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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th April 2016 | Issue #365

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United States

Flight departments urged to set up pilot fitness-for-duty programs

A leading expert on aeromedicine recommends that flight departments institute formal “fitness for duty” (FFD) programs to evaluate experienced pilots whose flying skills seem to be deteriorating.

Most flight departments lack such programs today, so when the performance of a previously well-functioning pilot declines, the pilot, or his or her colleagues, may be reluctant to tell superiors for fear that the pilot could be suspended or terminated.

But ignoring the matter is not a solution because it can jeopardize the safety and efficiency of business aircraft operations, said Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, an aeromedical consulting firm based in Centennial, CO.

An established FFD program, with clearly defined rules, can increase confidence that problems will be dealt with fairly, making pilots and their colleagues more likely to step forward to report concerns, Snyder said.

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Bombardier creates dedicated, worldwide Learjet Aircraft Sales Team

Bombardier Business Aircraft has reaffirmed its commitment to the success of the Learjet product family by announcing the creation of a dedicated, worldwide sales team with the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft as its singular focus.

To that end, Mike Fahey is appointed Vice President, Learjet Aircraft Sales, assuming overall responsibility and accountability for the Learjet program worldwide.

Mike began his career in 1981 as Sales Director for South East Asia and was assigned positions of increasing responsibility over the years. In 2010, he was appointed Vice President of Sales for Learjet and Pre-Owned aircraft.

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Vector MRO at Prince Edward Island celebrates 25th anniversary

Global independent MRO services provider, Vector Aerospace, is celebrating the 25th anniversary this year of its Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, facility. Summerside has been providing world-class engine MRO services since 1991.

“We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees and our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization,” said Jeff Poirier, President of Vector’s Engine Services - Atlantic division. “Our goal in the next 25 years is to stay in the forefront of the industry by providing our customers with high quality MRO services. Throughout 2016, we will be taking a look at where we started, what we have achieved and what our plans are for the future.”

“Providing complete customer service remains our number one priority at Vector Aerospace,” adds Poirier. “We look forward to continuing to grow our presence globally through our Summerside facility over the coming years, further building on the relationships with our valued customers around the world.”

Vector Aerospace Engine Services - Atlantic (formerly Atlantic Turbines Inc.) is a fully-authorized Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Distributor & Designated Overhaul Facility (DDOF) for the PT6A and JT15D engine series, as well as a P&WC Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the PW100 engine series.

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Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky Networks to develop STCs for G450 and G550 aircraft

When the SmartSky 4G network takes flight later this year, Pentastar Aviation will develop supplemental type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft.

“Our clients need the increased speed and reliability for in-flight Wi-Fi and are eager for the true, office-in-the-sky performance SmartSky Networks offers,” says Jesse Beard, Pentastar Aviation avionic engineering manager. “This new connectivity solution promises tremendous value, both now and later at the point of aircraft resale.”

SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its broadband connectivity system will provide air-to-ground service over the continental United States. An air-to-ground (ATG) platform with 60 MHz of spectrum opens up full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference.

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ATA offers FAA approved live seminar fueling course in Anchorage

Aviation Training Academy (ATA) announces the FAA 14 CFR 139 Supervisor Fire Course to be held in Anchorage Alaska on May 5th and 6th 2016.

This is a rare opportunity to attend this course in live seminar format, taught by industry-renown fueling expert Walter Chartrand.

The 14 CFR 139 Supervisor Fire Training course curriculum includes Supervisor Training, Safety Practices, Bonding, Public Protection, Fire Safety in Fuel Farm and Storage Areas, and Fuel Handling and Quality Control.

The class will enjoy a hands on session in a fuel farm to reinforce classroom learning. The cost of this seminar is $495.00 and is available via email at dac@aviationta.aero

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Flight Attendant

NBAA names recipient of Dale 'Potsy' McBurney Aviation Scholarship

National Business Aviation Association Charities announced Marne Burghoffer as this year’s recipient of the Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship. The award will be presented at NBAA's Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in Delray Beach, FL, June 21 to 23.

Burghoffer is a freelance corporate cabin attendant based in New York, with experience on Bombardier Global 6000, Gulfstream G650 and Lineage 1000 aircraft; she is FlightSafety and MedAire trained, and has taken several training courses on cabin safety, protocols and crew resource management.

