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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 5th May 2016 | Issue #366

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GA community praises FAA Part 23 rulemaking and urges rule completion in 2016

On the eve of an FAA public hearing in College Park, GA on the Part 23 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), a coalition of general aviation leaders applauded the FAA’s efforts to improve safety and make it easier to bring new products to market for the light general aviation sector, while strongly encouraging the agency to finish its work on the issue by the end of 2016.

The groups included the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

The NPRM is a result of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act (SARA), which was signed into law on Nov. 27, 2013.

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Jet Aviation St. Louis signs milestone 35th 120-month Global inspection

Jet Aviation St. Louis has signed its 35th 120-month inspection for Globals, confirming its expertise for customers in this comprehensive inspection, overhaul and refurbishment service.

“We’re about to perform our 35th Global 120-month inspection to date, with even more on the books,” said Sales Director Aaron Kreissler. “When a customer’s aircraft is opened up to the extent required for this inspection, they want it done by someone who has done it many times before. Our customers know that our experience allows us to address the known trouble spots first, and that minimizes surprises on the back end. Know-how and experience are important to customers in a project of this size.”

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Pulsar Informatics’ Aviation Fatigue Meter integrated into ARGUS' PRISM SMS mobile apps

ARGUS International is integrating the Pulsar Informatics world-class Aviation Fatigue Meter into its PRISM ARMOR Safety Management System mobile applications.

Pulsar’s Aviation Fatigue Meter is a proprietary algorithm and system which translates raw user data into actionable fatigue risk information. By integrating this functionality within PRISM’s mobile applications, users will be better able to monitor and analyze fatigue risk of their crews and make more informed decisions. Pulsar’s Aviation Fatigue Meter has been integrated with PRISM’s SMS web-based tool for the past several years.

“Business aviation has struggled to accurately and effectively capture the fatigue problem, relying exclusively upon duty limits and static flight scheduling limitations,” stated Steve Witowski, Vice President, Business Aviation Safety Systems for PRISM. “PRISM can now move operators beyond these limitations through the integration of the Fatigue Meter into our FRAT, facilitating real fatigue risk management and attacking one of the most prominent risks faced by business aviation operations.”

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Sheltair hangar development underway at Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV)

Having recently announced expansion plans at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Republic Airport (FRG) in New York, Sheltair is now expanding at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) with a $3.1m state-of-the-art hangar and office complex of nearly 25,000 square feet of space strategically located adjacent to the Sheltair FBO and Gulfstream Service Center.

Todd Anderson, Sheltair Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development, said, “Many of our Savannah customers are especially pleased to hear that this new hangar includes a high tail door to accommodate the latest fleet of G-650s. Sheltair’s decision to move ahead with construction reflects its appreciation that there is confirmed demand for hangar space that can accommodate the latest generation of large cabin class general aviation jet aircraft and the growth of Savannah as a compelling business destination.”

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Embraer delivered 23 Executive jets (12 light and 11 large) and 21 Commercial jets in the first quarter of 2016, representing an increase of 38% in total deliveries compared to 1Q15.

The Company’s firm order backlog ended the quarter at US$ 21.9bn, compared to US$ 20.4 bn at the end of 1Q15 and $22.5 bn in backlog at the end of 2015. As a result of higher aircraft deliveries in both the Commercial Aviation and Executive Jets segments, 1Q16 revenues were US$ 1,309.0 m, an increase of 24% compared to 1Q15.

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Pentastar Aviation partners with SmartSky Networks to develop STCs for G450 and G550 aircraft

When the SmartSky 4G network takes flight later this year, Pentastar Aviation will develop supplemental type certificates (STCs) for Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft as well as participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other corporate aircraft.

“Our clients need the increased speed and reliability for in-flight Wi-Fi and are eager for the true, office-in-the-sky performance SmartSky Networks offers,” says Jesse Beard, Pentastar Aviation avionic engineering manager. “This new connectivity solution promises tremendous value, both now and later at the point of aircraft resale.”

SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network. Its broadband connectivity system will provide air-to-ground service over the continental United States.

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NBAA names recipient of Dale 'Potsy' McBurney Aviation Scholarship

National Business Aviation Association Charities announced Marne Burghoffer as this year’s recipient of the Dale “Potsy” McBurney Aviation Scholarship. The award will be presented at NBAA's Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference in Delray Beach, FL, June 21 to 23.

