Satcom Direct begins commercial implementation of FlexExec.
Satcom Direct (SD) has announced the commercial service introduction of Intelsat FlexExec as part of its SD Xperience portfolio.
The first high-speed, managed, end-to-end broadband service designed specifically for the business aviation sector, FlexExec is now being commercially delivered in partnership with Intelsat and Astronics AeroSat. At service introduction, four aircraft types are utilizing the system including a Dassault Falcon 7X and three Gulfstream models, GIV, G450 and G550.
In addition to the customer aircraft, SD has performed global network validation with its Gulfstream GIV, making this the first business aviation connectivity offering to undergo global beta testing prior to commercial service introduction.
Sheltair Aviation has hosted a beam signing ceremony to mark a milestone in the construction of its new 20-acre $30m Northside Hangar Complex at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Florida, which will offer “white glove” FBO services provided by Banyan Air Service.
Participants included Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Heather Moraitis, Sheltair Aviation chairman, CEO, owner and founder Gerald M. Holland, and Banyan President Don Campion.
Construction is proceeding on a state-of-the-art 207,000 square foot hangar and office complex that will include eight hangars that can welcome large cabin-class sized aircraft, and an additional 31,000 square feet of office and shop space.
FlightSafety International and TRU Simulation + Training - a Textron Inc. company - have formed a new company called FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training. The new joint venture will provide training services for Textron Aviation's broad product line of business and general aviation aircraft.
“Our main goal in establishing FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training is to further enhance the training and services our Customers receive,” said David Davenport, FlightSafety International Co-CEO and President, Commercial.
“Combining the strengths and resources of FlightSafety and TRU Simulation + Training will also increase efficiency, promote innovation, and ensure the extension of our high-quality training programs into new and upcoming Textron Aviation aircraft.”
110+ VIP facilities sign up with the expanding GPO.
AVIAA, the world’s only global group purchasing organization for business aviation, has added an important new pillar to its business aviation services - a 110+ strong global FBO network.
The US and European-based company invited a variety of FBOs to participate in an RFP process in December, responding to demand from members to obtain valuable savings on their fuel costs in North America and associated FBO services worldwide.
“We had an amazing response,” said AVIAA CEO Gillian Hayes, noting that after two months of close evaluation the full line up of participating partners have now been loaded on to the AVIAA Dashboard, enabling members to enjoy a range of preferred pricing, as and when they use them.
The National Business Aviation Association has announced the recent promotions of three long-time NBAA team members, as well as the formation of a new Strategy & Innovation Division.
Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE, will lead the new division as senior vice president, strategy and innovation; Joanne “Jo” Damato, CAM, has been named vice president, educational strategy and workforce development; and Dina Green, CMP, has been promoted to vice president, events.
“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions and forward-looking vision of three of our most dedicated veterans,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
"Additionally, the formation of a new division, focused on providing NBAA with innovative strategies and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship within the association, will further enhance the organization’s service to its members.”
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen joined with acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell 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.
Dave Paddock has been appointed as the new President of the Jet Aviation Group, effective July 1, 2019.
Paddock succeeds Rob Smith, who has served the company in this role since 2014. Smith is leaving Jet Aviation to join General Dynamics’ Marine Systems business unit.
A 20-year industry veteran, David Paddock joined Jet Aviation in January 2007 as vice president of business development and strategic planning. He was appointed to his current position of SVP Regional Operations USA in January 2015, where he is responsible for acquisitions, facility expansions and the entire portfolio of Jet services.
Prior to joining Jet Aviation, Paddock served as Vice President and Managing Officer for SH&E, specializing in business aviation strategy, market analysis and planning. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in environmental engineering and is active with many industry organizations, including GAMA, MEBAA and The Wings Club.
TAG Aviation Maintenance Services
TAG Aviation Maintenance Services has announced the appointment of Thierry Barré as Managing Director, to be based at TAG’s primary Farnborough Airport UK location.
Thierry Barré, who joins TAG’s Maintenance Services Centre with immediate effect, was previously Technical Director of a Business Jet MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) company based in Europe and brings extensive customer relations expertise and strong MRO experience to the position.
