Emerging markets is the buzzword in the business aviation industry, but few talk about the challenges of actually getting aircraft into service in these countries. ACASS president Andre Khury specializes in this area, and he sat down with AIN at the NBAA Convention to share some interesting stories about what it takes to get aircraft into service in emerging countries.
Directional Aviation principal Kenn Ricci has been quietly amassing an empire of business aviation companies, including Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation, as well as having a minority share in fractional provider Flight Options. AIN talked with him on the show floor of the 2010 NBAA Convention to get his perspective.
To get a better sense of the fractional aircraft market, AIN sat down with Flexjet President Fred Reid at the static display area at the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
AIN online editor Chad Trautvetter speaks with business aviation analyst Brian Foley on the eve of the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta about the current state of the bizav market and the Monday announcements at the show.
AIN senior editor Charles Alcock talks with AIN's NBAA Convention News editor Matt Thurber to get a preview of the news that will be released in the coming days at the 2010 NBAA Convention in Atlanta, Ga.
On the eve of the annual Cirrus owner migration event in Duluth, Minn., Cirrus chairman Alan Klapmeier announced today that he has assembled a team to acquire the aircraft manufacturer’s Vision SF50 single-engine jet program from majority owner Arcapita Bank. We talked with Klapmeier to get more details about this interesting development and find out why he’s proposing to do this.
For the first time in Piper Aircraft’s 71-year history, the company has flown a homegrown jet airplane. Yesterday morning, hundreds of the aircraft manufacturer’s employees watched, and celebrated, the successful maiden flight of the PiperJet from Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport, which is also home to Piper.
What a difference a year makes. At last year’s EAA AirVenture, Eclipse Aviation founder, president and CEO Vern Raburn made a dramatic entrance to the show aboard the Eclipse Concept Jet. At this year’s show, however, Raburn made a surprise exit, announcing yesterday that he was stepping down from the very light jet manufacturer.
Cleveland-based Flight Options came full circle this week when company founder Kenn Ricci returned to the helm, some six years after he sold the fractional provider. He now comes back to a flagging company in need of help, not to mention one with pilot labor problems. AIN spoke with Ricci to find out his plans for turning Flight Options around, as well as making peace with the pilots.
Piper Aircraft’s two-year search for a new home came full circle yesterday afternoon when the company announced it will stay in Vero Beach, Fla. Just minutes after the big announcement, AIN sat down with Piper president and CEO James Bass to find out why the aircraft manufacturer chose Vero Beach over Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City, the other finalists.