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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 18th September 2014 | Issue #288
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United States

Bombardier first to deliver Honeywell's JetWave connectivity system for bizjets

Bombardier will be the launch business aircraft manufacturer for Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave Ka-Band satellite connectivity system.

Honeywell’s JetWave hardware exclusively supports Inmarsat’s forthcoming Jet ConneX (JX) service which, when it goes live in 2015, will provide business jet passengers with high-speed, in-flight connectivity virtually anywhere in the world.

Bombardier will be the first business aviation manufacturer to equip JetWave and plans to offer the technology across the Global 5000, Global 6000, Global 7000 and Global 8000 platforms. A retrofit offering will also be available for all Global aircraft currently in service. read more

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HondaJet President Michimasa Fujino honored by ICAS

The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented its 2014 Award for Innovation in Aeronautics to Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino during the 29th ICAS Congress held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Fujino was recognized for his pioneering contributions in the design and development of the HondaJet and its optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration.

“I am very honored to receive this prestigious recognition in aeronautics,” said Fujino. “We had a vision to design a high-tech aircraft that would set a new standard in business aviation. To have Honda’s research and development capabilities recognized among the world’s most respected aerospace companies and society is significant for me.”

Fujino was recognized by ICAS for pioneering the HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration and leading the further development and production of the HondaJet. Fujino’s optimum OTWEM configuration reduces wave drag at high speed to significantly increase fuel efficiency while maximizing cabin space without increasing the size of the aircraft. read more

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International Jet Aviation and Make-A-Wish Foundation to receive NBAA Humanitarian Award

The National Business Aviation Association has named International Jet Aviation Services of Centennial, CO and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as co-recipients of NBAA’s 2014 Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership.

In 1990, International Jet designated the Make-A-Wish Foundation as its official humanitarian organization. Since then, International Jet has periodically provided children with serious illnesses, identified by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with rides aboard a dedicated Lear business jet, which International Jet paints in a special and inspiring rainbow paint scheme, named 'Dream Chaser'.

In January 2014, Dream Chaser 4 operated 10, 40-minute sightseeing flights for more than 50 children across four states, with the plane's flight crew, fuel and operation provided by International Jet. In addition to experiencing sightseeing flights over their communities, the children were also able to sign the aircraft's exterior, visit with the flight crews and sit in the aircraft's pilot seat and become “celebrities for a day” in recorded interviews with Make-A-Wish personnel and International Jet employees.

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Synergy Flight Center partners with Avfuel to establish fueling operation at BMI

Synergy Flight Center at Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (BMI), well-known for maintenance, has invested in improving the FBO facilities, hangars, and ramp space.

Last March, the FBO gained approval to sell fuel at the airport, and has since joined the Avfuel Branded FBO Network to offer Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP Rewards.

Led by owner/CEO Andrew Dustman, Synergy Flight Center began as a flight school and maintenance operation. Dustman, an ATP-certified pilot and CFI, CFII, and MEI-qualified flight instructor, said the business allows him to pursue his passion for aviation while providing opportunities for the Central Illinois pilot community. By adding fuel and FBO services, Synergy Flight Center is able to broaden those opportunities and provide the highest levels of service to both local and visiting pilots. read more

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King Air 350 Swept Composite Propellers begin FAA certification testing at Raisbeck

Raisbeck Engineering's latest development in swept-blade propeller technology, the new Composite Swept-Blade 5-way Propeller for the Beechcraft King Air 350 series, has begun FAA certification flight testing at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington.

The Raisbeck/Hartzell team completed all ground and flight vibration and governor output pressure surveys Sunday, September 7th, 2014. The program began company and FAA certification flight testing the following Monday, scheduled to be completed by the end of September, 2014.

The cooperative development program between Raisbeck and Hartzell is the 3rd in the Swept-Blade series; the first two were for the King Air 200 and C90/E90 series. Both programs have proven very successful in sales and deliveries since the launch of the partnership in late 2009. read more


Last call for S&D Scholarships as deadline approaches

The NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee is dedicated to promoting education and training as a means for business aviation schedulers and dispatchers to enhance their careers.

In conjunction with many generous donors, the committee offers a wide range monetary and training awards each year, giving away awards of up to $10,000 per applicant.