Barré succeeds Cyrille Pillet who, as VP Maintenance Operations-TAG Aviation Europe, now focuses his attention on the base maintenance service operations for TAG Aviation at group level.
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Trial operations begin over North Atlantic marking new chapter in aviation history.
Aireon, the first ever real-time, global air traffic surveillance system, is fully operational and is now in trial use over the North Atlantic. It marks a historic milestone for the aviation industry - ushering in a new era of safety and efficiency that will revolutionize the way people fly.
Aireon’s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) system provides real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking to 100 percent of ADS-B equipped aircraft on the planet. Prior to Aireon’s system coming on-line, traditional ground-based surveillance covered just 30 percent of the globe, meaning civil aviation authorities, commercial carriers and related industry stakeholders relied upon position updates from aircraft every 10-14 minutes to track aircraft outside of radar coverage, not the real-time updates that the Aireon service provides.
As the aviation industry faces an increasingly challenging recruitment environment, Krimson, the Ethiopia-based flight support company, is playing its part to support education at 'grass roots' level.
Dawit Lemma, Krimson CEO, is providing volunteer teaching services to students taking the Brevet d'Initiation Aéronautique (BIA) course at the Lycée Guébré-Mariam, an Ethio-French school teaching Francophone pupils from nursery up to high school age in Addis Ababa. The weekly delivery of the two-hour educational sessions are shared with industry colleague Pierre Lucas, United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, UNHAS, Chief-Ethiopia.
Dawit Lemma leads a visit to Ethiopian Airlines with the BIA students.
The class covers the fundamentals of aviation and aims to bring real-world experience to the academic studies. Upon successful completion of the one-year course, and passing of the standardized examination, students receive credit towards earning their private pilot license, PPL.
It will come as no surprise that a reliable, safe supply of on-specification fuel is critical for smooth aircraft operations. However, as operators visit new regions, they are often surprised to see differences in the grades of fuel available and ask whether these variations have any safety and/or performance implications for use in their aircraft.
Although you may encounter different jet grades globally, the good news is that they are interchangeable in most cases. The most common fuel for business aviation aircraft is jet fuel, however, operators using spark-ignition piston aircraft require Avgas.
We supply fuels to various civil and military specifications at around 800 locations in over 55 countries. It is straightforward to arrange for a fuel uplift and to replenish your supply across our network. Almost all jet fuels are derived from crude oil in refineries and are produced in much the same way. The most widely used grades of Jet fuel are Jet A and Jet A-1. Produced to standardised international specifications, the latter is the most common worldwide civil jet fuel specification, while Jet A is usually found throughout North America and in parts of South America.
Flying Colours Corp. held its first Peterborough, ON. recruitment event on Friday 22 March and Saturday 23 March to attract new and existing talent to the expanding North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions company.
More than 230 people sent resumes prior to the event, and of those 50 face-to-face interviews were held with pre-screened candidates. An additional 110 walk-in candidates attended and met with human resource and technical professionals to discuss opportunities.
Summer Sun, manager of interior design, chats with a potential new recruit in the Flying Colours design suite.
Existing employees explained their roles, management responded to specific company questions and the HR team accepted resumes and organized interviews.
“We’re optimistic that we found some great candidates and will be working over the next week or two to make offers to some of those interviewed,” says Ian Ross, director of human resources, Flying Colours Corp.
Daher unveiled its latest model TBM 910 single-engine very fast turboprop aircraft this week, debuting at Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in and Expo.
In a new step aligned with Daher’s TBM e-copilot strategy of introducing increased functionality for operational safety improvements on the TBM product line, the TBM 910 has an automatic icing detection system that provides automated protection while keeping the pilot fully in the loop.
Silver Air adds newly signed Citation X based in Reno, Nevada
Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company with operations in Los Angeles, The Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston and New York, has opened new operations out of Reno, Nevada, and added a newly signed Citation X under PURE Jet Management.
“As Silver Air continues to expand our fleet, we continue to grow our super-mid category of aircraft,” said Chuck Stumpf, Silver Air’s President of Business Development.
“We are excited to bring on this beautifully appointed Citation X with winglets. The Citation X is a leader in speed, power and value while low drag and powerful engines provide the jet with unsurpassed speed from city to city.”
