Bombardier celebrated the entry-into-service of its award-winning Global 7500 business jet, during a special event held at its recently renamed Laurent Beaudoin Completion Centre, in presence of selected customers, suppliers and representatives from the industry.
“Pride and excitement are profound understatements when it comes to the entry-into-service of our flagship Global 7500 aircraft,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“This revolutionary aircraft is the gateway to a transformed business aviation landscape and a very bright future. No other aircraft can compare and this achievement demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to deliver revolutionary and high-performing aircraft and provide customers with the best business jet experience in the world.”
Throughout the entire flight testing program, the Global 7500 aircraft demonstrated its ability to push the boundaries of business travel by exceeding its initial performance commitments.
ZenithJet, a leading business aviation services firm for Bombardier Global aircraft, announced that it was the completions oversight provider for the first Bombardier Global 7500 production aircraft to enter service.
“Our client selected ZenithJet on the strength of our unique expertise with Global aircraft,” says George Tsopeis, President, ZenithJet. “We put the aircraft through a rigorous review process and it did not disappoint.
" We were also impressed by the state-of-the-art design elements on the aircraft, which significantly improve the cabin experience by giving it that “home in the sky” feel.
"With the first delivery now complete, we can appreciate that we had the privilege of experiencing this innovative aircraft before virtually anyone outside Bombardier.”
Airbus Helicopters has delivered a twin-engine H145 rotorcraft to new customer SoCal Air Services, a venture recently launched by Fred Luddy, founder of ServiceNow, a cloud computing company that Forbes declared “The World’s Most Innovative Company of 2018” (May 2018 cover issue).
“We are extremely excited to begin flying our new H145. We were immediately drawn to this striking helicopter when we saw it at the Heli Expo trade show in Las Vegas earlier this year,” said Mr. Luddy. “What really impressed us with the H145 was its large cabin capacity, high performance, safety features, stylish design, and configuration versatility, all of which make it an invaluable asset as we build our new business and expand others.”
The H145 was delivered out of Airbus Helicopters’ industrial facilities in Columbus, MS, and will serve as the lead rotorcraft for SoCal Air Services out of Carlsbad, CA. The company will operate the helicopter for charter flights, movie work, real estate operations and to support Mr. Luddy’s other business interests, including the World TeamTennis League, a sports property he owns with Billie Jean King.
Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine MRO services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Founded in 1911, StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent MRO providers offering extensive services and custom solutions for commercial aviation, business aviation, military and industrial power customers.
Flying Colours, the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has broken ground as work starts on building its largest hangar to date.
Industrial construction company Vicano Construction Ltd braved the cool Ontario weather to formally begin the fourth phase of expansion plans at the Canada-headquartered business aviation company this month.
On completion in mid-2019 the new building will house a a climate controlled, dedicated paint-shop, a spacious hangar large enough to hold up to A220-size aircraft, as well as offices, customer meeting rooms, interiors workshops and a board room.
The investment of approximately CAD$25m will add a further 100, 000 square feet to the Peterborough footprint.
The sole full-service FBO at Naples Airport, FL.(KAPF) has announced a name change from Naples Airport Authority to Naples Aviation.
Still under operation by the Naples Airport Authority, Naples Aviation has the same dedicated team providing the expert services customers know them for, along with a new fueling option.
“We’re excited about the new name, along with all of the changes that come with it,” said Mike Hushek, Naples Aviation’s FBO manager. “We have launched a new website for easier customer use and are offering competitive rates on jet fuel with Avfuel Contract Fuel.”
With the addition of contract fuel, operators will benefit from better-than-retail rates on jet fuel, as well as no-fee purchases, the ability to put all purchases (fuel and non-fuel with or without a fuel purchase) on their accounts, access to purchasing in a network of 3,000+ global locations, streamlined online account management, and tax-savings benefits.
