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Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Business Aviation Use Options to Be Highlighted at NBAA's Aircraft Finance Conference


Aircraft utilization options, including new business models such as modified fractional and membership programs, are among the topics to be highlighted at NBAA's upcoming Business Aircraft Finance, Registration & Legal Conference, set for Feb. 10 to 12 in Boca Raton, FL. "This session will expose attendees to these different aircraft ownership and usage models," said Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager of finance and policy. "The presenters will help advisors understand how to match the different models to their company's or client's needs." Read more here:: New Business Aviation Use Options to Be Highlighted at NBAA's Aircraft Finance Conference… Read more ...

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Drug Use May Have Contributed to 2013 Premier I Accident


Night VMC, sophisticated aircraft, recreational drugs What a sad accident I've got for your consideration. In this month's accident — the loss of a Premier I (N50PM) — we find great weather, a well-maintained, beautifully equipped aircraft, competent systems and a helpful controller. Indeed, there seems to be only one link in this accident chain — the use of medications and recreational drugs that can depress judgment and situational awareness. read more Read more here:: Drug Use May Have Contributed to 2013 Premier I Accident… Read more ...

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Illicit Drug Use Contributed to 2013 Premier I Accident


Night VMC, sophisticated aircraft, recreational drugs What a sad accident I've got for your consideration. In this month's accident — the loss of a Premier I (N50PM) — we find great weather, a well-maintained, beautifully equipped aircraft, competent systems and a helpful controller. Indeed, there seems to be only one link in this accident chain — the use of medications and recreational drugs that can depress judgment and situational awareness. read more Read more here:: Illicit Drug Use Contributed to 2013 Premier I Accident… Read more ...

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Fast Five: Questions for Epic Aircraft CEO Doug King


Doug King Chief Executive Officer, Epic Aircraft, Bend, Oregon read more Read more here:: Fast Five: Questions for Epic Aircraft CEO Doug King… Read more ...

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Deadly Combination


Night VMC, sophisticated aircraft, recreational drugs What a sad accident I've got for your consideration this month. Typically, we explore accident chains with links comprising bad weather, complex system failures, inexperienced crews and difficult ATC transactions. In this month's accident — the loss of a Premier I (N50PM) — we find great weather, a well-maintained, beautifully equipped aircraft, competent systems and a helpful controller. Indeed, there seems to be only one link in this accident chain — the use of medications and recreational drugs that can depress judgment and situational awareness. read more Read more here:: Deadly Combination… Read more ...

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Protection from Contagion


Phoenix Air's Aeromedical Biological Containment System (ABCS) erected beside one of the operator's Gulfstream III air ambulances. Note the “exoskeleton” fabricated from aluminum stock and the disposable isolation tent for patients suffering from dangerous communicable diseases that it supports. The system breaks down for storage and is designed to be assembled in the Gulfstream's cabin and secured in the seat tracks. read more Read more here:: Protection from Contagion… Read more ...

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Fast Five: Questions for Doug King


Doug King Chief Executive Officer, Epic Aircraft, Bend, Oregon read more Read more here:: Fast Five: Questions for Doug King… Read more ...

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Astronautics Corp. New PaTIO Make A Hacker's Life Difficult


Astronautics Corp. of America is promoting a new architecture designed to prevent hacking of an aircraft's data. read more Read more here:: Astronautics Corp. New PaTIO Make A Hacker's Life Difficult… Read more ...

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European Business Aviation Activity Declines In November


Business aviation departures in Europe declined 2.5% in November, to 56,200 departures, when compared to a year ago, according to WINGX's Business Aviation Monitor. read more Read more here:: European Business Aviation Activity Declines In November… Read more ...

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Flexjet Orders AS2 SSBJs And Challengers 350s


Flexjet made headlines twice in a day at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention on Nov. 18 by placing orders for 20 Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets, and 20 Bombardier Challenger 350s. read more Read more here:: Flexjet Orders AS2 SSBJs And Challengers 350s… Read more ...

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Specialized Challenger 605s


Bombardier recently delivered the first of two specialized Challenger 605's to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service. This multi-role aircraft can be used for search and rescue, VIP transportation, medical evacuation, as well as other special missions. The Challengers are replacements. Challengers are deployed in multi-role service in Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The model is also used as a head of state aircraft in several countries. read more Read more here:: Specialized Challenger 605s… Read more ...

