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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 2nd February 2023 | Issue #687
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Everett, Washington:

Boeing and Atlas Air celebrate delivery of final 747 - an airplane that transformed aviation and global air travel

Boeing and Atlas Air Worldwide joined thousands of people - including current and former employees as well as customers and suppliers - to celebrate the delivery of the final 747 to Atlas, bringing to a close more than a half century of production.

Boeing employees who designed and built the first 747, known as the "Incredibles," returned to be honored at the Everett factory where the journey of the 747 began in 1967. The factory produced 1,574 airplanes over the life of the program.

Boeing and Atlas Air celebrate delivery of final 747

"This monumental day is a testament to the generations of Boeing employees who brought to life the airplane that 'shrank the world,' and revolutionized travel and air cargo as the first widebody," said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It is fitting to deliver this final 747-8 Freighter to the largest operator of the 747, Atlas Air, where the 'Queen' will continue to inspire and empower innovation in air cargo."

"We are honored to continue our long history of flying this iconic aircraft for our customers around the world," said John Dietrich, president and chief executive officer, Atlas Air Worldwide. "Atlas Air was founded over 30 years ago with a single 747-200 converted freighter, and since then, we have spanned the globe operating nearly every fleet type of the 747, including the Dreamlifter, Boeing's 747 Large Cargo Freighter, for the transport of 787 Dreamliner parts."


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Los Angeles, California:

Exquisite Air Charter develops program to identify illegal charter operations

Exquisite Air Charter, the private aviation company with a global presence, has added an extra layer to its compliance program by creating a program for identifying illegal charters while also establishing an internal mandatory reporting process of suspected illegal operations.

Increased demand is causing a spike in illegal operations that expose everyone on the plane and even people on the ground to potential risk.

Furthermore, high demand has resulted in an influx of first-time travelers using private charter services, which may lack an understanding of the essential safety standards and needed documentation to demonstrate compliance with industry-wide practices.

This poses an opportunity for illegal charters, also called grey operations, to flood the market with unethical practices.

“While there are established awareness campaigns from The Air Charter Association in the UK and NBAA in the US to educate stakeholders about the hazards of illegal charters, we wanted to add tangible value for our customers with a thorough internal review process that secures working only with reputable, experienced, and trustworthy private aviation operators worldwide”, said Rena Davenport, CEO of Exquisite Air Charter.


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Dubai, UAE:

Why should buyers pay their brokers?

Ivan Veretennikov

By Ivan Veretennikov, Sales & Marketing Director, ArcosJet.

It’s hard to believe when you really think about it, but business aircraft brokers worldwide struggle to sign mandates or commission agreements with prospective buyers.

We hear it from colleagues in the industry every day. In short, buyers don’t want to pay commission. “Isn’t the seller going to pay you?” they say as if that explains everything. Here is why you want to have your own broker and pay his fees:

Because it’s hard work

The first point is self-evident but worth making. Being a highly-qualified, efficient, knowledgeable, and professional broker who can find the perfect aircraft and help you avoid the pitfalls requires experience and hard work that should be reimbursed.

Why should buyers pay their brokers?

So the broker is on your side

Sure, the seller could pay both brokers - his own and the one you’ve asked to help you with a transaction. However, with complex deals and expensive assets it’s better to know that the broker is really working for you and not trying to push some seller’s plane to receive commission from that side. For a good deal and 100% commitment to your success, he has to be employed by you.


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Washington, DC:

Understanding changes to duration for aircraft registries

The FAA’s direct final rule to increase the duration of aircraft registration is now in effect, and extends the duration of AC Form 8050-3, Certificate of Aircraft Registration, from three to seven years.

It also extends the authority to operate temporarily within the US on a copy of AC Form 8050-1, Aircraft Registration Application, for a period of one year pending receipt of the official certificate of aircraft registration.

“The direct final rule is an excellent solution by the FAA to address the aircraft registry backlog problem,” said Scott McCreary of McAfee & Taft and chair of NBAA’s Regulatory Issues Advisory Committee.

“It will reduce the churning of the documents that was required before to renew aircraft registrations on a more frequent basis.”


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Washington, DC:

Air Charter Service heads to the capital and appoints experienced head, Joel Fenn

World leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, continues to expand its North American operations with a new Washington D.C. office, serving the Virginia and Delaware regions as well as the capital.

has been appointed as CEO of the new office, which is the company’s ninth in the United States.

