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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 9th May 2019 | Issue #510

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Bombardier sells five Learjet 75s to undisclosed customer

An undisclosed customer has purchased five Bombardier Learjet 75 aircraft, valued at approximately US$69m based on 2019 list prices.

The announcement follows the landmark achievement Bombardier’s fleet of trailblazing Learjet aircraft set earlier in 2019, when the fleet surpassed the 25 million flight-hour mark, adding yet another accomplishment to an impressive string of Learjet milestones and firsts. The first Learjet business aircraft entered service in 1964, creating the experience and defining the industry of private flight.

Since acquiring the Learjet Corporation in 1990, Bombardier has introduced an impressive eight new models, including the best-selling Learjet 75 aircraft, which entered service in 2013.


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EBACE 2019:

Avfuel to fuel transatlantic operators headed to EBACE sustainably at KFRG

As a leader in the initiative to bring sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to market, Avfuel Corporation is making the fuel available to operators once again ahead of EBACE.

Operators flying to EBACE-dedicated destinations (such as Farnborough, England, Geneva, Switzerland, and others) from Sheltair at Farmingdale Airport (KFRG) will be able to fuel with SAJF from May 16-18 for a more sustainable transatlantic flight.


To date, Avfuel has received commitments from high-profile OEMs to fuel up and fly over to Europe using the product prior to departure, including Bombardier, Embraer and Textron.


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Challenger 601 crashes in northern Mexico

A Bombardier Challenger 601 thought to be carrying boxing fans crashed in northern Mexico after leaving Las Vegas on Sunday (5th May), killing all 13 people on board.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered in a remote mountainous zone in the municipality of Ocampo, the Coahuila state government said. Mexican authorities said a flight plan listed three crew members and 10 passengers on board at the time.

The passengers had reportedly been to a boxing match between Mexican boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and American fighter Daniel Jacobs in the US city on Saturday night.

The aircraft left Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon and was scheduled to land in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Sunday evening but never arrived, prompting a search.

In a statement, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier confirmed the aircraft involved was a Challenger 601 and said the plane had gone missing about 150 nautical miles from the northern Mexican city of Monclova.

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United States:

Raisbeck appoints Baker Aviation Authorized Dealer

Raisbeck Engineering, Inc., a leading provider of performance enhancement systems for business and commercial aircraft, has announced the appointment of Baker Aviation in Fort Worth, Texas, to its global network of Authorized Dealers.

Established in 2008 exclusively as a private jet services company to provide a broad scope of customized aviation services, Baker Aviation has diversified their maintenance platforms and product offerings over the years and today serves as a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company.

“As our King Air business continues to grow here in Fort Worth, we believe this new dealership is the right direction for our company,” said Stan Baker, III, Baker Aviation President.


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StandardAero enjoys strong start to 2019 at Gonesse, France facility

New capabilities and additional hires.

StandardAero's Gonesse facility - located mid-way between Le Bourget and Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris - last month renewed its Pratt & Whitney Canada Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) licenses for the PW100 and PT6A turboprop engine families, continuing its long association with these popular powerplants.

The facility has a 33-year association supporting the PW100 engine, its predecessor company SECA having been the first independent PW100 shop to be appointed in 1986.

Gonesse has approvals for 23 members of the PW100 family, including the PW127M variant powering the latest generation of ATR -600 turboprops, plus the PW127G engine which powers the Airbus C295 transport aircraft.


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Embraer delivers 11 Executive and 11 Commercial jets in 1Q19

Embraer delivered a total of 22 jets in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), of which 11 were executive jets (8 light and 3 large) and 11 were commercial aircraft. As of March 31st, the firm order backlog totaled USD 16.0bn.

The world’s best-selling light jet for the seventh consecutive year - the Phenom 300 - reached the mark of the 500th aircraft delivered, becoming the only business jet model to reach this milestone in the last 10 years. The aircraft is in operation in more than 30 countries and has accumulated more than 780,000 flight hours.This milestone followed the announcement of the first Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 business jet sales to Brazilian customers.

Executive jet deliveries:

Phenom 100 2
Phenom 300 6
Legacy 650 1
Legacy 500 2

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REN Legal

Richard Mumford

Richard Mumford

City of London law firm, REN Legal, has announced a significant development in its dispute resolution offering with the appointment of new partner Richard Mumford.

Richard joins from Stevens & Bolton, where he served as head of commercial litigation and head of aviation. Richard is a renowned aviation specialist, acting for lessors, airlines and financial institutions. He is also a specialist in the air charter market, having served for three years as Chairman of BACA - The Air Charter Association.

Richard qualified at CMS in 1996 and later practised as a partner and head of dispute resolution at asb law. Richard is recognised for aviation dispute resolution by both Chambers and Legal 500, and in 2017 was named one of Aviation Week’s Top Ten Leaders of European Business Aviation. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Air Partner plc

Paul Dollman

Paul Dollman

Air Partner plc announces that, following a comprehensive search process, Mr Paul Dollman has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 May 2019.

