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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 26th March 2015 | Issue #313

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United States

NBAA outlines FAA reauthorization priorities

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen has set out the business aviation community’s top priorities as Congress begins work on crafting legislation for “reauthorization," or funding and governance of the Federal Aviation Administration.

In written testimony submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, Bolen outlined nine “guiding principles” NBAA and its Members consider fundamental for ensuring that proposals offered in conjunction with FAA reauthorization support business aviation, which helps generate over a million American jobs and more than $200m in economic activity each year.

Bolen’s testimony was put forward as part of an Aviation Subcommittee hearing focused on FAA reauthorization, and aviation system modernization, titled, “Options for FAA Air Traffic Control Reform.”

“The U.S. today has the best air transportation system in the world, but in order for us to be able to make that statement a decade from now, changes will be necessary,” Bolen’s testimony states. “How we accomplish those changes is at the heart of the reauthorization debate. NBAA and its Members are committed to the changes needed to make NextGen a reality, but we will not support changes that fail to preserve business aviation’s access to airspace and airports in a safe, predictable and affordable manner.

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American Aero FTW becomes first IS-BAH certified FBO in Western Hemisphere

American Aero FTW, an FBO located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, has become first in the Western Hemisphere to be issued a rigorous new safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

The company was awarded the IBAC International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS- BAH) certificate of registration at the annual International Operators Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

“We would like to congratulate the entire team at American Aero FTW for this tremendous achievement,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC. “By adopting the IS-BAH code of best practice, American Aero has made a clear commitment to demonstrate its leadership in safety management and risk mitigation.”

IS-BAH is a global voluntary code of best practices for the FBO and business aviation handling agent communities, created for the industry by the industry. It incorporates the safety management system concept in all aspects of FBO/BAHA operations and is complementary with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) used by their operator clients.

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Rollout for Doc B-29 Superfortress

Deanna Harms, executive vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

orties Boogie Woogie and big-band sounds set the stage as hangar doors
opened for Doc, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress being restored for flight.

A tug pulled the still-grounded giant out into the Kansas sun as the music changed to the Air Force Song, “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder.”

A VIP crowd of volunteers and friends of Doc applauded the rollout on March 23 on the campus of Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas.

The event took place exactly 70 years after Doc’s initial delivery to the U.S. Army Air Forces. Doc was among the 1,644 B-29s built in Kansas during World War II.

The aircraft sat decommissioned in the Mojave Desert for 42 years until Tony Mazzolini and other aviation enthusiasts came to its rescue.

Fifteen years and 300,000 volunteer hours later, Doc was ceremonially re-delivered to representatives from McConnell AFB.

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GAMA applauds 10,000th aircraft equipped with ADS-B

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has welcomed the news that rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment is now on board 10,000 aircraft flying in the United States.

An estimated 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out before the FAA’s January 1, 2020 mandate. read more

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UVair FBO Network adds Glacier Jet Center (KGPI)

The UVair FBO Network has welcomed Glacier Jet Center (KGPI) in Kalispell, MT as the network’s newest FBO, bringing the total number of members to 26.

With the UVair FBO Network fuel brand in place, Glacier Jet Center is now offering BravoSM Rewards and accepts the EPIC CardSM and UVair Card as the latest offerings to its full-service operation. read more

Rockwell Collins introduces Spanish language version of Vector SMS

Rockwell Collins has introduced a Spanish language version of its Vector SMS (Safety Management System) software for its ARINCDirect customers.

The Spanish language version of Vector SMS is the first available for flight departments in Latin America, enabling them to implement an SMS solution in their native language.

Vector SMS, provided through a strategic agreement with Polaris Aero, LLC is a safety management program that enables customers to identify flight risks and hazards which, once known, can be addressed via guidance or advisories having a direct impact on safety. read more

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Air Partner


Linzi Barber

Air Partner has announced the appointment of Linzi Barber as Trading Manager, in the UK Commercial Jet Broking Team.

