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fueling the future of business aviation
Fuel – without it, Business Aviation wouldn’t even get off the ground. Not only is it one of the essential ingredients to flight, it’s also one of the most expensive. So it should come as no surprise that operators are always looking for fuel options that will take them farther for less. Hence the focus […]

rubae2019 reaches out to new heights
Late summer is the time, when the Business Aviation community migrates to Moscow for RUBAE. The trade show at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport attracts not only exhibitors and attendees from the CIS countries, but from Europe and North America as well. Volker K. Thomalla reports

electric aircraft: boom or bust?
More electric and all-electric aircraft are gaining momentum as more and more companies are investing in technologies that enable these types of power systems. With a huge number of projects on the drawing board, the question has changed from will we see electric aircraft to when will they take-off? Volker K. Thomalla explores

the changed regulatory environment for the operation of business aircraft in russia
Despite improvements to its legal framework, Russia’s current aviation regulatory practices continue to create a host of challenges. Derek Bloom and Petr Koshelev discuss recent changes in Russian regulation of Business Aviation

crimea: a new center for business aviation
The Russian government aims to turn Crimea, the disputed Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, into a new center for Business Aviation. The move is part of an ongoing effort to improve the peninsula’s international image and to attract foreign investors. Eugene Gerden reports

russia’s mro sector set for growth
Despite ongoing problems and general economic uncertainty, Russia’s MRO industry for business jets is steadily developing. Eugene Gerden talks with some leading local MRO providers and industry analysts to learn more

developing not because of, but despite
The enhanced monitoring of compliance with customs regulations, increased interest in charter flights and their cost growth, opening of the first business jet construction plant in Russia, attention to air taxi business model are so far the main trends and events of 2019. Russian Business Aviation market continues to develop not because of, but despite. […]

inmarsat gears up for future connectivity needs
Powered by Inmarsat’s Ka-band Global Xpress network, Jet ConneX offers the fastest global satellite data rates in Business Aviation. Steve Nichols takes a close look at the next generation in connectivity

proficiency or competency?
Currency and proficiency have similar definitions and they do complement each other, but neither one is a replacement for the other. Leroy Cook explains the difference

eaa airventure celebrates 50 years at oshkosh
Since being held at Oshkosh in 1970 for the first time, the annual EAA AirVenture convention has grown to be the largest aviation event of any kind – also dubbed as the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. Our Turboprop Editor Leroy Cook offers highlights from the show

air ambulances – when lives are in the balance
For International SOS, a renowned specialist in medical evacuations, the best way to ensure that people abroad stay healthy is to establish robust preventive programs. But for the rare instances when prevention is not possible, a safe and rapid evacuation is vital to saving lives. Que the Air Ambulance. Marc Grangier reports

one plus one is two. really?
When two pilots qualified to operate alone are flying together, do they add up to performing as a team of two? Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Andreas Grauer investigate

introducing the future of rotorcraft
Good news for the rotorcraft industry – Heli-Expo continues to grow. For evidence, look no further than the fact that this year’s edition covered over a million square of the Georgia World Congress Center, one of the largest facilities ever booked for the show. Alan Norris reports from Atlanta

s&dc 2019 – sdc celebrated its 30th anniversary in san antonio
There’s no place like NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference to network and learn about the industry. This year, the event took place for the 30th time, but the attendees did not only look back into a glorious past but took a glimpse in the future, where some challenges wait for the industry. Volker K. Thomalla […]

aero friedrichshafen 2019 – aero reaches new heights
This year’s AERO in Friedrichshafen, the annual General Aviation show in southern Germany, was one of the most successful ever. The 27th edition of the trade fair impressed with a large number of innovations, a high number of exhibitors and a comprehensive, high-caliber conference program, writes Volker K. Thomalla

unique customer service at shannon airport
Shannon has the westernmost US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Europe. By taking passengers through this Irish airport, Business Aircraft operators can avoid long queues at the Immigration in the US. Quick turn-around times are another point that speaks for Shannon. Volker K. Thomalla writes

