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   BlueSky Business Aviation News | 27th October 2016 | Issue #389
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United States

Delta frequent fliers redeem air miles for a private jet card

Delta Air Lines is giving members of its SkyMiles frequent flier program the ability to redeem miles for private jet travel through its Delta Private Jets (DPJ) division.

Members can now transfer a minimum of 2.5 million miles for a $25,000 Jet Card - equivalent to just under five hours of private jet travel. Price points for the card ordinarily begin at $100,000.

"With this new option, SkyMiles becomes the only major airline loyalty program to provide its members the opportunity to redeem miles for a private jet experience," said Karen Zachary, Managing Director - SkyMiles Program. "We are committed to finding ways to make the SkyMiles program even more rewarding for our Members, from buying a drink in a Delta Sky Club to redeeming miles for private jet service."

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NBAA mourns the passing of aviation legend Bob Hoover

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen reflected on the passing of Robert A. (Bob) Hoover, an aviation legend and long-standing advocate for business aviation.

“Bob Hoover has been a source of awe and inspiration, who has provided a shared connection for generations of aviation enthusiasts,” Bolen said. “He was a national treasure, who was respected and beloved by history’s most significant aviation figures, and the millions who saw his air show performances or heard him speak.

Bob Hoover

“The boldness and grace of Bob Hoover the pilot was matched only by the humility and graciousness of Bob Hoover the human being,” Bolen continued. “He was simply the best. Our aviation community has been fortunate to have such an extraordinary person with us for so many decades.”

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Sterling announces European expansion plan to enhance its global logistics network

Investment supports aerospace supply chain in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

As part of an ongoing global expansion plan, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics is making significant investments in its European network and recruitment of additional industry specialists to meet the mission-critical logistics requirements of the aerospace industry.

Seasoned experts with extensive aviation logistics experience have joined Sterling, and will provide customized solutions for aircraft manufacturers, daily flight operators and maintenance companies, in order to optimize their supply chain and minimize aircraft downtime.

The expansion includes a new Sterling Control Tower in France, and a Regional Support Center in Germany. Local Customer Service, Operations and Global Account Managers will provide consultation and support for customers in the region.

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Unmanned Safety Institute accepted as Training Provider to the FAA Safety Team's Program

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a subsidiary of ARGUS International, Inc., has been accepted as a Training Provider to the FAA Safety Team’s (FAASTeam) Program.

USI has also made available their professionally developed Small UAS Safety Ground School course through the FAASTeam website at www.faasafety.gov. This course sets a sturdy foundation of required aeronautical knowledge for remote pilots of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) less than 55 pounds.

The curriculum addresses all of the pertinent aeronautical knowledge areas outlined by the FAA for the Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) 14 CFR Part 107 examination. The course augments the curriculum with safety concepts and practices, to develop well-informed and responsible remote pilots.

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StandardAero welcomes Cycle Aviation as newest PT6A service partner

StandardAero and Cycle Aviation have signed a service partnership agreement to allow operators of PT6A powered King Air, Pilatus, Cessna Caravan, Cheyenne and TBM aircraft take advantage of one-stop shop services for both engine and airframe maintenance.

Cycle Aviation is an MRO service provider with locations at Leesburg Executive Airport in Leesburg, Virginia and Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Maryland. Under the new agreement, Cycle Aviation will provide PT6A powered aircraft operators with airframe services while StandardAero serves as the preferred PT6A engine maintenance services provider at Cycle Aviation’s two facilities.

Standard Aero technicians working alongside Cycle Aviation technicians will provide PT6A engine removal and installations, line maintenance, hot section inspections, engine overhauls and engine upgrades for Cycle Aviation customers.

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Over $660k in WAI Scholarships available in 2017

Applications Due November 14, 2016.

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2017.

In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2016. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 14, 2016. New this year, all applications may be submitted online at www.WAI.org

"Life-changing scholarships totaling $662,625 are available from generous companies, organizations and individuals and are ready to be awarded,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

"Keep in mind that these are not purely academic scholarships. Funding is available for flight training, including type ratings, and simply for flying for fun or exploring a new area of interest within aviation.”

