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From Paper Flight Plan to Data Link Clearance Delivery to NextGen. The history of ATC communications.

From Paper Flight Plan to Data Link Clearance Delivery

It is not clear when the first formal flight plans were used. In 1920, the US Post Office took over airmail delivery and set up a series of radio stations along a nationwide route. Airmail pilots flew from station to station. They would call in as they passed overhead if they had a two-way radio. If not, they would flash…

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FBO Confidential – What does it take to be a great FBO?

The FBO business – what does it take to be a great FBO?

When a client decides to make a private jet trip, they will be in contact with three different groups of people; the broker or salesperson selling them the flight, the flight crew flying the airplane and the FBO personnel greeting and handling the passengers before and after the flight itself. Therefore, it is undeniable that an FBO (fixed-base operator) is…

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Technology and Business Aviation – How a fast-paced business is moving into the future

Technology and Business Aviation

Most professionals in the Business Aviation Field know how fast-paced the daily operation of a private jet can get. Passengers often have last-minute requests, flights get canceled or delayed unexpectedly, and the ensuing changes cascading across several departments and locations creates an even more stressful situation due to the attention to detail required. A perfect environment for the revolution that…

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HondaJet Elite – Doubling Down on a Winning Hand


You have to have more than a winning hand—you have to know your opponents and be prepared to stay in the game. Key players at the table are the Cessna Citation M2 (Model 525) and the Embraer Phenom 100. Others at the table include the SyberJet SJ30, Pilatus PC-24, and Embraer big brother, the Phenom 300. HondaJet is a relative…

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XB-70 Valkyrie: Right Plane – Wrong Time


XB-70 Valkyrie: Right Plane – Wrong Time In the mid-1950s, the United States and the former Soviet Union were embroiled in the “Cold War.” Both countries were poised with nuclear weapons capable of effectively ending civilization as we know it. The United States’ nuclear force consisted of nuclear-armed missiles, submarines, and aircraft. The primary strategic aircraft were the venerable B-52…

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Pilatus PC-24 has made its first landing on an unpaved runway.

Pilatus PC-24

Off-road capable is not the term that comes to mind when describing a business jet, however, the Pilatus PC-24 the worlds first business jet designed to take off and land on very short or unpaved runways is up to the challenge. In addition, the PC-24 comes with a cargo door as standard configuration. The PC-24 unparalleled off-road capabilities provide access…

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Aerion Supersonics Aerion AS2 speeds towards production

Aerion AS2 Supersonic business jet

Pratt Kansas – – 15 years following the departure of the Concorde SST. Aerion Supersonic is attempting to revive supersonic jet transport with the $120 million Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet.   The Aerion project is competing with projects from Spike Aerospace Inc and Boom Technology Inc. Aerion claims to have signed provisional buy contracts with affluent customers as…

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Nigeria’s Aviation Industry Is a Mess, and needs a turn around plan.

Nigeria aviation

Nigeria’s Aviation Industry Is a Mess, and needs a turn around plan Nigeria wants to be among the 20th largest economies in the world by 2020, but for it to achieve this status it needs to make dramatic improvements to its aviation industry. Early in 2015, former Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, laid out reforms for the airline industry but…

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An Overview of Aviation in Nigeria in 2017

An Overview of Aviation in Nigeria in 2017

An Overview of Aviation in Nigeria in 2017. Nigeria no doubt is one of the biggest markets for aviation in Africa. Last year, Nigeria airlines carried 15 million passengers with the largest share of users coming from Lagos and Abuja. The airline industry in Nigeria contributed over $1 billion to the Nigerian economy and supports over 150,000 jobs nationwide. However,…

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