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.

FAA Asks Supreme Court To Reject Flytenow Appeal

NATA sides with the FAA, saying Flytenow is using "smoke and mirrors" to enable pilots to bypass commercial transportation laws.
Airports

Efforts for a Boston Helipad Revived by GE

City and state leaders offered to help build a helipad as part of the incentives to lure GE from its longtime headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Regulations and Government

NBAA Warns DUI Could Prevent Travel to Canada

Canada includes DUI on list of criminally inadmissible offenses.
Aircraft

Cleveland MRO Notches Second Legacy 500 Check

In service now for two years, Embraer Legacy 500 fleet is approaching its first mandated check interval.
Maintenance and Modifications

Vector Increases P&WC Engine Coverage

The completion of the first PW305A engine test at its Fleetlands facility follows the expansion of its authorizations for the PW300 family.
Avionics

INAir Aviation Services Changes Name To Match Specialty

Now known as InAir Legacy Avionics Solutions, the company's name is more aligned with its focus on older cockpit instrumentation.
Maintenance and Modifications

Global Jet Services To Partner on UK Mx Training

The on-location training provider will team with Gama Aviation on maintenance training courses in the UK.
FBOs

Shanghai Moves To Add Business Aircraft Parking

Facing increasing bizav traffic, airport authorities have partnered with service provider Shanghai Hawker Pacific on new high-density aircraft parking.
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FBOs

Sioux Falls FBO Completes Expansion Project

South Dakota's Maverick Air Center has more than doubled its hangar space and fuel storage
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Accidents

Ground, Air Factors Preceded Sabreliner/Skyhawk Midair

During the time leading up to the collision, the local controller was handling nine aircraft.
Aircraft

Japanese Membership Air Charter Firm Orders 20 Kodiaks

Sky Trek chose the turboprop single for its ability to take off in less than 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 pounds.
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Safety

GA Loss of Control Stays on NTSB's 'Most Wanted' List

NTSB kept loss of control on its list of most wanted safety improvements for the third consecutive time.
Aircraft

Rebirth of an Airplane - Timelapse of a Global 120 month Inspection

Rebirth of an Airplane - Timelapse of a Global 120 month Inspection
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Maintenance and Modifications

FlexFoil Morphing Wing Technology Could Reshape the Future of Wing Design

FlexFoil Morphing Wing Technology Could Reshape the Future of Wing Design
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FBOs

Sonoma FBO Adds New Hangar

Sonoma Jet Center believes the new storage space is an option to the more crowded and expensive Bay area airports such as San Francisco and Oakland.
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Regulations and Government

Expansion of NAT Reduced Lateral Separation Delayed

The initial phase of the reduced lateral separation minimums from 50 nm to 25 nm in the North Atlantic Tracks was introduced in December last year.

Textron Aviation Issues More Layoff Notices

The move follows similar steps taken by other business jet manufacturers.
Safety

FAA Outlines Safety Initiative for Caribbean

The multi-pronged effort is designed to improve airport safety, increase certifications, improve traffic flow and implement ICAO standards.
Aircraft

HondaJet Production To Reach 80 Annually by March 2019

In the first nine months, 16 of the $4.85 million light jets have been handed over to customers.
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Airports

Major NYC Bizav Hub To Seek Privatization

New York's Westchester County Airport could become the first commercially-served U.S. airport to be placed under private control.
FBOs

Turkeys Take Flight To Feed Needy Families

DC-3 used for the charity turkey delivery previously flew missions in World War II and delivered supplies in the Berlin Airlift.
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FBOs

Ross Aviation Completes Major Acquisition

The reconstituted service chain nabbed California's AirFlite, one of the nation's most highly-regarded independent FBOs.
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Avionics

Honeywell Prepares First Chinese Aural Cockpit Alerts

Next year, Chinese helicopter operators will start using the Mandarin Chinese version of its EGWPS system.
Regulations and Government

Aviation Orgs Eye Trump Infrastructure Promises

Business aviation groups wonder what this means for FAA reauthorization and ATC privatization.
Maintenance and Modifications

New Dassault Falcon Service Center Opens In Bordeaux

The new Falcon support center in Bordeaux provides significant extra capacity for MRO functions such as C checks.
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Aircraft

GAMA: 3Q Bizjet Deliveries, Billings Down

While business jets and helicopters saw declines, the turboprop market was in the black for the first three quarters of the year.
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Rotorcraft

Erickson Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The move comes after Portland, Oregon-based Erickson missed scheduled November 1 debt interest payments.
Aircraft

Bombardier Bizjet Deliveries Fall, but Net Orders Rise

For the first nine months, it shipped 109 business jets, compared with 135 in the same time frame last year.
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Regulations and Government

NATA: FAA Proposed AC Fills Gap, Increase Consistency

FAA is proposing an advisory circular providing guidance on the development of individual aircraft inspection programs.
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.