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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 16th November 2017 | Issue #439
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Q3 2017 Aircraft Shipment and Billings

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has published the 2017 third quarter shipment and billings for general aviation aircraft.

General aviation airplane shipments increased by 1.7 percent and rotorcraft shipments increased by 7.7 percent, year-to-date. Airplane billings, however, declined slightly to $13.2bn, a 2.8 percent decrease compared to 2016, while rotorcraft billings increased by 8.8 percent, to $2.7bn.

“The third quarter shipment and billing numbers continue a similar pattern for the industry this year: mixed, with some bright spots that continue trending upward, particularly in the rotorcraft market,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.

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Piper's deliveries and revenue soar in Q3 2017

Piper Aircraft, Inc. has announced its aircraft sales and delivery results for the third quarter of 2017, ending September 30th.

Aircraft sales continued to grow in both the Trainer class and M-class product lines with the flagship M600 and the single engine Archer TX trainer leading the sales expansion for the company.

The flagship Piper M600 single-engine tutboprop.

The company delivered 42 aircraft in Q3 worth $48.6m. The 2017 year to date performance also grew over the same period in 2016 with a nearly $45m or 57% increase. Additionally Piper product deliveries have grown by 19 units, when compared to the same period in 2016, which represents a 24% increase. Piper Archer deliveries continue to expand with 55% more units delivered vs. 2016.

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X receives EASA certification

Bell Helicopter's Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been granted certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“This is a significant milestone for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and I know our customers in Europe are thrilled to hear the news as well,” said Patrick Moulay executive vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Our mission with the Bell 505 was to reclaim the short single light market while honoring the Jet Ranger legacy and the phenomenal customer response is evidence we are on track.”

The Bell 505 has received certification from the civil certification authorities in the United States, Australia, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Argentina and most recently, Japan.

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Embraer introduces 5,800 ft cabin altitude on Legacy 450 and 500

Embraer has announced the enhancement of the flight experience aboard its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 mid-cabin business jets.

The cabin altitude of these two revolutionary aircraft is already considered among the lowest on the market, but the maximum cabin altitude has been further reduced to a best-in-class 5,800 ft (1.768 m).

Legacy 450

“With our focus on value, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are setting new standards for the midsize cabin segments,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.

“These aircraft are beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered, and they will continue to elevate the experience that we provide our customers.”

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Avfuel welcomes Ireland's Westair Aviation to branded network

Avfuel welcomes Westair Aviation (EINN/SNN) to the Avfuel Network of fuelling locations as the premier aircraft management company adds full fuelling and ground-handling services as a US-style FBO operating its own dedicated refueling trucks to its base at Shannon International Airport in County Clare, Ireland.

“We’re excited for Westair as it embarks on this new line of business, and excited that we get to be part of this experience as its chosen fuel supplier,” said Joel Hirst, vice president of sales for Avfuel Corporation.

Though the operation just recently added its FBO business, it’s far from new to aviation services. Westair’s experienced management team has run an upstanding charter and aircraft management operation for 40 years and will continue to utilize that invaluable experience to enhance its services to Avfuel customers at Shannon Airport.

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Honeywell's newest avionics protection plan option stores spare parts where you need them most

Honeywell has launched a new option called consigned inventory management for its maintenance protection program, the Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP).

This feature lets Business and General Aviation aircraft operators store the avionics they need at the repair facilities closest to them, ensuring parts are more readily available. The program’s focus on 24/7 asset availability for operators greatly improves aircraft availability and prevents flight delays or cancellations.

The upgrade is available for any customer using the HAPP or HAPP Gold programs.

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Jet Edge

Greg Johnson

Jet Edge International, a global leader in large-cabin private jet aviation, has named Greg Johnson as its new Senior Vice President of Aircraft Management Sales.

“Adding a senior sales leader such as Greg Johnson will pay immediate dividends and emphasizes our strategic AC Management Sales direction,” says Jet Edge International CEO Bill Papariella.

With more than 15 years of aviation experience, Greg specializes in aircraft acquisition/sales and marketing, beginning his career at Apex Aviation in Napa, California and becoming Vice President, Business Development.

He subsequently served as Vice President of a number of leading aviation firms, most notably ACM Aviation and TWC Aviation. Greg holds a business degree from California Lutheran University.


