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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 30th May 2019 | Issue #512

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EBACE 2019:

Record number of airplanes fly to EBACE on alternative fuels

Twenty three aircraft participated in the first-ever EBACE SAJF Fly-In, arriving at Geneva Airport (GVA), Switzerland, using alternative fuels.

The significance of the event was recognized by EBACE organizers, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

“Today, it is more evident than ever how unified our industry is in working toward the goal of continually reducing emissions through innovation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Business aviation has always led the way in promoting technologies that advance the sustainability of flight, and it is appropriate that we highlight our focus in this area through this record-setting fly-in.”

“This week’s record-setting EBACE SAJF Fly-In is a milestone in business aviation’s commitment to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions,” said EBAA Chairman of the Board of Governors Juergen Wiese. “We are proud that Europe’s leading business aviation event, which has always showcased innovation, is proving the viability and value of alternative fuels.”


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United States:

SD confirms significant rise in frequency of cybersecurity threats to business aviation

Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation solutions provider, notes a year-on-year increase of attempted cybersecurity attacks on business aviation aircraft subscribed to the multi-layered SD Threat Monitoring service.

Eighty-one percent of the nearly 600 subscribed aircraft have experienced a cyber event that has been thwarted by the SD service.

In addition, the seriousness of the attempted hacks has amplified, with a 54% increase in critical and high-level threats from the same period last year.

significant rise in frequency of cybersecurity threats to business aviation

A critical threat represents activity that can affect default installations of widely deployed software resulting in the compromise of servers and devices, as well as leaving the “door open” for other hackers.

Trojans, viruses and operating system vulnerabilities all fall into the critical category. A high level represents a threat from web browser exploitation or malware, which can be elevated to a critical status. This type of threat can potentially cause serious long-term damages to corporate networks.


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United States:

Reasearch reveals 1,071 private jets could be delivered across Europe by 2025

Valued at $38.5bn.

New analysis from global corporate aviation finance specialist Shearwater Aero Capital reveals that as many as 1,071 new private jets could be delivered across Europe between now and 2025. The cost of these aircraft could be in the region of $38.5bn.

Shearwater has provided asset-based loans on aircraft worth over $100 million located around the world since its launch in 2014.

The company’s analysis reveals that the region currently has a fleet of around 2282 business jets, and 1119 of these are classified as ‘heavy’ or large. Some 294 of the jets are medium sized, and 869 are classified as ‘light’ - these represent some of the smallest aircraft models.

Chris Miller, Managing Partner, Shearwater Aero Capital, said: “Europe is a very attractive region for business aviation finance companies like ours. It has larger, more expensive aircraft than other markets, and the market here is increasingly focusing on benefits of using financing to purchase business aircraft as opposed to just paying cash.”


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Altitude Attitude

Deanna Harms

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

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Omit Lazy Words. Flabby writing lacks discipline. Filler, fluff words add little. These include:

  • Really
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Do the work. Replace vague words with concrete examples. Don’t just say your new AOG service gets aircraft back in the air fast. Say, on average, it restores aircraft to service within 24 hours. Or don’t say you’re about to launch a revolutionary product. Say that, “Achieving 130 patents to date underscores our technological innovation.”

Whip your prose into shape by editing and reading copy aloud. Have others provide constructive criticism. They see things the author may be blind to.


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Jet Aviation strengthens services with global FBO expansion

The recent groundbreaking at Jet Aviation’s FBO in West Palm Beach, Florida, for new hangar and office space is just the latest step in the company’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network, now at 35 locations.

The company is investing heavily to ensure its facilities are designed and equipped to meet all the business-aviation needs of its global customer base.

Jet Aviation’s FBO business in EMEA and APAC saw significant growth in 2018. First the company acquired the Hawker Pacific chain of FBOs throughout Australia and Asia in May. Then in September it established ground-handling services at Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport in Yanbu, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, followed by the acquisition of the KLM Jet Center businesses in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in October.

This year, Jet Aviation continues to expand its locations and services. The company plans to provide FBO services from a newly refurbished 600 square-meter state-of-the art, double-story facility at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) by the end of 2019, its 40th Anniversary year in Saudi Arabia.

