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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 12th November 2015 | Issue #344
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United States

Pre-owned Business Jet, Turboprop, Helicopter and Airliner market information

September 2015 and first nine months of 2015.

JETNET has released September 2015 and the first nine months of 2015 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, helicopter, and commercial airliner markets.

Key worldwide trends across all aircraft market segments compared September 2015 to September 2014. Fleet For Sale percentages for all market sectors were mixed in the September comparisons. Business jets and piston helicopters showed the largest declines in Percentages For Sale compared to the other markets.

This is the lowest percentage (11.2%) for business jets that we have seen since the great recession began. However, the total number for sale is still above the 2,200 mark.

Business jets are still showing a decline (2.8%) in pre-owned sale transactions in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, but have improved compared to earlier in the year.

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Bolen again raises concerns over privatized ATC funded with user fees

In comments provided at a major Washington policy forum today, National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen amplified his concerns over recently discussed proposals for creating a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system funded by user fees.

Bolen’s remarks reaffirmed messages sent by NBAA and other industry stakeholders who oppose such measures, since the issue resurfaced earlier this year as part of the ongoing debate over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

"The public airspace belongs to the public," Bolen said during a panel discussion at the Air Traffic Controllers Association’s (ATCA’s) 60th Annual Conference & Exposition held in Washington Harbor, MD.

"It is the public's elected representatives who should continue to ensure that our airspace is managed in the best interest of all Americans, rather than to the exclusive benefit of some industry group, or combination of industry groups.”

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Honeywell improves aircraft safety with new ground - based augmentation system capabilities

FAA certification of Honeywell SmartPath software upgrades increases safety and efficiency of aircraft descents and landings.

Honeywell Aerospace has announced the availability of the third software generation of its SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System following certification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The new software upgrades further enhance precise satellite-guided flight navigation that can increase airport capacity while improving the safety and fuel efficiency of aircraft during approach, landing and take-off.

Global airlines, airports and air navigation service providers will benefit from the latest features of SmartPath Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS), which since 2009 has been the only FAA-certified solution of its kind. The software updates (referred to as Block II) will enable airlines and airports to achieve more benefits from Honeywell’s SmartPath by improving the availability of the system even where GPS signals are negatively impacted by unique weather conditions, primarily at low latitudes.

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Spirit Aeronautics celebrates its 15th anniversary

Leading business aircraft services provider, Spirit Aeronautics - located in Columbus, Ohio - is celebrating its fifteenth year in business.

“When I first started Spirit Aeronautics (formerly Spirit Avionics) in 2000, I literally quit my job and took the leap of faith that it would work out,” said Rick Ochs, Founder, Chairman & CEO. “It was scary. I had a wife, kids and a mortgage with no income other than what I could generate from the trunk of my car. A year later my partner and I purchased Capital Aircraft Electronics, who I used to work for, significantly increasing our capabilities and setting the stage for continued growth.

Fifteen years later, I look back and I am amazed at our good fortune to be able not only stay to in business, but thrive and grow. It was a leap of faith with a total trust in god and I can honestly say I can’t wait to see what the next fifteen years brings!”

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Flying Colours' Chesterfield MO wins Bombardier Excellence Award

Flying Colours Corp. KSUS, the St. Louis, MO, MRO and completions facility has been awarded by Bombardier Business Aircraft the Authorized Service Facility Excellence Award in the North American category.

According to Bombardier, the win exemplifies quality, performance and commitment to customers, as well as support of Bombardier’s strategy to deliver outstanding customer experience through superior performance.

Troy Funk, Vice President Technical Services, Flying Colours Corp. KSUS will accept the award on behalf of the company at the 5th Annual Bombardier ASF Excellence Awards ceremony which will take place on November 18 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas, USA. “It is the first time we have been eligible for this so we are hugely honoured to win, especially given the intense competition in the North American market. We recognize the dedication, commitment and hard work our strong team in St. Louis places on the customer experience, and the award from Bombardier Business Aircraft underlines what a great job they do.”

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Embraer Executive Jets and Emirates Flight Training Academy have announced a contract for up to 10 Phenom 100E entry-level jets.

The aircraft - scheduled for delivery in 2017 - will be used for flight training purposes to meet the present and future demand for professional airline pilots.


