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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd June 2016 | Issue #373

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United States

U.S. Senator Peters and industry leaders recognize how GA is lifting Michigan

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and industry leaders last Friday at a rally celebrating general aviation’s significant economic impact in Michigan.

Leaders from Avfuel Corporation, Duncan Aviation, L-3 Communications, and Williams International made remarks at the rally, held at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek facility. The event was GAMA’s 15th rally celebrating general aviation’s economic contributions in the United States since 2009.

“General aviation supports thousands of Michigan jobs, attracts economic investment, and impacts the lives of millions of Americans every day,” said Senator Peters. “An expanding aviation industry in Michigan brings an opportunity to build a skilled workforce that can compete with aviation manufacturers across the world, and with hardworking Michiganders at the helm, the future of general aviation will continue to be bright.”

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DOT and FAA finalize rules for small unmanned aircraft systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.

These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”

According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82bn for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.

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Universal Avionics upgrade provides HM Sultan of Johor’s S-76Bs with enhanced capability and safety

Universal Avionics is providing advanced avionics for two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters operated by His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Royal Flight.

The upgraded, modern glass cockpit includes the installation of three EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays (PFD-MFD-PFD) with Vision-1 Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and a UNS-1Fw Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS).

The Universal Avionics upgrade features the latest in avionics technologies - technologies which are often not available on new aircraft.

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Women in Aviation

Plans taking shape for September 24th International Girls in Aviation Day

WAI chapters busy at work to plan memorable days for girls.

Women in Aviation International has declared September 24, 2016, as the annual Girls in Aviation Day.

On this day, WAI chapters around the globe will host their own one-day event to attract more young women to the aviation and aerospace communities with a day of activities appealing to girls ages 8 to 16 years of age.

This program is an outgrowth of the successful Girls in Aviation Day events held during International Women in Aviation Conferences since 2012.

"Our chapters are planning their own special days,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "When we learn about the activities scheduled, we are proud of and inspired by the creativity and hard work our members put into Girls in Aviation Day to make it an engaging, powerful, and enjoyable experience in their communities.”

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Costa Rica

Mott MacDonald masterplanning Costa Rica’s new international airport

Global management, engineering and development firm, Mott MacDonald, is to lead a site study, design and masterplan for a new international airport in Costa Rica on behalf of the Centro American Corporation of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA).

The new metropolitan airport in Orotina, Alajuela is scheduled for completion in 2026 as part of the modernisation and growth of air transport in the country.

The project consists of technical, environmental and financial advisory, as well as airport development planning including traffic forecasting, infrastructure layout and terminal design. At the end of the 12-month project, Mott MacDonald will provide COCESNA with the infrastructure plans and associated financial requirements to develop the new airport.

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Asset Insight adds eValue aircraft valuations to its ADAPT system

Complete value picture of specific aircraft or whole fleet with the click of a mouse.

Asset Insight, LLC has integrated eValue, its electronic aircraft valuations, into its Asset Decision-making And Planning Tool (ADAPT), providing subscribers with current and unbiased valuation data for a serial-number specific aircraft or fleet of managed assets.

In addition to the broad scope of analytics that track, grade, and value the maintenance condition of a single asset or fleet of aircraft, ADAPT now provides: an electronic Value Analysis (eVA) that includes the Current Market Value and Orderly Liquidation Value (OLV); an electronic Residual Value Analysis (eRVA) that displays the estimated Market Value and OLV for up to 10 years; and, the asset’s eTrend, projecting its Fair Market Value 90 days from the date of the evaluation.

ADAPT is the only complete asset evaluation tool of its kind, providing aircraft condition information as well as value data, empirically derived from Asset Insight’s proprietary systems and database.

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U.S. Commercial aviation community targets pilot mental fitness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues.

An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness.

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Asia Sky Group

Mark Thibault

Asian Sky Group (ASG) has appointed Mark Thibault as Vice President, Southeast Asia.

With 35 years of experience in aviation, Thibault brings a wealth of experience from across the industry.

