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It’s Time For The Next Great Thing In Business Aviation


It seems to me the time is ripe for business aviation's next great idea. Supersonic travel? By-the-seat charter? Uber aviation? Drones? I've not a clue. However, it is likely to have two characteristics — it will increase aircraft utilization, and worry those who fail to see the opportunity. read more Read more here:: It’s Time For The Next Great Thing In Business Aviation… Read more ...

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And the Grandparent of Safety Reporting Systems


Today's FOQA and ASAP voluntary reporting programs owe their origins to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) operated on behalf of the FAA by NASA. The ASRS was conceived by the FAA and NTSB in the wake of the TWA Flight 514 CFIT accident in Virginia while on approach to Dulles International Airport in 1974 with the loss of all 92 souls on board. read more Read more here:: And the Grandparent of Safety Reporting Systems… Read more ...

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Jetman


If you haven't yet seen the video of Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet flying formation alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 at 4,000 ft. over Dubai on Oct. 13, 2015, stop reading this now and go immediately to here. This extraordinary aerial ballet will make your day. read more Read more here:: Jetman… Read more ...

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The Opportunists


It's time for the next great thing Recently, I was asked to identify business aviation's most significant aircraft. Impossible, I thought. But then adhering to the simple confines of the question, I finally posited that the first pressurized, turbine-powered aircraft designed specifically for executive travel was the true progenitor all that followed, and thus Leroy Grumman's “Gulfstream” was the one. read more Read more here:: The Opportunists… Read more ...

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10 ways ForeFlight can prevent a runway incursion


By Air Facts Staff Here we'll look at how to take advantage of these features and how they can increase your awareness of your surroundings during terminal operations at and near the airport. Used properly, you can... ... Read more here:: 10 ways ForeFlight can prevent a runway incursion… Read more ...

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Montana Conducting Study on General Aviation's Economic Impact


The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is conducting a survey so state officials can better gauge the economic benefits of general aviation. "This is a perfect chance for NBAA members to prove once again the positive impact our industry has on a state's economy," NBAA Northwest Regional Representative Kristi Ivey said of the state's General Aviation Visitor's Survey, which is now open for participants. Read more here:: Montana Conducting Study on General Aviation's Economic Impact… Read more ...

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How To Use The Airplane Charts In BCA's Purchase Planning Handbook


For an aircraft to be listed in the Purchase Planning Handbook, a production conforming article must have flown by May 1 of this year. The dimensions, weights and performance characteristics of each model listed are representative of the current production aircraft being built or for which a type certificate application has been filed. The basic operating weights we publish should be representative of actual production turboprop and turbofan aircraft because we ask manufacturers to supply us with the average weights of the last 10 commercial aircraft that have been delivered. read more Read more here:: How To Use The Airplane Charts In BCA's Purchase Planning Handbook… Read more ...

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Business Aircraft Specifications


The BCA Purchase Planning Handbook includes specifications for single-engine piston, multiengine piston, single-engine turboprops, multiengine turboprops and jets. Jets are separated by weight class with a separate category for ultralong-range jets. read more Read more here:: Business Aircraft Specifications… Read more ...

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2016 Business Airplanes


The FAA expects the general aviation fleet to grow at 0.2% for the next two decades. The new business aircraft market continued to fly into troubled skies in 2015, with piston engine aircraft deliveries dropping 6.5%, turboprops down 7.6%, and turbofan aircraft shipments flat at 1.6% growth, compared to 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, billings were up 2.4%. Notably, business aircraft operators are not parking their older equipment. Thus, the size of the turbine aircraft fleet slightly increased. read more Read more here:: 2016 Business Airplanes… Read more ...

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Into the Blue


Fifty-two percent of the jet category reported in Aircraft Bluebook continues to demonstrate a decline in prices Aircraft Bluebook At-a-Glance has reviewed the current market status of the Gulfstream G200 business jet. Research for this study was obtained in part from Aircraft Bluebook, Aircraft Bluebook's Historical Value Reference, the FAA's registry website and various trade services. Demand read more Read more here:: Into the Blue… Read more ...

