Europe's biggest business aviation exhibition EBACE kicks off on Monday 14 May and this week's Flight International (8 May) sets the scene with a 30-page preview. Centrepiece of the package - and cover story - is a flight test by Peter Collins of the Dassault Falcon 7X with the updated EASy II cockpit. Find out why he thought the avionics system was "as close to a total enhancing package as anything I have come across".
We also assess the state of the market and update on all the manufacturers' programmes, examine business aviation's recent safety record and look at who is entering the small world of VIP completions in Europe. We visit The Jet Business in London, an all-new way of selling business aircraft, and talk to Victor, a start-up which has come up with an innovative way of selling spare seat capacity on charters.
We also assess how well London's business aviation airports are geared up for the Olympics and the challenges of funding business jet purchases at a time of tight credit.
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