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.

Environment

Bombardier Opens Legacy Lounge in Monaco

The facility will serve as an introduction to the company's legacy, innovation, and—of course—aircraft
Ribbon cutting in Monaco by Prince Albert II and Bombardier chairman Pierre Beaudoin
Engines

P&WC Secures Transport Canada Nod for PW545D

Engine will power Textron Aviation's Cessna Citation Ascend business jet
PW545D (Photo: Pratt & Whitney Canada)
Maintenance and Modifications

Jets MRO Taps Spirit Aeronautics’ Avionics Expertise

Companies sign agreement to collaborate on complementary maintenance support
Jets MRO hangar
FBOs

Sonoma Aviation Adds Two FBOs To IS-BAH Stage 3 List

Two California FBOs are the latest to rise to the ground handling safety program's top rung
Sonoma Aviation’s safety manager Josh Foster and Clayton Lackey, v-p, present their IS-BAH Stage 3 certification.
Regulations and Government

EASA To Hold Business Aviation Workshop in January

The two-day event will be at the European air safety agency's headquarters in Cologne, Germany
EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany
Training and Workforce

FAA Pilot Certificates Pick Up Steam in April

Pilot certificate issuances were up 19% YOY
student pilots
Rotorcraft

Milestone Leasing Two AW169s to Northern Rescue

The two helicopters are the leasing company's first placement in New Zealand
Northern Rescue Helicopter Leonardo AW169 helicopter
Fuel

Oxford Airport Begins Selling SAF, To Open Synthetic Fuel Plant

London-area airport is stepping up efforts to decarbonize business aviation
London Oxford fuel truck
Aircraft

Cessna Citation Ascend Progresses with FAA Certification Testing

The Ascend prototype has completed 350 flight test hours
Cessna Citation Ascend
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Enidine Showing HIC Damper and UltraLoc Buttons at AIX

The new components offer designers more flexibility and customization
ITT Enidine UltraLoc seat locks
Maintenance and Modifications

Flightstar Set To Expand Operations with Aircraft Hangar

Project to double size of dedicated maintenance space
Flightstar hangar expansion
Aircraft

Piper Taps Troyes Aviation as Approved Service Center

Partnership with Flying Smart Aero forged at Aero Friedrichshafen
Piper M600 at Aero Friedrichshafen
Regulations and Government

FAA Bill Overwhelmingly Passes Senate

Senate voted 88 to 4 in favor of reauthorizing the FAA
U.S. Capitol Building
Regulations and Government

AINsight: Personal Liability of Aircraft LLC Owners

Piercing the veil isn't as difficult as many LLC owners assume
Maintenance and Modifications

First Customer Selects AkzoNobel VR Painting Training

Operators can "see" the quality of their virtual paint application
IAC virtual reality paint training using AkzoNobel equipment
Aircraft

First G700 on U.S. Registry Enters Service with Avjet Global

The backlog of G700s is starting to dwindle as more enter service
Gulfstream G700 business jet
Aircraft

Bombardier Opens Its New Toronto Production Line for the Global 7500, 6500, and 5500 Jets

The site enables all Global production to be conducted under one roof
Bombardier Global 7500 on production line
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Thornton Aviation Completes G650 Starlink Installation

The installation took three weeks and was done while the airplane was down for maintenance
Thornton Aviation Starlink satcom installation on Gulfstream G650
Airports

London Biggin Hill Airport Sees More Potential for Economic Impact

A new economic study shows increased added value and jobs
London Biggin Hill Airport
Charter & Fractional

SkyShare Lowers Frax Down Payments and Monthly Fees

Fleet now includes aircraft ranging in size from the Pilatus PC-12 to Gulfstream's G450
SkyShare fractional ownership fleet
Aircraft

Argus TraqPak: Global Bizav Flying Up in April

The monthly report showed increases everywhere but North America
Bombardier Challenger 350
Accidents

NTSB: TBM 700 Crashed while Maneuvering for Landing

The preliminary accident report shows a series of autopilot engagements and disengagements
NTSB track of accident flight
Aircraft

Airbus Research Highlights Factors Driving New Bizjet Buys

Buyers want lower operating costs, greater fuel efficiency, and new technology
ACJ TwoTwenty business jet
Aircraft

Gulfstream G600 Certified for Steep Approaches

Business jet demonstrated its steep-approach capabilities at London City Airport and Switzerland’s Lugano Airport
The Gulfstream 600 approved for steep approaches
Maintenance and Modifications

Dallas-area Maintenance Provider Expands

The addition of a newly-renovated hangar caps a three-year upgrade program
A trio of Beech Starships at AQRD's Addison Airport Facility
Rotorcraft

Legislators Kill Hawaii Air Tour Insurance Bill 

The bill would have required liability insurance of $20 million per person
Moloka'i
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Business Jets Drive Strong Q1 Revenues at Embraer

The cost of production rate increases dragged on earnings for the Brazilian group
Embraer Praetor 500 jet
Rotorcraft

Bell Testing 429 Helicopter Autonomy Laboratory 

The fly-by-wire Bell 429-based flying lab is capable of autonomous flight
Bell ALFA 429 flying laboratory
Environment

ExecuJet Adds SAF at Paris Le Bourget

The move follows the FBO's recent switch to all-electric ground equipment
man looking at aircraft from ExecuJet Paris FBO
Regulations and Government

Lawmakers Pushing To Get FAA Bill Passed This Week

NBAA put out a call for members to urge action on FAA bill
Washington, D.C. overview