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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 29th September 2022 | Issue #671

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Washington, DC:

Business aviation issues guiding principles on sustainability ahead of UN aviation forum

Business aviation groups have put forward a set of policy principles to guide long-term carbon emissions reductions in the lead-up to the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Triennial Assembly convening this week.

ICAO, a United Nations agency, convenes its 193 member states every three years to set worldwide aviation policy. The next triennial meeting will be held in Montreal from September 27th to October 7th.

Business aviation issues guiding principles on sustainability ahead of UN Aviation Forum

Under the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, the industry has committed to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Sustainable aviation fuel, which can reduce aviation’s lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80%, is key to reaching this goal.

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and other industry groups have developed four guiding principles for the assembly that provide a roadmap for ensuring the sector continues to build on its established record of safety, security and sustainability in the years to come.


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Dallas, Texas:

Atlantic Aviation arrives at Dallas Love Field

Atlantic Aviation has expanded in the Lone Star State with the completion of its acquisition and initial renovations of Textar Aviation, one of the largest FBO properties on Dallas Love Field (DAL).

This newest acquisition in the Dallas-Fort Worth area gives Atlantic an FBO presence at 15 of the top 20 business aviation airports in the nation, based on business aircraft operations.

The existing lobby, offices, hangars, and fuel farm have been rebranded as Atlantic Aviation and, over the past several weeks, have been undergoing extensive investment planning to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. More upgrades are planned, including construction of a new state-of-the-art flagship FBO, along with additional hangar and office space, as Atlantic increases its operational footprint at the airport.

“Love Field is one of our nation’s top three business aviation airports,” said Lou Pepper, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Aviation. “And having a major presence there has been a goal of our company for some time. We are excited about the amount of space we have and are looking forward to building a first-class facility in the coming years.”


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New York:

Modern Aviation expands into the Midwest with acquisition of Elliott Aviation's FBO at Des Moines International

Modern Aviation has closed the acquisition of the FBO assets and operations at Des Moines International Airport from Elliott Aviation, bringing its total number of locations to thirteen.

Modern’s new FBO in Des Moines operates on a 17-acre leasehold and offers state of the art facilities and amenities such as conference rooms and workstations, sleep rooms, crew cars and comfortable lounge areas with approximately 145,000 square feet of heated hangar space and 20,000 square feet of office space.

Elliott will continue to operate a maintenance, repair, and overhaul business on the airfield.

Mark Carmen, Modern Aviation’s CEO, said, “We are very excited about our new operation in Des Moines, which provides our customers access to our services for the first time in the Midwest. Elliott Aviation has a long history of providing outstanding customer service to its customers through its highly experienced and long tenured employees, all of whom have joined Modern. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Modern Aviation family to our new teammates and customers. We also look forward to partnering with the Des Moines Airport Authority to continue to grow DSM and benefit the local community."


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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:

Baldwin Safety & Compliance becomes first vendor for new Rotorcraft-ASIAS data sharing platform

QMS/SMS software solutions company, Baldwin Safety & Compliance, has become the first accepted vendor for the Rotorcraft Community within the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (R-ASIAS) program.

The platform for the rotorcraft community was developed by General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for the FAA, also referred to as R-ASIAS.

ASIAS was initially introduced to the airline industry in 2007 with a mission to proactively discover safety concerns before accidents or incidents occur, leading to mitigation and prevention. Baldwin was one of the first to share relevant safety information with ASIAS in a similar agreement for the fixed-wing business aircraft community in 2016. GDIT has now developed the centralized data repository and operational infrastructure to securely share de-identified rotorcraft data within the rotor community.

Don Baldwin, President Baldwin Safety and Compliance said, “We have been working with ASIAS for our fixed-wing clients for many years. I have always been a believer in the value of deidentified data-sharing and the best platform to accomplish this today is ASIAS. Rotorcraft’s different missions and procedures require a unique system so there has been a push from the industry to create this R-ASIAS for quite some time."


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USA & Europe:

Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 receives EASA type certification

Engine custom-designed for Gulfstream G700 and G800.

The Pearl 700, the exclusive engine for the brand-new Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. flagship business jet aircraft Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800, has received official certification by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The pioneering engine, which was developed at the Rolls Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, was custom-designed to power two of Gulfstream’s latest products, enabling them to fly ultra-long-range missions nearly as fast as the speed of sound.

Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 receives EASA type certification

During the comprehensive test programme, the engine demonstrated exceptional performance operating at sea-level and altitude conditions on both conventional jet fuel and 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). It proved its ability to withstand bird-strike, ice, hail and water ingestion as well as passing the critical fan blade containment test, during which a fan blade is deliberately released at maximum speed.

Testing was conducted at various Rolls-Royce locations in Europe and North America, including Dahlewitz in Germany; Bristol in the UK; Manitoba and Montreal, Canada; the Rolls Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility, located at NASA’s John C Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi, USA; as well as the altitude test bed at AEDC (Arnold Engineering Development Center) in Tullahoma, Tennessee, USA.


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Mauro Rosso

Mauro Rosso

Kansas City-headquartered JetHQ, continues to grow, bolstering its European-based operations in its 10th year of business.

Coming off a year of record sales, the aircraft transaction and brokerage company has added an experienced aviation professional to its Europe sales division to facilitate customer needs and answer market demand.

Mauro Rosso has been named Vice President of Sales-Europe. Rosso brings to the position decades of aviation industry knowledge, connections and relationships, having worked for major airlines and most recently as Sales Manager for Textron Aviation in Zurich, Switzerland.

Rosso began his aviation career on the engineering side of the industry, working with the legendary Alitalia as a product manager and customer support manager. He moved on to become logistics manager with Swiss International Air Lines before taking sales management positions at Jet Aviation and then Textron.

At Textron, he negotiated sales of popular Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker brands, and preowned, upgraded and modified aircraft. He also managed services requiring aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, including avionics upgrades, equipment installations and paint services. He helped develop highly successful sales promotion and marketing strategies.

Rosso is based in Italy and will work in JetHQ’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) international division under President Rebecca Johnson.


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WINGX Global Market Tracker:

Bizjet activity in Europe slowing YOY but US still pushing ahead

  WINGX Global Market Tracker

Just over 400,000 business jet and prop sectors were operated globally in the first 26 days of September 2022, 4% more than the same period in 2021, up 14% compared to three years ago.

Focusing on business jets, activity so far in September is 3% above last year, 19% above three years ago. In the last four weeks activity has been 4% above last year. So far in September, overall passenger airline traffic is 21% behind three years ago, though 13% above the same period in September last year.

Focusing on the top global airlines Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Ryanair, Delta Airlines and United airlines, flights so far this month are 16% above last year, rebounding to less than 1% below comparable 2019.

North America

Business jet activity in North America across the first 26 days of September was 5% above last year, 17% above three years ago. Activity in the last four weeks is 7% above last year, with week 38 up 1% increase compared to week 37 and 5% up on same week last year.

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Flexjet registers its first Gulfstream G650 in Europe

Flexjet has registered its first Gulfstream G650 in Europe, with a second ultra-long-range jet set to join the fleet within the next six months.

Following the success of its Gulfstream G650 programme in the US, Flexjet will now provide its Owners in Europe with the same in ultimate long-range private travel - the first time the iconic aircraft has become available in Europe on a shared ownership programme.

Flexjet G650 Europe Capri LXi divan zone.

Flexjet G650 Europe Capri LXi divan zone.

Offering a maximum range of nearly 11,500km and a top cruise speed of Mach 0.925, the Gulfstream G650 joins a number of Flexjet’s existing super-midsize Embraer Praetor 600 fleet in being registered in Malta and operated by its Maltese operation.

The new fleet arrival was welcomed at Malta Airport on Friday 23rd September, along with a certificate presentation by Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, and Charles Pace, Director General, Civil Aviation Directorate Transport Malta (TM-CAD); to Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro and European Managing Director Marine Eugène.


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Melbourne, Australia:

Bombardier expands worldwide footprint with grand opening of new service centre in Australia

Bombardier has announced the grand opening of its new Melbourne Service Centre at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

The new facility is a testament to Bombardier’s commitment to the Australian market and establishes a key building block in its growing global customer support network.

Melbourne Service Centre at Essendon Fields Airport

At full capacity, the new OEM-operated Melbourne Service Centre will add 65 aerospace jobs in the community, including more than 48 highly skilled technicians and boost Bombardier’s customer service footprint in Asia-Pacific by some 50,000 square feet.

Australia is a key market for Bombardier with more than 80 aircraft in its Australian business fleet. Bombardier is also the OEM with the largest percentage of deliveries in Australia, representing 31% of the market (47% for medium and large business jets).


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ACES High!

Top tales from ACE'22: Kate Sarsfield and Liz Moscrop report.


All you need to know from the show in less than 8 minutes. Join well known business aviation experts Kate Sarsfield and Liz Moscrop as they analyse key themes that emerged from Tuesday’s Air Charter Expo at London Biggin Hill Airport.