Maithri Samaradivakara

London Oxford Airport-headquartered flight operations and ground handling services provider, Travion Ltd., has appointed Maithri Samaradivakara as Regional Sales Director.

Maithri joins Travion from Air Culinaire where he developed relationships with operators, brokers and airports/FBO across the world.

Maithri is fluent in both German and Sinhalese and has an extensive multi-cultural background having been brought up and educated in the UK and Germany.


United Arab Emirates

ExecuJet announces major Dubai relocation plan

ExecuJet has announced plans to relocate its entire Dubai FBO and MRO operations to a single facility located at Dubai South’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

Construction of the facility is due to commence in early 2018, with an estimated completion date set for the end of 2019, in time for the start of Dubai Expo 2020. The brand new 25,700m² facility will be ExecuJet’s regional HQ for the Middle East, home to an FBO, MRO services with 13,800m² of on-site hangar floor space, along with associated ExecuJet support services offices.

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United Arab Emirates

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim opens second hangar at Dubai South

Reaffirming its commitment to Dubai South, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation, has opened its second hangar at Dubai South Aviation District.

The opening ceremony held inside the new hangar on Sunday (12th November) was attended by Sheikh’s, senior Dubai government officials, senior management from Dubai South, VVIPs and heads of major aviation companies from across the globe.

The new 7,500sqm hangar more than doubles the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm.

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Jetex to develop FBOs at Muscat and Salalah

Jetex Flight Support and the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) have entered into an agreement for the operation and management of the first-ever FBOs in Oman.

Jetex will develop two new FBOs at Muscat International Airport and Salalah International Airport respectively.

The agreement was signed by Adel Mardini, Jetex CEO & President, and Sheikh Aimen Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, at the Jetex FBO Terminal during the Dubai Airshow. Operating from the airports' general aviation terminals, the newly-furbished FBOs are expected to open soon.

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International Trip Planning

Dr. Adnan Branbo, Chief Executive Officer of iJET.

The essentials of applying for landing permits

hilst the EU Open Sky and Common Aviation Area policies allow Operators in Europe the luxury of operating any flight within the EU without a necessity for prior landing approval,
operating in other parts of the world is not as straightforward.

Operating to the airport of any foreign country requires securing a landing permit from the country’s civil aviation authority. The issuing requirements vary from country to another, based on local regulations, the volume of traffic their airports receive and the type of flight.

We will cover the most basic requirements for obtaining landing permits in this brief primer.

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United Kingdom

Air BP has completed a series of upgrades and enhancements to the fuel system at Land’s End Airport in the UK.

The investment includes the introduction of a 50,000-litre capacity Jet A-1 tank with a 110% concrete bund, a kerbside pump and associated filter units. This new equipment will allow Land’s End Airport to increase its fuel delivery size and improve stock-holding onsite.

(L to R): Chris Pearson, airport manager and senior air traffic controller; Russell Halley general aviation account manager, Air BP and Stuart Reid chief financial officer, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.

Air BP has also supplied the airport with an additional fuel bowser for the busy gig racing period off the Isles of Scilly. The company currently offers two grades of fuel at Land’s End - Jet A-1 and 100LL - and has supported the airport in a relationship dating back to 2005.

Land’s End Airport (LEQ/EGHC) is located close to Penzance in Cornwall and is the most south-westerly airport in mainland Britain. From there, the flight to the Isles of Scilly takes just 15 minutes.


French operator Twin Jet, specialising in 'business classification' routes has unveiled a daily shuttle service departing from Lyon-Saint Exupéry to Zurich Airport.

Twin Jet's 19-seat Beechcraft 1900 is 'christened' on the tarmac.

The company is offering three daily return flights, Monday to Friday, plus one return flight on Sundays with promotional fares from €395 return (incl. taxes). Twin Jet is a partner of Flying Blue, a loyalty programme of the Air France - KLM group. Passengers can accumulate miles on their loyalty cards.

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Hong Kong

Gama Aviation opens its business jet maintenance collaboration

Gama Aviation’s Hong Kong collaboration with China Aircraft Services Ltd. (CASL) opens with fixed price base maintenance packages.

In a formal opening ceremony held at China Aircraft Services Ltd’s (CASL) facility, Gama Aviation Hutchison (Hong Kong) announced the start of its General Sales Agent collaboration with CASL for business jet maintenance services.

