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  • DENVER, Colo., February 1, 2017 — XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today that Robert J. LaBelle has joined XTI as its Chief Executive Officer.  He joins XTI after three years as CEO of AgustaWestland North America.  Prior to that he served as President of AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Company, Inc., the company supporting the development of the AW 609 Tiltrotor.  “I view this position with XTI as a unique opportunity,” LaBelle said, “to help bring to the commercial market and business jet market a revolutionary new aircraft that people have been seeking and dreaming about for over 100 years.” LaBelle joined AgustaWestland in 2004 after a career in the U.S. Navy where he was program manager for several aircraft, including the E-2 Hawkeye, C-2 Greyhound aircraft, F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales, and S-3B Viking aircraft.
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  • DENVER, Colorado – Jan. 31, 2017 – Bye Aerospace announced an important engineering, development and production collaboration with SolAero Technologies Corp. to put SolAero’s solar cell technology on Bye’s solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), called “StratoAirNet.” The StratoAirNet family of UAVs is intended to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to support commercial and government security requirements. The initial medium-altitude StratoAirNet 15 proof of concept prototype is nearing completion and undergoing final assembly. The solar cell preliminary design review was recently completed with SolAero engineers. Preliminary flight tests were then conducted on a smaller scale test wing. Following measurements and fit checks, whole wing solar cell tests will commence on the 15 meter wing span StratoAirNet prototype.
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    Superior in-flight experience and global coverage seduces elite Chinese travellers VistaJet voted Business Jet Operator Star Performer at Hurun Research Institute’s ‘Best of the Best’ Awards Voted for by 449 High Net Worth individuals from more than 40 cities in China Second time VistaJet has won the award Company was also given the Best Charter Operator Award by Asian Business Aviation Association in November 2016 January 25, 2017, Hong Kong – VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, received the Business Jet Operator Star Performer accolade for the second time at the Hurun Research Institute’s “Best of the Best” awards in Shanghai. The awards are based on the results of the Hurun Report Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2017. This is the thirteenth consecutive year Hurun Research has produced a report on the brand preferences, consumption habits and lifestyle trends of China’s wealthiest individuals; considered a benchmark for the luxury sector. To select the winners, Hurun Research Institute visited 449 of the most influential high net worth individuals in China, who voted based on their personal experiences. Each of the voters has assets of over CNY 10 million, and has travelled by private jet previously. The aviation entrants were judged against a broad range of metrics including customer service, global coverage, and in-flight experience.
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  • AsBAA, the Asian region’s non-for-profit representative trade body for business aviation has announced Phil Balmer, Director Maintenance, of TAG Aviation Asia as the new Chairman of its Hong Kong Committee. The announcement was made at the Hong Kong Committee meeting, 19 January, hosted in TAG’s new offices, Harcourt House, Wan Chai. The meeting was attended by around 30 AsBAA members representing: operators, business support services, [Insurance, Legal, FBO etc.] and included a presentation ceremony to recognise the long-standing contribution of Hongkong Jet CEO, Mr. Denzil White who stood down as Chairman of the committee at the end of 2016.   AsBAA Chairman, Charlie Mularski shared, “We welcome Phil as Head of the AsBAA Hong Kong Committee. Phil and the team at TAG play a prominent role in supporting local business aviation priorities. We are confident that the AsBAA HK Committee can continue to make improvements on behalf of the wider membership under his leadership. We also take this opportunity to thank Denzil for all the great work he’s done leading and supporting the Hong Kong Committee over the last two years.” Phil shared, "my goal is to continue the excellent momentum which was created from persistence and hard work by the volunteers of AsBAA. I believe the best way to maximize the opportunities for the business aviation industry is through a unified approach, and AsBAA is now clearly being recognised as the voice of the industry."   The announcement was made on the same day that AsBAA attended a 5th meeting with HKCAD and the Airport Authority in order to take steps forward on the current capacity issues at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). With parking and slots limitations at HKIA recently causing significant problems to business aviation owners, users and service providers, AsBAA has been working closely with the authorities on an action plan to maximise resources, booking software (OCS) and BAPs , and raise awareness of the economic benefits of business aviation to Hong Kong. Mularski said, “The third runway will not be available for 8-10 years, therefore our focus now is on working with the authorities to implement practices that maximise resources and create tangible change. We were encouraged to see that AsBAA’s recommendations relating to penalties and cancellation guidelines made at earlier meetings have already been implemented. When looking at the statistical impact of the suggested changes, we can see positive change with around a 25% reduction in wasted slots. We will continue this work with the authorities, members and the media to ensure that Hong Kong does not miss out on the economic benefits our industry brings to the city.”
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  • On March 17th 2016, the first G650ER which is an ultra long-range aircraft finally arrived in China and the delivery was made to Minsheng Financial Leasing Co.(MSFL) “The delivery has been significant for so many reasons,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream. “This highlights the vital need for long range company jet travel in China, a role that has been played by MSFL very well especially in the support of Gulfstream’s presence in China. This is in-line with the high operation capabilities that the brand new G6 (Gulfstream-G650ER), an airplane that arrived at the customer’s base at precisely the said duration and even surpassed its promise.”
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