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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 22nd March 2018 | Issue #456
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Flying Colours Corp. ramps up production six-fold as doors open at new St. Louis facility

Flying Colours, the North American MRO, completions and avionics business has officially opened the doors of its new St. Louis, MO., facility.

Manufacturing at the new facility, which primarily supports the design, build and finishing of woodwork monuments for large business jet cabins, has already begun.

The first components will be delivered to an undisclosed customer before the end of March.

The Flying Colours Corp. St. Louis facility includes a number of dedicated finishing booths.

The Flying Colours Corp. St. Louis facility includes a number of dedicated finishing booths.

The industrially designed floorplan was created with lean manufacturing operating principles at its core. This improves efficiency, and combined with the additional workshop space, is set to increase St. Louis productivity by 600% during the first year.

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Bombardier celebrates 20 years of innovation at its Global Completion Center with ramp-up of Global 7000 activities

This year, Bombardier Business Aircraft is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Global Completion Center in Montreal.

The facility continues to ramp up activities surrounding the highly anticipated Global 7000 business jet, and is at the halfway point in its large-scale hiring objective to add 1,000 new positions to its local workforce.

"This exciting milestone represents 20 years of contributing to Montreal's aerospace industry and the immense success of Bombardier's flagship Global aircraft," said Paul Simard, Vice-President, Operations, Global Completion Center.

"This anniversary also highlights the superior quality, workmanship and expertise delivered at the Global Completion Center, demonstrating Bombardier's position as a leader in the business aircraft industry."

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CBAA launches search for new CEO

Under the direction of the board of directors, the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of president and CEO.

The successful candidate will have proven leadership and management abilities, and possess well developed interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of the Canadian business aviation industry, association management experience, knowledge of government affairs, and fluency in French would be considered assets.

Individuals wishing to apply for the position are invited to contact Aime O’Connor, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO & Director of Administration at Canadian Business Aviation Association: aoconnor@cbaa.ca 613-236-5611 ext.228

View job description here

United States

Sheltair Aviation achieves IS-BAH Registration as the company continues to push operational excellence

Sheltair Aviation, one of the nation’s leading providers of aviation services and facilities management, is seeking to go for the Gold as it achieves Stage I International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) registration, the industry’s global standard for best practices by business aviation ground handlers.

Sheltair’s Chief Operating Officer, Warren Kroeppel, said, “This certification is all about safety management and reflects the strict protocols handlers and operators must meet under safety management system (SMS) requirements being promulgated under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Sheltair protocols have been, and always will be, about safety, but achieving this certification ensures we have the highest measurable goals and objectives.”

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Medevac company Guardian Flight transitions to Learjet 45s in Alaska

Guardian Flight LLC, a leading air medical transport company, is transitioning its medical jet fleet in Alaska to Learjet 45s. The first Learjet 45 will enter service this month based in Fairbanks.

Eventually, five Learjet 45s will replace Guardian Flight's older and smaller Learjet 35s and Beechjets. Compared to the smaller jets, the mid-size Learjet 45s will provide better reliability, improved flight performance and braking, increased parts availability and more modern avionics for better cockpit standardization and less pilot workload.

In addition, Learjet 45s have a slower approach and circling speed than Learjet 35s. That will allow Guardian Flight pilots to attempt approaches into airports with lower cloud ceilings and lower visibility requirements than with the Learjet 35s in the past.

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FlightSafety announces new leadership elements for flight department professionals workshop

FlightSafety International announces a new leadership workshop designed specifically for flight department personnel.

Leadership Elements for Flight Department Professionals was developed in conjunction with ServiceElements. This new three-day workshop is offered by FlightSafety and ServiceElements at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.

“Leadership Elements for Flight Department Professionals is designed to enhance the skills of flight department team members and to help current and future leaders achieve their goals,” said Paul Kuchta, Director, Training Operations. “Our goal is to equip participants to effectively address a wide variety of today’s leadership challenges and trends.”

The workshop topics were determined based on Customer feedback and input from experienced department leaders, facilitators and other experts.

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SR Technics

Frank Walschot

Frank Walschot

SR Technics has announced the nomination of Frank Walschot as Chief Executive Officer as of April 1, 2018, replacing Jeremy Remacha, who is leaving the company at the end of the scheduled transition period to the new shareholders.

