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Sikorsky Forms a Team to Develop the X2 Raider Armed Scout Helicopter

Sikorsky has launched the development of a prototype light tactical helicopter based on the X2 rigid coaxial rotor technology designated S-97, and named 'Raider X-2'. The company plans to produce two prototypes and fly them toward 2014, in time for a future request for proposals (RfP) for an Army Armed Aerial Scout. The new design is larger than the X2 demonstrator aircraft that recently achieved 250 knots. The development will prove the military application of the rigid, coaxial rotor configuration.

Dassault expands further into business jet market

In keeping with the expected ascension of China's business aviation market, Dassault Falcon Jet Corp launched a new sales and marketing office in Beijing Tuesday. Dassault Falcon is targeting big corporate clients and expecting annual sales of $1 billion over the next five years, equivalent to 10 aircraft a year, company CEO, John Rosanvallon, said at a press conference Tuesday.

Cessna, Bombardier Targets Mideast With Business Jets

Cessna, the Textron Inc. unit that makes the world’s fastest business jet, said the Middle East is set to be among the first markets to recover as customers from Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia order more aircraft.

Airbus looks to corporate jet business

Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, expects to keep corporate jet delivery at record levels in the coming years as it sees sustained demand in the Middle East. The company will deliver 16 corporate jets this year while adding new operators to its list of clients.

Business aviation grows as commercial travel costs increase

Business aviation stands to grow as travelers grow wary of time-consuming safety procedures at commercial airports and as the costs of traveling commercially continues to rise. “People are migrating to business aviation,” Stephen Jones, general manager at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, said in an interview with Arabian Business.

Aircraft Charter Directory ‘Flying’ In Popularity

The aircraft charter and private jet industry in the United States is currently experiencing a rebirth of sorts after several years of challenging economic conditions, and, a worldwide air charter directory, is leveraging advanced web technology through a unique search module on the company’s website that allows users to create customizable searches regarding a wide variety of preferred aircraft, airport locations and charter operators.

Business jets taking on Saudi Arabia

The UAE is about to overtake Saudi Arabia as the Middle East's largest market for business jets, with sustained orders from wealthy individuals and charter operators pushing the sector to new highs.

Dassault Falcon Business Jet Sales Set to Grow in the Middle East as Demand for Private Aviation Resumes and the Regional Market Matures

The Middle East market for business jets is beginning to show signs of recovery as confidence starts to return. Dassault has a growing fleet of Falcon business jets in the region, which it plans to grow by 30 per cent over the next three years, thanks to a solid aircraft order book from regional buyers. Read more: Dassault Falcon Business Jet Sales Set to Grow in the Middle East as Demand for Private Aviation Resumes and the Regional Market Matures

Airbus rolls out top executive planes for MEBA

Airbus will showcase its top business jets at the Middle East and Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai this week. They comprise an A318 Elite operated by Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) of Abu Dhabi and an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based in Bahrain and operated by Comlux.

Aerospace veteran hired to kick-start sales of Bombardier's new CSeries plane

"With his broad range of experience in the aerospace and airline industries, Chet will bring a fresh perspective to his role as the head of our commercial aircraft sales and marketing teams — with a particular emphasis on our all-new CSeries family of commercial aircraft," stated Gary Scott, president of the commercial aircraft.