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Thales reckons its acquisition of LiveTV makes it the strongest player in the space

Gogo Video + successful AIX as connectivity proves to be king (again)

https://vimeo.com/125017353 I was sorry not to be in Hamburg this week, for the plethora of connectivity and IFE announcements that swept through my inbox. Sounds like it was a truly exciting show. Luckily my friends at Gogo, Thales, Inmarsat, Panasonic, Rockwell Collins  and the mighty Global Eagle Entertainment kept me updated from afar. Gogo is gearing up to unleash its new (and bigger) Boeing 737 test plan, “Jimmy Ray,” named after the company’s visionary founder. As I was lucky enough last year to be part of Gogo’s first ever All Access Day, and witnessed a demo of Gogo’s next generation [...]
Jackie Chan wows the crowd on the Shanghai static

Shanghai pang…plus gratuitous Jackie Chan mention

ABACE 2015 (the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition) kicks off at Shanghai’s Hongquaio Airport today. It’s the first one I’ve missed in a few years, and I’m feeling the pain as I’m getting the noise from afar. There are around 8,000 visitors expected at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre with 40 aircraft jostling for position on the static. All credit to NBAA as it looks to be a corker of a show this year.     My pal Jackie Chan made a splash yesterday as he promoted the Embraer Legacy 500. He is due to take [...]
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Spring is in the air…

... Literally in our industry’s case. Traditionally this is the time for growth, new beginnings and births and fortunately my inbox seems to be bearing this out with a plethora of press releases with actual concrete good news, rather than simple vague numbers that melt into nothing when scrutinised closely. My favourite number crunchers’ though are Richard Koe and his team at WingX, who offer a complete industry monitoring service, including a free snapshot every month. Go and find them here. However, if time is short and you rely on me for accuracy, last months’ European stats are cautiously positive. The [...]

How has Pilatus worked China JV?

This has interested me enough to update my annual blog today :) Pilatus Aircraft Industry issued a release today following on from December's news that it was to set up shop in China. It formally opened up on  August 5th in Chongqing. The new joint venture with TXJY – Beijing Tian Xing Jian Yu Science has an  initial contract to supply  50 PC-12s/PC-6s - but the release doesn't say where they're going. One of the reasons cited for the move is the gradual opening up of Chinese air space - indeed this has been part of the current five year [...]
with Jackie Chan in Sao Jose dos Campos

Kung Fu King takes China’s first Legacy 650

Sometimes life just sucks ;-) My work day yesterday included the privilege of meeting Embraer's brand ambassador Jackie Chan. He was at the OEM's headquarters in São José dos Campos to take delivery of his new 'baby' as he called it. The delivery ceremony was typically Brazilian - upbeat and fun and incorporating a traditional Capoeira martial arts sequence. Afterwards both Jackie and Frederico Curado - Embraer's CEO - danced to to the podium in a spoof Kung Fu standoff for the official gift exchange. Which is exactly why I love the Brazilians. There's a huge sense of fun and energy complementing [...]

The Jet Business takes off in London

Like many in the aircraft sales business Steve Varsano is a pilot by inclination. He has eschewed flying for a living in favour of making bigger bucks buying and selling bizjets. However, his love of technology and all things aeronautical permeates his new showroom in Grosvenor Place London. Doorhandles are designed to look like engine cowls, branding is based on isogonal lines on aviation charts and his business address includes the shop's latitude and longitude  coordinates. He prefers today to sit in the back, as he says, "sipping wine and enjoying the journey." (Just as well he's not in the [...]

TAECO becomes first VIP cabin outfitter in Asia

  First big story of Asian Aerospace is that Airbus has appointed the Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (TAECO) as its first approved cabin-outfitter in Asia-Pacific and eight such centre worldwide. The milestone appointment is an act of courage and faith on both parts and the result of three years of hard work behind the scenes training staff to exacting Airbus standards. TAECO is a subsidiary of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO), specialising in heavy and line maintenance, freighter conversion, component overhaul, engineering design,  parts manufacturing and  training in Xiamen, Mainland China. Outfitting business jet cabins, such as the Airbus Corporate [...]

Happy New Year as Chinese move toward open airspace

As the year of the Rabbit beckons, there is good news for Chinese PPLs - and wannabees. The Chinese government has started loosening restrictions on GA by  allowing flights in selected areas in airspace below 1,000 meters. As of last Friday Haikou, the capital city of China's luxury Hainan island province, has allowed  four helicopters to  fly without having to request prior permission beforehand. Tests should continue until the end of March. The military and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) control Chinese airspace, so less than 30 percent of it is open to civil aviation. Private flight plans can take [...]