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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 11th September 2014 | Issue #287
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United States

Embraer Engineering & Technology Center opens its doors in Melbourne, FL

Embraer has celebrated the opening of its newly constructed Engineering & Technology Center in Melbourne, FL. The 75,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility is part of the company's strategy to expand its global footprint and is the first of its kind outside Embraer's home country, Brazil.

The event was marked on Monday (8th Sept) by a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 250 State, community and elected officials, news media and distinguished guests.

The new Center will conduct engineering and development activities for both product and technology development across Embraer’s business lines with the first assignments primarily focused on executive jet interiors.

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FAA selects fuels for testing to get the lead out of GA fuel

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018.

Shell and TOTAL, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude in fall 2015.

“We’re committed to removing harmful lead from general aviation fuel,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This work will benefit the environment and provide a safe and available fuel for our general aviation community.” read more

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North Dakota leaders celebrate GA's significant economic impact at jobs rally

U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, and North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and hundreds of manufacturing workers, local officials, business leaders, educators, and university students last week for a general aviation jobs rally on the campus of the University of North Dakota (UND).

The event, GAMA’s twelfth jobs rally throughout the United States, celebrated general aviation’s positive contribution to the state’s economy.

“The Grand Forks region is leading the country in aviation and unmanned aerial systems education and technology, providing real opportunities for high-paying careers in a dynamic field of work,” U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) said. “The University of North Dakota’s Odegaard School of Aerospace Sciences, Northland Community College, and world-class companies like Appareo Systems, Cirrus Aircraft, Piper Aircraft, and UTC Aerospace Systems in Jamestown make Grand Forks and North Dakota a hub for aeronautics education and technical entrepreneurship.” read more

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Flying Colours Corp KSUS bolsters approvals

Bombardier Challenger 350 and Learjet 70/75 added to ASF status

Flying Colours Corp., KSUS, the St Louis-based, USA, sister facility of Canadian headquartered completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialist company Flying Colours Corp. has expanded its service offering through a range of new approvals and status upgrades.

The US facility now has approval for maintenance work on the latest aircraft types from Bombardier, the Challenger 350 and the Learjet 70/75. This follows the company’s continued investment in tooling, on-going training and an adherence to strict operating procedures which saw it originally gain its status as a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility.

Buoying up its support for the new Challenger 350 Flying Colours Corp. KSUS has also been authorised by Honeywell to work on the HTF7350 engine, which is used on the latest member of the Challenger family. Owners needing maintenance can be assured of minimised down time as all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance work can be undertaken in a single location by Flying Colours Corp. read more

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Sheltair gears up to welcome NBAA visitors

With six weeks to go before delegates descend on Orlando, Florida for this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (October 20-23), Sheltair Aviation is preparing to welcome visitors to its FBO at Orlando Executive Airport.

“As an established name in general and business aviation and a proponent of the aviation industry, we’re thrilled to have NBAA2014 here in Orlando,” said Karen Kroeppel, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheltair. “It’s a great opportunity for Sheltair ORL to interact with convention attendees in person and show them first-hand what we’re capable of. Many of these guests expect the highest levels of service, on the ramp and at the counter. Our staff is more than ready to meet and even exceed these expectations.”

Special offerings for NBAA2014 include continuous free shuttles between Sheltair ORL and the NBAA static display of aircraft, buses to and from the static display to the Orange County Convention Center, and daily barbecues at the Sheltair facility. As a member of the Avfuel Network of branded FBOs, Sheltair will award AVTRIP members with triple AVTRIP Points on qualifying fuel purchases during the event. www.sheltairaviation.com


Over 110 exhibitors start descent for touchdown at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2014

With just over a month to go, over 110 companies are making final preparations to participate at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2014 in Seattle from October 14 -16, the largest dedicated aircraft interiors event in the Americas region, organised by Reed Exhibitions.

