28th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook projects 2020 deliveries to be higher than 2019 as new models enter service.
The business jet industry is expected to see strong growth in the short to medium term, supported by several new airplane models coming to the market, according to Honeywell’s 28th annual Global Business Aviation Outlook.
Released on the eve of NBBA-BACE, the Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 7,600 new business jet deliveries worth $248bn from 2020 to 2029, down 1 to 2 percentage points from the 2018 10-year forecast.
“Production ramp up on many new business jet platforms are expected to lead to a 7% increase in deliveries in 2020, following a strong projected growth in 2019 over 2018 aircraft deliveries,” said Heath Patrick, president, Americas Aftermarket, Honeywell Aerospace. “We are confident that these new and innovative aircraft models will support solid growth in the short term and have a continuing impact on new business jet purchases in the midterm and long term.”
Bombardier's latest Global 5500 business jet now boasts an unprecedented range of 5,900 nautical miles at Mach 0.85, connecting more destinations than any other business aircraft in its segment.
With 700 nautical miles more at Mach 0.85 than its closest and smaller competitor, the Global 5500 aircraft can fly nonstop from Western Europe to the West Coast of the United States, connecting more destinations and providing Bombardier’s signature smooth ride for exceptional passenger comfort.
The additional capability provides more range or the flexibility to complete the same missions with additional payload and more fuel reserves. The 5,900-nautical-mile range will be a baseline feature on the Global 5500 aircraft for all existing and future customers. This enhanced performance will come at no additional cost to customers.
Deliveries well under way to international customers.
Daher’s latest member in its family of TBM very fast turboprop aircraft - the TBM 940 - has logged 35 orders since its official launch in March of this year, with more than 20 of these autothrottle-equipped airplanes already delivered.
During a media briefing on Wednesday at NBAA-BACE, the company confirmed this high-end aircraft’s type certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), along the civil aviation authorities of Brazil, Canada and Japan.
Airbus Corporate Jets:
ACJ and Sabena technics to co-operate in Self-Protection
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Sabena technics are to co-operate in proposing self-protection systems (SPSs) for Airbus corporate jets.
Each SPS would combine an existing, state of the art, directional infra-red countermeasure (DIRCM) system with installation on an Airbus corporate jet. SPSs will initially be offered for the ACJ320 Family.
An SPS offers protection against missiles fired from man-portable air defence systems, which are the most widespread missile-threat today. Self-defence systems are already in service on some Airbus corporate jets.
The co-operation agreement was signed at NBAA-BACE, by ACJ President Benoit Defforge (left) and Sabena technics Senior Vice president Sales and Business Development, Daniel Soltani.
“This is a great new opportunity to work with ACJ on aircraft protection, which builds on an extensive portfolio of business-aviation services that includes cabin-outfitting and maintenance,” said Daniel Soltani. “We strongly believe that our ability to install and certificate these systems with airworthiness authorities, such as EASA and the FAA, is a key driver of success.”
“Offering self-protection is yet another way in which we care for our customers, and expands and consolidates the widespread range of modern aircraft and services that ACJ offers,” said ACJ President Benoit Defforge.
First-of-its-kind product built to provide 80% reduction in on-ground fuel burn, mobile energy on demand for a wide range of turboprop and small to midsize jets.
The company famous for inventing the auxiliary power unit (APU) for passenger airplanes has unveiled a similar product for the turboprop and light jet segment aimed at upending the way these aircraft deliver on-ground power.
Honeywell’s Micro Power Units for business and private airplanes, helicopters, and advanced ground vehicles deliver many of the same benefits of APUs. These include major savings from reduced fuel burn, coupled with mobile power on the ground for critical aircraft systems such as air conditioning and avionics.
Honeywell’s Micro Power Unit, or mPU, gives aircraft owners and operators a new and smarter way to provide power autonomously in any ground environment. This drastically decreases fuel burn while increasing overall aircraft efficiency and hull value.
While the headlines at this year’s NBAA-BACE will no doubt be grabbed by large OEM sales, it is often the many smaller agreements that take place at this prestigious event that really make the difference in our industry.
In 2020, Harrods Aviation will look forward to operating FBO One software after many years of developing and using their own, in house, FBO management system.
