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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 24th January 2019 | Issue #495


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United States:

Aviation leaders showcase viability of alternative jet fuels in live demo

A coalition of international business aviation organizations joined Los Angeles-area civic leaders on Thursday (17th January) to mark a milestone in the development and adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) through Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability.

“We are excited to see our industry demonstrating the viability of sustainable alternative jet fuel at general aviation airports for business aviation users,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO Pete Bunce. “This event will help raise awareness of the safety and accessibility of the fuel, and demonstrate our industry’s commitment to building the necessary demand for SAJF that will be integral to achieving industry climate emissions goals.”

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Avfuel supported the 'Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability' event at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) with its first full truckload delivery of sustainable alternative jet fuel - a landmark for the fuel supplier’s ongoing SAJF initiatives.

“Today’s ground-breaking event demonstrates that National Air Transportation Association (NATA) members across the supply chain - from fuel suppliers and distributors to aircraft owners and operators - are committed to a future of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel,” said NATA President Gary Dempsey.


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United States:

Seller's market settles in as prices increase

Buyers and sellers expectations for price come together.

Continued price increase forecast through Q119.

According to Asset Insight’s Year End 2018 Market Report, demand for late model turboprops and large jets continued to increase in the fourth quarter of 2018 and helped drive a continued seller’s market with higher average selling prices.

Excellent quality “for sale” aircraft are expected to drive prices up further in Q1 2019 as buyers’ and sellers’ expectations continue to converge on selling price.

The 4Q 2018 AI2 Market Report analyzes values for every production year of every modern make and model Business Class aircraft, while the Report’s maintenance analytics cover 94 fixed-wing models and 1,591 aircraft listed for sale.


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United States:

Gulfstream highlights 2019 Customer Support events

Worldwide offerings include operators forums and virtual operators conference.

Gulfstream will host a comprehensive schedule of Customer Support events in 2019, including two Customer Advisory Board (CAB) meetings, a Virtual Operators Conference, a flight operations forum and 10 operators forums.

The schedule gets underway this week in Zurich with a flight operations session that coincides with the World Economic Forum in nearby Davos, Switzerland. The flight operations event, in its third year, was created for Gulfstream flight crews and includes presentations on advanced aircraft technology, connectivity and an interactive collaboration session between pilots and Gulfstream personnel.

“This robust schedule ensures Gulfstream customers have the most up-to-date information on their aircraft,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support. “Each event is an opportunity for us to interact with our operators, get their crucial feedback and discuss a host of topics that provide them with information, products and services for the continued safe, reliable and efficient use of their Gulfstream aircraft.”


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United States:

West Star Aviation has announced the completion of construction on its new 60,000 sq. ft. hangar at its East Alton, IL location. The state of the art hangar is now operational and accepting customers for service.

The hangar features 40,000 sq. ft. of hangar space and 20,000 sq ft. of back shop and office space which supports West Star's growing capabilities, allowing the company to fully expand upon existing aircraft maintenance programs. This additional growth will initially employ 28 technicians to support the expansion, in addition to their existing hiring efforts.

"We are excited to expand our East Alton facility. With the new hangar completion, we occupy over 380,000 sq. ft. of space at the St. Louis Regional Airport," said Scott Sweeney, General Manager, West Star Aviation. "Having a new hangar provides us the added capacity to continue offering world-class service to our customers and ensure we meet requested deadlines."

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Embraer presents preliminary forecast for 2019 and 2020

Embraer has presented its preliminary forecast for 2019 and 2020 at a meeting with investors at the New York Stock Exchange.

For 2019, Embraer expects to deliver between 90 and 110 executive jets, 85 to 95 commercial jets - including light and large jets - 10 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft and two multi-mission KC-390 aircraft. Total consolidated revenues should be between US$ 5.3bn and US$ 5.7 bn.

The Company expects to achieve a consolidated EBIT margin of breakeven (approximately zero) for the year 2019. It is important to highlight that 2019 guidance includes potential costs and expenses associated with the creation of the Commercial Aviation JV in a strategic partnership between the Company and The Boeing Co. under the terms of the associated material facts published by Embraer.