The collaboration, of which Gama Aviation has the exclusive permission to sell CASL’s business jet maintenance capability in Asia, has already achieved FAA and Cayman approvals for the Gulfstream G350/450, G500/G550 and G650/650ER types and the Bombardier Global BD-700 series, the primary types operated in the region. Approvals for Bermudan and HK CAD are imminent.

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United Kingdom

TAG Aviation’s Farnborough Maintenance Services Centre (TFMS) will offer Line Maintenance support services from 10th November for its Airbus A320 Corporate Jet series customers who use TAG Farnborough Airport.

A healthy increase in movements of the Airbus Corporate Jet series using TAG Farnborough has been witnessed in recent years, reaffirming the Airport’s success to attract more wide-body aircraft types. The company will be able to provide customers with onsite support, ranging from daily and weekly checks, to undertaking ad hoc troubleshooting.

“With a growing number of ACJs landing at TAG Farnborough Airport, extending our maintenance capabilities in this way is a logical step forward and further complements our already extensive list of supported aircraft types,” said Cyrille Pillet, TFMS Managing Director and VP Maintenance Operations, TAG Aviation Europe.

United States

Premier Jet Center (PJC) has been designated as an authorized Pilatus service center by KCAC Aviation.

PJC can now offer authorized Pilatus support throughout KCAC’s Pilatus aircraft sales territory including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

“Our Minneapolis-based service center provides a talented team that’s excited to begin serving the Pilatus family throughout the territory.,” said Jim Sweeney, President of Premier Jet Center. For Pilatus operators and others, Premier Jet Center is a unique location having the resources to offer a true “one-stop-shop” in support for their aircraft. In addition to being a Pilatus Authorized Service Center, PJC offers aircraft paint and interior services, aircraft detailing, and avionics through a partnership with Duncan Avionics.

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United Kingdom

Bombardier doubles capacity at London Biggin Hill with addition of new hangar

Bombardier's service centre at London Biggin Hill Airport has doubled its capacity with the addition of a new hangar and more than 70 technicians, providing customers in the region with extended maintenance support.

The new hangar will be operational by the end of 2017 and the facility will grow to a total of approximately 115 employees by mid-2018.

With the high demand for OEM services in Europe, the additional hangar will be dedicated to heavy maintenance events, including 96-month and 120-month inspections.

Following the expansion, Bombardier's London Biggin Hill Airport facility will be able to service twice as many aircraft, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, modifications and avionics installations for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.

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GlobeAir reports record Q3 growth

GlobeAir, the leading air taxi operator in Europe with 16 Citation Mustang jets, logged 2,509 flights between July and September this year - more than any other Q3 period in its 10-year history and 4% higher than the same period in 2016.

The UK accounted for 299 of GlobeAir’s departures in Q3 this year, a rise of 33% on last year.

The company attributes its robust growth to three factors: Its focus on providing the highest possible standards of customer service; a significant increase in business aviation traffic and a growing trend to use smaller aircraft to save money.

Analysis of industry data by GlobeAir reveals that in October there were 72,504 business aviation departures in Europe, which is around 8% higher than the same month a year ago.

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United Arab Emirates

Falcon Aviation adds three more Leonardo AW169s to helicopter fleet

Falcon Aviation, the growing Abu Dhabi-based aviation services company, marked its biggest ever presence at the Dubai Airshow, confirming an order for three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters on the opening day.

The new helicopter order is in readiness for the start of a significant new offshore contract from early 2018 and will bolster Falcon Aviation’s fleet of the type to five.

As a pioneer of the AW169 in the Middle East since 2016, Falcon Aviation has successfully logged 500 incident free hours with the popular multi-role Class I Performance medium category helicopter, flying private charters and in fulfilling offshore contract with oil company TOTAL.

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With the Thanksgiving Holiday just a week away, Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, offers some Turkey- based inflight catering ideas . . .

Turkey Season has officially arrived

can say that because today I ate my season’s first round of roasted turkey, southern
cornbread stuffing (called stuffin’ in the south) and gravy for dinner.

And yes, there was a real turkey at the heart of the meal - bones and all. I wish I could say that I prepared it, but honestly I must admit it was purchased.

I was driving past one of my favorite spots to eat; a place that serves less than fancy food, full of fat and calories. (You all have one of those spots you sneak away to on occasion I'm sure).

