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 BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th May 2015 | Issue #322

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NBAA says restrictions at East Hampton Airport violate federal grant assurances

Aircraft operating restrictions adopted by East Hampton, NY at its public-use airport (HTO) are in violation of federal grant assurances received by the town and must be revoked, according to a formal complaint filed today with the Federal Aviation Administration by the National Business Aviation Association and other parties, including a number of its affected Member Companies.

The complaint requests that the FAA issue an immediate cease-and-desist order regarding the airport restrictions and take corrective action as necessary – including the withholding of federal transportation funds from the town.

“The restrictions that the town has adopted, by its own calculations, would prohibit a significant share of all airport operations – up to 23 percent of operations at HTO, according to a study performed for the town – and are likely to permanently cripple the airport by driving existing tenants out of business and undercutting the airport budget,” NBAA Chief Operating Officer Steve Brown wrote in the complaint, which was submitted pursuant to Part 16 of the FAA’s regulations.

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Beechcraft secures order from Wheels Up for next installment of King Air 350i aircraft

Beechcraft Corporation has announced that Wheels Up has exercised its option to purchase the next 35 King Air 350i turboprops from its initial order placed in 2013. The additional aircraft will help expand the membership-based private aviation company’s fleet throughout the United States.

Nearly two years ago, Wheels Up made the largest order in history for general aviation turboprop aircraft, encompassing up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and including maintenance, service and support. The company took delivery of its first King Air 350i at NBAA 2013 and immediately began service.

To date, Wheels Up has taken delivery of 31 of its initial order of 35 King Air 350i aircraft. Deliveries of the additional 35 aircraft, which will be outfitted with the new Pro Line Fusion avionics system, are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016. The private aviation company also has taken delivery of 10 factory-custom refurbished Cessna Citation Excel/XLS aircraft.

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FAA’s Huerta Presides Over Sweeping Changes in Aviation

Randy Bradbury, vice president/senior writer at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capital.

ichael Huerta has his hands full.

The head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration administrator, speaking to a Wichita, Kansas, audience recently, ticked off a series of major issues facing his agency.

“I believe that we are at an historical time in the aviation industry,” Huerta said. “We’re making a lot of decisions that will shape the next 50 years.”

ADS-B: The deadline’s set

Huerta said ADS-B - automatic dependent surveillance broadcast, the next-generation system that will replace radar-based air traffic control - represents a major step forward. The question he’s asked most often is whether the government will delay its Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for including ADS-B equipment on most U.S.-based aircraft. “The answer is no - it won’t be extended. The deadline is real.” Operators in Europe currently face a mid-2020 deadline.

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Jetex global FBO chain expands into Santiago, Chile

Jetex Flight Support and Chile-based Santiago FBO S.A. have announced the establishment of a Joint Venture to jointly manage an FBO at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL), Chile’s largest aviation facility and main international airport.

The move will expand Jetex’s presence in Latin America. Customers operating in the region will benefit from the combination of Santiago FBO’s knowledge of the local marketplace and Jetex’s international trip planning expertise.

As a fully integrated part of the Jetex global value chain, the Jetex branded FBO will offer the same level of services that customers have come to expect from the company - including a fully functional flight planning room.

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World Fuel | Colt releases European version of online flight planning

OFP- File & Go provides CFMU validated route filing with Eurocontrol

World Fuel | Colt announced the release of the latest version of their OFP - File & Go technology at EBACE.

The newly-enhanced features allow users to validate generated CFMU routes and quickly file with Eurocontrol. This release is part of World Fuel | Colt’s rapidly expanding Regional Trip Support (RTS) solution that integrates cloud-based technology with award-winning Global Trip Support.

Free for active customers, OFP – File & Go is an entry-level version of World Fuel | Colt’s powerful Online Flight Planning (OFP) technology. Unique to the industry’s free flight planning systems, the tool utilizes aircraft performance and real-time temperatures and winds to create routes and generate navigational logs.

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Air Culinaire plans new in-flight catering facility in Paris

Air Culinaire Worldwide has announced plans to begin construction of a new in-flight catering facility located at Paris-Le Bourget Airport (ICAO).

The new 800-square-metre facility (slated to open in January 2016), will be CE-Certified - the highest level of certification obtainable in the European market. It will be located near the main entrance of Le Bourget, and will provide quick and easy access to all airport FBOs in order to facilitate clients’ last-minute orders.

“This new kitchen represents our dedication to the Paris market,” said Paul Schweitzer, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Air Culinaire Worldwide. “Having a larger footprint will enable our team to better serve our existing clients, and increase capacity to accommodate the growing demand for in-flight catering in Paris. The new facility will also allow us to add additional value to our clients such as hosting training classes for corporate flight crews.”

