All News – Business Aviation News Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All News – Business Aviation News 32 32 142066361 GULFSTREAM OFFERS CARBON OFFSETS TO OPERATORS Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:18:39 +0000 SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 20, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced a new service that reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability and provides Gulfstream operators with the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their flights.

Participants pay an annual fee based on aircraft utilization to fund activities that generate an equal reduction in carbon emissions.

“This service responds to our customers’ growing commitment to sustainability and aligns well with our environmental strategy, which includes designing some of the quietest, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the industry and promoting and using sustainable aviation fuel,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Many of our operators want to leverage the benefits of business aviation in an eco-friendly way and this allows them to do so. Through their participation in this service, they can be part of the solution for meeting aviation’s goals for global emissions reduction.”

Gulfstream’s carbon offset service is among a comprehensive portfolio of offerings in the company’s turnkey support, operations and maintenance program, Aircraft Ownership Service (AOS), launched in late 2017. Designed to simplify a Gulfstream operator’s experience, AOS enables aircraft owners, flight departments and management companies to customize aircraft services for their needs. Customers choose the services, set the contract term and then receive a consolidated monthly invoice.

Gulfstream does not charge operators a fee to administer its carbon offset service, and there is no contractual commitment. Customers simply let Gulfstream know their projected annual flight hours and are invoiced a monthly fee, which is invested in environmentally beneficial activities through a third-party provider chosen by Gulfstream.

“Our provider will report annually what projects the carbon offset funds are used for,” Burns said. “These certified and verified projects that benefit the climate have included wind energy, forest management, farm power and recovery and utilization of landfill gas.”

One carbon offset represents the reduction of 1 metric ton/2,205 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

There are several elements to Gulfstream’s sustainability program, including aircraft sustainability, eco-friendly buildings and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its corporate, demonstration, Customer Support and Flight Test fleets in Savannah. In addition, Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California, maintenance and completions facility sells SAF to customers and uses it for Completions and delivery flights.

For more information about Gulfstream’s carbon offset service, customers may email

Stephen M. Dickson Sworn in as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:48:35 +0000

WASHINGTONStephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety.

Recognizing Acting Administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao stated, “I’m grateful for Acting Administrator Dan Elwell’s steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history.” As FAA Administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He will oversee a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and focus on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance,” said Captain Dickson. “Nowhere else in the world sees the volume, complexity and pace of innovation that we have in America. Maintaining the highest levels of safety while adapting to technological advancements will be a key part of our success. I am honored to be able to help write the next chapter in the history of the FAA.”

Dickson recently retired from service as the Senior Vice President-Flight Operations for Delta Air Lines. In this role, he was responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta’s global flight operations, as well as pilot training, crew resources, crew scheduling, and regulatory compliance. He also flew in line operations as an A320 captain, and previously flew the B727, B737, B757, and B767 during his career. Dickson is a strong advocate for commercial aviation safety and improvements to our National Airspace System, having served as chairman of several industry stakeholder groups and Federal advisory committees. A former United States Air Force Officer and F-15 fighter pilot, Dickson is a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1979 at the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude.

FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as FAA Deputy Administrator upon Administrator Dickson assuming office.

Inspirational Pilot, Mentor Barrington Irving to Receive American Spirit Award at NBAA-BACE Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:54:02 +0000 Washington, DC, Aug. 7, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Barrington Irving, who in 2007 became the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single-engine airplane and who has continued to inspire young people to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace, will receive the association’s 2019 American Spirit Award.

The award will be presented during the Day 2 Keynote at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which takes place Oct. 22-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in inner-city Miami, FL believing that college football represented his only opportunity to receive a higher education. Although Irving received several scholarship offers out of high school, he instead opted to pursue a career in aviation under the guidance and mentoring of a Jamaican airline pilot.

Those experiences set Irving on a course that culminated in his 97-day solo flight around the globe in a single-engine piston aircraft – appropriately christened “Inspiration” – to demonstrate to young people worldwide that they could also achieve their dreams. He then founded Experience Aviation, based at Opa-Locka Executive Airport, and established the Experience Aviation Learning Center dedicated to empowering middle and high school students in the Miami area to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM+) careers, including within aviation and aerospace.

“After discovering his own future in aviation, Barrington Irving has dedicated his life in a tireless effort to promote STEM+ careers as accessible and attainable paths by which others may pursue and realize their own dreams,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He embodies a tremendous spirit of inspiration and mentorship that not only serves as an important example for the students who have benefitted from his guidance, but for everyone working in business aviation.”

Irving has continued to encourage students from all walks of life with the Flying Classroom, combining air, land and sea expeditions with a digital curriculum to engage millions of children throughout the world. He also has been a frequent presence at NBAA events over the past decade, including as a speaker and mentor during the annual Careers in Business Aviation Day at NBAA-BACE.

The NBAA American Spirit Award is presented in recognition of an individual within business aviation who exemplifies the courage, pursuit of excellence and service to others that characterize men and women who created and nurtured the American aviation community. Past recipients include: Bruce Whitman, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, John and Martha King and the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

Read more about the award.