“I went through two trainings within a month of each other to feel absolutely qualified in case of an emergency,” said Burghoffer. “The more aircraft that I fly on, the more I am reminded of why it is vital to not become jaded and forget the significance of safety procedures.”

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Embraer delivered 23 Executive and 21 Commercial jets during the first quarter of 2016

The 44 aircraft represent a 37.5% increase over the previous year, when 32 aircraft (12 executive and 20 commercial jets) were delivered. The executive aviation segment delivered 12 light jets and 11 large jets during 1Q16, compared to 10 light jets and 2 large jets in the same period last year.

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Jet Aviation Basel


David J. Peterson

Jet Aviation Basel has appointed David Peterson as director of Completions Sales.

In this role, Peterson is responsible for liaising with aircraft owners, operators and industry executives to ensure they are informed about the benefits of entrusting VVIP Completions projects with the Jet Aviation Basel Completions Center. He reports directly to Matt Woollaston, Vice President of Completions Sales & Marketing, Jet Aviation Basel, and will work closely with the company’s other director of Completions Sales, Hendrik Janssen.

Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, sales, account management and customer support. He joins Jet Aviation from the Boeing BBJ’s Basel-based regional team of support representatives, where he served since 2010 as Boeing BBJ’s VIP Completions Center representative for North Africa and Europe, including Russia.

Prior to that, Peterson spent several years with Boeing Commercial in the U.K. as a customer support field service engineer and an account manager. He also spent nearly 10 years with Boeing Military in Seattle, Washington, as a structures design engineer before moving to Europe.

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Cape Verde

Dornier 228 demonstrator performs emergency SAR Operation at Cape Verde

Lone kayaker in distress as weather closes in.

A RUAG Aviation Dornier 228 demonstrator aircraft returning to Europe from a successful Latin America Demo Tour performed an emergency search and rescue operation off the coast of Praia, Cape Verde.

The aircraft was on its approach to Praia, Cape Verde, Airport, when air traffic controllers identified it as the sole aircraft in the vicinity capable of providing SAR assistance to a lone kayaker.

Despite significant challenges posed by low-lying cloud cover, darkening skies, poor visibility - plus the small size of the watercraft - it successfully located the kayaker who was then rescued by Coastguards. full story

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Falkland Islands

BIH launches Falkland Islands SAR service for Ministry of Defence

British International Helicopters (BIH) has begun flight operations in the Falkland Islands, working alongside Britain’s military forces in the region to provide a range of vital air support services.

Following the award of a 10-year, £180m contract last year, Britain’s largest UK-owned helicopter operator will undertake a range of assignments including around the clock, all-weather search and rescue, helicopter emergency services, rescue hoist operations, and passenger and cargo transfers. read more

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United Kingdom

BACA looks to the future with appointment of four new Council members

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has appointed four new executives to the governing Council of the Association. The appointments were made following elections at the March council meeting, the newly elected members of the Council will take their position as from the April 14th meeting of the Council.

Chris Mace of SaxonAir, Tim Procter of Air Charter Ltd, Nick Weston of Weston Aviation and Peter Bradfield, the Media Doctor are the newly elected members of the Council. The purpose of appointing four new council members is to strengthen the governing body of the association and reflect the makeup of the Association's membership. 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 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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United States

Abby’s gears up for big business

Award winning private and corporate aviation caterer, Abby’s Aircraft Catering, is entering the commercial sector by popular demand.

The Houston-TX-based company recently received a special delivery of high-loader trucks from Mallaghan GSE (Dungannon, Northern Ireland), specifically designed for loading and unloading fresh meals for passengers and crew of wide body and large cabin aircraft. The trucks consist of a rear body lift system, platform and hydraulic control mechanism, allowing delivery to the galley door.

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United Kingdom

Acquisition of Sovereign Business Jets opens new doors for Castle Air

The recent acquisition by Castle Air of Sovereign Business Jets not only provides the experienced helicopter operator with a fixed wing capability - with a solid operational infrastructure and a Global AOC - but also enables Castle Air to offer an on-demand ‘GO-NOW’ charter facility with seamless, coordinated interlining at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Castle Air MD, Ross Bunyard.

