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And you thought
the U.S. market
was hot.

It’s no secret that you can almost roast marshmallows over the heat emanating from the U.S. private aircraft market. Everywhere you look, makers are running their assembly lines full out, and if ever there was a “heyday” in modern aircraft manufacturing, we are living in it right now.

Companies like Raytheon, Cessna and Bombardier are glowing they are so fired up, and very soon, Eclipse, Honda, Piper, Diamond and yes, even Cirrus, will be cranking out very light and light jets. But if you think all if these aircraft are headed to the U.S. market, you would be very wrong.

An article in the Wichita Eagle is the best source I have found recently to explain how this wave of jet activity is truly a worldwide phenomenon. Since they are located at one of the epicenters of U.S. aviation manufacturing, this article proves that not all mainstream newspapers and journalists are brain dead when it comes to reporting about airplanes:

The use of business jets in mainland China is limited -- only 40 corporate jets are based in the entire country. But that figure is expected to grow to about 300, according to Bombardier Aerospace. Worldwide, demand for business jets is surging, especially in Europe. Russia and India are also emerging markets and will eventually be major contributors to overall demand.
The Eagle reports that the number of business aircraft deliveries internationally grew to 45 percent so far this year. The actual number of international deliveries is higher at Bombardier, where sales to non-U.S. customers totaled 59 percent of its business.

Across the Internets, reports are everywhere suggesting that the article out of Kansas is right on…growth in the bizjet sector worldwide is surging, and will continue that surge in the near future. But flying those jets in counties outside the good old USA seems like a chore:
The biggest challenges are government regulations, which control the air space. When corporate jet operators want to fly, they have to file an application well in advance of the trip. In addition, China has less than 200 airports. By comparison, the United States has close to 5,000 airports regularly used by business aircraft.
All this talk of rich worldwide sales is great news for the aviation sector overall, because as the makers send finished birds out the factory door, their “just in time” parts inventory systems will be ordering nuts, bolts, seats, avionics and coffee urns from thousands of small and large U.S. companies who will gladly enjoy the increase in business.

Man oh man, this is one exciting great time to be blogging about airplanes.

BTW: The Eagle’s Molly McMillin is all over the Raytheon sale story. Click here if you want to sample how a newspaper ought to write an accurate aviation story. This coverage is proof that the mainstream media can cover our world if they just devote the time and energy to accuracy, as McMillin obviously has.

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