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Private Jet Industry Continues to Soar

The COVID boom is over, but Jetcraft sees growing private jet sales for years to come.

Elton John’s songwriting muse and lyricist, Bernie Taupin, said that back in the day, EJ’s massive private jet had a fireplace in it. Taupin did not explain how that might work, but if you are familiar with recent personal/business jet travel, you know that those sky yachts tricked out to reflect the wildest imaginings of the rich and famous now seem a bit, shall we say, quaint.

You may also know that today’s ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI), famous or not, are enjoying all the comforts and convenience of private aircraft ownership in record numbers, especially when it comes to preowned aircraft.

A comprehensive Market Forecast for preowned private jet sales by Jetcraft, a company that has specialized personal/business aircraft sales for 60 years, bears this out The Jetcraft study indicates that while the ballooning sales of preowned aircraft during the pandemic might be leveling off, new dynamics insure a vibrant and stable future market for these aircraft.

As Chad Anderson, CEO of Jetcraft puts it, “Despite global and economic hurdles, business aviation access, activity, and the overall global fleet continues to grow year on year.”


Titled “Ever Forward,” this latest in Jetcraft’s ongoing series of market studies of preowned jet sales, reveals some very interesting trends in this very global market. Following are some highlights of the study plus some “Do’s and Don’ts” for those thinking seriously of purchasing a private jet for business or pleasure.

One of the more interesting findings of the Jetcraft study concerns age. In short, owners are getting younger. Jetcraft’s study found that “the share of pre-owned jet buyers under 45, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has risen by 20 percent in the last five years.” In addition, the under-45s are “driving the trend in larger aircraft purchases, with an average transaction price of $25M (31 percent more than their 45+ counterparts).”


And while North America continues to lead the demand for pre-owned business/private jets—its market share based on aircraft value grew from 53 percent in 2010 to 73 percent in 2021—globally it is dead last in growth among under-45 owners. Might this portend some shifting of market share by country?

Jetcraft’s Anderson says, “looking at UHNWI populations forecasted growth, Asia’s growth is higher than North America. Hence, this supports the idea that the market share will rebalance towards Asia.”

The study found that “Asia-Pacific’s UHNWI population is set to increase by 33 percent over the next five years,” which supports the idea that the region has a high potential for pre-owned large jet transactions.

Jetcraft’s Market Forecast also makes predictions well into the future. For example, it predicts that “pre-owned transactions are expected to maintain their new higher base and growth rates, reaching 2,351 transactions valued at $13.5B annually by 2026.”

Jetcraft founder and chairman of the board, Jahid Fazal-Karim, says, “we are seeing a blend of returning to normality combined with increased demand and access to business aviation.”

In terms of pricing, the Market Forecast predicts a “return to normality” with “average purchase prices returning to pre-pandemic levels over the forecast period.”

While this data is undoubtedly intriguing and confirms just how dynamic and global this market is, we asked the folks at Jetcraft an important question: What does all of this mean to people in the market for a jet aircraft?

Jetcraft’s suggests a few basic “Do’s & Don’ts” for those contemplating a purchase.

  • DO consider your needs. Where do you want to fly to? How many people will be traveling at any one time? What’s your budget?
  • DON’T disqualify an aircraft due to cosmetics. Think of it this way: Compared to what a jet costs, changing and upgrading cosmetics—color scheme, etc.—is relatively simple and inexpensive.
  • DO consult the experts. While the Jetcraft folks admit this might seem a bit self-serving— Working with a representative can help you plan, budget, and negotiate the best deals.
  • DON’T buy blind. Try—and fly aboard the model of your choice—before you buy.

To sum up, preowned private/business jets are a market like any other. Sales and prices get pushed and pulled by economic and world events, and in this case, changing demographics on a global scale. But if you think you’ll be in the market for a preowned private aircraft now or shortly, you might want to review those “Do’s and Don’ts” before you get started.

Falcon 6X and Falcon 10X update

At NBAA-BACE 2022, Dassault Aviation provided updates for the new Falcon 6X extra-widebody twin and the Falcon 10X ultra-long-range business jet.

