We strongly recommend viewing BlueSky in your browser. Click on our masthead.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 16th April 2015 | Issue #316

Translate to German Translate to French Translate to Spanish Translate to Italian Translate to Portuguese Translate to Russian Translate to Arabic Translate to Chinese
Follow @blueskybizav on Twitter  
click to visit Signature Flight Support

United States

March 2015 flight activity springs forward, rises 2.6% over March 2014

March business aviation flight activity followed its usual path and posted a significant increase from February to finish the month up a substantial 14.1%.

All operational categories recorded double digit monthly gains, with Part 91 posting the largest increase, up 14.9% from February. The Fractional & Part 135 markets also posted impressive gains of 14.3% & 12.9% respectively.

Looking at the aircraft categories, flight activity was led by small cabin aircraft which posted an increase of 15.8%. Turboprop flight activity followed with a monthly increase of 15.1%. Mid-size & large cabin aircraft posted gains of 13.5% & 10.7%. All individual segments posted double digit gains for the month with the exception of Part 91 large cabin aircraft, which posted an increase of 9.7%. Part 91 turboprops recorded the largest monthly gain for an individual segment, up 17.7%. read more

click to visit Dublin Weston Airport


Flying Colours begins work on first three Sparkle Roll CRJ200 aircraft

Plus: New Singapore interiors facility opens

Just six months after the joint venture announcement between China-based Sparkle Roll Technik Co. Ltd. (SRT) and Flying Colours Corp. the North American MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist, three of the eight B-registered CRJ-200 aircraft conversions are already in situ at Flying Colours’ Peterborough headquarters in Canada, with the work schedule well under way.

The initial trio of aircraft is being reconfigured from regional jet layout to a mixed class shuttle format. Each cabin has been divided into three separate areas. The aft section incorporates a 20-seat economy section, the middle section four business class seats in two double club layout, whilst the front cabin will feature a three seat divan alongside a double club business class seat configuration. In addition an aft lavatory will be fitted whilst a small forward galley will be installed. read more

click to visit Flightworx

Strong first quarter for Delta Private Jets

Delta Private Jets (DPJ) reports a strong first quarter of 2015. The company saw a record month for charter sales in March. Year over year, Jet Card sales are up 40 percent and charter sales are up 46 percent for the period. The continued growth follows a record 2014 in terms of revenue and fleet growth for the company.

“Our managed aircraft fleet has grown significantly in the past year,” said John Daly, Chief Operating Officer. “We continue to add late-model aircraft with state-of-the-art technology and amenities most requested by customers. Our fleet has grown to over 60 aircraft, and we expect to add five or six more in the next two months.”

Much of DPJ’s fleet growth is due to its innovative Ownership Assist program. The program is designed for owners who require only occasional use of their aircraft, and are looking for guaranteed monthly revenue to cover financing costs. Ownership Assist is available for Cessna Citation CJ3, Citation Excel or XLS, Citation X, Citation Sovereign and Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft. Since introducing Ownership Assist in mid-2014, 14 aircraft have joined DPJ’s fleet through the program. read more


Air Capital Gets a Second Chance at a First Impression

Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ichita’s Air Capital status draws travelers from around the world.

They jet here to meet with people at Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation, Bombardier Learjet, the National Center for Aviation Research, aviation suppliers and more. In a month or so, visitors flying into the former Mid-Continent Airport will find quite a different welcome. Wichita just got a $200m front door.

Can’t wait to check it out? Let me be your guide.

Even if you don’t see the signs that now read Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, you’ll experience a difference. You disembark through glass, climate-controlled jetways. As you enter the gate, you step into a gleaming new, 275,000-square-foot terminal.

Skylights infuse the soaring interior with one of my favorite things - natural light. The ceiling looks like a giant aircraft interior. Terrazzo floors with nickel-inlaid patterns inspired by contrails create an intuitive traffic flow. Supergraphics along the concourse highlight some of the 100-plus key models of the approximately 300,000 aircraft built here, from single-seat biplanes to transatlantic jumbo jets.

Exiting the large, open security area and its public-art, cloud-like ceiling treatment, you find aviation touches throughout the terminal.

read more

click to visit Aircraft Sales Group


FAA proposes $1.54m civil penalty against Air Methods Corp

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $1.54m civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating Eurocopter EC-130 helicopters on dozens of flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges Air Methods operated two helicopters on 70 passenger-carrying flights for compensation or hire, over water and beyond power-off gliding distance from shore, when they lacked required helicopter flotation devices and flotation gear for each occupant. The agency alleges the company operated another helicopter on 13 such flights when it lacked required flotation gear for each occupant. All 83 flights by the emergency medical transport company occurred around Pensacola, Fla.

