We strongly recommend viewing BlueSky in your browser. Click on our masthead.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 20th July 2017 | Issue #425
Translate to German Translate to French Translate to Spanish Translate to Italian Translate to Portuguese Translate to Russian Translate to Arabic Translate to Chinese
  Follow @blueskybizav on Twitter

search BlueSky's archive

click to visit Signature Flight Support

United States

NBAA salutes hero pilot Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger for opposing ATC privatization

The National Business Aviation Association has welcomed strong opposition to proposals for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system, recently expressed by Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the pilot who performed a heroic emergency landing of a disabled US Airways airplane on New York City’s Hudson River in 2009.

"My real issue, and I think for many people, is that we have a wonderful and unique freedom in this country, this unfettered, wonderful aviation system that anyone can participate in safely and efficiently,” Sullenberger told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

Capt. Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger

“In most countries, it’s either too restrictive or too expensive for an average person to fly, and the only way you can go is on an airliner or a military flight,” continued Sullenberger. The freedom to fly in the U.S. “is something that we need to protect and preserve. So why in the world would we give the keys to the kingdom to the largest airlines? Because they definitely have their own agenda - to lower their costs."

read more

GAMA thanks House Appropriators for supporting general aviation

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has thanked the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for supporting the general aviation industry in its fiscal year 2018 bill, through language improving the aircraft certification process in the U.S. and funding for alternative fuels.

“We are extremely pleased to see the Committee put teeth into their direction to the FAA to better utilize the Organizational Delegation Authority,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “GAMA has advocated for this for some time, and we appreciate the Committee’s support in making this a reality, which will benefit the U.S. economy, aircraft sales and create jobs.”

The Committee provided $1.3bn for aviation safety overall, which is $11.2m above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $51.7m above the budget request.

read more

Hartzell names Civil Aviation Flight University of China as Service & Support Center

Hartzell Propeller has appointed the Aircraft Repair and Overhaul Plant of Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) as a Service and Support Center in the People's Republic of China.

CAFUC is located in Guanghan City in Sichuan Province, China. It was founded in 1956 and established its Aircraft Repair and Overhaul Plant two years later. CAFUC has a professional staff of 110 employees who perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, engines, propellers and components.

"This latest appointment demonstrates Hartzell Propeller's ongoing commitment to Chinese owners, operators, maintenance facilities and the continued growth of general aviation in China," said Weiqing (Max) Wang, Hartzell Propeller Managing Director for China, based in Shanghai City. "CAFUC is the second facility in China to be designated as a Service and Support Center, which continues our goal of expanding our service and support network in China."

read more

click to visit Glennair Training Centre


US Department of Transportation announces $290m infrastructure grants to 105 airports

The US Department of Transportation has announced that the FAA will award $ 290.6m in airport infrastructure grants to 105 airports in 38 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings which help to create thousands of jobs.

“AIP grants will allow airports to complete critical airport infrastructure projects that will help maintain the safety of the nation’s airports,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.

Full list of recipients

click to visit Weston Aviation

Women in Aviation

WAI welcomes Drone Pilots and Operators

Women in Aviation International has reached out to the drone community, via the Women and Drones organization (womenanddrones.com), to encourage women involved with drone operations to be part of WAI.

From now until December 31 2017, Women and Drones members are eligible for a discounted membership in WAI of $40 per year. Women who fly drones or operate UAS for business entities can claim this discount by using the promo code WID17 when signing up at wai.org.

“Drones are an important, emerging segment of our industry,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We welcome women from all aspects of aviation and look forward to a meaningful exchange of expertise and information with them.“

Dr. Chabrian has been named to the Women and Drones Advisory Board.

read more

Sheltair CEO honored in Florida Hall of Fame

Sheltair’s chairman, CEO, owner and founder, Gerald M. Holland, has been inducted into the Florida Aviation Business Association Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors those who make significant contributions to Florida’s bizav industry. The inductees have drawn on their professionalism and integrity to ensure the aviation industry will flourish, inspiring others to make aviation their passion.

Holland founded a Fort Lauderdale-based real estate development and construction firm in 1963 after serving in the military. The firm and its subsequent subsidiary companies moved into the aviation industry with the formation of Sheltair Aviation in 1988.

read more


Air BP

Matt Elliott

Aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air BP, has announced the appointment of Matt Elliott as Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately.

Matt will be based at Air BP’s global headquarters in Sunbury on Thames, UK. He will be responsible for Air BP’s global sales and marketing strategy, global supply strategy and also lead Air BP’s digital and low carbon commercial agenda. He reports directly to Air BP CEO, Jon Platt.