Anyone working in aviation or looking to begin a career in aviation is eligible to apply for the Scholarships. Full details are available online:

Applications must be received by NBAA no later than 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 26, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SD2015), to be held from Feb. 3 to 6, 2015, in San Jose, CA.

U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices


US Bank Multi Service Aviation


John Harpool

John Harpool, a 20-year veteran of the business aviation marketplace, has joined U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation as its national sales manager.

Harpool previously served as director of sales and marketing for Houston-based Air Training International, where he also provided international flight operations training and other consultative services to pilots, schedulers and dispatchers. His extensive industry background includes a variety of senior leadership roles with Baseops International and World Fuel Services.

Harpool oversees sales of the U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation Card, which helps corporate pilots and flight departments streamline payment of flight-related activities, including fuel, aircraft handling, repair services and catering. The card has served the corporate aviation market for more than 30 years and is broadly accepted around the world.


Greg Johnson

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce that Greg Johnson has been named Director of Business Development.

Greg Johnson has 15 years of business aviation experience, specializing in strategic planning, operations, aircraft management, acquisition/sales, and marketing. He will be responsible for overseeing the development of a new Meridian FBO to be built at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, CA, and growing the aircraft management business on the West Coast.

Johnson began his aviation career with Apex Aviation in Napa, CA, before moving on to ACM Aviation in 2005, which later became part of TWC Aviation based in San Jose, CA. During that time, his responsibilities increased from managing charter and sales personnel, to negotiating long-term leases and aircraft management contracts, to managing four business lines and their budgets. He also played a key role in the acquisition of a fixed base operation, as well as developed strategic planning initiatives for new clients.

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Cote D'Azur

Russians skip Riviera retreats as sanctions ground private jets

For years, Nice Cote d’Azur airport received a steady stream of wealthy Russians touching down in corporate jets on their way to holiday homes on the French Riviera. As the Ukraine crisis deepens, that’s begun to change.

European Union sanctions curbing travel for leading Russian business people and politicians have started to bite, causing private-aircraft flights from Moscow to Nice to drop 5 percent in the seven months through July, the first fall since 2009.

“A lot of Russians bought property in the south of France, they love to come here,” said Umberto Vallino, head of business aviation development for Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez airports. “This is the first year we’ve noticed a reduction in traffic.” read more

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European GNSS Agency and Eurocontrol announce cooperation agreement

In the presence of the European Commission, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and Eurocontrol have signed a new cooperation agreement, the objective of which is to jointly contribute to the implementation of European Union GNSS policies as they apply to the field of aviation.

As Europe’s skies and major airports become increasingly congested, there is need for Air Traffic Management technologies to evolve from ground-based infrastructures to more advanced systems based on new technologies. Eurocontrol and the GSA have a shared objective in developing and exploiting European GNSS technology to improve accessibility, efficiency and safety to European operators, pilots and airports. 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. When followed over longer stretches of time this chart will give you a sense of seasonal changes in-flight patterns and general flight patterns in Europe.

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GAMA welcomes strong EU endorsement of new means to certify smaller aircraft

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has praised the strong endorsement by both the European Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a global initiative to modernise the way smaller aeroplanes are certified.

The initiative, “CS/Part-23 Reorganisation,” is aimed at cutting the cost and increasing the safety of general aviation aeroplanes and technology. read more

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China planning all-general aviation town

China is planning a city called Superior Aviation Town, which would be home to a general aviation airport with a 7,800-foot-long runway, and a convention center dedicated to general aviation.

The town's backers and the Chinese government plan to make the town, located about 11 miles from Beijing, a haven for international investment in hopes of sparking global interest in the aviation-related businesses that would call the city home.

"The town increases business aviation capacity in a country where that's going to be a big need," noted NBAA Vice President, Regulatory and International Affairs Doug Carr.

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United Kingdom

Heathrow partners with Scouts for new aviation badge

Heathrow has partnered with The Scout Association to launch an Aviation Skills Activity Badge for the many Scouts and Explorers across the UK interested in aviation.