In the US and Caribbean, construction or renovation is under way - or soon will be - at seven of Jet Aviation’s 12 regional locations.


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United Kingdom:

Global Trek makes multi-million dollar investment in Cardiff and Belfast FBOs

Award winning FBO specialists Global Trek Aviation are growing their successful brand by opening their second Executive Jet Centre at Cardiff International Airport - the Capital airport for Wales - and in parallel, expanding their footprint at their already established Belfast International FBO facility with a 100% extension.

David McColm, Chief Executive Officer of Global Trek Aviation, commented: “We are delighted to be opening the all-new facility at Cardiff International Airport as it offers tremendous potential with its ideal strategic location. We have invested in building a bespoke, state-of-the-art facility on the south side of the airport with dedicated VIP lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre, flight ops facilities and a fully integrated security screening area. The build is now complete and we already have flights booked in."


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WFS wins fuel provision contract at Aéroport de Strasbourg

World Fuel Services has won a significant tender with leading French airport, Aéroport de Strasbourg, to design, build and commission a JET A1 fuel farm dedicated to corporate traffic.

Strategically located, serving diplomats and business customers at the heart of the EU, the airport is developing a clear and marketable distinction between their commercial airline and corporate aviation offerings.

Aéroport de Strasbourg released a wide-ranging tender in Q4 2018 to develop a dedicated business aviation infrastructure which will operate alongside their existing commercial airline service. In addition to engineering excellence, they were looking for a supplier with extensive access to the corporate business aviation market.

The resulting contract will see World Fuel serve the airport’s growing business aviation customer base.


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United States:

All change at Manassas Regional Airport

It has been a time of change for Virginia's Manassas Regional Airport as it prepares to say goodbye to one of its Fixed Base Operators, and also celebrates the beginning of works on a new FBO facility.

Full service FBO, Dulles Aviation, which started at the airport in 1970 with one hangar, announced it will be closing its operations at the Manassas Regional Airport on 31 May.

“We are thankful for the partnership and quality of service that Dulles Aviation has contributed to the Manassas Regional Airport,” said Juan Rivera, airport director. “Dulles Aviation has been a catalysis in the growth and development of the airport. We wish Tom and Joe Gardner and all their instrumental employees, the best.”

Earlier in the month, charter and aviation services provider, Chantilly Air, celebrated the groundbreaking of their new fixed base operation at the airport.

Expected to open in the first quarter of 2020, Chantilly Air’s new full-service FBO will feature over 90,000 square feet of hangar and office space. The company will also pair its FAA Diamond awarded Part 145 Repair Station, to create what it says will be the airport’s only FBO offering turnkey aviation solutions including charter, maintenance, management, ground support and hangar facilities.

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Sustainability, innovation and a new generation of professionals take center stage at EBACE

Organizers wrapped a highly successful 2019 edition of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Thursday (23rd May), pointing to the many ways the show highlighted the innovation and investment driving the future of business aviation.

“The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this year’s show has been palpable throughout the week,” said EBAA Secretary General Athar Husain Khan. “EBACE2019 was characterized by new products, new business models, new investment opportunities and a new generation of aviation professionals determined to make their mark.”

Sustainability, innovation and a new generation of professionals take center stage at EBACE

“Business aviation continues changing right before our eyes, and here at EBACE, we have seen and touched the industry’s future,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We’re finishing EBACE inspired by a vision of sustainable flight, urban air mobility and other game-changing innovations.”

Khan and Bolen pointed to a host of EBACE “firsts” and other elements that showcased the value of the event, and business aviation, as never before.

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United States:

Honda to expand production operations in Greensboro

Currently seeking location for second flight sim, likely to be in Europe.
First delivery to Hawaii - Wing Spirit will use its HondaJets for charter and medevac.

Honda Aircraft Company has announced plans to expand its global headquarters in Greensboro, NC by investing an additional $15.5m in a new 82,000-square-foot facility on its 133+ acre campus in Greensboro. This will bring the company’s total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245m.

Honda to expand production operations in Greensboro

Scheduled to break ground in July 2019, the building will house a new wing assembly process for the HondaJet Elite. The new facility will allow for more wings to be assembled concurrently, resulting in a major increase in production efficiency. Additionally, this expansion will add more storage for service parts for the growing fleet of HondaJets around the globe. The facility is expected to be completed in July 2020.


