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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 18th December 2014 | Issue #301

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United States

Dialogue with FAA leading to ‘path forward’ on agency funding, modernization says Bolen

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reiterated his call for the aviation community to continue to collaborate on FAA reauthorization issues and NextGen progress, as moderator of a panel of industry leaders at a Dec. 9 Washington, DC event sponsored by the Airline Pilots Association, International (ALPA).

“We have had good industry dialogue with the FAA,” Bolen told the audience during the discussion about FAA reauthorization. “We have had the involvement of Congress, and I think we are beginning to see some progress,” he noted, while acknowledging that this progress has not been as fast as the industry would like to have seen.

“Because of the interactivity between the FAA and industry groups, we are beginning to see the emergence of a clear path forward,” Bolen added.

Bolen reminded the audience that modernization at the FAA and across the air transportation system needs to be carefully planned and implemented. “You start with what is today the largest, safest, most efficient, most complex, most diverse air transportation system in the world, and what we want to do is make sure we evolve this system effectively,” he said. read more


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Delta Private Jets continues fleet expansion

Latest additions include four Ownership Assist aircraft

Delta Private Jets (DPJ) continues to expand its fleet of managed aircraft with the addition of five aircraft.

The most recent additions include two newly refurbished midsize Citation Excels, a Hawker 800XP and two Citation CJ2 light jets. The aircraft join DPJ’s floating fleet and are well-appointed with the latest amenities including Wi-Fi.

“The introduction of Ownership Assist has given us even more opportunity to expand our fleet, said John Daly, Chief Operating Officer. “This unique program has proven to be very popular with owners as it helps them take advantage of the current favorable economic environment for purchasing a large capital asset such as an aircraft, by immediately offsetting a good portion of the cost." read more


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Associated Air Center signs new A320CJ VVIP completion project

Associated Air Center (AAC) recently signed a contract for a new, green Airbus A320CJ VVIP narrow-body completion project.

This project represents the company’s 18th A320 completion program since becoming and Airbus Completion Center in 2003.

The cabin layout for the aircraft will feature a nose-to-tail customized VVIP interior equipped with a custom forward galley complex, a master bedroom and lavatory, followed by a large main lounge separated into three areas - a mid-cabin VIP lavatory, an aft staff area and passenger lavatory and an aft custom galley. The aircraft will also be equipped with a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment system featuring large bulkhead mounted LED screens, Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD) and surround sound. The passenger connectivity will feature Satcom Broad Band and GSM on-board.

The project will begin immediately with interior design and development of the technical specifications. The new A320CJ aircraft is expected to arrive at AAC’s Dallas facility in August, 2015.

“We are pleased to have signed this project and looking forward to delivering another high-quality completion for this prominent and repeat customer,” said AAC President James Colleary. “2014 has been a banner year for AAC and we are actively biding and loading our shop and completion schedules for 2015 and beyond.”


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Simple Gifts

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

hink quick. What's been your favorite 2014 holiday greeting - either in your
mailbox or inbox? No doubt, it popped into your mind fast. A unique one stands out.

We’ve created several this year that should pass the 'is-it-memorable' test. Each rewards the recipient with a creative payoff - from a smile and a knowing nod to a desire to learn more and get involved. Here are a few that may inspire you to take your own outreach up a notch.

Animated Video

Build on your success. The animated videos we’ve created the past five years for Signature Flight Support have been so well received, everyone’s eager to see the next one. I think you’ll agree, this playful video does not disappoint. It puts you in the mood to move.

Modern, stylized graphics, lively music and simple messaging communicate Signature’s global reach and friendly vibe. Boxes pop open, joyfully celebrating offerings from Canada to the Caribbean, New York to Germany. This FBO’s premier positioning suggests all you want travel to be. Hasslefree with delights around every corner. World-class and within your reach. read more


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NBAA

NBAA commends Senate vote renewing accelerated depreciation

The National Business Aviation Association has applauded a vote by the Senate to approve a bill that renews accelerated, or “bonus” depreciation, among other expiring tax provisions, for one year, and urged President Obama to sign it into law.