Heathrow graduates and the Scouts have worked together to create two Aviation Skills activity packs to help Scouts and Explorers achieve the badge whilst learning the importance and responsibilities of aviation in a fun and engaging way. Available from today, the packs contain a 

variety of information including; how an aircraft flies, navigation maps and how to marshal an aircraft. The packs will be available for download for any scouts across the country who would like to take part. read more

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UAS places country managers to provide local flight and ground support in nine key African locations

As part of its continuing expansion in Africa, leading international trip support provider, UAS, has recruited a number of industry experts to provide flight and ground support in nine key countries across the continent: Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, and South Africa.

UAS country managers aim to add significant value to the experience of the clients, which include flight operators, VIPs, and government officials. They will be responsible for ensuring all flights operate on-time and deliver seamless operations into Africa. read more

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When does a flight 'arrive' ?

European Court judgement will have dramatic effect on flight delay compensation

What constitutes flight arrival time?: "The actual arrival time of a flight corresponds to the time at which at least one of the doors of the aircraft is opened "

So says a judgement passed last week by the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) in answer to the question raised by Germany’s budget airline Germanwings. read more

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The unmanned future of logistics

New research commissioned by the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC) reveals that 42% of logistics carriers believe their business plans to use UAVs for the distribution of cargo in future.

With fuel prices identified as one of the most important perceived risks facing the logistics industry, combined with predicted strong growth in international freight volumes, UAVs may
provide cost savings for logistics companies in the long term, as it is anticipated that fuel requirements for UAVs will be lower than for conventional aircraft.

The research also reveals over a third (36%) of freight forwarders believe UAVs, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), will be used for the future distribution of cargo. read more

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United Kingdom

Hangar8 launches repaint facility as nearly one in six UK owners look to sell their jets

16.5% of the UK’s 381 private jets are currently up for sale.

Facility could help add up to 10% to sale value of a used jet.

Hangar8 Aviation, the UK-listed global aviation management and charter company, has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters in London Oxford Airport as new analysis reveals that 16.5% of the UK’s 381 private jets are currently up for sale.

The UK has the largest number of owned private jets for sale of any European country, making it a buyer’s market. However, Hangar8 advises owners looking to sell their aircraft that having it re-sprayed could increase the chances of finding a buyer whilst also increasing its sale price.

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BGAD Cambridge ramps up for 10th successful show

Two Industry Seminars, 66 Exhibitors, Static Display - plus celebration marking 50 years of Beechcraft King Air production.

The UK’s 10th Business and General Aviation Day (BGAD) at Cambridge International Airport on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 is ramping up for yet another successful show.

Supported by the UK British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA), the day will kick off with a state of the industry update by Marc Bailey, CEO at 10.15 am, followed by two free to attend seminars.

Business Turboprops Versus Light Jets - the renaissance’ an interactive Question Time style panel discussion will run from 11 am until 12 noon. Richard Koe, Managing Director of WINGX Advance, will field questions to Textron Aviation, Embraer and operators (including SaxonAir, FlairJet, Synergy Aviation, Suraviation of Spain and new UK fractional Route1 Aviation) will throw light on how the business turboprops have found their niche again in the UK and Europe.

Fuel for Thought’ will follow at 12 noon. Moderated by aviation expert David Curgenven from consulting firm DCA International, sponsored by Air BP, with Shell Aviation and AvFuel, will come together with operators and airport/FBO representatives Quintessentially Aviation Handling, London Biggin Hill Airport and Centreline Air - operator and handler - to address such topics as what the fuel companies are doing to win business and what influences an airport on which provider to work with.

Some 66 exhibitors including OEMs Embraer, Textron Aviation, Daher-Socata and Nextant Aerospace have registered to attend the event which this year is sponsored by Shell Aviation. read more

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How important is training?

Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering is in no doubt . . .

The 'What if' Syndrome

hat if a passenger reports he's ill from the catering; what if the flight attendant
has to admit that they don't really know how to fix the IFE system.

What if the third crew member reports a weird noise in the back of the cabin and what if the passenger decides to heat up the meal he brought onboard and fills the cabin with smoke?

The 'what if' list goes on and on.

What if Maintenance didn’t quite finish a repair before departure and ended up with a few extra screws, or what if the dispatcher thought the pilot could get the overflight permits once he was airborne; what if the inflight caterer knew nothing about specialized packaging or seasoning to provide optimum capabilities on board?

The secret to eliminating all of these 'what if' issues is training . . . and absolutely no one is exempt from it.

