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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 11th April 2019 | Issue #506

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United States:

Boeing's Muilenburg addresses Ethiopian Flight 302 preliminary report

Software update and associated training to prevent future accidents.

Following the Ethiopean government's briefing on Thursday (4th April) on the initial findings of its investigation into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg gave a video address acknowledging investigators’ findings that its faulty angle of attack sensor input activated Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

"We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents. These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and we extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. All of us feel the immense gravity of these events across our company and recognize the devastation of the families and friends of the loved ones who perished.

The full details of what happened in the two accidents will be issued by the government authorities in the final reports, but, with the release of the preliminary report of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident investigation, it’s apparent that in both flights the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS, activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.

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Embraer selects new President and CEO

Election scheduled for April 22nd.

Francisco Gomes Neto, current President of Brazilian bus and coach manufacturer, Marcopolo, has been nominated for the position of President and CEO of Embraer, succeeding Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva. The election will be held on April 22nd.

After the election, Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva will take on a role of senior advisor to the Board of Directors, during the onboarding of the new President and CEO and throughout the segregation of assets and resources of the commercial aviation business, until the completion of the partnership with Boeing.

Francisco Gomes Neto

Francisco Gomes Neto

With an Electrical Engineering degree, a specialization in Business Administration and an MBA in Controllership and Finance, Francisco Gomes Neto built his career in the automotive industry, holding CEO positions over the last 20 years, both in Brazil and in the United States. Over the past three years, he has served as CEO of Marcopolo, in which he successfully led the company's transformation, generating strong sales growth and market value for the business.

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United States:

Independent agency to test aircraft brokers for IADA certification

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), which recently moved towards full accreditation for aircraft dealers, is now setting the benchmark for knowledge, skill and ability of individual aircraft brokers in an industry where previously there were no clearly defined standards.

More than 20 aircraft brokers will be tested later this month for their capabilities and competence by Joseph Allan Aviation Consulting, an objective independent third party agency. If they pass the test to be administered by the agency, they then will become certified individual aircraft brokers.

"These newly certified IADA aircraft brokers, who will be under the supervision of IADA-accredited dealers, are the very best at representing buyers and sellers of business aircraft," said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling. "They set the standard for professionalism in the aircraft transaction industry, and the IADA certification process establishes how IADA-accredited dealers will train their qualified brokers in the future."


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Altitude Attitude

Deanna Harms

Deanna Harms, executive vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

Before Crisis Strikes

Imagine the unimaginable. Those things you most dread for your business.

Thinking about everything from bankruptcy and criminal wrongdoing to a product failure or deaths are not a pleasant exercise. But every now and then, you need to go through it.

How would you respond? Do you have a plan in place to guide you through these possibly frantic, assuredly emotional times?

If the answer is no, or if you haven’t reviewed your plan for a while, here are some suggestions to help in creating or updating your process.


Know who does what

Designate a media point-person to communicate directly with editors and reporters. This individual fields requests for information, provides accurate and timely updates, sets up interviews as needed with management and company experts, and monitors coverage.


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United States:

Baker Aviation selected as dealer for BLR Aerospace King Air performance upgrades

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in Fort Worth, Texas, is now a recognized dealer for the BLR Aerospace line of King Air winglets, winglet LED upgrades, de-ice boots, and Whisper Prop products.

“We continue to look for ways to provide more value-added services to our customers and these innovative BLR performance enhancing products will support our rapidly growing King Air community,” commented Stan Baker, III, President of Baker Aviation.

King Air with BLR WhisperProp winglets.

“We are in the process of expanding our entire operation here at Fort Worth Mecham Airport and look forward to working with the BLR group to grow our maintenance services and attract more King Air work with this new agreement.”


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United States:

Carlyle Group completes purchase of StandardAero

Global investment firm The Carlyle Group has closed its purchase of global MRO services provider StandardAero.

“StandardAero has established itself as one of the true leaders in the MRO industry,” said Adam J. Palmer, Managing Director and Global Head of Aerospace, Defense and Government Services for The Carlyle Group. “We are excited to partner with the StandardAero team to continue supporting the Company’s growth and industry leadership.”

