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Jets for Sale: Hawker 800XP, 900XP, G550, Falcon 7X, Astra 1125SP

December 6th, 2016

Featured Private Jets for Sale and Charter – December 6th, 2016: 2001 Hawker 800XP, 2011 Gulfstream G550, 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X, 2008 Hawker 900XP, 1990 Astra 1125SP

This is our regular installment of selected corporate jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of business jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 corporate jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start. All of the aircraft models you see below can also be chartered from us.


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Private jets for sale: 2001 Hawker 800XP
Private jets for sale: 2001 Hawker 800XPPrivate jets for sale: 2001 Hawker 800XP

2001 Hawker 800XP

SN: 258584


Private jets for sale: 2011 Gulfstream G550
Private jets for sale: 2011 Gulfstream G550Private jets for sale: 2011 Gulfstream G550

2011 Gulfstream G550

SN: 5354


Private jets for sale: 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X
Private jets for sale: 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X Private jets for sale: 2008 Dassault Falcon 7X

2008 Falcon 7X

SN: 27


Private jets for sale: 2008 Hawker 900XP
Private jets for sale: 2008 Hawker 900XPPrivate jets for sale: 2008 Hawker 900XP

2008 Hawker 900XP

SN: HA-0007


Jets for sale: 1990 Astra 1125SP
Jets for sale: 1990 Astra 1125SPJets for sale: 1990 Astra 1125SP

1990 Astra 1125SP

SN: 045

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Bombardier Business Aviation, Middle East Charter Market, Airbus, Legacy 450, St Tropez Private Jet Ban

December 2nd, 2016

Business aviation is evolving constantly and we always keep up to date with training, education, trends and news about the industry to better serve our clients. Following are business aviation news articles and stories from around the world that grabbed our attention this week ending December 2nd, 2016:


Bombardier to Showcase Its Class-Leading Business Jet Portfolio at MEBAA 2016

Bombardier display

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced it will showcase its class-defining business aircraft at this year’s Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show at Al Maktoum International airport in Dubai (UAE) on December 6-8, 2016. The company’s most advanced business jets will be on static display, including the Learjet 75, Challenger 650, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.“Once again we are delighted to participate in full force at MEBAA with our stellar line-up of business jets,” said Peter

“Once again we are delighted to participate in full force at MEBAA with our stellar line-up of business jets,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “With a very strong team and a fleet of more than 100 aircraft based in the Middle East, Bombardier is well-positioned to build on its current presence as a world-class provider of exceptional business aircraft in the region.“We expect the Middle East to remain a promising market for business aviation in the next 10 years. Our market forecast predicts 350 deliveries valued at $12 billion over the next 10 years, with Medium and Large category aircraft accounting for about 95 per cent of these deliveries,” he added.

Bombardier will display at MEBAA 16

“We expect the Middle East to remain a promising market for business aviation in the next 10 years. Our market forecast predicts 350 deliveries valued at $12 billion over the next 10 years, with Medium and Large category aircraft accounting for about 95 per cent of these deliveries,” he added.
Bombardier continues to grow its leadership position in the business aviation industry with the most comprehensive product portfolio and a superior service worldwide that provides customers with an outstanding onboard experience.

Learjet 75 aircraft: As part of the pioneer Learjet family, the Learjet 75 aircraft continues to set the standard by bringing large jet features to the most trusted light jet platform. As the only business jet in its class to feature an eight-seat double-club configuration, a flat floor throughout the cabin, and a pocket door for reduced noise levels, the class-defining Learjet 75 aircraft offers the ultimate in comfort and privacy.

Along with the Bombardier Vision flight deck, its modern interior was designed for style and comfort and features a new cabin management system with individual touchscreen monitors and full audio and video control, LED lighting throughout the entire aircraft, and a generous baggage suite.

The Learjet 75 aircraft’s powerful engines and new winglet design enable it to cruise at a speed of Mach 0.81* and climb to an impressive operating ceiling of 51,000 feet (15,545 m).* The Learjet 75 can also achieve an exceptional range capability greater than 2,000 NM (3,704 km),* and can fly four passengers and two crew members non-stop from Dubai to Istanbul.*

Challenger 650 aircraft: A masterful expression of high-end craftsmanship and functionality, the Challenger 650 aircraft is designed to be the most reliable business aircraft. The Challenger 650 business jet provides the ultimate in-flight experience with industry-leading connectivity, an immersive sound system, and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together in the widest in-class cabin.

