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

Latest from James Wynbrandt

MBDA Touts New High-tech Missile Plant in UK

Facility in Bolton employs 670 designers and engineers, and produces key missiles for UK armed forces.

Honeywell: Airlines Planning Big Connectivity Spends

New survey reports more than half of airline respondents plan to spend up to $1 million per aircraft in the next five years

Mecaer Touts Its Four Business Lines

Company’s Landing Gear Systems division wins key award from UTC for delivery of Gulfstream jets’ gear.

Daher Showcases Strategic Growth Plan

French company wins first supply contract with Boeing, for 787 parts, and offers smart app for TBM 910/930 owners and operators
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Diamond’s DART 550 Trainer Makes World Debut

Austrian company, under new ownership, puts “a focus on continued growth” through developing new aircraft models and technologies.
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Accenture Links Blockchain to Performance Boosts

Six in seven aerospace and defense companies expect to integrate blockchain by 2021, new study finds.

Cargo Group inks B$10 LOI for Boeing Freighters

Russian specialty cargo hauler also reaffirms order for five 747-8 freighters, will explore possible 767 and 737 freighter purchases
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Embraer Sees Strong Growth for Airliners with up to 150 Seats

Market outlook forecasts 10,500 new aircraft sales in the category over the next 20 years.
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Farnborough Airspace Brought Under Control

CAA grants airport's request for Class D airspace designation despite GA objections.
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Challenger 350 Earns Steep Approach OK

Bombardier also announces first Global 5000 with Premier Cabin available for charter in Europe through TAG Aviation
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PPG To Provide Cockpit Windows for Dassault Falcon 6X

U.S. company also begins design work on flight deck windows for the Antonov AN-132 multipurpose transport

Leonardo, Poland Sign LOI on AW249 Development

Agreement paves way for collaboration on the in-development combat helicopter, slated to replace Italy's AW 129 fleet.

Comlux Launches Aux Tank Division, Intros System for A321ceo

New division signifies the Swiss company's expansion beyond VIP completions and refurbishments, to providing "industrial solutions" for airlines

Scottish Highlands Tout High Tech

Some 2,000 businesses in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland offer aerospace-related products, services and capabilities.

Norsk Earns Boeing Approval for Titanium Parts

Company’s Rapid Plasma Deposition process now being used to make structural components for the 787 Dreamliner.
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SAE Tackles Supersonic Flight Standards

Engineering org also highlights initiatives on electric aircraft, additive manufacturing and digital data
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USA Pavilion Celebrates a Century of Partnership

More than 250 companies display their latest products and services, and commitment to global engagement.

Bohler Reports Strong Growth in Customers and Revenue

UK specialty steel producer harnesses value added services to create turnkey solutions

UTC Unveils Compact Version of InteliSight

New fleet data collection and analysis solution can be installed on an aircraft "within hours"

Ruag Touts New-generation Dornier 228

More than 350 improvements, including new five-bladed prop and Garrett engines distinguish upgraded model.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Russian Helicopters Overhauls Six Mi-17-1vs for India

Work performed under first contract with Border Security Forces, and now "further cooperation is being discussed."

Turbex Displays Cleaning and Anodizing Equipment

UK provider of washing solutions and surface treatment machines has built more than 600 turnkey installations around the world

Jordan Taps Raytheon for Cybersecurity Services

U.S. company will protect the Kingdom's critical infrastructure through vulnerability assessments and cyber oversight.

Geo Kingsbury Displays Full Range of Machine Tools

UK company showcases products from more than half a dozen top quality German and French manufacturers.
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Aerospace 4.0 Hosts the Coming Revolution

Cutting edge technologies, companies on display in new zone dedicated to showcasing innovations transforming aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Safety Pro: Psychology at Root of Procedural Lapses

Normalization of and rewards for improper behavior are among the reasons for willful violations.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Scott Introduces New Carpet Line for Bizjets, Yachts

The company is bringing its design for the home to private transportation.
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Mesinger: Preowned Market Sees 'Surreal' Turnaround

Nonetheless he urges reasonable expectations on pricing.
Regulations and Government

Bolen: Airspace, Airport Access Top Challenge for Bizav

Ensuring a healthy industry for the future is among the association's concerns.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Completions and Refurbishment Report 2018

Next-gen cabins redefine the heights of comfort and capability