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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th August 2022 | Issue #665

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Washington DC:

Latest tax, regulatory changes detailed in NBAA’s Personal Use of Business Aircraft Handbook

The National Business Aviation Association has released a comprehensive update to its Personal Use of Business Aircraft Handbook, which provides valuable tax and regulatory compliance strategies when a company makes an aircraft available for non-business use.

“Employee security concerns and ongoing pandemic-related travel changes may lead companies to occasionally make business aircraft available to employees for non-business use,” noted Scott O’Brien, NBAA senior director for public policy and advocacy.

Personal use of business aircraft is a complex policy area, governed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The NBAA Personal Use of Business Aircraft Handbook - a members-only resource - summarizes these tax rules for company reporting purposes and for governing the calculation of a company’s nondeductible expenses under the entertainment disallowance. The handbook also covers tax deduction rules for sole proprietors and employee-provided flights.

“The Personal Use Handbook helps companies, chief financial officers, advisors and legal representatives to navigate this challenging regulatory environment,” explained O’Brien. “This is an important resource for flight department personnel who often work with their company’s tax department and outside counsel to assist in the recordkeeping and classification of flights.”


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Oshkosh, Wisconsin:

New Owner-Pilot Coalition establishes key priorities

The National Business Aviation Association has unveiled five game-changing priorities that will drive the organization’s newly established Owner Pilot Association Coalition’s (NBAA OPAC’s) mission to tackle top concerns for business aviators.

The NBAA OPAC’s new imperatives were greeted with excitement and enthusiasm by owner-pilot group leaders.

“I’m excited to work together to address our shared challenges,” said Malibu Owners and Pilots Association Executive Director Jenna Reid. “Thank you to NBAA for bringing us together and vastly expanding our resources for owner operators.”

The Cirrus Vision Pilots and Owners leader Dale Huffstetler agreed, adding: “NBAA’s Owner Pilot Association Coalition has the ability to build one strength upon another. Industry wide issues often affect pilots of all aircraft types. Learning from each other and tackling those issues together will be a great benefit.”

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United States:

Freedom II successfully receives certification for All-VIP B757-200, setting the aircraft ready for charter

ACC Aviation's all-VIP Boeing B757-200, is ready to commence charter work, newly certified by the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and on the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) of Freedom II.

ACC Aviation is the aircraft’s dedicated sales and marketing agent, providing direct access to this VIP 62-seater for ad hoc and charter programs.

The B757 is one of Boeing’s most popular airframes, boasting impressive range and uplift capabilities, cruising speeds, and category-leading cabin comfort. This unique 62-seat configuration bridges the gap between private charter and scheduled services, providing a flexible transport solution for larger groups.

ACC all-VIP B757-200

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With the upcoming autumn season, including touring programs, substantial MICE travel, and the FIFA World Cup, the aircraft will provide much needed capacity for group travelling.

Phil Mathews, CEO of ACC Aviation, commented: “We are thrilled for Freedom II to have this unique aircraft on its AOC. With high demand for private jets and large commercial aircraft, there could not be a better time to bring this aircraft back to the market, and we are excited to see first enquiries coming through.”

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Los Angeles, California:

Clay Lacy completes 10th Garmin G1000 NXi upgrade on Embraer Phenom

Clay Lacy Aviation recently completed its 10th installation of the Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite on an Embraer Phenom 100 at their FAA Part 145 Repair Station at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY).

“This milestone demonstrates the range of our continuously expanding capabilities in supporting Embraer owners and operators,” said Eddy Diaz, Avionics Manager at Clay Lacy. “The G1000 NXi configuration is the result of Garmin continuously upgrading its systems with an even more user friendly and intuitive interface improving situational awareness and capabilities."

The Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite in an Embraer Phenom

The Garmin G1000 NXi avionics suite in an Embraer Phenom.

“The G1000 NXi flight deck offers a host of leading-edge capabilities to help pilots fly safer and reach their destinations easier,” said Dan Lind, Senior Director Aviation Sales and Marketing for Garmin. “From enhanced guidance in visual flight conditions to SurfaceWatch runway monitoring technology, the G1000 NXi is a comprehensive upgrade for any operator."

Garmin recently delivered its 25,000th integrated flight deck since launching the G1000 avionics suite in 2003.

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Embraer delivered 32 jets in the second quarter of 2022, of which 21 were executive jets (12 light and nine large) and 11 were commercial.

As of June 30, the company has delivered a total of 46 aircraft (29 executive and 17 commercial).

  2Q22 2022
Phenom 100 2 3
Phenom 300 10 15
Praetor 500 5 6
Praetor 600 4 6

The firm order backlog ended 2Q22 at US$17.8bn, the highest level since 2Q18, driven by new sales of aircraft and services, an increase of 12% when compared to the US$15.9bn recorded in the same period in 2021.

