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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 14th June 2018 | Issue #467

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United States:

Air Partner strengthens US offering with new Los Angeles office

Air Partner has announced the opening of a new office in Los Angeles, in line with its strategy to grow its geographical footprint.

The office, which opened on 4 June 2018, will service southern California and the broader West Coast markets, strengthening Air Partner's existing US network, which includes New York, Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C.

The announcement of the L.A. office coincides with Air Partner reporting strong trading in the US as part of its Full Year results, released on Monday 11 June 2018. The Group's US-based Commercial Jets, Private Jets and Freight charter divisions all performed well.

Air Partner's Private Jets business reported an 80% rise in overall US customer numbers, driven by last year's New York office expansion, the recruitment of new management, and the Air Partner JetCard being recognised as the most flexible US membership programme by independent aviation consultancy Conklin & de Decker for the fourth consecutive year.


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United States:

Honeywell and FlightAware enhance tracking abilities for GoDirect users

Honeywell is joining forces with the world’s largest flight tracking data company, FlightAware, to bring a new level of advanced flight tracking support to operations control centers and business jet owners.

This partnership will provide customers of Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Services with access to more real-time information - including aircraft speed, altitude, position and estimated time of arrival - at no additional cost so they can plan the safest and most efficient route available.


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Inflight Technology:

Bose introduces the new Proflight Aviation Headset

Lightweight, comfortable, three levels of user-selectable active noise cancellation.

Bose, a leader in premium aviation headsets, has introduced its new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset.

Designed for the professional pilot, the ProFlight is the industry’s smallest, quietest, and most comfortable active noise cancelling communication headset, and joins the acclaimed Bose A20 in the company’s aviation headset line.

With more than 30 US design and utility patents, the Bose ProFlight Headset features a lightweight and comfortable in-ear configuration, three user-selectable levels of active noise cancellation and a Tap Control for Talk Through communication function that allows pilots to hear anyone on the flight deck that is not connected to the intercom - without removing the headset or an earpiece.


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Altitude Attitude

Deanna Harms.

Deanna Harms, executive vice president, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency in Wichita, the Air Capital.

Doc Comes Home

I last shared news of Doc, one of only two fully restored, flying B-29 Superfortress bombers, back in 2015.

I have an update for you. Volunteers Josh Wells and Franklin Berry were on hand at the June meeting of the Wichita Aero Club to catch us up to speed.

Doc will have a new home this fall. Construction of a 30,000-square-foot, $6.6 million hangar on the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport campus began this April. Structural steel is going up now.

Plans call for Doc to arrive at the hangar site in mid-October, with construction complete in November. The facility will be a mix of working hangar (where you can watch the plane being serviced), STEM education (the Cosmosphere is helping write the science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based curriculum), and eye-opening aviation museum.

More than an aircraft - a sacred bond

How is it that we feel so connected to some aircraft? The B-29 Superfortress known as Doc doesn’t just elicit curiosity. It’s a showstopper. People flock to it. They stand in line for hours, if needed, to board this break-the-mold aircraft. And some choke back tears.


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United States:

ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector expands MRO network with new Florida facility

ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector has officially opened its new airframe MRO facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA.

The new facility, which can carry out heavy and line maintenance, as well as aircraft modification work, joins two others that ST Engineering has in the USA, located in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama, increasing its capacity to serve the North America region and its global clientele.

Located at the Pensacola International Airport, the new hangar has been developed at a cost of $46m US. At 173,500 sq ft, it is one of the largest hangars in ST Engineering’s global network of airframe maintenance facilities.

The facility has an annual capacity of 600,000 labour hours, and can accommodate two aircraft of the largest version of the 777 widebody series, or six A321 narrowbody aircraft at any one time.


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Air Serv begins operations in Sudan

Air Serv has deployed an aircraft to Khartoum, Sudan to support efforts assisting displaced people who have been forced from their homes due to drought and conflict.

In addition to surges in violence, affected populations are also threatened by crisis level food insecurity. While aid worker access to communities has improved since the lifting of U.S. sanctions last October, it still remains significantly restricted and is further hindered by limited road travel outside of Khartoum.

The Grand Caravan departed on June 7 from Entebbe for Khartoum, where it will be based along with a crew of two pilots, an engineer, and a base manager.

Providing transport for relief agen-cies working in the region, the Khartoum operation is a short term program with a likelihood of extension.

