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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 [...]

Video: first flight of the Dassault Falcon 8X private jet. ENJOY!!!

Such a treat to receive this gift from my friends at Dassault Falcon Jet today. I am entirely grateful for their generosity in allowing me to share it with you. This first flight of the airframer's new baby is beautifully shot, and shows the manufacturer's awesome stretched version of its flagship 7X business jet. Having been privileged enough to visit Dassault's facilities at both Le Bourget, and Merignac towards the end of last year, I can testify to the thought and care that has gone into this programme, and that of its sibling the 5X. The accompanying press release notes that the "ultra-long range [...]
How Kylie is linked to the TBM 900

Tempted by the TBM? Check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0UN660132A Kylie says "Do watch the vid" - but for more info on what customers think, I'll start by proffering a piece I wrote for Arabian Aerospace's Show Business at the Middle East Business Aviation Show last December. The contented commuter  For one TBM850 owner travelling to work is pure pleasure. Liz Moscrop meets a man with a (flight) plan  Allow me to lull you into a false sense of security as you prepare to wade your way through an article about the advantages of turboprop over jet aircraft to the owner pilot. Last year Daher Socata sold its first [...]
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NBAA 2014 wrap up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyHWLjm8C3k&feature=youtu.be Murphy's Law dictates that which could go wrong naturally will do so. In my case technology defeated me in Disneyland. After the Satnav/Car incident it was inevitable that communication issues ensured that three members of my wonderful and scattered support team each had some kind of software and or tech issue*. Truly....so here we are some several days later with some tidbits for you from the NBAA 2014 show...   ...with more delights to come from Bombardier later this week. I'll also add some news on the Dassault Falcon 5X and 8X programmes, which are well under development in additional [...]

NBAA14 John Travolta dances in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh4MPnUwPr8&feature=youtu.be Accomplished pilot and actor breezed into the show today in his role as brand ambassador for Bombardier Business Jets. The airframe was promoting its new Challenger 650 type. I was fortunate enough to have another half an hour interview with him - which I'll share with you in due course. For now I'll say this enormously talented individual was as charming and eloquent as ever. I'll post more later - wanted to ensure you got to see his speech in situ!
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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 [...]

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 [...]

Inside the Gulfstream G450

February 21, 2012 @ 21:34
by lizmoscrop
Working weekends really sucks. Except last Sunday when Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. invited me to sample its demonstrator G450, which has winged its way to Singapore for the Airshow. The aircraft features the Elite interior, an all-new optional package, incorporating elements from the company’s flagship G650. It is also available for G550 aircraft. The day started pretty well. Journalists on the tradeshow daily newspaper circuit generally leave for the show site at horribly-early o’clock. The joy of the lie-in, plus the pleasure of knowing my colleagues were already at hard it in the newsroom set a solid foundation for a good [...]

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 [...]