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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 30th October 2014 | Issue #294

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New bizjet leasing and lending firm launches with two former Beechcraft execs at the helm

Bill Boisture joins Shawn Vick on Global Jet Capital's management team

Global Jet Capital, a new company providing leasing and lending solutions for large-cabin, long-range business jets, has officially commenced operations.

Three global investment firms - GSO Capital Partners, a Blackstone company in partnership with Franklin Square Capital Partners; The Carlyle Group; and AE Industrial Partners - have partnered to launch the company, which has the financial capacity to fund more than $2bn in aircraft financing for individual, corporate and government use globally.

“Our management team, executive committee and sponsors have been evaluating this marketplace for the last 36 months,” said Shawn Vick, Chairman of Global Jet Capital’s executive committee. “The conditions are right for asset-based structured financing services. In recent years, traditional lending sources have not been as active in business jet financing as they used to be, leaving an opportunity for Global Jet Capital.”

Global Jet Capital offers operating and interim leases, finance leases and mortgage loans, progress payments and mezzanine financing for both new and previously owned business jets. The company’s equity base, flexible business model and industry expertise allow it to move quickly to provide clients with customized financing solutions. read more

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NEXUS acquires Wyvern

Vincent Santulli, Shawn Vick, Nicholas Sabatini and Art Dawley join Board of Directors.

NEXUS Services America, has announced its recent acquisition of Wyvern Consulting, a global leader in aviation risk management and safety auditing services.

Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Wyvern provides aircraft charter consumers - which include multi-national and Fortune 50 corporations, high worth individuals or families, and government institutions - with it’s suite of intelligence and risk management products.

By leveraging the expertise, resources and networking contacts of the parent group NEXUS Services America, Wyvern is able to provide an effective vehicle to promote its highly recognized Wingman safety program and safety products which provides for in depth safety audits and detailed safety intelligence data to end users of aircraft charter wishing to know more about the aircraft charter vendors they intend to use.

The new Wyvern Board of Directors will be comprised of well known and accomplished leaders in aviation. read more

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2014 NBAA/CAN Soiree raises $380k to support life-saving flights for cancer patients

The National Business Aviation Association and Corporate Angel Network (CAN) raised $380,000 through a charity benefit held on Oct. 22 to support CAN’s life-saving flights for cancer patients.

The funds were raised through the annual NBAA/CAN Soiree, which took place during NBAA 2014 in Orlando. The event featured live and silent auctions and a concert performance by legendary music group Three Dog Night.

Another of the evening’s highlights was a video, produced by CAN and shown at the start of the soiree, which featured 6-year-old Malcolm Thornock from Ames, IA, who was diagnosed in May 2013 with stage four neuroblastoma. Through CAN, Malcolm and his parents - Todd and Samara - have been able to fly routinely, for highly specialized treatment, from their home in Ames to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. read more

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NBAA 2014: General Aviation Cleared to Climb

Randy Bradbury, vice president/senior writer at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capital.

BAA 2014 delivered an unobstructed vision of the future. We’ll be flying faster
in larger, longer-range aircraft.

They’ll be outfitted with a growing array of increasingly reliable safety devices. Fly-by-wire will become the standard. Before long we’ll be routinely exceeding the sound barrier. And we’ll be buying more business aircraft than we have been - good news for everyone in business aviation.

As always at NBAA, every conceivable gadget, safety device and upgrade was on display, experts at the ready with in-depth explanations. Every new aircraft was on view at the static, along with a broad representation of current models.

It’s All About the Connections

Despite the proliferation of sparkling hardware, the show’s biggest benefits are the human relationships forged and renewed. Even in an industry that flies for a living, face-to-face opportunities are limited. NBAA provides a reliable, annual meet-up.

Whether you’re offering aviation services or hardware, it’s a marketing extravaganza you really can’t afford to miss. read more

Colt's Regional Trip Support delivers visibility and control to pilots and flight operations

Cloud technology and service solution includes new OFP - File & Go and APG’s Runway Analysis and Weight & Balance tools

Colt International has introduced the latest addition to its rapidly expanding Trip Support solution.

Regional Trip Support (RTS) is a new flexible, bundle of services and cloud technologies designed to help companies drive standard processes and gain transparency across all international and regional trips.

Four elements comprise RTS - online flight planning technology, datalink, aircraft performance tools and full-service regional flight support. The solution is sold either as a packaged offering or a la carte. Included in RTS is the fall release of OFP - Colt’s online flight planning tool.