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Air Serv International receives second ISTAT Grant

The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) has awarded Air Serv International a $7,000 grant for the second year in a row.

“As a not-for-profit organization, Air Serv International relies on donated support such as ISTAT’s grants to sustain our humanitarian work,” said Dave Carlstrom, President and CEO of Air Serv International. “The continued support of such an esteemed and respected institution is an excellent example of the aviation community giving back through the gift of flight.”

The ISTAT Foundation was founded in 1994 to support individuals and institutions dedicated to promoting the advancement of aviation and humanitarianism. The recently awarded grant comes from the Foundation’s Humanitarian Aid Program, which focuses on the use of aviation in providing critical and life-saving services.

Air Serv International operates a fleet of six Cessna Caravans, providing “last mile” air transportation in support of humanitarian programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Chad. With an operations base located in Entebbe, Uganda, Air Serv also provides commercial air charter, facility, and aircraft maintenance services.

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Joe Halanen

Air Partner has announced the appointment of Joe Halanen as Emergency Planning Division Manager, effective immediately.

Joe will be based in Air Partner’s UK headquarters at Gatwick.

Joe joins Air Partner with 11 years’ experience from various roles in the emergency management and airline industries. He has worked in local government emergency management in London, in operations management for British Airways at Heathrow and within the UK's central government in Whitehall.

Commenting on his appointment, Joe said: “Air Partner has an industry leading Emergency Planning Division and I am delighted to be heading up the team going forwards. Many organisations operate in potentially hazardous locations and having a plan in place to rapidly evacuate staff is absolutely crucial in discharging their duty of care. I look forward to ensuring our clients are fully prepared should they find their people are in potentially dangerous situations.”

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United Kingdom

UK government still avoids taking the final step on Heathrow expansion

As expected, the UK government announced on Tuesday that a third runway for Heathrow is its favoured option for airport capacity growth. 

However, according to Ben Vogel, Editor of IHS Jane's Airport Review, the decision by a special cabinet committee merely signals the start of a year-long delay, before a binding vote is held in late 2017 or early 2018.

"The latest government statement on UK expansion seems to be a step forward, but, in fact, it fails to resolve the issue," he says.

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The Airbus H130 and H125 helicopters - two of the leading models available for business, VIP, and personal transportation - will be displayed at NBAA BACE in Orlando, Nov. 1-3.

Airbus Helicopters' H130

“Both the H130 and H125 are outstanding aircraft for business owners and executives that need swift and versatile transportation that is uniquely capable for managing their companies or getting away for a family weekend,” said Ralph Crosby, Director of Corporate and VIP sales for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “These helicopters, with their safety features, as well as low acquisition and operating costs, can be used for both work and leisure activities.”

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United States

New Zealand's Skywork Helicopters selects Astronics EVS for safer flight in challenging conditions

Astronics Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, announced that New Zealand's Skywork Helicopters Ltd. is flying the world's first high resolution Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on a rotor wing aircraft.

The Astronics Max-Viz provides pilots real-time display for increased visibility in adverse weather conditions, such as darkness, precipitation, fog, dust, and smoke.

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MSB to showcase its first dual pedestal prototype table at NBAA

Canada-based precision engineering company MSB will showcase the newly developed prototype of an electric, dual pedestal Hi-Lo dining table at this year’s NBAA-BACE, Orlando 1-3 November 2016.

The table’s development follows an increase in demand from a growing number of completion centers for large dining tables, which are easy to stow, for large cabin aircraft.

The new table incorporates two telescopic pedestal stands that are driven by an electric motor. It can be raised and lowered with Bluetooth technology from anywhere in the cabin and be used as either an elegant dining table, or casual coffee table.

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Gearing Up for NBAA BACE

Award winning business aviation journalist, Liz Moscrop, and her team of videographers will be at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Fl., next week, producing video content and live streaming from the NBAA Convention & Exhibition.

GearUp TV (www.gearup.tv), recently launched in the UK, specialises in creating business aviation industry videos for social media sharing in both pre-shot and livestreamed format, and drew plaudits for its coverage of the highly successful SETOps 2016 Conference at London Oxford Airport earlier this month.

