8 Reasons Why (Most) Private Jets Are White

Article posted on April 4th, 2017 by Alex Peake

While you might think private jet owners want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t fail to notice that most aircraft are white.

Matterhorn White to be precise. That’s the specific white paint colour used for most private jets these days. We commented on its popularity in this recent news article in Moneyish.

So why are aircraft white?

They may have a coloured stripe or pattern here or there. But while it’s perfectly possible to paint an aircraft pink, green, pink, or gold all over, a white base colour is very much de rigeur for private aircraft – as it is for most airliners.

When aircraft come off the manufacturer’s assembly line, they are usually green – this is their undercoat of zinc phosphate primer. That’s why you see green aircraft during the stages of their flight test program.

And while there’s no technical reason why they can’t stay that way, usually they are finished in white before being delivered to customers.

Here are some of the reasons why.

1) White has thermal advantage

White is a terrific reflector of sunlight, and reflects almost all the light that falls on it, unlike other colours, which absorb some of the rays.

This means the cabin stays cooler – which can be a particular advantage on the runway in hot climates. And while it’s not widely the case, some airframes require the use of white paint on upper surfaces, to maintain their airframe temperature limits.

2) It’s a blank canvas

There’s no better base colour to show off a company logo. Am expanse of white fuselage makes a great blank canvas for the owners or manufacturer’s marketing efforts.

But a minority of aircraft manufacturers, airlines or owners do look at the whole aircraft as a marketing opportunity.

Honda uses bold sections of colour to illustrate Hondajet‘s point of difference to other small jets (but hasn’t given up on white altogether). And a colourful branded aircraft makes the ultimate flying poster site for many movie launches, music tours and corporate roadshows.

3) It increases resale & charter value

White aircraft have a better resale value than coloured ones. The new owner can easily have small sections repainted in their livery, rather than having to invest much more money in an all-over new paint job.

And the same goes for rental or charter. A charter aircraft painted in a neutral and discreet way will have more demand than a distinctive, coloured one.

Many private jet owners make their aircraft available for private charter when they’re not using it, and want to make it attractive to charter customers, as well as to their own taste. Charter is a way of offsetting some of the significant costs of owning your own aircraft.

4) It doesn’t fade…

White paint ages better than most other colours. Being exposed to sunlight at high altitudes can take its toll on deeper colours, but white doesn’t fade.

So a white aircraft may need to be repainted every four years, rather than every two. And when you’re paying between $100,000 and $350,000 for a repaint, that’s a big consideration.

5) …but it does show cracks & leaks

While fading isn’t a safety consideration, other deterioration such as cracking or oil leaks certainly is. And on a white surface these have nowhere to hide. That’s a big advantage to maintenance and safety.

And while white may be harder to keep clean, dirt adds drag. So keeping the aircraft clean is also more fuel-efficient.

6) It shows up in the sky

A white aircraft is more easily spotted at night and in the sky. That’s why military planes – which conversely don’t want to be spotted in the sky – are rarely white and usually come in camouflage colours of grey, green or blue.

7) White aircraft paint is cheaper

Due to its popularity, white aircraft paint is more widely available and less expensive than other colours.

8) It has traditional appeal

People have deep (and often subconscious) feelings about colour. And research has shown that most passengers feel more comfortable and secure flying in a traditional white aircraft.

Five Years On, G650 Still 'Top of Market' Bizjet

Article by Chad Trautvetter, September 20, 2017

More than 250 Gulfstream G650/650ERs have been delivered globally since the the G650 achieved FAA type certification five years ago, the Savannah, Georgia-based company said yesterday. When the ultra-long-range, wide-cabin business jet was launched in March 2008, it had one of business aviation’s most successful product launches, with more than 200 firm orders following the aircraft’s introduction.

With a nonstop range of 7,000 nm, the aircraft established a position at the top end of the business jet market, which it still retains today, according to industry experts. “Gulfstream leadership was prescient, identifying a ‘top of the market’ opportunity that they were uniquely positioned to seize,” said JetNet iQ managing director Rolland Vincent. “The G650 is a transformational aircraft for Gulfstream as it continues a multi-year transition to all-new platforms.”

Gulfstream president Mark Burns said, “The G650 set a new standard in business aviation” for its range and payload, low cabin-noise levels and four-zone cabin. “It has redefined what business jet operators could expect from their aircraft,” he said.

The G650 also is the fastest non-supersonic jet to circumnavigate the globe, having flown westbound around the world in a record-setting 41 hours and 7 minutes and claiming 22 city-pair speed records along the way. In total, the G650 and G650ER have set 65 city-pair records. The G650 also earned the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

“Many customers and prospects consider the Gulfstream brand and the G650 in particular to be aspirational,” concluded Vincent. “This is a powerful and formidable market position.”

Only 40,000 GA aircraft ADS-B Out compliant as US deadline nears

Article written by KATE SARSFIELD, Flight International. September 20, 2017

Only 40,000 general aviation (GA) aircraft flying in the USA have been equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 1 January 2020 deadline, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

The FAA estimates that between 100,000 and 160,000 GA aircraft will need to comply with the regulation in order to operate in airspace where a Mode C transponder is currently required.

ADS-B Out is designed to improve air traffic management by enabling an aircraft to continuously transmit highly accurate position and status information to air traffic control.

“We’re now just over two years out from the FAA compliance deadline,” says GAMA president Pete Bunce. “As we move forward, knowing that date will not change, it is essential that those operators who haven’t yet, make a plan for equipage to avoid having their aircraft grounded and losing its residual value.”

GAMA says there are a number of affordable products available on the market for light aircraft. “By choosing to equip now, operators are investing in their safety and ensuring they meet the 2020 deadline before installation lines grow long,” says Bunce.