The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has praised the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee for its passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation Housing and Urban Development bill, which funds key provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.
“We thank the Committee for fully funding important aviation safety and workforce development programs,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “The US aviation industry is facing a technician and pilot shortage that threatens to undermine the growth and competitiveness of one of the most important sectors of the nation’s economy. The initiatives funded in this bill will help ensure the industry will have the technical professionals and pilots needed to meet the growing demand for a well-trained aviation workforce.”
The Committee provided the requested $5 million each for the aviation maintenance technician development and aviation workforce development programs. This funding follows a letter GAMA and 40 other aviation and aerospace organizations sent to the Committee in March advocating for the programs, and GAMA’s advocacy with members of Congress during its Capitol Hill Day in May.
Gogo is first inflight connectivity provider to announce a 5G network for aviation.
Gogo, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, has announced its plans to build a 5G network for aviation.
The new air-to-ground (ATG) network will be designed for use on business aviation aircraft, commercial regional jets, and smaller mainline jets operating within the contiguous United States and Canada. Gogo expects the network to be available for business and commercial aviation in 2021.
“We expect to launch Gogo 5G at the same time as the terrestrial telecommunications companies are deploying the same generation of technology on the ground - a first in the inflight connectivity industry,” said Oakleigh Thorne, CEO of Gogo. “Gogo 5G is the next step in our technology evolution and is expected to deliver an unparalleled user experience, pairing high performance with low latency and network-wide redundancy.”
AviationManuals releases practical LOA guide to understand what authorizations are needed, and where.
AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aircraft manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, released a guide for operators to easily understand various requirements for Letter of Authorization (LOA) applications.
AviationManuals’ LOA Guide outlines which LOAs are required based on flight parameters and geographic areas of flight. It highlights approximate application turnaround timelines, and key elements to keep in mind when submitting an application.
“Knowing which LOAs are required and successfully applying for them can be daunting for pilots and operators. Miscalculating approval times, or not having the right LOAs, can have negative operational consequences and can be a costly,” said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier.
Clay Lacy at Oxford, CT., awarded FAA Part 145 certification
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Part 145 repair station certification to the Clay Lacy Aviation aircraft maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) in Oxford, Connecticut.
Serving New York and the northeastern US, the 65,000-square-foot facility is staffed by factory-trained technicians on Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Cessna, Embraer and Hawker airframes. This is the third Clay Lacy FAA Part 145 repair station, joining existing locations at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and McClellan-Palomar Airport near San Diego.
“We are focused on continually enhancing our personalized jet support services for aircraft owners and flight departments,” said Chris Hand, Senior Vice President, Clay Lacy Aviation. “Clients can rely on a highly skilled and trusted local resource for AOG support, line maintenance, avionics troubleshooting and repairs, and interior updates and reconditioning.”
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.
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.
Mente Group moves to new Dallas HQ
Global aircaft brokerage and consulting firm, Mente Group, has moved its worldwide headquarters into the prestigious North Dallas' HALL Park, doubling the size of its offices.
HALL Park has 2.5 million square feet of office space in 17 buildings surrounded by hundreds of curated works of art, walking trails, green space and many amenities. The office park's developer, HALL Group, which in addition to large real estate projects, handles structured finance and fine wines, is one of Mente's aviation clients.
"We have become much more than a transaction-oriented company, moving into full-service worldwide aircraft consulting. Consequently, Mente Group has expanded operations to other major cities across the United States, and added representation in Europe," said company President and CEO Brian Proctor. "Now with this increased headquarters space, we are well positioned to continue our broad-based growth into the future with the addition of major innovative aircraft solutions to address industry needs," he added.
Zean Nielsen has been selected to succeed Co-founder Dale Klapmeier as the next Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Aircraft.
Nielsen has held senior leadership roles at a range of global world-class organizations, including Tesla Motors, James Hardie and Bang & Olufsen.
Zean most recently served as the Executive Vice President of North American Sales at James Hardie, a leading industrial building materials company. Prior to his role at James Hardie, Nielsen ran all aspects of Tesla Motors worldwide sales operations efforts as the Vice President of Global Sales Operations. Zean began his career at Bang & Olufsen, the luxury electronics maker, where over a 17 year career he ascended to more senior roles before he ultimately became the President of Bang & Olufsen North and South America, prior to joining Tesla Motors.