Air BP


Julio Casas

Air BP has announced the appointment of Julio Casas as North America General Aviation Director.

Julio will be based at Air BP’s American headquarters in Chicago, IL, and starts his role with immediate effect. Julio has moved to the USA, from Europe, where he held the position of Global General Aviation Strategy and Business Development Manager for the last year.

Julio brings over seven years of highly valuable and relevant experience to the position, both from within Air BP, and parent company BP. Since joining BP on the prestigious Future Leaders programme in 2008, he has gained exposure across numerous BP Downstream businesses worldwide including time as the Middle East General Aviation Director for Air BP in Dubai.

Born in Germany, Julio has an MBA in International Management from John Moores University in the UK.



Alan Hung

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) recently appointed industry professional, Mr. Alan Hung, to the position of Director of Business Development Asia-Pacific region.

As a resident of Hong Kong, Mr. Hung began his aviation career as an aircraft dispatcher and station control officer at Hong Kong International Airport.

Soon after obtaining his Bachelor of Aviation Management Degree from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Hung excelled in business aviation as an operations supervisor for Metrojet Limited for five years before being promoted to Aircraft Management Sales Manager.

As an experienced consultative sales professional of aircraft management services, Mr. Hung will be responsible for directing Business Development for JSSI throughout the region.



Neil Kunycky

Neil Kunycky has joined FlightSafety International as National Sales Director for Beechcraft aircraft training programs.

Neil held variety of positions during his 32 years with Beechcraft. He began at Elliott Beechcraft in Minneapolis then relocated to Boston to open a factory-owned King Air sales office. He held a number of sales positions including Regional Sales Manager, Sales Director for New England and Eastern Canada, Hawker Sales Director, and most recently Northeast Sales Director for the King Air and Cessna Caravan.

Neil earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a member of the University’s National Championship Precision Flight Team. Neil has flown over 2,500 hours, holds a Commercial / Instrument pilot certificate, and is qualified in both the King Air 200 and 90 series aircraft.

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United States

NetJets-operated Global 6000 sets two new world speed records

A Global 6000 owned and operated by NetJets has set a new standard for speed between three of the world's most challenging airports.

Flying from Aspen, Colorado to London, England and then on to Lugano, Switzerland, the ultra-long-range Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft set two new city-pair speed records. read more

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United Arab Emirates

Gama Aviation predicts significant increase in aero medical evacuation services in the UAE

Plus: New research reveals size of Middle East business aircraft market.

One in ten business aircraft in the Middle East is up for sale.

Gama Aviation plc, the global aviation services company with a base at Sharjah Airport, is predicting a big increase in aero-medical flights to and from the UAE over the next few years.

It believes this will be fuelled by economic growth; a growing population; a rise in tourism as Dubai builds towards the 2020 Expo, and the on-going development of the country’s world leading aviation, financial services and healthcare sectors. read more

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Asian Sky Group releases condensed 2015 Africa Business Jet Fleet report

Following in the footsteps of its highly successful annual Asia business jet and helicopter fleet reports, Asian Sky Group (ASG) has released a condensed Business Jet Fleet Report for Africa.

“Africa is a growing and developing market with great potential for business aviation expansion.” says Jeffrey Lowe, Managing Director at ASG. “Some of the highest growth rates are currently being experienced by African nations, bumping the continent into the Top 20 in business jet markets worldwide. read more, plus download a copy of the Report

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U.S. Bank launches first GA mobile payment app

Pilots now can pay for fuel from their phones

Private and business aviation pilots can now pay for fueling and services directly from their phones with a new app from U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation.

MSA Pay, which went live this week, is the first mobile payment app in the general aviation space,
designed specifically for the ordering, payment and back office needs of pilots.
Honeywell, Airbus deliver real-time weather information service

Adopted from a new service recently launched by Honeywell Aerospace, Weather on Board for FlySmart with Airbus will be available to airlines later this year.

Delivered via an iOS or Windows app, the service provides real-time weather information during flights from takeoff to landing, saving time for pilots, reducing fuel costs for airlines, and increasing safety and comfort for passengers.

The app replaces volumes of paper weather forecast reports issued hours before flight and periodic radio dispatch updates.

