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 BlueSky Business Aviation News | 16th October 2014 | Issue #292

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United States

Flexjet becomes exclusive fractional provider for newly unveiled G500

Places order for 50 Gulfstream aircraft.

Flexjet has announced a relationship with Gulfstream for up to 50 aircraft including the new G500, for which it will be the North American launch customer and sole and exclusive fractional provider offering access to the aircraft.

The agreement, announced in a ceremony at Gulfstream’s Savannah, Georgia headquarters on Tuesday (14th October), will also include large-aircraft products such as the G450TM and the G650TM.

Gulfstream G500

In addition to the aircraft order, Flexjet and Gulfstream entered into a Product Support Services Agreement under which Gulfstream will maintain the Flexjet Gulfstream fleet over the next 10 years. read more, plus:

New Honeywell technologies help Gulfstream's newest aircraft take flight

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Qatar Airways and Gulfstream sign landmark agreement for new aircraft order

MOU outlines 20-aircraft purchase including launch order for new G500.

Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for the purchase of up to 20 aircraft. The agreement was announced in conjunction with Gulfstream’s introduction of an all-new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600.

The MOU establishes the initial agreement for Qatar Airways to order up to 20 Gulfstream aircraft, including firm orders and options for the all-new, wide-cabin G500 and the flagship G650ER, marking the beginning of a new relationship between Qatar Airways and Gulfstream.

Said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, “Qatar Executive has been on an accelerated growth path since its inception and is held to an exceptional standard of quality that is widely known by our global clientele. In order to keep pace with the future strategic growth plans of our private jet division, the fleet is being expanded with aircraft that meet the needs of our guests, providing a wide range of options. The announcement of the Memorandum of Understanding for G650ERs and G500s signals a next step for Qatar Executive's relatively young and buoyant history." read more

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Flight activity: Best September since 2008

ARGUS TRAQPak data reports record setting September and optimistic October forecast ahead of NBAA.

ARGUS' September Business Aircraft Activity Report published this week shows business aircraft activity in the U.S. was up for the 10th month in a row in September, climbing 3.9% on last year.

Reviewing year over year flight activity (September 2014 vs. September 2013), the results by operational category were positive across the board with Part 91 leading the way, up 4.0%.

The Part 135 and Fractional markets were up 3.8% & 3.1% respectively. Flight activity by aircraft category finished positive for all aircraft, including turboprops which posted a 0.7% rise year over year; that marks the first year over year rise in turboprop flight activity since a 0.4% rise in June 2014. read more

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Your NBAA Relief Kit

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

he world’s largest business aviation event takes place next week.

If you’re one of the 25,000 who will be slogging through the 2-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center and the 100-aircraft-strong static display at the Orlando Executive Airport, listen up. This advice is for you.

Use the Official Mobile App

Do your planning first - before you visit clients or check out the competition. Before you climb the airstairs and walk through that new aircraft mockup. Before you check out the whiz-bang wizardry of breakthrough avionics. Before you attend a press conference or sit through a game-changing education session. Think ahead so you stay cool and collected later.

Start by deploying NBAA’s step-saving, time-maximizing mobile app. It works equally well on both Apple and Android devices. Use its interactive floor plan to strategically group forays so you’re not needlessly running to and fro. It also pulls in Twitter so you can see the latest #NBAA14 buzz and contribute some of your own.

Then go ahead and pound that pavement. Cram as much as you can into these precious, few days. Let nothing stop you. Including pain. read more

Embraer breaks ground on Legacy 500/450 assembly facility

Embraer has broken ground on its Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 assembly complex in Melbourne, Florida.

At a ceremony on October 9th, which included Florida Governor Rick Scott, Brevard County and city officials, the Company celebrated this significant addition to its existing 212,000 square-foot campus at Melbourne International Airport.

“With the support of Governor Scott together with his team at Enterprise Florida, the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, Brevard County, the City of Melbourne, and the Melbourne Airport Authority, we are doubling the size of our Executive Jets campus in the US with the addition of these game changing aircraft assembly facilities to the already operational Phenom assembly line,” said Embraer President and Chief Executive Officer Frederico Fleury Curado. “Furthermore, our recently inaugurated Embraer Engineering and Technology Center, the first engineering center outside Brazil, shows the strong level of commitment to our customers as well as our faith in this remarkable community.”

The new 236,000 square-foot facility is expected to be operational by 2016. It will feature four new buildings: an assembly hangar, a paint facility, a completion center and flight preparation facility, and a new dedicated delivery center. read more

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Air traffic service restored at Chicago Center

Agency successfully maintains heavy traffic volume while facility is repaired

The FAA successfully restored full air traffic operations at the Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL early on Monday morning, following significant damage from a September 26 fire that was deliberately set. During the outage, the agency successfully maintained high traffic volumes to and from Midway and O'Hare, the busiest airport in the world.

