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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 10th January 2019 | Issue #493

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United States:

December US flight activity posts very slight decline after Christmas week

Overall industry sees 0.5% decrease YOY.

ARGUS TRAQPak’s review of year over year flight activity (December 2018 vs. December 2017) indicates that December 2018 recorded a decrease of 0.5%.

The results by operational category were mixed with Fractional activity, again, posting the largest yearly increase, up 3.5% year over year. Part 91 activity posted an increase of 1.4%, while Part 135 activity declined for the 7th straight month, down 4.1%. The aircraft categories were mostly negative with mid-size jets posting the only increase from 2017, up 2.8%.

Light jets posted a decrease of 1.6%, while large jets posted a 0.5% year over year decrease. Turboprops decreased 2.8%.

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United States:

Clay Lacy announces factory new 13-passenger Global 6000 for charter at Palm Beach

Clay Lacy Aviation expands its East Coast charter fleet with a factory-new Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet at Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI).

Seating up to 13 passengers, and featuring next-generation, streaming enabled, Ka-band high-speed satellite internet, this Global 6000 is ideal for fast and smooth charter flights anywhere in the world.

Also available for charter from Clay Lacy is a 8-passenger 2017 Bombardier Challenger 350 super-midsize jet at Miami’s Opa-Locka Executive Airport (KOPF). This Challenger 350 offers domestic inflight Wi-Fi, Bombardier’s innovative cabin management system and one of the most spacious cabins in its class.


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United States:

JETNET demonstrating new features at 2019 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Corporate aviation information provider, JETNET, is demonstrating new features and capabilities at this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference from January 29-February 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

JETNET is helping top-tier equipment providers, fuel and ground service providers, resale and finance companies, insurance and refit specialists, and maintenance shops find and analyze historical flight activity to fit their individual missions. Understanding how clients, prospects, and fleets are being utilized is a complex task that JETNET says their new software helps manage at multiple levels simultaneously by providing new ways to use flight data.

Mike Foye, JETNET Director of Marketing, says JETNET specializes in helping aviation professionals figure out how to use historical flight data to their advantage. “We’re all about converting flight activity into serial number level contacts, including the owners/operators, chief pilots, directors of maintenance, and more. We solve questions like how to figure out the key contacts behind the aircraft you want to service, refuel, manage, insure, finance, overhaul, and paint. We do it using our flight activity & route analysis.”


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Altitude Attitude

Shae Blevins

Shae Blevins, digital strategist, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, KS, the Air Capital.

Email marketers segment customers for targeted campaigns

How many emails did you receive during the holidays exclaiming the best deal of the year or your last chance to take advantage of a great offer?

How did your untouched inbox look when you returned from work after your holiday break?

You might dread the Monday morning slog through your inbox, but those marketers know email is king. We’re here to tell you, they’re right. In 2018, we walked you through some of our email design basics, so you know why they’re using engaging visuals and big, bold buttons.

Email marketers segment customers for targeted campaigns.

Let’s dig deeper in 2019 and take a look at how email marketers segment customer lists and deliver targeted content based on customer data to get the best return compared to any other marketing tactic.


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United States:

Universal Chairman Greg Evans awarded NBAA Silk Scarf Award

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. Chairman Greg Evans has been awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s prestigious Silk Scarf Award for his contributions to the business aviation community throughout his career.

The Silk Scarf represents diligence, industry, and persistence and was created to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators.

Greg Evans

Greg Evans

“Over many years, Greg has generously donated his resources, time, finances, and even his aircraft to support those in need,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He is always willing to step up and lend a hand to help others. He embodies what the Silk Scarf Award is all about, and it is a privilege to recognize him with this honor.”


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United States:

TRAXXALL opens new office in Denver, Colorado

Montreal headquartered aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system provider, TRAXXALL, has opened a new office in Denver, Colorado.

The new 2,300-square-foot office is located at 10800 East Geddes Ave. in Englewood. It will be home to up to 15 employees, including TRAXXALL’s western sales and operations teams.

“We are pleased to report that our client base and aircraft enrollments continue to grow,” says Mark Steinbeck, President, TRAXXALL.

Mark Steinbeck

Mark Steinbeck

“And, in order to effectively manage our growth, we are hiring new people. This office complements our operations centers in Montreal, Canada and Jacksonville, FL by providing a strong western presence and the capacity to better serve clients anywhere in North America from three strategically-placed locations.”

