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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 11th July 2019 | issue #518

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United States:

EASA lifts EAD on Tamarack Aerospace Active Winglets

Decision allows European registered Active Winglet equipped CitationJets to fly unrestricted.

Tamarack Aerospace Group has announced that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has lifted restrictions put in place by the April Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) on Cessna CitationJets equipped with ATLAS Active Winglets. This comes in the form of an STC amendment that includes EASA Service Bulletin SB1480.

The new Service Bulletin requires that all Textron Aviation models 525, 525A, and 525B fitted with Tamarack’s Active Winglet technology incorporate all existing product improvements, allowing compliant aircraft to resume flying normally.

“Tamarack made product improvements available prior to the EAD which enhance the safety and reliability of the ATLAS active winglets. We are pleased that EASA has agreed that these improvements address the safety concern that prompted the EAD.” says Jacob Klinginsmith, President of Tamarack. “EASA and the FAA have been meeting regularly and we anticipate that the FAA will offer a solution to the limitations very shortly, in the spirit of the bi-lateral agreement in place between the agencies.”

FAA approves Alternate Method of Compliance (AMOC)


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United States:

IADA open to new dealer applicants

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) is accepting applications to become accredited member dealers through July 31, 2019.

To become eligible for accreditation and membership dealers must meet rigorous standards including being in business for at least five years, averaging 10 transactions annually, have at least three brokers in the firm, be recommended by three IADA member dealers, and ultimately approved by a majority of IADA dealers. Other requirements include signing the IADA Code of Ethics annually, list inventory on www.AircraftExchange.com, carry sufficient liability and errors and omissions insurance, and complete annual ethics and compliance training.

"No doubt, IADA's minimum requirements are extremely rigorous and by design are the reason that the organization is now driving the aircraft transaction industry to the highest standards, which are in the very best interests of aircraft buyers and sellers," said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling. "We have engaged Joseph Allan Aviation Consulting, an independent third-party agency, to administer the process, ensuring the highest standards and that our dealers are the most respected and experienced professional experts in the traansaction industry."


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NATA teams with University of Maryland to tackle hangar foam fire suppression system discharges

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the University of Maryland have signed a sponsored research agreement in an effort to review the causes, hazards, and associated costs of accidental discharges of foam fire suppression systems.

The project will also address high-expansion and low-expansion foam systems, in addition to determining the rationale for the requirement of foam systems included in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409 for aircraft hangars.

“There is significant uncertainty surrounding the benefits versus potential hazards related to hangar foam fire suppression systems,” NATA President and CEO Gary Dempsey stated. “NATA members have repeatedly voiced concern that the cost of installing these foam systems dramatically increases the expense of new hangars, while providing limited risk mitigation due to the low incidence of hangar fires.”


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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.

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 States:

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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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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Universal Avionics

Hervé Rousselle

Hervé Rousselle

Hervé Rousselle has been appointed Universal Avionics Regional Sales Manager for Europe.

Based out of Lyon, France, Hervé is responsible for UA’s product sales and overall market growth in France, Luxemburg, Italy, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland.

Hervé brings over 20 years of business and general aviation sales experience to UA. Prior to joining UA, Hervé held various sales positions at GE Aviation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and Dover Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing degree and is a private pilot, owning a night pilot private license as well as an aerobatic pilot license.

Christian Zumkeller will continue to cover UA’s sales in all of the other European countries as well as the Middle East and Africa.

Western Aircraft

Alex Almonte

Alex Almonte

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that Alex Almonte has joined its MRO Sales team as a Regional Sales Manager.

Alex will cover the Southwest and Midwest region territories for Falcon, Gulfstream, Embraer Legacy/Praetor and Hawker customers.

Prior to coming to Western Aircraft, He spent nearly ten years in aviation leadership roles, including VP of Operations with Sentinel Aviation in Sanford, Florida, Regional Sales Director for StarPort Aviation and most recently as a Regional Sales Manager with Constant Aviation, covering the Florida territory.

In 2008 Alex graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received a Bachelor of Science in air traffic management and minored in aviation business, human factors and aviation safety. In 2009, he went on to graduate from the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

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United Kingdom:

HRH The Prince of Wales officially opens L3Harris Technologies’ new $100m Pilot Training Center

On Wednesday (10th June), His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by the UK Aviation Minister and leading figures from the UK aviation industry, officially marked the opening of L3Harris Technologies’ new $100m London Training Center for commercial airline pilots.