Starting his career in the U.S. Marine Corp, Thibault worked as an F-4 Phantom and an F-18 Hornet Captain and Engineering Supervisor. He has also held mission-critical business, quality and safety compliance management roles for various aviation companies around the world.

Previously the COO of Metrojet, COO of Hongkong Jet and the CEO of Mjets, Thibault has been instrumental in the growth of business aviation in the Asia Pacific region. Through his strong ability and leadership, Metrojet's fleet grew from two aircraft to over 25 in just four years. At Metrojet he also built up the first full business jet MRO in the region, with multiple approvals from various OEM's and regulatory agencies.

As a leader in the industry, Thibault has assembled world-class teams of highly-seasoned business aviation professionals, led the implementation of the region’s first ICAO compliant Safety Management System for business aviation and has a reputation of unsurpassed dedication to five-star customer service.

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United Kingdom

Bombardier to open London area Service Centre at Biggin Hill

Facility will serve Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft.

Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced its plan to establish a new, wholly owned Service Centre in the London, United Kingdom area.

The Bombardier Service Centre will offer complete tip-to-tail heavy maintenance capabilities, and will complement the Bombardier Business Aircraft Service and Support Network in the United Kingdom. read more

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Business Aviation: The European Question

Marc Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, BBGA.

ndertaking business activities for the general business aviation and GA fraternity in the UK is fully integrated within an international framework and it will continue to be that
way, irrespective of any decisions made in the UK.

As a European community we have already invested heavily in EASA legislation, so there is merit in retaining the status quo and continuing to develop that to assist our sector.

In terms of our core legislative requirements, I believe that we are more than capable of dealing with either eventuality and are well positioned to ensure that should the vote be for Brexit, any disruption to our sector is minimised.

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Associated Air Center reveals new ACJ350 VVIP completion designs

Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s Large Transport Category, VIP Aircraft Completions Center in Dallas, Texas, has revealed some of its most exclusive interior design concepts for ACJ350 VVIP completions while the company is actively bidding for new wide-body completion contracts with new customers.

The designs, which are rarely shared publicly by AAC, include three-dimensional renderings of different views of the aircraft’s dining room and lounge and master bedroom and bathroom. All of the new designs were curated by AAC’s in-house design team, using the finest textiles and finishes. read more

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Dr. Adnan Branbo, CEO of iJET, a flight support service provider based in Malta and Dubai, continues his series of insights into International trip planning. This week . . .

Operating your business flight to Kuwait

he State of Kuwait is an important country, not only in the Middle East, but also globally.

It is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council and has more than 6 percent of the world’s oil reserves, therefore it’s no surprise that Kuwait is an important business aviation hub with a high number of flights annually.

In this article we'll review some of the main operational aspects required for the successful operation of business flights into Kuwait.

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'Reduce, Replace, Neutralise': Air BP launches Environmental Solutions

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, recently launched its new Environmental Solutions offering.

The comprehensive service is made up of a number of elements supporting a best practice carbon reduction framework. It aims to help mitigate carbon impact across the aviation sector with a “Reduce, Replace, Neutralise” approach to carbon management.

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The Legacy 500, Embraer’s new midsize business jet, will make its debut at Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom 11-17 July. Embraer's first aircraft with full fly-by-wire technology will be on static display along with the company's other products.

The Legacy 500 is the latest aircraft approved to operate at London City Airport, complying with the airport’s demanding steep approach and rigorous climb-out procedures. The revolutionary aircraft is a flawless combination of technology and design. It features the largest cabin in its class and became the first in its category to replace conventional controls with digital flight controls.

Centreline Air Charter, a subsidiary of the Bristol Flying Centre (BFC) Group, recently became the first operator of the Legacy 500 in the UK. The new aircraft has been based at Bristol Airport since April. A fleet of over 30 Legacy 500s is now in operation in 12 countries.

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UK CAA to open EASA Part 66 exam centre in Istanbul

On behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, CAA International (CAAi) is set to open a brand new EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) electronic examination centre in Istanbul, Turkey.