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Honeywell Acquires Satcom1


Honeywell acquired Copenhagen-based Satcom1 the leading provider of routing software that optimizes the inflight connectivity experience and is already an existing distribution partner for Honeywell's JetWave terminals and Inmarsat's GX Aviation program. The company, whose 2015 revenues were expected to be approximately $25 million, provides inflight airtime, satellite communications services and software for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Honeywell says the acquisition will facilitate “a seamless experience with an all-in-one connectivity solution.” read more Read more here:: Honeywell Acquires Satcom1… Read more ...

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Reader's Feedback (January 2016)


CLARIFICATION: Malibu PA-46-310P or JetPROP DLX? Many of our readers, all of them sharper than me last month, wrote to remind me that the Piper Malibu (PA-46-310P version) was delivered from the factory with a Continental TSIO-520 piston engine. Yet, in our December 2015 Cause & Circumstance, (page 56) I discussed the loss of “Malibu PA-46-310P” N87NF and mentioned the position of the cockpit condition lever and the odor of Jet A at the accident scene. read more Read more here:: Reader's Feedback (January 2016)… Read more ...

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Gulfstream Delivers G650ER to Qatar Airways


Gulfstream Aerospace delivered the first of up to 30 Gulfstream aircraft to Qatar Airways on Dec. 11. The airline took delivery of a Gulfstream G650ER, an ultra-long-range business jet, in a ceremony at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. The order includes the G650ER as well as the G500 and G600. With the delivery, Qatar becomes the first G650ER charter operator in the Middle East. Qatar Airways operates a division for private-jet services: Qatar Executive. read more Read more here:: Gulfstream Delivers G650ER to Qatar Airways… Read more ...

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Specialized Challenger 605’s


Bombardier recently delivered the first of two specialized Challenger 605's to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service. This multi-role aircraft can be used for search and rescue, VIP transportation, medical evacuation, as well as other special missions. The Challengers are replacements. Challengers are deployed in multi-role service in Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The model is also used as a head of state aircraft in several countries. read more Read more here:: Specialized Challenger 605’s… Read more ...

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Senate to Review Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2


A bill for third-class medical reform for pilots is gaining momentum. On Dec. 9, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has passed S. 571, known as the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2. It will now go to the full Senate for consideration. The bill has strong support in the Senate, with 70 co-sponsors, and in the House, where it has 151 co-sponsors, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). read more Read more here:: Senate to Review Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2… Read more ...

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NetJets Cancels Orders, Earnings Drop


Fractional-ownership giant NetJets recorded a 37% drop in earnings during the third quarter of 2015 because of higher expenses and fees related to the cancellation of some aircraft purchases, parent company Berkshire Hathaway reported in a filing. Earnings for the first nine months of the year declined 7% when compared to a year ago, it said. Revenue, however, rose 5%, primarily because of increased aircraft sales. Sales were partially offset by lower flight-operations revenue, primarily due to lower fuel-cost recoveries, it said. read more Read more here:: NetJets Cancels Orders, Earnings Drop… Read more ...

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Knockin’ ’Em Down


Registration may identify some small drone operators, but it won't keep those intent on mischief, terrorism or just plain stupidity from flying their UASs irresponsibly, illegally, or even malevolently. read more Read more here:: Knockin’ ’Em Down… Read more ...

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How to Start a Small UAS Commercial Operation the Right Way


“I wasn't going to fly a toy and lose my ticket. I've been flying 35 years and have never gotten a violation and always followed the regs. Why would I jeopardize my livelihood?” Why, indeed? So reasoned Bob Howie, Gulfstream V captain at a Houston charter/management company, when he purchased a couple of DJI Phantom Pro 3 drones and contemplated starting a commercial operation. What attracted him to the small UASs that seem to have burgeoned overnight was a lifelong love affair with model aircraft. read more Read more here:: How to Start a Small UAS Commercial Operation the Right Way… Read more ...

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Honeywell Acquires SatcomI


Honeywell acquired Copenhagen-based Satcom1 the leading provider of routing software that optimizes the inflight connectivity experience and is already an existing distribution partner for Honeywell's JetWave terminals and Inmarsat's GX Aviation program. The company, whose 2015 revenues were expected to be approximately $25 million, provides inflight airtime, satellite communications services and software for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Honeywell says the acquisition will facilitate “a seamless experience with an all-in-one connectivity solution.” Read more here:: Honeywell Acquires SatcomI… Read more ...

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