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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th July 2019 | Issue #517

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United States:

Gulfstream G600 receives FAA type and production certificates

First customer delivery on track.

Gulfstream has announced the all-new Gulfstream G600 earned both its type and production certificates from the US Federal Aviation Administration. The certifications clear the way for the first G600 deliveries to customers as scheduled this year.

“Getting both authorizations on the same day is evidence of the maturity of our G600 production processes and speaks to the safety and reliability of the aircraft’s design,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Even more remarkable is the fact that we achieved these simultaneous certifications less than a year after completing another major program, certifying and delivering the Gulfstream G500, another testament to the engineering expertise and manufacturing excellence that are hallmarks of Gulfstream.

G600 Now FAA-Certified

"The hard work by our team, including nearly 100,000 hours of ‘flying’ in our labs and more than 3,200 hours of flying in the air, shows our dedication to safety and our customers."


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NetJets celebrates delivery of 100th Cessna Citation Latitude

In June 2016, NetJets Chairman & CEO Adam Johnson received the keys to NetJets’ first Cessna Citation Latitude.

Now, three years later, NetJets has taken the 100th delivery of this best-selling aircraft - and waiting on 25 more. The arrival was celebrated at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, with a traditional water salute.

"We're looking forward to continuing our relationship with Textron Aviation with this milestone delivery" said Adam Johnson. "We are committed to providing our Owners with exceptional service and a seamless travel experience and look forward to continuing to expand our industry-leading fleet."

Cessna Citation Latitude

Owner demand has ranked the Latitude as the best-selling aircraft in the NetJets portfolio, further establishing the Latitude as Textron Aviation's best-selling midsize jet, outselling its nearest competitor 4:1.

This latest delivery will increase NetJets' current fleet of over 250 Cessna aircraft, which includes the Citation Excel/XLS, Citation Sovereign and Citation X, that began with the industry-defining Citation SII.


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United States:

Research reveals family offices are planning to increase their exposure to private debt

New research from fast growing Shearwater Aero Capital, the global corporate aviation finance specialist, reveals family offices and wealth managers are expected to increase their exposure to private debt over the next two years.

A survey of these institutions reveals that 63% anticipate their sectors will invest more in private debt between now and 2021, with only 13% anticipating a decline.

In terms of why they will increase their exposure to this asset class, 53% said it’s because it offers attractive returns in a low interest environment, followed by 27% who said it’s a result of bonds offering meagre returns. Some 16% said it will increase because stock markets will become more volatile.

Last month, fast growing Shearwater Aero Capital announced it’s in the process of welcoming additional capital sources to diversify its investor base and keep up with demand.

Funding is relatively low risk with an average loan to value of 65%. To date, Shearwater has provided funding for over $100m in aircraft.


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Altitude Attitude

Ashley Bowen Cook

Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency in Wichita, the Air Capital.

Raising Our Voice

Aviation’s value to our cities and communities is obvious - at least to those of us in the know. We already understand the jobs, the business connections and the flow of products and commodities our industry delivers.

The challenge now, National Air Transportation Association President Gary Dempsey told the Wichita Aero Club in June, is to spread the word and get involved in making sure the public knows, too.

NATA President, Gary Dempsey.

NATA President, Gary Dempsey.

“The products you make in this room, in Wichita, Kansas, go worldwide, and we need infrastructure, so we need to be engaged,” Dempsey said. “That’s what I’ve learned throughout my career.”

That means talking to members of Congress and coming together to solve some of the issues facing aviation.

“We have 100 new congressmen who haven’t voted on aviation yet,” Dempsey told the audience. “And we need to educate them. Your help is critical. They’re interested in jobs in your community.”

An earlier engagement by business leaders might have prevented the closing of Santa Monica’s airport, he said. We in the industry know how vital small airports bring critical business aviation traffic and investment to their communities.


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Orange Coast College aviation students awarded pilot scholarships from Clay Lacy Aviation

Katie Kirby and Joseph White are the two newest recipients of the Clay Lacy Pilot Scholarship at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Katie and Joseph are pursuing their private pilot license through the Orange Coast College Aviation Science program. The scholarship recognizes the dedication and hard work of four OCC aviation science students each year. Funds are used to lower the costs of flight training, allowing students to earn their private, instrument or commercial pilot license.

Clay Lacy Aviation established the annual scholarship in 2017 to partner locally with Orange County public education institutions that train and nurture future aviators. To date, more than $32,000 has been distributed through the scholarship program, helping support six students and the OCC Flight Team, which competes in events conducted by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.

