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  BlueSky Business Aviation News | 21st October 2016 | Issue #388
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NBAA calls for FAA to step up efforts to halt 'strangulation strategy' for SMO

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen has cited "an urgent need for further, stricter action" by the Federal Aviation Administration to halt blatant actions by city officials in Santa Monica, CA, to drive local businesses from Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).

Bolen’s letter marks the most recent action NBAA has taken to preserve the historic Southern California airport’s important role in the nation’s aviation system.

Earlier this year, NBAA joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) to file an FAA Part 16 complaint alleging that city officials have improperly diverted airport funds, charged excessive and unreasonable landing fees and denied leases on property to airport businesses.

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FAA dedicates new Las Vegas ATC facility

Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta joined federal and local officials on Tuesday to dedicate the new air traffic control facility at McCarran International Airport.

The project includes a 352-foot tall air traffic control tower and a 59,000 square-foot base building, which houses the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), air traffic control training simulators, administrative offices, and equipment.

“This project fulfills our core mandate of providing the traveling public with the world-class air transportation system that they expect and deserve,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It also provided a shot in the arm to the local economy by putting Nevadans to work in well-paying construction jobs.”

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Meridian Hayward open for business

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro Airport, has announced the opening of its new FBO at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, California.

The facility features the services and amenities that discerning passengers and flight crews should expect to find when traveling through a Meridian FBO, including professionally-trained customer service and line service teams, an elegant main lobby, business center, conference room, pilot briefing area, pilot lounge, coffee bar, kitchen/catering area, sleep room, shower and locker room, rental cars, and crew cars.

EPIC Fuels, a leading fuel supplier in the general and commercial aviation industries, is the branded fuel supplier for Meridian Hayward.

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TRAXXALL to introduce Inventory Management Module at NBAA-BACE

New product modernizes and simplifies the inventory management of components used in business aircraft maintenance.

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking system, will launch its new Inventory Management Module (IMM) at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida, November 1-3.

TRAXXALL’s IMM improves aircraft maintenance work flow by simplifying the creation of purchase orders, accelerating the receipt of new parts and providing superior transparency of inventory status - across multiple locations.

Fully integrated with TRAXXALL’s aircraft maintenance tracking system, IMM allows operators to reduce aircraft downtimes during scheduled maintenance milestones.

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AviationManuals marks 20th year serving business aviation

AviationManuals, the leading provider of aircraft operations manuals and safety management system (SMS) software, is celebrating its 20th year of industry support.

In the past 20 years, the company, founded in 1996 as Assessment Compliance Group, has produced more than 4,000 manuals and supported more than half of IS-BAO registered operators. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, AviationManuals provides operations manuals and ARC, an SMS software, to business aviation flight departments, aircraft management companies and independent owner operators worldwide.

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Houston Methodist adds AirMed International flights to benefit package

Houston Methodist, one the nation's leading health systems and academic medical centers, has selected AirMed International to provide global air medical transport services for the hospital's more than 20,000 employees.

The service is also being offered as a benefit option for the families of employees.

When Houston's Methodist's workforce are hospitalized anywhere in the world, AirMed International will provide bedside to bedside medical jet transportation back to Houston for continued hospital care. With global reach, AirMed International has flown more than 20,000 missions in all 50 states and over 150 countries on six continents.

"AirMed International is honored that the prestigious medical institution Houston Methodist has entrusted our company with the transportation and health care of their employees," said AirMed President Denise Treadwell. "It is also further testament to their foresight in being on the leading edge of innovative personnel benefit packages that encompass a full-range of support services."

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Industry leaders welcome aviation emissions agreement

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has formalized a global agreement for addressing international aviation carbon emissions.

The ICAO plan results from the organization’s most recent triennial session, based on a structure for aviation policy agreed to in the Chicago Convention, finalized in 1944, which declares that aviation policies must be global in origin and nature.

This newest plan, which requires U.S. government action in order to be applicable to companies using business aviation, is designed to create a single, workable, international emissions framework, as opposed to allowing the development of a patchwork quilt of state and regional programs, such as the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), adopted by EU government officials in 2008.

