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Bird Aerosystems Announces Private Jet Anti-missile Protection Pod

The Bird Aerosystems Aeroshield missile-defense pod for civil aircraft incorporates sensors and can dispense flares. Photo: Bird Aerosystems.

Israel-based Bird Aerosystems has announced the availability of its latest anti-missile defense pod for Private Jet, designed for airliners and bizliners, the latter including the Airbus ACJ320 and Boeing BBJ. To help counter what it said is a growing threat of man-portable air defense systems (manpads), the company’s Aeroshield pod incorporates five sensors that detect when an air-to-air or surface-to-air missile has been launched. It also has one sensor that can detect when a missile is approaching, as well as two-to-four flare dispensers (to divert heat-seeking missiles) and an inertial measurement unit.

Bird Aerospace claims that its Aeroshield is the only Private Jet Anti-missile Protection Pod available that both supports flare protection and complies with EASA and FAA civil aviation regulations. The company said several of the Private Jet Anti-missile Protection Pods are already in service with unidentified customers.

The company also noted that the small-footprint Private Jet Anti-missile Protection Pod is easily installed, can be readily transferred from aircraft to aircraft and provides effective protection “with minimal interference to the aircraft.” Besides airborne missile protection systems, Bird Aerosystems also specializes in airborne surveillance, information and observation equipment.

 Israel has successfully completed a series of tests of an anti-missile defense system for passenger jets, the system’s manufacturer and Israel’s Defense Ministry announced.Elbit System’s C-Music system – whose Hebrew name translates to “Sky Shield” – is designed to protect commercial airliners against shoulder-fired missiles.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that several Israeli passenger planes have already been outfitted with the gear.

These photos from the Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems show the system installed under passenger aircraft:Elbit’s C-Music anti-missile system installed on the underbelly of […]

By |February 18th, 2017|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Gateway to a new future for Iraq Air Charter

Iraq Air Charter
Now Iraqi Government forces are steadily pushing back against Daesh insurgents with the extremists now holding around 15% of the country, roughly one-third of the territory they did two years ago. Behind the military headlines, reports Alan Dron, young air operators, such as Iraq Gate, are seeking to maintain vital transport using Iraq Air Charter services in the country.

With large swathes of the country still in the grip of civil war, it may not seem the ideal time to think about setting up a scheduled airline service in Iraq. However, Iraq Gate believes that the country’s business fundamentals could be sufficiently sound to make the venture worthwhile of Iraq Air Charter.
Iraq Gate was set up in 2013 as the first executive charter company in the troubled nation. Created by executive aircraft operator Arab Wings Iraq Air Charter, from neighbouring Jordan, as a joint venture, it operates under an Iraqi air operator’s certificate (AOC) and now has six aircraft on the Iraqi register – three Bombardier CRJ200s, two Hawker 800XP mid-size executive jets and a Beechcraft King Air 200 turboprop.

Arab Wings Iraq Air Charter has seconded some staff to Iraq Gate to get the young operation off the ground and has appointed others within the country.
But why did Arab Wings Iraq Air Charter, a well-established business jet operator, aircraft management and handling company, decide at the height of unrest in the country that it was a good time to set up shop in Baghdad?
Iraq Air Charter “Although the situation is not as we would like it to be, there is a demand for charter and business aircraft operations there,” explained Sameer Hdairis, Arab Wings Iraq Air Charter’ business development manager of Iraq Air Charter.

“There are a lot of […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: @en|0 Comments

The new Citation Hemisphere

IT TAKES VISION TO RISE ABOVE with the new Citation Hemisphere
Cessna Citation Hemisphere. The Cessna Citation Hemisphere is a 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) range business jet project by Cessna, expected to fly in 2019 and announced at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference with the widest cabin in its class. It will have a maximum speed of Mach 0.9.

For the past 20 years, there have been no new innovative, clean-sheet designs in this category. The wait is over. The Citation Hemisphere is the first new design, and it comes from the company most committed to the industry.

Time-saving speed. Ambitious range. Low cabin altitude. Modern additive manufacturing techniques. A world-class cabin that is configurable for your mission and the quietest in the class. All this for the lowest total ownership cost in its class. No other aircraft can compete with this level of performance and comfort. It’s not just a flight anymore. It’s a whole new experience.
Introducing the Citation Hemisphere — a jet to rule the skies with a cutting-edge, clean-sheet design optimized for best-in-class performance. Whether your mission requires a corporate shuttle or worldwide transportation, the new Citation Hemisphere with its a three-zone cabin provides the most generous space in its class for business and increased productivity. Combined with the world’s most capable service network, the Citation Hemisphere is destined to redefine the large-cabin aircraft space.

