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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 15th March 2018 | Issue #455
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IBAC welcomes ICAO decision on cockpit doors for ultra long-range business aircraft

The International Business Aviation Council welcomed last week the decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization to raise the weight threshold requirement for aircraft with hardened cockpit doors from 45.5 tonnes maximum certificated take-off weight (MCTOW) to 54.5 tonnes MCTOW for those aircraft where the passenger seating capacity is 19 or fewer.

The decision will allow the current and planned generation of ultra long-range business aircraft to reach their full operating potential.

Kurt Edwards, IBAC Director General, said, “This is a substantial accomplishment, and we are excited to share this news with the industry. For the last three years, IBAC has worked closely with the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), Bombardier, and Gulfstream to make this amendment a reality.

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United States

February US flight activity rises for third year in a row

3.5% increase year over year.

ARGUS TRAQPak data released this week indicates that February 2018 recorded an increase of 3.5% in flight activity YOY (February 2018 vs. February 2017).

The results by operational category were mixed with Part 135 activity, once again, producing the largest yearly gain, up 8.8%. Part 91 activity recorded a slight rise of 0.7% while Fractional activity slipped 0.6%.

The aircraft categories were all positive with large jets posting the largest gain from 2017, up 7.1%. Mid-size jets followed with an increase of 3.6%, and light jets posted a 2.3% year over year increase. The turboprop segment posted a modest 2.5% increase as well.

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Bombardier launches new in-service products for its bizjet fleet

Bombardier Business Aircraft launched twelve brand new product enhancements, from situational awareness and regulatory compliance to cabin upgrades to elevate the performance, comfort and luxurious aesthetics of its in-service aircraft.

These products are available for installation by the qualified experts who know the aircraft best and can reduce aircraft downtime by combining the installation with a major inspection at any of Bombardier's nine service centres worldwide.

"Bombardier is proud to offer its in-service fleet the latest in advanced technology and interior design enhancements," said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

"As the OEM, we are continually on the leading-edge of emerging trends and our highly trained and skilled technicians are best positioned to provide added value because we know our aircraft best."

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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. The modules include leadership qualities, foundations of management, service culture, communications, accountability and delegation, finance, team building, and others.

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Embraer's Executive Jets segment delivered 32 light and 18 large jets, totaling 50 aircraft in 4Q17, seven units more than 4Q16.

Full year 2017 deliveries totaled 109 executive jets versus 117 jets delivered in 2016.

At the end of 2017, Embraer had US$ 777m in firm orders of executive jets in its backlog.

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Aero Standard appointed Daher TBM Service Center in Croatia

Daher has announced the appointment of Aero Standard, an EASA Part 145 maintenance organization based at Zadar International Airport, as the Croatia Service Center for its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft.

This latest member of Daher’s global TBM service center network will perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for all TBM versions.

Equipped with a mobile workshop for in-field maintenance and AOG (Aircraft on Ground) situations, Aero Standard provides a full range of support capabilities in its area of coverage in Eastern Europe.

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Jet Support Services Inc

Jason Schwab

Jason Schwab

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has appointed Jason Schwab as president of JSSI Advisory Services.

In this new role, Schwab will lead the company’s growing range of aircraft consulting services and subscription products.

Schwab joins JSSI from Goldman Sachs, where he served as a trusted advisor to institutional clients on all aspects of wealth management. Previously, he was a U.S. Army Captain and OH-58D pilot with multiple combat tours.

Schwab earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

airplus Maintenance GmbH

Robert Zehnder

Robert Zehnder

German MRO airplus Maintenance has appointed Robert Zehnder as its Head of Customer Service & Planning.

In this role, he will oversee all commercial aspects; customer service, CAMO and work planning.

Zehnder began his aviation career as an aircraft engineer in the Swiss Air Force and thereafter with Swissair and SR Technics with a B1/B2 license on wide-body aircraft.

He gained his business aviation experience with Jet Aviation and Altenrhein Aviation and was Head of Customer Services with Kuerzi Avionics prior to joining airplus Maintenance.



Dassault launches the Falcon 6X

Dassault Aviation has unveiled the Falcon 6X, the most spacious, advanced and versatile twinjet in business aviation.

The new 5,500 nm aircraft will make its first flight in early 2021 and begin deliveries in 2022.

Dassault launches the Falcon 6X

The Falcon 6X advanced digital flight control and cockpit technologies draw on heritage from other recent Falcon models and fighter jet programs.

The 6X is largely based on the Falcon 5X aerodynamics and system features which were validated during the 5X preliminary flight test program. It has been optimized to take advantage of the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PurePower PW800 engines, offering a greater range and a longer cabin.

