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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 21st July 2016 | Issue #377

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June 2016 flies high, up 4.2% from June 2015

Forecast metrics indicate strong yoy growth of 3.9% in Q3 2016.

June business aviation flight activity posted an unusual month over month increase from May, finishing up 1.8% according to ARGUS' TRAQPak data released this week.

Historically, June flight activity declined from May in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Results by operational category were all in the black for the month with Part 135 operators posting the largest monthly increase, up 2.7%

The fractional & Part 91 sectors recorded steady rises from May, up 1.1% & 1.5% respectively. Aircraft categories saw gains as well with the turboprop market again leading the way for the largest monthly increase, up 4.3% from May.

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Flying Colours selects Rockwell Collins Venue for CRJ ExecLiner conversions

Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completions, and refurbishment company has selected Rockwell Collins’ Venue cabin management and high-definition entertainment system for retrofit installation on all future CRJ ExecLiner conversions.

The first installation has already taken place at the Peterborough headquarters as a Bombardier CRJ200 conversion nears completion to a VIP ExecLiner format, a business jet configuration that Flying Colours has made its own.

The aircraft will now be able to maximize the capability to display HD movies, enhance digital audio throughout the cabin, and broadcast other high-resolution content, including the Rockwell Collins Airshow 3D moving map.

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Fort Worth-based Texas Jet gains IS-BAH certification

Texas Jet, Inc., a fixed-base operator at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW), has attained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification for its leadership in safety management and risk mitigation.

Texas Jet is only one of six FBOs in the United States to achieve the accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

“The foundation of Texas Jet's ‘culture of safety’ is our comprehensive safety management system, which - along with our standard operating procedures and emergency response plan - forms the basis for how we think and what we do,” said Reed Pigman, Jr., owner and president of Texas Jet. “All of us at Texas Jet are proud to be one of the first in the U.S. to receive such prestigious recognition for our high standards in safety.”

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#FIA16: Social Media Engagement at its Finest

Carol Farrow, brand manager at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ou don’t have to be an AvGeek to recognize the passion bursting out of
Farnborough last week.

Scroll down the Farnborough #FIA16 Twitter and Instagram feeds and you’ll be mesmerized by the quantity and quality of video, photography, infographics and articles. 

What was so great about the social conversation? Well, I thought you’d never ask.

Amazing Coverage

Beautiful high-quality imagery filled social channels. Sharing wasn’t limited to the media, professional film crews or photographers.

Attendees, exhibitors, pilots and aviation enthusiasts all took part in sharing the social love. And motion kept the feed alive - live and time-lapsed video, virtual tours, flying displays, show recaps, product announcements and video congratulations.

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PRISM expands sponsorship with PSAAC to include Arial Firefighting and Search & Rescue

PRISM, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, has expanded its sponsorship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) to include aerial firefighting and search & rescue.

In September of 2014, PRISM entered into a sponsorship agreement with PSAAC, also known as the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. That agreement recognized PRISM’s support of PSAAC as the official accreditation authority for the airborne law enforcement community.

With the expanded use of aerial support in the firefighting and search & rescue sectors, the need for an accreditation authority was in demand to ensure that the highest level of industry best practices were implemented. The need for this accreditation authority has led to the creation of PRISM ARMOR for Public Safety, the only Safety Management System (SMS) 100% compliant with PSAAC standards.

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Women in Aviation

WAI to host Seattle Regional Conference

Women in Aviation International has a regional conference planned in Seattle, Washington, September 16-17, 2016.

The two-day regional conference will be held at Seattle’s famed Museum of Flight and the Seattle Airport Marriott and begins with a tour of the Boeing Company headquarters.

The tour of the historic Boeing assembly plant in Renton provides a product overview covering 1.1 million square feet where more than 1,100 B-29 WWII and 900 C-97 post WWII piston-propeller airplanes were built. All Boeing Puget Sound 7-series single-aisle jet era airplanes have been produced there; these include all 707, 727, 737 and 757 models, and current production aircraft including the 737-700, 737-800, and 737-900ER.

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Nextant reaches significant 400XTi milestones

Nextant Aerospace, which produces the 400XTi - the world’s only remanufactured business jet, announced today that the 400XTi program had surpassed several key program milestones related to market penetration and global operating experience.