Companies wishing to maximise their exposure at NBBA BACE should contact Liz Moscrop at: lizm@gearup.tv

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CAAi unveils new International Air Law blended-learning training course

Civil aviation simply couldn't exist without the framework of international and national laws that govern the ways we work.

CAA International (CAAi), part of the UK CAA International Directorate, has launched a brand new training course, designed to support aviation managers across the industry with a solid grounding in international aviation law.

This course explores the international conventions and

agreements that govern civil aviation and keep us safe and examines how these international laws affect your everyday work.

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United Arab Emirates

Jet Aviation named FBO of the Year at the Middle East Aviation Business Awards

Jet Aviation was twice honored at the tenth annual Middle East Aviation Business Awards ceremony recently held at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

The company’s FBO at Dubai International Airport won the 2016 FBO of the Year Award, while its Dubai MRO facility was shortlisted in the MRO Service Provider of the Year (International) category.

“I am very proud and honored to accept this award on behalf of our team of handling professionals in Dubai,” said Philippe Gerard, senior director of Jet Aviation’s Dubai FBO. “We strive to distinguish our services by paying attention to the smallest of details to provide personalized service that is truly memorable.”

Senior Director of Jet Aviation’s Dubai FBO Philippe Gerard proudly raises FBO of the Year award.

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RUAG completes 10-year inspection of Nigeria-based Dornier 328

RUAG Aviation has successfully completed a 10-year inspection on an African based Dornier 328-300 business jet.

The major check was carried out at the company's Dornier 328 Service Centre in Berne. Full transparency and a quick and reliable turnaround time were essential criteria for the Nigerian customer, Air Peace. read more

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Czech Republic

CEPA Delegates: 'We have seen the future'

As CEPA EXPO 2016 drew to a close last week, delegates reflected on an incredible three days of events, presentations and workshops of the highest quality.

The event opened with the brand new Career Day. This innovative concept attracted 120 students eager to find out more about the business aviation industry and the career opportunities it can offer. Many business aircraft operators were present to demonstrate that there are career opportunities in all sectors of the business.

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United Kingdom

Harrods Aviation sees a marked increase in large cabin movements

Harrods Aviation, the leading London-based FBO chain, has seen a sharp increase in large cabin movements.

Movements have risen over 20% in this category since 2013 and in the last 12 months, the company has handled over 250, B747 type aircraft including many visits from Heads of State.

"With this increase in large cabin movements has come some exciting challenges for us all at Harrods Aviation," commented Managing Director of Harrods Aviation, Paul Norton.

"Many of these large cabin aircraft are utilised by dignitaries, Heads of State and royal families. Our customer facing staff have learnt to adapt the way in which they work to meet the individual needs of these flights."

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GKN Aerospace patents new ice accretion test device

GKN Aerospace has patents approved covering a new ‘benchtop’ ice adhesion test device which incorporates apparatus to simulate icing conditions and then determine ice adhesion in situ.

This will enable swifter, less costly assessment of promising ice phobic coatings and other ice protection technologies.

Russ Dunn, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, GKN Aerospace, explains: “Effective ice protection, including icephobic coatings, is a key focus for aerospace, as preventing ice accretion is a critical safety requirement.

"Efficient ice protection systems lower power consumption, improving aircraft efficiency and lowering emissions. To date, the most comprehensive method for measuring and understanding the icephobic nature of a surface is through icing tests using a wind tunnel. These require large, dedicated wind tunnel facilities, making them costly and impractical for regular use as a development tool, or for batch quality control in production.”

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SaxonAir enhances diversity in its fleet with the addition of two new aircraft

Private aircraft operator and aviation service provider SaxonAir has continued its expansion and diversity following the addition of a further two new generation aircraft to its fleet.

The Embraer Phenom 300 light jet is being operated from London Stansted Airport. The aircraft has won the award for ‘the most delivered business jet’ for the past two years and with seating up to nine passengers in its spacious light cabin, the aircraft is ideal for inter-European flights and can be suited for either business or leisure use.

