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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 7th August 2014 | Issue #284
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United States

Hartzell to supply lightweight 5-blade props for Piaggio Avanti EVO

Hartzell Propeller Inc. will supply new advanced lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third generation twin-engine Avanti EVO, the world’s fastest production turboprop.

For the EVO, Hartzell worked with Piaggio to develop new highly swept wide-chord aluminum alloy propellers that in conjunction with changes to the nacelle and engine exhaust geometry combine to reduce external noise by 68 percent or five dB(A). Passenger comfort is also improved by a cabin noise reduction of 20 percent, or one dB(A), attributable in large measure to Hartzell’s five-blade scimitar design.

Piaggio Aero Chief Executive Officer Carlo Logli said, “The tremendous noise reduction in the Avanti EVO is a huge engineering achievement for the Piaggio and Hartzell development team. As Piaggio Aero embarks on a new chapter in its growth and future development, thanks to the support of our shareholders, the new aircraft is a perfect starting point that underpins future growth.” read more


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FlightSafety's third G650 simulator receives FAA Level D Qualification

FlightSafety International's third Gulfstream G650 aircraft simulator has been qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

The simulator is located at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Long Beach, California. The first two Gulfstream G650 simulators are in service at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Savannah, Georgia.

“The FAA Level D qualification of FlightSafety’s third Gulfstream G650 simulator clearly demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture the highest quality simulators,” said David Davenport, Senior Vice President. “Installing this new Gulfstream G650 simulator in Long Beach is another example of FlightSafety’s commitment to provide our Customers with the scheduling and training location flexibility they require.”

“FlightSafety’s Gulfstream G650 training programs, flight simulators, and other advanced technology devices are developed in conjunction with Gulfstream Aerospace,” said Steve Gross, Vice President, Sales. “This ensures they reflect the exact operating characteristics of the aircraft and provide pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants with current and relevant information.” read more


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Delta Private Jets' Ownership Assist Program spurs fleet growth as jet card sales increase

Ownership Assist, the innovative aircraft management program that Delta Private Jets (DPJ) introduced in early June, has been well received by customers.

DPJ has signed agreements for five new aircraft that are entering the fleet through this program, two of which have just been added to the managed fleet.

“Ownership Assist is another example of the unique and innovative solutions that we offer our customers,” said John Daly, Chief Operating Officer of Delta Private Jets. “All of our Aircraft Management Programs allow owners to tailor their own flying and aircraft access with the ability to offset costs of ownership through revenue generation and cost savings.”

The program is designed for owners who require only occasional use of their aircraft, and are looking for guaranteed monthly revenue to cover financing costs.

Through Ownership Assist and the company’s other programs, Delta Private Jets continues to add a variety of popular, late-model aircraft to its fleet. The most recent additions are a Citation CJ2 and Citation CJ3, a Falcon 2000 and a Gulfstream GIV-SP. read more



United States

Lear 60 now FAA-certified with new Raisbeck aft fuselage locker

Raisbeck Engineering received full FAA certification for its Lear 60 Aft Fuselage Locker on July 18th, 2014. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck Authorized Dealer locations that work with Lear 60 owners and operators.

Final certification flights were completed in March of this year and all data was submitted to the FAA, who granted single-airplane STC in May, followed now by the final STC. The first Lear 60 to receive the Aft Fuselage Locker has been in full operation on trips across the U.S. and Europe. read more


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United States

Nextant becomes first aviation company to join the Remanufacturing Industries Council

Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi - the world’s only remanufactured business jet - and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, has joined the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC).

The Remanufacturing Industries Council defines remanufacturing as: “a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn, or non-functional product or component is returned to a ‘like-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ condition and warranted in performance level and quality."

Remanufacturing is not the same as recycling nor is it a modification program. It produces products at a fraction of new-build cost and with significantly lower raw material consumption and greenhouse emissions.

Nextant Founder and Chairman Kenn Ricci foresaw the potential benefits of remanufacturing when he established the company in 2007. His vision is now reality as Nextant produces aircraft that offer superior performance, a quieter and more spacious cabin and world-class reliability. read more



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Embraer delivers 25th Phenom 300 to NetJets

Embraer has delivered the 25th Phenom 300 to NetJets. A Purchase Agreement for 50 Phenom 300s, plus 75 options, was signed in October 2010. The total value of the deal may exceed USD 1bn, if all options are exercised.

