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 BlueSky Business Aviation News | 27th November 2014 | Issue #298

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United States

NBAA among 500 industry groups making push for extending tax provisions

With the 2014 midterm elections over, Congress is likely to address only a few priorities before the new year. In a joint letter this week, NBAA and more than 500 other industry groups urged Congress to make extending several expired or expiring tax provisions - including accelerated depreciation - a top priority.

Accelerated or “bonus” depreciation has been passed many times by Congress, and allows businesses to immediately deduct 50 percent of the cost of an investment. Businesses are not entitled to more depreciation; they simply are allowed to recover investment costs more quickly. Accelerated depreciation expired at the end of 2013, but over the last year NBAA and a broad coalition of industry groups have supported efforts in Congress to renew it retroactively as one of 57 tax “extenders.”

“Failure to extend these provisions is a tax increase,” states the Nov. 18 letter, which was sent to all members of the Senate and House of Representatives. “Acting promptly on this matter in the lame duck session will provide important predictability necessary for economic growth.” read more

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Sogeclair purchases majority shareholding of MSB Group

Sogeclair, the French based aerospace engineering and contracting company has purchased 80% of Montreal, Canada-based precision engineering company MSB Group, for an undisclosed amount.

The management of the MSB Group, which consists of the engineering division MSB Design and the contract engineering company MSB Ressources Globales, made the decision to join Sogeclair following discussions with a number of potential purchasers. Under the terms of the new agreement the MSB Group, will form the second largest division of the Sogeclair company portfolio.

Sogeclair has mainly focused on the commercial sector of aviation so the deal will expand its business aviation network in which MSB is already well established.

In addition Sogeclair’s European presence and international network will widen MSB’s global footprint and accelerate development in America. read more

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Flying Colours nears completion of second Qatari aircraft

Flying Colours Corp., the North Americas-based completions, refurbishment and maintenance specialists, returns to Middle East Business Aviation at Dubai World Central (December 8-10) with the announcement that maintenance work on a second aircraft under approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) is nearing completion.

The project which is being undertaken at Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Canada headquarters involves heavy maintenance on a Challenger 604 as well as interior refurbishment and new exterior paint. It is anticipated that delivery to the customer will take place in mid-December.

The interior is being refurbished in new luxurious leathers and fabric, custom carpet and includes the installation of a four-place conference grouping which will result in increased passenger capacity, up from 10 to 12. The aircraft’s exterior is being refinished in a stylish custom metallic paint scheme. read more

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United States

Over 100 TBMs fly in for New Orleans convention

The 2014 annual TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) convention broke all attendance records recently with the presence of 107 TBM 700s and 850s, plus several brand-new TBM 900s - all accommodated at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport.

Attracting almost a quarter of the entire TBM fleet in North America, this became the largest fly-in convention dedicated to a single-engine turbine aircraft or small private jet - registering an increase in attendance of three percent from last year.

The 2014 TBMOPA Convention was held from October 29 to November 1 in historic New Orleans, Louisiana. read more

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Two new King Air 350C Heavy Weights for Flying Doctor Service

Hawker Pacific has announced the first Australian order for two new Beechcraft King Air 350C Heavy Weight aircraft.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) has purchased two of the specialised cargo aircraft from Hawker Pacific.

The King Air 350C Heavy Weight model offers an array of valuable features, particularly for aeromedical missions including a uniquely built-in airstair and cargo door and offers an increased payload of 1,400 pounds. The large cargo door is beneficial for the RFDS aeromedical activities, as it will allow improved access for the loading and unloading of patients as well as medical equipment required to be on board.

The first of two King Air 350C Heavy Weight aircraft will arrive on Australian soil in April 2015 and will undergo a comprehensive medical fit-out before being incorporated into the RFDS’s existing aviation fleet. read more


Women in Corporate Aviation 2015 Spring Scholarships

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), the premier non-profit mentoring association for professionals in corporate and business aviation, has announced its 2015 Spring Scholarships.

The scholarships, valued at over $21k, will be presented during the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, FL on March 6, 2015. WCA members may apply by January 1, 2015.

