Syberjet Update, Mideast Business Aviation Demand Softening, GOGO Business Aviation

Airborne Communications Are One Of The Strengths Of Business Aviation

At NBAA2014 ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, checked in on the world of airborne communication.

There was a time in aviation when the expression, “aviate and communicate” had something to do with an emergency situation. Now, when it comes to executive travel in a corporate jet, it means something completely different. Business travelers need to communicate and that’s where Gogo Business Aviation comes into the picture.

Jim stopped to talk with Gogo Business Aviation executive vice president and general manager, John Wade, to ask about this high tech business that business travelers don’t want to do without. Wade said that broadband interconnectivity is what business travelers expect and, among other things, that’s what Gogo gives them.

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While at NBAA2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited with Mark Fairchild, the general manager and director of sales and customer service for SyberJet Aircraft.

Syberjet SJ30

Their SJ30 corporate jet promises to be the hot rod of the light corporate jets, and Campbell wanted to know how the development program is coming along.

Fairchild said they are planning to fly their flight test airplane with the new SyberVision and other cockpit improvements addressing form, fit, and feel for the cockpit crew. First flight of this test airplane is planned for early next year with certification planned for the year 2016. In this video you’ll see a detailed mockup of the cockpit in its new luxurious configuration.

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Mideast Business Aviation Demand Softening

Political upheaval, falling oil prices, and congested airspace and runway capacity may conspire to stunt the growth of business aviation in the Middle East over the next decade.

None of these inhibitors are short-term. Oil prices could rebound somewhat in the near term, but the U.S. is set to displace the Organization of Petroleum Export Countries as the world’s biggest producer due to oil and gas from shale wells.

Honeywell’s most recent Business Aviation Outlook confirms the market is softening. It projects demand from the Middle East and Africa—it lumps the two regions together for the purposes of its annual outlook—to be just 3% of the 9,450 jets expected to be delivered during the next 10 years. In the most recent survey, business aircraft operators in the region indicated they plan to replace 21% of their fleets within 10 years, down from a 2013 projection of 26%.

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