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Airbus Helicopters

Romain Trapp

Romain Trapp

Romain Trapp has been appointed President of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and Head of the North America Region for helicopters. He succeeds Chris Emerson, who is assuming the role of President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc.

Trapp brings a broad experience within Airbus, having worked for the company for nearly two decades, including 11 years in North America. He first served as CFO of Airbus Helicopters Inc., out of Grand Prairie, Texas, beginning in 2008. He became Airbus Helicopters Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer in 2016, and has also been President of Airbus Helicopters Canada since 2013.

Trapp began his Airbus career in 1999 and has held various positions in finance, program management and general management throughout Germany, France, Canada and the U.S. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in France and the Stanford Executive Program in the United States.

Guardian Jet

Samantha Langen

Samantha Langen

Guardian Jet, the Guilford, Connecticut-based business aviation consulting and brokerage firm, has announced the promotion of Samantha Langen to the position of Sales Director, Midwest.

In her new role, Langen will oversee aircraft sales, acquisitions and consulting services in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. She previously served as the company’s Inside Sales Manager.

“What I love about Sam’s rise in our company is that she came to us with an MBA and worked in our consulting business, which is a great foundation for understanding the needs of our clients,” explained Don Dwyer, Managing Partner of Guardian Jet.

“From there, Sam became an internal sales person and then led our internal sales team. I’m really excited to see what she can do in a territory.”

Langen holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, both from Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Pilatus PC-24 achieves Canada certification

Levaero Aviation, the exclusive distributor of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in Canada, announced that the business jet has received Transport Canada certification. Customer deliveries will begin immediately.

The PC-24 achieved EASA and FAA certification in December 2017. Since then, more than 30 PC-24 aircraft have been delivered and have flown over 6,000 hours globally in various operating environments, ranging from corporate transport to aeromedical critical care.

Pilatus PC-24 achieves Canada certification

Following the success of Pilatus’ wildly-popular PC-12, the PC-24 proves that the sky’s the limit when it comes to aviation innovation. The aircraft’s unique features make it the only Super Versatile Jet in the world. Operators have access to almost twice as many airports worldwide, largely due both to the jet’s ability to safely land on unpaved surfaces, as well as its class-leading short-field performance.


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Embraer delivers first new Praetor 600

Embraer has announced the first delivery of its new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet to an undisclosed European customer.

The delivery ceremony was held at the company’s production facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, where the first Praetor 600 rolled off the hybrid assembly line that also produces the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. Assembly of the Praetor 600 will soon also occur at Embraer’s production facility in Melbourne, Florida, where the company has produced more than 360 Phenom and Legacy aircraft since 2011.

Embraer delivers first new Praetor 600

“We are thrilled to deliver the first Praetor 600 and we are confident that our customer will be fascinated with the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize business jet to enter the market,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.


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Bombardier launches the Learjet 75 Liberty

Opening a new frontier for the iconic Learjet.

Bombardier has unveiled the Learjet 75 Liberty, offering more light jet operators than ever before the opportunity to step up into the iconic platform that launched business aviation in America.

Passengers who step into the six-seat Learjet 75 Liberty will have the freedom to stretch out in the only Executive Suite in the light jet category, aboard a stunning cabin that delivers the quietest and smoothest ride.

Bombardier launches the Learjet 75 Liberty

The Learjet 75 Liberty is a step up for light jet operators, delivering better performance for the same operating costs as the competition

The Learjet 75 Liberty will be offered at a list price of $9.9m US, with first deliveries expected in 2020, representing a new frontier for the Learjet brand.

“The Learjet 75 Liberty represents a step up for customers in the light jet segment, with unprecedented spaciousness and Bombardier’s renowned smooth ride,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation.


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Dassault buys RUAG's business aviation sites in Geneva and Lugano

RUAG to focus on Space and Aerostructures markets.

In line with the strategic direction of the Swiss Federal Council and the decision taken to unbundle the RUAG Group, RUAG International has decided to sell both its Geneva and Lugano sites to the French aerospace group Dassault Aviation.

The group will acquire all shares of RUAG Business Aviation AG, including all 73 members of staff at the Geneva site as well as the 14 members of staff at the Lugano site.

RUAG Lugano

RUAG Lugano

The successful sale of RUAG Business Aviation AG is the first transaction undertaken by RUAG International, following the strategic decision of the Federal Council.


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United Kingdom:

Grass runway landing for PC-24 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

A first in England at the legendary Festival of Speed - the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet landed on the grass runway at Goodwood Aerodrome (EGHR/QUG). The PC-24 is the first ever business jet to land at this field.

