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Airborne November 2017

NBAA-BACE 2017 – ‘A strong, meaningful show’ – This year’s ‘National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition‘ (NBAA-BACE) opened in Las Vegas just 10 days after a mass shooting in the city that left some 58 people dead. Not surprisingly, security was enhanced and the mood of the show on opening day was described as “sombre but resolute”.
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Airborne October 2017

Business aviation keeps shareholders happy! – The use of business aviation is the sign of a well-managed enterprise among America’s most highly valued and well-respected companies, according to a report called “Business Aviation and Top Performing Companies, 2017” published by NEXA Advisors. The study examined the financial performance of the S&P 500 between 2012 and 2017, and found that, over that period, S&P 500 companies utilising business aviation to support their missions outperformed those not using business aviation, as demonstrated by a number of key metrics, including drivers of shareholder value.
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Airborne September 2017

Green shoots for Latin America? – LABACE 2017 – This year’s LABACE – the 14th Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition – could have been a gloomy affair. After all Brazil, the continent’s largest market for corporate aircraft, has continued to suffer from a contracting economy in the decade since the global financial crisis. This has been exacerbated by political instability and the currency that remains weak amid continuing uncertainty.
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Airborne August 2017

Manufacturers – how were the rst six months for you? – The delivery gures from major aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the first six months of this year reflect continued ‘sluggishness’ in the marketplace. There are some encouraging signs but there are also some notable and significant falls. Only two of the five main manufacturers reported an increase in deliveries and these were very small.
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Airborne July 2017

Isle of Man Aviation Conference flies at full capacity – The 7th Annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference, held on 22 June at the Villa Marina complex in Douglas and supported by Isle of Man Aircraft Registry, attracted 153 delegates from 13 deferent countries, representing 89 deferent companies.
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Airborne June 2017

EBACE 2017 – “full of energy and excitement for the future” – This year’s EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) demonstrated an optimism that the industry is turning a corner in Europe – manufacturers debuted new aircraft models at a full-capacity static display, attendance appeared on the upswing, and the exhibit floor exceeded expectations.
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Airborne May 2017

“Truly an Asian exhibition” – ABACE 2017 – The sixth annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE 2017), which was held from 11 – 13 April at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport.
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Airborne April 2017

China liberalisation and ABACE – The attention of the corporate aircraft market shifts to Shanghai and the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) just as the efforts by the Chinese authorities to accelerate the development of the general aviation industry are hotting up with a raft of new announcements.
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Airborne March 2017

Flexjet launches UK fleet – Flexjet, the rapidly expanding US-based fractional specialist, unveiled the first aircraft in its new UK operation – the first of three Nextant 400XTi – on 1 March at Farnborough airport. Flexjet UK anticipates offering a fleet of up to 10 aircraft by the end of its first year of operation.
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Airborne February 2017

Cessna Citation production shift – Textron Aviation attracted both positive and negative headlines with the release of its full 2016 results. The Wichita-based manufacturer of the Cessna Citation family delivered 178 corporate jets last year, an increase of 12 over 2015. But while 42 of these were for the latest mid-size Citation Latitudes, delivery of other models slumped.
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Airborne January 2017

Merger creates largest US management & charter operation – 2017 took o with the announcement that aircraft charter specialist Gama Aviation and aviation services provider BBA Aviation, both UK listed firms, are to merge their US aircraft management and charter businesses to create the largest aircraft management business in the US.
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Airborne December 2016

Middle East market in the spotlight – MEBAA 2016 – It has long been accepted that the corporate jet market in the Middle East relies on large cabin aircraft, so it was no surprise that each of the major manufacturers brought their latest oerings to Dubai for the biennial Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show and heavily promoted those designs that are slated to receive certication before the next event in 2018.
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Airborne November 2016

NBAA 2016 – vitality, activism, enthusiasm, innovation – The NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) returned to Orlando for the rst three days of November. Held at the Orange County Convention Centre and at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), the show is simply the biggest event of its kind in the world.
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Airborne October 2016

