Business Aviation

News and issues relating to business, corporate and private aviation, primarily regarding turbine-engine powered airplanes and helicopters. Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

May 19, 2014 - 1:15am
SJU executive director, Florian Guillermet (Photo: Bill Carey)

The Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) effort, the “technological pillar” of the future Single European Sky (SES) vision, has a new lease on life. In April, the European Parliament voted to extend the mission of the entity managing the research and development program, known as the Sesar Joint Undertaking (SJU), by eight years until 2024. The SJU expects the European Union Council of Ministers will approve the extension this summer.

May 18, 2014 - 11:00am
Rob Lewis, vice president and general manager of CAE’s global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training division.

A combination of growth from new business aviation markets such as the Middle East and Asia and recovery in the more mature markets of Europe and North America has inspired flight-training provider CAE to triple investments in facilities. Half of all investment is going into new simulators. The group has been adding these at a rate of two to four each year and expects to install another 25 new units at its worldwide locations over the next five years.

May 18, 2014 - 9:30am

Gulfstream Aerospace continues to build on its momentum of last year with deliveries of 39 completed aircraft during the first quarter, a 34.5-percent increase on Q1 2013. This is on the back of a total of 144 deliveries last year, a 53.2-percent rise from the company’s performance for 2012.

May 18, 2014 - 7:00am
The deep purple tones created by Emteq’s full-spectrum Quasar II smart mood lighting system are among a multitude of hues available.

Electronics specialist Emteq started its involvement in aerospace as a pioneer in the use of LED lighting. It still lays claim to being a leader in this field but has since expanded its technology horizons to encompass a much broader array of cabin systems.

“We saw a real need to provide a more connected cabin and this led us to develop a full suite of solutions that we call eConnect,” explained the U.S. company’s chief marketing officer Rachel Bahr.

May 18, 2014 - 7:00am
Alpha Star ordered two ATR72-600s at the Dubai Aishow last fall. They will join its current fleet of six: five Airbus models and one ATR42-600.

Alpha Star Aviation Services, the newest player in the Saudi private aviation market, provides flight operations, technical support, VIP flight-support services and administration, with a focus on air ambulance flights after being set up in 2010.

May 18, 2014 - 5:00am
L to r: George Galanopoulos, managing director of London Executive Aviation, an Airops user; with Daniel Tee, managing director of Airops; and PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell, celebrate the cooperation between Airops and PrivateFly.

Airops Software has just released an upgraded version of its online charter price quoting tool, which is fully integrated with global booking platform PrivateFly, allowing operators to provide automatic charter quotes. “We are delighted to offer our registered operators this enhanced new business tool,” said Jonathan Tregoiing, general manager of Airops Software. “The alignment of both technologies makes excellent business sense for all concerned and we look forward to rolling this out.”

May 18, 2014 - 5:00am
One person can use Mototok’s wirelessly controlled tug to park aircraft efficiently.

The problem with most aircraft towbars and tugs is that the operator can’t see what’s happening with the wingtips and tail, so extra personnel are always needed when moving an aircraft into a tight spot. Krefeld, Germany-based Mototok International (Booth 5539) has solved this by using a wireless remote-controlled tug system for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, which can be operated by one person standing at any spot while moving the aircraft.

May 18, 2014 - 4:00am
Universal’s recently refurbished FBO at Paris Le Bourget offers pilots a comfortable lounge to relax in.

Universal Aviation last month inaugurated its newly refurbished FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The extensive program of improvements includes fully remodeled crew and passenger lounges, business center, meeting rooms and private screening areas. Ramp space has also been increased with the addition of 130,182 sq ft (12,094 sq m) of parking space, taking the total area to 323,000 sq ft (30,000 sq m).

May 18, 2014 - 4:00am
Small and medium-size airports in Europe often lack the infrastructure necessary to enable complex approaches, limiting the utility of the airport. EGNOS, and the highly accurate position data it provides, makes these airports more accessible for business aviation operations without the cost of complicated ground structure.

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) provides clear benefits to the business aviation sector. With many business aircraft not specifically catered to by current air traffic management systems, more often than not they find themselves shut out of many key airports.

This is particularly true as Europe’s skies continue to become more and more crowded. As air traffic continues to grow, smaller airports must make themselves accessible at all times–something that cannot be done when relying solely on nonprecision approaches.

May 18, 2014 - 3:00am
Honeywell's Aviation Mandates Infographic

Significant numbers of business aircraft operators have made little or no progress in complying with key avionics mandates, according to new research commissioned by Honeywell Aerospace with data gathered from AIN readers. The survey identified the mandates for ADS-B out, 9FANS/PM-CPDLC datalink capability and FANS-1/A (North Atlantic region) as the most pressing concerns.

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