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 BlueSky Business Aviation News | 5th March 2015 | Issue #310

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United States

Key NBAA-backed provision included in new pilot's Bill of Rights legislation

The National Business Aviation Association has welcomed the introduction in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives of new Pilot's Bill of Rights legislation, which includes language proposed by NBAA to ensure that pilots and other certificate holders facing enforcement action by the FAA have timely access to information necessary to assist them in formulating a proper defense.

U.S. Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Senate version of the bill, S.571, which builds upon the landmark Pilot's Bill of Rights (PBOR), signed into law in August 2012. U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) and Collin Peterson (D-7-MN) introduced a companion House measure, H.R. 1062.

Sen. James Inhofe

“NBAA applauds these four leaders, and the other general aviation champions in Congress who have joined them, for continuing their call for key revisions to policies affecting general aviation pilots across the United States,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Bolen joined other aviation leaders in sending a letter to the four lawmakers to underscore their support for the legislation.

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EASA approval for Sikorsky S-76D

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the VIP Type Certificate for the S-76D™ helicopter, allowing for operation of the aircraft in Europe.

EASA signed the certificate on Feb. 25, capping an intensive flight test program to introduce the S-76D helicopter, Sikorsky's newest commercial product.

"This certification enables our customers in Europe to begin operations using the S-76D helicopter," said Shane Eddy, President, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services. "The aircraft already has seen great success in offshore and VIP operations in Trinidad and Tobago, Korea and China and has entered into search and rescue service with the Japan Coast Guard. We have high expectations for the aircraft's acceptance, performance and importance to our European customers." read more

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StandardAero improves warm helicopter engine starting performance

StandardAero has introduced a new custom solution for operators of Rolls-Royce M250-C47 engines to improve starting performance by lowering starting temperatures on engines that are currently experiencing warm starting conditions.

The solution, a custom overhauled Hydromechanical Unit (HMU), was designed by StandardAero engineers through continuous improvement efforts to optimize the performance of M250-C47 engines.

“Our industry leading experience has revealed that some M250 Series IV FADEC engine operators flying in hot and/or high conditions are experiencing elevated starting temperatures. This causes operators to resort to alternate starting procedures,” said Manny Atwal, Vice President of StandardAero Helicopters business unit. “StandardAero engineers have determined the root cause of elevated start temperatures and have developed new inspection, build and test procedures that help identify and reduce engine starting temperatures and prevent starting problems.” read more, plus:

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EagleMed seeks 30-35 additional employees in Midwest

Critical care air medical transport company, EagleMed, is seeking an additional 30-35 new employees across eight states as a result of additional expansion plans. EagleMed serves 30 locations in 12 states throughout the United States.

“We now have 30-35 professional career opportunities for helicopter and fixed wing pilots, flight nurses and flight paramedics,” said Director of Human Resources Anne Anderton Warren. “With new service locations opening soon in Colorado and Oklahoma we are accepting applications for experienced personnel primarily throughout the Midwest,” she added.

EagleMed is focusing its recruiting efforts on Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas, Wyoming an  Montana, with particular emphasis on Oklahoma and Colorado.

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United States

JDA to look 'collaboratively' at noise reduction solutions for O’Hare Airport

The Suburban O'Hare Commission (SOC) has hired aviation experts, JDA Aviation Technology Solutions (JDA) of Bethesda, Maryland and LGN Aviation, of Washington DC and Minneapolis in a coordinated effort to move forward with the FAA and the City of Chicago to reduce noise impacts on the communities surrounding O’Hare.

"Our objective is simple" said Joe Del Balzo, JDA President. "We want to work collaboratively with FAA, the City of Chicago Aviation Authority and major users of the airport to seek potential noise reduction strategies that are practical to implement, have no significant impact on operational efficiency and most importantly have no effect on safety. We believe there may be technical solutions which maintain the safety and capacity at O’Hare, but also will reduce the impact of aircraft noise on its neighbors." 

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HAI Chairman, Gale Wilson, leads Hillcrest Aircraft Company to IS-BAO Stage 1 registration

ARGUS International, Inc. has announced that Hillcrest Aircraft Company has achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 registration.