The first exams will be delivered on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at British Side Language School, in Besiktas, Istanbul.

This new exam service will give aircraft maintenance engineers in Istanbul and the surrounding regions the opportunity to sit UK CAA EASA Part-66 AML examinations locally. The exams will be delivered under the oversight of the UK CAA and will be administered locally by the British Council in Istanbul. For more information, click here

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St. Maarten

ExecuJet acquires first Caribbean FBO in St. Maarten

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, has acquired its first FBO in the Caribbean region, at Princess Juliana International Airport on the island of St. Maarten.

ExecuJet’s St. Maarten FBO, acquired from TLC Aviation, takes the ExecuJet FBO network to 24 locations globally.

The St. Maarten FBO offers ground handling, fuelling, air charter, flight plans, executive transport and accommodation services for both customers and crew. In 2015, the FBO handled 1,868 movements from small light aircraft to large wide-bodied aircraft such as the A340-500. read more

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Waterloo Region to host national business aviation convention in 2018

The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) has selected the Region of Waterloo International Airport and the Chartright FBO as the site of its summer 2018 national convention.

This is Canadian business aviation’s premier event, attracting hundreds of delegates and featuring a roster of international and Canadian speakers, exhibitors and Canada’s largest static display of private and corporate aircraft. read more

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GlobeAir enjoys strong growth as European private jet market downsizes

GlobeAir, the leading air taxi operator in Europe with the world's largest fleet of Citation Mustang jets, has revealed that for the first quarter of this year, it operated 1,066 revenue flights out of Europe, which was 6.4% higher than the same period in 2015.

When looking at the whole of 2015, the company operated 5,849 revenue departures from European airports, 11.7% higher than in 2014.

The company says its growth is largely down to more people who use private jets in Europe downsizing the size of aircraft they charter because of the current challenging economic environment. Growth is also being fuelled by an increasing number of private jet owners selling their aircraft and opting to charter instead.

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Channel Islands

Aiglle Flight Support’s unique event welcomes top aviation brands to Guernsey

Guernsey’s Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder joined visitors from the European aviation industry, intermediaries and potential investors at Aiglle Flight Support’s Aviation Showcase last week.

The two-day event at Guernsey Airport comprised of 14 of the very latest corporate aircraft from 9 different manufacturers. It also highlighted the advantages and ease of using Aiglle’s private aviation facilities for businesses and high net worth individuals currently living in or looking to move to Guernsey.

Some of the exhibiting aircraft, which had been flown in especially for the event, included the Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 2000 LXS, Gulfstream’s intercontinental G550, Embraer Legacy 500 and Beechcraft King Air 350i. Aiglle’s event also welcomed the brand new HondaJet to Guernsey for the very first time.

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Summer sporting events are welcome boost for European bizav market, says Avinode

The European business aviation charter market is being boosted over the summer months by sporting and cultural events, according to Avinode.

While overall flight activity is still 1% lower compared to the summer period of 2015, the addition of the four-yearly UEFA Euro 2016 to the annual F1 Monaco Grand Prix, French Open tennis tournament and Cannes Film Festival are all contributing to the industry’s summer peak period.

Oliver King, managing director, Avinode says: “The European business aviation market is still not growing as fast as the market in the US and, according to our most recent figures, is, in fact, slowing.

However, the summer months continue to provide the peak period of the year for Europe, this year with twice as many flights in July as in January 2016.

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Air Service Basel hosts record traffic during ART BASEL 2016

Air Service Basel’s (ASB) FBO at the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse successfully hosted record traffic of over 380 movements during this year's ART BASEL exhibition which took place from the 13th-19th June.

ASB accommodated over 750 clients, with over 80 business jet flights handled on the peak day - altogether a 10% increase on the previous year. The majority of movements included long-range and large cabin size business jets.

To support with the expected surge in demand during ART Basel, ASB brought in additional team members from its joint venture FBO Cat Air Service in Zürich.

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

The Perfect Steak

hy is it so difficult to cook the perfect steak on board an aircraft?