With more than 30 years’ aviation industry experience in leading operational, commercial and financial functions around the world, Frank Walschot is a recognized and respected senior executive, well trusted with SR Technics’ business and challenges for many years.

Walschot joined SR Technics in 2008 as Vice President Engine Maintenance and shortly thereafter was appointed Head of Engine Services. In January 2015 he was promoted to COO..

Frank Walschot now returns to SR Technics after a one-year assignment in Haikou, China as Chief Investment Officer of HNA Technic.

Esterline Avionics Systems

Marie-Hélène Emond

Marie-Hélène Emond

Marie-Hélène Emond has been named Esterline Avionics Systems’ marketing communications and public relations manager, taking over the role held by Janka Dvornik, who is retiring at the end of March after 35 years with the company.

Emond will report to Kristof Vierin, Vice-President Sales, Avionics Systems.

Ms. Emond has many years of experience in marketing communications management while working for a wide range of industries, on an international scale.

In addition to her extensive experience in business communications, Ms. Émond holds a Bachelor in Translation degree from l’université Laval and a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from l’université Laval and York University. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.



61,000 rally for Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week

12,408 girls of all ages take flight for the first time.

Participation in the 8th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week grew by more than 15% year-over-year reaching more than 61,000 in 2018.

61,000 rally for Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) received post-WOAW event reports from 179 organizers in 33 countries and validated 12,408 Fly It Forward flight reports - submitted by women and girls who went on their first flight experience on a small aircraft from March 5 to 11.

Launched to celebrate the Centennial of the world’s first female pilot license earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910, the Fly It Forward initiative aims to close the startling occupational gender gap in the air and space industry.

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United Arab Emirates

Interflight Middle East welcomes Falcon 2000

Interflight expands into the Middle East with a Falcon 2000 under sales and marketing agreement. Newly refurbished in 2017, both interior and exterior, the Falcon 2000 will be available from Europe and Middle East.

Interflight Middle East welcomes Falcon 2000

Speaking on the news, Khalil Rachidi, Director of Sales at Interflight Middle East says “We are delighted to launch the new Falcon 2000, which offers the perfect balance between comfort and efficiency."

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United States

Avfuel brands new Amelia Island FBO

Avfuel has welcomed Bent Wing Flight Services, Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport’s new FBO, to its branded Network of Independents.

Bent Wing Flight Services will take over as KFHB’s only FBO beginning April 1, and move into a new terminal in June. The FBO will provide its full array of services out of a temporary terminal until that time.

Bent Wing Flight Services

The new GA terminal was designed to represent the Corsair aircraft, complete with inverted gull wings, a nose section, skylight cockpit and tail.

Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport was built during World War II by the U.S. Navy for training the F4U Corsair airplane - one of the Navy and Marine Corps’ finest fighter planes.

The Corsair was known for its inverted gull wings, making it highly-recognizable in the sky and earning it the moniker “The Bent Wing Bird” - the namesake of the FBO.

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Mayhemville to Shangri-La

Paperless Office - for real?

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

Issam Sultan


aperless Office" a term that been in circulation for over thirty years now - but it still amazes me how some companies have yet to apply this to their current setup.

Look around your office, most likely you will see a lot of paper all around you, stacked in paper trays, and filed in rows of filing cabinets. Else if you don't and you work from a real paperless office - consider yourself one of the lucky ones, and you don't need to read this post.

Realistically, deciding to go paperless is a daunting project and should not be taken light-heartedly. I am not here to debate the environmental impact of going paperless but rather to shed light on what you gain in terms of efficiency once you achieve a paperless office. It's easier now more than ever to reach a paperless office - and here's how it can be done.

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Electronic Flight Bags

Jeppesen terminal charts now available through Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro platform

Enhances GoDirect user experience on iPad or front panel avionics for bizav operators.

Boeing, through its subsidiary Jeppesen, has announced the continued integration of data services for business aviation operators with the introduction of Jeppesen’s global digital terminal chart data to the Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro electronic flight bag platform.

