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.
The company has decided to broadly
propel innovation through a Global
Business Center, which is being
established in Melbourne, Florida. The
American city is already home to an
industrial, engineering and service
unit, connecting directly to the United
States' advanced innovation outposts.
Additionally, it will be connected to
and directly participate with the
company's engineering departments, in
São José dos Campos, Brazil.
International acquires Air Medical of San Antonio
As part of its continuing
growth strategy, AirMed International has acquired San Antonio-based Air
Medical, the largest fixed wing air medical transport company in Texas.
Air Medical's fleet of three
jets and two King Air turboprops, equipped for critical care transports, is
located at San Antonio International Airport. Those aircraft will join AirMed's
fleet, including Beechjet, Cessna Citation, Hawker and Learjet aircraft along
with more than 20 King Airs, located at nearly 30 bases.
President Denise Treadwell
and Air Medical Chairman Joe
acquisition will allow AirMed International to serve growing requirements for
critical care transport as we meet the needs of healthcare in the Texas region
and enhance support for area military medical transports," said AirMed President
"The compassionate, dedicated and experienced Air Medical team that Chairman
has built is quite compatible with our professional medical and flight teams."
Spirit Aeronautics and Global Aerospace Design
team for B737 ADS-B solution
Spirit Aeronautics and
Global Aerospace Design Corporation are teaming to provide both commercial and
business Boeing 737 operators with ADS-B capabilities.
“Our goal is to provide
Boeing 737 customers with a low cost but compliant ADS-B solution that is
reliable and effective”, said Tony
Bailey, President & COO. “Teaming with
Global is a no-brainer relationship that can accomplish that and more. Global’s
expertise and abilities complement our own making us an incredible team with the
ability to put together a Boeing 737 ADS-B solution that is second to none.”
“Global is excited about
where this partnership with Spirit will take our company,” said
Vice President of Business Development at Global. "Both organizations employ
complementary resources within the commercial and business aviation industries
and by combining our resources we are able to maximize the reach of our
Hollingshead Aviation: the
new name for Smyrna Air Center (KMQY)
As Jeff Hollingshead settles
in to his new role as president of the FBO previously known as Smyrna Air Center,
the FBO ramps up changes to settle for nothing less than excellence, starting
with its new name: Hollingshead Aviation.
“When I took over the FBO, I
immediately recognized its value as an alternative to congested city traffic and
its potential to provide premier services to GA traffic in the greater Nashville
area,” said Hollingshead. “As Hollingshead Aviation, we’re raising the bar of
our services, from ground handling to customer needs and everywhere in between.”
Located at Smyrna Airport,
Hollingshead Aviation lands guests approximately 30 minutes from Nashville’s
downtown with quick access to a major highway. This serves guests with a
convenient location to fly in for exceptional services without the hassle of
big-city congested airspace.
welcomes Temple Airport (KTPL) serving central Texas
Avfuel Corporation welcomes Temple
Airport (Draughon-Miller Central Texas
Regional Airport) to its network of 650+
branded fueling locations. With the
partnership, Temple Airport now offers
the Network’s popular loyalty program:
addition of Temple Airport to our
branded fueling locations adds great
value to the Avfuel Network,” said
Avfuel’s vice president of sales west.
“It’s an upstanding location that’s
dedicated to serving the vast array of
aviation segments our industry has to
offer with friendly service, and just
the kind of location our loyal flight
departments are looking for in the heart
Known for its staff’s can-do attitude,
clear blue skies and soft landings, the
airport is conveniently situated in
central Texas near Austin, Waco, Dallas
and Fort Hood. Its location draws in
regular traffic for big business,
medivac and military aircraft.
general aviation facility, the airport
is precious to the community, supporting
the stability of central Texas’ economy
Direct and Astronics AeroSat ink distribution deal on connectivity system
FliteStream tail mount
connectivity system first to provide both live TV and high-speed internet on
bizjets from a single antenna.
Direct has announced its agreement with Astronics AeroSat to sell the
FliteStream T-Series tail mount connectivity system through SD’s global dealer
The first of its kind in the
business aviation market, the FlightStream T-Series solution employs the
Panasonic Avionics global communications network to enable business jet
passengers to watch live television and use the internet simultaneously through
a single antenna.
“At SD, we have a holistic
approach to the connected aircraft through innovation and targeted investment,”
said Jim Jensen,
Satcom Direct chairman. “Our industry-leading products and services address the
increasingly complex needs of flight departments, aircraft owners and operators
to keep the aircraft and passengers synched with ground operations and business
commitments over secure networks. This agreement with Astronics AeroSat will
help us advance our vision of delivering the most innovative and effective
solutions to the business aviation marketplace.”