“The flying public correctly expects that American operators will place safety above all else,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We will hold operators accountable when they fail to meet those expectations.”

“Operators must follow every regulation and take every precaution to ensure the safety of all those on board,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “Flying without required safety equipment is indefensible.”

click to visit AirData


Civil Aviation University of China orders FlightSafety King Air C90GTX simulator

FlightSafety International has received an order from the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) to design and manufacture a King Air C90GTX full flight simulator. The simulator will be an integral part of the university’s ab initio pilot training programs.

“We are pleased to have been selected by the Civil Aviation University of China to design and manufacture a King Air C90GTX full flight simulator,” said John Van Maren, Vice President, Simulation. “Supporting the need for well-trained pilots in China with our advanced-technology full flight simulators and expertise in training, shows our commitment and ability to meet the specific needs of China’s growing aviation industry.”

The simulator is expected to receive Level D qualification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China following delivery at first quarter of 2016. It will be installed in Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province of the People’s Republic of China. read more

click to visit South Aer Services


West Star integrates carbon fiber into aircraft paint and interiors

While carbon fiber has been readily used in the structure of aircraft for some time, it’s now making its way into the interior and exterior of the aircraft.

A prime example of this relatively new trend is West Star Aviation, who has successfully integrated carbon fiber into five custom aircraft refurbishment and/or exterior paint projects since 2014. When integrated into the cabin, carbon fiber covers surfaces where wood veneer is traditionally used, such as countertops, side ledges, tables or bulkheads. In addition, West Star has completed an exterior paint project with carbon fiber aircraft paint.

“The use of carbon fiber in cabin design has continued to grow in popularity as it gives a unique, hi-tech, and more modern look than the traditional veneer options,” said Debi Cunningham, Vice President Marketing & Interior Design, West Star Aviation. “Carbon fiber can be finished in high gloss the same as a veneer,” she continued. “This gives the cabin a more modern look but retains the high-gloss, high-quality look that customers prefer.”

West Star continues to increase their expertise in integrating carbon fiber materials into today’s aircraft interiors and has currently delivered carbon fiber projects on Gulfstream 200, Challenger 604, and Falcon 900 aircraft.

U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices

Asia Pacific

World Fuel Services are expanding their capabilities in the Asia Pacific market to include 24/7 trip support operations staff that is fluent in local languages.

The company currently maintains two operational offices in Singapore and Mumbai, and a Shanghai office is scheduled to open in mid-2015. In addition to the Asia-based trip support operations staff that is fluent in Chinese, WFS expects to have local staff on call 24/7 that is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Melayu, Bhasa Indonesian, and Tagalog by July 2015.

“Given the cultural diversity of the Asia Pacific market and the 24/7 nature of our business, investing in these expanded capabilities ensures that we will be prepared to meet the challenges associated with our long-term goals for the region” said Michael Szczechowski, World Fuel Services’ Senior Vice President of Business Aviation Sales.




António Menezes

The board of directors of PrivatAir has announced the appointment of António Menezes to the position of Chief Executive Officer as of April 6th 2015.

After 12 years, Greg Thomas has relinquished that position but will retain the role of Executive Chairman.

António brings a wealth of experience in senior management roles at SATA - the Azorean Government owned carrier based in the Azores and in Lisbon - where he was CTO, CFO and CEO. He was most recently Executive Member of the Board of Directors at Euro Atlantic, a widebody wet-lease specialist with a worldwide customer base.

The shareholders and the board of directors of PrivatAir believe that António will contribute greatly to the next phases of the Company's development in terms of his previous experiences with airline technology solutions, low costs of operation and proactive global sales strategy and implementation.

Click to visit Jetex Flight Support

United Kingdom

HeliOps 2015 launches

The challenges and opportunities facing today's rotary operators to be addressed at new London conference

Registration is now open for HeliOps2015, the one-day dedicated helicopter operations conference taking place at The London Heliport's neighbouring hotel, the Crown Plaza, Battersea on Thursday June 4th.

Organised by Emerald Media and BlueSky News in conjunction with the Heliport, HeliOps2015 is supported by some of the Industry's most respected companies and organisations and - importantly, UK Regulators NATS and CAA.

The conference will address topics such as conforming to Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) and the ongoing integration into EASA regulations; Airspace management changes and the adoption of new VFR rules; Utility operations including Police and air ambulance activity; Widening synergy with business jets; New technologies and the latest trends in helicopter cabin design.

