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Big Machs galore at NBAA 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4uQa_ay0NHs Oh my God! So much news to use from the show so far…and it hasn’t even started yet. As usual Orlando is abuzz with the latest and greatest business aviation has to offer at the biggest show of the corporate aviation calendar. Video comes courtesy of the organisers, the US National Business Aviation Association – an organisation well worth joining for those of us involved in the industry. The show kicked off well with the Honeywell annual forecast, which bodes well for the next ten years. Huzzah! Highlights of the survey include:  Up to 9,450 deliveries of new business [...]
2013 EBACEPhoto : Darrin Vanselow © 2013 / 2014

No Bull this time – just admiration for a great air race!

August 19, 2014 @ 16:28
by lizmoscrop
Last Friday evening saw me head out to Ascot with my former flying instructor Tim Baish (who's setting up an interesting new business, which I'll keep you posted about as it unfurls). We were guests of Cirrus at the pre Red Bull Air Race event, and the party was a casual yet deluxe affair with plenty of great food, drinks and most importantly, company. The pilots were all on hand to meet us and were unfailingly polite and happy to chat, despite the fact they were prepping for an intense weekend of competition.  I was happy to see my pals [...]

Oshkosh wrap up. Abandoning the Wenzel…

August 12, 2014 @ 01:04
by lizmoscrop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9gSkqNaHVY Finally...am writing this from the comfort of my own home in London. The trip was a blast from start to finish. The Hilton evening actually marked the last night in the Wenzel. I was soooo beat after 8 nights camping in a tiny tent. Prepared to soldier on, but so many people saw the state of me on Friday morning that I had several offers of air beds for the evening. Hat tips to Amy Laboda and Paul Berterolli of Avweb for their generosity in offering me something more comfortable.  However, my knight in shining armour turned out to [...]

Oshkosh Day 2 officially. Still riveting – despite the camping

July 30, 2014 @ 00:05
by lizmoscrop
"So Liz, how's the camping?" So goes the question from friends I encounter here. It's still going on. The Wenzel on 48 has its downsides, certainly, and I'm still hunting for the spa and jacuzzi on Camp Scholler, but generally tis all good, as I"m only there to sleep. After a bracing shower in the plush facilities, Matt Thurber - roving reporter from www.ainonline.com and I drove over to the site for breakfast and a fascinating programme update from Aspen Avionics, who are going great guns with their retrofit programme for lighter aircraft. Its ADS-B product line now include more options to meet the [...]

Farnborough Day 3 – Discovering the angels – the Wind Tunnel Project

July 18, 2014 @ 13:16
by lizmoscrop
It’s a curious thing to be sock in the middle of the world’s biggest commercial airshow, fighter jets screaming above your head, countless business meetings and “Hulloahs how are you? What chew up to?” and bump into a close personal friend in odd spots on several occasions. We are both there to work of course, but both profoundly affected by recent personal events and wanting to explore more than just cash and connections. We are happily look for the angels in our lives. I won’t embarrass her by naming her but we love what we’re finding. Naturally I’ve been in [...]

Farnborough Air Show Day 2- Bruce Dickinson and the Boeing A380

July 15, 2014 @ 23:49
by lizmoscrop
Bruce and Boeing Well, well, well...there appears to be a major world airshow on my doorstep practically and I've not mentioned it in my blog at all. There are plenty good reasons, most of which centre on the fact this is a HUGE military and commercial show, and my little sphere of influence in the aeronautical world spans business and general aviation and cabin management for commercial. Bumped into aviation's favourite rockstar Bruce Dickinson at the Textron Aviation chalet. He was admiring the new Bell 525, but had apparently been incredibly impressed with the new Scorpion cockpit and was waxing [...]

Droning on – unmanned air systems take flight from the deep

December 9, 2013 @ 11:44
by lizmoscrop
My friends at Avweb posted an interesting story today (http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/101/2692-full.html?ET=avweb:e2692:447114a:&st=email#221086), which has far reaching possibilities for more creative tasks than simply killing people. Unmanned air systems (UAS) - or, the aircraft formerly known as Drones - can clean windfarm sails, film fast car chases, or even fix your cellphone aerial.  Make no mistake, it won't be long before these vessels are a certified feature of the aeronautical airscape - and far less likely to make errors than their human-flown counterparts. According to Avweb, the US Navy said Thursday that it successfully launched the XFC folding-wing drone from a torpedo tube [...]

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 [...]

Popularity increasing

Was suddenly getting a lot of comments on a post I wrote 2 years ago. All very complimentary - then I realised this must -sigh- be spamming. It has nudged me into a quick update today. Sooo busy finishing a book on private jets, writing a couple articles prior to heading to Hamburg next week for the Aircraft Interiors Show (http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com) for Inflight magazine (www.hmgaerospace.com) , which I edit , then to China for the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. Hamburg's going to be very buzzy. Thales, Panasonic and Lufthansa Systems have kindly invited me to go visit them for [...]

Minsheng scoops top slot at Corp Jet Investor Awards

February 17, 2012 @ 08:34
by lizmoscrop
Upcoming Chinese financial superstar Minsheng scooped one of the top accolades at the  Corporate Jet Investor Awards. The conference of the same name held in London last week culminated with the inauguration of the annual Corporate Jet Investor awards. Presented by Alasdair Whyte, Editor of corporatejetinvestor.com, the awards were presented to an illustrious set of winners from the international aviation finance sector who have shown outstanding ability and achievement in the field of business jet and helicopter financing or lending during 2011. Reflecting the increased importance of the Asian market, Minsheng Finance Leasing, a subsidiary of China’s ninth largest bank, [...]