FAA technical teams worked around the clock to restore and test more than 20 racks of equipment, 835 telecommunications circuits and more than 10 miles of cable. FAA test flight pilots based in Oklahoma City, OK helped air traffic controllers test more than 100 radio frequencies they use to communicate with pilots. The FAA's Command Center in Warrenton, VA worked closely with the airlines that serve the Chicago-area airports to minimize disruptions for travelers and maximize the number of flights arriving and departing at those airports. read more

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Spirit Aeronautics


Tony Bailey

Spirit Aeronautics a trade name of Spirit Avionics, Ltd, based in Columbus, Ohio has appointed Tony Bailey President and Chief Operating Officer, proceeding over all company operations.

“This change is a direct result of Spirit’s unprecedented growth under Tony’s leadership,” said Rick Ochs, Chairman and CEO of Spirit Aeronautics. "Tony has set the stage for our next expansion which could include acquiring additional businesses and facilities as we continue to grow organically. He is doing what I knew he could and it is truly astounding!”

Tony Bailey started with Spirit Aeronautics, formerly Spirit Avionics, in July 2013 as the company President. His previous experience spans over 30 years holding key positions for growing companies including King Aerospace Commercial Services where he was the CEO, Comlux Aviation Services where he rose to the position of CEO and Pentastar Aviation where he was the Director of Maintenance Operations for the Maintenance Repair Organization and FAA Part 119 Director of Maintenance for the charter organization. Tony and his wife of 28 years, Jody, live in Dublin, Ohio with their 5 children.

Jet Aviation Singapore


Herb Chahal

Jet Aviation Singapore has announced the appointment of Herb Chahal as the company’s new Sales director for Asia. Chahal reports directly to John Riggir, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Singapore.

As director of Sales for Asia, Chahal is responsible for liaising with aircraft owners, operators and industry executives within the region to ensure they are informed about the benefits of entrusting their aircraft to Jet Aviation.

A 38-year industry veteran, Chahal’s career path spans the UK, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. He has considerable account management experience in aircraft maintenance and operations, accident investigation, flight engineering and field service. Chahal joins Jet Aviation from Bombardier, where he held a number of managerial positions the past 20 years, including responsibility for developing, planning and establishing Regional Offices in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, India and Australia. Based in Singapore, he most recently served as regional manager for Bombardier Business Aircraft - Customer Support in the Asia and Australasia regions.

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GE's leasing arm to acquire Milestone Aviation Group

Industry-leading Milestone team, led by former NetJets pioneer Richard T. Santulli, joins GE.

GE Capital Aviation Services, the aircraft leasing unit of GE, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775bn.

“The Milestone acquisition is a great fit for GE," said Keith Sherin, chairman & CEO, GE Capital, "it combines GECAS’ global reach and 45+ years in leasing commercial jets with a fast-growing helicopter financing platform that will diversify our business and put our capital to work at good returns. The addition of Milestone will deepen our domain expertise in aviation and oil and gas, two critical GE industries,” he added.

Helicopter finance represents a fast-growing sector in aviation. Since Milestone’s founding in

Richard T. Santulli

August 2010 by aviation and leasing industry veteran Richard T. Santulli and other members of the former NetJets executive management team, the company has quickly grown into a leading helicopter leasing company. read more

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Embraer delivers first Legacy 500

Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 - its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters on Friday (10th October) in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

“The entry into service of the Legacy 500 is yet another important achievement by our Company,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Our teams developed a revolutionary product, which symbolizes our commitment to offer our customers the most innovative solutions in the industry.” 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. When followed over longer stretches of time this chart will give you a sense of seasonal changes in-flight patterns and general flight patterns in Europe.

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New state-of-the-art Medevac service for Australasia and the Pacific

InflightER (InFlight Emergency Room) and Australian Air Medical have announced the release of a new level of air medical retrieval service to the Australasian and Asia Pacific marketplace.

With a strong focus on quality, capability and value for money, the fully integrated class-leading product combines the best experience and hardware from the worlds of critical care medicine and aviation, with a simultaneous emphasis on cost containment, creating a new industry benchmark.

