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AINdebrief is a weekly summary of aviation news delivered by the Aviation International News editorial team. To submit news to AIN, please contact


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AINdebrief is a weekly summary of aviation news delivered by the Aviation International News editorial team. To submit news to AIN, please contact








Pilots Go Nuts for Airfare Snacks

Need healthy snacks when you're on the go? That's why Justin Steinfelder and Geremy Bass founded Airfare, which delivers pouches of fresh, natural snack foods to travelers and flight crews all over the world.


Earth Day: Aviation Sustainability with 4Air

To celebrate Earth Day, AIN sat down with Kennedy Ricci, president of business aviation sustainability firm 4Air, to see why operators in this industry should be concerned about their carbon footprint. He also outlines how aircraft operators can make small changes by using sustainable aviation fuel and carbon credits to reduce, or even zero out, their carbon emissions.


AINdebrief: Ergo Apps Help Pilots Be More Prepared

Corporate and airline pilot Jim Stabile has developed the Ergo suite of iPad apps, which help pilots manage critical fuel and oxygen reserves during emergency situations. Not only can Ergo add to safety margins but it also helps operators save money and reduce emissions by lowering the amount of fuel that needs to be carried.


AINdebrief: Four Corners Aviation

Four Corners Aviation has launched Freedom, a new product in the aircraft management space, offering corporate aircraft as a service instead of traditional aircraft ownership and all of its headaches. Join Four Corners president and COO Cameron Gowans as he explains how Freedom works and helps buyers of business aviation lift save money.


March 2022: Fixing the Aviation Industry’s Gender Gap

In this episode, AIN senior editor Kerry Lynch talks about the lack of gender diversity in the aviation industry, especially female pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, and company CEOs. She outlines the problem laid out in a new federal committee report and then explains what trade association Women in Aviation International is doing about the problem, including what happened at the organization’s annual conference earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


February 2022: Singapore Airshow Rides Again

In this episode, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber talks about his experience at the Singapore Airshow earlier this month. This includes his take on the Covid-19-related restrictions just to get to the Asian city-state, but also those at the airshow itself, which required masking at all times—both indoors and outside. Matt also gives his impression about attendance and news announced at the airshow. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


January 31, 2022: Seeking a Solution to the 5G Aviation Problem

In this episode, AIN contributing editor Mark Huber explains the 5G C-band interference issue that can affect aircraft radar altimeters. He explains how we even got into this situation, why there is the potential for the 5G wireless networks at Verizon and AT&T to interfere with radar altimeters, what the FAA is currently doing to temporarily ease the problem, and what can be done long term to solve this issue. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


December 27, 2021: Flying the Joby eVTOL Simulator

In this episode, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber describes what it was like to fly the Joby electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft simulator at the company’s Washington, D.C. office. The simulator is built to look like the cockpit of the real Joby aircraft, and it uses X-Plane simulation software for visualization and terrain display, but the flight modeling is all Joby-developed. And it was surprisingly easy to fly. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


November 29, 2021: Dubai Airshow Wrap-up

In this podcast episode, senior editor Gregory Polek gives his take on the Dubai Airshow held earlier this month that marked the first large-scale international aerospace event in the post-Covid 19 era. Despite the pandemic, the show had decent attendance and plenty of news. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


October 27, 2021: NBAA-BACE 2021 Postmortem

The National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention was held in person earlier this month for the first time in two years. Last year, NBAA canceled its traditional convention due to the pandemic but held a scaled-down virtual show. This year’s event took place in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and included a Covid vaccination requirement to attend. In this podcast episode, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber and senior editor Kerry Lynch discuss how the show went and what exhibitors thought about the lighter attendance. This podcast is sponsored by business aviation sustainability solutions company 4AIR.


