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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 25th August 2016 | Issue #380

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Flexjet accepts delivery of first Legacy 450

Flexjet LLC has accepted its first Legacy 450 midsized business jet from Embraer.

Flexjet becomes the first fractional fleet provider to take delivery of the Legacy 450, which the FAA certified in August 2015. Additional deliveries of the Legacy 450 are scheduled for later this year, with a total of five expected to be in the Flexjet fleet by the end of 2016.

“The Legacy 450 will become the mainstay of our midsized program, which has been growing rapidly in response to increased demand for aircraft of this size,” said Michael Silvestro, Flexjet’s Chief Executive Officer. “Not only does the Legacy 450 offer the capabilities and performance of larger aircraft, but fractional Owners can access it at an investment level more commonly associated with much smaller aircraft. The addition of the Legacy 450 will allow us to dominate the midsized category.”

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GAMA publishes Q2 2016 aircraft shipment data

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released worldwide aircraft shipment and billing figures for the first half of 2016.

Industry airplane shipments declined 4.5 percent to 970 units, and airplane billings fell 11 percent from $10.4bn to $9.3bn. Rotorcraft shipments also dropped 16.1 percent, from 467 units during the same period a year ago to 392 units in 2016. Billings for rotorcraft fell 32.5 percent, from $2.1bn to $1.4bn.

“In a challenging global climate, every segment of the fixed-wing and rotorcraft market showed declines for the first half of 2016,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said.

“As we saw at AirVenture [Oshkosh], general aviation manufacturers are working hard to regain momentum by delivering innovative new products and technologies that enhance safety and provide substantial improvement in capability."

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Jet Centre Curaçao congratulates Curaçao Air Terminal Services on achieving IS-BAH accreditation

Jet Centre Curaçao (JCC), an Air Elite Network FBO located at Curaçao International Airport (TNCC), congratulates their ground handler, Curaçao Air Terminal Services N.V. (CATS), on their recent certification as an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) accredited ground handler - the first in the region.

“On behalf of our entire management team, we congratulate our JCC ground handling partner, CATS, on this excellent achievement which symbolizes their commitment to safety and aviation best practices,” said Ralph Blanchard, CEO of Curacao Airport Partners regarding the recent accreditation.

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Expansion at McKinney Air Center (KTKI)

Avfuel-branded FBO McKinney Air Center, the number one U.S. FBO in the 2016 FltPlan.com Pilots’ Choice Awards, welcomes tenants to its new 15,000 square foot hangar featuring 2,000 square feet of office space.

“The reception to our expansion has been incredible,” said Mark Jaraczewski, McKinney Air Center general manager. “Though there is room for transients, we completely leased out the space months in advance, a testament to McKinney’s growth and vitality, and our FBO’s reputation for exceptional service.”

Conveniently situated in the Dallas Metroplex, McKinney Air Center serves the cities of Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney, the new mecca for corporate relocation and expansion. Recognizing the economic boom and to meet the needs of customers, McKinney Air Center built this new hangar and aims to continue its expansion.

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FAA reinstates Indonesia's Category 1 safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.

The FAA first assessed Indonesia's civil aviation authority in September 1997 and found it in compliance with ICAO standards and then lowered the rating from Category 1 to Category 2 in April 2007.

While under a Category 2 rating, the country either lacked laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority - a body equivalent to the FAA for aviation safety matters - was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures.

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Western-MJets achieves FAA Part 145 Certification

Western-MJets in Bangkok, Thailand, has received FAA Certification and is now Asia’s newest international Part 145 Repair Station.

Western-MJets is wholly owned by MJets Limited, Southeast Asia’s full service FBO based in Thailand at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (VTBD). Western-MJets was inspired by Jim Hansen, the owner of Western Jet Aviation which is the world’s largest independently owned maintenance facility specializing in Gulfstream type aircraft with a full service team with over 100 years of maintenance and management experience.

