Trump lures fewer private jets for
inauguration than Obama
Donald Trump’s inauguration is set to
attract a smaller audience than
President Obama’s, at least in the
private jet sector, according to private
jet booking platform Stratajet.
Ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday, January 20)
ceremony, Washington D.C. is expecting
fewer flights into its airports than
when Barack Obama was sworn in as the
44th President of the United States of
Over the corresponding weekend in 2009,
despite private aviation suffering the
downturn of the 2008 credit crunch,
Washington D.C. airports received more
than 600 private jet flights. While a
higher-than-average influx of private
jets is expected into the Capital this
weekend, the number of expected flights
is set to be dwarfed by that of eight
years ago. A spokesperson from
Washington Dulles Airport Operations
commented that they were “anticipating a
minimum of 400 aircraft staying over the
period of the weekend.”
GAMA looks forward to working with
Secretary Elaine Chao on GA issues
The General Aviation Manufacturers
Association (GAMA) has welcomed
Secretary Elaine Chao’s statement at her
confirmation hearing for U.S. Secretary
of Transportation that she wants to
address “unnecessary bottlenecks” in
regulations governing manufacturing
Secretary Elaine Chao
Appearing before the U.S. Senate
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Committee, Secretary Chao also said she
looks forward to working with the
Committee on the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration’s transition to NextGen
and facilitating the innovation and
creativity necessary for emerging
Executive Aircraft Maintenance expands
with new ownership in 2017
Executive Aircraft Maintenance, located
in Scottsdale, Arizona is now under new
RCA Avionics LLC purchased Executive
Aircraft Maintenance’s hangar operations
from Copperstate Turbine Engine Company
(CTEC) on October 28th, 2016. The deal
included the Executive Aircraft name and
both the Maintenance and Avionics
operations. The new company is RCA
Avionics LLC dba Executive Aircraft
Maintenance. The sale will allow both
EAM and CTEC to focus more heavily on
their individual core competencies and
address their customer’s needs.
The acquisition will improve EAM’s
ability to service existing customers as
well as open up doors for greater
capabilities to manage the maintenance
and avionics needs on a variety of new
NBAA mourns the passing of Gene Cernan
National Business Aviation Association
President and CEO Ed Bolen reflected
this week on the passing of Eugene
Cernan, the last man to walk on the
moon, a frequent participant in NBAA
events and programs and a long-standing
advocate for business aviation.
“Gene Cernan is an American legend whose
life will long be a source of
inspiration,” noted Bolen. “He was a
champion of the global aviation
community, and a hero to the next
generation of aerospace pioneers. He
left his footprints on the moon, and an
indelible mark on our hearts.”
In 2013, NBAA honored Cernan with its
Meritorious Service to Aviation Award,
the business aviation industry’s most
distinguished honor, in recognition of
Cernan's extensive contributions to
furthering achievements in aviation and
A career U.S. Navy aviator, Cernan flew
into space three times over his 13
years, first serving as pilot of the
Gemini 9 mission in 1966, which
furthered NASA’s understanding of the
techniques required for extra-vehicular
activities. He later flew two trips to
the moon, serving as lunar module pilot
of Apollo 10, NASA's final proving
mission for the vehicle and procedures
to be used for the Apollo moon landings,
and as commander of Apollo 17, NASA's
final manned moon mission, in 1972.
FAA and Skypan International
reach agreement on UAS enforcement cases
The Federal Aviation Administration has
announced a comprehensive settlement
agreement with SkyPan International,
Inc., of Chicago, resolving enforcement
cases that alleged the company operated
unmanned aircraft in congested airspace
over New York City and Chicago, and
violated airspace regulations and
aircraft operating rules.
Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan
will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. The
company also agrees to pay an additional
$150,000 if it violates Federal Aviation
Regulations in the next year, and
$150,000 more if it fails to comply with
the terms of the settlement agreement.
SkyPan also agrees to work with the FAA
to release three public service
announcements in the next 12 months to
support the FAA’s public outreach
campaigns that encourage drone operators
to learn and comply with UAS
The agreement settles enforcement cases
involving a $1.9m civil penalty that the
FAA proposed against SkyPan in October
2015. It is the largest civil penalty
the agency has proposed against a UAS
Bombardier completes 200th 96-month
Bombardier Business Aircraft reaffirmed
its tip-to-tail OEM expertise by
announcing its Service Centre Network
has completed over 200 96-month heavy
inspections on Challenger business jets.
The 96-month inspection on the
Challenger business jet is one of the
most in-depth maintenance events in the
aircraft's lifecycle, which comes due
during its eighth year of service and
requires a thorough inspection of the
airframe, structure and landing gear.
Aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory
management system provider, TRAXXALL Technologies, has announced the appointment
of Rich Anzalone as Vice President, Customer Experience.
As an industry veteran with exceptional
experience, Mr. Anzalone’s mandate is to work with TRAXXALL’s customers to
better understand their needs and preferences, while ensuring that they derive
maximum value from TRAXXALL’s products and services. Rich will also provide
sales, operations and product development guidance to TRAXXALL as the company
continues to grow and serve more customers.
Rich Anzalone recently concluded a 34-year
career at CAMP Systems, having joined as an Aircraft Analyst - with a
specialization in Dassault Falcon business jets - progressing to Director of
Operations and VP Customer Support and Sales. He earned an Associate degree in
airframe and powerplant technologies from the College of Aeronautics (now Vaughn
College) in New York City in 1978.
delivers 54 TBM aircraft in 2016 and prepares a new integrated flight deck for
the TBM 900
Daher’s Airplane Business Unit has announced
the delivery of 54 TBM 900/TBM 930s in 2016, underscoring the success for these
latest members of its very fast turboprop aircraft family - which continue to
benefit from system enhancements.
North America remained the lead market for TBM
aircraft, accounting for 41 of last year’s deliveries to customers in the United
States and Canada. Europe was in a solid second position with ten deliveries:
composed of four aircraft provided to the United Kingdom, two for France and one
each in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Latin America ranked third with
two deliveries to Mexico; while Asia-Pacific counted for the remaining delivery,
for a customer in Thailand.
Flying start to 2017 for Luxaviation UK with
brand new Mustang and Challenger 350
Luxaviation UK (formerly London Executive
Aviation), the UK’s largest private jet charter operator, is celebrating the
start of 2017 with the arrival of a Cessna Citation Mustang and a Bombardier
Challenger 350 to its fleet, both brand new.
These new additions bring Luxaviation UK’s
total fleet number to twenty six.
announces successful first launch for space-based ADS-B network
Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launch
from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Aireon has announced the successful launch and
deployment of the first ten satellites hosting its space-based automatic
dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system.
Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite
constellation, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic
management capabilities, providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight
tracking across 100 percent of the planet. Currently, more than 70 percent of the earth,
including oceanic and remote airspace, has no existing air traffic surveillance.
Falcon Aviation presents world’s first
offshore-configured AW169 NG helicopter to Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas community
Falcon Aviation has presented the world’s
first offshore-configured new generation AW169 to Abu Dhabi's Oil & Gas
community during a ceremony at the Marina Mall Helipad.
Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE
to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for
offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil
& gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders
for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.
Embraer delivered 43 executive jets - 25
light jets and 18 large - and 32 commercial jets during the fourth quarter of
Company ended the year with 108 aircraft delivered to the commercial aviation
market and 117 to the executive aviation market, totaling 73 light and 44 large
executive jets. These numbers are aligned with the estimates reported to the
market throughout the year (105 to 110 commercial jets, 70 to 80 light executive
jets and 35 to 45 large executive jets).
total of 225 aircraft for these two markets represents the highest volume of
deliveries in the last six years. As of December 31, the backlog totaled USD
Corporate Aviation announces inaugural TAG Aviation Scholarships
To celebrate its 10-year
anniversary of providing global pilot and cabin crew training, TAG Aviation has
selected Women in Corporate Aviation’s scholarship program as a means to launch
two inaugural scholarships.
Current WCA members - age 18 and
older - are encouraged to apply for the scholarships between January 9 and March
Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade to include light category
Vector Aerospace, a global
independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type
Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus
Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with
operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345
L-3 ADS-B In/Out retrofit upgrade features an intuitive, panel-mounted
touch-screen transponder which replaces the aircraft’s existing unit. Should
console or cockpit space be a challenge, Vector also offers a remotely mounted
transceiver with a compact cockpit control head.
L3 Commercial Training Solutions confirms launch
of London Training Center and production facility in 2018
NYC-headquartered L3 Technologies has
announced that its L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) unit will partner
with Surrey County Council in the United Kingdom on the development and
construction of a purpose-built airline training center and production facility
for the manufacture of aircraft simulators.
The new training facility, to be named L3
London Training Center, is scheduled to become operational in the second quarter
The appropriate depth of appraisal is
essential for strategic deals, says IBA
Leading independent aviation consultancy, IBA,
has responded to Avolon’s Head of Strategy Dick Forsberg’s report assessing
In his response paper,
IBA’s CEO and the current chairman of the ISTAT International Appraisers’
Program, agrees that the appraisal community needs to better highlight the
complexities between types of appraisal so that purchasers have the appropriate
depth of research for the specific project.
