When Charles Lindbergh single-handedly flew his airplane across the Atlantic in 1927, there was little for the not-yet-famous aviator to plan before the journey; his weather information was based on twice-daily reports from ships at sea and meteorological stations on land. Other than a passport, the French cared little about his papers.
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The earliest versions of the Internet and e-mail trace their existence back to the 1950s, when Rand researchers first started thinking about ways to connect computers through a common network. You might be surprised to learn that early ideas for cockpit synthetic-vision systems (SVS) also originated in the 1950s, as part of a joint Army-Navy research project.
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair is fast becoming a major player in the industry. While company CEO Steve Santo readily admits that Avantair isn’t a national program quite yet, “we’ll be there by the end of the year.”
Last month, Flight Options and Flexjet began offering tiered-pricing jet cards
that provide steep discounts for not flying during peak periods. But that is where
the similarities end.
Twenty years after its birth, the fractional concept is finally a mainstream part of the business aviation industry. It didn’t start out that way, and one need only look at the current chorus of very light jet air-limo naysayers to get an idea of how the business aviation community reacted to fractional aircraft ownership in 1986.
AIN’s readers this year have chosen CFM as the best provider of product support for turbofan engines (the CFM56s on Boeing Business Jets), and Pratt & Whitney Canada as the leader in turboprop support.
The Farnborough International airshow appears to have rediscovered its vim and vigor, refreshed by a new format and site facilities. As this year’s show drew to a close, indications were that the event had drawn record attendance on its trade and public days.
Partly as the result of a 10-percent survey return rate (which experts consider statistically significant) and partly because we have improved our survey methodology, this year’s report contains more depth, including the addition of several OEMs to the ratings list.
Unlike last year’s NBAA Convention, which was hastily transplanted from New Orleans to Orlando in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, next month’s 59th annual NBAA gathering is back again in Orlando–but with plenty of time for planning this year.
At this year’s EAA AirVenture show, plans and promises from the past finally yielded fruit. Last year, Honda flew the Honda-powered, Honda-designed HondaJet to Oshkosh in an impressive demonstration of the company’s aeronautical capabilities. Yet the company was maddeningly silent about bringing the jet to market until AirVenture 2006, when it announced plans to certify and market the HondaJet.