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European flight activity continues to decline in September

There were 4.3% fewer business aviation flights in September 2015, versus the same period in 2014. According to WINGX Advance’s September Business Aviation Monitor, there were significant drops in flight activity in key business aviation markets in western Europe. The steepest drop was i...

ImagineAir plots expansion with new Platinum Membership initiative

US air taxi company ImagineAir is planning to double its Cirrus SR22 fleet over the next 12 months through the introduction of an ownership programme targeted at regular users of its on-demand service. The Lawrenceville, Georgia-headquartered company is already the largest commercial operato...


Dassault Falcon prepares to break ground on Bordeaux MRO facility

Dassault will, on 16 October, break ground on a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Bordeaux, Mérignac, southwest France, to serve its expanding fleet of Falcon high-end business jets. The 7,200m2 (77,500ft2) building will be located next to the airframer’s Falcon final assembly hangar, and will be able to accommodate up to six business jets at a time....

Norwegian Air Ambulance becomes launch customer for the newly improved H135

The Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse AS) will be the first operator to purchase the technically improved H135. Three units have been ordered with the option for further helicopters in the future. The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Norwegian emergency medical services (EMS) operator will benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements to the versatile H135, which be...

Fatality-free 2015 U.S. Bizjet Accident Streak Ends

On August 16, one of the longest streaks without a fatal accident among U.S.-registered business jets came to an end. On that day, a Rockwell Sabreliner and a Cessna 172 collided in airspace near San Diego, killing all four aboard the jet and the sole-occupant pilot in the Skyhawk. Until this event, the January through mid-August time frame of this year witnessed no fatal crashes involving N-numbe...

Deliberate Descent Below DH Led To Learjet Fatal

The crash of a Learjet 35A on a second ILS approach in IMC to Runway 6 at Freeport International Airport, Bahamas, on Nov. 9, 2014, was caused by “the poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude without visual contact with the runway environment,” according to a newly released final report fr...

MHS Aviation becomes first German G650 operator

MHS Aviation has taken delivery of Germany’s first Gulfstream G650. The aircraft, registered as D-AYSM (MSN 6146), arrived at Saarbrücken Airport on October 5. “We are proud to be the first operator in Germany to operate a new Gulfstream 650, an excellent aircraft with an outstanding performance and cutting edge technology.” Andreas Otto, CEO of MHS Aviatio...

FAA Takes More Cooperative Approach to Aviation Safety

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the agency’s new “compliance philosophy to enhance our ability to find safety problems before they result in an incident or accident, use the best tools to fix those problems and then monitor the situation to ensure that no new problems develop.” Outlining the new plan this morning at a Flight Safety Foundation event in Washin...

Sfera Jet with new Embraer Legacy 650

As Bizavnews found out,Russian provider of business aviation services  "Sfera Jet" received new Embraer Legacy 650 on October 3. The aircraft, tail number M-YKBO (2015 ) performed three day flight from Sao Jose dos Campos (Sao Jose Dos Campos) to Moscow "Domodedovo", through Recife, Sal Island (Sal Amilcar Cabral) and Geneva. First aircraft...

Jet Aviation St. Louis Gets STC for CL604 Fans 1/A

Jet Aviation St. Louis on Friday received FAA STC approval of a Rockwell Collins Fans 1/A solution for the Bombardier Challenger 604. The two companies said they teamed up to leverage their combined experience and expertise on the Challenger 604 airframe. The Fans 1/A upgrade package, which includes the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADC-C) and controller pilot d...

Global Jet Capital Buying GE Capital's Bizjet Portfolio

Business jet financing firm Global Jet Capital announced an agreement today to purchase the aircraft lease and loan portfolio of GE Capital Corporate Aircraft in the Americas, representing approximately $2.5 billion of net assets. Terms were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close by year-end. As part of this transaction, the GECapital Corporate Aircraft team will join the Glob...

Air Partner transports 90 tonnes of aid to the Central African Republic

Air Partner has successfully delivered 90 tonnes of food to the Central African Republic as part of the United Nations MINUSCA Project. Air Partner delivered the aid on behalf of Ecolog International in supports of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) project.   “We are delighted that we were able to le...

China MoT acquires 8 S-76D™ helicopters for rescue operations

The China Ministry of Transport (MOT) today accepted delivery of its final two S-76D™ helicopters in a ceremony at Sikorsky Aircraft’s commercial helicopter center. The MOT’s helicopter fleet, which is the foundation of China's airborne search and rescue (SAR) maritime operations, now totals 16 S-76® helicopters, eight of which are S-76D aircraft.  In December 201...

Airfix Aviation is becoming history

In less than a month Finnish business operator Airfix Aviation lost some key clients. Owners of aircraft, after Airfix Aviation got on the US sanctions list, choosed different, safer management companies. So in September at least 6 aircraft were withdrawn of the operator's certificate: Bombardier Global XRS / 5000, Dassault Falcon 7X / 2000EX / 900EX EASy / 900LX (OH-TNF, OH-MAL, OH-...

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Take full advantage of Switzerland all year round

Taking care of an aircraft is a full time job, you can ask every professional of business aviation industry, they will confirm. Aicraft owners, aircraft operators, aicraft management comanies - eve...

Three Airbus H135s ordered by Romanian Ministry of Interior for air medical services

Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search...

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UK Government Grant to ZeroAvia for the Development of Zero Emission Aviation

An important support to the development of  Zero Emission Aviation, a grant of £2.7m (US$3.3 million) grant from the UK Government to ZeroAvia! The UK Government grant is part...

First of Three Global 6000 joined Luftwaffe Fleet

First of three Global 6000 business jets delivered to Germany’s air force, Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000...

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