The spacious third zone is your own private area to relax so you arrive feeling rested. With options for couches or the class’s largest seats, you can configure the aircraft to best meet your mission needs. Lavatories in both the front and back of the cabin ensure that you are not interrupted while in the private aft […]

By |December 9th, 2016|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Gulfstream Continues Sonic-boom Mitigation Research

Gulfstream Aerospace continues to pursue technologies that would enable building a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). The company has logged two new patents for sonic-boom mitigation technologies in the past two months alone. Queried about the new patents, a company spokeswoman told AIN, “Gulfstream has a small team committed to researching sonic-boom mitigation. We also continue to work to remove the ban on flying supersonically over land.”

The Savannah, Georgia-based aircraft manufacturer’s most prominent research in this field is its Quiet Spike, a telescoping nose meant to greatly reduce or possibly eliminate the sonic boom. It has previously tested the Quiet Spike on a NASA F-15.

Gulfstream Aerospace hosted a NASA F-15 in Savannah, Ga., on February 14 for an aerial demonstration of its Quite Spike telescopic nose spike installation. If Gulfstream were ever to decide to launch a supersonic business jet, it would have to employ some means of suppressing the sonic boom while flying over land.

Instead of building an airplane that could exceed Mach 1 only away from land, Gulfstream envisions a design with a retractable spike on the nose that extends to change the shape of the nose and alter the impact of the sonic boom. Lab testing has shown that the spike can reduce the sound of the boom, resulting in a boom that is quieter than that of the Concorde supersonic airliner by a factor of 10,000.

The spike testing on the F-15 was done to verify the structural integrity of the system, not its sonic boom suppression capability. There was some testing of the shock wave created by the spike, said a Gulfstream spokesman, but the F-15 installation won’t have much of an effect on its sonic boom. Funds for the Quiet Spike […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Bombardier’s Flagship Global 7000 Takes To The Sky

Bombardier’s flagship Global 7000 felt the wind beneath its wings for the first time on November 4, completing a two-hour, 27-minute maiden flight from the company’s facility in Toronto. Under the control of captain Ed Grabman, copilot Jeff Karnes and flight-test engineer Jason Nickel, the aircraft departed at 10:25 a.m. local time on November 4, climbed to 20,000 feet and reached the planned test speed of 240 knots. During the flight the crew tested basic system functionality and assessed the handling and flying qualities.

The first Global 7000 flight nearly coincided with the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the original Global Express on Oct. 13, 1996. Michel Ouellette, senior v-p of the Global 7000/8000 program, called that anniversary “a huge milestone” that reflects on the successful path the original Global program established. “We’re walking into the next success with the Global 7000 and 8000,” he added.

“The first Global 7000 flight is the culmination of an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal. “This is a proud moment for Bombardier and confirms the Global 7000 aircraft program development is on schedule.”

The Global 7000/8000 program is to become the crown jewel of the manufacturer’s business aircraft fleets. Bombardier has been taking an “all hands on deck” approach to getting the Global 7000, the first of the program, to market by the second half of 2018. Unveiled in 2010, the Global 7000 has suffered delays as Bombardier struggled to manage cash flow among several research and development programs in recent years. The 8000, meanwhile, is waiting in the wings while Bombardier works to get the Global 7000 to market.

“First flight is a major gate […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Have to have or nice to have?

For the last few years, deliveries of large cabin long-range jets have remained stable while the rest of the market has suffered. However, I have to wonder – intercontinental range may be nice, but do owners really need it? And how do they actually use their aircraft?

Business jets such as the Gulfstreams, Globals and Falcons have phenomenal capabilities. Bombardier’s Global 6000 has a 6,000 nm range – sufficient to fly from Moscow to Los Angeles – and the forthcoming Global 7000 will take you up to 7,300 nm from New York to Shanghai. Gulfstream’s G650ER goes even further at 7,500 nm, while Dassault’s upcoming Falcon 8X has enough range to go from Paris to Singapore or Sao Paulo.