The new OFP includes numerous improvements and highlights two significant new enhancements, an entry version named OFP- File & Go and the integration of Aircraft Performance Group’s Runway Analysis and Weight & Balance tools. read more

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Falcon grows Brazil service with new Sao Paulo branch

Focus on Servicing Trade with the Americas, China, Europe and Middle East

Falcon Maritime and Aviation has launched a branch office in Sao Paulo, Brazil as the company enhances its air and ocean transportation solutions to the Brazil market.

“Brazil is a dynamic market with growth potential not only in U.S. trade, but in trade with key markets across Europe and Asia,” says
Richard J. Shelala, Director of Falcon Maritime and Aviation. “By opening our eighth overseas office in Sao Paulo, we will be extending the high level of customer service that the Falcon brand is known for to this very promising market.”

The new branch - Falcon Servicos Maritimos do Brasil Ltda. - is located in the Brooklin neighborhood, a key financial and commercial hub in Sao Paulo. The office will service Falcon’s strong existing ocean freight business between the United States and Brazil, while growing opportunities to link Brazil with Europe and markets in the Middle East and China.

Falcon Maritime and Aviation is a third-generation, family-owned Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and transportation logistics firm headquartered in Jamaica, New York. Falcon consistently ranks among the leading NVOCC’s by volume from the United States to the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Subcontinent. In addition to the new Sao Paolo office, Falcon maintains seven overseas offices throughout Saudi Arabia and India.


Honeywell forecasts up to 9,450 business jet deliveries worth $280bn over next decade

In its 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook, Honeywell is forecasting up to 9,450 new business jet deliveries worth $280 billion from 2014 to 2024.

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Travel safety course for pilots, crew and executives

MedAire Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning for novice and seasoned travelers.

MedAire, an International SOS company, has announced a new e-learning course to provide crewmembers and executives with the knowledge and skills to enhance their personal safety when traveling.

MedAire’s Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning provides information on layover safety, travel precautions when choosing accommodation and transport, as well as tactics to respond to acts of violence, crime, natural disasters in an unfamiliar location.

The web-based course content is based on real-life scenarios from MedAire’s medical and security assistance experience.

“Taking a proactive approach to preparing crew and passengers before travel is an essential part of any travel risk management plan,” said Bill Dolny, CEO of MedAire. “MedAire’s Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning educates students on personal safety best practices and helps mitigate the security risks crew and executives may face when traveling.” read more

Plus: MedAire Trip Ready now available for iPhone

Workforce increase, HQ expansion and U.S. demo tour as HondaJet nears entry into service

Speaking at a press conference on the first day of NBAA2014 in Orlando, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino highlighted the progress and achievements of the HondaJet program as the aircraft prepares for entry into service.

“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Fujino.

Michimasa Fujino

“The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.” read more

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United States

NBAA wraps up another highly successful show

The National Business Aviation Association’s 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) drew to a close last Thursday and, by all indications, was a success for attendees and exhibitors alike.

NBAA2014 featured about 1,100 exhibitors in the Orange County Convention Center. Additionally, more than 100 aircraft were displayed in several locations - at a sold-out static display at Orlando Executive Airport, at an indoor display inside the convention center and at various exhibitor booths on the show floor. More than 26,000 people attended the show, which included representatives from 49 U.S. states and 95 countries around the world.

“Clearly, in a host of ways, NBAA’s 2014 convention is one for the record books,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are thrilled by the enthusiasm that marked each of the show’s three days, and we are already making plans for next year’s convention in Las Vegas, NV, from Nov. 17 to 19, 2015.”

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AMAC completes its first in-house designed refurbishment project

AMAC Aerospace has completed its first interior refurbishment project, wholly designed by its own professional in-house design team The work was undertaken at AMAC's state-of-the-art headquarters at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

The entire refurbishment process, which took eight months to complete, used only the highest grade materials. The project comprised eight reworked seat back shells and arm rests which were partially covered with perforated leather; six reworked bulkheads, two divans, and three tables; new carpet throughout and a newly fitted VIP lavatory. The completed interior features five single and two double business class seats and night configuration for sleeping. read more

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Jet Aviation signs exclusive management agreement with premier Bahamas FBO

Jet Aviation has signed an FBO management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) based at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, effective January 1, 2015.

EFS’s facility comprises 305,000 square feet of ramp and a full-service FBO terminal building that includes onsite Bahamas Customs and Immigration available 24 hours, concierge service, computerized flight planning, pilot lounge, executive lounges, conference room, courtesy offices, on-site car rental and 20,000 square feet of hangar space. 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 fortnightly 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. When followed over longer stretches of time this chart will give you a sense of seasonal changes in-flight patterns and general flight patterns in Europe.