Based out of New South Wales and Queensland, the Westwind II (VH-IER) is an economical and capable jet platform to operate & maintain. With a range of up to 2700nm, a speed of up to 470 knots and a 400% greater oxygen carrying capacity than many other medevac aircraft,  it's unlikely that any patient will be out of reach, no matter where they are located in Australasia or the Asia Pacific region. read more

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Northern Ireland

Jet Assist opens Belfast International Airport Business Jet Centre

Jet Assist, the new FBO based at Belfast International Airport (EGAA), was officially opened for business on the 9th October with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Mr. Danny Kennedy, Northern Ireland Minister for Regional Development.

Branded as Jet Assist - Business Jet Centre, the spacious facility specifically designed for the needs of business, private and state travellers is located next to the GA ramp, has its own security screening, seating for up to twenty five passengers, crew room, along with all the 

standard FBO amenities and represents one of the finest business aviation facilities on the island of Ireland. read more

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United States

AAC inducts first 787-8 VVIP completion aircraft at Dallas Love Field

Associated Air Center has inducted the company's first Boeing 787-8 aircraft - to be completed for a Head of State customer - at it's facilities located at Dallas Love Field. The aircraft arrived on October 9.

AAC announced the contract award in January of this year and since that time has been performing planning, staffing, training, design, engineering, manufacturing and facility construction activities in anticipation of the aircraft’s arrival. read more

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sajet solutions takes over management of Beyond and Above training programs

Florida-based business aviation training company sajet solutions, inc. has taken over the complete operational management of corporate flight attendant training company Beyond and Above’s, (B&A), schedule of educational programs.

The structural business change took place on October 10, 2014 and sees the introduction of updated and revitalized content offered under the newly named sajet beyond and above training programs.

Courses for up to twelve students, which will run on a monthly basis, will teach initial and recurrent training programs for business aviation cabin attendants, pilots, and flight mechanics. All cabin safety programs are designed to FAR §91 and §135 requirements and heavily advocate crew communication and CRM (Crew Resource Management). read more

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South Africa

ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding heavy maintenance support at the company’s Cape Town International Airport MRO facility to include Bombardier Dash 8 Q100, Q400 as well as the CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft.

ExecuJet has also received South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) approval to maintain these aircraft.

Graeme Duckworth, President MRO Services says: “The market share for Bombardier’s regional fleet is increasing and there is a growing need to provide operators with a facility capable of performing heavy maintenance on these aircraft types. We can now provide extended support as an independent third-party AMO/MRO facility. Our goal is to allow regional airlines to concentrate on their line operations, while we focus on deep-level maintenance matters, such as C-checks.”

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United Kingdom

Nextant remanufactured bizjets arrive in UK

Operated by SaxonAir, Nextant 400XTi is the first remanufactured jet delivered to the UK.

Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi - the world’s only remanufactured business jet - and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, has announced the delivery of its first 400XTi to the UK. It will be the UK’s first remanufactured aircraft and will be operated by Norwich-based SaxonAir.

This aircraft is the seventh 400XTi delivered to Europe and the first to the UK. The European 400XTi fleet has proven itself as a strong revenue generator on the European charter market with the majority of the fleet operating in excess of 80-90 hours per month.

The aircraft can fly non-stop from London to any city in Europe faster than any other aircraft in its class. The spacious cabin features Wi-Fi, an espresso machine and a high tech acoustic dampening blanket that cuts ambient cabin noise by half.

“The 400XTi’s range allows our customers direct travel anywhere in Europe for considerably less than any other light jet and without sacrificing performance or comfort,” said Chris Mace, SaxonAir Group Commercial Director.

Remanufacturing in the UK is a £2.4bn value industry with the potential of £5.6bn. read more

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Marshall wins multi-year support contract from British air taxi operator Blink

Marshall Aviation Services at Cambridge has announced the signing of an agreement with Blink, the six-year-old Blackbushe, UK-based air taxi and jet charter operator, to provide multi-year MRO and technical support for its six Cessna Citation Mustang VLJs.

Marshall, drawing on its 40 years' experience providing Citation support, will provide base support in the UK at its Cambridge headquarters, together with AOG support in Europe.

Blink has grown significantly since being established in 2008. The brainchild of Harvard MBA graduates, Cameron Ogden and Peter Leiman, Blink’s business model is a replica of the successful low cost carriers, offering a regionally operated air taxi on flexible schedules around Europe. Appealing mainly to corporate clients, Blink offers coverage across 600 airports throughout Europe at fares typically at least 50% below the existing business jet market.

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Kingdom of Jordan

Bizav market in Jordan witnesses positive growth according to MEBAA

Research by the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has unveiled that Jordan is maintaining its positive year on year growth by 2.2%, giving it a Middle East market share of 6.5% in terms of total professionally operated flights.