The Falcon 6X is entering the final phase of its certification flight test campaign with EASA and the FAA, setting the stage for the aircraft to enter service in mid-2023. “The 6X has distinguished itself as an extremely remarkable aircraft, sailing through its certification campaign and consistently wowing pilots and engineers with its flawless performance,” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO at Dassault Aviation. “It will soon be impressing customers, too.”

In August 2022, the aircraft’s 13,500 lb-thrust Pratt & Whitney 812D engine received EASA certification. FAA approval is pending. Late July 2022, the first production 6X touched down after a round-the-world demonstration tour intended to show the full maturity and reliability of aircraft systems. The campaign included 50 flights over five continents and covered 50,000 nautical miles.

“The tour was a rigorous real-world test to ensure Dassault can deliver a mature product with full operational readiness of all systems from day one,” said Trappier. “Pilots gave all systems, including new features of the EASy IV flight deck, high marks and assessed performance as ‘spot on’.”

Connectivity during the demonstration flight was reported to be excellent, even in the most remote legs of the tour. Inflight, measurements and passenger reactions confirmed that the 6X will be the quietest Falcon yet.

The 19th Falcon 6X is currently on the final assembly line and three customer aircraft are in completion at the Dassault interior facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Falcon 10X

Meanwhile, with parts manufacture now in full swing, Dassault Aviation is gearing up to produce initial subassemblies for the Falcon 10X. “All the elements for another great Falcon are literally coming together in our various production facilities,” said Trappier. “This new aircraft, the largest purpose-built business jet on the market, will embody the latest technology and set a new benchmark for passenger experience.”

The first long-lead items, including the landing gear, have been manufactured and are ready for assembly. A first fully representative composite wing is also being prepared for static and fatigue testing.

Dassault said development of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X is progressing well, too. To date, Rolls-Royce has logged over 1,000 test hours on the 18,000 lb-plus thrust engine, including runs on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Rolls-Royce recently broke ground on a new production support facility adjacent to the aircraft final assembly line in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France. The flight test campaign for the Pearl 10X will take place on a Rolls-Royce flying test bed, scheduled to begin in 2023.

With the Falcon 10X, Dassault is taking a new approach to ground testing, to demonstrate the maturity of all systems well before flight. Two multisystem test benches at Dassault’s Istres, France, flight test centre will be utilised for the extensive ground test campaign. The benches are nearly identical and each is equipped with a full flight deck and subsystems computer suites representative of those used on the actual aircraft. These test benches will verify proper functioning of avionics, engine controls, flight controls, hydraulics, electrical distribution, braking, fire protection and other aircraft systems. A third test bench, at Dassault Aviation headquarters in Saint-Cloud, outside Paris, replicates the flight deck and flight control system.

Dassault EASy IV flight deck

In another announcement at the show, Dassault Aviation introduced the fourth generation of the award-winning EASy flight deck, with more vivid displays, more processing power, new capabilities and additional safety features.

Based on a Honeywell Primus Epic-based system, EASy IV will be standard on the Falcon 6X, due to enter service by mid-2023, and, beginning in 2023, on all new-build Falcon 8X aircraft. It will also be available as an upgrade on earlier Falcon 7X and 8X aircraft.

SpaceX Offers Starlink Product for Private Jets

SpaceX Offers Starlink Product for Private Jets – The National Interest Online Reports

Amid the controversy over whether it will continue to offer satellite services to Ukraine, SpaceX is bringing its Starlink product to private jets, CNBC reported.

The newly announced service costs  $150,000 for the hardware, with service costing between $12,500 and $25,000 a month.

“Starlink can deliver up to 350 Mbps to each plane, enabling all passengers to access streaming-capable internet at the same time,” the company’s website says. “With latency as low as 20 ms, passengers can engage in activities previously not functional in flight, including video calls, online gaming, virtual private networks, and other high data rate activities.”

The new service is also available around the world.

“As the world’s largest satellite constellation with coverage over land, the oceans, and polar regions, Starlink is positioned to connect passengers wherever your flight routes evolve,” SpaceX said.