Continue reading about the Bombardier showcase at MEBAA on Bombardier.com->


MEBAA: Mixed Messages on Middle East Charter Market

If the Middle East’s business aviation market has peaked, nobody appears to have told the region’s two big charter players. Both Qatar Executive and Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet have been investing heavily in metal. Royal Jet – the world’s biggest Boeing Business Jets operator – has just put into service its seventh new 737-based BBJ. Its “twin” – also configured with 34-seats – was due to take Royal Jet’s BBJ fleet to eight at the end of November.

Meanwhile, in March this year Doha-based Qatar Executive took delivery of its third Gulfstream G650ER – it has three more of the ultra-long-range flagship on order, together with up to 24 G500s and G600s. The commitment – firmed up and extended at last year’s EBACE business aviation show in Geneva – should by the early 2020s make the offshoot of the national airline the region’s biggest charter operator.

The Middle Eastern charter market remains a relatively young phenomenon. It did not exist before the emergence of Royal Jet from 2003. Royal Jet was then joined by several other high-profile brands and a number of third-party management companies offering charter services. While Qatar Executive entered the fray in 2009, subsequent years saw the demise of a number of players, including Abu Dhabi’s Prestige Jet and Rizon Jet of Qatar, as well as several smaller entrants.

As with many markets, eager entrepreneurs followed the pioneers, but only a handful have had the financial backing or robust business model to survive upsets such as the 2009 Dubai debt crisis or the current low oil price. “A lot of people were sold a dream that was far from reality,” says Paras Dhamecha, executive director of Empire Aviation Group, a Dubai-based aircraft management company that has continued to thrive.

Continue reading about the Middle East Charter Market on FlightGlobal.com->


Airbus Corporate Jet is Highlighted at MEBAA Show

Stylish cabin takes business jet travel to a higher plane

Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting an ACJ318 at the MEBAA show, highlighting the greater comfort and space that its ACJ320 Family offers when compared with traditional business jets.
The aircraft, which has the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet while being similar in size externally, is operated by Nasjet. Its cabin has several lounge areas, an office that converts to a bedroom, bathrooms and extensive stowage space. Delivering intercontinental range, the ACJ318 can fly nonstop Middle East-Europe, and is certificated to carry 19 passengers.
“Airbus corporate jets deliver a heritage of comfort, space and reliability that is unmatched in the business jet world, so when you fly to save time, you’ll find that time flies in an ACJ,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy.Airbus corporate jets have a strong presence in the important Middle East and North African region, with around 60 of them in service with companies, Airbus corporate jets have a strong presence in the important Middle East and North African region, with around 60 of them in service with companies, individuals and governments.
Airbus corporate jets have long set the industry standard in enhanced protection fly-by-wire controls, time and cost-saving centralised maintenance, and weight-saving carbonfibre.
They now go even farther, offering fuel-saving new-generation engines and Sharklets in the ACJ320neo Family, which bring even more of the world within nonstop reach.

ACJ NEO

Continue reading about Airbus Corporate Jet on Airbus.com->


We Fly: Embraer Legacy 450

Brazilian aircraft maker beats its design targets with

Brazilian aircraft maker beats its design targets with recently launched fly-by-wire mid-light business jet.

A decade ago, some people scoffed when Embraer announced its intention to create a complete line of business airplanes, from entry-level jets to behemoth bizliners, especially when the sum total of the company’s business aviation experience to that point had been creating the Legacy 600 from the ERJ-135 regional jet. But once the Phenom series of light jets — the 100 and the 300 models, both capable of operation with a single pilot — appeared, people began paying much closer attention to what the Brazilian company was creating. By the end of 2014, the Phenom 300 had become the most delivered business jet in the world and earned the same honor again in 2015. By then, nobody was scoffing anymore.

