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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 30th July 2015 | Issue #331
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United States

NBAA takes additional action to support East Hampton Airport access

In the continuing battle to preserve access to East Hampton Airport (HTO) on New York’s Long Island, NBAA has filed a response in further support of its pending complaint with the FAA.

Earlier this month, the town of East Hampton submitted a motion to dismiss the claim filed earlier this year by NBAA and 11 of its Members, which argues that the restrictions adopted by the town violate obligations assumed by the town when it accepted federal aviation grants.

“NBAA has filed an additional response citing FAA precedents, which establish that the town’s conduct is impermissible and requires FAA action,” said Steve Brown, NBAA chief operating officer. In his July 20 letter to the FAA, Brown presents legal arguments and regulatory evidence, which demonstrate that NBAA’s complaint meets the requirements for Part 16 review and relief, and requests that the town’s motion to dismiss should be denied.

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Reynolds Jet leases historic Hangar 4 at Lunken Airport, Cincinnati

Leading aircraft management and on demand jet charter company, Reynolds Jet, has signed an agreement with Landmark Aviation for the exclusive lease of the prestigious Hangar 4 and its associated ramp area and car parking facility, on Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, OH.

The leasing of Hangar 4 is the next logical step for Reynolds Jet to further enrich its aircraft services offerings to their aircraft owner customers and on-demand jet charter clients. The company will provide these customers with additional range of ground services that include direct handling and moving of managed aircraft, and hangaring and fueling, and will now be uniquely positioned to capitalize on growth opportunities in the Cincinnati region.

Reynolds Jet is now the largest operator of on-demand charter aircraft that call Lunken Airport home. The lease of Hangar 4 will allow the company to provide the charter customer with the same boutique customer service experienced by the aircraft owner.

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MYGOFLIGHT unveils affordable HUD

Once the purview of military and large commercial aircraft, an affordable Heads Up Display (HUD) has been developed that will bring this technology and capability affordably to all in aviation.

MYGOFLIGHT, maker of premium iPad and tablet gear for pilots, unveiled RECON1 during last week's EAA AirVenture at OshKosh.

The pre-production unit - a full sized working model - was on display at MYGOFLIGHT's booth, demonstrating the concept of the HUD prior to finalizing production specifications and materials.

“The HUD is here!” said Charles Schneider, CEO, MYGOFLIGHT. “After two years of development we have brought the concept to reality with the unveiling of RECON1, the first low-cost heads up display for aviation. The benefits of flying with a HUD are well known - align information a pilot needs to see with their line of sight. Our goal is to get all pilots with their heads up and eyes out during all critical phases of flight.”

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10 Questions as you consider whether to exhibit or not

Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ith the growing number of aviation tradeshows to select from each year, it
becomes impossible to attend all.

How do you determine which to skip?

The cost of each show varies, but all demand a significant investment of resources. Both in hard costs and in people power. The average fabrication cost of a booth at larger shows is around $160 per square foot. And that doesn’t include the booth space fees. Or the creative development. Or staffing.

Don’t get me wrong. We are advocates of tradeshows. The networking they provide delivers one of the highest returns on investment in business aviation.

But in an environment where we are all being asked to justify the bottom line, you have to be sure the tradeshows you’re considering draw your current and potential customers.

Customers, too, are getting overwhelmed with the number of shows and are making the same ROI decisions about which to attend.

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SITA OnAir breaks into airport information services in the US

FAA enables airlines access to SITA OnAir’s service for 73 US airports

Leading connected aircraft provider, SITA OnAir, is now providing digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (d-ATIS) and Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) services, which give pilots access to key operational information, for 73 US airports.

This is now possible since the Federal Aviation Authority opened access to US PDC and d-ATIS to SITA OnAir and others.

SITA OnAir services now provide pilots with real-time d-ATIS information from 272 airports in 33 countries, for more efficient operations thanks to the use of ACARS compared to traditional voice communications.

“d-ATIS and PDC data is essential for pilots. They provide real-time information including weather at the airport, active runways, available approaches and NOTAMs,” said Francois Rodriguez, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of SITA OnAir.

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Flying Colours close to achieving ADS-B STC on Bombardier Challenger 604/605 in response to industry mandates

Flying Colours KSUS, the St Louis, USA, sister facility of Canada’s completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialist Flying Colours, is close to securing a Supplemental Type Certificate for ADS-B OUT in Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605 airframes, in line with industry mandates that start coming into effect in 2017.

The Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605 models were selected as the first for installation as it is one of the most consistent airframes in the Flying Colours’ portfolio.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance - OUT (ADS-B OUT) enables the aircraft to report highly accurate position and status information to air traffic control, replacing the need for traditional radar.

Flying Colours expects to have the accreditation validated by both Transport Canada and Europe’s EASA following FAA approval this autumn, the culmination of a full 12 months’ work by the St Louis team.

