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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 7th March 2019 | Issue #501

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United States:

NBAA's Top Safety Focus Areas for 2019

The National Business Aviation Association has released its annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, addressing the most pressing safety issues facing the broad array of business aviation operations.

In order to determine those areas of greatest interest, the NBAA Safety Committee evaluated accident/incident statistics, operational safety data and robust hazard reporting information.

“The 2019 NBAA Top Safety Focus Areas list represents those actionable and impactful items that all organizations need to address to improve business aviation safety,“ said Tom Huff, aviation safety officer for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and chair of the NBAA Safety Committee.

“It is important to the Safety Committee that business aviation operators keep loss of control - inflight, controlled flight into terrain and runway excursions in focus, since these risks remain in the majority of business aviation accidents.”


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HAI Heli-Expo:

Aero Asset helicopter brokerage debuts at HAI

Presents pre-owned Market Trends report.

Aero Asset, the new global helicopter brokerage from established international helicopter sales professionals Emmanuel Dupuy, William Sturm and Valerie Pereira, formally launched at HAI Heli Expo in Atlanta this week.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with a global reach, the entrepreneurial and multi-lingual trio, pledge a fully immersive approach to marketing pre-owned heavy, medium and light twin helicopters, drawing on their deep understanding of the market over a combined 50-plus years.

Emmanuel and William lead sales and Valerie, a renowned specialist in aircraft market research, is business development and research director.

“We believe the time is right for an independent, advisory-focused helicopter brokerage. The pre-owned market took an upturn in 2018, after several years of flatlining and we look forward to that trend continuing on an upward curve,” said Aero Asset co-founder and Sales Director William Sturm. “We are looking forward to pushing boundaries with our new business and intend to deliver an unrivalled level of customer service.”

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Women in Aviation Worldwide:

Gulfstream documentary celebrates Women in Aviation Worldwide Week

Employees share their passion for aviation, STEM careers.

In celebration of the ninth annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW), observed March 4-10, Gulfstream has created a video featuring female employees sharing their professional experiences and enthusiasm for aviation to encourage the next generation of people interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

WOAW was established in 2010 to commemorate the anniversary of the first pilot’s license issued to a female, Raymonde de Laroche, in 1910.

Celebrating Women in Aviation

Though de Laroche was the first to earn a license, women took to aviation as early as the 1780s when Marie Élisabeth Thible was documented as the first woman to help fly an untethered hot air balloon. Since then, women have steered remarkable advancements and innovation in aviation and other STEM-related areas.

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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.

Going where others cannot

Mission Aviation Fellowship President David Holsten basically had the Wichita Aero Club crowd at hello.

As the club’s February keynote speaker, Holsten kicked off his remarks with generous and profuse thanks to the crowd gathered. He noted that most of the people in the room probably touched, in some way, the “lifesaving flying machines” used for MAF’s missions. He called the Air Capital ground zero for general aviation.

MAF relies on its fleet of Cessna and Quest Kodiak aircraft to get to corners of the world otherwise unreachable. Think sides of mountains, jungle clearings, tropical rivers. Where roads end, MAF’s fleet of almost 50 donor-provided, light aircraft based in Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America bring access.

Going where others cannot.

The fleet gives wing to roughly 600 Christian and humanitarian organizations, doing everything from providing access to medical care to delivering disaster relief. Since its founding after World War II by veteran U.S. and U.K. pilots, MAF has amassed seven decades of often jaw-dropping, tear-inducing stories.


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American Aero FTW

Angela Thurmond

Angela Thurmond

Angela Thurmond, listed among the top 20 customer service representatives (CSR) in the world in 2018, has been named general manager of American Aero FTW's FBO at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thurmond had been serving as assistant general manager since early 2018.

In 2018 American Aero became the first FBO in world to earn International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 3 safety and ground handling certification from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) - an achievement in which Thurmond played an integral part.

In her new post, Thurmond will lead a team of 26 employees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and joined American Aero in June 2017.

Universal Avionics

Dror Yahav

Dror Yahav

Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems Company, has announced that Mr. Dror Yahav will be appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the company, effective April 10, 2019.

Dror Yahav succeeds Paul DeHerrera who retires after 25 years of service with UA.

Yahav joined Elbit Systems in 2001 and has been serving as Vice President of Commercial Aviation in the Aerospace Division for the past eight years. He led the introduction of innovative and award winning EFVS and HUD technologies to Commercial Aviation including the first EFVS for commercial helicopters and the introduction of wearable HUD technology for the Air Transport market.

Dror Yahav, a commercial aviation pilot, has 22 years experience flying fighters, trainers, and commercial airplanes. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science and an Executive MBA degree from Tel Aviv University.

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Global 7500 completes world’s longest range business jet flight in history

8,152 nm flight is the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet.

A Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft has completed the longest range business jet flight in history, successfully completing an 8,152-nautical-mile flight non-stop, pushing the boundaries of business travel.

