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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 20th June 2024 | Issue #753

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Washington, DC:

NBAA questions FAA’s plan for new rules on flights critical to communities

The National Business Aviation Association is questioning the rationale for a government plan to develop far-reaching new regulations, on alleged safety grounds, for certain on-demand public charter carriers that are often key to aviation service in small communities.

The plan, announced on Monday (18th June) by Federal Aviation Administration officials, applies to public charter operators regulated under FAA Part 135 safety rules and Department of Transportation Part 380 economic requirements.

“Safety is the top priority for business aviation, and our sector has an impeccable record of leadership in working with government agencies and other stakeholders in the development of regulations that address safety concerns and put operational needs first," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

"The FAA’s announcement suggests an intention to sidestep both considerations.”


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Savannah, Georgia:

Gulfstream G500 and G600 each exceed 100,000 flight hours

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp's clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 have each surpassed 100,000 flight hours.

Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, both aircraft feature the award-winning Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck, with safety enhancing technology, including the industry’s first active control sidesticks and most extensive use of touch-screen technology, along with Phase-of-Flight intelligence.

Gulfstream G500 and G600 each exceed 100,000 flight hours

Both aircraft are recognized for their industry-leading cabin comfort, with award-winning seating and interior design.

“Our award-winning G500 and G600 continue to demonstrate impressive performance,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

“This achievement is a result of the strong demand and high flight activity we’re seeing from customers around the world. Having exceeded 100,000 flight hours further reiterates the durability and dependability of the G500 and G600.”


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Textron Aviation expands presence in Australia to modernize facilities and increase parts in region

Announces name change of Premiair Aviation Maintenance.

Textron Aviation is expanding its footprint in Australia to modernize facilities and increase Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker parts availability in the region.

Beechcraft King Air 360.

In addition, Premiair Aviation Maintenance, an Australian service center acquired by Textron Aviation in 2020, has changed its name to Textron Aviation Australia Pty Ltd. to fully integrate the Perth, Gold Coast and Melbourne facilities into the company’s comprehensive global service network.

Expansion of aftermarket support in Perth and Melbourne


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IBAC holds inaugural Industry Advisory Forum - Bombardier's Bruce Parry elected as first Chair

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) hosted its first Industry Advisory Forum (IAF) following the closing of EBACE 2024 and elected Bruce Parry, Senior Advisor, Industry Affairs, Bombardier, as the inaugural chair for the group.

Kurt Edwards, Director General, IBAC, said, “We are excited to launch this new forum where our growing number of industry partners, now standing at 17 organizations, can collaborate with the IBAC team and our member associations further to strengthen our work for the global business aviation sector at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

"It is gratifying to see such enthusiastic participation as we continue building the global community for business aviation.”


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Washington, DC:

CLIMBING. FAST. sustainability campaign stakeholders welcome formation of House Sustainable Aviation Caucus

CLIMBING. FAST., which represents a dozen international stakeholders across the full value chain of business aviation, issued the following consensus statement in response to the establishment of the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus:

“The organizations supporting the CLIMBING. FAST. advocacy initiative applaud Reps. Sharice Davids (D-03-Kan.) and Dusty Johnson (R-At-Large-SD) for their leadership in taking the important step to form the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus, supporting business aviation’s path to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Despite being one of the toughest industries to decarbonize, business aviation is pushing ahead, expanding access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and integrating technologies that improve the fuel efficiency of aircraft to reduce emissions. At the same time, enhanced policymaker awareness and support is key.

"This new Caucus provides an opportunity for additional policymaker engagement, and we look forward to working with the members of the Caucus to continue our industry’s momentum.”

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Coral Gables, Florida:

AerSale expands footprint with new location in Millington, Tennessee

Leading aviation products and services provider, AerSale Corporation, has announced the opening of its newest location in Millington, Tennessee, with its first aircraft induction.