Joel Fenn

Joel Fenn

Fenn, who was most recently office CEO of ACS’s Miami operation, commented: “We have always had a strong customer base here in the capital and we were fortunate enough to have a couple of extremely successful years across our US offices, despite the pandemic, and felt that now was the right time to open our office here.”

Joel started his ACS career in 2005 in the company’s London headquarters, where he worked his way up to the position of Private Jets Director, before taking on the same role in the Hong Kong office. He then moved to Miami in 2015, taking the reins when ACS opened their Florida office in the city. Adding to the experienced team is Chris Fisher, the company’s Cargo Business Development Director.

Justin Bowman, ACS’s CEO, added: “Obviously D.C. and the surrounding region are key to our US growth plans and we’re very excited to open an office here. Joel and Chris bring their wealth of experience and will be looking to work on large government contracts.

"Joel has previous experience of running an ACS operation from its inception and is absolutely the right person for the job.”

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Andreza Alberto

Andreza Alberto

Embraer has announced that Andreza de Souza Alberto, current director of operations at Embraer’s Gavião Peixoto (SP) unit, will be the new vice president of People, ESG and Corporate Communications.

The current VP of the area, Carlos Alberto Griner, announced in December his decision to leave the company. The change becomes effective on February 1st.

With 17 years of experience at Embraer, Andreza holds a degree in mechatronics engineering, with specialization courses in management at Fundação Dom Cabral and governance at IBGC. At the company, she currently leads the Gavião Peixoto (SP) unit, which has more than 2,000 employees and is mainly dedicated to the production of defense aircraft and executive jets.

Previously, she worked as a production manager and manufacturing engineering supervisor, with a strong focus on people management, safety and quality, process improvements and Lean implementation.


Stefano Marazzani

Stefano Marazzani

Stefano Marazzani has been appointed SVP Customer Support & Services effective from 16 January 2023.

Stefano joins ATR’s Top Management team, reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Nathalie Tarnaud Laude. He succeeds David Brigante who will take on new responsibilities within the Leonardo Group.

Over the past 26 years Stefano has enjoyed a global career within the aviation industry, holding various positions of increased responsibility in Alitalia and SuperJet international, where he was appointed CEO in 2017. In addition to his strong airline background, Stefano’s wide practical experience in aircraft maintenance, customer support and operations, will bring huge added value to ATR and its operators.

Stefano holds a MSc degree in Aeronautics Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master’s in Technology and Design Strategy Innovation (MTDSI).

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WINGX Global Market Tracker:

Charter demand sliding, UK activity drops, but overall activity holds

  WINGX Global Market Tracker

30 days into January business jet and turboprop sectors were 2% ahead of comparable 2022, 15% ahead of 2019, according to WINGX`s weekly Global Market Tracker published today.

Turboprop sectors over the same period are 6% ahead of last year, 10% ahead of 2019. Business jet sectors are seeing slower growth, 1% more than January last year, 17% more than in January 2019. Looking back at the last 3 months (30/10/23 - 30/01/23) business jet sectors have fallen 2% compared to the same period last year, still 18% above three years ago.

In the last 30 days scheduled airline sectors are 24% above the same period last year, down 11% compared to January 2019.

North America

214,000 business jet sectors flew out of airports in North America between 1st - 30th January, on par with last year, 15% ahead of 2019. Flight hours for the same period are 1% behind last year, 17% ahead of January 2019. As January draws to a close private flight departments have flown 8% more sectors than January last year, 21% more than in 2019.

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Los Angeles, California:

Ampaire receives order for up to six Eco Caravan upgrades from Azul Conecta

Azul Conecta will provide Eco Caravan conversions throughout South America.

Ampaire, a leader in electric aviation, has announced a letter of intent to upgrade Conecta’s Grand Caravans to Ampaire Eco Caravans.

Azul Conecta will provide Eco Caravan conversions throughout South America.

The core of the Eco Caravan is the AMP-H570 hybrid-electric powertrain and battery pack. The regional airline is a subsidiary of Azul, Brazil’s largest airline by passenger volume, departures and cities served.

The Azul Conecta order follows the first flight of the Eco Caravan in November 2022 and the announcement days later of a $9m award from the US Department of Energy to help Ampaire advance systems so that they are ready for FAA certification and series production.


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Connecting You Now

Customer support, a core SD component

By Michael Skou Christensen, Chief Commercial Officer, Satcom Direct.