Seymour also highlights that a broad range of
values against complex assets such as aircraft is only to be expected given the
variables in play.
De-icing training and awareness can
prolong the life of aircraft brakes and
save airline industry millions
Improved de-icing training and awareness
of the impact of de-ice fluid could help
prolong the life of aircraft brakes and
save the airline industry millions, says
industry specialist Phil Randell,
Managing Director of World Aero, experts
in aircraft wheel and brakes.
World Aero sees many brakes come through
its EASA/FAA Part-145 certified repair
station each year destroyed by de-icing
fluid damage. The damage mainly caused
by de-icing fluid is from the
alkali-metal-salt fluid applied by
airports to the runways, which can get
transferred on to the wheels (and
therefore brakes) when the aircraft is
taxiing, taking off and landing.
Unfortunately no practical measures can
be taken to avoid this damage caused by
runway fluids, but if aircraft de-icing
application methods are carried out
correctly, then the damage can be
minimised as far as possible.
The contamination of aircraft carbon
brakes by modern types of de-icing fluid
can lead to oxidation of the brake
discs, causing serious damage to the
Jet Aviation sets record with IS-BAH Standard
registrations across its FBO network in EMEA and Asia
Jet Aviation's entire network of FBO
facilities across EMEA and Asia has received registration to the IS-BAH Standard
(International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) from the International
Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
The company operates 11 FBO facilities in EMEA
and Asia, all of which operate under one unified safety and quality management
The IS-BAH Standard was developed by the
International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air
Transportation Association (NATA) and launched at EBACE 2014. It is based around
a safety management system that models the structure and format of the standard
for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO). IS-BAH establishes criteria to ensure
handling systems, processes and practices meet rigorous safety and security
founder and President of
Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
If it smells like fish .
of the most often asked questions during my training classes is
about serving fish
Questions about its selection, its handling, its cooking or reheating.
There is so much information to share about fish - more than we can cover in one article - so I
will attempt to hit the high spots.
First and foremost, keeping fish safe requires proper handling and considerable attention; not only by the caterer, but by the delivery person, the intermediate handlers (the FBO or crew member) right through to onboard handling during, and on completion of, the cooking process.
Fish poses a risk for you, A large risk. Fish deteriorates quickly. Fresh fish has as a very short shelf-life and should ideally be consumed within a day or two of purchase. And if the fish has been marked on the grill and left raw (or 80% undercooked to finish on board) it is especially critical to get that fish delivered and wrapped with some sort of ice pack, and close to freezing, as soon as possible.
A few simple rules
I think we should start out with a few rules: (I guess not really rules, but things I want you to know and think about when the catering request has fish on the menu). These are my personal precautions for you. If we lived in an ideal world I would suggest putting fish on the aviation off- imits list. But we don’t, and our passengers want
more and more fish served. This requires us all to think outside the box and find the safest possible way to keep the fish from making anyone ill.
achieves ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management of UK operations
Leading aerospace and defence supply chain
provider, Pattonair, has achieved the internationally recognised ISO 14001:2015,
the latest standard awarded for an organisation’s environmental performance,
which takes into account both internal and external elements influencing its
In December 2016, Derby, UK-headquartered
Pattonair received the certification for its Environmental Management System
(EMS) for using resources more efficiently and reducing waste in its UK
The EMS developed by Pattonair enables it to manage and monitor
environmental standards `holistically` as they are applied across its
operations, workforce and throughout its supply chain.
BACA partners with ACE for first ever
conference and exhibition
As part of its drive to deliver ever greater
value to its members and to enhance the profile and reputation of the air
charter industry generally, BACA - The Air Charter Association, has teamed up
with Air Charter Expo (ACE) to deliver the Association's first ever conference
ACE '17 takes place at London Biggin Hill
airport on 12th September 2017.
BACA works hard to find ways in which it can
foster and enhance the mutual standards and understanding between brokers,
operators and flight support companies (FBOs, airports, fuel companies and
others) in the air charter market to ensure the best levels of client service.
ACE '17 aims to provide a unique opportunity in the UK to bring together all of
those who work in the air charter market to learn, network and do business
Small overall decline belies solid growth for business jets.
London City Airport past
photographs commemorate 30th anniversary year.
Record airlift of thoroughbreds from Ireland to
China as 76 animals airlifted from Shannon
Kraft, founder and President of
Atlanta, GA- ased
Yours Catering, continues her guide to
the new foods for 2017.
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