Now that much of the world has applied reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) standards in the upper flight levels, it was only a matter of time before forward-thinking China followed suit.
Aviation International News » September 2005
With all the recent talk about airline passengers surfing the Web from the comfort of their seats (and perhaps at some point in the future even being permitted to place cellphone calls in flight), broadband satellite communication services for the aeronautical market appear positioned for significant growth. But there’s another positive side note to the story, and it directly affects many business aircraft operators.
A last-ditch attempt to stave off bankruptcy by Delta Air Lines has seen St. George, Utah-based SkyWest agree to buy Delta Connection subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA). Scheduled for completion this month, the $425 million deal will make SkyWest by far the largest regional airline in the U.S., giving it a combined fleet of 372 airplanes, projected annual enplanements of more than 28 million and 13,400 employees.
It is tempting to subscribe to the stereotypical view that if you need to ask how much business aviation costs then it isn’t for you. But Bookajet.com thinks that perspective is fundamentally wrong.
Epic Aircraft parent company Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR) and Republic of Georgia-based Tbilisi Aviation Machine (TAM) in late July further cemented a joint venture announced last fall to build a $2 million very light jet (VLJ). Under the partnership, Epic Aircraft and TAM will co-produce the twinjet–Epic at its new 90,000-sq-ft Bend, Ore. facility and TAM at a plant in Tbilisi.
ExecuJet Aviation Group has successfully pursued its ambitions of becoming a truly global business aviation services group while maintaining a relatively low profile compared with rivals such as Jet Aviation. It has accomplished much of its expansion in South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Australia in close tandem with its long-term partner, Bombardier Aerospace, for which it now distributes its business aircraft in some 35 countries.
At the annual Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) Convention held in Vancouver earlier this year, CBAA president Rich Gage announced that all Canadian private corporate operators have enrolled in the CBAA/Transport Canada Private Operator Certificate (POC) program.
Just months after announcing plans to manufacture two new business jets, Embraer has begun modifying its sales department to sharpen its focus on the executive aviation sector. Before making the modifications, the company had a single sales team for both the regional and executive jet markets; it will now have two sales teams, one dedicated to business aviation and the other to commercial aircraft sales.
Very light jets (VLJs) may well represent the tsunami on the horizon for the owner-flown turbine market. But with less than a year to go before the first VLJ is scheduled for delivery, the turbine tide, nevertheless, has been rising steadily for at least the past decade-and-a-half.
In the aftermath of 9/11, the number-one priority quickly became answering “How did it happen?” and “How do we stop it from happening again?”
Four years later, we know how it happened, leaving the matter of how to stop it from happening again, and raising a third question: “How safe are we?”