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NYC Helitour Operators Forced To Accept 50% Flight Cut

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) office announced a deal earlier this week that would force the city's five existing helitour operators using the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located near Wall Street on the East River, to curtail flights by 50 percent by Jan. 1, 2017. Reductions...

Its all Go as Gama sparkles at Sharjah

Sharjah-based VIP aviation specialist Gama Aviation has partnered with Go Aviation Middle East to access the company's suite of services, which range from light interior cleaning to complete paint and brightwork restoration and polishing. One of the main benefits of the new partnership is tha...


Gulfstream G500 Completes Flutter Testing

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G500 has completed flutter testing, achieving another milestone in the new aircraft's flight-test program. The first G500 test aircraft, T1, performed the tests over the course of more than 50 flights. "The G500 has accomplished a great deal since we launched the flight-test program in May 2015," said Da...

West Star Makes Room in Falcon 2000

West Star Aviation has reconfigured a Falcon 2000 to create a 13-passenger interior in what is typically an eight- to 10-passenger jet. The project, performed at the company’s Alton, Ill. facility, required fabricating a smaller galley and auxiliary galley/entertainment center, shifting the cabin bulkhead/door forward, and extending all the side ledges and window panels. Rearward, th...

Avinco closed record 31 helicopter transactions in 2015

Avinco closed 2015 with a record 31 helicopter transactions worldwide, moving over 38 million Euros worth of assets. 8 of these sales came from Avinco’s own portfolio, and 3 with Avinco financing attached. Avinco, a fully independent, privately owned firm, offers aircraft from all leading manufacturers such as Finmeccanica Helicopters (AgustaWestland), Airbus Helicopters, Bell and Sikorsk...

Rise mulls European move as US demand grows

US membership-based operator Rise is evaluating the European market, with a view to launching a modified version of its scheduled business aircraft service on the continent. Speaking on the sidelines of the Corporate Jet Investor conference in London on 1 February, Rise co-founder and chief operating officer Dan Caine said Europe could be the next step in its strategy to expand the programme gl...

UpperTwo came to Estonia

Russian company UpperTwo opened an office in Tallinn. As commented in UpperTwo, Tallinn, as well as Riga, is moving forward, offering more interesting opportunities to solve financial problems of airlines and aircraft owners.  The geographical location of Estonian capital is an important factor too. Flight times takes a little over an hour, which is very convenient fo...

Caribbean FBOs Respond to Rising Traffic

St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has emerged as a key hub for Caribbean private aviation traffic, especially during the peak winter season. Unlike other nearby Leeward Islands–such as Anguilla, Dominica, Saba, St. Bart’s, St. Eustatius and Tortola–St. Maarten’s airport can accept larger aircraft and thus offers far greater operational fl...

Shah Rukh Khan wants to buy a private plane but cannot!

He is one of the highest-paid actors of Bollywood, but there are things that even Shah Rukh Khan can’t buy. SRK says he aspires to buy a plane, but is running low on funds as he has used them up to make films. “I want to buy a plane but I don’t have money. I put all my money in my films. I would really like to travel in a private plane because I can do a lot more work. One d...

Jet Aviation St. Louis Upgrades Aircraft Paint Shop

Jet Aviation St. Louis recently upgraded the controls for climate, air quality and final finish at its paint shop. It also acquired devices that analyze paint color tint, inspect pearl and metallic paints, measure the smoothness of the paint finish and assess the level of paint gloss. “Our new computerized and automated climate-control system, painter decontamination chambers, and pa...

Embraer delivers the first Legacy 500 to China launch customer Jackie Chan

Embraer announced today that Jackie Chan, a world-renowned movie star, has become the first customer in China to take delivery of a Legacy 500. “The Legacy 500 features our best-to-date technologies and it incorporates designs that maximize passenger comfort and fuel efficiency,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “This new aircraft, alon...

Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Reaches New Heights

Not even the looming threat of January’s winter storm Jonas was enough to dampen the enthusiasm for NBAA’s 27th annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference held in Tampa, Fla., as show organizers hailed the latest edition as the most successful in its history, surpassing the 25th-anniversary show in New Orleans. A slate of educational sessions–nearly 30 this year, d...

