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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th February 2019 | Issue #500

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Boeing-Embraer partnership receives shareholder approval

The proposed strategic partnership between Boeing and Embraer was approved this week by Embraer’s shareholders during an Extraordinary General Shareholders' Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Brazil.

At the special meeting, 96.8% of all valid votes cast were in favor of the transaction, with participation of approximately 67% of all outstanding shares. Shareholders approved the proposal that will establish a joint venture made up of the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer.

Boeing will hold an 80 percent ownership stake in the new company, and Embraer will hold the remaining 20 percent.

The transaction values 100 percent of Embraer's commercial aircraft operations at $5.26bn, and contemplates a value of $4.2bn for Boeing's 80 percent ownership stake in the joint venture.


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United States:

Aerion selects Spirit AeroSystems for AS2 supersonic business jet program

Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems have entered into a collaboration agreement for the preliminary design of the AS2’s forward, pressurized fuselage.

“Joining a project team this early allows us to apply our technical expertise and commercial best practices to make the most positive impact,” said Tom Gentile, President and CEO, Spirit AeroSystems.

Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet

“We can create cost-efficient, innovative engineering solutions that take into account Spirit’s highly efficient manufacturing processes. We are proud to be selected by Aerion for this program and look forward to contributing to the success of this groundbreaking new airplane.”


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United States:

Front Range Aviation announces new owner, and new name: Great Falls Jet Center

Under the new ownership of Eagle Jet Solutions, Front Range Aviation at Great Falls International Airport (KGTF), Montana, announces it’s rebranding as Great Falls Jet Center.

Eagle Jet is respected on the KGTF field as expert providers of aircraft management, aircraft sales and acquisitions, and aircraft storage services. The FBO will continue to offer these reputable services under the premier Great Falls Jet Center brand.

“We’re thrilled to expand our offerings as Great Falls Jet Center,” said Carson Coryell, FBO owner and president of Eagle Jet. “By unifying a complete suite of aviation services on the KGTF field under one strong brand, we’ll be able to better serve Great Falls traffic with the service and care they deserve.”


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United States:

Air Charter Service invests further in California

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has invested further in its Los Angeles operation as it continues to expand its presence in California.

Thomas Howe, ACS’s West Coast USA President, commented: “In the last 12 months our investment in California has increased considerably, along with the opening of our second office in the state last year, in San Francisco, we have now expanded our Los Angeles operation, which is now almost double the capacity that we had previously.

“California has the world’s fifth largest economy and is larger in area than Germany and many other European countries in which we have offices. Almost 10% of all private jet traffic in the US departs from California, so we’re acting on that demand."


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Krimson marks its 150th flight handling

Krimson Aviation, the Ethiopia-based trip planning and flight support company has marked the handling of its 150th flight since its inception in 2015.

The company, based at Addis Ababa Bole International airport (HAAB), welcomed a Bombardier Global Express from Angola-based aviation services company Bestfly on the 5th February.

A regular Krimson client, the Bestfly crew required landing permits, fuelling, crew hotel accommodation and ground transportation.

Krimson marks its 150th flight handling

The handling of its 150th flight demonstrates the exceptional growth Krimson has experienced, from managing 15 flights in its first two years to reaching its 150th flight this month. It also reflects the rapid growth of the African aviation business aviation sector.


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Women in Aviation International:

Southern California girls invited to Girls in Aviation Day

As part of Women in Aviation International’s 30th annual conference in Long Beach, held March 14-16, 2019, local girls from ages 8 to 17 are invited to learn about the career and lifestyle possibilities available in aviation and aerospace.

“A local Girls in Aviation Day has become part of our annual conference where the daughters, nieces, and young friends of WAI members join girls from the community for a fun day learning about aviation,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We’ve already hosted lively Girls in Aviation Day events in Orlando, Dallas, Nashville, and Reno.”

Girls in Aviation Day

Through a host of hands-on activities, speakers, games and more, girls get immersed in all that aviation has to offer. Older girls will be able to meet with representatives from aviation colleges and universities.

There will be no shortage of role models for the girls as they hear from women about their unique aviation careers.


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Swiss Business Aviation Association

Niclas von Planta

Niclas von Planta

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating the appointment of Niclas von Planta, Vice President of ExecuJet Europe, as the new President of the Swiss Business Aviation Association (SBAA).