This not to be missed event will appeal to operators, OEMs, suppliers and any companies with a keen interest in commercial helicopter operations. full details

click to visit AVCARD


Air Passenger Duty:

A burden to more than the exclusive elite

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive, LEA

lthough not mentioned in the 2015 budget, Air Passenger Duty (APD) will still be hitting business aviation pretty hard this year.

From April 1, the APD for business jet operators rose to six times the APD rate for an economy class flight on a scheduled airline. The current four bands - A to D - were reduced to just two: A (0-2,000 miles) and B (over 2,001 miles), with band B seeing significant increases applied and many operators expecting APD increases of over 50%.

No one in the business aviation industry objects to paying their fair share, but such a sharp rise is disproportionate. read more

click to visit DeLuxe Catering


FBO Riga Business Aviation Center scheduled for August 2015 opening

Flight Consulting Group, the Latvian business aviation holding, is proceeding to the final construction stage of the new state-of-art FBO RIGA Business Aviation Center at Riga International Airport.

The new business aviation center will meet the highest safety and quality standards and will be one of the biggest FBO facilities in EU and the Baltics. The grand opening is set for August 2015.

read more

click to visit Sky Services Italy


Universal expands ground support network with FBO in Philippines

Universal Aviation, the ground handling division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced at ABACE2015 that it will expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with the addition of Universal Aviation Philippines, an FBO joint venture with Asian Aerospace Corporation.

The FBO is headquartered at Manila International Airport (RPLL) and will begin operating as Universal Aviation Philippines in May.

read more

click to visit Baker Aviation

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.

For the full list click here



















click to visit Vector Aerospace


ExecuJet begins operations at new VIP Bali terminal

P.T. ExecuJet Indonesia, a joint venture between ExecuJet Aviation Group and P.T. Dimitri Utama Abadi, has begun operations at a new purpose-built VIP terminal at Bali International Airport.

Designed and constructed by Angkasa Pura 1, the new 3,000m2 general aviation (GA) terminal includes a dedicated VIP area for domestic and international passengers, as well as meeting rooms and a business centre. ExecuJet was previously operating at the airport from a temporary facility. A 65,900m2 apron has been built adjacent to the new terminal, designed to handle all aircraft types.

read more, plus: Aircraft management presence strengthened in Southeast Asia

click to visit The London Heli Shuttle

click for more information


ACJ319 highlights trend towards larger bizjet cabins

Airbus exhibited a Comlux-operated ACJ319 at ABACE this week, highlighting the current trend towards larger cabins in the business jet market.

The aircraft on display featured conference, dining and lounge areas at the front, plus two separate rooms at the rear. It is certificated to transport 19 passengers - more than traditional business jets - allowing it to serve a wider range of business needs.

“The industry trend is toward larger cabins at the top end of the business jet market, something on which we are well placed to capitalise, because we have the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy.

click to visit European Aviation Group

click for more information


MSB debuts at Aircraft Interiors as it transfers expertise to commercial sector

Montreal, Canada-based precision engineering company MSB made its debut as an exhibitor at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, showcasing its products and services to the aviation fraternity for the first time since merging with France-based aerospace engineering and contracting company Sogeclair last November.

MSB is well known for the manufacture of Crystal, China and Flatware (CCF) inserts that protect fragile objects. Each insert is made of lightweight, but strong, precision-cut high-density foam that has been fully certified for aviation use. read more

click to visit Global Jet Services

click to visit Emily's Inflight Food Services


Jet Aviation Basel signs narrow-body VIP completions agreement for a BBJ3

Jet Aviation Basel has signed a new Completions agreement with an undisclosed client in the Middle East for a VIP cabin interior on a Boeing BBJ3. The aircraft will be delivered to the company in Q1 2016.

The engineering, interior component production, cabin installation, flight tests and certification of this BBJ3 VIP cabin interior will be carried out in Basel, Switzerland. The aircraft is intended for both private and commercial operation, seating up to 45 passengers privately and 19 on commercial flights. It will have European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval.

read more, plus: Jet Aviation wins tender to operate MRO facility at Macau International Airport.

click to visit Chameleon

United States

Million Air Medford brands with Avfuel

Million Air Medford (KMFR),a full-service location on the West ramp of the Medford-Jackson County International Airport in Medford, Oregon has chosen Avfuel as their fuel supplier and branding partner.

Million Air Medford joined Avfuel’s expanding network of branded FBOs on April 1 and offers a vast array of services and amenities in their new sophisticated and modern facility. Through partnering with Avfuel, Million Air Medford gains access to Avfuel’s world-class training resources, Avfuel Contract Fuel, and the AVTRIP Rewards program.

