In honor of aviation pioneer, Orville Wright, National Aviation Day is celebrated every year on his birthday, August 19. President Roosevelt established this day in 1936 as a way to celebrate and appreciate the developments of aviation throughout the many decades and to support its future.
By: PAUL SULLIVAN; The New York Times
Carlos Urrutia’s job is to fly a private jet. But when he is on board the Bombardier Challenger 300, which he has flown for tens of thousands of hours, he does much more than that.
He welcomes the passengers on board. He stows their luggage. He offers each passenger a drink before takeoff, anything from water to coffee to a cocktail that he will mix. If someone can’t figure out how to work one of the eight seats that swivel, or close the lavatory door, he’ll walk back while his co-pilot takes over and explain how it works.
The G650ER showed off its “long-legs” in February when it flew around the globe with only one fuel stop needed. The jet started its journey from White Plains, NY and flew across the Atlantic, Europe and Asia before landing 13 hours and 20 minutes later in Beijing. The jet refueled in Beijing and continued across the Pacific and US before ending its journey 12 hours later in Savannah, GA. Both legs of the trip were finished with fuel remaining in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rule reserves. Pretty impressive.
Cheaper Fuel Prices are Slow to Trickle Down to the Private Jetsetters By: Ben Geier; Fortune
Article By Jeff Wieand; Business Jet Traveler
On airplane purchases, these charges can total millions of dollars, but you might be able to legally avoid them by simply climbing aboard your new jet and taking off.
On behalf of Magellan Jets, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the entire Menino Family. Thomas Menino was a personal friend of Joshua Hebert and Anthony Tivnan and with great respect Tom has served his city well and with great passion.He will be missed dearly.
Teague and Nike recently collaborated to repurpose the floor plan of a 400-passenger jet to attend to 13 VIP athletes. The private jet was designed to help boost performance for travelling sports teams. The super-luxurious concept jet provides the athletes with ultimate comfort and support. No need to worry about loss of rest, cramped muscles or groggy players; this new jet will restore, refuel, and rebuild. Get an inside glimpse of the futuristic looking jet below:
Dassault Aviation, makers of the Falcon line of business jets, announced their latest model today: the Falcon 8X.
The Future of Aviation Starts Here: You Build It, They Make It
Magellan Jets announced the launch of their latest cutting-edge technology platform, the customizable ‘Build-A Card’ tool. The first ever online program that will allow clients to address their own private travel concerns with one simple device. The concept behind the platform is to help alleviate the burden of shopping around for a solution to customer’s private aviation headaches. In today’s charter market it can be difficult to find a jet card provider that can fulfill every traveler’s specific needs. But with the Build-A-Card’s next generation technology it is now possible to assemble that solution with four easy steps right online.
Private-jet customers are getting picky. They want more choice. “When you look at the aviation industry, everything looks the same, with love it or leave it terms,” says Anthony Tivnan, president and co-founder of jet operator Magellan Jets. And make sure to bring your lawyer along before crossing the “T’s” and dotting the “I’s” of that 30 to 50 pages of contract, he adds. (Even then, customers can wind up bloodied; for a horror story full of lessons, see “Fractional Fracas.”
“To be honest, we were following that same platform,” says Tivnan.
Tivnan and Hebert’s build-a-card is playing on a trend they spotted; a number of wealthy individuals owning planes are also buying more flight-time via a jet card. “Flyers are becoming a lot more savvy on efficiency, and are finding innovative ways to use ownership, fractional, and jet cards together,” Tivnan says. Among
Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson is spearheading publicity for a radical new 300 foot long fuel efficient airship. The craft, known as the HAV304, will travel up to 100 mph for up to 3 weeks at a time carrying over 22,000 lbs of payload. It’s planned as a platform for cargo, surveillance, and communications with Dickinson touting its ability to drop its cargo “right where it needs to be.”
FAA recently announced a new policy that requires obese pilots (both commercial & private) to undergo sleep apnea screenings before receiving their medical certificate. Excess weight can increase the risk of some sleep disorders. If the pilot has a body mass index of 40 or greater they will be evaluated by a board certified sleep specialist for sleep apnea. Soon this policy will also extend to air traffic controller with a high BMI.
Mobile is an unstoppable force that continues to build strength in our society. Now mobile is set to transform the travel experience on commercial flights in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to lift its ban on the use of cellular service use onboard. If the ban is lifted airline passengers will be stripped of their peace and quiet onboard. The proposal is intended to give passengers the same communication access in the air as they would find on buses or in a coffee shop.
In our hyper-connected world, everyone wants to be connected at all times, but who really wants to be trapped next to some chatter box on their phone the entire trip? Amtrak railways have created “Quiet Cars” for those travelers who don’t want to be stuck next to chatty Cathy and Psychologist Patricia Wallace hopes the collective agreement that enforces the quiet in quiet cars on Amtrak would help keep the volume down on aircraft. If “Quiet Seats” are created onboard the commercial aircraft, I am sure those special seats won’t come without a nice little fee too.
I know this next statement is pretty obvious, but if you were to charter your own jet…guess what you wouldn’t have to deal with? That’s right, the gabbing stranger crammed next to you.
Bombardier’s new Learjet 75 jet came to life for the first time last month. Bombardier on Friday announced the first production model of its new Learjet 75 will debut this month at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. The new Learjet 75 soars high above the competition, literally. This brand new private jet is an upgraded version of the Learjet 45. The new design was first announced at EBACE in May 2012, along with the Learjet 70, an upgraded version of the Learjet 40. This year we will see it come to life!
Cessna announced this week that the first updated production Citation X has emerged from the factory hangar in Wichita, Kansas. In 2010, Cessna announced plans for an update to the Citation X that would be called the Citation Ten, later deciding upon the “new Citation X” as the name for the updated model. They plan to reclaim their crown as the world’s fastest civilian aircraft with the “New Citation X”. “Speed is the reason for flight. It was true for Clyde Cessna in 1927, and it’s true today,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna CEO. “The Citation X is the perfect aircraft for customers wanting to move faster, be more efficient and get where they need to be more quickly than ever before.”
To all concerned,
Monday has a full day Runway 6/24 closure scheduled. In addition to the normal maintenance work the tree cutter is topping tree penetrations in the visual surface area within the RPZ. There is also a half day closure for 1/19 on Wednesday. Please take a moment to review the attached update for all additional information. Airport maintenance continues, requiring Runway and or Taxiway closures as follows: