GAMA statement on President Trump's 2018
The General Aviation Manufacturers
Association issued a statement in
response to President Trump’s Fiscal
Year 2018 budget proposal on shifting
the air traffic control function of the
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to
an independent, non-governmental
"Removing the U.S. air traffic control
system from the FAA could create
negative impacts for aviation safety,
rural and small communities, national
security, and air traffic control
modernization as well as for other
important regulatory reform efforts.
"The FAA air traffic control system is
the safest, most efficient, largest, and
most complex in the world. To a degree
not found in other countries, the
economic health and vitality of numerous
businesses and communities, small and
large, depend on the U.S. aviation
system. We must not weaken this strong
Embraer Legacy 450 sets speed records
between California and Hawaii with
Embraer’s Legacy 450 mid-light business
jet set speed records on its recent
flights between California and Hawaii,
according to the National Aeronautic
The Hawaii trip was a first for both the
aircraft and the passengers from
Calgary-based AirSprint, which operates
Canada’s largest fractional aircraft
fleet and was the Canadian launch
customer for the Legacy 450.
The customer demonstration trip with
Embraer crew departed from Oakland to
Maui with two pilots, four passengers
and 300 lb (136 kg) of baggage, and
returned to San Francisco.
Meridian acquires new hangar at
Meridian, the award-winning private
aviation company headquartered at
Teterboro Airport, is pleased to
announce that it has expanded its
footprint with the acquisition of the
former AIG hangar at the south end of
The impeccably maintained facility sits
on approximately two acres and includes
a 22,000 sq. ft. hangar as well as
11,500 sq. ft. of office and support
Officially known as Meridian Hangar 107,
the building is a welcome addition to
the Meridian campus, providing the extra
space and resources needed to support
its bustling fuel, maintenance, and
Meridian’s main facility is located at
485 Industrial Avenue, which includes a
40,000 sq. ft. hangar and a 30,000 sq.
Priester Aviation expands with new King
Air 250 in Boston
Priester Aviation, LLC has announced its
expansion into the Boston market with
the addition of a brand new, Wi-Fi
enabled, King Air 250 to its global
fleet of over 65 aircraft.
The world-class Beechcraft King Air 250
is available for immediate on-demand
addition of the new King Air 250, our
expanded Northeast service delivers
greater efficiency to our clients,” said
president and CEO for Priester.
ease of our on-demand private travel
allows for greater freedom with the
simplicity of Priester’s pay-as-you- ly
model - giving you ultimate flexibility
and control over your schedule.”
Stratajet adds Paragon Network FBOs to
online booking platform
Stratajet is significantly expanding the
network of fixed based operators
available to its customers through an
agreement with Paragon Aviation Group.
Building on a successful start to 2017,
following the company’s launch in the
United States, Stratajet has reinforced
its aim to revolutionise the private jet
industry by joining forces with the
The deal will see Stratajet clients
given the control of choosing from a
distinguished group of carefully
selected independent FBOs as part of
their private jet booking.
The only platform
that allows its customers to search for and compare accurate
availability and costs of private jets in real-time and book
instantly, Stratajet is using sophisticated technology to give
private jet fliers complete freedom over their entire booking.
Supreme Court: NBAA challenges
incorrect IRS application of federal excise tax
The National Business Aviation
Association this week filed an amicus
brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to
review a Fifth Circuit decision on the
IRS’s incorrect assessment of federal
excise tax (FET) on management fees paid
to fractional aircraft providers.
In the 2016 decision, the Fifth Circuit
upheld a ruling that monthly management
fees charged by FlexJet, once owned by
Bombardier Aerospace, were subject to
When Bombardier last year appealed the
Fifth Circuit’s decision, asking the
full court of appeals to reconsider
siding with the IRS, NBAA filed an
amicus brief supporting the company. The
Fifth Circuit denied that request, and
Bombardier is asking the Supreme Court
to hear the case.
NBAA’s amicus brief now, as then, argues
the IRS never provided precise guidance
to fractional programs on the
application of FET to aircraft
NBAA welcomes Congressman's inquiries
about FAA's SMO settlement agreement
The National Business Aviation
Association has thanked Rep. Ralph
Abraham (R-5-LA) for his letter to
federal officials expressing "deep
concern" about the unprecedented
settlement between the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and the city of
Santa Monica, CA over the future of
Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO),
and asked that the agencies provide the
rationale behind it.
The letter was sent to U.S. Department
of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine
Chao and FAA Administrator Michael
Under terms of the settlement agreement
announced in late January, the FAA will
permit city officials to reduce the
length of SMO's sole runway from 4,973
feet to 3,500 feet - restricting access
for many turbine-powered aircraft -
while requiring the city to operate the
historic airfield only through Dec. 31,
Swissport International Ltd., the
world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation
industry, has announced the appointment of Luzius Wirth to CEO Swissport UK &
Ireland as of 1 June 2017.
