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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 19th April 2018 | Issue #460

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United States

NBAA welcomes introduction of long-term House FAA Reauthorization bill

The National Business Aviation Association has welcomed the introduction of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), House legislation authorizing funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2023.

“We welcome this bipartisan legislation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

“The fact that it’s a bipartisan bill increases its changes for passage, and the fact that it’s a long-term bill should give us an opportunity to focus all our efforts on maintaining, and even accelerating, our continuing work to make the Next Generation aviation system a reality.”

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Flexjet launches Corporate Solutions to complement flight department needs

Flexjet LLC has announced Corporate Solutions by Flexjet, which will partner with corporate flight departments to enhance capabilities and efficiencies while maintaining the high standards expected by their companies.

This division of Flexjet will focus its expertise on corporate flight departments that maintain and operate their own fleet of aircraft.

Flexjet already serves several Fortune 1000 companies with a combination of supplemental lift and consultation to achieve more effective utilization of their existing fleets.

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Hong Kong

Satcom Direct ramps up Asia Pacific presence with Hong Kong office expansion

Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation connectivity, software and hardware provider, celebrated the opening of its new Asia Pacific office on 10th April, accompanied by dancing dragons, traditional Hong Kong fare, and an elite gathering of Asian business jet operators.

Satcom Direct ramps up Asia Pacific presence with Hong Kong office expansion

Situated in the heart of bustling Wan Chai, the expanded Hong Kong home of SD gives the growing customer base easier access to the business as it moves from its Hong Kong airport airside location, to the core of the city’s commercial district.

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United States

MSB Aerospace begins production in Savannah, Georgia

MSB Aerospace LLC, the US-based division of Montreal-headquartered precision engineering business MSB Design, has begun production at its new Savannah, Georgia facility.

The work is being undertaken in the newly equipped state-of-the-art workshops which mirror the Montreal site in terms of production and process. Although smaller in size, the production unit, which currently measures 10 000 sq feet, is expected to produce up to 30% of MSB’s north America output through 2018. MSB Aerospace LLC is already holding another 60 000 sq feet in the same building for further expansion.

With the new facility in operation MSB’s customers benefit from quicker turn-around times, a more personalised service, and earlier direct liaison with the customer in the product development lifecycle. Customers also benefit from a change in purchasing patterns with MSB now buying nearly 100% of materials in the US.

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OJets acquires European management and charter company Elit’Avia

Acquisition opens access to markets worldwide and enriches OJets with decade-long operational expertise.

OJets, a new integrated provider of comprehensive business aviation services, has announced the acquisition of Elit’Avia, a business aircraft management, charter and services company based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Headquartered in Singapore, OJets’ world-class team is guided by a commitment to delivering industry-defining service - tailored to the most discerning Asian and international business travelers. OJets makes trans-Pacific and transcontinental air travel luxurious and convenient.

OJets CEO, Nicholas Houseman

OJets CEO, Nicholas Houseman

Last week, OJets announced the purchase of two aircraft (a Bombardier Global 6000 and a Bombardier Challenger 650) from Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

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United Arab Emirates

Jetex and Wright Electric partner to electrify private jet travel

Jetex will join forces with US startup Wright Electric to revolutionize private jet aviation.

With this new partnership, Jetex will be the first general aviation company globally to champion and support electric aircraft for short haul flights.

The company will implement the charging infrastructure and full support for electric aircraft, expanding throughout the vast Jetex Global FBO Network, starting in Dubai - a potential for charging stations at over thirty FBOs.

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Embraer delivers 14 commercial and 11 executive jets in 1Q18

During the first quarter of 2018, Embraer delivered 11 business jets and 14 commercial jets across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific.

Executive Aviation

Phenom 100


Phenom 300 5
Legacy 450 2

Legacy 500


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John Fleeman
John Fleeman

Comlux's completion and service center in Indianapolis, Comlux Completion, has appointed John Fleeman as the new Head of Maintenance.

John is joining the Comlux team after 21 years at Associated Air Center in Dallas. He has acquired a wealth of industry knowledge over the years in both BBJ and ACJ MRO work.

John started his career working at Dalfort as an A&P mechanic. He served in various roles at AAC, starting first as an A&P lead mechanic and later moving to a Maintenance Program Manager and ultimately the Director of Maintenance where he worked for the last 10 years.

Universal Avionics

Curtis Thelen
Curtis Thelen

Universal Avionics has announced the appointment of Curtis Thelen to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the company.

Thelen transitions into this new role as predecessor, Mr. Michael Delgado retires after 20 years with the company.