Linzi is a highly experienced manager, broker and business development professional, with over 16 years in the aviation industry.

Based at Air Partner’s Gatwick offices, Linzi will be focussed on the broking of Commercial Jet charters and developing new business for the division. Linzi brings significant experience with her, having previously held the positions of Charter Sales Manager at Flybe, and more recently as a Senior Commercial jet broker at broker ACS.

Linzi will also be working with Clive Chalmers, Director of Commercial Jets UK, to implement the division’s strategy that was launched in August last year.

FlightSafety International


Brian Moore

FlightSafety International has announced the promotion of Brian Moore to Manager of the company’s Wichita East Learning Center. He succeeds Debbie Jones who has retired from the company after 26 years of outstanding service.

Brian first served as an Instructor for Beechcraft Bonanza, Baron and Premier aircraft. He was promoted to Program Manager of Bonanza and Baron training in 1997, Assistant Program Manager of training for the Premier in 2007, Relationship Manager for Hawker and Beechcraft in 2008, and most recently served as Assistant Manager of FlightSafety’s Wichita Cessna Learning Center.

He holds Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and Multi Engine Instructor certificates. Brian has over 3,000 hours of flying experience and a Beechcraft Premier RA-390S type rating. He has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.

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United States

HondaJet one step closer to final certification

The HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“Provisional type certification for the HondaJet is a tremendous milestone for the program, and we are pleased to reach this significant step toward customer deliveries and entry into service,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. read more

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United States

NBAA: Top Safety Focus Areas for 2015

Loss of control in flight, runway excursions identified as two primary safety issues

The National Business Aviation Association Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues - loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions - which the committee’s research shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators.

The list is intended to promote safety-focused discussion and advocacy throughout the business aviation industry, as well as to help the Safety Committee prioritize how NBAA’s resources should be used to help improve safety industry-wide. In developing the 2015 list, the committee expanded upon past efforts by incorporating a rigorous, data-driven approach to help determine the biggest risks. read more

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United States

Daher opens its new HQ at Pompano Beach

Daher has formally opened the new location for its Airplane Business Unit’s U.S. headquarters at Pompano Beach, Florida with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided by company Chairman & CEO Patrick Daher and City Mayor Lamar Fisher.

This event attracted more than 300 attendees and brought approximately 30 TBM family aircraft to Pompano Beach Airpark (KPMP), coinciding with the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) Safety seminar. read more

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United States

IS&S completes NextGen C-130 flight deck testing and delivery

Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (Exton, PA) has completed the first flight testing and customer delivery of its NextGen Flight Management System (FMS) on a C-130 aircraft as part of a fleet-wide flight deck installation program.

This extensive flight deck upgrade transforms the cockpits on both C-130 and L-100-30 aircraft, integrating legacy and newly installed equipment into a common advanced cockpit. 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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Dr. Fang Liu welcomed as ICAO Secretary General

China’s Dr. Fang Liu has been appointed to a three-year term as the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) secretary general, an announcement welcomed by the National Business Aviation Association. read more

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Silver Air outfitting fleet with inflight wi-fi

Santa Barbara aircraft management company and charter operator, Silver Air, has recently completed installing Gogo Biz mobile broadband Internet throughout all of its heavy, super mid and midsize jets.

“The private aviation industry is changing, and our clients have come to expect mobile Internet onboard the aircraft to keep them connected and productive while in the air,” said Jason Middleton, Silver Air’s CEO. “The people at Silver Air view ourselves as an extension of our clients’ teams, and we understand the importance of our clients’ business and personal travel needs. Our job is to provide world-class service, convenience and flight resources to support their travel demands." read more

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United States

NBAA warns Santa Monica officials about legal obligations regarding SMO

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) cautioned the mayor and city council of Santa Monica, CA about the questionable legality of proposals that seek to limit the viability of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) for aviation operations, as well as for businesses located on the airfield.

