Robert J. LaBelle has joined XTI as CEO.

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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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Bye Aerospace, SolAero Collaborate on Medium-Altitude UAV

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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VistaJet voted Business Jet Operator Star Performer at Hurun Research Institute’s ‘Best of the Best’ Awards

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

VistaJet voted Business Jet Operator Star Performer at Hurun Research Institute’s ‘Best of the Best’ AwardsJanuary 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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TAG Aviation Asia Joins AsBAA Leadership:

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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Syberjet SJ30i Wire Shop DetailCedar City, Utah – July 20, 2016 – SyberJet Aircraft is pleased to announce that it is ramping up its wire harness shop in Cedar City, UT to manufacture wire harnesses for the SyberVision flight test aircraft, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) laboratory testing, and subsequent production aircraft. With over sixty wire harnesses completed and shipped and another forty-five in process, work continues to support additional test and production needs. In total, more than eight miles of wire harnesses interface with the upgraded Honeywell avionics suite in SyberJet’s forthcoming SJ30i model.

SyberJet’s engineering team has completed all of this wire harness design in its San Antonio location to support the SyberVision program. The SJ30i’s wire harness has been completely redesigned to ease manufacturing, reduce weight, and reduce electrical power requirements. SyberJet’s engineering team has completely revamped its capability by generating 3D models of the entire aircraft (including structural/mechanical, pneumatic, fuel, hydraulic, and electrical systems). Utilizing Zugen™ E3’s 3D wire design software package, the team has designed the wire diagrams and harnesses and then routed the systems three dimensionally through the aircraft. These digital models will make subsequent upgrades and SJ30 model derivatives easier to complete as well as facilitate efficient customer service. Harness installations have already begun on the flight test aircraft (N50SJ) which is slated to fly later this year along the path to SyberVision certification next year.

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AviationManuals Launches Tailored Solutions for EASA Part-NCC

Maryland, USA, July 18, 2016 - AviationManuals, a leading provider of operations manuals and safety management system (SMS) software, is launching customized packages for private aircraft operators to comply with new European regulations. The new regulations cover "non-commercial flight operations with complex motor-powered aircraft," commonly referred to as Part-NCC.

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Jim Hogan joins Paragon Aircraft Sales as Director of Sales

Paragon Aviation Logistics, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Hogan to our team as Director of Sales for Paragon Aircraft Sales. As Director of Sales, Jim brings vast levels of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to Paragon. With over thirty years of experience as a business owner (Aircraft Brokerage and Insurance Agency) and, being a pilot since his high school years, Jim adds a unique set of experiences and skills to our team. Through an unwavering focus on our clients’ needs, Paragon is rapidly building a reputation as the Premier Aviation Company for Sales & Acquisitions, Charter and, Management of Cabin Class Aircraft. If you are thinking of Buying or Selling an Aircraft, have needs to Charter an Aircraft or, would like to look into the opportunity of placing an Aircraft under our Charter and Management Services, please call our office at 559-492-9405. Jim can be reached directly on his cell phone at 916-849-1447 or by email at

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Keystone Aviation expands its North American sales territory for the Daher TBM very fast turboprop aircraft

Salt Lake City, Utah, – Keystone Aviation, a TAC Air Company, has enlarged the sales coverage for Daher’s TBM very fast turboprop aircraft, adding four Canadian provinces and one additional U.S. state to its area of responsibility.

The new geographic zone comprises the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, along with the most northwestern U.S. state – Alaska.  This territory is in addition to the company’s previous coverage across the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana.

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