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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 1st December 2016 | Issue #394
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United States

Trump nominates Elaine Chao as DOT Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao to be his choice for Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary.

In congratulating Chao on her nomination, National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen said:

“We know that investment in infrastructure, including for aviation, is a priority for the incoming Trump administration, and the DOT secretary will be key in making this priority a reality. We congratulate Elaine Chao on her nomination to the position, and we look forward to working with her to continue promoting general aviation, and building on the progress being made toward a Next Generation aviation system that serves and protects all stakeholders and communities.”

Elaine Chao

Chao has extensive experience in policy leadership, including previous service at the DOT as deputy secretary in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, from 1989-1991. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a cabinet position, as labor secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001-2009. Chao also served as deputy administrator of the Maritime Administration, then chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission.

She was a member of President-elect Trump’s Asian-Pacific American advisory council during his campaign.

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New Flight Charters launches jet charter resource for Colorado private flight information

The first ever complete listing of private jet and charter aircraft available for the state of Colorado including specific charter information is now available online.

New Flight Charters, a U.S. jet charter leader with offices in Denver and across the west, has launched the only Colorado-based comprehensive charter aircraft listing by location, and information resource. Listed are all 104 private jets, turboprops and piston aircraft for charter in Colorado operated by 34 FAA certified charter operators, as well as specific Colorado air charter information.

In addition Jet Charter Colorado lists aircraft available for reduced one-way priced private jet flights to and from Colorado. One-way pricing is available with these aircraft which do not have to return to a specific base, compared with traditional round trip pricing which normally includes additional cost to fly the aircraft to or from its base empty.

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Flying Colours rolls out Satcom Direct Router (SDR) installations

Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completions, and refurbishment company will be attending MEBAA 2016 in Dubai next week, having announced it has completed its first installations of the Satcom Direct Router (SDR).

The first was fitted as part of a Global 5000 cabin refurbishment package, and the second as part of a new Global 5000 completion project for an undisclosed private Middle Eastern owner.

Whilst crew and passengers on this aircraft are already benefiting from the SD services, including the Global VT option, the aircraft is now expected to return to the Flying Colours Peterborough facility in early 2017 to have the supplemental SD WiFi Hub installed. This will add functionality to, and augment the performance of, the existing SDR. This is the first time Flying Colours will have fitted the complete suite of SD router options onto an aircraft.

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Activate Your Website Analytics

Jordan Walker, digital director at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, KS, the Air Capital.

ou sell a product. You have audiences to target.

You want to know if you’re effectively reaching them and to validate that online marketing will accomplish your goals. You need a tool to help.

The good news is you probably already have the means, you're just not activating it to its fullest potential. That magic tool is Google Analytics.

While this little snippet of code can offer almost too much information for the first-time viewer, the ah-ha’s you will uncover are endless.

How Google Analytics can help your marketing efforts

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West Star Aviation receives Falcon 900B FANS CPDL-C STC

West Star Aviation, headquartered at East Alton, IL, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) application on F900B aircraft.

The CPDL-C is a data link application that allows for direct exchange of text-based messages between the controller and a pilot.

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Safran Nacelles Ltd

Victoria Foy

Victoria Foy has been appointed as the Managing Director of Safran Nacelles' U.K. subsidiary, Safran Nacelles Ltd., in Burnley, England, which produces and delivers components for the company's jet engine nacelles.

Victoria was previously Safran Nacelles Ltd.'s Finance Director, a position she held for the past four years. In her new role, she succeeds Chris Plumb, who is retiring.

Prior to joining Safran Nacelles in September 2012 as Finance Director at the Burnley site, she acquired significant experience as finance director of an American subsidiary. Victoria Foy's professional career spans over 25 years in corporate banking and manufacturing as a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

Victoria Foy is a board member of the North West Aerospace Alliance, an organization that represents and supports the aerospace industry across northwest England.

Priester Aviation


Ted Pietrolaj

Priester Aviation LLC announced that Ted Pietrolaj will be assuming the role of Vice President of Charter Sales and will be responsible for charter client relationships covering the Midwest region.

“Ted joined us a year ago as an Owner Services Executive, but his extensive knowledge of both operations and the client’s perspective has been invaluable to us,” said Gary Gennari, Senior Vice President of Charter Sales for Priester. “That combination of understanding the demands of charter clients and a strong knowledge of flight operations makes him the perfect candidate to fill this role.”

Pietrolaj formerly managed an in-house corporate fleet for a Fortune 100 company and has extensive flight operations experience from his role at Executive Jet Management (EJM).

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United States

Sheltair primed for St. Petersburg Boat Show

Sheltair (KSPG) is ready to serve an influx of guests traveling in for the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, Dec. 1 - 4. Within walking distance to the event, the full-service FBO is the closest facility to the weekend’s festivities.