The system also takes little time to install.

“Starlink’s simplified design enables installations during minimal downtime and combines well with other routine maintenance checks,” the site said.

Per CNBC, this move by SpaceX represents a challenge to incumbent in-flight Internet provider Gogo. But an analyst quoted by the network, Louie DiPalma of William Blair, didn’t see a near-term threat.

“Starlink’s entry into the business jet connectivity market has pressured Gogo shares. We anticipate that Gogo will be able to fend off competition because of its unique air-to-ground cellular network,” DiPalma told CNBC. “Gogo is the dominant provider of inflight connectivity for business jets, and serves over 6,600 business jets with its cellular network and an additional 4,500 aircraft with [satellite] connectivity.”

Morgan Stanley agreed, writing in a note to clients reported by CNBC that the Starlink pricing would have “a relatively limited impact to Gogo in the near-term.” Morgan Stanley added that the move “highlights growing competitive intensity in a market that Gogo has historically dominated with >80% market share.”

Last week, following Musk’s tweeting of a Ukraine peace plan that many saw as tilted toward Russia, it came to light that SpaceX had written to the Pentagon and said that it could no longer fund satellite services for Ukraine indefinitely. Musk went on to say he was merely following the recommendation of a Ukrainian diplomat who had responded to his peace plan with an expletive.

“We are not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time,” SpaceX’s director of government sales wrote in the letter.

However, following an outcry, Musk reversed himself on the Ukraine satellite funding question.

“The hell with it … even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free,” Musk said on Twitter earlier this week.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Published at Wed, 16 Nov 2022 08:57:52 +0000

Private Jets Charter Service Market Growth Analysis 2023

Private Jets Charter Service Market Growth Analysis 2023 Growth Research by Top Manufacturers, Demand, Business Prospects, and Forecast to 2029 – Digital Journal

This report analyzes the segments data by type and by application, sales, revenue, and price, from 2017 to 2029. Evaluation and forecast the market size for Private Jets Charter Service sales, projected growth trends, production technology, application and end-user industry.

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The Private Jets Charter Service market has witnessed a growth from USD million to USD million from 2017 to 2022. With a CAGR, this market is estimated to reach USD million in 2029.

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Major players covered in this report:

  • Mudita Limited
  • Princejets
  • Hangar 8 / Gama Aviation
  • Chapman Freeborn
  • Wings Aviation
  • Fur Alle Nigeria Limited
  • evoJets
  • Overland Airways
  • Izy Air
  • Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP Ltd
  • Top Brass Aviation

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Geographically, the regional consumption and value analysis by types, applications, and countries are included in the report. Furthermore, it also introduces the major competitive players in these regions.

Private Jets Charter Service Market by Types:

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Global Private Jets Charter Service Market development strategy Pre and Post COVID-19, by corporate strategy analysis, landscape, type, application, and leading 20 countries covers and analyzes the potential of the global Private Jets Charter Service industry, providing statistical information about market dynamics, growth factors, major challenges, PEST analysis and market entry strategy Analysis, opportunities and forecasts. The biggest highlight of the report is to provide companies in the industry with a strategic analysis of the impact of COVID-19. At the same time, this report analyzed the market of leading 20 countries and introduce the market potential of these countries.

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Major regions covered in the report:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa

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This market study covers the global and regional market with an in-depth analysis of the overall growth prospects in the market. Furthermore, it sheds light on the comprehensive competitive landscape of the global market. The report further offers a dashboard overview of leading companies encompassing their successful marketing strategies, market contribution, and recent developments in both historic and present contexts.

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Published at Wed, 16 Nov 2022 08:58:51 +0000

Top 10 luxury winter sun destinations

Top 10 luxury winter sun destinations – Reader’s Digest

A list of 10 luxury winter destinations

If you’re looking for a luxury winter sun holiday, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 top destinations for a luxury winter break.

  1. Tenerife


Tenerife, may not be the first place you think of when you’re looking for a luxury escape, but it has more to offer beyond year-round sunshine and golden sandy beaches! You may not know this, but Tenerife is one of the few places in the world that has been designated as a Starlight Tourist Destination because of the spectacular night sky that drapes across the country. So, end a night of culinary delights and signature cocktails with a spot of stargazing at one of the many luxurious five-star resorts.

