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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 11th February 2016 | Issue #354

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United States

Bolen states opposition to H.R. 4441, calling it 'big airlines' power grab'

In testimony yesterday (Wednesday 10th) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen warned of the potentially harmful consequences inherent in the creation a privatized air traffic control system, funded by user fees, as proposed in H.R. 4441, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system is a monopoly, and will always remain a monopoly,” Bolen noted in testimony before the committee. “So, the question on the table is, who will control that monopoly - the public’s elected representatives, or a board dominated by big airlines?

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Plus watch Bolen's opening statement to the US House Transportation
and Infrastructure Committee.

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January 2016 rings in the New Year with a sharp climb, up 3.0% from 2015

January business aviation flight activity posted its normal month over month seasonal decline, finishing the period down 1.5% from December; January has averaged a 1.3% monthly decline, from December, over the past 3 years.

However, reviewing year over year flight activity (January 2016 vs. January 2015), TRAQPak data indicates that January 2016 posted an increase of 3.0%, marking the 11th straight year over year increase.

Results by operational category were down or flat for the month, with Part 91 operators finishing the period up 26 flights from December. The Part 135 market recorded a monthly drop of 2.1%, while the Fractional market saw a decrease of 5.8%.

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BBA completes acquisition of Landmark Aviation

BBA Aviation plc, has completed the $2.065bn acquisition of Landmark Aviation, representing a major expansion of Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation company and the world’s largest FBO network.

“Today we celebrate the successful acquisition of Landmark Aviation," said Maria Sastre, President and COO of Signature Flight Support. "We are so pleased and proud to welcome Landmark’s 3,000 global employees to the BBA Aviation and Signature Flight Support teams.

"Our customers will benefit immensely from the substantially expanded global footprint of the Signature Flight Support network," she continued. "This acquisition also significantly enhances our Signature TECHNICAir MRO business and we look forward to offering aircraft charter and management services to our customers.”

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Tap Into Planning’s Power

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

omething good happens when you bring people together.

When you dedicate time to focus on your brand, objectives and concerns. When you talk face to face.

You learn where visions align - and, perhaps even more importantly, where they diverge. Sometimes big time. You hash out these differences and, hopefully, gain understanding and the consensus needed to pull together for a unified effort.

Our clients give us a seat at the table. By doing so, they get our best. Because that process makes us a better, savvier partner. It enables us to suggest more strategic ideas and tactics that get results.

Measure twice, cut once.

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NBAA joins in opposing city's attempts to restrict aviation at Santa Monica Airport

Further countering the ongoing efforts by the city of Santa Monica, CA to curtail aviation-related businesses at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO), the National Business Aviation Association has joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and four airport tenants to file a Part 16 Complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) alleging numerous violations of the city's grant-based obligations to SMO, including diversion of airport revenues for non-airport purposes.

"Today we are taking a critical step in the fight to lift the financial burdens and operational restrictions being imposed on the airport and its users," said Alex Gertsen, director of airports and ground infrastructure at NBAA.

"The blatant, ongoing practice of mishandling airport finances with the effect of forcing aviation businesses into economic failure must be stopped.”

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Executive AirShare selects Greteman Group as agency of record

Executive AirShare, the nation’s third-largest fractional aircraft ownership program, has partnered with Greteman Group to provide marketing, advertising and public relations support.

"We’re tapping into Greteman Group’s marketing and aviation expertise to further advance our strong, shareowner-focused service,” says Keith Plumb, Executive AirShare CEO. “We’ve grown throughout our 15 years, even through the recession as other fractional programs have declined or left the market. Our dedication to top-flight service in new and late model aircraft, proactive aircraft maintenance and highly trained, trusted pilots earns us incredible shareowner loyalty.

Together with Greteman Group, we’ll spread our message to even more people who would appreciate and benefit from our program.”

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U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices

FAA certifies Raisbeck Swept Blade Propellers for King Air 350s

The backlog of orders for the newest version of Raisbeck/Hartzell Swept Blade Propellers began immediately, with first production shipset going to Raisbeck dealer Stevens Aviation in Dayton, Ohio for installation on Denison Aviation’s Indianapolis-based 350.

The second shipset is headed to Elliott Aviation in Des Moines, Iowa for installation on Iowa State University’s 350. Both aircrafts’ OEM propellers were up for overhaul.

The FAA certification follows a four-year development program, including two-and-a-half years of flight testing of five different designs, including three five-blade versions.

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Jet Aviation St. Louis completes three FANS installations in Challenger 604s

The industry's first three installations of Future Aircraft Navigation Systems (FANS) in Bombardier Challenger 604s by Jet Aviation St. Louis are complete, with three more already scheduled.