This strategic expansion marks a significant milestone in AerSale's commitment to serving its customers and enhancing its MRO capabilities to better support the global commercial aviation industry.

AerSale expands footprint with new location In Millington, Tennessee

Founded in 1917 the Millington-Memphis Airport (originally named Park Field) is one of the oldest airports in the United States and has a long legacy of training military aviation personnel dating back to World War I.

More recently the base served as a major naval air technical training center that provided aviation specialty training for enlisted personnel in both the US Navy and Marine Corps.

The airport hosts one of the longest runways in Tennessee and is conveniently located near AerSale’s 320,000 sq.ft. parts distribution facility in Memphis, TN.

This newest location has been renovated to support AerSale’s customers. The upgrades to the facility include improvements throughout the space, as well as the addition of state-of-the-art equipment, a new parts paint booth and office space.



Air Charter Service

Elie Hanna

Elie Hanna

Elie Hanna has been promoted to the role of CEO of ACS Dubai and will oversee the company’s growth in the Middle East.

Chris Leach, Chairman of Air Charter Service, said: “Elie has enjoyed huge success with the company since he joined us 13 years ago - in that time he’s shown excellent leadership qualities, and he knows the Middle Eastern market inside and out. The market in the region spans many different countries and cultures, and we feel Elie is absolutely the right person to give the focus needed to grow our business in each of these submarkets.

“Our future investment plans in the region need to be shaped based on local knowledge, and myself and the rest of the board look forward to working closely with Elie to develop a strategy to further cement our place as one of the leading charter providers in the Middle East. The first step is the expansion of the private jet team in the region, with three senior members joining over the next two months.”

The news follows the recent announcement that Andrew Summers has left his role in Dubai and been appointed Regional Director for ACS’s European offices.


Andy Smith

Andy Smith

flydocs, the leading digital records and asset management solution provider for the aviation industry has appointed Andy Smith as its Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the flydocs Leadership team.

Andy, an international sales & marketing professional, joins flydocs with over 27 years of strong business development, leadership, and customer-centric experience.

Andy’s widespread career span across his leadership roles with global responsibilities includes creating and implementing customer engagement and revenue-generating strategies, displaying leadership acumen in complex solution sales, pipeline management, new business development, and marketing strategies.

In the role of Chief Commercial Officer, Andy will lead flydocs’ Commercial and Marketing team, focusing on devising the business growth strategy, orchestrating resources to support customer needs and requirements, and identifying growth opportunities for the business. Andy will work closely with the flydocs’ Leadership team to establish its position as a preferred partner in aviation digital asset management.

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WINGX Global Market Tracker:

Euros sparking bizjet tourism into Europe

  WINGX Global Market Tracker

In Week 24 (10th-16th June), 73,023 global business jet sectors were flown, 1% below Week 24 in 2023, according to WINGX`s weekly Global Market Tracker published today.

For context, the last 52 week high was week 26 last year was 76, 521 bizjet sectors. Week 24 was an improvement on the start of June, with the midpoint of the month trending down by 3% compared to last year, and down 5% versus June 2022 . Year to date, global bizjet sectors are down 1.2% compared to 2023 and down 2.4% versus 2022, but up 30% compared to 2019.


Euros sparking bizjet tourism into Europe

European bizjet activity has bumped along this year, only 1-2% down on last year in terms of bizjet sectors flown, but only 5% ahead of volumes in 2019. France and Germany both saw upticks this week, week 24, which goes against the grain of declines in the last 4 weeks, and indeed year-to-date.

Clearly this uptick owes to the EURO Championships hosted in Germany, and the run up to the Olympics opening in Paris.

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Wichita, Kansas:

Milestone for Cessna Citation Ascend as second test article takes flight

Textron Aviation has announced the successful flight of its second Cessna Citation Ascend flight test article (P1) as certification momentum builds for the newest Citation business jet

The milestone flight follows the Ascend prototype, which completed its first flight in 2023 marking the P1 aircraft the first conforming production flight test aircraft. The Citation Ascend business jet was unveiled during the 2023 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), and the aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2025.