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Dallas Airmotive

Len Liotta

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Company, has announced that corporate aviation industry pro Len Liotta has joined the company as Regional Engine Manager for the company’s northeast territory.

He will lead customer relations and sales efforts for northern New Jersey (TEB and MMU) and the New York region west of the Hudson River.

Liotta brings 26 years of airframe/engine maintenance, business development, aircraft transactions and financial management expertise to Dallas Airmotive. He has extensive experience in corporate aviation and has held multiple high level positions throughout his career. Liotta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance, from St. John’s University, New York.

In his new position, Liotta is responsible for providing technical and sales support for Dallas Airmotive customers within his territory. He reports to Mike Frazier, Dallas Airmotive Territorial Director, Northeast.

Longtail Aviation

Neil Gibson

Longtail Aviation International Limited, headquartered in Bermuda, has announced the appointment of Neil Gibson as its President.

Neil comes to Longtail with vast experience in the business aviation industry, gained in a long and successful career. Neil has served as CEO of TAG Aviation’s UK, Australia and Asia businesses and most recently as COO of Hongkong Jet.

Neil’s knowledge of building and managing successful business aviation companies will be invaluable as Longtail continues to expand its aircraft management, charter and maintenance capabilities worldwide.

Longtail Aviation is unique in that it holds the world’s only AOC (commercial certificate) issued by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation.

Weston Aviation

Penny White

Weston Aviation FBO and business aviation services provider at four UK regional airports throughout the UK has appointed Penny White as a new Business Development Manager.

Based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport Penny will be seeking new business opportunities to support Weston Aviation’s rapid growth.

Penny is an experienced business development professional, with over fifteen years’ experience in Sales and Account Management. Her strategic approach and ability to build lasting relationships have been fundamental to her success.

Nick Weston, Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Penny to Weston Aviation; she will be a valuable addition to our growing team. With such a successful history of Account Management, relationship building and Business Development, Penny is perfectly placed to assist with our continued rapid growth.”

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Czech Republic

CEPA Expo makes history at Prague Castle

Business Aviation organisation, Central European Private Aviation (CEPA), made history last week by becoming the first aviation body to hold its conference in the historic Prague Castle, located in the heart of the city.

The 5th Annual CEPA Expo - held on 19th & 20th November - hosted key industry figures from across the globe as well as local, senior government officials. 

The aim of the congress was to build bridges between East and Western Europe and to help shape the future of business aviation. The event was held at Prague Castle for the first time after the organisers chose the venue to reflect the status that the event has gained since its inception in 2010. read more

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United States

HondaJet earns Popular Science magazine's 'Best of What's New' award

The HondaJet, with its innovative Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, has been selected by Popular Science magazine as a 'Best of What’s New' award winner for 2014 in the aerospace category.

The HondaJet was recognized for its superior combination of performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. read more

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United Kingdom

New Stansted HQ for Flightworx

Flight planning and support services provider, Flightworx Aviation, has come on leaps and bounds since launching in 2008.

So much so that the company has recently moved into its new, impressive headquarters at The Diamond Hangar Aviation Hub at London Stansted. 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.

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United Kingdom

Air BP strengthens Scottish network with new location at Glasgow Airport

Leading international aviation fuel products and service supplier Air BP is strengthening its Scottish network by ramping up its presence at Glasgow Airport through an integrated relationship with Gama Aviation.

The new business aviation service will be offered at Gama Aviation’s landmark Executive Aviation Terminal which opened in November 2013. In preparation Air BP has already been working with Gama Aviation to provide its operations team with full training and technical support to ensure a high quality and safe refuelling service. read more

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Hong Kong

UAS opens Asian Headquarters and Beijing regional office

UAS International Trip Support continues its 2014 expansion and growth with the opening of two new offices. The first of which is an Asia Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong and secondly a Regional Office in Beijing.

