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The Weekly of Business Aviation

The Weekly of Business Aviation
Gulfstream G450 Program Profile
Currently, the G450 is the only in-production derivative of the Gulfstream GIV. As of mid-2016, more than 350 G450s had been delivered from Gulfstream’s Savannah facility. However, that production will come to an end in early 2018, when the company delivers the final G450 and turns its focus to the all-new G500.
HondaJet Program Profile 1
Honda Aircraft Company Inc.'s first production airplane is the HondaJet — designated the HA-420. It competes with entry-level jet aircraft such as the Cessna Citation M2, Cessna Mustang, Eclipse 550 and Embraer Phenom 100/100E.
Pilatus PC-12 Program Profile 4
Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus describes its PC-12 as “versatile.” By many measures, few other airplanes so aptly fit that description.
Top Stories from Dec. 7, 2015, Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Kenny Dichter, co-founder and CEO of membership-based private aviation club Wheels Up, predicts a 50% boost in revenue next year and an 80% increase in revenue flight hours. Plus, FlightSafety International is adding to its Cessna Aircraft training programs as it redistributes some of the training to meet customer needs, the company said.
Beechcraft King Air 350i Program Profile 3
The latest variant in the Super King Air family, the Beechcraft King Air 350i offers extra cabin space, winglets, and increased Maximum Takeoff Weight compared to its predecessors.
Top Stories from the Oct. 26, 2015, Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Behaviors of business aircraft buyers have changed since the 2008 downturn, according to a new 10-year business aviation forecast by business sales and marketing firm Jetcraft. And the U.S. Transportation Department plans to finalize what will likely be an emergency rule by mid-December requiring past, present and future drone owners to register the devices with the FAA.
Top Stories from Oct. 19, 2015, Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Negotiators for NetJets and its pilots union have reached an agreement in principle on a new collective bargaining accord, the union said. Plus, a successful sale or partnership for Bombardier’s CSeries commercial aircraft would be good news for the company’s business jet unit, experts say.
Gulfstream G650/G650ER Program Profile
The current flagship of the Gulfstream family of private jets is the G650, a twin engine jet with seating capacity of up to 18 passengers.
Top Stories from Sept. 28 Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Signature Flight Support's owner has agreed to purchase Landmark Aviation to create the world's largest FBO network. Plus, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 has gained supermajority support in the U.S. Senate. And the National Business Aviation Association is urging its members to plan for the worst if a government shutdown occurs because Congress does not approve a spending bill by Sept. 30.
Embraer Phenom 300 Program Profile
The Phenom 300 is a light twin jet private aircraft, manufactured by the Brazilian airplane maker Embraer. It is also the best selling light private jet in the world, with 60 deliveries in 2013 and 73 in 2014.
Top Stories from Sept. 21 Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Bombardier Aerospace says it has reached major development milestones with its long-range Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program. Plus, fractional ownership company Flexjet is adding a number of enhancements, including the adoption of a “One Flight Crew, One Aircraft” model. And about 800 NetJets pilots picketed at seven sites around the country on Sept. 10 after progress to secure a new labor contract stalled, the union said.
Top Stories from Sept. 14 Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation
Textron Aviation could announce two new aircraft in the large business jet segment during the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in November, am analyst wrote in a memo to investors on Sept. 9. Plus, the National Business Aviation Association says it is ready to follow up on a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board following a fatal Gulfstream IV runway overrun accident in May 2014.
Business Aircraft Market and UAV Sighting News from The Weekly of Business Aviation
Demand for large business jets seems to be slowing after years of growth, according to Brian Foley, president and market analyst with Brian Foley Associates. And analysts say the recent volatility in the stock market – if it continues – could lead to slower sales of business aircraft. Plus, hundreds of operators of business aviation and general aviation aircraft and helicopters, citizens and air traffic controllers have reported UAV sightings over the past 10 months, according to a just-released FAA report.
Equip 2020, UAV, Harrison Ford Crash and Citation M2 News from The Weekly of Business Aviation
The deadline to comply with the FAA’s NextGen mandate to move beyond 2020 will not move, the FAA administrator says. And pilots have reported seeing unmanned aircraft more than 650 times so far this year, the FAA says. Plus, a federal report cites a faulty carburetor that led to the loss of engine power as the probable cause of the crash of Harrison Ford’s vintage aircraft. Finally, Cessna Aircraft’s Citation M2 business jet has received certification to operate at high-elevation airports.
LABACE and New York Helicopter Tourism Legislation News in The Weekly of Business Aviation
Organizers of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) have high expectations for this year’s show in the country’s bustling business center of São Paulo. Plus, the New York City Council has introduced legislation targeting the city’s helicopter-tourism industry for increased regulation.

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