  1. Thailand


Thailand offers guests a peaceful escape with an exotic adventure. With a tropical climate throughout the year, it is perfect for catching some winter sun. Thailand offers such diversity that you can be amazed with a trip to see the elephants on a jungle adventure and then end your day with a dip in an infinity pool! For ultimate relaxation, Thailand boasts pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters with palm trees framing the coastline. For a culture trip, amble around Bangkok’s Grand Palace and marvel at its grandeur.

  1. Bali


One of Indonesia’s most popular islands, Bali, attracts with its inviting natural settings and historic temples. The laid-back lifestyle and tranquil atmosphere make Bali the perfect place for a relaxing luxury holiday. Lush rainforests and miles of rice paddy fields, means this island has lots to be explored!

  1. Barbados


What isn’t luxurious about an island escape? True island paradise, Barbados brings idyllic white sandy beaches and a vibrant culture to any holiday. With plenty of sunshine, it is ideal to escape the winter blues in style. Serving up the finest Caribbean cuisine, there are lots of bars and restaurants accompanied by the sweet sound of Caribbean music. The people are friendly, welcoming and are awaiting your arrival for your next luxury escape.

  1. Mexico


Mexico offers something for everyone including beautiful beaches to relax in the sunshine. Add some interesting ancient ruins, glimmering diving sites and you have the perfect destination for a luxury break this winter. Of an evening sit back and relax at one of Mexico’s marvellous resorts with a cocktail in hand – cheers to that!

  1. Cyprus


An enchanting island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus enjoys lots of year-round rays. Home to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, Cyprus brings an authentic charm and a romantic feel. With winding cobbled streets, a rich history and fantastic cuisine, Cyprus is a great choice for a touch of luxury.

  1. Maldives


Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Maldives transports you to a place of serenity and is the essence of true luxury. With turquoise waters and bright white sands, it really is like a dream come true. Enjoy some winter sun and let the sound of the waves on the shore rejuvenate your soul and relax your mind.

  1. Mauritius


For an Indian Ocean hideaway, Mauritius is the ideal destination for some winter sun. Featuring tropical jungles and impressive mountain backdrops, Mauritius is a rainbow for the senses. From colourful sea life to water sports, golf courses to white ribbons of sand, you will be spoilt for choice here. Enjoy a fusion of French, Creole and English influences which combine to bring a vibrant culture to life.

  1. Dubai


The dazzling city of Dubai is hotspot that can’t be missed when talking about luxurious escapes. Merging Arabic tradition with futuristic landscapes, Dubai is a thrilling UAE metropolis that provides large shopping malls and desert adventures. With upmarket amenities and Michelin starred restaurants, Dubai is an unmissable choice for luxury holidays.

  1. Madeira


Madeira, an archipelago of four islands to the northwest of Africa, benefits from warming sunshine to truly elevate your holiday activities. A top luxury destination, Madeira has rugged cliff faces and manicured gardens. With lots of natural landscapes, this Portuguese delight is popular with all ages. Home to plenty of bars and restaurants, the cuisine here is spectacular.

Published at Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:25:31 +0000

Farnborough Airport Launches Net Zero Roadmap

Farnborough Airport Launches Net Zero Roadmap – Travel Radar

Farnborough Airport has launched its “Net Zero Roadmap,” establishing one of the aviation sector’s most ambitious Net Zero targets.

The airport, known as a hub for private planes, offers the full range of services required within a business aviation airport for passengers, crew, and aircraft.

The airport has committed to net zero emissions across all controllable outputs by 2030 or sooner | ©Farnborough Airport Company

Net Zero by 2030

Titled “Roadmap to Net Zero by 2030 – Where will you be?” the airport has committed to net zero emissions across all controllable outputs by 2030 or sooner, reducing their total emissions by a whopping 91%.

