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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 22nd February 2024 | Issue #736

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Washington, DC:

GA manufacturing eclipses 4,000 aircaft delivered for first time in more than a decade

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the 2023 General Aviation Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report during its annual State of the Industry Press Conference.

Overall, when compared to 2022, all aircraft segments saw increases in shipments and preliminary aircraft deliveries were valued at $27.8bn, an increase of 3.6%.

“For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered," said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO.

"In addition to this strong showing, there are robust and growing order backlogs for all segments of aircraft. This is a testament to the resilience of our industry and the integral role that general and business aviation plays in our communities.

"While the deliveries from 2023 are very encouraging, our industry faces headwinds from ongoing supply chain issues, workforce shortages, uncertainty and unpredictability from global regulators, and short-sighted efforts aimed at curbing business and general aviation, particularly in Europe.

Bunce continued, "As civil aviation’s innovation incubator, our entire GA industry is focused on new aircraft and technologies that will lead the way in safety and sustainability for the entire aviation sector."


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Singapore Airshow:

Honda Aircraft introduces Certified Pre-owned Program in Asia at Singapore Airshow

Honda Aircraft Company is introducing its Certified Pre-owned (CPO) program to the Asian market at Singapore Airshow, marking a significant expansion of the company's innovative offerings on a global scale, building on the program’s successful launch in 2023.

The category-pioneering CPO program, first released in the United States in June 2023, comes with a rigorous 208-point inspection and a comprehensive maintenance process, ensuring unparalleled peace of mind, backed by an OEM-endorsed product.

Honda Aircraft introduces Certified Pre-owned Program in Asia at Singapore Airshow

In addition, it promises direct interaction with Honda Aircraft’s experts throughout the ownership experience and facilitates the OEM’s direct oversight of every phase of the aircraft’s lifecycle.

The CPO offering not only upholds the highest standards of quality control and seamless customer experience but also prioritizes sustainability by reducing resource consumption, reflecting Honda’s commitment to environmental responsibility.


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Columbus, Mississippi:

Golden Triangle Regional Airport inaugurates Mississippi’s first electric aviation charger

Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) has partnered with BETA Technologies and Avflight to install and commission the first-ever electric aviation charging station in the state of Mississippi.

4-County Electric Power Association served as the utility partner in bringing these chargers online for public access.

BETA’s charging stations are multimodal and interoperable, capable of powering electric aircraft and ground vehicles alike. The chargers are designed with the combined charging system standard to prioritize vehicle compatibility - offering universal utility to benefit the varied patrons of Avflight and GTR.

Golden Triangle Regional Airport inaugurates Mississippi’s first electric aviation charger

GTR has installed one Level 3 Fast-Charger located inside the fence (air side), which will primarily be used by electric aircraft, and one Level 2 Charger located outside the fence (car side), which will primarily be used by members of the public who drive electric vehicles. With this new infrastructure, the airport is well-positioned to support the electric transportation future.

“This new installation is a significant step toward advancing the airport and region's aviation infrastructure and supporting the growth of electric aircraft technology,” said GTR Executive Director, Matt Dowell.


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Savannah, Georgia:

Gulfstream G700 surpasses 50 city-pair speed records

The all-new Gulfstream G700 surpassed 50 city-pair speed records en route to the Singapore Airshow.

The G700 achieved its 50th speed record on a carbon-neutral flight connecting Los Angeles to Nice, France, traveling 5,197 nautical miles/9,625 kilometers in 10 hours and 13 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90.

Gulfstream G700 surpasses 50 city-pair speed records

The industry-leading aircraft then set its 51st speed record - also a carbon-neutral flight - from Nice to Singapore, making the 5,754 nm/ 10,656 km trip in just 11 hours and 30 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90.

The latest record-breaking flights are a fast follow to a city-pair record set by the award-winning G700 on a trip from Tokyo to Savannah in December 2023. The new ultralarge-cabin aircraft made the 6,365- nm/11,788-km journey in 10 hours and 53 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.91.

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Guest Article

Redefining networking: the genesis and triumph of CCREW Exchange

By Tamara Collum, CFA/Co-founder, CCREW Exchange.

What exactly is networking? It's a term that manifests differently across various contexts and individuals. Today, the distinction between virtual and in-person networking is increasingly blurred, given the plethora of digital platforms at our disposal.

