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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 31st July 2014 | Issue #283
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United States

First production HondaJet makes public debut at Oshkosh

The first production HondaJet made its public debut on Monday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda’s aviation venture,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams.” read more

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Embraer delivers 25th Phenom 300 to NetJets

Embraer has delivered the 25th Phenom 300 to NetJets. A Purchase Agreement for 50 Phenom 300s, plus 75 options, was signed in October 2010. The total value of the deal may exceed USD 1bn, if all options are exercised.

“We are absolutely delighted with this delivery to NetJets, just over a year after the first Phenom 300 joined their fleet,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Phenom 300 was the most delivered business aircraft in 2013, and we are thrilled with its success among NetJets’ customers.”

The aircraft (delivered on Friday, 25th) is the 200th Phenom 300 manufactured by the Company. The delivery ceremony took place at the Embraer assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, where this aircraft was produced. Over 70 Phenom jets have been assembled in Melbourne, and delivered primarily to customers in the North American market. The Phenom 300 is in service in over 25 countries. read more

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Social Media: Fight or Flight

Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

our heart races and breath quickens. Your pupils dilate and face flushes. You’re
under attack. In that split second, you decide whether to stand your ground or flee the scene.

Oh, and I ought to mention, you face this scenario gazing at Twitter on your phone. Someone’s dissing your company. Questioning your services. Impugning your integrity. Who knew 140 characters could convey so much negativity?

The best time to decide on a response isn’t in the heat of the moment. So, give me a minute to offer some tips now that might help you later.

Years ago our agency developed high-level response guidelines that we’ve refined over time. They offer an at-a-glance means to chart a prudent course of action. Both we and our clients have used them. Check them out. Discuss them with your team.

If you haven’t already established guidelines for your company, you should. read more

United States

Nextant becomes first aviation company to join the Remanufacturing Industries Council

Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi - the world’s only remanufactured business jet - and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, has joined the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC).

The Remanufacturing Industries Council defines remanufacturing as: “a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a ‘like-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ condition and warranted in performance level and quality."

Remanufacturing is not the same as recycling nor is it a modification program. It produces products at a fraction of new-build cost and with significantly lower raw material consumption and greenhouse emissions. read more

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United States

Banyan receives Garmin Platinum Award

Banyan Air Service recently received the 2013 Garmin platinum award for excellent sales performance as part of the Garmin International avionics distributor network.

Banyan has received similar recognition over the past 12 years for consistently ranking among the top distributors of Garmin aviation products.

Joe Stewart, Garmin International aviation regional sales manager, presented the award to Don Campion, president of Banyan, and the Banyan Pilot Shop team. Then in a second ceremony to the Banyan Avionics team. “Banyan has been among the top tier of authorized Garmin sales and service centers for many years and it is my pleasure to recognize them with this award,” says Stewart. read more

Western Aircraft opens doors to two new buildings

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, welcomed guests and held a ribbon cutting celebration this week in honor of its most recent expansion.

The company added two new buildings totaling 26,000 square feet to its 18-acre leasehold. The new construction includes an expanded parts facility as well as a two-story infill building that houses support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation.

“This day has been made possible through the collaboration of the public and private sector as well as the support of our parent company Greenwich AeroGroup,” said President of Western Aircraft Jeff Mihalic. “We started this journey nearly four years ago with tremendous support from the City of Boise and the State of Idaho and today we thank all our partners for their efforts and contribution to our vision.”

“Western Aircraft is an important partner to the Boise Airport and a growing part of Boise’s resurgent economy,” said City of Boise Mayor David Bieter. read more


GAMA announces 2015 Aviation Design Challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association will hold the third Aviation Design Challenge in 2015. GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce made the announcement at the Build A Plane Teachers’ Day event at EAA AirVenture.

The nationwide competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills through aviation in U.S. high schools has attracted growing interest each year. In 2014, GAMA received entries from 79 schools in 33 states plus Washington, DC - nearly triple the number in 2013. Canby High School in Canby, MN and Saline High School in Saline, MI were the 2013 winners; Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, NV won in 2014.

“GAMA is very pleased to once again sponsor this life-changing program to increase students’ knowledge of STEM and educate them about the many career possibilities in the general aviation manufacturing field,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Almost all of our winners have said this experience has altered their professional goals and opened their eyes to aviation-related career paths, including piloting, engineering, maintenance, and manufacturing. I am very excited we can bring this wonderful educational initiative to even more schools next year.” read more

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NBAA establishes new weather subcommittee

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen has announced the formation of a new NBAA group focused on improvements in aviation weather information and flight safety.