This target includes emissions from the landing and take-off cycle of aircraft up to 3,000 feet and surface access emissions generated by passenger journeys to and from the airport. While this is an ambitious target, it will be welcomed with the global climate crisis and associated protests hitting news headlines.

Farnborough Airport CEO, Simon Geere, said:

“When it comes to supporting the decarbonisation of the aviation industry, we want to lead the way at Farnborough Airport, which is why we have set ourselves one of the most ambitious targets in the industry by committing to be Net Zero across our controllable emissions by 2030 or sooner.”

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Farnborough Airport began its life as a military airport and is credited as the location of the first powered flight in Britain. On 16 October 1908, Samuel Cody took off from the airport in his British Army Aeroplane No 1, kick-starting the UK aviation industry.

The private airport today offers crew, passengers and businesses a complete portfolio of business aviation services and housing some of the UK’s most prominent business jet companies.

The airport is private today, offering comfortable business services. | © Farnborough Airport Company

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

Farnborough Airport is progressing with its strategy to become a global showcase for airport sustainability, having become the first business airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018.

Ahead of this summer’s world-renowned Farnborough International Airshow, the airport offered Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to all aircraft using the airport at the same price as standard Jet A1 fuel.

SAF can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by up to 80% per aircraft, which could go a long way to helping achieve this target.

Mr Geere finished by saying, “We want our customers to increasingly choose Farnborough Airport because of our sustainability credentials, alongside our market-leading state-of-the-art facilities and our exceptional levels of customer care.”

Published at Wed, 16 Nov 2022 14:06:43 +0000

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 VIP Luxury Jet Transfers

Between 20 November and 18 December RoyalJet are offering a private jet shuttle service between Dubai and Qatar. On offer is a 30 seat Boeing Business Jet in VIP configuration. There is even a pop up football field in the departure lounge!

The return trip is priced at AED 29,000.00 per seat, £7,000.00 GBP or $8,000.00 USD.

To get it ready for luxury charter, the Boeing Business Jet has undergone a number of upgrades and technology enhancements in Basel, Switzerland over the past few months.

The plane boasts a 19 passenger VVIP interior with a forward crew rest area, master bedroom with private lavatory and shower, and a mid-cabin open-plan lounge. The cabin can also sleep up to 12 in VVIP lie-flat seats.

The aircraft was upgraded with special soundproofing to reduce in-flight noise levels, along with a low cabin altitude modification, special humidifiers, and a HEPA filtration system. All designed to optimise your health and comfort – you’ll arrive more relaxed and refreshed.

To further enhance the onboard experience this aircraft is fitted with the latest technology and the best connectivity available in the market, including the very latest lighting, cabin management, and in-flight entertainment systems, complemented by a high-quality sound system including overhead speakers and subwoofers.

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Six Senses to launch eco-focused resort in Grand Bahama – TTG

Six Senses to launch eco-focused resort in Grand Bahama – TTG

Six Senses Grand Bahama’s resort village will include 45 waterfront and canal villas and 20 branded residences, designed by architect Olson Kundig. Guests will be able to use a signature restaurant, beach venue, boathouse and pool bar. Designed by architects 3XN, the resort will also host an Experience Centre, artist studios, meeting spaces, a fitness centre and Six Senses Spa. Future development of the 36-acre site will see direct access to a new marina.

Six Senses chief executive Neil Jacobs said: “We’re eager to reflect the authenticity of Bahamian lifestyle, culture, and landscape through organic pathways and architectural design to create a community blended with our signature ethos of wellness, sustainability, crafted guest experiences, and emotional hospitality.”

Six Senses Grand Bahama’s villa units will be modular and prefabricated, which the brand said would minimise on-site impacts and adhere to the resort’s sustainability targets. Kim Herforth Nielson, founder of 3XN, explained: “This is a great opportunity to investigate new construction methods and define a specific and new approach to sustainability in The Bahamas – both for the buildings and to respect the exceptional local nature.”

The design of the units is among a host of sustainability-focused initiatives across the resort. There will also be an Earth Lab, while the Marine Research and Dive Center will focus on coastal resiliency, native plantings and land restoration. During the design a team of experts in coastal resilience, marine ecology and sustainable design will collaborate with Bahamian consultants. The development will also receive an investment from the Global Fund for Coral Reefs to provide capital and technical assistance.

