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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 24th July 2014 | Issue #282
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NBAA's Bolen: Continued certification improvements 'critical' to business aviation

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted a statement to a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing yesterday (Wednesday 23rd) on U.S. aviation manufacturing challenges.

The written statement emphasized that certifications and approvals are fundamental to all aviation segments, and that further improvements are needed to support business aviation’s environmental, economic and safety concerns.

“Certification is critical to business aviation in terms of time, cost, efficiency and safety,” Bolen said. “Improvements must continue to be made to the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification processes, including operator authorizations, operator certifications, and aircraft and parts certifications.” read more

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Plane’s near-collision with drone elevates importance of UAS regulations for airport safety

Earlier this year, an American Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200 was flying at 2,300 feet in the air and about 5 miles away from its Tallahassee Regional Airport destination when an unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft flew so close to the plane that the pilot was quoted as saying he was sure he had collided with the Unmanned Aircraft System (Reuters).

Upon inspection, it was found that no damage or collision had occurred, but this incident and several others like it involving UAS are a strong reminder that with this new rise in unmanned aircraft technology come greater obligations in keeping our skies safe.

Jim Williams, the FAA’s head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems office, spoke about the potential dangers involved, drawing in comparison to the infamous 'Miracle on the Hudson' incident in 2009 when a US Airways flight struck a bird upon takeoff and had to crash land in New York’s Hudson River. Bird strikes are dangerous enough, but as Williams told Reuters, “Imagine a metal and plastic object - especially with (a) big lithium battery - going into a high speed engine. The results could be catastrophic." read more

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New Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro EFB features on iPad enhance situational awareness and flight efficiency

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, now offers operators an enhanced version of its industry-leading FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for iPad.

New iOS 7-compliant features and functionality of FliteDeck Pro will help airlines and other large operators work more efficiently, with improved access to critical flight information and shared data between devices.

The new Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro version features new departure and arrival runway depiction (SID and STAR) rendering on the enroute map to increase pilot situational awareness. A new “Flight Info Drawer” feature redesigns the previous Route Drawer to create, load, view, and save the active flight data from either the terminal charts view or the enroute view. Pilots are also now able to create user-defined waypoints and comments to identify important points along the enroute map.

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Terry Yeomans to join IBAC as Ground-handling Standard Director

IBAC has announced that Terry Yeomans will be the first Director of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (ISBAH) Program from 10 August 2014.

Terry brings to IBAC 30 years of experience across the spectrum of business aviation activity, including working in operations, charter sales, ground handling, flight planning, and coordination of handling services.

“IBAC and IS-BAH will benefit greatly from Terry’s wealth of experience and knowledge in ground handling, coordination, operations, and voluntary standards compliance,” said Kurt Edwards, IBAC Director General. “We look forward to his coming on board in August to lead this new, global initiative.” read more

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Eclipse Aerospace names second European Gold Service Center

Dutch company, General Enterprises, joins international service network

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. has expanded its international service center network for Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 twin-engine jets, adding General Enterprises as its second European Gold Service Center.

General Enterprises will provide maintenance, inspections, parts and warranty support, as well as AOG services for Eclipse aircraft.

"We are extremely excited to continue to add new service centers around the world," said Ken Ross, President, Eclipse Global Sales and Services. "We are constantly adding new customers in and around Europe, and they expect our level of service to expand with the size of our fleet. We are always excited to deliver what our customers want."

Based at Groningen Airport Eelde (EHGG) in Eelde, The Netherlands, General Enterprises has been a service center for single- and twin-engine piston aircraft since 1993, and has been servicing Eclipse aircraft since 2011. read more

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Aircraft Window Repairs Co, a Torrance California headquartered FAA/EASA Approved Repair Station, is celebrating its 35th year of operations!

The FAA 'Excellence Diamond Award' certificated company has been in the aircraft transparency repair business longer than any anyone and is capable of evaluating and repairing windows and lenses on all airliners and general aviation aircraft.

AWR President, Kathi Cupery, comments, “We take extreme pride being approved by all the major aircraft manufactures. We always do everything by the book and they know it.”

Company Founder Bob Cupery adds, “For the customer saving money, enhancing safety and reducing down times, says , is paramount in everything we do. We are also proud of being awarded the FAA Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award for actively participating in their Aviation Technician Training Program.”


