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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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Analysts say Learjet 85 Likely To Suffer More Delays

August 25th, 2014

The Learjet 85 program, already years behind the original schedule, is likely to be pushed out farther to the right as Bombardier Aerospace gives higher priority to the CSeries and Global 7000/8000, say industry watchers. The Learjet 85 is currently the only one of these in active flight test, as CSeries flying was halted in late May due to an engine issue and the Global 7000 and 8000 won’t fly until early next year and 2016, respectively.

Learjet 85 delays

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Gulfstream Aerospace launched a new iOS app that allows customers to peruse the company’s pre-owned aircraft inventory on an iPad or iPhone. The Gulfstream Pre-owned Aircraft Sales app offers real-time inventory listings with interior and exterior photographs; detailed aircraft information, including flight hours and landings; the aircraft’s entry-into-service date; and pricing.

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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 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.”

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The Most Popular Business Jets and Business Aviation Tweets

August 23rd, 2014

The Motley Fool: The Most Popular Business Jets — This Is How the Elite Like to Fly

At first glance, it might seem like business jets are nothing more than a luxury perk for high-profile executives. But that would be missing the much bigger picture. Business aviation contributes $150 billion annually to the U.S. economy, and employs more that 1.2 million people in the U.S — and those aren’t the only good things.

As defense spending wanes, defense companies’ commercial revenue sources are becoming that much more important. So, let’s take a look at the three most popular business jets manufacturers, their most popular business jets for 2013, and why they’re important.


When it comes to business jets, Textron’s Cessna segment is usually flying high. Unfortunately, 2013 saw Cessna fall to third place thanks to lower deliveries — in 2013 Cessna delivered 139 business jets. Still, third place is still a pretty good ranking, so let’s take a look at Cessna’s most delivered jet, the 525C Citation CJ4, which had a total of 33 deliveries in 2013.

Capable of carrying 10 passengers, the Citation CJ4 has a maximum cruise speed of 519 mph, and a max range of 2,192 nautical miles. But the best part is being able to fly in what Cessna describes as “ultimate luxury.” Specifically, that includes dual-zone temperature control, LED lighting, the award-winning Venue TM HD integrated cabin management and entertainment suite, wide reclining leather seats, and advanced soundproofing. The price for this level of flying comfort? Approximately $9.05 million in 2013, according to Corporate Jet Investor.

Cessna Citation Cj4

More importantly, because Textron is a multi-industry company that receives a fair amount of revenue from defense spending (revenues from its Bell Helicopter segment accounted for 37% of Textron’s total revenues in 2013, and 14% of its total revenue come from the sale of other military equipment) its Cessna segment has, and will continue to be, an important contributor to Textron’s bottom line — in 2013, Cessna accounted for approximately 23% of Textron’s total revenues.


Unlike Cessna, 2013 was a great year for General Dynamics’ subsidiary, Gulfstream. In fact, with a total of 144 business jet deliveries, 2013 was Gulfstream’s second-best year on record, according to Wichita Business Journal. What helped drive Gulfstream’s deliveries? A combination of Gulfstream’s large cabin business jets, the Gulfstream 450, 550, and 650 — Gulfstream doesn’t split business jet deliveries beyond large and midsize cabin aircraft — so let’s take a look at these impressive jets.

2013 was Gulfstreams second best year

Capable of carrying up to 16 passengers, the G450 has a normal cruise speed of 528 mph, and a max range of 4,350 nautical miles. The G550, on the other hand, can carry up to 18 passengers, and has a normal cruise speed of 528 mph. Plus, it can travel 6,750 nm. Finally, the G650 can carry up to 18 people, but its normal cruise speed is 562 mph, with a range of 7,000 nm.
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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal speaks at Gulfstream tweets:

RUAG Aviation now provides real wood flooring as an option for owners and operators looking to enhance the quality of their cabin environment tweet:

FlightSafety International announces that it now offers online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course:

The governors of Montana and South Carolina recently issued official statements declaring the value of general aviation:

10 more stylish private jets, Embraer forecast, DC Aviation 15-year anniversary, GAMA shipments and MORE

August 22nd, 2014

DC Aviation GmbH will celebrate its 15-year company anniversary this year. Having received the AOC (Aircraft Operator Certificate) issued by the Luftfahrtbundesamt (German Federal Aviation Administration) in October 1999, the company is now Germany’s largest business jet operator and one of the leading operators in Europe. With branch operations in Dubai, Zurich, Malta and Moscow, the company’s international presence is ever increasing.