A spokesperson said the resort “will create hundreds of jobs for Bahamians, both in the construction phases and when the resort opens its doors.”

Marc Weller, founding partner and president of Weller Development Partners, which is leading the development and investment team, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring that our developments have a positive social impact on surrounding communities. Our team uses sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint, establish resilient and healthy communities, and preserve our natural environment. We want to build trust and work with the people of Grand Bahama to achieve their priorities and realise the potential of this amazing island.”

Published at Tue, 15 Nov 2022 12:15:06 +0000

Lanai Island redefines ultra-luxury living for Dubai – Construction Week Online

Lanai Island redefines ultra-luxury living for Dubai – Construction Week Online

Tilal Al Ghaf’s Lanai Island, the first of the two ultra-luxury neighbourhoods to launch at Island Estate, is an entirely new proposition by Majid Al Futtaim Communities, part of Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

The first release from Signature Living by Majid Al Futtaim, a new brand that amplifies the elevated experience central to the Majid Al Futtaim proposition, Lanai Island rises from the crystal waters of Lagoon Al Ghaf, a 150m2 recreational lagoon where residents can swim, relax on pristine white sandy beaches, and take part in a variety
of watersports.

Comprising a limited release of 13 expansive ultra-luxury homes, Lanai Island homes have been designed in collaboration with award-winning South African architects SAOTA and stylish interior finishes by world-renowned Kelly Hoppen Interiors.

The island offers an unparalleled secluded retreat tailored to the elite lifestyle needs of the region’s growing segment of ultra-high-net-worth-individuals, delivering directly to the burgeoning demand for super-prime properties – currently an underserved sector in the emirate’s residential real estate market.

Hawazen Esber, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Communities, commented: “Signature Living by Majid Al Futtaim redefines the luxury experience. Combining the seclusion and tranquillity of living in a private island paradise with easy access to Dubai’s urban hubs, Lanai Island’s mega-mansions are crafted to exceed expectations.”

He continued: “By offering a persuasive combination of architectural integrity, layouts that seamlessly adapt to ever-evolving human needs, and exemplary interior detailing – all in a stunning setting where nature takes centre stage – we have created a new set of criteria by which Dubai’s super-prime residential real estate can be measured.”

Inspired designs

The two mansion designs, Edge and Shore, take inspiration from the surrounding waters and local landscape with authentic architecture that blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. Floor-to-ceiling windows abound to ensure a visual link to the lagoon is maintained throughout the interior spaces.

At the same time, natural stone cladding, a subtle layered palette of complementary tones, and organic textures combine to add impact to the underlying biophilic aesthetic.

Sunken rooftop terraces facilitate spectacular panoramic views, with lushly planted multi-level terraces and internal secluded courtyards bringing light and life to interior spaces. In the landscaped gardens, swimming pools look out over the lagoon, while multiple outdoor lounging and dining terraces invite residents and their guests to gather.

Edge: Lanai Island is home to four eight-bedroom Edge mega mansions, each offering a GSA of 2787m2. Situated on large corner plots directly on the water, the average plot size comes in at 2322.5m2.

In addition to eight ensuite bedrooms, each mansion features impressive double-height living and dining areas, a modern fully-equipped show kitchen, a rooftop deck with 360° views of the lagoon, a home theatre, home gym and spa, and a swimming pool, and hot tub. Other highlights include an underground parking gallery for 12 vehicles, a dedicated service area with a separate entrance, two back kitchens, and staff quarters for up to 12 employees.

Shore: Lanai Island’s Shore has seven-bedroom mega mansions, of which nine are available in this first release, have similar specifications. Each home offers a GSA of 2136.7m2 with an average plot size of 2229.6m2, with direct beach access, a parking gallery for nine vehicles, and a service area with one back kitchen and staff quarters for six employees.

As expected, Majid Al Futtaim Communities has become synonymous with its commitment to delivering increasingly innovative customer-centric solutions designed to enhance the everyday experience of everyone who lives, works, and plays at its outstanding destinations.

