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Global 7000 and 8000 Program Under Review, Embraer BizJet Deliveries Up, Business Jet Market Uptick

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Bombardier Global 7000/8000 Program Under Review

It’s customary for new leadership teams to conduct broad product-portfolio reviews, and while they rarely result in wholesale changes to major programs, they sometimes lead to surprising outcomes that observers may not have anticipated.

Bombardier Global 8000 long range business jet

In the case of Bombardier Inc., where the board of directors in recent months installed a new president and CEO and also approved the appointment of a new president of the Business Aircraft unit, at least one defining program is under review: the Global 7000/8000, two ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets designed to compete against the likes of the Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER.

Bombardier Global

For the time being, work obviously is well advanced and proceeding. The first Global 7000 flight test vehicle is taking shape in final assembly, with major structural parts joined—including the rear, center and forward fuselages, main landing gear and the wing, according to a Bombardier official.

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Embraer Business Jet Business Picks Up in Second Quarter

Embraer has seen a pickup in business jet deliveries in the second quarter of 2015 and has recorded a record backlog of more than $22.9 billion. During second quarter, the company delivered 27 jets to the commercial aviation market and 33 jets to the business aviation market, for a total of 60 aircraft, compared to 58 aircraft delivered the same period last year. The company announced $2.6 billion in firm orders at the Paris Air Show…

Embraer business jets

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Nextant hands over first 400XTi to PlaneSense

Nextant Aerospace has delivered the first 400XTi to US fractional ownership company PlaneSense, bringing total deliveries of its remanufactured and re-engined Beechjet/Hawker 400A/XP business jet – introduced in 2011 – to nearly 60.

Nextant 400XTi

PlaneSense will incorporate the light twin in to its fleet before the end of the month. This is the first aircraft from an order for up to five 400XTis, placed by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based company in March. The second unit is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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Business Jet Market to See Steady Uptick

A new report from Research and Markets finds the global business jet market to be worth an estimated $21.5 billion as of 2014 and is projected to grow at 2.8 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2033. The demand for business jets continues to recover steadily since the 2008 economic downturn with aircraft delivery numbers in 2014 registering a 6.5 percent year-on-year growth rate.

The growth is driven by economic recovery, a surge in demand for heavy jets and introduction of a number of new aircraft programs by the industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) incorporating cutting edge technologies and innovations translating into enhanced performance capabilities, safety features and optimized operating economics.

The delivery numbers continue to be dominated by Bombardier in volume terms and led by Gulfstream in value terms respectively with the duo collectively holding over 70 percent market share based on revenues in 2014 with continued, robust demand growth in the heavy and medium jets segments.

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Challenger 350 on Display, First Charter King Air 350i in China, Global 7000/8000

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Bombardier Challenger 350 Aircraft on Display in Poland

Leading business jet manufacturer Bombardier Business Aircraft announced that its Challenger 350 demonstrator aircraft will embark on its Eastern European tour, starting with a well-awaited stop in Poland. On September 29 in Warsaw, media will be invited on board the aircraft for a 30-minute flight above the city to experience the aircraft’s modern, sophisticated cabin before landing back at Chopin Airport.

Bombardier Challenger 350 over mountains

Bombardier is excited to showcase this class-leading product to operators in the region,” said Christophe Degoumois, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 350 aircraft offers one of the widest, most spacious cabin in its category and boasts larger windows and a more advanced HD Cabin Management System. It is perfectly suited for the requirements of business jet travelers in Poland,” he added.

Bombardier Challenger 350 at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

Not only does the Challenger 350 aircraft feature the very latest in avionics functionality but it offers the segment’s most advanced cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines interior comfort and design sophistication, all while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger family. It is easily differentiated on the ramp with its canted winglets, which, coupled with higher thrust engines, give the Challenger 350 aircraft more performance, more efficiency and lower direct operating costs than its competitors.

Bombardier Challenger 350 NBAA 2014 JetOptions

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Beechcraft delivers China’s first 350i to be used in a charter role

Beechcraft has handed over the first of two King Air 350i to Chinese aviation services company AVIC Hebei General Aviation (HGAC).