Kerry Besgrove, Operations Director of Harrods Aviation, comments, "After completing our due diligence of the market place, FBO One proved to be the right choice to make. FBO One brings many advantages to our daily business activities, including speed and efficiency, faster processing, industry and client interfaces and a full suite of reporting and tracking capabilities covering our aircraft handing and fuelling operations."
Acropolis Aviation, the UK VVIP executive charter operator based at Farnborough Airport, has formally welcomed Mark Bird as Ground Operations Manager.
Mark joins Acropolis from Air Tanker, the PFI initiative formed by Airbus, Babcock, Rolls/Royce, Thales and Cobham, operating 14 Airbus A330-200 Voyager aircraft. At Air Tanker, Mark was based out of Brize Norton as an Operations Duty Manager for five years, managing the worldwide day-to-day operations of both civil and military aircraft and managing multi-role operations, liaising with commercial airlines, representatives of the Government and the Royal Flight.
After three decades in the RAF acquiring the discipline of getting a job done well, on time, working as part of a team, Mark’s follow-on commercial roles included being a member of the executive team behind the service launch of African regional carrier Fly Africa. He served as airport manager of Kandahar Airport, Afghanistan, moving from DHL, where as Operations Manager, he was responsible for the Middle East region.
The Farnborough, UK-based private jet operator, VOLUXIS, has announced the appointment of the highly experienced Mike Cooper as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Cooper’s experience and knowledge of the private aviation market is extensive, having started his career in
Cooper joined VOLUXIS earlier this year in May and his expertise has proved invaluable to the team since
VOLUXIS’s expanding fleet now contains three Hawker 800s, a Hawker 900XP, Falcon 7X and Global Express
Qatar Executive is launch customer for flagship business jet.
Gulfstream introduced its new flagship G700 business jet on the eve of the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas.
During the event, Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.
“The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed,” said Burns. “This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products. Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”
Embraer has announced a purchase agreement with Flexjet for a fleet of Embraer business jets, which includes the recently certified Praetor jets and the Phenom 300.
Valued at up to 1.4bn USD, at current list prices, this deal was included in the 2019 second quarter backlog, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. With this agreement, Flexjet becomes Embraer’s Praetor Fleet Launch Customer.
Michael Amalfitano (left), CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, and Michael Silvestro, CEO of Flexjet, celebrate USD 1.4 billion deal.
Avfuel Corporation has announced its acquisition of assets of CBL Trading, LLC - a fuel supply subsidiary of Charter Brokerage, LLC - out of Katy, Texas.
The acquisition enhances Avfuel’s existing supply and logistics infrastructure along the Explorer Pipeline from the Gulf Coast to Chicago as well as the Westshore Pipeline from East Chicago, Indiana, to Des Plaines, Illinois, and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (KORD).
Additionally, Avfuel will take over CBL’s storage agreements at three terminals: Magellan in Dallas, Texas; CITGO in East Chicago; and Shell in Des Plaines. This enables Avfuel to ship additional product via pipeline and expand its storage-base capacity for broader coverage and fuel availability.
ACJ and ACH highlight corporate jets and helicopters at NBAA
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) were jointly exhibiting an ACJ319 and ACH145 in Las Vegas this week, giving potential customers the chance to appreciate their benefits at first hand.
ACJ and ACH are part of the only manufacturer to offer both corporate jets and helicopters, which are marketed as Business Aviation by Airbus in a partnership which began in 2017.
The ACJ319 features lounge and conference/dining areas, plus two private rooms that can each be laid out as either a lounge or a bedroom, as well as an ensuite bathroom with shower. It is offered for VVIP charters by Comlux.
The ACH145 at the show featured a bespoke, locally made corporate interior. Additionally a full-scale model cabin of the ACH145 helicopter with a Mercedes Benz interior was on display plus a 1:5 scale model of the new ACH145 with five blades.
Signature Flight Support:
Throughout 2019, Signature Flight Support grew its worldwide network of FBOs and handling stations through the establishment of new locations, acquisitions, and licensing agreements, culminating in the addition of services at 16 new airports in 6 countries.