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United States:

Honeywell retires Convair 580 test aircraft after 67 remarkable years of service

Queen of the Honeywell flight test fleet helped pioneer some of the most advanced safety systems in aviation.

Honeywell has retired its Convair 580 test aircraft after 67 years of service in flight, leaving behind a legacy of testing and helping bring to market some of the most advanced safety features in modern aviation.

AlliedSignal acquired the venerable aircraft in 1992, and when the company merged with Honeywell in 2000, it remained in the test fleet until its final flight a month ago.

Convair 580

In Honeywell’s flight test fleet, the Convair 580 was a workhorse in many areas because the aircraft’s design made it capable of holding gear usually meant for installation on larger commercial aircraft.

Its traditional passenger interior was stripped to make room for multiple data centers and servers to record information collected during test flights. Honeywell engineers used the recorded data to create what are known today as the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System, and the IntuVue RDR-4000 Weather Radar System.


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United Kingdom:

Helispeed secures new pilot staffing and support contracts

Partners with Morocco's Heliconia Aero Solutions and Abu Dhabi Aviation.

Helispeed, based at Blackpool Airport, UK, has agreed a 12-month deal with Moroccan based Heliconia Aero Solutions, to support the company with the provision of qualified helicopter pilots.

The agreement will see Helispeed provide Heliconia Aero Solutions with pilots from its HeliTrax database of over 800 highly-trained and vetted pilots, based throughout the world.

The pilots will aid Heliconia Aero Solutions in providing its customers, associated organisations and individuals with safe, reliable and effective helicopter solutions.

  Gemma Walker, Operations Director, Helispeed
Gemma Walker, Operations Director, Helispeed.

The Marrakesh headquartered aviation firm utilises its fleet of Eurocopter and Agusta helicopters to deliver services, including offshore transportation, aerial surveying and VIP transport. Their Helispeed provided pilots will operate predominantly in Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.


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United Kingdom:

International private jet operator, VOLUXIS has added a Dassault Falcon 7X to its fleet, which is now fully available for charter.

Based in Geneva and operated worldwide by partners DC aviation, the aircraft is under private ownership with no owner release required.

VOLUXIS Charter Sales Manager Gareth Cadwell says: “We’re delighted to launch the Falcon 7X for charter. The aircraft offers maximum comfort for up to 12 passengers (sleeping 5 fully flat) and is Wi Fi equipped and pet friendly.

VOLUXIS has added a Dassault Falcon 7X to its fleet

"With an excellent nonstop range of 5,950 nm and 12+ hour endurance, it's the perfect aircraft for city pairings such as London to Los Angeles or Paris to Tokyo. Plus the aircraft will offer even more flexibility to our broker clients going forward with its first-class dispatch reliability and capacity to land at smaller airports.”

The Dassault Falcon 7X joins the growing VOLUXIS fleet of Hawker 800XPi, 800XP and 800B aircraft in addition to a Bombardier Global Express XRS based at Farnborough.

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Lufthansa Technik ready to offer cabin completions for the Airbus A220

SkyRetreat concept with unconventional design approach.

As the first VIP aircraft services provider in the world, Lufthansa Technik AG is ready to offer cabin completions for Airbus' smallest commercial aircraft family, the A220.

The company has already developed a first VIP cabin interior concept, parts of which were showcased for the first time at EBACE in Geneva. The full concept will be unveiled during the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

SkyRetreat concept with unconventional design approach.

The spacious SkyRetreat concept will feature a totally new and unconventional design approach. As a consequence, the cabin interior envisaged by Lufthansa Technik's designers for the Airbus A220 calls for a reduction to the essential, thereby cleverly and discreetly integrating latest cabin technologies, from 4K roll-up displays and smart touch surfaces to a totally unique Observation Lounge to be revealed in the coming months.


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Luxaviation Group announces substantial European expansion

Luxaviation Group is celebrating a significant step forward for its European growth, with fleet additions and a new hangar at its ExecuJet Zurich facility, which more than triples the operator’s capacity at the Swiss hotspot.