Beechcraft King Air 350i at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

The twin-engined turboprop will be based in Shijiazhuang City, in northern China’s Hebei province, and will be the first 350i in the country dedicated to charter services, says the Textron Aviation subsidiary of the American Textron Group which also owns Beechcraft and Cessna.

HGAC has a fleet of 15 propeller-driven aircraft, including nine AVIC Y5/B piston-singles and three Cessna Caravan 208 single-engined turboprops. Its second 350i is scheduled for delivery before the end of the year.

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Bombardier Global 7000/8000: The Epitome of Private Jet Life

The Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 are ultra long-range high-speed, VIP jets that are currently under development and will compete against the likes of the Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER.

Bombardier Global 7000 at NBAA 2014 JetOptions

Initially, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 were expected to enter service in 2016 and 2017 respectively, but the launch of the Global 7000 has been delayed till the second-half of 2018 and it’s certain that Global 8000 will not arrive at its expected date. Sixty-two units have already been booked and customers include F1 legend Niki Lauda, VistaJet and NetJets, yet the delay in arrival means that Bombardier Aerospace may lose some share of the market to its competitors.

Talking about the Global 7000, it has four luxurious cabins with unparalleled space and comfort for up to 19 passengers. Bombardier promises to recreate a homelike environment that can be both productive and leisure-friendly.

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Embraer in China, Long Range Business Jets, Onboard Connectivity, Emergency Training, Global 7000

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Business aviation and business jets are 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 16th, 2016:

Embraer Scores In China

Add China to the list of more than 30 other countries where U.S.-made Phenom 300 aircraft—the world’s most popular business jet for the last three years, with the highest number of deliveries—now operates.

Embraer delivered two of the light aircraft to Colorful Yunnan General Aviation Co., Ltd., a newly established business jet customer based in Yunnan province in Southwest China. The company will employ them in a variety of missions, including business and high-end leisure travel, as well as customized tourism, disaster-relief work and medical-rescue.

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Range Matters for Middle East Business Jet Buyers

Whether for business or leisure, for the ultra-wealthy of the Arabian Gulf, being able to fly without stopping to New York and other US East Coast cities is a major plus. There is currently one business jet able to perform such a task – the Gulfstream G650ER. As a result, the Savannah-based manufacturer’s flagship performs strongly in the region.

Whether for business or leisure, for the ultra-wealthy of the Arabian Gulf, being able to fly without stopping to New York and other US East Coast cities is a major plus. There is currently one business jet able to perform such a task – the Gulfstream G650ER. As a result, the Savannah-based manufacturer’s flagship performs strongly in the region.

But Savannah will not have the market to itself for much longer. Bombardier was at the Middle East Business Aviation Association show in Dubai promoting the virtues of the Global 7000. The large-cabin type – which has just begun flight testing – will also be able to reach the Big Apple in a single flight when it enters service in 2018.

The Canadian manufacturer believes the Global 7000’s size advantage over its rival from across the border will give it the edge in the Middle East.

And for those with a bit more cash to splash, Boeing says its newly launched BBJ Max 7 will be the first airliner-derived business jet to fulfill that mission: although Airbus suggests that its much earlier-to-service ACJ319neo is likely to develop extra range during the three years’ head start it has on the adapted 737.

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Special Report: Onboard Connectivity

The onboard connectivity market remains one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of business aviation and for good reason. Business aviation travelers and crews these days insist on being connected to the internet or cell systems to do everything from monitoring their email and surfing the web, to being able to “text and talk” using smartphones and other devices while en route.

The onboard connectivity market remains one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of business aviation and for good reason. Business aviation travelers and crews these days insist on being connected to the internet or cell systems to do everything from monitoring their email and surfing the web, to being able to “text and talk” using smartphones and other devices while en route.

Gone are the days when these services were considered perks. Travelers demand continuous connectivity while en route from takeoff to landing, for both domestic and international travel. And they expect connection speeds to be as fast as those they have at home or in their offices, which puts pressure on owners and operators to make sure their onboard connectivity systems are capable of meeting those demands.