Jim saw the need for an option in the Southeast Asia region and initiated contact with MJets Limited. MJets Limited currently operates the first and only FBO & Private Jet Terminal in Thailand offering 7 distinct business lines that include aircraft charter, aircraft management, consultancy, maintenance & AOG services, air ambulance, ground handling services and FBO facilities with VIP lounge and CIQ on site.

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MHS Aviation


Petra Steffen

Renowned executive charter operator, MHS Aviation from Munich, has appointed Petra Steffen as Manager of Communications and International Key Accounts with immediate effect.

Petra has 15 years experience in business aviation. Prior to this position she worked as marketing and public relations specialist with OHS Aviation Services in aircraft refurbishment and with Vibroair as sales and marketing director. She also supported the marketing of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services, ASG, Aviation Investment and DC Aviation.

With 24 aircraft MHS Aviation is one of the largest business jet operator in Germany. The service portfolio of MHS focuses on Aircraft Management, Executive Charter and Aircraft Lease.

"I am looking forward to working with a strong and growing business aviation operator - offering excellent conditions and presenting a great fleet to the market," said Petra.



Neosha Miller

GlobalAir.com has appointed Neosha Miller as Sales Director for the Eastern Territory of the United States.

Her territory also includes international locations such as The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Ontario, and Quebec Canada.

“Neosha has been a valuable member of GlobalAir.com since 2011”, said Jeffrey Carrithers, President of GlobalAir.com. “Her impeccable ability to respond to the immediate goals of our clients and anticipate their future needs makes her to standout within the industry.”

Neosha worked the Midwestern territory for four years and the Western and International territories for over a year and a half. Neosha graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, a knowledge base she leverages daily to help clients maximize their impact.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, GlobalAir.com serves the general aviation, business aircraft, and regional airline communities by offering clients and online visitors a wide range of premium aircraft and aviation-related data and services.

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Canadian business aviation generates $10.7bn; 43,200 jobs annually

The Canadian Business Aviation Association’s (CBAA) just-released 2016 Economic Impact of Business Aviation in Canada study reveals a dynamic industry that is a catalyst for economic growth and trade, and a major part of Canada’s world-class aerospace sector.

Sponsored by Bombardier Business Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada and CAE, the study expands on CBAA’s 2014 report by including data from both business aviation operations and manufacturing. read more

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Jet Aviation installs its first advanced aviation dishwasher

Jet Aviation recently installed its first cutting-edge in-flight dishwasher (ADW 600) - developed in-house at its Basel, Switzerland facility - on a VVIP Airbus 330-200ER.

The Aviation DishWasher, which supports all aircraft types, was certified through the EASA PART-21 DOA minor modification approval process. read more

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Aircare's Remote Viewing Station brings the doctor on board when medical emergencies strike

Martin Hamilton, VP Business Development & Marketing at Aircare International.

In the movies, when a medical emergency strikes in the air, the first question from the crew over the PA inevitably seems to be, “Is there a doctor on board?”

For commercial airlines, the chances of having a medical professional on board are much greater than in our business aviation world. But now, thanks to the proliferation of “high-speed data” equipped business jets, a company called Aircare International is literally beaming a doctor aboard when the unthinkable occurs and medical help is desperately needed.

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Bombardier delivers first Challenger 650 to be operated from Germany

Bombardier Business Aircraft has delivered its first Challenger 650 aircraft to be operated from Germany.

This aircraft joins the Bombardier business jet fleet in Europe comprised of more than 430 aircraft in service. read more

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AfBAA’s first independent Chapter launched at inaugural Ethiopian Country Roundtable 

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) launched its first independent Chapter on 9 August 2016, when the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter was founded in Addis Ababa.

The meeting, which was also the first in a series of AfBAA Country Roundtables, was attended by almost 40 delegates. read more

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United States

Baker Aviation and IEP expand custom fire containment safety with new military drone battery solution

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, and master distributor for Industrial Energy Products' (IEP) HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, continues to provide custom solutions with a newly developed drone battery containment kit for the military.