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Cayman Islands:

Ross Aviation acquires Island Air FBOs in the Cayman Islands

Denver, Colorado-headquartered Ross Aviation has announced the acquisition of the Island Air
FBOs located at the Owens Roberts International Airport (MWCR) on Grand Cayman and at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport on Cayman Brac (MWCB), both in the British West Indies.

“The Cayman Islands are well known for their superior resorts, the famous Seven-Mile beach, superb restaurants and international banking institutions. We are pleased to partner with an FBO with excellent customer service in a vibrant and growing leisure destination,” said Jeff Ross, President and CEO of Ross Aviation.

Island Air will remain branded as such, and Marcus Cumber, who will continue as Managing Director and Partner, will oversee daily operations. “We are excited to become part of the Ross Aviation network, and our customers can expect the same excellent, consistent customer service in the future as they have enjoyed in years past,” said Cumber.

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GAMA accepting scholarship applications from high school students

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is now taking applications for its Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Scholarship Award, which comes with a $2k cash prize.

The scholarship is named for founder and past President of GAMA, Edward W. Stimpson. Given annually, the scholarship goes to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to and will be enrolled in an aviation degree core program at a university or college of his or her choice. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities and an essay on what general aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in the general aviation industry.

Applications are due by April 5, 2019. For more information, or to access the application, visit the GAMA website.

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West Star Aviation

Tommi Krell.

Tommi Krell

West Star Aviation, headquartered at East Alton, IL., has appointed Tommi Krell as Director of Corporate Communications.

She will be responsible for managing internal employee communications channels, as well as assisting Human Resources with enhancing and expanding corporate recruiting strategies.

Tommi Krell has 5+ years of aviation marketing and communications experience, previously holding various marketing positions with Jet Aviation. Prior to that, Tommi held positions at CBS Radio as an Account Executive and Lindenwood University as Campus Director. Additionally, she holds both a BA and MBA in Business Administration from Lindenwood University.


Amy Jock.

Amy Jock

GLOBALJET Services, Inc., a leader in on-location aviation aircraft, avionics, safety, and professional development training, has expanded its team and reach with the January 2nd addition of Ms. Amy Jock.

Amy brings with her a variety of industry-aligned business experience, with previous achievements in the areas of finance, sales and marketing.

She graduated from Post University with a bachelor’s in business administration and currently serves of the Board of Directors for the Avon Chamber of Commerce.

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Two Daher TBMs make milestone flights over the South Pole

Daher salutes the exceptional flights performed this month by owner-pilots on two TBM aircraft that traversed Antarctica and overflew the magnetic South Pole.

These achievements marked the first legs in earning the Polar Diamond Circumnavigator Diploma, recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (the world’s governing body for aeronautical and astronautical records and sports), which has only been awarded once before.

Two Daher TBMs make milestone flights over the South Pole.

One of the TBM owner-pilots - Sebastian Diaz from Santiago, Chile - reunited three generations of pilots in flying his TBM 850 with Diaz’ father, 88-year-old Patricio Diaz (one of the oldest still fully-licensed TBM pilots); and Sebastian’s son, Sebastian Diaz Jr, as copilots.

The other TBM owner-pilot, Dierk Reuter from Chicago, USA, was flying with son Alex Reuteron his TBM 930, carrying cameras and an inflight tracking system benefitting from an Iridium GO! satellite connectivity device and support of Iridium Communications.


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Dassault Aviation to acquire ExecuJet’s MRO operations

Dassault Aviation and Luxaviation have announced the acquisition by Dassault Aviation of the worldwide maintenance activities of ExecuJet, a Luxaviation subsidiary.

The integration process will be phased in 2019, after administrative authorizations have been obtained.

“The acquisition of ExecuJet’s MRO operations will strengthen Dassault Aviation’s global footprint, especially in Asia-Pacific, Oceania, Middle-East and Africa," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "With ExecuJet, we will continue the development of our high-quality customer support network, while growing our Falcon market share.”

