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Jet Aviation’s Singapore Hub Proves a Strong Foundation in Asian Market

When Jet Aviation first established its Asia-Pacific headquarters at Singapore Seletar Airport back in 1996, it was far from clear how market prospects would unfold. Twenty years on, Jet Aviation president Robert Smith feels the company’s far-sighted investment has been more than vindicated wi...

TSO deal recognizes transatlantic safety standards

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently applauded the signing into force of the Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Commission (EC). The agreement reflects the recognition and appreciation of the high...


Petroleum Air Services becomes first Authorized Bell Helicopter Customer Service in North Africa

Bell Helicopter announced  that, Petroleum Air Services has been appointed as the first Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility in North Africa. “Since 1982, we have been providing both fixed wing and helicopter transportation to the oil and gas and travel industries in Egypt,” said General Yehia Hussein, Chairman and Managing Director Petroleum Air Servi...

Dassault Falcon Sales Sluggish as BRIC Economies Lag

Last year's sluggish sales of Falcon business jets was largely due to the slowing economies in emerging countries, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said yesterday during a press briefing in Paris. There were gross orders for 45 Falcons received last year, and NetJets canceled an order for 20, bringing the net total to 25. The order intake represented €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion...

Royal Jet BBJ Slightly Damaged in Abu Dhabi Tempest

A Royal Jet BBJ, registered as A6-DRF, on display at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016 suffered what appears to be only superficial damage on Wednesday when two light aircraft were blown under it during a severe morning storm that brought the show to a halt for a second day. “Two light carbon-fiber craft were blown [by high winds] under the BBJ. I think they have been destroyed,...

UBS Bizjet Market Index Continues To Decline

Key business jet industry metrics are pointing to a further weakening of the market globally and suggest business conditions continue to head toward new post-recession lows, according to the latest UBS Business Jet Market Index, released today. UBS created the market index to track changes in market conditions based on surveys measuring customer interest, pricing, 12-month outl...

Abu Dhabi Air expo reopens as weather improves in UAE

Abu Dhabi Air Expo, being held at Al Bateen Executive Airport, reopened today at 10am after being forced to suspend activities on Wednesday because of extreme weather conditions in the city. Today is the final day of the air expo. The event was closed at around 11.25am on Wednesday when a thunderstorm hit, with strong winds blowing through the chalets, chairs, tables, and banners placed arou...

You Can Now Fly to New York on a Private Jet for $250 (Yes, Really)

Everyone knows the Golden Rule of air travel: Always arrive at least an hour or two before your flight. But what if I told you there's a way to cut that time down to just 15 minutes and never break a sweat? No security lines, no hidden fees, no penalties for missing your flights. It sounds like some sort of airline-food induced fever dream, but this is the reality of flying in a private jet....

Reiser selects Quantum3D's visual simulation platform for civil first responder helicopter training

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it has been selected by Reiser Simulation and Training GMBH, a manufacturer of groundbreaking training technology, to provide image generators and synthetic visual databases for Reiser's civil Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) for 4t class helicopters. The planned...

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X moves forward with velocity

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced continued program performance and outstanding customer response for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.. Launched at HELI-EXPO 2014, the program has moved from a mockup to prototype in less than two years. Flight testing is underway and the company is making significant progress toward type certification. “The Bell 505 program is proceedin...

Era Helicopters to help develop EMS role for AW609

Finmeccanica Helicopter Division and Era Group Inc will jointly develop an Emergency Medical Service variant of the AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor. Era is a major customer of AgustaWestland helicopters, both as an operator and a lessor. Following the fatal October 2015 crash of the AW609 prototype, Finmeccanica say there is only one aircraft currently flying. Two more are in various stages of c...

Heavy Wind, Rain Wreaks Havoc at Abu Dhabi Bizav Expo

Heavy rains and windshear created havoc Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, damaging at least one static display aircraft and multiple outdoor exhibits. “It was a very bad day for us and the whole of the UAE,” said Didier Mary of show organizer 4MEvents. “Luckily no one was injured. That was the most important thing.” This weather is not typical for this time of...

GI Aviation showcases PC-12 NG at Abu Dhabi Air Expo

GI Aviation is showcasing the Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo. The aircraft, serial number 1604, arrived in Abu Dhabi on 5 March 2016. The company hoping to get its AOC during the summer. Operations will begin shortly afterwards. A second PC-12 NG is on order and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016. GI Aviation has appointed Marios Belidis as general manage...

Ryanair to launch new private jet for hire

LOW-COST AIRLINE Ryanair has announced that it is set to launch its own private jet charter. The Boeing 737-700 plane will be available for corporate and group hire. Far from the bolt-upright economy seating you might associate with the budget airline’s services around Europe, this for-hire service will come with a touch of luxury. The plane contains 60 business class reclining leat...

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Bombardier Challenger 350 reaches milestone 350th delivery

Bombardier is celebrating the 350th delivery of its beloved and best-selling Challenger 350 business jet, which continues to evolve and solidify its market-leading status. The ...

Life Link III contracts for first IFR-certified AW119 in the civil market

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Ansat simulator certified according to international standards

Kazan Helicopters of the Russian Helicopters has received positive qualification of Ansat helicopter training simulator's compatibility to international standards. The eva...

Jet Linx purchases Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter

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Kawasaki receives order for new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter

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