He will remain in his additional
role as EVP Group Services and will continue to report directly to Eric Born,
Group President & CEO Swissport International Ltd.
Luzius Wirth joined Swissport in
2012 and has since taken up various prominent leadership roles within the group
and since 2014 he has held responsibility for Swissport’s Group Services.
June 2017, his new tasks will include a focus on further developing and
expanding the regional organization, as well as driving customer-orientation and
sustainable growth across the UK and Ireland.
PC-12 NG officially world's best-selling turboprop in 2016
Delivery of 91 PC-12 NG single
engine turboprops in 2016 make it officially the top-selling turbine-powered
business aircraft in the world.
91 aircraft delivered to customers around the world in 2016, the PC-12 NG
outpaced sales of all other individual models of turbine-powered business
aircraft. In mid-2017, Pilatus will deliver the 1,500th PC-12.
Associated Air Center redelivers 21st Airbus VVIP
22nd Head of State
Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero's
Large Transport Category VIP Completions Center, has completed the company's
21st Airbus completion project with the redelivery of an ACJ 320 aircraft.
In addition to this milestone, this redelivery
also represents the company’s 22nd total completion - including both Boeing and
Airbus wide body and narrow body aircraft programs - for Head of State Customers
around the globe. The recent ACJ320 program was for a Middle
Eastern Head of State customer and the aircraft was redelivered from AAC’s
Dallas Love Field facilities on March 9.
Luxaviation UK welcomes Athens-based Challenger 604 to fleet
Luxaviation UK, the UK’s largest
private jet charter operator, is welcoming a Bombardier Challenger 604 to its
fleet, available for charter from April 2017.
Challenger 604 (G-MOCL) will be based at Athens International Airport with a
full-time crew, allowing for last-minute charter requests. Purchased by an
existing Luxaviation UK customer for private and charter use, it will be
available for charter without the owner’s release. The aircraft was fitted with
new interiors and exteriors in 2015.
Dassault has claimed compensation
from Safran for delays to the Silvercrest engine, which has impacted the
airframer’s 5X programme. Elsewhere, the manufacturer has produced a new video
showing its 3D virtual reality training on Falcons.
Gogo Business Aviation
has received STC approval from the FAA for its Gogo Biz 4G system.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, says that a resurgence is coming in business
jet activity following the release of the company’s latest monthly Business
Aviation Monitor and Honeywell
has launched its new Premier Channel Partner Program which aims to establish
relationships with MRO providers and incentivise them to offer the best possible
service to business jet operators.
Also this week,
CEO of BBGA, discusses whether the industry is too 'pale, male and stale',
following comments at the Association's recent AGM.
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integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on EC635 for NATO DVE flight
RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot
assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on
behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent NATO-sponsored trials.
The goal of the international
trials cited technology-testing for enhancing safety during helicopter
operations in limited visibility environments.
at Älggialp, Switzerland, the NATO trials focused on Degraded Visual
Environments (DVE) caused specifically by snow, or whiteout conditions.
Embraer lands in the Silicon Valley with
sights on disruptive innovation
Embraer is forming innovation teams in
Silicon Valley and in Boston with the
objective of exploring business
opportunities in the future of air
The team will seek partnerships that
enable new business models and
technologies, with particular focus on
collaboration with startups, investors,
academia, and corporations. Operations
will begin this month.
Staff at Air Partner plc,
the global aviation services group headquartered
in Gatwick, have participated in various fundraising activities since February
2016, raising £8534 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
CFO at Air Partner, said: “We were thrilled to raise this amount of money for
Macmillan Cancer Support. In addition to benefitting such a worthwhile cause,
organising these charity events is a really good way of bringing our employees
together. I took part in RideLondon last year and had a fantastic time cycling
from London to Surrey alongside my colleagues. I hope we can get even more
people to take part with us this year!”
Aero Expo Panama
Yvan Boniface, organizer of Aero
Expo Panama Pacifico, has announced the preliminary program for the event,
including speakers, topics, exhibitors and official suppliers.
Aero Expo Panama Pacifico (AEPP) will be held at the Panama Pacifico
International Airport from April 20-21, 2017, and will include a diverse slate
of exhibitors and attendees from the Americas and Caribbean.
How safe is Europe's
Pilots call on decision
makers to stop spreading
Under this - slightly provocative -
question Members of the European
Parliament, researchers and pilots
gathered on Tuesday (22 March) for a
breakfast debate in the Parliament.
Hosted by MEPs Agnes Jongerius (S&D) and
Georges Bach (EPP), they examined the
key findings of the recent ‘Safety
Culture in European Aviation’ study by
the London School of Economics (LSE) and
Pilots called on decision makers to stop
spreading “alternative truths” and
instead recognise that not all airlines
honour the same safety culture
principles and that some business and
employment models could be detrimental
to aviation safety.
