By DAVID ESLER

By DAVID ESLER
Articles
Grassroots Business Aviation Associations 

The work of major aviation advocacy organizations — the so-called “alphabet groups,” including the NBAA, NATA, AOPA and others — is well understood by the public and the aviation community. What is too often overlooked, however, is the underlying role that local aviation associations play in countering a variety of more local threats and challenges, from keeping airports open to organizing opposition to restrictive issues like user fees and oppressive taxation.

Business Aviation in South Africa 

Can you think of a country that, in our lifetime, has totally reinvented itself by engineering a social revolution that empowered a formerly oppressed underclass?

The Empty-Leg Syndrome 

From the earliest origins of flight for hire, the “empty leg,” or nonrevenue repositioning flight, has been the bane of commercial operators.

Assessing the Auditors
For several decades, safety auditing has been a keystone of the monitoring process.
Business Aviation Ops in Russia 

Living through the fear, distrust, and implicit threats of the Cold War, aviation professionals on either side of the Iron Curtain likely could never, in their wildest imaginings, have conjured a time when Boeing Aircraft would operate a design office in Moscow. Or, along with arch-rival Airbus, would market jetliners to new private-sector Russian airlines. Or – even more implausible – that Western corporate executives and employees would travel freely within “Mother Russia” in business jets built in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

Ding Hao!* Operating in China 

From the time that European sailing ships first entered its harbors, China has been an enigmatic land of contrasts to the West.

4-D Nav Is Coming 

“If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t call it research, would we?” — Albert Einstein

Vicki Cox, senior vice president and supervisor of the FAA’s NextGen program, likes to cite the iconic physicist’s famous quote when discussing the challenges implicit in bringing her agency’s ambitious ATC automation plan to reality.

Looming Cost Burdens of Aircraft Ownership 

A “perfect storm” of challenges to business aircraft ownership — whether whole or fractional — is brewing in Washington, D.C., and beyond with potential far-reaching impact not only on aircraft ownership but the managed-aircraft charter business model.

Making the Case for Business Aviation in Your Company 

Let’s review for a moment how the latest attack on business aviation began.

SESAR: Europe’s Impressive ATM Plan 

This month, the European Union (E.U.) begins technical development for its long-anticipated Single European Sky (SES) air traffic management plan and ATC modernization.

When Business Aviation Rebounds 

A leaner, consolidated industry, more accountability, perhaps new forms of ownership and longer aircraft retention, a resurgent charter component . . . and a “pony.”

Safety Management Systems for Business Aviation 

When you’re engaged in an activity as mundane as crossing a busy street, you’re subtly exercising risk management.

Flight Risk: The Threat of Criminalization 

The December 2008 release of the Brazilian accident investigation report for the 2006 inflight collision of a Gol Linhas Aéreas Boeing 737-800 and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet over the Amazon sent a disquieting tsunami across the international aviation community.

Business Aviation in Brazil 

It was no coincidence that the keynote address at the G-20 meeting of representatives of the world’s largest economies in Washington, D.C., last November was delivered by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Engine Retrofits: Something Old, Something New 

It’s an axiom in aviation that like old soldiers, good business aircraft never die — they just get reengined and keep right on flying. It’s the not-so-good ones that fade away.

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