The concept of a ‘GO-NOW’ service is based on a successful formula created in Castle Air’s experienced helicopter charter business and is targeted at travellers who need to undertake flights at immediate or short notice. read more

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World Aero achieves FAA Part-145 Repair Station certification

Aircraft wheel and brake MRO World Aero has achieved FAA certification as a Part-145 Repair Station for their UK based facility, close to London’s Gatwick, Heathrow and City Airports. The wheel and brake repair facility is now EASA/FAA dual release certified.

FAA certification allows World Aero to carry out maintenance of wheel and brake components for aircraft registered in the United States in accordance with 14 CFR Part-145. Certification means that World Aero will be held to the FAA’s rigorous high standards, ensuring that the repair station’s programmes, systems, and methods of compliance are continuously reviewed, evaluated, and tested. read more

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Air BP introduces UL91 via new self–serve automat at Kjeller Airport

International aviation fuel products and service supplier, Air BP has improved access to, and distribution of, its UL91 product in Norway by installing a self-serve automat facility at Kjeller Airport, (ENKJ).

This makes Kjeller the first airport in Scandinavia to offer three Air BP fuel grades; UL91, which is certified according to ASTM D7547, Avgas 100LL and JetA1.

The facility was inaugurated by Air BP CEO, David Gilmour and Air BP customer, Helge Storflor of Nedre Romerike Flying Club, on April 20th. read more

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United States

Silver Air extends fleet of light- to large-cabin jets under management

Private jet management company, Silver Air, has signed a Gulfstream GIV-SP under management. The aircraft is based out of Camarillo, California, (CMA) and is available for charter operations.

The newly refurbished 13-seat Gulfstream features a partitioned cabin for comfort and privacy, plus a 6-passenger sleeping configuration for overnight travel. The aircraft incorporates both Gogo domestic Wi-Fi and Swift Broadband worldwide Internet and Wi-Fi. read more

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United Kingdom

Gama Aviation reports strong financial results

AIM listed Gama Aviation Plc, one of the world’s largest business aviation service providers, has reported strong financial results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2015.

These are its maiden financial results following the completion of its reverse takeover of Hangar8 Plc on 5th January 2015.

Financial highlights for the year ended 31 December 2015 include increased Revenue; up 15.1% to $413.1m, and Gross Profit up 27.6% to $62.4m.

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TAG announces new charter structure

TAG Aviation Europe has announced the introduction of a streamlined charter structure that aims to provide greater focus and resources to its sales organisation and advance both the growth of its Aircraft Management fleet and the development of more direct charter clients.

Florent Sériès, Vice President Sales and Marketing, TAG Aviation Europe, has extended his current charter responsibilities to head up all TAG Aviation’s sales activities including overseeing all charter sales in Europe and advancing new Aircraft Management acquisitions.

Andrew Hodgson has been appointed Sales Director for Charter Services in Europe. Andrew was formerly Aviation Director at TCS World Travel and was responsible for creating the concept for the B757 that TAG Aviation now operates.

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Avinode enhances safety standard options with addition of IS-BAO

Avinode, the world’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling air charter, has added the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) safety standard to the Avinode Marketplace.

Delivered by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), IS-BAO has been added to Avinode’s existing collection of standards, enabling customers to consider a wider choice of safety ratings.

IS-BAO, a voluntary code of best practice developed for the business aviation industry by the industry through IBAC, enhances operational safety through predictive and proactive methods, improves safety culture, efficiency and effectiveness and increases executive level appreciation of aircraft operations.

Avinode has added IS-BAO to complement the existing Wyvern and Argus safety standard options, two of the industry’s leading safety standard organisations, in the Avinode Marketplace.

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

Ladies just don’t talk about it

t’s time we had a bit of fun, although you might be shocked that I would even broach this 

Here we go then. 'Jet bloating' is an actual scientific term for the ailment we know as flatulence. It's not a rare problem; it's simply that we (ladies) just don’t talk about it. Until now!

We all pass a shocking quantity of gas every day. According to one estimate from research studies in the Netherlands, “the average person breaks wind 10 times every 24 hours, expelling about 1 liter of gas in an average day. The gases we expel are caused by food that has failed to be absorbed by our gut. The food settling in your gut is fermented by bacteria and that bacteria naturally produces nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen (often along with more odorous, sulphurous compounds) - especially if your digestive system is loaded with foods that are known to cause gas and bloating rather than foods that are known to prevent it.

