As the Great Recession moves into its sixth year, the market for used business aircraft remains something of a quagmire, with some models still searching for a price bottom. But there are bright spots where values have stabilized, and inventory overall is headed in the right direction.
Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have created a statistical model of daily operations at general aviation airports that might uncover unusual activity that could indicate a security threat.
FlightSafety’s new Vital X simulation’s enhanced visual scenes include moving models, 3-D sea states, environmental conditions, time of day, weather effects and an oil rig “complete with lighting and articulation of the model and sea-state animations designed to enhance training realism.”
Maintained properly, upgraded to comply with changing regulations, modified with more capable avionics in the cockpit, repainted outside, refurbished inside, and sometimes even equipped with newer, more powerful, energy-efficient engines, a business aircraft can fly safely and effectively for 30 or 40 years or more.