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Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Speed Records, Gulfstream G500 First Flight, Aviation Groups and ATC Reform, Jet Builders and More

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

As lawmakers consider a major change to the current structure of the FAA as both a safety regulator and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), representatives of commercial airlines and business aviation operators are divided on how to move forward. In a hearing before the Senate commerce committee on Tuesday, May 19, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) strongly opposed the creation of a private entity responsible for Air Traffic Control (ATC) while Airlines for America (A4A) Chairman and United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek expressed support for the change.

Senate Hearing ATC Reform

Smisek believes the FAA should retain its current role as a safety regulator, providing certification of airplanes and ensuring safety of air transportation operations. However, A4A — with the exception of member carrier Delta Airlines, which does not support a private ANSP — is asking lawmakers to consider separating the ATC operations and safety regulation functions of the FAA and to create a new user-fee funded non-profit corporation with an independent, multi-stakeholder board of governance free from political influence over decision-making.

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Business jet buyers are a fickle lot. Most airlines expect a new commercial aircraft to provide reliable service for at least 12 years before a replacement is even considered. But the average owner of a corporate aircraft starts looking for an upgrade in about half that time.

It is no coincidence that business jet manufacturers seem in unison to be entering a new phase in the product development cycle. A five-year wave of launches appears to have crested, with the industry now focused on programme execution.

The EBACE convention in Geneva highlights the shift. For the first time in five years, no veils were lifted on new aircraft projects (discounting Airbus’s launch of the ACJ320neo). More glaringly, a normally reliable stream of rumoured imminent launches ran dry.

Instead, the manufacturers seem to be focused entirely on, well, manufacturing, as they attempt to make good on the promises of the last five years.

The static display outside the Palexpo centre emphasised the change in focus. There were three types – the Cessna Citation Latitude, Embraer Legacy 450 and the HondaJet – making show debuts ahead of scheduled certification milestones later this year. They should be followed in 2016 by another wave of pre-certification arrivals, and again the following year.

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FlightAware is continuing to expand the capabilities of its global flight tracking and flight data technology, launching a new network for tracking non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft at the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Beyond the new product launch though, the Texas-based flight tracking company is also looking to expand its flight tracking service to more remote areas of the world to provide airlines and operators with all of the possible surveillance data available that can help prevent the loss of an aircraft position.

FlightAware Targets Remote Markets to Expand Global Flight Tracking

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The Embraer Legacy 500 was getting high marks in the business aviation trade press even before the jet was delivered to the first customer late last year. Nearly all of the attention seemed to be on passenger accommodations, such as the six-foot flat-floor cabin and the aircraft’s 12 oversize windows—so much so that the Legacy 500, with its $20 million base price, routinely was compared to super-midsize models costing much more.

Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Records

Going forward, look for the spotlight to shine more on performance. The Embraer also makes the Legacy 650 500, which is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines—the greenest in their class—recently set four new world speed records for midsize jets.

Embraer Legacy 500

The first two were set for speed over a recognized course on a round-trip flight from Oakland, Ca., to Lihue, Hawaii, a distance of 2,135 nm, with six passengers on board. The flight lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes, achieving an average ground speed of 420 mph. The return flight took 4 hours and 11 minutes at an average ground seed of 586 mph.

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Gulfstream Aerospace ’s new G500 business jet—a clean-sheet design that’s been in development since 2008—has taken to the skies for the first time.

Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

During the 2-hour, 16-minute flight on May 18, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems, evaluating handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations, performed a simulated approach and go-around, and checked all systems using the Symmetry flight deck touchscreen controllers.

After taking off from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, adjacent to Gulfstream headquarters and its sprawling production and test facilities, the aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft. and achieved a top air speed of 194 kts. It is the first of two jets to begin flight tests, and is part of Gulfstream’s new family of large-cabin, long-range aircraft that also includes the clean-sheet G600.

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Gulfstream G500, Europe Bizav Still Sluggish, Aircraft Acquisition Planning, Embraer 3Q Aircraft Deilveries

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G500 Surpasses 100 Flight Hours

Ground Testing, Avionics Checks Have Begun On Second And Third Test Articles

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G500 has achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight. The accomplishments come just 12 months after Gulfstream announced the all-new G500 and G600 aircraft programs in an Oct. 14, 2014, ceremony at its Savannah headquarters.

