FAA approval accelerates G650ER deliveries, Survey: Business Jets Used for Time Efficiency, Not Luxury, Business Aviation climbs in Europe + More

FAA approval accelerates G650ER deliveries

Gulfstream expects to start deliveries of an extended range version of the G650, the Gulfstream G650ER, slightly early by year-end.

The US Federal Aviation Administration certificated the design four months after Gulfstream unveiled the G650ER at the EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gulfstream G650ER model at EBACE 2014

Gulfstream launched the concept in May with a promise to deliver the first retrofit models in early 2015 and the first new-build aircraft in 2017, but now will accelerate the delivery schedule by a few months.

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Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has signed a conditional agreement with Bombardier to develop a Fans 1/A+ avionics upgrade solution for the Challenger 604. The upgrade will enhance pilot to ATC communications and allow access to dedicated and shorter-route Fans 1/A+ North Atlantic Tracks.

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Business aircraft flights in Europe eked out a 0.1-percent year-over-year gain last month, to 63,068 departures, according to data released yesterday by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Year-to-date, the European market still remains about 1 percent off from last year. Last month’s results were buoyed by expansion in the region’s top six business aviation markets but dragged down by the “geopolitical crisis” in the Ukraine.

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Survey: Business Jets Used for Time Efficiency, Not Luxury

 Newly released results from Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Survey reconfirm that those who fly privately do so primarily for efficiency, not luxury. Among the 1,200 business jet fliers who participated in the fourth annual BJT survey, “save time” again emerged as the number-one reason for using business aviation, followed by “ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve.”

Business Jet Traveler's 4th Annual Readers' Choice Survey

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