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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 29th January 2015 | Issue #305

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United States

NBAA concerns reflected in FAA's new sleep apnea policy

The National Business Aviation Association has said that new guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration on its once-controversial plan for testing pilots for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) now reflects a practical approach from the Association and other general aviation groups for addressing the condition, without compromising flight safety.

“This new guidance, developed with NBAA’s input, reflects a pivot for the agency, which combines common sense with clinical discipline,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Particularly noteworthy for Bolen is that, under the new guidance, pilots will be able to continue to fly while being evaluated for OSA.

The FAA’s new screening directive comes in the wake of plans, unveiled by the agency late in 2013, that the agency would consider requiring any pilot with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, and a neck size of 17 inches or greater, to undergo OSA screening prior to receiving a medical certificate. read more

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GAMA welcomes FAA/US Congressional focus to provide greater consistency in regulatory interpretation

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed two developments this week in the effort to provide greater consistency in regulatory interpretation: a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the issue and the concurrent release of a detailed FAA plan to implement recommendations resulting from Section 313 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

On January 21, 2015, Duncan Aviation President and CEO Aaron Hilkemann, who is GAMA’s Vice Chairman, testified before the committee on the need for greater consistency in regulatory interpretation and a timely resolution process.

Hilkemann discussed the work of the Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which, in November 2012, made six recommendations to improve the regulatory process. In his testimony, Hilkemann highlighted two of these recommendations that would help resolve issues of uncertainty.

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FltPlan links with Angel Flight West

FltPlan has integrated with the Angel Flight Information Database System (AFIDS) enabling FltPlan users to combine their flights with an Angel Flight mission.

Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.

Angel Flight West’s current network, comprising more than 1,400 pilots throughout the 13 western states, donate their aircraft, their time and skills, and all flying costs to help people in need. These donations allow those in need to receive vital treatment that may otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.

"Angel Flight West is thrilled to partner with FltPlan as the need for travel to and from healthcare continues to grow," said Josh Olson, executive director of Angel Flight West. "We want to be there with the best resources possible to meet that need and change lives through the donated flights we provide.

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Business as Usual Is a Missed Opportunity

Sarah Goertz, director of digital strategy at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ried-and-true business methods built strong aviation companies with long
histories of success. Quality products, exceptional service, integrity and reputation kept customers coming back.

Members of the old guard have continued to hold fast to those four pillars, but is it enough for the next generation of research-driven, online buyers? The answer is, probably not.

Every year a CEO waits to invest in the company’s digital transformation the gap between what a modern customer wants and what the company is able to deliver online widens. Let’s take a look at what’s preventing some aviation companies from investing in their digital futures.

Old Stuff

Legacy technology, using old or outdated systems and platforms, is one of the most common barriers to improving the way aviation companies market and provide online tools and resources for their customers. Outdated browsers, like Internet Explorer 8, are still the norm at far too many aviation companies. Why? Because most, if not all, the company’s internal web applications and online business processes were built back when IE8 came out in 2009 and they cannot be viewed on any other browser. The cost and manpower to update all those applications is too high, resulting in a never-ending stalemate.

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Unmanned Aircraft

NBAA joins 'Know Before You Fly' initiative

Expands UAS resources for members

In recognition of growing interest in the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS), and concerns about their safe operation within the National Airspace System (NAS), the National Business Aviation Association recently joined with other aviation advocacy groups and industry partners in support of the “Know Before You Fly” educational initiative to provide prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly UAS safely and responsibly.

Founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition, “Know Before You Fly” offers important operational and safety information to those seeking to utilize UAS in a variety of roles, many of which aligns with interests of the business aviation community.

"I became aware of ‘Know Before You Fly’ at an industry conference in December, and expressed NBAA's interest then in being a part of this important initiative," said Bob Lamond, NBAA director, air traffic services and infrastructure. "Our participation in this campaign further demonstrates efforts by NBAA to ensure that persons operating UAS commercially or privately are doing so in the safest possible manner."

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EASA validates IKHANA's DHC-6-200HG MTOW increase

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6-200HG™ modification. The RWMI DHC-6-200HG is now an FAA, Transport Canada, and EASA approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) allowing aircraft operations to 12,500 pounds (5670 Kg).

