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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 31st January 2019 | Issue #496
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United States:

ARGUS releases 2018 Business Aircraft Activity Review

ARGUS International and TRAQPak has released its annual business aviation review. The review covers key business aviation metrics for 2018 and includes a 2019 flight activity forecast.

In 2018, flight activity grew at a flatter pace compared to previous years and for the second year in a row business aviation passed the 3 million flight mark.

For 2019, TRAQPak analysts estimate that flight activity in January, February and March will rise by 0.5 percent over the same period in 2018.

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Bombardier extends Learjet engine maintenance intervals as fleet celebrates 25 million flight-hours

Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft operators will now benefit from lengthened intervals between recurring major powerplant inspections, which have been extended from 3,000 to 3,500 engine hours.

This interval extension directly benefits the bottom lines of operators by reducing the number of repeat inspections over the lifecycle of the engine, thereby decreasing operating costs over the lifecycle of the aircraft.

Learjet 75 over Chicago.

The announcement comes as Bombardier’s fleet of trailblazing Learjet aircraft has surpassed the 25 million flight-hour mark, adding yet another achievement to an impressive string of Learjet milestones and firsts.

The first Learjet business aircraft entered service in 1964, creating the experience and defining the industry of private flight.


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Altitude Attitude

Ashley Bowen Cook

Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

Born to Fly

True leaders lead. Jack Pelton demonstrated that last Saturday night.

He used some of his podium time as the Wichita Aero Club honoree to give a shoutout to our recently launched I Fly Wichita campaign.

He called on the hundreds of gala attendees to band together to effect change. Why should a man who lives in a fly-in community and flies himself whenever possible care so much about rallying support for Eisenhower National Airport?

Jack Pelton

Jack Pelton

As a pilot and businessman, perhaps he understands better than most just how vital airports are to a region’s economic health. Later, in a one-on-one conversation, we spoke about how he once used his friendship with then-CEO Herb Kelleher to initiate discussions with Southwest Airlines about coming to Wichita. Southwest started service here in 2013. Never underestimate the value of relationships.


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Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference:

London Oxford Airport entices first time North American users

London Oxford Airport (OXF-EGTK) is participating at the NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers event in San Antonio, TX this week and is highlighting a ‘first time user’ offer to North American - originating pilots and corporate flight departments.

New arrivals from the US and Canada can claim 25% off their landing fees from now until April 1st quoting S&D Offer 2019 when placing a handling request.

“We are keen to encourage more transatlantic, mid to large cabin business aviation movements, (up to Airbus ACJ/ Boeing BBJ and Embraer Lineage E190 size) and now is an opportune time to try us out,” said James Dillon-Godfray, Head of Business Development.

He cites that RAF Northolt is set to close to all fixed wing aircraft movements between April and October this year (for runway improvements). Luton and London Stansted are restrictive on night flights again this summer, a situation expected to continue, plus RAF Brize Norton (popular with Heads of State visitors) is temporarily closed to civil traffic during the Spring.


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United States:

AviationManuals closes 2018 with 35% revenue growth

Ipad App users increased by an average of 48% per week.

Washington, DC-based AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aircraft manual development services and flight operations Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, closed 2018 with a 35% increase in revenues.

The company enjoyed a 25% increase in its popular International Operations and Procedures update service, with recipients now exceeding 1,400. It also saw a 25% subscription increase for its ARC SMS digital platform to nearly 6,000 active users, as more operators discover this easy to use, affordable, and modular SMS software solution.

Manual development was also in high demand in 2018. Manuals seeing the biggest surge in 2018 included Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) (a 130% increase) and Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs) (a 57% increase).


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United States:

Carlsbad Jet Center open for business

Avfuel has welcomed Carlsbad Jet Center - the new independent FBO at the McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ)- to its network of branded FBOs.

Under new ownership and management, which replaced Magellan Aviation, Carlsbad Jet Center began operations on January 18, 2019, under the leadership of Josh and Julia Hochberg - owners of Sonoma Jet Center (KSTS). With their guidance, the team at Sonoma Jet Center has earned an exceptional reputation for safety, customer service and community involvement. Carlsbad Jet Center will be run with that same dedication to safety, customers and community.

Carlsbad Jet Center open for business

Although the management team is changing hands to this experienced duo, Carlsbad Jet Center customers will be welcomed by the same familiar smiling faces they’re accustomed to as the staff stays on board.


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United States:

StandardAero’s Maryville, Tennessee facility recently completed and shipped its 10,000th auxiliary power unit (APU) repair since the nearly 25 years it has been providing APU MRO services to the industry.