The installations are possible after Jet Aviation St. Louis received FAA approval for a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

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Business aviation hails historic global agreement on CO2 standard for aircraft

The manufacturers and operators of business jets represented by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) have hailed the agreement reached on Monday at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, on the first-ever standard to limit the emission of CO2 from aircraft.

Following six years of technical work, governments, industry, and civil society stakeholders meeting under ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) agreed to recommend the new standard for approval by the ICAO Council later this year.

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United Kingdom

Helicopter pilots to work with other offshore unions

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has joined forces with other offshore worker unions - UNITE, RMT, GMB, Nautilus and the Scottish Trade Union Congress, to form the Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) in response to ongoing North Sea economic downturn.

By working together unions in the sector will be better able to face the challenges bought by the fall in oil price and will be able to work on imaginative ways of reducing the negative impacts, drive up standards and act as a voice of those feeling the brunt of the downturn. read more

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ExecuJet set to enter Indian market

ExecuJet Aviation Group is set to expand into the Indian market for the first time, following a successful tender bid for new FBO and MRO facilities at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India.

Together with its Indian partner, The Bird Group, ExecuJet has been awarded one of a limited number of licences to develop, construct and operate an FBO and an MRO facility as part of the airport’s overall development strategy. read more

Gerrit Basson, CEO, ExecuJet Aviation Group

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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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Saudi Arabia

NAS-ExecuJet expands FBO in Saudi Arabia

NAS-ExecuJet, a partnership between ExecuJet Middle East and National Air Services (NAS Holding), is expanding its FBO services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of an additional FBO facility in the Royal Terminal at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, on 10 February 2016.

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Czech Republic

CEPA Expo announces 2016 dates

Following the success of CEPA Expo 2015 the dates have been announced for the 2016 event.

This year will be the 7th occasion that the Expo has taken place and the dates are from the 18th to 20th October. Once again CEPA Expo will be held in beautiful city of Prague.

Since it was launched CEPA EXPO has developed into the most significant and influential event for business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe. read more

Roger Whyte, CEPA Expo Chairman

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Each month, Derek Freeman, owner and founder of the award winning UK private jet fine dining company, Bon Soirée, brings you seasonal recipes from the company's new menu for you to try at home.

This week:

Devon Crab and Grapefruit Verrine with Lime and Ginger Sorbet.

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Asia or Africa: which is the hottest market?

Ahead of this year’s Nigerian Business Aviation Conference Segun Demuren, CEO of NBAC host EAN Aviation, joined a panel of experts to propose that the African business aviation market will be “hotter” than the Asian sector in 2016.

Delegates attending the annual Corporate Jet Investor conference in London on 1-2 February, enjoyed a lively contest, which pitted the two emerging markets’ teams against each other to win the title of “hottest” market. read more

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United Kingdom

Total AOC unveils off-the-shelf solution so Part-NCC operators can comply and fly

With new Part-NCC regulations due to come into force in August 2016, Total AOC has unveiled a bespoke software system designed to provide an off-the-shelf solution for instant, easy compliance.

Centrik Xpress, a cloud-based management system, has been specifically designed for Part-NCC operators. Featuring modules to enable the user to effectively manage Electronic Flight Bags (EFB), Documents, Safety Management System (SMS) and Training, Centrik Xpress provides an all-in-one solution to the new regulatory requirement for a management system. read more

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United States

StandardAero’s Houston, Texas business aviation MRO facility has completed its first Rockwell Collins TTR-4100 TCAS 7.1 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Falcon 50 series and Falcon 900 series aircraft.

Working in conjunction with Rockwell Collins, this new TTR-4100 TCAS processor replaces the aircraft’s existing TTR-920 processor and incorporates new 7.1 logic required to meet the Eurocontrol December 1, 2015 mandate.

In addition to meeting the required mandates, the new 7.1 logic also enhances crew awareness of traffic situations and allows either aircraft to issue resolution advisory reversals in the event an approaching aircraft does not follow ATC or TCAS instructions to avoid a conflict.

StandardAero’s STC ST04048CH was completed the end of January 2016. The company is anticipating a high demand for similar certified installations/upgrades from Falcon 50 and Falcon 900 series operators.

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Slump in activity at outset of 2016

There were 47,628 business aviation departures in Europe in January 2016, according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor.

The figure represents 2,220 fewer than in January 2015, a 4.5% fall in YOY activity. Business jet flights were down 5%, as were Piston sectors. Turboprop flights declined 1.5% YOY.

The decline this month mainly came in Western Europe, especially in France, where flights were down 8%, almost 700 fewer departures YOY. Activity in Italy and Spain was down 10%. The UK market was flat YOY.

Business aviation flights in Germany were down 3%, although Piston flights were up 9%. Business jet activity in Switzerland was down 8%, although Turboprop flights were up 7%. There was a 7% increase in overall flights in Austria.