DC aviation hangar in Germany

DC Aviation originated in the year 2007 from the former DaimlerChrysler Aviation, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, which was established in 1999. During the course or the company’s history, DC Aviation has gathered extensive experience in the field of aircraft management. DC Aviation currently presents a complete portfolio, commencing with aircraft management and extending to airplane charters, consulting services and the maintenance of business jets. The young fleet consists of modern Cessna Citations Type XLS+, long-distance jets such as the Gulfstream G550, and aircraft with large cabins such as the Airbus 319 CJ. The present range of products and services supports the dynamic growth strategy of the company in Western and Eastern Europe as well as in the Middle East. This makes the company optimally equipped for current and future developments on the world market.

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In the second part of our top 10 most stylish private jets, we salute the owners of 10 aircraft that are not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Although associated with luxury, private jets are mainly used by business people to boost efficiency.

You know the drill by now. You buy a private jet for a myriad of different reasons, but realise that your garish, green paint job will get you noticed wherever you fly.

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Rather than face questions from the board, investors – or even your partner- about why your aircraft was seen in Cabo when you should have been hard at work in New York, you decide to repaint your aircraft into a dull overall white scheme, with maybe a bit of a blue cheat-line to liven things up a little. Congratulations, you now blend into the crowd (but don’t forget to register with the FAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request programme or your movements can still be traced).

In this article, we take time to salute the aircraft owners that want to stand out; the people who aren’t content with blending into the background, having their aircraft disappear into a sea of boring Euro white when parked around other private jets.

This time around we look at the second top 10, the equally-deserving private jets that just missed the cut when we published the first list in December 2013.

Click here to see all 10 jets in a story by Alud Davies at On »

No Plane No Gain tweet about Bell Helicopter Touts Aviation Jobs During Tour By Ramsey and Others:

GAMA Shipments Up

Light plane and business jet shipments increased across all categories in the second quarter of 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). A total of 592 aircraft were delivered by GAMA members in the period, up 5% from the 567 shipped in the same period last year. As a result, billings inched up from $5.723 billion in second quarter 2013 to $5.739 billion in the most recent quarter.

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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has started premium jet service between Houston and Stavanger, Norway, to meet the needs of business travelers in the oil industry.

The aircraft is a Boeing Business Jet equipped with 44 business-class seats. The plane’s livery will have SAS’s colors and logo.

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Reuters reports that Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA on Monday raised its outlook for executive jet sales in North America over the next decade while trimming its global sales forecast, highlighting the importance of the U.S. market for a business jet recovery.Embraer expects 4,620 business jets to be sold for a total $120 billion in the North American market from 2015 to 2024, up from 4,530 planes in its 2014-2023 forecast. The planemaker cut its worldwide outlook to 9,235 aircraft sold in the next decade, from 9,250 in last year’s ten-year estimate.

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Pro Line Fusion Certified on Legacy 500, Wichita Not The Next Detroit, Pilatus PC-12 High-Def EVS

August 21st, 2014

Rockwell Collins announced that its Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type certified on the Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 500 fly-by-wire mid-size business jet. First delivery is expected in the coming weeks. The Legacy 450, the new mid-light jet, which shares the Legacy 500 airframe and technology, is expected to be certified and delivered in 2015.

Features graphically rich Airport Moving Map that enhances runway safety

Eases flight department workload with automatic wireless database and maintenance updates

Sets growth path for industry-first technologies for mid-size business jets, including head-up guidance and LED-detecting enhanced vision systems

Pro Line Fusion Avionics certified on Embraer Legacy 500
The Legacy 500 is the first Pro Line Fusion-equipped jet with Rockwell Collins’ Airport Moving Map

“Pro Line Fusion is a perfect match for this fly-by-wire executive jet. These highly advanced systems work seamlessly together, creating a powerful experience for the pilots,” said Craig Olson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We share Embraer’s excitement about this significant milestone and look forward to working alongside them in Brazil as this program progresses into the future.”