He will also take up the role of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, replacing Mr Shaun Smith, with effect from 26 June 2019, being the date of Air Partner’s 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Paul has significant PLC experience and has held Chair and Non-Executive Director positions at a range of listed companies. In addition, he has excellent knowledge of the aviation industry, having been Group Finance Director at John Menzies PLC, the holding company of Menzies Aviation, from 2002 to 2013. He understands the sector’s operational, strategic and commercial environment well, and is credited with nearly trebling Menzies Aviation in size during his tenure.

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Business aviation activity stalls, especially at top airports

There were 66,165 business aviation departures in Europe during April, according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published today.

Whilst similar to March, the figure represents 3.1% fewer flights than in April 2018. The past 12-month activity is trending just under 1% growth - 10% up on the recession trough in 2009 - but 11% down on the high-point back in 2008.

Business jet activity had heavy decline this month with 5% fewer flights YOY and an 8% decline in privately-filed flights.

Small and Medium size jets had most of the decline, with at least 10% YOY falls in activity in France, the UK and Switzerland.

full report

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United States:

71% of US bizav fleet ready for ADS-B mandate deadline

With seven months to go before the ADS-B equipage mandate deadline, a survey this week from FlightAware reports that 71 percent of the US registered business aircraft fleet has been equipped.

Of the 17,759 currently registered aircraft, 5,088 (29 percent) have not yet been modified.

FlightAware ADS-B graph

Leaders amongst models with the highest rate of compliance are: Cirrus Vision SF50 (99 percent); HondaJet (96 percent); Dassault Falcon 7X (91 percent); and Cessna Citation CJ4 (90 percent).

Lowest is the Gulfstream III with 14 of the 42 registered aircraft modified.

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Straight Out of Africa

In the first of a new series, Dawit Lemma, MD and Founder of Addis Ababa based Krimson Aviation provides some handy hints on what operators need to think of when flying into Africa.

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  Dawit Lemma

Africa is a vast landscape made up of some 54 countries each of which has its own particular character. With such a mix of languages, cultures, politics, societies and economies there is no one size fits all when it comes to business aviation operations.

Perhaps one of the elements that best exemplifies the operating challenges faced by the sector is the issue of “permits”.

Krimson ramp

Accessing permits can be notoriously difficult and requires significant effort. There are as many ways to process overfly or landing permits, as there are countries on the continent.


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The Netherlands:

Zeusch Aviation successfully completes first broadcast relay flight

Netherlands-based Zeusch Aviation completed its first broadcast relay flight this month when it worked with media technology company NEP The Netherlands (NEP) to support live television coverage of this year’s Volta Limburg Classic single-day bicycle race in Limburg, The Netherlands.

The Zeusch King Air C90 routing above the Limburg race.

The Zeusch King Air C90 routing above the Limburg race.

The aircraft flew above the circular route as live images were captured from the ground, relayed to the base station which immediately sent footage to the Outside Broadcast Vehicle ready for broadcast.


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United States:

Jet Aviation acquires stake in Arizona's Scottsdale Jet Center

New FBO to open in late 2020.

Jet Aviation has acquired a stake in Scottsdale Jet Center, Arizona, with the intent to build and operate a new, state-of-the-art Jet Aviation branded FBO and tenant hangar by late 2020.

The new facility will complement existing tenant facilities at Scottsdale Airport, a top 15 US business aviation market.

Rendering of Jet Aviation Scottsdale

With an expanding footprint in the US market, Scottsdale Jet Center allows Jet Aviation to continue its strategy of supporting customers in the locations they most frequent. The new facility will allow Jet Aviation to operate FBOs in eight of the top 15 US business aviation markets.


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Universal Aviation Singapore celebrates inauguration of new Seletar Business Aviation Centre

Universal Aviation Singapore celebrated the official inauguration of the new Seletar Business Aviation Centre (SBAC) and its new operations offices at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by clients, partners, airport, and local dignitaries.

Universal Aviation Singapore celebrates inauguration of new Seletar Business Aviation Centre

“The official grand opening of the new SBAC is a historic moment in the history of business aviation in Singapore and will elevate the experience of private operators to Seletar Airport (WSSL),” said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

“This beautiful facility will raise the bar for airports in the region by offering an elevated level of privacy, efficiency, and luxury for business aviation operators and potentially positions Singapore as the most business aviation friendly country in the region!”


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United States:

FlightSafety Master Technician program now includes Cabin Systems

FlightSafety International is expanding its industry leading Master Technician program to include Cabin Systems

The new Master Technician Cabin Systems program offers a progressive curriculum that follows a five step process. It is designed to provide technicians with the skills required to service and maintain the cabin of the aircraft they support at the highest level.

FlightSafety Master Technician program now includes Cabin Systems

In order to complete the Cabin Systems program technicians must complete five courses. They include Avionics Standard Practices, aeroIT, Cabin Connectivity, Integrated Cabin Management Systems and Cabin Systems Operational Maintenance Program (OMP).