“2019 has seen substantial growth for Signature in several key markets, including the Caribbean and Italy,” said Mark Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer, BBA Aviation plc and Signature Flight Support.
“This growth is in line with our long-term strategy of targeted global expansion, which compliments meaningful improvements across our commercial, safety, and service programs. We anticipate continued momentum in the growth and performance of our global network through the remainder of the year and into 2020 and beyond.”
Captures 100% toxic smoke & fire from the latest water-proof phone technology.
Baker Aviation, the master distributor for the HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, now offers a new vessel developed for the latest mobile phone technology.
The new 14” x 10” sized fire containment solution is deemed FIREPROOF - as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR 1.1 - meeting the same strict testing criteria that all the HOP-STOP ‘L’ products achieve and available to the business aviation industry.
Ray Goyco, Jr., CEO for Baker Aviation Services Group LLC said, “This is our next generation phone containment unit as we continue to expand our product line to support our customers and improve safety. We realized many of our customers carry larger, more powerful waterproof phones with cases. Therefore, we made this new bag larger and tested it to be FIREPROOF with zero tolerance for toxic smoke and gasses associated with these fires."
FlightSafety International and Gulfstream Aerospace are preparing to provide training for the new Gulfstream G700 aircraft.
The simulator is being built concurrently with the design and development of the aircraft and will be integral to the flight test program. The simulator will be installed at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia which is adjacent to Gulfstream’s main facility.
More than 1,000 AVANCE systems installed and flying.
Gogo Business Aviation's AVANCE systems - AVANCE L5 and AVANCE L3 - have now flown more than 175,000 flights totaling more than 108 million miles.
The 175,000 flights is a milestone that took just two years to reach following the initial launch of AVANCE L5 in late-2017 and highlights how extensively the two systems have been used onboard business aircraft of all types and sizes.
Gogo currently has more than 1,000 AVANCE systems - which includes nearly 750 AVANCE L5 and more than 300 AVANCE L3 systems - installed and flying across a wide array of business aircraft, from single-engine turboprops to the heaviest-iron global business jets.
“When we launched the AVANCE L5, we knew it would delight our customers, but it’s surpassed all our expectations,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation.
“We then launched AVANCE L3 and that system has delivered connectivity to smaller aircraft bringing a customizable connectivity experience to meet the needs of passengers on light jets and turboprops. The great news is that demand from the marketplace continues to be strong for both systems.”
The L5 and L3 systems operate on the Gogo AVANCE platform - a breakthrough combination of hardware and software that is the foundation of all of Gogo’s latest inflight connectivity solutions. Because the AVANCE systems are software-centric, it enables a new level of remote, cloud-based service and support.
Three aircraft sold on Day One of NBBA-BACE.
Pilatus has taken the wraps off the industry’s most advanced and versatile single-engine turboprop - the PC-12 NGX.
The brand-new PC-12 NGX incorporates an improved engine, smarter avionics and a completely redesigned cabin with larger windows, making this third generation of the PC-12 airframe the most advanced single-engine turboprop ever.
Building on the experience gathered from the worldwide PC-12 fleet of over 1,700 aircraft with more than seven million flight hours plus Pilatus industry-leading support, the new PC-12 NGX brings the latest technology to the turboprop market.
Proven engine technology with digital control
Single-engine turboprop operation demands a proven powerplant: at the heart of the new PC-12 NGX is the PT6E-67XP turboprop engine by Pratt & Whitney Canada. This improved engine features an Electronic Propeller and Engine Control System including Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) - a worldwide first in this market segment.
Establishes a complete scope of US industrial activities.
Daher Group has announced the acquisition completion of the Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft Company, marking a major milestone in the French corporation’sgrowth of its North American operations.
With the acquisition of Quest, the Daher Group is now able to deploy its full range of activities in North America: aircraft manufacturing; the production of systems and equipment; along with the supply of logistics and services. This brings the company’s successful business model - which covers both industry and services – to one of the world’s largest aerospace markets.
Paula will be back next week
Demonstrates how household waste can be converted into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Air BP returned to NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas this week with an innovative stand; highlighting how solid waste from homes and businesses, such as packaging, paper, textiles, and food scraps (including bananas) that would otherwise go to landfill or incineration, can be converted into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Following the success of its SAF fly-in during EBACE Geneva in May 2019, Air BP also made SAF available to general and business aviation customers as well as aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm Arlanda (ARN/ESSA) Airport.
