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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 2nd July 2015 | Issue #327

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United States

Bolen sounds a 'Call to Action' over ATC privatization, user fees

In his most outspoken opposition to date about a congressional plan for legislation that would create a privatized ATC system funded by user fees, Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, sounded a call to action to oppose such a plan before a gathering of more than 3,000 attendees at last week's NBAA Regional Forum at Teterboro Airport.

In his address, Bolen pointed to recent remarks by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-9-PA), indicating the congressman's intent to introduce such legislation. Current authorization for the FAA is set to expire on Sept. 30, sparking debate by some in Washington around the merits of a potential FAA reauthorization bill that might implement a privatized air traffic control system primarily funded through user fees.

"The FAA reauthorization legislation that has recently been discussed would be nearly identical to legislation that was put forth during reauthorization in 2006," said Bolen. "If implemented, such a bill will pose an unequivocal threat to the future of business aviation in the United States.

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Congress needs to act and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, says GAMA

U.S. lawmakers sadly missed an important opportunity to support America’s manufacturing sector by failing to act before the June 30 deadline to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, General Aviation Manufacturers Association President and CEO Pete Bunce said this week.

At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, the Bank became unable to issue any new guarantees. The 81-year-old Bank provides the loan guarantees manufacturers need when commercial banks will not or cannot provide financing to allow them to close transactions with non- U.S. buyers.

“U.S. manufacturing is the backbone of the nation’s economy, supporting millions of jobs and communities throughout the country, and manufacturing exports are an important part of this success,” Bunce said.

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JETdebit.com launches new on-line digital jet card providing transparency for private jet operators and clients

JETdebit.com, the charter industry's first Digital Jet Card connecting pre-paid clients directly to operators at wholesale pricing, was launched during the NBAA Regional Forum at Landmark Aviation at Teterboro Airport (TEB) last week.

JETdebit clients will have the ability to interact with their own customized profile page and receive complete trip fulfillment services with financial protections.

JETdebit Founder & CEO Jacquie Dalton

"Consumers want direct access to the independent operators fulfilling over 90% of charter flights worldwide, while operators deserve to be paid for their services on-time, at a fair rate, and without the risk of fraudulent credit card disputes," said JETdebit Founder & CEO Jacquie Dalton. "What makes JETdebit unique to the bizav segment is that it’s mutually beneficial to operators and clients, and no additional cost to either.”

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Think Twitter = Trivial? take another look

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

here’s a big Twitter universe out there that delivers useful information directly related
to your business.

People may even be talking about you. But how would you know if you’re not listening?

Follow your favorite trade show

If you’re looking for a way to test the Twitter waters, drop in on the conversations during and after major aviation conventions. These days, they all have a master hashtag (jargon alert: a hashtag is a word or group of words without spaces or punctuation, preceded by the # symbol).

These should be simple and easy to find. For example, the recently completed Paris show was #PAS15. The upcoming Oshkosh 2015 (otherwise known as EAA AirVenture) is #OSH15. To tap into the buzz, just sign in to Twitter and search one of those hashtags.

You’ll find lots of tips about how to make the most of your time if you attend. During the show, it’s a great way to keep abreast of what’s going on and where, in real time. This is beneficial whether you’re at the show, or if your monitoring it from afar. If something big is happening or about to happen, you’ll see it on Twitter. Guaranteed. And there will be links to coverage, further information, informative blogs, photos, video and more.

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First-Quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report

Total sales exceed $587m in first three months of 2015

The Aircraft Electronics Association's first-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report reveals that in the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to over $587m as reported by the participating companies.

The figure represented a 9.9 percent decrease in sales compared to the first-quarter 2014 and is more in line with 2013 when first-quarter sales totaled just over $586m.

The dollar amount reported (using net sales price, not manufacturer's suggested retail price) includes: all business and general aviation aircraft electronic sales - including all component and accessories in cockpit/cabin/software upgrades/portables/certified and noncertified aircraft electronics; all hardware (tip to tail); batteries; and chargeable product upgrades from the participating manufacturers. The amount does not include repairs and overhauls, extended warranty or subscription services.

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NBAA's new guidelines help operators fly quietly

The National Business Aviation Association has released its much-anticipated and updated Noise Abatement Program (NAP), which provides business aviation operators, as well as airport authorities, with recommended guidelines for reducing aircraft noise impacts to communities surrounding the nation’s airports.