The first Challenger 605 to be modified in accordance with the STC will be introduced this September, enabling Flying Colours to start taking orders for the solution during the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas the following month.

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The Netherlands

GKN to acquire Fokker Technologies

Global aerospace industry supplier, GKN plc, has agreed to acquire Fokker Technologies Group B.V (“Fokker”) from Arle Capital for an enterprise value of EUR 706m (GBP 499m).

The combination brings together two leading technology companies with broad product portfolios and established positions on major aircraft platforms.

Fokker is a specialist Tier 1 supplier to the commercial, military and business jet markets. With almost 5,000 employees Fokker is headquartered in the Netherlands and has operations in Europe, North America and Asia. In the year ended 31 December 2014, Fokker generated revenue of EUR 758m. read more

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Operating your business flight to Qatar

Dr. Adnan Branbo, CEO of iJET, a flight support service provider based in Malta and Dubai, offers valuable insights and information to Operators planning flights to the State of Qatar.

atar is one of the most important business destinations in the Middle East.

The country has a strong economy with the highest GDP per capita in the world, the lowest unemployment rate worldwide, and the world’s third largest reserve of natural gas.

Qatar has recently begun to diversify its economy away from the oil and gas industry. The country currently has huge investments in the construction, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Qatar is also building its knowledge based economy, with many international universities campuses located in Doha.

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Vertis Aviation adds Doha-based Challenger 604 to managed fleet

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation is expanding its activity in the Middle East with the addition of a Bombardier Challenger 604 under management.

The aircraft, registration A7-MHA, year 2001-built with a newly refurbished luxury interior and 11 VIP seats, will be operated under the AOC of a leading Middle East operator out of Doha International Airport, Qatar. read more

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Universal unveils complete renovation of Shannon FBO

Universal Aviation Ireland - Shannon, has undertaken a complete renovation of its FBO at Shannon Airport (EINN). The update includes a renovated VIP departures lounge as well as all new crew and operations offices.

“Our focus is always firmly on our customer, and leaving them with a memorable experience on the ground,” said Derek Collins, General Manager, Universal Aviation Ireland - Shannon. “We have listened carefully to our clients’ feedback, and we’re proud that we have enhanced our FBO with the features and amenities they requested.” 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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Rolls-Royce names FlightSafety as authorized BR725 engine training and troubleshooting course provider

Plus: Dassault renews FlightSafety's Certificate of Approval as authorized training provider

FlightSafety International has been named by Rolls-Royce as a Civil Small and Medium Engines (CSME) authorized training provider for BR725 Engine and Troubleshooting courses.

The training will be offered at FlightSafety’s Maintenance Training Center in Savannah, Georgia to technicians who service and support Gulfstream G650 aircraft. read more

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Czech Republic

Aircraft Industries' prototype L 410 NG completed a successful maiden flight in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, July 29th.

Pilots Petr Jarocky and Stanislav Sklenar, together with specialists from the company's production quality department, tested basic flight characteristics and performance, control systems and power plant functions, plus fuel and navigation system functions. read more

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United Kingdom

Air Charter Service unveils new Air Evacuation Plan offering

Due to world events and natural disasters in recent years, demand for the evacuation of personnel from high risk environments has increased significantly, leading Air Charter Service to create a full time dedicated department offering customised Air Evacuation Plans for clients with employees in high risk regions. read more

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HondaJet sales expanded to South America

Honda Aircraft Company is expanding sales of the HondaJet for the first time to South America.

Sales will begin in Brazil with the HondaJet making its first appearance at the 2015 Latin America Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 11 to 13. read more

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United Kingdom

UK Aerospace under threat from global productivity demands

Growth of mid-market key to maintaining UK’s pre-eminence

More than 62% of UK aerospace engineers believe that their companies face productivity issues that threaten the UK’s position as a global aerospace superpower, resulting from an increasingly demanding and global aerospace market.

The Aerospace Report, from accountants and business advisors BDO, in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that although many UK engineers have regarded UK aerospace manufacturers as ‘best in class’ in terms of productivity in the past, they feel that production rate ramp-up on some new aircraft platforms has changed that.

Critical mass in the supply chain is a key element for the success of British aerospace companies to win and deliver on a rapidly growing order book that is being driven by increasingly global prime contractors.

With this in mind, the fact that 63% of those surveyed said that the UK needs more home-grown, mid-sized companies to secure the UK’s global pre-eminence in the aerospace market should come as some concern. This implies that only companies of a certain size have the capacity to win certain contracts even within the generally supportive UK supply chain. Only 13% of respondents believed that UK SMEs are sufficiently capable of coping with the growing demands of global prime contractors such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce.