Needs will be re-evaluated in approximately two months to determine whether continued service will be required.


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Jet Aviation

Steve Schrammel






Steve Schrammel

Jet Aviation has announced the appointment of Steve Schrammel as director of FBO Services at Washington/Dulles.

Steve has been in the aviation industry for more than 20 years and has been serving the customers at Washington/Dulles as assistant director of FBO services for nearly four years.

Steve joined the team at Dulles after 13 years as operations manager for Landmark Aviation. Before that he worked as line-service supervisor at Piedmont Hawthorne and a line-service technician at Hawthorne Dulles.

John Langevin, vice president FBO Operations, North America, said Jet Aviation was pleased to be able to bring Steve's level of experience and expertise to the director's position at Washington/ Dulles. "Many of our customers there already know and respect Steve and we hope all of our customers will come support him as he has so successfully supported their needs," he said.

Safran Nacelles

Arnaud de Bussac

Arnaud de Bussac

Arnaud de Bussac has been appointed Vice President Strategy of Safran Nacelles. He joins the Executive Committee and reports directly to CEO Cédric Goubet.

Arnaud is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Paris and also has a Master of Science degree. He joined Snecma in 1991 as a mechanical engineer.

In 1994, he was appointed head of foundry materials & processe and in 2004 was named general manager of the foundry unit dedicated to the production and development of turbine airfoils.

He joined Safran Nacelles in 2010 as Vice President Procurement & Partnership and member of the Safran Nacelles Executive Committee. In early 2016, he was appointed Vice President Purchasing.

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Southeast Asia:

Asia’s ASA Group and L’VOYAGE agree merger

Creates ALLAVITA to combine expertise in air charter and ground services.

Asia’s leading business aviation specialists, the ASA Group and L’VOYAGE, are to merge their operations, capitalizing on the region’s double-digit growth for private jet charter and on-the-ground services.

Diana Chou and Simon Wagstaff announce merger and creation of ALLITAVIA at EBACE.

Diana Chou and Simon Wagstaff announce merger and creation of ALLITAVIA at EBACE.

They will combine under a new brand - ALLAVITA - meaning ‘towards a good life’, reflecting that private jet usage in the region is shifting with more high net worth, younger individuals chartering for leisure than ever before.

ALLAVITA Holdings Ltd will hold interests in ASA’s ground handling supervision, security, protection and luxury concierge services, plus L’VOYAGE’s expertise in travel curation and private jet charter activity. L’VOYAGE will take over all charter and luxury services activity, with ASA focusing on handling, permits and security.


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Daher announces new TBM configuration for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions

Daher has announced a new configuration of its TBM 910 and TBM 930 high-speed single-turboprop aircraft as efficient and capable platforms for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Daher announces new TBM configuration for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions

The enhanced ISR capability for Daher’s in-production TBM family aircraft was announced at Eurosatory 2018, the international defense and security show being held this week at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center.


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Trip Planning:

The Essentials of International Trip Planning

A Brief Guide for Private Jet Operators Flying Internationally.

Following the recent success of his series of articles in BlueSky, Dr Adnan Branbo, CEO of leading international trip-planning and flight services management company, iJET, has produced an invaluable guide to the essentials of international trip planning for private jet operators.

Download: 'The Essentials of International Trip Planning'

Published as an eBook, this 'go-to' guide addresses Overflight & Landing Permits, Navigational Fees, Airport Slots, Crew Visas and Fuel Purchase, plus insights into country-specific regulations.

The eBook is FREE to download here

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United States:

Honeywell and FlightAware enhance tracking abilities for GoDirect users

Honeywell is joining forces with the world’s largest flight tracking data company, FlightAware, to bring a new level of advanced flight tracking support to operations control centers and business jet owners.

This partnership will provide customers of Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Services with access to more real-time information - including aircraft speed, altitude, position and estimated time of arrival - at no additional cost so they can plan the safest and most efficient route available.

“Our proprietary, machine-learning and optimization engine intelligently fuses thousands of data sources from all over the world to provide Honeywell users with the most advanced and accurate flight tracking experience they’ve ever had,” said FlightAware founder and CEO Daniel Baker,.


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Air BP invests in growth of Australian network

Air BP has strengthened its Australian network. Following the addition of Bundaberg airport (BDB/YBUD) in Queensland and Busselton airport (BQB/YBLN) in Western Australia in March, the company has now started supplying Jet A-1 fuel at Cloncurry airport (CNJ/YCCY) in Queensland.