Burghoffer is a freelance corporate cabin attendant based in New York, with experience on Bombardier Global 6000, Gulfstream G650 and Lineage 1000 aircraft; she is FlightSafety and MedAire trained, and has taken several training courses on cabin safety, protocols and crew resource management.

“I went through two trainings within a month of each other to feel absolutely qualified in case of an emergency,” said Burghoffer. “The more aircraft that I fly on, the more I am reminded of why it is vital to not become jaded and forget the significance of safety procedures.”

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Air Partner


Mike Hill

Air Partner, the global aviation services group, has announced the appointment of Mike Hill as Director of Freight, with responsibility for freight across the entire Air Partner Group.

Mike has been with the Group since 2007, when he joined to set up Air Partner’s freight office in Germany from scratch. In 2014 he was promoted from a business development position to Regional Freight Director - Europe. Mike will remain based in Air Partner’s German office and will report directly to Richard Smith, Head of Products, who previously held the role.

Mike has 20 years’ industry experience and prior to joining Air Partner, worked for the cargo charter airline African International as a Commercial Manager for seven years. He has also held management roles within an airport handling company as well as travel companies.

Esterline Corporation


Michel Potvin

Esterline Corporation has announced the appointment of Michel Potvin, effective May 2, 2016, to the position of president of its Avionics Systems business group, which includes Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) product brand and the newly acquired Simulation Visual Systems capability, featuring TREALITY display products.

He succeeds Greg Yeldon who has left Esterline after a distinguished career of more than 22 years with the company.

Michel Potvin has been with Esterline for five years, serving first as president of the company’s Control Systems group and later as vice president, corporate marketing & strategy, based in Bellevue, Washington.

Prior to joining Esterline, he held the position of vice president at L-3 MAS, a Canadian division of L-3 Communications, where he was responsible for leading all military maintenance, repair, overall & upgrade (MRO&U) and special mission aircraft (SMA) activities for their global customer base.

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United States

France honors FlightSafety's Bruce Whitman with Médaille de l'Aéronautique

FlightSafety International's Chairman, President and CEO, Bruce Whitman, has received the Médaille de l'Aéronautique from France. The medal was presented by Bertrand Lortholary, Consul Général of France, in New York on April 26.

“It is a great honor and privilege to receive the Médaille de l'Aéronautique. It is humbling to join those from France and from around the world who have received this esteemed distinction,” said Whitman. “All of us with FlightSafety are pleased and proud to have served and supported the aerospace industry in France for over 50 years and appreciate the opportunity to provide training services and products that enhance aviation safety in France and around the world.”

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Honeywell and NASA tackle supersonic sound pollution

Since Concord took its last flight in November 2003, everyone from aviation enthusiasts to industry leaders have pined for the day when supersonic travel became a reality again.

Yet, several challenges face modern efforts for commercial supersonic flight, with the biggest hurdle to its general acceptance being sonic booms.

Sonic booms are hard to predict, and they are impossible to ignore. To remedy this issue and open up the doors to commercial supersonic travel across the U.S., Honeywell is working with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center to study the most effective way to visually inform pilots flying supersonic jets about sonic booms. read more

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The threat of drones to private aviation

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive, London Executive Aviation (LEA).

he use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), known as drones, has grown exponentially in the last few years while regulations to ensure safe operation of drones have been
slow to keep up.

The technology is developing quickly and better legislation is urgently needed to control the use of drones before a major mid-air catastrophe forces authorities to address the safety aspect.

The biggest issue has always been an individual user flying a drone close to an airport, where aircraft are closer to the ground and likely to collide with a drone. Last month a suspected drone struck a British Airways aircraft as it approached Heathrow airport. Although the incident is now not thought to have involved a drone, it demonstrates the need for stricter legislation around airports in general. 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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United States

Minot Aero Center’s newly renovated facility combines culture with comfort

Minot Aero Center (KMOT), a member of the Avfuel Network, refreshed its FBO facility with renovations that offer customers an updated space to relax and enjoy art while staff get to work.