“We are absolutely delighted with this delivery to NetJets, just over a year after the first Phenom 300 joined their fleet,” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Phenom 300 was the most delivered business aircraft in 2013, and we are thrilled with its success among NetJets’ customers.”

The aircraft (delivered on Friday, 25th) is the 200th Phenom 300 manufactured by the Company. The delivery ceremony took place at the Embraer assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, where this aircraft was produced. Over 70 Phenom jets have been assembled in Melbourne, and delivered primarily to customers in the North American market. The Phenom 300 is in service in over 25 countries. read more


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Women in Aviation

WAI scholarships exceed half-million dollars

Women in Aviation, International scholarships for 2015 now number 91 with the value of $510k.

“The variety of scholarships - and the variety of donors is huge,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "From major aerospace corporations and airlines to WAI chapters and WAI members, we offer scholarships ranging from type ratings to initial training, for academic work, dispatcher training, maintenance training to money to finance a mid-life career change to aviation. The only universal qualification is that you must be a current WAI member to apply.” read more, Plus: WAI significantly expands its youth outreach


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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant produces landmark 850th helicopter

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has announced that Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has produced its 850th Mi-171-series helicopter. The landmark aircraft was a Mi-171A1 built for Brazilian commercial operator Atlas Taxi Aereo.

The Mi-171A1 is one of the latest commercial models of the world-famous Mi-8/17 series. UUAP began deliveries to Atlas Taxi Aereo after the Brazilian company obtained type certification for the Mi-171A1 from the country’s Aircraft Register in 2005. Used by Brazilian national oil company Petrobas to support drilling operations in Brazil’s rainforests, the Mi-171A1 boasts outstanding reliability and efficiency. For example, during a year of intense operations one helicopter flew over 1,000 hours, carrying approximately 600 tonnes of cargo, primarily drilling equipment, on an external sling.

Mi-171A1

In August 2013, UUAP produced its 750th Mi-8AMT/Mi-171 helicopter – a Mi-8AMTSh for the Russian Defence Ministry. This model (export designation Mi-171Sh), was designed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, another Russian Helicopters company, following comprehensive analysis of Russian-built helicopters’ experience of operating in “hot spots”. Russian designers have created a helicopter with high operational efficiency, capable of flying a wide range of missions in real combat conditions. read more


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TWC Aviation, Inc. has received the prestigious ARGUS Platinum safety rating.

The Platinum rating is the highest level within the ARGUS safety rating system. Only five percent of U.S. based jet charter operators are Platinum rated. Onsite third-party auditors scrutinized every aspect of TWC Aviation's operations, including maintenance and pilot training, recordkeeping, safety management system (SMS), and emergency response procedures. The audit results verified that TWC conforms to the world's most uncompromising standards for aviation safety.

"TWC has been recognized for exemplary safety and security throughout our sixteen years of operation," said Edward Frank, Chief Executive Officer of TWC Aviation. "Along with our recent Wyvern Wingman renewal and NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award, this ARGUS Platinum safety rating affirms the company's unparalleled commitment to client safety." www.twcaviation.com


Brazil

Embraer delivered 29 executive (22 light / 7 large) jets and 29 commercial jets in the second quarter of 2014.

The Company’s firm order backlog ended 2Q14 at US$ 18.1bn. As a result of aircraft deliveries, coupled with revenues from the Company’s Defense & Security business, 2Q14 Revenues were US$ 1,761.3m , for year-over-year growth of 13.1%. Year-to-date (YTD) Revenues in the first six months of 2014 were US$ 3,003.6m, representing year-over-year growth of 13.6%.

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Switzerland

First Pilatus PC-24 prototype rolls out

Swiss National Day on August 1st marked the official unveiling of the new Pilatus PC-24 business jet.

Some 25,000 spectators gathered at Buochs airfield in central Switzerland as the aircraft was pulled from its hangar by a team of 24 horses - symbolising the PC-24 product name and its future mission profile as a 'workhorse'.