The House of Representatives passed the “tax extender” bill earlier this month. Now, with Senate approval, it needs President Obama’s signature to become law.

“NBAA welcomes this vote by the Senate and commends members of both parties for working together to renew tax policies such as accelerated depreciation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We urge President Obama to sign this bipartisan bill as soon as possible.”

Accelerated depreciation allows businesses to take a first-year deduction equal to 50 percent of a qualified asset’s cost basis. The tax extender bill also would renew the increased limitations for Section 179 expensing, allowing businesses to expense, rather than depreciate, assets such as aircraft parts.

“The tax policies in this bill strengthen American competitiveness and preserve jobs by giving businesses immediate access to the most advanced equipment and encouraging investment in assets such as aircraft,” said Bolen.

While bonus depreciation expired at the end of 2013, NBAA and a broad coalition of industry groups have backed efforts in Congress to renew it and other tax extenders retroactively and in time for the 2014 tax-filing season.


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Two leadership team appointments announced at Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation has appointed Gary Dempsey as senior vice president for the newly created position of Customer Care Worldwide.

Dave Paddock will succeed Dempsey as the head of U.S. Aircraft Services as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Both appointments are effective January 2015.

Dave Paddock

In his new position as senior vice president and general manager of U.S. Aircraft Services, Dave Paddock will be responsible for managing the company’s U.S. aircraft management and charter, FBO and staffing lines of business. Paddock will continue to oversee Jet Aviation’s Group Business Development & Strategic Planning organization, where he has served as senior vice president since joining the company in January 2007.

Gary Dempsey

As senior vice president Customer Care Worldwide, Gary Dempsey is responsible for providing strategic direction in bettering the customer experience. Dempsey is tasked with identifying opportunities to introduce customers across the Jet Aviation network and measuring Jet’s ongoing customer service initiatives and improvements. He will also serve as a liaison with government organizations and represent Jet Aviation with trade associations such as NBAA and NATA.



Comlux orders two Boeing BBJ MAX 8s

Boeing Business Jets has announced an order for two BBJ MAX 8s to Swiss-based VIP charter operator, Comlux. This marks Comlux’s first BBJ order.

“The two BBJ MAX 8s are a great addition to the Comlux fleet because they give our customers the flexibility to fly farther and more comfortably thanks to the lower cabin altitude,” said Richard Gaona, President and CEO Comlux The Aviation Group. “The long-range capability of the MAX 8 is critical to all of our customers, but especially our Middle East customers who often use Comlux aircraft for long-haul flights."

The two BBJ MAX 8s will be outfitted with custom interiors at Comlux America, a certified BBJ completion center. read more, Plus:

Comlux America signs first wide body completion


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Christof Späth

TAG Aviation has announced the appointment of Christof Späth as Chief Executive Officer of TAG Aviation Europe, effective 12 January 2015.

Mr. Späth succeeds Rob Wells, who has long planned to return to the US at the end of 2014. Mr. Wells will remain as an adviser to the company’s Board of Directors and a Board member of TAG Aviation Asia.

Mr. Späth has extensive experience in the aviation industry, having served in senior management positions at SR Technics, Jet Aviation, RUAG Aerospace, General Electric and BMW Rolls-Royce. As CEO, Mr. Späth will assume the executive responsibility and the overall leadership role for TAG Aviation Europe’s business units, and will be based at the company’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Späth welcomes his new challenge: “I am delighted to be joining TAG Aviation Europe as CEO. The company has an unparalleled reputation in the business aviation industry, and I look forward to working with the Board, management team, and staff to further advance the development of the company.”

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France

Dassault rolls out first Falcon 8X

Next step: maiden flight in first quarter 2015

Dassault Aviation has rolled back the curtains on the ultra long range Falcon 8X, the company’s new flagship and the latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family.

