2018: Year of the Business Jet

2018 will be a memorable year for many, for a myriad of reasons.For aviators and those in the aviation industry, it will be remembered for the sheer amount of business jets that were released. That’s right, 2018 is seemingly the year for the business jet. This year has seen 6 brand-new jets release, and the world’s elite have taken notice. As an aviator and professional in the aviation industry, I absolutely love seeing what features and abilities aircraft manufacturers can come up with, and this year has been a doozie.

With that being said, I figured I would highlight some of the standout jets and point out some of their most enticing features.

Bombardier Global 6500

The Bombardier features one of the year’s most striking designs, with a double-winged tail that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye almost immediately. It can also travel quite the distance, with a maximum range of 7,595 miles; that’s 690 miles further than its predecessor, all thanks to the brand-new Rolls-Royce-manufactured engine. It also features some of the swankiest amenities you could ask for, including a Nuage chaise that can be converted into a luxurious bed, and a high-definition entertainment system, complete with a high-speed Internet connection.

Bombardier Global 7500

The Bombardier Global 7500 (the step up from the 6500) is one of the best private jets any business person can buy. While its eccentric amenities are certainly welcome (i.e. the club suite, master suite, entertainment lounge and kitchen) the 7500 truly stands out with its power and efficiency. The 7500 can travel a maximum range of 8,861 miles (that’s 1,266 miles more than the 6500). The jet’s only downside is its steep price tag of $72.8 million, however, if you’re in the market for private jets, the extra range and comfort are certainly well worth the price bump.

Cessna Citation Longitude

While the Cessna Citation Longitude can’t compete with either of the previous entries’ range or amenities, it can offer certain comforts that the Bombardier series of jets simply can’t. More specifically, the Citation’s cabin is one of the quietest cabins in its class. If you’re looking for a reliable, quiet and affordable (relatively speaking) jet, then look no further than the Citation Longitude.

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Ravn Air Announces 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend Sale


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Ravn Air
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US Air Force veteran and former B52 pilot David “Dave” Pflieger possesses more than three decades of experience in the aviation sector. As a CEO and senior executive at six different airlines, David Pflieger now serves as President and CEO of Ravn Air Group, Alaska’s largest regional local air carrier, based in Anchorage, Alaska.

On September 22, 2018, Ravn Air launched its 2018 permanent fund dividend sale. For the second year in a row, the annual promotion offered discounts for Alaska residents flying to local destinations served by Ravn Air from mid-October to mid-May.

This year, the sale presented Alaskans with an opportunity to save on flights for business — as well as family-related travel occurring from October 10, 2018; during the end-of-year holidays; and until May 14, 2019. Alaska residents also saved even more as Ravn FlyAway Rewards members. Rewards members received a unique, one-time 25 percent off code for travel between destinations served by Ravn Alaska.

The Return of Supersonic Travel

Travelers looking for a way to travel quickly from one continent to another may soon find themselves boarding a supersonic jet. Not since the Concorde fleet of airplanes retired in 2003 has any airline made plans to reintroduce supersonic jet travel. Now, however, a new company call Boom Supersonic is doing just that.

The supersonic jet revival is one that many business people have been looking forward to. With the ability to fly at speeds of 1451 mph, the new supersonic jet can cut overseas travel time significantly. So significantly, in fact, that a flight from New York City to London, England, can be made in under four hours.

In the past, flying on the Concorde was a privilege accorded only to the most wealthy people in the world. A round-trip ticket from London to New York was roughly $12,000, a price impossible for most people to pay. Now, costs of flying on a Boom Supersonic are projected to be around $5,000 for a round-trip flight. While this is still a significant amount of money, the price of a round-trip Business or First-Class flight is comparable.

Boom Supersonic is not the only company working toward supersonic air travel in the new future. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are both in the process of building and testing supersonic jets, and big-name companies and government agencies are backing them. In fact, NASA awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to work on a supersonic plane with a quieter sonic boom.

The old Concorde jets were prohibitively expensive to both fly on and maintain, and there was considerable concern about the impact they had on the environment. Fuel usage alone was a problem, burning many times the amount of fuel as traditional commercial airlines. This excessive fuel usage, in turn, created greater emissions, and over time the flights were not cost effective to continue to run. Add to this the fact that few people could afford to fly on the Concorde, and it was almost destined to fail.

With the advent of technological advances, the new supersonic jet can hold up to 55 passengers, use less fuel and emit lower pollution levels, all at a price that anyone who is already flying business or first class can comfortably afford. Additionally, fewer hours in the air overseas or continentally directly translates to increased productivity and fewer out of office days of businesspeople all over the world.

While the supersonic jet revival has just begun, it appears that the test flights of some companies will start as early as 2022. As transportation needs increase for the business sector and when more people realize that supersonic jet travel is much more affordable now than it ever has been, it seems likely that this time around, supersonic jets will be here to stay.

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Some Of The World’s Largest Airplanes

One can imagine Orville or Wilbur Wright getting a glimpse at some of the world’s massive aircraft. These behemoths are unnaturally large. Technically, not all of the flying machines listed are considered airplanes. However, all flying machines are considered aircraft. Here are a few examples of huge aircraft and why they have their unique designs.

The Spruce Goose
For 70 years the Hughes H-4 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose, continues to hold the world’s record as the aircraft with the longest wingspan, 97.54 meters, that ever took flight. Wingspan is measured from the tip of one wing to the tip of the opposite wing. It’s one flight took place on November 2, 1947.

Hughes Aircraft manufactured the world’s largest flying boat during World War II in response to war efforts mounted to find an aircraft that could safely transport supplies across the Atlantic Ocean. Because materials were limited during the war, the aircraft was made using wood as its main material, hence the nickname of the Spruce Goose even though it was made using birch wood, not spruce trees.

The Boeing 747-8
This passenger airplane is the longest aircraft in operation. The distinctive dome or bubble shape toward the front of the fuselage, (body), makes it one of the most recognized and beloved aircraft in the world. It’s length of 250 feet and two inches, or 76.3 meters, is remarkable. In comparison, an NBA basketball court is 94 feet long, making the 747 two and a half times that length.

The Mil Mi-26
Fixed-wing airplanes are not the only giants in the sky. Russia’s Mil Mi-26 Helicopter, which uses rotor speed to propel it off the ground instead of lift used by fixed-wing airplanes, it is a remarkably large machine. It can carry 20 tons of cargo or 90 troops. It is the largest helicopter to go into serial production and is still in use, retrieving wooly mammoths or damaged aircraft as needed.

The HAV Airlander 10
The world’s largest flying machine, this lighter-than-air hybrid of two blimps and an airplane can stay aloft for five days at a time. It is still in production in Great Britain despite the U.S. Military canceling its contract. Planned uses include a communications station, military or commercial surveys and a mammoth cargo-carrying machine.

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