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   BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th August 2014 | Issue #285
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United States

Airlink spearheads airlift for Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Medical protective gear bound for workers on frontline of epidemic

Airlink, the 24/7 disaster relief organization that links pre-vetted NGO’s with airlines, has secured a charter jet - with funding donated by Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. - to fly emergency medical aid from five of the nonprofit organizations in their partner network to Monrovia, Liberia.

ATX Air Services, LLC, a subsidiary of the Hillwood Development - a Perot company - provided the 737 charter to transport critically needed medical protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves and other medical supplies from their home base at Alliance Airport, Ft. Worth, Texas to Monrovia, Liberia, with an interim stop at New York’s JFK airport to load additional aid.

Tuesday's flight (August 26th) from JFK carried a 30,000 pound payload manned by two volunteer crews, flying back-to-back and rotating to keep rested.

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JetCharters.com cites increase in traffic, improving market conditions

JetCharters.com, the worldwide air charter marketplace, realized a significant increase for its business in the first and second quarters of 2014, with 61% more visitors and trip requests through its website.

These numbers are in line with industry wide gains, including nearly 5% increases in total deliveries and billings in the general aviation sector (according to GAMA).

Business jet shipments are also up and along with information reported by additional agencies that monitor sales and use, this leads analysts to believe that the industry could be preparing for more of an upswing. read more

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A new twist on Tankering

New FuelerLinx tankering calculator offers Operators fuel cost savings.

The most pressing question facing any flight department is often: How can they save money on fuel?

Could tankering fuel be the answer? FuelerLinx CEO Kevin Moller thinks his company has the answer. "Because fuel represents 70 percent of a business aircraft's operating cost, FuelerLinx's new tankering calculator technology can immediately support an improved bottom line."

"The concept of tankering has long been in the aviation handbook," said Moller, "But, the ability to achieve the greatest cost savings--that is, to have the ability to save money by tankering each time you plan a trip - has never existed until now." read more

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Spirit Aeronautics takes aircraft service to the next level

Spirit Aeronautics, a trade name of Spirit Avionics Ltd, based in Columbus, Ohio has announced a new level in AOG and on-site service capabilities.

“We are a customer centric business and know that customers don’t always have the choice of bringing us the aircraft or have time to wait for service,” said Tony Bailey, President of Spirit Aeronautics. “We created our Aircraft-on-Demand Service Program to better enhance our current customer service experience.”

The Spirit Aeronautics Aircraft-on-Demand Service is a program where customers who cannot move the aircraft for physical or financial reasons can receive Avionics, Interior and Maintenance service at their location, when they need it. Spirit Aeronautics can dispatch a team via new company vans or fly teams to the customer’s airport on the company aircraft. In addition, Spirit Aeronautics can provide AOG parts support anywhere in the world through an extensive network and supplier authorizations.

“Aircraft-on-Demand is a program where we will bring our capabilities and talent to a customer’s hangar or facility for AOG and routine service”, continues Bailey. "As we often say - Sometimes all it takes is SPIRIT!”


Upward Bound: Aviation Marketplace Projections

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

he best thing you can tell a roomful of aviation professionals is that the
industry they love and depend on is poised for growth.

And that’s the welcome news respected aviation forecaster Rolland Vincent conveyed as Wichita Aero Club’s August keynote speaker. Vincent analyzed where we are, how we got here and where we’re going.

Route to Recovery

You can’t have sales without buyers. And business aviation prospects have been wary. While cash rich, understandably, they have been risk averse. We can thank the worst downturn since the Great Depression for that.

Other factors contribute, too. Vincent pointed out the cratered light market, evaporated backlogs, spiked pre-owned aircraft inventory, and plummeted pre-owned transactional prices. Stricter credit requirements in aircraft lending have played a role, as well. “Maybe it’s not as friendly a conversation as it used to be,” Vincent said.

Other market-suppressing realities include demand and supply forces that remain out of line, lower flight utilization and idled aircraft, an oversupply of light and midsize jets, new competition and product life cycles. But you can’t keep this industry down. Vincent’s data tells a positive, future-forward story. Things are about to get better. And to keep improving.

Last year was the second-highest dollar delivery in aviation history. Demand between now and 2023 is projected to result in roughly 9,400 business jet deliveries valued at $267 billion. And the urgency begins now. A recent survey by Rolland Vincent Associates identified 10 percent of 8,000 operators - that’s 800, people - likely to buy a jet within the next 12 months. “Why are you still here?” Vincent teased. “Lunch is over. Get out and sell.”