Unveiled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility on Wednesday before an audience of customers, operators, industrial partners and representatives of certification authorities, the 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin in the Falcon line, along with the most extensive selection of cabin configurations available on any executive jet. read more


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Russia

VIP configuration of Sukhoi Superjet 100 certified

Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee has confirmed the possibility to equip the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft with an enhanced comfort passenger cabin interior.

This Major Change Approval to the baseline Sukhoi Superjet 100 Type Design, issued by IAC AR In late November 2014, confirms the safe operation of this aircraft type in the VIP configuration submitted for certification.

“Our Company is now engaged in the activities aimed to introduce the Sukhoi Superjet 100 business version. The SSJ100 business jet version will meet not only the highest requirements for comfort but also serve the demand for long non-stop flights which is increasingly evident in the changing business aviation market”, said Ilia Tarasenko, President of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company.

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Switzerland

Celebrated artist Hans Erni unveils unique Pilatus livery

World-renowned Swiss artist, Hans Erni, has provided the perfect finale to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd's 75th anniversary year by designing a unique colour scheme for the new PC-12 NG demo aircraft.

Now 105 years old, Hans Erni is a painter, graphic artist and sculptor of international repute. He has created countless lithographs, over 300 posters and several murals for organisations such as the Swiss Red Cross, the IOC, UNO, UNESCO and the ICAO, as well as numerous public and private businesses. Erni qualified as a private pilot in 1946 and many of his works of art are dedicated to aviation. 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.

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POSITION

  AIRPORT

NAME / NEAREST CITY  

(PREV)
 
1 UUWW

VNUKOVO, MOSCOW

(1)

2 EGGW

LUTON, LONDON

(2)

3 LFPB

LE BOURGET, PARIS

(3)

4 LFMN

NICE, COTE D'AZUR

(4)

5 LSGG

GENEVA COINTRIN 

(5)


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Safety

The European Business Aviation Safety Conference

Kempinski Hotel, Frankfurt Gravenbruch, Germany. 24th-25th February 2015.

EBASCON, the European Business Aviation Safety Conference, is recognized as the premier forum for the discussion and exchange of safety information for corporate and business aviation operators.

Delegates will meet for the fifth edition of this prestigious annual event - the largest aviation safety conference in Europe - on February 24th and 25th in Frankfurt, Germany.

Organised by human resources specialist, Aviation Screening, EBASCON 2015 promotes information and shared knowledge on all aspects of flight safety management, featuring top speakers from Europe and the USA. read more


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United Kingdom

London Biggin Hill Airport (BHAL), the only dedicated international business aviation airport in Greater London, has announced the launch of the London Heli Shuttle - the quickest and most effective transfer service to the city’s London Heliport in Battersea.

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United Kingdom

Multiflight helicopter flies in Santa for children’s hospice Christmas surprise

Yorkshire private aviation company Multiflight helped make it a Christmas to remember for children and their families at Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa this week by providing a Dauphin heluicopter from its VIP fleet to fly in Santa and his fairy helper.

Multiflight, together with Leeds Bradford Airport and

Monarch Group joined forces to provide Christmas gifts for the children and their siblings. read more


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France

Monaco-based Boutsen Design has been commissioned to equip a brand new Gulfstream G650 with the ultimate in ‘art de la table’, including high-end cabin comfort items, accessories, bed and bath linen as well as a selection of amenities.

Renowned for working with over 140 of the world’s most prestigious brands, Boutsen Design has been commissioned to this specific project to primarily use the Italian luxury goods house best known for its leather goods - Bottega Veneta. The news comes following a series of recent successful deals to add the final decorative touch to heavy jet aircraft such as an Airbus A340, A320 and BBJ1.


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Recruitment

2015 Corporate Jet pilot shortage

Zenon Aviation Recruitment, a leading UK recruitment company that supports corporate jet operators throughout the Middle East, has reported an ever increasing shortage of pilots in the region, giving rise to a consequential increase in demand for their services.