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Signature to licence Fly Across' new FBO at Toluca adding first location in Mexico

Signature Flight Support has signed a letter of intent to license Fly Across’ FBO located at Toluca International Airport (TLC/MMTO).

The newly constructed FBO, which will be branded Signature Flight Support, consists of a three story FBO and executive terminal and 50,000 sq. ft. of hangar capable of housing the newest generation of heavy business jets. A feature not seen before in the FBO industry - drive up access to three, individual, secure and exclusive VIP suites offering the utmost in privacy.

The FBO and hangar facilities are now operational and will begin offering the Signature suite of amenities and services over the next few months.

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FlightSafety International has been selected by Nextant Aerospace as the exclusive authorized training provider for the Nextant G90XT turboprop aircraft.

“Nextant has always been committed to delivering a fully-integrated product solution; we believe that a well-trained pilot is vital to safe operations,” said President and CEO of Nextant Sean McGeough. “FlightSafety has long been recognized as a leader in King Air Simulator Training, and we are excited to partner with them on this project.”

FlightSafety will offer initial and recurrent pilot training for the Nextant G90XT. The training will be provided by FlightSafety’s highly experienced instructors using a Level D qualified simulator and other advanced training devices. The training will be approved initially by the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Approvals by other aviation regulatory authorities will be obtained according to Customer needs. This is expected to include approvals by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, Transport Canada, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.

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Pentastar Aviation

Mark Schenkel

Pentastar Aviation has named Mark Schenkel to the position of Controller, effective this month.

Mark will report to Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for all of the financial and information technology activities of Pentastar Aviation and Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to the Pentastar Aviation team,” Schmidt said. “As someone with roots in the world of accounting and finance, I am very much looking forward to the financial management perspectives that Mark brings to us from his experience across a wide range of industries.”

Prior to joining Pentastar Aviation, Schenkel had served as Controller at MCM Management Corp. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

“I am gratified to be joining Pentastar Aviation,” Schenkel said. “While I certainly have a lot to learn about the industry, I am confident that my background, coupled with Greg’s support and leadership, will enable me to contribute significantly to the competitiveness, efficiency, and growth of Pentastar Aviation.”

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Aerion opens order book, sets price for AS2 Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Corporation’s board of directors has authorized the sale of the AS2 aircraft at a price of $120m in 2015 dollars. The initial 50 launch customers will receive preferential pricing and other benefits available only for this first tranche of orders.

“This is another step forward for Aerion,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. “We are offering a select group of forward thinking business aviation users the opportunity to fly faster and to make history with us as we reintroduce commercial supersonic flight.”

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Spirit Aeronautics delivers stunning carbon fiber accented interior

Spirit Aeronautics recently returned a Cessna Citation 650 aircraft to its owner after a total interior refurbishment utilizing carbon fiber accents and design elements that delivered a stunning result.

While not a typical type or size of aircraft for refurbishment at Spirit Aeronautics, the design and details included elements found on much larger aircraft such as carbon fiber inlays, blackened wood laminates, multi-layer high build gloss coatings, new Corian countertops and multi-layer foam seats with clean minimalist lines and tight stitching.

“From the beginning of this project the client was attracted to clean European styling combined with western comfort which is very challenging in an aircraft of this size”, said Tony Bailey, President & COO of Spirit Aeronautics. “Top it off; the client did not want to change the certification basis of the aircraft so we had to look for stylings that gave a minimalist impression without adding or removing any of the current furnishings.” read more

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Jet Aviation Basel awarded world’s first private completions project for B787-9

Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. The VVIP aircraft is to be delivered to the Basel Completions Center in 2015 for a two-year completions cycle.

In 2011, Jet Aviation Basel took the initiative and appointed a team of its best engineers to work closely with Boeing to prepare for its first completion of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Since then, the company has developed new technologies and processes, including new methods of engineering data management to support the completion of this new generation aircraft. As these efforts were well recognized in the industry, Jet Aviation Basel’s Completions Center was selected by an undisclosed client from the Middle East to engineer, manufacture and install a VVIP cabin interior on the world’s first private Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. read more

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Jet Aviation Basel develops advanced aviation dishwasher for all aircraft types

Jet Aviation Basel has developed a cutting-edge plug and play in-flight dishwasher (ADW) with a 3-minute wash cycle that requires just 3 litres of water.

The user-friendly ADW is compatible with an eco-friendly soap that can be used to clean silver and aluminum dishes.