Showcasing a broad spectrum of the cabin interiors market, such as aircraft interior design, cabin engineering and management systems, the exhibitor list features Airpac Enterprises, BAE Systems, Esterline Engineered Materials, ITT Enidine, Lufthansa Technik, Sky-Paxxx, Sogerma and Zodiac Aerospace. Over 30 exhibitors will be making their debut including Acro Aircraft Seating and Mimura Industries.

Acro Aircraft Seating will be exhibiting variants of its Ultra XC aircraft seat which is already in service with Condor Airlines of Germany and is designed to save weight and fuel costs whilst enhancing passenger comfort.

On the exhibition floor, Acro Aircraft Seating will display two rows of triple seats to give airline buyers a good idea of the kind of seat they could be enjoying on board their own aircraft. One row will show an extra-width seat variant of its low-cost carrier seat (pre-reclined) together with a mini-tray table, as used by Spirit Airlines. The second row will display the full service carrier reclining seat with provisions for audio or video IFE as well as an extra-width Airbus style seat.

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Spirit Aeronautics


William (Bill) Highfill

Spirit Aeronautics, a trade name of Spirit Avionics Ltd, based in Columbus, Ohio has announced the appointment of William (Bill) Highfill to the position of Director of Maintenance where he will be responsible for the production elements of Spirit Aeronautics aircraft maintenance, avionics, and interior refurbishment operations.

Bill Highfill joins Spirit Aeronautics after gaining over 17 years of experience with increasing responsibility at various companies including Gulfstream Aerospace, Indianapolis Jet Center (now Comlux Aviation Services) and ARINC, Inc. Prior senior positions include Director of Maintenance, General Manager and Senior Operations Manager. He graduated Embry-Riddle University where he studied Business Aviation Maintenance Management & Aviation Maintenance Technology and is a licensed FAA A&P Mechanic and member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Tony Bailey, President of Spirit Aeronautics commented, “We are extremely honored and pleased that Bill has joined our Senior Management Team. His experience and enthusiasm will be a great asset that reinforces our distinction as a high quality industry leader in aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior services.”

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United States

FAA certification for Cessna Citation CJ3+

Less than six months after its introduction in March, Cessna's new Citation CJ3+ light jet has received certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

“Cessna is committed to new product development and the swift progress of the Citation CJ3+, from announcement to certification and on to the market, is a perfect example of that laser-like focus,” said Chris Hearne , vice president, Jets. “The CJ3+ incorporates the latest in technology for the cockpit and for the passenger cabin which is exactly what the customer has asked us to do, and that has always been a hallmark of Cessna’s new product innovations.” read more

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FortAero to become largest European Nextant fleet operator

Nextant 400XTi sees phenomenal success in charter markets across Europe

Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi - the world’s only remanufactured business jet - and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, has announced the sale of a third Nextant 400XTi to FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance.

Nextant launched in the region last June by appointing FortAero as its exclusive sales agent in Russia and the CIS. At the same time FortAero placed an order for two 400XTi light jets. With the purchase of their third aircraft, FortAero becomes Nextant’s largest European fleet operator. 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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When does a flight 'arrive' ?

European Court judgement will have dramatic effect on flight delay compensation

What constitutes flight arrival time?: "The actual arrival time of a flight corresponds to the time at which at least one of the doors of the aircraft is opened "

So says a judgement passed last week by the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) in answer to the question raised by Germany’s budget airline Germanwings. read more

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The unmanned future of logistics

New research commissioned by the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC) reveals that 42% of logistics carriers believe their business plans to use UAVs for the distribution of cargo in future.

With fuel prices identified as one of the most important perceived risks facing the logistics industry, combined with predicted strong growth in international freight volumes, UAVs may
provide cost savings for logistics companies in the long term, as it is anticipated that fuel requirements for UAVs will be lower than for conventional aircraft.

The research also reveals over a third (36%) of freight forwarders believe UAVs, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), will be used for the future distribution of cargo. read more

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Jet Aviation Basel ACJ319 design project displayed at JetExpo2014

Jet Aviation Basel showcased an Airbus ACJ319 VIP cabin interior at JetExpo in Moscow last week. The project was created by the Jet Aviation Design Studio and completed at Jet Aviation Basel.