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United Kingdom:

Reaching net zero emissions from aviation is technically and financially possible by mid century, says ETC

Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from the aviation sector is technically and financially possible by 2060 and earlier in developed economies according to the aviation Sectoral Focus published yesterday (8th May) by the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC).

This Sectoral Focus presents in more detail the underlying analysis on aviation decarbonization that fed into the ETC’s integrated report Mission Possible: Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from harder-to-abate sectors by mid-century.

The aviation Sectoral Focus outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize aviation. It says that improvements in energy efficiency of engines and airframes, combined with greater efficiency of aviation operations, could reduce the growth of emissions by 30-45% below business-as-usual, but that further reduction would require alternative aviation engines or fuels.

Improvements in engine and airframe efficiency, along with air traffic and other operational improvements, can significantly reduce the rate of growth in carbon emissions from aviation, and must be pursued aggressively. But it will not be possible to keep emissions flat, let alone to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century, as required to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, without a shift to alternative low-carbon fuels or to electric engines.


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United Kingdom:

Symbiotics give away mental wellbeing assessments to pilots in support of Mental Health Awareness Week

To help support Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13th-19th), Symbiotics - leaders in psychometric testing, human performance selection & assessment solutions in high risk industries - are offering mental wellbeing assessments to pilots, with the hope that this will help to further the conversation around mental health in this marketplace and help individuals to identify if they may be struggling with a mental health issue.

Symbiotics will provide MHS’ MindQ, a clinically validated mental wellbeing risk assessment for free of charge during mental health week, up to a maximum of 250 licenses. MindQ is a short online assessment that takes 10-15 minutes to complete and helps to identify those at risk of mental ill-health. The assessment covers a range of issues that can impact an individual’s mental wellbeing including looking at Emotional Satisfaction (Job, Material, Personal), Anxiety, Depression, Stress coping, Drugs and Alcohol.

Symbiotics’ Chief Occupational Psychologist, Karen Moore, says, “With the EASA changes to mandate Pilot Psychological evaluations we are seeing some airlines starting to put in place Peer support programmes and looking to raise awareness of mental health to normalize the conversation. A recent survey we undertook of Pilots shows that there is still a significant way to go in the industry implementing solutions to identify those a risk of suffering from mental health conditions. We see the need to identify issues early as critical to enable people to get the right help as soon as possible and keep people in work. MindQ has been in use by Symbiotics for the last 6 months and we have so far data from almost 500 pilots that show during the feedback sessions, MindQ to be an excellent indicator of an individual’s mental state.”


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United Kingdom:

Trailblazing ideas set to shape the future of aviation and border security

Academics and industry experts with pioneering ideas capable of producing the next generation of aviation and border security can apply for funding through the Future Screening for Aviation and Borders competition which launched on Sunday (5 May).

A funding pot worth £4.5m is available over the next two years for innovative solutions that can enhance the screening of people and goods and strengthen the detection of dangerous, illicit and contraband items.

The competition has been developed by the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme - a joint initiative between the Home Office and Department for Transport (DfT) - and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to encourage novel solutions that cover all aspects of aviation and border screening - from passengers to cargo, mail, hold bags and more.

With the global shift towards a more integrated transport system, greater autonomy and automation, the competition is also looking for innovations capable of bringing current and future security solutions together.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

Paula will be back after EBACE

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EBACE 2019:

Mente Europe to address Brexit uncertainties at EBACE

Mente Europe will have an extensive presence at EBACE 2019, scheduled May 21-23 in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Since our recent expansions in Europe, and with aircraft transactions uneven throughout the continent as a result of Brexit's uncertainty, we wanted to have a powerful presence for our initial exhibit at EBACE," said Mente Group President and CEO Brian Proctor.

"Mente Europe's authorized representatives from Germany, Russia, Turkey, and Hungary, and a strong contingent of our experts from North America will be there to advise buyers and sellers of private jets on the very latest market data to aid in their decisions," he added.

Proctor indicated that while central and western Europe's private jet prices are in flux and activity is slower, the markets in eastern Europe offer more stability and movement as the international business aviation community gears up for EBACE later this month.

Mente's strategic alliance with ProAir Aviation, a large and respected aircraft management and operations organization with headquarters at Stuttgart Airport and reach throughout Germany and Eastern Europe, provides clients with up-to-date European market intelligence.

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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.


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And Finally

Surf’s Up at London Southend Airport

The launch of a new FlyBe service between London Southend Airport and the UK's 'Surf Capital'- Newquay, Cornwall - prompted Glyn Jones, CEO of airport owners Stobart Aviation, to try out his skills on a giant surf simulator!

Pro surfer Mike Young, Head Coach and Owner of Escape Surf School in Newquay flew in specially to help out, and was on hand to offer hints and tips on technique.

Surf’s Up at London Southend Airport

“We are hoping this event will have inspired people to consider riding the crest of some real waves this summer, and take a trip to Cornwall," said Glyn Jones. "Our now daily flight opens up a fast connection between two great seaside resorts and their great beaches, restaurants and attractions."


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