In April 2008, Embraer announced another series of jets designed to neatly fit between the Phenom 300 and the Legacy 600/650. The company again surprised some observers when it revealed that the new airplanes, called the Legacy 450 and the 500, would be completely fly-by-wire machines, something unheard of in the midsize jet category. Also, the two new aircraft are so similar that only the sharpest eyes will notice the Legacy 500 is a slightly longer cabin version of the 450. The Legacy 450’s first flight in December 2013 came about a year after the 500 first took to the sky. By mid-2016 the company had delivered 31 Legacy 500s and three 450s.

Embraer Legacy 450 and 500

When the mid-light Legacy 450, as Embraer calls it, was being engineered, the expected range stood at approximately 2,300 nm with four passengers on board. By the time the 450 was officially announced at the 2013 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, the airplane’s range had climbed to 2,500 nm after a slight increase in engine thrust. When Flying evaluated the 450 at the company’s Melbourne, Florida, production facility recently, test pilots had already proven the machine capable of flying nearly 2,600 nm with the same load. Then, just to keep things interesting, Embraer recently announced another range boost to just over 2,900 nm, with a 329 nm reserve and no payload changes thanks to some minor wing alterations that made room for more fuel. Not wanting early-delivery 450 owners to be left behind (since the first aircraft left the factory in December 2015), the mod was announced as retrofitable at no cost.

Continue reading this article about the Legacy 450 on Flyingmag.com->


Super Rich Up In Arms Over St Tropez Private Jet Ban

Wealthy foreign homeowners in St Tropez are fuming over new rules that prevent private jets from a host of countries, including Britain, from using the glitzy French resort’s local airport.

Under new regulations, jets flying from countries outside of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone are no longer able to land at the La Mole St Tropez airstrip.

La Mole Airport St Tropez

This has affected travellers from the UK, Russia and the Middle East among others, whose planes account for almost a third of flights to and from the Riviera town.
The resort is a frequent location for stars from Leonardo DiCaprio to George Clooney and Bono and Liam Neeson.

Local businesses and officials are up in arms over the consequences of stripping St Tropez’s customs status via a European directive, meaning it, along with a dozen or so other small airports, can no longer serve as a border entry point for such private or business jets.

Other airports, including the upper-crust Alpine ski resort of Courchevel, lost their right to receive non-Schengen flights three years ago. Cédric Lescop, head of private aircraft company Jetfly said: “I have furious customers who bought homes for five to 25 million euros and don’t understand.

Continue reading about private jet ban in St Tropez on The Telegraph->


 

Corporate Jets for Sale: Falcon 7X, Citation II, Global 6000, Falcon 2000, GIV/SP

November 29th, 2016

Featured Corporate Jets for Sale – November 29th, 2016: 2009 Dassault Falcon 7X, 1981 Cessna Citation II, 2015 Bombardier Global 6000, 1998 Dassault Falcon 2000, 1997 Gulfstream IV/SP

This is our regular installment of selected corporate jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of business jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 corporate jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.


GlobalAir.com

Corporate jets for sale: 2009 Dassault Falcon 7X
Corporate jets for sale: 2009 Dassault Falcon 7XCorporate jets for sale: 2009 Dassault Falcon 7X

2009 Falcon 7X

SN: 042


Corporate jets for sale: 1981 Cessna Citation II
Corporate jets for sale: 1981 Cessna Citation IICorporate jets for sale: 1981 Cessna Citation II

1981 Citation II

SN: 550-0316


Corporate jets for sale: 2015 Bombardier Global 6000
Corporate jets for sale: 2015 Bombardier Global 6000 Corporate jets for sale: 2015 Bombardier Global 6000

2015 Global 6000

SN: 9698


Corporate jets for sale: 1998 Dassault Falcon 2000
Corporate jets for sale: 1998 Dassault Falcon 2000Corporate jets for sale: 1998 Dassault Falcon 2000

1998 Falcon 2000

SN: 054


Corporate jets for sale: 1997 Gulfstream IV/SP
Corporate jets for sale: 1997 Gulfstream IV/SPCorporate jets for sale: 1997 Gulfstream IV/SP

1997 Gulfstream IV/SP

SN: 1317


Gulfstream Special Mission Fleet, Millennials and Business Aviation, Citation Longitude, Embraer Award, G650ER Showcase

November 25th, 2016

Business aviation is evolving constantly and we always keep up to date with training, education, and news about the business aviation industry to better serve our clients. Following are business aviation news articles and stories from around the world that grabbed our attention this week ending November 25th, 2016:


Gulfstream’s Special Mission Fleet

At least three independently produced business aviation forecasts within the last few months have offered perspectives on everything from trends in market demand to pre-owned airplane inventory. All but lost in this flood of information is where special-mission aircraft fit into the mix.