Published at Tue, 15 Nov 2022 12:11:50 +0000

6 of The Most Famous Pilots in History

6 of The Most Famous Pilots in History

Everyone will have varying opinions on who they believe to be the greatest pilots of all time. This list of famous aviators is Private Jet Charter’s choice of some of the most notable pilots in history, from the Wright brothers to “Pancho” Barnes.

Wilbur And Orville Wright – Fathers of Flight

When it comes to the most famous pilots we have to mention the brothers that made all other famous aviators possible, the Wright brothers. Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with inventing, building and then successfully flying the first motorised aircraft. The Wright Flyer’s maiden voyage took off on December 17, 1903, in North Carolina. 

Whereas numerous other inventors and experimenters of aviation tended to focus on building more advanced engines, the Wright brothers set their sights on aircraft controls as well as wing and propeller developments. 

It is said Wilbur took an interest in the anatomy of birds and animal locomotion in his late 20s, and the rest is history.

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – An Aviation Hero

From the inception of aircraft flight to the expert control of its modern masters, no list of the best pilots in the world would be complete without this modern aviation hero. 

On the 15th of January, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 lost all engine power due to being hit by a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. This meant that they had not yet gained enough altitude to execute a traditional emergency landing at an airport. 

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his co-pilot made a command decision to engage in a water landing on the Hudson River. A decision that ultimately saved the lives of all the 150 passengers and crew onboard US Airways Flight 1549. Three minutes after take-off, they had landed safely on the Hudson.

In 2021, President Joe Biden nominated him as his choice for ambassador to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. They even made a movie about him starring Tom Hanks called Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016).

“There’s simply no substitute for experience in terms of aviation safety.” – Chesley Sullenberger

Amelia Earhart – The First Female Pilot to Cross the Atlantic

When it comes to the greatest pilots of all time, Amelia Earhart will always make the list. She is arguably the most famous female aviator due to her being the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic and the mystery surrounding her disappearance in 1937. 

She set off to circumnavigate the globe but disappeared near Howland Island in the Pacific. She radioed that she was running out of fuel and the flight conditions were becoming increasingly cloudy. That was the last that control heard from her aircraft.

She was only 40 years old when she was declared “lost at sea.” The rest of the details concerning her disappearance remain a mystery. She undoubtedly continues to inspire female pilots all around the world. 

Bessie Coleman – The First African-American Woman and First Native American to Hold a Pilot’s License 

Nicknamed “Queen Bess” or “Brave Bessie”, she was particularly well known for her role in infamously dangerous air shows in the USA. Her aerial stunts were known all around the USA and people came from all walks of life to watch her perform these aviation marvels ranging from figure eights and loops to near-ground dips.

Flight schools and other aviation opportunities were not open to people of colour at this point in the history of the USA. She didn’t let this stop her. She received her international pilot’s license in 1921 from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. This made her the first person of colour to ever receive an international pilot’s license. She still stands strong as an inspiration, especially to those who witnessed her achieving her goals while people of colour continued to battle against segregation in her home country.

Coleman set her sights on starting an aviation school for people of colour. She had nearly saved enough money to do so before her untimely death on April 30, 1926. She was rehearsing for an airshow scheduled for May 1st when her Nieuport Type 82 dived and spun out of control. She was only 34 years old when she died. 

Her legacy lives on in a number of ways: her name is on a Library in Chicago, a school in her hometown in Texas and multiple street names, just to name a few. She has also been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Noel Wien – Alaska’s Trailblazing Aviator

He may not be the best-known pilot in the world, but he is definitely the most famous aviator to Alaskans. Noel Wien is credited with introducing the use of aircraft in Alaska, a region largely unreachable via means other than airplanes.

Noel Wien started his piloting career as a “barnstormer” or a stunt flyer in an aviation circus. Once he was 25, he purchased his first aircraft, a J-1 biplane. He used his J-1 to continue to perform stunts as well as give passengers lifts in the immediate area. At this point, Alaskans were introduced to a method of traveling throughout Alaska as they had never done before.