However, it's the essence of networking - those fundamental moments that spark new ideas or redefine existing ones through the synergy of mutual goals - that truly encapsulates its value. Often, it's through serendipitous interactions that we uncover opportunities previously unseen or unconsidered.

The inception of CCREW Exchange can be traced back to a simple yet profound dialogue among the In-flight Crew Connection’s (IFCC) owner, two caterers, a trainer, and a corporate flight attendant, all yearning for the personal connections that had been lost in the wake of COVID-19.

Propelled by this shared longing, they envisioned a symposium dedicated to aviation, emphasizing the importance of networking across various companies, and encouraging active participation.


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Washington, DC:

New NBAA tool helps members navigate customs at hundreds of GA airports

NBAA has created a valuable resource for its members that details critical port-of-entry information at more than 300 general aviation (GA) airports across America.

The new GA Airport Fact Sheet tool collates hundreds of airport fact sheets created and distributed by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These fact sheets include office hours, service hours for entrance and clearance, contact information, permission to land procedures and key information about the inspection process for GA aircraft entering the US.

New NBAA tool helps members navigate customs at hundreds of GA airports

“One of the biggest issues clearing customs for the GA community is that no two ports of entry are exactly alike, said Brian Koester, CAM, NBAA director, flight operations and regulations.

"There are many nuances in the procedures and processing standards at each airport, and that can be challenging when clearing customs, especially if you regularly use different airports as your entry point to the US.”


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Pula Aviation Services

John Hamshere

John Hamshere

Guernsey, Channel Islands-headquartered Pula Aviation Services has announced the appointment of John Hamshere as Business Development Manager MRO.

As a Licenced Engineer with over 34 years of extensive engineering and management experience in the General and Business Aviation sector, John’s role will be to develop and nurture new MRO business and customers, manage the customer experience, and meet the strategic objectives of the PASL Group.

John arrives from Gama Aviation, where he was Head of Business Development MRO, leading the sales and business development effort for all Part 21, 145, 147, engine overhaul and parts procurement activities across the Group. He previously spent 22 years with Signature Technicair, the MRO division of Signature Flight Support.

Steve Page, CEO of Pula Aviation Services, says: “John’s experience in all areas of business aviation, along with his extensive knowledge of aircraft maintenance, makes him a perfect fit for this role. We are thrilled to be able to appoint an experienced and well-connected Business Development Manager.”

Air Partner

Kim Borgaard

Kim Borgaard

Air Partner, a global leading full-service logistics provider, has announced the appointment of Kim Borgaard as Head of Business Development in the Nordics region as the Group expands its cargo and passenger charter presence across Europe.

The expansion into the region reflects the growing demand for Air Partner’s services across its cargo and passenger charter divisions. Kim will be based just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark where he will leverage his wealth of cargo and passenger expertise to drive the company’s growth across Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Kim joins Air Partner from Chapman Freeborn Airchartering where he spent 13 years as Nordic Sales Manager. Prior to working at Chapman Freeman, Kim spent 10 years as a Nordic Sales Manager at SAS Cargo Group, the Cargo and logistics branch of SAS, Scandinavian Airlines.

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WINGX Global Market Tracker:

Global bizjet demand trailing last year by 3% in Week 7 2024

  WINGX Global Market Tracker

For Week 7, through 18th February, global business jet activity was down 2% YOY, compared to week 7 2023, according to WINGX`s weekly Global Market Tracker published today.

71,422 business jet sectors were flown in the last week, 7% ahead of the previous week. So far this year (1st January-18th February), global business jet and turboprop activity is 3% below last year, 40% ahead of 2019. During the same period, scheduled airline sectors are trending 7% ahead of last year, 14% ahead of 2019. Cargo sectors well ahead of 2019, down 4% compared to 2023.

United States

49,903 business jet sectors were flown in Week 7 in the United States, 8% more than the previous week, almost on par with Week 7 in 2023. The last 4-week trend for the US is 1% below the comparable period for last year. Year to date (1st January-18th February 2024), business jet activity in the US is 3% behind last year in terms of sectors flown, 26% ahead of 2019.

In Week 7, Teterboro was the busiest departure airport for bizjets in the US, 288 more flights than second ranked Palm Beach International. Las Vegas Harry Reid saw 1,034 bizjets depart in W7, breaching 1,000 weekly departures for the first time this year. Activity is likely inflated due to Super Bowl related traffic departing after the event concluded. Naples (KAPF) had a bumper week, departures 11% ahead of 2023. Overall, Florida saw activity down 1% vs last year, up 37% compared to the same week in 2019.