“Joining The Carlyle Group is a great honor and we look forward to working with this distinguished and experienced ownership team,” said Russell Ford, CEO of StandardAero.

StandardAero has more than 6,000 employees at 38 primary locations and dozens of field services and sales offices across five continents.


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Omar Hosari

Omar Hosari

AsBAA, Asia’s non-profit association for business and general aviation has announced the appointment of Omar Hosari, UAS Co-Owner/Founder and CEO, to the association’s Board of Governors.

Jenny Lau, AsBAA Chairperson said, “We warmly welcome Mr. Omar to the Board of Governors and we look forward to closer collaboration as UAS enhances their presence in Asia. AsBAA has taken significant steps forward on behalf of the industry which would not be possible without the support of our members.

"As we approach the next board elections in June 2019, we will be working closely with Mr. Omar to define his new position as part of the AsBAA Board of Governors. We wish UAS every success in Asia.”

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United Arab Emirates

Vista Global to acquire JetSmarter

Vista Global has entered into an agreement to acquire Fort Lauderdale-based jet-sharing membership club, JetSmarter.

Following JetSmarter’s successful digital partnership with XOJET, it will now bring its digital capabilities to the entire Vista Global group, integrating its industry-disrupting platform into the back-end technology of Vista Global’s brands; VistaJet; Vista Lease; and XOJET.

Vista Global’s Founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr

Vista Global’s Founder and Chairman Thomas Flohr said: “Today’s acquisition is an important milestone for Vista Global - accelerating and executing our vision of digitizing the entire private aviation offering. Customers today want speed, reliability and value, which in today’s world is only possible with technology. Vista Global’s reach and infrastructure will take JetSmarter to the global stage to fully realize its potential. JetSmarter’s technology will digitalize Vista Global’s market-leading customer offering to Program Members and On Demand customers.”

The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter.

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United States:

G650ER shatters speed record for farthest bizjet flight in history

Gulfstream's ultralong-range G650ER has beaten a recent competitor speed record whilst at the same time increasing the distance flown for the farthest business jet flight in history.

The aircraft flew from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., at an average speed of 597 miles per hour/960 kilometers per hour over a distance of 8,379 nautical miles/15,518 kilometers. The G650ER’s performance beat the previous record by 44 minutes and more than 225 nm/417 km, asserting the aircraft’s title for flying farther faster than any other jet.

G650ER shatters speed record for farthest bizjet flight in history.

The G650ER departed Singapore’s Changi Airport at 4:53 p.m. local time March 29, crossing the Pacific at an average speed of Mach 0.85 and arriving in Tucson at 5:16 p.m. local time March 29, with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves. The flight took 15 hours and 23 minutes.


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FAI Aviation Group marks 30 years

Builds on a successful year and wider breadth of expertise.

FAI Aviation Group, Germany’s leading global provider of mission-critical aviation services, offering fixed-wing air ambulance, special missions, charter and aircraft management, as well as full MRO services will return to EBACE next month as it celebrates 30 years of business jet operations.

Founded in 1987 as a private repatriation club flying helicopters, FAI moved into business jet flying two years later.

FAI Aviation Group Founder and Chairman, Siegfried Axtmann.

FAI Aviation Group Founder and Chairman, Siegfried Axtmann.

Over the past three decades, Nuremberg-based FAI has grown its fixed wing fleet from a single Citation 500 and two rescue helicopters (Eurocopter AS 350 and Airbus BK 117) to become Germany’s largest business jet operator with 25 jets and over 13,500 hours logged in 2018.

FAI’s air ambulance business has grown too and today FAI is a global market leader in air ambulance patient transport by jet aircraft, having logged more than 200,000 total hours of ambulance missions inside 30 years.


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Costa Rica:

Universal Aviation earns two more IS-BAH accreditations in Costa Rica

Two Universal Aviation Costa Rica locations - San Juan (MROC) and Liberia (MRLB) have become the latest Universal Aviation ground handling offices to earn accreditation under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) program.

The two Costa Rica locations join Singapore (WSSL) and London Stansted (EGSS) as the third and fourth Universal Aviation locations to become IS-BAH accredited.

