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Mission Profile: Dallas Entrepreneur

Location: Dallas Profession: Entrepreneur Annual Flight Hours: 125-200 Best Options: Lear 60, Hawker 800XP, Citation Ultra This hypothetical mission profile is for an entrepreneur from Dallas that needs a plane for about 125 to 200 hours per year, including both business and personal use. He likes the idea that he’d be able to use the [...]

By | 2018-01-26T16:58:31+00:00 January 26th, 2018|0 Comments

General Aviation Groups Urge DOT to Reopen Aircraft Registry for Essential Functions

In the midst of the United States’ federal government shutdown, general aviation leaders across the country are urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reopen the FAA’s United States Aircraft Registry. “Despite the current government shutdown, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and fellow GA groups argued that the U.S. Registry performs essential functions for [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:12:18+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Q1 2018 Market Update

As the Charlie Bravo research team gets ready to send out detailed market reports on more than 50 models of business aircraft, we’ve also prepared a high-level view of the market as a whole. The fourth quarter 2017 was surprisingly stronger than anticipated for many aircraft models we cover, considering that markets typically slow toward [...]

By | 2018-01-18T11:01:11+00:00 January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

History of the Phenom 300

Embraer began designing the Phenom 300 after finding that potential customers of the Phenom 100 would also like a bigger aircraft. Compared to the Phenom 100, the Phenom 300 has a longer range (nearly double), faster cruise speed, and better runway performance thanks to upgraded engines. It also comes equipped with a cabin that’s more than six [...]

By | 2018-01-12T16:48:05+00:00 January 12th, 2018|0 Comments

History of the Phenom 100

Embraer introduced the Phenom 100 in 2007, creating an entry-level very light jet that can carry four passengers with its typical configuration, but can also be configured to carry up to seven passengers with a single pilot. In the years following the release of the Phenom 100, Embraer introduced two variants in the Phenom 100E [...]

By | 2018-01-11T11:13:57+00:00 January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

History of the Falcon 2000

Dassault’s Falcon 2000, first produced in 1993, is based on the Falcon 900. The Falcon 2000 is a bit smaller than the 900 and comes equipped two engines as opposed to the three on the 900 model. Compared to the original 900, the original 2000 has a cabin that’s two feet shorter, but it burns [...]

By | 2017-12-28T11:44:09+00:00 December 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tax Reform: Naughty or Nice?

The House and Senate have both voted to pass major tax reform legislation, and are expected to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Bill”) to the president for his signature before Christmas. In the spirit of the holiday season in which it was passed, we’re “making a list and checking it twice.” The [...]

By | 2017-12-21T16:51:22+00:00 December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Falcon 900

Dassault’s Falcon 900 trijet is a larger development of the Falcon 50. The Falcon 900 has a wide variety of variants, the first of which was produced in 1984. Compared to the Falcon 50, the original Falcon 900 has a cabin almost 10 feet longer, five inches taller, and a foot and a half wider. [...]

By | 2017-12-21T15:04:28+00:00 December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Flight Training with Brooke Banglesdorf: Part III

After nine lessons in flight school, Brooke is nearing one of her most important accomplishments: her first solo flight. At this point, she’s simply waiting until her flight instructor gives her the go-ahead. “I’m on lesson nine right now, which is my solo lesson, so I’m just waiting around until Tim says I’m ready to [...]

By | 2017-12-13T15:42:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Falcon: 5X-8X

Falcon 5X Dassault’s Falcon 5X isn’t set to hit the market until 2020, but it made its first flight in July 2017. The 5X is being marketed as the “biggest, most advanced Falcon yet,” pushing its 6’6” cabin height, .90 Mach top speed, impressive range and runway capabilities while achieving the “lowest fuel consumption in [...]

By | 2017-11-30T17:41:46+00:00 November 30th, 2017|0 Comments
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