TAG Aviation has announced the appointment of Pete Beilby as Director of Flight Operations for the UK and Malta with immediate effect.
Beilby joins TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd directly from Cobham Aviation Services where he has been the Director of Flight Operations, UK Special Mission, for the last three years. Prior to this role he worked for the organisation as a Type Rating Instructor and Examiner which involved undertaking secondments to the Far East, Europe and Africa where he was responsible for delivering Operational Readiness Training.
Beilby’s aviation career started in the Royal Air Force where he trained to become a pilot, spending twelve years serving in the UK and was also deployed on Operational Tours throughout the world, including Iraq. At just 23 he was the youngest pilot to ever fly the Tornado GR4 on flight operations during the conflict.
Acquisition adds complementary aircraft to bolster light jet offering and charter marketplace.
Wheels Up, the membership-based private aviation company, has acquired Elkhart, Indiana-based Travel Management Company (TMC), the largest wholesale-focused light jet operator in the US, operating an owned and leased fleet of Hawker 400XP aircraft in North America.
This strategic acquisition is in response to increasing demand from Wheels Up Members for high-quality light jets that meet Wheels Up's stringent safety and operational standards.
As a complement to the current Wheels Up fleet of 93 aircraft, TMC's fleet of 26 Hawker 400XP aircraft will further strengthen the Wheels Up Light Jet offering and growing Charter Marketplace.
Successful launch in April prompts new longer routes for City Pairs fixed price program.
Private charter platform PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, has announced new routes to its City Pairs program, offering fixed prices on the large cabin Embraer Legacy 600.
The new pairs include London & Mykonos; Paris & Marrakech; and Moscow & Nice – and follow the existing price menu for the 6-seat Nextant 400XTi, which launched in April.
The company says its fixed price City Pairs have proved very popular with its on-demand charter clients since the launch, and now account for over 25% of its flights. The new routes, and the bigger cabin option, have been added following customer demand.
This week . . .
We welcome the return of Bizav Newsreel from Liz Moscrop and her team at GearUp TV with a video roundup of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2019) in Geneva last month.
The film features Embraer debutantes - the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 - and the first fully outfitted Global 7500 jet.
Also featuring Xjet, PrivateFly, AEG Fuels, EBAA, Machmedia, Prince Aviation, Independence Air, The Jet Business, Elit'Avia, Gulfstream, Airbus Helicopters and many more!
Revolutionary Nuage seat and Nuage chaise win 2019 International Yacht & Aviation Award for Seating Design.
Bombardier's innovative Nuage seating collection, found aboard the newest members of its large-cabin Global family of aircraft, has been honoured at the ninth annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards.
The show-stopping seating collection, featuring the Nuage seat and Nuage chaise, took the trophy in the Seating Design category during a ceremony held in Venice, Italy, on May 24, 2019. The International Yacht & Aviation Awards recognize innovative and inspirational aviation and yachting designs from across the globe.
Omni Handling, Portugal’s leading executive aircraft handling company, is ready to expand in its local and regional markets, reflecting the strong growth in business aviation growth these past 12 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The WINGX Report:
There were 77,189 business aviation departures in Europe during May, according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published today (June 6th).
This figure represents a second successive YOY decline of 3%. Year to date, European business aviation activity is now down by 1.7%, with five and a half thousand fewer flights than in 2018. The last 12-month trends are currently flat.
Small and Midsize Jet activity suffered most this month with 5.3% fewer flights. In contrast, Large Jet flights were up by 0.7% YOY. In France and the UK, Small-Mid activity fell 10%. The UK also had 5% fewer Large Jet flights, although these aircraft were up 9% from Spain.
SmartFly, a new global procurement agency for the business aviation industry, launched this week with a promise to deliver better value propositions through aggregated buying power and a global network reach.
SmartFly Managing Director, João Casimiro, says: “There has been high industry demand for a new independent procurement advisor and agent. SmartFly has been formed to make the procurement of aviation services and commodities more valuable for the industry, our members and suppliers.
Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has announced Italy-based helicopter charter operator HoverFly as the latest member of the Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance.
The Charter Alliance, which launched in March 2019, enables members to call on each other to provide a truly international VIP helicopter charter service, connecting partners in Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific.
Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “The Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance has had a very successful launch period, and we are pleased that we are continuing to partner with leading regional helicopter charter operators, such as HoverFly, to offer a truly seamless and connected service for our clients.