September 8, 2021: Bizav Industry Readies for Return of Trade Shows at NBAA-BACE

In anticipation of the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Connference and Exhibition—or NBAA-BACE—next month in Las Vegas, AIN Washington, D.C. editor Kerry Lynch speaks about the return of the first in-person industry trade show since the pandemic began. Lynch discusses the brand-new exhibit hall for the show, planned Covid protocols—including vaccination requirements—and how things are going in terms of scheduled exhibitors, as well as the debut of owner-pilot and maintenance pavilions. There will also be on-site and virtual sessions and Corporate Angel Network’s annual fundraiser cocktail reception. Podcast sponsored by


June 7, 2021: Fleet Orders Pile Up for Embraer Eve eVTOL

This week, AIN senior editor Charles Alcock discusses the two large fleet orders announced in the past week from Directional Aviation’s One Sky Flight/Halo Aviation and Helisul for Eve Urban Air Mobility eVTOLs. He also addresses whether these commitments legitimize the advanced air mobility market and what effect this might have on other startup OEMs hoping to break into this emerging segment.


May 28, 2021: Why Did Aerion Supersonic Implode?

This week, AIN senior editors Kerry Lynch and Charles Alcock help to dissect why Aerion Supersonic fizzled out last Friday. Kerry delves into what happened, if demand still exists for a supersonic business jet, and what’s next for Aerion—or more accurately, it’s intellectual property. Meanwhile, Charlie gives a look at the current aerospace funding environment and whether investment in eVTOLs is sucking air from longer-term projects such as Aerion.


May 7, 2021: Dassault Unveils 7,500-nm Falcon 10X

This week, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber gives the lowdown on the new Falcon 10X, Dassault’s entry into the ultra-long-range business jet segment. Notably, the $75 million twinjet will be powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines and have the widest cabin of any purpose-built business jet. With service planned for 2025, the 7,500-nm 10X will compete head-to-head with the Bombardier Global 7500 and Gulfstream G650 and G700.


April 30, 2021: All-electric Bye Aerospace eFlyer 800 Twin Prop

This week, AIN senior editor and FutureFlight editor Charles Alcock give his take on the nine-seat, all-electric eFlyer 800 announced by Bye Aerospace as a more economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to the venerable Beechcraft King Air. He also discusses Bye’s probability of certifying the eFlyer 800 by its 2026 target, as well as the higher-density lithium-sulfur batteries from Oxis that are slated to be employed as the sole power source on the cabin-class twin-prop airplane.


April 27: What It Was Like Attending Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Pandemic Times

This week, AIN news editor Chad Trautvetter explains what it was like to attend the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, which was the first large-scale, in-person general aviation event to be held since the pandemic took hold 13 months ago. Many people from other show organizers were watching closely to see how things went so that they can prepare to hopefully hold their own events this year.


March 19, 2021: Investment Pours in for eVTOLs, Airfcraft Electrification Making Progress

This week, Charles Alcock, editor of AIN’s FutureFlight, discusses the recent influx of funding into several of the companies developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility purposes. He also talks about overall progress in these eVTOLs and other electric aircraft under what is now being called Aviation 3.0.


March 5, 2021: U.S. DOJ Charges Aircraft Title Firm over Owner-trust Issues

This week, AIN editor-in-chief Matt Thurber discusses federal indictments against Debra Lynn Mercer-Erwin, the owner of Wright Brothers Aircraft Title and Aircraft Guaranty Corp., and seven others. The various charges raise an important issue regarding the responsibility borne by owner trustees when it comes to helping a non-U.S. citizen purchase an aircraft and register it in the U.S. This case also could have implications for other entities that provide similar owner-trust arrangements.


February 12, 2021: Bombardier To Cease Learjet Production

Senior editors Kerry Lynch and Jerry Siebenmark discuss Bombardier’s plans to end Learjet production. On February 11, Bombardier announced several cost-cutting moves, including the Learjet wind down, now that it’s a standalone business aircraft manufacturer. Kerry has been covering the business aviation industry for more than 25 years, while Jerry has been following Learjet—along with Cessna, Hawker, and Beechcraft—just as long in his hometown of Wichita, where these brands were born.


February 5, 2020: Dassault's SmartThrottle for Falcons

AIN editor in chief Matt Thurber recently had a rare opportunity to fly the Dassault Falcon 7X flight-test aircraft fitted with an experimental single-power throttle lever dubbed SmartThrottle. Because SmartThrottle was integrated with the fly-by-wire digital flight control system, Dassault also was able to include a one-button automatic upset recovery feature into the trijet. Go to AINonline for a deeper dive into this story and to view a companion video.