Think Global Flight resumes around the world flight to promote education

Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice’s command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain.

This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ and Baton Rouge, LA. The national tour was completed in a Cirrus SR22T, donated by Ascension Aircraft at Peachtree DeKalb airport in Atlanta. The addition of Ardwin Freight’s Citation Mustang broadens a greater representation of general aviation completing the flight in various aircraft.

Captain Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer recently completed Think Global Flight’s national tour across the nation interacting with students discussing careers in aviation and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education.

VIP supporters present during the Think Global Flight official launch at SUN ‘n FUN included Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee. read more


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. read more



Jonathan Archer

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has announced that Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, has joined the association as Director of Engineering & Airworthiness.

Archer most recently provided key support for the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA Aviation Certification Service (AIR) pilot study implementing a voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations. A Project Management Professional, Archer also provided aviation safety, certification, and system integration expertise on FAA NextGen Air Traffic Management (ATM) initiatives.

Prior to this role, Archer served as a Systems Engineering Manager at Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where he focused on improving engineering design and development processes. Previously, Archer held senior airworthiness, certification, and systems engineering positions in the United Kingdom for Raytheon Systems Ltd., Datel Defense Ltd., Marshall Aerospace Ltd., and BAE Systems.

A native of York, England, Archer holds a Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Engineering and Technology.

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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

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United Kingdom

Hangar8's 120k birthday card to Prince George

Hangar8 Aviation, the UK-listed global aviation management and charter company, headquartered at London Oxford Airport, used one of its aircraft to wish Prince George Happy First Birthday on Tuesday (22nd July).

The Challenger 601 was repainted white at the company’s new paint facility in Oxford, and is covered from its tip to its tail with ‘Happy Birthday Prince George’. The design was made by award winning British design studio Andrew Winch Designs, who specialise in aviation, yachts and architecture.

The market cost of this exercise would be around £120,000, which Hangar8 believes makes it the world’s most expensive ‘birthday card’. read more

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Seven things your aircraft broker needs to hear you say

Oliver Stone, Managing Director of Colibri Aircraft, UK.

ne of the important decisions regarding buying or selling aircraft is the selection of an aircraft broker.

It is an important relationship that will help you implement your desires while using their experience to navigate the many details and avoid costly pitfalls that occur during an aircraft deal.

Remember, the aircraft brokerage business is a service business, and the service you receive is directly related to the information you give your broker for them to work with. A broker’s role is to turn a desire to buy or sell an aircraft into a reality that best suits what the client wants. Open communication about priorities, motivations and structure necessities allows your broker to understand how to fulfil your wishes.

Here are a few of the most important items to discuss with your broker at the beginning of your transaction 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.

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United Arab Emirates

Dubai FBOs welcome back bizav clients as DXB re-opens

Jet Aviation Dubai and ExecuJet Middle East are resuming operations at Dubai International Airport, following its eleven-week closure for runway reconstruction.

Jet Aviation Dubai took the opportunity to rebrand its FBO in order to integrate the new corporate look-and-feel initially launched at the Jet Aviation facilities in Geneva and Zurich last year.

ExecuJet Middle East is offering full aircraft handling and line maintenance services once again. Operations Director Mark Hardman commented, “We are pleased to welcome business aviation clients back to Dubai International Airport. read more

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Air BP fuels Commonwealth Games competitors

Leading international aviation fuel products and service supplier Air BP is carrying images of BP athlete ambassadors on 15 of its Scottish based refuelling trucks in support of this summer’s Games in Glasgow.

Three trucks based at Glasgow, and a further 12 trucks based at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, are sporting the images of BP supported Scottish athletes Michael Jamieson and Libby Clegg. Along with Libby and Michael, other BP supported athletes taking part in the Games are William Sharman; Lizzie Armitstead and Shelly Woods.

Ahead of the Games, Air BP is ramping up its preparations to ensure that the airport refuelling teams are ready to cope with the anticipated surge in business throughout the event as planes from all over the Commonwealth bring guests and competitors to Scotland.

“We are really pleased to play a small part of what is set to be Scotland’s largest multi-sport event and wish all the competitors the best for the Games,” says Ian Harrison, Air BP Manager for Western Europe.