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Indianapolis, Indiana:

Comlux celebrates successful delivery of second ACJ TwoTwenty Cabin

Comlux has announced successful completion of the second ACJ TwoTwenty cabin by its state-of-the-art completion center in Indianapolis.

This achievement marks yet another milestone in Comlux’s cabin outfitting activities, highlighting company's expertise in creating highly personalized VIP cabin interiors and converting customers’ flying needs into reality.

ACJ TwoTwenty forard lounge.

ACJ TwoTwenty forard lounge.

As the exclusive partner of Airbus for the first 15 ACJ TwoTwenty aircraft, Comlux Completion maintains its ability to craft the most sophisticated and technologically advanced aircraft cabins ever envisioned. The resulting ACJ TwoTwenty combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space, and state of the art technology, positioning it as the most advanced high-end corporate jet available on the market.

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Singapore Airshow:

Eve Air Mobility and SkyScape announce first Urban ATM agreement in Japan

Eve continues to grow portfolio of vertiport customers globally.

Eve Air Mobility and SkyScape, a Japanese vertiport development and management company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, have announced an agreement to use Eve’s Urban ATM (air traffic management) as a part of the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concept of operations published by the Japanese government.

The announcement makes Skyscape Eve’s 13th Urban ATM customer and it becomes its sixth Urban ATM vertiport customer as the company continues to grow its business globally.

Eve Air Mobility and SkyScape announce first Urban ATM agreement in Japan

Eve’s Urban ATM software solution is a key enabler to the efficient implementation and scalability of urban air mobility (UAM) by providing services for air navigation service providers, urban authorities, fleet operators, vertiport operators, and other UAM stakeholders.


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Perth, Western Australia:

ExecuJet MRO Services making Western Australia a Centre of Excellence for Embraer Executive Jets

ExecuJet MRO Services Australia’s Perth site is introducing maintenance services for Embraer business jets within Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.

The Perth facility is now an Embraer Authorized Service Centre and - having invested in tooling and training - will begin with support for Legacy 600 and 650 business jets.

ExecuJet MRO Services making Western Australia a Centre of Excellence for Embraer Executive Jets

“With proximity to Southeast Asia, it made sense to make Perth one of our centres of excellence for Embraer aircraft,” says Grant Ingall, VP Australasia at ExecuJet MRO Services. The facility expects significant business as Embraer models are popular across the region.

“Southeast Asia is a key market for us and a focus of our outreach,” says Ingall, adding that the company has some staff who are fluent in multiple languages.


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Barr, Switzerland and Westport, Connecticut:

Sirius Aviation partners with India's MEHAIR, securing 100 hydrogen VTOL jet orders

Pioneering Swiss aerospace company, Sirius Aviation AG, has announced an historic partnership with MEHAIR, India's premier seaplane operator, to secure 50 orders of the Sirius Millennium Jet.

This landmark agreement includes 50 firm orders, with an option to add 50 more, totaling approximately $400m in value.

Sirius Aviation partners with India's MEHAIR, securing 100 hydrogen VTOL jet orders

The Sirius Jet, the world's first hydrogen-powered, zero-emissions, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, features a high-speed capability, quieter ducted fan jets, and an innovative hydrogen powertrain.

This state-of-the-art jet boasts an exceptional range of 1150 miles - eight times that of traditional eVTOLs, and an impressive speed of 323 mph - three times faster, set to redefine air travel.


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United Kingdom:

Air Charter Service promotes Georgina Heron to Group Client Experience Director

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has promoted Georgina Heron to Group Client Experience Director, as she joins the company’s board of directors.

Chris Leach, ACS Chairman, commented: “Georgina originally worked for us 20 years ago, in various roles, including in the accounts department and as my executive assistant, whilst studying for her degree. She joined the private jets team full time in 2008 as a broker and rose up through the ranks to the position of Director of Private Jets for ACS’s London office in 2018.

Georgina Heron

“With her experience in running the company’s largest private jet team, and dealing with some of our biggest clients, her personal service really stood out. Georgina was the perfect fit for a newly created position as Director of Transformation, which she has held for the past two years, focussing on the use of technology to improve the customer experience."