Medford, Oregon is a popular tourist destination, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. Its vibrant downtown and breathtaking scenery offer something for everyone, from vineyards and wine tasting to scenic hiking trails and white water rafting. Aside from the charm of the area itself, Million Air Medford is a perfect stop on the way to Hawaii.

click to visit AirSatOne
click to visit FBO One


Europe’s pilots set out prerequisites for the Single European Sky

The Single European Sky (SES) - as well as its US counterpart NextGen - is a vital project for modernising Air Traffic Management. It will profoundly change the way flight operations are performed and will provide a much more strategic role for pilots.

'The future of flying in a Single European Sky' publication, issued this week by the European Cockpit Association, provides a strategic input into the debate on how to successfully modernise Europe’s Air Traffic Management (ATM).

“We are firm believers that the future of flying in Europe can only happen in a single, safe and sustainable European Sky,” says ECA President Dirk Polloczek. “Even if we do not hold the key to ‘unlocking’ the political deadlock on the Single European Sky, we do have the knowledge, front-line expertise and tools to shape this major ATM transformation jointly with other stakeholders. And we are committed to do so.”

read more and download the publication

click to visit Colt International


Gama research reveals huge growth in APAC business aviation sector

New research from Gama Aviation, the global aviation services company, reveals that some 714 business aircraft were delivered to Asia Pacific between 2010 and 2014, an increase of 42.3% on the period 2005 - 2009 (when 501 business aircraft were delivered).

In contrast to this, the number of aircraft delivered globally contracted by 21.7% between these two time periods. The Asia Pacific region share of global deliveries increased from 6.73% for the period 2005 to 2009, to 12.24% for 2010 to 2014.

Gama Aviation expects to see this huge growth in the Asian business aviation market continue, and in January this year it announced it had established a business aviation joint venture with Hutchison Whampoa (China) Limited (“HWCL”). read more

click to visit EVS Aviation


Dassault features Falcon 7X and 2000S at ABACE

New Line Service Facility in Beijing.

Continued Expansion of Customer Support in China and Asia-Pacific

Dassault Aviation has been showcasing the Falcon 7X very long range trijet and the new Falcon 2000S short-field twin at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) this week.

China has emerged as one of the world’s fastest selling business jet markets and a major destination for Falcon aircraft. Some 40 Falcons are currently in operation in the country.

“Although new sales activity in China was down in 2014, deliveries for Falcons remained very strong, with 8 aircraft entering service,” said Oliver Villa, Senior VP, Civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation.

“We are still seeing strong demand for our Falcon 7X, a trend we expect to continue with the new ultra long range Falcon 8X and very large body Falcon 5X as those recently introduced aircraft progress through development,” continued Villa. “We are also encouraged by strong Chinese interest in the new Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS shortfield models, certified in early 2013, which demonstrates the increased maturity of the Chinese market.”

read more

click to visit Marshall


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

Celebrate Spring 

he bulbs are popping up through the ground at Tastefully Yours.

The pear trees are shedding their pollen and covering everything in sight with a vibrant yellow - so it must be the beginning of spring in Atlanta.

If our business is anything like others around the world, catering requests change with the seasons. As we shed those jackets and long sleeves for lighter weight clothes, we also tend to request lighter food for our passengers and flight crews. There is a push to eat healthier, to shed a bit of weight to get ready for the summer days at the pool and outdoors. Out with the heavy meals, out with loads of carbs and hearty stews that warmed us through the winter, and in with salads and smaller portions.

I have noticed that the landscape of catering is changing; new styled foods that are found in restaurants around the world are asked to be served on board. The style is very different in 2015. Food is presented to accentuate the beauty of the food, a more modern look, cleaner plates, higher stacks, food that resembles works of art. Molecular gastronomy is playing a role in food served on board as well.

read more

click to visit First Class Cars


French Air Traffic Controllers strike highlights the importance of air charter industry

The strike last week by French Air Traffic Controllers highlighted the difficulties air passengers face when confronted by such challenges.

A team from the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) found themselves in the thick of it during a visit to the French Aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation in Bordeaux. The group of CEOs and senior managers found their return flights had been cancelled at short notice. All possibilities of returning by train were ruled out as they were booked solid due to the strike. Similarly all scheduled return flights were taken and the group faced a wait of 3 days in Bordeaux before there was any possibility of getting back.

