Everywhere you look, from manufacturing to air travel, light jets
are the hottest topic in aviation. The Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia
and Air Taxi Association President Joe Leader have different visions of
the future for very light jets, and both are well worth hearing from. If
you missed either of these recent podcasts, here's your chance to hear
them side by side.
ABOULAFIA ON THE VLJ 'EXPLOSION'
As Eclipse Aviation
continues to struggle to make its production targets and other players
in the very light jet market ramp up production to achieve their modest
sales goals, aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia says the impact of the
little jets on the overall industry is about what it can and should be.
He told AVweb's Russ Niles the VLJ sector is and will continue to
be a nice addition to the regular business jet market and that the bold
predictions that VLJs would fill the airways will be looked back upon
with embarassed nostalgia.
Click here to listen. (6.2 MB,
ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JOE LEADER RESPONDS
In last Monday's AVwebAudio podcast, we spoke with aviation
analyst Richard Aboulafia, whose consistent message has been that very
light jets and the air taxi business they are helping to spawn will not
be the market explosion that some are claiming. Well, as you might
expect, there are differing opinions on that topic, and Joe Leader,
president of the Air Taxi Association is one of the industry's prominent
spokesmen. He spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles from VLJ West, a
forum for owners and operators of the new jets held in San Diego earlier
Click here to listen. (9.7 MB,