European Bizav Operators Unprepared for EASA Part-NCC

Non-commercial operators of more than 6,000 business jets and turboprop twins based in Europe are largely unprepared for EASA's new Part-NCC (non-commercial complex) rules that will set higher safety standards this summer, attendees were told at a conference run by Aeropodium late last week at London Heathrow Airport. Beginning August 25, these operators will have to comply with a si...

Falcon 5X Production Still 'Frozen' as Engine Woes Drag

The production line for the Dassault Falcon 5X large-cabin business jet is still in “frozen” mode at the airframer's Bordeaux Mérignac factory, as engine manufacturer Snecma is still trying to sort out issues with its Silvercrest turbofan that will power the French twinjet. “Production is frozen as a precaution,” a Dassault spokesman told AIN late last&...

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ANAC and FAA certification of Synthetic Vision Guidance System for Praetor 500 and Praetor 600

Embraer announced that the Synthetic Vision Guidance System for the midsize Praetor 500 and super-midsize Praetor 600 business jets was awarded certification by both the civil aviation authority...

Prestigious Interior Design Award goes to Falcon 6X

Falcon 6X recently won the prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Award for interior design, underscoring the unique level of comfort and spaciousness offered by the ultra-widebody twin. The 6...

To accelerate business aviation green recovery, two working groups are launched

Furthering its commitment to help business aircraft operators and companies take substantial action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EBAA has launched two working groups tasked with d...

Vertical Aerospace secures ATI funding for £2.3 million smart charger development project

Vertical Aerospace has received investment from the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) to fund the development of a smart charger for their electric aircraft. The charger will increase Vertical...

Latvian aviation industry recovery – point of view with Minister of Transport Mr. Linkaits

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250th Embraer business jet delivery milestone in Latin America

Embraer announced the delivery of a Phenom 100EV and a Phenom 300E to two separate Brazilian customers, marking the company’s 250th business jet delivery in Latin America. The Phenom 100EV...

Millennium club goes bigger with the rollout of Daher TBM 1000th airplane

The 1,000th TBM very fast turboprop aircraft has rolled out from Daher’s Tarbes, France final assembly line, with this milestone airplane – a top-of-the-line TBM 940 version – destin...

Corona impact - aviation conferences will change

“Under the current circumstances, aviation conferences will change. We have seen that a large number of major conferences and conventions had to be cancelled. Disappointment is one thing, at wha...

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EHang unveils Heavy-lift AAV for Short-to-Medium-Haul aerial logistics

EHang unveils the logistics version of its flagship product EHang 216 - the “EHang 216L”, for short-to-medium-haul air logistics in both urban and rural areas. The EHang 216L boasts a payl...

First ever five-bladed Airbus H145 helicopter received by Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. This new version of its best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative f...

Air Service Basel Provides On-Site COVID-19 Testing

As of Monday 28th September, Air Service Basel will provide passengers with an option to be tested for COVID-19 upon advance request on arrival or departure. Air Service Basel have partnered with P...

Significant milestone for Cessna SkyCourier program

The Cessna SkyCourier turboprop development program has achieved another significant milestone as the third and final flight test aircraft (P2) successfully completed its first flight on Monday,...

Bombardier continues global customer service expansion

Bombardier announced that the company has entered into share purchase agreements with each of Lufthansa Technik AG and ExecuJet Aviation Group AG to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of...

ANAC and FAA certification of Synthetic Vision Guidance System for Praetor 500 and Praetor 600

Embraer announced that the Synthetic Vision Guidance System for the midsize Praetor 500 and super-midsize Praetor 600 business jets was awarded certification by both the civil aviation authority...

More facilities, sales growth, and different aircraft certifications expected - Tamarack Aerospace

Tamarack Aerospace announced a recent expansion of local operations. The company has tripled their existing office space in addition to acquiring a third hangar in their facility complex.  T...