The updated lobby includes a giant mural of the history of American aviation created by local artist and aviation enthusiast Leon Basler - now known as the “Freedom Lobby” - where customers can retreat for some tranquility and admire the painting. In addition, the facility is now reminiscent of an art gallery with upwards of 40 aviation photos taken by Moose Peterson for guests to peruse. read more

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Chameleon and AIM Altitude revitalise fleet of Challenger 600s

With over 10 years of experience in the finishing of aircraft interior components with high-class decorative finishes, AIM Altitude has been working with a local aircraft business entrepreneur to revitalise the interiors of a fleet of Challenger 600 series aircraft.

The Chameleon process used by AIM Altitude’s Composites division complements the modern look achieved throughout the rest of the previously ageing models. The finishing has brought them into line with the look of the latest desirable executive aircraft.

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Jet Aviation Basel delivers first full cabin refurbishment project on Legacy 650

Jet Aviation Basel recently performed a major refurbishment in conjunction with a scheduled C-Check on an Embraer 135 Legacy 650.

The refurbishment included a full carpet replacement, seat and divan re-upholstery, wood repairs, recovering of the dado panels and a new Non-Textile Flooring (NTF) installation in the galley. In addition, the Paint Shop at Jet Aviation Basel painted the exterior in full and gave the aircraft a new fuselage design. read more

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Abby’s gears up for big business

Award winning private and corporate aviation caterer, Abby’s Aircraft Catering, is entering the commercial sector by popular demand.

The Houston-TX-based company recently received a special delivery of high-loader trucks from Mallaghan GSE (Dungannon, Northern Ireland), specifically designed for loading and unloading fresh meals for passengers and crew of wide body and large cabin aircraft. The trucks consist of a rear body lift system, platform and hydraulic control mechanism, allowing delivery to the galley door.

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Vector MRO at Prince Edward Island celebrates 25th anniversary

Global independent MRO services provider, Vector Aerospace, is celebrating the 25th anniversary this year of its Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, facility. Summerside has been providing world-class engine MRO services since 1991.

“We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees and our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization,” said Jeff Poirier, President of Vector’s Engine Services - Atlantic division. “Our goal in the next 25 years is to stay in the forefront of the industry by providing our customers with high quality MRO services."

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European pilots join coalition for fair competition in aviation

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), representing over 38,000 European pilots, is announcing its support for “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC), a coalition dedicated to restoring a level playing field for European aviation vis-à-vis state-sponsored Gulf carriers.

In the past decade, state - sponsored airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have massively expanded their capacity on many of the routes previously serviced by European carriers.

The problem with this capacity-dumping is that these airlines are (partly) state-owned, supported by state aid, benefitting from access to cheap (airport) infrastructure, fuel and capital. Such market distorting practices are detrimental not only to the aviation industry, its employees, and direct connectivity for passengers, but also harms the wider EU economy.

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London Heliport reports strongest upturn in movements since 2008

500,000th movement surpassed.

The London Heliport at Battersea, the capital city’s only commercially licensed heliport, achieved its best year for activity since 2008 with over 10,500 movements recorded for the year ending 31st March, 2016.

A high proportion of growth was attributable to business movements. There was an uptick especially, in private users during 2015, including the prolific weekly departures from King Power’s Agusta A109, complementing Leicester City FC’s ascension to top flight football.

Leicester City FC's ascension to top flight football contributed to a rise in movements at the London Heliport.

Significantly, around 20% of movements were inter-lining with business jet flights, according to General Manager Simon Hutchins. The top airports for connections last year included London Stansted, London Luton, London Oxford Airport and Farnborough.

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Air Charter Service announces strong financial results for 2015

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has reported a strong 2015, with a healthy increase in turnover, totalling £316m , and a 28% increase in gross profit to £39.4m for the year ending 31st January 2016.

Chairman, Chris Leach, observes: “To arrange more than 10,000 charter contracts and achieve a turnover of half a billion dollars is a remarkable feat and a fantastic way to end our 25th anniversary year. The strong increase was fairly evenly spread across our 20 offices worldwide, except for a downturn in our Russian offices’ fortunes, due to the troubles in that region.

Chris Leach

“The cargo charter market continues to strengthen and our Cargo department, in particular, has had a brilliant year, buoyed by business done during the West Coast port strike at the beginning of 2015. We saw a 36% increase in the number of charters and an impressive 35% growth in gross profit last year.

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

Spice it up!

unning out of ideas for catering that flight?

If you think a bit outside the box and understand various cultural spice combinations, you can create a variety of exciting flavor profiles for today’s flight that will delight your passengers and flight crew.

