FAA and Aireon announce
space-based ADS-B NextGen
technology flight test
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
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
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,
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.
Pentastar obtains STC for Honeywell LCD cockpit
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
Developments underway at Tacoma Narrows
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Vietnam shows interest in acquiring Russian
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.
Jet Aviation has announced
the appointment of David Best as head of its Global Business Development
Best is based in Palm Beach,
FL, reporting directly to Johannes Turzer, Senior Vice President of Strategic
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
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.
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
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.
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
Uber's vizualisation of
what its Uber Elevate network could look like in Dubai.
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
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.
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
- Canada is the new star destination in
- 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.
This week . . .
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
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.
week's interview is with Alexandria
Colindres, Director of Business
Development for the Registry of Aruba.
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.
develop a Combined Vision System integrated into primary flight display for
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.
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.
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.
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
continuing success prompts further expansion in Europe
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.
UK pilots’ association says pilots do a
great job but wouldn't necessarily
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
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
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.
European Service Center receives EASA and FAA certifications for HTF7000 engine
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.
company was also authorized to provide HTF7000 minor and line maintenance
services for European business aviation operators from its ESC.
founder and President
of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully
The Incredible Edible
been an ad campaign here in the United States for many years which
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.
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
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.
London Oxford Airport welcomes new tenant
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
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.
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.
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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