persists.  Infrastructure is fragile and access to basic resources, including healthcare, could be limited.  Cell phone and internet service are intermittent. In Kathmandu and elsewhere, some buildings are collapsed and some roads are impassable. Many roads are crowded with people and transportation is difficult.  Kathmandu’s airport has been re-opened since the earthquake, however, it may close temporarily without notice due to aftershocks or inclement weather.  We encourage travelers to contact your airline to confirm flight availability before departing for the airport.  If you are in a safe location, the best option might be to shelter in place.  This Travel Alert expires on August 1, 2015.

Continue Reading On state.gov »

Beechcraft Buoys Textron Aviation in First Quarter

Jet deliveries at Cessna Aircraft fell nearly 6 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, but Textron Aviation managed to log higher revenue and profit thanks to Beechcraft, Scott Donnelly, chairman and CEO at parent company Textron, said today during a quarterly investor conference call. Revenue at Textron Aviation soared by $266 million, to $1.051 billion, “primarily reflecting the impact of the Beechcraft King Air 350 acquisition” in March last year. The segment also reported a profit of $67 million in the first quarter, compared with $14 million a year ago.

Beechcraft King Air 350 ER

Continue reading about Textron and Beechcraft on AINOnline.com->

Used Aircraft Review: Boeing 767

Feeling cramped in your large-cabin bizjet? Maybe you need one of these.

More than a thousand Boeing 767s have been delivered since the aircraft made its first flight in 1981. Its popularity with the airlines—which can stuff 200 to 304 passengers in one, depending on model and configuration—has waned in recent years, however. The commercial carriers are increasingly parking 767s and ­opting for more modern and fuel-efficient successors.

Boeing 767 VIP Business Jet

For well-heeled individuals (see below) who worry less about fuel costs, though, the 767 can offer a lot of aircraft for a relatively low price. The model was developed in tandem with the narrow-body Boeing 757 (see review in the December 2013/January 2014 BJT), which also features first-generation glass-panel avionics; the same pilot type rating is good for both aircraft.

Variants of the 767 include the 767-200, 200ER (extended range), 300, 300ER, 400ER and freighter. The Dash 300 models have a 21-foot fuselage stretch to 180 feet compared with the series 200s; the 400ER has another 21 feet on top of that for a total of 201 feet. Range varies (without auxiliary fuel tanks) from 3,850 nautical miles for a Dash 200 to 6,473 nautical miles for a Dash 400ER with winglets. The majority of 767s produced to date are 300ER models.

While most all models have seen VIP duty, you’ll find the best deals on the older Dash 200s and 200ERs. The Dash 200s can also use considerably shorter runways—5,800 feet at the maximum takeoff weight of 315,000 pounds. (Weights on other variants increase to 450,000 pounds and runway requirements can expand to 10,200 feet for a 400ER at maximum takeoff weight.) That can make these Dash 200 aircraft more attractive to corporate and VIP users who traditionally desire to access more airports with shorter runways.

Boeing 767 VIP business jet interior

You can pick one up in airline configuration for as little as $9 million, and that’s a pretty good deal for a big—and I do mean big—airplane that can fly 8,000 miles nonstop at a top speed of 469 knots. (A new 767 with an airline interior will set you back $185 million.) Even if you install a beautiful interior, you’ll be hard-pressed to spend more than $50 million for the package—unless, of course, you want a throne room and antimissile defense.

Continue reading about the Boeing 767 on BJTOnline.com->

The Year in Business Aviation in China

Activity in China has slowed a bit, but that’s good news for some.

A cooling economy combined with new government policies to control corruption and extravagant spending may have dampened business aviation activity in China this past year, but these factors have also created opportunities for business jet travelers. Moreover, the slowdown has had little impact on regional growth in support services and infrastructure, or on optimism about future prospects.

“It’s not so much a frenzy as it was before, but in the long term it’s going in the right direction,” says Carey Matthews, general manager of Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at ­Hongqiao International Airport. Matthews reports that Shanghai Hawker Pacific saw 6 percent growth in traffic at its facility last year, while his company expanded its services, becoming an authorized Cessna service center and receiving approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to perform structural repairs.

The less froth in the market and the more services, the better, so as a business jet traveler, you could say it was an excellent year. But there’s no denying the impact the government’s anti-corruption and austerity campaigns have had on charter activity.

Continue reading about business aviation in China on BJTOnline.com->

Business Aviation News from Twitter April 24th, 2015

April 24th, 2015

Here are selected business aviation tweets from around the Twitterverse:

@BusinessAir1 has a Bombardier Challenger 601 for sale:

 @aircharterguide tweet is about Branding Pass offering a free SEO audit to Business Aviation operators:

 @NBAA is running their annual aviation operators compensation survey:

 @Bombardier_Aero is breaking ground on their new maintenance facility in China:

 @NoPlaneNoGain is using social media to spread positive messages about business aviation:

 @GulfstreamAero has a cool picture showing their G280 and a Zeppelin:

 @AviationWeek talks about uncooperative military aircraft:

JetOptions is featuring GlobalAir Private Aircraft for Sale

April 22nd, 2015

Our friends at GlobalAir.com are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing aircraft for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of this, we are featuring them on our website as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At Globalair.com you will find a large variety of private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft as well as leasing opportunities. On a weekly basis we will be showcasing selected aircraft here.

Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and easily with the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale next to each other. Whether you are buying or selling an aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start:

New Listings: Jet Aircraft For Sale
Learjet 60 For Sale
Learjet 60 For Sale
Learjet 60 For Sale
2000 Learjet 60
SN: 171

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  • Collins Pro Line 4 w/ Integrated Four Tube EFIS (Electronic Flight Information System)
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Falcon 900B For Sale

Falcon 900B For Sale
Falcon 900B For Sale
1987 Falcon 900B
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  • Main Landing Gear Overhaul c/w July 2011 at Dassault Falcon Jet
  • New Paint & Interior, Duncan Aviation July 2010
  • ATG 5000 w/Wi-Fi & GoGo Talk to Text
  • You can charter a Falcon 900 from JetOptions

Hawker 750 For Sale

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Gulfstream G300 For Sale

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Gulfstream G550 For Sale

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  • You can charter a Gulfstream G550 from JetOptions
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Business Aviation News From Twitter, Photograph of the week: Canary Wharf above the clouds, Top 6 luxury experiences in St Vincent and the Grenadines

April 20th, 2015

Assorted aviation news that may be of interest to our readers. Gathered from Twitter.

Asia Business Aviation Convention, ABACE, Underway in Shanghai, Gulfstream, Bombardier,Dassault Top Private Jets in Asia, Cessna Delivers Citation XLS+ to Launch Customer

April 15th, 2015

Business Aviation’s Largest Convention, ABACE, is Underway in Shanghai

The 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE 2015) opened Tuesday, April 14, and the stage was ready for Asia’s biggest business aviation event of the year. All eyes are on Shanghai, China as ABACE 2015 gets underway at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. More than 8,000 attendees are expected to visit the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre throughout the duration of the event. Highlights of the show include: almost 200 exhibitors from around the world, including more than 40 percent from the Asia-Pacific region, dozens of the latest and most modern aircraft on static display, many noteworthy keynoters from government and industry along with educational opportunities.

A report published by aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) says that the number of business jets in the Asia Pacific grew 15% to 647 aircraft in 2014, but that 2015 will be a tough year for the region’s biggest market, China.

Gulfstream G550 and G450 are top private jets in Asia

The report, an advanced copy of which was supplied to Flightglobal, says that 2014 was an especially good year for Gulfstream, with the American manufacturer delivering 30 new jets into the Asia Pacific.

Bombardier Global 6000 is one of the top private jets in Asia

The most popular additions in the region were the Gulfstream G550 and G450, the Bombardier Global 6000, and the Dassault Falcon 7X.

Dassault Falcon 7X is one of the top private jets in Asia

Pre-owned aircraft had a bad 2014, however, with sales activity down about 50% from a year earlier.

The report focuses on Greater China, North Asia, and Southeast Asia, but excludes Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Continue Reading about the top private jets in Asia on Flightglobal.com »

The Zhuhai-based joint venture between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company has begun delivery of the first two Citation XLS+ aircraft to launch customer Guangzhou Zhongheng Group.

Citation XLS plus delivered in China

Continue Reading On aviationtoday.com »

Textron Aviation has announced orders for over a dozen aircraft in China and a new support offering for Chinese operators of the Cessna Caravan 208.

Textron’s key order order is for a Citation XLS+ business jet from FT Business Jets. Shanghai-based FT Business Jets plans to offer charter services, and the aircraft will be delivered later this year by Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai), the American company’s joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aviation (CAIGA).

Continue Reading about Textron anouncements at ABACE on Flightglobal.com »

Bombardier to Highlight its Business Jet Lineup at ABACE 2015, Pilatus PC-24 Guide, Hondajet, $1 Million a Week Super Yacht

April 10th, 2015

JetOptions will be attending ABACE 2015 in Shanghai next week and Bombardier has announced its business jet lineup for the show. Also we have a buyer’s and investor’s guide to the Pilatus PC-24 which was unveiled at EBACE 2014 in Geneva. HondaJet is inching closer to production, and if you have 1 million dollars a week to charter a super yacht it’s name is Solandge.

Bombardier to Highlight its Business Jet Lineup at ABACE 2015

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that it will showcase its class-defining business aircraft at this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) show at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport in China from April 14 to 16, 2015. Bombardier will be showcasing its Challenger 350 and Challenger 605 aircraft. Other Bombardier aircraft on display include a Challenger 300, Challenger 850 and Global 6000 aircraft

“ABACE is a wonderful opportunity for Bombardier to present its products”, said Michael Han, Regional Vice President, Sales, China. “With a very strong fleet of over 120 Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets based in Greater China, Bombardier is well-positioned to build on its current presence in the region as a world-class provider of efficiency-enhancing business aircraft. This year will be another very exciting year for Bombardier in the country and region.”