We all get stuck in a catering rut; I know I do. I spend my spring fever - and my fall and winter hibernation - looking for new flavors and seasonal foods to add to the menu. If I'm bored with the usual aviation food, then you probably are as well. If you feel that your daily procurement of catering requests have become mundane and lack a bit of luster, you can take that everyday mundane and turn it to a truly inspired breath of fresh air on board. You may find that your newly inspired menu selections bring countless amounts of positive feedback. Now, let’s get started.

You can apply any of these spice combinations to most all foods and even some desserts.

However, you shouldn't mix spices from different regions in the same meal.

Use the new flavor combinations on one menu item at a time to ensure that the item remains distinctive.

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Kingdom of Morocco and EUROCONTROL sign Comprehensive Agreement

The Kingdom of Morocco and the European Organisation for Safety in Air Navigation - EUROCONTROL - signed a Comprehensive Agreement during a ceremony at the International Marrakech Airshow last week.

Zouhair Mohammed El Aoufir, Director General of ONDA (Office National Des Aéroports), noted: "With the signature and entry in force of this agreement, it is not only that our country achieves a global first - in that EUROCONTROL has never before signed such an agreement with a country outside Europe - but it also recognises the performance of the Moroccan air traffic management services and is consolidating a mutually desired and beneficial partnership between ONDA and EUROCONTROL.”

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First multirole Ka-62 prototype takes to the air

The first prototype (OP-1) of the medium multirole Ka-62 helicopter took off at Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) on April 28.

The lift in a hover mode was part of the factory flight testing and was completed successfully.

The OP-1 Ka-62 was launched to evaluate its overall performance and to test its main power supply systems and avionics. The helicopter was operated by test pilots from the Kamov Design Bureau, which is the main developer of the Ka-62. Previously, the rotorcraft has successfully passed a series of tests in a ground-based racing mode.

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Elbit Systems’ BrightNite performs successful demo flights

Breakthrough technology enabling helicopter pilots to fly in more than 90% of nights.

Elbit Systems has performed a series of successful demonstration flights using the BrightNite system, a solution that enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90% of nights.

The goal of the flights was to demonstrate the systems’ performance in DVE conditions; moonless, pitch dark nights, in which flights are rarely executed. Dozens of pilots from a variety of Air Forces around the globe participated in the demo flights, which took place in Israel.

Installed onboard an Airbus Twin-Star helicopter, the BrightNite system provided the pilots with night-piloting capabilities similar and even exceeding to those of attack helicopters.

Feedback was extremely positive: “A breakthrough system that changes flight philosophy . . . it opens a whole new flight arena . . . flying with the system was amazing, it was an expierance far above my expectations . . . the system literally opens any night to flight . . . a crucial system for helicopters in night operations . . . the system is like magic”.

Lightweight, compact and cost-effective, BrightNite is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that delivers the essential data directly to both eyes of the pilot, enabling intuitive flight in a head-up, eyes-out orientation in pitch dark and other DVE conditions.

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Dornier 228 demonstrator performs emergency SAR Operation at Cape Verde full story

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BACA looks to the future with appointment of four new Council members read

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Gama Aviation gears up for surge in flights around Kentucky Derby
Gama Aviation has increased its AOG peak period support in preparation for the large wave of private jets and spectators expected to travel into Louisville this coming weekend for the Kentucky Derby.

As one of the biggest sporting events of the year, drawing crowds of over 150,000, the race weekend is expected to see around 300 private aircraft fly in racegoers from across the globe.

The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby will be held at the usual Churchill Downs Race Track on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Additional peak period support from Gama Aviation has been put in place during the weekend at Louisville International and the surrounding airports.

Dennis Richey, Executive Vice President, commented: “We look forward to, and carry out extensive planning for these special events. We have been positioning our AOG/mobile teams for our customer base at various locations already and know and understand the time constraints our clients are under when going to the Kentucky Derby. It’s known as the fastest two minutes in sport and our clients’ expectations are equally demanding. Happily, we have been able to showcase the strength of this part of our business year after year.”

This weekend is the second major sporting event Gama Aviation has responded to in the last month. At the beginning of April, Gama Aviation supported in excess of 150 callouts with its customers at the Masters Tournament. In addition to the upcoming Kentucky Derby, preparations have already begun for the Players Championship and the U.S Open to follow. www.gamaaviation.com

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