Since joining BP as a Graduate in 1994, Matt has held positions in sales, marketing and operations across the company’s fuels businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the UK and USA. For the last five years he has held the position of Managing Director, BP New Zealand where he has been responsible for successfully leading all aspects of operations in the country including the development and implementation of a sustainable winning strategy.



Julie G. Duffy

Textron has announced the appointment of Julie G. Duffy as executive vice president, Human Resources, effective immediately.

Duffy joined Textron in 1997 as a member of the Corporate legal team and has since held litigation positions of increasing responsibility. In 2009, she was promoted to executive counsel of Textron and was named as vice president and deputy general counsel–litigation in 2011.

Prior to Textron, Duffy was a commercial and employment litigation associate at Pillsbury Winthrop in Los Angeles.


United States

First Legacy 500 assembled in Melbourne takes to the skies

The first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at Embraer's industrial facilities in Melbourne, Florida has completed its maiden flight, just eight months after its stablemate, the Legacy 450 mid-light jet.

The aircraft performed as expected and all flight test procedures were successfully completed.

read more

click to visit European Aviation Group

United States

Gama Aviation and Wheels Up fly 100,000th sector

Gama Aviation LLC, has announced a major milestone in Wheels Up flight history with the occasion of its 100,000th flight sector.

The sector was flown by N861UP, a King Air 350 flying from Jacksonville FL to Nashville TN on Wednesday 5th July.

This was not the only accomplishment in the recent weeks. In quick succession from June 29th through July 2nd, Gama Aviation completed over 400 flights for Wheels Up, including record-breaking numbers on Saturday, July 1st when more than 100 passenger legs were flown. The week also saw Wheels Up securing $90m in debt financing from KKR to purchase its next 17 King Air 350 aircraft.

read more

United States

Seventh consecutive NetJets award for Teterboro's Meridian

Meridian Air Charter has been named the top subcontract provider for NetJets in the Northeast region for the first and second quarters of 2017.

The recent honors mark seven quarters in a row that Meridian has earned this prestigious award. Meridian’s first award was presented in Q3 of 2015, and has continued consecutively since then.

click to visit Chameleon


American Aero FTW becomes first FBO in Texas to earn rigorous Stage II IS-BAH certification

American Aero FTW, an FBO serving Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, continues to lead the way in private aviation safety.

The FBO is the first in Texas, and one of only a handful in the world, to earn the new rigorous Stage II safety and ground handling certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

read more


Bas de Vos

Director of IFS Labs at IFS.

Using Blockchain to reinforce aviation asset management

lockchain is one of the most discussed and intriguing technologies out there today.

I will not go too deeply into the specifics of how it works since that has been covered by many other sources; suffice to say that it is a huge, global distributed ledger or database running on many devices and open to anyone within the Blockchain.

In the Blockchain, information, or anything of value can be stored. Its purpose is to ensure a 100 percent secure, verifiable and traceable database protocol.

So far, most use cases have been focused on the financial sector, including transaction management where costs are reduced by keeping property ownership and records or using it to track high-value goods, such as diamonds. There is, however, a huge untapped market in asset management - specifically in the commercial aviation industry.

read more

Bizav Newsreel

This week . . .

Embraer flies the first Legacy 500 built in its Florida facility; Pilots Olivier Froment and Tom Valette guide us around the Dassault Falcon 7X and Happy Design Studio unveils its 'Carboneum' livery on a Global Express XRS.


Swiss ground-handling company, Cat Air Service, has received IS-BAH accreditation for its FBO at Zurich Airport.

The certification follows parent company Air Service Basel's similar achievement last year at the EuroAirport in Basel.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be receiving this accreditation.” says Cat Air Service General Manager, Robert Whitehead. “We are still a fairly new and humble Swiss company compared to the global network FBOs based at Zurich Airport. So, it’s a great achievement for us to be officially recognized for our hard work and dedication to our customers and the quality of the services we provide.” www.cat-airservice.com

click to visit Vector Aerospace


Bell 525 Relentless resumes flight testing

Bell Helicopter's model 525 Relentless super-medium twin has resumed flight test activity after receiving experimental certificate renewal from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The program was suspended in July 2016 when the first prototype crashed during a test flight near the company’s facility in eastern Texas, killing both pilots.

read more


Embraer delivered 24 executive jets - 16 light and 8 large - during the second quarter of 2017.