The Hong Kong Headquarters joins the American, African and Middle East headquarters to become UAS’ fourth global headquarters. Like its overseas counterparts, the Hong Kong Headquarters will have a full in-house operations team available 24/7, 365 days a year which aims to offer an exceptional standard of trip support and planning to its clients. read more, Plus:

UAS becomes corporate sponsor of Orbis' Flying Eye Hospital.

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AvBooks iPad apps now cover all business aircraft categories

Digital publishing company Upcast has announced the launch of its PropBook app, completing the lineup of four interactive iPad catalogues dealing with all categories of business aircraft: jets, helicopters, turboprops, and piston airplanes.

The apps allow users to browse through aircraft photographs, look up verified data, compare specs, cross-sections, and operating costs. read more

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NBAA issues call for Speakers for 2015 Regional Forums

Closing date December 15th

The National Business Aviation Association has announced its call for speakers for education sessions at the Association's 2015 Regional Forums.

Proposals for presentations are welcome on topics such as safety and risk management, maintenance and technical issues, airspace and airport access, aircraft and flight operations, aviation management, aircraft ownership and career and leadership development. read more

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BACA Training Day highlights the challenges of Air Cargo

Delegates attending the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) Air Cargo Training Day found out just what a complicated business Air Cargo can be.

The Training Day took place at the Baltic Exchange in London on 19th November and delivered a wonderful insight into the business of Air Cargo. read more

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United Kingdom

IBA awarded CAMO approval for ATR 72, Gulfstream G450, G550 and new G650

First stand-alone UK company to obtain this approval

International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) has been awarded EASA Part M, subpart G, CAMO approval with the addition of the ATR 72, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G650.

IBA are particularly proud to have been awarded the Gulfstream G650 as this is a new and exciting aircraft type and IBA is the first stand-alone UK company (other than Gulfstream Luton) to achieve this approval.

Phil Seymour, IBA President and COO says, “The new aircraft additions show the diversity of IBA’s services ranging from the commercial fuel efficient turboprop workhorse that is the ATR72 to the most luxurious of long haul, fast business jets that is the G650. IBA has been increasingly involved in the transition of ATR72 aircraft from one jurisdiction to another and given the global reach of this aircraft type, expect more CAMO type work to evolve.”

A CAMO Approval enables IBA to manage the records, continuous airworthiness and maintenance planning for an aircraft.

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Air Partner and Envirotainer respond to the Ebola crisis

Air Partner and Envirotainer - the world leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions within the life science industries - have been assisting in the humanitarian response to the Ebola crisis.

Recently, Air Partner and Envirotainer worked closely to implement a process to organize charter aircraft shipments on a regular basis. The first shipment with Envirotainer’s RAP e2 container transported temperature sensitive medical supplies to Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Richard Smith, Director for Freight at Air Partner comments: “The humanitarian response is facing a massive task trying to tackle Ebola in West Africa. Air Partner has been working with a number of agencies to provide air charters in very challenging circumstances. We have successfully delivered several consignments already and with the temperature controlled unit from Envirotainer we can now implement delivery of much needed temperature sensitive medical supplies.” read more

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Casseroles and Aircraft: Friend or Foe?

ikepedia defines a casserole as originating from the French word for

It is described as “a large, deep dish used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or casserole pan”.

Casseroles in the United States or continental Europe usually consist of pieces of meat or fish, various chopped vegetables, a starchy binder such as flour, potato, pasta or rice or other grain, and, often, a crunchy or cheesy topping. The moisture needed for reheating is partially released from the meat and vegetables during the cooking process, but additional liquids can be added to the casserole ingredients in the form of gravies, of stock, of wine, of beer or vegetable juice when all the ingredients are assembled. Casseroles are usually cooked slowly in the oven, often uncovered.

Casseroles are so encompassing in the food world. You can have a casserole for virtually every course of a meal.

You can have bite- size chicken pot pie for an appetizer; as a side dish baked in one pan and cut into individual serving such as a Root Vegetable Gratin . . .or as an entrée baked into a rich and wonderful crust such as a Timballo di Pasta alla Carbonara.

How about a breakfast meal of Eggs en Cocotte, also known as coddled eggs, or baked eggs?

