NBAA applauds introduction of
legislation to resolve excise tax
dispute for management companies
The National Business Aviation
Association has welcomed the
introduction of bipartisan congressional
legislation that would put an end to the
improper application of commercial
airline ticket taxes to aircraft
The legislation makes clear that
management services provided to assist a
business aircraft owner in the operation
of its aircraft are non-commercial
aviation in nature and are subject to
the aviation fuel tax.
Introduced by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-12-OH)
and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), H.R. 896
and S. 321 clearly state that amounts
paid by the aircraft owner for
maintenance and support of their
aircraft by a management services
company - such as for crew scheduling
and dispatch, flight planning services,
insurance and aircraft maintenance - are
not subject to the ticket tax.
2016 Business Aviation Review
ARGUS has released its 2016 Business Aviation
This year end review looks at flight activity
for the overall industry, the individual industry segments & aircraft
categories, and it reviews top operators & other key metrics.
2016 proved to be another banner year for
business aviation. TRAQPak recorded rises in flight activity for 11 of the 12
calendar months; April recorded a slight year over year decline of 0.6%.
Flight activity for 2016 was up 3.2% when
compared to 2015. It was up 5.3% when compared to 2014 and 7.5% when compared to
Download the full Report here
Silver Air launches PURE Jet Management
Silver Air, the private jet management and
charter operator based in Southern California, has launched PURE Jet Management
illustrating the company’s vision to be the most innovative and transparent
aircraft management solution.
PURE Jet Management fundamentals focus on the
company’s owner-advocate approach that ensures jet owners’ interests are put
ahead of all others, a proprietary process that builds strategic plans for each
aircraft based on the owner’s goals, and an expert team that is professional,
accessible, and transparent.
“PURE Jet Management differentiates Silver Air
from traditional management companies that have developed a network of multiple
profit centers motivated by upselling fuel, maintenance, hanger rent, and fixed
costs,” said Silver Air co-founder and president
“Since day one, Silver Air has vowed to advocate for our owner clients, and
avoid the conflicts of interest that come from the traditional model."
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Before we talk more
about why you want to wrangle updates yourself, let’s talk a bit more about what
a CMS is. What does CMS even mean? It’s jargon to most people. When talking to
friends about the website I just developed and how excited I was because I coded
the CMS “so easy to use, even an admin can make content changes” - I get blank
In my attempt to
explain CMS, I will say something like, “You know . . . it’s when I do all the
coding and hide it to make it super easy for non-tech types to make updates to
their website without knowing or having to see any of the difficult coding and
backend stuff.” The response is usually, “Oh, okay . . . ” But they still have
no idea what I’m talking about.
NBAA calls for modernized ATC that
serves all Americans
National Business Aviation Association
President and CEO Ed Bolen has issued a
statement, regarding comments made in
conjunction with a meeting between
President Donald Trump and several
airline CEOs, which included discussion
of creating a privatized Air Traffic
Control (ATC) system, funded by user
fees - a concept long pushed by the
“We’re delighted that, in today’s
meeting, the president made clear that
aviation modernization is important -
that’s a goal with which we agree, and
the business aviation community will
continue to be at the forefront of
aviation-modernization efforts,” Bolen
“We very much welcome the opportunity to
work with the new president and the
Congress to advance this goal in a way
that serves all Americans, not just
those in the country’s largest cities
with commercial airline hubs.
publishes 2017 Travel Risk Map & Research
80% of organisations modified
travel itineraries due to health or security concerns in the past year.
MedAire, an International SOS
company, has published its Travel Risk Map for 2017.
Created by the world's leading
medical and travel security specialists, the map provides a comprehensive
overview of risks by destination and helps organisations and their flight
departments in mitigating travel risks.
The map is a valuable resource to
flight departments as security issues remain top of mind for the global business
traveller. In a survey about business travel and risks, 80% of the respondents
reported they modified travel itineraries due to health or security concerns
over the past year.
Bombardier Globals surpass 2,500
takeoffs and landings in Aspen
Bombardier Business Aircraft have
announced that, since 2000, Global aircraft have achieved more than 2,500
takeoffs and landings at Aspen's challenging airport.
With their high-performance,
ultra-luxurious interior, and exceptionally smooth ride, Bombardier's Global
aircraft are ideally suited to operate in and out of the rugged terrain
surrounding Aspen/Snowmass, a popular winter destination offering some of the
world's premier downhill skiing.
Delivering a steep approach
capability like no other aircraft in their class, Global business jets
demonstrate renowned agility and deft landing capabilities at Aspen/Pitkin
County Airport, which is nestled among Rocky Mountain peaks at approximately
7,820 feet (2,384 m) above sea level.
Jet Aviation at St. Louis has named aviation
veteran Pat Fenwick to the new position of MRO manager that was created in the
continuous effort to improve customer service in MRO maintenance projects.
