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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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The sun is setting on the summer of 2015 and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. The holiday is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to book a Labor Day trip so you can enjoy one last great summer weekend.
Air travel is expected to be very popular this year during Labor Day weekend: more than 14 million people are expected to fly during the seven-day Labor Day travel period, according to Airlines for America. Avoid all the hassles that commercial air travel entails and contact us to book your private jet charter trip.
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Five Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Private Jet Trip

Monday, August 24th, 2015

What questions should you be asking before chartering your next private jet? Here are 5 must ask questions:

Many will agree that flying private trumps flying with commercial airlines in virtually every way. You have peace and quiet, you’re catered to for all of your needs, and you’ll have less hassle to deal with along the way. Booking a private jet for your next trip is an exciting outlook.

However, before you jump into the booking process, be sure to ask some questions to make sure that your private jet charter company has you covered in the best ways possible. By taking care of the details in advance, you can save yourself and the rest of your party a major headache, as well as look out for your own safety. Take a look at 5 questions to ask before you book.

  1. Is the Flight Properly Insured?

Without a doubt, any reputable charter company will have the details of aviation insurance all planned out well before you’re en route. However, to ensure peace of mind for you and the crew, don’t feel uncomfortable when it comes to asking some important questions.

Covered by aviation insurance

Ask about the insurance limits on the chartered aircraft and whether the policy covers single limit, property damage liability, and bodily injury to passengers. Ask if each of the passengers joining is listed on the policy as “additionally insured,” to ensure that each traveler is covered throughout the entire flight duration.

  1. Has the Company Planned for “Surprises?”

Some private jet charter companies have unknowingly walked into a nightmare when things don’t go according to plan. For example, many international airports have strict curfews and after-hours procedures. If you change your flight time or are late, will everything still be taken care of? Additionally, duty time issues for crew members can create road bumps in unexpected scenarios. Overall, it’s best to ensure that the unexpected is always expected.

  1. Who Is My Point of Contact?

One of the benefits of the private jet charter experience is that you should have one point of contact throughout your process. This individual will plan the itinerary and make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Not only does this save the hassle of dealing with too many people and details to keep track of, but it also ensures that there’s one person who knows your trip inside and out to make sure you’re fully accommodated.

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  1. Is In-Hangar Boarding Available?

For high-profile travelers who want to stay under the radar, ask if you have the option of in-hangar boarding. This is a truly private boarding option that’s safe from the prying eyes – and camera lenses – of the paparazzi and other nosy individuals. In-hangar boarding is an option that’s available at many private airports with advanced notice.

In hangar boarding

Textron Upbeat About Business Jet Market, Legacy 500 for Jackie Chan, Eclipse SE Jet Announced, Business Jet Cabin Tech 2015

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Textron Bullish on Business Jet Market in North America

Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly is optimistic about the outlook for Textron Aviation, as the dominant North American business jet market remains “fairly strong,” he said this morning during a second-quarter investor conference call. Meanwhile, Donnelly categorized the business jet market in Russia and China as “weak” and said that Latin America and Europe are “very challenging.”

Cessna Citation line of jets

During the quarter, revenues at Textron Aviation slid $59 million year-over-year, to $1.124 billion, due to fewer deliveries of King Airs and jet mix. However, it did log a quarterly profit of $88 million, up $60 million from a year ago, due to improved performance and efficiencies in the integration of Beechcraft and Cessna.

Beechcraft line of aircraft

Textron Aviation delivered 36 Cessna Citations and 30 Beechcraft King Airs in the quarter…

Continue reading about Textron aviation on AINOnline.com>>


 

Embraer readies first Chinese-registered Legacy 500 for Jackie Chan

Embraer secured Chinese validation for the Legacy 500 on 24 July and is now preparing to deliver the first midsize business jet to Chinese launch customer and ambassador of its executive jets division, Jackie Chan.

The 10-seat twinjet entered service late last year and Embraer had shipped 14 of the type by the end of the second quarter, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database.

Embraer Legacy 500 Jackie Chan

While the USA is, and will continue to be the largest market for the Legacy 500, Embraer expects the aircraft to be popular in China, despite a preference for long-range and large cabin types in the country until now.

