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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd July 2015 | Issue #330
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United States

NBAA: Santa Monica Airport must extend tenants' leases

NBAA has again warned the city of Santa Monica, CA, that it must abide by its federal obligations and extend the leases of various airport tenants at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) for a term of at least three years.

Steve Brown, NBAA’s chief operating officer, contacted Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown and other city officials prior to a July 14 Santa Monica City Council meeting, which partially addressed the lease situation at the airport, where all tenant agreements expired on July 1. Brown reminded the mayor that the city’s obligations pursuant to the grants it has received from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program endure until 2023, and that the conditions of the 1948 instrument of transfer, when ownership of the airport was transferred to Santa Monica, are effective in perpetuity.

“Consequently, the lease term extensions now under consideration must be consistent with the city’s federal obligations,” wrote Brown. “Generally, airport tenants are entitled to long-term leases. For current purposes, this obligation means that - consistent with the city attorney and director of public works’ recommendations - involuntary month-to-month leases would be non-compliant and subject to challenge.”

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HondaJet sales expanded to South America

Honda Aircraft Company is expanding sales of the HondaJet for the first time to South America.

Sales will begin in Brazil with the HondaJet making its first appearance at the 2015 Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 11 to 13.

With the expansion into Brazil, the HondaJet dealer network spans three continents and includes 11 territories in North America, Europe and South America.

“General aviation in Brazil has experienced impressive growth, and it is the second largest country for new business jet sales,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Expanding sales to this important market is part of our global sales plan and strategy for the HondaJet.”

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STG Aerospace opens new facility in Miami

STG Aerospace, a world leader in pioneering aircraft lighting technologies, has opened a new US manufacturing and warehousing facility in Miami.

Located adjacent to the Miami International Airport runway, the new building has double the space of the company’s previous US premises.

This significant investment in expansion reflects growing demand throughout the Americas for STG Aerospace products and has been specifically designed to serve quickly and more efficiently. The new facility will also ensure that STG Aerospace can manufacture its latest product innovations within the US as well as the UK.

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New FBO opens at Voyager Jet Center (KAGC)

The highly anticipated opening of Voyager Jet Center's new FBO facility at Allegheny County Airport, PA., took place on Wednesday (July 22nd).

The contemporary amenities in close proxility to downtown Pittsburgh include a richly appointed interior with spacious waiting room, a large pilot lounge and sleep room, advanced security, and expert concierge services.

The FBO also boasts a designated flight planning center, brand new crew cars, on-ramp WiFi availability, and a state-of-the-art 18,000 square foot adjacent heated hangar with available space that accommodates aircraft up to G650.

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Daher partners with the Southern AeroMedical Institute for high-altitude hypoxia training

A realistic high-altitude chamber program for pilots of high-performance aircraft is now available as the result of a partnership between Daher and the Southern AeroMedical Institute (SAMI).

By equipping SAMI’s automated hyper/hypobaric chamber in Melbourne, Florida with a fixed-based TBM 850 cockpit simulator, this new program will help pilots better understand the dangers of hypoxia - or altitude sickness - conditions while operating high-performance airplanes.

Incorporated in the TBM 850 simulator are a Garmin G1000 glass cockpit and Zodiac Aerospace oxygen mask systems, offering the aviation industry’s most realistic training available today.

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Vector Aerospace launches VMAX program for JT15D engine operators

Global independent MRO services provider, Vector Aerospace Corporation, has announced the launch of the VMAX support program for the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) JT15D turbofan.

The VMAX program is focused on keeping operators flying, and combines the responsive, high-quality support provided by Vector Aerospace’s fully-authorized JT15D Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) and global field service team with a convenient pay-per-hour engine service plan. Owners of engines enrolled in the VMAX program receive worldwide coverage through a dedicated 24/7 customer support line and regular monthly hours reporting.

