WELCOME TO CORPORATE JET INVESTOR’s Q2 2021 JOURNAL
It’s out: welcome to the latest edition of Corporate Jet Investor’s quarterly journal. The latest edition features the future of autonomous aviation, Garmin’s Autoland system and a profile of FBO firm Sheltair. There’s also a First Look feature probing the world’s longest continuously produced aircraft – the Beechcraft Bonanza G36, a special feature mapping the availability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and we say happy third birthday to on-demand charter company Planet 9.
Our front cover image features EHang’s 216 passenger grade autonomous aerial vehicle. Here we canvas the views of leading industry players including Luuk van Dijk, at Daedalean AI, Gary Gysin at Wisk and Anne-Claire Le Bihan at Wayfinder. Also helping us understand how the autonomous revolution is shaping our world are Kirsten Bartok Touw, Cyrus Sigari at UP.Partners and Marc Piette, at Xwing. EHang’s Andreas Perotti tells us that the twin drivers of this exciting new technology are cost and safety.
We stay with autonomous flight, as we interview Garmin’s Connor McDougal about how the avionics firm won the coveted Robert J Collier Trophy for its Autoland system. Pressing the cockpit-mounted Garmin Autoland red button activates a system that automatically flies, navigates and lands the aircraft.
Garmin avionics also makes an appearance in our First Look feature on the Beechcraft Bonanza G36, which has been in continuous production for 75 years. We canvas the views of industry enthusiasts such as Lou Seno, Jr from JSSI Parts & Leasing and Guardian Jet’s Don Dwyer. We speak too to Brian Foley Folely of Brian Foley Associates (BRiFO), who believes “the Bonanza’s flame is beginning to flicker”.
Mapping global SAF supplies
The feature Mapping global SAF supplies charts the global production points of SAF and some of the airfields where it is available. Guiding us through this feature are Keith Sawyer, Avfuel, Jonathan Wood, Neste and Oskar Meijerink from SkyNRG. Other contributors include: Scott Cutshall, CAM, Clay Lacy Aviation, Michael Winter, Pratt & Whitney and Andreea Moyes, Air bp.
From the air, we sink to the deepest part of the world’s oceans as we climb into the cockpit of the unique submersible DSV Limiting Factor. Our mission is to accompany Action Aviation chairman Hamish Harding and Victor Vescovo on their record-breaking 12-hour voyage to the Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Marianna Trench.
Two aviation companies profiled include Sheltair and Planet 9. Co-founders Matt Walter and James Seagrim explain how they have a build an on-demand charter and management company, which prizes top quality service from skilled staff.
We close with our Jet Data Buyer’s Guide to all the key numbers you need to know about leading business jet brands plus a Day in the Life feature on Janine Iannarelli, from Par Avion Ltd.
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