Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announces the launch of Hard Rock Air.

Hard Rock Air to take to the skies

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announces the launch of Hard Rock Air.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has launched the VIP air charter service.  Hard Rock Air. The new 30-seat Dornier 328 VIP air charter service will cater to high-end customers traveling to the resort from select markets across the region.

The exclusive round-trip service, operated by Ultimate Jet Charters, will officially take flight on 16 July, with passengers served complimentary snack and refreshments provided during the travel experience with leather seating.

Hard Rock Air will further elevate Atlantic City as a premier entertainment destination with flights from Farmingdale, White Plains, Norfolk, Richmond, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Scranton and Latrobe.

“We are confident that Hard Rock Air is going to take our VIP guest experience to new heights and offer a convenient, seamless getaway that is unmatched in the market,” said Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Passengers will step off the tarmac and into the live casino action, premium entertainment, incredible dining options and amenities at the oceanfront resort. Private charter check-in and complimentary parking will be provided at the airport. The getaway also includes overnight accommodations at Hard Rock Atlantic City and ground transportation to and from Atlantic City International Airport.

Interior of new Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation launches Falcon 10X

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Interior of new Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation has unveiled the Falcon 10X, which it claims “will deliver a level of comfort, versatility and technology unmatched by any purpose-built business jet.”

Featuring a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the Falcon 10X will fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago. Top speed will be Mach 0.925.

“Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivalled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology. We have optimised every aspect of the aircraft with the passenger in mind and established a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft.”

When entering service at the end of 2025, the 10X will have the biggest and most comfortable cabin on the market and offer greater modularity than any other aircraft in its class, with a selection of multiple interior configurations. The 10X is large enough to accommodate four cabin zones of equal length but owners can configure their cabin to create a truly customized interior, including for example, an expanded dining/conference area, a dedicated entertainment area with a large-screen monitor, a private stateroom with a queen-size bed or an enlarged master suite with a private stand-up shower.

“The 10X will be more than just another big step forward in business aviation. It will be absolutely the best business jet available in the ultra-long-range category, and will remain so for a long time,” said Trappier.

The 10X will have a cabin cross section larger than some regional jets. Its cabin will be 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 m) tall and 9 feet, 1 inch wide (2.77 m): almost 8 inches (20 cm) wider and 2 inches (5 cm) taller than the widest and tallest purpose-built business jet flying today.

Passengers will experience a 3,000-foot cabin pressure altitude while flying at 41,000 feet. A next-generation filtration system will provide 100-percent pure air. The aircraft will be at least as quiet as the Falcon 8X, currently the quietest business jet in service.

The 10X will feature an entirely new fuselage with extra-large windows—nearly 50 percent larger than those on the Falcon 8X. Thirty-eight windows will line the fuselage making for the brightest cabin in business aviation.

Additionally, STELIA Aerospace will develop and manufacture a new generation pilot and co-pilot seats, aimed at improving the comfort and rest of the pilots, including a lie-flat option.

Gogo unveils unlimited streaming and data Wi-Fi plan

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Gogo is responding to the rising demand for data onboard business aircraft, with the introduction of business aviation’s first unlimited streaming and data plan in business aviation.

“Our customers’ hunger for data continues to grow, but they also want predictability in their billing,” said Jim MacDougall, Gogo’s vice president for product management. “Unlimited streaming and data gives them the ability to enjoy the benefits of our streaming plan while reducing or eliminating the risk of getting high overage bills for any given month.”

The Gogo Biz 4G Limitless plan is priced at US$9,995 per month and doesn’t require a separate data plan – all data on the aircraft is included under one unlimited plan.

“Others in business aviation claim to offer unlimited streaming and unlimited data, but when you read the fine print, you find they are limited to a single video stream and have other exceptions,” MacDougall added. “At Gogo, with our new unlimited plan, data is data and unlike competitors, we don’t put limitations on any of it.”

In addition to the unlimited streaming and data plan, Gogo is also offering two new high data plans: Gogo Biz 4G 20000 with 20GB of data, and Gogo Biz 4G 25000 with 25GB of data.

All three plans are available to Gogo AVANCE L5 customers. The 20GB and 25GB streaming plans are a continuation of Gogo’s existing service offerings and will use the same policies as the current Gogo Biz 4G 5GB, 10GB and 15GB plans. The plans are priced at $5,650 per month ($0.50/MB overage) and $6,495 per month ($0.45/MB overage), respectively.

The first fully outfitted Gulfstream G700 has joined Gulfstream’s flight-test programme, which already includes five other test aircraft.

Outfitted G700 joins Gulfstream flight-test programme

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The first fully outfitted Gulfstream G700 has joined Gulfstream’s flight-test programme, which already includes five other test aircraft.

The first fully outfitted Gulfstream G700 has joined Gulfstream’s flight-test programme, which already includes five other test aircraft.