Cirrus Aircraft has announced that Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and National Aviation Hall of Fame member Dale Klapmeier plans to step down from his current executive position within the first half of 2019 and transition into a senior advisory role.
A new CEO is expected to be named within that timeframe as an internal and external search is currently underway.
“Re-imagining personal transportation has been our lifelong mission at Cirrus Aircraft,” noted Klapmeier. “We’ve changed the face of aviation over the past 30 years - from delivering more than 7,000 of the world’s best-selling high-performance piston aircraft, to fundamentally rethinking how we travel with the introduction of the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet - the Vision Jet - to transforming our business into a lifestyle company that defines our path ahead.”
“Transitioning out of day-to-day operations will give me the opportunity to focus on long-term strategic opportunities,” continued Klapmeier. “I could not be more confident in the team and I am excited for what lies ahead for the entire Cirrus family. For Cirrus Aircraft employees, partners and owners around the world, the best is yet to come.”
International launch customer Qatar Executive continues expansion of Gulfstream fleet.
Gulfstream has made the first international deliveries of the clean-sheet, record-breaking Gulfstream G500.
Qatar Airways received two G500 aircraft at Gulfstream’s Savannah headquarters. The aircraft will join the five Gulfstream G650ER aircraft already in service with Qatar Executive, the airline’s executive charter business.
The all-new G500 earned its FAA type and production certificates in July 2018 and entered service in September. The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority validated the US type certificate in October.
En route to FAA certification, the G500 toured the world to give customers firsthand access to the aircraft, its Symmetry Flight DeckTM and class-leading interior. During the tour, the G500 flew nearly 130,000 nautical miles/240,760 kilometers and set 22 city-pair speed records, all in addition to the flying required for certification. In total, the G500 has already achieved nearly 30 city-pair speed records.
Textron Aviation's Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet has achieved provisional type certification (PTC) from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The PTC allows operators to begin Citation Longitude flight training in preparation for deliveries early next year and paves the way for the program’s final phase of certification.
“From an unmatched cabin experience to its commanding performance, the Citation Longitude truly sets a new standard for the business aviation industry,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “Our focus remains on equipping our customers with this revolutionary aircraft, and achieving this milestone is a pivotal step as we complete the final phase of the program.”
Activity and interest in the aircraft remains strong as customers experience its capabilities firsthand. Earlier this year, the Citation Longitude completed a world tour, circumnavigating the globe and demonstrating impressive performance figures along the way.
Flying Colours Corp. the maintenance, refurbishment and completion specialist, has completed the industry’s first trio of Bombardier Challenger 650 medevac interiors.
Number three, under contract from Bombardier Specialized Aircraft, was completed in December and has already arrived at Swiss Air-Rescue Rega’s base in Switzerland alongside the first two aircraft which were completed earlier this year. The third jet replicates the format of the first two cabins and is kitted out to meet the needs of demanding medevac operations.
Working in conjunction with Aerolite, the medical equipment specialists, and the Bombardier Specialized Aircraft team, Flying Colours designed, manufactured and installed the majority of the non-medical monuments, furnishings and interior components. When in full operation the cabin functions as a fully operative Intensive Care Unit for up to two patients with attending medical experts or can be easily configured to support transport of up to four patients. The spacious cabin can also accommodate specialized medical equipment as needed.
2019 Travel Risk Map now available
Volatility in the world demands vigilance and awareness to rapidly evolving circumstances. The 2019 Travel Risk Map provides a comprehensive overview of risks by destination to help organisations and their flight departments in mitigating travel risks.
The Travel Risk Map is produced annually by MedAire’s parent company, International SOS, and Control Risks.
“The Travel Risk Map captures risk from a global perspective, allowing businesses, managers, and the individual traveller to visualize potential trouble spots associated with upcoming travel destinations,” said John Cauthen, Director of Security, MedAire and Control Risks.
TFMS celebrates 15 years at Farnborough
This December marks TAG Aviation Farnborough Maintenance Services' (TFMS) fifteenth year of maintenance services operations from its base at TAG Farnborough Airport.
