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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 13th June 2019 | Issue #514
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United States:

Tamarack files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following EASA and FAA Winglet Airworthiness Directive

New leadership elected as part of reorganization.

Idaho-headquartered Tamarack Aerospace has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the EASA and FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued against the Tamarack ATLAS Active Winglet system, which has "effectively grounded" the fleet of CitationJets - CJ1, CJ2s and CJ3s - with the Active Winglets installed.

"The decision to enter Chapter 11 allows Tamarack to continue to operate and focus all activities on supporting the ATLAS winglet customers and to support EASA and FAA as they consider the proposal for lifting the restrictions imposed by the ADs," the company said in a statement this week.

The company added that it "believes that Chapter 11 will be a temporary state, and it is meant to ensure the long-term viability of the company."


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United States:

SAVCOM provides new standard for secure bizav communications

SAVCOM, LLC has announced a new communications service for business aviation operators and the companies that support them.

SAVCOM (Secure Aviation Communication), provides a communications platform allowing 256-bit end-to-end
encrypted phone calls, and encrypted text, audio-video conferencing and file sharing on
users’ personal mobile devices such as phones, tablets and electronic flight bags, as well as a desktop browser-based interface.

“We founded SAVCOM on the common sense belief that business aviation operators, flying expensive equipment with very important passengers and typically representing very large
security-sensitive corporations, must communicate safely and securely at all times as an industry best practice,” said CEO Martin Hamilton.

Hamilton explained that communications methods and open systems used every day by the general public, such as cellular voice, SMS text, email, and free-to-the-public chat apps are not secure. This is especially true of foreign telecom data and voice telephony services, public Wi-Fi and the vulnerability of personal devices that are susceptible to viruses and malware.


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United States:

Recently retired Gulfstream SVP, Dan Nale, endows engineering scholarship

Gulfstream has announced the establishment of the Dan D. Nale Engineering Scholarship Endowment Fund for students who are pursuing degrees in civil, mechanical, electrical or aerospace engineering.

“We are grateful to Dan for his generosity and support of our industry’s future workforce,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “During his career here, Dan made a significant contribution to Gulfstream’s legacy of innovation, and now that impact is even stronger thanks to this scholarship endowment.”

Dan D. Nale

Dan D. Nale

Nale retired as Gulfstream’s senior vice president of Programs, Engineering and Test in April after more than 30 years with the company. He now works as an engineering professor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.


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United States:

First group of aircraft brokers approved for IADA certification

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA), which recently moved towards full professional accreditation for aircraft dealer organizations, has qualified the first group of individual brokers for certification based on their aircraft transaction acumen.

"This first group of 22 IADA certified aircraft brokers and the others to follow are clearly the best of the best and set the benchmark for knowledge, skill and ability of individual sales professionals within the constantly evolving aircraft transaction industry, where previously there were no clearly defined standards," said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling.

"Joseph Allan Aviation Consulting, an objective independent third-party agency, is slated to test the next group of brokers for certification this fall."

The newly certified IADA aircraft brokers are all part of IADA-accredited dealer organizations in representing buyers and sellers of business aircraft.


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TRAXXALL named recommended maintenance tracking provider by Textron

Business aviation maintenance management provider, TRAXXALL, has been named a recommended maintenance tracking provider by Textron Aviation, the Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker OEM.

Effective immediately, new and pre-owned factory-delivered Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft will come with the option to receive their first year on TRAXXALL free-of-charge. TRAXXALL also supports in-service Hawker aircraft.

Owners of Textron factory-delivered aircraft choosing to implement TRAXXALL will benefit from increased operational efficiencies, reductions in downtimes and the protection of resale values.

“This service is an excellent opportunity for our shared customers,” says Mark Steinbeck, President, TRAXXALL. “Textron Aviation models account for a majority of all business aircraft in service today. We look forward to working with a growing number of new and existing Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft owners worldwide.”


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United States:

Daher's 'General Aviathon' innovation challenge aims to build the future of aviation in Silicon Valley

Daher has launched a hackathon event that challenges innovators to develop computing capabilities, artificial intelligence processes and other software that could further improve its TBM family of turboprop-powered general aviation aircraft.