8,152 nm flight is the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet.

The award-winning business jet departed Singapore Changi Airport at 7:12 a.m. local time and arrived at Tucson International Airport at 8:19 a.m. local time, completing the long-range speed record flight for the city-pair.


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HAI Heli-Expo:

Luxaviation Helicopters launches industry-first charter alliance with 70-strong fleet

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has announced the launch of the first ever global helicopter charter alliance, providing clients with a world-class standard in luxury rotorcraft travel.

The ‘Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance’ is set to connect VIP helicopter charter operators around the world. It opens up new destinations and opportunities for operators, brokers and clients, whilst streamlining international charter booking procedures.

Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters.

Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters.

Luxaviation Helicopters is launching the alliance together with US-based HeliFlite, Austria-based HeliAustria which has a number of US clients, France-based Azur Hélicoptère, Philippines-based PhilJets and UK-based Starspeed, which is also part of the Luxaviation Group. Combined, the alliance gives brokers and clients access to 70 luxury VIP helicopters globally, including ExecuJet’s fleet of helicopters based in Mexico and South Africa.


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Insider's View

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive of Luxaviation UK.

Are apprenticeships ‘the next big thing’ for business aviation?

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore

With so many companies, and indeed industries, competing for the same ‘bright young things’ these days, securing top-class staff with potential can be a real challenge.

The idea of apprenticeships may not be new but a modern approach to this long-established practice is proving very successful for many companies across aviation. In fact, we’ve just launched our first apprenticeship at Luxaviation UK and we’re really enjoying the experience.

The classic mix of practical on-the-job training and formal study is a powerful combination and it is going to be interesting to see if and how apprenticeships can play a key role not just in our recruitment, but also in the wider Luxaviation Group that we are an entity of.


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Flying Colours Corp launching series of recruitment events

Hoping to fill in excess of 50 openings by mid-summer.

Flying Colours Corp. is launching a series of recruitment events to attract new and existing talent to the expanding North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions company.

Friday 22 March and Saturday 23 March will see the inaugural event take place at its Peterborough, Ontario, headquarters.

Flying Colours Corp Perterborough HQ.

A combination of existing and new roles will be highlighted during the two-day showcase. The business is hoping to fill in excess of 50 openings in its paint, avionics, maintenance, interiors, cabin installation and upholstery departments by the mid-summer, and is using the recruitment event as a platform to showcase the types of roles on offer, the dynamic work environment and the career opportunities the business presents.


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Bestfly becomes first business aviation company in Angola to achieve IS-BAO Stage 2

Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company, has achieved IS-BAO, International Standard for Business Aviation Operators, Stage 2.

Bestfly becomes first business aviation company in Angola to achieve IS-BAO Stage 2

Nuno Pereira, CEO, Bestfly

This is the first time an Angolan business aviation company has been awarded the status, which is designed to help flight departments and operators achieve a high level of safety and professionalism. It also makes Bestfly one of the very few companies in Africa to achieve the standard.


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LCI grows Australia-based helicopter fleet

Babcock AW139s transition from Scotland to Australia.
Over 40% of fleet now based in Asia Pacific region.

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has grown its Australia-based fleet of helicopters to 14 Leonardo AW139s with the arrival of two aircraft.

LCI grows Australia-based helicopter fleet

The two AW139s are being transitioned by LCI customer, Babcock International Group company, from Aberdeen, United Kingdom to Karratha, Western Australia, where they will be operated by Babcock Australasia, providing offshore transportation for a leading oil and gas producer.


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United States:

Comlux raising the bar for maintenance services on large VIP aircraft

Comlux's completion and service center in Indianapolis, Comlux Completion, is raising the bar in maintenance services on large VIP aircraft such as ACJ and BBJ.

Comlux raising the bar for maintenance services on large VIP aircraft

During 2018, Comlux maintained a steady stream of recurrent maintenance clients but also gained 4 new operators including 3 BBJs based in the US and 1 BBJ2 based in the Middle East. In parallel with the growing maintenance business, Comlux has simultaneously worked to complete 2 VIP completions on both a BBJ and an A330-200 while gearing up for the arrival of the first ever BBJ Max 8 completion and ACJ320neo.


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2,200 flights under remote tower control prove the concept

Last December, the German air navigation service provider, DFS Deutsche Flugischerung, was the first worldwide to introduce remote tower control (RTC) at an airport that has more than 15,000 flight movements per year.

DFS Remote Tower

The introductory weeks proved successful and the RTC Centre handled all take-offs and landings safely and without traffic delays. To date, air traffic controllers have handled more than 2,200 flights at Saarbrücken International Airport from the Remote Tower Control Centre 450 km away.



The WINGX Report:

Overall activity gains but business jet charters falling back

There were 58,090 business aviation departures in Europe during February according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published this week.