The rollout was preceded by a fly-by of all aircraft to have reached series production in the company's 75 year history. read more


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Czech Republic

Central European Private Aviation:

CEPA Expo to focus on impact of Ukraine unrest

The impact of the recent unrest in Eastern Ukraine on the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) market will be a focus of CEPA's 2014 EXPO being held in Prague on 19th and 20th November.

As events have unfolded and the effects felt across the whole of Europe, the EXPO team has been ensuring that the topics covered at CEPA Expo will reflect the real concerns of the aviation community doing business in the CEE.

CEPA Chairman, Roger Whyte commented, "There will be a full assessment of the CEE market by experts and a dedicated session on the business implications of the Russian and Ukrainian situation. The ramifications of the unrest reach far and wide so we will have bankers, lawyers, OEMs and operators represented who will be able to give up-to-minute information on developments within their business areas." read more


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A day in the life of LEA’s commercial manager

Chris Watson, commercial manager, London Executive Aviation.

Chris Watson, LEA’s commercial manager, has been with the company since 2005. He worked in the operations team for six years, before heading up the commercial department.

Whilst there is no ‘typical day’ at LEA for Chris, sometimes it goes a little like this . . .

8.30am: We work very closely with LEA’s operations team, who kick-start every morning by checking logistical issues such as weather developments and industrial strike action which could affect that day’s flights. We are also monitoring the situation in current war zones on a daily basis. In the commercial department, we liaise with the client to ensure they are fully updated on any issues which may affect their flight.

Industrial strike action at the main airports in France, for example, may lead us to offer an alternative route to detour from the problem area. Adverse weather conditions may demand an unscheduled fuel-stop, especially if head-winds are forecast. 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 LFMN

NICE, COTE D'AZUR

(2)

3 EGGW

LUTON, LONDON

(4)

4 LFPB

LE BOURGET, PARIS

(3)

5 LEIB

IBIZA

(8)


United Arab Emirates

Air BP completes first fuelling at Middle Eastern off-airport location

HeliDubai becomes first Air BP OMEGA customer in the Middle East

Leading international aviation fuel supplier Air BP continues to grow its business in the Middle East with the successful inauguration of its first off–airport site in the region.

The new location, at the HeliDubai Fesitval City (DFC) Heli-pad, was the venue for the test refuelling of HeliDubai’s Augusta 109 by the Air BP operations team in June. Following the successful fuelling, complete control of HeliDubai’s fuelling operations was handed over to its operational team as HeliDubai became the first Air BP customer in the Middle East to sign up to the OMEGA programme. read more


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Ireland

New FBO for Cork Airport

A new FBO opens today (Thursday 7th) at Cork Airport (EICK).

The new company, EVS Aviation, brings together almost 40 years of experience within the aviation industry, led by Peter Costelloe and Michael Ryan, who will provide the aviation expertise and knowledge base required to deliver cutting-edge ground handling services for GA and position the company for long term sustainable growth.

Said Peter Costelloe, Director at EVS Aviation: “Cork Airport has experienced a revitalisation over the last few years and EVS Aviation is delighted to work with the airport authority to develop the GA offering here. read more


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Lithuania

FL Technics Training launches online EASA-compliant courses platform

FL Technics Training, a global provider of aviation technical training services, continues to successfully expand the range of its services by launching Online Training, an Internet-based platform providing online EASA-compliant courses.

The platform covers a set of specialized continuing and re-current courses, supplemented by the issuance of relevant certificates upon successful completion of the courses. Online Training is a remote EASA Part-147-compliant training program, based on visually enhanced materials available online. read more


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Benelux

ASL and JetNetherlands announce merger

Belgian private jet operator ASL and Schipol-headquartered JetNetherlands have marked an important milestone in their history by merging into a new holding company - JetNet Alliance Group.

Both companies specialise in business aviation charter and management. ASL, founded in 1997, currently has more than 20 aircraft under management and JetNetherland's fleet has grown steadily since 2001 to 14 aircraft.

With the merger, the new group will seek to expand opportunities, pursue the optimization of resources and know-how, and lay the foundations for further expansion in Europe. read more


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Events

WTCE Americas delivers inspiration, networking and innovation for the onboard services industry

For two days Seattle will become a hub of discovery and networking for the onboard services industry as the World Travel & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) Americas makes its inaugural appearance alongside Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas on 14-16 October.

