The largest aircraft in the world, Airlander 10, is all set to take to the skies once again after its test flight crash last summer. A ’Flying bum’ as it is lovingly called due to its shape, measures 92ms and is one part helicopter and part airship. Read the rest of this entry »
The Comac C919, a narrow-body twin-engine jet is expected to make its first flight by mid-2017 as reported by the People’s Daily last week. The aircraft is built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac). It is completely the country’s own design and built aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are flying on a budget, then plan a trip well in advance. Planning a trip requires a lot of preparation and research work. Read on to know how to nab the perfect holiday without burning a hole in your pocket. Read the rest of this entry »
Private jetting experience has opened a whole new market with aviation mavericks offering services which are no longer the privilege of A-listers. Within minutes you can book a charter flight on your iPhone for a hugely reasonable price. You can Uber pool and check out what’s available to the destination of your choice. Read the rest of this entry »
Commercial flying experience spells time to travel, arriving at the airport an hour before your flight, check-in time, security check up time, and so on. Now, picture a private jet experience, which can extend you comfort, a super-reasonable fare set at $29, and also allowing you to arrive just 15 minutes before departure. The good part of this private jet experience it is not reserved just for the A-listers and is definitely worth an experience. Read the rest of this entry »
Travelling on an airplane has changed tremendously in the recent years and more significance is given to the comfort factor. The year 2017 is believed to be a potential year for the aviation industry and many big changes are expected to happen.
One such improvement is that you can now access the internet, send messages, tweet and also be present on the social media while being on your flight. Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are offering free internet to their passengers which will certainly help to pass the long hours in the flight more easily. This move will be a relief for those passengers who are always online and cannot bear to be disconnected from the virtual world.
JetBlue airlines are presenting the Fly-Fi service which is touted to be the first ‘free high-speed Wi-Fi at every seat’. This service is sponsored by Amazon and will feature shows from Amazon Video, shopping and also a variety of messenger platforms.
Many airlines like the Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Japan Airlines charge a fee for the passengers to access the internet. Norwegian, a long-haul airline provides cost-free Wi-Fi, but this service is limited only to the flights within Europe and between the USA and the Caribbean.
Granting internet access on the flights will have a booming impact on the airline business and people will definitely prefer flights with Wi-Fi over others.
Ait travel has improved greatly in many ways, but there is always a chance for development. Travelling by aeroplanes is comfortable enough but the cabins can certainly become warmer and softer and the planes faster. Read on to know more about the new developments that will be introduced in the coming years which will make travelling by air a lot more cosy affair. Read the rest of this entry »
The UAE businessmen are definitely taking their fast, flamboyant, and luxurious lifestyle to the skies by flying in the latest business jets. During the recent Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show, it was projected that the UAE was the second-largest buyer of mid-to-large private jets out of the total of 293 aircraft that were delivered to the Middle East between 2006 and 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Business aviation in China continues to flourish having moved beyond its infancy. It was in mid-1990s that Deer Jet, an arm of Hainan Airlines Group, had launched the country’s first business aviation charter service. Today, the Chinese business aviation is evolving in a multitude of positive ways. Read the rest of this entry »
Honda Aircraft Company’s fastest and most fuel-efficient private jet in its class, HondaJet, recently accomplished two separate speed records in U.S. President and CEO, Michimasa Fujino, had described the highest-flying jet as the ‘crystal of sweat and tears’.
The long-term research activities blending advanced technologies and concepts have resulted in HondaJet. Honda patented the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration. The private jet is featured with natural laminar flow wing, composite fuselage, and fuselage nose. It has a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) and a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The jet has upto 17% of fuel-efficiency and an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles). The features include minimised cabin sound and ground-detected noise, spacious cabins, largest baggage capacity, and fully-serviceable private lavatory. The HondaJet is currently priced at $4.85 million.
HondaJet World Records
The busiest business aviation airports and popular routes were selected to demonstrate that patrons could reach their destinations fast. On April 9, 2016, HondaJet set the record between New Jersey and Florida. The jet departed Teterboro airport at 2:15 p.m. EST and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport at 5:06 p.m., taking two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet. The jet accomplished a ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph).
The second record was set from Boston to Palm Beach. The flight departed on July 19, 2016, from New Bedford Regional airport at 7:18 a.m. EDT and landed at Palm Beach International airport at 10:16 a.m. taking two hours and 58 minutes. It accomplished maximum ground speed of 422 knots (486 mph).
The records are approved by the US National Aeronautic Association. Approvals are pending by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales piloted the flights.
The HondaJet will be showcased at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBAA) Conference in Dubai during December 6-8, 2016.