Called the “General Aviathon”, this event is the creation of Daher’s Silicon Valley-based innovation program - Armstrong by Daher - and is tailored for students (and potentially early-stage start-ups), with a primary focus on the greater San Francisco bay area of California.

“Armstrong by Daher is tasked with accelerating our parent company’s digital transformation, and there is no better way than harnessing Silicon Valley’s imagination and capability for a future transformation of the TBM aircraft,” explained Florent François, the Head of Digital Strategy at Daher, and one of two company executives overseeing the Armstrong by Daher innovation program.



Six West

Corrinne Markowitz

Corrinne Markowitz

Six West, a global leader in the provision of flight operations to the aircraft leasing industry, and tailored private aviation services has announced that Corrinne Markowitz has been appointed to the new role of Business Development Manager, Asia Pacific, to expand client relations and amplify brand visibility in the region.

Reporting to Cathy Tam, Director of Asia Pacific, Corrinne is responsible for driving growth, strengthening Six West’s presence and spearheading the company’s overall marketing strategy.

With a successful track record in the aviation industry spanning over a decade, Corrinne’s experience in sales and marketing in both start-ups and multinationals, will help establish and nurture Six West’s relationships with Asia Pacific clients.

Corrinne is based in Hong Kong.

Jet Aviation

David Best

David Best

Jet Aviation announces that David Best has been appointed as the new SVP & General Manager, Regional Operations US, effective July 1, 2019.

Best succeeds David Paddock, who was recently announced as the new President of the Jet Aviation Group.

David joined Jet Aviation in January 2017 and was responsible for a number of successful business development projects, most notably the acquisition and integration of Hawker Pacific and the recent stake in Scottsdale Jet Center. David assumed his current role as SVP, Strategic Global Growth, in December 2018 and has made significant progress in aligning the sales organization and improving our customer data management.

David is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, where he earned his MBA and is a member of the Institute of Directors. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the USA throughout his business career.

David will be based in Teterboro, NJ.

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United States:

Industry task force issues report on jet fuel contamination

The National Business Aviation Association, in conjunction with an industry-led working group, has released recommendations for aircraft operators, FBOs, fuel suppliers and other stakeholders to mitigate the possibility of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) contamination in jet fuel.

DEF is a colorless liquid, injected directly into the catalytic convertor in diesel engine light- and heavy-duty vehicles in order to meet stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission control standards. When mistakenly added to aircraft jet fuel, DEF crystalizes and clogs fuel systems leading to engine failure.

In three separate and distinct instances over the past three years, DEF has been mistaken for fuel system icing inhibitor (FSII), a clear liquid that is added to aircraft jet fuel.

“Currently, there is no available field test that can detect the injection of DEF into aviation fuel. FBO staff and aircraft operators cannot visually, or chemically (using current field methods) detect that a contamination event has occurred,” the Aircraft Diesel Exhaust Fluid Contamination Working Group said in its June 11 report. “This situation places the full burden of risk mitigation upon initial contamination prevention.”


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United Kingdom:

Chess Dynamics launches counter drone systems for airports

Military-proven technology deployed following London Gatwick Airport attack now available to airports globally.

UK-based advanced integrated systems and technologies company, Chess Dynamics, has developed automated drone protection systems specifically for use at airports.

The capabilities, launched at the British-Irish Airports EXPO on Tuesday (11th June), have been developed in response to the evolving sophistication and increased frequency of attacks on civilian infrastructure by unmanned aircraft, or drones.

Chess Dynamics launches counter drone systems for airports

Based on the military-proven Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) AUDS, installed by Chess at London Gatwick Airport following the sustained drone attack in December 2018 which closed the airport, the new scalable systems have been developed specifically to offer protection within the airport perimeter and flightpath for up to 10km from the runway.


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This week . . .

Jay Beever, Embraer's VP Interiors, talks passionately about the Lineage 1000E.

Whilst spec'd-out with 750 sq.ft. of living space, dining areas, a master suite and a two-person shower, this beautiful aircraft has the agility to land at smaller airports like Aspen, Teterboro and London City.

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Interior themes include the Skyranch, the Manhattan Airship and the Kyoto. Enjoy the tour!

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Luxaviation UK adds Istanbul-based Legacy to fleet

Luxaviation UK has added an Embraer Legacy 600 to its managed fleet. The aircraft (G-KGKG), is based Istanbul Airport and available for full charter services with a full-time crew.