ExecuJet Zurich

ExecuJet’s new private hangar space at Zurich Airport is double the size of its existing facility at 5,000m2 - large enough to house multiple ultra-long-range aircraft, including A330s and BBJs. The expansion also includes 10,000m2 of apron space, to complement ExecuJet’s 4,000m2 of private ramp parking.

Niclas von Planta, Vice President Europe, ExecuJet says: “Hangar space is in very high demand at Zurich Airport, due to our cold, snowy winters. As well as being Switzerland’s largest international airport, Zurich is also the sixth-busiest airport in Europe for business aviation. Now, we should be able to host almost all traffic in one of our two facilities, even at peak times such as the annual World Economic Forum in January."


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VALCORA fuels wildlife conservation portfolio at EBACE

VALCORA, the Switzerland-headquartered aviation fuel supplier, used EBACE as a platform to launch a new initiative supporting the industry’s aim of working towards a carbon neutral future.

CEO Daniel Coetzer and General Manager, Valerie Bouthiaux have carefully selected a number of smaller conservation organisations dealing directly with animal protection, to lend support.

Rescued rhino orphans Khanya & Rose enjoy some attention.

Rescued rhino orphans Khanya & Rose enjoy some attention.

To date, the VALCORA conservation portfolio includes two rhinoceros’ orphanages in South Africa, as well as chimpanzee and orangutan refuges in Africa and Indonesia. Daniel and Valerie are also eyeing a number of future projects including pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, protection, as well as reforestation projects.


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United Kingdom:

FlightSafety introduces specialised G650 steep approach course for London City

FlightSafety International will offer a specialised London City airport steep approach operations training program for Gulfstream G650 pilots.

The Gulfstream G650 London City Special Airport Training program includes an eLearning module, ground school, and a simulator session at a Learning Center.

FlightSafety introduces specialised G650 steep approach course for London City

Topics include an overview of the London City airport and regulatory requirements followed by modules on arrivals, approaches and landings, ground operations, departures, noise abatement, and Human Factors / CRM Elements as required.


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SEA Prime counts down to opening of Malpensa Prime

SEA Prime has started the countdown to the opening of the new Business and General Aviation Terminal at Milan Malpensa airport, scheduled for July 2019. SEA Prime is part of the SEA Group, managing both Milano Linate and Milano Malpensa Airports.

The new Milan Malpensa Prime Terminal stands in a dedicated area of the airport between Terminals 1 & 2 and enjoys its own 50,000 m2 apron, together with a 5,000 m2 hangar. Five lounges welcome passengers and crew, with customised ultra-luxury services, such as a conference centre, limousine service and concierge.

“Malpensa Prime completes the accessibility for Business & General Aviation passengers and operators not only to the city of Milan but also to Lombardy, several areas of Piedmont, the south of Switzerland and numerous other locations that can be reached from Malpensa: the lakes, the ski resorts, a total of 18 UNESCO sites,” commented SEA Prime CEO, Chiara Dorigotti.


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TAG Aviation Macau receives IS-BAH accreditation

TAG Aviation Macau’s FBO has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for their unwavering commitment to safety and quality ground handling.

“We are extremely proud to have become the first IS-BAH accredited FBO based in Macau; it demonstrates to our customers that the TAG Macau FBO team, from ground handling to maintenance services, is totally committed to providing the highest quality of services while adhering to the most stringent safety standards,” said Rita Tam, General Manager, TAG Macau FBO.

“This achievement marks a significant milestone for our FBO’s first six months of operations.”


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United Kingdom:

Inflite The Jet Centre awarded Rolls-Royce Authorised Service Centre status

Inflite The Jet Centre, part of the Inflite group of companies, based at London Stansted Airport, has received Authorised Service Centre status from Rolls-Royce to support the engines that power Embraer’s Legacy 600 and 650 business jets.

Effective immediately, Inflite will deliver the OEM’s CorporateCare and CorporateCare Enhanced MRO services to the Rolls-Royce AE 3007, covering line maintenance and power by the hour support.

The OEM’s CorporateCare, the comprehensive, fixed-cost engine maintenance management programme, protects against unforeseen costs and unscheduled events anywhere in the world and reduces the administrative burdens for operators, freeing them up to focus on their day to day business.

