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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 26th November 2015 | Issue #345
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NBAA 2015

Cessna showcases new Citation Longitude at NBAA

Announces large cabin Citation Hemisphere.

Cessna Aircraft Company debuted its new Cessna Citation Longitude business jet at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The company also announced it plans to enter the large business jet category with the clean sheet, 4,500-nautical mile Citation Hemisphere. The Longitude and Hemisphere will join the Citation Latitude to complete a new, large-cabin, three-aircraft Citation family.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the future of this larger Citation family. The debut of the Longitude has been highly anticipated among prospective customers, industry observers and our Textron Aviation team members,” said Scott Ernest, Textron Aviation president and CEO. “Driven by customer input, the Longitude combines the ideal mix of performance, cabin comfort and industry leading technology. And, along with the Citation’s proven design and dependability, the Longitude is designed to revolutionize the super-midsize segment.”

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HondaJet nears FAA Type Certification

Honda Aircraft Company confirmed at NBAA that it has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions and is concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet.

“Honda Aircraft will conclude testing with the FAA in a few days, which will pave the way for HondaJet type certification and entry into service,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are expecting FAA type certification of the world’s most advanced light jet very soon.”

Function and reliability testing simulates typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. Testing includes takeoffs, landings, system operations, failure cases, approaches, and operations in hot, cold, and humid environments. This ensures the aircraft, including its components and equipment, is reliable and functioning properly. The HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental United States as part of F&R testing.

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NBAA responds to FAA Task Force recommendations regarding UAS registration requirements

The National Business Aviation Association has responded to the Federal Aviation Administration’s release of the recommendations of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which has drafted proposed regulations governing the registration of private and recreationally operated small, unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS).

“NBAA was pleased to have the opportunity to provide input to the task force," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "As a representative of companies that seek to supplement their use of manned aircraft, or solely use UAS, to support their businesses by adding UAS to their operations, we look forward to continuing our work with the FAA and other stakeholders to ensure that UAS are safely integrated into the National Airspace System (NAS).”

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Embraer Legacy 500 sets new speed records

Embraer Executive Jets announced at NBAA that its Legacy 500 midsize aircraft has set two new world speed records for its class, totaling six in 2015.

“These new speed records reaffirm the Legacy 500’s superior performance and its suitability for transoceanic missions as well as coast-to-coast flights,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 500 is also setting new standards in comfort, technology, operational cost and reliability in the midsize class.”

The newest speed records were set for “Speed over a Recognized Course” on a trip from the west coast of the United States to Hawaii, with five passengers on board. The flight from Burbank to Kahului (Maui), covered 2,165 nm (4,010 km) in 6 hours, at an average ground speed of 422.25 mph (680 km/h), and the return flight to Phoenix achieved 525.97 mph (846 km/h), covering 2,470 nm (4,574) in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

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U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices

World Fuel | Colt expands global trip support partners and regional offices

World Fuel | Colt has announced expansion of its Global Trip Support capabilities to include a 24x7 flight operation center in China and a regional storefront office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Best-of-class services providers Baldwin Aviation, GoRVSM and Vintage Catering also joined as resource partners.

World Fuel | Colt’s regional trip support offices deliver a higher level of customer service and support. Locally-staffed experts tend to monitor regional regulatory issues more effectively and are often most capable of resolving any issues that may arise in their region. These additional locations bring the total regional storefronts to seven: South America (Brazil), EMEA (Geneva and London), APAC (Singapore and Shanghai), Canada, and Africa (Johannesburg).

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Universal Aviation adds people and locations in Thailand & Hong Kong

Continues expansion and enhancement of support throughout Asia-Pacific region.

Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced that it has expanded its presence in the growing Asia market with the opening of Universal Aviation Thailand, the addition of concierge agents for Hong Kong, and Universal Aviation Philippines now being fully operational.

Universal Aviation Thailand is based in Bangkok at Don Mueang Airport (VTBD), with its own agents stationed in Phuket and will provide supervisory ground handling services throughout all of Thailand. In Hong Kong, dedicated concierge-level Universal Aviation agents will be available to greet clients on the ground and leverage their strong relationships with airport authorities and third-party providers to successfully manage issues that may occur on the ground, as well as facilitate any last-minute requests.

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Vector Aerospace celebrates 15 years of Mobile Repair Team activities

Leading independent MRO services provider, Vector Aerospace, is celebrating 15 years of providing outstanding Mobile Repair Team (MRT) support to fixed-wing operators through its Engine Services - Atlantic team.

