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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 2nd May 2019 | Issue #509

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United Statesi:

Bombardier unveils leading-edge Soleil Lighting System on Global 7500

Aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology.

Bombardier has unveiled the Soleil lighting system, the industry’s most advanced cabin lighting technology, on the award-winning Global 7500 business jet.

Designed and developed exclusively for the Global 7500, the innovative Soleil lighting system is aviation’s first circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology fully integrated with the Flight Management System, and it introduces the revolutionary Dynamic Daylight Simulation feature, which can help combat jet lag.

Dynamic Daylight Simulation uses specific combinations of red and blue light wavelengths that studies have shown to help stimulate or suppress the production of melatonin - which assists in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and can help contribute to synchronizing passengers’ circadian rhythms to the time at their destination.


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Canadian Business Aviation Association:

London Biggin Hill Airport joins Canadian Business Aviation Association

London Biggin Hill Airport, UK, is joining the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) and, for the first time, will exhibit at the organisations’ 2019 Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta.

The CBAA is a non-profit association representing more than 400 companies in the Canadian business aviation community. Members span the industry, including operators, management companies, airports and suppliers.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager at London Biggin Hill Airport says: “We are proud to be joining the CBAA, Canada’s leading voice for business aviation. Our airport has experienced a significant rise in the number of ultra-long-range jet movements, as more customers from North America choose us as the gateway to London. Connecting with the CBAA’s esteemed members is a natural and important step, ensuring we enhance support to our Canadian customers.”

Taking place from 9-11 July 2019 at Calgary International Airport, the annual CBAA Convention and Exhibition brings together the industry’s biggest players for Canada’s top business aviation event. 2019’s show includes a full two-day exhibition and static display, as well as informative educational sessions designed to support the business and career goals of delegates.


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United States:

AVIAA welcomes Brunswick Aviation Services as new preferred IFE installation and MRO supplier

AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has announced the signing of Brunswick Aviation Services as a new communications and IFE MRO supplier in the USA.

The East Coast based FAA Part 145 certified business works across Gulfstream series; Bombardier Global family; BBJ and Dassault Falcon Jet aircraft platforms, providing IFE systems, alongside avionics modifications. Its speciality installations are on the increasingly popular Honeywell Jet ConneX JetWave TM offering, delivering 15 megabits per second of seamless connectivity over the ocean.

AVIAA members are guaranteed rapid installation and customization, as quickly as inside two weeks. A preferred Honeywell Center of Connectivity and authorised dealer specializing in JetWave Ka-band connectivity exclusively from Inmarsat Jet ConneX, Brunswick devotes an entire team to one aircraft in the hangar, at any one time. It is one of the few shops in the USA dedicated to cabin connectivity, internet, Wi-Fi, and inflight entertainment.


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Guardian Flight acquires Sunrise Air Ambulance

Brings total Arizona footprint to nine bases.

Guardian Flight, a global medical response company, has purchased Sunrise Air Ambulance and its four air medical transport bases in Arizona.

Sunrise, headquartered in Show Low, Ariz., has a fixed wing and a rotor wing operation there and fixed wing operations in Springerville and Safford. The Sunrise acquisition brings Guardian Flight's total dedicated Arizona air medical aircraft to nine including bases in Chinle, Kayenta, Window Rock and Yuma.

"Now that Sunrise is a part of Guardian Flight's air medical operations, our presence in the state will grow even stronger as we are now able to take advantage of its market strength in the region," said Sunrise CEO/Program Director Dr. Mike Hayes, who continues to lead the Sunrise bases. "We continue to deliver the highest quality affordable air medical transportation to the communities we serve."


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United States:

Longtime EAA ‘Young Eagles’ selected for 2019 Daher internship

Daher’s internship initiative, which provides first-hand aviation industry experience to two US college or university students each year who have participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles (YE) program, has selected Benjamin Van Handel and Jordan Paulson as the internship’s 2019 recipients.

Both Van Handel and Paulson are from Wisconsin, home to EAA - which partners with Daher for the internship program. EAA hosts the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in at Wittman Regional Airport.

The two students will work at Daher Aerospace’s Tarbes facility in southwestern France during five weeks in June and July.


