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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 22nd September 2016 | Issue #384

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United States

NBAA report calls for renewed emphasis on pre-takeoff flight-control checks

The National Business Aviation Association has issued a report, regarding a fatal 2014 Gulfstream G-IV accident at Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, MA, which calls for a renewed emphasis on the importance of compliance with the pre-takeoff flight-control checks required by aircraft manufacturers.

Following the Bedford accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the crew did not perform a flight-control check prior to takeoff, and was therefore unaware that the aircraft’s gust lock was engaged, preventing a successful takeoff. The aircraft was destroyed in the resulting accident, and seven people lost their lives.

The Bedford event prompted the NTSB to recommend that NBAA lead an industry-wide, collaborative study to measure the extent of non-compliance with before-takeoff flight checks. That effort resulted in the report NBAA issued today, titled “Business Aviation Compliance with Manufacturer-Required Flight Control Checks Before Takeoff.”

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August 2016 activity closes summer strong, up 3.0% year over year and 2.0% from July 2016

August business aviation flight activity posted its anticipated month over month increase from July, finishing up 2.0%, according to ARGUS' TRAQPak data published this week.

Results by operational category were mixed for the month, with Part 91 up 4.0%, Part 135 fairly flat at +0.6%, and Fractional activity down 2.3%. The aircraft categories were up month over month across the board. Again, led by large cabin activity. Turboprops also posted a solid 2.3% monthly rise.

Reviewing year over year flight activity (August 2016 vs. August 2015), TRAQPak data indicates that August 2016 posted an increase of 3.0%; topping 250,000 monthly flights for the 2nd time this year. The results by operational category were mixed, with rises in Part 91 & Part 135 and a slight drop in Fractional activity. The aircraft categories were all positive, led by a 6.1% boost for large cabin jets.

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Talon Air joins Signature Select

Talon Air of Farmingdale, New York (FRG) has joined Signature Select as the newest location in the Signature Flight Support network and the first on Long Island.

The addition of Signature Select’s customer benefits to Talon Air will offer convenience and create new value for air travelers and is expected bring more business to Republic Airport.

Maria Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer for Signature Flight Support, commented, “Talon Air has been a long-term customer with its aircraft-charter services and managed fleet of aircraft. Now being a Signature Select affiliate, they are able to offer their clients all of the benefits of Signature’s global network. Signature has a significant presence in the New York market, and we enthusiastically welcome Talon Air to our network.”

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Canada

Bombardier sharpens its customer focus with reorganized leadership team

Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced strategic changes to its leadership team and organizational structure. The changes, which take effect immediately, are designed to optimize functional alignment and strengthen the company's customer experience.

Jean-Christophe Gallagher, formerly Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Innovation, has been named Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience. Mr. Gallagher brings his proven insight and marketing leadership skills to an already strong and highly experienced Customer Services and Support team. He will report to David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Andy Nureddin, a knowledgeable leader and the long-time face of customer support at Bombardier Business Aircraft, has been appointed Vice President, Customer Support and Training, reporting to Mr. Gallagher. Mr. Nureddin will be responsible for all aspects of customer support, including warranty administration, worldwide field support and customer care, technical publications and technical services, as well as the Business Aircraft training centres.

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Hartzell 5-blade Swept Prop popular with 30% of TBM aircraft in less than 3 years

Hartzell Propeller has delivered 230 advanced swept airfoil five-blade props for Daher TBM 700/850/900/930 aircraft, since FAA approval in 2014.

"Hartzell's high performance structural composite propellers are now flying on roughly 30 percent of the entire Daher TBM fleet after less than three years on the market," says Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice President JJ Frigge.

"The reasons are simple. These attractive, high performance propellers perform with shorter takeoff rolls, a better rate -of- climb, better cruise speeds, very smooth rides, a shorter stopping distance, with less noise."

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NBAA to honor Louis Seno with 2016 John P. 'Jack' Doswell Award

The National Business Aviation Association has announced that Louis Seno, chairman emeritus of Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), will receive the John P. “Jack” Doswell Award at the 2016 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in Orlando, FL in November.

“Lou Seno’s lifelong contributions to general aviation are well worthy of our recognition,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His many and diverse efforts on behalf of the industry reflect the legacy of the prestigious Doswell award.”

A founding shareholder of JSSI, Seno also served as the company’s president and CEO. He remains a special advisor to JSSI’s board of directors. Prior to JSSI, he held top management positions with the business aircraft units of Boeing Capital Corp. and GE Capital Solutions.

Seno has also provided more than 25 years of service to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

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FBO

Avflight adds FBO at Monroe Regional Airport

Avflight Corporation has expanded its chain of FBOs by transitioning the sole operation on the field of Monroe Regional Airport (KMLU) - JPS Aviation - to Avflight Monroe on September 15, 2016. This brings the chain’s total to 16 full-service FBOs across North America and Europe.