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Connecting You Now

The ABC of STCs

By Michael Skou Christensen, CCO Satcom Direct.

  Michael Skou Christensen

We are excited to have received DO-160 approval for our latest connectivity hardware, the Plane Simple Ka-band terminal. The approval allows us to begin working with customers to generate the relevant Supplemental Type Certificates, STCs.

Obtaining an STC is a complex process, and rightly so, as it is the official approval from the aviation authorities that allows for modifications or alterations to be safely made to an aircraft outside the scope of its original type certificate.

The ABC of STCs

So how do they happen . . . well here’s a concise version of the process. Thanks to Jean-Francois Martin, Director of Avionics at SkyService, one of our authorized resellers and MRO partners, for helping us to demystify the intricacies of the process. If you want to understand the ABC of STC? Then read on.


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Paris, France:

ADP and Dassault join forces in support of sustainable aviation at Paris-Le Bourget

Dassault Aviation and Groupe ADP (Aeroports de Paris) are joining forces to make Paris-Le Bourget airport a pioneer in sustainable aviation.

The five-year agreement signed by Groupe ADP, Dassault Aviation and DFS strengthens their action in decarbonization at the airport in a number of areas including distribution and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF); the use of electric equipment for all ground operations (fueling, taxiing, towing, etc.) and the use of geothermal power for airport buildings and hangars.

ADP and Dassault join forces in support of sustainable aviation at Paris-Le Bourget

The agreement also contains a section aimed at boosting the airport’s attractiveness in its employment pool.

“At Dassault Aviation, we firmly believe that business aviation must lead the way in decarbonizing the aviation industry," said Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.


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Stans, Switzerland:

Pilatus celebrates a 'Superlative' 2023

The 2023 financial year was marked by major successes for Pilatus. Thanks to high, unbroken demand, 148 aircraft were delivered despite the ongoing challenges of the operating environment.

With total sales of 1.478bn Swiss francs, operating income of 240m Swiss francs and new orders worth 1.513bn Swiss francs, Pilatus closed the past year with record results.

Compared to 2022, which was already a very successful year, Pilatus achieved a ten percent increase in sales and added six percent to its operating income. The total number of aircraft deliveries is impressive, too: all in all, 47 PC-24s and 101 PC-12s were handed over to customers last year.

High demand in both Business Units

In Government Aviation, Pilatus successfully closed a follow-up deal with the Spanish Air Force, which went ahead with the purchase of another 16 PC-21s. In May, the 2,000th PC-12 was delivered to long-standing customer, PlaneSense - and in October, Pilatus celebrated the launch of the new PC-24, with its increased payload and range.

Alongside these highlights of the past year, the company also had to contend with some turbulence: ongoing supply chain problems and supply bottlenecks had a negative impact on production.


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Norwich, UK:

Saxon Air power boosts their sustainability strategy with RenEnergy

Saxon Air has made further strides towards their ambitious sustainability strategy by having a grid-connected solar PV solution installed by Norwich-based RenEnergy.

The system was switched recently and is already turning sunlight into clean, green energy. In addition, an exciting solar plane port is being planned.

Saxon Air power boosts their sustainability strategy with RenEnergy

Saxon Air Charter Ltd is already a carbon-neutral company, and in 2019,they launched an extensive sustainability strategy. Their goal is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 through a combination of reduction efforts and business process changes. Saxon Air offers a range of integrated aircraft services, including discreet point-to-point transfers by helicopter and business jet to a range of destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Beyond charter flights, Saxon Air’s core services include running two flight support operations at Norwich Airports well as aircraft management. Utilising solar PV energy and establishing a charging infrastructure that enables fast charging for electric aircraft are components of their sustainability strategy. Installing a solar PV solution also reduces the cost of electricity imported from the grid.


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Nuremberg, Germany:

FAI Air Ambulance achieves accreditation for its Dubai medical escort service

FAI rent-a-jet GmbH’s Air Ambulance Division has received Commercial Airline Medical Escort (CAME) accreditation from the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for its Dubai-based medical escort service.

This follows FAI’s accreditation as an approved EURAMI provider in early 2023.

The CAME endorsement accredits aero-medical providers performing patient transfers, like FAI, to transport patients seated in the cabin or on a designated stretcher. FAI is the first private company in the GCC with EURAMI CAME accreditation and the only European fixed-wing operator to receive both the CAME accreditation and the EURAMI-approved provider accreditation in the GCC.

