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Buying for Flying: An Investment in the Sky

Vans RV10 at KAPA Altivation

By Erika Armstrong - Midsize and Large Cabin Business Jet Sale's Specialist It had been an ache that was ignored for years. A longing to learn how to fly, but knowing that the burdens of life didn’t allow for the dream to be turned into a reality yet. Jeffrey Burke, a 63-year old engineer and father of three, often turned his head towards the sky to watch an airplane fly overhead. While he was looking, he was also raising his family, building a career and preparing for retirement. In the back of his mind, he had thought about taking flying...

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A Look at the new Gulfstream G700

Gulfstream G700

Introduced October 21st during the kick off to the 2019 NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, the new Gulfstream G700 is the latest and largest business jet to enter the market, and we had an opportunity to spend a little time with it. At first look the ten foot longer fuselage of the G700 may not look like much, but we soon see what an extra ten feet means for this 57 foot long, over 8 foot wide cabin. As we enter the cabin we find ourselves in a spacious and welcoming galley with two place divan and crew rest area to...

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Evolution of the Lear 75

Lear 75 Business Jet

It all started in the 1960’s when a Swiss company moved to Wichita, Kansas with a vision of producing an aircraft to meet the demanding travel needs of corporations. In doing so they created the first light business jets, the Lear 23. Over the following years Learjet continued the improvement and development of these popular aircraft models, increasing their size and capabilities, with Learjet eventually becoming part of the Bombardier family in 1990. Then in 1997 the Lear 45 was introduced to the market place, offering a cabin height of nearly five feet with its flat floor design. The 45...

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The Newly Certified Gulfstream G600

Gulfstream G600 Altivation Aircraft

Introduced at NBAA-BACE in 2007, we recently took a closer look at Gulfstream’s newest FAA certified aircraft the Gulfstream G600. Receiving its certification in late June of 2019, the G600 offers new design elements and features, along with a multitude of customer interior layout and design options, in this 19 passenger ultralong range aircraft. Aside from some of the new design elements and features of the new G600, we will take a brief look at how the G600 compares to the successful G550 in production since 2003 with more than 500 aircraft delivered to date. Interior: Making our way up...

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The Pilatus PC-24

Pilatus PC-24 - Altivation Aircraft

Building upon the versatility and success of the PC-12, Swiss aircraft manufacture Pilatus introduced the PC-24 in 2013, and with it a whole new aircraft category. This new SVJ or super versatile jet category occupied solely by the PC-24, further highlight’s the capabilities that have been designed into the aircraft.  Much like the Pilatus PC-12, the PC-24 is a capable business class aircraft able to operate off of the worlds unimproved strips, thus allowing the aircraft to meet a multitude of operations mission profiles. With its aluminum alloy skin and structure, the PC-24 is thrust into the air by 3,420...

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The New G2 Vision Jet

Cirrus Vision Jet - Altivation Aircraft

Originally entering service in 2016 the Cirrus Vision Jet recently announced the second generation (G2) in early 2019, and providing the next evolution in aircraft progression for operators looking to enter the light jet market. For any of the current 7000 plus Cirrus owners, the Vision Jet provides a simplified upgrade path with many similarities to that of their previous Cirrus piston aircraft with both cockpits having nearly identical layouts, helping to further ease the transition while reducing pilot workload. Cirrus owners or operators familiar with the popular Cirrus piston aircraft will find that unlike the piston aircraft which features...

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Embraer Phenom 100EV

Phenom 100EV

Looking back at 2008, the VLJ or Very Light Jet market was still a young market segment made up of the Eclipse Jet and the Citation Mustang. However, that would soon change as other manufacturers either already announced, or would shortly announce aircraft to fill this market segment. While the VLJ market was originally considered that of small light jets with a MTOW (max takeoff weight) of 10,000lbs or less. The VLJ market soon consisted of new entries with MTOW slightly above the previous 10,000 pound mark. One of these new entries to the VLJ market in 2008 was that...

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Business Aviation Insurance & Risk Management in Today’s Marketplace

Phenom 300 Business Jet

Contributed by: Matthew Feltner @theaerospacebroker Since 1926, with the passing of the Air Commerce Act which established airways, accident investigations, aids to navigation, and surveys to increase air commerce viability, the aviation industry has traditionally been risk adverse. The need to mitigate risk and focus on safety came out of the post-World War I growth of business aviation due to cheap supply of aircraft from the war. Historically, the growth of the aviation industry has required the financial support of the insurance industry. Without insurance, companies would go bankrupt should a disaster occur and aviation is no different. As the...

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The Cessna Denali

Cessna Denali Altivation Aircraft

Announced at EAA AirVenture in 2015, the Cessna Denali is the newest entry into the already popular single engine turboprop segment. The Denali is set to start flight testing this year, with the first customer deliveries of this new high-performance single engine, advanced technology turboprop aircraft slated for 2020. Cessna has adapted new technology not only in the development and production of the aircraft, but in the aircraft itself. Starting at the very front of the aircraft, Cessna has chosen the GE Catalyst power plant, an advanced turboprop engine featuring 1,240 shp and a 4,000 hour TBO, driving a McCauley-Blackmac...

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Honda Jet Elite

Altivation Aircraft Honda Jet

The Honda Jet is the product of decades of research and development reaching back to the late 1980’s, when Honda began its research into light aircraft. This research included the test flights of the Honda Jets predecessor, the MH-02, the world’s first all composite experimental business jet in the mid 1990’s. In 2005 the Honda Jet prototype was unveiled to the world, but it would be another 10 years of R&D before Honda would receive its FAA type certificate and deliver the first aircraft in late 2015. At first glance of the Honda Jet, one will notice the over wing...

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