Milestone for Cessna Citation Ascend as second test article takes flight

The initial flight of P1, piloted by Michael Bradfield and Maurice Girard, lasted 1-hour and 24-minutes, reaching a max altitude of 13,500 feet with a max speed of 308 knots.

The aircraft will be used for the flight test program, primarily for systems testing, including propulsion, human factors, environmental control and avionics.


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Dallas, Texas:

Icarus Jet signs brokerage agreement to boost regional group charters with ERJ135 fleet

Icarus Jet, a leading charter broker and trip support company, has announced a strategic charter brokerage partnership with ARGUS Platinum-rated RVR Aviation, gaining access to four Embraer ERJ135 aircraft.

This agreement significantly enhances the firm’s regional group charter services, offering increased capacity and flexibility for its customers.

Icarus Jet signs brokerage agreement to boost regional group charters with ERJ135 fleet

Icarus Jet specializes in organizing private travel for large groups for corporate events, sports teams, musicians on tour, and C-suite executives, ensuring a seamless travel experience for groups of 30 to 300 passengers.


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Grand Cayman:

Cayman Dispatch Services appointed Approved GA Ground Handler at Owen Roberts Intl Airport

Universal Aviation has announced that Cayman Dispatch Services (CDS) is now officially operational as a Universal Aviation Certified location, providing business aviation operators an alternate and efficient ground handling option at Grand Cayman/Owen Roberts International Airport (MWCR).

Cayman Dispatch Services appointed Approved GA Ground Handler at Owen Roberts Intl Airport

CDS began supporting limited GA operations in December 2023 and is now 100 percent operational, with its own GA-dedicated ground support equipment and full access to the airport's GAT facilities.


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Guernsey, Channel Islands:

ASG named as Authorized Service Facility for Cessna and Beechcraft piston aircraft

Aircraft Servicing Guernsey (ASG), a subsidiary of Pula Aviation Services, has been named as a Textron Aviation Authorized Service Facility for Cessna and Beechcraft piston engine series range of aircraft.

With 30 years of experience and expertise in maintaining Cessna and Beechcraft piston engines at its facility in Guernsey, services provided at ASG’s MRO facility include new aircraft warranty repairs, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionic upgrades and pre-purchase inspection support.

ASG named as Authorized Service Facility for Cessna and Beechcraft piston aircraft

"We are pleased to be named an ASF to support Cessna and Beechcraft piston aircraft owners with the best aviation experience. This naming enhances our service offerings and is a valuable addition for our customers,” said Gary Phillips, Head of Technical Services.

“Situated in Guernsey, Channel Islands, our location is ideally positioned for UK and European aircraft owners and operators.”

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Bizav Newsreel

How do sports teams travel around the world?

With the The UEFA European Football Championship in full flight, here's the latest in athe series of videos co-produced for the BBGA.

Pauline Monksfield, CEO of Inflite The Jet Centre at London Stansted Airport, explains how the industry supports our best sports teams.

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  How do sports teams travel around the world?


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Dundalk, Ireland:

C Teleport and REDiFly announce crew travel integration

C Teleport and REDiFly have announced the successful integration of their platforms. The integration creates a streamlined solution for crew planning departments, enabling airlines using the REDiFly FMS platform known as WINops to efficiently book, cancel, or rebook flights and hotels for their crew through C Teleport.

Airlines face significant challenges in managing crew travel logistics, especially when dealing with last-minute changes and cancellations. Traditional methods often involve manual processes that are time-consuming and prone to errors. The integration of C Teleport with REDiFly’s WINops system addresses these pain points by automating and simplifying the management of crew flights and accommodations.


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Melbourne, Florida

Eve names suppliers for eVTOL windows, doors and fuselage components

Eve Air Mobility has named four additional suppliers for its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

KRD Luftfahrttechnik GmbH (KRD) will supply its KASIGLAS polycarbonate windows, Latecoere will supply the aircraft’s doors while, RALLC and Alltec will both supply fuselage components.