Lotte Petherick, FAI Air Ambulance medical crew member, prepares for departure from Dubai International Airport.

Lotte Petherick, FAI Air Ambulance medical crew member, prepares for departure from Dubai International Airport.

To qualify for CAME accreditation, operators must demonstrate sufficient operational experience of at least 100 completed missions; that they have dedicated qualified personnel and infrastructure suitable for CAME operations and suitable equipment to perform safe medical transportation on commercial flights.

Additionally, providers must be compliant with at least 90% of the EURAMI CAME Standards including: Business Organisation and Ethics; Safety and Quality; Operations and Medical and Logistics.


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Singapore Airshow

Clark International Airport targeting aerospace companies at Singapore Airshow

The Philippines has launched a campaign encouraging global aerospace companies to establish facilities at Clark International Airport to serve the Asia region and global market.

The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have come together at this week's Singapore Airshow to speak with MROs, FBOs, OEMs, business aviation and aerospace companies, together with airlines, cargo, logistics and training organisations.

Berthaphil Inc, a key stakeholder and pioneer investor and developer in the Clark Freeport and at Clark International Airport, is also part of the Philippine Aviation Pavilion.

The company is offering a vacant 10-hectare airfield site, with primary runway access, which is immediately available ‘as is’ or for a build-to-suit project. Berthaphil is now actively promoting this site to aerospace companies around the world.

Clark International Airport is within the Clark Freeport trade zone, so businesses there can receive incentives and favourable tax concessions - up to a 7-year tax holiday and then a 5% corporate income tax rate.


Toronto, Canada:

Pilots are crucial to public confidence in eVTOLs, investors believe

Growing acceptance that services will rely on qualified pilots is key factor.

Leading global professional investors expect public confidence in electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft to grow as the industry continues to focus on using qualified pilots for flights, new global research from New Horizon Aircraft Ltd. [doing business as Horizon Aircraft] shows.

The study with investors in Japan, the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia found nearly three out of four (73%) believe public support for eVTOLs will grow over the next three years with 15% anticipating a dramatic increase in public confidence.

Horizon Aircrft's Cavorite X7

Horizon Aircrft's Cavorite X7.

Just 6% of the private equity, venture capital and family office investors questioned believe public confidence in the sector will decline as the launch of the first services comes closer to reality. Around 22% do not see any change in public confidence happening or did not express an opinion.

Horizon’s research with senior executives at leading investment firms responsible for more than $1.787tr assets under management found the key factor in boosting public support is the growing acceptance within the industry that services will need to have qualified pilots.




British Business and General Aviation Association:

Erik Lindbergh confirmed as Keynote Speaker at BBGA Conference

The BBGA has announced that Erik Lindbergh will be the Keynote Speaker at its Annual Conference in London on March 7th.

Mr Lindbergh is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of VerdeGo Aero, a company that specializes in providing Electric Powertrain Systems for the emerging electric aircraft industry. With a dedication to future generations, he also serves as Chairman of the board for the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, which is planning for the 2027 centennial anniversary of his grandfather's historic 1927 New York to Paris flight.

An accomplished entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable aviation, he is involved in the development of electric powertrain systems for aircraft and is actively promoting the decarbonization of aviation and inspiring future generations. Erik is also a sculptor and an outdoor enthusiast.

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Future Opportunities for Seaplanes and Amphibious Aviation conference takes off in Venice

The Future Opportunities for Seaplanes and Amphibious Aviation (FOSAA) conference makes its debut in Venice, Italy, on 20th March 2024.

Quaynote Communications is organizing the first-of-a-kind event in conjunction with Arena Group Associates. It builds on its successful 'Future Opportunities For . . .' series, which, during the last fifteen years, has covered topics including Superyachts, Business Jets and Aviation Health.

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The inaugural one-day event will provide a dedicated platform for the amphibious and seaplane industry to explore, discuss and debate the remarkable potential offered by this burgeoning sector as technological developments serve to make amphibious aircraft and seaplanes attractive, efficient and environmentally friendly air mobility solutions.


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And Finally

'America's Business Aircraft'

Do you know the story behind the first Air Force One? The aircraft - Columbine II, a Lockheed Constellation VC-121-A - was the first aircraft given the now-famous call-sign while flying President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953.

NBAA shares the history behind the airplane often affectionately referred to as 'America’s business aircraft'.

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