“This is another example of the tailored containment solutions that we provide to the lithium-ion battery powered device market to mitigate risks of runaway fire, smoke and explosion,” said Ray Goyco, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer at Baker Aviation Maintenance. read more

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EAN Aviation becomes first African Safety 1st Qualified location to appear on NATA Global FBO map

EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based business aviation services company has become the first Safety 1st Qualified African location, to be listed on the US National Air Transportation Association’s, (NATA), Global FBO Map.

Whilst the programme certifies individuals, not locations or companies, it established the Safety 1st Qualified location platform to recognise FBOs that consistently maintain their employee’s training status. read more

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Jet Aviation has recently received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) authorizing its MRO facility in Basel to support Falcon 900 series aircraft registered in the Philippines. The Basel facility is currently working to secure approval for the Falcon 2000 series.

“Our goal is to expand our scope of services to ensure we can support our customers in South East Asia who make transcontinental flights to Europe,” says Johannes Turzer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Maintenance Center Basel. “This approval was issued in recognition of our quality maintenance and high service standards, which we are very pleased to extend to aircraft owners and operators of aircraft registered in the Philippines.”

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United Kingdom

Stratajet welcomes TAG Aviation to its cutting-edge booking platform

Stratajet, the world’s first real-time private jet booking platform, has announced a partnership with global private and business aviation services company TAG Aviation.

The collaboration will see the FBO services of TAG Aviation made available to Stratajet customers as part of their booking options. Included within Stratajet’s fully automated system, which allows customers to search for, compare and book private jet flights in real-time, this comprehensive service will advance the flexibility that comes hand-in-hand with private jet travel. read more

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CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske to speak at 2016 NBAA Convention

The National Business Aviation Association has announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will speak at the Opening General Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) on Tuesday, Nov. 1st. in Orlando, FL.

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Peak-season lift, with France the growth-engine

There were 85,685 business aviation departures in Europe in July 2016 according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor.

The figure represents a 1.9% YOY growth in activity - the largest monthly gain so far in 2016, taking the YTD trend to -0.2% compared to 2015. July 2016 was 4% down on the pre-crisis activity peak from July 2008.

Europe’s busiest market, France, was again the main growth engine, with departures from France up 11% YOY; AOC flights by 17%. Flights within France gained 12%. YTD. Business aviation activity in France is up 4%, averaging 389 new flights per month.

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United Kingdom

PrivateFly announces Board changes to support new expansion phase

PrivateFly, the online booking service for private jets, has announced two new board appointments, to support its next phase of expansion in Europe and the USA.

George Rolls joins as executive chairman, helping to steer PrivateFly in its next phase. He previously spent five years with private jet operators Hangar 8 plc and Gama Aviation plc. As Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, he advised on Hangar 8’s listing on AIM, introducing both the acquisition of International JetClub (IJC) and the subsequent reverse takeover of Gama Aviation. He replaces previous chairman Richard Carrick.

Also joining as a non-executive director is Martin George, whose current and previous career includes board level roles with British Airways, Visit Britain and Thornton’s.

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19% increase in UK Empty Legs

Between May and July, Magnus Aviation, a UK-based private jet charter business, saw a 19% increase in the number of private jet empty legs available when compared to the same period last year. It estimates that in August, there could be around 2,400 empty legs on private jets departing the UK.

Empty legs are a cost effective way to arrange a private jet charter. They take place when an aircraft is positioning for a departure point without passengers, and those booking a flight on one of these can save up to 75% on the typical price.

Over the next few days, Magnus Aviation has an empty leg on a six seater Citation CJ2 flying from London to Deauville in France for around £1,500; a Citation CJ2 (six seater again) from London to Palma for around £3,000; an eight seater Phenom 300 flying from London to Nice for approximately £3,000, and a nine seater Citation Bravo flying from the Midlands to Malaga for approximately £5,000.

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

Chilled Summer Soups

s the sizzling heat of the summer season wears on, have you ever considered
offering a refreshing chilled soup on board?