With US airline profits expected to hit $18.7bn in 2014, the show will bring together professionals from across all disciplines to discuss new business partnerships and uncover the industry’s hot topics. read more


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United Kingdom

IBA predicts a 4bn USD industry investment is needed to train sufficient pilots and engineers

Following an announcement by Boeing last week, the International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) has estimated that in order to provide training for the projected one million new aviation professionals, to sustain the burgeoning growth of commercial aviation over the next 20 year period, an investment of over four billion USD will be required.

As a result of this global growing demand for pilots and skilled technicians, IBA has observed a significant rise in the requirement for expert aviation training related services. This investment is not only needed to improve and expand existing facilities in Europe and North America, but also to develop new centres of training in Africa and Eastern Asia over the next two decades. This is also a global issue as emerging economies seek to train their own pilots and engineers rather than persistently raid the supply of experienced European and US specialists. read more


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United Kingdom

Marshall Aviation Services wins support contract from Spanish business aviation operator Suraviation

Marshall Aviation Servicesat Cambridge has ratified an agreement with Suraviation, the expanding Madrid-based business aviation charter company, to provide MRO and technical support for their seven Cessna Citations, predominantly Mustangs, plus one CJ2.

Marshall, drawing on its 40 years’ experience providing Citation support, will provide base support in the UK at their Cambridge headquarters, together with AOG support in Europe.

The two companies first came together in October 2013 when Suraviation required urgent technical support while on a flight into Cambridge. They met again in Geneva in May and talked about long term collaboration, demonstrating the value of EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show. With Marshall-owned FlairJet also operating Cessna aircraft and welcoming a Mustang to the fleet next month, there is also an opportunity to broaden the relationship. read more


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Chilled Summer Soups

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

s the sizzling heat of the summer season wears on, have you ever considered
offering a refreshing chilled soup on board?

A steamy hot soup fills your stomach in the frigid winter months making you feel all warm and cozy inside, helping you thaw both inside and out. Imagine the same feeling of temperature extremes, of being hot, possibly sticky, and dripping in sweat as you endure the heat of summer - you can even see the heat vapor coming up off the hot tarmac like flames of fire. A chilled soup will cool your body down, it will enliven and energize you, or your passengers and flight crew. So let’s Indulge . . .

It is a proven fact that people eat less during the hot months of the year. When the outside temperature is hot our appetite decreases. As we eat, our digestive system causes our body temperature to rise and our brain signals our body to limit our food intake. Because of the loss of fluids through sweating, we drink more water and other liquids to rehydrate, which may also contribute to appetite suppression. For this reason you can see that we, your catering sources, load more food, more courses of food to be eaten on board in the winter months than the hot summer months.

The heavier comfort foods we consume in the winter months will make us all very uncomfortable in the summer months. Winter soups are heavier, more substantial, heartier . . . the kind of food that ‘sticks to your ribs’ and keeps your stomach full longer. In the warmer months, diet habits change.

I like to think it is because we see all of the new colors of spring and summer bloom, of fruits and vegetables dripping on vines and tree limbs that entice us to crave these foods. We tend to steer toward salads, less filling cold meals or simply smaller portions . . . they are light, refreshing, and essentially ready to serve offering a cooling sensation for the body. One of the most memorable summer salads I ate as a child impressed me so because I was offered a chilled salad fork with which to eat it. I don’t remember the salad, but I do remember the waitress presenting me with an icy cold fork and the salad served on a frosty cold plate.

You can make the same memorable service on board by placing the utensils in the dirty ice drawer contained in a sealing plastic bag and the plates held the same way. Temperature is one of the basic elements of creating a memorable food presentation. read more


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Switzerland

Jet Aviation Basel recently received the approval certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) as a 'Design Organization'.

This is the first time the SACAA has issued such an approval to a company outside of South Africa.

“We are delighted to expand our design capabilities to include modification services to South African registered aircraft,” says Tim Shannon, Director and Chief of Office of Airworthiness at Jet Aviation Basel.