What Will Buyers Buy? read more

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Signature acquires three new Caribbean locations in Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis

Signature Flight Support has acquired the assets of FBO 2000 including its locations at V.C. Bird Antigua International Airport (ANU), R. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) in St. Kitts and Vance W. Amory International Airport in Nevis (NEV).

Signature Antigua (ANU) will offer customers an executive terminal, lounge, offices and two hangars. Signature Antigua’s significant aircraft to yacht service makes the island a highly desirable luxury leisure travel destination. Signature Nevis (NEV) and St. Kitts (SKB) offer passenger handling and coordination services to expedite clearance through customs and immigration to and from the destinations. Both locations have offices on their respective airports and provide services to assist customers and crew while they are visiting the islands. read more


NBAA calls for action on third-class medical exemption

NBAA recently joined with other aviation stakeholders in calling for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to expedite its review of an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking to reform the third-class medical certification requirement.

The letter noted that by removing the medical requirement for some noncommercial flight operations, and allowing pilots with a current driver's license to fly after self-assessing their airworthiness - a process already required of pilots before every flight - the exemption would not only maintain the current high level of safety, but also substantially cut costs to pilots and the FAA.

"The FAA's medical certification system has evolved into an onerous and costly one which has questionable, if any, benefit to general aviation pilots," read the Aug. 15 letter, which was sent to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and signed by leaders of seven aviation groups, including NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "Conservative estimates indicate that medical certification reform would result in an annual savings of more than $1m to the FAA. read more

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Marshall chooses Abbotsford, BC as North American office hub

Marshall Aerospace Canada, part of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, has increased its in-country presence and strengthened its commitment to focused new business development in North America, with the purchase of a 4,343 ft2 building at Abbotsford Airport in British Columbia.

The building will become Marshall’s Canadian head office, out of which the company’s comprehensive Air, Land and Sea engineering and maintenance capabilities will operate to serve current and future military and civil contracts and customers. The Abbotsford base will also act as Marshall’s base for strategic growth in Canada and North America.

Marshall first established a presence in Canada in 2006 and has traditionally shared office space with partners in the sector to maximize work on collaborative contracts. read more

U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices


FAA Helicopter Repair Station Certification for Trine Aerospace

Trine Aerospace & Defense has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration that enables it to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on rotor-wing aircraft. The helicopter certification comes on the heels of Trine receiving FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station in April.

Based at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport, the company offers engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial, and special mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics installation and repair. In January the company opened a 30,000 square foot commercial modification facility at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport and has four helicopter mechanics, a helicopter inspector and a helicopter test pilot. read more

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United States

Honeywell propels Embraer Legacy 500 into service

Customized technology from Honeywell offers a new level of comfort in the midsize business jet market with the latest offerings for crew and passengers.

A number of Honeywell Aerospace products contributed to the recent certification of Embraer’s newest midsize jet, the Legacy 500, offering a new level of comfort and reliability in business aviation.

Aligned with Embraer’s vision, Honeywell’s technologies on the Legacy 500 are designed for the highest standards of customer comfort and come complete with the most advanced cabin and propulsion technologies. Honeywell provides the turbofan engines, auxiliary power unit (APU), Ovation Select Cabin Management System, cabin pressure control system and air conditioning system for Embraer’s latest midsize jet. read more

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Aero structures made in India: Pilatus announces partnership with Tata

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has announced a partnership with TASL, a Tata Group Company, for the assembly of PC-12 aero structures at its facility in Hyderabad, India.

The long-term contract between Pilatus and Tata Advanced Systems Limited has been signed for a ten-year period and provides for delivery of the first complete PC-12 NG aero structure during the second half of 2016.

The project includes tooling, jigs and training of TASL’s personnel at Pilatus facilities in Switzerland. read more

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Toucan Aviation opens first-of-a-kind crew accommodation in Nigeria

Toucan Aviation, the Nigerian-based aviation company that specializes in coordinating corporate charters for executives operating in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa has constructed and opened, a purpose built guest house to provide Toucan Aviation’s crew with dedicated, private accommodation in its home-base town of Lagos, Nigeria.

The property is located within the Ikeja region of Lagos in the Governmental Reserved Area (GRA), a gated community just ten minutes from the airport. The GRA is an epicenter for government and aviation business and with its committed security team provides a reliable base for the company’s crew as they rotate through their schedules. 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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RUAG brings real wood flooring to bizjets

RUAG Aviation now provides real wood flooring as an option for owners and operators looking to enhance the quality of their cabin environment. Developed by Austria’s LIST components & furniture GmbH, the wood flooring can be installed by RUAG Aviation on various different aircraft types.