Vector`s JT15D VMAX program is the evolution for JT15D customer support in servicing engines in this market. There are approximately 5,250 JT15D engines in service today, major applications for the type including the Cessna Citation I / II / V / Ultra series and the Hawker 400 / Beechjet family.

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United States

Clark County renews long-term commitment with WFS Network

World Fuel Services and Clark County Department of Aviation in Nevada have renewed their fuel supply agreement as Ascent branded members of the World Fuel Services Network for a further three-year term.

Clark County Department of Aviation serves Business and General Aviation airports in Las Vegas and the surrounding area, including Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Jean Airport (K0L7), and Overton Airport (KU08).

Henderson Executive Airport operates a premier, full service corporate aviation facility, offering an attractive, convenient and economical alternative to McCarran International Airport. Located just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown, the airport and FBO meet the needs of most business aircraft and offer all of the services and amenities expected by discerning flight crews and their clients.

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Georges Biwer

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has appointed Georges Biwer as Vice President, EMEA.

Mr. Biwer has more than 24 years of experience in the air cargo industry. As Vice President for scheduled business operations, EMEA, Georges Biwer will focus on growing ABC’s scheduled cargo operations inside and beyond Europe with ABC going online in the Middle East and the African continent to provide a broader variety of export destinations for European customers.

“EMEA is one of the key markets for our scheduled business operations. Mr. Biwer's appointment is in line with our further expansion plans and our determination to build the best air cargo team in the industry for the benefit of our customers,” said Denis Ilin, ABC’s Executive President.

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United States

Lockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky

United Technologies Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its Sikorsky Aircraft business to Lockheed Martin Corp. for $9bn in cash.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the first quarter of 2016. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund additional share repurchase to offset the earnings impact related to the sale.

“We are very pleased to announce this transaction,” said UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes. “Exiting the helicopter business will allow UTC to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries and to deliver improved and sustained value to our customers and shareowners. read more

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United Kingdom 

Air Charter Service unveils new Air Evacuation Plan offering

Due to world events and natural disasters in recent years, demand for the evacuation of personnel from high risk environments has increased significantly, leading Air Charter Service to create a full time dedicated department offering customised Air Evacuation Plans for clients with employees in high risk regions.

ACS has been providing much needed air support in emergency situations since the company’s inception in 1990. Stephen Huddlestone, heading up the Air Evacuation Plan (AEP) division, comments: “Many of our clients, including oil & gas companies and governments, have personnel in high risk environments, who may need to get out urgently – a prime example being during the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, when we evacuated more than 15,000 people from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. We have a proven history of providing

evacuation flights and have had to put these plans together in the past, but we felt that now was the right time to create a dedicated department and produce a product that gives our customers the chance to be ahead of the game. read more

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LAPD selects FlightSafety to provide Bell 412 training

FlightSafety has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Bell 412 helicopter.

“Our King Air pilots have experienced consistently high quality training and support from FlightSafety for years, so they were our first choice to support us launching the Bell 412 program,” said Officer Kevin Gallagher, Chief Pilot of the LAPD Air Support Unit. “The Bell 412 program is a critical component in the homeland security initiative that the City of Los Angeles has launched to protect its citizens, and we need the best trained pilots for this mission.” read more

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United Kingdom

Jota Aviation welcomes back Beechcraft King Air C90 GTX to charter fleet

Offers VIP 50-seat version of BAe 146-200

Jota Aviation, the independently owned aircraft charter company based at London Southend Airport, continues to expand and enhance its business aviation activity with the recent introduction of a low time, top of the range King Air C90 GTX, G-MOSJ.

The aircraft, built in late 2010, offers a 1,300 nm range and smart interior, configured for six seats in a Club 4, plus two arrangement. G-MOSJ was previously operated by Jota for three years, during 2011-2014. 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 monthly 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.

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Ex-Im’s shutdown: are we on the edge of a new era in aircraft financing?

With the U.S. Congress refusal to prolong the authorization of the Export-Import Bank which expired on 30th June, the U.S. aerospace giants and their foreign clients have lost major support in financing new deliveries.