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Business & Commercial Aviation News From May 1966


Perhaps our question really is: How much is the pilot expected to compensate for airplane deficiencies and when he doesn't compensate enough, is he or the airplane really to blame? Pan Am orders 25 Boeing 747s for $525 million. The company plans to introduce the 490-passenger Boeing 747 in late 1969. Modified Aero Commanders: Extensive restyling and modifying of Aero commander aircraft are offered now by BACC. Modifications include stylized nacelle fairing, and landing gears doors. Soon to be available will be exhaust system for reduced cabin noise and pilot front entrance door. Kits are available. read more Read more here:: Business & Commercial Aviation News From May 1966… Read more ...

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Purchase Planning Handbook: How To Use The Airplane Charts


For an aircraft to be listed in the Purchase Planning Handbook, a production conforming article must have flown by May 1 of this year. The dimensions, weights and performance characteristics of each model listed are representative of the current production aircraft being built or for which a type certificate application has been filed. The basic operating weights we publish should be representative of actual production turboprop and turbofan aircraft because we ask manufacturers to supply us with the average weights of the last 10 commercial aircraft that have been delivered. read more Read more here:: Purchase Planning Handbook: How To Use The Airplane Charts… Read more ...

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Purchase Planning Handbook: 2016 Business Airplanes


The FAA expects the general aviation fleet to grow at 0.2% for the next two decades. The new business aircraft market continued to fly into troubled skies in 2015, with piston engine aircraft deliveries dropping 6.5%, turboprops down 7.6%, and turbofan aircraft shipments flat at 1.6% growth, compared to 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, billings were up 2.4%. Notably, business aircraft operators are not parking their older equipment. Thus, the size of the turbine aircraft fleet slightly increased. read more Read more here:: Purchase Planning Handbook: 2016 Business Airplanes… Read more ...

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Point of Law: FAR Part 91 Maintenance Programs


“Current” isn't, and neither is “mandatory” There are two maintenance questions that are posed to me again and again: First, “Are Mandatory Service Bulletins really mandatory?” and its counterpart: “When the manufacturer updates the maintenance program, do I have to comply with the changes?” read more Read more here:: Point of Law: FAR Part 91 Maintenance Programs… Read more ...

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News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (May 2016)


News of promotions, appointments and honors involving professionals within the business aviation community. read more Read more here:: News Of Promotions, Appointments And Honors (May 2016)… Read more ...

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Gaining Access to Indian Airspace Depends on When Operators Ask


If a business aircraft operator tries to obtain overflight permission from Indian officials on a weekday, it could take as many as three days to receive approval. If that same operator applies for that same permission on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it could take considerably longer, according to an executive with India's Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) - which is working to reduce the waiting time for operators. Read more here:: Gaining Access to Indian Airspace Depends on When Operators Ask… Read more ...

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The Big BizAv Challenge: Balancing Security & Growth


Private aviation can be seen as a tiny, exclusive niche, unrelated to travel as a whole. But in fact it is influenced and impacted by many of the same themes as the wider industry – and is now more accessible than ever, as a complementary travel solution. read more Read more here:: The Big BizAv Challenge: Balancing Security & Growth… Read more ...

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Accidents In Brief


Selected accidents and incidents in March 2016. The following NTSB information is preliminary. read more Read more here:: Accidents In Brief… Read more ...

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Multiple Failures Put Learjet Into The Atlantic


Poor training, actions, coordination and oversight put Learjet 35 into the Atlantic I thought the days of poorly trained captains and seat-warming copilots were long gone in turbine operations — at least those conducted in the U.S. But it would seem there are still operators who are not especially particular about who's in the cockpit, or their level of competency in the face of unexpected situations. This month we'll take a quick look at the loss of a Learjet 35A (XA-USD) fatal to all four occupants on Nov. 19, 2013, when it crashed into the sea off the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, coast just 3 min. or so after takeoff. read more Read more here:: Multiple Failures Put Learjet Into The Atlantic… Read more ...

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International Ops Alerts


Brazil Olympics, impending ICAO emissions standard, Euro ramp inspections, and more The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games — dubbed “Rio 2016” — are scheduled to begin Aug. 5 and extend through Aug. 21. The 2016 Paralympics will run from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18 in the same locale. read more Read more here:: International Ops Alerts… Read more ...

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