“Validation of our RWMI DHC-6-200HG STC provides added capabilities for operators of DHC-6-100 and -200 Twin Otters who follow European EASA regulations,” says John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The legacy -100 & -200 series aircraft tend to have lower empty weights, by approximately 300 to 500 pounds, when compared to a similarly equipped DHC-6-300 aircraft. This makes our DHC-6-200HG an attractive alternative for adding payload capacity and revenue.”

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Jeppesen to provide international trip planning for Saudi's NasJet

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, recently signed a multi-year service contract with leading Saudi Arabian private jet operator NasJet to provide International Trip Planning services that will increase flight department operational efficiency.

The service contract underscores Jeppesen’s dedication to serving not just the key Saudi Arabian market but the entire Middle Eastern region, as operators seek tools to take advantage of continuing technology advances for streamlining operations in the global private jet marketplace.

“Being the largest and fastest growing business aviation company in the Middle East, NasJet teaming with Jeppesen’s regionally-based experts with access to extensive contact databases and credit payment lines will work to increase our operational efficiency on a worldwide scale,” said Saad Al Azwari, CEO of NasJet. “Jeppesen understands the complexities of operating in global airspace and we look forward to continuing our close relationship as they support our plans to expand our business in the near future.”

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Jet Aviation


Thomas Kopetzky

Jet Aviation has announced the appointment of Thomas Kopetzky as FBO supervisor at Jet Aviation Vienna.

As FBO supervisor, Kopetzky will oversee the Jet Aviation Vienna FBO operation to ensure a premium customer experience. He reports directly to Dennis Kohr, managing director of Jet Aviation Vienna.

Based in Vienna throughout his career, Kopetzky is a 40-year industry veteran with extensive handling experience. Prior to joining Jet Aviation Vienna in January 2015, he worked for Pan American World Airways, Delta Airlines and Austrian Airlines, and successfully led small start-up companies. Kopetzky is a licensed pilot with radio telephony certification.

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Ground breaking study proves economic importance of Canadian business aviation

Canada’s business aviation sector directly contributes total of $3.1bn in economic outputs, $1.3 in GDP, $650m in taxes, 11,500 person-years and $800m in wages, according to a new study commissioned by the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA).

The report, 2014 Economic Impact of Business Aviation in Canada, is the first detailed examination of the size and economic impact of business aviation, and reveals an industry that is integral to wealth generation and connectivity for communities and businesses across the country.

As well as economic impacts, the report includes case studies, and examines business aviation operations by purpose and by aircraft. read more

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GlobeAir's new API set to become benchmark in mobile booking

Mustang operator is the first to deliver a revolutionary booking technology which can be integrated seamlessly into any website.

In today’s permanently connected world, GlobeAir believes that the future of private jet charter booking is through mobile commerce, according to the way online purchases have recently impacted the buyers’ decision process.

In support of the modern traveller, GlobeAir, the leading European air charter operator, together with BoldIQ, a leading resource optimization software company, are now offering a revolutionary API, which incorporates enhanced features for a streamlined online booking experience based on bold new technologies.
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Flying solo: will co-pilots become a thing of the past?

Skaiste Knyzaite, CEO of airline recruitment specialist, AviationCV.com

It is no secret that crew-related costs typically represent 10-20% of an airline’s cost structure - as much, if not more, than any other cost bucket, except fuel, at least before its recent drop in costs.

Naturally, reducing the size of cockpit crews for commercial aircraft has been a topic of theoretical discussion among aerospace industry representatives for many years now. Nevertheless, while today realization of such a solution is far less science fiction than it was a few years ago, the possibility of its actual implementation still remains in question. 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.

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WEF generates brisk business for Swiss FBOs

ExecuJet, Jet Aviation and Air Service Basel handle over  a thousand bizjet movements.

Three leading Swiss FBOs enjoyed frenetic levels of activity during last week's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

ExecuJet Aviation Group’s FBO at Zürich Airport celebrated a record 400 aircraft movements for VIP passengers travelling to and from the event, including a high proportion of long-range business jets. read more

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South Africa

Fireblade Aviation selects FBO One to support operational management

South African-based Fireblade Aviation which manages the only Fixed Base Operation at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORT) has selected FBO One, from Amsterdam Software, as its online management tool to run its FBO and fuel management activity.