Jeppesen terminal charts now available through Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro platform

The Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro app allows business aviation pilots to create flight plans, view weather conditions and access flight briefing information through a unified user platform. Now with Jeppesen chart access, operators will be able to make more informed decisions while researching an airport, selecting departure procedures while flight planning or referencing their trip kit information.

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Flight Consulting Group (FCG) and Belarusian business aviation operator BySky JSC recently signed a long-term flight support agreement within which FCG will act as BySky's dispatching centre.

BySky, based at Minsk International Airport, is the first commercial business aviation operator registered in Belarus. The company fleet comprises two 2017 Pilatus PC-12NGs, both of which are in VIP configuration with 6+2 cabin configurations.


Flight Consulting Group has taken responsibility for the entire flight support function, encompassing flight planning, permissions, ground handling, fueling coordination, hotel accommodation, transfers and flight coordination. www.fcg.aero

Bizav Newsreel

Bizav Newsreel

This week celebrates 'International Women in Aviation Week'.

Gabriella Somerville, CEO of ConnectJets, is working on a UK Air Operator's Certificate and has recently sold the first P.180 Avanti Evo into the UK to a British customer.

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

And Nicole Kappos from Pratt & Whitney Canada explains her firm's new offering of longer time between overhauls for the latest P&WC engines.


RUAG expands scope of EASA DOA to include Night Vision Imaging Systems

RUAG Aviation has expanded the scope of its EASA Part 21 J Design Organization Approval (DOA) to include Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) capabilities.

RUAG expands scope of EASA DOA to include Night Vision Imaging Systems

RUAG-NVIS testing with test pilot, ground engineer and DOA engineer.

The specification of NVIS technical field entitles the aviation life cycle support and services provider to directly classify and approve changes and repairs, to design and develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for aircraft with NVIS configurations, and to integrate new NVIS to existing platforms.

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Air Partner’s SafeSkys awarded RAF contract in Scotland

SafeSkys, part of the Air Partner group, has been awarded the contract for provision of Airfield Wildlife Control Services for the Royal Air Force in Scotland at RAF Lossiemouth, RLG Kinloss and RAF Leuchars.

The three-year contract will commence 1 April 2018, with the option of a two-year extension.

RAF Typhoon

RAF Typhoon

SafeSkys is a valued provider to the RAF, having supplied services at every one of its airfields in the UK. At present, it also holds contracts with RAF Brize Norton, RAF Benson and RAF Northolt in the Southern Region, and RAF Valley, RAF Mona and RAF Shawbury in the Western Region.

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United Kingdom

Conservative MEPs oppose protectionist measures for airlines

Airlines based outside the EU could face protectionist measures against them after the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted to update the EU’s competition rules on Tuesday (20th March).

The revision to the EU’s aviation rules would allow the EU Commission to impose penalties on third-country airlines before complaints against them have been properly investigated. The plans would also allow the Commission to sanction airlines flying under Member States own bilateral aviation deals.

Conservative Transport Spokesman, Jacqueline Foster MEP, said: “MEPs have really scored a hat-trick today by backing revisions that could increase ticket prices for consumers, cost jobs and send a protectionist message to our partners around the globe.

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Channel Islands

Go ahead for new hangars at Jersey Airport

Ports of Jersey has received planning approval for the construction of three new hangars to be located on the western side of the airfield.

Following a comprehensive review of a variety of hangar options, the landmark contract has been awarded to renowned Canadian company, Sprung. The Sprung hangars have been well tested to withstand harsh weather and climate conditions and their versatile structure is designed to be easily relocatable and, if required, reconfigurable.

To allay earlier concerns of potential noise issues, Ports of Jersey has committed to creating new grass banks and acoustic fence to reduce noise levels as well as landscape the area to enhance the nearby environment.

"This project will bring much needed capacity to service customer demands in the corporate aviation sector," said Ports of Jersey Group CEO, Doug Bannister.

"As a business it will enable Ports of Jersey to deliver increased value and return from our assets as well as providing a showcase project for the corporate aviation industry in Jersey, attracting greater interest in our developments.”


FAI Technik becomes authorised Rockwell Collins dealer

FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, is pleased to have signed a dealership agreement with Rockwell Collins to become one of its accredited dealers.