The fully outfitted aircraft flew 3 hours and 36 minutes, reaching an altitude of 48,000 feet/14,630 meters and a top speed of Mach 0.935. The test regimen will encompass more than 15,500 test points, validating every facet of the cabin to ensure the utmost in interior comfort and reliability upon customer delivery.

“Flying a fully outfitted aircraft signals significant progress in the G700 flight-test programme,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The G700 interior is raising the bar for cabin innovation and customisation. It provides more space than ever before for Gulfstream’s precision-crafted furnishings, more opportunity for personalisation and more technology to optimise passenger health, safety and enjoyment. We look forward to fully testing the cabin before delivering this amazing aircraft to customers.”

The first fully outfitted G700 features the industry’s only ultragalley, with more than 10 feet of counter space; a dedicated crew space; an entertainment and presentation area; a six-place conference and dining area; and a state room with full-length wardrobe. Interior elements include award-winning seat design; natural stone flooring in the galley and bathrooms; quartz countertops; powered single seats; surround sound; and other bespoke features that come standard on the aircraft.

The Gulfstream Cabin Experience on this G700 test aircraft includes the all-new ultrahigh-definition circadian lighting system along with Gulfstream’s signature 100% fresh, never recirculated air, the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, whisper-quiet noise levels and an unprecedented 20 panoramic oval windows.

MedAire dashboard

Metrojet implements MedAire’s Operational Security Solution

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MedAire dashboard

Metrojet, a Hong Kong-based, global business jet operator, has added MedAire’s operational security solution to its fleet, which is already covered by MedAire’s in-flight and on the ground medical assistance service. This addition ensures best-in-class safety and risk management services for Metrojet’s crew and passengers.

Under the agreement MedAire will provide Metrojet with in-depth real-time travel security reporting including destinations, regions, airspace, and airports, all professionally vetted and analysed by aviation experts. In addition to digitally delivered content, the aviation security team are available around the clock for advice and activation of assistance services, responding to security risks, events and threats as needed.

Gary Dolski, CEO, Metrojet, says: “Safety is key to our organisation. Our client’s peace of mind is essential. MedAire’s integrated security solution of information and analysis complements the travel health component they already provide to our crew and passengers. Together this cements our commitment to safety, security, and quality service.”

MedAire CEO, Bill Dolny, commented: “We are excited about the opportunity to further our longstanding relationship with Metrojet and their commitment to safety excellence. The pandemic has changed the landscape we operate within, but security will continue to be a top priority for operators around the world.”

The operational security solution is underpinned by MedAire’s Aviation Security Response Centre and complemented by local offices. In Asia, this includes a Regional Security Centre in Singapore, as well as Security Managers in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.

California-based DPI Labs has released its new large-format 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), slim, ultra-lightweight, OLED displays for business and VVIP aircraft cabins.

DPI Labs releases SmartCanvas OLED displays

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California-based DPI Labs has released its new large-format 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), slim, ultra-lightweight, OLED displays for business and VVIP aircraft cabins.

California-based DPI Labs has released its new large-format 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), slim, ultra-lightweight, OLED displays for business and VVIP aircraft cabins.

In January 2021, the 55-inch and 65-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) cabin displays, branded DPI SmartCanvas, were installed on a VVIP Boeing 767 at a completion centre in Arizona. The installation included a complete DPI cabin management system consisting of passenger and cabin crew control panels, audio/video distribution, cabin control modules and DPI’s multi-coloured LED cabin lighting.

The new OLED large format displays are DO-160 compliant and PMA is expected within the next month.

“DPI Labs has a long history of firsts and innovation within the business and military aviation markets,” said Scott DeSmet, DPI’s VP Sales and Business Development. “We’re proud to be first to bring the OLED large-format display technology and experience to the business and VVIP industry and continue our tradition of excellence and ingenuity.”

According to DeSmet: “Historically, in order to install screens this large using LED technology, the bulkhead would have had to be modified and significantly reinforced structurally in order to support the excessive mass. This adds even more overall aircraft weight and takes up additional cabin space. With our OLED displays we’re able to actually flush-mount them into a standard bulkhead, displacing bulkhead weight and material and take up zero cabin space. These are rare win-wins for our industry when we can both greatly enhance the passenger experience and reduce weight and installation time and cost.”

DPI Lab’s ultra-thin OLED displays is their ability operate with a bend radius of 1 meter either horizontally or vertically allowing them to conform to curved surfaces such as aircraft headliners and sidewalls. This provides aircraft interior designers with exciting and interesting new applications for cabin installation.