Now that you have your body being filled with all these gasses, why do you feel obliged to expel them? As an aircraft’s altitude increases, the pressure drops, and because of the laws of physics, the air must expand into more space. That 1 liter of gas now needs to fill a 30% bigger volume, leading to bloating and that pressure you feel in your stomach.

You must be wondering why on earth would I be curious enough to research this topic?

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United Arab Emirates

Gama Aviation achieves IS-BAO approval for Sharjah FBO

Gama Aviation has received the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) accreditation at its Middle Eastern regional headquarters in Sharjah, UAE.

IS-BAO is a global standard established by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) to develop consistent safety procedures around the world and establish high quality flight operations. This accreditation follows on from Gama Aviation being awarded certification from IBAC for its aircraft handling, the first FBO in the Middle East to receive this, and places Gama Aviation Middle East in the unique position of having dual approvals within their Air and Ground Businesses.

IS-BAO is designed to enhance operational safety though proactive measures, engender an increased focus on developing a safety-first culture and enhance the ability to measure safety performance. As a global standard it also helps business aircraft operators meet the requirements laid out by aviation regulators, such as the FAA and EASA.

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United Kingdom

Stratajet unveils rebrand to coincide with customer launch

Stratajet, the world's only real-time booking platform for private jets, has unveiled a major rebrand to coincide with its official launch to the consumer.

The new brand positions private flying as a way to be more efficient with the most valuable commodity - time.

Stratajet’s new symbol is based on flight lines, with a wordmark that uses the angles from the trajectory of take-off, while the art direction moves away from the clichés of luxury lifestyle to a more heightened perspective, giving a feel of rising above and being in control.

Described as ‘the world’s most sophisticated price comparison website,’ Stratajet is the first and only software that can provide real-time, accurate prices of private jet flights.

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Czech Republic

CEPA Expo announces Careers Day

CEPA Expo 2016 has announced the launch of a Careers Day dedicated to helping and encouraging young people to review the opportunities on offer in the aviation industry.

The Careers Day takes place on day 1 of CEPA Expo, the 18th October.

This year's CEPA Expo is taking place in Prague from the 18th to 20th October and the Careers Day has been designed to allow young people and students who have an interest in working in aviation to see the opportunities a career in aviation can offer. The aim is to encourage young people to become the aviation executives of the future and alert them to the prospects and career pathways available in the aviation industry.

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Air Elite Network welcomes 52nd location

Skylink Services Larnaka joins the Network of Diamond Service FBOs.

World Fuel Services' Air Elite Network has officially welcomed its 52nd Diamond Service FBO to the network; Skylink Services, located at Larnaka International Airport (LCLK) in Larnaka, Cyprus.

Operating as the only FBO facility at Larnaka Airport, Skylink Services has provided professional ground handling services to business and general aviation customers in Cyprus for over 18 years.

With years of experience, professionalism and personalized service, the 24/7 FBO has built a strong reputation as the FBO of choice for VIPs, celebrities and business travelers alike. The 17,000 square foot facility is managed by a dedicated, multilingual staff whose main goal is to provide visiting passengers and crew exceptional service with an emphasis on discretion.

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Embraer delivers its 1,000th business jet 'The Journey of Embraer Executive Jets'

US Department of Transportation and European Commission pave the way for "Flags of Convenience" in aviation read

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ACS is always in fashion
Recently Air Charter Service, the leading aircraft charter specialist, received an unusual request, to move 200 designer dresses to France in time for Paris Fashion Week.

With the illustrious event about to start, a major design label needed to fly 200 designer dresses from Milan to the French capital. Justin Bowman, ACS’s Group CEO, commented: “It quickly became apparent that the high-value garments were too delicate to be transported in a cargo aircraft. So the request was handed over to our passenger division, in order to find an aircraft in which the garments could be hung up in the cabin.

“However, at this point the requirement changed, as the customer added 72 pairs of shoes, 40 pairs of trousers, over 200 more dresses and 11 accompanying passengers. As time was of the essence, the ACS team were up until 2 o’clock in the morning making all the arrangements - booking four aircraft, both cargo and passenger, from Pisa and Milan to fly into Paris in time for the show.”

Bowman cites another couple of recent, interesting fashion-related examples: “A few months ago our Hong Kong office used our on board courier service to get one designer top from a store in China to London overnight for a photoshoot and recently we also had a plane load of sports shoes that we chartered into Mexico.”

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