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Denver, Colorado:

New hangar ribbon-cutting plus groundbreaking ceremony marks doubleheader event for Sheltair in Colorado

Just a year after breaking ground on its latest hangar development in Denver, Colorado, Sheltair has inaugurated its second large-cabin class-size hangar in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Simultaneously, the company also celebrated the groundbreaking of its new expansion project, which will add three more hangars to its FBO at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) portfolio.

New hangar ribbon-cutting plus groundbreaking ceremony marks doubleheader event for Sheltair in Colorado

Equipped with 28-foot tail-height doors, Sheltair’s newly-completed Hangar B has added 30,240 square feet of hangar space for large-cabin class aircraft, such as G650 and Global Express.


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Bombardier celebrates entry-into-service of Challenger 3500 launch customer aircraft

Bombardier's new award-winning Challenger 3500 business jet, destined for the program’s launch customer, Les Goldberg, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Technology Partners, has entered into service.

Mr. Goldberg, a long-time Bombardier customer, was previously announced as the launch customer for the new super mid-size aircraft at NBAA 2021 and will take ownership of the aircraft later this year.

Bombardier celebrates entry-into-service of Challenger 3500 launch customer aircraft

The latest evolution in the highly successful Challenger lineage, the Challenger 3500 aircraft offers many of the features of the company’s ultra-luxurious Global family as standard equipment, including Bombardier’s stylish and exclusive Nuage seat. The aircraft’s advanced design also prioritizes passenger wellness, with a dramatically lower cabin-pressure altitude that engenders a more pervasive sense of comfort and well-being.


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Guest Article

Five events that changed the aviation industry forever

The long and illustrious history of the aviation industry has been fraught with many trials and tribulations over the years that have tested businesses to their limits and served as a catalyst for change.

The 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

The 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

Here, component supply specialist Artemis Aerospace looks at the events that had a significant impact on the sector and how they have changed aviation forever.

The world’s most significant air crash

Fortunately, air crashes are extremely rare and travelling by aircraft continues to be the world’s safest form of travel. In fact, according to the NTSB, the chances of being on a commercial airline flight that is involved in a fatal accident is around 1 in 20 million, while the chances of dying are a tiny 1 in 3.37 billion.

The emphasis on safety in the aviation industry is paramount - pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers are all highly skilled and dedicated to ensuring passengers remain safe.


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Stans, Switzerland:

Pilatus acquires American sales and service centre Skytech Inc

Founded in 1976, Skytech Inc. is a specialist service provider and aircraft vendor with two locations in the US states of Maryland and South Carolina.

As part of an upcoming succession plan, Pilatus has decided to take over Skytech, and the entire workforce of 120 or so will continue to be employed by the Swiss aircraft manufacturer.

Pilatus acquires American sales and service centre Skytech Inc

Skytech has operated as a Pilatus independent Authorised Sales & Service Centre since 1993. With a successor due to replace co-founder and owner John Foster, Pilatus has decided to acquire its partner of many years.

The business will continue to operate as an independent company with responsibility for servicing and sales of PC-24s and PC-12s on the East Coast, as well as aircraft types from other manufacturers.

The Skytech brand will also remain. The current Skytech CEO, Justin Lazzeri, will lead the company into the future with his team, which includes many long-serving employees.

Both business locations in Rock Hill (South Carolina) and Baltimore (Maryland) are included in the purchase.


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Luxaviation launches new fully integrated customer platform to enable real-time charter travel management

Luxaviation has announced the roll-out of a new fully integrated online management system to facilitate real-time travel management for its customers.

The system has been conceived to provide a single point of contact that enables all Luxaviation Group clients to access one of the most comprehensive customer experience platforms available online.

Luxaviation launches new fully integrated customer platform to enable real-time charter travel management

The Luxaviation customer portal integrates an advanced aircraft specification application, intelligent empty-leg management with social sharing and a seamless booking tool, while providing an innovative hub to view and manage requests, quotes and bookings in real time. All of these features work in a synchronised and seamless way and are now accessible worldwide.

The interactive management system is the result of extensive research into the world's leading airline platforms, in order to provide a tailor-made solution that responds to market needs. This scalable system has been partly developed in-house and can therefore be adjusted instantly to meet emerging trends in the aviation industry.


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Kuala Lumpur:

ExecuJet MRO Services expands capabilities across airframe and engines in Malaysia

ExecuJet MRO Services has added some new capabilities that will ultimately give the company in Malaysia an even greater competitive edge when it comes to providing better turnaround times.

