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 BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd October 2014 | Issue #293

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United States

Workforce increase, HQ expansion and U.S. demo tour as HondaJet nears entry into service

Speaking at a press conference on the first day of NBAA2014 in Orlando, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino highlighted the progress and achievements of the HondaJet program as the aircraft prepares for entry into service.

“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Fujino.

Michimasa Fujino

“The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”

The flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S. read more


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Avinode forecasts continuing recovery in US bizjet market

Muted recovery expected in Europe in 2015

Avinode, the world’s leading online marketplace for buying and selling air charter, is predicting the recovery of the U.S. business jet charter market to continue in 2015, with a 3.5% increase in flights versus 2014, while Europe will finally show modest growth, with flight volumes growing by 1.6%.

According to the Avinode Business Jet Charter Market Forecast, all regions of the U.S. will see charter market growth in 2015. The South will perform strongest, with an increase in flight numbers of 4%, closely followed by the West, where volumes will grow by 3.6%. The North-East will see a 3.3% increase in activity, while the Mid-West will record growth of 2.5%.

Speaking on Monday at NBAA2014, Avinode Group CEO Niklas Berg said: “This year, the U.S. charter market has performed extraordinarily well, demonstrating its strongest figures since the financial crisis of 2008. We expect that by the end of 2014, the U.S. will see its highest annual levels of business jet travel for at least six years. New business models are emerging, more aircraft are being purchased, and venture capital is flowing back into the market. This trend will only continue in 2015, when we are predicting market growth of 3.5%.” read more


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Gama Aviation supports 40+ flights a day for Wheels Up

Gama Aviation’s US subsidiary Gama Charters Inc., is marking a successful 12 months as the operating partner of Wheels Up, a membership-based US private aviation company.

Since flights commenced at the end of October 2013, Gama Charters Inc. has recruited a total of 156 pilots, flying a total of 37 aircraft including 23 Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops and eight Cessna Citation Excels. Four more King Air 350i’s, are due to arrive by the end of this year, with eight more of the type joining the Wheels Up fleet by June 2015, as well as two more Excels by the end of 2014.

Wheels Up launched in August 2013 as a revolutionary membership-based program which greatly reduced the upfront investment needed to fly privately. The company launched the program by announcing a deal for 105 King Air 350i’s from Beechcraft, the largest turboprop order in business aviation history. Currently, Wheels Up has over 750+ members and anticipates finishing the year with over 1,000 members.

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Safety Standdown 2014 Two Words: Pay Attention

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

ike many apparently simple things, paying attention can be a lot harder than it
seems - especially these days.

And the strategies to stay focused are many and varied, as demonstrated during the recent Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, Kansas. At that seminar, 32 separate sessions explored different aspects of distraction and how to minimize the resulting threats to safety. The annual standdown kicks off a full year of ongoing safety emphasis and education. The seminar comes and goes, but the educational work and the dedication to safety never stops. This year’s theme: Attention Control Techniques.

For 18 years now, Bombardier has been bringing safety-minded aviation professionals together to focus on safety. Each year, the company’s dedicated standdown team and advisory council choose the most compelling current issues affecting aviation safety, then book some of the foremost experts to explore those issues in depth.

Action on Distraction

This year, the talk in safety circles has centered on the increasing distractions in modern life - and how that can affect the safe operation of aircraft. Mobile devices, in particular, have become a major source of distraction as people find themselves increasingly compelled to text, email, search and follow social media.

I attended several sessions and can say that it’s never hard to pay attention at Bombardier Safety Standdown. On the contrary, it’s energizing to be among so many dedicated experts as well as hundreds of aviation professionals whose foremost concern is greater safety - not just for their own operations, but for the industry as a whole.

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FBO

Signature announces two new locations

'Blue Heron', Turks and Caicos Islands, opens November 15th.

Acquisition of Wiggins Airways FBO at Manchester, New Hampshire.

Signature Flight Support announced the addition of two locations to its global FBO network during NBAA2014 this week.

The company's licensed location, Blue Heron by Signature Flight Support of the Turks and Caicos Islands, will officially open for business on November 15, 2014 at Providenciales International Airport (MBPV).