an exciting and challenging experience
Marc Grangier is discovering how the latest trends in aircraft interiors are affecting the industry

tag farnborough airport keeps on growing
2018 was a record-setting year for TAG Farnborough Airport. The strategy to convert the former military airfield into a pure Business Aviation airport has clearly paid off, not only for TAG Aviation, but also for the surrounding communities. Volker K. Thomalla reports

the front line of addressing the pilot shortage
Flight training companies such as CAE and FlightSafety International play a crucial role in Business Aviation’s ability to fill the skills gap – both in terms of pilots and maintenance technicians. Nick Klenske reports

mro means big business
The MRO business means lots of opportunity, and companies of all sizes want in on the action. Nick Klenske writes

a practical guide to european business aviation law
With multiple countries, languages and jurisdictions, Europe is complicated. This is particularly true for the Business Aviation industry, which often finds itself struggling to navigate across this multifaceted landscape. Attorney and co-author of the new EBAA Guide to Business Aviation Law in Europe Giulia Mauri explains

preparedness
Preparedness involves not just adding emergency equipment, but obtaining training in its use and establishing procedures for successful employment. Capt. Leroy Cook provides suggestions to develop a true survival kit

landing at paris le bourget airport
Marc Grangier sets his sight on the features that make the Paris-Le Bourget Airport an important center of the aviation industry

pilatus reopens the order book
Five years on, Pilatus is preparing to reopen its order book for its flagship PC-24. Marc Grangier is all ears for the big day

too tired?
Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren take a close look at the probable causes of a near-disaster in Denmark, where an incoming SAAB 2000 aircraft descended below minimum safe height

will mandatory avionics spark other upgrades on the retrofit market?
While the 2020 deadline for ADS-B installation is getting closer and closer, a good number of owners are also deciding to do other avionics upgrades to their aircraft while the panel is disassembled. Steve Nichols discusses how this mandate affects the sector

alcohol makes it not simple
Despite being a rarity, pilots’ alcohol consumption is an issue that has received extra attention after a series of high profile incidents. Here is one analyzed by Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren

getting stopped painlessly, in time
Taxiing an aircraft safely presents many unique challenges to a pilot. Capt. LeRoy Cook lists these challenges and offer advice to bring an airplane down to a walk

an inside look at an inside job
Whether it’s keeping up with the latest technology or creating a unique interior design, today’s bizav interiors sector is all about finding innovative solutions for meeting the customers’ increasingly great expectations. Nick Klenske provides a glimpse into the market

ads-b – where are we now?
At heart, ADS-B is the new way to manage air traffic. But how does it exactly work? Where does the legislation stand? Steve Nichols reports

mediation: how to overcome disputes and continuing doing business together
Giulia Mauri and Frédérique Jos look into alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and offer advice on the method particularly suitable to solve Business Aviation related matters

fuel: expanding the horizon
Simply put, aircraft cannot fly without fuel. To ensure that aircraft continue to fly efficiently into the future, fuel providers are working on the next generation of aviation fuel that will significantly reduce carbon emissions. They are also expanding their services, providing tools for their customers to enhance training or to ease the fueling process […]

game-changing technologies drive engine efficiencies
The next generation of powerplants is the most efficient and most reliable generation of aircraft jet engines yet. Thanks to the implementation of new technologies into business aircraft engines, manufacturers now have access to more power, better performance and increased fuel efficiency. Volker K. Thomalla reports

fleet report 2018: the state of the industry
From data provided by JetNet LLC and insights from the likes of Honeywell, JSSI and Jetcraft, Volker K. Thomalla takes stock on the state of the global business aircraft fleet

the revolution has arrived
Industry 4.0 does not stop at aircraft manufacturing – it’s coming to the MRO providers, too. The result will be increased efficiency and reduced costs. But to fully explore the potential of these new disruptive technologies, operators must provide access to all available aircraft data. By Volker K. Thomalla