Eve names suppliers for eVTOL windows, doors and fuselage components

“Eve has assembled a strong list of global and local suppliers with a reputation for not only delivering outstanding quality, but doing so reliably,” said Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve Air Mobility. “These long-term relationships will cover the aircraft’s entire life cycle including all prototypes, production and aftermarket service and operational support.”


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UK and Saudi Arabia:

Middle East partnership delivers ‘huge economic boost’ to UK aviation

Saudi agreement paves way for £300m investment into innovative aviation development.

A pioneering UK company developing an affordable, sustainable, and runway-independent aircraft has signed strategic partnership agreement (SPA) with a Saudi-based company to develop innovative aviation solutions and promote manufacturing within the two countries.

The deal between ARC Aero Systems and the Riyadh-headquartered defence and security manufacturing specialist Life Shield will open the way for upwards of £300m of investment into the two nations’ aerospace sectors.

Bedfordshire-based ARC Aero Systems is in the advanced stages of developing a specially adapted hybrid-electric powered aircraft which it plans to bring to market by 2026.

The company’s modified design of the Avian Pegasus, a tried and tested jump take-off gyroplane with specific features including vertical lift and landing, requires virtually no infrastructure in accessing remote communities and supporting emergency responders.

Arc Aero Systems' Pegasus.

Arc Aero Systems' Pegasus in ambulance configuration..

This newly developed air taxi has approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration and can transport passengers for commercial purposes.

ARC is also developing a larger nine-seat Linx P9 compound rotorcraft and a C600, one of the largest civilian unmanned aerial vehicles, capable of carrying payloads of up to 100kg across long distances.

Supported by Saudi Arabia’s National Industry Development Center, this new partnership will see both the Saudi Government and Life Shield make an equity investment in ARC Systems with the creation of a new company, based in the Middle East nation, called Life Shield Aerospace.


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London, UK:

Chapman Freeborn reports 200% growth in turover year on year to date

Strategic investment in key personnel throughout Europe and Asia delivers strong growth for global air charterer.

Chapman Freeborn Passenger UK team has reported significant year on year growth to date, which it expects to continue throughout 2024, following a major 2023 recruitment drive.

The company directed key investment in its corporate, sports, and live entertainment divisions with a particular focus on music concerts.

“Having just celebrated our 50th year, we have plenty of experience from which to draw upon, and our year-to-date performance has fully vindicated our decision to heavily invest in recruitment,” said Andy Hutchinson, Director of Passenger Charter UK.

“We expect growth to remain high through the year as the tour operators begin to plan for 2025, the cruise, and sports sectors begin to open up as we move into the summer months, and corporate travel gears up soon after. Full-time-equivalent (FTE) is key at Chapman Freeborn and we always look to strengthen the team if the right person is available.”


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ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa set to achieve new record for airframe heavy checks

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, is poised to set a new record this year for airframe heavy maintenance checks.

The company’s previous annual record was seven, but this year it will complete at least 11 thanks to additional work on Dassault Falcon aircraft.

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa set to achieve new record for airframe heavy checks

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa is approved for line and heavy maintenance on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900, Falcon 7X and Falcon 8X. Its engineers are ready to provide line maintenance for Dassault’s newest aircraft, the Falcon 6X.

The company is also an authorized service centre (ASC) for Bombardier and Embraer, with other heavy checks planned for the Bombardier Learjet 40/60 and Challenger 600 series aircraft, plus Beechcraft King Airs and Embraer Legacy 650s.

ExecuJet MRO Services South Africa is the largest business aviation MRO in Africa with a workforce of 130 personnel, including 70 in the engineering department. Its hangar at Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport can accommodate up to 14 aircraft of various sizes.