"Since the first service centre was opened in Dallas, TX, USA in November 2000 with just two Field Service Representatives (FSRs), we now have more than 10 locations worldwide and 32 dedicated, expert technicians," says John Seidl, Vice President of Global Operations. "These personnel are located across the globe, in the USA (California, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia), Canada, the United Kingdom, Kenya, South Africa and Australia."

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Randy Pizzi

Randy Pizzi has joined SITA as President, Americas, responsible for developing and driving the strategic direction for SITA in the region.  He will be based at SITA’s Americas headquarters in Atlanta.

Randy joins SITA from Rockwell Collins/ARINC where he held a number of key roles including the establishment, as Managing Director, of the ASIA Pacific Division in Singapore. He then became VP of International Business, based in London, where he was instrumental in expanding the company’s international airline communications and airport IT businesses.

“SITA’s focus on aviation and broad portfolio of IT solutions presents tremendous opportunity to help our customers manage the challenges posed by growing passenger loads, greater demand for mobile connectivity and increasing focus on safety and security," said Pizzi. "I look forward to working with the Americas organization to grow our business and our positive impact on the air transport community.”

Acropolis Aviation

Kuky Salazar

Acropolis Aviation, the five-year old Farnborough, UK based VIP charter operator, is bolstering its presence in the US with the recent appointment of former NetJets/Executive Jets Management executive Kuky Salazar as Vice President-US & Latin America.

Kuky will head the company’s growth in the region, working with charter brokers and private clients, based out of Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, Florida.

Bringing over two decades’ experience in the international private aviation sector, Kuky has worked for Private Aviation Solutions as President-Latin America, Europe and Asia, selling and operating Part 121 and 135 aircraft charters. She set up and developed a sales presence in Florida and London for the company, handling customer accounts on both Executive and VIP Commercial Airliners. Prior to that she spent eight years with NetJets and EJM, a NetJets company. As Director-Charter Sales, she managed employees in Florida, Teterboro and Washington, DC, securing new clients in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

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NBAA 2015

Be a Show Stopper

Sonia Greteman president and creative director at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency in Wichita, the Air Capital.

NBAA 2015 did not disappoint. In education, inspiration or deal making.

Traffic among the thousand-plus exhibitors at the convention center and sold-out static display felt brisk and buoyant. The blue sky and idyllic temperature may have contributed to the overall optimistic mood, but I also felt momentum. People were not just tire kicking. They were doing business. read more

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NBAA 2015

Aerion and Airbus announce new agreement, expanded collaboration

More North American-based Airbus resources made available to bring the supersonic AS2 to market.

Flexjet to become first fleet customer - places firm order for 20 aircraft.

With joint engineering efforts accelerating on the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet program, Aerion and Airbus Group, Inc. announced a new agreement that will expand North American-based Airbus Group, Inc. resources to the AS2 program.

Support from Airbus Group operations in North America will include engineering, procurement and supply chain management, logistics planning, program management, and government relations. These new resources will augment engineering support from Airbus Defence and Space (AIRBUS D&S) in Spain. full report

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NBAA 2015

Jetex expands into Japan and Mexico

Jetex Flight Support has entered into a licensing agreement with Air Contrail for Air Contrail’s Aircraft Handling Centers at Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT) Airports to become branded Jetex Flight Support locations.

As part of the agreement, Air Contrail will re-brand and operate its handling services under the Jetex brand and trade name, adding to Jetex’s worldwide network of locations.

Jetex Flight Support’s CEO and President says, “We see great potential in the region and we are excited to extend our global reach there. Asia-Pacific is an important market for us and we plan to continue our strategic expansion throughout the region.” read more

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NBAA 2015

Air BP signs new agreement with Signature Flight Support

Air BP returned to the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Las Vegas with the announcement that it has signed an agreement with Signature Flight Support Corporation in the United States.

The new arrangement will enable Air BP Sterling Card customers to access fuel and flight support services, under its card programme, at 63 of Signature’s FBO locations in the USA.

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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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NBAA 2015

Research reveals 28% of mid and large sized bizjets in the US are over 20 years old

Current mid and large 'for sale' value is $5bn.

New research from Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range private jets, reveals that 28% of the mid to heavy private jets in the United States of America are over 20 years old, and 15% are more than 30 years old. The average age of a business jet in the country is 16 years.