The safe, standardized and straightforward operating procedures were developed for today’s business jet aircraft, which are quieter, climb faster and often operate at airports that are far more congested than when the NAP was first launched in 1967.

“NBAA is proud to offer the business aviation community - and the many airports across the country which have recommended use of our NAP over the years - a completely updated program that is the result of several years of hard work, technical studies and vetting by NBAA staff and committee members and our partner consultant, HMMH,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO.

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West Star Aviation

Steve Bates and Wayne Sawyer

West Star Aviation recently announced they have welcomed two new sales managers to their team.

Steve Bates has been named Bombardier & Gulfstream Technical Sales manager and Wayne Sawyer has accepted the position as Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Both Steve and Wayne started their new positions in June 2015.

With nearly 40 years in the aviation industry, Steve has extensive experience in production, sales and management, and most recently, held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Emery Air, Inc. Steve holds an A&P Certificate and Private Pilot License and was one of the original members of the Bombardier Challenger Advisory Board for over ten years.

Wayne Sawyer

Wayne began his career as an A&P Mechanic and has gained knowledge of the aviation industry as an Inspector, Crew Chief and Chief Inspector. Wayne has been in the aviation industry for over 35 years and holds a Private Pilot’s license, A&P Certificate and Inspection Authorization Certificate.

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The Netherlands

AviationGlass & Technology makes history with first ever aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors

AviationGlass & Technology, a Dutch company specialized in the research, development and production of glass products for the aviation industry, has made aviation history by receiving the first ever aviation authority approval on ultra-thin, lightweight glass mirrors and panels for aircraft cabin interiors.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of its AeroGlass Lens to replace all protective inner window panes in the passenger cabin, as well as its AeroGlass Mirror for lavatory finishes in a Falcon 900 business jet.

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United Kingdom 

Total AOC's Centrik Xchange delivers free information sharing for operators

Total AOC has launched a new service designed to make it easy for operators to exchange safety and compliance/quality information to improve their own practices.

Centrik Xchange, based on Total AOC’s innovative cloud-based management software, Centrik, provides a central database that can be accessed easily by any operator.

The safety database is free of charge to access. Operators can publish their air safety reports, hazards, incidents, standing hazards as well as their risk assessments. These will be anonymised but available for viewing or even incorporation as a template into the user’s own Centrik system. read more, Plus:

Video interview with Allan McGreal, CEO of Rizon Jet - part of the spearhead group bringing Centrik Xchange to the industry.

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Social media in aviation - a helping hand or a slippery slope?

According to the latest Jobvite survey, more than 75% of enterprises are planning to increase their spending on recruitment via social networks in 2015.

This comes as no surprise, considering that currently about 2bn people on earth are using social media every single day - pilots, flight crew and other aviation workers included. As a result, in aviation and other industries social media is becoming a key tool in shaping brand image as well as attracting new talent. Nonetheless, while social media may serve as a beneficial aid in most cases, one silly move on Facebook can also send you downhill, fast.

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Hartzell Propeller Inc has translated key propeller owner manuals into Mandarin, the official spoken language of the People's Republic of China. The propeller manuals cover a number of aircraft approved for flight in China by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

“This latest initiative by Hartzell Propeller demonstrates that the company is committed to Chinese owners, operators and mechanics,” said Weiqing (Max) Wang, Hartzell Propeller Managing Director for China, based in Shanghai City. “We have completed translations of propeller owner manuals into Mandarin for the most popular turboprop and piston-powered aircraft which come equipped with our propellers.”

All Hartzell Propeller Owner Manuals are available for free download in the Reference Library on Hartzell’s website

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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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Signature Flight Support has announced that Magnum Aviation has fully transitioned and is now operational as a Signature Select member.

Magnum Aviation's Irina and Florian Samsinger

Magnum Aviation is a full service FBO and flight services support provider based in the GA terminal at Vienna International Airport (VIE/LOWW). The company also provides supervisory flight support services at Graz International Airport (GRZ/LOWG), Innsbruck Airport (INN/LOWI), Karntner Klagenfurt Worthersee Airport (KLU/LOWK), Blue Danube Linz Airport (LNZ/LOWL) and Salzburg W.A. Mozart Airport (SZG/LOWS).

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United States

West Star completes 500th exterior paint delivery for Pilatus PC-12 aircraft

West Star Aviation have delivered their 500th Pilatus PC-12 aircraft with exterior paint from their Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location. The aircraft was delivered to Pilatus during a commemoration ceremony held June 18, 2015.

