That Bombardier’s new Challenger 350 has the seal of approval from its celebrity brand ambassador John Travolta is hardly surprising. What did grab people’s attention at EBACE yesterday was that the movie star has been working as a flight test pilot supporting the airframer’s efforts to get the new super-midsized jet certified. “I felt like an astronaut,” he told a packed Bombardier booth here in Geneva yesterday. “We did full performance takeoffs and climbed straight to 41,000 feet. This aircraft is definitely going to break records. It’s like a homesick angel.”
In an exclusive podcast, film star and pilot John Travolta told AIN how he’s been helping Bombardier’s flight test pilots to develop the new Challenger 350 jet. Plus how Hollywood high-fliers turn to him for advice on how to get into private aviation.
Bombardier has appointed movie star and pilot John Travolta as one of its business aircraft brand ambassadors. Over and above being a licensed jet pilot and advocate for corporate aviation, Travolta has an incredibly busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work. He also likes to take his wife and children with him wherever possible and will add a Challenger 601 to his fleet shortly. “It made sense.
Howard Janotta, 86, a corporate pilot for more than 30 years, died on November 22 at his home in San Antonio. He was a B-24 pilot during World War II, after which he played professional basketball for two years before embarking on a 43-year career as a corporate pilot.