“Travel to and within Turkey and the Balkans continues to increase and the region is a popular destination for both our leisure and business clients," said George Galanopoulos, managing director, Luxaviation UK. "It is important that our fleet continues to reflect the needs and aspirations of our clients, and the addition of the Istanbul-based Legacy will enable us to fulfil more requests between Europe and the Middle East - two of the world’s leading business aviation regions.

Luxaviation UK adds Istanbul-based Legacy to fleet

The Legacy 600 is suitable for up to 13 passengers, plus three crew members, and is capable of flying 3,400nm (6,300 km) - roughly the equivalent of flying from London to Washington DC, USA.

The new Legacy 600 joins Luxaviation UK’s fleet of existing Legacies, Dassault Falcons, Bombardier Challengers, Citation Excels and Embraer Phenoms.

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EmbraerX presents Beacon, a business platform to streamline the aviation services ecosystem

The future of work, the sharing economy, and the ever-evolving digital environment have set the stage for a new business platform that will serve a diversified fleet of aircraft, designated Beacon, unveiled by EmbraerX this week.

EmbraerX presents Beacon, a business platform to streamline the aviation services ecosystem.

This innovative platform is designed to connect and synchronize industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation services professionals in a more agile and efficient way, to keep aircraft flying. The launch customer is JetSuiteX, the innovative Dallas-based air carrier that operates 30-seat Embraer jets out of private terminals.

Beacon aims to unleash high-value interactions and business opportunities to multiple stakeholders within the service ecosystem. The platform is initially focused on providing solutions to unscheduled aircraft maintenance interruptions.


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United States:

Satcom Direct completes Bravo phase of Data Center expansion

Satcom Direct has completed the Bravo phase of expansion of its SD Data Center. The second stage of a four-part expansion has doubled the existing footprint to 10,000 square feet at the Melbourne, Florida headquarters.

The extended facility has added capacity for a further 120+ server cabinets providing secure data storage for aviation and terrestrial clients of all sizes. As planned, the Bravo phase was initiated when the existing data center was close to reaching targeted capacity goals.

SD Data Center

The Bravo phase mirrors the existing facility providing category five hurricane-proof construction and adheres to the same high compliance standards already in place. The SD Data Center enables the creation of private networks for clients when connected to SD hardware, software and satellite connectivity.


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United States:

Bombardier selects ACI Jet as Authorized Service Facility

Private jet management, charter, maintenance and FBO provider, ACI Jet, headquartered at San Luis Obispo, California, has been approved as a Bombardier Authorized Service Facility (ASF).

The new service facility will provide line and maintenance services, warranty work and inspections for Bombardier's large-cabin Challenger and Global business jets.


To facilitate what the company anticipates will be a greater than 30% growth in labor through each of its first two years operating as a Bombardier ASF, ACI Jet is actively recruiting to fill a total of 15 immediate, full-time positions in direct support of Bombardier products, all from its San Luis Obispo maintenance headquarters.

These positions include aircraft A&P (airframe and powerplant) and avionics technicians, management positions, inspectors and a project manager.


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Gulfstream G600 to make Paris Air Show debut

Gulfstream has announced that the all-new, award-winning Gulfstream G600 will make its first appearance at the International Paris Air Show June 17 through 23, joining the Gulfstream G280, Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G650ER on static display.

“The European response to the G600 and the innovations it brings to business aviation has been extraordinary,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.


The G600 can carry passengers nonstop from Paris to Los Angeles or Hong Kong at an average speed of Mach 0.90 in a bespoke interior. Equipped with the all-new Symmetry Flight DeckTM, the G600 features active control sidesticks and extensive touchscreen technology.


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French safety agency BEA reports on Swiss bizjet/glider near miss

Incident near Switzerland’s Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport on May 23rd.

French aviation safety investigation agency, Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), has issued a 'serious incident' report, following a near midair collision between a Bombardier Challenger 300 (HB-JGQ) operated by Swiss-based Premium Jet and a German-registered glider.

The report states: 'While on radar vectors for an ILS approach in class D airspace (Bâle TMA), descending from 5,000 ft to 4,000 ft, the crew of the business jet saw a glider at the same level at a short distance, on a converging path.



