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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 15th February 2018 | Issue #451
Color that Communicates   Mayhemville to Shangri-La   It takes teamwork to build a great catering experience
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United States

NBAA and GAMA oppose President's 'ATC-giveaway' budget proposal.

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'

The National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association have expressed their strong opposition to the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which appears to endorse an air traffic control (ATC) giveaway to the big airlines.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted that legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives containing a similar proposal has been met with objections from a large, diverse and growing chorus of opposition, which has rejected the plan on multiple grounds, including the harmful impact it would have on communities across America that rely on general aviation for essential transportation.

Under the highly controversial plan supported by the president, congressional oversight of the nation’s aviation system would be transferred to a private board, effectively dominated by the airlines and unaccountable to Congress. The concept has been championed by the airlines as Congress has been debating reauthorization of funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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JETNET says bizjet 'For Sale' inventories now make this a seller’s market

JETNET has released December 2017 and 2017 year-end results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, helicopter, and commercial airliner markets.

The company summarized key worldwide trends across all pre-owned aircraft market sectors, comparing December 2017 to December 2016, as well as 2017 year-end, and comparisons to 2016.

Most market sectors are showing lower inventory for sale, with more full-sale transactions in 2017 compared to 2016.

The Fleet For Sale percentages for all market sectors, with the exception of Piston Helicopters, were lower in the December comparisons, with Business Jets and Commercial Turboprops down the most (1.1 and .7 percentage point, respectively).

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Private equity firm New Heritage Capital invests in Flying Colours Corp

Flying Colours Corp., the refurbishment, completion and MRO business, has announced that Boston-based private equity firm, New Heritage Capital, has become a minority stakeholder in the Canada-headquartered business.

The transaction, structured using Heritage’s Private IPO solution, was ratified and signed by Flying Colours President, John Gillespie, and Heritage Partner, Judson Samuels, on 31 January 2018. Financial terms remain undisclosed.

Flying Colours will retain its management and operational independence, and will benefit from increased financial resources at a time of considerable growth.

The deal enables Flying Colours to realise high-value projects which include expanding service lines, infrastructure development, and the building of additional hangars.

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Altitude Attitiude

Sonia Greteman
Color that Communicates

Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.


olor surrounds and influences us. Good marketers use it wisely,
even in their words.

Early in my career, when I worked as a designer at Boeing Wichita, I was told I was “fuchsia silk in a gray-flannel world.” I took it as the compliment it was intended to be. The remark stuck with me, in large part, because of the colorful image it painted.

Color could be one of the least understood, yet most valuable tools in your creative arsenal. Let’s rectify that.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go into a technical discussion about the color wheel and primary, secondary and tertiary palettes. Or concerns about luminance, reproducibility and perception.

I’ll focus on leveraging color theory, because the psychology of color directly affects how people respond to your marketing.

Color that Communicates

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CBAA head resigns after two months

Jim Facette has stepped down from his role as president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association.

An announcement from the CBAA on Monday (12th) stated: 'Jim Facette has tendered his resignation effective immediately and the Board of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) has accepted the resignation. We appreciate the work Jim has carried out during his tenure with the CBAA, and thank him for his service.'

Jim Facette

Rudy Toering, whom Mr. Facette succeeded on December 1st 2017, has revised his plans for retirement and has accepted the role of Interim President and CEO as the search begins for a new successor.

The CBAA expects a new CEO to be in place in time for its June 2018 Convention.

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West Star Aviation expands Midwest footprint with acquisition of St. Louis Downtown Hangar

West Star Aviation has announced its expansion to St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS). The location will be fully operational and open to current and future customers by mid-February of 2018.

The 43,000 sq. ft. hangar will operate as an extension to West Star's current full-service facility in East Alton, IL (ALN). The capabilities include maintenance on various business aviation aircraft including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, Hawker, Citation, Challenger, King Air and more. This location will be fully equipped with expert staff to accommodate current and future customers with all their maintenance, inspection, repair and overhaul needs.