Continue reading about Jackie Chan and the Legacy 500 business jet on flightglobal.com>>


 

Eclipse ‘Special Edition’ Twin-Engine Jet Announced by ONE Aviation

ONE Aviation is pleased to announce the Eclipse Special Edition (SE) twin-engine jet. The Eclipse SE is a factory-renewed Eclipse 500 which has been substantially upgraded and reconfigured to include nearly all new features introduced on the new Eclipse 550, including a Dual Avio Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS), Anti-skid Brake System, a newly designed pilot-side Standby Display Unit, PPG glass windshields, new premium interior, and deluxe two-tone paint scheme.

Eclipse 550

Continue reading about the Eclipse SE on oneaviation.aero>>


 

Business Jet Cabin Tech 2015

The latest products for your aircraft can mean faster Internet connections…and clean dinnerware.

We’ll get to the World Wide Web in a minute, but first a word about a worldwide wash: an onboard dishwasher developed by HS2 Engineering and Lufthansa Technik. The Dishwashair, as the manufacturers call it, can clean a load of dishes in just six minutes using three liters of water. That’s right, cabin crews, no more dishpan hands!

The dishwasher fits standard galleys and connects to the aircraft’s freshwater, waste-water and vacuum systems. With long-haul business jets now capable of 14-hour flights, the dishwasher may take up less room than you’d need to carry enough clean plates, silverware and glasses for two to three meals for everyone onboard.

Speaking of food, how do you keep it cold before cooking? Zodiac Aerospace’s Cool Trolley may be just the ticket. The thermodynamic trolley uses dry ice to keep contents at 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 10 hours.

Continue reading about business jet cabin tech on BJTOnline.com >>

Citation Latitude Transpacific Capability, Embraer Legacy 500 Certified in China, Project Mayfair Private Jet

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Citation Latitude Continues To Stretch Its Legs on Transcontinental Flights

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, this week demonstrated the trans-Pacific capability of its newly FAA-certified Citation Latitude between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. The flights follow other recent successful transcontinental missions on the aircraft, including the first trans-Atlantic crossing in May and nonstop U.S. coast-to-coast flights earlier this month.

Cessna Citation Latitude in Hawaii

“With certification achieved, we see the Citation Latitude demonstrating its impressive capabilities and performance during common customer missions,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Not only does this aircraft have exceptional mission capability, the all-new cabin experience allows passengers to take advantage of maximum comfort and productivity as they enjoy the flat cabin floor and six-foot-high cabin. Combined with its midsize acquisition price and low operating costs, the Latitude provides unmatched value and comfort for customers in the midsize class.”

Cessna Citation Latitude cockpit

The Citation Latitude flew a crew of two pilots and five passengers on the 2,147-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara, Calif. (KSBA) to Maui, Hawaii (PHOG), making a direct climb to 43,000 feet and total flight time of 5 hours 45 minutes, which included a 17 minute hold prior to arrival. On return, the aircraft covered an impressive 2,473-nautical-mile direct flight from Maui to Scottsdale, Ariz. (KSDL) in 5 hours 45 minutes. On both the outbound and return trips, the Latitude had fuel reserves far exceeding NBAA IFR reserves.

The Hawaii mission took place on the heels of impressive coast-to-coast trips earlier this month. The Citation Latitude flew the nonstop 2,442-nautical-mile trip from Santa Barbara (KSBA) to Bangor, Maine (KBGR), making a direct climb to 45,000 feet; its nonstop return flight to San Diego, Calif. (KSAN) covered 2,397 nautical miles.

Continue reading about the Citation Latitude on txtav.com>>


 

What’s It Like Aboard a ‘Project Mayfair’ Private Jet?

Project Mayfair private jet exterior 2

The Andrew Winch Design firm has a well-earned reputation for designing the interiors of some of the most stunning superyachts in the world. But as I learned during a recent visit to this London-based studio on the banks of the Thames, ultra-luxurious superyacht interiors are only the beginning. In fact, Winch’s studio walls were adorned with photographs and renderings of their recent design projects that range from yachts (interiors and exteriors) to some of the world’s most expensive private residences, and an impressive array of private aircraft too.