Casseroles are also made as a dessert including everything from cobblers or a custard bread pudding to a Berry Clafoutis.

If you think about it, even some stews can be classified as a casserole, but generally a stew is simmered with direct heat, cooking for a long period of time to tenderize the meat and vegetables because of the direct heat. A casserole is baked in the oven and cooked or reheated without direct contact from a burner or flame. Generally all the ingredients are cooked to a an almost raw crisp doneness, then combined, and the cooking process finished in the final bake or reheating process.

Ingredients that require different cooking times must be cooked sufficiently so that when they come together they will all have had just the right amount of time and won't turn to mush when reheated.

Let's begin with the positive side of serving casseroles on board the aircraft

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United Kingdom

Resource Group acquires Symbiotics

Resource Group has announced its acquisition of Symbiotics Ltd, specialists in human performance enhancement that provide organisations with the training methods and tools required to help people excel.

Symbiotics provide human performance consultancy to aviation, blue-light, transportation and defence sectors and is well known for their ability to understand and improve how people perform in their working environments. The company has developed a suit of human performance enhancement assessment and training systems, including the ADAPT system which provides a blended assessment of a pilots’ physical and cognitive ability, personality, skills and behavior.

Other services provided by Symbiotics include training analysis, design and delivery, personnel selection and assessment tools and processes, human performance research projects, predictive skills modeling and human factors training & consultancy services. The company will form a new division within Resource Group, called ‘Symbiotic Performance Solutions’. read more

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TTSI becomes first medical flight company to earn ARGUS Certified Charter Broker rating

Transplant Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) headquartered at Petaluma, California, has successfully completed ARGUS’ thorough and rigorous evaluation process resulting in the coveted ARGUS Certified Charter Broker rating.

“We are very proud to welcome Transplant Transportation Services to the elite status of an ARGUS Certified Charter Broker,” said Joe Moeggenberg, President and CEO of ARGUS International, Inc. “As the first medical flight company to ever receive the ARGUS Certified Broker Rating, TTSI has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their clients and adherence to industry best practices, paving the way for the rest. We look forward to their continued success and affirm their safety standards are of the highest and most stringent in nature.”

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New hangar pops up at Budapest Airport

Lufthansa Technik engineers don't have to worry about freezing temperatures this winter, thanks to a huge inflatable hangar - capable of accommodating an A320 - which as been commissioned at their Budapest base.

This unusual technical solution was made necessary as a result of so many orders received for the winter period. Their existing hangar capacity - up to five mid-size aircraft simultaneously - proved insufficient, so Budapest Airport and Lufthansa Technik made a joint decision to erect a temporary inflatable hangar purely for the purpose of civil aviation - the first in Europe.

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Middle Eastern private aviation still facing challenges The Middle East has been a real success story in the aviation industry and its business aviation segment is no exception. read

JSSI sees global business aviation reaching cruising altitude Global business aviation activity saw modest gains in Q3 2014, with 2 percent growth quarter-over-quarter and 2.2 percent growth year-over-year, according to JSSI’s most recent Business Aviation Index. read

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Mi-26 helps make new geographical discovery
Crews on board Russian military Mi-26 helicopters have discovered a new island in the Arctic Ocean.

The island was identified from the air above the Vasilevsky shallows by two Mi-26 helicopters that were carrying equipment from the Yakutian port of Tiksi to the Novosibirskie Islands. This geographical discovery expands the Russian Federation's territorial waters by 452 square kilometres.

The discovery was made in 2013, but was not made public until it had been scientifically verified. Many Arctic islands are unique in that they are formed, not from rock but from ice covered by a layer of subsoil. Over time, the ice melts, and these 'islands' disappear. That is why the geographical discovery made by the Mi-26 crews was officially announced after a year had passed and hydrographic service specialists had been able to carry out research confirming that the patch of sandy soil measuring 370 metres by 125 metres, rising to less than one metre above Vasilevsky shallow waters was indeed an island.

The new island was named 'Yaya' - as every member of crew on board the Mi-26s started saying, excitedly, 'I found it, I found it' ('ya' means 'I' in Russian).

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