The Legacy 500 is the first Pro Line Fusion-equipped jet with Rockwell Collins’ Airport Moving Map as a certified option. Geo-referenced aircraft “own-ship” position and color-coded assigned runway highlighting on graphically rich airport maps that can range in and out mitigate runway confusion during taxi, takeoff and landing.

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What’s the future hold for Russian operators?

As part of the upcoming Moscow Business Aviation Forum, organizers have announced the inclusion of a panel discussion on the topic of foreign registration in Russia.

Entitled “Foreign and national registry: the future for Russian business aviation operators”, panel members include representatives of the San Marino aircraft registry, the government of Bermuda, Meridian Air Company, Polet Airlines and Aviaservice Airlines.

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But Growth Will Be Slow, Cautions Rolland Vincent

Aviation Analyst Rolland Vincent, president of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he is “very optimistic about Wichita,” but that the recovery in the business jet market will continue to be slow.

Speaking Tuesday at the Wichita Aero Club, Vincent said that he sees a demand for 9,391 business jets in the 10 years from 2014 to 2023 valued at $257 billion. He said that 39 percent of those will likely be ultra-long-range jets, with the next largest segment being large long-range jets at 18 percent.

He said that the question he hears about Wichita being the next Detroit bother him, and he does not expect the kind of collapse seen in that city happening in the aviation sector. He predicts that there will be 718 business jets delivered in 2014, up from 678 last year.

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Pilatus Centre Canada Authorized To Complete Installations

STC granted for EVS on Pilatus PC-12

Transport Canada has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Pilatus Centre Canada (PCC), in association with Northeast Engineering & Development Ltd., for their recently developed Pilatus PC-12 Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

PCC chose the Lexavia LFS6000 EVS Sensor as the heart of the system. The LFS6000 is available in either the 320 x 240 resolution or the extremely high performance 640 x 480 resolutions. The lightest and most aerodynamic EVS sensor available today, the LFS6000 provides real time enhanced vision capability during darkness, smoke, bad weather and other limited visibility situations. This allows pilots to better identify terrain, structures, vehicles and other aircraft on and near runways, offering added situational awareness, and increased safety. The sensor location on the PC-12 provides a precise pilot point-of-view image to the pilot.

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Gulfstream G100 first flight anniversary, NBAA scholarship applications, New Ritz-Carlton App, Etihad VIP airliner

August 20th, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton App Becomes the Travel Accessory You Can’t Leave Home Without

 Although this article is not about air charter or business aivation, many of our clients stay at the Ritz and I thought it would be informative GL

The Ritz-Carlton App wants to be a part of your total travel experience, bringing the legendary service of the luxury hotel company to the smartphone in your pocket. In addition to mobile check-in and check-out, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is launching real-time service requests, food and beverage ordering, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards account review, folio review, and access to exclusive local content, concierge tips and offers at all hotels. The updated app is available for immediate download by visiting

The Ritz-Carlton App wants to be a part of your total travel experience

The Ritz-Carlton conducted extensive research with global affluent consumers, and studied user preferences since the initial launch of the App in 2012 to ensure the next phase of mobile enhances global travel. Digital services will provide consumers with touch points to truly enrich their journey from the time of trip planning through to their return. The Ritz-Carlton sees the opportunity to connect more closely with guests through advanced mobile functionality and also at an emotional level, as it continues to create content to better serve a global traveler today, providing options for guests to communicate based on their preferences.

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Etihad Airways is the first commercial airline to offer in its new Airbus A380 an extra-large private VIP suite dubbed ‘The Residence’ along with nine First Class Apartments. JetOptions can arrange charter on VIP airliners.

The Residence Experience will include dedicated Butlers on call throughout the flight, offering the type of discrete personal service and attention to detail found in the world’s most exclusive hotels.

