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.


Biggin Hill Creates Thriving Niche as London Bizav Hotspot

It is 30 years since entrepreneur Andrew Walters took control of the UK airport
London Biggin Hill Airport

Qatar Executive Becomes First G700 Commercial Operator

Seven Gulfstream G700s will join the Qatar Executive fleet this year
Qatar Executive Gulfstream G700 business jet
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Starlink Aviation Dealer Numbers Expanding Rapidly

Business jet owners are showing strong interest in Starlink systems
Elevate MRO Starlink satcom installation

Shell Signs with CHC Helikopter for North Sea Support

The contract is a continuation of the CHC-Shell relationship
CHC Helicopter Sikorsky S-92
Regulations and Government

Dassault Aviation Opens Catarina Service Center

The 40,000-sq-ft facility can simultaneously house five Falcon business jets
Dassault Falcon Catarina MRO service center in Brazil
Charter & Fractional

JetASAP: Charter Pricing Down in April with Larger Business Jets

Average billable hourly pricing for turboprop charters increased but all others were flat or down in April
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NASA Completes Initial Review Toward X-59 Supersonic Flight

Flight Readiness Review board analysis is a key step toward the X-59 flight
NASA X-59 supersonic demonstrator on ramp at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
Maintenance and Modifications

Satcom Direct Secures STC for Ka-band Terminal for Gulfstream G650

The system doubles the data capacity of existing GX satellites
Technician works on SD Direct's Ka-band terminal
Maintenance and Modifications

Nomad Technics Completes C-check on Head of State ACJ320

Scheduled inspection included examination of primary and secondary structures
Nomad Technics ACJ320 C-check

China Bizjet Fleet Reductions Ebb as Asia-Pacific Sees Turnaround

China is still the business jet fleet leader in Asia Pacific despite three years of net deductions
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Regulations and Government

L.A. Hangar Keeper Replaces Long-time Head Amid Allegations

Curt Castagna also serves as president and CEO of NATA
Aerolease hangar complex at Van Nuys Airport

SAF Inventory Management Tool Added to Celeste Platform

The software can handle multiple carbon compliance jurisdictions
Azzera SAF inventory and management module for Celeste platform

UK Bizav Group Protests Big Increase in Border Fees

The government wants to charge FBOs 94% more for hourly border services
Signature Aviation Birmingham International Airport, UK
Regulations and Government

Decorated Veteran and NBAA Advocate Paul Smith Flies West

Smith served for more than 27 years in both the U.S. Air Force and Army
Maintenance and Modifications

Dassault Expanding Global Falcon Support with New Facilities

Dassault’s Proven Service Support Strategy Evolves Further
Jean Kayanakis, SVP Worldwide Falcon Customer Service & Service Center Network enters a Dassault biz jet

AINsight: Beware of Erroneous Takeoff Parameters

Fat fingers and lack of situational awareness during takeoff can ruin your day

ACI Jet Gains Starlink Dealer Authorization

California-based MRO provider and charter operator commits to buying “several” shipsets
ACI Global Express XRS parked at Bombardier-approved service center
Maintenance and Modifications

Appalachian Aero Group Secures Part 145 Approval

AAG reaps benefits of perseverance following a two-year certification process
Appalachian Aero Group employees celebrate Part 145 certification

Panterra Buys Blackhawk Fitted with Extensive Ace Mods

Upgrade includes avionics and firefighting equipment
Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter

Used Bizjet Inventory Climbs Again in May

Available used business jet inventory increased by 23% YOY
Gulfstream G650

Flight Tests Could Pave Way for Quantum-based INS

UK government is funding research into spoof-proof navigation technology
UK quantum test flights in RJ100 aircraft

Jetex Anticipates UAE Bizav Traffic Growth This Year

Abu Dhabi FBO is now in operation at Al Bateen Executive Airport
Jetex Abu Dhabi FBO at Al Bateen

EASA Addresses AI Implementation in Updated Concept Paper

Concepts include visual guidance and virtual copilot technology
Daedalean visual landing system

Sumitomo Mitsui and LCI Order 21 Airbus Helicopters

Deal for H145s, H160s, and H175s includes firm orders for 14 and options for seven
LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing helicopter order

VAI Rallies Members To Help Keep NYC Heliport Open

A state bill threatens to close the heliport permanently
West 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan

Airbus UpNext Testing Automatic Taxiing Technologies

Airbus is using an electric truck testbed to trial the automation
Airbus UpNext's electric truck testbed (Photo: Airbus)

Luxaviation Buys Paragon Aviation Group

The move establishes a global FBO network of more than 140 locations
Fargo Jet Center at KFAR
Maintenance and Modifications

Completions and Refurb Specialists Maximize Aircraft Values

Companies meet customer needs despite rising costs and supply chain challenges
Comlux completion of ACJ TwoTwenty aircraft

2023 a Banner Year for Geneva Airpark

Business jet traffic rebounded to give the facilty its best year since the pandemic
Geneva Airpark hangar
Regulations and Government

Blueprint Foresees Dramatic Expansion of Saudi Bizav Sector

Sector to contribute $2 billion to GDP by 2030
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