“The ability to approve modifications without further validation of the SACAA supports Jet Aviation Basel’s strong position as a one-stop-shop and allows us faster aircraft delivery to our valued South African customers,” adds vice president and general manager of Maintenance, Johannes Turzer.

To enhance product delivery, Jet Aviation Basel’s engineering certification department together with the company’s Large Aircraft team applied for the Design Organization approval in 2013 and successfully passed the audit by the SACAA in April this year. The new approval adds to Jet Aviation Basel’s Part 21J capabilities.


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United Kingdom

20 years of aircraft charters, rock & roll!

August 2014 will be a big month for specialist aircraft charter broking company Premier Aviation UK Ltd who are celebrating 20 years’ service to the music and entertainment industry this month.

Founding director and industry stalwart Adrian Whitmarsh said, “Over the last two decades Premier Aviation has built an enviable reputation with some of the world’s greatest performers including the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne and most recently Miley Cyrus and the Rolling Stones to name but a few. Many of these major artists have remained regular and loyal clients, returning to us time and again for their tour and personal air charter requirements."

Premier Aviation have been part of the Hunt & Palmer PLC Group since 2011 with the benefits that brings to both organisation and clients alike. Group Chairman Jeremy Palmer commented, “As a part of a larger aviation company, Premier Aviation’s clients enjoy a global support network and the increased buying power that Hunt & Palmer have with the world’s leading aircraft operators." read more


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BACA endorses ARGUS Certified Charter Broker Program

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) has endorsed ARGUS' new Certified Charter Broker program.

BACA is the largest and longest standing organization focused on the air charter brokerage industry in the world, whilst ARGUS is the most recognized source of independent, unbiased information supporting the due diligence requirements of the global air charter marketplace.

Brokers account for more air charter transactions today than ever before. In fact, some of the fastest growing companies in the air charter industry are brokers. However, the air charter brokerage business is largely unregulated, leaving room for unfair competition and improprieties that can financially or otherwise harm aircraft operators and their end consumers.

BACA has been promoting the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the air charter brokerage business since 1949, and has built a membership base of hundreds of leading companies in the aviation marketplace. ARGUS has developed its Certified Air Charter Broker Program over several years and with much industry input, to allow professional air charter brokers a recognized and respected venue to inform aircraft operators and charter consumers of the great lengths they have gone to in developing their business.

The FBO or handler plays a role in maintaining the food temperature, whether loaded directly to the aircraft or dropped at an FBO for storage until you request the catering to the aircraft. Have you ever taken a look at the FBO/handler's refrigeration facilities? Are they monitoring and logging the temperature of their refrigeration? (and separating incoming catering - possibly loaded with tons of growing bacteria from time and temperature abuse? read more


 
 

Farnborough Aerospace Growth Forum launched read


Social Media: Fight or Flight Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital. read


Protecting your catering from the Summer heat As the heat index soars into record levels this summer, it is critically important that extra care be taken when handling catering on board your aircraft. Paula Kraft, President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering explains. read


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Cello tastes a slice of success

A European music tour and a busy programme of work meant that many staff at VIP carrier Cello Aviation had to wait for a slice of celebration cake.

Many flight and cabin crew were away working on the day flying on-board Cello’s two aircraft - one of them flying a European music tour with one of the UK’s most iconic singing stars and the other operating services in support of a major scheduled airline.

The cake - made in the shape of one of Cello’s aircraft - was the high spot on the menu as the Birmingham based business marked a remarkable fourth birthday.

Four years ago Raj Gill, who founded the Gill Group that includes Cello Aviation, decided to diversify in another direction taking his passion for aviation a step further by starting Cello Aviation as a specialist VIP charter carrier. Cello, which also undertakes work for scheduled operators, has gone from strength to strength in that time and now has two aircraft in its fleet with plans to add more in the future.

“The Gill Group do a lot of work on airfields all over the world and so there is a synergy with the airline,” said Raj. “Many people thought I was taking a huge risk as our core services had been in civil engineering and construction but my passion was in aviation and I felt there was a niche

Raj Gill, founder of Cello Aviation with Cello’s Chief Executive Nim Baines.

in the market to start an airline that would operate VIP charter services and so Cello Aviation was launched in July 2010. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be,” he added. read more



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