“Since 1991, the ExecuJet network has gained confidence of clients operating a variety of aircraft types. I am very pleased with this opportunity, to develop our MRO business within the Dassault network”, said Graeme Duckworth ExecuJet’s MRO Executive Vice-President.

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Irene Lores


Fuelling Opinion

Irene Lores, Global Marketing Director, General Aviation, Air BP.

Choosing your airport


When I talk to our business aviation customers about what they look for when choosing an airport, two themes come through loud and clear - convenience and efficiency.

These are not only essential elements to business travellers, they are also key factors for Air BP when considering new airports to add to our network.

According to a report from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) by Booz Allen Hamilton and German Aerospace research centre, DLR, business aviation users generate an average of 2 hours 33 extra minutes of productive work time by taking a private flight rather than a commercial one.

Choosing your airport

The basic premise of business aviation is that it provides users with the flexibility to travel where they want and when they want. And as the start and end points of most flights, airports play an integral role in this overall journey.


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United Kingdom:

Air Partner comments on Group Charter activity in 2018 and trends for 2019

Jon Cavalli, Trading Manager for Group Charter UK at Air Partner, takes a look back at the group’s Commercial Jets activity in 2018 and comments on what he expects to see in 2019.Jon Cavalli

“2018 has been a strong year for sport bookings, mainly focused around the FIFA World Cup in Russia. These consisted of both team and supporter flights from a number of global departure points, including several in Europe and some as far away as South America.

In addition, the demand for pre-season tours continues to grow as more and more teams incorporate these into their training regimens.

In many cases, the distance flown is becoming longer and I expect this to continue into 2019: currently, the USA is very popular and China is becoming increasingly so, despite its logistical challenges.


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United Kingdom:

Weston Aviation FBO open for business at Gloucestershire Airport

Weston Aviation, the UK and Ireland based FBO and Business Aviation specialist have commenced operations and launched a new Business Aviation Centre and FBO at Gloucestershire Airport (EGBJ/GLO). The new facility and service officially opened its doors on the 7th January 2019 and the FBO has already welcomed a number of visiting aircraft and crews.

Weston Aviation CEO and founder, Nick Weston said "In just the first few weeks of operation we have been delighted to welcome both new and existing customers to our FBO which is encouraging and already confirms our vision for making Gloucestershire Airport a significant business aviation airport in the region"

Weston Aviation

(L to R): Mark Ryan Managing Director, Gloucestershire Airport; Western Aviation Managing Director Becky Carver and Weston Aviation CEO, Nick Weston.

Mark Ryan, Managing Director of Gloucestershire Airport said, "We are delighted to welcome Nick and his team at Weston Aviation to Gloucestershire Airport, the UK's leading General and Business Aviation airport."

The new FBO facility, located in the main terminal building, offers crew and passenger lounge facilities with direct ramp access for passengers and vehicles.

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United Kingdom:

TAG Farnborough Airport announces record year for air traffic movements

TAG Farnborough Airport has announced a record year for air traffic movements by reporting the highest ever number of total annual movements in 2018, surpassing the previous record from 2007 by 8.2 per cent.

For the full year 2018, the airport saw a year-on-year increase in air traffic movements of 13.8 per cent, with initial forecasts indicating this positive trend is set to continue in 2019.

TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport serves customers from around the world and in 2018 noted substantial growth in air traffic movements to and from the U.S., with an increase of 22.5 per cent year-on-year, as well as Europe, up by 15.5 per cent.


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Channel Islands:

Pula Aviation widens its business aviation portfolio

Acquires Guernsey-based MRO, ground handling and aircraft sales specialist, ASG Ltd.

Guernsey based Pula Aviation Ltd, parent company of Centreline AV Ltd, is expanding its footprint in business aviation with the announcement that it has acquired 100% of the share capital of ASG Ltd.