NBAA-BACE is business aviation’s most important annual event, where participants have an unequaled opportunity to view the latest business aircraft, products, technology, and services the industry offers. Held this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport, the event also offers a premier networking venue and dozens of educational sessions.

Learn more about NBAA-BACE.

GULFSTREAM G650ER SHATTERS SPEED RECORD FOR FARTHEST BUSINESS JET FLIGHT IN HISTORY Sun, 14 Apr 2019 13:11:44 +0000 Gulfstream G650ER Shatters Speed Record For Farthest Business Jet Flight In History

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SAVANNAH, Georgia, April 8, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER once again proved its unrivaled performance, beating a recent competitor speed record while at the same time increasing the distance flown for the farthest business jet flight in history.

The G650ER flew from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., at an average speed of 597 miles per hour/960 kilometers per hour over a distance of 8,379 nautical miles/15,518 kilometers. The G650ER’s performance beat the previous record by 44 minutes and more than 225 nm/417 km, asserting the aircraft’s title for flying farther faster than any other jet. 

The G650ER departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 4:53 p.m. local time March 29, crossing the Pacific at an average speed of Mach 0.85 and arriving in Tucson at 5:16 p.m. local time March 29, with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves. The flight took 15 hours and 23 minutes.

“The G650ER has no equal when it comes to its incredible combination of speed and range,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Aerospace. “Worldwide, you just can’t go farther faster, and this record proves it. With 350 aircraft in service, the G650 and G650ER show day in and day out that they are class-creating and -leading aircraft that set the standard when they were announced and continue to do so today. Simply put, all others follow.”

Since the G650ER entered service in 2014, it has demonstrated both its real-world performance capabilities and exceptional comfort. Along with its sister aircraft the G650, the G650ER has earned 90 speed records. In 2015, the G650ER flew 8,010 nm/14,835 km from Singapore to Las Vegas in 14 hours and 32 minutes. Then, in 2019, the G650ER flew 7,475 nm/13,843 km from Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes. These flights clearly and consistently show that the G650ER continues to lead with its world-class combination of speed and range.

Known for its ability to connect far-flung cities at the fastest speeds, the G650ER offers passengers both style and comfort with the signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience, featuring 100 percent fresh air, the lowest cabin altitude, the quietest cabin sound levels, 16 of the industry’s largest windows, a high-definition entertainment system, high-speed connectivity and a gourmet kitchen that can be located forward or aft, per customer preference.  

The Singapore-Tucson city-pair record is pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association. The speed for all records is determined by great circle distance, which for this record is 7,990 nm/14,797 km. The actual distance flown by the Gulfstream G650ER was 8,379 nm/15,518 km at an average speed of 626 mph/1,007 kph. 


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NBAA Identifies Top Safety Focus Areas for 2018 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:04:41 +0000 The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today released its annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, topics identified by the NBAA Safety Committee as primary risk-mitigation targets for all business aircraft operators.

The 2018 NBAA Top Safety Focus Areas are:

  • Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I)
  • Runway Excursions
  • Single-Pilot Operation Safety
  • Procedural Compliance
  • Ground Handling and Taxi Incidents
  • Distraction Management
  • Scenario- and Risk-Based Training and Checking
  • Positive Safety Culture Promotion
  • Inflight Aircraft Collision Risk
  • Workforce Competency and Staffing
  • Safety Data Sharing and Utilization

“The identified focus areas represent the most critical safety-related risks facing business aircraft operators in 2018,” said David Ryan, chairman of NBAA’s Safety Committee. “This list is the result of spirited collaboration between the dedicated men and women on the Safety Committee, who are committed to not only identifying potential hazards, but also through working with regulators, member companies and other industry stakeholders, to provide the business aviation community with the most effective mitigation tools and strategies.”

The Safety Committee’s goal is to promote safety-focused discussion and advocacy throughout business aviation, as well as to help NBAA prioritize how it should focus its safety-enhancement efforts.

Each year, during its annual risk-assessment meeting, the committee reviews safety survey results; risk-based safety data; and qualitative input from industry and regulatory partners, other NBAA committees and association members. Following this data-driven review, committee members deliberate and develop a list of safety focus areas for the year.

“NBAA relies on the expertise of its Safety Committee to guide our safety-related programming and resources throughout the year,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Business aviation safety is a cooperative, ongoing effort that demands a daily commitment to the highest levels of professionalism, and the committee’s vital work has continually proven to be an asset in this pursuit.”

In addition to the 2018 list, the Safety Committee continues to promote and focus on its five “foundations of safety,” considered the heart of the committee’s messaging. They are:

  • Professionalism
  • Safety Leadership
  • Technical Excellence
  • Risk Management
  • Fitness for Duty

“These core values – the foundational elements of an effective safety operation – form the basis of our committee’s work,” said Ryan. “We encourage all business aircraft operators to adopt these tenets as part of their organizational culture.”

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Daily FAA Traffic Report Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:00:31 +0000 Gusty winds, low clouds and snow could delay flights in Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). Runway construction continues in Phoenix (PHX). An area of turbulence is expected over Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

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