  Michael Skou Christensen

Satcom Direct is well known for introducing firsts to the aviation market. We are driven by the spirit of innovation and currently hold 18 technology patents.

The last twelve months have focused on bringing our first Plane Simple Ku-band tail-mount antenna to market, following that we’ll be adding a Plane Simple Ka-band terminal, and then an Electronically Steered Antenna with incredible new micro horn technology for optimizing L-band airtime. This is in addition to more than 2000 Satcom Direct Routers flying on the global executive aviation fleet, positioning them as one of the world’s preferred cabin connectivity solutions.

Entry into service training happens on the wing too.

At the same time, with our network-agnostic approach, we are strengthening relationships with existing airtime partner, Inmarsat and establishing new ones with Intelsat and OneWeb. The result is an impressive suite of connectivity solutions tailored to individual customer missions.


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Bizav Newsreel

Meet The Boss . . .

An engaging conversation with George Galanopoulos, Chief Executive of Luxaviation UK, about his career and advice to young people on how to get into the sector.

Meet The Boss - George Galanpolous


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Saint-Cloud, France:

Another prestigious design award for Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation's latest addition to its large-cabin business jet family, the ultra long-range Falcon 10X, has received the Chicago Athenaeum award for Good Design.

The award, bestowed by the Chicago-based Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, is the second in the past year to be received for the 10X's innovative interior design.

Falcon 10X Living Room

Falcon 10X Living Room.

The 10X, currently in development, will be the largest purpose-built business jet on the market. The aircraft's 2,780 cubic feet cabin will offer a unique blend of spaciousness, quiet and physical comfort while offering the only modular design of any jet in its category.

With the help of sensory design, interior lighting, sound dampening and other advanced interior design techniques, the cabin seeks to make passengers forget they are even airborne, as if they were in a "penthouse in the sky."


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United Kingdom:

FAA approves Britten-Norman Islander BN2T-45 type

UK aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman has gained United States Federal Aviation Administration type certification for the Rolls Royce model 250 powered BN2T-4S Islander turboprop aircraft.

The BN2T-4S is the larger variant of the piston BN2B Islander and comes with an increased MTOW of 8,500lbs. Certification is included under FAA Type Certificate reference A17EU Revision 22.

FAA approves Britten-Norman Islander BN2T-45 type

This change is an important milestone for Britten-Norman and compliments existing type certificates for the aircraft with the UK CAA and EASA. The new certification opens up new markets for the company in the USA and internationally. BN2T-4S Islanders are currently in manufacture at the company’s Solent manufacturing facilities at Daedalus and Bembridge in the UK. In addition to new aircraft, Britten-Norman also holds stock of factory refurbished pre-owned aircraft.


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Melbourne, Florida:

Embraer’s Phenom 300MED receives FAA and EASA Certification

The Phenom 300MED - the unique Medevac solution for the Phenom 300 series aircraft - has received the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

The STC was performed at Embraer’s Service Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will be operated by the launch customer, on-demand charter operator Grandview Aviation.

Embraer’s Phenom 300MED receives FAA and EASA Certification

The Phenom 300MED aeromedical interior was specified by Embraer and developed and certified by engineering services provider umlaut, part of Accenture, utilizing Aerolite equipment. Aerolite developed the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specifically for the Phenom 300MED. As per the certification requirements, umlaut conducted an evacuation test to confirm two fully disabled patients could be evacuated.


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Nuremberg, Germany:

FAI Air Ambulance receives European Aeromedical Institute accreditation for the fifth time

FAI rent-a-jet GmbH’s Air Ambulance Division has received accreditation from the European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI) for the fifth time for both long-range, intercontinental fixed wing and regional fixed wing air ambulance services.

This includes medical endorsements of adult critical care, advanced adult critical care, pediatric critical care and neonatal critical care. The accreditation covers 15 aircraft in the FAI fleet which includes its Bombardier family models - Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604 and Learjet 60.

FAI Air Ambulance receives European Aeromedical Institute accreditation for the fifth time

EURAMI awards accreditation to aeromedical providers once they have completed an audit which includes satisfying a host of strict eligibility criteria. These include operator experience; safety record; aircraft suitability, medical care quality, medical equipment and staff qualifications to name but a few.

FAI achieved a remarkable result of 100% in the "Must Haves" section and 99% in the "EURAMI Standards" section.