Intended for both private and commercial operation, the ACJ319 - managed by Austrian operator MJET - was built to accommodate up to 23 passengers and six crew. The business jet is operated under MJet’s Austrian AOC and is certified for 19 passengers on charter flights. read more

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Gama becomes first aviation sponsor of The Simpson Cup

Gama Aviation, the global business aviation services company, is supporting the Simpson Cup as a new sponsor of The Ryder Cup style golf tournament which sees teams of injured servicemen representing the UK and the USA competing for the prize.

It is the first time an aviation company has supported the event, which is now in its third year and will be held from 5-8 October at The Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD.

All proceeds go to the On Course Foundation in the UK, and its sister Foundation in the USA, which uses golf to help injured service members and veterans recover physically and regain the confidence to get back their lives `back on course`. read more

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United Kingdom

LEA congratulates 'Aviation Polo Challenge' winner Stobart Air

London Executive Aviation (‘LEA’) has taken on two other aviation companies in the latest and most successful ‘Aviation Polo Challenge’ to date.

Held on Saturday, 30 August 2014, at Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club in Surrey, the round-robin tournament featured three pro-am matches between LEA, airport and airline operator Stobart Air, and Stansted-based FBO and maintenance firm Inflite. read more

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NBAA's Doug Carr and GAMA's Pete Bunce amongst leading industry speakers at CEPA Expo

Central European Private Aviation (CEPA) has confirmed that a number of leading Industry figures will make key note speeches at the fifth CEPA EXPO, which will be held in Prague on 19-20 November. read more

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Ukraine crisis sapping activity

August saw 61,831 business aviation flight departures in Europe - 1,974 fewer YOY - representing the largest drop so far in 2014.

According to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, the market is now 1% down on last year's trend and 21% off the pre-2009 peak in European flight activity.

Evidently the market has been offset by geopolitical crises: 56% decline in activity in Ukraine, -18% in Russia, with associated repercussions for business aviation in Germany, down 9% year on year.

Flights within the EU were more stable however and a number of member states such as Italy, Spain and Austria saw positive YOY activity. The UK gained 11% in charter flights and flights from Malta increased 98%. read more, plus:

Download the latest Business Aviation Monitor which includes a Special Russia-Europe Analysis (business and airline activity included).

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United Kingdom

Marshall to develop a Future Air Navigation System (FANS 1/A+) avionics upgrade for Challenger 604

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has entered into a conditional letter of agreement with Bombardier to develop a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ avionics upgrade for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft.

The upgrade will be designed to enhance pilot to air traffic control communications and allow easy access to dedicated and shorter route FANS 1/A+ to North Atlantic Tracks.

Marshall will be responsible for designing the FANS 1/A+ upgrade for Bombardier and completing a trial installation for early 2015. The solution, which will then be available as a Bombardier Service Bulletin, is the first FANS 1/A+ avionics upgrade offered by Bombardier for the Challenger 604 on the market and will consist of entirely commercially available equipment. read more

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

Size Matters

o, did I get your attention? Now take your mind out of the gutter and let’s talk
about food portion sizes.

Why is there so much talk everywhere about the rise in obesity? Who’s to blame? Is it the food? Is it Processed vs. Fresh: Quantity vs. Price? Could the answer be that many of us exercise less, or it is just the lifestyle we lead? Perhaps larger portioning is a sign of past times and we’re all changing our desires as we become more influenced by the new generation?

This generation is our future and their wish for healthier, lighter meals with more choices – such as vegetarian and vegan options – together with smaller portions and fresh local produce is our responsibility to offer, as catering sources.

Are the aviation food portions to blame for weight gain, or is it your irregular hours and eating patterns? read more


AfBAA confirms prestigious Guests of Honour to attend this year's symposium

Ahead of this year’s African Business Aviation Association Symposium to be held in Johannesburg 14 - 15 September, AfBAA has confirmed the attendance of two prestigious Guests of Honour that complement the existing line up of expert industry panelists and speakers.