Emirates A380 flips Challenger 604
upside down in freak mid-air incident
Wake turbulence from an Emirates A380
jetliner sent a Challenger 604 business
jet - flying 1,000ft beneath it - into
an uncontrolled roll, flipping it upside
down three times [possibly five] and causing
it to plummet thousands of feet.
The incident, reported this week by
The Aviation Herald, occurred over
the Arabian Sea on January 7th.
The Emirates Airbus A380-800 was at
FL350, 630nm southeast of Muscat and
about 820nm northwest of the Maldives -
en route from Dubai to Sydney - when the
business jet passed underneath in
the opposite direction.
Oasis of calm at London City
Airline passengers travelling from
London City Airport can now share in the
'private jet experience'.
The airport's new Business Lounge, which
opened on Monday (20 March), offers a
premium customer experience for all
passengers at a reasonable cost of £35
Housed in a newly transformed area of
the airport’s Private Jet Centre and
accessible from the main terminal via a
private taxi shuttle, the Lounge offers
a discreet, quiet atmosphere with
complimentary cold food, snacks, and
The stylish interior surroundings are
designed with comfort and convenience in
mind, with hand-made furniture, a flat
screen TV, and charging points. Free
hi-speed Wi-Fi, ensures passengers can
catch up on emails and stay connected
before they depart to one of the 45
destinations served by London City
to Crepes, Paula
founder and President
of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
has it all wrapped up!
Bundles of Yum
but I love
receiving a wondrous gift that you can't guess until you take the first bite. You bite, chew a
bit, and then then you take a moment to look at what that bundled beauty contains as it tingles your taste buds.
As my mouth salivates over the thought, I have to say
that these little bundles are great for aircraft . . . already portion- controlled and easily placed and presented on a plate. When prepared correctly, they have a burst of flavor that explodes in your mouth. The variable textures as you crunch into these bundles are perfect to stimulate every needed sensation to excite your flavor detectives.
These assorted wrapped goodies are perfect for those who love the tangible food thoughts and for those who are connoisseurs of quick alternatives, as I tend to be. Let’s take a look at some new ideas for either passenger or flight crew meals. There is so much more to offer
than the old standbys of turkey and cheese sandwiches or the proverbial garden vegetable basket
- or even the infamous cookie and brownie trays.
TAG Aviation Spain receives renewal of
Wyvern Wingman Operator status
TAG Aviation Spain has successfully
received renewed accreditation to the
Wyvern Wingman safety program following
a rigorous on-site safety audit
conducted by Wyvern.
The Madrid-based based operating Centre
also recently strengthened its
dedication to safety excellence by
achieving the International Standard for
Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO)
Stage 1 certification from the
International Business Aviation Council
(IBAC) which certifies the highest
standards of safety, security and
efficiency in business aircraft
The Wyvern Wingman standard is globally
acknowledged as the industry’s benchmark
in aviation safety and reflects a
commitment to current aviation best
practices and the highest level of
safety and protocol.
Jet Aviation receives Hong Kong Civil
Aviation Department approval for G650
Jet Aviation recently received approval
from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation
Department (CAD) to support Gulfstream
G650 aircraft with line and base
Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in
Hong Kong is an approved Gulfstream
Factory Authorized Warranty Service
Center for G450/G550/G650 aircraft. With
this approval, it is authorized to
provide line and base maintenance to
Gulfstream G650 aircraft registered in
the People’s Republic of China (PRC),
Macau and Hong Kong.
is to provide required business aviation
services as close to demand as
managing director at Jet Aviation Hong
Kong. “We are delighted to expand our
maintenance capabilities to extend
support to all owners and operators of
G650 aircraft in the region.”
FlightSafety now offers G650
training at Farnborough
FlightSafety International announces the
start of the only factory-authorized
Gulfstream G650 training program located
close to operators in Europe, the Middle
East, and surrounding regions.
The training is provided using the fifth
Gulfstream G650 simulator built by
FlightSafety. It is installed at the
company’s Learning Center located at the
Farnborough airport in the United
Kingdom and is now qualified to Level D
by the FAA and EASA.
“Gulfstream and FlightSafety work
closely to ensure the simulator reflects
the exact flying and operating
characteristics of the Gulfstream G650
aircraft now and in the future,” said
Executive Vice President, Commercial.
“As the only factory-authorized training
provider for the G650, our training
materials meet Gulfstream’s highest
standards and include the latest
aircraft configuration updates and
Pilots needed near you! (and other things you'd like to know about your Captain) With demand for air travel
increasing, and the pipeline of commercial pilots dwindling, today’s cockpit
captains are sitting comfortably when it comes to their job security, according
to new research by PrivateFly.
New research on Northern Lights will improve
satellite navigation accuracy
salutes Europe’s approval of expanded commercial air transport operations for
single- ngine turboprop aircraft
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