James Wynbrandt
Contributor - Business Aviation

A multi-engine, instrument rated pilot, James Wynbrandt has been an AIN and Business Jet Traveler contributor since 2003. His in-depth reporting and insightful features have won more than a dozen editorial honors, including two National Business Aviation Association Gold Wing Awards (2019; 2021), and his articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Barron’s, Fortune, Forbes, and Smithsonian Air & Space. He has flown his Mooney M20K 252 on assignments throughout North and Central America and the Caribbean. Wynbrandt is also the author of Flying High (Wiley & Sons), a biography of Jet Blue founder David Neeleman, as well as histories, references works, and books on a variety of other topics from major publishers. He lives in New York City.

James Wynbrandt

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Regulations and Government

Pilot Age and Safety: Looking for Links

Revisions of mandatory retirement rules reignite risks debate
Pilot in cockpit

IADA Dealers 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Market Ahead

IADA predicts demand for midsize and super-midsize jets will be stable in the second half of the year.
A top-down view of a midsized jet in flight above clouds.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Personalization, Technology Top Today's Interiors

Completion specialists are seeing more demands for advanced technologies, connectivity, and personalization for executive aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik interior
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Canadian Engineering Firms Airhawke, Berletex Merge

Airhawke acquired Berletex Aero Design and intends to deliver "an enriched portfolio of options" in the conversion, completions and refurbishment markets.
Airhawke CEO David Vanderzwaag (left) and Ross Bellingham Berletex founder and v-p of customer relations pose with arms crosses
Cabin Interior and Electronics

ATR Unveils Upscale HighLine Cabin Collection

ATR offers a new collection of high-end cabins dedicated to commercial and business operators.
Cabin of business jet fitted with ATR Bespoke VIP HighLine collection
Charter & Fractional

Euro Charter Firms Ready for Peak Summer Demand

Last year’s record activity tripped up Europe’s Part 135 providers. They vow no repeat performance this summer.
Summer charter
Cabin Interior and Electronics

AMAC Aerospace Plants Flag in Saudi Arabia

Business jet MRO and completions firm AMAC Aerospace has opened a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia office to meet rising demand in the Middle East.
AMAC facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Cabin Interior and Electronics

VIP ACJ319neo Listed for Sale

Monaco-based brokerage Opus Aero showcased a VIP ACJ319neo, completed by Jet Aviation, for sale at EBACE last week.
VIP ACJ319neo interior

The 6X Leads Dassault’s Flock of Falcons at EBACE

Dassault Aviation celebrates 60 years of Falcons at EBACE 2023 with the 6X, 8X, and 2000LX on static display, and 10X mockup in Palexpo exhibition hall
Dassault 10X interior mock up

Fokker Unveils New Widebody Hangar for Completions

Fokker Services Group unveils new widebody hangar at EBACE, as the Dutch firm prepares for anticipated surge in completion services.
new Fokker hangar

LHT’s New BBJ 777 VIP Cabin Design Aims for Middle East

Lufthansa Technik Unveils at EBACE a Middle Eastern-flavored VIP cabin concept for the forthcoming BBJ 777-9
Lufthansa Technik 777 rendering

New Charter Procurement Software Tool from MySky Bows

MySky debuts procurement tool for charter providers, the latest in its suite of spend and revenue management software solutions.
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Flying Colours Seeing Bounce in MRO Demand from Europe

Increasing numbers of European operators seeking one-stop MRO services are bringing their aircraft to North America, Canada’s Flying Colours said at EBACE
Flying Colours MRO  (Photo: Flying Colours)

Web Manuals Intros Package for MRO Reg Changes

At EBACE, Web Manuals is offering a discounted maintenance tracking package to help MROs comply with coming regulatory changes.
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Taking the Falcon 6X to the Limit: A Test Pilot’s Perspective

With certification of the Falcon 6X at hand, chief test pilot Philippe Duchateau explains what goes into the flight test program.
Dassault chief test pilot Philippe Duchateau

Greenpoint Goes Zen with VIP 777X Cabin Concept Model

Greenpoint Technologies unveils scale model of 777X showcasing its Zen VIP cabin concept, incorporating biophilic elements and natural materials
Greenpoint Technologies

MySky Debuts Charter Procurement Software

MySky is introducing a procurement tool for charter providers, the latest addition to its suite of revenue management software.
MacBook displaying MySky's Procure software

EBACE Opens with Formula for Fast Start

EBACE 2023 keynotes celebrate achievement, technology, and sustainability, headlined by motor sports legends Toto and Susie Wolff
Opening session Ebace 2023

BHS displays Charter Fleet Aircraft in EBACE Debut

Swiss charter firm BHS displays Citation Latitude and Leonardo helicopter, and highlights full-service management capabilities in its EBACE debut.
BHS Aviation Group

Boeing Business Jets Logs 'Strong Start' to 2023

Boeing Business Jets announced at EBACE a “strong start” 2023, with orders/option for four aircraft, including two 787s and the first option for the 777X.
BBJ Max 7
Maintenance and Modifications

For VIP Interiors Comlux, the Future Starts at TwoTwenty

VIP airliner specialist Comlux is accelerating deliveries of the ACJ TwoTwenty, the newest Airbus Corporate Jet.
Comlux ACJ TwoTwenty interior

Gulfstream Sees G700 Certification by Year-end, G800 Soon After

Gulfstream expects the delayed G700 certification to come by year's end, with G800 to follow by six to nine months, president Mark Burns said at EBACE.
Gulfstream G700

Gulfstream’s G800 Makes Continental Debut

Gulfstream’s G800, forthcoming ultra-long range flagship, makes continental debut at EBACE, leading static display of every Gulfstream model in production.
Gulfstream G800
Cabin Interior and Electronics

OEMs, Aftermarket Go Green on Business Aircraft Cabins

The path to net zero puts new focus on sustainability and renewables in today’s aircraft interiors.
Bombardier Challenger 3500
Charter & Fractional

European Air Charter Providers Ready for a Busy Summer

Indicators point to strong travel demand, and the industry seems to be prepared for it.
Atlas Air Service
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Lufthansa Technik Shows Tomorrow’s Cabin Tech Today

Voice command, OLED screens, and green materials are coming to bizav interiors, German MRO Lufthansa Technik says at EBACE.
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Maintenance and Modifications

MRO Demand and Group Synergies Drive AMAC Forward

VIP aircraft specialist AMAC Aerospace reports strong demand for inspections and MRO services, as subsidiary firms and new Saudi office prosper.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Duncan Delivers Fully Refurbished Global Express

Duncan Delivers Refurbed Global Express
Cabin of Duncan Aviation updated 2001 Bombardier Global Express
Charter & Fractional

Jet Aviation Spotlights MRO, VIP Lift, Cabin Milestone

Swiss full-service provider Jet Aviation is showcasing expanded Middle East MRO capabilities and VIP charter and completion services at EBACE.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

AvFab Wins STC for King Air Upgrade Kit

Aviation Fabricators received a supplemental type certificate for its Monarch sidewall kit for 300-series King Airs, mimicking new King Air 360s interiors.
300-series King Air cabin equipped with Monarch sidewall kit by Aviation Fabricators