Flight International, May 2021

Our business aviation special report spans the industry’s hottest topics, from the emergence of the latest midsize and ultra-long-range jets to the pursuit of a new breed of supersonic products, including our choice of cover image: Boom’s in-development Overture luxury airliner.

We also look at the rapid rise of the urban air mobility sector, business aviation’s growing adoption of sustainable aviation fuels – and celebrate the Learjet range’s significance, as Bombardier prepares to end production of the iconic light jet.

Elsewhere this issue, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Sir Stephen Hillier, chairman of the UK Civil Aviation Authority – and get a first-hand account of the post-Brexit problems facing redundant pilots looking to transfer their skills to European carriers.

Plus, as Airbus gets close to handing over the last A380 to be built, what are the superjumbo’s long-term prospects among its shrinking group of operators?

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Special report

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Business aviation programmes all set for post-pandemic recovery

The pandemic has buffeted private aviation more lightly than its commercial cousin – some areas have done surprisingly well. But Covid-19 continues to have an impact, with activity and sales down.

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Can supersonic hopefuls deliver as commercial interest booms?

The handful of companies in the space spent the last year partnering with major aerospace suppliers (including engine makers), lining up buyers, hiring known aerospace executives and, in the case of Boom Supersonic, rolling out a demonstrator jet.

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Why urban air mobility projects are skyrocketing

The idea of eVTOL aircraft carrying passengers above crowded cities has rapidly moved from pie-in-the-sky to near-term prospect – but can public perception keep pace with the technology?

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Why Vertical Aerospace thinks F1 know-how will put it in pole position

UK-based eVTOL aircraft developer has its roots in motor racing, but has married that with deep aerospace experience as it looks to bring an ultra-clean four-passenger design to market by 2024. 

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How business aviation is powering switch to sustainable fuels

The business aviation sector is embracing alternative aviation fuels as it seeks to meet rising customer demand and play its part in reducing the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Six decades of style, sophistication and speed: a Learjet retrospective

Learjet epitomised style, speed and sexiness for celebrities and corporate high-fliers in the 1960s. Following Bombardier’s decision to stop manufacturing the brand, we look at its six-decade legacy.

Interview

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How the RAF’s former chief intends to marshal a post-Brexit CAA

While the UK’s decision to leave EASA remains a source of contention, the CAA’s new chair Sir Stephen Hillier is determined that the agency can rise to the challenge and demonstrate its status as a “world-class regulator”.

Women in aviation

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Why Boeing's test pilot Heather Ross has the job of dreams

Heather Ross has a job that many aviators around the world would dream of. She is a test pilot at Boeing, currently working on the Chicago-based airframer’s newest project, the 777X.