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.

Maintenance and Modifications

Pacific Aerospace Works To Establish China Support

The New Zealand manufacturer signed a deal last week to start a maintenance presence in China for the P750XL utility turboprop.
Regulations and Government

Ayotte Trailing, Mica Ousted in Elections

Rep. Mica had chaired both the House aviation subcommittee and full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Avionics

Jet Aviation St. Louis Gets ANAC Maintenance Nod

The General Dynamics subsidiary adds to its list of maintenance approvals at St. Louis Downtown Airport.
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Safety

Gentex Debuts New Dimmable Window Technology

The Michigan manufacturer says the new system is easier to maintain and operate compared to conventional window shades.
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Charter & Fractional

Jet Scion Offers Lower Charter Rates For More Notice

New jet card program Jet Scion offers charter service in a mix of light and midsize aircraft.
Engines

StandardAero Inks CF34 Support Deal with GE Aviation

The agreement will see the Arizona-based MRO provider offer Bombardier Challenger On-Point program customers engine hot secton and overhaul support.
Maintenance and Modifications

Bell Adds To China Service Network

The OEM named Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited as its third authorized customer service facility in the country.
Engines

Safran’s Move Into Business Aviation is Back on Track With Silvercrest Engine

Safran’s Move Into Business Aviation is Back on Track With Silvercrest Engine
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Aircraft

New Business Jets 2016

Splitting the eye of the niche in a lackluster market
Charter & Fractional

AIN Business Aviation Fleet Analysis 2016

Fractional programs, and owned-and-operated charter companies: fleet composition, replenishment plans and the impact on the preowned market.
Aircraft

First Flight of Bombardier’s Global 7000 Long-range Jet

First Flight of Bombardier’s Global 7000 Long-range Jet
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Charter & Fractional

Jet Edge Commits More Aircraft Capacity to JetSmarter

Charter membership program JetSmarter has now committed to buy around $550 million worth of fight hours from Jet Edge.

European Bizav Flying Hits the Brakes in October

There were 66,921 business aviation departures in the region in October, down 2.8 percent year-over-year.
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Regulations and Government

Bizav Has New ATC Battle After Elections, Leaders Say

GAMA's Bunce says the wild card will be whether the new administration will come forward with an ATC proposal.

Weak Helo Market Triggers 3Q Decline for Leonardo

The OEM is facing softness in both the military and civil sectors.
Airports

Santa Monica Forced To Delay FBO Eviction Proceedings

A preliminary hearing is set for December 1.
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Aircraft

Piaggio Scores Order for Five EVOs from West Coast Firm

The first of the ordered turboprop twins was delivered last week to the John Wayne Airport-headquartered company.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Iridium Certus Offers 1.4-Mbps Airborne Data Speeds

Iridium Certus will provide a suite of scalable solutions that meets customers’ diverse needs.
Charter & Fractional

Air Charter Company Introduces Pilot Breathalyzer Tests

West Palm Beach-based Part 135 operator spurred by recent events where private jet pilots were arrested for alcohol usage.
Training and Workforce

The Fire Hose Chronicles: G550 Initial Type Rating at FlightSafety

AIN senior editor Matt Thurber experiences the challenge and stress of adding a G550 type rating to his pilot certificate.
FBOs

Sterling Group Adds to New Lynx FBO Network

Launched at the end of September, the private-equity fund owned chain is the latest player in the FBO consolidation market
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Rotorcraft

AAG Adds Three Sikorsky S-76s to Program

The new aircraft will operate in New York and New Jersey.
FBOs

Marathon Jet Center Sees Increase in Aircraft Traffic

With the return of customs service to the Florida Keys gateway, the company is planning on making more improvements.
Fuel

RocketRoute Aims To Be 'Amazon of Aviation'

Following Air BP taking a stake, the flight planning platform/app company sees a broad marketplace strategy as the secret to winning pilot users.
Aircraft

Bombardier's Flagship Global 7000 Takes To The Sky

The first flight sets in motion a flight-test campaign that is expected to encompass five aircraft and place the type into service by late 2018.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Thales Names CRS Jet Spares as Distributor

Agreement authorizes CRS to provide sales, service and technical support in the aftermarket for the generator on the Bombardier Challenger 300/350.
Regulations and Government

Appeals Court Blocks HTO Restriction

The court finds that East Hampton must comply with federal laws regarding the imposition of local airport noise restrictions.
Avionics

Esterline Working on FAA STC for CMA-6800 Display

Esterline’s LCD CMA-6800 display can replace legacy CRTs in numerous business jets.
Fuel

Thomas Johnson Wins 2016 AvTrip Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 scholarship will be available via Avfuel’s website on Dec. 1, 2016.
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

SALT Seeks To Pep Up Quest Kodiak Sales

Setouchi Aircraft Leasing and Trading Corp., a sister company to Quest Aircraft, will provide financing for Quest Kodiak 100 buyers.