Jessica A. Salerno

Jessica A. Salerno
Executive Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Jessica is Executive Editor of Business & Commercial Aviation magazine. She started as Editor of ShowNews Online, Aviation Week's on-site trade show daily published at the Paris Air Show, NBAA Annual Convention, Singapore Air Show and at other significant aerospace gatherings.
Jessica has worked in television production and management consulting. While not yet a licensed pilot, Ms. Salerno has received flight instruction and has soloed.

International Clearance Services Returns to VNY 

Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and Signature Flight Support hosted an open house celebrating the grand opening of the new 1,528-sq.-ft. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility. Since its opening on May 21, 2015, more than 75 international flights have been successfully cleared, providing direct benefits for business travelers, the local economy, and reducing airspace congestion in Southern California. 

Vertis Aviation Adds Challenger 604 to Its Fleet In Qatar 

Vertis Aviation, based in Switzerland, has added a Doha, Qatar-based Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet of aircraft. The Challenger 604 is a new model for the company and complements the larger Boeing Business Jet managed by Vertis out of Dubai, the company said.

Accidents in Brief (September 2015) 

Selected accidents and incidents in July 2015. The following NTSB information is preliminary. 

News of promotions, appointments and honors (September 2015) 

​Aerion Corp., Reno, Nevada, announced that Matthew (Matt) Cram, previously an attorney for Aero Law Group PC, is Aerion’s vice president of Contracts and will have responsibility for commercial contract activity for the Aerion AS2, as will as other legal affairs for the company. 

Day of the Drones 

The FAA has granted more than 1,000 Section 333 exemption approvals for the operation of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in U.S. airspace. The approvals have been issued to companies and individuals for a wide range of activities including motion picture production, precision agriculture, real estate videos and photography, inspection of power distribution towers and wiring, railroad infrastructure and bridges, among other things.

UAS Shipments May Exceed 2.6 Million Units a Year by 2025 

Shipments of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will exceed 2.6 million units a year by 2025, according to a new forecast by Tractica. According to the Boulder, Colorado, market researcher, the industries using the drones will include film, media, agriculture, energy, mapping, mining, and disaster relief. Meanwhile, companies, universities and government agencies are actively assessing the opportunity for drones in other capacities.

Helicopter Noise Ban Over New York . . . Again 

In July, the New York City Council introduced legislation targeting the city’s helicopter tour operators for increased regulation “to reduce noise and air pollution for New Yorkers who live and use public parks along the tourist-helicopter routes.”In doing so, the bill’s sponsors aligned themselves with a number of groups, including “Stop the Chop NYNJ,” a neighborhood coalition that sees sightseeing-helicopter operations as both a source of noise and pollution, and as “a danger to health, the environment and national security.&rdqu

September 1965 News 

The decentralization of the FAA will continue, with area managers throughtout the county getting increasing responsibilities. These 18 mangers for the 48 continental states may add another level of bureaucracy between the aviation community and FAA headquarters. 

Britten Norman’s utility twin “Islander” has flown over 60 hr. in extensive testing. Factory export price of the Continental IO-360-powered fixed-gear, 10-seater is $49,000 and the manufacturer recently announced 15 deposits on pre-release orders. 

Products & Services Previews (September 2015) 

1. CARE Moves to New Showhouse 

Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange (CARE) have moved into their new 20,000-sq.- ft. showhouse and increased available parts inventory by an additional $3.5 million, bringing their total inventory to over $48 million with over 54,000 line items. Additionally, CARE has placed inventory nationwide to assist in decreased shipping time providing customers with 24/7/365 support for all their purchasing and sourcing needs. 

Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange (CARE)

(800) 4400-9004

China’s Joy Air Signs for 20 Grand Caravan EX Amphibians 
Cessna expects to begin deliveries of the utility turboprop single later this year out of its Cessna-AVIC Aircraft facility in China.
Citation M2 Ready for High-Elevation Airports 
The M2 has been certified to operate at airports with an elevation of up to 14,000 ft., like many found throughout Latin America, the company said.
RAI Jets Expands in Chicago Area 

RAI Jets has partnered with Chicagoland Aviation to expand into the Chicago area. RAI is a Sturgis, Michigan, private charter aviation company. It will provide an alternative to commercial airline travel between Kalamazoo and Chicago. RAI Jets is experiencing the rising trend for charter jet service, it said. 

Japan’s Low-Boom Supersonic Drop Test Succeeds 

Japan has drop tested a low-sonic boom supersonic aircraft in a repeat of an earlier test that ended in deliberate destruction of the model after it veered off course. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) says the “supersonic experimental airplane successfully flew over the boom measurement system” in the restaged D-Send 2 test in July at the Esrange Space Center in Sweden.JAXA says the test is the first supersonic flight of an experimental aircraft using low-boom design techniques to reduce both front and rear shock waves.


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