These hospitality professionals have now been selected by Etihad Airways and will be undergoing specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, delivered by the University of West London in conjunction with The Savoy Hotel.

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Beechcraft tweet about ProAdvantage support for King Airs:

NBAA Tweet: Signature Flight Support, in coordination with NBAA Charities, has established the Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship to benefit undergraduates pursuing careers in business aviation management.

Gulfstream Aero tweet: Celebrating General Aviation Manufacturing Week

In 1994 the G100 first took flight
In 1994 the Gulfstream G100 first took flight

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JetOptions to Attend NBAA 2014 business aviation conference, Textron Aviation Extends ProAdvantage Support Program to King Airs, European Business Aviation Flying Undermined by Ukraine Crisis and MORE

August 19th, 2014

Customers of a business aviation conference organiser are desperately trying to contact the company to find out what is happening after a pair of events were cancelled, one at extremely short notice.

However, despite repeated attempts, no-one from Chichester, UK-based MIU Events has been in touch to explain whether the conferences will be rescheduled or if sponsors and attendees will be refunded money they have already paid.

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The crisis in Ukraine “undermined” business aircraft flying in Europe last month, with European flights to the CIS down 24 percent and East-West European connections down by 15 percent, according to the latest data from business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Overall, there were 68,048 business aviation flight departures in Europe last month, a 2.7-percent year-over-year decline, with July 11 percent below its 2008 peak and the least active July on record since 2005. Year to date, activity in the region is 0.7 percent below the 2013 trend.

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NBAA2014 to Feature Exhibitors From All Sectors of Business Aviation – JetOptions will attend NBAA2014

NBAA2014 organizers say the event is once again shaping up to a success for all participants. JetOptions Private Jets will have several sales team members, including Sales Director Gus Lira, attending NBAA2014 in Orlando, Florida.

JetOptions sales team to attend NBAA2014

As of mid-August, there were 827 exhibitors registered to participate, up 1.2 percent from this point last year, noted Maureen Cameron, director, exhibit sales, service & operations. More than 1,000 vendors, taking up more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, are expected to showcase their latest products and services when NBAA2014 opens Oct. 21 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center.

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Textron Aviation is now offering the ProAdvantage product support program for Beechcraft King Airs, the company announced yesterday at LABACE 2014. ProAdvantage, previously available only for Cessna Citation customers, offers programs that provide life-cycle maintenance and parts support for airframes and avionics, engines and auxiliary power units.

Textreon Extends ProAdvantage Program to King Airs

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Argentina and Brazil certificate Citation M2, European Business Aviation down, Aerocardal FBO

August 18th, 2014

DC Aviation has added an eight Cessna Citation XLS+ business jet to its aircraft fleet, which makes the company the largest XLS+ operator in Europe.

DC Aviation is Germany’s largest operator and continues to expand with offices in Dubai, Zurich, Malta, and Moscow.

Michael Kuhn, CEO of DC Aviation, said: “Our experience includes executive jet charter services, FBO services, repair and maintenance services and of course aircraft management services.”

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Argentina and Brazil have certificated the new Cessna Citation M2 private jet

Aviation authorities in Argentina and Brazil have given the certification nod to Cessna’s Citation M2, paving the way for deliveries to those countries to begin imminently.“The market in Latin America has shown tremendous interest in the Citation M2 due to its competitive acquisition and operating costs, its airport performance and its advanced onboard systems,” said Robert Gibbs, Cessna’s vice president of international sales.

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WINGX Advance says European business aviation flight activity in July declined by 2.7 per cent, when compared to the same month in 2013. European business aviation flight activity in July was down 2.7 per cent year-on-year, says German-based consultancy WINGX Advance.As well as flight activity dropping for the month, the company is also reporting that year-to-date activity has fallen by 0.7 per cent.

Flights from Russia and Ukraine were badly affected by the current crisis in the region, with flight activity out of Russia dropping by 12 per cent and by 49 per cent from Ukraine.

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Aerocardal Limitada in Santiago, Chile is the first South American FBO to join the Air Elite network, according to an announcement made by World Fuel Services at the LABACE show in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aerocardal is a full-service FBO, charter operation, and maintenance facility based at Santiago International Airport.