Once, passengers might have accepted some compromise in onboard Wi-Fi offerings available on business jets, but that is rapidly changing. That is due, in part, to the connectivity gains made by commercial airlines, which increasingly are offering more and faster services. Business aircraft clients and crew now expect owners and operators to not only offer internet access, but also ensure that the quality of the service is at least equal to that offered by many commercial carriers.

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Training Business Aircraft Passengers for Emergencies

How alert are you as a passenger on a flight in a business aircraft? Do you pay attention to the pre-flight safety briefing? Do you become absorbed in work or conversations throughout the flight?

What would you do if your phone or computer overheated and caught fire, and the cabin suddenly filled with smoke? Or a fellow passenger became seriously ill? Would you know where to locate a fire extinguisher or defibrillator, or how to use them? What if the plane crash-landed?

Aircraft passengers need to be in mental “Condition Orange,” advises Louisa Fisher, program manager for cabin safety at FlightSafety International and vice chair of the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee. “Condition Orange means something could happen, but you’re already thinking of your options of what to do.”

Condition Orange is part of a color-coding situational awareness system developed originally for the military and law enforcement by the late Jeff Cooper. In Condition Green, you are relaxed and unaware of what’s around you; for example, iPhone on, earplugs in, focus somewhere far away. Your reaction times to an emergency will be slower, and you are more susceptible to becoming a statistic in a disaster. In Condition Orange, you are more vigilant of your surroundings and have a “what if” plan in your head.


It’s not enough to assume that the flight attendant or flight technician, if one is onboard, will take care of any crisis. Passengers – especially frequent flyers – should be knowledgeable about the safety and medical equipment available and procedures for their use.

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Bombardier Banking on Global 7000 To Boost Revenues

The new Global 7000 is expected to drive up Bombardier Business Aircraft’s revenues by $3 billion between its service entry in 2018 and the end of 2020, division president David Coleal said today at Bombardier’s investor day. To date, the Global 7000 has logged more than 30 hours over 15 flights, with certification flying to ramp up next year as more flight-test vehicles come online. The aircraft is sold out “through 2020,” he added.

Coleal also said that Bombardier’s business jet division is looking to double its aftermarket revenues from now until 2020. The installed base of Bombardier business jets will climb beyond 5,000 aircraft in 2020, fueling growth in service and part sales, he noted. To help meet this demand, the company is expanding its service network. This includes a new 300,000-sq-ft Bombardier Business Aircraft service center at Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, slated to be finished in 2018.

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Global 7000 Maiden Flight, Need to Know Before Flying Private, Business Aviation Innovation, ACJ Cabin Concept, OEM Development

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Business aviation is evolving constantly and we always keep up to date with training, education, and news about our industry to better serve our clients. Here are some of the business aviation news articles and stories from around the world that grabbed our attention this week ending November 11th, 2016:

Bombardier Global 7000 Aircraft Successfully Completes First Flight

First flight kicks off a rigorous flight testing program as planned

Global 7000 aircraft on track to enter into service in the second half of 2018

First and only clean-sheet business jet with four living spaces and a dedicated crew rest area, providing unparalleled comfort and interior design flexibility

Bombardier Business Aircraft today announced that its segment-defining Global 7000 aircraft program completed the successful maiden flight of its first flight test vehicle (FTV1). This first flight marks the start of a flight test program for the newest member of Bombardier’s flagship Global aircraft family, which is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018.

The Global 7000 flight test vehicle took off from Bombardier’s facility in Toronto under the command of Captain Ed Grabman, assisted by his co-pilot, Jeff Karnes and Flight Test Engineer Jason Nickel under clear conditions at 10:25 a.m. EST.

Bombardier Global 7000 first flight

Dedicated to testing basic system functionality and assessing the handling and flying qualities of the aircraft, today’s flight lasted approximately 2 hours and 27 minutes, during which all flight controls were exercised, and the systems and aircraft performed as expected. The flight crew conducted a gradual climb to 20,000 feet (6,096 m) and the aircraft reached a planned test speed of 240 knots.

