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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 27th April 2017 | Issue #414
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United States

FAA and Aireon announce space-based ADS-B NextGen technology flight test success

Three AireonSM payloads receive 2,462 FAA Test Aircraft ADS-B messages in the Washington / New York Flight Information Region.

Aireon and the Federal Aviation Administration have announced a successful flight test of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, collecting ADS-B data to be used as part of a larger validation effort exploring the new system’s capability from low-earth orbit.

The flight took place on Thursday, March 30, 2017, utilizing the FAA’s specially equipped “flying laboratory” Bombardier jet with three AireonSM payloads available to receive data. A total of 2,462 ADS-B messages were received and decoded providing comparable data to that of terrestrial ADS-B stations.

The flight test was highly choreographed and precisely located and timed within the Washington and New York Flight Information Regions (FIRs) to help provide validation of the capabilities of the Aireon system.

Made possible by the FAA’s NextGen program, the coordinated flight test involved trials of 125 watt top and bottom-mounted antennas on the FAA’s “flying laboratory” jet known as N47. The aircraft is specially retrofitted with highly calibrated antennas, flight-data test equipment and recorders.

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GAMA hosts Part 23 rule rewrite training sessions

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has hosted the first in a series of training sessions about the United States government’s Part 23 rule rewrite at the Boeing facility in Seattle, Wash.

In December 2016, the FAA announced sweeping changes to the rules, which take effect in August. The new rules for the design of small airplanes apply to aircraft that weigh less than 19,000 pounds with 19 or fewer seats.

GAMA is hosting the training sessions at locations throughout the U.S. to offer interested aviation community members an opportunity to learn about the new design environment of the rules. The new rules will allow manufacturers and suppliers of products and technologies for small airplanes to develop and deliver innovative products to their customers more quickly and better leverage new technologies.

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Pentastar obtains STC for Honeywell LCD cockpit screen upgrade

Honeywell-authorized dealer, Pentastar Aviation, has been awarded an Approved Model List (AML) STC for certification of Honeywell’s DU-875 flight deck display upgrade on Global Express airframes.

The DU-875 is a form-fit plug-n-play LCD upgrade that will replace the soon-to-be-obsolete CRT DU-870 CRT displays found in older aircraft. Honeywell plans to discontinue product support and repair on the DU-870 displays in the near future.

Pentastar’s AML STC eliminates the need for modifications to the cockpit, and requires no changes to the existing aircraft wiring or additional pilot training, which ensures limited aircraft downtime. The AML will be expanded to include the following airframes also equipped with Honeywell DU-870 displays: Citation X, Citation Bravo (550 model), Citation Ultra/Encore/Excel (560 model), Falcon 900C/EX, which will be completed later this year.

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Developments underway at Tacoma Narrows Aviation (KTIW)

With the renovation of its 13,000 square foot hangar complete, Tacoma Narrows Aviation looks forward to the opening of its new executive terminal, to be completed this fall.

The renovated hangar - built in the 1960s - now features new exterior and interior siding, lighting, windows, electrical, insulation, and a fire suppression system, and has space available for both long-term and short-term rental.

The executive terminal building under construction includes an attached 6,000 square foot hangar bringing the operation’s total hangar capacity up to about 30,000 square feet. The new hangar will be able to better accommodate transient traffic up to a mid-size jet with a 78 x 24 foot door. Tacoma Narrows Aviation is now pre-leasing its hangar space, offering a fuel discount for its renters.

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Latitude 33 Aviation, LLC, a San Diego-based private air charter operator, has achieved the prestigious ARGUS Platinum Rating, which places it in the upper five percent of over 1,000 U.S. based charter operators.

The Platinum Rating is the highest level of the ARGUS Ratings and is awarded only to those air charter operators who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance.

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J. P. Martins Aviação named TBM Authorized Distributor for Daher in Brazil

Daher has announced the appointment of J. P. Martins Aviação as its exclusive TBM Authorized Distributor for Brazil.

The company has marketing and sales responsibility for the TBM 910 and TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft, as well as providing parts and technical support for TBM aircraft currently operating in Brazil.