Embraer delivered 43 executive jets
(25 light/18 large) and 32 commercial
jets in the 4th Quarter of 2016.
The Company ended 2016 with
a total of 117 executive (73 light / 44 large) jet deliveries and 108
commercial, both meeting their respective Guidance for 2016.
Revenues in 4Q16 reached US$
2,027.8m and in 2016 were US$ 6,217.5m, slightly above the Company’s 2016
Revenue Guidance range of US$ 5.8 to US$ 6.2bn.
Annika Abraham is being promoted to
Managing Director, EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia) of Avinode, the
leading technology and data partner for the business air charter industry.
Abraham, who has worked at
Avinode for six years as Chief Financial Officer, will now oversee the
commercial, sales, product and data teams across the EMEAA region. Driving
strategy, revenue and technology development across all departments, she will be
responsible for the Avinode Marketplace and associated market intelligence
products in the EMEAA region. Abraham will also drive regional product strategy
and delivery of Avinode’s sales management system TripManager.
Prior to Avinode, Abraham
previously worked in financial roles at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Nordea and Volvo
salutes Europe’s approval of expanded commercial air transport operations for
single-engine turboprop aircraft
The European Union’s
approval of Commercial Air Transport operations for single-engine turboprop
aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and at night has been
welcomed by Daher, whose TBM very fast turboprop family is increasingly utilized
worldwide on such flights.
Daher's TBM very fast
turboprop family is increasingly utilized worldwide on CAT operations.
When the new regulations
become effective on March 22, operators will have expanded opportunities to
deploy single-engine turboprop aircraft on charters, corporate services and in
other missions - benefitting from their efficiency and speed.
launches full integration with Avinode TripManager and SchedAero to help drive
growth for brokers and operators
PayNode, the world’s first
payment platform created specifically for business aviation, is now being fully
integrated across all Avinode Group systems, making it even easier for charter
brokers and operators to work efficiently, take on more business and be paid
Users of the Avinode
TripManager broker sales management system and SchedAero flight operations
system will now be able to create PayNode payment requests automatically in just
a few clicks within their current workflow, ready for emailing to the customer.
Flight test complete for new Transition to
Hover feature in AS332 helicopter
More opportunity for
Successful integration and
testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the
AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter.
As part of a new software
change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to
Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR
operations, where the helicopter must be brought to a position to allow for
This week's highlights include:
The first flight of the final Pilatus
PC-24 prototype; New helicopters
unveiled at Heli Expo by Bell
Citation Sovereign +
and the Citation Latitude
are granted steep approach certification and
talks about about a free training initiative.
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Jet Aviation performs its first BBJ
Split Scimitar Winglets retrofit in Basel
maintenance facility in Basel has successfully concluded its first retrofit
installation of Split Scimitar Winglets (SSWs) on a BBJ1.
Split Scimitar Winglets technology
is unique in that it builds on the existing Blended Winglet design to provide a
range increase of more than two percent, further providing a striking new
appearance without increasing the wing span. The retrofit relies on a patented
design from Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) that involves adding a new
Scimitar-tipped large Ventral Strake, reinforcing the internal wing and winglet
structure, and replacing the winglet tips with new aerodynamically shaped
Vision Systems to unveil second generation
Electronically Dimmable Window and latest smart interactive window at AIX 17
Following the establishment
last September of Smart Lite - a new division devoted to the design, production
and commercialization of electronically dimmable solutions - Vision Systems will
be presenting its latest innovations at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in
Hamburg, Germany, April 4-6th.
The products are: Nuance V2,
the new generation of Electronically Dimmable Window (EDW), and Acti-Vision
Window, the smart interactive window shortlisted at the Crystal Cabin Award
under the name of Smart-Info Window.
located at the Orlando Melbourne
International Airport, has received the FAA's Gold Award of Excellence.
The Aviation Maintenance
Technicians (AMT) awards programme was developed by the FAA to encourage
technicians and employers to receive or promote initial and recurring
maintenance training. The honour demonstrates Southeast Aerospace's commitment
to the advancement of aviation safety through promotion of maintenance training
for its employees.
Maintenance Australia extends Embraer services to Phenom 300
Australia is now approved to carry out maintenance services on the Embraer
Authorised maintenance of
the Phenom 300 marks an extension to ExecuJet’s maintenance capabilities already
in place for the Embraer ERJ 135 and 145, the Legacy 600 and 650 and the Phenom
Pilots needed near you! (and
other things you'd like to know about your Captain)
While his earnings may be
in line with a London tube driver, the typical pilot’s job security is sky-high,
according to new research by PrivateFly.
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.
The private aviation booking
platform surveyed over 1,000 pilots across the aviation spectrum, including
airlines, private aviation, cargo and military.