Hamburg-based WINGX Advance, commissioned by MEBAA, provided an analysis of the regional industry, highlighting a mixed picture. Whilst the number of active and registered business jets has leveled off since 2000, with a CAGR of -0.1%, the number of operators has increased at an annual rate of 2.7%, reinforcing MEBAA predictions that the industry will be worth $1bn by 2020.

The research was conducted in the run up to the MEBAA Conference in Jordan, held on Tuesday (14th October) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman and under the patronage of the Jordanian Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission. read more

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Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, extols the virtues of everybody's favorite fruit - the apple.

Hello Autumn!

t's just beginning. That little crispness in the air in the evenings and early mornings.
Autumn is finally arriving.

One of my favorite times of the year, a time when the foliage colors change, leaves blow up on the roadways as I drive, and it seems as if there are more days than not filled with a chilled rain.

Root vegetables come into season, squashes and gourds are for sale everywhere from roadsides to markets to farm stand and prepared for every course of a meal service. It's a turning point for more comfort foods, heartier meals for fall and into winter. We see more wonderful rich soups (and you know how much I love my soups). And of course apples, and pears are plentiful.

It's a time that you almost want to hibernate, dig in, snuggle in a soft blanket in front of the fire and immerse yourself in a great book and some steaming hot aromatic cinnamon spiced apple cider. You can feel it, right? Even if you live in a warm year-round climate where you don’t see such noticeable changes, you can see a shift in attitude of people, you can see a change on the horizon.

I have to ask how you think this inevitable change affects menu planning for the aircraft. As you warm the aircraft from the chill in the air, you need to plan on preboard tidbits and beverages that will warm the bodies of those boarding passengers and the flight crew exposed to the changing elements. It a perfect time of year to think about local foods, what is growing in the area where you are departing?

I suggest that we look at apples. Although available year round, their true season is now. read more

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European Investment Bank backs urgent Monrovia airport runway upgrade

Urgently needed work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport in the capital Monrovia will be backed by Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, following an agreement signed in Washington D.C.

Amara M. Konneh, the Liberian Minister for Finance, said “The European Investment Bank has always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership.”

The twenty year USD 27.3m (EUR 19.6m) loan for Roberts International Airport was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank IMF meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Amara M. Konneh, Finance Minister of the Republic of Liberia and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia W. Mills Jones. The occasion also allowed detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB engagement in West Africa.

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JetSupport receives Garmin dealership approval

Schiphol Airport-based JetSupport, has been granted Garmin’s dealership approval for its products and services.

The approval is in line with JetSupport Avionics division stategy to extend the service level capability with OEM dealership approvals and is an important milestone for the company due to the extensive scope of products and broad market its services.

Whilst JetSupport is mainly known for its MRO activities in the Business Aviation sector - holding EASA 145 and FAA credentials - its avionics division provides services for markets ranging general aviation, business aviation, regional and commercial airlines. As an official Garmin dealer JetSupport can offer a diverse range of modification, installation of new equipment, parts support, cockpit and software upgrades. www.jetsupport-avionics.nl

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Why business aviation means ‘green’ aviation. Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive, London Executive Aviation. read

Western Europe pulling ahead The WINGX Report read

The search for MH370: Inmarsat and Royal Institute of Navigation publish paper on satellite communications analysis read

Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, goes South of the Border . . . Down Mexico Way read

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New app brings the world of aviation to your fingertips

This month has seen the launch of a new free aircraft guide smartphone and tablet app, that features detailed information on more than 200 different aircraft types.

The app, available on all Apple and Android devices, was developed by leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service. It features a range of commercial aircraft currently in service, including: helicopters, piston aircraft, turboprops, private jets, commercial airliners and cargo aircraft.

Justin Bowman, CEO of Air Charter Service, commented: “We have been developing this app for a long time and are very happy to be able to announce its launch. It has taken our years of experience to be able to collate all the information contained within it.”

The app contains photos and detailed layouts of the interior of each aircraft, including seating plans and cargo hold dimensions. It also allows people to request a charter on any of the aircraft with one click.

The app is the second in the company’s portfolio, following on from their ‘Jet Prices’ application that was launched early last year, which is available on all Apple and Android devices, as well as BlackBerry. Bowman concluded: “We are hoping that anyone looking to charter an aircraft will find this a useful tool whilst on the move. Being aviation enthusiasts ourselves, we’ve also made it available to the wider aviation community and we hope that they find it as interesting to browse as we have putting it together.”

To download the app, visit http://www.aircharterservice.com/aircraft-guide-app or simply search for ‘aircraft guide’ in your app store.

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