Business Aviation

News and issues relating to business, corporate and private aviation, primarily regarding turbine-engine-powered airplanes and helicopters. Subjects include aircraft, engines, maintenance, operations, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security, and training.

Training and Workforce

People in Aviation

Eviation Aircraft appointed Andre Stein as CEO and Tom Burke joined CHC Helicopter as CEO
People in Aviation - March 2024 headshots
Security

GNSS Jamming and Spoofing Events Present a Growing Danger

Many reports of jamming and spoofing come from conflict zones
GNSS jamming
Rotorcraft

The Resurgence of Sikorsky's Helibus

Sikorsky readies production ramp-up for its S-92 heavy twin
Sikorsky S-92
Aircraft

Used Bizjet Inventory Climbs, Prices Soften

The available inventory of business jets increased by 32 percent in February
Dassault Falcon 900EX business jet
Training and Workforce

Industry Sees Little Sign of Easing on Workforce Woes

The problem is particularly acute for MROs
Dassault technicians
Safety

Tackling Aviation's Mental Health Paradox

Experts agree that the FAA system discourages reporting of mental health issues
Pilot mental health
Safety

A High-level Call to Action on Aviation Safety

Top safety officials probed the issues that are causing an 'erosion of safety margins'
Air traffic controllers
Accidents

Business Aircraft Accident Reports: March 2024

Preliminary and final accident reports, March 2024
rural runway
Engines

Million Air Burbank Adds UL94 to Menu

With legislators angling for a ban on leaded aviation fuel, FBOs are starting to take notice
Million Air Burbank's new UL94 tanker
Maintenance and Modifications

ExecuJet Haite Growth Preps for China Upturn

ExecuJet Haite expanding MRO at Daxing International
ExecuJet Haite
Rotorcraft

Bell Lands First Purchase Agreement for Super-medium 525 Helicopter

Equinor ordered 10 for North Sea operations
Bell 525 in offshore support
Accidents

NTSB Revises Probable Cause for Citation Accident

The revision is a rare case of a successful petition for reconsideration
Tamarack active winglet on Cessna CitationJet
Rotorcraft

35th and Final Heli-Expo Sets Record Attendance Mark

The show will be rebranded starting next year
crowded show floor at Heli-Expo 2024
Aircraft

Leonardo Helicopter Deliveries Jump 24 Percent in 2023

Leonardo handed over 185 helicopters in 2023
AW139 india
Safety

FAA Introduces More Airport Arrival Alert Notices

Arrival Alerts Notices are designed to help avoid pilots from landing on the wrong runway.
Van Nuys
Regulations and Government

House Passes Third FAA Extension

Under the House-approved measure, lawmakers would have until May 10 to complete a long-term FAA bill
U.S. Capitol
FBOs

Azure Flight Support in Tune with Music City Flight Traffic

Azure Flight Support brings more than 40 years of FBO experience to its Smyrna Airport facility
Azure Flight Support facility at KMQY
Rotorcraft

HEMS Segment Highlighted at Heli-Expo 2024

Several factors weigh on the selection of an EMS helicopters platform
Leonardo AW169 on display at Heli-Expo 2024
Rotorcraft

Preowned Twin-engine Market Saw Fewer Sales but Higher Prices in 2023

Aero Asset's annual report noted geographic shifts as well
Hillsboro Aviation's H145 at HAI Heli-Expo 2024
Aircraft

Lyte Launches Private Version of Hydrogen-electric VTOL Aircraft

The 19-seat LA-44 X Prime is a derivative of the 40-seat LA-44 SkyBus aircraft
Lyte Aviation's LA-44 SkyBus VTOL aircraft
Maintenance and Modifications

Airbus Says Service and Support Investment Bearing Fruit

The company has increased the value of spare parts it holds to around $430 million
Airbus Helicopters H130
Training and Workforce

Ryan and Precision Demo VR Helimod Simulator

Available training scenarios will help helicopter pilots survive challenging situations
Ryan Aerospace simulator
Rotorcraft

Engine Backup System Could Buy Time for Pilots

Technology would provide emergency power after single-engine failures
Airbus Disruptive Lab
Aircraft

Wing-in-ground-effect Craft Like the Airfish Offer New Options For Coastal Transport

Wing-in-ground effect craft are not new, but haven't been seen commercial success yet.
ST Engineering Airfish 8 flying above water
Training and Workforce

Bell Appoints Chinook Canada 505 Dealer

Chinook offers maintenance and pilot training
Bell 505 at Heli-Expo 2024
Maintenance and Modifications

Leonardo, Comau Testing Automatic Blade Inspection System

Robotic testing mitigates problems associated with repetitive work
Comaux Leonardo robotic arm
Accidents

Preliminary Report Provides Few Clues about Cause of Hawker Fatal

The Hawker 900XP crashed on February 7 in Utah, killing both pilots
NTSB Hawker 900X crash track (Photo: NTSB)
Rotorcraft

First Aviation Adds AStar Rotor Blade Repairs

The expanded rotor blade repair services add new capabilities
Helicopter blades
Maintenance and Modifications

South African Helo Operator First To Receive New GE Rotor Diagnostic

Johannesburg-based Henley Air will implement RADS-NG over the next few weeks
Henley Air, South Africa
Rotorcraft

Guardian G6 Terminals Approved for Iridium Next

Lightweight satcom terminals offer bi-directional 88 Kbps transmission speed
Guardian Mobiiity G6-S airborne connectivity terminal