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Citation X versus Gulfstream 650: Speed Record for Private Jets

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Mar 2, 2015 12:30:00 PM

The title of fastest civilian aircraft in the world is an oft-discussed topic among pilots and aviation enthusiasts worldwide. While the two main contenders don’t really compete in cabin size, mission or range, the tug of war continues between Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation X and General Dynamic’s Gulfstream Aerospace G650. The current record holder was declared in the fall of 2013 In the fall of 2013, after a barrage of tests were conducted including more than 1,300 hours of flight time, the FAA confirmed the Citation X's status as the world's fastest civilian jet.

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Topics: Brand Loyalty

Stars With Wings: Celebrities Who Have Their Pilot's License

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It's not that surprising that flying would become a beloved pastime of the stars. If you combine the prestige and freedom of piloting your own aircraft, you understand why many  celebrities take to the skies in their free time. 

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Topics: Insider

The Glass Ceiling at 40,000 Feet

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 26, 2015 10:19:00 AM

It makes me a little sad that men don’t just hold most of the executive jobs in private aviation, they also hold title to 99% of the aircraft, according to my friends at JetNet, a private aircraft data aggregator. I am convinced that women make great pilots, insightful decision-makers and savvy travelers. Women just don’t use private aviation the same way men do. I have a few theories about why—and I desperately want to see it change.

  • Women don’t travel privately as much as men do because they just don’t know as much about it. I think women's communication style lends itself to more relational topics while men discuss more physical things–like sports scores, hunting trophies or private jets.
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Topics: 40K Glass Ceiling

Do Mods Increase the Value of your King Air?

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 24, 2015 10:20:00 AM

King Airs are probably the most commonly modified turbine aircraft in civilian operations. As market analysts and brokers, this keeps us on our toes when comparing sales figures and market valuations because the combination of mods varies pretty significantly.

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Topics: King Air, aircraft mods

Success of Women in Aviation

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 20, 2015 10:18:00 AM

When it comes to honoring the accomplishments of all who’ve contributed their talent, skills and know-how to the field of aviation, it’s especially important to recognize the achievements of women in the aviation industry. From pilots and flight attendants to military support and aeronautical engineers, women have taken on many positions throughout the history of aviation. While women still make up a marked minority of aviation jobs, play a central role in its history. Here’s a look at some who have broken down barriers and proven that challenges for women in aviation are not insurmountable.

The Early Years

The 1900s were the dawn of aviation as an industry, and women played a significant role despite challenges faced by their gender.

Katherine Wright: We hear plenty about the Wright Brothers, pioneers of the first machine-powered aircraft that took flight on December 17, 1903. Less is known about their sister, Katherine, who provided both financial and moral support in their endeavor.

Harriett Quimby: The first U.S. woman to earn her pilot’s license was Harriett Quimby, acquiring her credentials in 1911. She set several altitude records during her brief aviation career, which ended in her aircraft in 1912. Ms. Quimby was well-traveled, becoming the first person of either gender to land in Mexico City.

Katherine Stinson: Some of Stinson’s most notable accomplishments include flying the U.S. mail, owning a flight school, and flying in Japan and China. Her primary non-pilot accomplishment was creating a company for the rental and sale of aircraft with another top aviation professional: her mother.

Women Become Established as Aviators
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Topics: Aviation History

2015 Aviation Events You May not Know About

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 17, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Whether you’re an aircraft enthusiast, an avid pilot, or a die-hard aerospace aficionado, there’s

a wide range of aviation events in the coming year that might peak your interest. Internationally

and in the U.S., there are conventions, exhibits, conferences, and trade shows demonstrating

the latest in aircraft and technology. Here are a few of the top 2015 aviation events globally that

you may not know about:

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Topics: Insider

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your First Plane

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 16, 2015 9:38:00 AM

When thinking about buying your first airplane, you’re probably mulling over features that mainly involve amenities and purchase price. While these are important, there are many factors to explore, and you could make a costly mistake if you don’t take them into consideration. Here are some of the most common errors first-time buyers experience and advice on how to avoid them.