The 5X program stalled last year when the aircraft's Snecma Silvercrest engines failed to meet target dates for development.

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Business Aviation stimulates economic growth across Europe

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has published an Economic Value and Business Benefits Report, outlining clearly the value derived by the European economy from the activity of Business Aviation.

Business Aviation stimulates economic growth across Europe

The report, commissioned by the EBAA and produced by Booz Allen Hamilton in collaboration with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR), examines the economic impact of the Business Aviation sector on the European economy (EU28 incl. Monaco, San Marino, Gibraltar, Channel Islands, Island of Man, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein), building on a similar report published in 2016.

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All-female crews mark International Women's Day

Six all-female crews from the Lufthansa Group marked International Women's Day on March 8th by flying passengers from Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels to the German capital.

All-female crews mark International Women's Day

For the growing number of female pilots, Lufthansa has had the word "Kapitänin" ("Captain") specially approved by the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache, Germany's most important government-sponsored language society.

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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.

Guardian Flight transitions to Learjet 45s in Alaska

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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This week: Nano-technology protection specialists

Aerocoat International

Terry Spruce

Aerocoat International, a European leader in nano-technology aircraft surface protection, recently completed work on the interior of a Gulfstream G650 business jet, protecting all surfaces within the passenger cabin, the lavatory and the flight deck.

The privately-owned G650 aircraft is managed by TAG Aviation Europe for the owner and based at London Luton Airport, where the work was carried out.

Aerocoat International is an EASA Part 145 approved organisation based at Earls Colne Airfield in Essex, UK, along with its sister companies, Cavendish Aviation and Alpi Aviation UK. Their facility boasts a dedicated clean room hangar capable of accommodating aircraft as large as Piper Navajos.

Since 2014 the company has worked on the exterior and interior of more than 50 aircraft, including Daher TBM and Cirrus aircraft located on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

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Jet Aviation installs its first JetWave Ka-band system on a Global 6000 in Geneva

Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility in Geneva recently installed its first Honeywell JetWave satellite communications hardware system in a Global 6000.

The JetWave satellite terminals operate on Inmarsat Aviation’s GX Ka-band network to provide high-speed broadband connectivity. Jet Aviation has agreed to do a second such installation on a Global 6000 in May 2018.

Jet Aviation installs its first JetWave Ka-band system on a Global 6000 in Geneva

By enabling high-speed internet connection, the JetWave satellite communications technology ensures crews and passengers can make inter-continental telephone calls, send emails, surf the internet and stream live video, improving flight safety and operations, while enhancing the flight experience.

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United Kingdom

Mayors preview developments at London Biggin Hill

Mayors from across London and the South East visited London Biggin Hill yesterday at the invitation of the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, for an exclusive look at new and upcoming developments at the airport.

Mayors preview developments at London Biggin Hill

The mayors enjoyed a presentation by community engagement manager Colin Hitchins on London Biggin Hill’s job creation, investment and infrastructure plans before embarking on a tour of the airport, which included the newly expanded Bombardier Corporate Jet facility.

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Vector Aerospace secures UK MoD Gazelle Helicopter maintenance support contract

Vector Aerospace, a StandardAero company, has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance support for the UK Army Air Corps' (AAC) Gazelle AH Mk1 helicopter fleet at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

Vector Aerospace secures UK MoD Gazelle Helicopter maintenance support contract

Work under the contract is expected to commence in April 2018, and - with Contract Extension Options - continue until 30th June 2022.

On 22 July 2016, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that the AAC’s Gazelle AH1s would remain in service for a further nine years, taking the Gazelle past its 50th anniversary in UK military service and making it the oldest helicopter in active UK inventory.

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BACA comments on Prime Minister's Mansion House statement

With Brexit planned for little over a year away, BACA - The Air Charter Association notes the British Prime Minister's statement on the UK's membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

BACA, which is the global trade body representing the interests of a number of companies in the Air Charter industry, welcomes further clarity on the operational effect of Brexit on passenger and cargo airlines and business jet operators.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in her speech at Mansion House in the City of London on Friday, March 2, 2018 stated that "We will also want to explore with the EU, the terms on which the UK could remain part of EU agencies, such as those that are critical for the chemicals, medicines and aerospace industries: the European Medicines Agency, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency."

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United Kingdom

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UK business aviation continues to flourish, says WINGX

Despite regulatory uncertainty in the face of protracted Brexit negotiations, WINGX reports that 2017 saw business aviation activity to and from the UK rank among the top three countries for growth in Europe alongside France and Germany thanks to an additional 375 departures per month compared with 2016.