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New generation AgustaWestland AW189 takes to the skies

The first commercial flight of the much anticipated new generation AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter took place on Monday (21 July) as launch customer Bristow Helicopters Ltd flew eight passengers out to the Cygnus field in the Southern North Sea (SNS).

The aircraft is the first of two AW189s to be stationed at Bristow’s Norwich base and is dedicated to GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd for transport between Norwich and the operator’s Cygnus field 120 nautical miles away. The new aircraft is expected to complete one return flight each weekday with the potential to increase the service to three daily flights as the Cygnus field develops through the drilling, hook-up and commissioning, and later operational phases.

Cygnus is the largest gas discovery in the SNS in the last 25 years. First gas is expected in late 2015. read more

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EAA Air Venture

WomenVenture at EAA AirVenture now in seventh year

Women attending EAA AirVenture will have a show all their own when WomenVenture takes place on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with a day-long roster of women-centered events.

Women in Aviation, International, the 99s and EAA partner on this event in order to attract more women to the excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community.

“Whether you fly professionally, work in the aviation industry or are just exploring learning to fly for fun, WomenVenture has something to offer you,” says WAI president Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “You’ll meet and mingle with hundreds of other women who share your passion for airplanes.” read more

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Vilnius, Lithuania-based MRO, FL Technics Jets, has successfully passed an independent quality management audit, becoming an official ISO 9001:2008 certified organization.

The certificate confirms the company’s full compliance with the best international quality management practices and strong control over aircraft components and materials sale,

lease, exchange and repair management. The company’s quality assessment and audit has been conducted by Bureau Veritas, the global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC).

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United Kingdom

$201bn Farnborough

Farnborough International Ltd - organisers of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow - have confirmed that the total sum of orders and commitments placed during last week's event reached $201bn USD, beating all previous records set for the show. The figure represents an extremely positive note for the global aerospace industry.

Across the course of the five days, orders and commitments for civil jet engines reached 1600 units with a total value of $34.5bn and over 1100 aircraft totalling $152bn. A further $14.5bn was also achieved in service contracts, reflecting the buoyancy of the aerospace industry internationally and in the UK.

Commenting on the figures, Shaun Ormrod, chief executive for FIL said, “We are extremely pleased by these numbers, there is already an order backlog and these additional orders will keep manufacturers in business and people employed for some years to come. Great news for UK business and the economy.” read more

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Confederation of British Industry

Increasing UK air links doesn't mean neglecting our environmental obligations

Action is needed to boost the UK’s air links and put growth on a sustainable long-term footing, but these decisions do not have to come at the expense of environmental commitments, according to a new CBI report.

Flying High, highlights that investments made by the aerospace and aviation industries in new technology are already having an impact on noise and greenhouse gas emissions. Noise is currently in decline at the UK’s major airports, while new aircraft are as much as four times more fuel-efficient than their equivalent in the 1960s.

The report demonstrates with new technologies already in the pipeline and greater collaboration between industry and government, the UK can meet projected demand growth while reducing noise and emissions.

It warns however that without urgent action from politicians to make key decisions on the future of the UK’s airport infrastructure, businesses would miss out on the new connections they need, severely hampering efforts to rebalance the economy towards trade and investment. read more

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

It’s always Breakfast Time somewhere. . . and breakfast as we know it is changing!

ver the past few years, I've seen changes in the breakfast requests from
from our general aviation clients.

There is a demand for more creative, healthier options, something different, something flavorful and especially memorable.

Yes, this trend did seem to start with granola parfaits - or yogurt parfaits - whatever you wish to call them. Then came requests for more whole wheat breads and muffins, and very recently the request for gluten free meals has jumped off the charts. And now the trend seems to be moving toward breakfast tapas, the big breakfast is slowly moving into something we can say “used to be” breakfast.

It is time we, as your aviation catering sources, look for new menu ideas outside the normal overused and over-ordered items. Breakfast is no longer just for early risers and early flights. It's the perfect solution for mid morning or late nights, served like tapas. The service style can also be changed on board.

Breakfast granola parfaits can be delivered to the aircraft set-up similar to a buffet presentation. The toppings can be individually presented and the passenger can have an interactive meal by building a parfait to his or her individual likes and dislikes. How many times have your passengers eaten the last bite only to wish they had another couple berries, a last bit of fresh crunchy granola in that final bite. What fun to put out an assortment of toppings based on the specific likes of the passengers; raisins, nuts, berries, vanilla or flavored granola (we now do a chocolate cocoa granola), dried fruits, and honey.

