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Old 10th Feb 2018, 18:22
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Originally Posted by Abbeville View Post
Granted it's Wikipedia but it says this about PC24 perf:

>>Pilatus has claimed that the PC-24 possesses performance attributes which are unmatched by any jet aircraft on the market. It possesses a takeoff distance of 820 m (2,690 ft) and a landing distance of 770 m (2,526 ft). The PC-24 is intended to be capable of operations from unpaved runways and grass strips<<
This is copied from the Pilatus webside

https://www.pilatus-aircraft.com/en/fly/pc-24
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Old 10th Feb 2018, 22:16
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The Ogden family and fellow investors bought the airfield in 2015, and have a vision for development as detailed here https://www.blackbusheairport.co.uk/...-of-blackbushe

Whether this now all changes now that they no longer have an interest in Blink (as was), and Wijet order new jets (if they actually have), we will have to wait and see.

Not forgetting there are other businesses based on the field, including Aerobility, who are a high-profile aviation charity and have recently been expanding their facilities.

As an aside which jets can operate legally out of there?
I can't speak with authority re. Public Transport Ops (I'm just a former puddle-jumper pilot who used to fly from the field), but I've seen biz-jet types up to Da900 and 7X.
There's a fairly regular Da2000 currently.

Jetairfly come with PC12's (as do others) on an occasional basis, as do Netjets with some of their smaller types (I've seen Excels and 125's).

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Old 12th Feb 2018, 07:02
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Originally Posted by Abbeville View Post
Once the last 'stang goes that's the end of the 'bushe for WiJet.

As an aside which jets can operate legally out of there?
No jets can go into B'Bushe on a commercial basis aside, bizarrely, from the Latitude and the Lineage which have incredible landing performance, privately people take a punt of course. But factor the landing distance required for a dry or a wet runway for public transport ops and every other jet type can't make it in for charters.

Of course there's some history there with Lears and Premier IA coming off the runway.
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 15:50
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with no wind EASA a Mustang ( nearly a Jet ) hahaha can land with the 60% factorisation at 7839 Lbs with no wind and max landing 8000Lbs with 10 kt headwind
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 10:12
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Of course there's some history there with Lears and Premier IA coming off the runway
Don't remember a Lear having an off, but yes a Premier did and of course the "Bin-Laden" Phenom.
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Old 14th Feb 2018, 14:56
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Lear 60!

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Don't remember a Lear having an off, but yes a Premier did and of course the "Bin-Laden" Phenom.
I landed and took off in a Lear 60 there in 2006. Well, I didn't, the fella in the left seat did. Lear 60s are as partial to runway as bears are to honey, and we managed to flat spot a tyre.

The sensibly fuelled Falcon 2000 which goes in and out, on which I freelanced a few times had no such problems.
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 20:03
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Hondajet in evidence at The 'Bushe today - new owners trying it for size?
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 08:43
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Looks like a private owner..
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Old 9th Mar 2018, 22:17
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....apparently the new smaller relative of the above-mentioned Falcon (replacing a Mustang, ironically)
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Old 6th Jun 2018, 14:50
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Cessna have issued the order for the 4 original "Blink" liveried mustangs to be returned to the UK today and de-registered. Apparently Wijet haven't been paying the finance / programs on them.
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Old 6th Jun 2018, 16:26
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One way of clearing the decks before the Honda Jets arrive I guess...
 
Old 25th Jun 2018, 20:58
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Well staff not paid again! Hondajet will only arrive on a foreign AOC, and only if the wind is below 20kts crosswind
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Old 29th Jun 2018, 14:07
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Bankrupcy.... This is the end.. last flights will be tomorrow, AOC will be suspended, salaries not paid...
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Old 30th Jun 2018, 06:44
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Blink Jet files bankruptcy

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Bankrupcy.... This is the end.. last flights will be tomorrow, AOC will be suspended, salaries not paid...
Updated: Patrick Hersent, the Group CEO of Wijet, has exclusively confirmed to Private Jet Card Comparisons that the UK side of the business will enter receivership on Monday. He said he resigned two weeks ago and officially leaves the business tomorrow, Saturday and staff were notified of the company plans today. He said the French side of the business will continue, however, he is not sure of the final plan. The UK side, which represented the former Blink, held the group’s Air Operator’s Certificate, issued by the UK authorities so even if the French side tries to continue it would have to negotiate both airplane leases and find an operator with an AOC, he says. Hersent said he is not aware of what’s owed to consumers or vendors. He said the decision was made by the Supervisory Board however, he declined to comment further.