At the ceremony, which was attended by West Star’s GJT team as well as Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s coordination team and President & CEO, Thomas Bosshard, Pilatus was presented with a commemorative photo to celebrate the milestone. After the presentation, those in attendance toured West Star’s new 40,000 square foot paint hangar, and did a final inspection on the aircraft being delivered.

(L to R) Marie Marschner, Pilatus, Bettina Jacobson, Pilatus, Dave Krogman, West Star Aviation, Thomas Bosshard, Pilatus, Joni Edwards, West Star Aviation, Gary Edwards, West Star Aviation, Mark Birmingham, West Star Aviation, and Kurt Sanderson, West Star Aviation. 

“We painted our first Pilatus PC-12 in Grand Junction in 1994, so to be celebrating our 500th aircraft for Pilatus is very exciting,” said Dave Krogman, General Manager (GJT), West Star Aviation. “Pilatus has been a long-time partner of West Star and we want to thank them for their continued support with this special ceremony.”

“We are looking forward to continuing our longstanding relationship and completing the next 500 aircraft,” he concluded.

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Avfuel-branded 'Jet Center at Santa Fe' brings FBO monopoly to an end

Now open for business, Jet Center at Santa Fe (JCSF) will effectively end the long-standing monopoly at the Santa Fe Airport (KSAF).

With a unanimous vote by the Santa Fe city council and full support from the mayor’s office, the full-service FBO marks an exciting return for a savvy, well-respected group of industry veterans who proudly share more than 75 years of experience. The executive team includes Herb Marchman, Ron Tarrson, John Marchman, and Troy Padilla.

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28 East delivers latest completion project of ultra-long range ACJ319

Supporting its expanding brokerage business, 28 East has announced the delivery of its first aircraft completion project, an Airbus Corporate Jet ACJ319.

The green aircraft was completed at the Woensdrecht Fokker Facility in Holland and took just over a year to finish. It was delivered to its home base Munich, in April, where the operator K5-Aviation, which has extensive experience in operating long range and VVIP large jets, will manage it. read more

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United Kingdom

Pilots and business leaders urge swift adoption of Davies' third Heathrow runway plan

But 'battle is not over', cautions IHS Jane's Editor

British Pilots and business leaders have reacted positively to the final report of the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, which recommends building a third runway at Heathrow to create new routes to foreign markets, benefit passengers, and boost the economy.

Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), which represents nine thousand pilots in Britain, said “Davies was given the difficult task of analysing the UK’s capacity needs and has done his job well. We would encourage the Government to follow suit and act swiftly for the good of the country.

“Davies stresses the importance of the new runway for the UK economy and jobs and we need to make sure the extra capacity benefits Britain and is not simply exploited by our competitors.

“Delivering the new airport capacity within the noise and environmental limits set by Davies will be a challenge and pilots stand ready to assist with the design to help minimise these impacts and ensure flight operations are safe,” he said.

IoD urges all parties to back findings and get building

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United Kingdom

Up and Away Aviation cleans up with Avialogistics purchase

Oxford, UK-based aviation-detailing company Up and Away Aviation has announced the acquisition of Farnborough, UK-based aircraft valet company Avialogistics from Gama Aviation.

Stefan Murphy, Managing Director of Up and Away Aviation, and Kevin Godley, CFO Gama Aviation, ratified the deal on 1st June 2015. Under the terms of the agreement all Avialogistics assets will be rebranded Up and Away, and all employees will move across to work as part of the Up and Away Aviation team. The deal has more than doubled the size of Up and Away Aviation which, having launched in 2008, has until now grown organically.

Following the deal, Up and Away Aviation will continue to grow its UK footprint by moving its head office to TAG Farnborough Airport, maintaining its base at London Oxford Airport and strengthening its presence at London Stansted and London Luton airports. “We already have a good fixed and mobile network but plan to increase our manpower with the aim of being able to work from a growing number of locations,” says Murphy.

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Eurocontrol and IATA to improve aeronautical information services in Africa

Eurocontrol and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today signed an agreement to support African States that are part of ICAO AFI Region and their Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in improving Aeronautical Information Services (AIS), including transition from AIS to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM).

Over the next year and a half, Eurocontrol will assist IATA in its endeavour to improve the provision, consistency, completeness and distribution of aeronautical data in certain States of the ICAO AFI Region. This will be done in particular through a series of workshops that will take place at the AIS premises of the various States.

