Robert Hewson

Robert Hewson
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Avanti Return-To-Flight Path Approved, Piaggio Says 

Piaggio says it has a fully approved path to put P.180 Avantis grounded by the collapse of Avantair back into the sky, and that the first recertified aircraft already has been returned to its owner.

Wheels Up Looks Internationally For Growth Plan 

With the imminent launch of its new U.S. service, Wheels Up announced it is already planning to expand into Europe, grow its fleet well beyond 100 aircraft and introduce a second private membership aviation program to its portfolio.

Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter says that the company will spend the next two years establishing its services in the U.S. but in three years will be ready to cross the Atlantic and launch an equivalent service, based perhaps in London.

Beechcraft To Boost Prices On Order Strength 

Strong growth and renewed confidence in the market for Beechcraft aircraft will allow the Wichita plane maker to bump up its prices in 2014.

Boosted by rising orders in several key sectors – and the added lift from its recent $1.4 billion order from Wheels Up – Beechcraft says that an increase in prices is now not a matter of if, but when.

Nextant Eyes King Air For Next Remanufacturing Project 

Nextant Aerospace is returning to Beechcraft products to add a second airframe to its remanufacturing business, this time targeting the King Air C90 twin turboprop. Nextant has teamed with both GE and Garmin to offer the G90XT, an upgraded C90 with GE H80 engines in place of the current Pratt & Whitney PT6As, and a Garmin 1000 avionics suite instead of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21.

Avanti Return-To-Flight Path Approved, Piaggio Says 
Piaggio says it has a fully approved path to put P.180 Avantis grounded by the collapse of Avantair back into the sky – with the first recertified aircraft already returned to its owner. (P.180 photo: Piaggio)
Jet Aviation To Place First ACJ318 Into Service In The U.S. 

Jet Aviation is introducing an Airbus ACJ318 to its managed fleet in the U.S.

The U.S.-registered aircraft will be operated by Jet Aviation Flight Services’ West Coast team and based at Van Nuys, Calif. When the ACJ is added to Jet Aviation Flight Services’ FAR Part 135 aircraft operator’s certificate (AOC) later this year, or in early 2014, it will become the first ACJ318 in the U.S. and the only VVIP ACJ available in the country for charter.

Wheels Up Charts Dynamic Expansion Plan
Plans to grow fleet beyond 100 aircraft, introduce second program
Hawker Faced With Sales Questions On All Sides
With aircraft orders booming and its business outlook steadily improving, Beechcraft still faces several questions about its future. (Credit: Beechcraft)
Nextant: G90XT 'Natural Fit' Despite Beechcraft Objections
After the 400XTi, everybody knew that Nextant would do another aircraft, but nobody guessed it would be the King Air C90. (Credit: Nextant)
Deer Jet Takes On America With Starbase Partners
China’s Deer Jet is making a significant shift in its business plan though a new strategic partnership with Houston-headquartered Starbase Jet. It is taking seven aircraft (more than 10% of its current fleet) and moving them to the U.S., where they will be refurbished and offered for charter by Starbase Jet.
Jet Aviation, Airbus Score U.S. First
Jet Aviation is introducing an ACJ318 to its managed fleet
Airbus Has Few ACJ Sales But Some Key Deliveries
Airbus has sold two ACJs and delivered three in the last year
Funding For French Guided Weapons In Doubt 

LE BOURGET — A slowdown in French R&D spending halted several new missile programs last year. The 2013 defense white paper pledges support for all of them once more, but the money still has to be secured.

SM-3: Rolling Out The New Gold Standard
Missile defense for Europe drew another step closer last month
French Budget Rattles Guided Weapons Plans
Slowdown R&D spending halted several new missile programs last year
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