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Jonathan Frey

Jonathan Frey

ASQS GmbH, a leading global provider of integrated aviation safety, quality and risk management software, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Frey as Director Sales Americas.

With the opening of its subsidiary ASQS Safety and Quality Solutions Inc. in the Canadian aviation and technology hub Calgary, aviation safety specialist ASQS launched its foray into the North American market in 2021. To drive growth in the Americas and gain a foothold in the North American market in particular, the sales team has now been strengthened with Jonathan Frey.

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having spent several years in sales, project- and key account management. Most recently, he served for two and a half years as Director Business Development APAC, where he was responsible for the company's positioning and sales generation in the region, successfully leading its Bangkok office and team.

In his role as Director Sales Americas, he will be responsible for all sales activities in the Americas and will work with the marketing department to drive regional marketing activities.

MAAS Aviation

Malachy McEnroe

Malachy McEnroe

MAAS Aviation, recognised experts in aircraft painting and exterior coatings, has announced the appointment of Malachy McEnroe as Chief Financial Officer.

An experienced international CFO and board member, McEnroe has worked in finance and business for over 25 years, most recently in the international logistics equipment leasing sector. He has extensive experience in growing international businesses, spearheading transformation and has contributed to impressive value creation. As part of the company’s C-Suite Team and a board member, Malachy’s role at MAAS will focus on supporting the business growth strategy and future investments, while driving day-to-day financial and operational improvements.

McEnroe has held senior finance roles at both GE and HNA and completed seven years at TIP Trailer Services as global CFO. He has also served as a non-executive director at German-based international modular construction specialist, Cadolto GmbH.

McEnroe will be based between MAAS’ facilities in the Netherlands and Dublin but plans to have a strong presence at all of the Group’s operational facilities in Lithuania, Germany, and Alabama, USA. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Accounting from University College Dublin.

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WINGX Global Market Tracker

Record-breaking for July but signs of inflexion as North America dips

  WINGX Global Market Tracker

July 2022 was the busiest month of July on record for business jet flights operated globally, and the 6th busiest month overall, according to WINGX`s weekly Global Market Tracker Globalublished today.

But it was only the 5th busiest month so far this year, and just 2.5% busier in terms of sectors operated compared to July last year, up 1.7% if turboprop activity included. Week 30, ending on the last day of the month, was 2% up on week 30 last year, down 1% vs week 29 this year.

For the year so far, business jet demand looks very strong, up 22% on same period 2021, up 82% on comparable 2020 and up 21% on pre-pandemic Jan-July 2019. As a comparison, top 5 busiest commercial airlines (Southwest Airlines, United Express, American Airlines, Ryanair, Delta Airlines), flew 12% more flights in July 2022 than July 2021, 6% below activity levels in July 2019.

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Connecting You Now

Flying Alert for Flying Freedom

By Nick Cook, Director of Flight Deck Services Satcom Direct.

  Nick Cook

Space debris is not a subject that is frequently discussed in business aviation, yet the likelihood of foreign object debris hitting an aircraft is possible, although slim.

Scientists estimate that chances of being struck are around one in a trillion, but the amount of space flotsam making its way back to earth is growing.

Flying Alert for Flying Freedom

In the last six months, we have seen at least five incidents of falling space debris. As recently as May this year, debris from a rocket launched by the Russian Space Agency fell into the Pacific Ocean, with common flight routes in the North Pacific Ocean affected. Space rubbish appears to be the latest addition to the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) portfolio.

FOD damage can occur when any type of debris strikes or is sucked into an aircraft’s engines, and at altitude can be fatal.


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Turks and Caicos Islands:

Atlantic Aviation adds second FBO in the Caribbean

Atlantic Aviation has expanded its FBO footprint in the Caribbean sands with the closing of its acquisition of Blue Heron Aviation at Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The purchase of Blue Heron’s facilities at PLS expands Atlantic Aviation’s presence in the region, as it also serves business aviation clients in George Town (GCM) and Cayman Brac (CYB), Cayman Islands.

Atlantic Aviation adds second FBO in the Caribbean

The newly acquired base in Turks and Caicos offers Atlantic Aviation’s customers a wide range of services for aircraft, crews, and passengers – including fueling and ground handling, 12 acres of unobstructed ramp space, a 6,800 square foot terminal with office space and crew lounge, and an onsite conference room. For additional customer convenience, Immigration and Customs personnel are onsite at the FBO as well.


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Farnborough, UK:

Farnborough Airport appoints design & build contractors for new £55m hangar

Farnborough Airport has appointed contractors McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth for the design and construction of its new £55m 175,000 sq. ft state of the art and sustainably designed hangar development, Domus III

Farnborough Airport appoints design & build contractors for new £55m hangar

Farnborough Airport has been working closely with McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth to create a plan that will increase hangar space by over 70%, whilst complementing the Airport’s existing award-winning facilities.