Gulfstream G500

As of Oct. 13, 2015, the G500 flight test aircraft had successfully completed more than 45 missions. The longest of those was 5 hours and 22 minutes for a total aircraft flight time of more than 100 hours. In the five months since the aircraft’s first flight, it has reached an altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80.

Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA 2014

“It’s just really exciting to see how well this aircraft is performing,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “This plane has been flying exactly as expected, which highlights our commitment to quality and our attention to detail. It also reflects the investments we’ve made in labs to support the flight-test program. The team recently flew three missions in one day, with hot refueling between flights, for a total flight time of nearly seven hours. Our test pilots have said the aircraft’s handling qualities are exceptional.”

Gulfstream G500

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European BizAv Activity Remains Sluggish

Periodic updates of what’s happening in European business aviation always serves as a good reality check to confirm—or balance—the promotional claims of the industry’s original equipment manufacturers (OEM) looking to grow their business outside the United States, which dominates the global market.

Overall flight activity in September was slightly higher than in August, but it was 4% lower compared with the same period a year ago due primarily to softness in Western Europe, according to WINGX, a market research firm based in Hamburg, Germany. For example, the U.K. year-over-year was down 8%. Secondary markets took a big hit, with Russia down 20% in September compared with the year-ago period, and Turkey was off 11%.

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Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase.

If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing provide scalable options to achieve the benefits of business aircraft use, even if you’re flying only 50 hours a year.

Each form of business aviation usage offers certain advantages, based on the user’s needs and average total flying hours. What follows is a brief overview of some of the more popular options.


Air charter is often the easiest way to begin using a business aircraft. Typically it’s best for those flying around 50 hours or less per year. The cost of ownership is focused totally on usage. There are no upfront capital costs or maintenance fees. You simply pay for travel time, which makes charter ideal for those who only fly occasionally. Users can fly round-trip, one-way or from one point to another. The main drawbacks to charter are that access and aircraft availability can be limited during high-demand periods, and the tax benefits of aircraft ownership are not available.

Once you reach the 50- to 100-hour per year flying threshold, fractional ownership can start to be a more attractive option. You actually purchase a “share” of an aircraft, which often provides improved aircraft availability and certain tax benefits. However, the upfront costs are higher, since there is a capital expense in purchasing an ownership share of a business aircraft. You also pay a monthly fee for administrative and maintenance costs, plus a per-hour fee for usage. Fractional shares usually are sold for a fixed period of time – usually three to five years. Depending on the contract provisions, ownership shares can then be sold back to the provider at current market value.

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Embraer Delivers 21 Commercial and 30 Executive Jets in 3Q15

During the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) delivered 21 jets to the commercial aviation market and 30 to the business aviation market, for a total of 51 aircraft. The number is 50% higher than in the same period last year, when 34 aircraft were delivered – 19 commercial and 15 executive jets.

Embraer Legacy 650 at DAL

In 3Q15, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico.

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Business Aviation Up In Q2, HondaJet Certification, Aerion Latin America Sales, Gulfstream G500, Legacy 450

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Business Aviation Flight Hours Up In Second Quarter

Business aviation is operating at 83% of the sector’s peak levels of 2008, according to Jet Support Services, Inc., which tracks business aircraft flight hours. Flight hours in the second quarter grew 2.9% from a year ago. Q1 2008 marked the decade’s highest activity rate, JSSI said. In the second quarter of this year, monthly usage totaled 27.75 hr. per aircraft, down from the 2008 peak of 33…
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HondaJet Debuts as Certification Wait Continues

​Honda Aircraft continued a four-month-long “world tour” in Sao Paulo with the HondaJet making its debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) on 11 August. But the long wait for the type to receive airworthiness approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues, with no clear timeline offered from North Carolina-based manufacturer.

Hondajet at NBAA 2014

The FAA granted the HondaJet a “provisional” type certificate in March, a step often implying that full airworthiness approval usually demanded by customers before accepting delivery is either weeks or a few months away.