The keynote speech will be delivered by the Honourable Ms. Poppy Khoza, Director General of the South African Civil Aviation Authority. As the local Guest of Honour Ms Khoza will address the role of the CAA in developing Business Aviation locally and in relation to the rest of the continent.

“We are honoured to welcome Ms Khoza and anticipate she will define a strong framework for discussions to build on over the two day event,” says Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of the Association. read more

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United Arab Emirates

GCAS named ICAO’s Regional Training Centre of Excellence for the Middle East

The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) continues to win accolades from leading industry bodies, as it announces that it has been selected as the Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the Middle East region.

As such, GCAS will represent ICAO in the Middle East in four separate categories: Aerodromes, Air Transport, Flight Safety and Safety Management, further strengthening its status as the leading training facility in the region. The selection by ICAO follows fast on the heels of GCAS’ most recent international award in June 2014, when it received a special milestone recognition award from the Airport Council International (ACI) during the Council’s Annual World Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

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Air BP purchases SFR Aviation fuel business to expand in Scandinavia

Air BP has announced its agreement to purchase the aviation fuel business, Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation AS (SFR Aviation), from Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

The deal will add around 73 new airports in the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to Air BP’s 600-strong global fuels network. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of 2014. On completion around 59 SFR Aviation employees, currently based in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are expected to join Air BP. read more

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South Africa

ExecuJet wins Business Traveller Africa Award

ExecuJet has won the ‘Best Private Aviation Operator’ category at the annual Business Traveller Africa Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The awards, hosted by Future Group, publisher of ‘Business Traveller Africa’ magazine, reward excellence in local, regional and intercontinental business travel. The event was held in Sandton, Johannesburg at the Sun International Maslow Hotel and was attended by prominent members of the African travel industry.

Ettore Poggi, Vice President, ExecuJet Africa, says: “We are delighted to be recognised by the African travel industry for the second year running. Our charter fleet continues to grow, with the addition of a Phenom 300 and a Bell 230 helicopter this year. We are pleased to continue to be the charter company of choice in Africa.”

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RUAG Aviation to market Jetcraft HUD Vision Access for Challenger 604 and 605

RUAG Aviation has signed a Dealership Agreement with Jetcraft Corporation to marketHUD Vision Access for the Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605.

Under the agreement, RUAG will be responsible for the sale and installation of the enhanced flight vision system, consisting of various components including a head-up display (HUD) and infrared sensor.

The advanced HUD Vision Access affords significant advantages to owners, operators and pilots of the Challenger 604 and 605.

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NBAA's Doug Carr and GAMA's Pete Bunce amongst leading industry speakers at CEPA Expo read

The Art of the Sandwich. Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

Private air travel: a luxury or a necessity? Vitalij Kapitonov, CEO of Vilnius, Lithuania-based charter operator and management company, KlasJet. read

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Russian Ansat helicopter wins Mil Cup Grand Prix
The crew of a Russian-made Ansat multi-purpose light helicopter produced by Russian Helicopters has been awarded the Grand Prix prize in the annual Mil Cup helicopter race.

The competition, which was part of the 10th anniversary of the Hydroaviasalon-2014 international exhibition and conference, followed a course from Moscow to Gelendzhik, via the cities of Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don. The Ansat flight crew was led by test pilots Sergey Golotenko and Mikhail Miklhailov.

The race began on the morning of 2 September from Russian Helicopter Systems' new heliport near the village of Podushkino (Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway, Moscow). During the five stages, competitors carried out a number of exercises focused on accuracy, speed and navigation.

The Ansat helicopter can be used to transport cargo and passengers, for surveillance, in search and rescue operations, firefighting, and for medevac missions. It has manual and automatic piloting modes, and can be used in regular or adverse weather conditions. The Russian Ministry of Defense uses the Ansat-U (military training model) in training its helicopter flight crews.

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