“Denver is a great city that is home to many talented people, excellent infrastructure and an outstanding quality of life for its citizens. And, we expect to make more local hires in the coming weeks.”

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Luxaviation Group

Des Miles

Des Miles

Des Miles has been appointed Group MRO Sales Director for the Luxaviation Group. He took up the new position on 1st January 2019.

Des’ primary function will be to grow the MRO sales pipeline and coordinate sales activities across the Group, in order to enhance the customer experience.

In this role, Des will report to Graeme Duckworth, Executive Vice President MRO Services Luxaviation Group. Des will also continue in his current role as MRO Business Development Manager for the Middle East, reporting into Nick Weber, Maintenance Director, ExecuJet Middle East.

Des is a licensed aircraft engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in aviation, including 14 years in aviation management and supervision. He has past experience in MRO sales as part of his position as Maintenance Manager.

Comlux Completion

Daron Dryer

Daron Dryer

With the upcoming delivery of its first Wide Body completion and the arrival of the first Boeing BBJ MAX and Airbus ACJ neo in Indianapolis this winter, Comlux Completion has announced oganizational and operational changes.

Daron Dryer is promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Comlux Completion as of January 1st, 2019, taking over Scott Meyer’s duties. Daron has over 20 years' experience within the aviation industry. He joined Comlux in 2009 as Director of Engineering and was promoted Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Daron has successfully integrated a technology and research center within Comlux, developing in-house innovative solutions for the VIP cabin outfitting industry.

Scott Meyer is appointed Executive Vice President at the Comlux Group level. Scott has been with Comlux Completion practically since the inception of the company. He started his career at Comlux in 2009 as VP Engineering. In March 2014 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and since early 2015 has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Comlux Completion.

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Guest Article

Countering the threat of unlawful dronesMatthew Borie

From 19-21 December 2018, a series of unlawful drone incidents occurred near London Gatwick Airport causing severe disruption to hundreds of flights. Just two days ago (Tuesday 8th January) similar "possible drone activity" was reported at London Heathrow Airport, resulting in the suspension of all departures for approximately one hour.

Matthew Borie, Head of Analysis at Osprey Flight Solutions, considers the detection, monitoring and countering of unauthorised drone activity near airports and offers advice to Operators.

Over the past four years there has been an enhanced emphasis on detecting, monitoring and countering unauthorised drone activity near airports and/or in close proximity to civilian aircraft inflight.

According to data released by the United Kingdom Airprox Board, there were just six emergency situations involving small commercial drones and civilian aircraft in 2014 and only 29 during 2015. However, those numbers increased exponentially to 71 such incidents in 2016, 93 in 2017 and 132 during 2018.

In similar fashion, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documented just 57 drone sightings near airports or civilian aircraft inflight during 2014. However, the FAA reported 1,208 incidents in 2015, 1,762 in 2016 and 2,124 in 2017. Our own comprehensive analysis of publicly available data has identified over 7,000 nefarious drone incidents worldwide in just the past decade. Since November 2017, there have been multiple instances where drones have collided with civilian aircraft.


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United States:

Cirrus unveils Generation 2 Vision Jet

Cirrus Aircraft has announced the launch of the next generation of the Vision Jet - ‘G2’ - enhancing performance, comfort and safety for the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet.

Increases in cruise altitude, speed and range join the newly-upgraded Perspective Touch+ by Garmin flight deck. Innovative technologies unique to G2 include a category-first Autothrottle, Flight Stream connectivity and more. Enhancing the passenger experience, new executive seats, thoughtfully-engineered noise reduction and a passenger productivity console highlight numerous G2 cabin upgrades.

Cirrus unveils Generation 2 Vision Jet

“The Cirrus Aircraft story is one of relentless innovation,” said Pat Waddick, President, Innovation & Operations. “Much like the last twenty years of re-imagining the SR Series with constant improvements to performance, safety and comfort, the G2 Vision Jet is the culmination of that same spirit of innovation. This aircraft is yet another game-changer in personal aviation and it’s made possible by the world-class team we have at Cirrus Aircraft.”


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Trip Planning:

The Evolution of Trip Planning

James Hardacre, World Fuel Services.