The new FBO will provide customers with a modern and contemporary facility, consisting of a 6,800 square foot terminal, with lounges and office space, 11 acres of aircraft parking and hangar facility. The FBO will offer full ground handling, fueling and the full portfolio of Signature’s services including its loyalty and rewards programs Signature Status and Signature TailWins.

Significant expansion of global FBO portfolio in 2014. read more


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e-Learning

Travel safety course for pilots, crew and executives

MedAire Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning for novice and seasoned travelers.

MedAire, an International SOS company, has announced a new e-learning course to provide crewmembers and executives with the knowledge and skills to enhance their personal safety when traveling.

MedAire’s Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning provides information on layover safety, travel precautions when choosing accommodation and transport, as well as tactics to respond to acts of violence, crime, natural disasters in an unfamiliar location.

The web-based course content is based on real-life scenarios from MedAire’s medical and security assistance experience.

“Taking a proactive approach to preparing crew and passengers before travel is an essential part of any travel risk management plan,” said Bill Dolny, CEO of MedAire. “MedAire’s Travel Risk Awareness e-Learning educates students on personal safety best practices and helps mitigate the security risks crew and executives may face when traveling.” read more

Plus: MedAire Trip Ready now available for iPhone


Nextant G90XT takes off strongly

Nextant Aerospace - maker of the Nextant 400XTi, the world’s only remanufactured business jet - has announced that the Nextant G90XT turboprop is on schedule to begin customer deliveries in the first quarter of 2015. The aircraft will make its maiden flight early next month.

The combination of new General Electric engines, Garmin integrated flight deck and a completely rebuilt and upgraded airframe, cockpit and cabin make the Nextant G90XT not just the most capable but also the most cost-efficient aircraft in its class. The Nextant G90XT’s rugged nature, short runway capabilities and heavy haul capacity make it ideal for a variety of mission profiles, from executive transport to financial road shows to supporting manufacturing and the extraction industries. It will have the lowest total cost of ownership of any true twin-engine business aircraft.

The Latin American market has really heated up since LABACE in August. Both of Nextant’s Latin American sales representatives - Cygnus Aviation and GFM Aviation - have signed new customers. As a result of the regional demand, Nextant has established the first authorized service center in Latin America.

Piedmont Aircraft appointed as exclusive sales agent

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U.S. Aviation Fuel Prices

Continued growth and new ventures for Spirit Aeronautics

Spirit Aeronautics, a world class leader in business aircraft services, based in Columbus, Ohio, has announced new company growth results and outined its plans for the future.

“Since the founding of Spirit in 2000, the company has gained respect in the industry for innovation and stability even during the down-turn of the economy,” said Tony Bailey, recently appointed President and COO of Spirit Aeronautics.

“In 2013, we took an aggressive tactic to add complementary business services and invest heavily in customer centric growth strategies. Since then, we are pleased to announce a 124% increase in revenue and we have nearly tripled our workforce without compromising quality or customer care and without adding  any company debt."

“Over the course of the next 10 years, Spirit is going to have a big impact on our industry,” Bailey continued.

Global sales milestone for parts distribution read more


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Canada

Flying Colours signs Joint Venture Agreement with China-based Sparkle Roll Technik Co

Flying Colours Corp., the North American MRO, completion and refurbishment specialist has signed a multi-million dollar Joint Venture agreement at NBAA2014 with Sparkle Roll Technik Co., Ltd., a business jet technical solution provider within Sparkle Roll Aviation (Holding) Group.

With the phase one hangar facility set up at Linyi City in Shangdong Province China, the main business focus for the new JV will be on private jet cabin modification and aircraft maintenance. The first project, which will begin later this month, will see eight B-registered CRJ-200 aircraft, procured by SRT, converted into VIP configurations.

The work schedule for each of the initial aircraft modifications is expected to take up to eight months and will be undertaken at Flying Colours Corp., Peterborough Canada. The later conversions will have the interiors monuments manufactured in North America, with the JV’s technicians completing the final installation in China. As part of the agreement, Flying Colours Corp. will train the technicians of the JV in specific interiors techniques in Canada and will provide on-site support for the ultimate installation in China. In addition, Flying Colours Corp. team will handle all final aircraft certification.