The specific 10,000th repair was on a Honeywell model 36-150RJ APU for a regional aircraft operator.

“This recent milestone helps to cement our overall leadership in servicing the APU regional airline market,” said Randy Mengel, Vice President & General Manager for StandardAero. “Our experience and capabilities have been proven over a quarter of a century and we are currently processing more than 600 APU repairs annually in our Maryville shop.”

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Getahun Seifeselassie

Getahun Seifeselassie

Krimson, the Ethiopia-based aviation services company, has appointed Getahun Seifeselassie to the role of flight operations supervisor with immediate effect.

The new position has been created in response to Krimson’s continued strengthening of market position in Ethiopia and the east Africa region. A rise in demand for local ground handling in Ethiopia, the corresponding increased demand for overflight permissions since the opening of Eritrean airspace, and the growth in requests for trip planning services across east Africa from international and intra-continental clients, have all contributed to the need for the expanding company’s need for a dedicated flight operation supervisor position.

Seifeselassie, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Admas University and is working on a post graduate program in public management from the Ethiopian Civil Service University, has an extensive aviation background.

He served as an air traffic controller at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for 14 years and worked for the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority in a variety of roles including trip support and air traffic management.

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VistaJet celebrates 15th anniversary with global expansion

VistaJet has announced another record year in 2018, with new Members and number of flights up prominently year on year.VistaJet Global 6000

As it enters its 15th year, Malta based VistaJet made significant progress on its core strategic priorities, increasing market share worldwide.

In line with the asset lite macro trend taking off globally, VistaJet saw new contracts of its flagship Program membership grow by 31% in 2018 and the number of flights increased by 25%. As demand for longer flights and comfort continues to increase across the industry, VistaJet’s utilization grew by 20% across its fleet of over 70 aircraft - now equating to enough hours to fly each aircraft around the world 20 times on average.


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Daher expands TBM customer support with new Paris base

Daher has announced the opening of a new TBM customer support base serving the Île-de-France geographic region surrounding Paris, strategically situated in a technology cluster zone that has earned the designation as 'Europe’s Silicon Valley'.

Located at the popular Toussus-le-Noble aerodrome southwest of Paris, this operation includes a workshop and offices in Hangar 111/112, positioned near the airport’s main entrance.

Daher expands TBM customer support with new Paris base

As a subsidiary of the primary TBM Service Center at Daher’s Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport facility, this latest customer support base is Part 145 approved by the European EASA and U.S. FAA airworthiness authorities - enabling work to be performed on TBM aircraft registered both in Europe and the United States.


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Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference:

Air Elite newest locations span both hemispheres

Platinum Business Aviation Centre (YBCG and YMEN, Australia), FBO Redwings (MMQT, Mexico) and Kayan Jet (TKPK, Caribbean) are the four newest FBOs to join World Fuel Services' Air Elite Network.

Platinum Business Aviation Centre (YBCG), Coolangatta, Gold Coast.

Platinum Business Aviation Centre (YBCG), Coolangatta, Gold Coast.

Platinum Business Aviation Centre has two locations in Australia, Coolangatta on the Gold Coast (YBCG) and Essendon Fields in Melbourne (YMEN). These locations boast quick solutions for extraordinary needs including five-star catering, hotel arrangements and limousine transfers. The facilities have a pilot lounge, VIP passenger lounge and airside vehicle access. Airside support includes 24-hour fuel and ground support, aircraft towing and servicing.


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United Kingdom:

AVIAA to acquire Convolus, merges fleets

Brings larger scale global purchasing for business aviation with wider European footprint.

AVIAA, the international group purchasing organization for business aviation, is adding over 150 new aircraft to their membership with the announcement it has reached an agreement with Europe’s smart purchasing business Convolus to merge their operations.

Irena Deville, Managing Director and Gillian Hayes, CEO AVIAA.

Irena Deville, Managing Director and Gillian Hayes, CEO AVIAA.

The move will see AVIAA widen its footprint in Europe with the establishment of an office in Munich, Germany, complementing its existing bases in the UK and US. Irena Deville, co-founder and CEO of Convolus, becomes Managing Director - Europe and Middle East for AVIAA, and she will work alongside California-based CEO Gillian Hayes and her team.


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Cold snap spells successful World Economic Forum for Luxaviation

Luxaviation Group is celebrating a successful 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) at its ExecuJet Zurich FBO, with record demand for hangar space, de-icing services and refuelling.

