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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 28th March 2019 | Issue #504

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Signature Flight Support

United States:

Only nine months before ADS-B deadline

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen joined with acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell on Monday (25th March), to issue a reminder to the business aviation community to install Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B) equipment on their aircraft before the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020, deadline.

“Without ADS-B, your operation will not be able to continue flights into any of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas,” reads the letter to business aircraft operators. “Additionally, you will be required to fly at lower, less efficient altitudes. If you have not yet installed rule-compliant ADS-B Out equipment, or scheduled an appointment, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.”

The FAA first published its ADS-B rule in May 2010, as a significant step toward its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which will replace radar-based aircraft position reporting for air traffic control (ATC) with satellite-derived, GPS data.


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United States:

GAMA applauds US House Transportation Committee’s passage of the Aviation Funding Stability Act

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) applauded the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its members for passing H.R. 1108, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019.

“We vigorously support this legislation and commend Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA) for introducing the bill, as well as full Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) for their support,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.


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United States:

FAA approves Clay Lacy FANS 1/A+ STC for Gulfstream GV

Operators can use Honeywell Aero H Satcom, Gogo ST-4300 Iridium or standalone datalink connection.

Clay Lacy Aviation has earned FAA approval to amend the company’s FANS 1/A+ STC, which includes ADS-B Out, CPDLC, ADS-C and Link 2000+/ATN B1, to include the Gulfstream GV.

The STC provides operators the choice of using a Honeywell Aero H Satcom solution, Gogo ST-4300 Iridium connection or a standalone datalink connection with TSO approval. Originally approved in 2015, the Clay Lacy STC (ST03423CH) already covered Gulfstream GIV and GIV-SP models, and was the first FAA-approved FANS STC for those aircraft.

Gulfstream GV cockpit

Gulfstream GV cockpit

According to data available from Amstat Corp, more than four hundred Gulfstream GIV, GIV-SP and GV aircraft still have not installed ADS-B Out, with just nine months remaining before the FAA’s January 1, 2020 deadline.


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Altitude Attitude

Sonia Greteman

Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

Grit and Gusto

Anniversaries mean more to me now. I have a growing respect for companies with staying power.

As our agency hits the 30 mark this April 1, I think about lessons learned over the course of this rewarding, humbling journey.

In the beginning, our small-but-mighty band worked incredibly hard. We found success, but I didn’t trust that it would last. That kept me from staffing up as quickly as I should have in those early years. Feeling that only the paranoid survive, we simply worked even harder.

That fast-and-furious pace also got addictive. It can be fun to put out one raging fire after another. You go home feeling like a hero. You saved the day, right? Constant activity also keeps you from thinking. From planning. From strategically going after new business. You never have to consider your next to-do - a zillion pressing deadlines set your agenda.

I’ve come to understand, though, that a failure to plan is planning to fail.


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United States:

Signature and Citation pilots sign landmark flight support agreement

Signature Flight Support announced has signed a flight support and fueling agreement with the Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP) that represents over 1,000 members with more than 600 Citation aircraft.

The agreement provides custom fuel pricing for CJP member aircraft at Signature’s 140 North American FBOs.

Pilots also benefit from Signature TailWins - the rewards program where stakeholders can earn points on fuel purchases and redeem them for cash in the form of a reloadable Visa debit card or choose from over 40 virtual gift cards from major retailers.

CJP members who enroll in Signature TailWins will earn five times points on all fuel purchases in the Signature North America network for one month and are eligible for future promotions.


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United States:

Dassault Falcon selects GLOBALJET as authorized training provider

Avon, CT-headquartered GLOBALJET Services, Inc., a leader in on-location aviation aircraft, avionics, safety, and professional development training, has been selected as a factory authorized maintenance training provider from Dassault Aviation, producers of the extraordinary Falcon line of business aircraft.

GLOBALJET is uniquely prepared to meet the challenges and requirements of maintenance training for the classic Falcon 10, 20, 20-5, 50, 50EX, 2000, 2000EX, 900 and 900EX. This is achieved with
a highly experienced instructor staff, product knowledge, and long list of applicable worldwide
regulatory approvals.

Falcon 50

GLOBALJET Services employs several exceptionally skilled instructors with nearly one hundred combined years of total aviation experience on these aircraft types.


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Corporate Wings

Elizabeth Ricci

Elizabeth Ricci

Elizabeth Ricci has been named CEO of Corporate Wings, an aircraft management company headquartered in Richmond Heights, Ohio. The company is a part of Directional Aviation, whose principal is her father, Kenneth Ricci.

Elizabeth was previously Corporate Wings’ vice president of client services. Prior to joining Corporate Wings, Elizabeth Ricci served as a marketing manager and most recently as a director at Nextant Aerospace, another Directional Aviation company.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude, and holds a certificate in financial accounting from Harvard Business School.

Elizabeth is passionate about supporting the community through volunteerism and philanthropy and has served on committees for the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and as an associate board member for the University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children Foundation.