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United Kingdom

Victor announced as GTMC’s first private jet partner

The GTMC - the only representative body for Travel Management Companies (TMCs) and the business travel community in the UK - has announced Victor as its first ever industry partner in the private jet sector.

Victor, with bases in London and North America, is the only private jet charter company to fully disclose transaction fees, and specific operator and aircraft details, offering business travellers total transparency and control with no hidden charges.

Victor provides swift end-to-end booking and flight management via web, tablet and smartphone.

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Flight-Assist reveals new branding and website

Worldwide flight support provider Flight-Assist - which celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary in 2016 - has unveiled its new company branding accompanied by a brand-new website.

“These are exciting times for us” remarks Ian Dooge the founder and CEO of Flight-Assist. “The past 10 years has seen some tough times for aviation and some companies have not been as successful in weathering the storm. What is the secret of our success, well we may be smaller than some providers, but put simply we love what we do and we take absolute pride in doing it well. Being able to also achieve this at a price which offers the our clients significant savings over our rivals is of paramount importance to us.”

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BACA survey reveals 147,000 Member flights during 2015

In order to fully understand the size and activities of its membership, the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) recently commissioned WINGX Advance to carry out a study of BACA members.

The survey revealed some incredible results, particularly in terms of the size, scale and positive impact that BACA member companies have on the aviation industry.

WINGX carried out the survey towards the end of 2015 so the results give a very up-to-date view of the levels of activity in various sectors of the industry.

full report

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

Is Organic Healthier and Does it Really Matter?

or years - when we got requests for organic catering - we’d find ourselves heading
off to the farmers market to purchase a single organic chicken breast, or 6 organic eggs, or just enough organic fruit for a fresh fruit tray.

Today however, as I perused the stack of orders to be invoiced, I happened to notice that each client was requesting some form of organic food to be included in their catering order. I was amazed. I was the person slow to convert our kitchen to organic produce, fighting the trend all the way; but I converted and now feel that it’s given me a bit more control over my life and my health.

I had to stop and wonder why there were so many ‘organic orders’ today. It turns out there is a conference here of agricultural educators who are responsible for teaching the next generation - and organic is the practice of choice. I felt it was time educate the kitchen staff into “the why we serve and prepare organic at Tastefully Yours”.

As I discovered, many of the staff had no idea of the complexities of being organic either as a business or as an individual.

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TAG Aviation Geneva adds second G200 to its growing charter fleet

TAG Aviation S.A. has announced the addition of a second Gulfstream G200 (HB-IUV) to its growing charter fleet, offering charter clients more flexibility and cost-effective travel.

The popular nine-passenger Gulfstream G200 was the world’s first super midsize jet and is ideally suited to both domestic and international travel. Capable of travelling 3,400 nautical miles non-stop, cruising at 530mph, the G200 is one of the fastest and most efficient business jets in its class.

With an oval cabin cross-section almost the same as a large cabin long-range aircraft, it is one of the most spacious cabins in its category and also boasts one of the largest baggage capacities.

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Helicentre Aviation reaches 5,000hr Cabri G2 milestone

Helicentre Aviation Academy has achieved 5,000 fleet hours with the Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, a record number of hours flown by a single UK training organisation, and more than 6% of the global Cabri G2 fleet hours, according to statistics from Hélicoptères Guimbal.

The French manufactured helicopter was selected to be the company’s flagship training platform in 2013 when the decision was made to invest almost €2m EUR into six factory new aircraft over 3 years.

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Gama Aviation teams up with Go Aviation Middle East at Sharjah FBO

Gama Aviation has announced that it has partnered with Go Aviation Middle East, the full service aircraft appearance company.

Go Aviation’s suite of services, which range from light interior cleaning to complete paint and brightwork restoration and polishing, will further complement Gama Aviation’s existing maintenance offering in Sharjah Airport.

One of the main benefits of the new partnership is that Gama Aviation can provide clients with the option of a 7-star valeting service in a single location, which will optimise their aircraft asset value.

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Embraer delivers first Legacy 500 to China’s launch customer Jackie Chan read

Serious drone near misses prompt warning from pilots read

Colibri review of 2015 business aircraft market read

Eat for Luck: The Chinese New Year. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

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Honeywell to inspire the next generation of Emirati engineers with its support of Think Science competition

As part of its commitment to supporting the next generation of engineers in the United Arab Emirates, Honeywell has teamed up with the Emirates Foundation for its 2015‒2016 Think Science competition.

The initiative will see Honeywell provide guidance and support to participants as they develop, design and build aerospace projects that aim to solve real-world problems.

Think Science, run by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, is a national program that seeks to inspire, encourage and empower Emiratis between the ages of 15 and 35 to embrace careers in science-related fields. Honeywell’s involvement with the competition is supported by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which has helped to inspire more than 2 million students at all grade levels to embrace science, technology, engineering and math education. read more

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