The significant milestone coincides with TFMS’s release of one of the World’s first 48-month base checks on a Bombardier CL350 aircraft. The comprehensive maintenance check, undertaken at TAG Aviation’s Bombardier approved (ASF) Farnborough included a complete cabin removal and refit.
Over recent years TAG Engineering Ltd (which now operates under the unified brand TAG Aviation Maintenance Services as part of the unique Pan-European maintenance services network of TAG Aviation) has gone from strength to strength delivering 100,000 hours of maintenance works in 2018, all within a very competitive environment.
Embraer and Boeing have approved the terms of a strategic partnership that would position both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets.
The approved terms define the joint venture comprising the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer, in which Boeing will hold an 80 percent ownership stake and Embraer will hold the remaining 20 percent.
The transaction remains subject to approval by the Government of Brazil, after which Embraer and Boeing intend to execute definitive transaction documents. The closing of the transaction will then be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
Air Partner’s Freight team have been extremely busy in 2018, delivering relief goods and humanitarian aid to those in need across the globe.
Missions included flights between Europe and Libya, Yemen, Central Africa, as well as between various African countries and from the US to the Mariana Islands in the Pacific.
A large bulk of this activity took place during this year’s typhoon season and in response to Typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu, for which Air Partner coordinated the transport and delivery of more than 2000 tons of relief cargo from the US to Guam and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Airbus has delivered Canada’s first H145 helicopter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The versatile twin-engine Airbus H145 is the latest variant of the H145 family of aircraft.
RCMP’s Air Support Unit will utilize the H145 for a variety of missions including surveillance and pursuit, fast roping, hoisting, Emergency Response Team operations, harbour surveillance and ship landings, and mountain search and rescue.
The aircraft will be based in Langley, B.C., and will operate mainly in the Vancouver Lower Mainland region, with the ability to deploy elsewhere as required.
Adam Twidell CEO of PrivateFly, offers eight industry predictions for 2019, as the company releases its annual trends report for 2018.
While economic and market conditions were challenging, 2018 was a record year for private jet booking service PrivateFly, which generated significant continued growth; celebrated ten years in business; and announced its acquisition by Directional Aviation in September. Reflecting on the year,
PrivateFly has now released its latest Private Jet Charter Trends 2018 report detailing its top destinations, aircraft and a range of customer demographics.
The Aviation Safety Network has released the 2018 airliner accident statistics showing a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities.
Despite several high-profile accidents, the year 2018 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show. Yet, last year was worse than the five-year average.
Over the year 2018, the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 556 fatalities. This makes 2018 the third safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the ninth safest in terms of fatalities. The safest year in aviation history was 2017 with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost.
Looking at that five-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities, last year was worse on both accounts.
United Arab Emirates:
Etihad Aviation Training, part of Etihad Aviation Group has accomplished the significant milestone of becoming the first full European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for the transport category in the United Arab Emirates.
This significant achievement reinforces the organisation’s position as a world-class aviation training centre, located in the Middle East.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Aviation Training is an ambitious enterprise, pursuing its mandate to provide outstanding training services to a global audience. The growth of the business will mirror the expansion of the global training market and the entire group is excited about the expanding portfolio of programmes and products."
£10 million upgrade to London Southend Airport Runway
Works get underway on January 7th on a £10m essential maintenance project to upgrade the durability and performance of the runway at London Southend Airport (EGMC).
The upgrade is part of the strategic plan for ongoing investment to cater for increased aircraft operations, which will lead to even more local job creation – including the 750 “on-site” jobs created per year with the opening of a new Ryanair base in summer 2019.
The majority of the works will be undertaken during night time in order to keep the airport operating smoothly during the day. The runway will be closed to all aircraft between the hours 23:30 - 06:30 to enable the contractors to carry out the planned works in a safe environment.
Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.
Happy New Year! It's a new year, and if you're like me, you have begun the year by filling it with numerous resolutions for a positive transformation in several of your behaviors - mainly eating habits.
Over the last year I have amply demonstrated reckless abandonment toward my regime. Granted, It's only the first week of my new eating plan, so, in an effort to be more successful, I felt I should seriously ask myself why foods that should have shown a negative weight gain, showed a positive one.
I cut down on my fat intake and I exercised every day. I tried to blame the lack of weight loss on my age and my family history. Most of my relatives are always on weight watching program and I've been told if you need to lose weight then do it while you're in your twenties since the older you get, the harder it gets. Ok, so that excuse works for me. Then I blamed my irregular schedule and convinced myself that my mindless eating really didn’t make a difference in my weight.
I do want to be slimmer but, after all, I am a chef and a caterer and I must taste the food to make sure that I am serving you the best foods, flavored and seasoned to perfection. I thought the idea of portion control didn’t matter for me because I didn’t really eat big meals, I just tasted bits and pieces all day - every day!
GAMA, IAOPA European and EBAA launch GA Survey
GAMA, in partnership with the IAOPA-Europe and EBAA, has launched a survey to collect meaningful statistical data for the European general aviation industry.
IAOPA made a first attempt at a general aviation survey in 2014 with success (about 1,500 operators and 3,500 pilots replied) but this data is now somewhat outdated and geographically limited.
There is limited statistical data in Europe about the general aviation fleet, therefore this type of data would allow for analyses that would make general aviation flying and operating in Europe safer and more economical.
The survey is open until 31 January 2019. Links to the survey:
ARGUS International has announced Apronjet as the first charter broker in Turkey to earn the ARGUS Registered Charter Broker Rating. Apronjet is a nationwide leader and one of the main regional brokers in on-demand private jet charters.
“This registration marks another important milestone in Apronjet’s journey and is proof of our commitment, trustworthiness, professionalism and high standards, summarized as ‘customer first, safety and ethics always’,” said Zafer Yesilgul, founder and owner of Apronjet.
TARMAC Aerosave joins forces with Aero-Design for upcycling
France's TARMAC Aerosave - specialists in commercial aircraft maintenance, storage, and recycling - has signed a partnership with Aero-Design to develop a range of decorative items made from dismantled aircraft parts.
TARMAC Aerosave is the European leader in managing end-of-life aircraft. While the majority of planes stored at its Tarbes, Toulouse and Teruel sites are returned to service - most of them due to a change of operator or owner - around a quarter are destined for recycling.
TARMAC Aerosave has a recovery rate of 92% and, after dismantling and sorting, sends the (electrical, metallic, textile, etc.) parts to recycling facilities. The whole approach is eco-friendly with a cold die cutting process for fuselages, water control to avoid dust and a unique diamond wire cutting gantry.
For this new partnership, TARMAC Aerosave sets aside some of the finer parts that are not intended for another market or recycling, so that Aero-Design can give them a new lease of life.
Founded by an artist who is an aviation enthusiast, Agnès Patrice-Crépin, Aero-Design has made a name for itself by transforming aviation parts into unique ornaments and avant-garde furniture. The range includes jewelry, trophies and corporate gifts.
After several successful collaborative projects with TARMAC Aerosave, particularly for the company’s 10th anniversary, the idea of a partnership seemed only natural. It corresponds to a growing demand from enthusiasts and collectors that TARMAC Aerosave cannot meet. As the company operates at an industrial scale, it cannot personalize each request and take the time to work on individual parts. This is exactly where Aero-Design’s expertise comes into play.
TARMAC Aerosave coming together with Aero-Design is part of a circular economy which provides a new, sustainable role for portholes, wings and connecters. TARMAC Aerosave takes care of dismantling the aircraft. And Aero-Design immortalizes these removed parts, showing their best side. www.tarmacaerosave.aero