A steamy hot soup fills your stomach in the frigid winter months making you feel all warm and cozy inside, helping you thaw both inside and out. Imagine the same feeling of temperature extremes, of being hot, possibly sticky, and dripping in sweat as you endure the heat of summer - you can even see the heat vapor coming up off the hot tarmac like flames of fire.

A chilled soup will cool your body down, it will enliven and energize you, or your passengers and flight crew. So let’s Indulge . . .

It is a proven fact that people eat less during the hot months of the year. When the outside temperature is hot our appetite decreases. As we eat, our digestive system causes our body temperature to rise and our brain signals our body to limit our food intake.

Because of the loss of fluids through sweating, we drink more water and other liquids to rehydrate, which may also contribute to appetite suppression. 

For this reason you can see that we, your catering sources, load more food, more courses of food to be eaten on board in the winter months than the hot summer months.

The heavier comfort foods we consume in the winter months will make us all very uncomfortable in the summer months. Winter soups are heavier, more substantial, heartier . . . the kind of food that ‘sticks to your ribs’ and keeps your stomach full longer. In the warmer months, diet habits change.

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United Kingdom

Gama Aviation adds to its European services

Flight testing; NVIS modification capability; FAA approvals for Bombardier and Embraer aircraft.

Gama Aviation continues to develop the depth and breadth of its offer by introducing three new services to private and fleet owners.

The first extends the capability of its renowned EASA Part 21J & G capability at Fairoaks, Surrey. The team, specialising in a variety of civilian and military role changes and upgrades, has now added the approval for flight testing in accordance with EASA’s Flight Test Operations Manual (FTOM).

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TAG Aviation Spain has added a Citation Sovereign C680 (EC-MLV) to its growing charter fleet.

The Sovereign C680 is an impressive midsized state-of-the-art executive jet which provides a superior overall performance for short and medium range journeys.

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Capable of travelling 2,847 nautical miles, cruising at 527mph, the efficient and environmentally friendly jet represents the very latest technologically in business aviation. Boasting a long range and extremely quiet spacious cabin interior which has recently undergone a total refurbishment, the jet can comfortably accommodate up to 8 passengers and offers excellent load carrying capabilities. This aircraft can also use runways shorter than any other business jet of the same engine size, providing access to many airports that larger jets cannot reach.

United Kingdom

ACS posts record month for volumes in July despite European market jitters

During the month of July leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, booked 1,114 charter contracts, making it the company’s best month on record.

Justin Bowman

Group CEO, Justin Bowman, commented: “It is a great achievement to have organised more than 1,100 charters in a month – many of these consisting of multiple sectors. With our diversification into other markets, such as OBCs and aircraft sales, we actually arranged a total of 1,212 contracts in July. That is an average of one contract every 36 minutes.

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Australian Eyes in the Sky
Air Affairs Australia has been providing Airborne Bushfire Reconnaissance services in Australia since 1994 and Chris Sievers, Managing Director, and his team have not stopped developing new firefighting technologies since then.

Starting out with a hired Learjet 35A aircraft configured with a Daedalus 1268 Line Scanner, the system was utilised by the NSW Rural Fire Services providing a capability in large area intelligence gathering not available in NSW prior to that time. The service became an integral tool for the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) over the years providing state-wide coverage in uncontained fire monitoring and during extreme fire periods.

The Line Scanner systems have been extensively upgraded since 1994, providing high quality, accurate imagery, which is rapidly available. The combination of sensors utilised on the scanners are optimised for maximum sensitivity and definition over active bushfires, providing detail in fire front locations and intensity, combined with accurate post-burn definition.

Air Affairs' King Air Firescan

Imagery is produced through thick smoke when visibility is totally compromised during both day and night flight operations. The image data is transmitted directly from the aircraft via high speed Satellite Communication Systems in a format compatible with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) used by the state fire authorities. The image data requires no further processing by the fire authorities and is available for immediate use. read more

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