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MRO service provider SR Technics has announced the ground breaking of the new six-bay hangar, including significant back-shop facilities, for its center of excellence in Malta.

The project, as announced in February this year, will enable SR Technics to continuously provide high-quality aircraft maintenance and cabin modification services, now for up to six narrow body aircraft of the B737 & A320families simultaneously. The first bays of the hangar will be completed by the beginning of 2020.

In addition to providing a central hub for customers located in the region, the project will also require a significant number of new skilled employees.

Frank Walschot, CEO of SR Technics, commented: “Last year we had to manage the difficult decision to close the aircraft maintenance operation in Zurich. However, at the same time we had the chance to expand our successful set-up in Malta. We remain committed to provide leading quality and service levels for all our customers and I’m confident that our expansion in Malta will support that commitment. After all we have successfully operated our current facility for nine years and continue to build on that success.”

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Air Partner plc

Kevin Macnaughton

Kevin Macnaughton

Air Partner plc has announced the appointment of Kevin Macnaughton as Managing Director, Charter, with immediate effect.

Kevin is responsible for the development of the Charter division’s business strategy, and reports directly to Air Partner CEO Mark Briffa.

Kevin brings with him a wealth of experience in the aviation charter industry, both in the UK and overseas, having held a number of senior roles at NetJets over a period of 13 years. Most recently, he was Company Director, Head of European Sales, leading the planning and execution of the sales strategy. During his tenure, the company significantly increased its sales and client retention across Europe.

Harvest Aviation

Daniel Bull

Daniel Bull

Prax, a leading independent trading, storage, distribution and retail conglomerate dealing in petroleum products and bio-fuels, has announced that industry veteran, Daniel Bull, has joined Harvest Aviation, a subsidiary of the Prax Group, as Aviation Manager.

In his position, Daniel will principally be involved with broadening Harvest Aviation’s presence throughout the UK and Ireland, leading on accounts and supply contracts, and developing and sustaining relationships with new and existing suppliers and customers.

With over 20 years experience working in the global aviation industry, Daniel brings a diverse range of expertise and skills to the role including international contract negotiation, business management, quality assurance, supply chain development, analytical research, and B2C sales.

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ACJ319neo sets record during test-flight

The first ACJ319neo successfully completed a 16 hour and 10 minute test-flight on Friday (26th April), setting a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew.

It flew from Toulouse to northern Greenland and back, in an endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180 minute ETOPS rules, for which the A320 airliner family is already certificated.


The aircraft is due to be delivered to K5 Aviation of Germany in the coming months, after ACJ319neo flight-trials are completed.


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United States:

U-Haul International takes delivery of the first of two PC-24s

In a ceremony on Monday (29th April) at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s facility in Broomfield, Colorado, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer delivered the first of two PC-24 Super Versatile Jets to US customer U-Haul International

In a stylish paint scheme featuring the distinctive U-Haul orange livery, the 27th production PC-24 aircraft took to the skies for its new home base in Phoenix, Arizona, where it will join a U-Haul fleet that includes two PC-12s.

U-Haul International takes delivery of the first of two PC-24s

Thomas Bosshard, CEO, Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd with AMERCO Chairman Joe Shoen.

On hand to accept the keys to their first PC-24 was Joe Shoen, Chairman of AMERCO, parent company of U-Haul International, who said: “We are delighted to start flying this great new aircraft. When Pilatus announced the new jet, we were confident that it would be a real workhorse that, alongside our two PC-12s, would help us manage our growing operations throughout North America. We have been eagerly looking forward to this day.”


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United Arab Emirates:

Success Aviation opens new HQ in Dubai as expansion continues

A record‐breaking 4 billion passengers traveled by air in 2017 according to the 62nd annual report released by the International Air Transport Association.

As a response to the growing demand for safe, efficient and comfortable air travel experiences, international trip support provider Success Aviation Services has recently opened its regional headquarters in the world‐class Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Success Aviation opens new HQ in Dubai as expansion continues.

Success Aviation’s new hub boasts a modern Operations Room which provides 24/7 overwatch and flight support to clients through the Dispatch Centre Team. Customers can also avail of the services of the Client Care Centre manned by fully‐trained professional customer service officers.


