Essex County Airport

October 20, 2006 - 8:07am

It’s an unusual fact that, unlike just about any other marketable items, very light jets (VLJs), alcohol and tobacco share one unique characteristic. Even if you have the money, the seller can refuse to sell them to you if you’re not qualified. What’s more, those qualifications are all based on time, measured in years for would-be drinkers and smokers, and in left-seat hours for would-be VLJ pilots. Of course, this is as it should be.

October 17, 2006 - 11:54am

Jet Aviation is preparing to open a new executive terminal at Dusseldorf Airport by year-end. The Swiss-based company has had an aircraft handling operation at the German airport for several years and now has the opportunity to upgrade its presence there to that of a major purpose-built FBO.

October 17, 2006 - 11:43am

FBOs across the length and breadth of Europe are enjoying traffic growth at rates not seen since before 9/11. Expansion of the market for business aircraft handling is drawing new players at some airports, although this trend is still proving patchy due to continued obstacles to market access.

October 16, 2006 - 12:28pm

To paraphrase the sentiments on a popular plaque, FBO owners in these changing economic times need the courage to change business practices that need to be changed; the serenity to accept those that cannot be changed; and the wisdom to know the difference.

October 12, 2006 - 11:17am

It’s an unusual fact that, unlike just about any other marketable items, very light jets (VLJs), alcohol and tobacco share one unique characteristic. Even if you have the money, the seller can refuse to sell them to you if you’re not qualified. What’s more, those qualifications are all based on time, measured in years for would-be drinkers and smokers, and in left-seat hours for would-be VLJ pilots. Of course, this is as it should be.

October 11, 2006 - 6:08am

Some 7,417 business jets will be delivered between 2005 and 2014, peaking with the shipment of more than 800 jets in 2013, according to the Teal Group’s 15th annual business jet forecast. This projection is for about 35 percent more jets than the approximately 5,500 actually delivered between 1995 and 2004.

October 9, 2006 - 11:14am

Western Aircraft is a company with roots deep in the Boise, Idaho, community. Its founder, the Fortune 500 Morrison Knudsen Construction Company of Hoover Dam construction fame, was using an aircraft to get to job sites as far back as the 1930s.

September 27, 2006 - 11:20am

The market for very light jets (VLJs) will be worth $2.52 billion over the next five years, according to a new study by UK-based consultants PMI Media. The report’s author, Philip Butterworth-Hayes, expects six VLJs will make it into service: the Adam Aircraft A700, Cessna Citation Mustang (the first of the breed to receive FAA certification), Diamond D-Jet, Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 100 and HondaJet.

September 26, 2006 - 11:46am
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Avantair’s new owner, Alfred Rapetti, has clearly defined goals for the all-Avanti fractional provider. A retired investment banker with previous ties to aviation interests, Rapetti plans to further expand the company by offering “elite levels” of customer service, moving and expanding the corporate headquarters and steadily increasing the aircraft fleet.

September 20, 2006 - 7:39am

While the FAA drastically reduced its estimate about the number of very light jets (VLJs) to take to the air in the next decade, comments and speeches at the agency’s 31st annual forecast conference in Washington early last month indicate there will be changes in the way the aviation industry pays for operating the nation’s airspace system.

 
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