While the number of deliveries to companies and high net worth individuals are far greater, sales of business aircraft specially outfitted for other applications are still very important. Not only are they another source of revenue, but such aircraft also add to a brand’s cache.

Gulfstream aircraft on display

Gulfstream Aerospace doesn’t exactly have a corner on this niche market, but the OEM seems to be a heavy favorite among governments around the world.

The Polish Ministry of National Defense is an example. It recently signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550s configured for VIP transport. They are scheduled for delivery in 2017.

The G550 is the most widely used in-production Gulfstream model for special missions and government applications. Its long range and ability to fly at altitudes higher than commercial air traffic appeal to customers, as do its dispatch reliability (99.9 percent) and operating costs, according to Gulfstream.

Continue reading about Gulfstream’s special mission fleet on Forbes.com->


Young Professionals in Business Aviation

For more than a decade, generational transition has been a hot topic in business aviation. As the average age of managers in the industry ticks higher, pundits have given advice on how to hire millennials, how to train them, how to integrate them into teams and what they expect as customers.

Now, the next generation is coming of age. Across the industry, young leaders and entrepreneurs under 40 years of age are carving a niche, and they have a unique viewpoint on the future of business aviation. So NBAA listened.

Millennials and business aviation

“It’s never stagnant. Technology is always changing. Companies are always merging. Business aviation is a very dynamic environment,” said Arthur Ramey, a 28-year-old pilot for Haymon Sports based in Las Vegas and a certified flight instructor. “And the world will continue becoming a smaller place. Business aviation will be even more important in the future.”

Ramey and other young aviation leaders singled out technology as the greatest force driving change in the industry, followed by the demographic shift. They also have a positive long-term outlook for the aircraft market.

AIRCRAFT DEMAND
Looking ahead, Ramey predicted regulatory requirements would put pressure on older aircraft. “You have a lot of older aircraft that will be affected by avionics mandates, noise abatement [requirements] and concerns about carbon emissions, all of which will push them out of the sky,” said Ramey. In turn, fractional and charter operators will continue updating their fleets, boosting aircraft demand.

young professionals and business aviation

“Even if margins on fuel stay low, there’s a strong reason to invest in more fuel-efficient aircraft,” said Avery. “Modern aircraft are great at tankering, so now it makes sense for more operators to have their own fuel farm” and cut operating expenses by fueling at their home base.

Having flown a Gulfstream GIV-SP to more than a dozen countries, Ramey is betting that emerging markets will be an important source of aircraft demand, despite today’s global economic uncertainty.

Continue reading about millennials in business aviation on NBAA.org->


Second Cessna Citation Longitude Takes Flight

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the second aircraft in the Citation Longitude flight test program has successfully completed its first flight just over one month after the first prototype aircraft took to the skies in October. The flight, piloted by Textron Aviation test pilots Scott Foster and Peter Fisher, lasted approximately 90 minutes and reached all of its performance targets. The aircraft will be used in the flight test program primarily for systems testing, while further expanding the aircraft’s performance envelope.

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

“In the 12 months since we announced the Citation Longitude, our team has been right on target in meeting the program milestones, further validating our industry-leading development process,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “We are coming off of a successful NBAA where we announced increased performance numbers and debuted the prototype aircraft less than a month after first flight – all of which are fueling robust customer interest around the world. The team remains focused, and we are charging into 2017 with great momentum on the program.”

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

Cessna announced earlier this month that the Longitude has achieved an improved range of 3,500 nautical miles, an increase of 100 nautical miles, and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds, an increase of 100 pounds, further establishing the aircraft’s anticipated leadership in its segment.