“Avflight’s acquisition of JPS Aviation is key for our representation in the southern states of the U.S.,” said Carl Muhs, Avflight president.

“The FBO at KMLU has a long-standing tradition of trusted, reliable service - a trust Avflight aims to build upon by providing the expansive resources of a network backed by the experience of more than 20 years in the aviation handling business.”

As experts in acquisition management, Avflight has ensured the transition from JPS to Avflight Monroe will remain seamless for the FBO’s loyal customers, transient traffic and existing staff.

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Jon Platt

BP has announced the appointment of Jon Platt as chief executive of Air BP, the oil company’s global aviation business.

Platt will assume his role on 1 October 2016 taking over from David Gilmour who has successfully led Air BP since 2013.

Platt has been with BP for over 27 years and brings a wealth of experience from previous roles, which include CEO of BP’s global Liquid Petroleum Gas business and CFO for the global Petrochemicals business. He joined BP in 1989 starting as a graduate Chemical Engineer in Refinery & Petrochemicals operations followed by roles in commercial, corporate head office, finance, strategy and business leadership in Europe, US and Asia.

He has previously held roles in BP’s Downstream business as Commercial VP Fuels, Head of Strategy and Portfolio, CEO Global LPG and CFO Petrochemicals.


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Willy Vargas

FlightSafety International announces that Willy Vargas has been promoted to Director, Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is responsible for FlightSafety’s training sales and business development activities in the region.

Willy joined FlightSafety in 2004 and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility since then. He served as Product Marketing Representative for FlightSafety’s Bell Helicopter training programs, and Regional Marketing Manager for South America. Willy was most recently Managing Director, Sales for Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru.

Willy graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business/Spanish, and holds a Master of Science in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds an FAA private pilot license.

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France

Daher celebrates rollout of 800th TBM

Daher has announced the completion of its 800th TBM very fast turboprop business aircraft, which has rolled out from the company’s final assembly line at France’s Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport.

For the 800th TBM rollout, Daher employees involved in the TBM program gathered around the aircraft for a photo before the TBM 930’s departure to the United States, where it will be received by Elliott Aviation in Des Moines, Iowa, which is Daher’s authorized TBM distributor for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. read more


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United Kingdom

To coincide with Women in Aviation International's 'Girls in Aviation Day' on Saturday, we're delighted to introduce

Danni Stoney, First Officer, Luxaviation UK (LEA)

his Saturday (September 24th) marks Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day 2016 - to encourage and inspire young women to pursue their aviation dreams. As a
pilot at Luxaviation UK (LEA), I’m delighted to be able to support the event.

I became a pilot thanks to my parents. They didn’t know what to get me for my 15th birthday, so they got me a flying lesson! After that, I was hooked and gained my Private Pilot’s Licence aged 17. At that time I was the youngest pilot in Ireland and the second youngest female pilot in Great Britain.

I am very proud to be able to say that I got a Student Pilot of the Year award when I was 17, and the Royal Air Force Flying Excellence Award when I was 22, but the most satisfying thing was flying my parents on the Phenom 300 from Ireland to England and being able to show them what I had achieved since that first flight.



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Review

Eastwood Got It Right With Sully

Robert Mark, Commercial Pilot and Publisher of JetWhine.com, gives a resounding thumbs-up to 'Sully' - the untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson.

ost pilots tend to take airplane movies with a grain of salt because they’re usually riddled with mistakes or enough exaggerations to quickly make us nuts.

Remember big snoozers like Tuskeegee Airmen, Flight or Pearl Harbor? Of course, there have been a few outstanding films over the years like 12 O’Clock High and the Battle of Britain. But the good ones are few in number.

When Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” began the other night, I was hoping one of my favorite directors might get this one right. 90 minutes later, I left the theatre believing that anyone, with even the tiniest interest in aviation, would walk away feeling their money was well spent. Eastwood got it right.

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China

IBA identifies strong commitment from Chinese investors but advises caution

As the aviation industry descends on Tianjin for this week’s China Air Finance Development Summit, IBA (International Bureau of Aviation) a leading aviation advisory firm, asserts that despite increasing volatility in the global aviation market, Chinese investors remain committed to additional investments.

But, IBA cautions, monitoring should be increased in order to avoid financial shock when assets are returned.

IBA, which supports a variety of Chinese entities on their investments across leasing, acquisition and integration strategies, says that despite signs that global lease rates are softening and airlines in numerous developing destinations are experiencing tightening margins, their findings indicate that Chinese investors’ commitment remains firm. read more


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United Kingdom

Daher delivers first UK-based TBM 930

Daher has announced the delivery of a new TBM 930 to the first U.K.-based customer of this latest TBM very fast turboprop aircraft version, which also marks the initial TBM 930 sale by Flying Smart - the newly-appointed TBM Authorized Distributor for the U.K. and Ireland.

