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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 26th February 2015 | Issue #309

Heli Ops 2015 at The London Heliport
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NBAA renounces latest effort to curtail Santa Monica Airport access

The National Business Aviation Association has called into question new moves to diminish access to Santa Monica Airport (SMO), and pledged to continue fighting such efforts.

The Association’s latest statements about preserving SMO access follow a Feb. 23 vote by the Santa Monica Airport Commission, recommending that the city council move ahead with proposals to implement costly new leases for tenants, close a portion of the airport’s runway and enact a new emissions ordinance at SMO.

“These proposals have been offered by opponents of Santa Monica Airport before, and they’ve been shown to be lacking a basis in federal law and grant obligations,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We have long fought these and other attempts to restrict access at SMO, and we will continue to do so.”

Ahead of the airport commission’s vote this week, NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown sent a Feb. 2 letter to its chair, emphasizing the Association’s concern that “the commission continues to be laboring under the misapprehension that . . . there will be no federal obligations applicable to SMO.” read more

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First HondaJet flight simulator arrives

The first HondaJet flight simulator has been delivered to the company's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The full motion, Level D simulator, currently being installed, was developed in partnership with FlightSafety International and will be located at the HondaJet Training Center on the campus of Honda Aircraft.

“Pilot training is an important factor for safety, and we are putting significant effort and investment into flight training for all of our customers,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

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Vector joins Greenwich AeroGroup's LiveAero dealer network

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems dealer network.

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services - North America, based in British Columbia, Canada is an industry-leading provider of MRO services for helicopter operators around the globe. The dealership agreement enables Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services in British Columbia to offer certification and installation services for the LiveAero system.

“We are delighted to add such a renowned helicopter service provider to the LiveAero dealer network,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance.

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Your message is important, so tweet it right

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

n general, the aviation community makes less use of social media than other groups.

But just one quick search through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram demonstrates a healthy and ongoing online aviation conversation.

For those who haven’t paid much attention, Twitter might seem like just a place where people gossip about their personal trivia: where they are, where they’re going, what they ate today. But that was so five years ago - if it was ever completely true.

Today, Twitter serves as a powerful medium to exchange useful information, and to broadcast your message to an audience that’s actually looking for it, and eager to receive it. If you haven’t started Tweeting already, consider your next aviation trade show. You’ll be amazed how much richer and well-informed your experience will be if you follow along - and contribute to - the ongoing show dialogue.

Here are a few guidelines to get you going . . . read more

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American Aero FTW acquires additional hangars and land at Meacham International

American Aero FTW, a fixed base operator located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, has announced the purchase of 64,000 square feet of additional hangar space and 2.3 acres of land at the airport.

The acquisition is part of the FBO’s effort to expand its presence and enhance its ability to offer premiere aircraft services to business aviation customers.

The company is also building three, state-of-the-art hangars and a two-story office complex. Slated for completion later this year, the new hangars will accommodate any aircraft up to a Gulfstream G650. With the acquisition and new construction, American Aero will operate more than 290,000 square feet of hangar and office space at Meacham.

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JDA announces dates for Regulatory Affairs Training Course

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions (JDA) will holds its one-of-a-kind regulatory affairs training course in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Training Center DFW April 7- 8, 2015, with a focus on expanding of knowledge about FAA regulatory affairs for air carrier, manufacturer and repair station certificate holders.

The two-day session will be led by a former career FAA principal inspector and a former FAA Chief Counsel who will provide recommended practices through real-life examples from their experiences at the FAA and as private industry consultants.

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Garmin continues rollout of ADS-B approvals for business aviation

Garmin International has announced the selection and certification of a Garmin Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution by Gulfstream for the G200 business jet.

The Garmin GTX 3000 Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder and GDL® 88 ADS-B datalink combine to fulfill global ADS-B requirements which meet the stringent demands of a variety of aircraft types. This versatile ADS-B solution addresses the necessary airspace requirements to give business and transport category aircraft operators an immediate path to compliance.