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Old 30th Jun 2018, 06:51
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private jet card confirms bankruptcy

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Bankrupcy.... This is the end.. last flights will be tomorrow, AOC will be suspended, salaries not paid...
Wijet, an SGH Capital investment and co-founded Mr. Alexandre Azoulay has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 7 months. Wijet was in pre-bankruptcy in September 2017- December 2018. One of the other Co-founders has been writing a series of episodes highlighting possible irregularities with his former Co-founder. Three separate sources have told Private Jet Card Comparisons that European on-demand private jet charter and jet card membership operator Wijet has informed its staff, including pilots, it is planning to wind down operations over the weekend, and it is understood the company may be placed into receivership as early as Monday. A Wijet employee reached via telephone in Paris said the company is still operating flights and requested questions be directed via email, which have yet to be answered. Private Jet Card Comparisons has not been able to view any of the internal to staff emails.
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Old 30th Jun 2018, 10:17
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There was only two emails, a load of informations from them.. All planes are flown to OXF by the end of the week-end
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Old 30th Jun 2018, 20:46
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Sad shit! Hope that all employees will find decent jobs elsewhere.
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Old 1st Jul 2018, 03:54
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Sad shit! Hope that all employees will find decent jobs elsewhere.
This is not surprising, Wijet filed for bankruptcy protection in France in late 2017 and Forbes seems to have missed this in their article. The co-founders are both accusing each other of mis-management and self enrichment, financial excess / abuse. This is documented through 14 episodes by one of the co-founders basically accusing the other of self enrichment.

The real loss is to the investors who had reportedly invested over 30m into this fiasco under false promises. The Honda Jet deal was nothing more than a public relations stunt in hopes that it would attract more investors as Wijet had no cash at the time of signing that contract. It’s seems the remaining Co-founder ran out of excuses to sell to the employees and investors and decided to pull the plug on the UK and claiming Brexit.

Laughable at best, as This company was in bankruptcy before Brexit was announced. PWC verified this in their report to the French courts in 2017 concerning why Wijet was in pre-bankruptcy. At the time Wijet was acquiring Blink, Wijet was effectively insolvent but managed to raise money promising investors a value of 45m and an IPO within 12 months at a 120/share.

I am sure the past CEO and the most recent CEO have a lot of information to share with the vendors, employees and third parties who will not get paid. It would be interesting to get feed back from the investors and Honda jet at this moment in time. Brexit? Who would use such excuse to cover up this bankruptcy?
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Old 1st Jul 2018, 05:40
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Forbes article

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Old 1st Jul 2018, 12:07
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In addition to the above post, I’ve heard so many horror stories from the staff who worked there. Apparently:

After the acquisition of Blink, UK staff were told to prioritise booking from the French office, despite these being priced wholly inappropriately and on most occasions losing the company money.

The sales in France could only say “yes” to customers with no understanding of what the costs were. They were also paid a bonus on every sale. Flights in the middle of the night: sure, cheap price. Elaborate catering: here, free of charge. Your flight has a slot delay? Here, have a 100% refund and a discount off your next flight. You don’t like your British pilot? Ok we will fly another pilot in for you.

The Blink model was thrown out, and most of the senior management left, Chief Pilot, followed by Ops Manager, Sales Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager.

The Wijet project was simply a means to attract funding to the CEO’s investment firm. When the new UK CEO was asked by one of the pilots, why the HondaJet, he replied “because of the dazzle dazzle”

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