Available in different sizes to ensure the perfect fit for all galleys, including that of the B787, the ADW utilizes a quick connection system and features a customizable front design. It is qualified for taxi, take-off and landing with up to 20kg of dishes stored inside the dishwasher.

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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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Fokker and GKN Aerospace to supply first SkyView Window for converted BBJ

Fokker Services a business line of Fokker Technologies and GKN Aerospace have announced the official launch of the first ever SkyView Window for a civil jet aircraft.

The SkyView window, a Fokker STC, will be the first of its kind certified for the business aviation community and will be offered to Boeing Business Jets owners and operators by Fokker Services. Up to four SkyView windows can be installed on each aircraft. GKN Aerospace will supply the first set of 1.5m long x 0.5m high windows to Fokker Services in December this year - just 7 months after contract award. read more

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Luxury automobile design meets aircraft completion expertise

Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik have announced their cooperation on the design and completion of VIP aircraft cabins. The two companies will jointly develop an entirely innovative, luxurious and integrated cabin concept for short- and medium-haul aircraft.

Under the joint approach adopted by the two companies, the traditional separation of ceiling, wall and floor will be entirely replaced by a dynamic, spiral layout. This gives rise to new, independent spatial zones without the typical arrangement of seat and wall elements. The new sense of space is additionally reinforced by Mercedes's typically strong emphasis on contrast in terms of material, colour and lighting.

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Mixed Messages in Aircraft Transactions

The market for private jets has been a jumble of signs and indicators recently. Both good news and bad is common, and it all depends upon where you are looking. There are reasons to be despondent and reasons to be comforted.

“In general, demand for private aircraft is improving. We are seeing more pre-owned transactions occurring now than have ever occurred before, a remarkable statistic that has not received very much press in the media," says Oliver Stone, CEO of Colibri Aircraft. read more

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Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that its customer, Hahn Air Lines, is operating a fleet of Cessna Citation CJ4s for scheduled airline service, making the CJ4 the first Citation business jet to be used for commercial airline service.

The German scheduled and charter airline operator uses the CJ4 for its Dusseldorf / Luxemburg route, giving Hahn Air the efficiency and performance of a Citation and its passengers the comfort and amenities of the spacious business jet cabin. read more

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CJ3+ gains EASA certification

Cessna has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Cessna Citation CJ3+, paving the way for deliveries to begin in Europe later this year.

“This is a significant milestone as the Citation CJ3+ is perfectly suited for the European environment, combining a number of attributes that benefit passengers and operators alike,” said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets and Interior Engineering. “We’ve maximized productivity, technology and comfort in the passenger cabin, and operators and pilots benefit from superb performance characteristics, all at operating and acquisition costs that make the CJ3+ the smart choice for today’s business transportation requirements.”

The Citation CJ3+ gained initial certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in September, less than six months after its market introduction in March 2014. By the end of 2014, Cessna had already delivered 10 Citation CJ3+ aircraft, contributing to the company’s stronger business jet delivery performance in 2014. read more

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United Kingdom

Acropolis Aviation to be first to receive all-new Airbus ACJ320neo

Acropolis Aviation, based at TAG Farnborough Airport, will be the launch customer of a brand new aircraft - the Airbus ACJ320neo. The aircraft will enter service in early 2020.

Acropolis CEO, Jonathan Bousfield, signed the contract for the newest member of the Airbus family with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers and Benoit Defforge, Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets, during EBACE in Geneva last week.

“In finalising this order, we are committing to providing our discerning clientele with the newest and ultimate large-cabin aircraft well into the next decade. Our current ACJ319 performs at the top of the spectrum of client expectations with the largest cabin in its class. It is remarkable that the ACJ320neo will improve even further on these high specifications and standards,” said Jonathan. read more

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Weston Aviation to open new FBO at Newquay Cornwall Airport

Weston Aviation, the UK based FBO and business aviation company have agreed terms on a new long term lease and contract for the provision of fixed based operations at Newquay Cornwall Airport (NQY/EGHQ) in the south-west of England.

The new building will provide 8,800 sq.ft. of passenger and crew lounge area, meeting rooms, pilot rest areas and self-briefing facilities for business aircraft owners and crews and GA pilots.

“This is our fourth move to ever increasing facilities in relation to size and facilities offered to our customers at Newquay Cornwall Airport since we opened there in 2003, which confirms our commitment and continuing investment to the airport and the surrounding region. We are delighted to secure a long term future at Newquay and in turn reconfirms our commitment for many years to come to the airport,” said Nick Weston, the company’s founder and Managing Director. read more

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

Healthy Eating

hat exactly do you define as healthy eating?