“The first flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This is a very proud moment for Bombardier and confirms the Global 7000 aircraft program development is on schedule. It is the industry’s most innovative and uniquely designed business jet and the only aircraft on the market to offer four living spaces for unparalleled comfort and flexibility, creating an unforgettable experience for our customers. The Global 7000 business jet’s impressive capabilities promise to establish a whole new category for large business jets,” he added.

Bombardier Global 7000 at NBAA 2016

“This is a great day for Bombardier and a very proud moment for the thousands of employees who made this significant milestone a reality,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Hard work and dedication from the entire team, including our suppliers, went into this amazing milestone of the development program. With today’s first flight successfully completed, all teams remain focused on meeting the program’s development and certification schedule and the aircraft’s entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”

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What You Need to Know Before Flying on a Private Jet

Booking private jets via an app has become popular in recent months. But here’s what to know before you buy.

A private flight at the tap of an app: It all sounds so seductive. But can the world of mobile technology really help to bring private flights to a mass audience, at a cost that isn’t that much higher than a first-class airline ticket? Not quite. While there’s something more to this than just hype, experts say we’re still far from the day when this side of aviation will be open to mass consumption. “You hear a lot about the ‘Uberization’ of the industry. “But that’s a big misconception.”

Flying Private

And while booking a private flight on a smartphone sounds appealing, the process may be lacking critical information. After all, it’s not like using a search engine to compare commercial flights: “You will see disappointments if you are just going on a picture of the airplane and the price,“ Tivnan says. The pool of private aircraft available for charters is far more varied than that of the typical commercial airline, encompassing dozens of models, ranging from lavish Gulfstream jets to tiny turboprops. For their part, industry executives acknowledge there’s a vast difference between experienced private jet fliers who have trusted contacts inside the business, to the more casual—or first-time—user.

“Of course, we recommend you charter your private jet with JetOptions”

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Why Business Aviation Must Innovate to Drive Recovery

In business aviation, sales slumps are usually broken by the arrival of new products, which explains why most forecasts predict any recovery will occur after 2017. That aligns with the arrival of several impressive models, such as the Bombardier Global 7000, Cessna Citation Longitude, Gulfstream G500 and Pilatus PC-24.

Business aviation innovation on display

But relying on new products to stimulate demand doesn’t always work. Sometimes projects get delayed, and, even if they arrive on time, the market might not move. Since 2015, manufacturers have delivered the Citation Latitude, Dassault Falcon 8X, Embraer Legacy 450 and the Honda Aircraft HondaJet. Each features impressive performance and new technologies, yet the market in most regions has shrunk.

To drive a real recovery, the industry needs to come up with a better way of doing business: one less reliant on new metal. While improved aircraft are still necessary, the sector needs to do more to stimulate demand.

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Airbus Corporate Jet Curvaceous Cabin Concept

In the world of large-cabin business jets, there are Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) and Boing Business Jet—and then there’s everybody else.

ACJ 320 Neo at NBAA 2016

These are not the fastest or highest flying aircraft, but there is no question they redefine the meaning of ‘office in the sky’ and, in some cases, the sky’s-the-limit opulence achievable according to a customer’s personal preferences (and imagination). After all, they are highly customized derivatives of passenger jets flown by many of the world’s major airlines.

At the recent National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition, Airbus introduced a new cabin concept for its A320neo (New Engine Option). Called Melody, the design features flowing lines inspired by naturally occurring curves, such as hilly horizons and desert dunes.

These flowing lines are represented in both the main pathway through the airplane’s cabin and the curved walls of zones within it. The approach also focuses on an environment that is quieter and better adapted to providing sound and vision in a home cinema setting.

ACJ 320 Neo Cabin

Airbus made extensive use of some of the latest technologies used in commercial and military aviation, such as weight-saving carbon fiber, in tables and cabinets and greater use of wi-fi. With a lighter cabin, Airbus was able to increase the range. In fact, both the ACJ320neo and the smaller ACJ319neo feature next-generation engines and wing tip sharklets for improved aerodynamics.

In addition to longer range, operators can expect to benefit from a 16% reduction in fuel consumption, according to an Airbus Corporate Jet official. The ACJ320neo can fly 25 passengers 6,000 nm or more than 13 hours, while the ACJ319neo can transport eight passengers 6,750 nm or more than 15 hours.