Zenon has experienced an unprecedented 22% increase in the demand for qualified type-rated crews during the past twelve months. The requirements have been for both long and short range corporate jet aircraft and result from a combination of expansion by existing operators and the arrival of new start-up organisations.

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Events

European Corporate Aviation Summit to be held in London

Following the previous success of ECAS in Sweden, the 3rd European Corporate Aviation Summit is moving to London to explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of Europe and new business opportunities and challenges.

Organised by Aeropodium, the Summit will provide the platform for manufacturers and operators as well as any organization interested in this marketplace, to explore all aspects affecting the future of this industry. read more

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United Kingdom

The Finishing Touch

Marshall creates one of Europe’s largest and most advanced aircraft refinishing facilities

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has developed a dedicated aircraft refinishing facility aircraft for Boeing 747-400, 777 and Airbus A330-sized aircraft at its site in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The new facility, which opens its doors for business in early 2015, is located within a secure hangar at the Cambridge site, making it one of the largest in Europe able to handle special projects. This, combined with access to the Marshall-owned Cambridge International Airport which has a 1,965m runway and boasts Category 7 Fire and Air Traffic Control status, makes it the ideal choice for commercial, VIP, corporate and military customers alike.

Air Livery, the long-established and well-known aircraft refinishing company, will be operating the facility on behalf of Marshall, making it Air Livery’s sixth paint facility in the UK. Air Livery has extensive expertise in aircraft refinishing and interior repair and refurbishment. read more


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United Kingdom

LEA increases US access with FAA Part 129 certification

London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, is launching an expanded transatlantic offering, having been awarded Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Part 129 status by the US Department of Transportation.

LEA is now permitted to charter and operate unrestricted commercial flights between the European Union and the US.

Chris Watson, commercial manager, LEA, says: “As part of the Luxaviation Group, we are seeing increased demand for transatlantic charter flights. Achieving this status is a reflection of LEA’s continued dedication to operational excellence and means the team can continue to offer clients an unrivalled quality of service, wherever they need to fly to.”

In addition to obtaining Part 129 status, LEA has also been awarded Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) approval. Using iPads to house electronic information, LEA’s flight crews can perform flight management tasks more easily and efficiently whilst also having instant access to weighty documents such as aircraft flight manuals, flight crew manuals and navigation charts and maps.

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

Chanukah Sameach, Freilichen Chanukah, Happy Hanukkah!

he eight nights of Hanukkah have begun and some of you may find yourself flying
passengers to and from celebrations during the holiday.

Hanukkah - also known as the Festival of Lights - is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. This year the Holiday began on Tuesday, December 16th and continues until nightfall on Wednesday, December 24th.

To understand the specific dietary needs during this holiday I needed to understand the holiday a bit more than I already did. I want to share with you this beautiful explanation about the holiday celebration: read more


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United Arab Emirates

Global Associations call upon governments to recognise the value of business aviation

The biggest challenge facing the global growth of business aviation is appropriate government regulation, according to IBAC Executive Director Kurt Edwards, Director General of IBAC.

Edwards was chairing a ‘Business Aviation around the World’ panel discussion of six regional business aviation associations during the recently concluded MEBAA Show in Dubai. Hosted by the Middle East Business Aviation Association, the panel was unanimous that the respective associations enjoyed positive relationships with the various Civil Aviation Authorities, but governments still misunderstand the needs of business aviation.

“There is an image across the world that business aviation is a mode of travel reserved for the rich and famous, rather than a critical component for the corporate community which demands an increased level of productivity and connectivity” said Doug Carr of the NBAA.

Murray Law, member of the BBGA agreed, “The incorrect perception of business aviation is allowing the UK government to implement departure taxes and unfair charges on customs and immigration that is not reflective with its contribution to GDP or the nature of business aviation.”

As the panellists each presented trends respective to their region, airport access and landing permits emerged as a shared challenge, partly driven by air traffic control’s priority for commercial aviation but also by a commonality to privatise airports that has removed a degree of government control and eliminated any kind of national airports plan. read more


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Germany

Legacy 500 receives EASA certification

Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet was granted certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) during a ceremony at its headquarters, in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday.