Technology is having a significant impact on the business aviation sector and has led to a number of trip planning advancements. At its core, operators require reliable, online tools that provide real-time information and help make them more efficient.

They want the flexibility to research options and plan the trip themselves or send the trip to their service provider if or when they need assistance.

World Fuel’s myWorld app

An example of this technology is World Fuel’s myWorld app, which is the only app to combine fuel, flight planning, weather, airport search, regulatory data, and trip applications into a single iPad application. It provides jet pilots and dispatchers with a single, easy-to-navigate platform that will take the hassle out of all planning and operational elements of their role.


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United States:

Cessna Citation Longitude achieves provisional type certification

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.

Cessna Citation Longitude achieves provisional type 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.


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United States:

Duncan Aviation-Provo welcomes first aircraft into first new hangar

Duncan Aviation has welcomed the first aircraft, a Bombardier Global Express XRS, into its first new maintenance hangar at the Provo Municipal Airport in Provo, Utah.

The workscope for the Global includes a 120-month airframe inspection and 10-year landing gear overhaul.

Duncan Aviation-Provo welcomes first aircraft into first new hangar.

“We have been working hard to prepare and plan for our new maintenance and modifications center in Provo and we are thrilled to have the first maintenance hangar ready and open for work,” says Chad Doehring, Vice President of Operations at Provo.


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United Kingdom:

London Biggin Hill kicks off outreach year with five new apprentices

London Biggin Hill is beginning 2019 by welcoming five new apprentices, demonstrating its commitment to local education, outreach and training that will support ongoing growth at the airport.

The positions, first announced in September in association with East Surrey College, have been filled by Rhys Bartlett (22), Joel Chivers (25), Aidan Malahu (18), Sebastian Marchant (19) and Ahmed Shah (18). London Biggin Hill’s new airport apprentices will assist with the daily operation of the hangar and ramp, moving aircraft and supporting customers. Learning their craft, they’ll work side by side with experienced mentors.

London Biggin Hill kicks off outreach year with five new apprentices.

Sebastian Marchant says: “I’ve always had an interest in aviation and I’ve wanted to work at London Biggin Hill since I visited their airshows as a child. My family are so excited, as they know that the airport is growing and that I can be part of that development.”


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Flying Colours Corp completes trio of Bombardier Challenger 650 jets in medevac format

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.

Flying Colours outfits final medevac interior of Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft trio.

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.


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ASTM International announces certification program for business jet cabin crews

ASTM International, headquartered at West Conshohocken, PA., has announced a new certification program for business jet cabin crews from the organization’s affiliate, the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT).

The Business Aviation Cabin Crew program, administered by SpaceTEC Partners, Inc., will require candidates to demonstrate knowledge of and skills in aircraft safety procedures and cabin-service safety as well as professionalism and discretion. The program aims to ensure the comfort and safety of domestic and international passengers.

“Since I began training cabin crewmembers, there has been an ongoing request from clients for accreditation,” said Louisa Fisher, program manager of cabin safety with FlightSafety International. “This new program meets the need for an objective and industry-respected certification that recognizes the trained and experienced cabin crew member.”


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United States:

IADA awards scholarships to future business aviation leaders

The International Aircraft Dealers Association's Business Aviation Scholarship program has awarded $32k in individual scholarships to eight college students seeking professions within business aviation.

Members of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) dedicate donated funds every year to aid students in completing their academic goals in preparation for careers in business aviation. Three of the scholarship students attend Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Tech, two awardees attend Louisiana Tech University, two attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and one attends Florida Institute of Technology


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United States:

2019 Travel Risk Map now available
Reveals latest medical and security risk ratings around the world.

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.

2019 Travel Risk Map now available

The Travel Risk Map is produced annually by MedAire’s parent company, International SOS, and Control Risks.



The WINGX Report:

Flight activity continues to weaken, especially for jet charters

There were 53,546 business aviation departures in Europe during December according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor.

The figure represents a slight increase in YOY activity, boosted by an exceptional growth in business piston traffic. Business jet sectors were down by 3%, charters down by 4% YOY.

Prop activity boosted growth in France and Germany this month, especially domestic short-sectors. Flight activity was flat in UK, declining in Switzerland and Italy on a YOY basis. Flight activity within, from, to Spain was well up this month.

For the full year 2018, 13 of the 20 largest markets in Europe were up, although of the biggest, only Germany and Spain got robust growth.