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Luxury Jet Maker Bombardier Finds Lift Amid Stalling Private Aircraft Sector

The Canadian plane maker Bombardier has reported a lower than expected adjusted net loss and said it expects to finish the year with improved operating margins in all of its businesses.

The company raised the lower end of its full-year forecast for earnings before interest and tax(ebit) to US$350 million from $200m, while maintaining the upper end at $400m.

Montreal-based Bombardier forecast revenue of $16.5 billion for the year, compared with its previous forecast of $16.5bn to -$17.5bn, after the company in September halved the 2016 delivery forecast for its CSeries mid-range aircraft.


The CSeries programme, which has been hit by production delays and cost overruns, has received a $745m investment from the Quebec provincial government.

Canada’s federal government has agreed in principle to invest in the company’s CSeries programme, but a deal is yet to be finalised.Bombardier said last month it would cut 7,500 jobs, mostly in its train-making division, the second round of layoffs this year, following extended delays and budget overruns in its aerospace business.

Bombardier said last month it would cut 7,500 jobs, mostly in its train-making division, the second round of layoffs this year, following extended delays and budget overruns in its aerospace business.

Bombardier delivered 36 business jets in the quarter ended September 30, compared with 43 in the same period last year. It delivered 16 commercial aircraft, two more than a year earlier.

The company’s net loss narrowed to $94m, compared with $4.88bn a year earlier. Revenue fell nearly 10 per cent to $3.74bn.

Bombardier booked non-cash charges of about $4.4bn on its CSeries and Learjet 85 programs a year earlier.

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Original Equipment Manufacturers Advance on All Fronts

Anyone who attended the recent National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition could plainly see there’s no shortage of innovation going on across the entire sector—whether it’s in the form of new and improved designs of jets and turboprops or in any of the numerous systems that enable these aircraft to meet the transportation needs of the most discerning, hard-driving business executives.

No less striking, at least from this observer’s perspective, is the difference in how various OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) seem to have approached the business of developing and certifying new models. If the process were track and field, parallels with sprint, relay and long-distance running events wouldn’t be a stretch.

On one end of the spectrum, you have companies like Honda Aircraft Corp.—the marathon competitor. HondaJet is the culmination of founder Michimasa Fujino’s 30-year dream of bringing to market the world’s fastest, most advanced light jet. This week Honda announced its first speed records over two recognized courses: Teterboro, N.J., to Fort Lauderdale, Fl., and Boston, Mass., to Palm Beach, Fl.


Then there are the “relay” competitors—companies who have mastered the science (and art) of producing clean-sheet designs in close succession aimed at niche market segments. Embraer, with its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, and Gulfstream Aerospace with its G500 and G600, come to mind. Embraer disclosed that Brazil’s civil aviation authority, the European Safety Agency and the FAA awarded certification of the Head-Up Display and Enhanced Vision System for both aircraft.

Embarere at NBAA 2016 static display

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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.
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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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Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 605, Gulfstream Offers ADS-B Out for G150 Aircraft, Global 7000, 8000 engine flight testing

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 605

Wide body comfort at rock-bottom cost

Many of the observations and comments we receive from our clients who charter Challenger 605 jets from JetOptions agree that although it is a slower aircraft it provides excellent space and comfort -Ed.

Challenger 605 operators are pragmatic realists. They say there are other large-cabin aircraft with fine French bloodlines, plus sporty performers from Savannah and rugged heavyweights from Brazil, but no other business jet can top the Bombardier Challenger 605 for its blend of cost effectiveness, low operating costs and cabin comfort, plus dispatch reliability and everyday utility.

Bombardier Challenger 605

Bombardier Challenger 605: Widebody comfort at rock-bottom cost

“It’s not the best performer, but you can’t beat its value for price and low direct operating cost,” says Gustavo Prato, who flies a Challenger 605 based in South Florida. Operators say they can fly it for $3,100 to $3,200 per hour, including fuel, maintenance and engine reserves. Dispatch reliability exceeds 99.8%.