The TBM 930’s customer is Attila Balogh, an established American businessman in the United Kingdom, and who is the CEO of Partner in Pet Food (PPF), a leading company in the European pet food market. PPF, which has experienced dynamic growth in recent years, operates nine pet food factories in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Netherlands - serving 35 countries, mostly in Europe. read more


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Switzerland

The specialist aircraft painting facility at RUAG Aviation in Munich has successfully delivered a fully repainted Gulfstream aircraft.

The owner chose to refresh the exterior surface as the aircraft had already accrued several years of service. “Over the years, aircraft begin to show the effects of environmental influences such as weather patterns , varying temperatures, and abrasive atmospheric elements. The topcoat ages as well, eventually taking on a dull, matt appearance, while erosion and corrosion also work against it,” explains Reinhard Imhoff, Sales Manager Exterior Services, RUAG Aviation.

In fact, industry painting specialists advise the occasional full stripping of an aircraft’s surface as it actually works to ensure durability and prolonged value. The process allows the maintenance team a complete view of the bare metal surface. “From time to time, it is important to conduct a visual inspection of the surface. Technical specialists look for findings which remain unseen under layers of paint and topcoat,” adds Imhoff.


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Interiors

European Aviation has delivered a second A340 aircraft to a customer, the second in less than a year.

The unusual aircraft has been converted by European at its facility in Bournemouth, UK, and consists of 100 electric lie-flat seats in a 6 abreast configuration and two 4-seat divans. The Aircraft has also been fitted with a Wi-Fi entertainment system which allows all occupants to access films and music via their own hand held devices or by units handed out by the crew. The aircraft enters commercial service later this month and will be available for charter.

European has now delivered two A340 aircraft within the last year and the latest completion was done in 4 months. The company has a number of B737 aircraft which it owns and leases in an all-executive configuration. “Once again we have produced a wonderful aircraft in record time and this demonstrates what a great innovative team we have at European” commented Managing Director Trevor Whetter. (www.euroav.com)


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Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Business Jet Charter Report

With its emerging economies and an ever increasing high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) population growth, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing a corresponding growth in interest in business jet charter.

Consequently, Asian Sky Group (ASG) saw the need for a comprehensive report on business jet charter in this region. The result is ASG’s first annual Asia-Pacific Business Jet Charter Report.

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Nigeria

EAN Aviation restores FBO radio frequency

EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based business aviation services company has confirmed it has reactivated its FBO radio frequency.

The base radio, which is located at EAN’s FBO in Lagos was badly damaged in a torrential rainstorm last winter and since then EAN have been working tirelessly to restore connectivity. EAN’s dedicated channel frequency 129.475 MHz was re-booted on 29th August 2016 and following subsequent checks EAN Aviation clients are being advised of its fully functional status. read more


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United Kingdom

BACA calls for an urgent decision on UK runway capacity

BACA has added its voice to the ever increasing number of industry leaders that are calling on the UK government to make a decision regarding a new runway in the South East.

Many organisations have published data regarding the level of trade that the UK is losing as runway capacity becomes increasingly constrained at major airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick.

At the end of 2015 BACA commissioned a survey of its members by the respected analysts WingX. Based on the figures from that survey BACA estimates that a restriction of just 5% on the activities of its members will have an impact of Eur 210 million per annum of potential lost revenue. Another recent study published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates that the Government's continued failure to get on with building a new runway in the South East is preventing £9.5bn of international trade deals every year.

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51 North acquire Gloucestershire Airport based Executive Aviation Services

51 North, a nine year-old private jet management company, based at Farnborough Airport, formally announced this week that it has acquired long established management and charter operator Executive Aviation Services, ushering in a new era for the two family-run and managed businesses.

The move brings together the worldwide and AOC expertise of the two companies.

The partnership coincides with EAS’s 21st anniversary later this month and comes ahead of an imminent new fleet addition, adding to the existing fleet which ranges from a Gulfstream G550 to Citation Bravos and an Airbus Helicopters’ EC155B.

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Thailand

Luxaviation signs strategic partnership with Darwin Aviation

The Luxaviation Group, the second largest corporate aircraft operator in the world, has signed a strategic partnership with Darwin Aviation, a Thailand-registered aviation brokerages company, to expand its charter operator and aircraft management business in south-east Asia.

Tom Kunsch, Managing Director of Luxaviation Asia, signed the agreement with Darwin Yang who is both Chairman of Darwin Aviation, as well as President of ASEAN-China Commerce Association. The signing ceremony was held at the ASEAN-China Commerce Association’s 3rd Anniversary Gala Dinner, in the Grand Ballroom of Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, on 17 August 2016.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering reports on last week's

European Cabin Service Conference

he Second Annual European Cabin Crew Conference is now in the history books.