The SBAA unites all Swiss-based aviation professionals to help defend the future of the local business aviation industry. The association promotes and supports excellence and professionalism amongst its members, facilitating the application of best practices and the highest standards of operational safety.

“Switzerland is one of the fastest-growing regions in Europe for both private jet ownership and charter, and so it must be a leading light of excellence for operational safety and service," said von Planta. "My experience within the Luxaviation Group has prepared me well for this task."


Colin Miller

Colin Miller, Greg Collett and Dennis Stuligross

Gulfstream Aerospace has expanded its senior leadership team to meet the company’s growing number of aircraft programs, manage its worldwide supply chain and innovate for the future.

Colin Miller (pictured above), former vice president of Flight Operations, will be promoted to senior vice president, Innovation, Engineering and Flight, following the retirement of Dan Nale on April 1 after nearly 35 years with the company.

Miller joined Gulfstream in 2013 as an experimental test pilot. Since then, he has been a part of the development, testing and certification programs for the Gulfstream G500 and G600.

Greg Collett

Greg Collett has been promoted to senior vice president, Manufacturing and Completions, assuming some of the responsibilities previously held by Dennis Stuligross, senior vice president, Operations.

Collett joined Gulfstream in 1998 and has held various leadership roles in Operations, including oversight of Initial Phase Manufacturing, Final Phase Manufacturing, New Product Development and Manufacturing Operations.

Dennis Stuligross

Dennis Stuligross now serves as the senior vice president of Program Management, Quality and Supply Chain, responsible for aircraft program management, product quality and the worldwide supply chain.

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United States:

Phenom 300 is world’s most delivered light business jet for the 7th year in a row

Embraer Executive Jets delivered 53 Phenom 300 and Phenom 300E light jets in 2018, according to a report issued by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Phenom 300 achieves this mark, having accrued more than 490 deliveries since entering the market in December 2009.

Phenom 300

Originally launched in 2005, the Phenom 300 has sustained more than half of the light jet market share since 2012. The aircraft is in operation in more than 30 countries and has accumulated more than 780,000 flight hours.


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United Kingdom:

As Airbus decides to terminate A380 production, IBA asks what the future holds for airlines and investors

The strategic marketing of this aircraft, combined with its underlying economic abnormalities, means the Airbus A380 has faced complex challenges right from the start. Lewis Leslie and David Archer from IBA’s team of analysts consider the implications.

The introduction of the Airbus A380 was a moment that changed the airline industry forever.

Airbus A380

Designed for long-range hub-to-hub route operations, the aircraft enabled full-service carriers such as Emirates, Etihad and Singapore Airlines to develop and redefine the luxury on-board passenger experience.

From an appraiser and analysts’ perspective, IBA examines how Airbus’ decision to end production of the A380 just twelve years after service entry will impact on its value, and considers what the future might hold for airlines and investors.


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Extensive expansion to Singapore Service Centre bolsters Bombardier's capabilities in Asia-Pacific

Bombardier has announced the next major investment in enhancing its global customer service experience with a significant expansion in the growing Asia-Pacific region.

The award-winning Singapore Service Centre will more than quadruple its current footprint, transforming the facility into a high-capacity, one-stop-shop super centre, offering its customers a full gamut of maintenance, refurbishment and modification services required throughout an aircraft’s life, directly on site.

Extensive expansion to Singapore Service Centre bolsters Bombardier's capabilities in Asia-Pacific

The new expanded Singapore Service Centre will be capable of supporting more than 2,000 visits annually and will be operational in 2020.


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Jet Aviation completes Hawker Pacific FBO rebranding

Following its acquisition of Hawker Pacific in May 2018, Jet Aviation has now completed the rebranding of its six Hawker Pacific FBOs in Australia.

The facilities - located in Sydney, Brisbane (2), Cairns, Darwin and Perth - bring Jet Aviation's total number of FBOs across America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia to 34.

Jet Aviation Brisbane.

Jet Aviation Brisbane..

“Our commitment to our customers and partners remains our highest priority,” says Joe Reckling, SVP Regional Operations APAC. “We are seeking to capitalize on the strong global recognition of Jet Aviation in order to continue to connect with our international market and grow our customer service offerings throughout Asia. The Australian FBOs have a history of strong performance and will continue to deliver exceptional customer service under the Jet Aviation brand.”

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New Zealand:

Digital air traffic control tower a step closer for New Zealand

New Zealand’s first remotely operated digital air traffic control tower is a step closer.