Activity has clearly slowed in H2-2018 in UK, France, Italy. Biggest declines this year came from Russia and Turkey.


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Dassault Aviation business jet deliveries fell to 41 aircraft last year, compared with 49 in 2017, although output was in line with its forecast for the period.

The company said it had taken orders for 42 Falcon jets last year, staying just ahead of deliveries, after the cancellation of five jets linked to the now-abandoned Falcon 5X programme.

Orders were up from 38 business jets in 2017.

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RUAG modernizes eight Swiss Air Force transport helicopters

RUAG will upgrade eight Cougar helicopters belonging to the Swiss Air Force’s transport helicopter fleet. The corresponding agreement was signed in December by representatives of armasuisse and RUAG in Bern.

RUAG is set to upgrade the Cougars with state-of-the-art technology at their facilities in Emmen by mid-2022. Procured in 1998, the helicopters’ electronic flight control, navigation and communication systems require extensive modernization.RUAG modernizes eight Swiss Air Force transport helicopters.

The full scope of the upgrade includes new flight management computers, a precision navigation system for instrument flights, a collision avoidance system, which alerts pilots to aircraft in critical proximity, and a system developed by RUAG which emits an audible signal when the rotorcraft leaves a defined flight level.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

Asian "Pastas"

Or noodles. The terminology is like the great debate, “Is it a biscuit, a bread or a cracker?"

When researching the idea of whether the Asian “pasta” should be referred to as a noodle and whether the typical noodle can also be called a pasta, I decided to leave the debate to others much wiser than me.

The discussion started after our Executive Chef attended a class on making Udon Noodles. When I make noodles - the egg, flour, pinch of salt and water type - I hand roll out to whatever thickness I want and allow to dry on a lightly floured board all day before cutting them into strips and adding them to my chicken noodle soup. I call THAT a noodle.


Making pasta involves a similar process, but may be pressed through a pasta machine into different shapes, then dusted with semolina flour to air dry. These items are different in my mind . . . they are pasta.

The same thought process is the argument of noodles in Asian countries, versus noodles in Italy. I think so anyway.

I love Asian noodles; those made with wheat, rice and vegetable roots or bean. Each category holds a mountain of styles and are varied by region or country throughout the Far East.

Italy may take most of the credit for bringing pasta to our plates, but noodles actually originated in China and are also a rich part of the culinary culture in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea and Indonesia.


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United Arab Emirates:

Etihad Aviation is first UAE training organisation to be EASA certified

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.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group with H.E. Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors, Capt. Paolo La Cava, Director & Accountable Manager, Etihad Aviation Training and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group announcing the EASA certification at the impressive simulator facility in Abu Dhabi.

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."


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United Kingdom:

£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.

The work is expected to last approximately 3 months.

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And Finally

The race to find the ‘Fastest Airline in the World’ returns to Budapest

Whether you’re from an airline, an airport or part of the many, many enterprises across the aviation community, you're once again invited to take part in the annual air transport industry’s premier 10km charity-sportive event - “The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World”.

Budapest Airport and anna.aero have confirmed the seventh “Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World” will take place at 11:00 on Saturday 31 August 2019 on Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L.

Raising a record-breaking €57,600 for charity last year alone, the run, which was held again in aid of the bone marrow transplant charity, Anthony Nolan, and Hungary’s Suhanj! Foundation, a charity which supports the inclusion of disabled people in sport, has reached an overall staggering €190,000 over the last six years.

The race to find the ‘Fastest Airline in the World’ returns to Budapest

Save The Date: Budapest Airport Runway 13R-31L – Saturday 31 August 2019

Spaces are limited due to obvious security reasons when closing an active runway - so don’t miss out on being part of the seventh Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run. The registration site will be live soon, but if you can’t wait that long and want to secure your place now, e-mail kerry@pps-publications.com.

Budapest Airport-anna.aero 2018 trophies were awarded to:

  • Fastest Airline Team: ‘The Fastest Airline in the World’: Aer Lingus
  • Fastest Airport Team: ‘The Fastest Airport in the World’: Athens Airport
  • Fastest Airport Operator: Hungarocontrol
  • Fastest Embassy: British Embassy of Hungary
  • Fastest Tourist Company: Marriott Hotels
  • Fastest Airport Partner: Viacom (Nickelodeon)

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