“The 400XTi has reached a monumental tipping point in the marketplace,” said Jay Heublein, Executive Vice President for Nextant Aerospace. “Of the approximately 550 applicable, in-service Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP aircraft, over 20% of the fleet is now contractually committed to the Nextant remanufacturing program. This statistic is made more significant when you consider the market backdrop surrounding the launch of the Nextant program.”

In addition, the global fleet of in-service 400XT/XTi aircraft has now exceeded an operational mark of 100,000 hours of flight time.

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Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens has joined the board of Pattonair as a Non-Executive Director in a key appointment for the Derby, UK headquartered company.

The former Chief Executive of Cobham plc brings his extensive international experience in the aerospace and defence industry and the wider technology and engineering sectors. His expertise in operating globally, built over 30 years in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, will be a significant asset to Pattonair in continuing to develop and implement its successful growth strategy.

Andrew was a Director of Cobham plc between 2003 and 2012 where he held a range of positions, becoming Chief Executive in 2010 until June 2012 when he stepped down due to a recurring health issue. Before joining Cobham plc he held senior positions with Rolls-Royce and Messier Dowty International.

More recently his Private Equity experience has been as Non-Executive Chairman of AIM-Altitude, a premium cabin interiors business which was sold by Towerbrook to AVIC. He currently holds non-executive director roles for CAE Inc, Hèroux-Devtek Inc and De La Rue Plc for whom he is also its Senior Independent Director.

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EVO Jet assists Gulfstream 650ER in first ever Part 91 bizjet flight over North Pole

Unofficial time record set.

With business jets able to fly farther and faster than ever before, long-range aircraft operators are taking advantage of timesaving routes traditionally reserved for airliners.

International flight-support company, EVO Jet Services recently assisted the first ever Part 91 Gulfstream 650ER to fly the Polar Route from the East Coast of the United States to China.

The Gulfstream 650ER , which belongs to a Fortune 500 company wishing to remain anonymous, departed from a New York City outlying airport at 20:57 UTC on June 5th 2016. The aircraft utilized Polar Route 3 over the North Pole and landed in Beijing (ZBAA) 12 hours and 8 minutes later. read more

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Airbus Corporate Jet Centre imagines a new level of innovation and comfort for airline passengers

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) is introducing full-height mini-suites to airline first class - previously only certificated for private aviation.

This new step in cabin innovation has been designed by its in-house Creative Design Studio and already fitted to an ACJ319.

Each suite features a 2.5 m² individual and cleverly furnished space, including a large seat that is convertible into a 33" by 79" fully-flat bed. This private space has been carefully thought out to provide the most convenient environment, and is outfitted with several ingenious storages areas, including a redesigned overhead stowage bin, plus a versatile folding table, that is equally well suited for dinner or work and a 32" HD screen. read more

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Embraer Executive Jets has boosted its sales network in Asia Pacific with the appointment of Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC) as the Authorized Sales Representative for Japan.

For over 60 years, JAC has played an integral role in developing the general and business aviation market in Japan,” said Hitoshi Tanimura, President & CEO of Japan Aerospace Corporation. “With this background we are pleased to be named as Embraer Executive Jets’ Authorized Sales Representative and are excited to introduce its excellent portfolio of business jets, ranging from the Phenom 100E to the Lineage 1000E, to the Japanese market. We look forward to a long term partnership with Embraer Executive Jets in our market and its success.”

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South Africa

Vertis Aviation adds Africa’s second Challenger 350 to its South African portfolio

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation has added a Bombardier Challenger 350 to its South African portfolio.

The brand new aircraft, which is only the second of its type to be delivered to the continent, is based in Johannesburg, South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport. It joined the portfolio in June 2016 when it was delivered to Fireblade Aviation, a South African-based charter operator and FBO provider. read more

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Hawker Pacific announces successful integration of Aeromil Pacific

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East has announced the successful integration of Aeromil Pacific into the Hawker Pacific Group of companies.

Since acquiring Aeromil Pacific in August 2015, the company has been focusing on a smooth transition integrating Aeromil Pacific operations into the Hawker Pacific Group and from 25th July onwards will be operating under Hawker Pacific. read more

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New Products

PPG Ice-deterrent: non-stick coating for airplanes

Visitors to Farnborough last week were given a first look at the capabilities of an innovative non-stick aircraft coating by Pittsburgh-headquartered PPG - a global supplier of paints, coatings and specialty materials.