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

Continue reading about the Citation Longitude on Textron Aviation->


Embraer Wins Manufacturer of the Year Award

Embraer Executive Jets has been named Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year by BACA, the Worldwide Association of Air Charter Professionals. The award was presented recently to Peter Griffith, Senior Vice President Sales, Europe, CIS & Africa, Embraer Executive Jets , by Richard Mumford, BACA Chairman, in the presence of Robert Walters, a director of Biggin Hill Airport Ltd., the award’s sponsor. Embraer Executive Jets is the first organisation to win this new award, decided by the votes of BACA members across the world, representing over 200 member companies.

“To win a prestigious BACA award is a great achievement, and it’s especially satisfying to win the first ever award in the inaugural year of the category,” said Peter Griffith. “However, what makes this really special is that we won this award based on the popular vote of the BACA membership worldwide; an illustrious group of aviation professionals.”

BACA Chairman, Richard Mumford, said, “I would like to congratulate Embraer on winning the first BACA Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year Award. BACA decided to create this award to recognise the incredible work of aircraft manufacturers in producing outstanding, innovative aircraft, backed up by outstanding customer service. The vote of BACA members for Embraer is a shining endorsement of their aircraft.”

Continue reading about the manufacturer of the year award on Embraer Executive Jets->


Gulfstream To Showcase Four-Living-Area G650ER At MEBAA 2016

Interior Demonstrates Cabin Flexibility And Customization

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is pleased to display three of its business jets at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show Dec. 6-8 in Dubai. The static display will include the company flagship Gulfstream G650ER as well as the high-performing Gulfstream G550 and the class-leading Gulfstream G280.

The four-living-area G650ER will headline Gulfstream’s presence, showcasing the company’s commitment to exceeding customers’ expectations for customization, comfort and craftsmanship.

Four living area G650ER on display at MEBAA 2016

Customers will have the opportunity to see the three Gulfstream aircraft firsthand and discuss Gulfstream’s advances in innovation, reliability, safety and performance.

The aircraft will be available for viewing outside Chalet A13-14 at Dubai World Central. In addition to the aircraft on display, Gulfstream will have a reception area for customers.

Continue reading about the Gulfstream G650ER showcase on Gulfstreamnews->


 

Happy Thanksgiving from JetOptions Private Jets

November 23rd, 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We have much to be thankful for and are especially grateful for the friends, families, and business associates we had the pleasure of working with throughout the year.

We want you to know how much we appreciate your confidence in us. It’s your valuable contribution that makes our company a success. We take this opportunity to offer you our heartfelt thanks and to wish you a great year ahead.

On behalf of all of us at JetOptions we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

JetOptions wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Business Jets for Sale: Falcon 900EX, Gulfstream IV-SP, Learjet 45, Falcon 2000EX, Hawker 800XP

November 22nd, 2016

Featured Business Jets for Sale – November 22nd, 2016: 2004 Dassault Falcon 900EX EASy, 1996 Gulfstream IV-SP, 1999 Learjet 45, 2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy, 2000 Hawker 800XP

This is our regular installment of selected business jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of business jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 business jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.


GlobalAir.com

 

Business jets for sale: 2004 Falcon 900EX EASy
Business jets for sale: 2004 Falcon 900EX EASyBusiness jets for sale: 2004 Falcon 900EX EASy

2004 Falcon 900EX EASy

SN: 128


Business jets for sale: 1996 Gulfstream IV/SP
Business jets for sale: 1996 Gulfstream IV/SPBusiness jets for sale: 1996 Gulfstream IV/SP

1996 Gulfstream IV/SP

SN: 1300


Business jets for sale: 1999 Learjet 45
Business jets for sale: 1999 Learjet 45 Business jets for sale: 1999 Learjet 45

1999 Learjet 45

SN: 032


Business jets for sale: 2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy
Business jets for sale: 2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASyBusiness jets for sale: 2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy

2005 Falcon 2000EX EASy

SN: 064


Business jets for sale: 2000 Hawker 800XP
Business jets for sale: 2000 Hawker 800XPBusiness jets for sale: 2000 Hawker 800XP

2000 Hawker 800XP

SN: 258489

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Business Aviation Demand, XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, FAA and BizAv Safety, G550 Sales, Embraer Speed Records, GAMA Q3 Report

November 18th, 2016

Business aviation is evolving constantly and we always keep up to date with training, education, and news about the business aviation industry to better serve our clients. Following are business aviation news articles and stories from around the world that grabbed our attention this week ending November 18th, 2016:


Too Much “Iron” On The Market?