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ECA outlines pilots' position on ‘Open' category in EASA’s Concept of Operations for Drones

In a new position paper, the European Cockpit Association (ECA) outlines the position of Europe’s professional pilots on the standards and rules necessary for the safe use of drones in EASA’s ‘Open’ category.

Acknowledging the potential this technology has for innovation and benefit to society, it is absolutely critical that the technology is introduced safely, in particular with regard to existing manned aviation - a future accident involving drones in which people are seriously harmed will do far more damage to the industry’s development than carefully thought out, effective, efficient regulation. The following points summarise this paper.

The safety of human beings is paramount

It must always be the case that real people, whether in the air or on the ground, have their safety prioritised over the ability or right to operate a drone. It must be born in mind that most drones in the Open category will be mass market consumer products, may have significantly different capabilities in a few years, and any regulation needs to deal with this. This cannot happen without proper risk assessment, especially of midair collision risk.

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Astra Aviation selects FBO One to support operational management

Astra Aviation Services, the flight services provider for Africa, has signed an agreement with FBO One from Amsterdam Software to provide its online operational management.

The new system will provide enhanced logistics across all its front and back office departments to enable Astra Aviation Services to provide a superior service offering and facilitate increased efficiency to all its customers across its locations in nine African countries.

Astra Aviation Services specialises in providing support services to commercial, cargo and business aviation clientele in Africa including operational support, ramp handling, catering and fuel supply services. Together these services at each of its locations currently generate a huge amount of planning, paperwork, communications and logistics. The FBO One software will offer an individual picture of each and every customer’s activity as well as ‘the bigger picture’ and help to meet the company’s requirements between all departments more quickly and more efficiently.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.

Vacation Season

Or should I say Traveler’s Tummy Season, Montezuma’s Revenge Season or Where is the nearest bathroom season?

he mere lifestyle of our industry - travel, travel and more travel, might make us
think we’re immune to ‘traveler’s tummy’ when on a holiday.

We anticipate and plan for summer holidays all year long. We invest a great deal of time, money, energy, and planning to have the perfect time away from work; time to unwind, regroup, refresh, and rejuvenate our body, mind, and soul. The last thing you want to encounter while on holiday are digestive issues that cause you to spend your vacation time in or near a toilet.

It’s not that the food around the world is dangerous or bad for you. You’re on holiday. You’re on a culinary adventure, experimenting with new foods, new cocktails, regional delicacies. Your body is not accustomed to the microbiological make-up of the water, foods, and ingredients that cause you gastrointestinal problems.

I’m not saying that some food is not contaminated and toxic, but the majority of traveler’s tummy is due to the fact that - through lack of exposure - you’re more sensitive to certain microorganisms found in the food and water at your vacation spot.

I have some helpful, common sense ideas for you, your family, your passengers and flight crew to prevent the gastrointestinal disaster from occurring.

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United Kingdom

Gama completes airworthiness reviews of all RAF aircraft in partnership with Atkins

Gama Aviation, the global aviation services company, has announced that in partnership with Atkins, it has successfully completed Baseline Military Airworthiness Reviews on behalf of the Royal Air Force.

The contract to carry out these reviews was awarded after the UK’s Military Aviation Authority issued the Airworthiness Review regulations in June 2013 and mandated a Baseline Military Airworthiness Review (BMAR) of all military aircraft by 01 July 2015.

Atkins and Gama Aviation completed the task within twelve months of being appointed, and inside the deadline - an extensive task considering that for some aircraft this required checking records going back more than 34 years.

The BMAR is used to confirm airworthiness by establishing an aircraft’s maintenance history and physical configuration. Now that this is complete, Atkins and Gama Aviation will conduct an annual Airworthiness Review on each allocated aircraft for the remainder of the three to five year contract, focusing on the continuing airworthiness management activities carried out on the aircraft since the last review.

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Volga-Dnepr launches international pro-am photography competition to celebrate 25th anniversary

Volga-Dnepr Group is inviting professional and amateur aviation photographers to participate in an international competition to find the best photo images of its Antonov An-124-100, Ilyushin IL-76-TD-90VD and Boeing 747 aircraft to help celebrate the Group’s 25th anniversary.

This is the fourth photographic contest organised by the Group. The last competition in 2013 attracted entries from some 200 photographers from 30 countries, while the public website that invited votes to help choose some of the winners was visited by over 10,000 people from 100 countries.

Volga-Dnepr holds the contest to discover talented aviation photographers to work with. Helping to choose the winners in this year’s contest will be the world-renowned aviation photographer Katsuhiko Tokunaga, honorary president of the judging panel, and Marina Lystseva, a leading Russian aviation photographer, blogger and a former winner in the Volga-Dnepr competition.

Over the past 25 years, Volga-Dnepr’s journey has seen the Group grow from a small airline to a diversified international group comprising more than 20 companies, and become one of the leading experts in the international air cargo transportation market.

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