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Aerion Taps Equus to Sell Supersonic Business Jet in Latin America

Aerion Corp., which is currently developing the Mach 1.5 AS2 supersonic business jet in conjunction with Airbus, has appointed Equus Global Aviation as its exclusive authorized sales representative for Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Aerion AS2 supersonic

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Gulfstream G500 resumes flight testing following modifications

Flight testing has resumed on Gulfstream’s G500 after a break of “several weeks” to prepare the large-cabin, long range business jet for flutter tests, the company announced on 10 August at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).
Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA

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Type Approval of Legacy 450 Completes Embraer Strategy

​Brazil’s civil aeronautics authority (ANAC) on 11 August announced the approval of the type certificate for the Legacy 450, ushering into service the seventh and last jet of a market-bending, 15-year-long Embraer quest to become a powerhouse in the business aviation market.
Embraer Legacy 450 model display

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Gulfstream G500 Test Flights, Citation M2 Certification, Legacy 650 Simulator, Legacy 450 Certified, Legacy 500 Delivered

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G500 Completes Five Flights

Two Additional Aircraft Preparing For Flight

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp announced that the Gulfstream G500 has completed five test flights since it first took to the skies on May 18.

During more than 15 hours of flying, the aircraft achieved a top speed of Mach 0.80 and a maximum altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters. The aircraft’s longest flight was more than four hours.

Gulfstream G500 Completes Five Flights

Over the past several weeks, the aircraft has been undergoing planned modifications in preparation for returning to flight later this month.

“The first five flights exceeded our expectations,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “And they demonstrated that our testing facilities on the ground are having very real benefits in the air, allowing us to identify and address issues before they’re ever seen in flight.”

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Cessna Citation M2 Reaches New Heights with High-Elevation Airport Certification

Cessna Aircraft Company announced at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the Cessna Citation M2 business jet has received certification to operate at airports with an elevation up to 14,000 feet.

“Further proving the Citation M2 is unmatched in its class, it now holds high-elevation airport certification,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. “This allows customers operating out of high-elevation airports, like many found throughout Latin America, to do more with their aircraft.

Cessna Citation M2 High Elevation Certification

Within Latin America, for example, the Citation M2 can now operate with non-stop reach from places such as La Paz, Bolivia, to Quito, Ecuador; La Paz to Sao Paulo, Brazil; or La Paz to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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FlightSafety’s Embraer Legacy 650 Simulator in Paris Receives EASA and FAA Level D Qualification

FlightSafety International and Embraer announce that the Legacy 650 simulator located at the Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center has been qualified to Level D by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

FlightSafety Embraer Legacy 650 Simulator

“The Level D qualification by EASA and the FAA of our Legacy 650 simulator located in Paris further enhances the benefits FlightSafety provides to operators of Embraer aircraft around the world,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President.

“The Legacy 650 simulator in Europe illustrates our commitment to delivering world-class training to our customers,” said Waldir Gomes Gonçalves, Senior Vice President, Customer Support and Services Worldwide, Embraer Executive Jets. “This is one more great achievement from the partnership between Embraer and FlightSafety to serve our mutual customers. We are continually expanding our global network to create advanced training programs that exceed industry standards.”

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Embraer’s Legacy 450 Executive Jet awarded Brazilian certification

The Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) granted type certification for the Legacy 450 mid-light executive jet during a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Legacy 450 In Flight

“We are especially thrilled with the Legacy 450 certification, delivering on our commitment to reach this milestone just one year after the Legacy 500,” said Humberto Pereira, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Embraer. “The Legacy 450 introduces true innovation in its class. This is also a reward for our teams’ passion and dedication to bring this truly revolutionary aircraft to market, and I congratulate each team member for this achievement.”

The certification campaign comprised two prototype aircraft, the first with flight test instruments and the second with a production-conforming interior. The commonality between the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500 is around 95%. Production of the Legacy 450 has already begun and the first delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Embraer Executive Jets delivers first Legacy 500 in Mexico

São José dos Campos, Brasil, August 10, 2015 – Embraer Executive Jets has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico. The aircraft will be operated by Transpaís Aéreo, a subsidiary of the Lomex Group Aeronautics Division. The Legacy 500 was awarded type certification from Mexican’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority in June.

The Legacy 500 is proving itself to be a highly capable executive jet that is well-suited to the Mexican market. It offers excellent field performance and easy transcontinental range. The aircraft can fly nonstop from Toluca to Manaus, Cancun to Vancouver or New York to London. The Legacy 500 has met or exceeded all performance expectations, with a smooth entry into service since its first delivery in the last quarter of 2014.

Embraer Legacy 500 first in Mexico

“We have been able to differentiate ourselves from the competitors by introducing truly innovative products for the segments in which we compete. The delivery of the first Legacy 500 in Mexico highlights the market trend toward business jets that combine performance, range, low-cost operation and cabin comfort”, said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I’m glad to see the first Legacy 500 enter service in Mexico.”

