The number of Very Light Jets (VLJs) is set to soar in Europe, with up to 100 additional aircraft coming into service each year and 700 in operation by 2015, according to recent research from Eurocontrol.
To ensure that this growth can be handled safely and efficiently, the Agency has launched a new forum - the European VLJs Integration Platform (VIP) – to propose solutions for integrating VLJs into the European air traffic system. A number of large VLJ manufacturers and operators participate in the VIP. Eurocontrol’s studies show that there are about 440 VLJs currently on order for operation in Europe. Of these, at least 230 are expected for delivery by the end of 2010. The majority of VLJs are expected to be used for air-taxi type work. Typically, this would result in each aircraft making an average of 2 to 3 flights a day, adding 200 to 300 extra flights per day each year.