Curtis Thelen joined Universal Avionics in 2007 when he assumed the position of Controller. He has a business degree in Finance and Accounting, and a Master's Degree in Business.

"We're pleased to have Curtis Thelen move up to CFO," said Paul DeHerrera, Universal Avionics Chief Executive Officer. "His strong financial background and experience with the Universal Avionics culture will be extremely valuable as the company continues on its solid growth path."


Guardian Flight

Randy Lyman
Randy Lyman

Guardian Flight Inc. has named Randy Lyman Vice President of Base Operations for the leading air medical transport company.

Lyman is responsible for all of Guardian Flight's more than 50 bases that serve 15 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Previously he served REACH Air Medical Services as Director of Service Delivery and VP of CALSTAR Air Medical Services, following its acquisition by REACH. REACH and Guardian Flight are both AMGH companies.

Lyman joined REACH in 1987 as one of the company's original paramedics. He has served as a medical crew supervisor, base manager, general manager, and director of service delivery.

During a 40-year medical transport career, Lyman has held positions as an emergency medical technician, paramedic, FTO, field supervisor and operations manager.



Global 7000's extended 7,700nm range unlocks new possibilities in business travel

Having completed multiple long-range flights around the world, Bombardier's marquee Global 7000 business jet now boasts an outstanding range of 7,700 nautical miles, connecting more city pairs than any other business aircraft.

Global 7000's extended 7,700nm range unlocks new possibilities in business travel

"We are thrilled to offer this extended range to our loyal customers, who are the driving force behind our engineering feats and who will soon own an aircraft that simply has no peer," said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "Not only are we standing by our commitment to begin delivering Global 7000 aircraft this year, we are exceeding expectations along the way."

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BAA and Luxaviation celebrate a growing international network on alliance anniversary

One year on since Business Aviation Asia Ltd. (BAA) and Luxaviation pooled their expertise to form a strategic global alliance, the two world-leading business aviation companies have further extended their combined international network to deliver service excellence across the globe.

BAA and Luxaviation celebrate a growing international network on alliance anniversary

Announced in April 2017, the strategic partnership of BAA, one of the most influential business aviation operators in Asia Pacific, and Luxaviation, a leading global private aviation operator, has brought together a fleet of more than 270 aircraft and 50 helicopters in addition to 1,700 employees worldwide.

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United Kingdom

FLYT launches industry first digital helicopter booking platform

Rotary world follows successful private jet booking disruptors.

FLYT, a brand new digital helicopter booking service allowing customers to instantly view quotes from an extensive range of UK helicopter operators and book online via desktop, tablet or smartphone, is now live with the aim of lowering the cost of rotary travel and making it more accessible to a wider customer base.

FLYT launches industry first digital helicopter booking platform

FLYT is the brainchild of helicopter pilot and tech entrepreneur Andy King and SaxonAir co-founder James Palmer. Located at The London Heliport in Battersea and with a tech team in central Manchester, FLYT’s goal is to bring the same technology clients are now enjoying in the private jet sector to commercial helicopter bookings.

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Flying Colours flourishing in Asian region

Flying Colours Corp. the refurbishment, completions and MRO specialist marked another successful year of Asian operations at this year’s ABACE.

Flying Colours flourishing in Asian region

During the last twelve months the full-interiors service business, based in Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Service Centre at Seletar Airport, Singapore, has added several new technicians and seen a steady increase in the number of Globals and Challengers worked on. The current team of 24, with capabilities covering a wide range of interior needs, serves a customer-base of private individuals, corporate flight departments and charter fleets.

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ExecuJet FBOs first to achieve IS-BAH accreditation in Australia

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating becoming the first operator in Australia to achieve the International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH) Stage I accreditation for both its Sydney and Melbourne FBOs.

ExecuJet FBOs first to achieve IS-BAH accreditation in Australia

The announcement comes a year after the launch of ExecuJet’s state-of-the-art Sydney FBO at Sydney Airport, which comprises a VIP guest lounge, private apron and aircraft hangar. ExecuJet’s Melbourne FBO at Essendon Airport boasts a dedicated lounge and full support services, ensuring a seamless and discreet process for passengers just ten kilometres from the city of Melbourne.

read more, plus: ExecuJet Haite announces strategic partnership with Tianjin Binhai International Airport

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This week . . .

London Oxford Airport's annual pre-EBACE briefing highlighted the huge variety of innovative companies operating on site, from long standing players like CAE and Airways Aviation, to newer tech startups, such as bulk procurement specialists Aviaa.

New kids on the block Hullo Aircrew and FLYT are both receiving great traction for their apps, for flight crew and helicopter charter respectively.

London Oxford Airport's annual pre-EBACE briefing highlighted the huge variety of innovative companies operating on site.