Fortunately the group were able to use their knowledge and expertise to find an aircraft that was able to return the executives back to the UK. However this clearly demonstrates the importance and value that the charter broker industry brings to business, not only at times of crisis but in cost savings and efficiencies throughout the year. read more

click to visit Global FBO Consult

United Kingdom

ACS completes more than 9,000 charter contracts in 2014

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has reported that the company arranged more than 9,000 aircraft charter contracts last year, an increase of more than 20% on 2013.

Justin Bowman, Group CEO, commented: “The figures are a great testament to our staff’s work ethic and professionalism as we saw a rise in almost every division across all of our 18 offices. In fact all three of our divisions had double digit percentage growth.

read more

click to visit Southeast Executive

Commercial MRO

GKN becomes Centre of Excellence for GE Aviation CF6 fan blade repair

GKN Aerospace has formed a Centre of Excellence for fan blade repairs for the GE CF6 high-bypass turbofan engine, which is acknowledged as a cornerstone of the wide-body engine aircraft business.

The aftermarket and licensing agreements between GE Aviation and GKN Aerospace cover all fan blade repairs for the entire suite of CF6 engines, which equip 13 aircraft types including the DC10, the MD11, Boeing 747 and 767 and Airbus A300, A310 and A330 aircraft.

Darren Levack, Vice President & General Manager, GKN Aerospace, El Cajon, comments: "This is an extremely important extension to our long-established relationship with GE and its airline customers. These are exceptionally successful engines powering some of the most recognised and respected passenger aircraft and regional jets. We are proud of the extensive fan blade repair service we provide and it is our intention to extend this operation in the coming years, growing the support we offer to the airlines and aircraft operators globally."

read more

click to visit AirData

Aero Friedrichshafen

Air BP and RocketRoute launch integrated fuel management

International aviation fuel supplier Air BP and global flight planning business RocketRoute announced the launch of their integrated fuel management tool at Aero Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Together both parties aim to provide an easy and efficient means of integrating fuel management into trip planning. This makes life easier for the aviator as information about Air BP’s network and the ability to order fuel is now incorporated into the flight planning process. Air BP and RocketRoute are on hand this week at the show - Air BP Stand A4-205 and RocketRoute Stand A6-501 - to demonstrate to customers first hand how they can benefit from using the system.

read more

click for more information


Stabilisation, with charter recovering in Western Europe. This month's WINGX Report. read

EBAA and CEPA to collaborate on 2015 Conference read

HondaJet announces World Tour read

FAA proposal threatens business aviation access to NY, NJ airports read

Be a Better Writer. Deanna Harms, executive vice president at Greteman Group. read

More stories in our

Industry Supplements

see tabs at top of page.

click for more information

click for more information

JetBrokers selling former Red Arrows Gnat A unique opportunity to acquire a piece of aviation history.

JetBrokers have gained the exclusive contract to sell one of the original Red Arrows aircraft, a Folland Gnat manufactured in 1963.

It flew its last season with the “Reds” in 1979 and more recently has been in private ownership in Denver, Colorado. The aircraft has some fantastic history and even appeared in the hit movie, Hot Shots, which starred Charlie Sheen as Lt Topper Harley.

Whilst not typical of the jet aircraft that JetBrokers usually buy or sell, the opportunity proved too much for Kandi Spangler, VP-Sales for JetBrokers who is based in their Denver office. She said, “I was approached about the Gnat and immediately liked the idea of being associated with such an amazing piece of aviation history. The Red Arrows are famous throughout the world but clearly buyers for such an aircraft will be limited to a few wealthy enthusiasts, although I am certain there are thousand, probably millions of people who would love to take ownership.” read more

Kandi Spangler of JetBrokers and present owner Mike Bertz with the Gnat

click to order your FREE weekly copy of BlueSky

If we have sent BlueSky to you in error, please accept our apologies. The following link will enable us to remove you from our distribution list: unsubscribe

Please note: This is a manual email link - not an automated process. It ensures that we deal with your request thoroughly and promptly.

To prevent BlueSky from getting swept up by over-zealous email filters, we suggest that you add bluesky@newslett.co.uk

to your address book.

BlueSky is published every Thursday and emailed free of charge to 50,000 key business and executive aviation industry personnel throughout the UK, Europe, North & South America, Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Far East - a total of 136 countries.
We welcome your press releases and announcements:
All other enquiries:
Follow @blueskybizav on Twitter

BlueSky is a Business Aviation News Provider
 BlueSky Business Aviation News Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without express written permission is prohibited.
The opinions expressed by contributors to BlueSky are not necessarily those of the Publishers.
Immediate Publication | Guaranteed Insertion | Global Audience
+44 (0) 1442 30 00 20

tumblr visit counter

statistics in vBulletin