On the opening day at the Paris Air Show, HyperMach took the wraps off a 20-seat, Mach 3.6 business jet that would fly from Paris to New York in just under two hours. Key enabling technologies for the SonicStar include the SonicBlue S-MAGJET five-stage electric-turbine hybrid supersonic 4000-X series engine and a magnetic spike on the nose that can control sonic booms using plasma waves.
News broke today at EBACE about the ExcelAire pilots being found guilty by a Brazilian court for causing the fatal September 2006 midair over the Amazon jungle. The collision of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 resulted in the deaths of all on 154 aboard the airliner, though the U.S. pilots were able to land their damaged business jet.
EBACE 2011 won’t open until Tuesday, but that isn’t stopping industry observers from predicting that the show will mark a turning point in the business aviation industry. One such analyst is Jahid Fazil-Karim, a partner at global aircraft broker at Jetcraft who believes optimism will be the prevailing force at this year’s EBACE.
Zenith Jet created a stir in the industry last year when it debuted its first “bottom up” business aviation forecast. And it didn’t pull any punches in its second annual bizjet forecast, a detailed 40-page report released last Wednesday that predicts 11,103 business jets worth $240 billion will be delivered over the next 10 years, with a peak in 2016 and trough in 2018.
AIN caught up with John and Martha King of King Schools at the recent Sun 'n' Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, to talk about their opposition to changes to the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request program. The husband and wife pilot duo has celebrity status in the aviation community due to their popular video pilot-training courses.
AIN senior editor Kirby Harrison spoke with Piaggio America president and CEO John Bingham about the business aircraft market, as well as the company’s future plans for the Avanti II turboprop twin and the P1XX jet program.
At the opening of Embraer’s first assembly plant in the U.S. on March 21, AIN spoke with company chief executive Fred Curado about the new Melbourne, Fla. facility. The head of the Brazlian aircraft manufacturer also shared his thoughts on how Embraer is faring in the business aviation market, as well as potential plans to further expand its product line in this space.
AIN met up with Eclipse Aerospace executive vice president Mike Press last week at the Sun n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, to get an update on the Eclipse 500 program. Press reported that things are going well at the Albuquerque-based company since its rebirth after bankruptcy two years ago.
Today, on the second day of the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai, TAG Aviation’s Asia affiliate and China First Mandarin Group of Shenyang, China, announced an alliance to provide private aircraft services in the expanding China market. Here at MEBA, AIN senior editor Matt Thurber sat down with TAG Aviation CEO Robert Wells to get the details of this new joint venture.
For our final podcast from the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta, AIN talked to Kestrel Aircraft chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier at the show static display area, where he gave an update on his company's all-composite turboprop single project.