The large project was conceived in response to the growing demand for premium hangar space with a design that accommodates the growing presence of the next generation of business jets.


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Bizav Newsreel

Iron Maiden still performing for us after 5 years

The biggest mistake most people make is NOT capturing a critical moment.

While a strong professionally shot branded presence is vital, sometimes - as was the case with UK Aviation Minister Robert Courts last week - capturing the moment is incredibly valuable.

Iron Maiden still performing for us after 5 years

This video shot on an iPhone 6 years ago is still driving traffic to our YouTube channel because of its high view count.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:

Universal Aviation adds two more Dominican Republic Locations

Santiago & Santo Domingo - Las Américas join growing global network.

Universal Aviation, the global ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has added two more Dominican Republic locations at Las Américas in Santo Domingo (MDSD) and Cibao International Airport (MDST) in Santiago.

Universal Aviation adds two more Dominican Republic Locations

Universal Aviation Dominican Republic - Santo Domingo - Las Américas and Santiago join the network’s current offices in Puerto Plata (MDPP), Samaná (MDCY), Santo Domingo - La Isabela (MDJB), La Romana (MDLR), and Punta Cana (MDCP), giving the network seven locations in the Dominican Republic and 27 total in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“The Dominican Republic continues to see record traffic and has become one of the most popular leisure destinations in the world for business aviation,” said Danilo Rosario Jiménez, Director, Universal Aviation - Dominican Republic. “Las Américas and Cibao are the country’s second and third-busiest airports respectively and traffic volumes are projected to continue to the upward trend that started before the pandemic."

Universal expands to Spain’s Balearic Islands with new location in Menorca

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United Kingdom:

Vertical Aerospace’s all-electric flying demonstrator, the VX4, assembled and delivered from GKN Aerospace’s Global Technology Centre in Bristol

GKN Aerospace has reached an important milestone in its partnership with Vertical Aerospace, a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero emissions aviation, by delivering the electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) and integration expertise for Vertical’s first flying prototype of the VX4 all-electric demonstrator aircraft.

Vertical Aerospace’s all-electric flying demonstrator, the VX4

The VX4 is leveraging GKN Aerospace’s multi-technology expertise and its global footprint, with EWIS delivered from Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. Airframe assembly and EWIS installation was also completed at GKN Aerospace’s brand-new Global Technology Centre in Bristol [include when], integrating various parts delivered by the global supply chain.


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Luxaviation surpasses 1,000 enquiries per day for summer charter

Luxaviation is gearing up for the busy summer period, receiving more than 1,000 enquiries to its charter office, based in the UK on several days in July 2022 from new and current clients.

In June and July 2022, Luxaviation has been inundated with private charter requests to popular summer destinations including islands around the Mediterranean, mainland Greece, Portugal and Spain. In June and July, the number of enquiries has been between 800 and 1,050 per day. In April and May 2022, Luxaviation’s UK charter office was receiving up to 400 enquiries a day.

George Galanopoulos, CEO, Luxaviation UK and head of charter sales Europe for the Luxaviation Group, says: “Incoming enquiries are off the scale, we’ve never experienced such a busy period. This is partly due to post-pandemic new users choosing to fly privately and safely, but also new users who want to avoid the current airport and airline chaos of delays and cancellations.

Luxaviation surpasses 1,000 enquiries per day for summer charter

“Typically, we are seeing extended families who regularly fly with us, now travelling with an additional two or three families, enabling them to help spread the cost, travel safely and avoid lengthy queues at airports."


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Saint-Cloud, France:

FalconEye certified for Falcon 8X

The FAA and EASA have approved use of Dassault’s advanced dual head-up display known as FalconEye, on the company’s Falcon 8X very long range trijet, adding to the aircraft’s industry-leading low visibility operations capability

The dual HUD configuration will ultimately permit an EFVS-to-land capability in near zero-zero conditions, pending new EASA regulations.

FalconEye certified for Falcon 8X

“The bottom line is that this approval results in enhanced safety and more capability for Falcons equipped with Dassault’s industry-first FalconEye technology,” said Carlos Brana, Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft at Dassault Aviation.

Dassault Aviation has been an undisputed leader in the development of HUD technology. In 2016, Dassault introduced FalconEye, the first head-up display (HUD) system to combine synthetic, database-driven terrain mapping and actual thermal and low-light camera images.

Today, single HUD-equipped aircraft with FalconEye can fly non-precision approaches to 100 feet.


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Stuttgart, Germany:

Grand Opening of DC Aviation's spacious new hangar at Munich / Oberpfaffenhofen Airport

DC Aviation presented its new hangar at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport in a ceremonial atmosphere last Wednesday.