J. P. Martins Aviação is based at São Paulo’s Campo de Marte Airport, with bases in the cities of Goiânia and Londrina. The company was created in 1965 by Jeremias de Paula Martins - a figure in Brazilian general aviation - for aircraft sales, subsequently developing activities in parts distribution and maintenance.

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Vietnam shows interest in acquiring Russian helicopters

A delegation from the Ministry of Public Security of the Republic of Vietnam paid a working visit to Russian Helicopters' Kazan Plant in Tatarsan recently to discuss the question of shipment of civilian helicopters to the Republic.

The Ansat and the MI-15V-5 attracted special attention from the delegation during the two-day visit, which included demonstration flights and an inspection of the assembly facilities.

"The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is one of our promising partners and possesses large operating experience in the field of aviation technology," said Alexander Shcherbinin, Deputy CEO for marketing and business development of the Russian Helicopters holding. "During more than half a century of cooperation we have shipped over 50 helicopters to Vietnam, including Mi-4, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi17-1В, Mi-171Е, and Mi-172.

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Jet Aviation


David Best

Jet Aviation has announced the appointment of David Best as head of its Global Business Development department.

Best is based in Palm Beach, FL, reporting directly to Johannes Turzer, Senior Vice President of Strategic Global Growth.

Best joins the company from Claymore Hill Advisory LLC based in Orlando, FL, a global aviation and business advisory consultancy of which he was the founder and principal. Prior to returning to the U.S. in 2015, David was President of BBA Aviation Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, and previously served as Signature Flight Support Chief Commercial Officer in the USA. He also served as Signature’s Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he grew the business to 23 FBOs in Europe.

He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom, where he earned his MBA and is a member of the Institute of Directors.



Rachel Runner

FlightSafety International has promoted Rachel Runner to the position of Assistant Manager at the company’s Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Rachel joined FlightSafety in 2008 as Assistant to the Director of Quality Management Systems for Cessna aircraft training programs, rising to her most recent position as Director of Quality Management Systems.

She earned an Associate of Science degree in Applied Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management from Kansas State University. Rachel also graduated from Embry-Riddle University with a Master of Business Administration in Aviation.  Rachel holds Private Pilot and Advanced Instructor certificates and is an active member of Women in Aviation International where she recently served as Membership Chair of the Wichita Chapter.


United States

Embraer enters innovation partnership with Uber Elevate Network

Embraer has announced an agreement with Uber to explore the concept of an ecosystem - dubbed Uber Elevate Network - that will allow the potential development and deployment of small electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) for short urban commutes.

Uber's vizualisation of what its Uber Elevate network could look like in Dubai.

The announcement was made in Dallas, Texas, in the opening session of the Uber Elevate Summit. This preliminary partnership is a project generated by the Embraer Business Innovation Center, the new initiative based in Melbourne, Florida, with outposts in Silicon Valley and Boston, which was announced last month when the company revealed its intent to promote air transportation innovations.

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RUAG and Piaggio complete first retrofit landing gear upgrade on a Piaggio P180 Avanti II

RUAG Aviation and Piaggio Aerospace have successfully completed the very first installation in retrofit of a Magnaghi landing gear upgrade on a customer Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft.

The new upgrade replaces the aircraft’s existing landing gear with the landing gear from Magnaghi which incorporates a digitally controlled steering system. This is the same landing gear system as fitted to the Avanti EVO. Benefits include reduced pilot workload, improved ground handling and substantially lower maintenance costs.

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Air travel defies global challenges

The latest global overview of air travel has shown that passengers from Europe, the Americas and the Far East, are making more bookings and taking more flights, despite recent terrorist attacks and on-going geo-political wrangles.

That's according to ForwardKeys which predicts future patterns by analysing 16 million booking transactions a day:

  • Canada is the new star destination in North America.
  • Europe is recovering from last year’s terrorist attacks - arrivals growth is back on track.
  • Political events can have a major impact on the tourism industry: the Chinese turn their backs on South Korea, and explore ASEAN countries instead.
  • The BRIC countries are back: Brazil and Russia lead the growth. Thailand benefits.