i give you wing anti-ice later in the climb out, right?
Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren examine a Challenger 604 that crashed on take-off near Almaty after the captain failed to turn on the anti-icing protection systems despite the low temperature and presence of snow

sajf: a good alternative for business aviation
Business Aviation has seen a remarkable 40% increase in fuel efficiency over the last 40 years – and it’s only just getting started. Nick Klenske reports

night ops: enjoy, with respect
While there’s nothing inherently dangerous about flying at night, a night flight can quickly turn hazardous if the pilot is not adequately prepared. Capt. LeRoy Cook provides some preflight planning tips to avoid surprises during night flight

commercial or non-commercial: that is the question
The new EASA Basic Regulation (Regulation 1139/2018) came into effect in September 2018, repealing and replacing Regulation 261/2008. Attorney Giulia Mauri explains what the changes mean for you

what next for the avionics industry in 2019?
What can we expect in terms of avionics developments this year? Steve Nichols looks at what the industry is planning

’everything is ok’
At Helsinki Airport in 2012, crew actions following a mechanical failure caused a passenger plane to veer off the runway. Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren examine the reasons

brexit and aviation: the consequences of a no deal situation
If no deal is reached between the parties, as of midnight on March 29, 2019, the UK would leave the EU, with all current approvals of UK entities ceasing to be effective. This would have significant consequences on aviation. Attorney Giulia Mauri explains what you need to do to prepare

flying tired
To remove oneself from flight status for reasons of fatigue is a weighty decision. But if you press on regardless, flying into situations beyond your ability to cope, the repercussions can turn deadly. LeRoy Cook explains

mebaa 2018: mebaa goes global
Marc Grangier provides overview of the must attend event for the Business Aviation industry

it’s not complete without completions
Nick Klenske goes inside the completions business to get the latest on this busy segment of the Business Aviation industry

preview: schedulers & dispatchers conference 2019
SDC2019, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas form January 29 to February 1, is the must-attend event for FBOs, trip-planners, fuel-suppliers and anyone else involved in the scheduling and dispatching of business aircraft. Nick Klenske reports

business aviation expects a positive climb
Although NBAA-BACE in Orlando attracted less exhibitors than last year’s show, this did not affect the overall mood. Higher aircraft utilization, less used aircraft on the market and positive economic indicators were a welcomed cocktail for another great NBAA-BACE. By Volker K. Thomalla, Marc Grangier, LeRoy Cook and Nick Klenske

mideast bizav spreading its wings
Taking a closer look at the Middle East to assess the state of the industry in the region, we find a Business Aircraft fleet that will continue to grow – along with the services for aircraft operators. But we also see Middle East Business Aviation companies now starting to successfully expand into other regions. Volker […]

jet aviation expands fbo network
The recent addition of two FBOs in the Netherlands was the next step in Jet Aviation’s strategy to be present at Europe’s top Business Aviation airports. Volker K. Thomalla reports from Amsterdam

a look inside
Marc Grangier writes about how the interiors business is getting blue-sky designs off the page and into the air

presentation is important
Shiny tires, polished door handles and spotless paint perhaps do not make the airplane perform better, but they do reflect on the owner’s dedication to maintenance and customer service. LeRoy Cook highlights the importance of keeping the aircraft and everything in it clean and neat

ground collision on the active runway
The Linate Airport disaster remains Italy’s deadliest air accident, caused by a number of nonfunctioning and nonconforming safety standards and procedures at the airport. Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren analyze the causes and general precautions for preventing runway incursions

what now for universal avionics after elbit acquisition?
Israeli defense giant Elbit Systems Ltd is now joining forces with US commercial avionics maker Universal Avionics. Steve Nichols comments on the big acquisition

the pilot shortage grows
Within the aviation industry, pilot shortages are typically a by-product of supply and demand. In recent years, the expansion of commercial air travel has steadily outgrown the number of available pilots, helping create one of the most profound shortages to date. Kirby Harrison reports