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Topics: Buying your own Plane

The G-VI Myth

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Country and hip-hop songs alike tout the most prestigious of aircraft, the G-VI. While it’s prolific

on the radio, I doubt it will ever make it to the runway. For decades, Gulfstream’s numeration of

new models followed Roman numerals with a G-II, G-III, G-IV and G-V. In the late 1990s, the

new models took on a different numbering scheme: G-200, G-450, etc. The biggest and most

prestigious of those is the Gulfstream G650, which first delivered in 2013. During its design

phase, company engineers strove for higher levels of performance, making gains in speed and

efficiency with a newly designed wing structure. The end result is a jet that approaches the

speed of sound, thereby enabling longer range. The same attention to detail is found in the

G650’s appointments, including a roomier cabin, highly advanced technology, and elegance


Long Range Capabilities Boost Productivity

Gulfstream touts a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85 for the G650, which has a range of

7,000 nautical miles when loaded with eight passengers. That makes an L.A. to London jaunt

more than 30 minutes faster than other large-cabin aircraft. The G650 also maintains a lower

cabin pressure than other non-Gulfstream aircraft in its class, enabling passengers to arrive at

the destination more refreshed and alert.

Speed Approaches Supersonic with Patented Wing Design

Close to supersonic speeds are possible primarily due to the G650’s wing design, improving

how the structure interacts with atmospheric air, thereby reducing drag and boosting both speed

and range. The design eliminates vortex generators, leading-edge apparatus, and exposed flap

hinges, all contributors to drag. The aircraft is also a showpiece for the newly developed Rolls-

Royce BR725 engines.

Stay Connected for Work or Entertainment

Like other aircraft in its class, the G650 offers several options for staying connected, including

high-speed data solutions, two satellite communications systems and a wireless local network.

You can print, surf the web, or participate in conference calls at 41,000 feet. When it’s time to

relax, media servers and a high-definition home theater system provide entertainment through a

sophisticated cabin management system.

Travel Luxuriously with All the Comforts of Home

The interior of the G650 is spacious and, at 8.5 feet wide, among the largest private luxury jets.

It’s also brighter than many models in its class, boasting 16 panoramic windows that allow

vitamin D-rich sunlight to flow throughout the cabin. One of our favorite features of the G650:

massage features in several of the chairs. Coupled with the cabin air recirculation system and a

lower air pressure common in newer Gulfstream models, the G650 does really allow

passengers to travel like rock stars. Don’t be grounded on the fictitious G-VI
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Topics: Insider

Five Entry Level Aircraft to Consider for Purchase

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 11, 2015 10:14:00 PM

Today’s world is increasingly connected in terms of business operations. But let’s face it; sometimes it’s hard to see eye to eye when you aren’t face to face. There are certain events and meetings where your personal presence is mandatory. And at some point, charter and fractional ownership programs cease to make sense. If you’re considering aircraft ownership, check out some of the most popular turbine-powered models available:

1. King Air B200: The King Air B200 has low operating costs which might explain why there are thousands of them flying today. This turboprop aircraft has been around for quite some time, so there are mechanics and parts readily available, and many models are available for less than a million dollars. The King Air B200 is great for taking off from short runways with a fairly heavy load and short trips, not cross-country excursions.

2. Citation Jet: The Citation Jet is inexpensive to operate, at about $1000 per hour. It is single pilot capable, further reducing overhead. It has a range of about 1000 miles, so it is also great for shorter, regional trips with up to five passengers fitting comfortably. Older models without engine maintenance programs can be bought for just over one million.

3. Citation V or Ultra: This Citation workhorse has a longer range than the Citation Jet, and typically seats eight. While it’s older than the CJ and may not have the latest avionics, it is a great entry-level jet available between $800,000 and $2,300,000.

4. Beechcraft Premier IA: Manufacturers took comfort and economy into account when designing the Premier IA. When carrying five passengers, this plane has a range of almost 1,650 miles at a maximum speeds over 500 miles per hour. Its configuration allows for up to seven passengers, and its $1.5 to $2.2M price tag means it’s a lot of plane for the money.

5. Pilatus PC-12: This turboprop has an exceptionally low direct operating cost because it operates with a single engine—the most reliable engine of its class in turbine-powered history. This makes the PC-12 very efficient and safe, but not fast. This Swiss-made aircraft comes with a cargo door and an easily reconfigurable interior, which makes it extremely popular for users with cargo.

This is just a short list of business aircraft to get you started once you’ve made the decision to invest. For more information on any of these types of aircraft—or another that may better meet your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact our experts.

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Topics: Buying your own Plane

Want to pay more aviation-related taxes in Texas?

Posted by Rene Banglesdorf On Feb 10, 2015 1:19:24 PM

I didn't think so. Probably more than any other state, Texas is at a crossroads that could drastically increase the cost of buying, leasing or operating airplanes and other equipment within its borders. Aviation attorney David Mayer is working to protect the interests of general aviation users (and there are a lot of us) in Texas. He needs our support. 

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Topics: Aviation Taxes in Texas

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