The IS-BAO registration is awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) only to those aircraft operators who have demonstrated a commitment to establishing an effective and appropriate safety management system.

“It gives our operation great pride knowing that we have achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 registration,” said Gale Wilson, President of Hillcrest Aircraft Company. “I am proud that our team stepped up to meet the requirements of IS-BAO. The involvement of our employees through our SMS program has enriched not only the safety of our operations but our organization as a whole. In particular, our Safety Manager, Gary Groff, was very instrumental in leading those efforts. ”

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Comlux America


Scott Meyer

Comlux America, the Completion and Services center of the Comlux Group based in Indianapolis IN, has announced the appointment of Scott Meyer as the new CEO. Scott currently serves as the COO for Comlux America and he will take on this new role beginning the 1st of April 2015.

Scott Meyer started his career in aviation over 25 years ago, with a focus on VIP interior modifications. Scott has been with Comlux America almost since the inception of the company. He started his career at Comlux in 2009 and he was the 2nd management individual recruited during the establishment of the company.

Scott was an integral part of the development of Comlux from the ground up, taking on roles of everything from working as a recruiter and salesman for the company, to managing employees in all areas of the business as they came in. Ultimately, in his first role of VP Engineering, Scott created and developed the engineering department of the company. In 2011 he was promoted to VP Operations and since early 2014 he has held the COO position and served as second in command to the CEO.

Scott Meyer will be replacing the current CEO, Jim Soleo. Jim will continue to support and work with Comlux Aviation’s Board of Directors.

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Honeywell forecasts steady global helicopter demand for next five years

4,750-5,250 new civilian deliveries expected during 2015-2019.

North American purchase plans strengthen.

In its 17th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchasing Outlook, Honeywell Aerospace expects that 4,750-5,250 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered during 2015-2019.

Overall, five-year demand for turbine-powered, civil helicopters remains steady versus the 2014 five-year forecast, with moderate improvement in new helicopter purchase plans reported, offsetting the short-term uncertainty of large-fleet operators in the face of lower energy prices and fluctuating market currencies. read more

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United States

JD McHenry, Founder of Global Jet Services Inc.

Global Jet Services is a leading provider of aviation maintenance training, based in Connecticut, USA.

In recent years, the company has expanded its prospectus to include Professional Development, Safety, and online e-Learning training dedicated to the aviation industry, encompassing numerous international certifications and qualifications.

Global Jet Services Founder, JD McHenry, shares some insights into the challenges facing today's aircraft engineers.

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FlightSafety to increase helicopter simulator fleet by over 40 percent

Single-engine training also significantly enhanced

FlightSafety International plans to increase its fleet of advanced helicopter simulators by over 40 percent.

FlightSafety Sikorsky S-76D simulator

“Since building the first Level D qualified helicopter simulator more than 20 years ago, FlightSafety has continuously invested in new programs and facilities designed specifically to serve and support the helicopter industry,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. 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 monthly 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.

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Asian Business Aviation Association

What’s new for AsBAA at ABACE15?

As ABACE15 draws nearer, AsBAA shares its thoughts on this regionally recognised Business Aviation industry event and gives an insider’s viewpoint into what we can expect from AsBAA at ABACE15.

ABACE, founded by the US based National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has grown to become a truly Asian Pacific show, with a growing numbers of local exhibitors.

“The annual ABACE event has become a strategic highlight in the Asian business aviation calendar, and one that creates opportunities for networking and discussing key issues”, says Kevin Wu, Chairman, AsBAA. “Beyond creating an exhibition for manufacturers to show off their latest designs and models, ABACE is recognised as a platform for open dialogue with its peers and

the industry media. It’s a moment-in-time barometer on how our industry is doing." read more

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Inmarsat partners with Australian aviation industry to boost global flight tracking

Global mobile satellite communications and safety services provider, Inmarsat, is partnering with Airservices Australia and other key aviation industry stakeholders to trial improved flight tracking services on commercial airline flights to and from Australia.