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United States

Honeywell forecasts up to 9,450 business jet deliveries worth $280bn over next decade

Operators plan to replace 23 percent of their fleets with new jets in the next five years.

European and Brazilian purchase plan percentages lead all world regions.

In its 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook, Honeywell is forecasting up to 9,450 new business jet deliveries worth $280 billion from 2014 to 2024.

The 2014 Honeywell outlook reflects an approximate 7 to 8 percent increase in projected delivery value over the 2013 forecast. Slightly higher unit deliveries are coupled with modest list price increases and the continued strong showing of larger business jet models in the delivery mix to generate the growth.

Honeywell forecasts 2014 deliveries of approximately 650 to 675 new jets, a single-digit increase in percentage growth year over year. The improvement in deliveries expected in 2014 is largely due to program schedule recoveries, new model introductions and additional fractional uptake. full report


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United States

Jetex sets eyes on lucrative North American market with new operations center at Miami International

Plans also for FBO at Sao Paulo's Catarina Executive Airport, Brazil

Jetex, the Dubai-based ground handling and trip planning company, has officially launched operations in the US market. 

Its US office, located adjacent to Miami International Airport, will expand on the company’s global reputation for world-class FBOs, trip planning, concierge and fuel services. 

The decision to enter the lucrative yet competitive North American market was made based on feedback from US and international customers. Following a significant increase in US-based customers, Jetex saw having a US office as a strategic opportunity to expand its global network and provide stateside customers with a more direct connection to its operations team.
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Interiors

Airbus launches new VIP widebody cabin-concept

Airbus has launched a new VIP cabin concept, initially for the A330-200, offering a faster and more affordable way to the greater capacity, capability and comfort of a widebody for both private and government customers.

Called Summit, the concept features a VIP section at the front of the cabin, and airline-style seating at the rear.

“What most customers want in a widebody is the ability to carry more people and to fly them nonstop to the world, “ points out Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The Airbus ACJ330 Summit delivers the greater capacity, comfort, and capability of a widebody, and will do so faster and more affordably than competitors, by using a modern and proven solution.” 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 fortnightly 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. When followed over longer stretches of time this chart will give you a sense of seasonal changes in-flight patterns and general flight patterns in Europe.

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POSITION

  AIRPORT

NAME / NEAREST CITY  

(PREV)
 
1 UUWW

VNUKOVO, MOSCOW

(1)

2 LFPB

LE BOURGET, PARIS

(2)

3 EGGW

LUTON, LONDON

(4)

4 LFMN

NICE, COTE D'AZUR

(3)

5 LSGG

GENEVA COINTRIN 

(5)


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Interiors

Comlux America completes two new VIP cabins for Asia based customers

Comlux America, the Completion and Services center of the Comlux Group based in Indianapolis IN, has had a very busy year in 2014.

The company signed two major contracts: One green completion on ACJ320 and one BBJ major refurbishment for a Chinese customer; and delivered two high-end VIP interiors - one BBJ for an Asian customer and one ACJ321 for a customer based in Central Asia. These two deliveries represent the 7th and 8th green interior completions overall for Comlux America, since becoming authorized as a service center for both Airbus and Boeing in 2010.

The VIP interior of the BBJ features ultra-modern custom electric POD seats provided by Iacobucci as well as a state of the art entertainment system. The cabin has four different configurations which convert lounges and offices to bedrooms and sleeping quarters. read more


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American Aero FTW, an executive aviation terminal at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth and a Signature Select FBO, donated $10,000 to support the Navy SEAL Foundation at NBAA2014 this week.

Pictured from left to right are: Jackie Williamson and Alissa Wood, American Aero FTW; Lt. Brent Bogart, former Navy SEAL; and Riggs Brown, American Aero FTW General Manager.

“The generosity of American Aero’s leadership and its clientele is a sure sign of their commitment and dedication to our nation’s elite warriors and to their families,” said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation. www.americanaeroftw.com


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South Africa

First and only FBO opens at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport

South African-based business aviation concern Fireblade Aviation (Pty) Ltd has recently opened the first and only Fixed Base Operation at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORT).

