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Helicopter Investor Q+A: Francois Gautier, chief executive, AVINCO

In the second of our series on the high-fliers in the helicopter investment industry, Helicopter Investor talks to Francois Gautier founder and chief executive of helicopter sales and leasing specialist AVINCO. He tells us about his ideal client, his father’s connection to the world famous Con...

Trump Can't Fly His Private Jet Anymore Because He Didn't Pay the $5 Registration

For the past few months, Donald Trump has been too busy presenting insane plans about funding his wall and confusing 9/11 with 7-Eleven to fork over the measly $5 necessary to register his private plane, and now the Trump jet is grounded, the New York Times reports. Earlier in April, the Times re...


Dr Gary Clark to head up newly formed Airbus Helicopters UK civil business department

Dr Gary Clark, formerly Head of Vehicle Test and Integration with Airbus Helicopters, has joined Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd as Head of UK Civil Business on 1 April 2016. His experience both within Airbus Helicopters and the wider Airbus Group will strengthen the UK business, helping to support the company’s continued mission to improve customer satisfaction. Dr Clark joins the UK t...

Drone flights will be banned during Obama's visit to London

Transport Secretary says ban on drones is "part of the overarching security plan". Drones have been banned in parts of London while Barack Obama visits the UK this week. An advisory published by the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has put restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other aircraft from Thursday evening on Ap...

EasyJet's founder says would oppose acquisitions after Monarch reports

European low-cost airline easyJet's founder and biggest shareholder Stelios Haji-ioannou would oppose any move by the company to make an acquisition, he said on Tuesday, following media reports that it was looking at making a bid for smaller rival Monarch. The Sunday Times newspaper said that easyJet was eyeing Monarch Airlines, one of a number of stories about Monarch to emerge in rec...

Thomas Rueckert New Head of Aircraft Overhaul Services at Lufthansa Technik

Thomas Rueckert has become head of aircraft overhaul services at Lufthansa Technik. The 45-year-old industrial engineer has replaced Soeren Stark, who has been appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo as COO. In his new function Thomas Rueckert will lead the international overhaul network of Lufthansa Technik with eight sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. "We're delig...

Producers of Tom Cruise's Mena sued for wrongful death after plane crash

Last September, American film pilot Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl of Colombian were killed when a plane used for the Tom Cruise film Mena crashed in Colombia. Now his widow, Kathryn Purwin, has filed a wrongful death suit against producers on the project. According to court documents obtained by EW, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Vendian Entertainment, and Quadrant Pictures are name...

Bernie Sanders takes private jet for 24-hour trip to Vatican after attacking Hillary Clinton on climate change

Bernie Sanders took a private jet to the Vatican to address a conference on wealth inequality on Friday, hours after attacking Hillary Clinton over her stance on fossil fuels. The Democratic candidate is believed to have flown with fewer than 50 people aboard the Delta 767, a jet that can carry between 211 and 261 people. Joining him on the more than  8,500-mile round trip flight w...

Belgian transportation minister resigns amid criticism about airport security

Belgium’s transportation minister resigned Friday in the wake of revelations that she failed to act on a secret report that had warned of inadequate security measures at Brussels Airport a year before last month’s suicide bombings there. The report, prepared by European Union airport security inspectors last April, found serious deficiencies in the way surveillance, passenger and lu...

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner invests $100m to send a fleet of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri

Yuri Milner is pushing forward with the hunt for intelligent alien life beyond our planet, and is investing another $100 million in a more proactive approach after putting up the original $100m last year. In July of 2015, Milner and I sat down and discussed the greatest question of all. In the mind of this legendary investor, that question is “are we alone?” To get to the answer, he...

Iron Maiden arrives in Vancouver on private Boeing 747

“Ed Force One” made its landing at Vancouver International Airport today carrying British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The Boeing 747 plane, named after the band’s mascot “Eddie”, arrived just before 3 p.m. this afternoon from Edmonton, where the band played on Friday. The band is slated to take the stage at downtown Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunda...

De Juniac To Leave Air France-KLM To Lead IATA

Air France-KLM chairman and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac will replace Tony Tyler as the next director and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, the airline said Tuesday. De Juniac indicated to the Air France-KLM board of directors that he would accept IATA’s offer to lead that organization at its general meeting, scheduled for June 1 to 3 in Dubl...

Richard Branson’s Letter on Virgin American Merger

I would be lying if I didn’t admit sadness that our wonderful airline is merging with another. Because I’m not American, the US Department of Transportation stipulated I  take some of my shares in Virgin America as non-voting shares, reducing my influence over any takeover. So there was sadly nothing I could do to stop it. Richard Branson has shared a post with his thoughts on...

Dassault appoints Byron Severson

Dassault Falcon Jet has appointed Byron Severson as regional sales manager for the south-central US. Severson will oversee the development of new business and serve existing customers in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He will be based in Dallas, Texas. Paul Floreck, senior vice president for Western US and Canada, said: “Byron brings strong credentials to...

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