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.

Business Aviation Advocate Susan Sheets Dies At 63 

Susan Sheets Brogan, who served for 20 years as president of the National Aircraft Resale Association and as a business aviation advocate in Washington, died April 7 after a short battle with cancer. She was 63. Brogan worked in collaboration with the National Business Aviation Association and other Washington trade groups to advance the interests of aircraft owners and pilots. A proud private pilot and a former French and Latin teacher, she began her aviation career in 1980 with French aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale, now Airbus Helicopters.

CAN Launches Its 50,000th Flight 

On April 14, the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) launched its 50,000th flight, carrying one-year-old cancer patient Baron Yerbe and his parents back to Atlanta after receiving his treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. Diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, at three months of age, the little boy has been undergoing treatment available only at Sloan Kettering. The flight, conducted by NCR, flew from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field.

Carter Looking For Partners 

​Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC wants to build a larger, twin-turbofan version of its slowed rotor/compound helicopter, which it believes can break the rotorcraft world records for speed, range, and altitude.

FAA Forecast Predicts GA Will Increase Over Next Two Decades 

A new forecast by the FAA predicts that the number of turboprops, business jets and rotorcraft in the active general aviation fleet will increase over the next two decades, although the largest segment of the fleet, fixed-wing piston aircraft, is expected to shrink. The agency said the long-term outlook for general aviation is favorable, though the active fleet should increase by just 0.2% per year from 2015 to 2036.

Seven Million UAS Predicted By 2030 

Five years ago, the FAA forecast the number of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in U.S. airspace would grow to 25,000 by 2020 and 30,000 by 2030. In its latest forecast, the agency revised that number somewhat. Now it expects sales of some 7 million small hobby and commercial drones a year by 2020. At the same time, the FAA has released is latest update on UAS sightings by pilots, controllers and the public. The 583 reports submitted between Aug.

Cessna Makes AOA Standard 172 Equipment 

Cessna Aircraft announced that it is now making Safe Flight’s angle-of-attack system standard equipment on all Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft and optional on its Skylane 182 and Turbo Stationair 206.



Clay Lacy Aviation Partners With SmartSky 

Clay Lacy Aviation has  partnered with SmartSky Networks to offer hardware sales, certification and installation of the SmartSky 4G network on Gulfstream G200, GIV-SP and GV aircraft. SmartSky’s technology delivers a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network, the company said. Passengers will be able to stream, chat,
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New Pricing Plans From Gogo 

Gogo Inc. has rolled out new hourly pricing plans for turboprop and light jet operators, which the company says will make connectivity affordable and predicable for all aircraft operators. The new service plans start at $39 per hour and do not require the purchase of block hours have no minimum monthly fee. After paying for the first hour, customers then pay only for what they use and incur fees only when the service is being used.

CPDLC-Capable Airports Growing 

The number of airports with Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) technology is growing rapidly and initial results of the digital service are impressive. Universal Avionics’ Cessna Citation VII, outfitted with the company’s Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ system, recently tested the new CPDLC capability at Kentucky’s Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field (SDF).

Cessna: Silvercrest Delay No Impact On Hemisphere Program 

Safran’s nearly three-year delay in development and certification of the Silvercrest engine has slowed Dassault’s Falcon 5X considerably, but Cessna says it’s had no impact on its Hemispheres program. The new engine has been in the running to power Textron Aviation’s newest Citation. But in a statement, a spokeswoman says while it has not yet announced an engine provider, the Hemisphere program is on schedule, with first flight expected in 2019.

Asian Sky Group: China Business Aviation Potential Still High 

The potential mainland Chinese business aircraft market is perhaps six times as large as the current fleet, research based on the buying and chartering capacity of the country’s rich people suggests. Already, 1,420 people in mainland China have the potential to own business aircraft, according to estimates gathered by luxury publisher and rich-list compiler Hurun Report and Minsheng Financial Leasing. The purchasing potential of those people is 1,750 aircraft, the companies say. In addition, 9,000 Chinese mainlanders could charter business aircraft.

Duncan Launches New Feature To myDuncan 

Duncan Aviation has launched an electric logbook feature to myDuncan, a web-based project management system. The feature allows customers to view logbook entries in real-time and categorized by airframe or engine and communicate with inspectors through the system. Duncan, introduced in 2006, allows customers to monitor the progress of maintenance or upgrades through email alerts, job status reports and updates with hour and cost estimates. 

Gulfstream Brazil Services First Argentina-Registered Aircraft 

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s service center in Sorocaba, Brazil, has performed maintenance on its first Argentina-registered aircraft, a large-cabin Gulfstream business jet. Gulfstream Brazil was awarded maintenance authorization approval from Argentina’s Administracion Nacional de Aviacion Civil in August. Last year, Gulfstream Brazil performed work on 92 aircraft.

Falcon 8X Moves Closer To Certification By Midyear 

Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X ultra-long-range business jet is entering the final stages of its flight test and certification program as the company prepares for initial delivery. FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of the trijet is expected by midyear, with entry-into-service by late summer, Dassault said. Three aircraft are in the flight test program, have flown more than 650 hr. in 325 flights and have nearly completed all certification test requirements. In the meantime, production and support activities are ramping up.

Tecnam Rolls Out New P2012 Traveller Piston Twin 

Italy’s Tecnam has rolled out the P2012 Traveller, a piston twin aimed at meeting demand for a new small airliner to replace types such as the Cessna 402Cs operated by Cape Air. Capua-based Tecnam says Cape Air will be the launch customer for the new model, but adds that details of the Nantucket, Massachusetts airline’s commitment are confidential until the first flight, expected this summer. According to Tecnam, Cape Air has been involved in joint development of the 11-seat aircraft and members of its leadership team were present at the roll-out on April 1.


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