  Universal Aviation earns two more IS-BAH accreditations in Costa Rica


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ABACE 2019:

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) will be highlighting an ACJ319 at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China April 16-18.

The aircraft, which is being shown for the first time, is operated by EVA Airways and available for VVIP charter. It features a stylish Hermes-designed cabin, two spacious lounges, a conference/dining area, a private office/bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and is certificated for 19 passengers.

EVA Airways ACJ319

EVA Airways ACJ319

“Business jets are about having a great travel experience, as well as getting somewhere, and Airbus corporate jets deliver the widest and tallest cabin in an aircraft family that is modern, able to welcome large groups, and economical,” says ACJ President Benoit Defforge.

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BAA Training and Avion Express announce MPL training

Leading independent European aviation training centre, BAA Training, has announced the launch of a Multi-pilot licence (MPL) training program by partnering with Avion Express, the world's largest narrow-body ACMI operator.

Avion Express pilots will commence MPL training in August and will achieve First Officer status in 18 months. Training is to a level of proficiency necessary to operate as co-pilot of a multi-engine, multi-pilot turbine-powered air transport aeroplane under VFR and IFR rules and to obtain an MPL in accordance with airlines procedures.

BAA Training and Avion Express announce MPL training

Training is competency-based rather than task-based - with 80% devoted to multi-piston aircraft. The full flight simulator MPL training programme allows high proficiency with less time and financial expense.


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United States:

Learjet 70 and Citation Sovereign join nationwide Clay Lacy charter fleet

Clay Lacy Aviation has expanded its charter fleet in Oregon and Connecticut with a six-passenger Bombardier Learjet 70 and a nine-passenger Cessna Citation Sovereign with high-speed streaming Wi-Fi.

Learjet 70

The Learjet 70 is a fast, comfortable choice for travel throughout the continental US, Canada and Mexico. It has a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles, providing nonstop flights from Portland to Anchorage, Detroit, Louisville, Atlanta and Cabo San Lucas.


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Rotorcraft Asia | Singapore:

Luxaviation Helicopters partners with PhilJets to boost Asia-Pacific rotorcraft charter

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has announced Philippines-based helicopter charter operator PhilJets as the latest member of the Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance.

The integration of PhilJets into the Alliance will provide members with VIP helicopter charter access in the Asia-Pacific region. This compliments the Alliance’s existing global capabilities in the US, Europe and Africa.

Thierry Tea, Chairman of PhilJets Group with Charlotte Pedersen, CEO of Luxaviation Helicopters.

Thierry Tea, Chairman of PhilJets Group with Charlotte Pedersen, CEO of Luxaviation Helicopters.

Thierry Tea, Chairman, PhilJets Group, says: “We are delighted to be joining the Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance, providing our customers with more value and greater access across the globe and raising the profile of rotorcraft charter in the Asia-Pacific region. Luxaviation is one of the world’s leading business aviation company’s, so we are very honoured that the hard work our teams have put in to reach our high safety and service standards have been recognised in this way.

" It is our goal to have 20 aircraft in our fleet and, by venturing into new countries in Asia, we are looking forward to working and exchanging with the other members of the Alliance and extending our charter offerings to a greater audience.”


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PrivateFly completes integration with Skyjet

Directional Aviation’s OneSky focuses its on-demand offering under the PrivateFly brand.

On-demand charter broker PrivateFly has completed its integration with Skyjet, with the two companies now operating as a single entity under the PrivateFly brand, within Directional Aviation’s OneSky portfolio.

PrivateFly CEO, Adam Twidell.

PrivateFly CEO, Adam Twidell.

The move sees PrivateFly now double in size, as it moves to the forefront of digitally-led charter in both North America and Europe. It is now OneSky’s singular on-demand offering for private jet travel, sitting alongside fractional ownership provider Flexjet and jet card market-leader, Sentient Jet.

The integration has brought together PrivateFly’s US and European teams, together with Skyjet’s US sales team, primarily based in Boston as well as other locations across the US including New York and Dallas. At the helm of the larger entity is PrivateFly’s leadership team, headed by CEO Adam Twidell, a former Royal Air Force pilot who co-founded PrivateFly in 2008.