“Garmin is thrilled to broaden our partnership with Gulfstream to extend this all-inclusive ADS-B Out solution to the G200 business jet,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

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Rolls-Royce North America

Marion C. Blakey

Rolls-Royce has announced that Marion C. Blakey has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

Ms. Blakey will leave her position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where she has served nearly eight years. At AIA, she’s been an authoritative and influential voice for the aerospace and defense industry, representing approximately 340 of the industry’s leading manufacturers. She has also played a leading role in promoting the export of civil and defense aviation products, and supported the priorities of America’s thousands of suppliers to aerospace and defense programs.

Some of Ms. Blakey’s many successes over her celebrated career include serving a five-year term as administrator of the FAA where she operated the world’s largest air traffic control system and managed 44,000 employees and a $14bn budget. From 2001 to 2002, Ms. Blakey served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). At NTSB, she led a number of accident investigations, improved the Board’s accident reporting process and strengthened its advocacy and outreach programs to promote safer travel throughout all modes of transportation.


Ayuk Ntuiabane & Grant Atchison

International trust and corporate services provider, Equiom Group, has announced a significant expansion of its Aviation and Yachting teams with the recruitment of key industry professionals, Ayuk Ntuiabane and Grant Atchison.

Ayuk and Grant recently joined Equiom following its appointment as manager of the Moore Stephens Trust Company in the Isle of Man and will be working alongside Steve Cain, Edward Leigh and the existing teams based at Equiom’s headquarters in the Isle of Man.

Grant Atchison, Senior Manager – Client Services.

The teams will work with clients and their advisers to optimise the structures and business models required for the secure and cost-effective operation of aircraft and yachts, including the provision of effective VAT solutions. Their experience also extends to the proper importation and exportation of assets into the EU as well as overseeing the ongoing tax compliance requirements.

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United Kingdom

Heli Ops - new one day conference set for 4th June, 2015 at London Heliport

The London Heliport, its external PR firm Emerald Media and BlueSky are delighted to announce they are teaming up to host a one day dedicated helicopter operations conference in the UK capital on Thursday, 4th June.

Heli Ops 2015 will address topics such as conforming to Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) and the ongoing integration into EASA regulations; Utility operations including Police and air ambulance activity; widening synergy with business jets, new technologies and the latest trends in cabin design.

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Flying Colours refurbishes first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter

Flying Colours Corp., the North Americas-based completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialists, has refurbished its first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter at its Peterborough, Canada headquarters.

The helicopter, which is a VIP variant, features a unique and eye-catching electric blue themed interior designed exclusively by the Flying Colours team of specialist designers.

The full work schedule included installation of forward four-place club and aft five-place club seating, fitting of a forward lavatory, extensive cabinetry work and, in a first for the helicopter industry, the laying of a LIST granite flooring finish in the lavatory and helicopter entrance. The striking interior features white all-leather seating with a unique blue crocodile leather insert. read more

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United States

Pilatus delivers 1,300th PC-12

In a ceremony on Monday at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s facility in Broomfield, Colorado, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer delivered the 1,300th unit of its single engine turboprop PC-12 to California-based airline Surf Air. 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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Russian Helicopters presents commercial and military helicopters at Aero India 2015

Russian Helicopters showcased its latest commercial and military helicopters at the international air show, Aero India 2015, in Bangalore, India. last week.

"India is a key market for the Russian helicopter-building industry, and the largest operator of Russian-made helicopters in the region," said Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev, who headed the State

Corporation Rostec delegation. "We are planning to develop multilateral cooperation and are pleased to be able to showcase our new projects at this exhibition. In particular, the Ka-226T, which boasts a wealth of advantageous features." read more

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ExecuJet sees significant Australasian growth opportunity

Expansion of managed and charter fleet

ExecuJet Aviation Group is predicting an acceleration in its growth in Australasia, as clients in the region increasingly turn to support organisations with global experience and scale.

Speaking this week at Avalon 2015, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Darren McGoldrick, Vice President Australasia, ExecuJet Aviation Group, said: “The macro outlook for business aviation in Asia is encouraging, with all OEMs predicting rising deliveries across the region in the next two decades. We believe the current high levels of product innovation from aircraft manufacturers will only support that trend, encouraging more people to become business jet owners for the first time. read more

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Elbit Systems will be introducing its Helicopter ClearVision - the rotary-wing version of its unique ClearVision next generation Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) for commercial aircraft at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando next week.