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Ignorance Is Bliss When Writing About Private Jets, G450 Production To End, Gulfstream G500 Pilot Report, 10-Year BizAv Outlook

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

These are some of the some of the business aviation news stories that grabbed our attention this week:

When It Comes To Writing About Private Jets, Ignorance Is Bliss

One of my Google news alerts is for “private jet.” It means that every day I get an email with interesting articles, from news about new FBOs (private jet terminals), new programs from charter brokers, pharmaceutical executives testifying in front of Congress, new plane launches, technology, orders, forecasts, jet owners sending their planes on relief flights after natural disasters, the Kardashians, Angelina Jolie, and so forth. It’s a mixed bag for sure, and some interesting reading.

For example, some of the same American congressmen who lauded the industry for its relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake in an official declaration and who use private aviation themselves were quick to make private jet travel a reason to whip the CEOs of the major car companies. For the CEO of a pharmaceutical company called to testify about the skyrocketing cost of the drug she was selling as her compensation increased dramatically it wasn’t surprising she was asked, “How did you get here? Certainly, my advice would be, drive, fly commercial, take the train, fly to Baltimore/Washington Airport and then take the train. Politicians playing to their constituency are always going to ignore the facts about private aviation to make a point. And yes, in some cases private aircraft is misused. The actions of those CEOs, in my opinion, lacked substantial judgment.

That said, I was surprised yesterday to read a story in the Financial Times (see excerpted article below),  The writer points to Enron, the aforementioned automotive CEOs, and several other examples of misuse to make his case. His main argument seems to be using private aircraft create “a false sense of entitlement.” He also writes, “The undeclared reason modern executives like to use private jets is that they fit their self-image more snugly than scheduled air travel.”

Needless to say, there are in fact thousands of extremely successful businesses, both public and private, that use private aviation, and use it responsibly, which the author chooses to ignore, and could have been found very easily.

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Andrew Hill on Private Jets

For executives who are not ostentatious billionaires —  flying in a corporate jet is often the same as flying a red flag.

The latest company to suffer jet-related scrutiny is Tronc, owner of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. The listed company is having to defend its use of an aircraft leased from a company controlled by its chairman and largest shareholder, Michael Ferro. The corporate governance objection here is the possible conflict of interest. But it is the aviation angle that helps the story take flight. (Tronc has not commented.)

What is surprising is not that companies allow the use of private aircraft — there are a few good reasons to do so, which I will come to — but that they continue to ignore the public relations risk involved.

Such risks have been on the radar since at least 1990, when investor Warren Buffett announced, tongue in cheek, that he had named his corporate jet “The Indefensible” (he said his skeptical business partner Charlie Munger had wanted to call it “The Aberration”). But it took the 2001 Enron scandal to focus shareholder attention properly on such perks.

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Gulfstream G450 Production To End, Paving The Way For The All-New G500

Best-selling GIV And G450 Revolutionized Business Aviation

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced it would end production of the Gulfstream G450, one of the company’s most iconic and dependable aircraft, as it prepares to launch a new era of business aviation with the all-new G500. Gulfstream is scheduled to deliver the final G450 to a customer in early 2018.

Gulfstream G450

The G450 built on the successes of the GIV and GIV-SP, which have been class-leading aircraft since they first entered service. In total, Gulfstream produced more than 870 GIV, GIV-SP and G450 aircraft, which will continue to be supported and maintained by the company. The GIV family of aircraft revolutionized business aviation with increased range, industry-leading flight-deck technology, advanced aircraft systems and better reliability, all of which laid the groundwork for Gulfstream to design the innovative and revolutionary G500.

“The GIV and G450 ushered in a business aviation renaissance that has led to increased safety, greater reliability, better technology and improved performance,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “It’s fitting that the G500 will replace the G450 and build upon its performance legacy, creating another industry game-changer from Gulfstream.”

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Pilot Report: Gulfstream G500

Setting a new benchmark in business aviation technology

Disruptive change is one of the world’s most overused terms. But it’s appropriate when applied to the Gulfstream G500, due for service entry in 2018. This all-new aircraft flies higher and faster than almost all current or known future competitors. Suddenly, cruising at a mere Mach 0.80 seems so 20th century. The G500’s economy cruise speed is Mach 0.85, the new standard for most next-generation large-cabin business aircraft, as well as new long-range Airbuses and Boeings.