Global Jet Capital believe that as the US economy continues to improve, more private jet owners will be considering upgrading their aircraft. Mid to large private jets typically cost between $25m and $75m each, and up to 80% of the funding used to purchase these is sourced through external financing. read more

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INAIRVATION announces partners for retrofit program offering

INAIRVATION announces that it has selected three partners to install its pre-engineered integrated cabin retrofit solutions on Bombardier Global Express/5000/6000 aircraft. Flying Colours Corp., Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), and RUAG Aviation will offer the interior packages to the worldwide market.

INAIRVATION GmbH - a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and F/LIST - was created to design, develop, and manufacture integrated interior business jet cabin solutions. Now with its new external partners, INAIRVATION can offer complete installation packages to the business jet retrofit market. Flying Colours Corp., LBAS, and RUAG Aviation will first offer the retro-fit packages on all Bombardier Global aircraft types and then transition to other platforms in accordance with market demand. read more

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United Arab Emirates

Al Bateen expects 20% increase in aircraft movements during Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Al Bateen Executive Airport is gearing up to welcome race teams and fans from around the world ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The season’s final race is set to take place at the spectacular Yas Marina circuit on November 29.

Abu Dhabi Airports anticipates a 20% increase in aircraft movements this year at Al Bateen Executive Airport in the week leading up to the race, compared to the same period last year. During the 2014 race season, the airport recorded 200 total aircraft movements, and a 5% increase in movements from aircraft using the facility without having a base there. read more

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World Fuel Services Network expands branded supply to Canada

Million Air Vancouver Joins the Network as the First Ascent Branded Canadian FBO

World Fuel Services announced at NBAA that their World Fuel Services Network of branded FBOs has begun its expansion into the Canadian market with the addition of Million Air Vancouver as the network’s first Ascent branded FBO in Canada.

“We are very excited to begin our relationship with World Fuel Services,” said Ron Forbes, General Manager of Million Air Vancouver. “We feel that with everything World Fuel offers, from their loyal customer base to the add-ons such as FBO software and other branded programs, World Fuel will give us the best opportunity to continue to grow our business here at Vancouver International Airport. We truly look forward to this new partnership.”

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NBAA 2015

‘Kayak’ for private jets - Stratajet expands to the US market

World’s first online marketplace already up and running in 44 countries.

Stratajet, the world’s only ‘Kayak’ style, instant business aviation online marketplace - already selling complete private jet trips to European consumers - announced at NBAA last week that it is to open an office in the United States by the end of the year.

Stratajet’s London based team recently completed the first phase of its campaign to gain a critical mass of 500 European operator aircraft onto its platform and officially launched its live booking system to the travelling customer at the end of September.

Stratajet are the only company in the world to offer web-based software that features unique technology allowing aircraft, which currently fly empty to reposition, to be included in trip quotes. A customer can search for and book a jet in under 3 minutes without any calls or middlemen involvement.

Actual prices are displayed within seconds. Operators are delighted as a time-consuming, labour-intensive task is now much more efficient.

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CSE Citation Centre smashes EASA SMS deadline thanks to Total AOC's Centrik

CSE Citation Centre, based at Bournemouth Airport, Dorset, has hit full throttle in its race to beat the EASA Safety Management System (SMS) deadline for Part 145 MROs thanks to Centrik, the cloud-based operational management system from aviation support specialist Total AOC.

The Cessna service centre adopted the system after a demonstration by Total AOC, which showed how Centrik provided an EASA-class SMS that was tailored to its specific requirements. CSE also realised Centrik could manage many other aspects of its operation through Total AOC’s integrated multi-module management system, which includes quality, safety, training, document management, meetings and more.

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Acropolis Aviation celebrates renewed Wyvern Wingman status at NBAA

Acropolis Aviation, the UK’s VVIP charter operator, was celebrating the renewal of its Wyvern Wingman status at NBAA.

Globally recognized, the Wyvern Wingman Certification is the industry’s benchmark for aviation safety, reflecting a commitment to best practice and the highest level of safety and protocol. Acropolis Aviation has held Wingman status since 2011. This latest renewal represents its third successful audit.

Paul Travis, Ground Operations Manager for Acropolis Aviation said: “We are very pleased to have our prestigious Wyvern Wingman status renewed. It is a hugely important endorsement in the industry, especially in the Americas. Charter brokers do ask us regularly if we hold such status and we are proud to have been Wyvern-accredited since 2011.”

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

Holiday Pitfalls

ave you ever had catering go wrong?

I think everyone has - and it is not something you want to live through more than once if possible.

As the holidays approach, you must be attuned to some difficulties you may encounter. You are responsible for providing what your clients want to be served on board for their flight and what your crews are going to require no matter what the circumstances.