The new solution answers the growing worldwide trend for increased helicopter safety and enhanced situational awareness. read more

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AfBAA announces dates for third annual symposium to be held in Addis Ababa

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has announced the confirmed dates for the Association’s next annual symposium.

The third in the series will be held over two days on 24 and 25 September 2015 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa at the Sheraton Addis hotel. AfBAA selected the location owing to the significant part the city plays in the African political landscape as the home city of the African Union of Nations. This will be the first AfBAA symposium held in East Africa and it is anticipated the location will encourage a greater number of Business Aviation stakeholders from this part of the continent to attend the meeting. read more

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Fort Wayne Airport Authority to provide FBO services at FWA

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority Board of Directors has approved a resolution that allows the Airport Authority to begin providing FBO services at Fort Wayne International Airport, Ind., beginning January 15, 2016. Atlantic Aviation currently operates the FBO at FWA.

"We believe that by assuming control of this operation, the Airport Authority can ensure the highest level of service to all users while also positioning the airport for future growth," said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. read more

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United Kingdom

Chameleon and Flying Service create 'ESP' - the new economy seat to generate revenue

Chameleon Products, a specialist interior supplier and Flying Service, a UK based Aircraft seat manufacturer who have been producing seats for over 50 years, have collaborated to produce a new economy seat called ESP. read more

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Irish Business Aviation Association (IBAA) launch

The Irish Business Aviation Association was officially launched last Thursday during the Future of Business Aviation Conference, in London.

The aim of the Association is to promote the growth and effectiveness of the business aviation industry in Ireland by representation, monitoring, co-operation, promotion and information.

In addition, IBAA plan to have representation in Europe as a member of the European Council for General Aviation Support (ECOGAS) and plans to work closely with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

Founder Bas de Bruijn commented, “Establishing the IBAA is a great step forward for the industry in Ireland. By uniting the Irish Aviation community and banding together as a group, we can utilize all of our collective worldwide experience to help make Ireland a better place for business and general aviation." read more

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United Kingdom

BACA calls for maximum use of UK runway capacity

The Baltic Air Charter Association has advised that it is of the opinion that Manston airport, in Kent, should not have been allowed to close.

A key factor in BACA’s decision is that for many years Manston was the RAF master diversion airport and as such always provided a valuable service to the whole aviation industry. Manston has one of the widest runways in the UK and is capable of handling every type of aeroplane, including extremely large commercial and military aircraft. Manston is in such an important strategic location, the close proximity to Europe means that flight times are reduced and fuel savings increased for many European destinations.

In addition with the recent announcement regarding the closure of a number of RAF bases - Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth - BACA is keen to support organisations involved in utilising these runways to maximum effect. read more

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

Lowering the Heartburn Risk

e have all suffered from heartburn or acid reflux at one time or another.

Did you know that over 20% of the population suffers from acid reflux or heartburn at least once a week?

That means we have all probably had to plan meals for a passenger or flight crew suffering with this ailment . . . possibly without even knowing it. Knowing this high number of occurrences, it might be wise for catering sources to plan an assortment of meals and label them as low risk meals for heartburn.

The symptoms of heartburn are generally the same with varying degrees. A tight, fiery painful sensation through your chest and throat is primary. This is most often followed by a sour or bitter taste in your throat and mouth that can last for minutes or even hours. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is released into the esophagus because of either acid damage in the esophagus or a weakened sphincter muscle. This occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle (LES) becomes relaxed and stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus and throat.

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United Kingdom

Centreline Air Charter reports busiest year and looks to growth opportunities

Leading aircraft management and charter company, Centreline Air Charter, has reported that the 12 month period from January 2014 to January 2015 has been the most profitable in its history, seeing an increase of almost 100%.

Centreline, a subsidiary company of business aviation group, Bristol Flying Centre, has grown by 40% over the past six years and has established its fleet to become a UK leader in t e operation of Citation jets - with five 525’s based across Luton, Manchester, Bristol, Biggin Hill and Dunsfold.

The company is now looking to diversify its operation by managing different aircraft types and is reviewing ways to grow its business further, which could mean creating alliances or merging with other companies.

