The Spike Aerospace S-512 supersonic business jet concept has a unique feature that would set it apart from any other passenger jet, a windowless cabin. The benefits of building a fuselage without windows are significant, according to Spike Aerospace president and CEO Vik Kachoria.
Chris Horton, the recipient of the 2014 AgustaWestland Safety Award, is on a mission to “make safety sexy,” primarily to better reach his generation of pilots. “We’re pretty much glued to our iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter,” he told AIN. “We get our news from social media. Safety education can be done that same way.” At 27, Horton is likely the youngest person to ever receive the HAI safety award.
You need only glance at the first cover of Business Jet Traveler, from October 2003, to see how far it has come. The magazine, which I edit, began as an outgrowth of Aviation International News and, in its early issues, seemed more like a clone than an offspring.
Brendan Curran, President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, had been on the job only six days when AIN sat down with him on Monday at the Paris Air Show. Yet he seemed completely comfortable in his new position, which is not surprising when you look at his resume. Before joining Crane, Curran held a number of positions of increasing responsibility with United Technologies, most recently Pratt & Whitney-Commercial Engines, as vice president of strategy, business development and partnerships.
Last month in this space, I suggested some reading matter for the road. Now it’s time to talk about films for your flight.
For the last few weeks I have found myself uttering words that I never thought I’d hear myself say: “I’m going back to China next month.” That follows last year’s even more incredulous “I am going to China.” Before being informed that I would be on AIN’s on-site convention edition staff for last year’s relaunch of the Asian Business Aviatio
Dr. Tony Kern challenged this year’s Safety Standdown audience in Wichita to stay ahead of the leadership curve. “Want to focus on safety over the next ten years?” he asked. “Find the right people and figure out how to hold on to them. Competition for recruiting and selecting well qualified pilots will increase…If you don’t stay in step you’ll get the leftovers.”
In the wake of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February, how are safety programs and pilot hiring, training and testing practices being improved?
How concerned are you, in light of the turmoil on Wall Street, that what started with a housing bubble could snowball and become a business jet bubble?Obviously we’re concerned, and we’re carefully monitoring the situation. Historically, when the aircraft industry has gone into a downturn there has always been something in the world that caused it. Before this it was 9/11 and the tech bubble.
There has been a housing bubble, a credit crunch and now an investment banking meltdown, but few are ready to say with certainty that the market for business airplanes will be dragged down by the financial crises now gripping Wall Street–and threatening Main Street–as the U.S. economy seems headed toward a recession.
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