Among those on hand for the launch were Ed Bolton, assistant administrator for NextGen with the Federal Aviation Administration, Cyndie Abelman, manager of the Aviation Branch for the National Weather Service, Kevin Johnston, senior meteorologist, FAA Air Traffic Organization and Bruce Carmichael, chairman of the NBAA Access Committee’s Weather Subcommittee.

“NBAA is pleased to launch this new Weather Subcommittee of NBAA’s long-standing Access Committee,” said Bolen, speaking at the Friends & Partners of Aviation Weather forum in Washington, DC. “NBAA wants to fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies, and to explore ways to improve current and predictive weather information.”

Bolen said that a goal for the new subcommittee is to provide a mechanism for everyone in the aviation weather user community to discuss and find consensus with the FAA and National Weather Service on identifying and meeting the most critical weather information needs of general aviation operators.

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Jeremy Pisell

FlightSafety International has promoted Jeremy Pisell to the position of Manager of its Learning Center in Houston, Texas. He succeeds David Glass who was recently named Manager of FlightSafety’s Learning Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jeremy joined FlightSafety in 2006 at the Dallas Learning Center, serving as an instructor, Program Manager, Assistant Director of Training, and Director of Training. He was most recently Assistant Manager of FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona.

He began his career in aviation working at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a flight specialist and then as a flight instructor for Airline Transportation Professionals. Jeremy was with Delta Air Lines for nine years just prior to joining FlightSafety and served as an associate customer service agent, instructor and course developer for Human Factors and Indoctrination training. He was also a flight training procedures instructor on the Boeing 737.

Jeremy holds Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Aircraft Dispatcher certificates and is also a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Ground Instructor, and Training Center Evaluator. He has type ratings for the Boeing 737, Gulfstream III, and Falcon 2000 EASy aircraft.

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United States

Two milestones for Cessna:

• Maiden flight for the new Citation CJ3+

• Second Latitude production aircraft takes to the skies

Cessna announced further milestones in the development of its two newest business jets this week; the first flight of the new Citation CJ3+ on July 28th, and likewise the second production model of the Latitude (Serial 002) on July 25th.

The successful maiden flight of the first production CJ3+ took place at the company’s manufacturing facility adjacent to Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan.

Mark Tuttle, production flight test pilot, said all systems performed as expected during the 73 min. flight. The new aircraft was first announced on March 20 of this year, and Federal Aviation Administration certification is expected this year. read more

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Daher-Socata showcases its new TBM 900 fast and eco-efficient turboprop aircraft at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

The world’s newest and fastest certified single-engine turboprop aircraft is taking center stage at this week’s AirVenture Oshkosh gathering as Daher-Socata’s TBM 900 makes its first-ever appearance at the event.

Retaining the proven airframe, engine and avionics from Daher-Socata’s TBM 850, the new TBM 900 is enhanced by aerodynamic optimization including the addition of winglets, Hartzell’s new five-blade composite propeller, a complete nose-to-firewall redesign for improved engine airflow circulation and an improved human-machine interface in the cockpit. read more

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United Kingdom

20 years of aircraft charters, rock & roll!

August 2014 will be a big month for specialist aircraft charter broking company Premier Aviation UK Ltd who are celebrating 20 years’ service to the music and entertainment industry this month.

Founding director and industry stalwart Adrian Whitmarsh said, “Over the last two decades Premier Aviation has built an enviable reputation with some of the world’s greatest performers including the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne and most recently Miley Cyrus and the Rolling Stones to name but a few. Many of these major artists have remained regular and loyal clients, returning to us time and again for their tour and personal air charter requirements." read more

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Top 25 European Departure Airports

BlueSky's '25 Most Popular Business Aviation Departure Airports in Europe' in association with Avinode

This fortnightly popularity ranking is based on the number of unique flight requests with their first passenger leg departing out of IACO codes starting with E, L, and U, transmitted through the Avinode Marketplace over the last 30 days. When followed over longer stretches of time this chart will give you a sense of seasonal changes in-flight patterns and general flight patterns in Europe.

Not surprisingly for the time of year, activity is increasing at Mediterranean airports - with Ibiza (LEIB) entering the Top Five.

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United States

Lear 60 now FAA-certified with new Raisbeck aft fuselage locker

Raisbeck Engineering received full FAA certification for its Lear 60 Aft Fuselage Locker on July 18th, 2014. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck Authorized Dealer locations that work with Lear 60 owners and operators.

Final certification flights were completed in March of this year and all data was submitted to the FAA, who granted single-airplane STC in May, followed now by the final STC. The first Lear 60 to receive the Aft Fuselage Locker has been in full operation on trips across the U.S. and Europe. read more

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Newly opened Belfast International FBO, Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre has announced the appointment of Tim Magill as Operations Manager.