The number of deliveries in the commercial market rose roughly 35% over the same period last year with a total of 35 aircraft. With respect to executive jets, the segment delivered five large jets more than in the second quarter of 2016, although in total the company delivered two units less in 2Q17 compared to 2Q16. On June 30, Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled USD 18.5bn.

click to visit FBO One


Avinode passes half-million charter requests in June

30% increase in charter requests for eurozone countries.

Avinode, the world’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling air charter, is announcing a record month in the company’s history, surpassing half a million charter requests for the first time, in June 2017.

In June, Avinode recorded a total of more than 532,000 charter requests worldwide. The number of Avinode requested flights in EMEAA increased by 27% versus June 2016, while in the US alone, requests increased by 112% versus June 2016.

Oliver King

Oliver King, Acting CEO, Avinode Group says: “Across the business aviation industry, operators are reporting a hike in business for June 2017 versus last year - great news for the industry."

read more

United Kingdom

Luxaviation UK enjoys positive start to Summer 2017

This Summer’s private jet hotspots revealed.

Luxaviation UK, the UK’s largest private aviation charter operator and part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating a positive start to the Summer period, with a 15% increase in bookings in June alone, versus the same period last year.

The rise in early Summer bookings, a trend being reported across the industry, is, according to Luxaviation UK, being driven by an increase in travel to the Mediterranean’s summer hotspots, an increase in demand for this summer’s music festivals and the need to avoid the heightened delays and cancellations being experienced across commercial airlines.

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, CEO, Luxaviation UK, says: “Our positive booking figures for June are a good indication that the industry is stable and that customers in the UK continue to value private aviation as a worthwhile investment. We all know that figures are not as high as they were pre-recession, but we are confident that the summer months will continue to bring solid growth for us."

read more

Airway routes could soon become extinct in Europe

By 2021, the European air traffic management network will be almost fully route-free, offering operators more flight options for city pairs and helping improve airspace performance in the pivotal areas of capacity, efficiency and the environment, according to Eurocontrol’s latest pronouncement on the advantages of the ongoing development of the European Single Sky concept.

Eurocontrol said that free route airspace (FRA), one of the key objectives of Single Sky, has already notched up a series of steps for air traffic management (ATM) to meet that goal. These include moving from route availability to airspace availability; replacing ATM systems that that underpin FRA, a process that took place over the last 10 years; air navigation service providers improving their quality of service at little or no cost; and implementing most FRA initiatives to date years before the European Commission’s deadline.

Operators “now have the choice of filing a flight plan that best suits their own needs,” Eurocontrol said, “subject to their capabilities and airspace capacity. Free route airspace is fully systemized and the network manager operations center is there to regulate airspace when needed” through air traffic flow control measures.

click to visit Global Trek Aviation 


Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, offers her definitive guide to inflight microwave cooking.

Cooking with a Microwave

o any of you remember the days before the microwave?

We spent so much more time in the kitchen. We had to plan the meals well in advance in order to properly thaw foods that were tucked away in the freezer.

My parents would buy a side of beef or pig and have the butcher prepare the meat for the family so it was always ready to be pulled out of the freezer for dinner. Back then we pulled the meat out at breakfast time and let it sit in the sink, thawing until dinner. Today I wonder how none of us died from a food related illness . . . or even just got seriously sick!

As time has passed and the microwave has become a standard household item, learning to cook with it has been a 'trial and error' journey. Since my family never owned a microwave, I wasn’t able to pick up tricks and great recipes for microwave cooking, but my children and now grandchildren certainly have self-taught themselves in its great uses.

Let me share the tips I have acquired over the years by working with flight crews. They'll help you when using a microwave to cook or reheat on board, and also provide food safety information and precautions to consider as you do so.

read more

Trends reveal record low prices in Q2 pre-owned bizjet and turboprop transactions

While the demand for pre-owned business jet and turboprop aircraft remains unchanged, record low prices are enticing value-focused buyers to act, according to Asset Insight’s Q2 2017 issue of its Asset Insight Market Report (AI2 Market Report).

Turboprops and small jets lead the list of aircraft in demand with this Quarterly Market Report analyzing both the value and maintenance exposure of 92 fixed-wing models and 1,881 aircraft listed for sale. Other trends the 14-page Quarterly Market Report include:

"With record low ask prices and excellent maintenance quality, the pre-owned business aircraft market in Q2 2017 offers great deals for buyers that are motivated to purchase either business jets or turboprop aircraft. The available inventory, while posting a notably smaller pricing decline, signals that pricing is beginning to stabilize, while market demand for all categories of business jets and turboprops remains steady," said Tony Kioussis, president of Asset Insight, LLC.

read more


Vilnius International Airport closure

Vilnius International Airport (EYVI) is closed until August 17th for runway repairs.