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Orlando, Florida:

A big day for bizav connectivity as SD's Plane Simple Ku-band tail mount enters commercial service

Satcom Direct, the business and military aviation solutions provider, is celebrating a landmark moment as the Plane Simple antenna series officially enters commercial service.

Following two years of development, rigorous testing, and a thorough customer in-service evaluation, the first antenna in the groundbreaking technology series is now commercially available for aircraft owners and operators seeking reliable, global, customized connectivity solutions that are future-proofed for evolving connectivity needs.

The SD Plane Simple Ku-band tail-mount terminal is already revolutionizing business aviation connectivity with its purpose-built design developed to meet the sector's specific needs.

The terminal is powered by the multi-layered, high-throughput Intelsat FlexExec network, the first airtime service dedicated to business aviation.

Customers are benefiting from greater flexibility, connectivity options that align with anticipated operational costs, and a compact terminal system that supports simplified dynamic upgrade paths.

“We had an idea that we believed would change how aircraft owners and operators think about connectivity. Together with our partners, we are developing, building, testing, and proving the Plane Simple technology, a product line that helps our customers be prepared for now and the future,” says Jim Jensen, CEO and founder of Satcom Direct.


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ALTEA’s perspective on the pre-owned business jet marketplace in 2023: Back to normal or new normal?

ALTEA knows aircraft inside and out. The organisation is retained by those who want fresh thinking secured by experience in asset management; procurement and sales; financial solutions and design.

Team members, Jean Sémiramoth and Andrew Butler share their personal retrospective views on the pre-owned business jet aircraft market in 2022 - and identify what trends can be foreseen in 2023.

“Immediately after the very first lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic acted as a dynamic catalyst for the entire business aviation sector. Demand and pre-owned business jet transactions were at an all-time high in 2021, resulting in only 700+ pre-owned business jets listed for sale at the end of Q1 2022, a record low in more than 20 years,” says Jean Sémiramoth, ALTEA Partner.

“Since then, the global inventory of business jets for sale has been on a constant upward trajectory with 1,175+ units available at the end of last month. This is an indicator of a market shift in 2022.”

ALTEA’s perspective on the pre-owned business jet marketplace in 2023: Back to normal or new normal?

Like many professionals, ALTEA projects there will be roughly 15% to 20% fewer pre-owned business jet transactions in 2022 than in 2021.

Is this a result of low inventory levels? Or rather a result of less demand - and therefore another indicator that the market started to shift in the second half of last year? Probably both, from the organisation’s perspective.


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Jetex London welcomes the World

Newest FBO now fully operational.

Located at Hangar 510 at London Biggin Hill Airport, Jetex London has commenced full commercial operations and is welcoming international private jet flyers to the UK capital.

Jetex London is conveniently located just nine miles from Canary Wharf and 15 miles from Central London, with helicopter transfers taking passengers to and from the heart of the British capital in just six minutes, with limousine transfers taking less than 50 minutes.

Jetex London welcomes the World

London Biggin Hill Airport had its strongest year ever in 2022 with more than 26,000 movements (up from 18,900 in 2021). It is recognized as a global centre of excellence, enjoying 23% of London’s market share after Farnborough (31%) and ahead of Luton (22%). The airport typically connects flights to more than 750 destinations across over 70 countries.

The modern airport runway (1,806 meters) allows most aircraft to operate without payload or range restrictions, including non-stop transatlantic flights.


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United Kingdom:

Government joins industry to fund programme that inspires state school students to explore careers in aviation and aerospace

The Department for Transport joins Boeing, British Airways, and the William Gibbs Trust to fund a programme that aims to inspire, enable, and support state school students into aviation, aerospace, and space.

The Air League, the charity that changes lives through aviation, aerospace, and space, has announced a major funding grant by the Department for Transport, with additional support by key industry partners for its flagship career enrichment programme.

As part of the Department for Transport’s new Reach for the Sky Challenge Fund, launched on Wednesday (1st February), the Air League’s Soaring to Success Programme will receive a £50,000 grant.

The programme is designed for students in state-funded education and compliments existing career provisions by providing accessible, in-depth information and knowledge that showcases the vast range of incredible roles and opportunities available within aviation and aerospace.

Delivered across the academic year with support from industry, the programme comprises of three stages that provide an overview and insight into the career pathways available.

The government grant will help to support up to 35,000 spaces on the programme throughout 2023. Crucially, this will include 1,100 in-person flying and engineering tasting days, as well as employability workshops for pupils from lower socio-economic backgrounds.