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United Kingdom:

Capacity audience sees new Chairman Nick Weston outline his vision for BACA - The Air Charter Association

The BACA Spring Lunch took place at Merchant Taylors Hall in London on April 3rd where a record number of guests saw past chairman Richard Mumford officially hand over the chain of office to new chair Nick Weston.

The Spring Lunch has become so successful that to cope with the demand for tickets there was a secondary annex, with screens linked to the main hall.

Richard Mumford summed up his three successful years in office while Nick Weston took the opportunity to outline his vision for The Air Charter Association's future as he takes on the role of chairman.


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United Kingdom:

Industry joins forces with UK eye care charity, Orbis

Award winning private aviation travel company ConnectJets, and premier flight support solutions company, Flightworx, have thrown their support behind blindness prevention charity Orbis UK, to help raise awareness for their See My Future appeal.

For three months, until 23rd June, all public donations to the appeal will be doubled by the UK government.

In many parts of the world, avoidable sight loss means children are dropping out of school. Issues such as refractive error, cataract and strabismus (severe squint) can all impede a child’s ability to see the blackboard, their text books and their teachers. In some cases children are dropping out of school to care for an adult with sight-loss.

See My Future aims to raise £850,000 and the UK government will match every pound, up to £2 million, which will help save the sight of thousands of children and adults around the world.


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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.

Savoring the Sauces

General aviation poses several inherent problems relative to the flavor of food and especially to its reheating.

The humidity of the air on board the aircraft and the cabin air pressure at altitude definitely have a deleterious effect.

Physics tells us that the pressure of the cabin lowers the boiling point of liquids (which means the moisture in the food will dry out quicker since it takes longer to heat) and the low humidity on board will also draw the moisture out of foods.

You must be aware when heating food that both of these factors affect the food that is being reheated and served.

Also, consider the fact that food must be reheated hot enough to prevent the rapid growth of bacteria to reduce the risk of consuming an overload of bacteria and becoming ill . . . not necessarily the nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping type of ill, but headaches, sluggishness, stomach aches or even dizziness. But this is a subject for another article.

You must be wondering how anyone can manage to overcome these obstacles when flying.


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Jet Aviation mourns the passing of Thomas Hirschmann

Thomas Hirschmann, second son of Jet Aviation's late founder, Carl W. Hirschmann, passed away on April 3 in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Hirschmann was a well-respected leader at Jet Aviation, where he served for 29 years. He was 64 years of age.

Thomas Hirschmann joined Jet Aviation in 1974 and served as the company’s Chairman & CEO from 1990 to 2003. He remains a significant figurehead to the company, having devoted nearly half his life to the company.

Thomas Hirschmann pictured in 1991

Thomas Hirschmann, pictured in 1991.

Mr Hirschmann launched Jet Aviation into the Completions business, built up its marketing and communications department, established a presence in the US and expanded the business to Asia.

"Thomas was a well-liked leader, who maintained a strong customer focus and was able to build relationships with Jet Aviation’s key clients around the world," said Jet Aviation Group President, Rob Smith. "My condolences, and the condolences of the entire Jet Aviation family, are extended to the Hirschmann family.”

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And Finally

Air cargo industry rallies to help Mozambique following Cyclone Idai

Over the past couple of weeks, leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has chartered aircraft to fly a total of almost 500 tons of humanitarian aid, as well as almost 100 doctors, into disaster-struck Mozambique so far.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It left at least 700 people dead and three million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Air Charter Service has worked tirelessly since then in conjunction with various aid agencies and governments, flying in a variety of cargo, including cholera vaccines, water treatments, mosquito nets and tarpaulins.

Air cargo industry rallies to help Mozambique following Cyclone Idai

Dan Morgan-Evans, Group Director of Cargo at ACS, said: “We even had one flight that was transporting an entire field hospital to the region, including X-ray machines and 4x4 vehicles. In total so far we have chartered aircraft for just over 480 tons of equipment, on a variety of aircraft, ranging from Antonov 12s and Ilyushin 76s, to Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 777s, with more to come in the next few days.

“Our offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa have all been involved in the relief effort. As well as the huge amount of cargo, we also had a Boeing 737 transporting 80 doctors to Beira in Mozambique over the weekend.”


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