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United States:

New AviationManuals EFVS compliance package ensures safer landings in challenging conditions

AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aircraft manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, has unveiled a new Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) package specifically designed to streamline the materials required by business aviation crews and flight departments for EFVS use.

AviationManuals is providing a comprehensive manual that includes touchdown and rollout procedures, as well as LOA application support services - making the development of the procedures manual and application for low visibility landings approvals much easier.


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Ansat helicopter maintenance center to open in Guadalajara in 2020

Mexico's Craft Avia Center, in cooperation with the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation), is planning to open a technical maintenance center for Ansat civilian helicopters in the city of Guadalajara.

Negotiations were concluded during the recent FAMEX 2019 aerospace show at Santa Lucia Air Base close to Mexico’s capital, and the first Ansat helicopter will be delivered to Mexico for Craft Avia Center later this year. The center will start operations in 2020.


“We have long and successful relations of cooperation in the field of helicopter construction with our Mexican partners," said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec. "Around 50 Russian-made Mi-17 type helicopters are successfully operated here.


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Universal Aviation Spain part of consortium selected to renovate and manage Madrid and Barcelona GA terminals

Aena SME, S.A., the state-owned company that manages airports and heliports in Spain, has selected a consortium consisting of Universal Aviation Spain, United Aviation Service, and General Aviation Service, to co-manage and renovate the existing general aviation terminals at Madrid Barajas Airport (LEMD) and Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (LEBL).

Universal Aviation Spain

The three companies are contracted to manage the GATs under the names, Spanish FBO–Madrid; and Spanish FBO–Barcelona respectively for the next five years.


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United States:

HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment doubles the fireproof standard

30-minute fire penetration test performed by FAA-registered laboratory.

Baker Aviation, the master distributor for the HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, has released successful test results of the high intensity flame powerplant fire penetration test (FAA AC 20-135) of 30-minutes, twice the required time to be considered Fireproof, as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations.

30-minute fire penetration test performed by FAA-registered laboratory.

Ray Goyco, Jr., President, and COO for Baker Aviation Maintenance explains, “This is an intense powerplant flame penetration test that aircraft OEMs perform with FAA-Registered laboratories. This test is typically a maximum of 15-minutes and is used for official fireproof or fire resistance designations by the CFR. We are excited to announce that these test results confirm our HOT-STOP fire containment kits are proven to be Fireproof and withstand heat, associated with fire, at least as well as “steel”, while also successfully doubling the test time.


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United Kingdom:

Baines Simmons adds three new consultants to team

Baines Simmons, part of the Consulting & Training division of global aviation services group Air Partner, has welcomed Gareth Dore, Robert Chapman and Steve Dosman to its team of consultants.

Baines Simmons

“At Baines Simmons, we are always looking to extend and strengthen our consultancy offering," said Ian Holder, Managing Director at Baines Simmons. "I am delighted to welcome three such experienced individuals to our team."




Avinode technology breakthrough promises to increase charter booking conversions

Business aviation technology leader Avinode is launching a technology breakthrough that promises to significantly increase the conversion rate from charter enquiry to confirmed booking.

Takeoff Ready, a new fast lane feature within Avinode, gives priority in search results to crew-ready flights available to depart within 96 hours.

takeoff READY

The new feature tackles one of the greatest inefficiencies in the charter sales process by differentiating between aircraft whose availability may be conditional upon factors such as the owner’s approval, and those which may be booked immediately and with confidence.

Per Marthinsson, Founder and EVP, Avinode Group, says: “It is technology that drives change in our industry, and Takeoff Ready is a major leap forwards as we move closer to one-step booking."


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South Africa:

Valcora extends global footprint with opening of Johannesburg, South Africa office

Valcora, the Switzerland-headquartered fuel purchasing service, further expanded its international presence yesterday (May 1st) with the opening of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The nation’s capital city is one of the main hubs for business aviation on the continent, making it the ideal location for Valcora’s first African venture.