It was a great success and plans are already starting for next year’s conference. The European Cabin Crew committee and dedicated staff of EBAA presented an exciting conference filled with an interactive and hands-on line-up of programs on safety, security, service and culinary.

This year marked an expansion in the agenda from 1 day to 1½ days . . . and numerous requests for adding even more programs next year. The conference was supported by the attendance of Fabio Gamba, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association and the newly appointed Chairman of the Board of the European Business Aviation Association, Juergen Wiese. Their presence was an eye-opening experience as they witnessed all of the duties and responsibilities of the cabin crew members. The ability to jump from service to emergency, from creating hospitality to dealing with special diets and allergens, to being all things to all passengers and crew on board.

EBAA CEO, Fabio Gamba

Safety and Security

The agenda included a presentation which focused on our personal situational awareness for security and safety as we travel the world. Statistics show that there are more terrorists attacks at airports than other places and therefore it is more likely that our crews might encounter an active threat situation. They have to constantly be on alert for the abnormal occurrences in peoples' behavior and in their surroundings. We were introduced to recognizing an active threat, what action to take and how to survive an attack.

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Germany

World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo 2017

Building on the significant success of last year’s event, 2017 will see Passenger Experience Week return to Hamburg, Germany.

Comprising three events in one destination - the Passenger Experience Conference, WTCE and Aircraft Interiors Expo - the week will define the future of the global passenger experience industry. The week will commence with the Conference, held on Monday 3rd April in a new venue, moving from the Congress Centre to the Hamburg Messe Hall A4 Upper. The change of venue brings the Passenger Experience Week under one roof and offers an exciting opportunity for further networking and debate at the leading global conference.

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United Kingdom

Jet Exchange embarks on American adventure

Luton Airport-based Jet Exchange has secured a series of approvals permitting trans-Atlantic travel for discerning clients.

The jet management and charter business has secured approval from the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Authority to conduct commercial operations. Additionally, it has also been granted Approved Carrier status from the US Department of Homeland Security, easing entry into the USA for passengers holding a passport from a participating country in the US Visa Waiver Program.

The approval means that passengers from participating countries, flying on Jet Exchange’s Challenger 604, only require a valid passport and ESTA for entry. The aircraft is configured to sleep up to five passengers under high quality linens, making it particularly well-suited for overnight journeys.

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Czech Republic

CEPA EXPO 2016: JAA workshops and presentations look to the Future of Business Aviation

The organisers of CEPA EXPO have created a program of forward looking and visionary presentations for their 2016 event.

Featuring a series of educational workshops organised by the JAA Training Organisation, CEPA EXPO 2016 promises to deliver a highly educational series of workshop presentations enabling delegates to be fully informed on the latest regulations and the implications for the future. The workshops will review recent developments in EASA regulations, certification and documents required for seamless operation throughout Europe.

Another aspect of CEPA EXPO 2016 is that this year the program has been extended to three days to include a brand-new career day. The purpose of the career day is to bring together delegates and young professionals and students from the most prestigious universities of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This combination of future focused presentations ensures that CEPA EXPO 2016 will deliver a comprehensive review of current and future trends in business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Air Charter Expo wins new Industry support
ACE16, London Biggin Hill Airport.
Formerly known as BGAD, the first year under the new branding as Air Charter Expo proved that the concept of bringing together the role of the air charter broker with business aircraft owners and operators is a successful formula.

More than 700 visitors attended the one-day expo staged in the 55,000 sq ft Terminal hangar at London Biggin Hill Airport. 50 exhibitors filled the exhibition area with trade stands in a new and improved layout. Aircraft on display that were new to the event included Bombardier’s Global 5000, Embraer’s Legacy 500, Pilatus PC12, and Cessna Citation M2. The rotary wing line-up included the Leonardo AW139, Eurocopter AS355 Squirrel and Bell 407GXP.

Zenith Aviation announced the addition of two new Learjet 75 aircraft to their charter fleet: “We are delighted to be working with Bombardier and welcoming the Learjet into our fleet - the Learjet brand is synonomous with our facility at London Biggin Hill” said Stuart Mulholland, Zenith’s Managing Director.

A series of technical briefings were introduced by Adams Aviation Supply Company, an initiative that was well received by visitors.

Robert Walters, Business Development Director at Biggin Hill said that the event exemplarised the benefits and values of combining in a one-day event aircraft owners and operators with charter brokers and their clients. “ACE16 brought a highly representative cross-section of the business aviation industry together with the specialist charter market and we are grateful to Mark Ranger and his EBAN team for their organisation” he said.



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