brexit and business aviation
On June 23rd, 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Although even two years later a lot remains up in the air, one thing that has always been certain is that ‘Brexit’ will result in a new relationship between the 27 remaining members of the EU and the United Kingdom. How will this new […]

an inside look at farnborough 2018
Mark Huber and Nick Klenske pick out some of the highlights to expect from this year’s Farnborough International Air Show

is flying single-pilot ever a good idea?
It is a fact that having a pilot to load-share with you in command of an airplane is invaluable. But is flying single pilot always a bad idea? Capt. LeRoy Cook offers insight into flying solo and factors to be considered

aircraft interiors: take a look inside
From the largest completion centers to bespoke purveyors, a range of interiors companies is at EBACE 2018 showcasing their latest cabin interiors innovations. Nick Klenske reports

it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s ebace 2018
EBACE 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet. And yes, we know, we say that every year – but this time we really mean it. After all, it’s not every year that EBACE kicks off with a jet pack! Nick Klenske reports

aircraft modifications: recovering nicely
As the decade of the recession draws to a close, the Business Aviation industry is beginning to recover, drawing along with it the aircraft modifications business – engines, airframes and avionics in particular. Kirby Harrison reports  

2020 faa adsb-b mandates – the clock is ticking
Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the last two years you can’t fail to have noticed that we have upcoming FAA and European mandates on the use of ADS-B. But it seems that not everyone has got the message. Steve Nichols reports

aircraft sales and finance: how important is the choice of governing law?
Aoife O’Sullivan suggests appropriate care and attention should be given to the choice of law and choice of jurisdiction to avoid lengthy confusing disputes involving conflicting legal systems

 

like a scared horse
On Sept. 14, 1999, an F900 was subjected to violent vertical load oscillations, which killed most of the passengers, after incorrect crew response to a minor pitch control malfunction. Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren analyze the accident and highlight the impact of not following the good practice of wearing seat belts

 

using a contaminated runway
Landing on contaminated runways involves increased levels of risk related to deceleration and directional control. Capt. LeRoy Cook offers some guidelines to help pilots stay on the tarmac

 

aero is also for business
AERO Friedrichshafen is an important General Aviation exhibition organized in Germany – The annual event attracts exhibitors and visitors in large numbers and Business Aviation is a growing segment of the event. This year’s edition will see the debut of a dedicated flight simulator area, highlighting the latest flight training devices. Volker K. Thomalla reports

 

what next for the avionics industry?
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” The avionics industry definitely believes in moving forward, but what exactly will we see in the coming years? Steve Nichols spoke with a number of industry experts to get their view on where the avionics industry is moving

 

modifications: impossible to ignore
From major overhauls to simple touch-up jobs and appliance upgrades, aircraft modification companies are waiting in the wings with new projects. Marc Grangier offers the latest industry news

 

the helicopter sector lands in las vegas
The annual HAI Heli-Expo lands in Las Vegas February 26th through March 1st, and BART International has the information you need to make the most out of your show. Nick Klenske reports

 

slow and steady is the name of the game
It’s that time of the year – when BART stops to take stock of where the Business Aviation industry is at and where it looks to be going. Nick Klenske reports on the 2017 fleet figures

 

the paradise papers, corporate aviation and vat
Aoife O’Sullivan readdresses the impact of recent press reports on the corporate and private aviation industry

 

one-on-one with omar hosari
As CEO of UAS International Trip Support, Omar Hosari’s vision and expertise have been central to the company’s growth from a handful of employees into a global network – all within just 15 years. By developing and implementing strategic goals and objectives, he has helped position UAS among the industry leaders, as well as solidifying his own reputation as a top aviation expert. BART Senior Editor Marc Grangier took the opportunity of NBAA/BACE 17 to sit down with Hosari to learn more

 

dubai airshow 2017 bizav flexes its muscles
The Dubai Airshow 2017, known primarily as a premier marketplace for the airline and defense sectors, welcomed Business Aviation into the fold. Volker K. Thomalla reports