The figure represents a 1.7% increase YOY, boosted by a big increase in piston traffic - mainly training flights.

Business jet activity was down by 1.3% with a 1.6% fall in Charter/AOC flights. The last twelve months' trend in business jet activity is 1%.

The top country markets saw some growth overall, with Germany and Spain registering most YOY increase in activity. Flights from the UK were flat YOY, with a big drop in Small/Mid jets. Heavy Jet activity was up 8% in Germany, but down 20% in Russia.

So far in 2019, the UK, Italy and Germany have around 1% growth in total activity, France is up by 2% and Spain almost 10%. Flight activity out of Turkey and Greece is down 20% compared to last year. Europe´s YTD trend of 0.5% is slowing on the last twelve months' trend of 1.7%.


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United Kingdom

Farnborough Airshow public weekend axed

The Farnborough International Airshow will no longer host a public weekend after "negative and vitriolic" feedback for displays, it has been announced.

Organisers said the Shoreham air crash had "expedited" the decision, which comes amid a "dwindling number" of spectators. A spokeswoman said organisers could "no longer provide an airshow the public want".

The event will retain flying displays during its five-day trade show when the biennial event returns in July 2020.

In a statement, organisers said the exhibition halls would be open to the public on the Friday of the airshow, while it would "focus on inspiring the next generation and showcasing the technologies driving new products and manufacturing processes".


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You can’t beat the body clock

Pilots in Europe suffering fatigue despite new rules.

European pilots and cabin crew are experiencing unusually high levels of fatigue, incompatible with an acceptable level of flight safety, despite recent European legislation that is supposed to counter this.

A new study reveals major shortcomings of the Flight Time Limitations (FTL) - i.e. the rules governing how long pilots can fly, be on duty and have to rest - for night flights and duties that disrupt the human body clock.

The new study - based on real-life operations of 24 airlines and carried out on behalf of the EU Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - shows that night flights and ‘disruptive schedules’ of air crew result in very high fatigue levels.


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ASL launches new handling services in Belgium and the Netherlands

Private Jet operator ASL will launch a new FBO/Ground Handling service in Antwerp (EBAW-ANR) this month.

The company, which currently manages and operates more than 30 aircraft together with its sister Company JetNetherlands, will offer its ground handling services to all private and business jets flying in and out of Antwerp Airport and Groningen Airport (EHGG/GRQ) in the Netherlands).

Hitherto, ASL was only providing support services to its own fleet of aircraft, or to aircraft chartered for its own clients. It will now offer ground handling services to all operators and aircraft owners departing and arriving from the international airport of Antwerp-Deurne (located 50 km North of Belgium's capital Brussels), as well as Groningen, in the Netherlands, where the company took over an already established FBO last year.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

Are you eating clean?

Clean eating is everywhere you look. It's not eating food that has been washed and sanitized, but rather eating fresh, all natural food with focus on anything that grows on a tree, bush, shrub or plant.

Clean eating is eating meats that are mostly organic, humanely raised and slaughtered - and fish that is sustainable and that have no chemical treatment or genetically modified ingredients or antibiotics.

Eat Clean

Clean eaters choose real food, foods which are minimally processed. Clean eating boosts a number of benefits including lifelong health. You've all heard the old saying that ' you are what you eat'? . . . well this is the premise that you must have healthy meals and a number of them per day.

If you think about it the same way you think of your aircraft, I think it will make more sense.


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United Kingdom:

SaxonAir recruits catering manager to capitalise on growing appetite for events

SaxonAir has recruited a catering manager to take its state-of-the-art headquarters at Norwich International Airport to the next level in terms of conferencing and events.

Newly appointed John Freeman takes on the role following some significant brands using the facility to host a variety of events across the back end of last year.

"Following on from the success of these events and a growing appetite from the local business community to use our hangar space to host premier events, we have looked to invest in our own in-house capability to deliver at a really high standard," said CEO Alex Durand.


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Air Service Basel's FBO at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg has been granted the second stage IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) certification from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

Quality Assurance Manager, Uwe Paukner, comments, “We are very pleased to be recognized for our efforts in security, safety, service and the environment with our accreditation for the second stage of IS-BAH. The second stage validates that safety and security are part of our daily practices and acknowledges the level of service we dedicate to our overall ground handling performance.”

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And Finally

London Biggin Hill Airport celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

"Women have always played a strong role in the running of our airport and in 2019 are crucial to its day-to-day success. At London Biggin Hill they are engineers, fire fighters, FBO managers, security supervisors and many more roles in-between. We celebrate them today."

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Held annualy on March 8th, it is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause.

#IWD2019 | #Balanceforbetter


London Biggin Hill Airport celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

(L to R): Sally Powell, Natalie Smith, Ema Kalan, Kelly McCarthy, Deborah Leedham, Vanessa Hopkins, Beverley Winter and Mel Courtney at London Biggin Hill Airport.

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