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.

Gulfstream Opens Dubai Distribution Center 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s distribution center near Al Maktoum International Airport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) will cover approximately 6,000 square feet/557 square meters.
JSSI Tip-to-Tail Coverage For Dassault Falcon 7X 

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its exclusive Tip-to-Tail® Program coverage for the Dassault Falcon 7X that includes coverage of the Airframe, Honeywell APU, and the three Pratt & Whitney PW307A Engines. Falcon 7X operators may also choose a stand-alone JSSI Engine or APU Program to fit their specific needs.

Astronics Corp. Introduces AeroShield Low Drag Radome 

Astronics Corp. through its wholly owned subsidiaries Astronics AeroSat and Armstrong Aerospace, debuted its new VVIP aircraft connectivity system components at the NBAA Convention in November. The AeroShield low-drag radome and composite adapter plate technology combination provide significant benefits to VVIP aircraft operators installing connectivity systems to include reduced drag, simplified installations and lower weight.

Pelton Gets EAA CEO Role 
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors has made Jack Pelton, the EAA Chairman and de facto CEO, the full time boss by officially adding the CEO title and responsibilities to his position. The former Cessna CEO has led EAA since October 2012. The CEO is a paid position, although Pelton will continue as EAA’s volunteer chairman of the Board while he is CEO. He will maintain residences in Oshkosh and his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
Jetex Flight Support Expands Into Toluca 

Jetex Flight Support has entered into an agreement with EOLO for EOLO’s FBO to become a co-branded facility. As part of the agreement, the FBO located in Toluca, Mexico will start operating as Jetex-EOLO, adding to Jetex’s worldwide network of FBOs. Toluca is the most important airport in Mexico for business aviation with Mexico being the second largest market in Latin America. At the FBO, clients will be offered Jetex’s full range of services.

Emirates Selects Cirrus SR22 As Training Aircraft 

Emirates Airlines, the world’s largest  international carrier, has selected the Cirrus SR22 as the primary training aircraft for its flight academy. The carrier has signed for a fleet of 22 aircraft, which will be based at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central Airport in support of the Emirates’ National Cadet Pilot Program.

Airbus Helicopters H120 Flies Burning Jet-A 

Airbus Helicopters recently flew a model H120 powered by a high-compression diesel engine burning Jet-A in place of the model’s standard Turbomeca Arrius turboshaft. The goal of the project is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of light rotorcraft. The 30-minute flight occurred Nov. 6 at Marignane, France, under Europe’s Clean Sky research program. The aircraft’s a 4.6-liter V8 was developed by TEOS, a French race car powertrain specialist, and Austro Engine.

Startup XTI Aircraft Files With SEC 

After garnering almost $14 million in pledges from thousands of individuals through a crowdfunding campaign, startup XTI Aircraft has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to convert the expressions of interest in its unique aircraft into investments. XTI hopes to develop the TriFan 600, a six-place vertical-takeoff-and-landing business aircraft with two tilting ducted fans in the wing and a third fan in the rear fuselage for lift and control. The company launched its crowdfunding campaign in August.

Sandel Avionics Debuts Avilon Flight Deck For King Airs  1

Sandel Avionics, Inc., has introduced Sandel Avilon, a retrofit flight deck for King Air aircraft. Avilon is intended to redefine how modern cockpit avionics are designed, built, sold and installed. “From the company’s inception, Sandel has a history of introducing groundbreaking technologies that defy industry conventions,” said Gerry Block, president and CEO of Sandel.

Products & Services Previews 

1. Sierra Improves Citation Entry Step

Designed with improvements in functionality and appearance over the original factory step, the SkyStep improves safety and utility at a competitive price. Some features include: enclosed back and sides; three evenly spaced steps instead of two; first step is closer to the ground; pneumatic cylinders softly deploy the door. The SkyStep is applicable to a wide variety of classic Citation aircraft. 

Price: $15,500 installed

Sierra Industries

Uvalde, Texas

Beijing General Aviation Co.’s New Production Facility For P750 

Beijing General Aviation Co. has begun construction of a 46,000-sq.-meter production facility for its P750 single-engine turboprop aircraft. The plant, located in the Changzhou National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone’s Aviation Industrial Park, is expected to be capable of building 70 aircraft per year. The company says the aircraft is aimed at addressing the growing aviation market in China. It is a multipurpose design that can take off and land in short distances and operate in unimproved airstrips.

Embraer Delivers 300th Phenom 300 

Embraer Executive Jets has delivered its 300th Phenom 300 light business jet to an undisclosed U.S. customer at the company’s Melbourne, Florida, complex. The Phenom 300, which was first delivered six years ago, is in operation in 28 countries and has accumulated more than 250,000 flight hours. The aircraft has a 57% market share in the light business jet category, the company said.


Flying Colours Earns ADS-B Out STC For Challenger 604/605 

Flying Colours Corp. has been issued a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for ADS-B Out for Bombardier Challenger 600-2B16 (604 and 605) airframes. The first aircraft to be fitted with the system, a Bombardier Challenger 605, was completed in September. A second installation is underway on a Bombardier Challenger 300. The STC will be submitted for validation by Transport Canada and Europe’s European Aviation Safety Agency this year.

Dassault Breaks Ground On Maintenance Facility 

Dassault Falcon Service has begun work on a new maintenance facility in Bordeaux-Merignac in order to expand its Falcon overhaul capability. The hangar will cover 7,200 sq. meters and will be able to accommodate up to six Falcon 7X, 8X or 5X aircraft. It will complement the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. The new facility is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2016, in time to handle the ramp-up in C checks on Falcon 7X aircraft.

UAV Registration Is Coming 

The U.S. Transportation Department plans to finalize what will likely be an emergency rule by mid-December requiring owners past, present and future of recreational UAVs to register the devices with the FAA. The rule will be based in large part on the work of a new task force of government and industry participants that was to provide the FAA recommendations for procedures and policies for a national registration database by Nov. 20. The action comes in advance of the holiday season in which the FAA says there could be a million new UAVs given as gifts.


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