The Top 10 Most Read Business Aviation Content In 2020
December 18, 2020
10. Inside The First And Most Recent Bizjets
Since the unveil of the $75 million Gulfstream G700 - the largest, heaviest, roomiest, most luxurious and, very likely, the longest-range business aircraft yet built by Gulfstream- the business jet has continued to make headlines.
Then when we look at the first business jet, Lockheed JetStar, it was a true symbol of luxury, success, and power in the 1950's.
9. Adjusting Approach Speed: When Vref Isn’t Enough
In “Enterprise,” one of the most underrated of the "Star Trek" television spinoffs, future Capt. Jonathan Archer repeatedly crashes his model airplane because a turn of the winds found his craft without the necessary lift. His father reassures him, saying, “You can’t be afraid of the wind, learn to trust it.”
8. Bombardier Flies Into Uncertain Future As Business Aviation Specialist
To generations of aerospace workers and pilots, Bombardier was always known as a scrappy business aviation OEM, even though the Canadian industrial stalwart did more annual business in train-related manufacturing and its origin dates back 83 years as the first snowmobile-maker.
6. Textron Aviation Begins COVID-19 Face Shield, Face Mask Production
Textron Aviation has begun producing plastic face shields and cloth face masks for the medical community, first responders and, in light of recent Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Guidance, its own employees due to the coronavirus crisis, the company said.
5. Wrong Right-Seater: Past Flaws And Failures Forgotten
On Feb. 23, 2019, at 1239 CST (1839Z), Atlas Air Inc. (Atlas) Flight 3591, a Boeing 767-375BCF, dived from 6,000 ft. into a shallow, muddy marsh area of Trinity Bay 34 mi. east-southeast of George Bush/Houston Intercontinental Airport (KIAH) while on approach. The captain, first officer and a non-revenue pilot riding in the jump seat died, and the cargo aircraft was destroyed on impact.
3. Every Potential Accident Sends Smoke Signals First
When I started U.S. Air Force pilot training in 1979, it wasn’t uncommon for the service to lose an airplane every month. On average we lost five Cessna T-37s, our primary trainer, and seven Northrop T-38s, our advanced trainer, annually. Even the operational Air Force was accustomed to these kinds of losses. The primary fighter that year was the F-4 Phantom II and it averaged two losses a year. And the heavy aircraft world was not immune. We lost a KC-135A tanker and C-141 cargo transport every two years. As we used to say back then, “You have to expect a few losses in a big operation.”
2. Flight Paths Forward: The Future Of Business And General Aviation
Business and general aviation have seen downturns more than once before. As private flying shows the first signs of recovery from the blow struck by COVID-19, many in the industry think this time around could be different.
1. Aerion Unveils Major Updates To AS2 Supersonic Business Jet Design
As its team of aerospace heavyweights continues to grow, aircraft developer Aerion Supersonic has unveiled a finalized design for the AS2 business jet, which it believes is not only sustainable but also lays a solid foundation for a follow-on family of high-speed commercial and military derivatives.
It has been a year like no other, from virtual aircraft unveilings to aviation companies producing face masks in response to the global pandemic. We take a look back at the 10 most viewed articles across Aviation Week's 2020 business aviation content.