 

frontal attack
Understanding the dynamics of weather fronts is one of the most critical things pilots need to know. Capt. LeRoy Cook explains the characteristics of frontal weather and how it affects flying

 

circle to land?
Capt. LeRoy Cook looks into one of the most demanding maneuvers in instrument flying: land from a circling approach

 

the illusion of safety
Behind all the certificates and routine audits comes the cold hard reality; safety oversight in civil aviation can cost lives. Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren explain it through the ExecuFlight accident

 

a bigger space for bigger jets
Jet Aviation officially broke ground on the construction of its new widebody hangar at the EuroAiport Basel – Mulhouse. The large project, which expands the completions capacity of Jet Aviation’s largest facility, is on a tight schedule – with its opening planned for the end of 2018. Volker K. Thomalla writes

 

connecting the digital dots
Spurred on by innovation happening in the charter sector, flight planning is going digital and providing the industry with an array of integrated new service options. Nick Klenske reports

 

fbos: business aviation’s jack of all trades
Operating an FBO is anything but simple. There are tons of aspects, target groups, additional services and unexpected needs that you have to take into consideration whenever an aircraft pulls up to your tarmac. If you’re planning on entering the fixed-based operations market, you’ll basically have to be able to do everything. Nick Klenske reports

 

aviation fuel: challenging the future
Being a major cost factor in the operation of a business aircraft, the market for fuel is highly competitive. Fuel providers try to attract new customers with expanded networks and enhanced services that make it more convenient for customers to buy the needed energy. But the industry is also looking beyond services and networks and towards redefining what we mean by aviation fuel. Volker K. Thomalla reports

 

pursue your passion at schedulers & dispatchers 2018
SDC2018, which will be held in Long Beach, California from February 6 - 9, is a must-attend event for FBOs, trip-planners, fuel-suppliers and anyone else involved in the scheduling and dispatching of business aircraft. Here are highlights by Volker K. Thomalla

 

integrated flight decks – what’s new and what’s next?

Next-generation cockpit environments raise the bar in technical innovation with solutions for years to come. Discover what today’s integrated flight decks offer with Steve Nichols


 

nbaa-bace: full house in las vegas
This year’s NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas attracted over 1,100 exhibitors. As the global show for Business Aviation celebrated its 70th anniversary, it boasted an impressive array of aircraft and new products. It also took the opportunity to send a strong message against the privatization of ATC in the United States. Marc Grangier and Volker K. Thomalla report

 

a showcase of services
Business Aviation in Europe is enjoying a year of sustained growth, setting the perfect stage for the second edition of Air Ops Europe. Held at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport from September 20 - 21, the event left everyone with a sense of optimism. Volker K. Thomalla reports

 

the importance of sharing safety information
Michael R. Grüninger and Capt. Carl C. Norgren examine the factors contributing to one of the world’s worst aviation disasters and the deaths of all 228 onboard

 

real copiloting
With duties involving a little of everything from pre-flight planning to landing the aircraft, copilots play a crucial role in navigating a safe ride. In fact, they are the finest insurance policy we can have, writes LeRoy Cook

 

maintenance activity in the mea countries
There are still opportunities for growth in the maintenance industry in Middle East and Africa, but dramatic increase is not expected over the next one to two years. Marc Grangier reports

 

completions sector on track and aiming higher
New cabin designs and refurbishment options for more comfortable and safer interiors are driving the completions sector forward. From corporate airliners to business aircraft, Nick Klenske offers a complete overview of the completions sector

 

saudi arabia aims to be a bizav king
Business Aviation has been on a steady rise in Saudi Arabia. Not only does the country hold the largest fleet of all registered business jets in the entire Middle East, the Kingdom has also logged continuous increases in activity from its various airports over recent years. Nick Klenske reports

 

dubai prepares for a record setting airshow
This year’s Dubai Airshow is expected to set new records in terms of exhibitors and attendees. As the aerospace sector continues to grow in the Middle East, the show’s conference lineup will focus on regional challenges, including the skill shortage, UAVs and space exploration. Volker K. Thomalla reports