Fenwick is a 44-year aviation veteran - 25 of
those years at Jet Aviation at St. Louis. He has deep experience across MRO,
including paint, avionics, engineering flight testing, inspection, quality and
Fenwick has specialized in aircraft
restoration professionally and as an avocation. He restores and maintains World
War II-era "warbirds," including a B-25 bomber that he and others bought and
later donated to the Commemorative Air Force.
Iconic Biggin Hill celebrates 100th anniversary
A unique gathering of people and aircraft have
witnessed the launch of ‘Biggin100’ - a programme of celebrations and special
events to mark the centenary of London Biggin Hill Airport.
Three very special 100 year old guests took to
the air on Tuesday (February 14th) and flew over Biggin in a Spitfire and a
Learjet 75 corporate jet.
Ray Roberts, a WW2 pilot had the honour of
flying in the Spitfire, whilst local resident Lily Osborne, ex Bletchley Park
Signals Intelligence Officer and Trudi Baxter flew in one of the most modern
corporate jets, a Learjet 75 provided by bespoke charter airline, Zenith
Elite Network spans the Hemispheres
World Fuel Services' Air Elite
Network has welcomed nine new FBOs to its global network of Diamond Service
Locations in recent months.
Ross Aviation’s FBO at
Long Beach, CA., joins the Air Elite Network.
network now covers both hemispheres and covers six continents, with a widening
footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.
Air Plains Services marks 40 years as
extreme performance leader
Wellington, Kansas - just south of Wichita -
calls itself the Wheat Capital of the World, but there is a global audience that
also knows it as the home of Air Plains Services, this year marking 40 years as
a leader in creating extreme performance upgrades for thousands of Cessna piston
aircraft around the globe.
“I started Air Plains 40 years ago out of my
passion for making airplanes fly better, faster and more agile, and cheaper to
operate, and it’s grown into a company recognized around the world for our XP
extreme performance kits for Cessna piston singles, as well as for our high-
quality airframe modifications and maintenance for a variety of aircraft
models,” said Mike Kelley,
owner of Air Plains. “Our team supports not only our many individual owners for
XP installations and kits, aircraft maintenance and modifications, but we’re
frequently called on by OEMs for our reliable expertise in getting the best
performance out of a variety of aircraft models.”
rebrands as Apex Executive Jet Center
Baer Air (KMLB) announces its
official name change to Apex Executive Jet Center (AEJC) as it expands and
upgrades its facilities and services.
will continue its partnership with Avfuel as a branded FBO and will expand its
storage and deliverable capabilities over the next year.
NBAC to co-host West African Business Aviation Symposium
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA)
has teamed up with EAN Aviation, organisers of the annual Nigerian Business
Aviation Conference, NBAC, to merge the two respected meetings into one powerful
In a value-add for delegates the two meetings
will come together to spearhead discussions about the value of creative business
thinking, and how it can stimulate new ideas to help navigate the increasingly
challenging world of business aviation in the region.
The organisers have
designed the programme with the aim of providing a set of pragmatic tools that
will support the region’s stakeholders’ future planning and development.
NBAA requests Appeals Court review of Santa
Monica Airport settlement agreement
The National Business Aviation Association has
joined with five additional airport stakeholders to petition the U.S. Court of
Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the recent
decision by the FAA that negatively affects the future of California’s Santa
Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).
Last month, the FAA announced it had reached a
settlement with the city of Santa Monica, which, in addition to permitting
closure of the historic airfield at the end of 2028, would also allow the city
to immediately begin the process of reducing the length of the SMO's sole runway
from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet.
NBAA President and CEO
termed the FAA’s seeming acquiescence to a vocal minority of Santa Monica
residents, "a one-of-a-kind development" that would severely restrict aviation
access throughout Southern California and across the U.S.
completes testing of key satellite infrastructure for European Aviation Network
Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of
global mobile satellite communications, has announced a key infrastructure
milestone for its European Aviation Network (EAN), following the successful test
and validation of the EAN Satellite Access Station (SAS).
As the first solution in the world to
integrate connectivity from a satellite, operated by Inmarsat, and a LTE-based
ground network, operated by Deutsche Telekom, EAN will provide a true in-flight
broadband experience for millions of airlines passengers travelling throughout
brands Castle & Cooke Aviation, adding three leading Pacific FBOs to Network
Castle & Cooke Aviation’s three FBOs in Van
Nuys, California (KVNY); Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL); and Everett, Washington (KPAE)
have become new significant locations in the Avfuel Network of 650+ branded FBOs.
With a reputation for elegant facilities
coupled with personalized support, Castle & Cooke Aviation has led the industry
with premier services to Fortune 500 aviation customers since 1980.
Honeywell joins Clean Sky Joint Undertaking to advance green aviation technology
Honeywell has joined
the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking, the largest European research program
developing innovative technologies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions
and noise levels produced by aircraft.
As a core partner of
Clean Sky, Honeywell received funding worth 35m Euros to back the development of
aerospace technologies in support of the initiative. The funding will further
strengthen Honeywell’s commitment to its European engineering centers,
particularly in the Czech Republic, France and the United Kingdom.
