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Lilium Jet assembly takes place at the facilities in Wessling, Germany, with the first seven aircraft to be used for the flight test campaign to achieve Type Certification with EASA.
Lilium Jet sets off along assembly line
December 7, 2023
In what Lilium is calling a watershed moment for sustainable aviation, the Lilium Jet is now in production. The first fuselage is on the final assembly line and will soon join up with the canard and wings.
AI sounds exciting, but how can business aviation harness it?
November 11, 2023
Business aviation is a service industry with some of the most demanding customers in the world. It's people are irreplaceable, but what vital supporting role could AI play in the future of ad-hoc aircraft operations?
EcoPulse has successfully performed its first flight test in hybrid-electric mode.
EcoPulse demonstrator takes first hybrid-electric flight
December 7, 2023
EcoPulse took off from Tarbes airport for a test flight lasting 100 minutes, during which time the crew engaged the electric propellers and verified the proper functioning of the flight control computer and power systems.
One of the Fly Alliance Gulfstream aircraft that gives Volato access to large cabin capability.
Volato gains large cabin fleet access and closes on SPAC deal
December 5, 2023
Access to Fly Alliance's fleet allows Volato to cater to larger group travel, while the close of its business combination with PACI puts total capital raised above $60 million.
The piloted aircraft has the capability to take off and land in locations as small as 300ft x 100ft.
Bristow secures early delivery for five Electra aircraft
December 5, 2023
Principal launch customer Bristow has paid a deposit to secure early delivery positions for five Electra eSTOL aircraft. It plans to expand and diversify its portfolio of specialised passenger services on 50-500 mile routes.
The FlightLab flew fully automated from lift off, taxi, take off, cruise, approach and then landing during a one hour test flight by following a predefined route.
Airbus flies fully automated helicopter with tablet
December 5, 2023
Controlled by a touchscreen tablet, this successful demo of fully autonomous flight is a step towards the reduced pilot workload and simplified HMI that the Airbus UAM team will implement on CityAirbus NextGen.
The NZAero team in New Zealand.
NZAero engineers develop aircraft to fight climate change impact
December 5, 2023
An aircraft designed by NZ aeronautical engineers will help governments and humanitarian organisations save lives during natural disasters and fight the impact of climate change in some of the most inaccessible regions.
Accountable manager Jörg Sabitzer.
Part 129 certification takes Axis Aviation Austria to the US
November 30, 2023
As demand for intercontinental flights continues to escalate, becoming Part 129 certified makes Axis Aviation Austria well placed to serve the growing US charter market and welcome stateside customers.
Based in New Braunfels, the King Air B200 will provide added support to AirLIFE in Uvalde.
Fixed wings add lift to Air Methods' Texas programme
November 27, 2023
With a growing need to transport patients over longer distances and in many weather conditions, Air Methods is opening a fixed wing base in New Braunfels. The B200 will transport patients in half the time of a helicopter.
The 505th Bell 505 will be configured for corporate transportation.
Bell celebrates 505th Bell 505 delivery
November 26, 2023
The Bell 505 has been nothing short of fantastic for Austin Claborn, who takes delivery of the 505th helicopter. He says the cockpit tech makes it incredibly reliable and easy to fly.
The Gulfstream GV has a generous interior and ultra long-range performance of 6,200nm; over 12 hours of non-stop flight.
Gulfstream pair adds holiday season capability to Journey
November 26, 2023
In time to kick off holiday season travel, Florida-based Journey Aviation has added two more Gulfstreams to its charter fleet.
KlasJet can now provide services in ACMI Canada.
Lithuania’s KlasJet obtains Canadian Foreign AOC
November 20, 2023
ACMI allows airlines to manage seasonality of flight demand without additional risk, and KlasJet believes that being able to provide these services in Canada will make it even more attractive to future partners.
Inside the Red Label Academy.
Flexjet training academy teaches high-end hospitality
November 17, 2023
The standards in cabin experience delivered at Flexjet's new Red Label Academy in Farnborough now match those of any European five star hotel. The finishing school will train both US and European cabin servers.
NYC mayor Adams (centre) is looking for partners to operate and build infrastructure for electric flight at the Downtown Manhattan heliport.