“Our service offering is expansive which generates a huge amount of planning, paperwork, communications and logistics across all the departments involved. We need to ensure we can easily follow the requirements of each client. The FBO One software has an intuitive interface, and offers us the capability to customise it to our own unique service levels. This was one of the principle reasons we selected the product,” explains Bjorn Ischner, Fireblade Aviation General Manager. read more

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ACS to invest £10m in charter technology

Leading aircraft charter company, Air Charter Service, has announced plans to spend around £10m over the next five years advancing the company’s charter booking technologies and online presence.

Chris Leach, Chairman and Founder of ACS, commented, “We have always invested in technology, but now the need is greater than ever. To cover the three divisions in each of our eighteen offices and the 50,000 aircraft that we have access to, we already have many websites around the world in multiple languages - each tailored to the local marketplace and culture.

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United States

Hartzell Propeller Inc. will become the propeller technical partner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series for the second consecutive year in 2015.

Hartzell will again provide its three-blade structural composite propeller known as “The Claw,” carbon fiber composite spinners, and lightweight governors to each race team. Hartzell will also supply complete propeller technical support and maintenance services for all of the entrants for races throughout the world. read more

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United Arab Emirates

Jet Aviation Dubai recently received EASA Part 145 approval to provide base maintenance to Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft. With EASA base maintenance approval, Jet Aviation Dubai now fully supports the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft.

The company already holds EASA-authorization to perform line maintenance on Falcon 7X, F900 EX Easy; F900DX; F2000; F2000 EX Easy and F2000 DX aircraft. It also has full FAA approval to provide line and base maintenance to the entire Dassault Falcon family. “There are a number of Dassault Falcon 7X operators in the region and we are very pleased to expand our service capabilities to meet their needs,” says Hardy Butschi, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai.

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European Business Aviation Safety Conference

EBASCON, the European Business Aviation Safety Conference, is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for corporate and business aviation operators.

Delegates will meet for the fifth edition of this prestigious annual event - the largest aviation safety conference in Europe - on February 24th and 25th in Frankfurt, Germany.

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United Kingdom

Court case causes safety review of RAF Northolt

Ruling impacts all civilian flights using military aerodromes, including 12,000 civilian flights a year at RAF Northolt.

In a landmark ruling, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Secretary of State have been told that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the statutory regulator required to determine safety standards for civilian aircraft using government owned military aerodromes.

Previously, as part of a policy of attracting 12,000 more business jets a year to RAF Northolt in west London, Ministers had repeatedly argued that they didn’t need to meet stricter, costlier civilian safety standards - only military ones - and that the CAA had no regulatory powers at military aerodromes.

This Judicial Review has now clarified the position.

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United Kingdom

Marshall to open its first FBO at Birmingham

Marshall Aviation Services, the business aviation-focused arm of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, is widening its expertise into the FBO arena.

It has secured the executive aviation handling facility at Birmingham Airport and will formally open for business under the Marshall Aviation Services name within the next few months.

Marshall has agreed a long term lease of the award-winning FBO, built in 2011 and located to the west of the airport.

The glass fronted 4,000m2 (44,000 sq.ft.) facility, includes 2,500m2 (27,000sq.ft) of hangarage space which will be available both to resident and ad-hoc visiting aircraft.

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

Banishing the Winter Blues

he skies are gloomy here in Atlanta this week as a winter storm - expected to
wreak havoc in the north - rolls across the Unites States.

These gloomy skies tend to depress me; they pull my mood down; I feel tired, and have to make myself wear a smile.

I know . . . you say, “how can that be?” as many of you have never seen this side of me. I love blue skies and the brisk cold air, but send in those grey clouds, the drizzly misty rain, and that damp feeling of cold in my bones and, oh yes, I do get temporarily in the dumps.

Now - already in the dumps - I listened to a webinar about the trends in global obesity only to hear that 30% of the world’s population was considered obese. So further down I slump. I decided right then and there that my new resolution was going to be to take off some weight. I thought to myself - ' I’ll buy a scale, that's what I'll do; I can chart my progress' (or failure). Now whether that's going to pull me out of the dumps or push me further in, I don’t know yet.

I decided while listening to this webinar that I would weigh myself every day - just as I hear the speaker in the back of my head tell his audience that " the biggest mistake a dieter or someone simply maintaining their weight can do is to weigh every day.”