This wouldn’t work for the crew sitting in the cockpit since the glare shield isn’t the best buffet area up front, but you can use the same menu idea, just use a different serving technique and presentation. read more

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FlyMeNow's record breaking Summer

A result of changing perceptions of passengers?

A leading private jet and helicopter company has announced that it is embarking on its busiest summer yet after what the team believes is a change in perception towards flying privately as a preferred travel solution.

FlyMeNow has experienced 140 per cent more charters processed and booked this summer compared to 2013. The charter company puts its record-breaking success down to the fact that the enigma often associated with travelling by private jet and helicopter is evolving.

Whilst many charter companies would argue that the reason for the change is due to an increase in online brokers, meaning a mass market can now instantly review costs and availability, FlyMeNow believes the evolution runs deeper than just online access. read more

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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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SaxonAir enhances helicopter fleet with Airbus Helicopters EC155

Following the recent announcement of their rotary AOC, Norwich, UK based SaxonAir Helicopters offer the addition of the Airbus Helicopters EC155 to its fleet.

The EC155 will be exclusively marketed alongside SaxonAir’s existing range of helicopters and is operated in collaboration with DanCopter.

The EC155 B1 variant has excellent overall capabilities featuring a completely redesigned cabin providing 30% more passenger space than previous helicopter models and an endurance of over 1 hour 30 minutes flying time at full passenger capacity. The EC155 will be offered in a corporate layout configuration with a capacity of up to 10 passengers and is operated multi-crew under full instrument flying conditions both day and night. read more

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RUAG Aviation contracts Tata Advanced Systems to manufacture Dornier 228 fuselage and wings

RUAG Aviation has entered into a partnership with Tata Advanced Systems for the manufacture of fuselages and wings for the Dornier 228-212 NG, which is marketed as an Advanced Commuter (AC) or Multi Role (MR) aircraft by its OEM, RUAG Aviation.

Under this agreement, TATA Advanced Systems will provide RUAG Aviation with fully assembled fuselage and wing structures out of their Hyderabad facilities in India. Tata Advanced Systems will undertake the complete scope of part manufacturing and assembly required, including managing the entire range of engineering and complex tooling and jigs development.

Dornier 228

Owners and operators of the Dornier 228 across the globe will benefit from this enhancement in RUAG Aviation’s supply chain. As a leader in the aerostructures industry in India, Tata Advanced Systems has been successfully audited by the FAA and possesses certifications including AS9100, NADCAP and ISO 14000. It has been recognised for its outstanding product quality by the American Helicopter Society, the premier organisation for Vertical Flight, and has been awarded their prestigious International Fellowship Award. read more


Citation X+ makes first trans-Atlantic trip read

GKN Aerospace wins multi-million pound contract for Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 rudder and elevator read

Piaggio lands first major contract for 50 aircraft to Hong Kong's Bravia Capital read

A Watermelon Smile. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

Ascend bursts the ‘order bubble’ myth Widespread industry concerns over an impending order bubble is unwarranted, according to an Industry Insight paper released by Flightglobal’s consultancy arm Ascend. read

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50 times more food moved by air as WFP tackles multiple emergencies
A surge of conflict in the first half of this year prompted a more than fifty-fold increase in the amount of life-saving food and goods moved globally by air by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in need, compared to the same period last year.

More than 90 percent of the supplies were delivered to the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria, where conflict has displaced millions of people and cut off communities. Insecurity, limited humanitarian access and rains often mean food and other supplies cannot be moved by road or boat.

From January to June 2014, WFP Aviation delivered some 7,600 metric tons (mt) of food as well as 1,189 mt of relief supplies and equipment for WFP and for other humanitarian organizations to 21 countries. The total figure of 8,789 mt of cargo is over 56 times what was transported by air during the same six-month period in 2013, when 156 mt was delivered.

“Dealing with simultaneous emergencies in three countries - the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria - meant calling on our deep expertise in tough places and WFP’s ability to scale up swiftly to deliver life-saving supplies to people in desperate need,” said Cesar Arroyo, Chief, WFP Aviation, at a briefing in Geneva. “Thankfully, our donors have supported this effort.” read more

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