Gulfstream G500 flight

With as much as 5,000 nm of range at that speed, the $44.65 million G500 can fly nonstop between Seattle and Seoul, Los Angeles and London, or Montreal and Montevideo. The longest trips take less than 10.5 hr. to complete. And yet it flies those missions on less fuel than any other business aircraft cruising at Mach 0.85.

When pushed to its Mach 0.90 high-speed cruise (Mmo is Mach 0.925), it can dash between Paris and New York in about six hr., depending on seasonal winds at altitude. Indeed, it can fly at that speed between any North American and European cities that are up to 3,800 nm apart.

The G500 will replace the G450 in Gulfstream’s product line and the contrasts between the two airplanes are striking. While the G450 was a reasonable, evolutionary step ahead in Gulfstream model development, the G500 is a large leap forward in aircraft design. This is the first pure Gulfstream in more than half a century to be powered by engines not made by Rolls-Royce. It’s the first production business aircraft to be fitted with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 PurePower turbofans, engines that share their cores with the new hyper-efficient Pratt & Whitney geared turbofans designed for commercial jetliners.

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The Next 10 Years — Jetcraft

Finally, someone who can speak authoritatively about the outlook for business aviation has gone on record stating explicitly what should have been obvious for some time: it’s time to stop anticipating any sharp upturns in the market.

What the industry is experiencing and can expect in the future, according to a comprehensive 10-year forecast released this morning by Jetcraft, is a “continued settling of the market into a more regular, muted pattern.” But the fact that there will be no sharp upturns is probably a good thing, said Chief Operating Officer Peter Antonenko. “The market is exactly where it should be concerning unit deliveries.”

Jetcraft’s forecast calls for an increase in deliveries, to 7,879 aircraft valued at about $248 billion (based on 2015 prices), in the next ten years. In the short term, JetCraft expects less favorable U.S. dollar exchange rates and waning emerging market economies to hamper deliveries.

In a foreword to the market forecast, Jetcraft CEO Jahid Fazal-Karim said, “To skeptics, [the industry] may seem to be perpetually turning a corner regarding the recovery. However, the danger is not so much the slower-than-hoped-for recovery itself, but rather the possibility of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy with an inevitable downturn.”

While there is unlikely to be a return to the heady market conditions before the Great Recession, Antonenko made it clear that Jetcraft is confident about the outlook.

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Business Aviation Users Feel More Productive on Private Jets, Pilatus PC-24 Begins Taxi Runs, Gulfstream G500 and G600 New Wing Skin Supplier, NetJets Europe Prepares For First Challenger 350, Dassault Adds Second Falcon 8X to Test Program

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Selected business aviation news starting with a look at the PC-24 beginning taxi runs. G500 and G600 news. NetJets Europe is getting ready for its 1st Challenger 350. Second Falcon 8X added to test fleet. An NBAA survey shows that business aviation users feel more productive than when in the office.

Pilatus has begun taxi runs of its PC-24, and says the light business jet remains on target to make its first flight in May.

The seven-seat twin was pictured on 29 April on the runway the airframer’s Stans, Switzerland headquarters.

Pilatus PC-24 begins taxi runs

Launched in 2012, the PC-24 is the first business jet programme for Pilatus – builder of the PC-series of propeller-driven civil aircraft and military trainers.

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Gulfstream has selected GKN Aerospace to supply the upper and lower wing skins for its new large-cabin, long-range business jet duo, the G500 and G600.

The award marks another major step in the UK-headquartered company’s strategy to increase its presence in the business jet market.

Gulfstream G600 and G500

GKN already supplies skins for the G550’s wings, and says it aims to “foster and grow its relationship with Gulfstream for the long term”

Gulfstream G550

The G500 and G600 upper wing skins are constructed in a single piece, thus eliminating fasteners and joints and consequently lowering weight and reducing maintenance, says GKN. The lower wing skins are comprised of several panels and incorporate a number of complex design features, it adds.

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NetJets Europe is poised to take delivery of its first Bombardier Challenger 350.

Bombardier Challenger 350 NetJets Europe

The super-midsize business jet – registration CS-CHA – was pictured in Glasgow on 25 April during its ferry flight from Bombardier’s Montreal completion facility to the fractional ownership company’s headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal.

The aircraft will make its public debut with NetJets at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland on 19-21 May.