Project Mayfair private jet interior

And while I learned that each project is fascinating enough to fill an entire book (actually, the firm’s attention to detail is so high, and the projects are so involved they usually present a coffee-table quality book they’ve created to each client that chronicles the design process when the project is complete), it was the exuberant exterior styling of their recently-announced “Project Mayfair” private jet design that really grabbed my attention.

Project Mayfair private jet exterior

Continue reading about Project Mayfair private jet on Forbes.com>>


 

Chinese Authorities Issue Type Certificate for Legacy 500

Embraer’s new Legacy 500 is cleared to operate in China after the country’s civil aviation authority issued type-certificate validation on July 24. Chinese movie star Jackie Chan, who is a brand ambassador for the Brazilian manufacturer, is set to take delivery of the first of the super-midsize jets to be based in China by year-end.

Legacy 500 certified in China

Continue reading about the China certification of the Legacy 500 on AINOnline.com>>

Flying by Private Jet, Bombardier Shares Drop, Dining by Private Jet, HondaJet in South America

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Case for Flying Private on Your Next Buddies’ Trip

In some respects, Frank Granito is a frugal family man, a 55-year-old father of five who drives a sensible sedan and favors home-cooked fare over fancy restaurant dinners. Raised in a modest three-bedroom in the Bronx, he says he grew up “understanding what it takes to earn a dollar.”

But over time, as an attorney and avid golfer, he has also learned the pleasures of the private jet.

Cessna Citation XLS

Granito’s first exposure to that luxe form of travel came in 2008 when he and his family boarded a seven-seat XL Citation and flew from White Plains, N.Y., to Kiawah Island, S.C. They spent five days in the Lowcountry sunshine, enjoying rounds on three top-tier layouts, including the celebrated Ocean Course.

Private jet and golf

Yet the thrill Granito recalls as vividly as any was the rush he felt as the Citation surged toward takeoff, how rapidly it climbed, and how swift and hassle-free the journey proved to be.

“I never thought of myself as the kind of guy who’d be flying private,”

Continue reading about flying private on golf.com>>


Bombardier Shares, Bonds Drop on Business Jet Demand Doubts

Bombardier Inc.’s shares and bonds tumbled on concern that demand is weakening for business jets, a pillar of profit at a company struggling to develop its first commercial airliner.

Bombardier business jets

The sell-off probably was triggered by comments Wednesday from an aviation-parts supplier, B/E Aerospace Inc. about softening buyer interest in large-cabin executive aircraft, said Benoit Poirier, a Desjardins Securities Inc. analyst.

“They said the business-jet environment remains very tough, especially on the international front,” Poirier said in a telephone interview from Montreal, where Bombardier also is based. He recommends buying the stock.

Continue reading about Bombardier on Bloomberg.com>>


The Real Story Behind Private Jet Dining

Champagne and caviar, fancy dishes prepared by Michelin chefs, served to highly paid CEOs drinking vintage wines charged to their shareholders. If one reads stories in the general press that might be the image you would get about dining aboard private jets. In fact, it is by far the exception than the rule, say experts.

private jet catering

“(Private jet travelers) are top performers. It is more like being a private chef for a top athlete,” says Paul Schweitzer, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing at Air Culinaire Worldwide, which operates 16 kitchens in the U.S. and serves up about 600 orders a day. Shooting a hole in the idea that private jet travel is layered with excess, he notes orders from corporate flight departments average about $350, and that typically covers meals for three or four people. If that seems expensive, most of the costs are tied up in logistics. More on that later.

Private jet dining

Continue reading about private jet dining on forbes.com>>


Honda to Start Selling Jet in South America

Honda Aircraft Co. said Monday that it will begin selling its HondaJet business aircraft in South America, starting in Brazil.

Hondajet

The aircraft, designed and made at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, will be showcased at the 2015 Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in São Paulo on Aug. 11-13.

Continue reading about HondaJet at journalnow.com

No Fatal Business Jets Accidents in First Half of Year, Aerion and Spike Aerospace racing to supersonic business jets, Santa Monica and Manassas Airports

Friday, July 17th, 2015

No Fatal Business Jets Accidents in First Half of Year

There were no fatal accidents involving business jets anywhere in the first half of this year–the first clean slate for a first half since 2009, according to AIN research. The tally of zero worldwide stands in bright contrast to the 15 fatalities in four crashes involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of last year, one of the highest fatality counts for N-numbered jets in a six-month period and greater than the number of deaths in all of 2013. The four fatal accidents last year happened to aircraft operating under Part 91.