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Jet Aviation St. Louis


Shannon Adams

Jet Aviation St. Louis has announced the appointment of two new regional sales reps: Shannon Adams for the Western Region of the U.S. and Canada, and Mike Meglio for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the U.S.

Shannon will be responsible for the states of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as the western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

He began his 25-year career as an aviation electrician in the U.S. Air Force in 1989 and served overseas. He has since worked for a number of aviation service providers as a lead technician and operations manager on airframes such as Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Boeing and on business, military, and general aviation aircraft. He spent seven years as a director of maintenance for Shotgun Ranch Aviation LLC with experience in aircraft sales and purchasing before joining Jet Aviation St. Louis this month.

Mike Meglio

Mike will be responsible for the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. After working as a regional sale manager for a manufacturer’s representative firm in St. Louis for three years, Mike joined Jet Aviation St. Louis in 2008 and worked as a technician before moving to technical sales in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Missouri, and an associate’s degree in applied science and aviation-technology maintenance from Southwestern Illinois College.

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United Kingdom

SETOps 2016 Conference & Fly-in.

'Refreshing enthusiasm' for imminent SET green light attracts capacity audience at Oxford conference

The imminent arrival of commercial single-engined turboprops for public charter IFR may be more of an ‘evolution’ than a ‘revolution’, but the 150-strong delegates attending the SETops2016 Conference and Fly- in this week at CAE Oxford Academy, London Oxford Airport, came away thinking there were some firm opportunities once EASA relaxes the ruling.

" It's only taken 10 years," said Conference Chairman James Dillon-Godfray in his opening remarks, " but now there are a cluster of advanced new-generation models from Daher [TBM], Pilatus [PC-12] and Textron [the new Denali] joining the venerable Cessna Caravan, and set to play a wider role in business aviation when the new rule [expected by January 2017] is approved."

Photography: Paul Cordwell

Highlights of the event, which was organised by Emerald Media & BlueSky News and supported by London Oxford Airport, included informative panel discussions and a static display featuring Pilatus, Daher, Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft.

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New Zealand-Chinese joint venture opens cutting edge aircraft manufacturing plant

A joint venture between New Zealand aircraft maker Pacific Aerospace and China’s leading general aviation company lifts off this week with the opening of a state of the art aircraft manufacturing plant in one of China’s top business cities, Changzhou.

Pacific Aerospace's P-750 XSTOL 

Called Beijing Pan-Pacific Aerospace Technology (BPAT), the joint venture expects to roll out up to 100 Pacific Aerospace light aircraft a year from the new plant, and to create more than 300 jobs in China alone. read more

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Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East - and sales representative of Textron Aviation - is currently undertaking a demonstration tour of Australia and New Zealand with the Cessna Citation Latitude jet.

"The Cessna Citation Latitude boasts the most spacious, refined cabin in the midsize jet category providing more space for business productivity, says Tony Jones, Hawker Pacific. "With the latest cabin technology, enhanced performance and excellent value proposition this jet is leading the way for the future of business flying. We are delighted to be touring the Cessna Citation Latitude across Australia and New Zealand and demonstrating its advanced features and exceptional capability to potential buyers."

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RUAG exceeds 500 Winslow life raft maintenance events

RUAG's Component Service Centre in Munich has reached a significant milestone with its 500th life raft service event on Winslow equipment. read more

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Flying Eye Hospital

Eye charity Orbis launches VR tour of its incredible Flying Eye Hospital

Marking World Sight Day last Thursday, blindness prevention charity Orbis is giving people the opportunity to venture inside their unique Flying Eye Hospital; via a fully immersive, 360 degree virtual reality tour.

The tour can be experienced on your phone (with or without VR goggles) or on a computer screen. read more - take the tour

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ATR foresees demand for 750 new turboprops for Asia-Pacific region over the next 20 years

According to the latest ATR Market Forecast, published in July, demand for new turboprops is expected to reach 750 units over the next 20 years.

ATR 72-600

This would be partly fuelled by about 600 new routes to be created in the region (excluding China). In addition, ATR estimates that regional traffic demand in emerging countries should grow eight times faster than in more mature economies. read more

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United Kingdom

Starspeed achieves Stage II IS-BAO accreditation

Starspeed, based at Fairoaks Airport, has become the only UK commercial helicopter operating company to be accredited with Stage II of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).