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Cranfield University

Rob Abbott Cranfield University

Rob Abbott

Rob Abbott has been appointed as Cranfield University’s new Director of Aviation Operations.

He will be responsible for the strategic and day-to-day management of Cranfield Airport and the University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre.

The forthcoming introduction of a digital control tower, supplied by SAAB, will make Cranfield one of the first airports in the UK to possess the cutting-edge technology. Rob will oversee the installation of the tower as well significant upgrades to Cranfield Airport’s infrastructure and capabilities.

Rob joins Cranfield having previously been a consultant to the University. In previous roles, he was Aviation Director (Commercial) at Aviellant Ltd and has previously worked for both Serco (UK and Europe) and the RAF.


United States

Pilatus delivers first production PC-24 to launch customer, PlaneSense

The first production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to U.S. customer, PlaneSense, at a ceremony held at Pilatus Business Aircraft's facility at Broomfield, Colorado, USA, on Thursday (8th).

The aircraft is the first of six PC-24s which PlaneSense has on order with Pilatus.

Pilatus delivers first production PC-24 to launch customer, PlaneSense

Since 1996, PlaneSense has successfully specialized in offering fractional ownership transportation service with the single engine turboprop PC-12. PlaneSense, currently operating 36 PC-12s, will continue to acquire and operate the popular single, and will use the PC-24 to expand their product offering to new and existing customers.

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United States

New Year kicks off with increases in all categories

ARGUS has released its January Business Aircraft Activity report.

Reviewing year over year flight activity (January 2018 vs. January 2017), TRAQPak data indicates that January 2018 posted an increase of 4.0%.

The results by operational category were all positive with Part 135 activity producing the largest yearly gain, up 8.0%. Fractional activity recorded a rise of 2.2% and Part 91 activity rebounded from its December fall to rise 1.5%. The aircraft categories were positive as well with turboprops posting the largest gain from 2017, up 5.7%. Large jets followed with an increase of 4.0%, and mid-size jets posted a 3.1% year over year increase. Light jets posted a modest 2.8% increase as well.

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Mayhemville to Shangri-La

A trip from Chaos to Efficiency

Issam Sultan, managing director of UK flight support company FltCtrl.


Issam Sultan


ork Smarter, Not Harder. I can't remember how many times this phrase has been repeated to me over the years by people I have met.

Mind you, very few of those who brought it up were able to advise me on how they were able to translate it into an actionable real-life plan. Therefore again we were left in the dark to figure it out on our own.

After lots of trials and hit and misses, the following tools have proven their worth in our company. They not only increased our efficiency but also saved us a lot of money. Kindly note that we are not affiliated with any of these tools, and I am merely listing them to share our experience, and in turn, I hope this might bring you and your company some value.

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2018 model TBMs introduce heated seats - a first in single-engine turboprops

Daher has announced new features for its 2018 production TBM 910s and TBM 930s, including the first electrically-heated seats for an aircraft in its single-engine turboprop category.

2018 model TBMs introduce heated seats - a first in single-engine turboprops

Building on the cabin restyling implemented last year for Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft, every seat in Model Year 2018 TBM 910s and TBM 930s are the new heated seats, with the heating function controlled. Once the mode is engaged by the pilot via a master control in the cockpit, each occupant can choose whether to utilize the heating - and select either light or moderate heat settings.

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United Kingdom

First UK purpose-built de-icing facility opens at London Southend Airport

London Southend has become the first airport in Britain to deliver a purpose built aircraft de-icing facility, increasing efficiency and the speed of de-icing when bad weather hits.

First UK purpose-built de-icing facility opens at London Southend Airport

Now instead of de-icing when the plane is on its stand - fully loaded with passengers keen to depart - an aircraft can simply push back and taxi to the Centralised De-icing Facility. Here, with engines running, the plane will be efficiently de-iced before smoothly taxiing for take-off. This new operation enables more aircraft to de-ice more quickly and to get to the runway for departure well within hold-over times.