Though Ex-Im supporters refuse to give up the hope that the institution might be re-authorized by the end of July after all, some aviation industry representatives are already busy discussing whether the post-Ex-Im era will have a significant impact on the global aircraft financing market.

The future, however, seems to be as puzzling as ever. read more

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Flight Consulting Group - 15 years of success!

Flight Consulting Group, a Latvian holding company specializing in services for business aviation, celebrates 15 years of success.

Established in 2009, the company has rapidly become one of the leading business aviation services providers in the ex-Soviet territory. read more

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Global Jet Services offers FAA-accepted maintenance training for Phenom 300

Leading on-location aviation maintenance and professional development training provider Global Jet Services Inc., has recently added the Phenom 300 to its existing training offering for Embraer aircraft.

The course comprises a two-week initial-level maintenance training course covering all applicable ATA chapters, addressing the Phenom 300 aircraft systems’ theory, operation, inspection, and servicing. read more

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Hong Kong

TAG Aviation Asia successfully advances to IS-BAO Stage 3

TAG Aviation Asia has demonstrated its commitment to safety by successfully achieving International Standard - Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 3 certification, the highest recognised standard from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

The Hong Kong-based operating centre also renewed its accreditation to the Wingman Wyvern safety program earlier in this year. read more

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VistaJet and Apex Air team to offer domestic flights in China

First China registered aircraft, a Challenger 850, now at Apex Air's base in Nantong.

VistaJet has announced that Apex Air, a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) authorized business jet operator, will manage and operate a China based fleet of aircraft for VistaJet's Flight Solution Program.

VistaJet is poised to offer point-to-point service within China as soon as third quarter 2015 with the first Chinese registered aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 850. Chinese customers will also have access to VistaJet's fleet of over 50 large-cabin, long-range Bombardier Challenger and Global aircraft when travelling on international flights.

"VistaJet has been operating international flights in and out of China for many years," said Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman, VistaJet. "Adding domestic flights through our partnership with Apex Air extends our service area to include one of private aviation's most exciting new markets."

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United Kingdom

Marshall wins top UK Manufacturing Award

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has won the coveted Aerospace and Defence Award at the prestigious Insider Made in England Awards 2015.

To qualify for the national final, the company had first to win the Aerospace and Defence Award and the Apprentice and Training scheme Award at the East and Central regional finals.

Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and other world-class manufacturers were among some of the winners and shortlisted businesses in the nine categories - the winners, were announced at the Insider Made in England National Awards held at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

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Nurturing Tomorrow’s Engineers Today

Marshall now part of the 5% Club, affirming its commitment to encouraging youth employment in industry.

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Oman Air expands Omani pilot recruitment programme

Following a huge response to its current recruitment drive, Oman Air is expanding opportunities for Omani nationals to become pilots with the airline.

The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman is now accepting applications from graduates with no prior flight training, as well as those who already have experience.

Once accepted, Omani citizens with no prior flying experience or qualification will be enrolled in the Cadet Pilot training programme, the study cost of which will be covered 100% by Oman Air. They will undergo their initial flight training in an Approved Training Organization selected by the airline, followed by a type rated course on successful completion of their initial flight training.

Successful applicants who have funded their own flight training prior to approaching Oman Air are known as Ab Initio Pilots: Licensed Pilots with no previous airline experience and/or Type Rating. They will be enrolled as second officers on a Type Rating course in one of the Airlines narrow body aircraft after, depending on company requirements.

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

Salads: too big? too elaborate? too much?

flight crew member asked me recently; Whatever happened to the simple
green salad, served in a bowl, that didn’t have to be “styled” with sauce painting and hand-placed vegetables?

As I thought about it, I realized that our menus didn’t list an old-fashioned garden salad any longer. Of course we'll gladly make a garden salad if requested; we'll even make it as a kit so it can be customized to each passenger or crew member’s personal taste of toppings.