“It’s going to be an exciting weekend,” said Mark Miller, base manager. “Our location places us right in the center of the action, and we’re determined to make our guests’ travel experience the best part of their trip with VIP service.” read more

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South Africa

Innovation takes centre stage at AfBAC 2016

AfBAA welcomed more than 160 delegates from over 60 international and African companies, to the first ever African Business Aviation Conference held in Cape Town, November 17-18.

The latest event in AfBAA’s growing portfolio was the largest yet, and will become an annual Cape Town fixture on the aviation conference circuit. read more


Jet Exchange trains to peak condition for ski season

Flight crews with charter operator Jet Exchange have completed their annual specialist airport training, putting them in peak condition for operations to airports serving Europe’s best winter sports resorts.

Jet Exchange’s pilots, who have all conducted operations involving European mountain airports for many years, have enhanced their existing experience with both specific simulator training for crucial airports, plus a full flight training programme at Sion Airport with the Swiss authorities for the Type B qualification. read more

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United Kingdom

UK’s first elevated rooftop helipad with a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System certified to UK CAA standards

The UK’s first onshore elevated helipad with a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) at Kings College Hospital London has been certified by CAA International.

Following an indepth review of the helipad drawings, the feasibility study and comprehensive onsite inspections by UK CAA Regulators, the helipad was given the green light for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and air ambulance operations. read more

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Daher’s external TBM paint scheme configurator now available at iTunes App Store

Daher has announced the release of a new iPad application that allows future TBM 900 and TBM 930 owners to customize the paint scheme of their very fast turboprop aircraft, while also enabling TBM fans to visualize the airplane of their dreams.

This free-of-charge application displays a full 3D view of the TBM that enables the aircraft to be seen from all angles. For each area defined by one of Daher’s two factory standard paint schemes, the user will be able to select a preferred color – assisted by a palette containing 105 different shades. read more

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Polish Defense Ministry orders two VIP G550s

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced that the Polish Ministry of National Defense has signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550 aircraft. The aircraft will be configured for VIP transport and will be delivered in 2017.

“With its reliability, efficiency and durability, the G550 is a valuable tool for the Polish government,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

“Gulfstream has more experience in producing and supporting government and special mission aircraft than any other business jet manufacturer.”

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ASG to remarket seven Bristow Group helicopters

Hong Kong-based business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) has been awarded an exclusive remarketing mandate from the Bristow Group.

The agreement covers the sale or lease of seven offshore and utility helicopters in the Asia-Pacific region, including Sikorsky S-76 C++ and Bell 412 EP models. read more

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RUAG opens regional component repair centre at the International Aerospace Centre, Subang, Malaysia

RUAG Aviation has officially opened its new component repair centre in Subang, Malaysia, serving the company’s position as a component services hub for aviation customers and OEMs in Asia.

The announcement of the opening follows on a successful audit and European Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 approval.

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Aviation Africa is on course for 2017

Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, has already confirmed 6 major sponsors from 5 countries with more signing up soon.

The Host Sponsor will be Nexus from Saudi Arabia, Silver sponsors are Rolls Royce from the UK, AVIC from China and SP Aviation from Rwanda, Bronze sponsors are Airbus from France and Ecobank from Rwanda.

These sponsors join a host of international and African names in the exhibition hall including Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp, Gulfstream, Lufthansa Technik, MTU Maintenance, RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines.

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United Kingdom

JetSmarter’s inaugural Dubai-London JetShuttle flight takes off December 1st

Leading private jet company, JetSmarter, has announced the launch of the first-ever shared, private JetShuttle flight that will connect Europe and the Middle East, offering JetSmarter members single-seat trips on flights between Dubai and London.

For the first-time in the private aviation industry, travelers will be able to reserve seats on direct, scheduled flights between three continents – North America, Europe and the Middle East.

The Dubai to London JetShuttle flight, which will carry passengers on Legacy 650 aircraft, departs from Dubai on Thursdays at 8:30PM, and flights from London to Dubai will be on Fridays at 12PM.

This new route will offer significant time savings for passengers traveling to and from each city, by arriving and leaving from Luton and Al Maktoum International airports, and avoiding the hassles of traveling through the two largest commercial airports in the world.

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Endorsement from Canada as 328 Support Services GmbH wins TCCA approved status

328 Support Services GmbH (328) has been endorsed by Canada’s Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) with the award of broad maintenance approval.

It allows 328 to undertake modifications and repairs on any Canadian registered Dornier 328 aircraft, from avionic installations to complete aircraft conversions. The approval also enables 328 to distribute new, used or repaired Dornier 328 spare parts to Canada. With the new approval in place, spare parts and appliances will be delivered to Canadian customers under an EASA Form 1 "triple release" which means that they will be certified under EASA, FAA and TCCA regulations.

Commenting on the achievement, Dave Jackson, Managing Director of 328 said: "This is another great recognition for 328 Support Services and we are very pleased to receive the approval from Canada where we foresee an increasing business opportunities with strong business partners and we will bring more efficiency in the process of support Pratt & Whitney Canada whose operates a Dornier 328-300."