Don’t get me wrong, this is all just fine if you’re happy to ride in business jet comfort for up to 14 hours. But, perhaps surprisingly, it seems owners of these aircraft aren’t, with most using them for more mundane missions. A sample of around 100 business jets recently offered for sale shows that large cabin jets fly sectors averaging just one hour and 57 minutes – or around 1,000 nm. This is essentially flying from Washington, DC to Dallas, Texas. Not exactly the long-range missions these jets brag about on the brochures…

Obviously, they do fly long-range missions, and it should be noted that the average for Bombardier Globals is higher – at around three hours. But there was only one aircraft (a G450) posting an average flight sector of more than five hours, and only two more with more than four hours. So the general evidence appears to be that the range capability of big jets is not fully used.
Just in case
Why do customers want more range? One US-based captain of […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Top Ten Private Jet Routes

Private Jet Routes: Ever seen a private jet in the sky? Chances are it’s on its way to NYC, or on the way back.

Out of the most traveled jet routes in 2013, Knight Frank mentioned in his wealth report that 7 out of 10 private planes were flow in, or out of New York City. However,  the most popular out of the private jet routes was UVVV to LFMN. Moscow, to Nice-Cote d’Azur Airport.

Based on our statistics, these are the top 5 itinerary rankings:

Top 5 Private jet routes for the past two years.

Departure
Arrival
Rank

UVVV-Moscow
LFMN-Nice Cote d’Azur
1

KTEB- Teterboro, NJ
KFXE- Fort Lauderdale, FL
2

KTEB-Teterboro, NJ
KVNY- Van Nuys, CA
3

EGGW- Luton, UK
KTEB- Teterboro, NJ
4

KTEB-Teterboro, NJ

LFMN-Nice Cote d’Azur

5

More than half of the traffic begins or ends somewhere in the states, mainly focused in the east coast. In Europe, statistics showed high interest for private jet users focused in London, Moscow, and Nice-Cote d’Azur. The passengers used routes between these cities. China’s private aviation market is also expected to grow once the government relaxes its set of laws. Currently, the third largest market is the Middle East.
Knight Frank also mentioned in his report that many of the chartered private jet routes are growing tremendously since 2013. LFMN Nice -Cote d’Azur in France, to KTEB- Teterboro, NJ was the most noticed route for its growth. The top 5 list is as followed:

Departure
Arrival
Rank

LFMN-Nice Cote d’Azur
KTEB- Teterboro, NJ
1

SVMI-Maiquetia, Ven.
KMIA-Miami, FL
2

OMDB-Dubai, UAE
EGGW-London, UK
3

KPIT-Pittsburgh, PA
KTEB- Teterboro, NJ
4

KHOU-Houston, TX
KPBI-West Palm Beach, FL
5

 

Many might wonder the reasoning behind the link between LFMN and KTEB, as many of the other routes used by private jet passengers usually link the major business hubs. The answer is simple: “It’s the Russians. They like to mix business with pleasure”. “There are so many Russians […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Categories: @en|0 Comments

G650 Round-The-World 1 Fuel Stop

As aviation companies race to manufacture the perfect aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace was honored recently to connect two pair cities, making one tech stop in between. The G650 ER landed both times with fuel in excess of NBAA IFR reserves.

The Gulfstream G650 goes Round-The-World with 1 Fuel Stop with Three passengers on board, and four crew members, The Gulfstream 650 ER took off from White Plains, NY. This aircraft was able to fly 6,939 NM to Beijing in China, with an average speed of 0.87 Mach, totaling out the flight time at 13H20MN. After the stop, the jet was able for fly for another 6,572 NM to Savannah, GA. The mission was accomplished at a speed of Mach 0.89, totaling flight time at 12 hours. Furthermore, the company set two speed records during its test flight last year. The aircraft was able to fulfill a trip Los Angeles, CA to Melbourne, Australia, in 14H58MIN and from Hong Kong, China to Teterboro, NJ in 14H07MIN.

The senior vice president of Gulfstream, Scott Neal, said that there is no other aircraft capable of doing this mission. It proves the true power of this machine. They’re promise of making an aircraft that can go faster and further than any other aircraft was fulfilled.

This record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique International, currently located in Switzerland, in order to gain recognition as a world record. They are also pending approval by the United States National Aeronautic Association, according to Gulfstream.

The Gulfstream 650ER is capable of traveling 7,500 NM at a speed of 0.85 Mach, and a distance of 6,400NM at a speech of 0.90 Mach. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.

Gulfstream aerospace noted that current order holders and owners […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Categories: @en|0 Comments