The airfield is an all-grass operating environment with two runways. The PC-24 landed on grass runway 06/24, which is only 2,621 feet long (799 metres).

Grass runway landing for PC-24 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The PC-24 is the world’s first ever business jet to be able to land on very short and unpaved runways. This capability means the PC-24 offers access to almost twice as many airports compared to other jets currently available on the market. It also means the PC-24 can fly closer to the final destination, thereby avoiding the administrative expense usually associated with the larger airports and reducing transfers on the ground to an absolute minimum.

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FlightSafety offers EFVS Touchdown and Rollout training for Gulfstream models

FlightSafety International is now offering Enhanced Flight Vision System Touchdown and Rollout training for Gulfstream G280, G450, G500, G550, G600 and G650 aircraft.

“The development of these courses highlights our commitment to provide training that will enable our Customers to take full advantage of the approval Gulfstream has received for use of the Enhanced Flight Vision System for instrument approaches all the way to touchdown and rollout,” said Dann Runik, Senior Vice President, Operations.

FlightSafety offers EFVS Touchdown and Rollout training for Gulfstream models

The courses meet the training requirements established by the FAA for operators who use EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend below the decision height/altitude (DA/DH) or minimum descent altitude (MDA). Once the courses are completed, pilots can obtain FAA authorization to engage in EFVS to touchdown operations which will enable them to begin instrument approaches when visibilities are lower than the published approach minimums.


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United Kingdom:

Victor launches climate action strategy as it strives to define and deliver a sustainable future for private aviation

Europe’s fastest growing jet charter company, Victor, is committing to change the private aviation industry through a series of environmental commitments aimed at reducing and mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions of private jets.

A private jet emits up to 20 times more CO2 per passenger mile than a commercial airliner - a shocking statistic rarely admitted within the industry which displays the true extent of the emissions challenge.

Victor’s new climate action strategy aims to create an immediate call to action and establish a sustainability benchmark for the 26.1bn USD jet charter industry in support of the UK Government’s recent commitment as the first G7 country to a NetZero target by 2050.


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KlasJet expands market reach with addition of new Boeing 737-500

Private and business charter company, KlasJet, has unveilled the latest addition to its fleet - a 120 seat Boeing 737-500 LY-JMS - expanding its business to new markets.

“During the past year, we have expanded our operations, developed a new corporate charter flights segment with our specially designed business class B737-500’s," says CEO Justinas Bulka. "The newest LY-JMS will allow us to offer our services to a new type of customer.”

KlasJet expands market reach with addition of new Boeing 737-500

KlasJet's fleet now comprises six aircraft: a Bombardier CRJ200, Bombardier Challenger 850, and four exclusive Boeing 737-500s.

The quick expansion of the fleet has been made possible through close cooperation between Avia Solutions Group MRO companies: Jet Maintenance Solutions and FL Technics, as well as a sister company of Avia Solutions Group. The company will soon release another specially designed versatile business class 737-500 LY-FLT with an interchangeable interior able to transform from 68 to 102 business class seats.



EASA issues Special Condition for VTOL

First building block to enable safe VTOL operation and new air mobility in Europe.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released the first building block to enable the safe operation of hybrid and electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

“We are actively engaging with the industry to develop the right technical requirements to take benefit of the new technologies bringing safety and environmental benefits to the community," said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. "The establishment of a common set of conditions for the certification of these new concepts of vehicles will enable a fair competition on the European market as well as clarity for future manufacturers and their investors.”


The final Special Condition published on Tuesday (2nd July) provides the framework for manufacturers to develop innovative VTOL aircraft. It applies to person-carrying VTOL heavier-than-air aircraft in the small category, with lift/thrust units used to generate powered lift and control.


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Sparfell Aviation acquires LaudaMotion Executive

Swiss-based Sparfell Aviation Group has announced its recent acquisition of LaudaMotion Executive GmbH.

Headquartered in Vienna, LaudaMotion Executive holds an Austrian AOC and operates a fleet of 13 business jets primarily comprised of Bombardier business aircraft, including the first Global 7500 delivered and in operation in Europe.

Niki Lauda

Niki Lauda

LaudaMotion Executive founder Niki Lauda initially sought to partner with Sparfell Aviation Group for capital, but given his untimely passing in May this year, the decision was made that Sparfell Aviation Group would take over operations of LaudaMotion Executive.