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EBASCON 2017 examines reduced costs and enhanced safety opportunities delivered by Interoperability and clustered flight operations

Aircraft operators agree that the interoperability of flight crews and clustered flight operations sounds amazing, almost too good to be true.

However closer examination reveals there are several advantages, mainly cost savings and safety enhancements.

EBASCON Founder and Chairman, Christian Beckert

EBASCON 2017 will be the key forum to discuss and review the implications of interoperability, the event takes place from the 14th to 15th February 2017 in Munich.

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

What’s in a name?

ave you ever placed a catering request only to find that the food or item you
received was not what you thought it was going to be?

Perhaps it occurred with a very common item . . . a biscuit for example? Is it a fluffy piece of bread lathered in melted butter and honey (it is here in the south); it’s also something served for breakfast stuffed with eggs, cheese and meat. Or is it a cracker, thin and crisp, or maybe a cookie served with tea? I think that we in the aviation world experience more mistaken names than most other professions, don’t you? But, is a wrench a wrench? (I guess you can see, I am not mechanical).

Food names vary from continent to continent, country to country and even within a country by region. When you place your catering request, you have a picture in your head of what you’re expecting - but without a crystal ball in front of me, I sometimes have to guess what you’re thinking and what you want delivered. It might be a very ordinary item. Something typical of the region or part of the world you’re in. I know it’s confusing, and we, your catering sources, should be able to figure out what you want by where you’re flying in from, or by your accent or by the spelling of your name.

A catering request is an art form - I’ve said this before - and is something that just can’t be thrown together without thought and planning. And most of all, an understanding of what various foods will be called in various places around the globe.

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WTCE returns with brand new features for 2017

The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) returns to Hamburg from 4 – 6 April with a raft of new features to celebrate its sixth year.

As part of Passenger Experience Week 2017, the world-class exhibition will bring together professionals from across the globe with attendees hailing from countries including United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, France, China, Germany and the UK. WTCE offers a unique platform for onboard specialists from across the air, rail and the wider travel industry to meet over 300 industry suppliers, source the latest products, attend a wide range of networking events and view demonstrations from world-class chefs.

Cohesively hosting three events over four days, with the Passenger Experience Conference taking place the day before WTCE and Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), the Week will welcome those at the forefront of the global passenger experience industry, who are responsible for shaping its future.

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United Arab Emirates

SR Technics opens new training center in Abu Dhabi

SR Technics, a world leading MRO service provider, has opened a new world-class training center in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi offering flexible, comprehensive training solutions to supplement the company’s existing training facilities in Zurich, Switzerland.

Since 2008 SR Technics has provided the employees of various regional airlines in the Middle East with basic maintenance training and type rating training, both of which help to obtain a valid Aircraft Maintenance License (AML) and to release aircraft back into service. The new modern training center is designed to serve regional and international clients, strengthening the existing relationships and building new ones.

Stephan Wiegelmann, Head of Training Services at SR Technics, is pleased with the new training center: “We were looking for a state-of-the-art facility, which we found in Masdar City. We chose this location because it is a progressive hub for educational, technical and scientific institutions, providing a modern environment for learning. Masdar City is also close to the Abu Dhabi Airport, so we are able to perform practical training on aircraft." read more

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Air Service Basel receives IS-BAH Certification

Air Service Basel has received Stage 1 Certification under IBAC’s International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH), for its FBO at the EuroAirport Basel.

Being a joint program between the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transport Association (NATA), the IS-BAH Standard incorporates industry best practices in safety management and risk mitigation, related to all aspects of the FBO operations. read more


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Britain's fastest woman sprinter samples the fastest touchdown to downtown helicopter service at London Biggin Hill

Dina Asher-Smith, bronze medal winner in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games of 2016 in the 4 x 100 metres relay, visited London Biggin Hill Airport last week to sample another style of high speed venture – the London Helishuttle which transfers business customers between Biggin Hill and the London Heliport in just 6 minutes.

Dina is best known as Britain’s fastest woman sprinter as she holds national records over 100 metres in 10.99 seconds set at the London Anniversary Games in 2015 and over 200 metres in a time of 22.07 seconds in Beijing last year in the World Championships.

Born and raised close to Biggin Hill - in Orpington, Kent - Dina attended local schools before winning a place at Kings College London to read History.

Her athletic career began with the Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, with whom she continues to train. She was setting junior records from the age of 13. Biggin Hill Airport have taken an active interest as sponsors of the Club for many years.

Dina Asher-Smith

20-year old Dina visit culminated in a demonstration flight by Biggin based Castle Air, the operators of the London Helishuttle. Dina’s reaction to her helicopter flight over the Olympic Stadium in East London was ecstatic.

“Flying in the helicopter was just an amazing experience. We had perfect views all along the route and the arrival over the Thames and the approach to the heliport was awesome. Also, it was thrilling to see London’s Olympic Stadium from the air and seemingly so close. What a wonderful way to travel” she said.

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