“HoverFly is the leading helicopter charter operator in Italy and, when it comes to safety and customer service, shares the very same expectations and standards as Luxaviation Helicopters, which is exactly what we look for in new members."
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
Under perfect growing conditions, the asparagus plant breaks through the soil surface and can grow as much as one inch per hour, making it necessary to harvest it as often as twice a day. Don’t you just love trivia!
That perfect growing condition occurs in springlike weather about 50°F - right now as a matter of fact for the Southern United States. Although asparagus is known as a spring vegetable, this succulent and tender textured vegetable is available to us year round thanks to a global distribution system.
Asparagus has long been considered a delicacy, even a luxury vegetable, served to only the wealthiest because of the attention needed to maintain the crop and harvest each and every piece by hand.
As an aviation caterer, we find asparagus to be one of the most commonly ordered vegetables for the aircraft. As catering sources are trying to 'eat locally', or follow 'farm-to-fork' (serving food in season and grown in close proximity to their kitchens), I thought you might be curious about why a catering source may or may not be able provide asparagus and how you might be able to serve this delectable vegetable on board while at the peak of its season.
Personally I love asparagus and I think I could eat it every day if I had the option.
Returnjet scoops second award of 2019
Private Jet booking platform, Returnjet.com, has been awarded its second industry-recognised charter platform award for 2019.
The company was recently awarded ‘Best Professional Charter Search Platform 2019’ by International Transport News Magazine and last week received 'Professional Air Charter Platform of the Year’ at the Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2019.
Returnjet.com Sales & Marketing Director Emma Logan commented: “We are delighted that Returnjet has been recognised with these prestigious awards; in only a few years we have become the world’s largest online search site for charter brokers and operators and are now the platform of choice for the charter industry.”
Air BP and London Biggin Hill Airport continue long-standing relationship
Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has renewed its contract with London Biggin Hill Airport (BQH/EGKB), following 25 years of successful collaboration.
Laura Peña-Gutierrez, Air BP regional general aviation director, Northern, Central & Western Europe, commented: “We are delighted to renew our contract with London Biggin Hill Airport, a customer we have enjoyed working with for over a quarter of a century, as they evolved from an RAF base to a thriving business aviation airport. We are excited to be part of their expanding future and committed to supporting their growth through our safety, technical and operational expertise.”
Robert Walters, business development director, London Biggin Hill Airport said: “This contract renewal marks over 25 years of continued support and trust in Air BP, who continue to reliably supply us with fuel and provide high quality, safe operations. We’re looking forward to working closely with Air BP to help facilitate the next phase of our development.”
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'Turn the Tide on Plastic’ still carrying Hi Fly’s sustainability message to global audience
Hi Fly’s ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ Airbus A330 continues to circumnavigate the globe on its mission to raise public awareness of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
With close to 20 months now proudly decorated in the livery of the campaign with the 'Turn the Tide' message boldly displayed on its fuselage, the aircraft has already travelled to all five continents, taken more than 600 flights and landed in over 60 destinations worldwide.
In Europe: the now famous airliner has visited the UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. In Africa: Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Ruanda, Madagascar, Guinea, the Congo, Senegal, Kenya, and Mauritius have all welcomed Hi Fly’s themed Airbus A330, as have some of the world’s most spectacular destinations such as Reunion Island, the Dominican Republic, French Polynesia, Cuba and Jamaica. On the American continents: the USA, Canada and Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Venezuela and Guyana have also received a visit from the plane, while in Asia, travellers in India, China, Thailand, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Russia, may well have seen the painted jet as it carried its message on sustainability to the four corners of the earth. The Middle East: Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq have also been visited, but the region that has seen the most of the inspiring jetliner was Australasia, where it flew between Australia and New Zealand.
Photo: George Aldrich, Birmingham
The Hi Fly Airbus was decorated in its ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ livery after its principal sustainability partner - the Mirpuri Foundation - became also the Principal Sustainability partner of the Volvo Ocean Race and founding partner of Team Turn The Tide on Plastic.
The Airbus A330-200 is painted on both sides, matching the Mirpuri Foundation sponsored 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' racing yacht - one side in dark blue indicating ‘pollution’ and the other in light blue ‘clean seas’ image. The team supported the United Nations ‘Clean Seas’ campaign, and highlights the extraordinary fact that unless action is taken, there will be more plastic items than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050.
Hi Fly has announced its plan to be the first airline to be completely ‘single-use plastic-free’ by the end of this year.