The Fireblade Aviation FBO, which became operational on 1 September 2014, already serves domestic aircraft having welcomed its first private jet on 2 September 2014. It is anticipated that full approval for the dedicated Customs and Immigration Service will be given by the end of the year making it the first FBO in South Africa to welcome international travellers. read more


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United States

AvFab receives Indian approval for King Air C90 series Armledge/Table system and Stretcher kit

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab), headquartered in Clinton, MO., recently announced they have received STC approval on their Armledge/Table System and Stretcher Kit for the C90 King Air series aircraft.

The armledge/table system is designed to combine style with functionality and update the aircraft to the same look and feel as the newer models of King Airs.

The new sidewall with integrated outboard armrest modernizes the look of the cabin and allows more usable room on the seat surface. The table features new built-in cup holders, which replace the old style “flip out” holders. read more


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Training

FlightSafety to establish Learning Center in Abu Dhabi

First phase to open in September 2015 accommodating eight full flight sims for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

FlightSafety International and Abu Dhabi Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a world-class Learning Center in Abu Dhabi.

“FlightSafety is pleased to partner with Abu Dhabi Aviation to establish a new Learning Center,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “It will set a new standard of excellence for aviation training in the Middle East. FlightSafety’s industry-leading flight simulators and proven instructional technologies, along with Abu Dhabi Aviation’s experience and expertise in aircraft operations, will ensure that pilots and maintenance technicians receive the highest quality training designed and delivered according to their specific needs.” read more


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Czech Republic

ABS Jets implements Lean Maintenance

ABS Jets and the Czech Technical University in Prague are implementing a training program on the principles of lean maintenance.

The program, based on the Japanese Kaizen philosophy, aims to make positive culture changes on a regular basis to improve the working methods and production processes.

“The concept of ‘Kaizen’ is one of restructuring and organizing every aspect of a system to ensure it remains at peak efficiency,” explains Thierry Barré, ABS Jets’ Technical Director. “The literal translation of the Japanese term ‘Kaizen’ is ‘to become good through change’. The process of lean activities at ABS Jets will benefit our customers.”

During three days, trainees at the ABS Jets Technical Department received introductory training to provide them with the basics for starting the implementation process of lean activities. The training sessions were followed by a ‘Kaizen Week’ in cooperation with Embraer. read more


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United States

Legacy 500 receives FAA certification

Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet was granted FAA certification during a ceremony at NBAA2014 on Tuesday. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the United States and in countries that require such certification.

The Legacy 500 received certification from Brazil’s ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) in August and approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is expected by the end of this year.

“The FAA certification is a significant milestone achievement for such an advanced aircraft,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The clean-sheet Legacy 500 is a prime example of Embraer’s commitment to delivering innovative products and setting new standards in each market segment.”

The Legacy 500 midsize business jet has met or exceeded all performance expectations. Delivery to the first customer occurred on October 10 and up to six aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2014.

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United Kingdom

GKN Aerospace develops innovative wing leading edge

Clean Sky programme progresses ultra-high performance wing technology

GKN Aerospace has delivered an innovative wing leading edge demonstrator to the Clean Sky programme, helping bring an ultra-high performance, natural laminar flow (NLF) wing closer to reality.

The integrated NLF wing leading edge has been produced through the £2.5m GBP Ground Based Structural and Systems Demonstrator phase of the Clean Sky Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft programme. This programme is maturing NLF wing technology for the next generation of low emission, high performance aircraft.

Rich Oldfield, Technical Director, GKN Aerospace explains: “The NLF wing promises a substantial improvement in aerodynamic performance and reduction in drag when compared to a modern turbulent wing. Achieving these performance improvements will be a significant step towards reaching the ACARE goals for 2020, which include a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and an 80 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions.” read more


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Italy

Piaggio unveils its new identity

In a change that embraces its illustrious past and bright new future, the aviation manufacturer Piaggio Aero unveiled its new identity at NBAA2014 in Orlando.

