Our cover story this issue features NEXUS CEO Abdullah Al-Sayed, talking about his company’s continued international expansion. We are delighted to be able to bring readers an in-depth interview with the entrepreneur Kenny Dichter, who talks about both his astonishing business career and his second venture into lowering the entry costs to business aviation for a whole new spectrum of passengers. Dichter’s Wheels Up, which launches in December in New York, not only gave Beechcraft its biggest ever order for King Air turboprops, 105 to be precise, it also opens up coast-to-coast US executive airplane travel for a vast army of smaller companies and families. We also feature an exclusive interview with Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture in our OEM Special Report, as well as with Cessna’s Brad Thress, Gulfstream president Larry Flynn and Embraer president, Business Jets, Ernie Edwards.
Once again in this issue we have managed to highlight the extraordinary business acumen and entrepreneurial flair behind so many of the aviation sector’s thriving businesses. The features range from Jim Allmon’s calculated gamble when he launched Blackhawk, with him and his partners taking on personal guarantees for £25 million worth of P&W PT6 engines, to Mark Dankberg’s progression from a home-based satcoms business to launching his second $500 million plus broadband communications satellite, ViaSat-2. Our Avionics Special Reports look at how Honeywell and Rockwell Collins are taking avionics to new heights, no pun intended, and making flying ever safer and more pleasurable for pilots and passengers by blending natural with synthetic vision.
We’ll be rebranding in 2014, largely by shortening the somewhat lengthy title of Executive & VIP Aviation International, down to the simple abbreviation – more a persona than an abbreviation, actually – of EVA. We have some new content ideas for the new-look EVA so watch out for our Spring 2014 edition!