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United States:

Embraer delivers the 500th Phenom 300

Embraer has delivered the 500th Phenom 300 series business jet. According to General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the Phenom 300 is the only business jet model to reach this milestone in the last 10 years.

The aircraft outperforms in the light jet class with its speed, range, comfort and technology. Being the fastest and farthest-flying light jet, the Phenom 300 has set multiple speed records, certified by the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Embraer delivers the 500th Phenom 300

The milestone aircraft - delivered on Monday (25th) - is the Phenom 300E, the newest edition of the most popular light jet. Mr. Freeman Pickett III received his aircraft at Embraer’s Customer Center in Melbourne, Florida.


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United States:

Comlux takes delivery of its first ACJ320neo

Comlux has taken delivery of the first of three ACJ320neo1 aircraft, which will now enter VIP cabin-outfitting by Comlux Completion in Indianapolis.

It is the largest customer for the ACJ320neo Family, which has already won a total of 11 orders.

Comlux takes delivery of its first ACJ320neo

“The new ACJ320neo gives us the means to deliver nonstop flights to even more of the world. CFM International has supported Comlux over the years, and we have chosen its new, fuel-efficient and highly reliable LEAP-1A engines to power the aircraft. Comlux Completion will install a unique VIP cabin interior, using the most advanced technologies to offer the best comfort and luxury to our customer,” says Comlux Executive Chairman and CEO Richard Gaona.


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FAI selects Collins Aerospace’s Venue for ‘Project Pearl’ - a significant Global Express refurbishment

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has selected Collins Aerospace’s latest Venue cabin management system and high definition entertainment system for its latest Bombardier BD700 Global Express cabin refurbishment project, named 'Project Pearl'.

FAI selects Collins Aerospace’s Venue for ‘Project Pearl’.

The architect of the cabin project is German designer Tim Callies, who is well known for his work on Airbus ACJ, Boeing BBJ and Bombardier Global Express interiors. The luxury interior will feature VIP seating for 12 passengers and include stylish two tone leather seating and two three-seat sofas covered in Armani fabric.

Additional modifications and upgrades include new cabinetry, cobalt black metal plating, granite table tops, the latest galley appliances to include a wine cooler, coffee maker and oven and stylish heated stone floors in the galley and toilet area. This will be followed by a newly designed exterior paint scheme.


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United States:

Astronics introduces new ambient cabin lighting

Colored wash lighting highlights cabin and seat elements.

Astronics Corporation has introduced Nuancia RGBW Strip Lights to provide flexible illumination options for aircraft seats and cabins.

The system allows aircraft manufacturers and airlines to program moodlighting systems to accommodate more than 16 million colors, create preset color scenarios, and present color

Astronics introduces new ambient cabin lighting

“There is a significant increase in ambient lighting interest from airlines and aircraft OEMs, so to service our customers, we’ve taken our existing ultra-reliable lighting products and re-engineered them to provide the industry’s smallest bend radius and closest set LEDs for a flexible, consistent color experience,” explained Astronics President, Fabrice Berthelot. “The possibilities for exciting new cabin lighting designs are immense.”


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United States:

Bombardier’s Global 7500 has broken a significant speed record between Los Angeles and New York.

The business jet left Van Nuys Airport at 7:01 am local time on March 24, 2019, and arrived at Teterboro Airport at 1:55 pm local time, completing the coast-to-coast mission in 3 hours and 54 minutes, beating the previously held record.

Global 7500

During the flight, the aircraft reached a top speed of M 0.925 and sustained that speed for more than two hours.

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United States:

Avfuel welcomes Textar Aviation to branded FBO network

Avfuel Corporation has announced its new branding partnership with Textar Aviation at Dallas Love Field Airport (KDAL).

Known on the field as an extraordinary customer-care center, Textar Aviation excels at providing personalized services for the discerning traveler. The FBO is located just minutes from downtown Dallas, making it an exceptional gateway to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Textar Aviation

“It is always our goal to surpass our clients’ expectations,” said Darrell Northern, Textar Aviation’s general manager. “We put our customers first and Avfuel shares that vision, which is one of the reasons why we chose to partner with it as our new fuel supplier.”


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United States:

Planet Nine Private Air places fourth Falcon 7X into service

Planet Nine Private Air (“P9PA”), the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator and aircraft management company, has announced the addition of its fourth ultra long-range Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft to its Part 135 certificate.

Planet Nine Private Air places fourth Falcon 7X into service

The aircraft, registration no. N996MS, is a low-time aircraft with less than 500 hours flown. It is offered with the distinctive Planet Nine 14-seat luxury executive interior, with Wi-Fi and IFE from Swift Broadband.


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United Kingdom:

BA flight goes 'the pretty way' to Dusseldorf

A British Airways flight from London City Airport to Düsseldorf, Germany, landed in Edinburgh by mistake on Monday (25th March) after the flight plan was submitted incorrectly.

Passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the "welcome to Edinburgh" announcement was made.

On its final flight on Sunday, the plane flew to Edinburgh and back so it seems that someone at WDL mistakenly repeated the same flight plan for the next day, according to BA.