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Airbus Takes Aim at the Billionaire Club, Bombardier, Embraer and Gulfstream at LABACE and MORE

August 15th, 2014

The Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet, which is currently showing at LABACE, now has type certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency. It was one of the few remaining milestones before the manufacturer begins deliveries to customers. The next major mile marker will be FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certification within a matter of weeks, followed by certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Production is under way, with the first delivery scheduled for September. Up to six aircraft will be produced in 2014, and production will ramp up throughout next year.

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Bombardier is making a strong appearance at the LABACE show with four of its aircraft in the static display at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, spanning the entire gamut of the private jet market.

Bombardier strong presence at LABACE

Making its Brazilian debut as well as its first airshow appearance since receiving FAA certification in June, is the Canadian airframer’s Challenger 350 super midsize. An improvement on the Challenger 300, the nine-passenger twinjet offers 3,200-nm (5,926-km) range based on its greater fuel capacity, capable of linking São Paulo with San Juan. It has a new wing with canted winglets, and a higher maximum takeoff weight of 40,600 pounds. Following the show, the twinjet will embark on a regional tour with additional stops in Brazil and Guatemala.

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Airbus Corporate Jets doesn’t do small business jets. The entry level into the ACJ world is the ACJ318, based on the 100-plus-seat A318 airliner. The top end of the range reaches right up to the ACJ380 based on the world’s largest commercial aircraft. And such aircraft do not come cheap, especially when outfitted to a luxurious standard. According to the annual Buyer’s Guide produced by AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler, even the popular single-aisle ACJ319 will set you back around $87 million.

Airbus Corporate Jets doesn’t do small business jets

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Gulfstream opened this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Exhibition & Conference (LABACE) by noting “remarkable growth” in the region’s bizjet market. The business jet manufacturer opened the conference by announcing its fleet in Latin America has grown by nearly 70 percent since 2009. The company has its in-production fleet — the Gulfstream G650, G550, G450, G280 and G150 — at the annual air show in Sao Paulo.

Remarkable business aviation growth in Latin America says Gulfstream

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The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region is home to more than 5,000 business aircraft–2,457 jets 2,588 turboprops–according to current data from aviation data services firm JetNet. This represents 14.8 percent of the world’s fixed-wing business turbine fleet, despite the region’s 6.6-percent share of world gross domestic product (GDP).

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The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has endorsed ARGUS’ new Certified Charter Broker program:

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10th anniversary of the G450 certification by the FAA:

Brazil Certifies Embraer Legacy 500 Executive Jet, Cessna Citation Sovereign+ On Track for First Brazil Deliveries and MORE

August 14th, 2014

Product Support Program Crosses Over From Cessna Division

Textron Aviation continues to identify best practices between Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft Company since the integration of both companies began in March. As a result of that initiative, Beechcraft Corporation announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) it will begin offering ProAdvantage product support programs to the global Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet.

ProAdvantage product support for King Air

“Latin America is one of the largest worldwide markets for the King Air turboprops and we wanted to make this announcement here at LABACE knowing the interest in the region would be strong,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “The Cessna support programs under the ProAdvantage umbrella have become the standard in our industry and extending those services to our Beechcraft products is another example of the customer benefits that flow from the combined strength under Textron Aviation.”

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Citation Sovereign+ On Track For First Brazilian Deliveries

First New Owners Expected To Receive Their Airplanes In September

Cessna expects certification soon for the Citation Sovereign+ by the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil to pave the way for the first scheduled deliveries to Brazilian customers during the third quarter of 2014, the company said Tuesday at LABACE.

Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Following certification in December by the FAA in the United States and in June by the EASA, the Sovereign+ has gained certification in Mexico, Argentina and Chile. Through the second quarter, Cessna has delivered 24 Sovereign+ aircraft.

“The Citation Sovereign+ has already gained attention in Latin America for its short-field performance and its range,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Customers in São Paulo or Buenos Aires can reach the whole of South America non-stop, while a large portion of the U.S. is one flight away for customers leaving Manaus or Caracas.