As part of its membership, Honeywell
will undertake projects to develop priority technologies from cockpit solutions
to health monitoring. It will also use the funding to advance its
electromechanical actuators, which help improve aircraft performance and
encourage lower operating costs.
ASL's Legacy 450 approved to operate into
London City airport
ASL has received the approval from the London
Airport Authorities to perform commercial charter flights in and out of the
famous airport of London City (LCY) with its Embraer Legacy 450, thereby
becoming the first Legacy 450 (operator) in the world to obtain this approval
(the stretched model Legacy 500 being already approved).
The aircraft, serial number 55010003, was
delivered to ASL and its partner company Smartair in January 2016 and was the
first Legacy 450 registered in Europe, also the first Legacy 450 to be offered
on the charter market worldwide.
In spring 2016, the company announced that it
had received approval to operate charter flights in and out of the challenging
airport of St. Tropez (La Mole) on the French Riviera, where the aircraft was
based during the entire summer season of 2016. The aircraft was recently
retrofitted by Embraer with the new "Steep Approach Mode", allowing the aircraft
to perform stabilized approaches with up to 6°steep angles (London City's final
approach glide-path is 5.5°).
ATR and Sweden’s BRA perform first ATR
An ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA
(former Braathens Regional) has flown
from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå, fueled at
45% with fossil-free used cooking oil,
marking the first biofuel-powered flight
of an ATR aircraft.
BRA provides an essential air service to
link their main hub of Stockholm-Bromma
to twelve Swedish regions. The ATRs of
BRA provide an unrivaled performance
advantage in months with adverse weather
conditions. The airline is particularly
committed to environmental preservation
and has already started replacing their
Saab 2000s with modern ATR 72-600s,
recognized as the most fuel-efficient
aircraft on the regional market.
Several research and development
initiatives are currently underway in
Sweden to produce biofuels from
different types of wood. In Sweden,
forests cover more than 50% of the
country, and grow at a rate of 120
million cubic meters annually. Making
domestic air traffic in Sweden
completely fossil-free would require
less than 2% of the total annual forest
TAG Aviation to undertake fourth Falcon
TAG Aviation will soon commence its
fourth scheduled C-check inspection on a
Falcon 7X aircraft.
C-checks are the most comprehensive
maintenance overhaul for the Dassault
Falcon 7X and are due every eight years
or every 4,000 cycles, whichever comes
All the expertise needed for C-checks
necessitates extensive production
coordination between TAG’s maintenance,
engineering, customer support, spare
parts and cabin refurbishment
departments. Special planning is put in
place to enable the quick reactivity
which operators demand during this major
TAG’s first C-check project on this
aircraft type was completed during last
summer and was undertaken in conjunction
with a major cabin and cockpit
refurbishment and also included a brand
founder and President of
Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
the Heartburn Risk
e have all
at one time
Did you know
that over 20% of the population suffers from acid reflux or heartburn at least once a
That means we have all probably had to plan meals for a passenger or flight crew suffering with
this ailment . . . possibly without even knowing it. Knowing this high number of occurrences, it
might be wise for catering sources to plan an assortment of meals and label them as low risk
meals for heartburn.
The symptoms of heartburn are generally the same with varying degrees. A tight, fiery painful sensation through your chest and throat is primary. This is most often followed by a sour or bitter taste in your throat and mouth that can last for minutes or even hours.
Heartburn is caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is released into the
oesophagus because of either acid damage in the
oesophagus or a weakened sphincter
muscle. This occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter muscle (LES) becomes relaxed and stomach acid splashes up into the
Foods to Avoid when planning for a passenger or flight crew with heartburn or acid
Airbus Helicopters products gain
market share in North America despite slow market conditions in 2016
Airbus Helicopters Inc. and
Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd. solidified their position as the North American
market leader in civil and parapublic helicopters in 2016 despite a difficult
market environment that saw a dramatic decline in total industry orders.
The companies delivered a
combined 60 new helicopters to the civil and parapublic market in 2016, 50
percent of the total deliveries in North America. The two companies booked a
total of 64 orders for new aircraft, or an estimated 73 percent of all new
helicopter bookings in North America.
In both deliveries and bookings, the
companies increased their share of the North America helicopter market.
Luxaviation Helicopters launches
as first global VIP helicopter management company
Luxaviation Helicopters, part of
the Luxaviation Group, launches as the first VIP helicopter management company
with a truly global reach.
Present in key locations spanning
the Group’s worldwide operations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe,
the Americas and the Middle East, Luxaviation Helicopters will manage VIP and
VVIP helicopters for private and business clients.
Luxaviation Helicopters will
specialise in helicopter management, delivering services to helicopter owners
including crew provision, training, maintenance coordination, charter services,
sales and acquisitions.
From Spring 2017, Luxaviation Helicopters will become
one of the first VIP helicopter operators in Europe holding EASA approval,
allowing the company to operate charter flights to offshore yachts and cruise
Strong start to 2017,
especially business jet
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Pre-owned bizjet full retail sale transactions end six consecutive years
of increases in 2016
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completes testing of key satellite infrastructure for European Aviation Network
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