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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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South Africa

ExecuJet achieves first IS-BAH certificate in Africa

ExecuJet Aviation Group is celebrating accreditation by the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) for its FBO in Lanseria, South Africa, becoming the first FBO in Africa to hold this industry-leading certificate.

ExecuJet's Lanseria FBO team

read more, plus: Tianjin Binhai Airport Repair Station, China, awarded FAR 145 certification.

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MSB Design Hi-Lo tables added as line-fit option for Gulfstream G500 and G600 models

Ahead of this year’s NBAA, Canada-based precision engineering company MSB Design has announced that its Hi-Lo conference tables are being made available as a line-fit option on the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 family of aircraft.

The tables will be offered as an initial specification option. Inclusion follows positive feedback from the market about existing installations of the product.

The latest manual Hi-Lo tables were specifically designed for the G500/600 models and will be showcased on the MSB Design booth C10721, and on the Gulfstream G600 mock up on booth C9406, during this year’s NBAA. read more

Shannon Gill, Business Development Director MSB

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Russian Helicopters launches flight testing of second Mi-171A2 prototype

Russian Helicopters (part of state corporation Rostec) has started flight testing of a second prototype of the medium multirole Mi-171A2 at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

The new Mi-171A2 prototype includes all the unique features typical of this type of helicopter, making it competitive with its global peers. Pre-flight and certification testing are also currently underway. read more

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Bombardier's Challenger 650 has been awarded Transport Canada Certification. With customer deliveries expected to commence in 2015, the Challenger 650 demonstration aircraft will make its North American debut at the National Business Aviation Association conference and exhibition.

"This latest milestone is terrific news and starts a new chapter in our Challenger family story," said Paul Sislian, Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "With the widest-in-class cabin, breakthrough design attributes and unique expressions of comfort, control, and connectivity, the Challenger 650 aircraft has a strong future and we are confident that it will earn the appreciation of executives, pilots and operators around the world."

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Declines in South and East Europe outweigh growth in France and UK

There were 67,209 business aviation departures in Europe in October 2015 according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor - a 3.4% decline year on year.

Flight hours fell 5%, with a 6% decline in Private activity and a 4% fall in AOC activity.

The declines this month came in Southern Europe mainly, with sizeable decreases in Italy and Spain. Central European activity was weak, with fewer flights from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. There were also some heavy declines across Scandinavia.

Flight activity in Europe´s leading market, France, was robustly up this month, mainly due to domestic trips and Prop activity. Activity in the UK also increased YOY. Smaller countries with growth in October included Belgium, Netherlands, and Greece.

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United Kingdom

Chapman Freeborn and Norway-based charter specialist Airbroker announce new strategic partnership

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has launched a new strategic partnership with Oslo-based Airbroker AS to further enhance both companies’ offerings in the international air charter market.

The global aircraft charter specialist - which works with numerous other brokers and operators around the world via its unique Global Broker Programme - is now the exclusive partner for all of Airbroker’s charter requirements outside of its home market of Norway.

Chapman Freeborn CEO,

Russi Batliwala.

The new agreement has been established to give Norwegian customers greater access to worldwide air charter solutions, while further enhancing Chapman Freeborn’s existing coverage in Scandinavia. The partnership will give clients access to the full range of charter aircraft through Chapman Freeborn's global network of over 30 locations - including private jets, commercial airliners and freighter aircraft of all sizes.

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Cabot Aviation launches Private Jet Remarketing operations

Appointment of Tim Barber as Senior Vice President Private Jets.

Cabot Aviation, the global aircraft remarketing division of Air Partner PLC, has announced the strategic expansion of its operations into the Private Jet sector with the appointment of Tim Barber as Senior Vice President - Private Jets to lead the team.

Cabot Aviation is a well-established and successful aircraft remarketing broker which primarily operates in the commercial and cargo aircraft types. The expansion of Cabot Aviation’s operation to encompass Private Jets is both a logical step to broaden the service proposition that Cabot Aviation can offer to clients and it is highly complementary to the leading Private Jet charter and JetCard operations of Cabot Aviation’s parent company Air Partner.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, offers some Turkey-based inflight catering ideas . . .