Another four of the twin-engined type are bound for NetJets Europe this year. The company’s 2015 aircraft delivery schedule also includes six Embraer Phenom 300s and two Bombardier Global 6000s

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Dassault Adds Second Falcon 8X to Test Program

Dassault Aviation has added a second Falcon 8X into its flight test program that flew for the first time on March 30. After initial checks on the digital flight controls and engine system, test pilots Laverne and Faurdesus took the aircraft to 43,000 ft. and Mach 0.8 for performance testing. They then ran a series of additional checks before landing after 2 hr. and 45 min. in the air.

Dassault Falcon 8X

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A study by the National Business Aviation Association (JetOptions is a member of NBAA) found that more than 20% of all business aviation users felt more productive while on board a private jet compared to working in their offices. Their counterparts using traditional airline service reported a 36% drop in productivity, the study said. Increased productivity stands out the most when it comes to choosing business aviation. That’s reflected in a company’s balance sheet.

Nancy Blanchat Portrait

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Gulfstream G650ER Farthest Flight and New City Pair Record, Dassault Military Expertise Helps Business Aircraft Development, Top Ten Long Range Business Jets

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Gulfstream and it’s G650ER are in the news. The G650ER set a couple of city pair records: It flew from New York to Beijing almost 7,000 nautical miles non-stop and then flew from Beijing to Savannah a little over 6,500 nautical miles non stop again. This ultra long range aircraft is also in the news because it flew from Singapore to Las Vegas over 8,000 nautical miles non stop. Also in this post is an excerpt from the Business Aviation Voice section in Forbes that details some of the advantages that Dassault has over other business jet manufacturers because of its military aircraft technology. We will see how well it translates when their latest business jet, the Falcon 8X, finishes its flight testing in 2016.
As always, if you have news or you have something you want us to cover here, please let us know. Oh yeah, if you need to charter a private aircraft and have high customer service expectations, contact us. We are experts at it.

Aircraft Flies Around The World In One Stop, Adds Two More City-Pair Records

Gulfstream G650ER business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G650ER recently set two city-pair records while flying around the world in one stop.

The G650ER took off from White Plains, New York, with three passengers and four crew members on board. It flew 6,939 nautical miles/12,851 kilometers eastbound to Beijing at an average speed of Mach 0.87 for a total flight time of 13 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft then flew eastbound 6,572 nm/12,171 km to Savannah, accomplishing the mission at an average speed of Mach 0.89 for a total flight time of 12 hours. The aircraft landed both times with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rule reserves.

Gulfstream G650ER business jets sets two city pair records

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Gulfstream G650ER Shows Its Long Range Capability

Travels 8,010 nm Non-Stop

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650ER has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the farthest flight in its history.

Gulfstream G650ER copletes farthest flight so far

On January 22, a G650ER, owned by Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited, flew 8,010 nautical miles/14,835 kilometers nonstop, traveling from Singapore Changi Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with four passengers, including Wynn, and three crew members on board. The trip took 14 hours and 32 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85, with tail winds of 76 knots. The G650ER landed with fuel in excess of the National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves.

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Of all of the major business jet manufacturers, France’s Dassault Aviation may enjoy a unique advantage that seems to be rarely mentioned: it also produces one of the most technologically advanced multirole fighters in the world, the Rafale. In fact, the wings for all Dassault aircraft—civil and military—are made at the same factory near Bordeaux, including those for the Falcon 8X, the company’s newest business jet.

Dassault business jets: Falcon 8X

Dassault claims its know-how in developing fighters enables its engineers to design and build business jets that combine exceptional reliability, flight-handing and technical capabilities with unmatched cabin comfort and operating economics. Major competitors, such as Bombardier and Gulfstream, would likely argue that their French rival has nothing over them when it comes to designing and building purpose-built business jets that meet customers’ most demanding expectations for cabin comfort and operating economics.

This much is certain: current-generation fighters are being built to higher tolerances to ensure precision of shape, and thus optimum performance and durability in service. No less attention is being given to the assembly of the all-important wings for the 8X and the 5X, another business jet that Dassault is developing. It is the company’s way of making sure that its business aircraft match designers’ exacting specifications, just as the Rafale does. The tri-engine 8X is actually a derivative of the fast-selling, in-service Falcon 7X, with a cabin that is 3.5 ft. longer. While the wings look identical to those of the 7X, except for a new winglet, they are 1,320 lb. lighter.

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