Approximately 10 millimetres thick, the wood flooring adds no additional weight to the aircraft. It is available in a variety of veneers, and can be laid in different patterns in an aircraft’s entry, shower and toilet areas as well ain sections of the main cabin. Designed to please the eye, the wood flooring possesses an attractive natural satin finish, and incompatible with diverse floor layouts through the use of rectangular or single curved panels. It can also be personalised with inlays as well as marquetry and even lighting. read more

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New Faces

Global FBO Consult has appointed Tania Minhas as its India Representative.

Tania is based in New Delhi and has worked with Universal Weather & Aviation, The Bureau of Civil Aviation and Aviation Services Management Limited. www.globalfboconsult.me 




Jet Assist welcomes Judith McClintock as VIP Client Liaison Manager at its Business Jet Centre-Belfast International.

Jet Assist MD Ian Morrow tells Bluesky, "Judith brings to the new FBO a wealth of client support experience and is an excellent fit with our team" www.jetassist.co.uk

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Each month, Derek Freeman, owner and founder of UK private jet fine dining company, Bon Soirée, brings you seasonal recipes from the company's new menu for you to try at home.

This week, a firm favourite with Bon Soirée's customers . . .

Chorizo and Quails Egg Croquette with Pickled Vegetables click for recipe

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United States

SAE International honors Honda Aircraft Company President Michimasa Fujino

Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award.

Established in 1992, the award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It’s made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company. read more, plus:

Banyan Air Service chosen as HondaJet dealer for the Southeast United States

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MEBAA postpones Tunisia conference and confirms next event in Amman, Jordan

In a bid to unite the region’s business aviation industry around its common challenges and trends, MEBAA - Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association - will host the next installment of the MEBAA Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Jordan on Monday 14 October 2014.

The MEBAA conference was initially planned for Tunisia in September, but has been postponed until next year. read more

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United Kingdom

A return to the skies for the UK’s Jet Set?

Air Partner Plc comments on Private Jet Card Programmes in the UK.

Air Partner, the leading provider of aviation services to governments, corporates and HNWIs has seen strong summer sales growth in its UK based JetCard product.

The UK JetCard team has sold more than £5m of cards in the first six months of the year as Britain’s jet set take to the skies again. JetCards, like Oyster cards, hold prepaid travel credits but for use on private jets. The highest value JetCard sold in the period had £1m of prepaid flying hours registered on it, and the average value was £200k.

Commenting on UK JetCard sales, Paul Richardson, Air Partner’s Director for Private Jets said, “This is over double the amount we sold for the entire year last year - twice the amount in half the time. We’ve invested a lot in getting our product right and it’s great to see such a positive response from clients.”

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GlobeAir obtains new EASA AOC and launches air cargo services

GlobeAir, one of the most successful pioneers of the air taxi service in Europe, has obtained a new Aircraft Operator´s Certificate (AOC) in compliance with the latest European regulation EC 965/2012 “EASA CAT IR” and is now approved for air cargo transportation.

GlobeAir dedicated an entire team of experts working in real time with many focal points at Austro Control allowing it to reach this new milestone well ahead of schedule.

CEO Bernhard Fragner commented, “A dedicated team, led by our NPF Commander Leopold Vecchione and Project Manager Commander Gerhard Klammerberger, has been fully dedicated to this project since October 2013. GlobeAir has worked together with the National Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to achieve all the certifications and to comply fully with the regulations established by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial operators in Europe - implementing all the new requirements in the daily flight operations successfully and addressing the highest level of flight safety."

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Paula Kraft

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AirMed announces new partnership with MedAire

AirMed reaffirms its commitment to high quality and risk mitigation by selecting MedAire’s aviation travel safety solutions for its air ambulance operations.

“Over the past few years our geographical reach has expanded dramatically. We regularly fly into higher-risk and remote destinations to evacuate patients,” says AirMed’s director of business development, Jane Topliss. “Due to the nature of our work we regularly receive very short notice to fly to a variety of destinations, some of which may be in areas with potential safety risks. We chose the MedAire travel risk management solution for the analysis and advice it provides about the destinations where we travel so we can provide the utmost duty of care to the patient and our medical and flight crews.” read more

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First FAA Certificate issued to a Danish MRO since 2008

ScanTech (Scandinavian Aircraft Technologies A/S) has become the first Danish MRO to receive Federal Aviation Administration certification since 2008, when the FAA was legally prohibited from issuing new foreign repair station certifications.

