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Pilatus PC-24

The Pilatus PC-24 is a twin-engine business jet developed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. The Super Versatile Jet A Class of its own. Every crystal found in the mountains of Switzerland is entirely unique. Just as unique is the Pilatus PC-24, the only aircraft combining the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a medium-light jet, and the performance of a light jet. It’s a plane that simply doesn’t fit into any of the existing business jet categories. That’s why they had to create a new one: the Super Versatile Jet (SVJ) category. The Pilatus PC-24 has been engineered to be “off-road“ compatible from the beginning. Its outstanding short-field performance – even on unpaved runways – opens up an incredible level of mobility. With the Pilatus PC-24, you will have access to almost 100% more airports around the world. That means you can fly closer to your final destination than with any other business jet. You‘ll be able to use smaller airports and avoid massive administrative procedures, and reduce ground transfer time to an absolute minimum. PlaneSense will introduce a new shared jet ownership program when it takes delivery of the first Pilatus Pilatus PC-24 in 2017. The company has been a long term user of the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop. The PlaneSense program is scheduled to receive the first Pilatus PC-24 production model in late 2017, and it has already signed for five more to be acquired thereafter. “Offering a comprehensive fractional jet program with choices of aircraft type to ‘match the mission’ is a natural evolution for the PlaneSense program, and more importantly, it is an expansion that our clients enthusiastically support." George Antoniadis, president and CEO of PlaneSense said: “Offering a comprehensive

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 [security] 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

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

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

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.” Global 7000 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

Change In the air as Royal Jet shows off latest New BBJ

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered, award-winning international luxury flight service provider, has taken delivery of a striking new BBJ 34 seat Boeing Business Jet – the world's first BBJ equipped with KA-band satellite broadband Internet technology. The fully-customised, VVIP aircraft will be followed by a sister corporate airliner due to arrive in Abu Dhabi in a month. The new BBJ, which boasts a front-end bedroom, eight VIP, eight business class and 18 standard seats, arrives in the UAE capital as Royal Jet announced a leadership shake-up with its first managing director appointment going to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan. He will join forces with recently-appointed President and CEO Rob DiCastri who says the award-winning carrier is entering a “new era” where “change is in the air.” With bespoke interiors by noted New York designer Edese Doret and fitted out by Lufthansa Technik, the new BBJ also features Enhanced Vision System cockpit technology. Royal Jet is the first UAE charter operator to receive GCAA regulatory approval to use the thermal imaging camera capability that helps pilots better navigate poor weather conditions. DiCastri says Royal Jet management is now reviewing the company’s strategic fleet plan announced two years ago to bring it up to date with today’s commercial realities. “We are actively looking at the overall size and mix of our fleet and are constantly consulting with our wide range of customers to ensure we have a product and a service which satisfies their diverse needs,” he said.

UBS Bizjet Market Index Inches Upward

Customer interest for business jets rose in North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, according to the latest business jet index from UBS Equities. Pricing and inventories of pre-owned aircraft are still a drag on industry growth, however. The latest business jet market index from UBS Equities has taken a positive turn since flatlining for two months at the lowest level seen since 2009. This month the index came in at 31, up two points from the firm’s previous survey but still below 50, indicating a continued weak market. Results showed improved scores for customer interest, up 11 percent; 12-month outlook, up 14 percent; and willingness of dealers to increase inventory, up 19 percent. However, the index scores (which measure respondents' level of market optimism) were worse for aircraft pricing, down 8 percent, and inventory levels, which fell 11 percent as the actual inventory of aircraft for sale has increased. Regarding the latter, the survey found that inventory of young pre-owned aircraft (10 years old or less) is at its highest level in several years. Customer interest climbed in North America, rising 3 percent to an index score of 48; Latin America, +2 percent to 36; Middle East, +7 percent to 39; and Asia, +14 percent to 42. Meanwhile, customer interest in Europe declined 21 percent, to an index score of 33, “as some respondents noted customer concerns around the recentUK vote to leave the EU,” UBS aerospace analysts David Strauss and Darryl Genovesi noted. The financing score, which is not a component of the UBS index, increased 9 percent, to 54, indicating financing conditions have improved. UBS “regularly surveys” a group of U.S. domestic and international broker/dealers, manufacturers, fractional providers, financiers and other industry experts to come up with the

Embraer’s Phenom 100E Evolves to EV Phenom 100EV

Phenom 100EV Today at EAA AirVenture 2016, Embraer Executive Jets announced an updated version of its Phenom 100E light jet with new avionics, slightly faster top cruise speed, substantially faster climb to altitude times, 43 pounds of more full fuel payload and better high/hot performance. The latter includes substantially shorter takeoff distances that shrink by nearly 1,000 feet. The $4.495 million Phenom 100EV will feature Prodigy Touch avionics built on the Garmin G3000 system and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F1-E engines that each deliver 1,730 pounds of thrust, 35 pounds more per side more than the PW617-Es on the 100E. Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Tulio Pellegrini announced that deliveries would begin in the first half of 2017 and that Mexican charter operator Across and the Emirates Academy would be the launch customers. He also held open the possibility that the engine upgrade could eventually be made available to existing Phenom 100 customers as an aftermarket option, though an avionics upgrade to the Prodigy Touch system would not be practical due to its high costs. Phenom 100EV Pellegrini also said that Embraer is contemplating an interior block change on the Phenom 100 at a later date, much like the one recently unveiled in the larger Phenom 300 on display this week at AirVenture. He said the Phenom 100E will likely be discontinued once the 100EV is introduced. “Once you have a better product, customers will go with a better product. We want to provide the best of everything.” Pelligrini said thePhenom 100EV achieved its increased performance through a combination of increased engine thrust and airframe weight reduction. He acknowledged that the market for entry-level light jets remains “upside down” but said that in the “medium term we are confident that

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

First Longitude powers up

Three weeks after the Citation Longitude’s wings were joined with the aircraft’s fuselage, Cessna powered the electrical distribution system on its super-midsize jet. Both steps are significant milestones in the aircraft’s path to accomplish first flight this summer. “The power on stage allows our team to begin verifying the aircraft’s electrical power system and paves the way for functional tests and engine runs that will get us to first flight in the coming months,” comments Textron Aviation President & CEO Scott Ernest. At the 2016 EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland, Textron Aviation’s Cessna announced that it has successfully completed the wing and fuselage mate of the first Cessna Citation Longitude. The milestone occurred only six months after revealing the new aircraft, which is on track for first flight this summer and entry into service in 2017. “The team has been working diligently to meet a development schedule unmatched in the industry, and it’s rewarding to see the aircraft taking shape,” comments Textron Aviation President & CEO Scott Ernest. “The market is asking for this aircraft.” The Citation Longitude is designed to seat 12 passengers, while featuring a stand-up, flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a walk-in baggage compartment fully accessible in flight. The aircraft’s cockpit features Garmin’s G5000 flight deck and is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated auto throttles. Honeywell’s family of HTF7000 engines powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, the Gulfstream G280, and Embraer’s Legacy 500 and 450.  Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide several flight control systems for the Longitude as well. The company’s horizontal stabilizer trim and flap actuation systems will enable the aircraft to maneuver while in flight. “Cessna needed a flight controls provider that could deliver on the Longitude’s relatively short development schedule, and