This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the Member States of the European Union as well as in EASA associated countries.

“EASA’s certification is a very important achievement for the Legacy 500, which is introducing advanced technologies and superior comfort in the midsize class,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The approval of this revolutionary aircraft is a testament to our commitment to deliver true innovation to the market.”

“This certificate demonstrates the excellent safety performance of Embraer aircraft and the outstanding cooperation spirit which is in place between EASA, the Brazilian Airworthiness Authority ANAC and Embraer, making excellent use of the EU/Brazil Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement,” said Norbert Lohl, EASA Certification Director. “It was Embraer that received the first EASA Transport Airplane Type Certificate in 2004 and are receiving now, 10 years later, another important one for the Legacy 500.”

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Saudi Arabia

NasJet and Luxaviation Group form strategic partnership

Saudi Arabia-based NasJet and Luxaviation Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, have announced a strategic partnership targeting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The alliance will create the second-largest fleet in the global private aviation industry, offering a combined fleet total of more than 150 business jets to customers on three different continents.

The strategic partnership is set to revolutionize the global private aviation industry, providing an enhanced network for optimised services and streamlining cross-continental travel for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Saad Alazwari, CEO of NasJet, said: “With today’s agreement, we set the foundation for a deeper cooperation with a solid operator in Europe. We are looking forward to further developing our partnership over the coming months and enhancing the services offered to our client-base.” read more


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Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia extends handling support services network to six additional airports

Jet Aviation has recently extended its support services to a network of six additional airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These include Abha Airport, Taif Airport, Al-Baha Airport, Najran Airport, Gizan Airport and Rafha Airport.

In direct response to customer demand, Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia is now offering agent assistance upon request at six additional domestic airports, including Abha Airport (AHB/OEAB); Taif Airport (TIF/OETF); Al- Baha Airport (ABT/OEBA); Najran Airport (EAM/OENG); Gizan Airport (GIZ/OEGN); and Rafha Airport (RAF/OERF).

With the approval of the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia, Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia sought and gained approval from the six airport authorities to have designated handling agents from its Jeddah and Riyadh FBOs serve as Jet Aviation agents at these airports. The company then introduced the on-demand support and supervision service to ensure its clients’ needs and expectations are met - when and where required. read more


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We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Our next issue will be on Thursday, January 8th 2015.


 
 

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“Star of wonder, star of light"
With the Christmas period just around the corner, Air Partner and Eclipse Travel have entered into the spirit of things early, flying 148 astronomers in a private aircraft to view the Polar lights over the North Atlantic, between the Shetland Islands and Iceland.

The 148 amateur astronomers and a camera crew made the trip on a chartered Boeing-738 to see one of the most fantastic and beautiful visible phenomena - the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. The auroral oval extends around the geomagnetic pole, which is located in the north of Greenland and extends over the north of Iceland.

The flight lasted four hours, enabling the participants to easily view and admire the lights from the airplane. The route was planned so that the aircraft was in the Faroe Islands airspace, over the North Atlantic around 22:00 local time, which is when the Aurora Borealis typically reach their greatest intensity.

 
The Northern Lights. Photo: Wilfried Bongartz and Peter Oden.

Angela Weidenbach of Eclipse Travel said: "The Northern Lights are a permanent phenomenon, but how much activity and the levels of visibility on any given night can only be predicted about 24 hours in advance. Air Partner was able to coordinate the project at short notice, enabling our guests to maximise the quality and length of viewing from the aircraft.”

Sergei Drobjasko, Commercial Jets Manager-Europe at Air Partner commented: "We are delighted to have been involved in another extraordinary and successful charter to enable Eclipse Travel’s clients to witness the Polar lights. We are looking forward to the next flight, which is currently scheduled for some time around 14th March 2015 and is proving a popular Christmas gift at this time of year.”



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