March 2019

Aviation International News

March 2019

  • This month’s issue starts off with our look at the link-up between Aerion and Boeing and how its effect on the future of civil supersonic flight. We also include an insightful opinion piece on ambitious aviation programs, and what it takes to get from a napkin sketch to full production.
  • Speaking of production, we also have a detailed report on the recent public analysis of 2018's production numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. No one has a better understanding of how the industry’s recent history affects the immediate future.
  • Also in this issue, you’ll find our report on the 30th Anniversary running of the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference. The event has grown to encompass all manner of the nitty gritty functions of operating one airplane or an entire flight department.
  • Our editorial focus for the month is aircraft charter and management, and in that capacity, we take a close look at current efforts to standardize best practices for charter brokers. And we take a deeper look at the fallout from the government shutdown - in this case, an odd alliance between the air carrier lobby and business aviation. There are some things we can all agree on.
  • The “bad news” story of the month is the tenuous situation at helicopter operator Bristow Group; while “good news” includes the story of an epic polar adventure with a pair of Daher TBMs, and the story of an ambitious student pilot who has used home computer simulation to dramatically boost his ab initio flying skills.
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