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Royal Jet awards SR Technics contract for twelve BBJ engines

Royal Jet, the Middle East’s foremost private charter company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has awarded SR Technics a five-year contract to maintain, repair and overhaul their CFM56-7B engine fleet.

The engines are currently in service on Royal Jet’s six BBJs.

The work on the engines will be carried out at SR Technics’ world renowned facilities at Zurich Airport, Switzerland. The maintenance, repair and overhaul of the first of the twelve Royal Jet CFM engines began in the second week of February, 2015.

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MEBAA Founding Chairman retires from government position

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi dedicating his time to MEBAA’s growth.

After 25 years of service, Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi retires from his government position as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Presidential Flight, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. as of February 2015.

This milestone of an achievement marks the end of Alnaqbi’s government service but extends his commitment to the industry exponentially, as his time will now be entirely dedicated to the continued success of the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi

In his long illustrious career in this prestigious organization, Alnaqbi has seen its transition from the erstwhile Private Flight, then to Amiri Flight and onwards to the present Presidential Flight.

The CEO of Presidential Flight Nadir Ahmed Al Hammadi commented on the occasion, “He [Ali Alnaqbi] is the longest serving member among the top management team and one of the founding members. His successful career at Presidential Flight and his apparent contributions over the years will leave him with pride of achievement.” Ali Alnaqbi has indeed left his indelible legacy in various areas covering the entire range of head of state transportation including aircraft acquisition, completion, facilities creation/maintenance, logistics, risk management and aircraft financing. read more

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Returnjet launches new broker marketplace

The emergence of on-line booking platforms has changed the way brokers and operators do business. Initially, what once appeared to be competition for charter brokers, has instead been adopted by them as another weapon in their armoury.

For over 30 months, a UK based aviation software company, Returnjet.com, has been quietly and diligently developing both software and operator relationships in order to penetrate this field. In this time it has secured contracts with around 600 of the world’s charter operators, and consequently access to nearly 3,000 aircraft.

It has developed bespoke software providing the realtime precision of aircraft pricing and availability that brokers need. The system actually searches a database of every charter operator and aircraft irrespective of whether the operator has registered. read more

United Kingdom

Pilots to support UK Melanoma charities

One hour at 30,000ft equivalent to 20 minutes on a sun bed.

The British Airlines Pilot Association (BALPA) has announced a two-year charity partnership with Melanoma UK and Melanoma Focus in an effort to support pilots affected by the disease.

Researchers from the University of California recently found that airline pilots and flight crews could be at twice the risk of developing melanoma, with flying for an hour at 30,000ft the equivalent UV exposure to 20 minutes on a sun bed.

As part of its Pilots Giving Campaign, the first charitable giving campaign launched by the professional association, airline pilots, crew and staff will be invited to take part in a series of fundraising events for the two charities. read more


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Air Charter Service raises almost £50k for charity in 2014
Aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, says that the company and its employees raised almost £50k for charity in 2014.

ACS’s Charity Committee organised a variety of events, including participation in the ‘Mini Nuts Challenge’, a pie-eating contest and not to mention the outrageous suits competition at the Christmas party. All of this was in addition to individuals taking part in activities such as sponsored bungee jumps and in running the New York Marathon.

An ongoing, long term project that benefits from ACS’s fundraising is HEAL. Over the past four years ACS’s donations have paid for a new IT classroom and library for the HEAL orphanage and school in Andhra Pradesh, India. Company Secretary, Treasurer and head of the Charity Committee, Tina Leach, along with Chairman and Founder, Chris Leach, visited the project. Tina said: “I was fortunate enough to visit the village in Andhra Pradesh to witness first-hand what our fund raising was helping to build. I was so touched to see what a difference we could make.”

Each year ACS’s staff vote for an additional three charities to raise money for: one local, one UK-based and one international. Dysart School is a school for children with learning disabilities, opposite ACS’s London HQ, and was voted for as the company’s local charity for 2014. Carers Trust is a charity funded organisation that supports unpaid carers and raises their profile in the community and it served as ACS’s national charity. ACS’s international charity was Médicins Sans Frontières - the organisation helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare. www.aircharterservice.com

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