Turkey Season has officially arrived

can say that because today I ate my season’s first round of roasted turkey, southern
cornbread stuffing (called stuffin’ in the south) and gravy for dinner.

And yes, there was a real turkey at the heart of the meal - bones and all. I wish I could say that I prepared it, but honestly I must admit it was purchased.

I was driving past one of my favorite spots to eat; a place that serves less than fancy food, full of fat and calories. (You all have one of those spots you sneak away to on occasion I'm sure). It looks as if it went out of business years ago. A 'hole in the wall' place without much care taken to make it look welcoming; a place where none of us would go for a special occasion. I'm sure you'd die of horror if you saw my hole in the wall place.

It's an old 'mom and pop' style cafeteria where “mom” makes everything . . . and makes it with love (plus added fat, salt and calories galore!). I've been going there for years - whenever I've wanted what I know I shouldn’t really have. The same people are still working the line and serving patrons as they did 20 years ago.

So, I'm driving by and I see the sign on the street saying 'Fresh Turkey and Stuffin’ Tonight'. The urge to turn around and go back just for their cornbread stuffin’ was out of my control. 

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United Arab Emirates

Middle Eastern private jet owners are younger and spend more on planes than global average

The typical private jet owner in the Middle East is male, nearly five years younger than the global average and has planes that are worth three times more than his peers’ jets, according to a white paper by Wealth-X and WINGX Advance.

The white paper, titled Private Aviation in the Middle East: Owner Profile, Trends and Business Opportunity - released ahead of the Dubai Air Show - underscores opportunities in the region for the private aviation business, estimated to be worth about US$10bn over the next decade.

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Global growth continues for Emerald VIP with first Asia location opening in Thailand

Emerald VIP Services the Irish based concierge, executive transportation and aviation services provider is continuing its rapid geographic expansion with an agreement which will extend the services offered into Thailand.

The Thailand expansion has been achieved through a licensing agreement with Indodaman which provides a range of services geared to the business and high end leisure traveller through its offices located in Bangkok and Phuket.

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Global helicopter operator achieves 10,000 SAR flight hours

Assists 2,000 people in UK.

Global helicopter services provider, CHC Helicopter, has achieved a milestone of 10,000 flight hours on the three AgustaWestland AW139s flying for its UK search-and-rescue (SAR) contract, operated on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard. The service has rescued and assisted more than 2,000 people on the south coast of England.

The company’s three AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft have completed more than 3,300 missions, operating from the company’s bases in Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, and Portland, Dorset. CHC has been providing the service to the UK Department for Transport on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard since 2007.

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BACA accelerates US memberships at NBAA

Members of the Council of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) will be attending NBAA to support membership attendees and work with ARGUS International in promoting the BACA Endorsed 'ARGUS Certified Charter Broker programme'.

Charter Brokers gaining ARGUS certification qualify for free and automatic membership of BACA for the first year.

BACA is keen to accept US members because of the close relationship between USA and EU and the amount of flights that take place between the continents. Additionally, BACA can offer valuable assistance in exchanging and sharing information on companies operating in the regions.

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The 'Spirit of the Emirates' launches at the Dubai Airshow
In response to his highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's call to assign the year 2015 as a 'Year of Innovation' Captain Khaled Ahmed Al-Ansari, launched the 'Spirit of the Emirates' at the Dubai Airshow this week.

The concept is a UAE national project, namely the development one of the oldest type of aircraft, the Airship, and utilizing it in a way that has never been done before.

Airships are classified as "lighter than air" aircraft and mix lift, generated by helium gas, with small engines to drive and maneuver the aircraft. Historically airships were able to fly over 1,500 commercial trips between Europe and America where they carried over 34,000 passengers before aeroplanes dominated the route.

According to Al-Ansari, the goal of this initiative is to promote the launching of a national creative project at an international level that will enhance the standing of the United Arab Emirates on the international tourism stage and participate in creative, social and environmental initiatives. Captain Khaled says the 'Spirit of the Emirates' will glide quietly and elegantly over the most important touristic sights to make the Emirates a true attraction, as intended by the Deputy of the Head of the State. If the weather conditions are suitable the airship will glide at a height of one thousand five hundred feet and will combine safety with clear views of the UAE's many landmarks. read more

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