ASG Ltd is a Guernsey based operation which specialises in business and general aviation maintenance and executive ground handling, and the sale and acquisition of business aircraft.

Pula Aviation widens its business aviation portfolio

Together with Centreline AV, ASG Ltd will form part of a new group holding company ‘Pula Aviation Services Ltd’ offering aircraft management and charter, maintenance, aircraft sales and executive ground handling, supported by a 100-strong workforce.


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Rosaviatsiya validates Ansat high-altitude operation

Following a series of trials conducted last summer at Mount Elbrus (Caucasus), Russian Helicopters' Ansat has received Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) certification to increase its take-off/landing altitude to 3,500m.

Previously the Ansat was limirted to 1,000m, restricting its use in elevated areas. During the certification tests it successfully completed a series of take-offs and landings at altitudes up to 3,500m, including simulation of one engine failure and autorotation mode.

Rosaviatsiya validates Ansat high-altitude operation.

“The major change approval for increase of take-off and landing altitude of Ansat gives us new opportunities to bring in new customers from countries with such complex terrain," said Andrey Boginskiy, Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company.

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United States:

Flying Colours Corp moves into fifth St. Louis hangar as customer demand grows

Flying Colours Corp., the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has taken up residence in its fifth hangar at the Spirit of St. Louis airport.

Flying Colours Corp moves into fifth St. Louis hangar as customer demand grows.

The existing building, which is ideally located adjacent to the KSUS runway, adds a much-needed 30,000 square feet to the St. Louis footprint, and complements the expanded cabinetry and interiors workshop opened at the facility in January 2018.




Aviareto confirms Ireland at the center of global aviation

One million registrations and half a trillion dollars of aircraft assets.

Aviareto, the joint venture between SITA and the Irish Government, is celebrating its one millionth registration of aircraft assets.

Aviareto holds the contract with the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to operate the International Registry of Mobile Assets, which is used to record the financial interest in airframes, aircraft engines and helicopters.

Financial interests in aircraft from across the world are registered in Ireland with Aviareto and to date over half a trillion dollars’ worth of assets have been securely registered.

Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister of State, Department of Finance, said: “Aviareto is a great example of how Ireland’s global leadership in aircraft leasing, digital technologies and cybersecurity protection have combined to create genuine value. Working with SITA, the IT provider for the air transport industry, to establish Aviareto and build its strong international reputation over more than a decade is a true knowledge economy win for Ireland."


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SONAS Aviation gears up for Irish AOC

Founding CEO Graham Williamson highlights benefits of EJ registry amid uncertainty of Brexit.

SONAS Aviation, the new Shannon-based aircraft charter and management company, founded late last year by Graham Williamson, former CEO of TAG Aviation Europe, is just weeks away from acquiring its Irish AOC.

With its first managed aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 605, to be available for charter on the new EJ-register, Graham will be at Corporate Jet Investor’s London conference next week to meet with financiers and G-registration aircraft operators.

“We are reaching out to owners of corporate jets seeking predictability, stability and continuity in these uncertain times,” says Graham.

“The impact of Brexit - deal, no deal, interminable status quo, political uncertainty and its subsequent effects on the aviation community in the United Kingdom is a real and immediate issue.”


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1,500 private jets predicted to descend on Davos this week

As the annual World Economic Forum (January 22-25) brings business leaders from around the world to the Swiss town of Davos, Air Charter Service predicts there will be close to 1,500 private jet flights over the week.

Andy Christie, Private Jets Director at ACS, said: “The global interest in the event led us to analyse the private jet activity over the past five years of WEF.

Davos doesn’t have its own airfield and, whilst we have several clients who fly into the town by helicopter, the four main airfields that private jet users attending the forum use are Zürich, Dübendorf, St. Gallen-Altenrhein and St. Moritz.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

It’s always Breakfast Time somewhere

Over the past few years, I've seen changes in the breakfast requests from our general aviation clients.

There is a demand for more creative, healthier options, something different, something flavorful and especially memorable.