IS-BAO is internationally recognized and respected as the global standard in safety requirements for the business aviation operator community. It is a set of performance-based standards that uses the safety management system as its cornerstone, addressing operations, maintenance, training and other related issues. The company first achieved Stage I accreditation in 2014. read more

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Way forward for Air/Ground Data Communication Services in Europe

The 41 Member States of EUROCONTROL have mandated the Agency to prepare for the deployment of the European Air/Ground Data Communication Service (EAGDCS).

A Directive to this effect from the Organisation’s governing body has been approved, in full consistency with the European Union Council Decision in June this year (2016/1124) that entrusted EUROCONTROL with this important project. read more

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Air BP completes investment at Grenoble-Le Versoud Airport and extends longstanding co-operation

Air BP has completed a series of upgrades and enhancements at its Grenoble-Le Versoud Airport (LFLG) location in France.

The company renewed its contract with the airport in early 2016 marking an impressive 46 years of collaboration. This relationship represents one of Air BP’s longest standing airport customers.

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United Kingdom

Inmarsat and SITAONAIR to jointly invest in the future of aviation cockpit communications

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to appoint SITAONAIR as a distribution partner for its next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety aviation service.

A pre-agreement between the two companies has outlined the intention for SITAONAIR to supply commercial airlines and business aviation operators with SwiftBroadband-Safety, an advanced new service from Inmarsat that will transform cockpit and aircraft operations.

SwiftBroadband-Safety represents a paradigm shift in the advancement of aviation safety services by utilising secure IP-based broadband connectivity that far exceeds the capabilities of other alternatives in the market. The ‘always on and always secure’ solution enables a range of breakthrough aviation applications, including flight data streaming (‘Black Box in the Cloud’) and real-time Electronic Flight Bag applications, such as networked graphical weather.

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FAI expands in Algeria as it welcomes 11th Learjet 60

German special mission operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has been awarded a one-year public tendered contract to operate two Learjet 60s out of Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

The aircraft will be used for multi-purpose missions including both passenger transport and medevac services.

This latest win, in a new territory for FAI, underlines the company’s capabilities on the African continent which has already included operations with aircraft based in Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mali.

Commenting on the tender win, Volker Lemke, Head of FAI´s Air Ambulance Division said: “We are proud that our significant expertise on the African continent has been recognised with the selection of FAI for this work. It demonstrates our strength in this field and strengthens FAI´s position as a leading player in patient transport by air ambulance.”

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The BACA Awards: The Best of 2016

Chairman's Award goes to Robert Fallow for dedication in saving lives.

The 2016 BACA Excellence Awards took place at London Guildhall on Wednesday 19th October, a capacity audience saw the presentation of a series of six Awards reflecting the best of the air charter industry.

The winners of the Awards are chosen by the membership of BACA, via a vote from a shortlist of finalists, also decided by the members. The winners of the Chairman's Award and the Young Person the Year Award are chosen by BACA Chairman Richard Mumford.

New innovations for this year included the introduction of Awards for the Young Person of the Year and the Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year. The final Award of the day was the Chairman's Award presented to an individual or company for outstanding service, dedication and long term achievement in their field. This time the winner of the Chairman's Award was Robert Fallow, a Paramedic who retired from the Scottish Ambulance Service in April 2016 after 41 years with the service, having joined aged 18 as a Cadet.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, visits the first European Air Ops Conference in Cannes.

That Riviera Touch

OW! That sums up my recent trip to attend the first European Air Ops
Conference in Cannes, France last week.

It was a whirlwind, with my journey beginning in Paris.

As many of you know from seeing some of my presentations at conferences - especially when I speak about food, food handling and safety management systems - I like to use food as examples of the information I am presenting, so my stop in Paris was to work with Uppersky Gourmet at Le Bourget to prepare such examples.