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TRAXXALL Technologies announces new client, Heliservicio

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, has announced new client Heliservicio.

TRAXXALL Technologies announces new client, Heliservicio

Heliservicio Bell 412 EP

Heliservicio is a leading helicopter transportation company with more than 40 years of operating experience. The company specializes in offshore transportation for the international oil and gas industry.

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L3 CTS expands international pilot training footprint with new Portuguese Academy

L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) has announced the introduction of its new European Academy into the company’s cadet pilot training offering.

L3 CTS expands International pilot training footprint with new Portuguese Academy

The L3 European Airline Academy facility, based at Ponte de Sor Airport, Portugal, has the capacity to provide world-class training for up to 500 cadets a year.

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Bizav Newsreel

Bizav Newsreel

This week . . .

A report on the highly successful Corporate Jet Investor Conference held in London at the end of last month.

Rene Banglesdorf

United States

Jetex unveils plans for first U.S. FBO

Co-branding with Luxivair at San Bernardino.

Jetex Flight Support has announced its entry to the United States FBO market, with the launch of a Jetex-branded private terminal service at California’s San Bernardino International Airport (SBD/KSBD).

Luxivair SBD

Luxivair SBD

The new agreement will see the company deliver its world-class ground handling services at the Luxivair SBD terminal, the only facility of its kind at the airport.

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United Kingdom

Record growth in air traffic movements at TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has announced a record increase in air traffic movements, reporting the highest ever growth in the history of the airport for the month of January with an increase of 17.9 per cent in January 2018.

This follows a year of significant growth with 2017 being the airport’s busiest year since 2007.

For the full year 2017, the airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 7.4 per cent and the record 17.9 per cent increase in January 2018 is a clear indication that this positive trend is set to continue.

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United Kingdom

Oriens Aviation marks strong year with Pilatus PC-12 sales

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles sales distributor for the PC-12 added to Pilatus Aircraft’s excellent year in 2017, bringing five new aircraft into service with new customers; selling its original demonstrator (G-RABB) and securing its first new-build delivery position for 2018.

Oriens Aviation marks strong year with Pilatus PC-12 sales

Oriens delivered an aircraft to a private owner in Oxford in March; one to Leeds-based entrepreneur Neil Armstrong in June, coinciding with the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a third to Chris Makin, owner of newly named Leeds East Airport, in December. Ravenair is this aircraft’s operator and management company, operating under EASA PART-NCO Lease Operations.

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United Kingdom

PrivateFly partners with Virtuoso to increase its B2B offering

Private jet booking platform PrivateFly has become a preferred partner of Virtuoso, the world's leading luxury travel network.

The new partnership will allow Virtuoso’s network of over 16,000 travel advisors, based in 45 countries, to offer private jet travel to their clients, through integration with PrivateFly’s technology platform and 24/7 team.

PrivateFly provides access to an accredited global network of over 7,000 private charter aircraft and the deal follows the company’s takeover of US charter broker Bird Dog Jet in November 2017.

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Farnborough Aircraft Interiors welcomes new investor

Heralds company's expansion into new markets.

Bespoke interior completions and refurbishment specialist, Farnborough Aircraft Interiors Ltd (FAI), has welcomed Windsor Capital LLP as an investor in the business.

Established for over thirty years, FAI - headed by father and son team, Hugh and Stewart Macrae - has provided a variety of services from full cabin completion and refreshes to military and special operations interiors on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Based at Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom, the team comprises skilled craftsmen with many decades of experience and many hundreds of completions to call on across a range of aircraft as diverse as Airbus, Bell, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream, Leonardo, Textron and Sikorsky.

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London City Airport (LCY) was forced to close all day Monday after an unexploded second world war bomb was discovered in the River Thames at King George V Dock, adjacent to the airport.

A 214m exclusion zone around the area resulted in the cancellation of 284 flights at LCY, some of which were re-routed through nearby Southend and Stansted airports.