Plans for a new technology park and hotel are set to have a positive effect on business at the airport, said Head of Business Development, James Dillon-Godfray.


London Heliport news update

The London Heliport, London’s only licensed heliport, handled 11,900 total movements (including exempted movements) in 2017, representing a 5% increase in activity, slightly less than 2016.

The trend toward medium to large twin-engined executive helicopter movements also continued into 2017 with types like the Leonardo AW169 recently becoming available for public charter for the first time (with Halo and Starspeed).

Halo Aviation’s Leonardo AW169 available for charter

Interlining with business jets activity accounted for 20% of traffic during the year with the likes of Castle Air, Capital, Atlas, Halo Aviation and Starspeed departing London Biggin Hill, Luton, London Oxford Airport, Farnborough and Stansted Airports.

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United States

Tamarack Aerospace receives approval for CJ2 and CJ2+ Active Winglets

Idaho based Tamarack Aerospace Group has now received additional EASA and FAA approvals for its ATLAS Active Winglets on the Cessna Citation business jet line, with new authorizations for the C525A series, which includes the CJ2 and CJ2+ aircraft.

Tamarack already has approvals on the C525 and C525B CJ series.

Tamarack Aerospace receives approval for CJ2 and CJ2+ Active Winglets

“This is our second STC approval on the CitationJet series this quarter.” said Nick Guida, Founder of Tamarack Aerospace. “It shows how agile the Tamarack team has become in obtaining multiple sequential certifications. Regulatory approval of our latest STC amendment for the Citation CJ2 and CJ2+ proves what our existing CJ owners have known since their installs: Active Winglets on the C525 and C525B, and now on the C525A, dramatically enhance the performance of the aircraft. With ATLAS you can climb faster, fly farther and burn less fuel.”

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Sun'N'Fun Florida

Daher introduces Garmin’s latest G3000 features and functionality on the TBM 930

Daher has introduced the latest features and functionality on the Garmin G3000 all-glass integrated flight deck configuration for TBM 930s - the high-end model in Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family.

Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit, unveiled the TBM 930’s upgraded cockpit during a press conference at Lakeland, Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in Expo.

“ Our long-term partnership with Garmin enabled us to introduce the latest G3000 capabilities on the TBM 930, offering our customers the most modern cockpit technology available to optimize their flight operations,” Chabbert said. “Working together, our teams were able to integrate, test and certify this major update in just a few months.”

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United States

Clay Lacy celebrates opening of maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport

Clay Lacy Aviation hosted an open house and lunch on April 4 to celebrate the opening of the company’s 65,000-square-foot aircraft maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) in Oxford, Connecticut.

Clay Lacy celebrates opening of maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport

Staffed by factory trained technicians on Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Cessna and Hawker airframes, the facility offers light line maintenance for engine and airframe, avionics troubleshooting and repairs, and minor interior updates and reconditioning. The process for FAA Part 145 repair station certification is underway and approval is expected later this year.

For more information, call 203.575.4428 or email roadtrip@claylacy.com.

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Eurocontrol selects BT for NewPENS

Better and safer data flows for aviation.

Following a common procurement action, Eurocontrol and forty-one industry partners, primarily air navigation service providers (ANSPs), have launched a new contract with BT for the provision and management of a secure and highly resilient New Pan-European Network Service (NewPENS).

The 10-year contract has an estimated total value of more than €50m.

The new, ultra-resilient network will connect around 100 locations across 47 countries in the Eurocontrol area and neighbouring countries. It can be used by all air traffic management (ATM) stakeholders to transfer business-critical data reliably, securely and safely in a cost-efficient way.

Eurocontrol selects BT for NewPENS

It will be built on BT's IP network with mission-critical connections running on a dual core infrastructure, offering parallel connectivity that is physically and logically separated in order to provide the highest levels of availability and resilience.

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United Kingdom

London Oxford Airport hails 10 years of consistent growth

London Oxford Airport, ranked the fifth busiest UK business airport in the UK and amongst the top 20 in Europe, is among a handful of UK business airports that have seen consistent growth post the financial crash of 2007.

According to Eurocontrol figures published last month, London Stansted (with its five FBOs) leads the ‘most recovered’ with a 35% 10-year growth. But London Oxford is a close second with an overall 32% growth.

London Luton Airport retains its crown as the number one airport for business aviation movements, but it and a few other London-centric airports have become “increasingly squeezed for slots, to the benefit of airports like us,” said James Dillon-Godfray, Head of Business Development, speaking at London Oxford Airport’s pre-EBACE 2018 media briefing last week. "With night flights constrained at key peer airports we can still operate to midnight seven days a week."

