Business Aviation

News and issues relating to business, corporate and private aviation, primarily regarding turbine-engine powered airplanes and helicopters. Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

October 1, 2014 - 6:00am

Jet Engines

Among manufacturers of turbofans for business aircraft, Williams retains the number-one slot in product support but is not alone at the top this year, sharing the honors with Rolls-Royce, which moves up from the number-three slot it held last year.

October 1, 2014 - 2:10am

At last year’s NBAA show, whatever good news could be unearthed about business aviation was dampened by the dismal impact of the government sequestration, effects of which are still evident. While the political machinations emanating from Washington, D.C., this year seem to have abated somewhat, there is still a threat of a government shutdown, but so far, at least, there have been no big eruptions of user fee proposals to mar this year’s show. Attacks on business aviation seem to have abated, too, perhaps because the government has more important items on its agenda.

October 1, 2014 - 1:35am

Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.

September 30, 2014 - 3:34pm

While the economy has grown stronger, there is still a lot of work to do to support business aviation’s recovery in the policy arena, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told the attendees at a chief pilots roundtable late last week in Washington, D.C.“The expectation is, as we work our way through the remainder of 2014, that the U.S. economy will continue to strengthen,” he said, noting gains in aviation fuel sales and flight activity, as well as declining inventory and stabilizing sales prices for pre-owned aircraft.

September 30, 2014 - 3:26pm

When Brazilian gubernatorial candidate Janete Riva arrived at Pontes e Lacerda Municipal Airport on September 20 to head to her next campaign stop, her King Air C90GT (S/N LJ-1759, tail number PR-ATY) and two pilots she’d just spoken with were nowhere to be found. Ten days later they’re still missing, despite six days of intensive searching by Brazilian and Bolivian police in cities along the nearby border.

September 30, 2014 - 3:15pm

Bombardier delivered the first EASA-registered Learjet 75 on Friday to the Roullier Group, a company based in France. The handover during a ceremony at Bombardier Learjet follows EASA approval for the Model 70 and 75 on September 12.

September 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

Garmin flew a Beechjet 400A with a G5000 integrated flight deck for the first time on September 16 at New Century AirCenter near the company’s Olathe, Kan. headquarters, the avionics maker announced yesterday. The successful 63-minute flight marked a “significant step” towards completion of the Garmin G5000 upgrade for the Beechjet 400A/400XP.

September 25, 2014 - 3:38pm

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is opposing further increases to the UK’s air passenger duty (APD) tax that would steeply raise fees for business aircraft passengers. Though the proposed changes would simplify and reduce charges for scheduled airline passengers, the association charges that business aviation was “specifically targeted” to pay more.

September 25, 2014 - 3:16pm

Donated auction items for the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Soirée, An Evening with Angels, are starting to flow in. Proceeds from the auction benefit CAN, which arranges flights to treatment centers for cancer patients aboard business aircraft. The Soirée, held annually during the NBAA Convention, will take place at 6 p.m. on October 22 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla.

September 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) will present a panel discussion, “Current Trends Impacting Business Aircraft Sales,” at the NBAA Convention next month in Orlando, Fla. The session, to be held on October 22 at 3 p.m., will cover current trends and recent changes affecting new and used aircraft sales, including technology changes, aircraft values, financing and regulations. The 1.5-hour session will be moderated by Brad Harris, NARA chairman and president of Dallas Jet International.

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