Until now only two Danish MROs hold the FAA certification. With this certification ScanTech has been empowered to operate as Approved Repair Station, and may now maintain both EASA and FAA registered aircraft and engines. read more

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Czech Republic

Grant available to promote EGNOS adoption for aviation

European GNSS Agency launches call to increase European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service adoption in civil aviation.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a call for proposals to foster further EGNOS adoption in the European civil aviation sector.

The grant aims to support projects that enable users to equip and use their aircraft or rotorcraft fleet with GPS/SBAS-enabled avionics and allow Air Navigation Service Providers and aerodromes/heliports to implement EGNOS-based operations in Europe.

The purpose of the call is to co-fund projects capable of fostering EGNOS operational implementation for regional, business and general aviation and rotorcraft. In addition, commercial operators and OEMs interested in benefiting from EGNOS may also apply. read more

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United Kingdom

RocketRoute introduces Real-Time Flight Tracking service

Real-time flight tracking has become essential for jet operators to follow their charter flights, for airlines to monitor flight schedules and for pilot-owners to keep family and friends informed.

Guilford, UK-based RocketRoute's new Real-Time Flight Tracking for flights in Europe now brings to members an integrated solution at a highly competitive price - covering flight planning, briefing, filing, dispatch and now tracking.

To deliver the service, RocketRoute interfaces with Eurocontrol and stores ATC aircraft position data. This is then presented as a convenient overlay on top of the planned route showing Scheduled versus Actual Flight paths, times and distances. read more

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Interest grows as second AfBAA symposium takes off

Following the successful inaugural African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) Symposium held in Marrakech in September 2013, AfBAA is already welcoming a raft of delegate registrations and speaker confirmations ahead of this year’s event.

The second outing of the annual meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg on 14 -15 of September. Supporting AfBAA’s vision and mission the symposium will aim to build on the strong foundations laid last year that encouraged African Business Aviation stakeholders to continue to invest in the sector, maximize the economic growth that the continent is witnessing and most importantly to participate in influential events, such as this, to underpin sustainable development of the industry on the continent.

Alan Peaford Editor-in-Chief of the well-respected publication African Aerospace will chair the event. Under his guidance as moderator and convener he will build on themes and topics from the previous event including financing challenges, maintenance options, and ground handling issues. read more

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi's Royal Jet, chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, is enjoying steady growth this year, echoing the positive results achieved in 2013.

During 2013, Royal Jet’s medevac business performed strongly, whilst the airline’s brokerage business improved by more than 30 per cent over 2012. The company operated more than 2,500 flights covering more than 300 airports in almost 120 countries worldwide and is on track to exceed these figures in 2014.

“Summer is traditionally a period of increased travel and we expect that we will continue to see strong interest over the next few months and for the rest of the year,” said President and CEO Shane O’Hare.


IBA predicts a 4bn USD industry investment is needed to train sufficient pilots and engineers read

CEPA Expo to focus on impact of Ukraine unrest The impact of the recent unrest in Eastern Ukraine on the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market will be a focus of CEPA's 2014 EXPO being held in Prague on 19th and 20th November. read

Insider's View: A day in the life of LEA’s commercial manager. Chris Watson, commercial manager, London Executive Aviation. read

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FlightSafety offers FAA-approved G550 eRecurrent pilot training

FlightSafety International now offers online training for the ground school portion of its Gulfstream G550 recurrent pilot training course.

“FlightSafety’s FAA-approved Gulfstream G550 online recurrent training course is another example of our ability to provide Customers with the convenience and flexibility of distance learning while maintaining the highest quality standards they expect and deserve,” said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales.

FlightSafety’s Gulfstream G550 eRecurrent training course is offered to pilots who operate their aircraft under FAA or EASA regulations. It replaces two days of the recurrent training course normally taken at a Learning Center and includes a 13-hour ground school eLearning module and instructor-lead LiveLearning CRM training. The simulator sessions, systems integration training, and written exam portions of the course take place at a Learning Center. In order to receive a 61.58 endorsement all items must be completed within a 60-day period.

“The Gulfstream G550 eRecurrent course was developed based on FlightSafety’s significant experience with online learning and the expertise gained through the design and deployment of close to 80 courses,” said Marin Todorov, Manager Specialty and Enrichment Training. “We are pleased that a rapidly increasing number of pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants are taking advantage of the dynamic and engaging online courses FlightSafety offers.”

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