BA flight goes 'the pretty way' to Dusseldorf

"We have apologised to customers for this interruption to their journey and will be contacting them all individually," BA said in a statement.


The Netherlands:

Fokker announces 24 aircraft transactions in 2018

GKN Fokker Services has announced that 24 Fokker aircraft were placed in 2018. Currently there are approximately 400 Fokker aircraft operational worldwide.

The fleet of Fokker aircraft has earned a reputation for operational reliability, durability, low noise levels, comfort and continued support, including the development of modifications to comply with new mandates like for ADS-B Out.


In Europe, Swedish operator Amapola added 6 Fokker 50s to its fleet. It now has 22 Fokker 50s comprising both passenger aircraft as well as freighters. Amapola thus consolidates its position as the largest Fokker 50 operator.


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United Kingdom:

As engine OEMs seek to increase their presence in the aftermarket, IBA takes a balanced view of this sensitive topic

David Archer, Senior Engine Analyst at IBA Group examines the benefits and drawbacks for operators and investors, and he also considers future values for the GP700 and Trent 900 engines in the wake of the Airbus A380 programme termination

It is evident that aircraft engine OEMs are pushing for greater control of the aftermarket. As new engines have been developed, particularly for the narrow body sector, OEMs have sought to lock operators and lessors into after care programmes, with LEAP capturing 60% and GTF securing by all accounts over 90% of the market respectively.

“Historically, this has been a widebody discussion” says David Archer. “The open secondary market delivered several benefits: residual values remained strong, liquidity in engine assets stimulated the ability to trade, owner/operators could choose how they maintained their engines, short build programmes matched engines’ remaining life, used materials and even PMA parts in mature markets generated cost savings.


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Successful HAI Heli-Expo debut for Aero Asset as it signs four exclusive helicopter remarketing agreements

Aero Asset is celebrating a successful launch at HAI Heli Expo 2019, held in Atlanta, GA. earlier this month.

The new Toronto, Canada-based business, with global reach, headed by co-founders Emmanuel Dupuy, William Sturm and Valerie Pereira, signed four exclusive remarketing agreements - a 2007 Airbus AS365 N3 SN 6770, 2007 H155 SN6771, 2009 Sikorsky S76C++ SN 760710, and 2002 AW109E SN11145.

Airbus AS365 N3

“Signing listings so early after the launch, underlines the confidence owners have in our expertise and network,” said Sales Director Emmanuel Dupuy.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.

A Watermelon Smile

What do you think of when you think of summer? Palm tree lined sandy beaches, cool cocktails with a fruity garnish, family fun, cookouts and a barbeque? Yup, I think of all of the above - and watermelon!

Doesn’t the sight of it even make you happy? Look at the slice . . . it's a smile, pure happiness.


We can thank the Egyptians for the first watermelon. The first harvests were documented over 5000 years ago. And from there - over 2000 years ago - merchant ships carried the watermelon to China, and the rest is history. Summer is the season for fresh watermelon; it is grown in over 96 countries around the world and there are over 1,200 recorded varieties in assorted colors. In Italy, there are thousands of festivals devoted to watermelon so as you travel, watch for signs like ‘Sagra’ or ‘Festa del Anguria’ announcing their dates.

Every country has festivals to celebrate this vegetable . . . oops, I guess I forgot to mention that a watermelon is in the same family as the squash, the pumpkin, and the cucumber. No wonder it's so versatile.


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United States

Duncan Aviation introduces FBO Services Calculator

Duncan Aviation recently introduced an FBO Services Calculator website app that allows operators to easily see their complete service charges and fees when stopping at a Duncan Aviation FBO facility for transient fuel services.

Having selected the Duncan Aviation FBO facility at which they'll stop, operators enter aircraft type; fuel type; gallons needed; and whether overnight parking is required.

Duncan Aviation introduces FBO Services Calculator

The calculator will then provide users with the price per gallon for fuel, any overnight storage fees, and whether the minimum fuel requirement will be met to waive the ramp fees.


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And Finally

Book that window seat: Top Ten scenic airports revealed

Travel fans and experts reveal their favourite airport landing views in PrivateFly poll.

While ‘window or aisle’ may be a matter of debate on many flights, certain destinations demand an uninterrupted view on landing. And the world’s most window seat-worthy runways are now revealed, in PrivateFly’s annual Scenic Airports poll, voted for by travel fans and experts.

Adam Twidell, CEO of privatejet charter booking service PrivateFly and an experienced pilot, comments: “Some airports offer an aerial view that becomes reason enough to visit in itself - never mind what attractions await on the ground.

“Our Scenic Airports poll presents a bucket list for travel fans, offering a mix of global descents to tick off in your lifetime. Some of these destinations are rapidly acquiring iconic status with aviation enthusiasts as a result.”

Beach runway at Barra, Scotland

Beach runway at Barra, Scotland | photo: Ewen Weatherspoon

PrivateFly teamed up with a panel of travel experts to form the shortlist before the public vote, including travel writers Nigel Tisdall and Francesca Street; and aviation experts Johnny Jet and Doug Gollan.

The Top Ten . . .


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