We fly Dassault Falcon 7X into two of Europe’s most inaccessible airports

In our cover feature this week (15 April), test pilot Peter Collins reports on what it’s like to fly Dassault’s 7X into two of Europe’s most popular restricted, short field airports: St Tropez in the south of France and Gstaad in the Alps. The French airframer believes the operating capabilities of its flagship trijet give it an advantage over rivals when it comes to such destinations.

Ahead of the ABACE Asian business aviation show, we also analyse the state of China’s market, where smaller aircraft are now joining a fleet dominated by larger, prestige business jets.

We have a data-led piece on the airliner engine market, which looks at how the major players are performing against eachother.

In news this week, why Aeronautical Engineers believes the time is right for a launch of a Boeing 737-800 conversion programme and a warning from ICAO that Crimean airspace is unsafe. Airbus continues to indicate that a decision on an A330neo is imminent. Plus, David Learmount reports from Oslo on how the row over Norwegian’s controversial pilot employment practices has reached the USA, where the Scandinavian carrier is attempting to launch flights to.

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