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'.
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.
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There were 66,736 business aviation departures in Europe during March according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, published today.
The figure represents a strong increase compared to February, but just a 0.7% growth in YOY flights, with a large increase in Piston traffic offsetting declines in business jet and turboprop. Q1 2019 total activity is up by 0.6% vs Q1 2018.
March saw some small growth in the top market, France, slightly declining activity in Switzerland and the UK, and a big drop in activity in Germany. There were large gains in Spain.
The decline in Germany came in Small-Midsize jets, whilst all the gains in Spain came from prop aircraft.
A new aircraft maintenance company, Jet Maintenance International (JMI), is to be established at London Oxford Airport from the start of May.
Headed by principals Neil Plumb and Ed Griffith, the MRO and aircraft management business will be primarily focused on Textron (Cessna) Citation and Dassault Falcon aircraft product support with line, base and AOG capabilities.
Veterans in the business aviation sector with over 40 years’ combined experience, the JMI team expects to tap into the ever-growing demand for high quality and personalised customer service for some of the more popular models in the UK and wider European business aviation fleet where demand for quality technical support is beginning to exceed capacity.
Dublin-headquartered Six West, a leading provider of flight operations to the aircraft leasing industry, has announced the successful completion of a vendor selection round, concluding with a signed agreement with Warsaw based Leon Software - specialists in the provision of flight operations management and oversight tools.
“Six West is absolutely committed to transforming and elevating the service the global aircraft leasing industry experiences when they require flight operations," said Six West co-founder Jason Williamson.
"We have staked our reputation on this commitment, which has allowed us to become the market leader within the leasing industry’s flight operations sector. We provide a product and an experience unseen before and we are continually seeking ways to innovate and elevate our processes that directly impact on the service we provide our customers.
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
No matter what part of the world you live in, you'll probably be a part of someone's Easter traditions. Easter is a time when families gather and rejoice in the celebration of all that is new and fresh; a rebirth if you will.
In the private jet industry it tends to be a time when we see an increase in the number of children on board - expecting colored eggs, marshmallow bunnies , baby chicks and lots of chocolate! It's a time when your passenger expectation is focused on spring lamb, fresh garden vegetables, egg dishes, and freshly baked holiday breads.
Knowing a bit about your passengers' holiday traditions can make the flight all the more enjoyable, so let’s start with some Easter information.
BBGA announces new Chair and Vice Chair
Aviation lawyer and founding partner of The Air Law Firm, Aoife O’Sullivan, has been appointed as the new Chair of the British Business Aviation Association (BBGA).
Aoife succeeds Marwan Khalek who steps down after eight years at the helm.
Additionally, BBGA has announced the appointment of new Vice Chair, Alex Durand, CEO of Norwich-based charter operator, SaxonAir.
The British Airline Pilots Association has submitted an application for judicial review against the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Later this year BALPA will go to court to argue that, when calculating compensation, the PPF should disapply the compensation cap that meant many Monarch and BMI pilots lost a large portion of their pension savings - in some cases more than 50% - when their companies were sold and their pensions went in to the Pension Protection Fund.
BALPA will claim the compensation cap is unlawful, particularly in light of the recent European Court of Justice judgement in the Hampshire case which ruled that no one should receive less than 50% of their expected pension.
Grit and Gusto. Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.
A Watermelon Smile. Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
'Skinny' the diplodocus greets passengers at Heathrow
The skeleton of a 155 million-year-old diplodocus is on display at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 until the end of May, before being sold by the leading French auction house Aguttes in June for an expected £2m.
Nicknamed ‘Skinny’, the diplodocus skeleton shows important and significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur, which has never been discovered before on the species, making this a uniquely valuable skeleton - a world first. It was discovered in shale beds in Wyoming USA in 2012.
Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer at Heathrow said, “What a sizeable welcome for families travelling this Easter! We’re excited to see the ‘roar-some’ reaction from our passengers, as they encounter this completely unique specimen before heading on their travels with loved ones.”
Scientific study indicates it is a new species, a cousin of the diplodocus. It will be seen by the millions of passengers at Heathrow’s Terminal Five for two months during April and May before going under the auctioneer's hammer in Paris.