The announcement follows a resolution on 6 February by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt a new 15-minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft. ICAO is the United Nations body tasked with developing international civil aviation standards and recommended practices. read more

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ExecuJet increases managed fleet in Africa

ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding the company’s managed fleet in Africa with the addition of a Falcon 900B, Hawker 800 and Bombardier Challenger 604.

The newly refurbished Falcon 900B will be based in Luanda, Angola, a first for ExecuJet, while the other two aircraft will be located at Lanseria International Airport, Johannesburg. The Hawker 800 and Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft will both be available for charter.

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United States

Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom datalink service now enables Future Air Navigation System (FANS) testing

Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom datalink service integrates extensive features and functionality for flight departments, including clearances, airport weather, trip planning and monitoring onboard connectivity status.

Now, this powerful tool enables FANS testing to troubleshoot or validate FANS capabilities and crew procedures - from any location, anytime. Access to the FANS testing facility is offered at no additional charge as part of the FlightDeck Freedom subscription. read more

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Phenom 300 - most delivered bizjet for second year in a row

Embraer delivered 73 Phenom 300 in 2014, making it the most delivered business jet in the world, according to a report by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Deliveries of the aircraft reached a total of 60 in 2013, also the largest quantity for that year. read more

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United Kingdom

Shell expands Technical Services portfolio

Shell Aviation has expanded its Technical Services Agreements (TSA) portfolio, achieving a 19% growth on the total number of its customers in 2014.

These customers are currently located in 41 countries, ranging from Southeast Asia, Africa & the Middle East to Australia and the Americas. The company offers airports, airlines and facility operators a suite of tools to enhance safety and operational standards through its TSA.

“Aviation operations managers face many challenges, from providing a safe end-to-end fuel handling process to helping aircraft maintain their tight flying schedules," comments Victoria Guy, GM HSSE, Operations, Technology and Supply, Shell Aviation. "Our technical services build the necessary technical competencies of the fuelling operators as well as provide advice on safety and operational standards for fuel handling. read more

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Stratajet secures $5m investment and launches ground-breaking marketing campaign

Stratajet, the world’s only real time business aviation booking platform, has secured a $5m investment for the continued development and launch of its unique product, which drives both its online and offline brokerage offerings.

The company has also announced that next month it will embark on an airborne marketing ‘roadshow’, with the aim of reaching out to a range of charter operators and FBOs to promote the benefits of its technology.

Stratajet was identified for investment following four years of development of a technology platform, which has the ability to price not just the flight, but also all of the additional variables associated with a journey. Thanks to their data, previously unidentified costs such as handling, landing and out of hours’ charges are also included giving the ability to provide a quote instantly. The funds raised will be used by Stratajet to increase the supply of operator partners both in Europe and the US and to support the roll-out of its consumer product. read more

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FAI reports another record year

German-based general aviation operator and air ambulance specialist FAI rent-a-jet AG has closed the books for 2014 with record revenue numbers of € 73,5m, and a profit before taxes (EBT) of € 8,1m. Revenues have been raised by 10 % (2013: € 66,1m) and EBT has increased by 30 % (2013: € 6,1m).

The current fleet, which consists of 21 aircraft including three Global Express, four Challenger 604, seven Learjet 60/60XR, four Learjet 55, a Learjet 40XR and one Learjet 35A models exceeded 12,700 hours of logged air-time.

The increased utilisation was generated by a 13% rise in demand for the company’s specialized air ambulance fleet, driven to some extent by the health crisis in West Africa, and a 40% rise in its service provision to the world’s largest Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which it has been working with for over 11 years.

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Ever had a catering disaster at 30,000ft? Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering has all the answers . . . 

Oh no, how do I fix this?

regularly get asked questions about how to fix a catering mistake, a food source’s error,
how to create something that was omitted from the catering order, or even how to repair something over cooked or undercooked.

I really love the challenge of finding the solutions.  Since this comes up frequently in conversation, in emails - and even late night trans Atlantic calls from flight attendants asking what something delivered by their local food source might be used for - I felt it might be fun to let you in on some of my solutions to cooking and seasoning challenges.

The most common question is, ‘what happens if the food is overcooked or undercooked?’