Piaggio Aero Industries has become Piaggio Aerospace which reaffirms its commitment to making superbly crafted and innovative aircraft, and underscores its unique positioning to enter new market sectors with distinctive aerospace products.

The new Piaggio Aerospace identity reflects significant changes taking place at the company to position it for major growth in new markets and territories, expanding its product portfolio and bringing together its numerous strengths under one roof.

Alongside the iconic Avanti EVO twin-turboprop business aircraft, Piaggio Aerospace is the only aircraft manufacturer that also builds parts, carries out final assembly and maintains aero engines. The company is making major advances in the development of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms both manned and unmanned, based on the fully certified civilian platform P.180 Avanti. Piaggio Aerospace is also one of the few companies in the world that owns the technology and expertise to develop, manufacture and support a Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System.

Innovative new all-inclusive lease options for North American market read more


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Russia

Total Oil CEO dies in private jet crash

The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed on Monday night when a private jet in which he was travelling collided with a snow plough at Moscow’s Vnukovo international airport.

The collision occurred just before midnight as the Dassault Falcon 50 business jet attempted to take off, bound for Paris. Three crew members also perished.

Christophe de Margerie

Moscow saw its first snowfall of the winter on Monday and according to the airport, visibility was at 350 metres at the time of the accident. The snow plough had evidently not cleared the runway when the aircraft was given the go-ahead for takeoff. read more


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Air BP ratifies Letter of Intent with RocketRoute at NBAA

Leading international aviation fuel supplier Air BP has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with global flight planning business RocketRoute Ltd. The agreement was announced this week at NBAA2014 in Orlando.

The collaboration will provide customers with a more efficient approach to flight preparation as information about fuel purchasing will be available within the overall flight planning process. Under the terms of the LOI, Air BP will work closely with RocketRoute to integrate information from Air BP’s worldwide fuel network onto their system. As a result, end users like corporate pilots, flight departments and private pilots will be able to access all information relating to fuel uptake while formulating the overall flight plan. The aim of the collaboration is to increase efficiency, save time and improve the overall business aviation experience for the end user.

“We recognise that flight planning can be a complicated and lengthy process for pilots, flight departments and operations teams and Air BP continues to be committed to providing solutions to make the aviator’s life easier,” said Norbert Kamp, Global Sales and Marketing Director, Air BP. “We are pleased to have been able to respond to clients’ needs and believe the integration with RocketRoute’s platform will add great value to the customer experience.” read more

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Austria

GlobeAir's market confidence in light of record Q3 sales

Leading European VLJ operator, GlobeAir, has announced record sales in the third quarter of this year and 10% growth in passenger flights.

According to business aviation analysts WINGX, the private jet sector in Europe has continued to lose overall activity during the past months due to the geopolitical crisis. Although several aircraft segments are facing a turbulent period, demand for the Citation Mustang - the bedrock of GlobAir's fleet - has shown a noticeable gain reaching its peak in September, gaining 14% YOY.

GlobeAir CEO Bernhard Fragner

Benefitting from this situation, GlobeAir claims € 5.1m net sales in Q3 as a result of a well mastered business model that led the Austrian operator to achieve almost 35% market share in the segment of very light jets. The growing demand of small-cabin aircraft has in fact bolstered GlobeAir's presence in Western and Southern Europe, with more than 1.030 flights conducted between July and September. 

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Catering

Health a growing concern for high flyers as Bon Soirée reports latest food trends

Bon Soirée, the provider of fine dining for private jets, has undertaken its annual analysis of the food ordering trends of its clients and has shown that concerns about consuming healthy food and drink has become the main driver of customer demands.

The UK based caterer which serves London, the South of England and the Midlands, reported that only 50% of the all the flights catered for by Bon Soirée in the last 12 months ordered red meat in their meals and that there has been a rise from 25% to 30% in the number of American flights requesting meat free menus.