Original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) ability to “read” business aviation markets and translate customer preferences into new models—no matter how narrow the niche—is a wonder to behold. Between derivatives of in-service models and clean-sheet designs, they have it down to an art form, not just a science.

But that raises the specter of whether there may be a mismatch between the number of product offerings and the size of the market, making an already challenging environment that much more difficult for all players, as Global Jet Capital CEO Shawn Vick suggests.

A 30-year veteran who has held senior leadership positions at some of the largest companies in business aviation, Vick recalls when OEMs offered no more than about 15 aircraft models in the late 1980s; currently, there are more than 40. “There’s not a bad one in the whole lot, but there is a lot of overlap and even duplication,” he said. “Many of them represent only small incremental step changes in capabilities.”

The fact that multiple OEMs are producing business aircraft with identical or near-identical mission profiles has been a major contributor to oversupply, depressing both sales and valuations in recent years, according to Vick. “Let’s not kid ourselves—the Great Depression of ’08-’09 laid bare the real extent of this problem.”

Business Aviation Forecast

Vick welcomed Gulfstream Aerospace’s decision last month to end production of the G450 in early 2018. (The decision was based on the timing of initial deliveries of the G500, according to Gulfstream.) “We’ll see more airplanes come out of production at all of the major OEMs within the next 24 to 36 months,” he said. He also expects all of the major OEMs to further reduce production rates in the near term. The net result, he added, will be “more positive long-term trend lines” in the industry’s fortunes.

Continue reading about the number of business aviation product offerings on Forbes.com->


Boom unveils XB-1 supersonic demonstrator

Colorado-based Boom Technology has unveiled the XB-1 supersonic demonstrator that will be used to refine the aerodynamics and propulsion for a Mach 2.2, 40-seat airliner and private jet planned to enter service in the early 2020s.

Boom XB-1 rendering

Several concepts for supersonic business jets have appeared since the retirement of the BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde fleet in 2003, but none have yet moved past the drawing board stage. Meanwhile, new regulations restricting take-off noise emissions take effect in 2017, making it even harder for a jet engine capable of supersonic speed to be successful.

XB-1 and Boom 2

The revealing of the two-seat XB-1 inside a hangar at Denver’s Centennial airport shows the level of the start-up’s ambition. The company already has attracted two commitments for a combined 25 aircraft worth more than $2 billion from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and an unnamed European airline. The company founded less than two years ago is now in advanced development of a flying demonstrator with registration N220XB, denoting the aircraft’s Mach 2.2 speed goal.

Continue reading about the XB-1 supersonic demonstrator on FlightGlobal.com->


FAA Seeks More Business Aviation Participation in ASIAS

During a speech given at NBAA 2016, Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator for aviation safety for the FAA, gave the business aviation community an update on government-industry efforts to improve the fatal accident rate for general aviation flight operations. According to Gilligan, the numbers show safety is improving, but the agency is seeking more business aviation participation in its Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing System (ASIAS) to improve safety even further.

FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system effectively serves as a warehouse of safety data for airspace users to continually access in an effort to improve the safety of their flight operations. Operational data about aircraft accidents and incidents are submitted to the ASIAS system on a voluntary basis by operators. The agency uses ASIAS to identify aviation systematic risks.

Gilligan told NBAA attendees that the business aviation community’s participation in ASIAS reporting has grown from the first two business operators to bring their data into the program in 2013, to now more than 33 corporate and business operators actively using ASIAS and the number is growing. The agency believes the more operators submitting data, the safer the entire system and its operators will become.