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This week . . .

At ABACE, Comlux announced it is growing its backlog after signing two new major refurbishment projects with repeat customers based in Asia. The projects, which involve a Global 6000 and a BBJ, will take place performed at the Comlux facility in Indianapolis.


Lufthansa Technik showcased the final version of its VIP cabin design for the A319 alongside Mercedes-Benz Style. The design is centred around a dynamic spiral layout. And at Sun N’ Fun in Orlando, Cirrus announced that it plans to ramp up production of its Vision SF50 aircraft with the aim of delivering up to 50 of the aircraft by the end of 2017.

This week's interview is with Alexandria Colindres, Director of Business Development for the Registry of Aruba.

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RUAG streamlines engine shop

RUAG's engine shop in Stans, Switzerland, has reopened its doors following more than four months of renovations and a full 'lean' redesign and refit.

The shop’s upgrade is the culmination of a wider project that examined all aspects of operations at the facility - from workstation ergonomics and processes, to training, planning and documentation - to identify areas where there was potential for greater efficiency.

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Elbit to develop a Combined Vision System integrated into primary flight display for commercial aviation

Elbit Systems is offering a Combined Vision System (CVS) for primary flight displays, including both video feed from the Company’s certified ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS) product line and from the Synthetic Vision System (SVS).

The system allows intuitive flight visualization in degraded weather conditions.

The CVS application blends SVS, real-time video and symbology, providing a 3D perspective view of the topography, including stationary objects such as airports, airport runways and helipads.

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United Arab Emirates

Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP Heliport at Dubai South, Al Maktoum

Falcon Aviation, the UAE’s leading business aviation services, charter and aircraft management Company, is bolstering its service offering at its new Dubai South VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC), with an inauguration of a new VIP Heliport.

The Heliport will be run and managed by Falcon Aviation personnel and will be available to all operators, corporates and private individuals arriving with their business jets at the Dubai South VIP Terminal. Demand is expected especially from customers arriving from all over the GCC, India and the Far East.

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Colibri's continuing success prompts further expansion in Europe Recruitment drive underway.

Specialist brokers, Colibri Aircraft, have seen a significant increase in the number of  their transactions involving European buyers.

In the last 16 months, Colibri has brokered aircraft to more European buyers than in the previous four years combined. Due to the success of the company's current European offices, they will be expanding into more European countries.

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United Kingdom

UK pilots’ association says pilots do a great job but wouldn't necessarily recommend it

As pilots around the globe marked World Pilots’ Day yesterday (26th April), the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) is highlighting the hard work and dedication of pilots facing the challenges of modern-day aviation.

A survey of 810 BALPA members found that while 98% pilots are proud of their role only 61% would now recommend it as a career.

Separately, pilots have told BALPA that exhausting hours, diminishing benefits, huge training debts and airlines trying to cut costs have vastly changed the realities of a pilot’s job.

They are expecting this summer to be busier than ever and they're feeling the effect of controversial new European rules that were introduced in February 2016.

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Trump's planned UK laptop ban will 'disincentivise businesses to travel', says charter firm

Following news this week that President Trump is considering a laptop ban on flights to the US from the UK and other major European countries, Mark Jenkinson, director of bespoke air charter firm, Hunt and Palmer, voices concern that it could have a deeply negative impact on the international business community.

“A broadening of the laptop ban away from select high-threat countries has the potential to both hinder business and hit the airlines bottom line, as execs decide they cannot afford a day of time flying to the US without such a crucial business tool.

"For businesspeople who fly regularly, not being able to have a laptop or tablet onboard when travelling to the US could wipe out an entire billable day. It’s a big cost and a cost that the major commercial airlines could ultimately be set to pay.

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The Netherlands

StandardAero’s European Service Center receives EASA and FAA certifications for HTF7000 engine MRO services

StandardAero's European Service Center (ESC), located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, has received EASA and FAA certifications for Honeywell HTF7000 turbofan MRO services and is now authorized to support business aviation operators within the EMEA region.