Yes, this trend did seem to start with granola parfaits - or yogurt parfaits - whatever you wish to call them. Then came requests for more whole wheat breads and muffins, and recently the request for gluten free meals jumped off the charts. And now the trend seems to be moving toward breakfast tapas, the big breakfast is slowly moving into something we can say “used to be” breakfast.


It is time we, as your aviation catering sources, look for new menu ideas outside the normal overused and over-ordered items. Breakfast is no longer just for early risers and early flights. It's the perfect solution for mid morning or late nights, served like tapas. The service style can also be changed on board.

Breakfast granola parfaits can be delivered to the aircraft set-up similar to a buffet presentation. The toppings can be individually presented and the passenger can have an interactive meal by building a parfait to his or her individual likes and dislikes. How many times have your passengers eaten the last bite only to wish they had another couple berries, a last bit of fresh crunchy granola in that final bite.

What fun to put out an assortment of toppings based on the specific likes of the passengers; raisins, nuts, berries, vanilla or flavored granola (we now do a chocolate cocoa granola), dried fruits, and honey.


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Mouth-watering food and drink at WTCE 2019

The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) - part of Passenger Experience Week - returns to Hamburg Messe from 2-4 April 2019, providing food and drink brands with a unique opportunity to meet with buyers from the world’s leading airlines, rail companies and cruise lines.

The travel catering market has never been more buoyant and the in-flight sector alone expects to achieve CAGR of 6.4% over the next seven years, taking its value to around US$29bn. And it’s no surprise when you consider a Boeing 747 flying across the Atlantic is stocked with almost seven thousand items, including 500 bottles of wine and 350 bags of pretzels.

The growth is driven by ever increasing passenger numbers demanding food and drink options that reflect what they can purchase on the ground - be it in a supermarket, restaurant or cafe.

Catering is now a prerequisite for airlines, rail businesses and cruise lines who are striving to improve the onboard experience, and seeking out the very best in food and drink is a key driver for the thousands of professionals attending Passenger Experience Week.


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Global Trek Aviation to open new FBO at Cardiff International Airport

Award winning FBO specialists Global Trek Aviation, already established at Belfast International (EGAA), are opening a second Executive Jet Centre, at Cardiff International Airport (EGFF), the Capital Airport for Wales.

Chief Operating Officer Gordon Bingham commented, “We are delighted to be opening this all-new facility at Cardiff International Airport as it offers tremendous potential with its ideal strategic location.

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director, Cardiff Airport (left) with Gordon Bingham, COO Global Trek Aviation.

"We are investing in building a bespoke, state-of-the-art facility on the south side of the airport with dedicated VIP lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre, flight ops facilities and a fully integrated security screening suite.

"Provisional target date for opening the new full service FBO is April 2019, subject to completion and fitting-out on time."


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And Finally

On Air Dining revolutionises inflight dining with 'Farm to Flight'

On Air Dining, the UK award winning executive in-flight culinary specialist is embarking on a ‘Farm to Flight’ concept by launching a new menu and encouraging crews to visit farms and kitchens to meet their incredible suppliers.

The Farm-to-Fork movement has been growing over the past few years, and now more than ever people are interested in learning the provenance of what they are eating.

On Air Dining has taken its Open Door policy to a whole new level with its Farm to Flight concept, inviting people to learn the story behind the food they are serving and eating. Hand selecting the best small businesses the UK has to offer allows On Air Dining to continue to deliver on their commitment to providing the world’s best inflight experience, and also helps support other small businesses, uses sustainable and naturally sourced products, and helps reduce the environmental impact of mass farming.

On Air Dining revolutionises inflight dining with 'Farm to Flight'

photo courtesy Trenchmore Sussex Beef & Cider

With the help of celebrity chefs bringing the reality of food production to the masses, people are choosing quality and sustainability over ease and accessibility which helps supports local farming and the artisan culinary movement. There is no denying food is best when it is fresh and in season from a taste and nutritional perspective, and the Farm-to-Fork movement has other benefits that are important to On Air Dining.


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