On the stand at NBAA-BACE - Air BP highlights how solid waste can be converted into sustainable aviation fuel.
Derived from non-palm renewable and sustainable raw materials, the fuel is made by leading fuels producer, Neste, and supplied by Air BP. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent over its life-cycle compared with conventional jet fuel.
Air BP signed a collaboration agreement with Neste in October 2018 to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of SAF for airline customers.
Business aviation technology leader Avinode is surging ahead with a range of features to help operators manage their profit margins, by ensuring flight prices are accurately listed and encouraging an uptake in dynamic pricing.
Features available now include seasonal pricing profiles, where varying monthly or quarterly rates can be uploaded in advance; and price accuracy percentages, which measure the difference between a listed and a quoted price. Avinode is also developing cost profiles, to be launched within the year, where operators can upload a flight’s associated costs, to measure profit achieved as well as revenue.
Harry Clarke, senior commercial analyst, Avinode, says: “As the business air charter industry turns towards digital transformation, we have more data at our fingertips to help us learn how this market behaves, what customers want, and - above all - how to price flights to generate maximum profit. Many of these lessons derive from commercial aviation, such as dynamic pricing - using our knowledge of seasonal peaks and troughs to raise or lower prices in line with demand."
CAE has announced the signing of business aviation training contracts with five business aircraft operators worldwide valued at approximately C$50 million, including JetSuite and its sister company JSX, Silver Air, Solairus Aviation, TAG Aviation Holdings and Vulcan Flight Management.
"Over the next 10 years, our industry will need more than 50,000 new business jet pilots. This soaring demand requires fleet operators and training providers like CAE to work more closely together to accelerate the deployment of new training solutions," said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President Civil Aviation Training Solutions.
"As the leader in pilot training, we are working on developing better pilots, faster. With better digital tools and recurrent training systems, we are elevating the training experience of pilots. These partnerships are testament to the value that we bring to business jets operators worldwide."
Cloud-based platform automates compliance monitoring processes and offers managers tailored updates with innovative applications.
AeroEx, Europe’s foremost aerospace industry regulatory compliance consultancy group, has announced the launch of its Aerospace Management ApplicationS (AMAS) platform, providing easy access to complex regulatory and legal content, while simplifying compliance monitoring management processes.
This new cloud-based solutions platform automatically monitors, aggregates and alerts users when new laws or changes to existing laws occur, regulatory updates are announced by The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or other safety and industry standards (e.g. IS-BAH/O; IOSA) are introduced - all without the need for manual monitoring. This automation will further ensure on-going compliance statutes are met by flight departments, pilots and managers of aerospace organizations.
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MedAire founder to be inducted into International Air & Space Hall of Fame
Joan Sullivan Garrett recognized for pioneering remote medical services for aviation industry.
Joan Sullivan Garrett, founder of MedAire, will be inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame for her contribution to medical care and safety solutions for the aviation industry.
The International Air & Space Hall of Fame is the most prestigious induction of its kind. Since 1963, the museum’s International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honored the planet’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space explorers.
Garrett’s founding of MedAire - now the leading global provider of 24/7 integrated safety solutions for aviation and maritime where remote medical care is in high demand - and her congressional testimony in 2001 that led to the FAA’s final ruling requiring US airlines to carry AEDs on all flights, domestic and international, were cited by the San Diego Air & Space Museum about her induction to the Hall of Fame.
Joan Sullivan Garrett
Today, MedAire products and services are on board more than 3700 business and general aviation aircraft, and are standard on new aircraft from the world’s top business jet manufacturers. In addition to medical services, MedAire offers a suite of aviation security solutions to help flight departments mitigate risks to their people, their aircraft and their operations.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will celebrate the International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2019 on Saturday, November 23rd, in the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
Jim Kidrick, president & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, said, “We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary Class of 2019 because these men and women are amongst the most talented figures in air and space history.”
In 2017, Garrett was awarded business aviation’s most distinguished honor, the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, which recognizes extraordinary lifelong professional contributions to aviation.