“One of the best attributes of the Sovereign+ for Latin America is its ability to operate from smaller airfields, with a take-off distance of 3,530 feet,” Shortt said.

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According to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, this month’s 68,048 business aviation flight departures mark a 2.7% YOY decline, with July 11% below its 2008 peak and in fact the least active July on record since 2005. YTD, 2014 activity is 0.7% below 2013 trend.

A 5% fall in flights from Europe’s largest market, France, had the biggest negative influence on aggregate activity. Switzerland fell 10%, and crisis-hit Russia and Ukraine were respectively 12% and 49% adrift YOY.

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Provides Customized Technology For The Midsize Business Jet Market

A number of Honeywell Aerospace products contributed to the certification of Embraer’s newest midsize jet, the Embraer Legacy 500, setting a new standard for comfort and reliability in business aviation. Aligned with Embraer’s vision, Honeywell’s technologies on the Embraer 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.

Embraer Legacy 500 certification coming soon

“The Embraer 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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Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has expanded its Tip-to-Tail coverage program with five aircraft. Added to the coverage program are the Bombardier Learjet 70/75, the AgustaWestland AW119Ke and Kx helicopters, and the Bell 429.

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Features Airport Moving Map That Enhances Runway Safety

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type certified on the Embraer Legacy 500 fly-by-wire mid-size business jet. First delivery is expected in the coming weeks. The Legacy 450, the new mid-light jet, which shares the Embraer Legacy 500 airframe and technology, is expected to be certified and delivered in 2015.

Embraer Legacy 500 Midsize Private Aircraft Cockpit with Pro Line Fusion Now Certified

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FAA, EASA Certification Expected To Follow Soon

The Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) has granted type certification for the Embraer Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), in São Paulo, Brazil. Embraer expects to receive certification from the FAA in the upcoming weeks and certification by EASA thereafter.

Embraer Legacy 500 certified

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Landmark Aviation completes new FBO build at San Diego Intl Airport and MORE

August 13th, 2014

Landmark Aviation completed its newly-constructed state-of-the-art facility at San Diego International Airport (SAN). The facility is located at 3300 Terminal Link Rd., near the intersection of Sassafras Street and Pacific Highway. This FBO campus will achieve LEED Platinum certification.“This project took a lot of collective effort and dedication over the last two years, and we are very impressed with the finished product,” Landmark Aviation President & CEO Dan Bucaro stated. “We are excited to offer our customers a more spacious and modern facility, boasting many amenities. We couldn’t have done this without the support of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.”

Landmark San Diego

The FBO campus features a 19,000 square foot terminal, a 250,000 square foot ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres. Its amenities include office space, a snooze room, VIP lounge, fitness center, viewing deck, gourmet café, and an executive conference room. Landmark began operating out of its new home on August 1, 2014.

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Leading offshore safety training provider Falck Safety Services (Falck) has joined forces with aviation provider SaxonAir in Norwich to offer helicopter safety training to correspond with new offshore regulations.

Falck, which is based in Aberdeen and Teesside, will provide specialist safety courses at SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Center Headquarters at Norwich International Airport ahead of new UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) helicopter regulations, introducing Category A Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS)…

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Marshall Aviation Services at Cambridge has ratified an agreement with Suraviation, the expanding Madrid-based business aviation charter company, to provide MRO and technical support for their seven Cessna Citations, predominantly Mustangs, plus one CJ2.

Marshall, drawing on its 40 years’ experience providing Citation support, will provide base support in the UK at their Cambridge headquarters, together with AOG support in Europe.

The two companies first came together in October 2013 when Suraviation required urgent technical support while on a flight into Cambridge. They met again in Geneva in May and talked about long term collaboration, demonstrating the value of EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show. With Marshall-owned FlairJet also operating Cessna aircraft and welcoming a Mustang to the fleet next month, there is also an opportunity to broaden the relationship.

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Indoor Aircraft Static Display at NBAA2014, Brazilian General Aviation By The Numbers, BALA conference

August 12th, 2014

ABAG, the Brazilian general aviation association, has just published its influential annual yearbook, which compiles a wide range of economic and operational data about business and general aviation activities in the country. Now in its fourth edition, the ABAG Yearbook is a trusted reference for a wide range of parties, including Brazil’s air force-run air traffic control organization, and ANAC, the national civil aviation agency.