Effective immediately, the agreement means FAI Technik can sell, install and maintain Rockwell Collins’ avionics and cabin electronics equipment from its headquarters at Albrecht Dürer International Airport in Nuremberg, Germany.

The announcement marks a new phase in the relationship between Rockwell Collins and the broader FAI Aviation Group, which began in July 2016 and formally launched on Jan. 5, 2018.

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Tastefully Yours . . . Pauls Kraft.
Paula Kraft

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

The Perfect Steak


hy is it so difficult to cook the perfect steak on board an aircraft?

I am not saying that you can’t cook a steak while in flight, I am thinking of the perfect steak, the kind found in a Michelin star- rated restaurant.

There are basically four aspects needed for the perfect steak. First and foremost is meat quality. You see this on the front line when you compare prices of one catering source to another. When you make a decision to purchase from the less expensive source, you have to look behind the price and ask yourself why is one company so much less or more than another?

At Tastefully Yours, for all products, we go through a procedure I learned while working as the in-house caterer for a wholesale food packer. The kitchen was located just off the quality control department. I learned so much about the science of food from these scientists and production specialists. I loved being included in their research and then given the products to create meals for their staff . . . so much fun!

Beef Cuts

Anyway, every single product they sold was subject to a ‘cutting’. What occurred was that every product, every grade, every producer and packer sent in a sample of their product and they were lined up on the countertop and then compared to each other at the same time. There were standards for the best in class; viscosity, marbling, percentage of each mixed items within one package, amount of liquid or even the level of bruising of fruits when canned products or frozen were tested. The testing was then evaluated on the taste.

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South Africa

StandardAero achieves EASA AMO certification for Lanseria PT6A MRO facility

Vector Aerospace Africa (Pty) Ltd., a StandardAero company located in Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa, has secured European Aviation Safety Agency aircraft maintenance organization (AMO) certification for its engine MRO facility.

Opened in 2010 and located at Lanseria International Airport, the shop is a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility with distributorship rights.

The newly awarded AMO certification from EASA adds to a long list of existing approvals for the Lanseria facility, which already holds authorizations from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). The facility also holds local AMO approvals from the civil aviation authorities of Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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United Kingdom

XLR opens new aviation centre at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

XLR Executive Jet Centres has accelerated its expansion strategy with the successful opening of its brand new corporate aviation centre at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport.

XLR Liverpool will handle flights to Merseyside with luxurious new facilities as part of an investment with Liverpool Airport to significantly upgrade its private travel experience.

The ten-year deal has seen the company invest a six-figure sum in building a dedicated passenger lounge, crew rest facilities, and a conference centre, together with a private parking area for business jets.

Managed by Regional & City Airports (RCA) - part of Rigby Group’s aviation division - XLR, which successfully operates at two airports, Birmingham and Exeter, and oversees corporate aviation centres at its managed airports, will use its experience to increase private utilisation of the existing 2,285m runway, which is capable of handling B767 and C17 (military) sized aircraft and provides direct links to the entire North West.

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And Finally

Autonomous snowploughs debuted in Norway


Self-driving snowploughs were presented for the first time on March 19th when they were deployed at Fagernes Airport in Leirin, Norway, 200 kilometres north of Oslo.

The 20m long by 5.5m wide ploughs, developed by Yeti Snow Technology - which is co-owned by Semcon and Øveraasen for Norwegian airport operator Avinor - have the capacity capacity to clear an area of 357,500 square metres an hour.

One unique feature of these autonomous vehicles is that they can clear snow in formation, several vehicles working together, and with the same outstanding precision no matter the weather.

“We have designed a control system that sets up digital patterns for autonomous snow clearance at airports," explains John Emil Halden, Semcon project manager. "The system can then download these patterns and monitor a number of vehicles that navigate using RTK GPS, an accurate form of position measurement, and communicate using 4G modems.”

Semcon in Norway is contributing its expertise to the project, working with complex real-time systems and autonomous technology.

“Autonomous snowploughs will allow airports all over the world to streamline their activities and reduce delays for their passengers. This is a good example of how autonomous vehicles can increase profitability and add value for people,” says Semcom CEO Markus Granlund.


  Autonomous snowploughs at airports aim to reduce delays

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