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West Star modifies Falcon 2000 to unique 13-passenger configuration

West Star has reconfigured a Falcon 2000 to a unique 13-passenger configuration. The Falcon 2000 is normally configured for 8 or 10 passengers. The reconfiguration required fabricating a new, reduced size RH galley and LH Aux galley/entertainment center, shifting the forward cabin bulkhead/door f...

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 Wins Senate Commerce Approval

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee December 9 approved by voice vote a compromise version of the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 that addressed concerns raised last month during initial consideration of the measure. The bill, S.571, a follow-on to the original Pilots Bill of Right that would...


Wall Street Improves Outlook on Textron

Textron's successful integration of its Beechcraft acquisition and new lineup of business jets is improving Wall Street’s view of the company. Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service this week changed its rating outlook for Textron and Textron Financial to “Positive” from “Stable.” “With stability in core business conditions, sound investment...

PlaneSense Shatters Last Year's Food Drive Tally

In what is becoming a holiday tradition, New Hampshire-based fractional aircraft provider PlaneSense flew one of its Pilatus PC-12s filled with donated food to Manchester Boston Regional Airport yesterday for the New Hampshire Food Bank. While last year’s contribution totaled 800 pounds, this year saw the company’s charitable effort amass more than 7,000 pounds of food, exceeding...

First Fatal Accident of an Eclipse Bizjet Reported

South African aviation agency officials have started their investigation into Monday’s crash of an EclipseEA500. The accident, the first fatal mishap involving the very light jet, killed the owner-pilot, 57-year-old South African businessman Kobus Dicks. When he took ownership of the aircraft in 2013, it was the first Eclipse to be registered in the African continent. The aircra...

Boeing Business Jet expands MedAire program

MedAire has expanded its long-standing partnership with Boeing Business Jets (BBJ). MedAire’s comprehensive travel risk management solution will now be part of the standard equipment on-board every aircraft built. Due to the changing mission profile and overall higher level of travel risks experienced in business aviation, there is the need for additional safety and security assistance...

Bombardier delivers first Hong Kong Government Flying Service Challenger

Bombardier has delivered a Challenger 605 to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service. The special missions aircraft is the first to be delivered from an order of two that was placed in October 2011. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue, VIP transportation and medical airlift duties. “We put our trust in Bombardier and are satisfied with the relationship we built throughou...

MAC Air adds two jets to growing charter fleet

MAC Air Group, based in Portland, Maine has added two business jets to their existing charter fleet: a Cessna Citation CJ3 and a Bombardier Learjet 60. Based in Teterboro, New Jersey, the seven passenger Cessna Citation CJ3 offers a white and black interior which was completely refurbished earlier this year, along with custom navy blue and white exterior paint.  It is fully Wi-Fi equipped...

West Star completes first 8C inspection on global express at GJT location

West Star Aviation announced they have their first 8C inspection on a Bombardier Global Express aircraft in the works at their Grand Junction, CO location. 8C is an intense 120-month interval inspection that requires specialized tooling to perform. They will also perform a landing gear (restoration) inspection, the 1C/2C/4C inspection and other hourly inspections. Additionally, t...

Turkish Light Utility Helicopter to purchase CTS800 turboshaft engines for light helicopters

Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company, a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce, have signed an agreement to supply CTS800 turboshaft engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter, a program of the Undersecretary for Defense Industry since September 2013. The agreement, which confirms a memorandum of understanding signed...

Chinese Firm Orders Four Ka-32 Fire-Fighting Helicopters

China's Jiangsu Baoli has ordered four Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopters from Russian Helicopter, a subsidiary of the Russian state technology company Rostec. The helicopters will be delivered between 2016 and 2017, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement in late November. The Ka-32A11BC helicopter is designed for search and rescue operations, firefighting missions and providing...

Report Finds Funding Uncertainty Hampers FAA's Ops

The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reiterated his call for reform of theU.S. FAA after a government watchdog found that funding uncertainty over the past eight years has hampered the agency’s ability to perform its mission. “This [Government Accountability Office] report further highlights the need for Congress to take...

Have Simulator, Will Travel

You are sitting in the comforts of the spacious business jet cabin when all of a sudden there’s a bang and a vibration and a wisp of smoke wafts up from the floor. The pilot comes on the cabin intercom and announces that the aircraft has lost an engine, while the flight attendant begins preparing for an emergency landing. As smoke begins to billow into the cabin, you brace for the worst...

Traffic Slides Again in Europe

Business aviation traffic in Europe has begun to slide again, erasing the slight gains in activity in early summer, according to the latest WingX Business Aviation Monitor. In November, the 56,200 business aviation departures in Europe represented a decline of 2.5 percent from a year ago. Through the first 11 months of the year, business aviation activity is down 0.8 percent from the same per...

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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...