Golden oldies

Golden oldies

  Economists worry about ageing populations. Perhaps they should look at the business jet fleet. In May, Dassault celebrated 50 years since the first flight of the Mystère 20. Since then 2,250 Falcons have been built. And 85% of these

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Show business jets

Show business jets

Being an original equipment manufacturer is hard. You have to balance unions, demanding customers, suppliers, shareholders and try and make a profit. And you have to decide which celebrity you want as a brand ambassador. Bombardier really likes brand ambassadors.

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EC225 comes back

EC225 comes back

Eurocopter is confident that it fully understands the technical problems with the EC225 gear shaft and says that the aircraft will be able to return to service in the North Sea by mid-July at the latest. Operators also seem to

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Business aviation’s paper ticket moment

Business aviation’s paper ticket moment

Business aircraft charter is still reliant on brokers. Richard Koe and Andrew Charlton of Aviation Advocacy argue that the industry needs to be bold and change the way all flights are sold.

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Towers in the Sky

Towers in the Sky

On Sunday the US Federal Aviation Administration will start closing the first 24 of the 149 federal contract towers that will no longer receive funding because of the sequestration budget cuts.

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Champagne for fractional operators

It may surprise you but 2012 turned out to be a good year for fractional jet sales. Flight Options says that sales were up 30%. Berkshire Hathaway will no doubt report strong results for NetJets when its annual report comes

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A skittish business jet market

You knew this already, but the investor calls by General Dynamics (the owner of Gulfstream) and Cessna’s parent Textron this week confirmed that 2012 was not a great year for business aviation.

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2012 was a record year for helicopter manufacturers

Many industries will want to forget 2012, but when writing about helicopter OEMs it  is hard to avoid overusing the word record in a good way.

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AgustaWestland and Embraer sign a MOU to build helicopters in Brazil

What do you get when Italians, Brazilians and Brits join together? Well we should find out soon when AgustaWestland teams up with Embraer to build helicopters in Brazil. The two have signed a MOU to build twin engine, medium lift helicopters.

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Those who know, don’t predict – 2013 business jet market forecast

Those who know, don’t predict – 2013 business jet market forecast

Everyone knows that it is impossible to predict the future, but that does not stop me trying to forecast what will happen with the business jet market in 2013. “Those who have knowledge don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have

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