Signing the Agreement with IATA in Strasbourg, Frank Brenner, Director General of Eurocontrol said: “Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, is delighted to be working closely with IATA to support the development of aeronautical information services across the African region - supporting safety and of course efficiency in our neighbouring region brings benefits to everyone.”

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

Shards of ice and frosty glasses

s the heat of the summer sets in, do you find there are more requests for
beautifully presented, vibrant, tasty cocktails to be prepared and served on board?

I was beginning to think it was just the hype about new trends in cocktails, the increase in beer microbreweries, and the feeling of the good ol' days of past, remembrance of sitting on a porch swing slowly savoring the cold tasty libations.

As I read about the recent beverage trends and see a different array of “grocery items” being requested for flights ( and asking our flight attendants) I'm told that they too are being asked to prepare an array of chilled summer drinks on board.

Many have their origins in the gardens with fresh herbs. These are referred to as gartendi, Clever name, huh? But there is so much more to discover in summer beverages.

As I seem to carry a water bottle full of ice around with me during the hot summer season (thank you to my daughter Amanda for getting me addicted to chewing ice) I felt perhaps I should pay a bit more attention to the beverages and cocktails that our crews are being asked to prepare for their passengers.

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Baltic Business Aviation Forum on its way to success

Based on registration and inquiries, the IV Baltic Business Aviation Forum promises to become another valuable conference for all participants and a success for the organizing RUBAA (Russian United Business Aviation Association).

The conference will be held on August 6 and 7 in Jurmala, Latvia. The Forum, now in its fourth year, has already proven to be an important meeting point of Russian and European business aviation companies. The meetings are characterized by an atmosphere of friendship and collegiality in the pursuit of cooperation and exploring solutions.

“We expect that many professionals and guests will be attending based on the registrations that are currently coming in,” says Anna Serejkina, RUBAA Executive Director and Member of the Board. “We are putting a lot of effort into making the event interesting and effective for everyone who is attending and we are creating an opportunity to resolve business matters and spend private time in the company of friends and partners in a compelling atmosphere.”

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United Kingdom

Zenith Aviation first to introduce the Piaggio Avanti EVO into charter service

Biggin Hill-based Zenith Aviation has announced the purchase of its first Piaggio Avanti EVO aircraft, due for delivery this October.

Zenith is the first UK based operator to order the Avanti EVO, which will be the catalyst for a significant upgrade in Zenith Aviation’s aircraft charter offering.

The EVO will offer a step-change in short-haul charter operations. It is the fastest next-generation twin turboprop in production. Cruising at 460 mph and with a range of 1,980 miles, the EVO can seat up to nine passengers in the most comfortable and roomiest of in-flight cabins (5 feet 9 inches high and 6 feet wide).

The design innovations are focused on ensuring that passengers have the smoothest, quietest and most relaxing of flights e.g., the EVO will retain a sea level cabin altitude to 24,000ft, rising to only 6600ft cabin altitude at the aircraft's 41,000ft ceiling. This lower cabin altitude ensures Avanti EVO passengers disembark feeling fresher and more revitalised.

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Shell renews collaboration with AeroSuperBactics Wingwalking team

Shell Aviation has announced the extension of its collaboration with the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking team, one of the world’s most famous aerobatic formation wing-walking teams.

The team, which is seen live by more than six million spectators each year in the United Kingdom alone, has had a strong relationship with Shell Aviation since 1982.

Amjad Shahabuddin, Global Marketing Manager of Shell Aviation Lubricants, said: “The team performs some incredible manoeuvres, making them look easy when in fact the team and their equipment have to work very hard under demanding conditions. Shell Aviation’s broad expertise in lubricant technology and AeroShell´s product quality allow the team to perform with confidence. In turn, we receive additional insights on how to develop oils that can meet such challenging requirements.”

Vic Norman, Chief Executive of the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking team, said: “In our business, where aircraft are pushed to their limits, it’s imperative to have lubricants that can cope with extreme environments such as dramatic changes in temperature and pressure.

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For that reason, we’re delighted to further our relationship with Shell Aviation. From our perspective, the AeroShell range is best-in-class, which gives us absolute confidence in our aircraft and our engines.”

Based in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalking team’s aerobatic manoeuvres include loops, rolls, stall turns, wingovers and inverted flying in a variety of different countries and climates across the world. This puts immense and varied strain on the 450HP[1] Pratt & Whitney radial engines. Due to this, the team uses AeroShell W100 when flying in temperate conditions such as the United Kingdom and AeroShell W120 in warmer areas such as the Middle East.

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