Mixed fortunes for high fliers

On the eve of Europe's annual EBACE conference and exhibition at Geneva's Palexpo, our examination of the health of business aviation reveals mixed economic signals. While leading jet markets are reacting to a distinct slowdown in the large-cabin sector--the top-end products that have propped up an industry hit by weak growth since the 2008 financial crisis--new and established builders of single-engined turboprops are eager to capitalise on rising demand for these "SUVs of the sky". We also take the temperature of one of Africa's rising markets, take a deeper look at some encouraging safety statistics and travel to the south of France for a test flight in Dassault's new flagship, the Falcon 8X. True 8X appeal : Dassault describes its stretched flagship as an evolution in comfort and performance; Flight international took the controls to see if its latest Falcon model can top the 7X / Peter Collins -- Downturn fears in traffic slide : while Europe's scheduled airlines and freight carriers outpaced rising GDP to log healthy growth in 2015, business aviation movements turned in a worrying decline / Murdo Morrison -- Time for safety crash course? : long-term fatal accident trends show falling risk for business flyers, but improvement is slow and the statistics hide signs of worrying complacency / David Learmount -- Large jets pass peak : the biggest, most expensive business jets soared through the financial crisis, but their market has recently soured / Stephen Trimble -- Single-minded : robust, versatile and affordable, single-engined turboprops have survived competition from light jets--and thrived, with new products being developed for a buoyant sector / Kate Sarsfield -- GE keeps Walter legacy turning : American investment is building on a great Czech aerospace heritage through a revised M601 turboprop powerplant and a bold bid to take on Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6A / Murdo Morrison -- Disruptive force : in just 16 years, Embraer Executive Jets has learned its market, introduced a string of clean-sheet designs, survived a downturn and upended the light and midsize order / Stephen Trimble -- Time to rouse a sleeping giant? : as in much of Africa, Nigeria's rising wealth and woeful infrastructure make a powerful growth case for private aviation--tempered by some harsh political realities / Liz Moscrop.


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  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: pages 26-49
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  • Accession Number: 01604214
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University Transportation Library
  • Files: TLIB
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2016 12:14PM