Regional VP Asia at ExecuJet MRO Services, Ivan Lim, says the Malaysian facility at Subang Airport has added zinc-nickel and cadmium electroplating technology to its in-house repertoire.

“We had been using outside vendors to provide this service to our customers, but as Malaysia’s largest business aviation MRO company, having this technology in-house allows ExecuJet to have better control over the workflow for airframe heavy maintenance checks and ultimately provide better turnaround times.” says Lim.

Pratt & Whitney engine successfully removed from fan case.

Pratt & Whitney engine successfully removed from fan case.

Zinc-nickel and cadmium electroplating are important technologies, especially in the aerospace industry. The technology involves applying a smooth, thin layer of cadmium or zinc-nickel to metal airframe parts.

Cadmium and zinc-nickel protect metal against surface corrosion, even in high-salt environments.


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United Kingdom:

Aerocare Aviation Services, under new ownership, bolsters its paint offering

Following its acquisition this summer by Complete Aircraft Group, Aerocare Aviation Services Limited (AASL) has successfully completed a modification of its state-of-the-art paint facility at its Chester, UK headquarters.

The investment forms a key part of its future growth strategy, which involved widening the door aperture to 22 metres, enabling it to address the surge in demand it is receiving to accommodate the repainting of larger aircraft, including the Embraer Legacy 600 and Bombardier Challenger 850.

“Under our new ownership we are making substantial investment in the real estate, equipment and manpower for the aircraft operators and owners we serve,” said Peter Mankelow, Managing Director of AASL.

Unlike other aircraft painting providers in its region, Aerocare Aviation Services Limited has an established Part 145 facility adjacent to its Preparation and Paint facility, providing a full one-stop-shop solution for maintenance, repair, interior refurbishment and modifications.


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Madrid, Spain:

Welojets joins The Air Charter Association

Welojets, a leading private jet charter company based in Madrid, has announced it joined The Air Charter Association (The ACA), the leading worldwide trade association for companies and individuals engaged in aircraft charter business.

It leads industry self-regulation, promoting the best supply chain relationships and its members maintain the highest standards of conduct and professionalism in the aviation market.

Welojets joins The Air Charter Association

Chartering an aircraft requires extensive knowledge to locate the most suitable, legal, and cost-effective solution, while clients recognise the value and security of booking and managing their air charter through ACA accredited members.

For Alfedo Lisdero, Welojets’ cofounder and CEO, “becoming a member of ACA is a huge milestone for our clients and staff, while demonstrating we are committed to continue delivering a superior service to all our globally distributed stakeholders. We envision working alongside ACA to create a safer and more reliable business aviation charter market in Spain and Europe.”


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Dallas, Texas:

Independent Falcon Aircraft Operators Association to host its first annual meeting

The Independent Falcon Aircraft Operators Association (IFAOA), has announced its first annual meeting to be held on November 9th and 10th at Dallas Love Field.

The IFAOA was founded by Dallas-based aviation entrepreneur Sean Lynch to create a community for Falcon aircraft owners and operators. With well over 100 members to date, the IFAOA is focused on sharing experiences and providing resources to keep the fleet operating economically for many years to come. IFAOA members operate Falcon 10s, 20s, 50s, 900s, 2000s and a 7X.


At its first annual meeting, IFAOA will offer a program of technical and social content with a goal of building community.

Presentations include fleet advocacy (maintaining effective dialogue between the manufacturer and vendors who support the aircraft), avionics and Wi-Fi solutions, buying and selling aircraft, ownership and maintenance cost management, paint and interior options, and best practices between operators.

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And Finally

FAA releases vertiport design standards to support the safe integration of AAM aircraft

As part of agency’s work to usher in new era of aviation safely, the Federal Aviation Administration has released new design guidelines for vertiports - infrastructure that will support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft.

The design standards will serve as the initial step to provide key information for airport owners, operators and infrastructure developers to begin development of facilities that will support operations of AAM aircraft that are electrically powered and take-off and land vertically.

FAA releases vertiport design standards to support the safe integration of AAM aircraft

“Our country is stepping into a new era of aviation. These vertiport design standards provide the foundation needed to begin safely building infrastructure in this new era.” said Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta Griffin, P.E.

These Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) operations will transport passengers or cargo at lower altitudes in rural, urban and suburban areas.

The design standards include critical information that designers and builders will need to follow to allow for safe takeoffs and landings.


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