We all need training over and over until the systems become second nature. In a crisis or in the heat of an emergency we all react by instinct. Don’t you think it should be a trained instinct response? Are you going to panic and scream or handle the situation in a calm systematic manner as you have been trained? Reports from crash survivors, professional aviators faced with an emergency say, “ I just did it, I don’t remember thinking, I just did what I had been trained to do. “

So what happens if you don’t seek out the very best of training for your flight department, flight crew, caterers, schedulers and maintenance staff? I was part of a discussion today where the common thread was the importance of training, not just one type, but cross training among all areas. read more

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Jet Aviation opens FBO in Vienna

Jet Aviation is now operating and managing MRO and FBO facilities at Vienna International Airport, having recently signed agreements with GATE V and FAME Executive Aviation - the previous MRO and FBO service providers - to establish operations in the Austrian capital.

From a brand new 4,000 square meter hangar facility, the company now operates a Cessna Authorized Service Center that provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as off-site AOG services, to Cessna Citation aircraft.

Jet Aviation Vienna also supports AOG and line maintenance for Learjet and Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft, with plans to expand its service capabilities to include other aircraft models such as Bombardier, Dassault Falcon and Gulfstream in the near future. The MRO facility includes 2,000 square meters of shops and office space.

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Pollite joins group committed to improving runway safety

At a time when runway safety has been named a high risk issue worldwide in a recent ICAO report, UK fibreglass approach mast manufacturer Pollite has been asked to join an exclusive group dedicated to improving global airport safety.

The company joins representatives from the Federal Aviation Authority, a number of university professors, engineers and two other industry organisations in the Joint Airfield Frangible Study Group (JAFSG), working together to support and implement programmes to drive greater improvements and safeguard some 3.1 billion passengers each year.

The JAFSG will undertake extensive research looking at all aspects of frangibility on the airfield with results filtering into new guides and FAA standards available to all airports around the world. The next meeting, of which Pollite will be part, will take place alongside the IESALC (Illuminating Engineering Society, Aviation Lighting Committee) in Florida in October. read more

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AirMed implements MCC operations across entire fleet

AirMed has become the first dedicated air ambulance operator of single pilot fixed wing aircraft in the UK to gain approval for and implement multi-crew operations.

A company decision was made in 2013 to operate their fleet of Piper Cheyenne IIIA turboprops under an MCC approval and standard operating procedures. The transition process has been completed explains Jane Topliss, Director of Business Development;

“Following comprehensive risk assessments and a growing number of requests from our clients, AirMed took the decision in Spring 2013 to apply for an MCC approval on the turboprop fleet. Safety is absolutely paramount in our operations and with the added complexities associated with air ambulance transfers we felt that the only appropriate decision was to become a multi-crew operator across all of our aircraft types.” read more

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Ukraine crisis sapping activity. The WINGX Report read

FAA selects fuels for testing to get the lead out of GA fuel read

Size Matters. Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, discusses food portion sizes. read

The unmanned future of logistics New research commissioned by the National Aeronautical Centre (NAC) reveals that 42% of logistics carriers believe their business plans to use UAVs for the distribution of cargo in future. read

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Air Charter Service braves hell and high water for charity
Two competing teams from Air Charter Service completed a ‘Nuts Challenge’ assault course last weekend, raising more than £4,000 [$6,500] for their two chosen charities in the process.

The ‘Nuts Challenge’ course consists of scramble nets, fireman’s poles, tyre walls and other such obstacles spread over extremely muddy terrain.

Tony Bauckham, ACS’s Non-Executive Director, who took part, commented: “We entered two teams of twelve, pitted against each other. It was great fun, but exhausting! The fitter members of the groups helped those that were less able and it was a difficult course - parts of it had names like ‘Hell River’ and ‘Kamikaze’.”

The two teams, named ‘Just Plane Awesome’ and ‘The Dirty Dozen’ battled it out over a number of obstacles and stages and finished just 3 seconds apart with ‘Just Plane Awesome’ coming out on top.

Bauckham added: “The main reason we all did this though, was to raise money for our nominated charities, which were Médecins Sans Frontières and Carers Trust. The total raised so far stands at just over £4,200 [6,800] with more donations still coming in as everyone can see just how muddy we all got!"

Last year Air Charter Service raised more than £30,000 [$48,500] for its chosen charities through a series of fundraising events.

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