Undercooked seems simple enough right?  Well, if you’ve reheated a steak (or any meat for that matter), pulled it from the oven (or the microwave), and sliced it to find that it’s raw, what do you do?

If cut meat is put back into the oven, it’ll dry out;  the beautiful juicy surfaces of the slices will turn grayish-brown and the edges will curl.  For the microwave this will be slightly different, but the muscle of the meat will tighten and curl and there will be no browning.  The resulting meat protein left after heating and then reheating will be dreadful to consume.

And what if your passenger wants a medium or medium rare cut of meat on the plate in front of them.  Not only will the meat be not what they requested, but it will look unappealing.

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Dornier 228 demonstrator tours Oman

Versatile aircraft ideal for scenic flights to complement growing tourism sector

RUAG Aviation in partnership with the Aflag Group has introduced the Dornier 228 multi-purpose to Oman at a private reception for senior members of the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) and Ministry of Tourism as well as representatives from the private sector.

The Dornier 228 is currently deployed in a number of different roles worldwide including special mission aircraft for maritime and border patrol, pollution monitoring, military utility and training and in the USA, as a sightseeing aircraft for tourism in the Grand Canyon and other areas.

Sheikh Khalid, Chairman of Aflag Group noted, "It is with much pleasure that we welcome the new Dornier 228 to Oman, a next generation version of the iconic aircraft that was successfully operated by DG Police Aviation for over two decades.”

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Helicentre's Cabri G2 fleet increases to five

UK Midlands-based Helicentre Aviation Academy has taken delivery of another Guimbal Cabri G2 painted in the same silver-grey paint scheme and company livery as the existing Cabri G2 fleet which now stands at five, including two aircraft which are leased from UK Guimbal distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre.

The keys were ceremoniously handed over by Hélicoptères Guimbal’s President Bruno Guimbal and the aircraft was taken for its acceptance flight at the factory in Marseille, France by Sarah Bowen, Managing Director and Head of Training, accompanied by Oliver Heynes from Cotswold Helicopter Centre.

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Irish Business Aviation Association (IBAA) launch read

NBAA renounces latest effort to curtail Santa Monica Airport access read

Heli Ops - new one day conference set for 4th June, 2015 at London Heliport details

BACA calls for maximum use of UK runway capacity read

Your message is important, so tweet it right. Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president, at Greteman Group. read

Lowering the Heartburn Risk. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

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ACS books $25m of charter flights in 3 weeks aiding industries affected by West Coast port slowdown

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has reported that its North American and Asian offices have been extremely busy booking cargo aircraft charters to ease the pressure caused by the port strike on the USA’s west coast, amounting to more than $25m of business.

Richard Thompson, President of ACS’s US operation, explains: “The port strikes here have affected 29 ports on the west coast, which account for around 70% of all exports and imports to and from Asia, and many of these goods aren’t able to wait or production lines will be forced to shut down, costing tens of millions of dollars.“Since the first week of February we have been busy booking aircraft charters for our clients from Japan and China to the US and Canada. We have flown into California as well as further east to the Midwest in the States and Toronto as well. A lot of charters have also been going the other way, to Japan from the Midwest and a few to Australia too from LAX. So far we have arranged more than 40 large charter flights on aircraft, mainly on Boeing 747 Freighters, carrying almost 5,000 tons of automotive parts, perishables and other urgent cargo.”

Stephen Fernandez, Managing Director of ACS’s Asian offices said: “The main obstacle that we’ve had to overcome is the aircraft availability, which changes from minute to minute. An aircraft that was available five minutes ago is suddenly not available for the next week. Not only that, but the prices that airlines are quoting have tripled due to the demand and the fact that tight schedules often mean that the aircraft cannot wait for the cargo for the return trip. There just haven’t been enough aircraft to cope with demand.”

Richard Thompson

He concluded: “To cope with the huge surge in enquiries, we have even had to fly in some of our charter experts from our European offices, to aid the Hong Kong team here. As to how long demand will last: this will depend on how long it takes for the backlog of cargo, on both sides of the Pacific, to be cleared, now that the strike has finally come to an end.” www.aircharter.co.uk

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