At an exclusive reception, approximately 130 invited guests were able to visit the 400-square-meter VIP lounge with its state-of-the-art conference room and spacious crew area.

A special highlight was a half-hour flight over the region aboard the Zeppelin NT, the most advanced and largest airship in the world.

After an official welcome by Michael Kuhn, CEO of the DC Aviation Group, and Professor Dr. Christian Juckenack, representative of Air Tech Campus Oberpfaffenhofen, the curtain fell away to reveal the 6,000-square-meter aircraft hangar.

In cooperation with the AeroVisto Group, Airbus Corporate Jets, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Collins Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, and Leonardo Helicopters, DC Aviation presented an interactive exhibition of business jets, helicopters, and much more.



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United Kingdom:

Falcon gains industry first post-Brexit UK CAA approval with Aerodynamics Academy

The Falcon Flight Training Academy - part of Falcon Group - has become the first UK Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in the post-Brexit era to gain UK CAA approval to operate in Europe.

It will work in partnership with Spanish flight school Aerodynamics Academy, delivering UK commercial pilot training courses from the company’s satellite base in Malaga.

Falcon and Aerodynamics Academy will work together to offer comprehensive flight training, from ab-initio through to commercial licences and instructor ratings.

Headquartered at London Biggin Hill Airport, Falcon Group’s 45 years in the industry has seen it grow into a full-service general aviation operation, with a fleet of 40 Piper aircraft, Approved and Declared Training Organisations and its own MRO facility. With the new UK CAA approved site, Falcon and Aerodynamics Academy will work together to offer comprehensive flight training, from ab initio through to commercial licences and instructor ratings.

Anoop Singh Bamrah FRAeS, Director at Falcon Group, says:

“The world watches as airlines are faced with an ever-growing demand for airline crew. This strategic partnership of two, long-established organisations will fill this gap in the market, offering students both EASA and UK CAA qualifications - all under the Spanish sun. The Aerodynamics facility is world-class and further enhances our commitment to delivering the highest standards into aviation service provision.”


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Dubai, UAE:

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has seen a surge in requests for private jets to Doha as football fever kicks in ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

To accommodate the huge volume of requests and to make travel more convenient, DCAF will make available aircraft ranging from the very light and affordable 4-seater Cessna Citation Mustang to the light jet 8-seater Pilatus PC-12, the midsize jet 9-seater Bombardier Challenger 604. In addition, DCAF will also be able to offer a 10-seater Falcon 2000 as well as large-size cabin aircraft.

Holger Ostheimer

Holger Ostheimer.

“We have seen a sharp increase in enquiries for the later stages of the tournament from the first week of December until the finals which take place on December 18 at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Stadium.

We are closely monitoring the level of enquiries and are well prepared with our offering,” said Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim.

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Women in Aviation International

WAI Launches 8th Annual Girls in Aviation Day

Chapters and Corporate Members to host events worldwide.

Thousands of girls, ages 8-17, around the world on September 24 will be able to experience the 8th Annual Girls in Aviation Day in their local communities through unique events hosted by Women in Aviation International (WAI) Chapters and Corporate Members.

Already nearly 50 events are planned for airports, FBOs, museums, hangars across the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Girls will be introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting female role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun and educational activities ranging from a sectional chart scavenger hunt, to exploring the Moon and Mars exploration sites, to learning about aircraft engines and avionics with maintenance technicians.

Full details: https://www.wai.org/giad##


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And Finally

J&C Aero produces Greece Men's National Basketball Team livery for Aegean Airlines

J&C Aero, an international aviation design and production company, has recently completed a special-purpose aircraft branding project for the flag carrier of Greece Aegean Airlines that dedicated one of its brand-new Airbus Α320neo to the men’s national basketball team and their journey in Eurobasket 2022.

Originally designed by Ogilvy Greece, the Aegean’s exclusive livery depicts some of the top male players of the Hellenic basketball team. J&C Aero designers tailored the artwork for the air carrier’s Airbus A320neo and developed EASA 21J modification documentation. Using the aviation 3M external aircraft graphic film, J&C Aero produced the external livery at its main production facilities in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Following the production, the livery was delivered to Aegean Airlines' main technical base at Athens International Airport (ATH) where J&C Aero’s team installed the special-purpose decorative livery on the aircraft’s fuselage.

J&C Aero produces Greece Men's National Basketball Team livery for Aegean Airlines

“Being huge fans of basketball ourselves, this was an extremely exciting project for us. Naturally, it had its challenges, particularly considering the importance of producing a flawless livery for a national airline that carries a national team to a major sports event in Europe. But everything went smoothly, both Aegean Airlines and the Hellenic Basketball Federation were pleased with the outcome, and we were happy to contribute to the promotion of Greek athletes,” commented COO Vitalijus Malyška.   J&C Aero

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