Private Jets

Dassault Falcon wasted no time in introducing the replacement for the Falcon 5X, announcing an enhanced jet for a similar price. Rod Simpson was present for the introduction of the new Falcon 6X…   Occasionally, promising aviation projects can turn into a nightmare. Such was the case for Dassault whose Falcon 5X, originally rolled out at Bordeaux amid…

A group of Stratos engineers, executives and manufacturing workers assembled on a ramp in Redmond, Oregon just after Thanksgiving to witness the fulfilment of years of work, while good news is on the horizon of anti-drag solutions. Dave Higdon reports… There was much for Stratos (and keen followers of business jet development) to be thankful for…

Happy Christmas to the aviation world! For our gift, the community received what it’s wanted for years, notes Dave Higdon. It’s time to enjoy the new era of performance-based aircraft and equipment certification resulting from FAA’s rewrite of FAR 23… The package arrived last week when the FAA published the result of its long anticipated…

Never bet against the innovators of Business Aviation Stories emerging from the industry recently have highlighted yet again how innovative and resilient Business Aviation’s OEMs are to tackling design and certification barriers. Dave Higdon looks at industry progress… Back in 1998, it was my privilege to witness Jane Garvey, then administrator of the FAA, present…

As new-entrant companies like Aerion, Spike Aerospace and Boom (with help from Airbus, Lockheed and NASA) work toward building their first supersonic prototypes, Dave Higdon notes that the tallest hurdle is less technological and more regulatory-based… Thanks to research by NASA, Gulfstream, Lockheed, Aerion and others, the technologies are developing to greatly soften (if not eliminate)…

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association issued its Q2 2017 shipment report and the results were mixed. Mike Potts analyses the statistics on new airplane shipments to sift the positive trends from the negative… Total aircraft deliveries for H1 2017 came in at 995 units, 2.7% ahead of H1 2016, largely on the back of a…

OEMs & Aftermarket Shops Continue to Advance Business Turbine Options With NBAA’s BACE2017 right around the corner, Dave Higdon examines the Business Aircraft programs in development and certification with one caveat: Expect to hear more programs announced in Las Vegas this month, along with new progress reports on those listed below…   Aerion With years…

The HondaJet Pilot Review On behalf of Aeroclassifieds, Rohit Jaggi reports on his experience flying the HA-420 HondaJet. What makes this aircraft a great proposition for today’s marketplace? Find out here… The HondaJet has a lot of things going for it: Backing from one of the giants of global engineering and manufacturing; impressive figures for…

  With the successful certification of the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet by the US FAA and Europe’s EASA, GA Buyer Europe (GAB) gained an exclusive interview with Pilatus Aircraft’s Vice President PC-24, André Zimmermann.   Pilatus’ New Jet – The PC-24 As a clean-sheet design this was Pilatus’ first jet product, and impressively the Swiss…

How did new turbine deliveries compare in 2017 versus 2016? Which OEMs improved, and what were the undercurrents in the market? Mike Potts investigates GAMA’s Year-End 2017 shipment report…   According to GAMA, aircraft shipments were up 2.5%, at 2,324 units, in 2017 from 2,268 in 2016. Billings were down by 4.2% from $21.1bn in…