Air navigation services provider Airways has awarded a contract to global technology provider Frequentis to develop a digital system for Invercargill Airport.

Digital air traffic control tower a step closer for New Zealand

Airways is pursuing digital tower technology as a national alternative to conventional towers that will provide greater aviation safety, improved weather resiliency and the option to provide extended levels of services to New Zealand’s regions.


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Air BP launches Airfield Automation digital technology in Africa to help prevent misfuelling

Air BP returns to the 4th Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda this week as sponsor and exhibitor, to reinforce its commitment to Africa and highlight the rollout of its new Airfield Automation digital technology recently installed at nine locations across South Africa and Mozambique.

Air BP launches Airfield Automation digital technology in Africa to help prevent misfuelling

The cloud-based platform is designed to prevent misfuelling by enhancing safety, reliability and compliance in airport fuelling operations, as well as to provide data in real time to airline customers.

Importantly, it strengthens safety barriers and mitigates risks during the fuelling process. It is the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfuelling.


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Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

ST Engineering's DroNet authorised for Beyond Visual Line of Sight tests

ST Engineering made further strides in developing advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for applications in an urban environment when its Aerospace sector became the first in Singapore to receive authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trials over the Lower Seletar reservoir.

The BVLOS trial is for demonstrating ST Engineering’s latest UAS solution, DroNet.

ST Engineering's DroNet authorised for Beyond Visual Line of Sight tests

Designed for autonomous operations in an urban environment, DroNet is an end-to-end solution that applies advanced unmanned technologies such as drones through a network system to carry out specific tasks or services. By harnessing the power of networking, video analytics and data sharing,

DroNet is able to provide solutions for various applications including perimeter security, asset inspection and lightweight deliveries.


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ExecuJet's Brussels FBO has gained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage II accreditation.

The FBO, located at Brussels International Airport just 10km from the city centre, features two VVIP passenger lounges, three meeting rooms and full crew facilities.

ExecuJet's Brussels FBO team.

ExecuJet's Brussels FBO team.

An-Céline Claes, Brussels FBO Handling & Protocol Manager, ExecuJet, says: “After being the first facility to achieve IS-BAH status in Belgium in 2017, we are extremely proud to mark this next stage of our development. The Stage II accreditation is testament to our team’s dedication to maintaining the highest levels of safety and service, particularly in the key areas of customer care and safety management. We look forward to further demonstrating our extensive capabilities and above-and-beyond service to all our customers in Brussels.”

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Aviation Africa opens in Kigali

The Aviation Africa Summit and exhibition was opened yesterday (Wednesday 27th) by Rwandan President, H.E. Paul Kagame with a strong message of support for the aviation industry along with a reaffirmed determination to see Africa progress with its ‘Open Skies’ actions.

President Kagame was chairperson of the African Union (AU) in 2018 when the agreement for the introduction of a Single African Air Transport Market was signed by African nations.

“Sixteen countries in Africa are landlocked - including Rwanda," said President Kagame. "That is almost one-third of Africa. But every country is air-linked, so geography should not be seen as an excuse for underdevelopment.

"This highlights the importance of regional integration where there have been some notable achievements over the past year," he continued. "Chief among these is the Single African Air Transport Market. However, the full promise of this pact only becomes apparent in the wider context of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and the Protocol of the Free Movement of Persons which were also signed last year."


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United Kingdom

BACA comment on illegal charter case and verdict

BACA - The Air Charter Association - has welcomed the verdicts of the jury in the case of Robert Murgatroyd, a private pilot who organised the illegal charter of a light aircraft to take three birdwatchers from Manchester City Airport to Barra, on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

The aircraft was almost 500lbs over the maximum take-off weight and subsequently clipped trees before crashing into a field, causing significant injuries to everyone on board. The occupants of the aircraft were very lucky that the accident did not result in a serious tragedy.

The jury at Manchester Crown Court in the United Kingdom found him guilty of a number of offences, including of conducting a public transport flight without an Air Operator Certificate, recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft or persons in an aircraft, recklessly endangering the safety of persons or property, acting as a pilot without holding an appropriate licence, flying outside the flight manual limitations and flying without insurance.


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United Kingdom:

BBGA highlights the future generation at annual conference

How aviation jobs will evolve in the future and the need to foster new talent will be the focus of the British Business General Aviation (BBGA’s) Annual Conference and AGM on Thursday, 7th March at Luton Hoo Hotel, UK.