Iranian business aviation in the post-sanctions era – “The future of business aviation in Iran: dawn of a new era” was one of the panel discussions at the Iranian Aviation Forum held in London on 12 – 13 September, which addressed the challenges, risks and opportunities for the Iranian civil aviation industry in the post-sanctions era.
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Airborne September 2016

LABACE 2016 battles heavy weather in Brazil – The 13th LABACE, the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition opened at São Paulo Congonhas Airport just nine days after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. While the Olympics provided some memorable moments (not least for the record-breaking Team GB), the Games also reected the wider problems facing the host nation.
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Airborne August 2016

Economic impact of business aviation in Europe – Business aviation is “a prime enabler for regional economic development” says an inuential report commissioned by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). The report claims that the average time saved using a corporate aviation ight is 127 minutes over a commercial service.
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Airborne July 2016

Brexit and business aviation – The EU Single Aviation Market is the world’s largest and most successful example of regional market integration and liberalisation in air transport. So a look around the departure lounge of the Isle of Man’s Ronaldsway airport on the morning of 24 June revealed a host of shocked faces as the result of the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union unfolded.
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Airborne June 2016

ABACE 2016 – Excitement, enthusiasm & enduring value – EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition) returned to the Palexpo site adjacent to Geneva’s airport from 24 to 26 May at a time when the continent’s corporate aviation sector is once again grappling with both economic and political turbulence.
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Airborne May 2016

ABACE 2016 – a vehicle for regional industry growth – Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport hosted the 11th Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) from 12 to 14 April.
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Airborne April 2016

Guernsey register enabled for commercial ops – The Channel Islands Aircraft Registry branded as “2-REG” is now permitted to issue air operator certificates (AOCs) allowing commercial operations by Guernsey-registered aircraft.
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Airborne March 2016

The new EASA European regulations, which come into force on 25 August this year, will have a huge impact on the corporate aviation market. The Part-NCC (Non-Commercial Complex) rule will place obligations on all non-commercial operators of “complex motor-powered” aircraft – fixed wing aircraft with an MTOW in excess of 5,700kg or rotorcraft weighing above 3,175kg.
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Airborne February 2016

Every year we report on the large numbers of corporate and government aircraft bringing attendees to the annual general meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in the Swiss resort of Davos-Klosters. This year’s event was held from 20-23 January and, in addition to our usual coverage, we will also be looking to assess the wider impact of the increase of trac on Europe’s business aviation market.
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Airborne January 2016

Guernsey’s parliament unanimously approved, on 17 December 2015, a proposal to permit the Channel Islands Aircraft Register (2-REG) to issue Air Operator Certificates (AOCs), The move, which will enable Guernsey registered aircraft to operate commercially, will differentiate Guernsey from competitor registries such as the Isle of Man and Jersey, which cover only aircraft operated for private or corporate use.
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Airborne December 2015

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition was the strongest edition of the annual show since the economic downturn. This year’s event, which returned to Las Vegas from 17-19 November, attracted some 1,100 exhibitors.
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Airborne November 2015

The Jersey Aircraft Registry (JAR) commenced operations on 5 November. The rst aircraft, a Cessna Citation 525C CJ4, was due to be added a few days later using the new registration prex as ZJ THC. The new register is aimed at owners of corporate aircraft that will be operated in a private capacity – use for “hire and reward” is not permitted.
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Airborne October 2015

Corporate jet nancier Global Jet Capital (GJC) announced, on 5 October, that it had agreed to purchase GE Corporate Aircraft Finance’s portfolio in the Americas. The deal, which took most industry observers by surprise, represents around $2.5 billion of net assets. It is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
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Airborne September 2015

LABACE remains robust despite turbulence – This year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), held from 11-13 August at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, mirrored the fortunes of the Brazilian economy.
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Airborne August 2015