'The pilot flying disconnected the autopilot and carried out an evasive manoeuvre requiring him to bank up to 45 degrees and take a nose-down attitude. The crew estimated that the glider flew past the right side of the aeroplane at a distance of 30m and they saw the glider pilot in the cockpit along with the glider's [German] registration number.'

The investigation continues.

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Tastefully Yours.

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Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.

The Incredible Edible Egg

Readers in the United States will be very familiar with the long-running American Egg Board ad campaign carrying the slogan: 'The Incredible Edible Egg'.

For some reason this rhyme sticks with me. I must admit that I hum it in the same rhythm as they use in the ad while I create a menu item whose main ingredient is the “incredible edible egg” such as omelets, breakfast sandwiches, burritos; basically anything breakfast. Dr. Seuss has written books that talk about green eggs and ham; " I can, I can, yes green eggs and ham."

The “incredible edible egg” has a very minimal cost, high in protein for such a versatile food (One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants, all for 70 calories).

Yet it is one the top 8 most common allergens and we always need to consider this when planning menus for service on board the aircraft.

Fried Egg

But, I have to ask, if it is so perfect, then why do we tend to save it and use eggs primarily for breakfast? Why aren’t we serving eggs for other meals? The egg is one item that is so versatile it can be elegantly presented as an appetizer or as simple as a scrambled egg.

I thought it would be fun to explore some of helpful information about cooking eggs on board as your primary protein.


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United Arab Emirates:

UAS celebrates Innovation in Business Aviation Industry Award

Leading global trip support solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support has been lauded as winner of the Innovation in Business Aviation Category at the 2019 fourth annual Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards.

The award and certificate was formally presented at the gala dinner during The Caribbean Aviation Meet-up event in St Maarten.

Established in 2000, UAS has continental headquarters in Houston, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Dubai, and regional offices in Beijing, Nairobi, and Lagos.

The award is the fourth endorsement for UAS at the awards, which recognize excellence in the EMEA region. In 2018, UAS won the title of Service Provider of the year; while Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President Mohammed Husary scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, UAS was awarded the accolade for Charity Effort for its CSR activities.

Sapphire Pegasus

“Innovation in Business Aviation continues to be one of the most popular categories in our awards which salute best in class professionalism. It recognises companies that are consistently passionate about improving their services, practices and technology,” said Antonia Lukacinova, Founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards.

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The Netherlands:

AkzoNobel and Airbus making the aerospace industry more sustainable

Newly qualified by Airbus and now included in the aircraft manufacturer's specifications, Aerodur HS 2121 is part of AkzoNobel's latest generation decorative and selectively strippable system for aircraft exteriors.

In addition to being free from chromates, the new primer provides users with numerous performance, appearance and application benefits.

AkzoNobel and Airbus making the aerospace industry more sustainable

Designed to be applied at the final assembly stage to virtually all external aircraft surfaces, it offers increased adhesion without pre-treatment (also on rivets), improved corrosion performance and flexibility, and better visual coverage. It also has enhanced wetting properties, which means less primer needs to be applied, saving time and improving efficiency.


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And Finally

EmbraerX unveils new flying vehicle concept for future urban air mobility

EmbraerX unveilled a new electric flying vehicle concept during Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C. The event convenes a global community of manufacturers, investors, policymakers, and government officials, all working to make the urban aerial ridesharing vision a reality.

The aircraft concept, with electric vertical take-off and landing capability, known as eVTOL, is part of the EmbraerX multi-project approach. Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary is working on a collaborative effort to enable and accelerate the urban mobility ecosystem.

eVTOL flying over Los Angeles.

“As a market accelerator committed to developing solutions to transform life’s experiences, we have been combining human-centered design thinking with our 50-year history of building and engineering expertise in a unique manner. These are the factors behind the technical progress and leading-edge innovations we are bringing to this new eVTOL concept,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO, EmbraerX.

EmbraerX’s human-centric approach has been instrumental in the eVTOL project, focused on user experience and passenger peace of mind, with the goal of making the aircraft easily accessible to every person.

This new aircraft concept results from a broad range of tests and simulations, aiming at operational optimization for the urban environment, considering high reliability, low operating costs, a lower noise footprint, fully electric powered and progressively autonomous.


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