In March of 2016, StandardAero was authorized by Honeywell Aerospace as the industry’s only independent MRO heavy maintenance provider for the Honeywell HTF7000 family of turbofan engines.

Subsequently, the company was also authorized to provide HTF7000 minor and line maintenance services for European business aviation operators from its ESC.

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Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.

The Incredible Edible Egg

here's been an ad campaign here in the United States for many years which carries
the slogan: 'The Incredible Edible Egg'.

For some reason this rhyme sticks with me. I must admit that I hum it in the same rhythm as they use in the ad while I create a menu item whose main ingredient is the “incredible edible egg” such as omelets, breakfast sandwiches, burritos; basically anything breakfast. Dr. Seuss has written books that talk about green eggs and ham; " I can, I can, yes green eggs and ham."

The “incredible edible egg” has a very minimal cost, high in protein for such a versatile food (One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants, all for 70 calories). Yes, it is one the top 8 most common allergens and we always need to consider this when planning menus for service on board the aircraft.

The egg is one item that is so versatile it can be elegantly presented as an appetizer or as simple as a scrambled egg.

I thought it would be fun to explore some of helpful information about cooking eggs on board as your primary protein.

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Jet Aviation installing ProLine 21 Advanced cockpit upgrade in Challengers

Jet Aviation is preparing cockpit avionics systems in older Challenger 605s and 300s for new communications and navigation upgrades that will improve transoceanic flights and meet upcoming FAA requirements.

The ProLine 21 Advanced cockpit communications upgrade from Rockwell Collins is the only one compatible with systems in older Challenger 605s and 300s to meet the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements that go into effect in 2020. The upgrade is standard on newer Challenger 605s and 300s, which do not need the change to conform to the ADS-B requirements.

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United Kingdom

London Oxford Airport welcomes new tenant ‘hullo Aircrew’

Tech start-up aims to revolutionise working lives of freelance pilots and flight attendants from Europe’s foremost centre for professional pilot training.

London Oxford Airport has welcomed a new tenant, hullo Aircrew, which recently moved in opposite the OxfordJet FBO.

Run by CEO Keiron Blay and COO Steve Payne - both former Hangar8 and Gama Aviation executives - the business centres on a revolutionary new platform which aims to empower pilots and flight attendants by connecting them with operators (for flying work) through a native app, as well as offering a whole range of additional discounted Member Services.

The app, currently being tested with a group of pilots ahead of a scheduled final release at EBACE, acts as a ‘one stop shop’ with the capacity to handle all the paperwork and invoicing involved with securing a new job.

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Operating leases set to take off in Asian private jet market

Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for corporate aircraft, expects demand for operating leases for the purchase of mid to heavy private jets to become increasingly popular in Asia over the next three years.

Compared to other markets, a much smaller percentage of business aircraft purchases in Asia involve leases. However, in the past few months Global Jet Capital has seen a significant increase in enquiries from the region, and it believes this is primarily down to the growing interest in operating leases.

Violet Kwek, Sales Director, Greater China and North Asia at Global Jet Capital, said: “The purchase prices of mid to large private jets are in the mid to high eight figures, and this can have a significant impact on a prospective owner’s balance sheet, their available working capital and lines of credit with existing lenders.

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New video chronicles WAI’s 28th Annual International Conference

Women in Aviation International has released a short video documenting all the activity at its 28th Annual International Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in March 2017.

With a theme of Connect. Engage. Inspire., this year’s conference hosted more than 4,500 participants.

“We’re thrilled that this video accurately captures the spirit and diversity of our conference which is like no other in aviation,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “For those who have never attended one of our conferences, the video will show what they’ve been missing.”

Of particular note in this year’s conference were a roster of speakers, an all-day Girls in Aviation Day event for local Girl Scouts, and the launch of WAI’s campaign for member motivation and inclusion called “I am WAI.” The video shows interviews from a WASP to a mechanic to a young professional and others as well as a visit to the exhibit hall which this year included 165 companies and organizations.


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