Am I right? You order sushi and sashimi because they want it, and you work with the catering source to make sure the food has ice packs on it so that it remains very cold during transportation and holding (at least I hope you do!). You are the magician, the miracle worker, when it comes to sourcing what each flight requires.

As we enter into one of the longest and most varied holiday seasons the world celebrates, with cultural differences galore, let me take a minute to mention some of the Holiday Catering challenges you may encounter during the last few weeks of November and into the first week of January.

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Air Culinaire Worldwide launches first crowdsourced in-flight catering menu

Air Culinaire Worldwide has officially launched the first crowdsourced in-flight catering menu in the business aviation industry.

The menu includes items and concepts based on direct input from the corporate flight attendant community.

“We are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve for culinary trends, and working directly with corporate flight attendants on this menu has allowed us to better focus on the trends that are the most impactful for them,” said Roger Leemann, VP, Culinary Operations. Prioritizing what is important to corporate flight attendants has allowed us to concentrate our efforts on the flavors and styles that keep our menu fresh and forward thinking.”

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Qatar Executive; first in Middle East to receive EASA third-country operator certificate

Qatar Executive, Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, is the first Business Aviation Operator in the Middle East - and one of first worldwide - to be awarded the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) third-country operator (TCO) safety certificate.

By 2016, all non-EU commercial operators wishing to fly to the EU will be required to hold the authorisation certifying their compliance with international ICAO safety standards.

As of now, operators are required to apply for operating permits from each European country, whereas, under the new rule, the “EASA TCO” approval is a single safety authorisation valid in all EASA member states and outlying territories.

EASA aims to reduce bureaucratic obstacles with the new unified approach and seeks to replace today's maze of national authorisations with a single document while maintaining the highest level of aviation safety in Europe.

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FL3XX, EBAA offer free online EU Passenger Tax calculator

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is now offering a free online ‘PaxTax’ calculator developed by Austrian technology company FL3XX.

The tool helps aircraft operators compute various passenger-oriented taxes being imposed in some European Union countries, including the EU emissions trading system (ETS). The FL3XX PaxTax tool (http://j.mp/1R3ujyw) calculates the total passenger tax for the flight, and breaks down the cost for both departure and arrival for the respective national taxing authorities.

The passenger tax calculator was originally developed as part of FL3XX’s secure, cloud-based customer relationship and enterprise management system, FL3XXibility, which automates and integrates sales, dispatch, crew resource planning, and myriad other operations data for business aircraft operators in a single, seamless, real-time toolset.

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United Kingdom

LEA honours young rising star

London Executive Aviation (LEA) honoured young people who have overcome personal obstacles to get into employment this week, at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards in the East of England.

On 11 November 2015, hundreds gathered at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage to congratulate the young people whose lives have been turned around with the help of The Prince’s Trust.

George Galanopoulos, LEA’s managing director, presented Love Odjubi with the ‘London Executive Aviation Rising Star Award’, which recognises young people who, despite having faced substantial personal difficulties, are in sustainable employment as a result of a Prince’s Trust programme.

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WINGX Report: Declines in South and East Europe outweigh growth in France and UK read

Jetnet: Pre-owned Business Jet, Turboprop, Helicopter and Airliner market information full report

Bolen again raises concerns over privatized ATC funded with user fees read

Middle Eastern private jet owners are younger and spend more on planes than global average read

Asian Sky Group releases condensed 2015 Africa Business Jet Fleet report read

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Aircelle lights up NBAA
The innovative electro-luminescent markings developed by Aircelle (Safran) that display full-color graphics, logos and messaging on aircraft made a business aviation debut at NBAA in Las Vegas.

The patented “Illuminate the Sky by Aircelle” markings are capable of representing an almost unlimited range of patterns and animations. Their placement is possible almost anywhere on an aircraft - from the fuselage and under-fuselage belly to engine nacelles and tail.

Operating with on-board electrical power, “Illuminate the Sky by Aircelle” is easily reprogrammed, allowing a variety of images and patterns to be displayed and updated. The solution opens up creative opportunities that are exceptionally visible, with applications including the highlighting of aircraft liveries, depiction of corporate logos, along with advertising and the promotion of sports events.

“We are offering a truly unique solution for the business aviation market, especially for owners who want their aircraft to really stand out with customized personalization, and for corporate branding,” explained Serge Rière, Aircelle’s Site & Operations Director.

Aircelle flight tested the “Illuminate the Sky by Aircelle” markings on an A380 jetliner earlier this year, and first exhibited the concept at the 2015 Paris Air Show in June.

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