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United Kingdom

London Oxford Airport hosts Embraer Legacy 500

London Oxford Airport recently welcomed Embraer’s newest certificated family member, the midsize Legacy 500, as a demonstrator aircraft flew in as part of a brief regional tour.

This was the first 500 Series to touch down on UK soil and its arrival coincided with the first delivery to a private customer. read more

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Helicopter modernization: the clock is ticking

Based on the recent Honeywell study, the global helicopter market is constantly growing. Over the next four years alone, it is expected to welcome almost 5000 thousand new choppers.

At the same time, the owners of older model machines are faced with a dilemma: to modernize or to invest into fleet renewal. For them the clock is ticking, as the existing fleet is currently on the edge of completing its calendar resource.

The rapid advances in technology allow not only creating innovative new products but also significantly improving the existing equipment. By introducing new upgrades and highly sophisticated system updates the life of a helicopter can be prolonged, the safety of its operation increased and the deterioration of certain parts considerably reduced. read more

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United States

The Kollsman Enhanced Vision System - Superior Performance (EVS-SP) manufactured by Elbit Systems’ wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, has been selected by Gulfstream for the new G500 and G600 aircraft.

EVS-SP uses cutting-edge, fully digital high resolution infrared sensor technology, allowing taxi, takeoff, and landing operations in various weather situations in accordance with all applicable FAA/EASA/ICAO EVS operational and certification regulations.

EVS is a key component to FAA Next Gen and EASA SESAR airspace optimization. The system is applicable for fixed and rotary wing aircraft and is expected to be fully certified in mid-2015.

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FlightSafety selected as factory authorized trainer for new Falcon 8X

FlightSafety International has been selected by Dassault as the factory authorized training provider for the new Falcon 8X aircraft.

FlightSafety will initially design and manufacture two full flight simulators for the Falcon 8X. The first simulator will be installed at FlightSafety’s newly expanded Learning Center in Teterboro, New Jersey. The start of training will coincide with the entry into service of the aircraft. The second Falcon 8X simulator will be installed at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Paris. read more

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BGAD to alternate annually between Biggin Hill and Cambridge

New dates set for 2015 and 2016

A new arrangement has been forged by the organiser of the annual Business & General Aviation Day (BGAD) under which the one-day exhibition and seminar will alternate annually between London Biggin Hill and Cambridge airports. read more

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United Kingdom

Cobham wins $640m AUD Australian Maritime Safety Authority contract for Airborne Search & Rescue

Cobham has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilisation activity to commence later this year.

AMSA utilises aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

The contract, secured through open industry competition, has a value including estimated flying charges of $640m AUD over 12 years. If three additional optional years are exercised by AMSA, the full value would exceed $700m.

Cobham will acquire, modify, commission and then operate and maintain four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 special mission jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue capability over land and at sea. read more

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NATS opens dedicated office for MENA region

Senior directors outline the company’s long term commitment to the region and its collaborative approach to working with the Middle East’s aviation industry

One of the world’s leading air traffic management companies, NATS, has opened its headquarters for the Middle East and North Africa region, with a permanent office in the JLT free zone in Dubai, UAE.

To mark the occasion, a number of its senior executives, including Catherine Mason, Managing Director, NATS Services, and John Swift, Director, NATS Middle East, met with Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, to discuss some of the most significant aviation opportunities and challenges facing the Gulf countries.  NATS also outlined its long term commitment to the region and its desire to work in collaboration with local service providers, regulators, airlines and airports, to find appropriate solutions to meet the aviation growth aspirations of the GCC.

NATS’ air traffic controllers handled over 2 million flights carrying 220 million passengers last year, and the business generated revenues of over $1.45bn. The company currently operates around the world, including in Asia and continental Europe, but it has its roots in the UK, where it provides vital air traffic control services at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, amongst others. read more

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BACA welcomes two new Council Members

Bernhard Fragner and Richard Mumford join the BACA Council

Bernhard Fragner of GlobeAir and Richard Mumford of Stevens & Bolton have been elected to join the Council of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). The elections were made during a recent meeting of the BACA Council at the Baltic Exchange in London.

Bernhard Fragner, the Founder and CEO of GlobeAir AG, is driven by his personal mantra 'Passion into Profession'. An avid aviator, Bernhard is a strong believer in revolutionizing short-haul travel by applying an air taxi business model, maximising aircraft utilization and building strong IT support with the main focus on customer service. GlobeAir, which is headquartered in Austria, was one of the first operators in the air taxi business. Since 2011 GlobeAir has operated the world's largest homogeneous fleet of Cessna Citation Mustangs. read more

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NBAA: Something for everyone!

he NBAA wrapped up another successful conference last week as
about 26,000 attendees including 1100 exhibitors departed sunny Orlando, Florida.