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Charter market accelerating in Asia, says Avinode

The Asian business aviation charter market is expanding rapidly, according to new figures from Avinode, a leading technology and data partner for the business aviation industry.

Requests for arrivals into Asian airports made through Avinode rose by 43% for the period April 2017 to March 2018 compared to the same period in 2016-17, from 78,269 to 111,964.

Avinode CEO, Oliver King.

Avinode CEO, Oliver King.

The most significant increases in flight requests for arrivals into Asia were from Russia and the US, with requests from the US surging 72.4%.

For trips from Russia to Asia, flight requests made through Avinode leapt 41.4%, from 24,580 in 2016-2017, to 34,765 in the same period 2017-2018.

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Tastefully Yours . . . Pauls Kraft.
Paula Kraft

Paula returns next week.

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SETops 2018 - Set for September

Emerald Media and BlueSky are pleased to announce that the third annual edition of SETOps - their highly successful Single Engine Turboprop Operators Conference - will return on Friday, 28th September.

Once again we will be partnering with the Royal Aeronautical Society.

“SETops was extremely well received last year and we are confident of having at least one UK AOC operator by the time of the next gathering,” said Alison Chambers, Emerald Media.

SETops 2018 - Set for September

Emerald’s recent move into niche industry conferences, partnering with BlueSky, has become an important component of its influencer activity.

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Fokker Techniek awarded first ever Airbus ACJ319neo VIP completion by K5-Aviation

Fokker Techniek, a business of GKN Aerospace, has signed a contract with long-term customer K5-Aviation for the first ever ACJ319neo VIP completion.

The completion starts in May 2019 and is scheduled to be ready for delivery at the beginning of 2020. This order comes in addition to the already contracted completions.

Luca Madone of K5-Aviation said, “Awarding Fokker Techniek for this prestigious project was a logical continuation of the existing relationship both companies have from previous projects. We believe Fokker will deliver again on time and according to our highest expectations. The aircraft will have a modern interior with a focus on saving weight and will include the latest interior technologies.”

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San Marino

Fly Comlux opens San Marino T7 Commercial AOC

Comlux has announced the opening of a new commercial AOC in San Marino for its VIP Aviation division, Fly Comlux.

This 4th AOC “T7” complements Comlux’s existing AOCs in Malta (9H), Aruba (P4) and Kazakhstan (UP).

The first aircraft to join Comlux San Marino AOC is a Bombardier Challenger 604.

Comlux has put in place the required team of post-holders and the best aviation practices to ensure a smooth entry into service of the aircraft.

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Deer Jet launches extra-value plans for charter and aircraft management

Beijing business aviation company Deer Jet has launched four innovative plans for its on-demand charter and aircraft management services.

The plans are aimed to allow a broader customer base to experience the advantages of private jet travel and to reward its most loyal clients. The new products include the “Entry Experiential Plan”, “Jet Card 4.0”, “Ferry-waived Card”, and “Deer Jet AM Care+”.

The “Entry Experiential Plan” is the first product of this type ever offered by the company and new for the on-demand charter market. With this plan, Deer Jet has simplified very complex fees by consolidating all in one single fixed + service fee for its charter services.

According to the company, the plan offer best-in-value for individual and corporate clients, and can also be contracted on group basis.

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And Finally

RAF100 Baton passes through London Biggin Hill Airport
A 32 Squadron BAe146 aircraft carrying Royal Air Force veterans touched down at London Biggin Hill Airport, Britain’s most famous RAF fighter station during the Second World War, on Friday (13th April) as part of the RAF’s Centenary Baton Relay.
There it was welcomed by Will Curtis, Managing Director of London Biggin Hill, Senior RAF members, air cadets and special guests including the Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, who were on site to witness the formal RAF Baton handover ceremony.

The specially designed baton, carried by RAF personnel, cadets and veterans passed through London Biggin Hill Airport as part of a 100-day mission to visit 100 places of historical significance across the UK and abroad.

Its journey began at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 1, exactly 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Veterans, Squadron Leader Martin Grugeon and Squadron Leader Tom Rosser, assisted by the Mayor, passed the baton to Senior RAF Cadet Billie, who will ensure its continued passage.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager, London Biggin Hill Airport, said: “It is fitting that the airport, which played such a crucial role in the Battle of Britain, should take part in honouring the service and sacrifices made by Royal Air Force personnel over the last 100 years.”

  RAF100 Baton passes through London Biggin Hill Airport
Retired Squadron Leaders Martin Grugeon (left) and Tim Rosser (front) with Will Curtis, MD, London Biggin Hill Airport

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