Aware that mine is an unusual way to make a living, when people ask: ‘What does an aviation writer do?’ my answer is usually, ‘I write about planes’. Looking back through the pages of this Spring 2023 EVA, I realise that’s not true at all. This edition neatly reflects the diversity of geography, people and technologies that characterise business and VIP aviation.
We talk connectivity with SmartSky Networks, maintenance with Bombardier at its London Biggin Hill Airport service centre and support with JSSI. We discover how Aircare International and Aiber deliver medical assistance, two quite different online systems occupying different spaces in the digital marketplace, and SherpaReport’s guide to aircraft ownership for those new to private flying or looking to step up to ownership.
We also learn something of Dubai culture with ExecuJet Middle East, while Gulfstream, sharing the detail behind how it flew two G700s more than 54,000nm during a world tour at the end of last year, provides a demonstration of the reach only business aviation can deliver.
David Helfgott, CEO and Director at SmartSky Networks says the company is looking forward to a busy 2023 now that its air-to-ground connectivity solution is connecting jets across the US. The same could be said of the industry in general, with 2023 showing normalisation post-pandemic and settling above the level of activity seen in 2019 – those new entrants to private flying are staying and a steady stream of fresh customers continues to arrive.
The OEMs, Bombardier and Gulfstream among them, have no shortage of buyers even for their largest, most capable jets. Bombardier is investing heavily in aftermarket support as it looks to grow that aspect of its business to $2.5 billion by 2025, even as it works to bring the Global 8000 to market. Meanwhile, Gulfstream presented its G700 to customers during that extraordinary world tour, setting 25 city pair records in the process.
Working hard in 2023 and beyond to extend its international presence, JSSI offers a worthy alternative to OEM-offered support programmes, using the power of data to predict what its customers need, when and at a reasonable price. Again, it’s a story of expansion, as it is with ExecuJet Middle East, where a brand new FBO at Al Maktoum International Airport will join the refurbished facility at Dubai International Airport from Q3 2023.
The final word goes to Scott Evans, Gulfstream’s Head of Flight Operations. He positively bounced through our interview, such is his enthusiasm for all things Gulfstream and flying. “I am so fortunate. I get to go fly these beautiful machines!” This is, indeed, the most fortunate, endlessly fascinating and extraordinary of industries.
Featured in this issue
SmartSky Networks CEO and Director David Helfgott predicts a busy 2023 as the company builds on the solid foundations of its air-to-ground infrastructure After years of promising the business aviat...Read More
Going Big at Biggin Hill
Bombardier inaugurated its expanded presence at London Biggin Hill Airport last November, revealing a building capable of simultaneously housing 14 Global 7500s Speaking at the inauguration of Bomb...Read More
Working the World
Data-driven maintenance provider Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) continues to expand its worldwide presence and services to the international business aviation market. To bolster its maintenance sup...Read More
Care in the Air
Industry veteran Aircare International and innovative technology company Aiber provide essential, potentially complementary solutions to assist crew during a medical emergency Even a minor medical ...Read More
Robert Plhak and the team at VOO are looking to ease the common pinch points in broker/operator transactions with their new online B2B market place V OO is a digital market place connecting brokers...Read More
Nick Copley, President of SherpaReport, the private aviation and lifestyle website, explains the thinking behind its Aircraft Buying Guide 2022 digital book SherpaReport, a well-established indepen...Read More
After more than 20 years of operations in the Middle East, ExecuJet embarked upon an ambitious upgrade of its Dubai International Airport (DXB) FBO, in addition to building a new facility at Al Maktou...Read More
Around the World, Twice, in 184 Hours
As the NBAA-BACE show in Orlando wound down, Gulfstream was winding up for its G700 world tour. The two jets flew a distance greater than twice around the world and were back in time for Christmas. Sc...Read More
More than Messaging
Industry veteran and advocate for sustainability Nick Houseman, and Welojets CEO Martín Baldoma Jones, provide their thoughts on the environmental challenge and the messaging surrounding it There ...Read More
XO: The Digital Marketplace
Part of the Vista Global Holding ecosystem the XO app provides access to the Vista Member’s fleet of more than 360 aircraft, and in excess of 2,400 Alliance Fleet aircraft offering the same levels o...Read More