Continue reading about business aviation safety on AviationToday->


Gulfstream Announces Government Order From Polish Ministry Of National Defense

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Polish Ministry of National Defense has signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550 aircraft. The aircraft will be configured for VIP transport and will be delivered in 2017.

2 Gulfstream G550 ordered by Poland

“With its reliability, efficiency and durability, the G550 is a valuable tool for the Polish government,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Gulfstream has more experience in producing and supporting government and special mission aircraft than any other business jet manufacturer.”

The G550 is the most widely used in-production Gulfstream model for special missions and government applications. The aircraft’s ability to fly long ranges at altitudes higher than commercial traffic makes the G550 ideal for government use. With its 99.9 percent National Business Aviation Association dispatch reliability rating, the G550 also offers dependable transport with low maintenance requirements, regardless of configuration. The cabin’s industry-leading quiet sound levels and low cabin altitude help reduce fatigue among passengers and crew.

Gulfstream G550

The G550 has the longest range in its class and has achieved more than 50 city pair speed records. With eight passengers, the G550 can fly nonstop from Warsaw to Los Angeles or Tokyo.

Continue reading about the G550 on Gulfstreamnews->


Embraer Legacy Business Jets Set New Speed Records

Embraer announced that its Legacy Family of business jets has set new world speed records, totaling six in 2016. The Legacy 650, Legacy 500, and Legacy 450 have each established new speed records in their classes for continental and transoceanic routes.

Embraer Executive jets at NBAA 2016

“These new speed records demonstrate the superior design characteristics of our Legacy Family of business jets,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “In addition to outstanding performance and premium comfort, each Legacy model delivers true business value, through unparalleled reliability at an unbeatable operational cost.”

Embraer Legacy 450 and 500

The newest records were for “Speed over a Recognized Course,” of which four were set on the Legacy 500 by Embraer pilots Casey Davis and Sam Bennett. The first flight occurred on June 27, from Houston, Texas to Melbourne, Florida, with six passengers onboard, achieving an average speed of 435.52 mph in 2h02m. The second flight happened on June 30, from Bradley, Connecticut to Scottsdale, Arizona, reaching an average speed of 460.26 mph in 4h47m. The third flight took place on July 5, from Scottsdale, Arizona to Calgary, Canada, and the aircraft attained an average speed of 475.04 mph in 2h32m. The fourth flight was from Calgary, Canada to Reno, Nevada on July 8, registering an average speed of 435.51 mph in 1h57m.

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released the third-quarter shipment and billing numbers for the general aviation manufacturing industry

Worldwide, general aviation airplane shipments declined 3.5 percent, from the same period last year, with 1,504 units shipped in the first nine months of 2016 compared to 1,558 units in 2015. Rotorcraft shipments declined 16.0 percent to 615 units compared to 732 units in the same period last year. Combined airplane and rotorcraft billings were $15.9bn year-to-date in 2016 compared to last year’s $19.1bn, a contraction of 16.5 percent.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat the fact that these numbers are not what we had wanted to see,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Unfortunately, they reflect the instability of the used aircraft market coupled with complicating global economic and geopolitical factors. What is encouraging is that every GAMA airplane and rotorcraft manufacturer has a new product development program recently completed or currently underway, so optimism for the future runs high.

“Now that the U.S. elections are behind us, we look forward to working with the incoming administration and the new Congress, as well as their counterparts across the globe, to highlight the importance of a vibrant general and business aviation industry with manufacturing, maintenance, and overhaul jobs at its core,” Bunce continued. “We also welcome a focus on making critical infrastructure investments, particularly airports and heliports, to support a safe and growing global aviation system. We stand ready to work with elected and appointed officials on policies that facilitate certification reform and product innovation, and improve the validation and acceptance of products worldwide.”

Turboprop airplane shipments generated a bright spot in the deliveries with 379 shipments, up 1.3 percent from 2015. Piston airplane deliveries declined from 719 units to 696 units. In addition, business jets slipped 7.7 percent from the same period last year, from 465 units in 2015 to 429 units this year. Piston rotorcraft fell 17.6 percent to 168 units shipped. A total of 447 turbine rotorcraft were shipped, a reduction of 15.3 percent versus the same period in 2015.

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