Wien restarted Wien Alaska Airways in 1932 after the death of his brother, co-pilot and vice president of the company, Ralph Wien, in 1930. His name adorns the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport in northern Alaska. Noel went on to pioneer an inland route through Alaska rather than the coastal route used up until that point in Alaskan history.

Noel Wien was an avid flyer and even after contracting polio in 1935, he continued to fly. Not even after a botched eye operation to remove a piece of metal which resulted in him losing his eye (and with it his depth perception) he continued to fly. He eventually landed a plane for the last time in 1956. 

Wien can be regarded as the reason why Alaska has the highest number of pilots to residents in the USA. 

Florence Lowe “Pancho” Barnes – Hollywood’s Dude Ranch Daredevil

Barnes was the granddaughter of Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, pioneer of America’s first military air unit, the Army of the Potomac’s balloon corps. He took Florence to her first airshow when she was 10, sparking her interest in the aviation industry.

At the age of 18, she was married off to a clergyman, with whom she had a son. Feeling trapped by this new life, she spent 4 months in Mexico, donning men’s clothes and going by “Poncho”. She kept this nickname and went on to continue her aviation fame. 

She is most well known for her work as a Hollywood stunt pilot and aerial advisor, barnstormer, Bendix air race pilot and Lockheed test pilot. She also toured the countryside along with her parachutist “Slim” performing as the “Pancho Barnes Flying Mystery School.”

After many years of stunts and building a reputation as the ultimate stunt and daredevil pilot she stopped flying as frequently. Instead, she bought a huge plot of land which she opened as a Dude Ranch (or “fly-in” resort) called the Happy Bottom Riders Club and later functioned as a safe house and virtual airport for WWII planes.

The Happy Bottom Riders Club hosted the Hollywood elite along with some of the other greatest pilots of all time: Chuck Yeager, General Jimmy Doolittle, Robert Anderson “Bob” Hoover, Walt Williams, Jack Ridley and Buzz Aldrin.

After purchasing more land she extended her land to include an airstrip which evolved into Civilian Pilot Training Program. Her firm belief that women should participate in military aviation led to her founding the Women’s Air Reserve too! 

She may not be the most famous of the aviators but there is no denying that her role in aviation and mastery of multiple aircraft has left a mark on the industry forever.

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Published at Mon, 07 Nov 2022 16:14:18 +0000

Friday 11th November – Lest We Forget

Our lives seem to get busier and busier. However, with Remembrance Day on Friday 11th November this year we should all give you just two minutes of our time to reflect and give thanks to those who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The new era of aviation gathers pace

A gold rush to the new era of aviation gathers pace with the unlikely collaboration of the global automobile manufacturers and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and loading) developers.

Carmakers believe within the next ten years demand for eVTOL aircraft will be at such a level that they’ll be building the aircraft at high volume around the globe. A number of the leading eVTOl developers are being given cash investments as well as technology and advice on how to build at automotive scale. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Toyota has recently invested $390 million in the Californian start-up Joby Aviation, as well as advising on manufacturing processes. Joby has been able to decrease the footprint of the factory by 100,000 square feet, while at the same time increasing efficiency.

  • Model: S4
  • Expected Certification: 2024
  • Occupants: 5
  • Range: 150 miles
  • Cruise Speed: 200 mph

Archer Aviation is another California startup, has partnered with Stellantis not only to gain access to its engineering, supply chain and manufacturing expertise, but also Steallantis’ battery technology—key to making its eVTOLs function.

  • Model: Midnight
  • Expected Certification: 2024
  • Occupants: 5
  • Range: 100 miles
  • Cruise Speed: 150 mph

Eve Air Mobility, which is backed by jetmaker Embraer, is in bed with Porsche developing its manufacturing, supply chain and parts distribution. Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve: “The UAM ecosystem is quickly evolving, and we can only achieve our goal if we spark enthusiasm for new ideas in manufacturing and supply chain areas.”

  • Model: Eve
  • Expected Certification: 2026
  • Occupants: 5
  • Range: 60 miles
  • Cruise Speed: 115 mph

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