At a city council meeting on Tuesday, local officials considered the Santa Monica Airport Commission's recommendation that the city move ahead with proposals to implement costly new leases for tenants, close a portion of the airport's runway and enact a new emissions ordinance at SMO. NBAA Western Regional Representative Stacy Howard attended the meeting, and told city officials that Santa Monica has “obligations, derived from specific agreements with the federal government as well as general applicable federal law…which mean that some of the commission’s proposals simply cannot be implemented by the city.”

In her comments to the city council, Howard noted that even the city attorney, in a report to the council, noted that some of the commission’s proposals cannot legally be implemented, and advised city officials not to take any premature actions.

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5th Annual JETNET iQ Business Aviation Summit to be held in New York City

JETNET LLC will host its 5th annual JETNET iQ Global Business Aviation Summit in New York City on June 23-24, 2015.

The JETNET iQ Summit is a fast-paced, data-rich gathering of industry thought leaders to discuss, deliberate, and predict the state of business aviation markets. Industry veteran Susan Brogan, JETNET iQ Director of Special Programs, returns for the 5th consecutive year to chair an A-list of confirmed speakers, panelists, and attendees representing a virtual “Who’s Who” of business aviation. read more

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United Kingdom

BBGA Annual Conference

British Business and General Aviation Association CEO, Marc Bailey, outlines the challenges for 2015 in the UK

"The good news for the UK is that business aviation movements have picked up showing a 3.4% increase in 2014, equivalent to 280 extra flights per month and turboprop flying is up 7% year on year.

"However, this recovery is still relatively fragile and as such it is ever important that regulators setting policy in the UK fully appreciate the impact of their decisions.

Marc Bailey

"Unfortunately, there is still this ongoing perception (by regulators, government agencies) that our community is all about providing luxury travel for a privileged few. We have seen little recognition that our offering is corporate stimulation for inward investment to the UK and one that supports growing our exports of goods and services from the UK.

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GKN nominated for Clean Sky ‘best project’ award

Project proves new quieter, rugged, lightning and ice-protected, air intake

A GKN Aerospace-led programme has been nominated by the European Clean Sky Initiative for its ‘best project’ award in the ‘systems for green operation’ category - for what is believed to be the first air intake design to integrate both ice protection and noise reduction technology.

The goal of the collaborative SIPAL (Scoop Intake and channel including Ice and debris Protection and Acoustic Liners) programme, a Clean Sky project, was to respond to an Airbus-defined requirement for an innovative air intake that would feed air into a new electronic environmental control system for the passenger cabin of possible future single aisle aircraft. The development programme was led by GKN Aerospace working with partner AeroTex UK LLP.

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Air Partner successfully delivers standby power system to Madagascar and prevents blackout

Air Partner, working on behalf of Madauto, successfully helped to prevent a total power blackout in the Madagascan town of Toamasina by delivering a fully-integrated 7,500 kVA standby power system supplied by Cummins Power Generation (“Cummins”).

The densely populated area was suffering from an energy shortfall in late 2014 but proactive action from local stakeholders and fast turnaround times from Cummins and Air Partner ensured the ongoing provision of power to the community.

The system was upfitted in Dubai to withstand the high humidity of Madagascar’s east coast, with components sourced from the Cummins UK factory in Kent. The plane charter was arranged by Air Partner’s office in Paris, which provided a door-to-door service; this involved arranging the transport to collect the cargo from the Cummins warehouse, sorting customs and documentation, and organising a crane to lift and load the generator sets onto the aircraft. read more

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, explodes the myth that eating healthily means compromising taste.

Healthy can be Tasty

s we shed the outer layers of sweaters and jackets from the cold winter
months, and we realize spring is rapidly approaching, I’m regularly asked what a person can eat to shed a bit of weight and trim the winter bulge.

We all want to eat healthy, but what exactly is healthy?

In my opinion, healthy is individual; it is what your body needs . . . as a flight crew member flying a crazy schedule you need a higher protein, higher energy diet with more antioxidants than we might require on the ground with a “normal” 9-5 job. One glove doesn’t fit all, nor does a nutritional program fit everyone. But how do you achieve healthy eating?

