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Connectivity: Point of no return

From visual signaling to the globally connected passenger, pilot and plane

Flying in the old days was a heroic adventure for the aircraft, pilot and passengers. 382 more words

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SUMMARY: Learjet, the Bombardier business jet brand it bought (a rare Bombardier deal with NO government aid or subsidies) in 1990 for $US 75 million and took on its $US 38 million debt, is soon to be sold as Bombardier struggles with light mid-size jet sales, having only delivered 6 Learjets in the 1st 6 months of 2016. The failure of the Learjet 85 and its subsequent $2.5 billion write down, sealed the fate of Learjet, which has no chance of future sales growth and is losing value year by year with an "old" product line that struggles against the Textron XLS+ and Embraer Legacy 450 in a very "soft" demand environment, where big price discounting is the weapon of choice, especially by Embraer. After 54 years, the sun will set soon on the Learjet brand that Bill Lear started in 1962 using the Swiss P-16 fighter plane as his "inspiration" for the fast Learjet 23, and his LearStar 600 mid-size business jet concept was sold to Canadair in the late 1970's, which ultimately became the CL-600 Challenger, the grand daddy of the current line of all CRJ regional jets (+1,836 delivered) and the current and 4th version of the 1970's Challenger (+1,040 delivered), the CL-650 . The buyer may be Textron Aviation, Bombardier's competitor with its new Latitude, Longitude and eventually Hemisphere lines, as the current 2,300+ Learjets out there (many for sale) still will need continued technical and maintenance support, now worth around $+300 million a year, and could possibly fetch a maximum $375 million price tag, cash that Bombardier desperately needs to reduce its $6.8 billion debt obligations between 2018-2023, so after selling its flight training to CAE in 2015, and its CL-215/415 water bomber rights to Viking Air in June of this year (no price has been published), and now it looks like the Learjet line is next. BUT it will not be the end of Bombardier's business aviation problems, a tired and old product line (Learjets, CL-650, Global G5000/6000's) face new products from competitors (Embraer Legacy 500, Falcon 8X, Textron Longitude and Hemisphere, Gulfstream G500/600) all smelling blood at troubled Bombardier.

CHECK OUT August 16, 2016 article on General Aviation delivery summary for 1st half of 2016.

The Learjet product line is about to end anytime soon, as Bombardier looks to sell the brand, which it bought in 1990 for $US 75 million and took on $US 38 million debt, in fact the ONLY aerospace acquisition where hundreds of millions of taxpayers dollars were not involved (like Canada’s Canadair and de Havilland and Shorts in the UK). 929 more words

Tomas Chlumecky

Business aviation in Italy: a quick look 

Here’s a quick look at Italy state-of-the-art in business aviation, according to EBAA, European Business Aviation Association.

Italy is the fourth European market for business jets, after France,Germany and UK and  followed by Switzerland. 11 more words

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Alphabet soup for pilots: FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C

There’s a lot of talk lately about FANS 1/A+ CPDLC and ADS-C, but what does it really mean to operators? What is truly the value? … 308 more words

Business Aviation

Flying to the 2016 Summer Games

First and foremost, Landing permits

As we inch closer to the long awaited Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, deadlines for necessary arrangements are approaching to ensure fluid travel into the lively city. 691 more words

Business Aviation

Experiencing Bombardier’s C Series CS100 firsthand

Bombardier’s C Series CS100 was delivered to its launch customer, SWISS, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.   I had the distinct pleasure of representing Rockwell Collins as one of the passengers on the maiden demonstration flight around the Montreal area.   331 more words

Business Aviation

The future of business aviation

The Future of Business Aviation written for Estate and Manor Magazine

This years EBACE convention (the European Business Aviation Convention) really gave me some food for thought, after having the opportunity to view some of the static aircraft displays, view new aircraft to the market, and chat to some exhibitors.   548 more words

Corporate Aviation