Inflite is making investment in parts and training in support of the contract. It is also adding personnel, with an initial four Rolls-Royce trained technicians moving over to its London Stansted facility this month.


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United Kingdom:

BACA explains why Illegal Charter has to end

For 70 years BACA - The Air Charter Association has represented the interests of licensed air carriers, professional charter brokers and a whole myriad of specialists working in the charter industry.

For most of those 70 years the Association has been fighting a battle to educate the general public about illegal charters and what the difference is between them and legal commercial air transport with Air Operator Certificate holders.

Nick Weston, BACA’s Chairman says: “To the average traveller, if someone in a pilot’s uniform meets you at the bottom of the aircraft steps, then you’ll generally take it at face value that everything about that flight is safe, legal and compliant.

"For those of us in the charter industry, we all know and recognise that there is a monumental difference between an aircraft being operated by a pilot-manager and one being operated within the boundaries of a professional AOC structure."

more, plus BACA membership at all time high

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Six West extends ongoing relationship with IBA Group

Leading provider of flight operations to the aircraft leasing industry, Six West, has signed an agreement to extend their ongoing relationship with IBA Group.

IBA will continue to provide worldwide fleet data, fleet intelligence and related statistical and operational information to Six West via their leading intelligence platform, IBA.iQ.

Jason Williamson, the Dublin based co-founder of Six West is delighted to continue Six West’s relationship with
IBA. “IBA gives Six West essential insight into the global aviation leasing industry’s movements of their assets.
Extending this partnership with IBA for us is a no-brainer.


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Inaugural conference raises awareness on AI and aviation

Over 400 leaders from across the European aviation community gathered today on Thursday 23rd May for the inaugural conference on Aviation and AI organised by EUROCONTROL in collaboration with Airbus, and to exchange views on how to take advantage of the opportunities of artificial intelligence for the aviation sector at large.

“A few independent initiatives on AI are being implemented across the aviation industry - we saw some of them showcased during the Aviation and AI event here at EUROCONTROL. But this is not enough, we need to create an awareness to the advantage of everyone in the European value chain,” said Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL.

“As a result of this conference, EUROCONTROL has committed to working together with all the different parts of our industry and with EU bodies, to agree a common way forward that will allow us to take full advantage of the benefits offered by AI while managing the negative aspects and societal impacts.”


Northern Ireland:

Jet Assist continues growth under new ownership

Jet Assist Business Jet Centre, the Belfast International (EGAA | BFS) based FBO originally opened in June 2014, has continued its growth in recent months following the company’s purchase by Northern Irish entrepreneur Stanley Edgar in June 2018.

A recently completed refurbishment of its VIP facilities includes a makeover of their passenger lounge and significant upgrades to the crew lounge, rest areas with the addition of sleep pods and state of the art computer equipment.

Jet Assist are also delighted to be providing a Biz Av dedicated refuelling service following the introduction of its own 11,000 USG Jet-A1 bowser in February of this year.


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And Finally

Luxaviation UK bookings soar ahead of all-English Euro finals

Luxaviation UK is reporting a surge in requests and bookings ahead of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals, more than doubling its average monthly activity from the UK to host cities Madrid and Baku.

The operator has received more than 350 flight requests to Madrid, for the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and Baku, for the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal.

This comes on the back of low-cost airlines and hotels significantly raising their prices for the in-demand events, with one-way flights from London to Madrid priced between £500-£750 - roughly a 1,000% fare increase - and budget hotels charging more than £1,000 per night. Furthermore, with no direct flights from the UK to Baku available, football fans are searching out alternative options, such as private aviation.

Private jet bookings soar ahead of all-English European football finals, according to Luxaviation UK.

The charter price of a private jet with Luxaviation UK from London Luton Airport to Madrid, on a Cessna Citation Excel, suitable for up to eight passengers, is approximately £25,000 - equating to approximately £3,125 per person.

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive of Luxaviation UK, says: “I received a phone call within four minutes of the final whistle of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final victory against Barcelona, which was an immediate booking for an Embraer Legacy flight to the final in Madrid.


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