The survey asked how they were
feeling about their jobs, how much they earn, what inspires them and about their
Bombardier establishes five line
maintenance stations in Europe
Bombardier Business Aircraft has
announced the establishment of five new
line maintenance stations across Europe.
The facilities provide line maintenance
support to Bombardier Business Aircraft
customers in Europe, complementing the
tip-to-tail heavy maintenance services
provided by Bombardier's Service and
Support Network in the region and
expansion is an integral part of our
overall strategy to enhance OEM support
for our European operators, including
the opening of our brand new heavy
maintenance facility at London Biggin
Hill Airport," said
Vice-President and General Manager,
Customer Experience, Bombardier Business
RUAG receives EASA STC for the Garmin
GTN 750 cockpit solution on the Piaggio
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
has issued RUAG Aviation with a
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for
the installation of the Garmin GTN 750
advanced touchscreen solution in Piaggio
P180 Avanti cockpits.
This upgrade solution allows RUAG
Aviation customers to significantly
improve safety while modernising
STC enables Piaggio P180 Avanti
operators to benefit from improved
safety through heightened situational
awareness, as well as improved
reliability and added aircraft value,”
General Manager Site Agno, RUAG
“Optimised performance is
achieved by the installation of a dual
Garmin GTN 750 interface, a dual Garmin
GTX 33D transponder, and
state-of-the-art Garmin GWX 70 weather
founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
Is Organic Healthier and Does it Really Matter?
Is it safer? More nutritious? Better for the global community?
- when we got requests for organic catering - we’d find ourselves heading off
Today however, as I perused the stack of orders to be invoiced, I happened to notice that each client was requesting some form of organic food to be included in their catering order.
I was amazed. I was the person slow to convert our kitchen to organic produce, fighting the trend all
the way; but I converted and now feel that it’s given me a bit more control over my life and
I had to stop and wonder why there were so many ‘organic orders’ today. It turns out there is a conference here of agricultural educators who are responsible for teaching the next
generation - and organic is the practice of choice. I felt it was time educate the kitchen staff into “the why we serve and prepare organic at
Tastefully Yours”. As I discovered, many of the staff had no idea of the complexities of being organic either as a business or as an individual.
I want to share what I shared with the crew here about organic, beginning with its definition, the labeling requirements, its handling and storage and why we shop with so many purveyors
rather than one big wholesale broker for our goods.
FL Technics enjoys growth
and increased diversification in 2016
FL Technics, a global
provider of one-stop-shop MRO services, has announced its yearly business
review, displaying a stable growth in revenues of over 20% as well as continuing
service and geographical diversification.
Bouncing back from the
bankruptcy of a major client, coupled with the financial backdrop in 2015, FL
Technics managed to maintain the rise in revenue during 2016, as well as trigger
a jump in net profit (from a loss of 11m EUR in 2015 to a profit of almost 3m
EUR in 2016). The numbers were mainly affected by the company’s growing
operations in Asia Pacific, new clientele as well as LEAN business process
In 2016, FL Technics opened
a representative office in Bangkok, Thailand and a new hangar in Jakarta,
Indonesia. Increasing presence resulted in an upward trend of revenue from the
region, which grew on average 4 times year-on-year.
The company also continued
the diversification of its client and service portfolio.
honours Andrew Walters with industry award for outstanding services
The British Business and
General Aviation Association (BBGA) has honoured Andrew Walters, owner and
chairman of London Biggin Hill Airport as this year’s recipient of its
prestigious annual Michael Wheatley Award for Outstanding Services to the
general aviation industry.
The award was presented at
the Association’s 43rd annual conference and AGM at Luton Hoo by Sir Gerald
Howarth MP for Aldershot, applauded by some 120 industry peers.
praised the work Andrew does for the industry and for his effective political
lobbying of the sector. “At a time when airport access is one of our biggest
issues, it is good to have a friend who owns and looks after such valuable
infrastructure and who has such an active interest in our association.”
Air Charter Service arranges
almost 12,500 contracts in a year
Leading aircraft charter
specialist, Air Charter Service, arranged almost 12,500 contracts in 2016,
making it the company’s record year.
Speaking on the achievement
Group CEO, Justin Bowman,
said: “In total we completed 12,462 contracts in 2016, an average of more than
34 every single day of the year, and an 11% increase on 2015. Often one charter
contract entails many different flight sectors."
Flat market but underlying business jet AOC market is
Asia Pacific Civil Helicopter Fleet Report
Hong Kong business aviation
consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) has released its highly-anticipated Year
End 2016 Asia Pacific Civil Helicopter Fleet Report.
Three years on from MH370 disappearance,
pilots renew call for improved tracking
on all aircraft
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