It looks as if it went out of business years ago. A 'hole in the wall' place without much care taken to make it look welcoming; a place where none of us would go for a special occasion. I'm sure you'd die of horror if you saw my hole in the wall place. It's an old 'mom and pop' style cafeteria where “mom” makes everything - and makes it with love (plus added fat, salt and calories galore!).

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Global first: Green dry ice a win for airlines and the environment

Airline caterer Gate Gourmet has partnered with synthetic dry ice provider, EcoSlice, to test a more environmentally friendly dry ice on board commercial aircraft. The pilot trial is the first of its kind for global commercial aviation.

Developing out of Australia, Gate Gourmet and EcoSlice's green dry ice project received the prestigious Innovation Award in the 2017 New South Wales (NSW) Green Globe Awards.

Gate Gourmet Australia’s Head of Compliance, Mark Naylor said the airline caterer has completed real-time aircraft trials with great success.

“Through partnering with EcoSlice, we’ve been able to test a synthetic dry ice which gives us a better quality of refrigeration than normal dry ice, with less greenhouse emissions.

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United Arab Emirates

ExecuJet’s Dubai FBOs gain IS-BAH accreditation

ExecuJet has announced that its Dubai FBOs, located at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), have gained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage I accreditation.

Ettore Poggi, Group FBO Director, Luxaviation Group, says: “It makes me very proud that our Dubai FBOs have been recognised by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and awarded the IS-BAH accreditation. The accolade demonstrates ExecuJet’s unwavering commitment to service excellence across all aspects of the business. We have exhibited high performance levels in a range of key areas, including safety management, customer care and ground handling. The certification demonstrates our commitment to delivering world class services across our entire FBO network.”

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Spire Aviation Solutions launches IS-BAH auditing services

Spire Aviation Services has officially launched its IS-BAH auditing services and is already working with several FBO’s across Europe and Asia.

Headquartered in Ireland Spire is managed by Caroline O’Connor whose background includes managing FBOs across Ireland, France and Germany.

“Our aim will be to either assist in getting FBOs or Airports ready for an IS-BAH audit or perform the actual audits themselves,” said Caroline, adding, “In my previous roles we were regularly audited by both aircraft operators and aviation organisations which now means I can apply that learning to how we approach an audit ourselves."

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Premium Jet now accepting Bitcoin payments

Swiss charter and management company, Premium Jet, is now accepting charter flight payments in the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

The modern digital payment system allows customers to transact directly and independently with Premium Jet and payments via the Bitcoin system can be made at any time of the day, on weekends or during public holidays.

The first bitcoin-powered flight was recorded in January 2014 when Belgian tech entrepreneur and bitcoin millionaire, Olivier Janssens, flew from Brussels to Nice Cote D'Azur on a flight booked through PrivateFly.

The increasing popularity and the growth of this electronic currency (its value has more than doubled since beginning 2017) makes it an interesting payment option and despite opinions that this might be a bubble, Bitcoin has repeatedly broken records.


The essentials of applying for overflight permits. Dr. Adnan Branbo, Chief Executive Officer of iJET. read

Refurbishment - points to consider. Sean Gillespie, Executive Vice President of leading North American MRO and Completions company, Flying Colours Corp. read

Summer demand tapers but YOY growth still strong European flight activity report from WINGX. read

October flight activity sees growth across the board. US flight activity from ARGUS. Report

The scent of fall is in the air. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering. read

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Air BP builds on 85 years in the Middle East
Air BP participated in the 2017 Dubai Airshow this week, some 85 years since it first set up operations in the region.

With around 100 commercial aviation, general aviation and military customers in the Middle East, the company's operations have grown considerably over recent decades.

One of the Air BP's latest customers in the region is the Emirates Airline Flight Training Academy. Air BP recently won a contract to supply the new Academy with Avgas and fuelled the first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft on 31 October 2017. The Academy, which was developed by Emirates Airline to train beginner pilots, is located near Al Maktoum International Airport and scheduled to open in November 2017.

The company has also recently started supplying fuel to Dubai-based Emirates Airline at São Paulo Guarulhos International and Viracopos Campinas International airports in Brazil. This is in addition to the existing operation at Rio de Janeiro International. read more

Air BP refeulling a VC-10 at Dubai Airport in 1959

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