However, the nonfatal accident picture in the first half of this year was not as rosy. The 11 nonfatal U.S. business jet accidents in January through June were nearly three times the four mishaps in the comparable period last year.

Continue reading about business jets on AINOnline.com>>


Aerion and Spike Aerospace racing to supersonic business jets around 2018-2021

The Spike Aerospace supersonic business jet is designed to carry between 12 and 18 passengers in the lap of luxury, is intended to take off in December 2018.

However, despite impressive engineering, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned supersonic flight over the U.S. making popular flights such as LA to New York unlikely in the near future.

Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet

Companies including Nasa and Boeing are currently trying to develop supersonic aircraft of their own to reduce the noise – or boom – that the jets make when breaking the sound barrier.

spike supersonic jet

Spike Aerospace unveiled the latest update to the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, a stunningly elegant, sleek and innovative business jet that will sweep passengers to their destinations at supersonic speeds. Flying 450 mph faster than any other civilian jet, the Spike S-512 will enable customers to do more and enjoy more out of life. London will be just 3 hours away from NYC – making day trips for business possible. Or Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner.

Continue reading about supersonic business jets on nextbigfuture.com>>


Global Business Jet Market 2015-2024 Featuring Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Textron Aviation & Embraer

Dublin – Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Business Jet Market – 2015-2024 – Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, OEM Strategies & Plans, Trends & Growth Opportunities, Strategic Outlook through 2024”  report to their offering.

The global market for business jets is estimated to be worth $21.5 billion as of 2014 and is projected to grow at 2.8% CAGR through 2033. The demand for business jets continues to recover steadily with aircraft delivery numbers in 2014 registering a 6.5% year on year growth.

The global business jet market continues to make steady recovery from the inertia that followed the economic crisis driven by continued economic recovery underway in the U.S., surge in demand for heavy jets and introduction of a number of new aircraft programs by the industry OEMs incorporating cutting edge technologies & innovations translating into enhanced performance capabilities, safety features & optimized operating economics.

Business jets at EBACE

The delivery numbers continue to be dominated by Bombardier in volume terms & led by Gulfstream in value terms respectively with the duo collectively holding over 70% market share (based on revenues) in 2014 with continued, robust demand growth in the heavy & medium jets segments. Top 3 industry OEMs, namely, Bombardier, Gulfstream & Dassault, with their product portfolios skewed towards the medium & heavy jets segment, continue to hold over 84% market share (based on revenues/aircraft billings for 2014) collectively.

The demand for business jets is likely to continue to improve over near term with improved GDP growth projections in the U.S., Introduction of new aircraft programs by OEMs, improving market accessibility and a favorable oil price trend which is likely to boost fleet utilization & profitability across operators and expand service revenues across OEMs. Further, long term demand drivers & market fundamentals remain robust indicating towards sustained, steady demand growth for business jets over medium to long term.

Continue reading about the global business jet market on researchandmarkets.com >>


Santa Monica Airport Leases Return to Council

Controversial three-year lease deals for tenants at Santa Monica Airport drew hundreds of airport opponents the last time they went before the City Council, and now they are back on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

An email last week from attorney Jonathan Stein, who represents Sunset Park Anti-Airport (SPAA) and worked to defeat the failed pro-airport Measure D last year, enclosed a copy of a mailer Stein said was sent to more than 9,450 registered voters in Santa Monica urging them to turn out for the Council’s meeting Tuesday.

Santa Monica Airport business jet landing

Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP) also sent out an email blast Monday stressing the importance of the vote.

“Will Mayor McKeown and Council member Sue Himmelrich hold firm with their strong statements that they gave to the FAA in Washington D.C. on July 8, or will they yield to the opinions of their staff?” the group’s director Martin Rubin wrote.

Continue reading about Santa Monica Airport leases on surfsantamonica.com >>


Why Manassas Regional Airport’s code is HEF and other fun facts

In May, press was buzzing about the World War II fighter bombers that were based at the Manassas Regional Airport for the Victory Capitol Flyover for the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. While special events like the flyover, airshows, and the Manassas Runway 10k/5k race help put the airport on people’s radars, many may not know what happens every day at Virginia’s busiest General Aviation airport.