Jet Assist MD Ian Morrow tells BlueSky, "We are delighted to announce Tim's appointment as he brings with him a wide range of operational experience & being an ATPL holder he understands the needs of the crew & their flight departments as well as the needs of their VIP passengers, a vital component of running an efficient & competitive FBO."

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United Kingdom

DFS subsidiary to take over tower services at London Gatwick

The DFS Group has been awarded the contract for the future provision of tower services at Gatwick Airport by the Board of Directors of Gatwick Airport Limited.

A subsidiary of DFS, The Tower Company will set up a new UK company to perform these services. Operations will start on 1 October 2015. The contract is expected to be signed at the end of July. The companies have agreed not to disclose the details of the deal.

Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, the CEO of DFS said: "With this contract, DFS is making its contribution to advancing the consolidation process in the European air navigation services landscape. We are pleased that the DFS Group has been awarded the contract for Gatwick Airport and are looking forward to providing safe and efficient air traffic control services with the Gatwick tower staff. The staff at Gatwick will transfer to the DFS subsidiary in close dialogue with the employees and their representatives and in keeping with our employee relations traditions."

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Women in Aviation

WAI scholarships exceed half-million dollars

Women in Aviation, International scholarships for 2015 now number 91 with the value of $510k.

“The variety of scholarships - and the variety of donors is huge,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "From major aerospace corporations and airlines to WAI chapters and WAI members, we offer scholarships ranging from type ratings to initial training, for academic work, dispatcher training, maintenance training to money to finance a mid-life career change to aviation. The only universal qualification is that you must be a current WAI member to apply.” read more, Plus: WAI significantly expands its youth outreach

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WTCE Americas delivers inspiration, networking and innovation for the onboard services industry

For two days Seattle will become a hub of discovery and networking for the onboard services industry as the World Travel & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) Americas makes its inaugural appearance alongside Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas on 14-16 October.

With US airline profits expected to hit $18.7bn in 2014, the show will bring together professionals from across all disciplines to discuss new business partnerships and uncover the industry’s hot topics. read more

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United Kingdom

Farnborough Aerospace Growth Forum launched

This week marks the launch of the Farnborough Aerospace Growth Forum, a new partnership bringing together key stakeholders from across the aerospace industry, to deliver sustained growth for the sector in the South East of England.

This new partnership of public and private sector organisations will provide coordinated support to promote and grow the aerospace and defence sectors in the region.

The forum consolidates industry expertise, financial support and facilitation services under a single umbrella partnership to help boost expansion and the resilience of the aerospace industry in the region. In addition, it will help drive inward investment, support entrepreneurship in the aerospace industry and facilitate supply chain linkages.

With the South East of England representing 26% of the UK’s total aerospace footprint, the value of this new organisation to the economic development of the region and the UK’s overall financial growth is significant. It is predicted in the next twenty years the South East region could generate £156bn from the aerospace industry, based on forecasted global demand for construction of new large civil airliners, business jets, regional aircraft and civil helicopters. read more

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United Kingdom

BACA endorses ARGUS Certified Charter Broker Program

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has endorsed ARGUS' new Certified Charter Broker program.

BACA is the largest and longest standing organization focused on the air charter brokerage industry in the world, whilst ARGUS is the most recognized source of independent, unbiased information supporting the due diligence requirements of the global air charter marketplace.

Brokers account for more air charter transactions today than ever before. In fact, some of the fastest growing companies in the air charter industry are brokers. However, the air charter brokerage business is largely unregulated, leaving room for unfair competition and improprieties that can financially or otherwise harm aircraft operators and their end consumers.

BACA has been promoting the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the air charter brokerage business since 1949, and has built a membership base of hundreds of leading companies in the aviation marketplace. ARGUS has developed its Certified Air Charter Broker Program over several years and with much industry input, to allow professional air charter brokers a recognized and respected venue to inform aircraft operators and charter consumers of the great lengths they have gone to in developing their business.

The FBO or handler plays a role in maintaining the food temperature, whether loaded directly to the aircraft or dropped at an FBO for storage until you request the catering to the aircraft. Have you ever taken a look at the FBO/handler's refrigeration facilities? Are they monitoring and logging the temperature of their refrigeration? (and separating incoming catering - possibly loaded with tons of growing bacteria from time and temperature abuse? read more

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As the heat index soars into record levels this summer, it is critically important that extra care be taken when handling catering on board your aircraft.

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

Protecting your catering from the Summer heat

ccording to the World Health Organization, the industrialized countries are
reporting that the percentage of population suffering foodborne disease each year is up 30%.

Food handling practices are a contributing factor. Globally, the world’s food industryrecognizes a temperature range that is referred to as the Temperature Danger Zone: 40/41°F to 135/140°F, or 4.5/5°C to 60°C.