The unique coating, which is still development, helps to eliminate ice build-up on airplanes for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced safety and less required maintenance.

By helping ice, insects and other substances to safely slide off an airplane’s wings and flight-control surfaces, PPG’s coating helps to prevent build-up that can create drag on the aircraft. This, in turn, helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over airplane wings, which studies by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have shown can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 6 percent. read more

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Derek Freeman, owner and founder of the award winning UK private jet fine dining company, Bon Soirée, brings you a seasonal recipe from the company's new menu for you to try at home. This week . . .

Organic Salmon Fillet with Spinach, Potato Galatte and Sauce Vierge

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Dallas Airmotive’s state-of-the-art test facility ready for rotorcraft engines

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, has announced that its new test facility at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has been correlated for Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW200 series engines and Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engine lines. It is certified and has begun to test rotorcraft engines.

“This is a great milestone for our new test center at the DFW Airport and our rotorcraft program,” said Mark Stubbs, BBA Aviation Global Engine Services Chief Commercial Officer. “With these certifications, we can deliver full MRO and test capabilities from our Dallas facilities to our growing base of rotorcraft customers throughout the Americas. This state-of-the-art facility is one of a kind and our rotorcraft customers will experience quicker engine shop visits.” read more

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Aerospace & Defence

Aerospace & Defence executives hunting down growth and a shift to new markets

Two-thirds of aerospace and defence (A&D) senior executives say that they are confident or very confident in their company’s growth prospects over the next 2 years, according to the latest KPMG Global Aerospace and Defence Outlook.

Aircraft OEMs and major defence contractors are particularly confident in their growth strategy, with 100 percent of respondents from larger organisations (those with global annual revenues of more than USD10bn) voicing confidence in their growth prospects.

According to the survey of senior A&D executives from around the world, 41 percent now believe growth will be an extremely high priority over the next 2 years, up from just 13 percent last year. The survey also indicates that cost and performance management are still high on the agenda for A&D organisations, with 81 percent saying that they are focusing on improving cost and performance management. read more

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Embraer delivered 26 Executive jets (23 light/3 large) and 26 Commercial jets during the second quarter of 2016.

On June 30, Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled USD 21.9bn.

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HNA Aviation to acquire majority stake in SR Technics

Mubadala to retain stake in Zurich-based MRO provider.

SR Technics announces that sole shareholder Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi investment and development company, has agreed to sell an 80% stake in the company to HNA Aviation, a global enterprise group based in Haikou, China.

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector, will remain a standalone business within HNA Aviation’s portfolio of aviation business. Mubadala, a shareholder since 2006, will retain a 20% stake in the company.

SR Technics will continue to focus on delivering high quality integrated MRO solutions for aircraft, components and engines, as well as building long-term partnerships with a diversified global customer base that includes flagship and low-cost carriers, aircraft leasing companies and original equipment manufacturers.

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United Kingdom

Gama Aviation’s design team launches Garmin G500H STC

Gama Aviation Plc, the global aviation services company, has announced the award of an EASA STC for installation of the Garmin G500H EFIS into the Bell 206B helicopter.

The G500H system is certified for Day/Night VFR operations and brings substantial improvements in situational awareness with a large multi-function colour moving map, H.S.I, full-time wind vector and many additional features.

The required G500H GPS source is provided by Garmin’s GTN750 or 650 touch-screen GPS navigator with integral 8.33 KHz Comm and VOR/ILS receiver. When using the GTN750, optional HTAWS and integrated audio panel and Mode S transponder are also available.

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JETS gains Falcon 7x approval after recent 5 year ASC renewal by Dassault

Following JETS’ announcement earlier this year of its renewed Dassault Authorized Service Centre status, the company has expanded its approvals on the Falcon series to now include the Falcon 7x.

JETS became an Authorised Service Centre for Dassault Aviation in 2013 and following a successful audit this year its status was renewed by Dassault for a further 5 years.

On 31st May 2016 JETS (Biggin Hill) Limited was successful in passing a CAA audit in response to the company’s application to add the Dassault Falcon 7X to its Part-145 MRO capability and has now received the amended EASA Form 3 approval certificate covering the additional aircraft type.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.