The second addition is a 2016 model AW109SP GrandNew Helicopter that will be operated from North London.

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Casseroles and Aircraft: Friend or Foe?

ikepedia defines a casserole as originating from the French word for 

It is described as 'a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or casserole pan'.

Casseroles in the United States or continental Europe usually consist of pieces of meat or fish, various chopped vegetables, a starchy binder such as flour, potato, pasta or rice or other grain, and, often, a crunchy or cheesy topping.

The moisture needed for reheating is partially released from the meat and vegetables during the cooking process, but additional liquids can be added to the casserole ingredients in the form of gravies, of stock, of wine, of beer or vegetable juice when all the ingredients are assembled.

Casseroles are usually cooked slowly in the oven, often uncovered. They are so encompassing in the food world. You can have a casserole for virtually every course of a meal.

Let's begin with the positive side of serving casseroles on board the aircraft.

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Acropolis Aviation enhances in-flight cuisine with award-winning cookery school

Acropolis Aviation, one of Europe’s leading luxury air charter companies, is taking its in-flight dining experience for clients to an even higher level.

It recently sent its cabin crew to Ireland’s award-winning cookery school, Tannery, in the seaside town of Dungarvan, County Waterford, run by accomplished chef, Paul Flynn.

Here they spent two days’ intensive training at the super-modern school and, in a challenging MasterChef-style environment, learned the secrets and skills a top restaurant calls on to present delicious meals and how they can be adapted in flight.

Paul Flynn, owner and lead chef of Tannery restaurant and cookery school,

The course covered the art of plate and platter presentation, food pairing, oven management and seasonal menu ideas.

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United Kingdom

FlyPlymouth welcomes Heathrow runway announcement

Commences campaign to secure access for Plymouth.

FlyPlymouth has welcomed the Government’s decision to approve the building of a new runway at London’s Heathrow Airport, saying it will galvanise its efforts to commence work to ensure that a re-opened Plymouth Airport would get to share in the benefits of new runway capacity at Heathrow.

“Both the Transport Secretary and the Prime Minister have stated that this decision is the best for the whole of the UK and will improve links for regional airports,” commented FlyPlymouth Chief Executive Raoul Witherall.

“This is very good news for Plymouth’s future connectivity and is to be warmly welcomed. The rationale for safeguarding and re-opening Plymouth’s city airport has become stronger as a result of today’s announcement.”

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The 2016 BACA Excellence Awards took place at London Guildhall on Wednesday 19th October, a capacity audience saw the presentation of a series of six Awards reflecting the best of the air charter industry.

Robert Walters (right), London Biggin Hill’s Business Development Director & BACA Council member presents Embraer Executive Jet’s Peter Griffiths, SVP Sales for Europe, CIS & Africa with the BACA Aircraft Manufacturer Award for 2016.



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Tronos performs successful tech stop at new St Helena airport
An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance, and carrying thirteen passengers, successfully conducted a technical stop at St Helena Airport on Friday 21 October, as part of a delivery flight to a customer in Chile.

Arriving close to its schedule at 15.51hrs GMT, the aircraft performed a smooth landing from the south on Runway 02 and, after disembarking a few passengers, took off, completed a circuit, and performed an equally smooth landing from the north on Runway 20.

The Tronos flight will provide the Airport with additional real time data and a pilot’s report - all part of building a more comprehensive picture of the conditions under which we will be asking a scheduled air service to operate.

Intensive work continues to mitigate the challenges of wind shear at the airport. Getting this right and putting in place a scheduled passenger service involves complex work and will take some time. Whilst the focus of everyone’s work is to resolve these issues at the earliest possible opportunity, safety remains paramount.

Another milestone for the airport was achieved yesterday (Wednesday 26 October) with Air Safety Support International (ASSI) issuing a second Aerodrome Certificate - having been satisfied that the Airport infrastructure, aviation security measures and air traffic control service complies with international aviation safety and security standards. These re-issued approvals supersede the previous versions and will remain in force until 9 May 2017.

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