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.

Rotorcraft

Metro Aviation Shows off Advanced Comms

The Louisiana-based company has nearly four decades of Heli-Expos under its belt
Mercy Flight EC145C2e
Avionics

Becker Avionics Adds 3D Audio to Digital Intercom

The new features extend the capabilities of the AMU 6500 intercom system
Becker Avionics AMU 6500 digital intercom
Avionics

Black Hawk Lima To Fly with Genesys Avionics

Modernized Black Hawk UH-60Ls increase mission effectiveness
Genesys Avionics in Black Hawk Lima
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

LCI: Offshore Squeeze Will Continue

Shortage of lift for offshore energy will continue in the short-term
LCI
Rotorcraft

Vita Aerospace Unveiling Rapid Extraction Device

The new device enables safer hoisting of unconscious victims
Maintenance and Modifications

Airwolf Medium Bell TT Straps Gain DLA Source Approval

The straps already had STC approval from the FAA
Airwolf Aerospace’s Bell UH-1 series TT straps
Avionics

Horizon Adds Helicopter Approvals for IFD Navigators

The AML-STC covers nine helicopter models
Avidyne IFD navigator
Engines

Safran Boosts Deliveries as Work on New Engines Advances

The company wants to boost output from 600 to 1,000 engines by 2025
Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2K turboshaft
Regulations and Government

UK Tax Triggers North Sea Layoffs

Contagion spreads to offshore helicopter operators
Airbus H225 and oil rig
Rotorcraft

Airbus Seeks To Boost Output and Performance

Rotorcraft accounted for the strongest earnings growth across the Airbus group
Airbus Helicopters
Rotorcraft

Anodyne and Texas Aerospace Strengthen Latin American Offerings

AEM's new P25 radio set will be available to Texas Aerospace Customers
Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing MTP136D
Maintenance and Modifications

Donaldson Adds AW169 Inlet Filter to Lineup

Company experienced record sales for its lineup of inlet barrier filters last year
Donaldson Aerospace and Defense
Rotorcraft

Demos Available in Leonardo VxR Simulator

With a small footprint, Leonardo's VR simulator takes up very little space
Leonardo VXR simulator
Avionics

StandardAero, Thales Pick Flex for Autopilot Mode Annunciator

The Flex instrument fits into a standard 2.25-inch panel cutout
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Flex display for StableLight mode annunciator
Rotorcraft

Brisk Growth Seen for Heavy Lifters

Demand for heavy lift helicopters will continue through the next decade
Erickson AIr Crane
Safety

Union Balks at Bringing Super Pumas Back to North Sea

Calls it an 'insult' to the memory of 33 killed
Airbus
Regulations and Government

IG Criticizes FAA's Airport Improvement Funding

FAA did not follow proper procedures when allocating $106 million in airport improvement funding
Newark Airport
FBOs

Toledo, Ohio FBO Acquires On-field Rival

The move gives Grand Aire facilities on both sides of KTOL
Former National Flight Services FBO at KTOL
Aircraft

Embraer's Phenom 300 Continues Its Reign

The light jet was the top-selling business twinjet for the past four years
Embraer Phenom 300E in flight
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

IRS Stepping Up Scrutiny on Personal Bizjet Use

NBAA's Bolen calls audits attempt to paint corporations with negative brush
IRS Building Exterior
Charter & Fractional

Amber Raises Funds for Asian Fractional Ownership Program

NetJets is among the Chinese company's investors
Amber Aviation
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

LCI Considers eVTOL, Infrastructure Lease Bundles

The leasing group has signed MOUs for 165 eVTOL aircraft
Beta Technologies Alia 250 aircraft
Accidents

Bizav Accidents in Canada Nearly Double Year-over-year

Business aviation accounted for more than 14 percent of fixed-wing accidents in 2023
FBOs

Canada's Skyservice Buys Fontainebleau Fort Lauderdale FBO

The under-development facility will be operated as Fontainebleau Aviation KFLL
Artist rendering of Fontainebleau Aviation KFLL
Training and Workforce

AINsight: The Bucket List for Professional Pilots

Trying out new ways to fly is a sure way to recharge a pilot's batteries
Regulations and Government

New Fuel Efficiency Certification Rules Apply to Bizav

The U.S. rules apply to new type certificates and modified airplanes
New FAA Part 38 rules
Rotorcraft

LCI Orders 21 New Leonardo Helicopters

The deal includes AW139, AW169, and AW189 models
LCI helicopter fleet
Safety

Transport Canada Reissues Shoulder Harness Exemption

Pilots can fly without wearing shoulder harnesses above 10,000 feet
pilots shot
Aircraft

Bombardier's Global 7500 Makes Singapore Airshow Debut

More than 150 Global 7500s are in service.
Bombardier Global 7500 at Singapore Airshow 2024
Aircraft

Dassault 10X Heads Toward 2027 Entry Into Service

Dassault expanding 6X presence as it progresses on 10X development
Falcon 2000LXS