I'm not saying that you can’t cook a steak while in flight, I am thinking of the perfect steak, the kind found in a Michelin star- rated restaurant.

There are basically four aspects needed for the perfect steak. First and foremost is meat quality. You see this on the front line when you compare prices of one catering source to another. When you make a decision to purchase from the less expensive source, you have to look behind the price and ask yourself why is one company so much less or more than another?

At Tastefully Yours, for all products, we go through a procedure I learned while working as the in house caterer for a wholesale food packer. The kitchen was located just off the quality control department. I learned so much about the science of food from these scientists and production specialists. I loved being included in their research and then given the products to create meals for their staff . . . so much fun! Anyway, every single product they sold was subject to a ‘cutting’. What occurred was that every product, every grade, every producer and packer sent in a sample of their product and they were lined up on the countertop and then compared to each other at the same time. There were standards for the best in class; viscosity, marbling, percentage of each mixed items within one package, amount of liquid or even the level of bruising of fruits when canned products or frozen were tested.

The testing was then evaluated on the taste.

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Industry votes for ACS again

Air Charter Service has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year as the Air Cargo Charter Broker of the Year at the 2016 ACW World Air Cargo Awards gala dinner, held at the Kerry Hotel in Shanghai last Wednesday evening [15th June].

This latest award was voted for by cargo industry professionals and was also won by ACS in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Joseph Tam, ACS Hong Kong’s cargo director, who collected the trophy on behalf of the group commented: “We are delighted to win this for the fourth time in a row. Thank you so much to all our customers and suppliers globally that have voted for us. It’s a great honour to receive the award and it means so much to all our staff around the globe - this award is for them.

“Thank you again for taking the time to confirm us as the world’s leading cargo aircraft charter broker.”


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Helicentre Aviation Academy launches 2017 Scholarship programme

With just over three months remaining until Helicentre Aviation Academy’s 2016 Scholarship applications close, the company has announced that its Scholarship programme will run for a fifth year.

Since the programme started in 2012, eleven pilots have been awarded professional training scholarships totalling over £300k (GBP), with two more awards due to be made towards the end of this year.

The programme has been extremely successful, providing the Scholarship winners with much needed funding to complete their professional flight training, as well as career opportunities to work as Professional Helicopter Pilots. Previous winners of the Flight Instructor Scholarship have all been offered immediate full-time Instructing positions within the Academy, and winners of the Commercial Pilot Scholarship who have now qualified are flying ad-hoc charter for the company. This has also led to opportunities for the more experienced Scholarship winners to move up into the company’s Utility and Survey roles.

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Operating your business flight to Malta. Dr. Adnan Branbo, CEO of iJET, continues his series of insights into International trip planning. read

May 2016 activity rebounds from April drop, rises 2.2% over May 2015 full report

U.S. Commercial aviation community targets pilot mental fitness read

Cooking with a Microwave. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, offers a definitive guide. read

2015 Asia Pacific Civil Helicopter Fleet Report Hong Kong based business aviation consulting group, Asian Sky Group (ASG) has published its Asia Pacific Region Civil Helicopter Report. Download your FREE copy

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Airplanes make clouds brighter
Clouds may have a net warming or cooling effect on climate, depending on their thickness and altitude.

Artificially formed clouds called contrails form due to aircraft effluent. In a cloudless sky, contrails are thought to have minimal effect on climate, but what happens when the sky is already cloudy?

In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists from the University of Hertfordshire and Stockholm University show that contrails that are formed within existing high clouds increase the reflectivity of these clouds, i.e. their ability to reflect light. The researchers hope that their discovery offers important insights into the influence of aviation on climate.

"Normal contrails are the stripes you sometimes see behind high-flying aircraft. Lots of times these contrails disappear fairly quickly. Other times they stick around for a while, and even spread out, sometimes considerably. There has been a lot of work done to find out how these 

form, and what kind of climatic effect they have - which is estimated to be rather small. Figuring out what kind of effects airplanes have while flying through clouds that are already present in the atmosphere has been much more difficult," says Kevin Noone, Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University. read more

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