My presentation at this conference was entitled: 'Catering Safety Management Systems and its Importance to the Integrity of the Cold Food Chain'. Sounds kind of boring and technical, right? Never! It is exciting stuff and loads of fun for me! It may sound a bit like a “let’s slide out of the back of the room before anyone notices” kind of program, but when I add a touch of drama and food props, I think I can keep the audience's attention.

As usual, Uppersky and their staff were amazing. As I roll in their door loaded with suitcases big enough for a small child to live in (not to mention traveling cooler bags!) Alain greets me with a smile and what I would call 'Southern Hospitality, Paris-style'. 

It took several of the team to move me and my luggage inside (no one said I had to travel light) and as VP Pierre Rambroul and I sat in Uppersky’s conference room to plan the foods we would prepare, Bérengère offered to prepare lunch.

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Helitech International makes a successful return to Amsterdam

After three days of invaluable business meetings, sourcing new solutions and services, while learning about the trends shaping the global rotorcraft industry, visitors left Helitech International with cautious optimism about future operations.

Last week’s event, run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), welcomed operators, pilots and engineers from across the globe, including representatives from Thales, the Ukrainian embassy and DONG Energy.

Visitors had come to see the 180-plus international exhibitors who were showcasing their latest products and services - many of whom had never presented at the event before.

The latest innovations from leading OEMs, including Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, were all on display, while suppliers of MRO services, navigation systems and lifting equipment were also in demand.

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United Kingdom

Air Partner’s Private Jets division flying high after a record H1

In its interim results for the six months to 31 July 2016, published on 29 September, global aviation services group Air Partner reported a record first half for its Private Jets division.

Performance in the UK was exceptional, with underlying operating profit up 56%, and good progress was also made in the US and European markets.

Air Partner’s Private Jets division offers two different services: on-demand charter service and JetCard, its unique and highly successful private jet card programme. The latter performed particularly well in the first half of the year, increasing in number to 218 since 31 January 2016. As at 31 July, JetCard cash deposits were also up 18% and utilisation rate had increased by an impressive 25%.

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Down-Route ready to launch bizav crew, hotel and expense management app

A unique App that revolutionises crew expense management and hotel bookings is ready for launch by Down-Route after attracting tremendous support from business aircraft operators.

The App, which will be available to download from early November 2016, has attracted over 40 operators, managing 1,100 jets, to sign up to date.

Down-Route is free to use and combines expense management with hotel bookings in a single application, enabling expenses incurred by crew to be managed in real time as they travel around the globe.

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Citation Longitude takes to the skies read

Late summer boosts activity, especially business jet charter. The WINGX Report. read

Industry leaders welcome aviation emissions agreement read

Business Aviation: Situationally Aware. Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president at Greteman Group. read

Hello Autumn! Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, extols the virtues of everybody's favorite fruit - the apple. read

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Students and teachers take to the sky in style

Ten students and four teachers from St Anthony’s School, Chichester, UK, had the rare opportunity to fly in a new $4.9m Pilatus PC-12NG executive aircraft from Goodwood airfield, thanks to the fly2help charity and the aircraft’s owner, Oriens Aviation.

The two 40-minute flights were donated by Edwin Brenninkmeyer, CEO of Biggin Hill-based Oriens Aviation, who ensured that the VIP passengers had the chance to view their school from the air before enjoying a sightseeing flight along the coast and around the Isle of Wight.

The Swiss manufactured PC-12 NG was able to fly at a cruising speed of 320 mph and had its luxurious cabin configured in a club class seating plan enjoyed by business executives.

“We would normally fly to destinations across Europe at 28,000 ft to avoid unsettled weather, but we had a great day for flying the St Anthony’s team, so a few thousand feet were ideal for them to get a good view of the landmarks,” said Edwin Brenninkmeyer.

Pilot Edwin Brenninkmeyer talks with the St Anthony’s School students by the new Pilatus PC-12NG executive aircraft

On their return, Edwin answered the many questions from his passenger and explained that the aircraft is considered something of a 'Swiss Army Knife' due to is versatility; it can carry palette load of cargo and is so good at using rough airstrips that it is flown by the Flying Doctor Service in Australia.

Anyone wishing to nominate beneficiaries, volunteer, provide flights or donate in any way to the charity can visit www.fly2help.org or www.oriensaviation.com

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