Some people quip that it’s a super-sized Hawker 800, built for comfort, but not for speed. Indeed, its long-range cruise speed is Mach 0.74. Nevertheless, it can dart between any two cities in the continental U.S. at Mach 0.82. It also can fly from Paris to New York against 85% probability winds at Mach 0.80.

Bombardier Challenger 605 interior photo

The Challenger 605 has been upgraded with longer and lower cabin windows

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Gulfstream Offers ADS-B Out for G150 Aircraft

Technology Provides Safety and Operational Benefits for Operators, Air Traffic

Gulfstream Aerospace announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to install avionics known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) on G150 aircraft. The new ground-based surveillance technology, which has safety and operational benefits, is required to operate aircraft in portions of airspace above Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. ADS-B Out will be required to fly in U.S. and European airspace by January and June 2020, respectively.

ADS-B out system

ADS-B Out offerred for G150 Aircraft

“We are glad to announce that this enhancement will be available to G150 operators in January,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “ADS-B Out is an important part of the solution to meet the demands of air traffic growth in the coming years. It will help ensure customers meet current and future aviation mandates and help improve the efficiency of air traffic control systems.”

Gulfstream G150

Gulfstream G150 approved for ADS-B Out Avionics

ADS-B Out will supplement and/or replace ground-based radar systems. Using ground-based transceivers, an ADS-B Out system generates aircraft position information with greater accuracy and reliability. Benefits for operators and air traffic control include:

Improved position accuracy for air traffic control for all flight segments: surface, terminal area and en-route operations

Closely spaced parallel approaches

Reduced spacing on final approach

Improved air traffic control services in non-radar airspace

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GE launches Passport engine flight testing

GE Aviation has started flight tests of the Passport engine selected to power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

GE passport engine

GE launches Passport engine flight testing for Global 7000 Global 8000

Flight testing started on 30 December on a GE flying test bed – a Boeing 747-100 – based in Victorville, California, GE says.

The 16,500lb-thrust power plant remains on track to complete certification by the end of 2015 despite entering flight tests about six months late.

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Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship

JetOptions is a member of NBAA -Ed.

NBAA Charities and the family and friends of Lawrence Ginocchio annually award $4,500 to each of five undergraduate students who are enrolled at NBAA/University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions.

The Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship was created in 2001 by NBAA Charities and the family and friends of the late Lawrence Ginocchio to honor his outstanding personal contribution to the business aviation community. Named for a remarkable man whose strength of character inspired a high standard of caring in the aviation community, this scholarship recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated honesty, integrity and selflessness in their dealings with others. These individuals should possess a passion for aviation, as Larry Ginocchio did, and have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others.

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GE delays Passport engine flight test for Bombardier, Online Ground School for Gulfstream G550 Recurrent Course and MORE

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Jordan Will Host Next Middle East/North African Business Aviation Conference

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will host its next MEBAA Conference in Amman, Jordan, on October 14. Initial plans called for it to be held in Tunisia next month, MEBAA said, but this venue has been postponed until next year. Following the success of the last MEBAA Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April, the event in Jordan will also draw upon members and prominent stakeholders across the region’s aviation sector “to deliberate and discuss the issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa’s business aviation market…

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Second-quarter business jet deliveries climbed by 30 percent in North America, but this gain was more than offset by deficits in the rest of the world, according to data released yesterday by UBS Global Research. Global business jet shipments, excluding very light jets, fell 1 percent during the quarter, dragged down by losses in other world regions: -50 percent in Asia-Pacific outside China/India, -39 percent in China/India, -23 percent in Western Europe and -21 percent in emerging countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia…

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Bombardier must wait a few more months to see the flight test phase begin for the GE Aviation engine that will power the Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.

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​The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a safety information bulletin (SIB) to prepare airlines, air navigation service providers and national aviation authorities for the procedures they would have to follow in the event that the seismic activity reported by Iceland becomes a major volcan

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FlightSafety International is offering online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course. The company’s G550 eRecurrent training course is available for pilots who operate their aircraft under FAA or EASA regulations and replaces the two-day, in-person recurrent training course. It includes a 13-hour ground school eLearning module and instructor-lead LiveLearning CRM training…
FlightSafety International is offering online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course

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