Cold snap spells successful World Economic Forum for Luxaviation

In preparation for the event, ExecuJet expanded its capabilities at Zurich Airport, boosting its parking space with a newly rented 2,640sqm hangar and eight additional parking stands allocated to ExecuJet clients. With temperatures falling to -6˚C and snow flurries at the end of the week, almost every aircraft on the open stand required de-icing. Hangar space was also in high demand.


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United States:

Avflight Milwakee opens new FBO

Avflight Corporation starts the new year in a new FBO at its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, location (KMKE).

The 3,295 square foot, state-of-the-art FBO building was constructed in the contemporary Avflight style with the needs of travelers in mind. The facility features a cozy fireplace, a comfortable pilot lounge, two private pilot snooze rooms, well-appointed conference rooms for business on the go, a kitchen for guest use and a catering kitchen.

Avflight Milwakee opens new FBO

“It’s been a rewarding year-plus providing exceptional aviation services to the Milwaukee community, and we’re pleased to be able to match that level of service with the comforts of a first-rate facility,” said Garrett Hain, Avflight’s director of finance.

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Air BP adds exclusive Spanish destination La Perdiz to its network

Air BP has added La Perdiz (LEIZ) airport on the La Nava estate to its Spanish network. This latest addition to the network brings the total number of Air BP’s locations in Spain to 49.

Effective immediately, Air BP will supply Jet A-1 fuel at La Perdiz, one of Spain’s most exclusive country destinations. Air BP customers will benefit from convenient direct access to the location, rapid turnarounds and a high degree of discretion at this dedicated business aviation airport.

La Perdiz

Jesús Presa Fernandez, General Aviation Account Manager Air BP Spain comments: “La Perdiz is a highly convenient location for travellers given its location directly on the La Nava estate. If we add to this a service specifically designed for general aviation without waiting times, it will become a very popular destination in our network. We are ready to deliver a premium service and welcome all customers visiting La Perdiz this year.”


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TAG Farnborough Airport launches Flying Scholarship 2019

TAG Farnborough Airport, UK, has launched the TAG Flying Scholarship 2019.

Under the auspices of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots’ scholarship programme, TAG Farnborough Airport grants one person a scholarship with the aim of supporting individuals who might otherwise not have the necessary resources to gain flying experience and ultimately achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Last year’s scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Réshé Harrison, with TAG Farnborough Airport CEO, Brandon O’Reilly.

Last year’s scholarship recipient, 17-year-old Réshé Harrison, with TAG Farnborough Airport CEO, Brandon O’Reilly.

The TAG Flying Scholarship is part of the airport’s “Aviation to Education” programme. Now in its 12th year, the programme engages schools and colleges within the local area to inform and educate about aviation.


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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.



Signature FBOs earn Italy's first IS-BAH registration

Signature Flight Support’s locations in Italy are the first in the region to earn The International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification, the industry leading accreditation and global standard for best business aviation safety practices.

Signature FBOs earn Italy's first IS-BAH registration

Milan-Linate (LIN), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), Rome Ciampino (CIA) and Venice (VCE) all passed the highly stringent, week-long safety management audit following an external assessment by a team of IBAC-accredited (International Business Aviation Council) auditors.

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United Kingdom:

Flightworx becomes first flight support company to partner with Osprey Flight Solutions

Flightworx Aviation, the UK based global leader in flight support solutions, has announced a partnership with pioneering aviation risk management company, Osprey Flight Solutions, making them the first flight support company to introduce instantaneous data-led risk assessments into their business.

Flightworx flight planning tools will integrate seamlessly with Osprey’s system to deliver
instantaneous, intuitive, visual and written risk assessments whenever needed, supporting operational decision making, quality control and compliance.

By utilising Osprey’s technical capabilities Flightworx dispatch can assess an operator’s flight routing to ensure alerted risk areas are avoided. Using reports that are up to the minute and packed with live data, including a risk score, experienced dispatchers can review the routing and advise operators accordingly with best options. Additional reports on country, airspace or airports are also available.


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Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

Valcora debuts at S&D to support growing North Americas business

Following a highly successful first complete year of international operations, Valcora is making its North American debut at this year’s NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers event.

The Switzerland-headquartered fuelling service will take the opportunity to promote its new North American office which joins the rapidly expanding global network of existing Valcora operations. Since launch in 2017, Valcora has opened bases in Switzerland, Ireland and Singapore. New Valcora locations in the USA and South Africa are also scheduled to begin operations by mid-2019.