According to Richard Koe, Managing Director of WINGX, much of the UK’s 4.3% year-on-year business aviation growth during 2017 was driven by London, which saw an impressive 5.5% increase in overall activity.

London Biggin Hill Airport saw the most substantial rise, reporting a 15.6% boost in business aviation flights, followed by London Stansted and Farnborough, which witnessed a 12.9% and 9.4% upturn in annual flight activity respectively.

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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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Tastefully Yours . . . Pauls Kraft.
Paula Kraft

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

There's more than one way to crack an egg!


pring has arrived in Atlanta. Our jackets are gone and little sweaters are more than
sufficient for the breezy sun soaked days.

The Bradford Pear trees are bursting with clusters of white blossoms, the cherry trees with beautiful lavender blooms, the tulips and daffodils have popped up, and the azalea buds are about to explode. Wow, is all I can say!

I just love the spring season. I feel refreshed; wanting to recreate my surroundings, reinvent worn out recipes and menus. Spring always makes me think of certain foods - lamb, baby vegetables, thin tender asparagus, artichokes, and eggs.

Yes, I did say eggs.

Our passengers and crews are ordering more eggs than usual. I don’t know why, but sales of eggs in every form are increasing. As I look at the requests, I can see both chicken and quail eggs requested with preparations ranging from hard and soft boiled, to poached and baked. Quail eggs are trending in so many courses. They are the perfect bite size for a snack or an appetizer, or as an addition to a salad. I have had many requests to teach classes about breakfast and brunch meals for the aircraft.

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On Air Dining completes significant investment at Farnborough Airport base

Leading executive in-flight culinary specialist and concierge, On Air Dining, has completed a significant investment programme at its Farnborough base to manage the predicted growth in business at the Hampshire, UK Airport.

The investment, which was completed this month, includes a total kitchen refurbishment, the addition of two new high-loaders and the reinforcement of the Farnborough-based On Air team.

On Air Dining CEO, Daniel Hulme.

On Air Dining CEO, Daniel Hulme

The facility also boasts one of the only dedicated and approved Halal Certified kitchens in the country to add to the company’s pioneering establishment at London Stansted Airport.

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Centreline becomes Europe's primary Legacy 500 operator

Leading European aircraft charter and management company, Centreline, has strengthened its position as the continent’s most significant operator of the Legacy 500 aircraft after taking delivery of a second, brand new aircraft under management.

The jet is based in Manchester and will be available for charter bookings from the end of March 2018.

The aircraft, which has a range of 3100 nautical miles, will add capacity to destinations such as the former CIS, Greece and the Canary Islands, even from relatively short runways such as Dundee and Oxford. The aircraft has the kudos of being the penultimate one of its kind to come out of Embraer’s manufacturing centre in Brazil. The Legacy is Centreline’s third super-midsize jet, complementing the company’s existing Legacy 500 and Falcon 2000LXS.

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And Finally

PrivateFly confirms sponsorship for teenage F4 driver Olli Caldwell as he jets into Europe

The 15-year old driver will be supported by the private charter platform, as he juggles GCSEs and international races, in his first European F4 season.


UK-headquartered private jet booking platform PrivateFly has confirmed it will sponsor teenage racing driver Olli Caldwell again this season, as he moves into Europe with PREMA Powerteam.


The 15-year old is preparing to tackle the Italian and ADAC (German) F4 Championships in 2018, following his successful first season with British F4, when he became the youngest ever driver on the grid.

The 2018 season will see Olli combining his new racing career in Europe with his GCSE exams back at home, near Southampton, resulting in a very busy travel schedule. At one stage, the teenager will have three race weekends in a row, in three different countries, flying back for school in between.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly comments: “PrivateFly is a firm supporter of young talent and we are delighted to support one of motorsport’s most exciting rising stars again this season - when fast and efficient air travel will be absolutely key to his success. Olli had a very promising debut in British F4 last year and we couldn’t be prouder that he’ll be wearing the PrivateFly brand, as he continues his career with PREMA Powerteam.”

Olli Caldwell comments: “It’s fantastic to be working with PrivateFly again this year. Their support will be a key asset, in such an important year for me, on and off the track. Being able to move quickly between races and school will be crucial over the next few months, and the flexibility of private aviation PrivateFly
means I can reach circuits like the Nurburgring or Monza when it’s most convenient for me, rather than on airline schedules. It will take away a lot of stress when organising the season.”
  Olli Caldwell

Olli Caldwell

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