As the 2019 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2019) drew to a close under sunny skies last Thursday (April 18th), organizers said the growing show pointed to a continual increase in speed and altitude for the event, and the broader industry in Asia.
“The excitement and energy were even higher at ABACE this year than previous years,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.“The new product announcements, the first-time show features and the forward-looking view from government and market leaders all showed that the pace of business aviation development here is accelerating, as is the growth and importance of China and Asia in the global aviation ecosystem.”
Bolen pointed to several examples to illustrate his point.
The used business jet market is in flux as a result of political uncertainties, increased availability of good pre-owned inventory, and limited access to pre-buy inspection facilities due to a higher demand for ADS-B conversions and retrofits, according to Mente Group President and CEO Brian Proctor.
"As a result, we are beginning to see decreasing market values in what were relatively strong sectors last year," he said. "Some of the higher-end markets are giving back price gains realized last year in a more buoyant environment."
While pre-owned inventory grew in the first quarter of 2019, a divided Congress and Presidential politics have caused some fleet owners, especially individuals who own aircraft, to defer decision making. The lack of definition in the U.S. creates indecision in the biz jet marketplace and spreads around the world.
Prices up in 2018, down already in 2019
Unmanned Aircraft Systems:
FAA awards first certification of commercial package delivery
US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration awarded the first air carrier certification to a drone delivery company, Wing Aviation.
The certification paves the way for Wing Aviation to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, VA. Wing partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech, as one of the participants in the Transportation Department’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.
“This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. Safety continues to be our Number One priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential,” said Secretary Chao.
Wing demonstrated that its operations met the FAA’s rigorous safety requirements to qualify for an air carrier certificate. This is based on extensive data and documentation, as well as thousands of safe flights conducted in Australia over the past several years.
Wing plans to reach out to the local community before it begins food delivery, to gather feedback to inform its future operations.
Women in Aviation International:
A generous $50k gift from The Boeing Company, in addition to several donations from individual WAI members, during the recent 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, has helped the organization to reach its goal of one million dollars in its Endowment Fund.
The fund enables WAI to expand the 2020 scholarship program, which will be available online July 1, 2019 (for which applications are due November 12, 2019).
At the WAI 2019 conference, 156 scholarships were distributed to WAI members at every stage of life for academic use, lifestyle enhancement, and flight training including type ratings.
Aircraft demonstrates maturity and performance.
Gulfstream's all-new G500 in-service fleet has already amassed nearly 2,000 flight hours around the world, demonstrating the aircraft’s maturity, capabilities and popularity.
The G500 entered service in September 2018, and already, the 10 aircraft delivered by the end of 2018 have completed trips around the world, flying into and out of the US, Europe, the Pacific Islands, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Jet Aviation has appointed Jeremie Caillet Vice President VIP Completion Programs, effective immediately. He succeeds Neil Boyle, SVP Global Completions, who is retiring at the end of May 2019.
In his new role, Caillet will be responsible for the successful execution and delivery of all VIP Completions projects, while providing leadership and direction for all aspects of VIP Completions programs. In addition, he will collaborate across all operational departments and matrixed global support functions to support the
Caillet previously worked for Dassault Falcon Jet in the US and joined Jet Aviation in 2008 as Engineering Team Leader. He assumed his most recent role as Director One Jet Projects in January 2017.
Caillet holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de
Leading on-location aircraft, avionics, safety, and professional development training provider, GLOBALJET Services, Inc., has recently hired Shane Wehunt as their Professional Development Program Manager.
“With a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and an MBA, coupled with his highly distinguished military career, having experience with aviation operations, safety, aircraft fleet maintenance, performance-based logistics, quality assurance, and data analytics, Shane exemplifies the Gold standard in Professionalism that GLOBALJET is proud to offer the aviation community,” said Rich Bean, President of GLOBALJET.
During his time in the Air Force, he served as a Maintenance Squadron Commander in Guam and California as well as a Deputy Maintenance Group Commander in Nebraska, providing leadership to over 2,500 personnel.
The most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize aircraft is awarded Brazilian certification.
Embraer's new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet has been granted Type Certification by Brazil’s Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC-Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil).
The aircraft was announced at NBAA-BACE in October 2018 and becomes the only super-midsize business jet to be certified since 2014.
Cardiff City Football Club and BACA - The Air Charter Association, have joined forces to call for urgent action on illegal flights following the tragic Piper PA-46 Malibu crash that resulted in the deaths of footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a preliminary report on 25th February 2019 which identified that the pilot of the PA-46 was not licensed to fly fee-paying passengers and the plane itself was not registered to undertake commercial flights.