As part of Sparfell Aviation Group, LaudaMotion Executive’s 60 employees and all operations will be managed by Edward Queffelec, CEO of Sparfell Airways, the group’s operations branch, who is taking over for Niki Lauda.


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

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

Jazz things up a bit - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

As we head into the summer months and the temperature outside begins to sap more water from our system than usual, the natural dehydration that occurs in a pressurized aircraft at altitude with low humidity can lead to several potentially severe problems for the flight crew and passengers.

Have you ever wondered how much of your body is water? I did, so I decided to look it up. The percentage of water varies according to your age and gender and fatty tissue vs. muscle (sorry about that), but, on average the human body contains from 50-75% with the average adult body having 50-65% water. And also, sorry to say, women have more water than men because we have more fatty tissue, even those of you who are trim and slim!

Strawberry Water

The percentage of water also depends on your hydration level. People feel thirsty when they have already lost around 2-3% of their body's water. Mental performance and physical coordination start to become impaired before you realize you are thirsty, typically around 1% dehydration. Dehydration symptoms such as headache, mild dizziness, nausea, insomnia, and irritability can indicate dehydration and should not be ignored.

As a flight crew or passenger it is important to always be hydrating your body so you don’t suffer from any of these symptoms.


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Vista Global launches private aviation marketplace

Vista Global has announced the creation of XO, the global digital marketplace for private aviation.

The launch of XO, powered by JetSmarter technology, marks the beginning of a new world
for all private aviation customers.

Built by combining the trusted operational and customercentric expertise of XOJET with the speed and convenience of technology originally developed by JetSmarter, the new brand will provide elevated services for On Demand private jet travel.


Whereas in the past, business aviation customers would have to navigate the complex industry with no centralized platform, they will now be able to fly anytime, anywhere, at a moment’s notice through the XO app or online.


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Ground handling training goes virtual

When it comes to strictly regulated activities such as aircraft ground handling, virtual reality (VR) stands out as a perfect technology to train operators in a nearly real-life environment.

While VR is nothing new in pilot training, for ground handling it is still a novelty.

Baltic Ground Services (BGS) Group - a ground handling and fueling company, part of Avia Solutions Group - is currently moving its training to a virtual reality environment. It also plans to offer VR-based training as an additional service in the market.

Ground handling training goes virtual

“Virtual reality training in ground handling is a new trend and we are amongst the pioneers developing it,” says Konradas Dulka, Head of BGS Group IT Business Solutions. Virtual reality becomes a bridge between the theoretical learning and the field practice, and it increases the speed and quality of the training.


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First two HondaJet Elites delivered to Hawaii

Honda Aircraft Company celebrated the delivery of the first two HondaJet Elites to Hawaii during a special ceremony at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Thursday (June 27th). The HondaJet Elite is the first light jet to enter service in Hawaii.

Wing Spirit, a newly-established company that will provide luxurious and convenient charter services for inter-island transportation, has taken delivery of two aircraft. They also are exploring using HondaJets as air ambulances and for aviation education opportunities throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

The aircraft serving as air ambulances will be outfitted with custom medevac configurations, marking the first time this design has been implemented in the program’s history.


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And Finally

World Circumnavigation attempt on Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER

Hamish Harding and Col. Terry Virts will attempt Pole to Pole World Circumnavigation Speed Record for any aircraft to mark 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing.

Action Aviation Chairman Hamish Harding and Astronaut Terry Virts will attempt to beat the world record for circling the globe via both poles from July 9-11, 2019 on board a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER aircraft.

The mission, titled One More Orbit, pays tribute to the achievements of the Apollo missions by highlighting how humans push the boundaries of aeronautics. The mission will launch on July 9, 2019 at 9:32 a.m. - the same time as the original Apollo 11 flight.

“To break the current record, which is unchallenged since 2008, we’ll need to push the limits of speed and aircraft performance,” says Harding, who will be one of the four G650 pilots flying the 48-hour continuous mission. “We’ll also make the whole attempt carbon neutral and hopefully, our record will be certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and Guiness World Records.”

World Circumnavigation attempt on Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER

“This is our way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, as we bring focus to the past, present and future of space exploration. We will keep in touch with folks on the ground, with a live stream powered by inflight connectivity provider Satcom Direct, documenting the 25,000-mile (40,000 km) journey,” says Virts, a former Commander of the International Space Station and NASA Space Shuttle pilot. “My ISS crewmate, Russian cosmonaut Col. Gennady Padalka, will be joining us in the spirit of international cooperation as we fly 'one more orbit.'”


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