Food is slowly morphing into works of art . . . even for the aircraft. No longer is it the preserve of the 5-star Michelin restaurant, it's also available from aviation catering sources around the globe.

This whole idea got me thinking and asking if our menu items should say, ”some assembly required”. Actually, I think that's a frightening thought, especially for those plating food with no specialized training in food presentation. I struggle with those furniture kits that say “easy assembly”, “all parts included”. Rarely do I find them easy and with all the parts included. A simple teardrop of puree on the plate doesn’t just happen - it's a carefully considered part of the overall design and plan. I've seen many struggle with it.

If you are selecting the composed salads from your catering source, double-check their “kits” for all the necessary components before departure. This is one type of meal that I would leave to the best in the industry . . . the catering sources that specialize in composed kits.

The Niçoise Salad prepared by On Air Dining in the UK, the ribbon salad with chicken roll prepared by Upper Sky in Paris are two catering sources who have perfected the Michelin style kits. Their food is art.

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Carlos Aviation Catering's expansion programme continues with the opening of its new kitchen at Dusseldorf airport (EDDL) on August 1st.

The company now serves seven airports in Germany including: Berlin-Tegel (EDDT), Berlin-Schoenefeld (EDDB), Frankfurt (EDDF), Egelsbach (EDFE) and Cologne (EDDK).

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Jet Aviation Basel recently received maintenance approvals for Dassault Falcon aircraft from the national Civil Aviation Agency in Gabon, Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ANAC), and the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Namibia.

With these approvals, Jet Aviation Basel is authorized to provide line and base maintenance to Dassault Falcon 10, 50 and 900 aircraft registered in Gabon and to Dassault Falcon 7X series and Falcon 900 series aircraft registered in Namibia.

“These approvals improve our ability to meet rising demand for high quality maintenance in Africa, “says Johannes Turzer, vice president and general manager of the Maintenance Center at Jet Aviation Basel. “We are also aware of high expectations for refurbishment support in this region and will continue to expand our services to offer the benefit of our professional expertise where it is needed.”

For aircraft owners and operators in Africa, Jet Aviation Basel also holds maintenance approvals for Boeing Business Jets registered in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa.

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Thomas Global Systems joins Regional Aviation Association of Australia

Thomas Global Systems, a leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defence applications, has announced its membership of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA).

The RAAA was formed in 1980 to protect, represent and promote the combined interests of regional aviation throughout Australia and its regional airline members. Regional aviation is a vital part of the Australian transport infrastructure.

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Lobster: from 'trash' food to A-list delicacy. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

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EAA AirVenture 2015: Avfuel keeps tradition alive with B-17 Yankee Lady sponsorship

Avfuel Corporation once again proudly sponsors the Yankee Air Museum’s B-17 Yankee Lady aircraft at this year's EAA AirVenture.

The B-17, also known as the “Flying Fortress,” was a popular WWII bomber aircraft primarily used in the destruction of enemy war facilities. The Yankee Lady is one of only 10 B-17 airframes that remain flyable today.

Normally housed at Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Mich., the Yankee Lady will be on display to all airshow visitors throughout the week.

“Avfuel is delighted to help deliver this unique experience to fellow aviation enthusiasts,” said Marci Ammerman, Avfuel vice president marketing.

“As a historical piece of military aviation, stationing the B-17 at AirVenture provides an opportunity to both educate the public and honor its legacy. Along with Avfuel representatives, museum volunteers will be available to answer questions from the public, who also have a chance to explore the aircraft.”

“This incredible experience amplifies the contagious enthusiasm at AirVenture,” continued Ammerman. “Along with its historical significance, the B-17 exemplifies the spirit of EAA’s event and America’s never-ending fascination with aviation.”

The Yankee Air Museum’s B-17, the Yankee Lady, will be on display in Boeing Plaza Monday, July 20 - Saturday, July 25.

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