Air BP has invested in two new fuel tanks and a self-serve facility at Busselton Airport, Australia.

Air BP has invested in two new fuel tanks and a self-serve facility at Busselton Airport, Australia.

The three locations will serve both commercial and general aviation customers and brings the number of Australian airports where Air BP offers refuelling services to 76. Air BP’s commitment to delivering the most comprehensive fuelling network in the country is underpinned by their extensive operational experience in Australia and understanding of the need for safe, fit-for-purpose fuelling services at regional airports.

more, plus:

Air BP renews contract at UK’s Blackbushe Airport

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United States:

Unprecedented test results for HOT-STOP Fire Containment Kits

Baker Aviation, the Master Distributor for the HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, has released successful test results from an FAA-registered independent lab, supporting the HOT-STOP ‘L’ fire proof design and its capability to fully contain lithium-ion battery runaways of powerful portable devices without the release of toxic smoke and without the use of any aqueous liquids.

“The 15-minute 2000-degree burn-through test that Aeroblaze Laboratory conducted, is commonly used for aircraft fire-wall testing and goes above and beyond the burn characteristics of today’s typical Li-ion devices,” explained Ray Goyco, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer at Baker Aviation Maintenance. “The results are impressive, and we have confirmed our Fire-Proof status."


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Encore Jets launches SummerJet: first private jet shuttle between Ibiza and Mykonos

New York headquartered Encore Jets is launching SummerJet, a trans-Mediterranean private jet shuttle offering single-seat private travel between Ibiza (Balearic Is., Spain) and Mykonos (Greece) from Thursday, July 12th.

Travellers seeking a seamless, non-stop flight across the Mediterranean between these two summer hotspots now can reserve seats on scheduled flights.

The route - not offered by commercial airlines - is timed at just under three hours each way, with one-way tickets priced at 2,150EUR. The shortest route is currently two legs and just under six hours, with many having to endure ten hours of travel time or more. Helicopter transfers to Athens and Santorini from Mykonos will also be available for an additional charge.

Flights will be on a Mid-Size Citation XLS or a Large Cabin Challenger 604, depending on the calendar date.


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Jet Aviation launches design inspiration video

Jet Aviation took viewers on a unique voyage to experience the designer’s quest for inspiration in a new video entitled 'Inspiration Beyond Expectation', supporting its Refurbishment/Retrofit, Modification and Upgrade (RMU) capabilities in Basel, Geneva and Singapore.

Jet Aviation launches design inspiration video

“The video provides a different and exciting visual representation of our inspirational process as we translate our customer’s vision into reality,” said Tommi Krell, head of global RMU/MRO Marketing.

“We created this video in the studio and on-site, transforming some of our facilities into imaginative and unexpected movie sets in order to demonstrate our comprehensive Refurbishment capabilities and our passion for the work we do - from inspiration to execution.”

watch the video

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How Millennials see the future of flying

Environmentally-friendly aircraft, ride-sharing and the ability to fly when and where you want: these are the expectations of Millennials when it comes to flying, according to a new survey published by the European Business Aviation Association.

The survey, ‘Expanding Horizons: How Millennials see the Future of Business Aviation’, was published in cooperation with ThinkYoung and released at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018) in Geneva. It asked young people between 18 and 25 in four key European countries - Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland - about mobility, Business Aviation and the future of sustainable personal air transport.


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GAMA and ADS Group urge EC to permit Brexit planning between EASA and the UK CAA

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has joined forces with the UK’s ADS Group in sending a letter to the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit Mr. Michel Barnier stressing the urgent need to begin technical and contingency planning discussions between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

With less than 10 months to go until the UK’s departure from the EU, and little over two weeks until the European Council meeting in late June, the aviation industry in the UK, the EU and beyond are increasingly concerned about the continued lack of clarity on the status of the relationship between the UK and the EU, post-Brexit.

In the letter, GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce and ADS Group’s Chief Executive Paul Everitt expressed the gravity of the situation.

more, plus:

GAMA hails EU Parliament's adoption of new EASA mandate

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United Kingdom:

Funding sought for first stage of Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone Masterplan

Blackpool Council are looking to secure funding to implement the first delivery stage of the approved Masterplan for Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

As the accountable body to drive forward this ambitious scheme on behalf of Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Fylde Council, Blackpool Council will present the report on 18th June 2018 to the Blackpool Executive Committee, to seek approval to an initial three year allocation of capital funding of £28.8m to deliver essential infrastructure and associated vital support for the Enterprise Zone Masterplan.

Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone Masterplan

The council will use their ability to borrow at preferential rates.

A positive decision on the funding will be key to the future success of the Enterprise Zone and is essential to help secure early investment in the site, kick start development, build momentum and reinforce market confidence.


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United Kingdom:

Pilots warn laser users they could inadvertently break new law

British pilots are reminding the public that in just one-month new laws will mean they could face jail if they shine a laser at an aircraft.

The new laser laws, that come in to force on 10th July, give police more powers to catch those who shine lasers at aircraft and put in place tougher punishments for those caught.

Pilots warn laser users they could inadvertently break new law

Under the new law, it is a crime to shine or direct a laser beam that dazzles or distracts, or is likely to dazzle or distract, pilots, air traffic controllers, captains of boats and drivers of road vehicles.

Offenders face much tougher penalties of up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. And the police will no longer have to prove there was an intention to endanger a vehicle which will mean laser users won’t be able to hide behind claims they shone it at a vehicle by mistake.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering, offers her definitive guide to inflight microwave cooking.

Cooking with a Microwave

Do any of you remember the days before the microwave? We spent so much more time in the kitchen.

We had to plan the meals well in advance in order to properly thaw foods that were tucked away in the freezer.

My parents would buy a side of beef or pig and have the butcher prepare the meat for the family so it was always ready to be pulled out of the freezer for dinner.

Back then we pulled the meat out at breakfast time and let it sit in the sink, thawing until dinner. Today I wonder how none of us died from a food related illness . . . or even just got seriously sick!

As time has passed and the microwave has become a standard household item, learning to cook with it has been a 'trial and error' journey.


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United Kingdom:

AVIAÂ welcomes supplier partners UVair and Satcom Direct

AVIAÂ, the expanding international group purchasing organisation (GPO) has ratified deals with UVair, the fuel division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. and business aviation connectivity, software and hardware provider Satcom Direct (SD), to deliver savings for its members - on fuel and inflight connectivity.

AVIAÂ’s partnership with UVair introduces an AVIAÂ branded fuelling card, which brings exclusive rates for its members. UVair is providing AVIÂA members with the best value possible on any given day for their fuel, resulting in savings of tens of thousands of dollars per year. (This equates to approx. 2% saving at the pumps). Other benefits include all-inclusive pricing; VAT compliance and exemption support. It also offers online jet fuel management.

“UVair is known worldwide for its acceptance and savings. Their excellent service, which is integrated with its innovative do-it-yourself uvGO flight planning and trip management platform, and extensive network of locations, made them an obvious pick to join our global preferred partner network,” said Gillian Hayes, AVIAÂ’s CEO.


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European fuel supplier Valcora marks successful first year with launch of BioFuel programme

Valcora, the Switzerland-based aviation fuel supplier, returned to EBACE in a buoyant mood following a successful first year of operations.

Since launch at last year's show, Valcora has more than doubled its team, opened a Singapore office, and relocated its Geneva offices to accommodate future growth.

The Geneva-headquartered business has expanded the initial home-based team to a multi-cultural team of fuel professionals, based across its network of Geneva, Dublin, and Singapore offices.


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And Finally

Travion manages two round-the-world-flights for Czech operator, Travel Service

Travel Service a.s., one of Europe’s largest carriers, trusted the ground service and flight permit coordination of two recent 737-800 round-the-world charter flights to London Oxford Airport, England, based Travion Ltd.

The two itineraries consisted of one series of flights organized by a Czech travel agency, ESO Travel, travelling west to east and stopping at 18 cities during a 27 day period. The second series of flights flew east to west on behalf of Leonardo, the Slovak travel agency, which visited 14 cities over 25 days.

Touchdown in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Touchdown in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Travion’s commitment to meticulous processes and communication was the key to delivering on such an intense flight schedule. Their online real-time status and communication platform afforded Travel Service's customers constant access to status updates on all aspects of the planning and delivery; from permits through to VIP concierge services including landing cards, parking, ground handling and catering.

Michal Pasker, Travel Service’s Head of Flight Schedule Department said “We consider both trips to be successful and we would like to thank the whole operations team for their excellent cooperation and professionalism. We greatly appreciate Travion’s helpfulness and willingness to meet the various requirements related to this project. We consider their 24 hour support a great asset.”

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