Joby and Volocopter focus on the quality of life of New Yorkers
November 16, 2023
The mayor of New York City has hosted a public event showcasing multiple eVTOL aircraft, and announced the city's intention to electrify its heliport. Volocopter and Joby dazzled with their first, very quiet, flights.
Ornge is adding four PC-12s to its fixed wing air ambulance fleet and replacing its existing eight aircraft.
Canada's Ornge air ambulance service upgrades PC-12 fleet with order for 12
November 12, 2023
The Ontario government is funding the expansion and renewal of the Ornge Pilatus fleet, to better connect northern and rural communities to critical care. Deliveries will arrive between 2026 to 2030.
Officials from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa International airport and Skyport Aviation celebrate the grand opening of the new hangar.
Skyport opens hangar at Tampa Executive
November 12, 2023
Skyport Aviation's hangar at Tampa Executive airport is now ready and open for leasing. The $1.9m project gives clients an extra 12,000sq ft of storage space.
The six seat Alia is currently in advanced flight standards development towards commercial regulatory certification in 2026 and will be available for private and commercial service shortly thereafter.
Helijet inks Beta deal for first passenger eVTOL service in Canada
November 2, 2023
Helijet will integrate the Beta-designed Alia aircraft into its existing network of helicopter services in southwestern British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
D’Wayne Collins, the FAA safety team program manager at the agency’s Chicago FSDO, presents the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to James Thorpe, who is accompanied by his wife Jean.
FAA recognises TBM owner for 50 years of safe flying
November 2, 2023
Advice from Wright Brothers Master Pilot award winner James Thorpe on 50 years with a clean flying record: you need to start even before the pre-flight by thinking ahead … then focus on flying the aircraft.
Challengers have been a mainstay of the Elite Air fleet for almost two decades.
Elite Air adds two charter Challenger 3500s
October 30, 2023
Two brand new Challenger 3500 will enhance Elite Air's already impressive line up of luxury aircraft, offering passengers a 'truly exceptional travel experience'.
flyExclusive has $30m from the State of North Caroline to build a pilot training centre at Kinston Regional Jetport.
flyExclusive makes pilot training a priority for growing fleet
October 23, 2023
flyExclusive secures major funding from the State of North Carolina for new headquarters and a cutting-edge pilot training centre, and brings the 100th jet onto its Citation fleet.

Bombardier EVP, aircraft sales Jean-Christophe Gallagher; Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel; AB Jets co-owner director of operations David Turner and co-owner Andrew Bettis; IMC chairman Mark George; and Bombardier VP, sales - US Frank Vento.
AB Jets hat trick brings range to charter offering
October 23, 2023
AB Jets has purchased three Bombardier Challenger 3500s, marking a new chapter for the company as it transforms its midsize fleet with super-midsize capability. It has the option of a fourth by year end.
Textron regional sales director, Wisconsin & Illinois Alexis Bennett with Jet Out COO Matt Wild and CEO Joseph Crivello, Textron SVP, global sales and flight operations Lannie O’Bannion and VP, sales Jonathan Waggoner.
Jet Out signs Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen 2 fleet order
October 18, 2023
The Citation CJ4 Gen2 is a great choice for co-ownership operators like Jet Out, who completed an extensive selection process prior to choosing it, to meet the comfort and performance demanded by clients.
Daher marks an aviation milestone with the delivery of the 500th TBM 900 series aircraft.
Daher delivers 500th TBM 900 series turboprop
October 18, 2023
The milestone aircraft was a high-end TBM 960 version delivered to a private owner in the US. 500 deliveries underscore the success of Daher's constant enhancement policy in maintaining competitiveness of the line.
BBJ Select introduces a new standard of interior completions for Boeing's newest business jet, the BBJ 737-7.
Boeing unveils premium cabin selections for VIP jets
October 18, 2023
BBJ customers have a new way to customise cabin interiors for the BBJ 737-7, reducing costs and accelerating delivery of new VIP jets. The catalogue of options allows for 144 interior layouts in three colour palettes.
The formation of Vista America represents a refinement of its branding in the region.
Vista America to operate the US members' fleet
October 18, 2023
Providing operational excellence for VistaJet and XO clients, Vista America serves as the identity for Jet Select, Western Air Charter, XOJet and Red Wing Aviation.
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