The Valcora team will maximise its first S&D presence by engaging with new and potential North American customers, as it explains the benefits of the intuitive digital fuel purchasing platform to show delegates. Of particular benefit to North American operators flying to the EU is Valcora’s extensive experience handling the complexities of EU fuelling taxes.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

Pass the Cheese, Please

Cheese is a precious living organism. It is deliciously edible, beautiful, and totally natural.

Cheese has an incredible range of colors, textures, aromas, and tastes, and I believe the love that goes into making it shows through every single piece.

It is an art form. Imagine seeing that perfectly ripe piece of camembert oozing from the rind, just begging to be eaten? Since I am very fortunate not to be lactose intolerant, cheese plays a major role in my diet!


Cheese trays are one of the biggest sellers in aviation catering. Why it is such a huge seller is easy to understand.
Most everyone likes some kind of cheese. It is safe; it can be safely held out of refrigeration for short periods of time.

Various textures and densities of cheese are available to stimulate your high altitude taste sensations. it can be used for everything from a pre-board snack, to an appetizer, a snack plate, to a meal and even dessert.


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United Kingdom:

World Fuel Services wins contract to supply London Oxford Airport

World Fuel Services has won two contracts with London Oxford Airport and London Heliport to supply Jet A-1, Avgas and training packages. The five-year contract will commence in February 2019.

London Oxford is the largest user of Avgas in UK and is the third largest dedicated general aviation airport in the London area. Aside from offering fuel and training packages, World Fuel will also offer refueling equipment, maintenance support, marketing support, and potential design and build of a new fuel farm at Oxford.

World Fuel Services Director, GA & Market Development, Noel Siggery said, “The win of this competitive bid expands our supply to 14 UK locations including three of the top five. Our partnership with London Oxford and London Heliport will be an important addition World Fuel Network as we continue to bring solutions to our customers. Our operators and cardholders in the region will benefit from this partnership because they will receive quality service and a great business option in England.”

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United Kingdom:

Inflite the Jet Centre helps to ensure mandate compliance on Legacy 600

Inflite the Jet Centre Ltd has completed the overhaul of an Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft carrying out all required works to ensure the business jet complies with fast-approaching navigational mandates, namely ADS-B Out & FANS 1/A.

The aircraft renovation saw the jet upgraded with Honeywell’s FMS 6.1 Communication Management Unit, Cockpit Voice Recorder and Primus II Radio System, all in conjunction with ADS-B & FANS-1A embodiment among other mandate-compliant hardware.

Further flight deck enhancements were also selected by the customer with a display unit upgrade, which saw its DU-870 displays upgraded with DU-875 high resolution display units, also made by Honeywell.

The works were completed at Inflite’s Executive Jet Centre at London Stansted Airport and were completed during a period of planned maintenance activity.


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The Philippines:

Metrojet Engineering Clark receives Qatar approval

Hong Kong-based business aviation service provider, Metrojet Limited, announces that its MRO in The Philippines - Metrojet Engineering Clark - has recently received approval from the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) as an Approved Maintenance Organisation for Qatar controlled aircraft/ aircraft components.

“Metrojet Engineering Clark sees the demand to support the growth of A7-registered aircraft in the Asia Pacific region,” said Wesley Slate, General Manager of Metrojet Clark MRO. “Our team of internationally experienced staff delivers the highest quality services at the most competitive prices in the region to meet the expectations of customers and develop Metrojet Engineering Clark to be the MRO of choice in Asia Pacific.”

This latest QCAA approval is added to the already established approvals from the Philippines CAAP, the United States FAA and the Cayman Islands CAA.

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And Finally

Checking-in: Boeing 747 finds new home in hotel garden

Travel agency, airline company and hotelier Corendon will have a complete Boeing 747-400 transported from Schiphol airport to the Corendon Village Hotel in Amsterdam this February, where the plane will be placed in the hotel garden.

Dutch specialized transport company, Mammoet, will transport the 150 ton plane from the airport to the hotel in five days, starting Tuesday evening February 5th. During its spectacular last journey, the Boeing has to cross 17 ditches, highway A9 and one provincial road.

The Boeing 747 - former KLM aircraft 'City of Bangkok' - will be given a new final destination after 30 years of reliable service.

Boeing 747 finds new home in hotel garden

In recent weeks it has been in Rome where it has been painted in the Corendon livery and has been stripped of all serviceable parts, such as the engines, by aircraft recycling company AELS.

When it arrives at the Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam, the aircraft will be converted into the 'Corendon Boeing 747 Experience', which will open its doors in Q3 2019.


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