DPI’s 55-inch and 65-inch are ultra-high definition 4K displays each with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. These resolutions paired with the displays’ infinite contrast ratio (the ratio between black and white on the screen) and wide viewing angle make them ideal for UHD video sources such as Blu-Ray, Sat-TV, Streaming Video Services or passengers’ downloaded UHD content. DPI’s 65” OLED display weighs-in at just 24 pounds (10.89 kg) and is only 0.36-inch (9 mm) thick

The SmartCanvas Display Line is part of DPI’s SmartLink Cabin Management System which includes passenger controls, cabin switching modules, LED cabin lighting and HD-UHD audio-video distribution for both new aircraft installations and retrofitting legacy aircraft systems.

The company plans on launching a 33-inch OLED in Q3 later this year.

Camber Aviation's Tom Chatfield

Camber Aviation Management launches Camber Streamline Method

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Camber Aviation's Tom Chatfield

Camber Aviation Management has introduced an enhanced service offering for the discerning private jet client.

Billed as a bridge connecting private jet clients to a robust aircraft selection and outfitting process focused on delivering exactly the aircraft the client envisions, Camber Streamline Method has been designed as a simple but highly effective and productive approach to private, corporate and head-of-state private jet ownership.

According to Camber, its Streamline Method is the only process of its kind that fully integrates objective, insightful guidance from your initial idea of a private jet to your first flight in it.

Camber’s methodology resides in its robust six-stage process:

  1. Understanding Your Vision
  2.  Introducing a Wealth of Choices
  3.  Identifying the Best Value Solution for You
  4.  Selecting the Exceptional
  5. Outfitting Your Bespoke-Aircraft
  6.  Crafting a Smooth Take-Off
Aireon's AS2 supersonic business jet slated for production in 2023

Rosen Aviation joins AS2 project

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Aireon's AS2 supersonic business jet slated for production in 2023

Rosen Aviation is to develop a new Cabin Management & Technology System (CMTS) for the world’s first supersonic business jet, the AS2, currently under development by Aerion.

The manufacture of 300 AS2 aircraft is planned to begin in 2023 and will be the first aircraft to be assembled at the company’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, US – Aerion Park.

Rosen Aviation will develop the CMTS system, software sophistication and cabin experience for the 8-10 passenger, private jet.

“Our drive at Aerion is to make AS2 an icon in aviation history – a leap into the future of speed and global connectivity, while also setting a new standard for luxury,” says Tim Fagan, Aerion’s Head of Industrial Design & Cabin Experience. “The AS2’s cabin will combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies and will emphasise the truly unique character of this supersonic aircraft. We look forward to collaborating with Rosen to create a truly immersive and intuitive cabin environmental that delivers previously unseen levels of passenger-technology interface.”

Cessna Citation interior

Textron Aviation targets cabin air quality

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Cessna Citation interior

Textron Aviation has launched its Aviation Clean Air (ACA) Cabin Ionisation system retrofit for select Beechcraft and Cessna customers.

This system is approved for installation at Textron Aviation Service Centers on the Cessna Citation Latitude best-selling midsize jet, Citation Sovereign series and Citation Excel/XLS/XLS+ series midsize jets, as well as the Beechcraft King Air 300-series aircraft with continued development planned for other Textron Aviation aircraft models.

“In today’s world, cabin air quality has never been more important. The ACA System enhances the capabilities of the interior environmental control system, providing an in-flight experience that’s offers peace of mind,” said Brian Rohloff, Senior Vice President, Customer Service. “We are offering this to Beechcraft and Cessna customers as an aftermarket option to provide them the reassurance of a neutralised and purified cabin.”

Using an indication panel for easy operation, the ACA Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionisation (NPBI) System is installed in the aircraft’s environmental control system. It emits cold plasma which allows positive and negative ions to attach to water vapour molecules in the air, causing a molecular reaction that neutralises gases, spores, viruses and bacteria. According to ACA, tests have proven effective against several bacteria, spores, odours, static electricity and viruses, including COVID-19.

The ACA NPBI System takes effect within minutes and is designed to constantly decontaminate the cabin’s interior including the air and surfaces.

Aircare Firesock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container

Aircare introduces latest iteration of Firesock

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Aircare Firesock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container

Aircare has released the second generation of its Aircare Firesock, a battery risk management solution currently used by over six global commercial carrier fleets, as well as hundreds of corporate aircraft.

The Aircare Firesock is designed to mitigate the risk of lithium-ion battery packs within personal electronic devices (PED) like laptops, tablets and smartphones, which can cause thermal runaway.  This occurs when one or more of the cells of a PED battery become unstable and start to overheat causing smoke, fire and explosion.

The latest Firesock, which includes the FireSock containment bag, heat resistant cloves and a resealable storage container, is now capable of withstanding internal radiant temperatures up to 2,000°F.

The resealable storage tube is designed to carry four litres of water (cylindrical measurements are 5-inches in diameter and 12.5 inches in length) for dousing in an effort to cool thermal runaway as recommended in FAA SAFO 09013. The Firesock is designed to completely contain all of the molten material and fire that results from a battery event, while the device’s structural integrity is maintained by venting gasses as they rapidly expand during an explosion.