Over the next 10 years, Bombardier’s latest market forecast predicts a total of 950 business jet deliveries for the overall business aviation industry in Greater China. The demand, driven by economic growth, globalization and the increase in the number of billionaires in those markets, is expected to rise even further. With the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and a commitment to customer satisfaction, Bombardier continues to grow its leadership position in the business aviation industry. From light jets to large, ultra long-range aircraft, Bombardier offers a solution to all customers, whatever their requirements may be.

Challenger 350 aircraft

Challenger 350 will be on display at ABACE15

Built upon the legendary segment-defining Challenger 300 jet, the dependable Challenger 350 jet not only features the very latest in avionics, but offers the segment’s most advanced cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines the man-machine interface, all the while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger family. This jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200 nm (5,926 km) range that connects Shanghai with Jakarta non-stop.

Challenger 605 aircraft

Bombardier Challenger 605 will be on display at ABACE15

The revered Challenger 605 jet builds upon the legacy of productivity, quality and reliability of its predecessor, the peerless Challenger 604 jet, leading its market share segment throughout the world. Featuring one of the widest stand-up cabins of any large category business jet available today, it can soar six passengers 4,000 nm (7,408 km) from Shanghai to Dubai.

Challenger 850 aircraft

Bombardier Challenger 850 will be on display at ABACE15

The Challenger 850 aircraft combines the outstanding dependability of a CRJ200 airliner with an executive cabin and the superior level of support business aircraft customer’s demand. With the cabin volume of an ultra long-range jet and a transcontinental range of up to 2,811 nm nautical miles (5,206 km), the Challenger 850 jet can fly eight passengers from Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur non-stop.

Global 6000 aircraft

Bombardier Global 6000 will be on display at ABACE15

The Global 6000 business jet offers more cabin volume and more floor space than any other aircraft in its class. No other business jet in the ultra long-range segment today matches the high-speed range capability delivered by this aircraft. Offering the ultimate in cabin comfort, this impressive jet can link Shanghai with San Francisco non-stop with eight passengers and four crew. It can travel 6,000 nm (11,112 km) at Mach 0.85 with up to eight passengers.

Pilatus PC-24: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Pilatus PC-24 is the first private jet from Switzerland’s Pilatus, bringing ‘super versatility’ to the competitive light jet market for $8.9 million.

Pilatus PC24

Verdict

For: The ability to land of virtually any kind of surface opens up the Pilatus PC-24 to new markets that were previously closed off to private jets. As a unique selling point, this gives the PC-24 a serious edge in a very competitive marketplace.

Its versatility is also very impressive, affording owners the luxury of being able to quickly change the cabin from executive to cargo configuration between legs.

Against: The light jet market is very competitive. Cessna decided to slow down production of its Citation jets instead of heavily discount values, while Embraer led the market for two years straight, with the popular Phenom 300 emerging as the most-delivered new business jet model in both 2013 and 2014.

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

HondaJet is happening

A lot of important things have happened since Honda first started its business jet programme in 1997. But last week’s award of a provisional type certificate to the HondaJet means that the first deliveries are finally in sight.

Hondajet

Honda – and the 14 business jet programmes that have failed since HondaJet launched – shows just how difficult it is to enter the business jet market. (And it makes Embraer’s achievements even more impressive given that it only moved into business aviation in 2000).

Honda has hired some brilliant talents from across the aviation industry, but there are no quick fixes with certification (although they could have sped up if they had taken someone else’s engine).

Continue Reading On corporatejetinvestor.com »

Sailing on Solandge, the $1 million-a-week superyacht

Costing from $1 million per week to charter, the 280ft Solandge superyacht is a billionaries’ favourite, with interiors that Liberace would have loved, a garage of speedboats and even anti-rattle chandeliers

Solandge super yacht can be chartered at 1 million per week

Now this is fun. It’s yet another sunny day in the Caribbean – blue sky, 27C, gorgeous beaches, divebombing pelicans – and I’m discovering the thrills of wakesurfing with a Centurion Enzo SV244 speedboat. Purpose-built for this exhilarating sport, where you surf behind the boat on a driver-controlled ridge of surf, its most striking feature is an overhead arch with four large speakers out of which are blasting the not-mellow tunes of Daft Punk, Cut Copy and Disclosure. As our party takes turns to slalom over the waves, flip wakeboards and come a glorious cropper (all caught on GoPro, sorry guys), it all seems a deliciously 21st-century version of the age-old pleasure of messing about in boats.

Except that this is just the beginning. The Centurion is merely one in an arsenal of watersports “toys” that can emerge from the twin flip-up doors of the tender garage of the 280ft superyacht Solandge. Launched in October 2013, and based in St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, this gleaming navy-blue and white six-deck ship of dreams costs a cool $1million (£650,000) to charter for a week. At least.

Continue reading about the Solandge on telegraph.co.uk »