Emiliano Sala's death "must be a watershed moment", said BACA - the Air Charter Association.
Records have since shown that pilot David Ibbotson was also not licensed to fly at night. Former football agent Willie McKay, operating without a football agent's licence, has confirmed that he had paid for the flight. This information has prompted widespread calls for action by the air charter and football industries, with the backing of senior MPs.
Universal Aviation, the worldwide ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has expanded its presence in Latin America, with the addition of Universal Aviation Argentina.
“Over the last few years, Argentina has become an increasingly popular destination for business aviation, particularly among operators who travel between Argentina, Brazil and Chile,” said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal. “We heard from our clients that there was a need for increased standards and service levels in the country. With the recent opening of Argentina to foreign companies, we were able to expand the Universal Aviation worldwide ground support network into Argentina to elevate standards there and better ensure the success of our clients’ missions there.”
World Fuel Services unveiled two new fuel farms at Aéroport La Rochelle-Ile de Ré yesterday (24th April), in their position as new sole fuel provider to the leading regional French airport.
World Fuel Services have installed a new Jet A1 and AVGAS fuel farm which is fully compliant with the EU sustainability criteria, mandatory from 2020.
Since the contract was announced six months ago, the fuel farms have been quickly designed, installed and commissioned as part of a commitment to absolute efficiency and value creation for Aéroport La Rochelle-Ile de Ré. The Jet A1 fuel farm comes complete with an innovative bridger delivery process.
FAI Technik GmbH, the maintenance division of Germany’s FAI Aviation Group, has now received FAA approval for its EASA Part 145 licence.
With the certificate in place, the company is fully authorized to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul on US registered business aviation aircraft at its Albrecht Duerer Airport headquarters in Nuremberg. This latest licence follows similar approvals from the Nigerian authorities in October 2018 and from the Cayman Islands and Bermuda in 2017.
Stuart Jet Center, located on Witham Field, Florida (KSUA), was recently honored as a Top Fixed Base Operator in the AIN FBO Survey
A customer feedback survey ranked Stuart Jet Center in the Top 10% of FBOs in the Americas, scoring an average of 4.65 out of 5 across five categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities and customer service representatives. In addition to its top 10% ranking, Stuart Jet Center was also honored as the top-rated FBO overall for line service and tied for third in customer service representative satisfaction.
“Those two results in particular show what a meaningful impact our employees have on our customer relations and business success,” said Dan Capen, president of Stuart Jet Center. “We couldn’t provide standard-setting line service and customer service in safety and satisfaction without their total commitment. I’m thankful to work with them each and every day.”
Furthermore, Stuart Jet Center was among the most improved FBOs over the past 12 months in the survey - boosting its overall average by 0.09 from the previous year - as well as one of the top three FBOs in the Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach region.
Air Charter Service has appointed the industry veteran, Richard Carrick, as a non-executive director to the company’s group board.
Justin Bowman, ACS’s Group CEO, commented: “We are looking at our growth over the coming years - in expanding our global network of offices, in investing in technology, as well as looking at new acquisitions of complementary businesses.
"Richard’s wealth of experience and knowledge in the travel and private aviation industry will certainly greatly benefit our experienced team as we look to deliver our expansion plans. We are delighted to welcome him on board.”
Sky Valet Connect FBO network gains strength in Italy
New partnership with Trieste airport.
Just six months after opening for business in Italy, Bulgaria and France, Sky Valet Connect has further strengthened its presence in Italy by entering an exclusive partnership with the business aviation terminal at Trieste airport. This new facility is part of the natural expansion of its facilities in the Mediterranean.
The Trieste region - Friuli-Venezia Giulia - is at the crossroads between popular Summer & Winter tourist destinations, together with key commercial cities in North Italy, Central and Eastern Europe.
"In the few last years we have invested €17.2m in creating a multi modal hub with top technologies, to ensure the best customer experience," said Vincenzo Zangrilli, Trieste Airport Commercial Director. "Now, together with Sky Valet, we have all the tools to push Trieste Airport in a market segment which presents interesting growth potential.”
Sky Valet now boasts one of Europe’s largest networks, with 28 destinations in five countries: France (Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Paris-Le Bourget); Spain (Girona, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Ibiza, Malaga, Madrid, La Coruna and Santiago de Compostela); and Portugal (Porto, Cascais, Lisbon, Beja, Faro, Madeira and The Azores).
Innovative aircraft and engines leasing, trading and part-out specialist APOC Aviation has raised $2.6m in a highly successful crowdfunding campaign and Max Wooldrik, Founder and Managing Director of APOC, attributes that to the Company’s successful track record.