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Kemble, United Kingdom

ZeroAvia celebrates maiden flight of world's largest hydrogen aircraft

19-seat Dornier 228 twin-engine aircraft takes to the sky in testbed configuration for first flight as part of the HyFlyer II project.

Zero-emission flight took a giant step forward on Thursday (19th January) with ZeroAvia flying the largest aircraft in the world to be powered by a hydrogen-electric engine.

The leader in zero-emission aviation took to the skies for the maiden flight of its 19-seat Dornier 228 testbed aircraft, retrofitted with a full-size prototype hydrogen-electric powertrain on the left wing of the aircraft.

ZeroAvia celebrates maiden flight of world's largest hydrogen aircraft

The flight took place from the company’s R&D facility at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, UK, and lasted 10 minutes. The aircraft completed taxi, take-off, a full pattern circuit, and landing. The landmark flight forms part of the HyFlyer II project, a major R&D programme backed by the UK Government’s flagship ATI Programme, which targets development of a 600kW powertrain to support 9-19 seat aircraft worldwide with zero-emission flight.

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Norfolk, United Kingdom:

Lift off for pioneering Norfolk aviation project

A pioneering Norfolk aviation project aimed at improving healthcare and saving lives in some of the most remote parts of the world is a step closer to take-off after taking its maiden flight.

Old Buckenham-based firm NUNCATS is in the process of developing the ‘electric sky jeep’, to provide cheap and sustainable transport to deliver doctors, teachers and medical supplies to remote communities across the world.

The ‘electric sky jeep’ is based on a Zenith CH750.

The ‘electric sky jeep’ is based on a Zenith CH750.

It plans to work with charities and non-government organisations (NGOs) to tap into existing networks of solar powered energy grids on buildings in remote towns and villages so that the aircraft can fly between them delivering vital medical aid and attention.

The ‘electric sky jeep’, based on a Zenith CH750, has been under construction for the past three years but on Friday, January 20 successfully took to the air at Old Buckenham Airfield, in south Norfolk.


United Kingdom:

Harrods Aviation expands footprint at London Stansted by acquiring the FBO business, Fayair

Harrods Aviation is expanding its FBO footprint to serve increasing demand at London Stansted Airport, with the purchase of it’s neighbouring business, Fayair, through the acquisition of the whole of the share capital of Fayair (Stansted) Limited.

The acquisition allows Harrods Aviation to expand its existing fixed FBO capabilities by an additional 130,000 sq ft, including a 38,750 sq ft hangar and 91,500 sq ft of private ramp parking, to serve its fast-growing customer base.

This brings its world-class facilities to a total operational footprint of approximately half a million square feet across London’s Luton and Stansted airports.

In recent times, as the pandemic has receded and London has reopened its doors to international travellers, there has been an increase in demand for FBO services, particularly at Stansted Airport.



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And Finally

Gulfstream G700 amasses 25 speed records during World Tour

Gulfstream has announced that the all-new G700 achieved 25 speed records on the recently completed G700 world tour. Two fully outfitted G700 production test aircraft flew to more than 20 countries across six continents to demonstrate the aircraft’s performance capabilities and the flexibility and comfort of the most spacious cabin in the industry.

“The G700 world tour was a tremendous success,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We knew the aircraft would perform exceptionally well, and they exceeded even our own high expectations for both reliability and performance across a variety of routes. Showcasing the outfitted aircraft to our customers and prospects around the world bolstered the already strong demand we are seeing for the G700.”

Gulfstream G700 amasses 25 speed records during World Tour

Notable record runs achieved by the G700 include:

Savannah to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 12 hours, 36 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90 to begin the international portion of the tour
Istanbul, Turkey, to Van Don International Airport in Vietnam, in 9 hours, 2 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90
Riyadh to Melbourne, Australia, in 13 hours, 39 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87
Christchurch, New Zealand, to Los Angeles in 12 hours, 13 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.87

In total, the two G700 outfitted aircraft traveled 53,882 nautical miles/99,789 kilometers over more than 180 hours of flying. The world tour speed records are pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.

The two G700 production test aircraft interiors showcase the industry’s only ultragalley, with more than 10 feet/3 meters of counter space; a grand suite with fixed bed and bright, spacious lavatory with full vanity and shower; an ultrahigh-definition dynamic circadian lighting system; an all-new award-winning seat design; and the lowest cabin altitude in the industry at 2,916 ft/889 m when flying at 41,000 ft/12,497 m.

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