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.

Accidents

Bizav Accidents in Canada Nearly Double Year-over-year

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

Union Balks at Bringing Super Pumas Back to North Sea

Calls it an 'insult' to the memory of 33 killed
Airbus
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
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
Safety

Transport Canada Reissues Shoulder Harness Exemption

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

GAMA: 2023 Aircraft Deliveries Up in All Segments

Industry deliveries passed 4,000 units for the first time in a decade
GAMA shipment press conference
Fuel

Colorado Proposes Big New Tax on Leaded Avgas

State bill would impose a 50-cent-per-gallon 'impact fee'
Fueling airplane with aviation gasoline
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
Avionics

Nearly Two-thirds of Comments Support 25-hour CVR Proposal

The longer recording time would help investigators learn more about accidents
The HCR-25 25-hour cockpit voice and flight data recorder
Rotorcraft

Maverick Helicopters Expands Air Tours into SoCal

The company will offer charter services and tours from Long Beach locations
Maverick
Environment

Singapore Airshow Spotlights the Road to Net Zero

SAF remains the crux of sustainability efforts
Airbus A350-1000
Aircraft

Strong Deliveries Boost Pilatus' Financial Results

The Swiss manufacturer delivered growing numbers of PC-12s and PC-24s in 2023
Pilatus PC-24 business jet
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Comlux Delivers Second Completed ACJ TwoTwenty Bizjet

The second ACj is part of an order for 15 that will be completed at Comlux
Comlux completion of ACJ TwoTwenty aircraft
Avionics

GFC 600H Autopilot Now Available in IFR Configuration

The Leonardo A109 Trekker is the first helicopter approved for the IFR autopilot
Leonardo A109 Trekker helicopter
Maintenance and Modifications

ExecuJet Opens Embraer Bizjet Service Center in Perth

The facility supplements the maintenance provider's facilities in Sydney and Melbourne
Embraer and ExecuJet MRO Services agree new service center in Perth
Training and Workforce

Bristow UK Pilots Plan Two-Day Strikes Starting March 3

The helicopter operator's pilots bemoan lack of contract progress
Bristow
Environment

HAI Promotes SAF Use at Heli-Expo 2024

Rotorcraft arriving in Anaheim for annual helicopter convention can fill up on SAF at the staging area
Helicopters in Heli-Expo static display
Rotorcraft

Bell Reveals Designer Cabin to Asia's Helicopter Market

Bell's 429 Designer Series makes its Singapore Airshow debut
Bell 429 designer cabin at Singapore Airshow 2024
Aircraft

Gulfstream Achieves 51st G700 Speed Record

Gulstream's new ultra-long-range jet, the G700 , debuts at the Singapore Airshow
Gulfstream G700 at Singapore Airshow 2024
Training and Workforce

Flight Training Fatal Accidents Drop 50 Percent

Study shows 20-year reduction in flight training fatal accidents
Flight training accident rates
Charter & Fractional

Scottsdale-based Charter Broker Set Jet Suddenly Folds

Clients are not expected to see refunds for future travel or booked flights
Set Jet LinkedIn page
Rotorcraft

Airbus Displays Innovation in Twin and Single Helicopters

A corporate version of the H130 and a mockup of the H145 are on show in Singapore
Falcon Aviation Services H130 helicopter
Avionics

Elliott Launches Citation XL/XLS Refurb with G5000 Upgrade

The XL/XLS Excellence Program offers new avionics, paint, and interior
Elliott Aviation Excellent upgrade of the Citation XL/XLS
Regulations and Government

Senate FAA Reauthorization Mandates Part 135 for All Air Tours

Alphabets urge rejection of costly new Part 135 provisions
Papillon Helicopters
Safety

Weaponized ATC Calls Threaten African Air Safety

Aircraft receive conflicting transmissions as Somalia and Somaliland fight over airspace control
OpsGroup chart
Avionics

Blackcomb Helicopters Selects Foresight MX HUMS

The GPMS system will be installed on Blackcomb's Airbus and Bell helicopter fleets
Blackcomb installing Foresight MX on EC135 and Bell 212HP