A Watermelon Smile

hat do you think of when you think of summer?

Palm tree lined sandy beaches, cool cocktails with a fruity garnish, family fun, cookouts and a barbeque?

Yup, I think of all of the above and watermelon! Doesn’t the sight of it even make you happy? Look at the slice . . . it's a smile, pure happiness.

We can thank the Egyptians for the first watermelon. The first harvests were documented over 5000 years ago. And from there - over 2000 years ago - merchant ships carried the watermelon to China, and the rest is history. 

Summer is the season for fresh watermelon; it is grown in over 96 countries around the world and there are over 1,200 recorded varieties in assorted colors. In Italy, there are thousands of festivals devoted to watermelon so as you travel, watch for signs like ‘Sagra’ or ‘Festa del Anguria’ announcing their dates.

Every country has festivals to celebrate this vegetable . . . oops, I guess I forgot to mention that a watermelon is in the same family as the squash, the pumpkin, and the cucumber.

No wonder it's so versatile.

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Air BP awards second Sterling Pilot Scholarship

Air BP has awarded its second Sterling Pilot Scholarship to 17 year old, Aberdeen student, Zoë Burnett.

The award, which is valued at £10,000, will enable Zoë to complete her Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and take the first step towards realising her ultimate ambition of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

Zoë Burnett.

Keen to get started, Zoë commenced her PPL training at Tayside Aviation at Dundee Airport in Scotland on June 14th.

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Jet Aviation delivers its 2nd 8C Inspection in Singapore this year

Jet Aviation recently completed and delivered its second 8C inspection at its MRO facility in Singapore this year.

As with its first 8C overhaul, the company completed the heavy inspection in conjunction with a full interior refurbishment.

Jet Aviation’s MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore completed and delivered its second 8C inspection in 2016 - also on a Bombardier Global Express XRS - to a customer earlier this month.

To maximize the aircraft’s downtime, the comprehensive heavy maintenance inspection, which requires dismantling, reassembly and landing gear overhaul, was done in conjunction with a full interior refurbishment.

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United Kingdom

UK firms produce new Hybrid aviation engine

Lightweight and powerful Hybrid aircraft engine set to revolutionise GA market.

To help reduce carbon emissions and noise pollution, Gloucestershire UK-based Faradair is developing an innovative hybrid propulsion system for the general aviation sector.

Hybraero is the name for this new engine venture and the first hybrid engine to be produced is called the ‘H600’.

Developed in joint venture with British motorsport and advanced technology specialists, Prodrive, it will incorporate a new 300hp engine designed to run on JetA1 fuel and cleaner ‘biojet’ fuel where available, eradicating the need for expensive Avgas.

The Hybraero H600 also incorporates twin electric motors able to deliver an additional 300hp for up to 10 minutes of ‘electric-only’ flight time, whereupon the engine will take over and also recharge the battery, alternatively maximum take-off power could be 600hp in combined power mode.

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Oshkosh: Avfuel honors aviation history, sponsors B-17 Yankee Lady
Avfuel Corporation honors the aviation industry’s rich history by sponsoring the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 Yankee Lady at EAA AirVenture 2016.

Known as the “Flying Fortress,” the B-17 was a popular WWII bomber primarily used to destroy enemy war facilities. As one of only 10 B-17 airframes flyable today, the Yankee Lady is an important symbol of patriotism and a window into aviation’s pivotal past. Normally housed at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mich., the Yankee Lady will be stationed on the airport field, easily accessible to all airshow visitors.

“It’s an honor to be able to provide this unique experience for fellow aviation enthusiasts,” said Marci Ammerman, Avfuel vice president of marketing. “At Avfuel, we recognize the importance of keeping history alive by offering educational opportunities to the public - it’s our way of honoring this aircraft’s legacy and the legacy of those who bravely flew her. Along with Avfuel representatives, museum volunteers will be available to answer questions from the public as they explore the aircraft.”

“The enthusiasm at AirVenture is contagious,” said Ammerman. “Avfuel strives to add to the excitement by offering this unique opportunity. Along with its historical significance, the B-17 exemplifies the spirit of EAA’s event and America’s ongoing fascination with aviation.”

The Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 Yankee Lady will be on display from Monday, July 25 – Saturday, July 30. AirVenture takes place at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

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