Problems continue to stalk Bombardier – Bad news keeps coming this year for Bombardier. During the Q1 investor conference call in May, the Canadian manufacturer announced a slowdown in production of the Global 5000 and 6000 due to weaker demand for the aircraft. In particular it cited falls in sales in Russia, Latin America and China.
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Airborne July 2015

“Finance, Tax, Regulation, Registration” was the tag line for this year’s Isle of Man aviation conference, which took place on 25 June in the striking setting of the ballroom of the Villa Marina complex on the seafront in Douglas, the island’s capital. Organised by ICM Aviation and supported by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR), the event, now in its fth year, attracted more than 150 delegates from all over Britain, Europe and further afield.
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Airborne June 2015

The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) celebrated its 15th birthday this year at the Palexpo Centre in Geneva. The event has grown considerably since the rst show in 2001, which attracted 3,600 people, nearly 200 exhibitors and about 30 aircraft on static display. This year’s event boasted 13,200 visitors, nearly 500 exhibitors and a static display of 58 aircraft.
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Airborne May 2015

This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE), held in Shanghai from 14/16 April, was the largest ever with 183 exhibitors (40% from the Asia Paci¬c region) and 8,000 attendees. Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO summed up ABACE 2015 by saying that it: “once again put China at centre stage of the Asian and global business aviation community … it is clear that a high-water mark has been reached, not only for ABACE, but for business aviation in China and across Asia.”
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Airborne April 2015

The HA-420 HondaJet made its world debut nearly ten years ago at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh in July 2005.
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Airborne March 2015

Bombardier announced a major new financing plan and shake-up in its executive ranks after posting a $1.2 billion loss for the full year 2014.
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Airborne February 2015

Every year the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), held in the Swiss resort of Davos-Klosters at the end of January, promises to attract increased numbers of corporate aircraft ying in connection with the event.
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Airborne January 2015

“UK-based business aviation service provider Hangar 8 has merged with UK rival Gama Aviation in a reverse takeover. The newly formed combined operation, which will be called Gama Aviation PLC, will be one of the top five operators in the world with a market capitalisation of £120 million. The deal was announced in early December during MEBA in Dubai.”
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Airborne December 2014

“The new exhibition centre at Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel
Ali, 37 kilometres south west of Dubai, played host for the first time to the biennial Middle East Business Aviation exhibition (MEBA) from 8-10 December.”
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Airborne November 2014

“The opening of the National Business Aircraft Association’s (NBAA) annual meeting and convention was, once again, preceded by a major manufacturer announcement……”
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Airborne October 2014

“San Marino, the world’s oldest and smallest republic located near Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast, is hosting an International Business Aviation Symposium……”
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Airborne September 2014

“With the opening of LABACE 2014 in São Paulo, analysts turned their attention to the challenges facing the Brazilian corporate aircraft market……”
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Airborne August 2014

“Historic roll-out for Pilatus’s new PC-24 Swiss manufacturer Pilatus marked its own 75th birthday and the25th anniversary of the launch of its best-selling PC-12 turboprop by rolling out on 1 August…..”
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Airborne July 2014

“The imposing ballroom of the Villa Marina centre on the seafront in Douglas played host to the fourth annual Isle of Man Aviation Conference on 19 June. Organised by ICM Aviation in conjunction with the island’s aircraft registry…..”
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Airborne June 2014

“Manufacturers often use corporate aircraft trade shows as a platform to launch new designs, open order books or announce major upgrades to existing programmes….”
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Airborne May 2014

“The Jersey government announced at the beginning of May that the “bundle” of enabling legislation for the proposed new Jersey Aircraft Register had been lodged with the States Assembly….”
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Airborne April 2014

“Hartley Elder, the Isle of Man’s current Director of Civil Aviation, is to retire on 1 May 2014. While a replacement is sought, the Manx government has announced….”
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Airborne March 2014

“The Registry of Aruba announced major changes to the legislation governing aircraft registration in Aruba at the recent International Corporate Jet & Helicopter Finance conference in London….”


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