Elaine Chao as DOT Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen
Elaine Chao to be his choice for
Department of Transportation (DOT)
congratulating Chao on her nomination,
National Business Aviation Association
President and CEO
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
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.
was a member of President-elect Trump’s
Asian-Pacific American advisory council
during his campaign.
New Flight Charters launches jet charter
resource for Colorado private flight information
first ever complete listing of private
jet and charter aircraft available for
the state of Colorado including specific
charter information is now available
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.
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.
Colours rolls out Satcom Direct Router (SDR)
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).
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.
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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Star Aviation receives Falcon 900B FANS
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
CPDL-C is a data link application that
allows for direct exchange of text-based
messages between the controller and a
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
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 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
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).
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
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.”
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
Jet Exchange trains to peak condition for ski
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
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.
UK’s first elevated
rooftop helipad with a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System certified to UK CAA
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.
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.
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.
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
“Gulfstream has more experience in producing and
supporting government and special mission aircraft than any other business jet
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.
RUAG opens regional component repair centre at the International Aerospace Centre,
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
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
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.
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.
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,
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."
2017 examines reduced costs and enhanced
safety opportunities delivered by
Interoperability and clustered flight
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
founder and President of
Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
What’s in a name?
ave you ever placed a catering request only to find that the food or item you
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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