Unfortunately you, the passenger, or flight crew are, in part, at the mercy of your global food sources.

Is that food source able to step off a programmed menu with scripted recipes and prepare a special request that meets your definition of healthy? Is the food source sophisticated enough to understand how to make their normal fare healthier?

What choices are available to you in a given market for catering?

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ADB Airfield Solutions helps Dutch Caribbean airports undergo major refurbishment

Leading airfield technology specialist, ADB Group, is participating in upgrades at three Caribbean airports; Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. These special municipalities, part of the Caribbean territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are collectively known as the Dutch Caribbean Islands.

The Dutch government is working with each island to bring its airport in line with international civil aviation (ICAO) safety standards. ADB will deliver its ICAO-compliant portfolio including AGL for the runway and taxiway and related systems, power equipment, signs, EXEL frangible structures and ewo’s LED apron floodlighting.

The three islands have come under Dutch government responsibility since October 2010 following the dissolution of the Dutch Antilles, and the airport upgrades will help support the growing tourism industry.

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Latin America

WFS boasts an expanded Latin American presence

World Fuel Services has announced that, with the recent acquisition of Colt International, their footprint in the Latin American market has grown in terms of physical offices and personnel.

The company now operates eight offices in six countries, staffed by over 40 employees, with 15 dedicated professionals serving business & general aviation customers in Latin America.

“The integration of our two organizations [World Fuel Services and Colt International] has brought together some of the most experienced and talented professionals in business aviation, both within the U.S. and abroad," said Michael Szczechowski, World Fuel Services’ Senior Vice President of Business Aviation Sales.

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Jet Aviation Basel selected by Boeing to complete two B777-300ERs

Jet Aviation Basel has been selected by Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) to complete the interiors of two Boeing B777-300ER aircraft on behalf of an undisclosed client in Asia. The project will be completed in Q3 2018.

The contract, recently awarded to the Jet Aviation Basel Completions Center, follows an intense and competitive bidding process.

“We have invested heavily in process and product improvements for popular wide-body platforms such as the B777 in order to bring VIP interiors to the next level of quality and precision,” said Matthew Woollaston, director, Market Development & Completions Sales. "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our new capabilities.” read more

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Siemens uses Volga-Dnepr's Engineering & Logistics Centre for door-to-door delivery of 50-ton rotor from Germany to India

Siemens, the global technology powerhouse, is the latest business to utilise the door-to-door expertise of Volga-Dnepr Group’s Engineering & Logistics Centre (ELC) to manage the movement of a 50-ton rotor to Mumbai, India, under the international framework agreement between the two companies.

To plan for the transportation, the ELC team conducted an engineering study to confirm it was technically possible to carry the cargo onboard one of Volga-Dnepr’s An-124-100 freighters. This included assessing and approving the specially-designed transport skid onto which the rotor would be mounted to facilitate the loading and offloading process, and ensure its safe delivery.

The charter flight to India was contracted under the Ruslan International An-124 joint venture.

ELC experts managed the transportation of the rotor from its manufacturing plant in Muelheim, Germany, to Leipzig/Halle Airport, taking care of all the arrangements for trucking, including obtaining special road permits. At the departure airport, ELC was responsible for all of the essential procedures prior to commencing the loading and this included terminal cargo handling and customs services. In Mumbai and Leipzig, members of the ELC team organised mobile cranes for loading and offloading the cargo.

Steve Downing, Project Manager for the Engineering and Logistics Center (ELC), Volga-Dnepr Group, said: “Siemens is a very important and longstanding customer of Volga-Dnepr and we enjoy a very good partnership. On this occasion, working with our ELC team meant Siemens was able to call upon our 25 years of engineering and logistics expertise to achieve a seamless delivery from Germany to the rotor’s operating site in Mumbai, and feel confident that we were taking care of everything they needed to ensure the cargo arrived safely and on schedule. This shipment is a good example of why we created ELC to help customers with their most complex transportation challenges.”

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