But Air-Taxi And Light-Jet Proponents Abound

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Despite those "daunting" obstacles to the success of the VLJ sector, millions of dollars have been invested and thousands of aircraft are on order. The faithful are abundant, and next month, they will gather in St. Petersburg, Fla., to examine the industry as it is poised for launch. A day-long "Flight School" will be hosted by Esther Dyson, an emerging-technologies analyst and the organizer of PC Forum. The event will bring together start-up air-taxi operators, established charter carriers, aircraft makers, regulators, financiers and others to explore the emerging air-taxi marketplace. Speakers will include Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn, NASA's Bruce Holmes, Rick Adam of Adam Aircraft, DayJet CEO Ed Iacobucci, Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier and more. The agenda will cover topics such as business models, regulatory issues, marketing, financing and infrastructure. If it sounds like an interesting day, get out your checkbook: You can register to attend for just $1,995. The forum will be held June 16, with an opening reception the night before. Dyson is planning a similar forum for next year on the emerging commercial space sector.