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ABSTRACT: The new commercial LM-100J Hercules is launched, a look at L-100 Hercules commercial operators, clandestine airlines fly illegal or illicit arms and guerrillas to then flying UN peacekeepers, Red Cross, UNICEF, WFP ? so they profit from starting and escalating conflicts to profiting from peace as well ? flags of convenience, rendition, “extraordinary” rendition flights, arms brokers and it all comes together in one shady business, the ‘unscrupulous’ side of commercial aviation !

At this year’s Farnborough Air Show, we had the expected announcement that did not get to much coverage, but important in many ways to some airlines around the world, that Lockheed Martin is launching the certification and eventual production of the commercial version of the C-130J Hercules, the LM-100J a successor to the commercial version … Continue reading

ABSTRACT: Etihad Airways (aka “White Knight”) buys 49% of money loosing Alitalia for $2.4 billion and adds its 8th Equity Alliance partner, and the 3rd big partner that desperately needs cash along with Air Berlin and Jet Airways just to survive, it saved much smaller partners Air Seychelles and Air Serbia (ex-JAT) from certain death, and does anyone remember Swissair’s infamous “Hunter Strategy” ? it acquired equity in 10 European airlines and it collapsed in 2002 ! well this Etihad Equity Alliance strategy is nothing like it.

The unique Equity Alliance strategy followed by Etihad Airways CEO Mr. James Hogan is really taking off as Etihad Airways has just signed a $US 2.4 billion deal to buy 49% of Italy’s struggling Alitalia, and in one move Etihad gains access to Europe’s 4th biggest market. Hats off to James Hogan for the creative … Continue reading

SUMMARY: Pilatus Aircraft has rolled out its first business jet, the PC-24 is being marketed as the “Super Versatile Jet” ? AND “it’s the only aircraft combining the versatility of the turboprop with the size of a medium size jet and the performance of a light jet” ? AND “It’s a plane that simply does not fit into any of the existing business jet categories” ? to good to be true ? or marketing gone wild ? Is there really a market for operating into remote, short and dangerous unprepared airstrips with a $8.9 million jet with high net worth VIP’s on board or a mere 2,500 lbs of cargo on board ? come on, really ? Simply Pilatus is exaggerating and misleading customers, it has a jet with a big cabin equal to biz jets of $15+ million (501 ft3), and that is its big and unique value proposition. Promises of great short field performance is highly questionable as power to weight ratio (0.39) is at par with existing aircraft and the wings and flaps are too close to the ground to be safe for any unprepared airfield operations. Contrary to Pilatus claims the PC-24 is NOT designed for short unprepared airfields, nothing on its design is unique in that perspective, but it will be very attractive to buyers for its large cabin size at a relative low price. If you really need to fly into remote,unprepared and short airfields, buy their PC-6 or PC-12 but not the PC-24, sorry but this is just a case of marketing myopia, and marketing gone wild ! This is not a PC-6 or PC-12 where you can almost go anywhere, this is a high value business jet for high net worth clients, who are not going to risk their lives going into short rough airfield in remote regions, that is just silly marketing, that will backfire, its like marketing an expensive limousine to drive VIP’s into remote rough terrain regions or to load your expensive limousine with freight ? dum idea no ?

The August 1, 2014 roll out of the new $US 8.9 (2017 price) or around $US 8.4m (2014) Pilatus PC-24 business jet was very impressive, and a major milestone for Pilatus Aircraft as it diversifies its product range beyond its military PC-7 and PC-21 turboprop trainer sales and build on its 1,200+ delivered PC-12 single … Continue reading