The two-person operation will be responsible for raising Valcora’s profile, as well as highlighting the benefits of the technically sophisticated, yet simple to use fuel purchasing system across the continent. With Africa home to some of the world’s most rapidly expanding economies, the decision to open was informed by the growing need for reliable fuel purchasing options for local, intra- and intercontinental operators and owners.

The existing strength of the South African business aviation fleet, the removal of operating restrictions in the skies over east Africa and the growth of the business aviation fleet in countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, and Kenya also supported the decision.


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United Kingdom:

PrivateFly launches fixed price European 'City Pairs' this summer

On-demand charter service PrivateFly has launched new ‘City Pairs’ pricing - fixed and discounted rates for key destination pairings in Europe this summer, on the Nextant 400XTi.

The offer includes flights to and from London, Paris, Nice, Palma, Ibiza, Milan, Geneva and Rome.

Prices start from €4,500 one-way between London and Paris, and are available for departures until the end of September. The prices are for charter of the whole aircraft, for groups of up to six passengers.

Nextant 400XTi.

According to PrivateFly, its ‘City Pairs’ are priced 30% lower than average year-round prices on the same or an equivalent aircraft. And as much as 50% less than some peak summer pricing, when high demand in Europe can see prices increase significantly.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

Miniature flowers sprinkled on your dishes can add a touch of beauty. But are they safe for passengers or flight crew to consume? Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.explains.

Please don’t eat the daisies . . .or CAN you?

Spring exposes us all to an array of colorful buds breaking through the surface of the ground.

With all these colors of spring, we, as your catering source, are in search of fresh new ideas for your plate, tray and food presentation.

Now I know - or should I say I hope - I know that you are as tired of the purple orchid as I am. They have taken over our industry as an out dated all-purpose garnish. In today’s foodie world it is supposed to be the beauty of the food that is the garnish, it’s placement on the plate, its colors, textures and shape of the food and not covered up with contrived garnishes as we did in the 60’s.

Please don’t eat the daisies

Did you know that flowers have been used in cooking for centuries; even as far back as the ancient Romans, Greeks and Chinese? So what we think is a new trend really isn’t. It has been around long enough to move from a trend into the actual culture and preparation of the food from those areas.

Have you heard of squash blossoms in the Italian cuisine? Or rose petals in Indian Cuisine? Or of the ancient Chinese using mint leaves to calm a stomach?


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Down-Route expands under new ownership

Down-Route, the free to use expense management and hotel reservations platform developed especially for the business aviation industry, is poised for an exciting period of growth following its purchase by a New York-based Family Office and the strengthening of its executive team.

As a result of the acquisition, Down-Route will have the resources to further develop its unique application and in addition, a new CEO, David Fulwider has joined the team to support Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Andy Hudson.

David Fulwider

David Fulwider

Fulwider has extensive experience in the strengthening of corporate structures and organisational management and will assist Down-Route in its expansion as it integrates new features and brings the app to an even wider audience in the private aviation market.


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And Finally

Weston Aviation gains exclusive approval for the EU PET Travel Scheme (PETS) at Gloucestershire Airport

Weston Aviation has been given exclusive approval from the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) to receive domestic cats, dogs and ferrets under the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) at Gloucestershire Airport, UK.

The PETS Travel Scheme enables domestic cats, dogs and ferrets to fly into the UK from certain countries without quarantine, subject to passing required checks. Approved operators can now fly owners with their pets directly into Gloucestershire Airport for clearance by Weston Aviation staff, and pets can also be cleared there before proceeding to any other UK airport.

Weston Aviation gains exclusive approval for the EU PET Travel Scheme (PETS) at Gloucestershire Airport

Becky Carver, Weston Aviation Managing Director, “Since opening our fourth FBO at Gloucestershire Airport, we have been looking at ways of enhancing our services, and gaining approval to PETS was a priority for us. Prior to obtaining this approval, passengers with pets wanting to fly into Gloucestershire have had to fly into alternative airports to obtain clearance which isn’t ideal. Having also recently taken over a 12,000 sq.ft FBO & Hangar with a private ramp, our team can now clear pets directly from this ramp and they can be on their way within minutes of arrival, enabling a better experience for the pet as well as its owner.”

For further details, contact Ops team at gloucestershire@westonaviation.com

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