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South Wales, UK:

Caerdav cements continued growth with new third line and additional in-house capabilities

To support the continued growth of the business and ensure it can meet the demands of its ever-expanding client list, Caerdav is to open a third line of maintenance at its St Athan base, alongside making significant investment in expanding its in-house capabilities.

Following extensive remodelling of one of the company’s two hangars to house an additional Boeing 737 or Airbus A320, the new third line will increase Caerdav’s maintenance capacity by 50%. Set to officially open later in the year, available slots are already booking up and the company is currently recruiting around 50 new technical staff to support the additional work.

Caerdav has expanded its back shop capabilities, including the ability to restore paintwork after repair.

Chris Coleman, Managing Director at Caerdav says: “The opening of a third line is an important milestone in the evolution of the business and is the latest stage of a structured growth strategy we’ve been implementing over the past few years.

“With the likes of Ryanair now returning to us year on year, we wanted to increase capacity to facilitate the additional aircraft that work entails. It’s a chance for us to showcase our ambition to become a leading independent MRO in the global market.”


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United States and Europe:

Aviation industry welcomes call for enhanced US-EU regulatory alignment

Key European and North American aviation industry associations welcomed the renewed commitment for greater coordination between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), announced during the 2024 FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference.

In a joint statement issued by Airlines for Europe (A4E), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Aerospace Security and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the four associations highlighted priority areas where collaborative global leadership could further advance aviation safety and industry efficiency, sustainability, innovation and prepare the workforce for the future.

View the joint statement here

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Revolution.Aero, London:

ArcosJet recognizes high customer acceptance of eVTOLs

ArcosJet, the exclusive authorized dealer for private sales of the Lilium Jet in the UAE, Israel and Cyprus, is seeing high customer acceptance of the eVTOL concept and technology and expects the emerging new market niche to provide the strongest impetus for the development of related technologies, services and businesses in the near future.

The announcement was made during the Revolution.Aero industry conference, which took place in London this week.

Mikhail Alenkin, ArcosJet Founder and CEO, shared his experience and vision at the Selling Advanced Aircraft panel discussion.

Mikhail Alenkin, ArcosJet Founder and CEO, shared his experience and vision at the Selling Advanced Aircraft panel discussion. The panelists discussed market development and prospects, deal structure and shared approaches to understanding original and residual value.

ArcosJet has been running the Lilium Jet sales in the UAE, Cyprus and Israel since last year and has already gained a lot of experience with prospective customers and gathered substantial feedback.

"We are inspired by the fact that we hardly notice any doubts about eVTOLs as a completely new class of aircraft. The main issues for discussion are the practicalities of operation and infrastructure," said Mikhail Alenkin.


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And Finally

Bombardier and F/LIST introduce new Material Lounge at Bombardier London Biggin Hill Service Centre

Bombardier and F/LIST have announced the opening of a contemporary, 700-sq.ft. Material Lounge at Bombardier’s London Biggin Hill Service Centre located at the London Biggin Hill Airport.

The new Material Lounge is the largest, most comprehensive portfolio of interior materials, fabrics and components that Bombardier has housed at one of its international service centres. It is also the first time that F/LIST, the Austria-headquartered pioneer in the production and generation of innovative luxury interiors for exclusive business and private jets and residences, has created a dedicated space showcasing its product portfolio outside of its headquarters.

Bombardier and F/LIST introduce new Material Lounge at Bombardier London Biggin Hill Service Centre

The full range of interior services offered by Bombardier at the facility will be augmented by this addition of the material lounge showroom. Managed by F/LIST, the carefully curated selection of more than 1,300 samples representing wood veneers, stone surfaces, leathers, fabrics, webbing materials and metal finishes enables designers, owners, and operators to explore the full collection of F/LIST materials.

Visitors will also have access to the innovative suite of F/LIST biobased materials, the F/LAB Whisper Leather, Linfinium and Aenigma products, which provide a rich selection of novel materials that support sustainable design in the cabin.


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