“This is our seventh crowdfunding raise for investment capital” he explains. “The first time we experimented with the method it took us eleven days to generate $900,000 but we paid it back early so that generated ‘trust’ within the crowd. Although this is the highest amount of money raised by a campaign, it is not the fastest - last time we raised $1.1m in just 8 minutes.
“As an organisation APOC Aviation has strong credentials within the new-tech arena. We have developed our own industry-leading proprietary software platform ‘Alicanto’ which deploys crucial algorithms to estimate sales price/value for airframes and engines, delivering unique services for airline customers. Our team is technologically astute and forward-thinking so we’re really happy to involve a broad community of investors via the internet and share the exciting world of aviation with them.”
ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is preparing to handle a record number of movements in southern Switzerland this summer, with its FBO at Lugano Airport set to take traffic diverted from the popular Milan Linate Airport, which is closing for three months from July.
ExecuJet first partnered with Lugano Airport on the launch of a co-branded facility in December 2018.
To ensure customers travelling to the region are unaffected by the closure of Milan Linate Airport during Europe’s peak summer season, ExecuJet is offering a 50% discount on handling tariffs for flights to Lugano Airport, with no slot restrictions. In addition, Luxaviation Group also offers all its services out of its branch in the centre of Lugano to cater to the local clientele in an efficient and tailormade way.
London-based Aviation Charter (DBA Artist Charter) has attained ARGUS International ‘Certified’ charter broker status.
The company joins an elite group of five European charter businesses, and only twelve worldwide. The certification is an important distinction for this small, independent, growing business.
“ARGUS Certification allows us a globally recognised and respected mechanism to inform our clients of the high operating standards we adhere to and affirms our commitment to air charter safety and best practice," said Aviation Charter Ltd. Director, Elliot Bottomley. “I am immensely proud to have achieved this accreditation and hope that it encourages other smaller charter brokerages to prove the standard to which they operate also.
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
Don’t you just love tomato season? I realize we can get fresh tomatoes all year round, but there's something to be said for the taste of a fresh sun-warmed tomato plucked right off the vine.
The flavor is beyond words. Tomatoes have an intoxicating effect with which no broccoli or green bean can compete, but that’s just my opinion. Tomatoes, when picked fresh (or handled correctly) are nothing short of amazing. They are juicy, sweet, tangy, and custardy all at the same time. They are a gentle crisp, and if you love tomatoes as I do, you will savor the classic drip of those sun ripened juices as they run down your chin as you take a bite.
As the season for these mouth-watering treats approaches, I thought it might be of interest to let you in on a few things about tomatoes in general as you start to create visions of tomato- filled catering.
Of all those common foods and ingredients we use on the aircraft day in and day out, I must tell you that the miracle of the tomato is that its flavor doesn’t vary at all in the air or at altitude.
Ever wonder why our flight crew and passengers enjoy so much marinara, lasagne, and other tomato based soups, salads, beverages and dishes containing tomato?
Belgium and Netherlands-based company, ASL-JetNetherlands, is in the process of adding four new aircraft to its charter aircraft fleet.
All three aircraft will be managed and operated on behalf of their respective owners, and will be also offered to the charter market for commercial/charter operations.
A Hawker 4000 is being added onto the Belgian AOC (ASL). The aircraft will be based in Antwerp and will be operated as from May 2019. This super mid-size jet offers a maximum range of 3100 nautical miles (around 5700 km) and features on of the largest cabins in its class, with room for eight passengers in a dual club seating configuration, a large wet galley at the front of the cabin, and a fully enclosed lavatory at the back of the aircraft.
How to maximise your experience speaking on a panel. Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive of Luxaviation UK.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has unveilled plans for an all-new Four Seasons Private Jet that will take flight in early 2021, evoking the bygone glamour of air travel coupled with thoughtful, guest-centric design.
A new A321LR aircraft, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being fully customised by Four Seasons and tailored to the continually evolving vision of its industry-first Private Jet experience. The concepts embodied in the current Four Seasons Jet, with its luxurious comforts and amenities, are being taken to the next level with even more space for Private Jet guests and staff to mix and mingle, or simply relax and enjoy the ride.
“The Four Seasons Private Jet experience defines modern luxury air travel, encouraging meaningful connections between people and places while delivering a seamless and highly personalised journey,” says Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Building on the tremendous success of our Private Jet program to date, with consistent sell outs, waitlists, and near perfect guest satisfaction rates, our drive to continuously innovate and push the conventional limits of travel has led to this new opportunity to experience Four Seasons like never before.”