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.

May 22, 2014 - 5:05am
Joel Hencks (l) managing director of AeroEx and Martin Lidgard. Webmanuals CEO, are here at EBACE to demonstrate the functionality of their new recent product partnership.

AeroEx recently partnered with Web Manuals Sweden (both companies are at Booth 5843), which digitizes aviation company operations manuals and maintains them online, to provide a Web-based integrated compliance library that will ease the updating process for clients. As EASA changes are announced, AeroEx will automatically alert Web Manuals subscribers, and the system will highlight the exact section of the manual to which the changes apply. Malmö, Sweden-based Web Manuals, which is co-exhibiting with AeroEx, plans to open a U.S. office later this summer.

May 22, 2014 - 2:00am

Malta-based Aircraft Corporate Services (Booth 6240) is making its debut appearance at EBACE, promoting its administrative support services for aircraft operators that wish to base aircraft in the island nation. Aircraft Corporate Services was launched following the 2010 introduction of Malta’s Aircraft Registration Act, which established favorable requirements for aircraft importation, registration, issuance of a Malta air operator certificate and associated regulations.

May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bombardier and Rolls-Royce announced a new engine service agreement today granting the airframer’s service centers in Amsterdam and Singapore authority to perform maintenance on the BR710 engines installed on the ultra-long-range Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000. They are the fifth and sixth company-owned service centers to receive such authorization and are certified to perform line maintenance and engine removal.

May 21, 2014 - 3:40pm

“The European business aviation market recovery is lagging that of the U.S. market by 12 to 18 months,” Chad Anderson, president of business jet broker Jetcraft (static display), told AIN here at EBACE 2014. “Many European operators are rightsizing their fleets, which makes this a stronger recovery. However, there is still a lot of price fragility in the pre-owned business jet market.”

May 21, 2014 - 3:40pm

Veling Tayara, a new business jet leasing firm led by former Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards, was launched yesterday at EBACE 2014. The Dubai-based company is a subsidiary of airliner lessor Veling, which counts Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines among its clients. Veling Tayara (the latter word meaning “aircraft” in Arabic) is focusing on five-year leases for young (three years old or newer) pre-owned and new midsize to large-cabin jets. It is targeting clients in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and former Soviet blocs, though it will also provide leases in other regions.

May 21, 2014 - 3:05pm

Stating that he believes the worst years of the global economic downturn are over, EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba kicked off EBACE yesterday with “confidence that 2014 is going to be, if not a defining moment, certainly a positive and exciting one.”

May 21, 2014 - 2:55pm

“The European business aviation market recovery is lagging that of the U.S. market by 12 to 18 months,” Chad Anderson, president of business jet broker Jetcraft, told AIN today at EBACE. “Many European operators are rightsizing their fleets, which makes this a stronger recovery. However, there is still a lot of price fragility in the pre-owned business jet market.”

May 21, 2014 - 2:50pm

Asked about Aerion’s redesigned supersonic business jet announced this week at EBACE, Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn said, “I think everyone knows Gulfstream has had an interest in supersonic and we have a small research and development project that has been under way for several years. The project is mostly focused on suppressing the sonic boom. Our intentions would be to fly a supersonic airplane over land.

May 21, 2014 - 2:40pm

Nextant Aerospace is currently busy developing the G90XT, which applies the company’s remanufacturing concept to the Beechcraft King Air C90. Key changes include General Electric H75 engines, Garmin G1000 avionics, cabin upgrades and aerodynamic modifications.

May 21, 2014 - 2:30pm

Air charter operator VistaJet, which has a fixed-wing fleet of large-cabin Bombardier jets, has been “testing” short-distance point-to-point service with an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew over the past year. The helicopter is based in St. Moritz and has been used to fly customers on short hops to such places as Milan, Geneva, Munich and Monte Carlo, as well as for heli-skiing excursions in the Swiss Alps.

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