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The sixth annual Business Aviation in Latin America (BALA) conference will be held here at the LABACE show site at São Paolo’s Congonhas Airport on Wednesday morning, August 13. LABACE delegates can attend for free and are encouraged to register in advance at

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Building on a successful introduction last year in Las Vegas, the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, FL will feature an indoor static display of light, fixed-wing business aircraft and helicopters, in addition to the expansive outdoor static aircraft display that is a hallmark of NBAA’s annual convention.

NBAA 2014 will have an indoor static aircraft display

Approximately 12 to 15 light aircraft will be on static display in North Exhibit Hall B of the Orange County Convention Center throughout NBAA2014, which will take place from Oct. 21 to 23.

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The LABACE show’s 11th edition opens today with the mood of Brazilian business and general aviation cautiously optimistic. “Once more in 2013 the market grew by 5 to 6 percent, as it has for the last decade,” Eduardo Marson, president of industry group ABAG told a press conference here in São Paulo on Friday.

There are signs, however, that the current year has been a difficult one for general aviation, as a reflection of economic upheaval across Latin America and, specifically, the restrictions placed on operators during the soccer World Cup hosted by Brazil in June and July. A fuller picture of the state of Brazilian business aviation is provided by the fourth annual yearbook published by ABAG this week.

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Gulfstream Launches Preowned Aircraft Sales App, Restrictions And Competition Squeezing Business Aviation In Brazil and MORE

August 11th, 2014

Restrictions And Competition Squeezing Business Aviation In Brazil

Brazilian business aviation faces a squeeze between official restrictions and unofficial competition, vying with airline traffic for limited slots at the country’s major airports and with illegal “pirate” air taxi services for customers. Hosting the World Cup soccer tournament at 12 host cities around the country in June and July served as a stress test of the country’s aviation infrastructure. Although no major problems occurred, many, including industry group ABAG, feel that business aviation was sacrificed for that apparent success–and that this does not bode well.

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NBAA will award Robert “Bob” Hoover and R.W.“Bill” de Decker with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award and John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, respectively. The awards, among the highest ones given by the association, will be presented in October at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

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Hartzell Propeller will supply new lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third-generation Avanti twin turboprop–the Avanti EVO. For the EVO, Hartzell worked with Piaggio to develop highly swept, wide-chord aluminum alloy propellers that, when combined with changes to the nacelle and engine exhaust geometry, reduce external noise by five dBA, a 68-percent improvement.

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Gulfstream Launches Preowned Aircraft Sales App

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently launched a new app that allows customers to explore the company’s preowned aircraft inventory on their mobile devices.

The Gulfstream Preowned Aircraft Sales app offers customers real-time inventory listings with high-quality photography and detailed aircraft information, including total flight hours and landings, the aircraft’s entry-into-service date and pricing. Push notifications alert customers when a listing changes status.

Gulfstream preowned inventory goes mobile

“This easy-to-use mobile platform combines technology with superior service,” said Jim Ross, vice president, Preowned Aircraft Sales, Gulfstream. “With one touch, customers can access information on any preowned aircraft available in Gulfstream’s inventory, at any time, from anywhere.”

In addition to real-time listings, the app also includes a section that allows interested buyers to request more information about a particular aircraft.

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Gulfstream tweet about preowned aircraft inventory IOS App:

NBAA: Know the Facts About Business Aircraft Taxes in Texas

State and local taxing authorities across Texas have focused on the aviation industry as a potential source of tax revenue. Looking at the numbers, it’s no surprise why: the aviation industry in the Lone Star State generates billions of dollars annually as measured by gross domestic product – a record $8.4 billion in 2011 – and ranks first in the nation for total direct air transportation sector jobs, with more than 153,000, according to the 2014 The Texas Aerospace & Aviation Industry report from the office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Business Research. Further, according to FAA records, more than 29,000 aircraft are registered in the Lone Star State, second only to California.

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