Titled ‘Tomorrow’s People Today,’ it picks up on last year’s ‘Tomorrow’s World Today’ technology theme.

“This year we focus on the people who will drive our industry forward, against a background of critical pilot and engineer shortage, through to multi-decade independent business owners looking to future proof their companies,” said Marc Bailey, BBGA CEO.


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United Kingdom:

VistaJet partners with Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow for 2019 F1 Championship

VistaJet has announced its partnership with the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow team as its Official Supplier of private jet travel.

With the tight schedule of the race calendar and often only days between Grands Prix, VistaJet will support the team to optimize their travel and transfer times throughout the 2019 Formula One season.

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90

Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90

In an industry where speed and efficiency are fundamental, the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow team will further utilize time off track to arrive in optimum condition.

Having raced competitively with Ferrari for many years and as an official driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship, WEC, VistaJet’s Founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr knows the demands of racing and the intense focus required to perform under such pressure.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

A Spoonful of Sugar

As the cold and flu season hits us around the world, how and what foods can help us survive the illness?

Great news, there are several remedies that each of you probably have on your aircraft, or can easily get at most hotels and from any of your aviation food sources while traveling.

A Spoonful of Sugar

The flu can be caused by more than 200 viruses, but most of the yearly seasonal flu is caused by either influenza A or B viruses. It seems amazing that the cold and flu bug we are all attempting to avoid and taking extra precautions to keep from catching still manages to grab hold of us.

I decided I would research colds and flus to see what foods the science expert suggest you can eat to reduce your symptoms and make yourself or passengers more comfortable while sick.


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Cleared for take-off: AeroEx launches toolkit options for new EU EFB regulatory compliance

AeroEx, Europe’s foremost aviation industry regulatory compliance consultancy group, has announced the launch of its toolkit that will help European operators and pilots ensure they comply with EU’s new Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) regulations ahead of the 9 July 2019 deadline.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements has introduced new provisions for commercial and non-commercial operators using installed or portable EFB’s, which transposes the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

This new regulation is for the use of electronic flight bags and for the use of EFB applications with a failure condition classified as minor or below. Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operators are required to hold an operational approval for any Type B EFB application.


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Geneva Airpark achieves IS-BAH certification

Geneva Airpark's safe ground handling operations and quality services to business aviation have been recognised with IS-BAH certification.

The IS-BAH standards, developed by IBAC and NATA, are based on compliance with good practices and as such enjoy international recognition. Geneva Airpark now figures among the 150 FBOs in the world to have received this certification since its creation in 2014. With 9 certified companies, Switzerland and the United Kingdom hold 3rd position in the IS-BAH ranking.

"In our philosophy, the level of security does not depend on the size of a company and its implementation allows for no compromise in terms of our clients’ and our partners’ expectations," said Sophie Mabire, General Manager of Geneva Airpark. "The safety culture within Geneva Airpark, which is present in jobs and responsibilities at all levels, guarantees rigor and professionalism."

Founded in 2009, Geneva Airpark offers a premium parking service for all types of business aircraft at Geneva international airport. Its 10,000 sq.m. covered hangar occupies a privileged location close to the business aviation terminal C3.

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And Finally

AkzoNobel and United Airlines help inspire US students

Science students in the US are getting a daily dose of inspiration from a retired United Airlines Douglas DC-8 aircraft which has been lovingly restored with coatings supplied by AkzoNobel.

After flying more than 18 million miles in 14 years, the plane - named The City of Los Angeles - was donated by United Airlines to the California Science Center in 1984. It’s now on static display by the entrance to the Dr Theodore T. Alexander Jr. Science Center School.

“We are proud to be part of this project and had no hesitation in donating our Eclipse coatings for such an incredible aircraft,” explains Robert Mather, Strategic Account Manager of AkzoNobel’s Aerospace Coatings business. “The DC-8 has a remarkable history, which can’t fail to inspire the young people who see this one every day.”

AkzoNobel and United Airlines help inspire US students

The newly restored plane was retired in 1980 after carrying more than a million passengers. Four years later, its wings were removed and it was towed through city streets before being reassembled at the museum, eventually being mounted on a pedestal in 2002.

Due to the easy application and with the aircraft being located outdoors, the coating was rolled on, rather than sprayed. The low emission Eclipse system was applied by International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) to ensure that the DC-8 looks as good as the day it first rolled out of the hangar.


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