Is it calorie counting? Portion Control? Eliminating snacks? Consuming super foods? Eating more Salads? Skipping Dessert? Skipping meals? Low fat food diets? Gluten Free Meal programs?

Healthy means different things to different people and this includes you, your passengers and your flight crew. When you have been tasked with providing healthier meals on board, what are you planning?

Some foods have what is called a health “halo”. They are also referred to as a diet food faker. To define either term we can see that it's a seemingly diet-friendly food that's simply NOT.

Granola, restaurant salads, smoothies, dried fruit . . . all surprisingly dangerous for calorie counters. These food examples have the illusion of being healthy, and are, in many instances, so for sake of clarity, I am going to refer to healthy as low calorie, lower fat, high fiber.

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Bestfly becomes only FBO to provide aviation fuel in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company, has signed an agreement with Angola’s energy company Sonangol to operate its own dedicated fuel bowser.

The agreement enables Bestfly to control fuel supply to aircraft from its own 45 000 litre bowser provided by Sonangol of Angola. The truck is parked at the FBO, branded in Bestfly colours and is operated by Bestfly team members, making Bestfly the only FBO with a dedicated aviation fuel supply in the Sub-Saharan area of Africa.

Under the terms of the agreement Sonangol will provide continued access to the bowser and aviation fuel. In addition Sonangol has trained the three-man team operating the bowser in safe operations, human factors and all elements of secure fuel handling which enables the company to offer 24/7 fuel services to arriving and departing aircraft. To streamline the system even further Sonangol has a single point of contact in the accounts department handling accounting, fuel requests and pre-flight inquiries making the fuel administration process leaner for all concerned.

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Marshall's Birmingham FBO to be new base of HondaJet Northern Europe

Marshall Aviation Services, the expanding business aviation services company of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, announced at EBACE that it is to team with Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, N.C., USA to be the company’s Northern European provider of sales and service for the HondaJet.

Marshall's wide sales territory will encompass the UK regions north of the M4 motorway; the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.

The company's new FBO at Birmingham International Airport, UK, will host a brand new sales and support centre for the aircraft, which is making its European debut on the static park at EBACE, hard on the heels of a successful tour of Japan.

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Lift-off for new Irish ‘EJ’ corporate aircraft register

A new Irish aircraft register targeted at corporate and business jets has been unveiled.

The “EJ” register is administered by the Irish Aviation Authority, with Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) as a preferred marketing and support partner.

The new register offers the benefits of a gold-standard onshore EASA jurisdiction and is designed for full compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations including Part NCC.

The new registration marks consist of “EJ-“ plus four letters, allowing for a wider range of personalised registrations.

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Air BP recognises longstanding customers

International aviation fuel supplier Air BP formally recognised the longstanding loyalty of five airport customers at EBACE in Geneva last week. When added together, the five have worked with Air BP for 179 years.

The airports honoured were London Biggin Hill (20 years), Graz (57 years), Egelsbach (56 years), Grenoble-Le Versoud and Innsbruck (46 years), all of which are part of Air BP’s 700-strong global locations network. The new accolades seek to recognise customers that have had continuous relationships for more than 10 years andhave built exemplary models of co-operation with Air BP in delivery of best practice in General Aviation fuel supply.

“We are delighted to recognize our longstanding customers whose loyalty reflects the value they place on the quality of Air BP’s customer support, collaborative marketing activity, technical expertise and continuous development of training schemes. The support we give covers a whole range of services which derive from decades of experience working within the aviation fuel sector,” said Miguel Moreno, General Manager of General Aviation for Air BP.

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Cozy-up in front of the fire - on your private jet!

Lufthansa Technik presented its design study of a Fireless Fireplace for VIP & Executive Jets for the first time at EBACE last week.

Many private customers wish to have an interior in the aircraft which is as cozy as their living room at home. Until now, an open fireplace has been one of the "no-go's" on board an aircraft, due to safety regulations. Meeting the certification requirements from the authorities, Lufthansa Technik's new Fireless Fireplace looks and sounds like a real fireplace and gives passengers a warm feeling while traveling at cruising altitude.

The Fireless Fireplace - which can be adapted to each customer's taste - uses a technology which simulates a fire by illuminating water mist combined with an illuminated imitation of burning wood. This creates a very realistic 3-D impression of a real fire, while the "flame" is cold. Heat, sound and the intensity of the flame can be adjusted by a remote control. The Fireless Fireplace weighs around 30 kg excluding the surrounding interior design. Power consumption is up to 1300 W.

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