John Morris

John Morris
Aviation Week ShowNews

John has led Aviation Week's ShowNews, the best-read daily news magazine of aerospace trade shows, for nearly two decades. His background in business journalism before joining Aviation Week includes stints at Reuters, the American Banker daily banking newspaper and as business news editor at the Milwaukee Journal and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, John has been a private pilot for 34 years and won an award at EAA Oshkosh for his restoration of a vintage British Auster army spotter aircraft. He is currently building a 1920s Staaken Flitzer biplane from plans. John attended his first Farnborough Air Show in 1952, when just eight months old.

NetJets Launching Second Bombardier Challenger 

NetJets is launching its second Bombardier Challenger aircraft, this time the Challenger 650. Chuck Suma, NetJets senior vice president of global asset management, stood alongside Bombardier Business Aircraft President Eric Martel as they announced the new model Oct. 19 in front of the mockup of the follow-on to the Challenger 605 on the eve of last week’s National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.

Sparkling Flying Colours on a Roll 

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen and General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce believe business aviation is in a stronger position heading into debate on the next FAA reauthorization bill thanks to a concentrated effort by industry to educate lawmakers and the general public on the important role the industry plays in the national economy.

VistaJet On Track For A Record Year
VistaJet, which operates the largest privately owned Bombardier business aircraft fleet with more than 45 aircraft, is growing by leaps and bounds. This year it entered the U.S. market as it pursues its strategy of connecting its customers to every corner of the world with point-to-point coverage.
Safran Builds Its Business Aviation Base
New technology, new products and new relationships reflect a commitment to business and general aviation that’s growing by leaps and bounds at Safran, the French propulsion and power systems company.
Microturbo Generates Business in Bizjet Market
Microturbo marked a strategic turning point this summer when it became the supplier of auxiliary power units for the Global 7000/8000 and Dassault 5X business jets.
Rolls-Royce’s ‘CorporateCare’ Increases Support
Rolls-Royce’s CorporateCare engine maintenance program is making a real difference to aircraft resale values, says Stephen Friedrich, VP for sales and marketing of civil small and medium engines.
Bombardier Refreshes Challenger 605 As 650
Many have wondered what Bombardier’s next step will be to retain the Challenger 605’s best-selling lead in the midsize category of business jets as the type approaches its 1,000th delivery since the aircraft was introduced 1986.
Comlux Readies for First Widebody
“I want that widebody business, and I’m going after it hard,” says new Comlux America CEO Jim Soleo. “We’re going to move fast.”
Flying Colours Paints Rosy Outlook For Completions 
Family-owned business jet completions specialist Flying Colours will triple its outfitting capacity at its Peterborough, Canada, base by early 2016 with a major expansion that will increase its dedicated production bays from three to nine.
Gamut Of New Developments At AirVenture 2014 
EAA AirVenture highlights product improvements, enduring passion
Industry Leaders Seek More FAA Focus On Part 23 Rewrite 
Industry leaders expressed dismay over FAA’s plans to release new Part 23 certification standards in late 2017, instead of the congressionally mandated 2015, saying the delay will further slow important safety initiatives.
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