Ok, shelve that idea. It turns out that we shouldn’t weigh every day, we should judge by how our clothes fit. I buy the stretchy comfy kind so that won’t work for me. I still need a scale! The speaker says that if I do weigh and want to raise my mood, then I should weigh only on Fridays. Statistics show that we humans weigh less on a Friday morning than any other day - because we're good all week, making good food choices. (Hmmmm, not so sure about that). We should never weigh on Monday mornings because we weigh the most on that day.

Although the webinar was full of data and great information, I still find that I'm chilled to the bone and feeling blue today. I am slightly grouchy (no, seriously grouchy!) and really low on energy. With all of my nutritional background I have to stop and look at myself and ask, " what's going on?"

Well, I have the solution for those moody grey days, the stressed days, the days where you just want to feel a bit perkier. It will get you out of your moody blue days. 

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On Air Dining invests in high loader as demand from larger, wide body business jets grows

On Air Dining, the elite UK culinary service that provides a fine dining experience in the air, is enhancing its offering to clients with the introduction of a high loader catering vehicle, designed to easily and efficiently deliver food directly into the galleys of wide bodied VIP aircraft.

On Air Dining takes delivery of the 7.5 tonne, temperature-controlled IVECO halfcab high loader at the end of February. The business also has options for a further two vehicles on lease from the beginning of the summer.

“We are increasingly serving larger business jets and are building up our facilities and chef resources in readiness to offer a planned 24/7 service later in the spring," said CEO Daniel Hulme. "This high loader will be extremely valuable in this regard.

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Hong Kong

An inflight Sichuan experience from Metrojet

Hong Kong headquartered Metrojet Ltd, a leading provider of business aviation services in Asia, is continuing its ‘Luxury Journeys’ campaign by collaborating with Qi - a deeply-rooted Sichuan restaurant that creates modern interpretations of traditional dishes - to offer an exclusive in-flight menu to Metrojet’s elite customers.

The campaign is in its third season collaborating with outstanding luxury partners.

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United Kingdom

SaxonAir prepares for European sales as Nextant G90XT completes first flight

SaxonAir, a European appointed representative for Nextant Aerospace, has announced very strong sales interest following the completion of the first test flight of the Nextant G90XT turboprop.

Building on the experience and success of the 400XTi twin jet Nextant’s remanufactured King Air C90A is fitted with more efficient new generation GE H75 engines and the latest in Garmin G1000 avionics.

Chris Mace, Group Commercial Director, said of the G90XT “Like the 400XTi, the G90XT is rewriting the rules by taking a good, familiar and proven aircraft and making it even better. As an operator, the G90XT is an exciting prospect not only offering great flexibility but reduced operating costs, lower scheduled maintenance figures, enhanced performance and better range.”

Nextant’s Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Ops, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-off run,” said Captain Marker. read more

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FL Technics enters Indian bizav MRO market

FL Technics Jets, a global provider of tailor-made maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business aviation, has announced the start of cooperation with its first customer from India - B. G. Shirke Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Under the recently signed agreement, FL Technics Jets will support the customer’s business jet fleet with various spare parts and components supply solutions.

B. G. Shirke is India’s largest precast concrete producer and operates a fleet of 5 aircraft, including two Hawker 800XPs. FL Technics Jets will support the Indian company with routine and AOG spare parts supply solutions in the home country and abroad. The range of the supplied inventory will cover airframe, engines, landing gears, APU as well as other components and rotable materials.

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'Weak market demand' causes Bombardier to pause Learjet program read

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Mmmmm . . . . Moisturising Pyjamas!    Ground breaking hydrating sleepwear range for air travellers

Specialist sleepwear brand Hydra Active launch the world’s first moisturising infused airline pyjama range.

After a year of extensive research and development, the new range of revolutionary nightwear, designed exclusively for air travel, has been created to combat on-board dehydration and combine comfort and pioneering technology to hydrate the skin whilst sleeping.

Hydra Active has created a unique product that embeds billions of Aloe Vera micro-capsules into the fabric to actively moisture the skin during wear. Hydra Active hold the exclusive licence for this patented technology - a first of its kind.

The unique range works to gently release one of nature’s purest and most efficient moisturisers ‘Aloe Vera’ by the natural movement of the body, and contains over 75 nutrients to keep passengers skin fully hydrated during use. Hydra Active ensures that the airline will be able to enhance their passenger experience by introducing a revolutionary technology that has never been seen on board before.

Hydra Active will be attending the World Travel Expo 2015, Stand 3G66, Hall A3. More information at www.hydraactive.com

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