The 1.5m-long bomb was found during planned work, lying in a bed of silt 15m underwater.

Royal Naval Bomb Disposal officers floated the device into the Thames Estuary where it was sent to the bottom and destroyed by a controlled explosion.

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Tastefully Yours . . . Pauls Kraft.
Paula Kraft

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

It takes teamwork to build a great catering experience


his may strike you as strange when I say teamwork since, when serving catering
on board, the team you visualize is a team of ONE.

How often have you opened up a catering request and find it different from what you expected? In other words the catering didn’t meet your expectations, and you immediately want to assign blame. It might well be your catering source’s fault for not following your directions - but could it be yours or even the handler/FBO's?

I see a lot of new faces in the industry as the old guard begins to retire, and with the new faces comes a time for education and training. We are all part of a team . . . a big team, with lots of moving parts. It takes the work of many to successfully organize, plan, order, prepare, package, deliver, receive and serve even the simplest of catering requests.

Let me explain using an extremely simple request; a box meal. That seems really basic, easy, how could anyone screw that up, you're wondering.

Box Meal

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Pentastar Aviation completes Honeywell DU-875 LCD cockpit screen upgrade on Global Express

Pentastar Aviation, an authorized Honeywell Dealer headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), has completed its first Honeywell DU-875 flight deck display upgrade on a Global Express, resolving upcoming obsolescence issues on the aircraft.

Pentastar was awarded Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST04194CH for certification of Honeywell’s DU-875 flight deck display upgrade on Global Express airframes early last year, and added Cessna 550, 560 and 560XL; Cessna 750; Dassault Mystere-Falcon 900 and Falcon 900 EX and Learjet 45 series to the Approved Model List (AML) in July 2017.

The DU-875 is a form-fit plug-n-play LCD upgrade that increases display reliability and provides a growth plan to Primus Elite with Enhanced Features (charts, maps, XM Weather) and Advanced Features (SVS) on several of the platforms through additional software and hardware upgrades.

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Nomad Aviation receives IS-BAO certification

Nomad Aviation has received the Registration Certificate for the successful implementation of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), is issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

“We are proud to be the holder of the Registration Certificate," said Thomas Koehli, Nomad Aviation’s CEO.

"The program centers on the Safety Management System (SMS) and leads our company from establishing principles, to achieving an effective SMS, and eventually attaining a risk-averse, generative safety culture.

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And Finally

Jet Aviation celebrates grand opening of Hangar 3 at Seletar

Jet Aviation's third hangar project at Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore is now in operation.

The company hosted a grand opening ceremony at the facility during the Singapore Airshow on February 7, 2018. With this third hangar, the company has total hangar space in Singapore of 11,650 square meters.

Jet Aviation tripled its capacity in Singapore with the opening of a second hangar in 2014, a 5,000-square-meter maintenance facility. The company began operating its third, 3,850-square-meter hangar in December 2017. The two newest hangars were built in cooperation with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Jurong Town Council (JTC) Corporation in direct response to growing demand for large, long-range business jets in the region.

Bringing much needed aircraft service capacity to the region, hangar two permits up to five Gulfstream G650 or five Bombardier Global Express 7000 aircraft. Hangar three can accommodate an additional two Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) or Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs), or five Gulfstream G550 aircraft. It features a larger, upgraded Interior Shop, including a 300-square-meter extension for drying rooms, a new soft goods area and Wood Shop, and also adds 315 square meters of storage space.

“Jet Aviation is fully committed to meeting the needs of our customers as close to demand as possible,” said John Riggir, general manager of

  Jet Aviation celebrates grand opening of Hangar 3 at Seletar

Jet Aviation's MRO and FBO facility in Singapore and vice president of the company's operations in Asia. ”Whether that means investing in infrastructure or the latest technologies, we remain focused on meeting their requirements to the highest quality and safety standards - which this new hangar clearly demonstrates.”


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