Manassas regional airport jet landing

The first order of business is: why is “HEF” Manassas Regional Airport’s identifier code? Richard Allabaugh, who works in airport operations, asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the same question, but didn’t get a definitive answer. The FAA uses a computer program to suggest allowable codes from which the airport owner can choose. Codes that are too similar to other airports within 200 nautical miles aren’t allowed. The airport was dedicated as Harry P. Davis Field in honor of Mayor Harry P. Davis, the City’s longest serving Mayor. As a result, “HPD” or “HDF” would seem like the best fit for an airport identifier. However, Allabaugh wagers an educated guess that those identifiers were probably too close to existing codes and “HEF” was the closest to the airport’s original requested identifiers.

It’s important to note that Manassas is a General Aviation (GA) airport, not a commercial service airport like Dulles. The main difference is that GA airports do not have commercial airline service, which requires certification by the FAA. However, Manassas Regional voluntarily holds itself to the certification’s standards.

Continue reading about Manassas Regional Airport on potomoclocal.com >>

Gulfstream G650ER Video, Pension Funds, Oil Prices and Private Jets, Spike Supersonic Jet

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Take a tour of the $66.5 million private jet: Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream G650 ER

At the National Business Aviation Association in June, the line to catch a glimpse of the new Gulfstream G650ER private jet was the largest of the conference. The “ER” stands for the updated “extended range” version of the luxurious G650.



Continue reading on www.businessinsider.com >>


How Pension Funds, Universities and Endowments Pay for Private Jets

One of the class markers of the private equity industry is that its members routinely fly on private jets. That’s often because the larger and even some of the smaller firms charge their private jet travel to private equity portfolio companies. That means that the cost is borne first and foremost by investors in private equity like public pension funds, private pension funds, universities like Harvard and Yale, and other foundations and endowments.



 

The enormous costs of private jets, while they are borne by the investors, are almost entirely hidden from them. PE firms keep investors in the dark by having the portfolio companies they’ve bought on behalf of their investors pay these jet bills. Amazingly, investors have been fooled by this simple ruse for decades – it’s as if your stockbroker deducts his fee from your account, and you regard his services as free because you never see a bill.

Now admittedly, there are cases, if you are taking a team of people from one not-well-air-serviced location to another, when private jet travel is cheaper than flying commercial. But those instances are rare.
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Low oil a boom for private jet business?

As the price of oil continues its bumpy ride, the broadly lower cost per barrel could present a new business opportunity for the world’s largest private jet company.

NetJets, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway which offers fractional ownership and private jet rental, told CNBC that low oil prices – now down around 50 percent from highs last summer — could boost their business.

“If you are an oil company and you’re invested in a fleet of your own private jets, clearly this is the moment where you’ll look back at your investments and your assets and think: ‘Was this the best decision?’,” NetJets’ Head of European Sales Marine Eugene said. “I think this is a tremendous opportunity for us.”

Continue reading on CNBC.com>>


Football star splashes out 10 Million for private jet

Brazilian football wizard Neymar splashed out $10 million buy a private jet and flew his friends out to Las Vegas – the party capital of the world.

Neymar jet Instagram

The Barcelona forward used it to fly to and from the Copa America tournament in Chile – but his competition was cut short for a headbutt early on.

Continue reading on www.dailystar.co.uk>>


Fly from NYC to London in 3 Hours with a Supersonic Jet

Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours

Spike Aerospace’s latest, luxury high-speed jet will be able to fly from NYC to London in just three hours. The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet can fly 450 mph faster than any current civilian jet, which means cutting most flight times by half.

However, the supersonic experience comes at a high cost: the finished S-512 will cost between $60 and $80 million. (Which is great if your itinerary goes from “Paris to Dubai for shopping and entertainment and back home in time for dinner,” as the Spike Aerospace update suggested.)

The high-speed jet can hold 18 passengers at a time, and feature a Muliplex Digital cabin. That’s to say: a windowless cabin equipped with a high-definition, full-screen display that can play anything from a live feed of the world outside, movies, to a business presentation your team is thrilled about.

spike supersonic jet
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