It was a jam-packed conference with sessions too numerous to attend all the ones I had placed on my wish list. The selection was well rounded and there was something for absolutely everyone.

I wish I could have had a few extra days added to the conference in order to meet with everyone I wanted, to see all the exhibits, and to visit every aircraft at the static display. With so many awesome exhibitors, three days is just not enough time to see and do everything.

I’ll make a suggestion that I think could help . . . the Orlando Orange County Conference Center needs to build a tram that runs between the north, south, east and west, convention halls. It felt as if I was constantly running between the halls. If the tram idea doesn’t go over, wouldn’t it be fun to ride those stand-up scooters around the hall? They would need blind spot indicators for me. The exhibit hall is HUGE!

One event I was able to attend was the Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) luncheon where I was fortunate to hear Amelia Rose Earhart (the youngest female to circumnavigate the globe in a single engine aircraft) speak and present an extremely motivational program about her journey around the world on the same path as the first Amelia did decades ago. Totally inspiring! Impressive journey! At times, I was even moved to tear up over her speech.

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ExecuJet triumphs at Bombardier ASF Excellence Awards

ExecuJet Aviation Group is celebrating a triple win at the Bombardier Authorised Service Facility (ASF) Excellence Awards.

The company’s Dubai MRO facility was named ‘Overall’ and ‘International’ winner, and ExecuJet’s Melbourne MRO at Essendon Airport won ‘Best Line Maintenance Facility’.

Nick Weber, ExecuJet Maintenance Director - Middle East, says: “We are delighted our Dubai MRO has won the ‘International’ category award for four years running and been named ‘Overall’ Winner for the second year in a row. We are always looking to offer the best possible service to our customers.”

Grant Ingall, ExecuJet Maintenance Director - Australasia, adds: “We are so pleased our line maintenance facility in Melbourne has been recognised. The award is testament to the hard work and high levels of customer service we provide.”

In addition, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has won ‘Best European Facility’ for its MRO facility at Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport in Germany. ExecuJet is a joint venture partner in LBAS.

The Bombardier ASF Excellence Awards are presented annually to Bombardier ASFs that deliver the best performance across a set of key elements focusing on quality, compliance, and customer influence.

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Health a growing concern for high flyers as Bon Soirée reports latest food trends

Bon Soirée, the provider of fine dining for private jets, has undertaken its annual analysis of the food ordering trends of its clients and has shown that concerns about consuming healthy food and drink has become the main driver of customer demands.

The UK based caterer which serves London, the South of England and the Midlands, reported that only 50% of the all the flights catered for by Bon Soirée in the last 12 months ordered red meat in their meals and that there has been a rise from 25% to 30% in the number of American flights requesting meat free menus.

There has been an increase for dishes that are low in saturated fat and high in fibre, fruit and vegetables with nuts, seeds and grains becoming an increasingly popular way of getting protein into a vegetarian diet. Clients continue to be conscious about any additives in their food with low sodium, low sugar ingredients becoming even more important. read more

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Piaggio unveils its new identity

In a change that embraces its illustrious past and bright new future, the aviation manufacturer Piaggio Aero unveiled its new identity last week at NBAA2014.

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NBAA's Associate Member Advisory Council gain two new members
FlightSafety's David Davenport and Signature's Maria Sastre to join AMAC
The National Business Aviation Association has appointed two new members to its Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC).

AMAC consists of representatives of manufacturers and other companies that provide aircraft products and services to NBAA Member flight departments. The council advises the NBAA Board of Directors on areas of interest to the Associate Membership. It also defines the relationship among all segments of the NBAA Membership and recommends programs that would improve communications between those segments.

David Davenport, senior vice president of FlightSafety International, and Maria Sastre, president and chief operating officer of Signature Flight Support, will serve two-year terms starting with AMAC’s December meeting.

Davenport was selected for his “expertise in business aviation training, vast experience and strong leadership capabilities,” said Joan Sullivan Garrett, AMAC’s chairman. Sastre was chosen for her “excellent leadership qualities, as well as the representation of the fixed-base operators, a very important segment within the business aviation industry,” Sullivan Garrett said.

Davenport has held various management positions at FlightSafety International over the past 18 years. In his current role, he reports directly to the aviation training company’s chief executive officer and is responsible for sales, marketing, business development and operations.

Sastre, a former executive in the commercial airline and cruise line industries, joined Signature Flight Support in 2010. In her current role, she oversees the daily operations of Signature’s worldwide network of fixed-base operations and maintenance centers.

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