The infrastructure and majority of regular flights have been moved temporarily to Kaunas (EYKA), however due to slot limitations and restricted parking hours, Kaunas will not be able to accept all business aviation flights.

Local business aviation specialists, Flight Consulting Group (FCG), recommend Siauliai (186 km from Vilnius), Riga (262 km) and Palanga (300 km) as alternatives. FCG services around 70% of all flights in the Baltics and is a recognised authority in the region.

"We shall take care of servicing flights at the highest level possible, as well as ensure the delivery of passengers to Vilnius or Kaunas by car or helicopter. We will do everything we can to minimise the impact of airport closure on the passengers and crew,” says FCG Control Centre Manager, Sergey Starkov. www.fcg.aero

click to visit Global FBO Consult


Down-Route CEO Andy Hudson appointed to AsBAA Board

Andy Hudson - CEO of expenses management & hotel booking platform Down-Route, and owner/founder of PJC Aviation - has been appointed to the board of governors for South East Asia of the industry body, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).

AsBAA is a representative organisation for business aviation in Asia with the objective of promoting the benefits of all aspects of the industry across the continent and to help the companies, who rely on business aviation aircraft, succeed in the Asian market. Andy Hudson has been a member of the organisation since 2014 and has recently joined the board of governors to provide his experience and expertise to assist the AsBAA achieve its goals.

read more


First PC-24 is successfully married (and standing on its own feet!) read

US June flight activity rises with the mercury Download the full report

DFS and Deutsche Telekom cooperate on drone safety read

Understanding Cholesterol. Paula Kraft explains how simple changes in your diet can help reduce your cholesterol intake. read

RUAG and Happy Design Studio unveil 'Carboneum' livery design read

More stories in our

Industry Supplements

see tabs at top of page.

Shannon Airport laying asphalt equivalent of one football pitch each night as runway upgrade advances

The rehabilitation of Ireland’s longest runway, at Shannon Airport, is proving a triumph of logistics as the equivalent of one football pitch is re-laid between dusk and dawn each night, the airport has revealed.

Shortly before midnight, following the last arrival/departure at Shannon, a team of 90 vehicles and 70 people roll in for over four hours work on the 3,200m runway - among the longest runways in Europe and one of the designated emergency runways for the Space Shuttle prior to cessation of flights.

By the time they finish and get ready for a ninety minute health and safety inspection - before early morning flights resume - the team will have laid enough asphalt to cover an entire football pitch.

The work, which will see the runway right for the next quarter of a century, commenced in April and by the time it finishes in October, some 50,000 tonnes of asphalt will be laid - equating to 72 football pitches.

Speaking half way through the works, Shannon Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney explained: “It’s quite a complex job because not alone is there a huge volume of work being done but there’s a huge focus on the clock and, particularly, on safety. The runway must be open and operational every morning for our first transatlantic customers before 6a.m. To ensure this happens our own dedicated Shannon Airport project team, working with our contractor, take 90 minutes to run all the necessary safety checks before that can happen.

“It’s a well-rehearsed activity by our contractor, Lagan Asphalt. Literally, a chain of vehicles arrive on site as soon as the last flight is processed. Planers, tarmacadam trucks, empty lorries, rollers - up to 70 vehicles roll onto the runway for the works every night. By the time we are finished in October we will have a brand new surface that will serve the airport and the region for the next 25 years.”

click to order your FREE weekly copy of BlueSky

If we have sent BlueSky to you in error, please accept our apologies. The following link will enable us to remove you from our distribution list.


To prevent BlueSky from getting swept up by over-zealous email filters, we suggest that you add: bluesky@newslett.co.uk

to your address book.

click to visit NBAA

BlueSky is published every Thursday and emailed free of charge to over 50,000 key business and executive aviation industry personnel in 154 countries.
We welcome your press releases and announcements:
All other enquiries:
Follow @blueskybizav on Twitter

About us

Work with BlueSky


 BlueSky Business Aviation News Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without express written permission is prohibited.
click for our ratecard

Business Aviation News Provider

The opinions expressed by contributors to BlueSky are not necessarily those of the Publishers.

visit BBGA

Immediate Publication | Guaranteed Insertion | Global Audience
+44 (0) 1442 30 00 20

tumblr visit counter

statistics in vBulletin