You as the flight attendant, flight crew, CSR at the hanger, FBO, or handler (including the scheduler/dispatcher) ordering the catering need to know these temperatures! More often than not, you can’t see spoiled food . . . Salmonella and e.coli have no physical signs, no smell and no taste in food.

As I will discuss, there are specific guidelines that limit the time you can safely store food at these various temperatures. Time allowances for keeping food safe include not only the time you, the flight crew, have the food, but the time from kitchen production until consumption.

How much time is required to get the catering to the aircraft?

Is it being delivered warm where bacteria can thrive and multiply, or cold, under refrigeration and chilled at the food source prior to delivery? A commercial aviation caterer is aware of the additional abuse the food is exposed to and makes every effort to provide the longest possible time remaining for the food to remain safe when delivered to you chilled. read more

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Isle of Man

New Director of Civil Aviation for the Isle of Man

The Department of Economic Development has announced that Simon Williams will take over the role as the Isle of Man’s new Director of Civil Aviation on October 1st 2014 replacing Hartley Elder who retired earlier this year.

Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging Senior Operational and Staff Appointments. He has operated as an Aircraft Commander, Training Captain, Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructor, and Instrument Rating Examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force Search & Rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and Civil Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.

Simon Williams

During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad regulatory and safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national and international level. More recently, he increasingly devoted much of his time to working in ‘Safety Partnership' with the business aviation community, latterly focussing on seeking to influence the development of proportionate and effective EASA Regulations, in particular for Non-Commercial Complex Motor Powered Aircraft.

Williams commented: ‘With the registration of its 700th aircraft earlier this month, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has carried on its strong growth and I’m looking forward to playing my part in contributing to its continued success and that of the Island’s aviation services sector.’

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United Kingdom

Air Charter Service achieves record monthly charter numbers

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has said that June was the busiest month in the company’s history, completing more than 800 charter contracts.

Justin Bowman, the company’s CEO, commented: “It’s an astounding figure. To put it into perspective, we chartered more flights in June 2014 than we did in the whole of 2003. Some charter contracts consist of more than one leg and in June we flew almost 1,200 flight sectors in total: that means an ACS flight took off, on average, once every 40 minutes throughout the whole of June. read more

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Biggin Hill

Business Aircraft Europe Exhibition

Biggin Hill Airport has announced that the Business Aircraft Europe Exhibition, planned for September this year, has been cancelled due to circumstances outside the control of the airport company.

All enquiries relating to the event should be directed to the show organisers, MIU Events Ltd.

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Avia Solutions Group to establish new 40m USD Aviation Park

Avia Solutions Group, a WSE listed global provider of one-stop-shop aviation business solutions, and Kaunas Free Economic Zone Management UAB have signed a memorandum of cooperation with regard to the development of a new Aviation Park in the territory of the Kaunas Free Economic Zone, Lithuania.

Upon the successful implementation of all project stages the local economy will be infused with almost 40m USD, and the new Aviation Park will become the Country's largest and most innovative centre of aviation services. read more


NBAA's Bolen: Continued certification improvements 'critical' to business aviation read

Seven things your aircraft broker needs to hear you say. Oliver Stone, Managing Director of Colibri Aircraft, UK. read

It’s always Breakfast Time somewhere. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

Confederation of British Industry: Increasing UK air links doesn't mean neglecting our environmental obligations read

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Ruslan International delivers in time for official opening

Ruslan international - the joint venture company which manages and markets the 17-strong fleet of giant Antonov An-124 aircraft belonging to its shareholders Antonov Airlines and Volga Dnepr Airlines - pulled out all the stops to deliver an urgent shipment of ethanol production equipment in time for a VIP opening ceremony.

The cargo - for a new ethanol production facility operated by one of Brazil’s leading producers - was originally intended to be transported by ship. However, because it was needed in time for the opening ceremony attended by the country’s President and other VIPs, the only solution was to fly it from Toronto to Viracopos using the only aircraft large enough for the job - a giant AN-124.

The entire process of flight booking, transport cradle design, fabrication and delivery to exporter, permit applications, aircraft positioning and flight departure were all performed by Ruslan International within 5 days (including a weekend) of first notification.

The cargo totalled 79,000 kilos, with the heaviest individual piece weighing in at 58,015 kilos, and measuring 13.157m x 3.15m x 3.81m. The project was performed in cooperation with Fly Easy, a charter broker based in Brazil

Says Ruslan International Commercial Executive Paul Bingley: “We are very glad we were able to accommodate this urgent request, which successfully exploited the full range of expertise which Ruslan International can bring to bear in such demanding situations.”

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