There has been an increase for dishes that are low in saturated fat and high in fibre, fruit and vegetables with nuts, seeds and grains becoming an increasingly popular way of getting protein into a vegetarian diet. Clients continue to be conscious about any additives in their food with low sodium, low sugar ingredients becoming even more important. read more


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Breakthrough in volcanic ash detection technology enables bizjets to maintain safe operation

Elbit Systems and Nicarnica Aviation are now offering Volcanic Ash Detection capabilities, as part of Elbit Systems’ new innovative ClearVision EVS product to business jets.

The combined solution will enable pilots to avoid flying into contaminated areas while still maintaining safe operation in areas influenced by volcanic eruptions.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July this year, stating their exclusive cooperation for the implementation of Nicarnica’s volcanic ash detection technology into Elbit Systems’ Enhanced Vision System (EVS) cameras.

Nicarnica has developed a breakthrough technology; AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) to detect volcanic ash in the atmosphere 100 kilometers ahead of an aircraft, allowing the pilot to detect and safely avoid hazardous ash clouds. 

Implementing the technology into ClearVision EVS will enable customers to achieve additional critical functionality without additional equipment. With the most recent in-flight test of the technology in October 2013, Nicarnica and partners have demonstrated the detection of SO2, Saharan dust and volcanic ash.

Elbit Systems is a world leader provider of Enhanced Vision Systems for various costumers in different market segments. The company has delivered so far more than one thousand EVS systems.


Switzerland

Air Service Basel and Cat Aviation partner for new Zurich FBO

FBO and maintenance services provider, Air Service Basel GmbH, has joined forces with leading business jet operator, Cat Aviation AG, to establish a new FBO at Zurich Airport under the brand of Cat Air Service AG. Operations will commence in November 2014.

Operating out of Zurich Airport’s General Aviation Center (GAC), Cat Air Service will provide all the services required to handle business aircrafts, passengers and crews.

Customers to and from Switzerland’s economic and financial center will benefit from expert aircraft handling and excellent customer care, as well as additional services in the area of maintenance thanks to the close ties to the parent companies. In addition to the general ground handling services, Cat Air Service provides lounges, limousine service and various concierge services for the passengers. Attention is paid to the well-being of the crew with a lounge area, dishwasher and coffee machine, free Wi- Fi, relaxation area with shower, satellite television and internet corner for flight planning all airside as well as many other amenities to bridge waiting time of the crew. read more

 
 

GE's leasing arm to acquire Milestone Aviation Group Industry-leading Milestone team, led by former NetJets pioneer Richard T. Santulli, joins GE. read


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The JetHiking Gypsy taking the 'Skyway' around the U.S.
Veteran international travel writer, Amber Nolan, has embarked on a journey across the U.S. to answer the question: Is it possible to land in all 50 states by hitchhiking around the country on prop planes and private jets?

Florida native, Amber Nolan, is attempting to visit and explore all 50 states on a shoestring budget. Nolan, AKA The JetHiking Gypsy, has been hitching rides with private pilots in small planes, experimental aircraft and in private jets. She will continue on her quest seeking great destinations, fascinating people, and adventure across the United States.

To date, Nolan has reached 48 states by hitching rides on small aircraft, including the five-day journey to Alaska. The project, dubbed Jethiking, began in July 2012 and has taken her more than 25,000 miles through the air over the United States - for free. Nolan is recording her adventures as she attempts to redefine modern hitchhiking, through a series of photo galleries, interviews and on-line blogging.

Nolan finds private pilots and their families to be very cooperative in allowing her to “hitch” rides, once they understand her goal. “The aviation community has been wonderful. They’ve been very supportive and have helped breathe life into this crazy idea I had.”

The general public cheers Amber along the way with supportive messages including: “Go Amber, Go!” Sebastien Heintz, President Zenith Aircraft Company, said “I love what you're doing! I'm a big proponent of putting the fun back into flying and you're doing it in a big way - way to go!”

Travel Writer, Nolan, has been traveling the globe and reporting on her adventures since she graduated from college nearly a decade ago. Her wanderlust has taken her to exotic locations such as the jungles of Colombia, and the end of the Earth in Cape Horn, but this time she’s sticking to her own exciting backyard: the United States. The JetHiking Gypsy travels on a shoestring budget and finds a place low-cost housing with pilot families and those supportive of the trek. read more

 



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