The Prince of Wales himself flew an L3Harris RealitySeven A320 simulator.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on a A320 Reality Seven Full Flight Simulator with Robin Glover-Faure, President of L3Harris Commercial Training Solutions.

The state-of-the-art facility, located close to London Gatwick Airport, employs 350 people and is designed to meet the increasing airline demand for new pilots and to address the worldwide shortage of commercial pilots. The facility, which also designs, develops and builds the company’s leading RealitySeven Full Flight Simulator (FFS), will further strengthen the UK’s position as an epicentre for the commercial aviation industry.

His Royal Highness also met engineers and production apprentices who develop and manufacture the company’s leading commercial simulation devices. The Prince of Wales himself flew an L3Harris RealitySeven A320 simulator.


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Former F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen named brand ambassador of FAI Aviation

FAI Aviation Group, one of the world´s leading global providers of mission-critical aviation services, has named its first celebrity brand ambassador as former Formula One World Champion, Mika Häkkinen. Finnish born Häkkinen, nicknamed "The Flying Finn" was Formula One World Champion in 1998 and 1999, driving for McLaren.

In his role as brand ambassador, Häkkinen will promote FAI’s services with a particular focus on Aircraft Charter and Management. Siegfried Axtmann, Founder and Chairman of the FAI Aviation Group, comments: “Mika is a natural fit for the FAI brand with his track record of success in Formula One, his passion for excellence and focus on precision and performance. With his talent, we are delighted to be partnering with him and I look forward to strengthening the FAI brand together.”

Mika Häkkinen

Häkkinen adds: “I have been a great advocate of business aviation for some years - it has enabled me to travel freely and flexibly particularly during my racing career. I am proud to be representing FAI. It’s competency as a business jet operator in terms of service excellence, attention to detail and emphasis on safety are impressive. I look forward to helping the brand go from strength to strength.”

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Bombardier notches order for first Global 5500 based on US West Coast

Van Nuys-based Jet Transactions supported undisclosed West Coast launch customer.

Bombardier has secured the first order for a Global 5500 aircraft to be operated from the West Coast of the United States. The transaction is valued at $46m US, according to current list prices.

“[The Global 5500] is ideally suited to meet the needs of our customers on the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to London, Sao Paulo or Moscow," said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "This order is a resounding example of our newest Global aircraft’s undeniable impact on the world of business aviation.”

Global 5500

“The combination of additional range, large cabin comfort, smooth ride and short-field performance capabilities, makes the new Global 5500 aircraft uniquely suited to meet our clients’ west coast missions,” said Brant Dahlfors, Co-founder of Jet Transactions. “We are delighted and proud to represent this remarkable aircraft program’s first end user on the US West Coast.”

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Elit’Avia implements Osprey risk assessment system

Osprey data-led risk assessment software system allows Elit’Avia to assess relative risk of each flight in real time.

Ljubljana-headquartered operator Elit’Avia has announced the implementation of Osprey Flight Solutions, a provider of proprietary data-led risk assessment software systems.

The Osprey system merges latest-generation technologies with expert human analysis to provide instant access to information on the global aviation security environment. Data is gathered from more than 200,000 open sources in 60 different languages and analyzed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify risk areas along flight paths.


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This week we meet some of the fabulous women who make our industry work.

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Gulfstream Aerospace's Heidi Fedak; Mach Media/EBAA's Taunya Renson-Martin; X-Jet's Carly Swetman; Collins Aerospace's Nancy Walsh and PrivateFly's Charlotte de Beaumont - these these are movers and shakers who keep the industry running smoothly.

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A proud moment for the Global Trek Aviation ops team at Cardiff International, UK (EGFF), as they hold their Gulfstream - FlightSafety International - Total Technical Training plaques in recognition of being fully trained and certified to Line Support all Gulfstream mid and large cabin models.

The team join their colleagues at Global Trek Aviation Belfast (EGAA) who already hold the accolade!

(L-R): Station Manager Gerallt Marsh with Flight Supervisors Verity Elston, Anita Hadlow and Kevin Audis

(L-R): Station Manager Gerallt Marsh with Flight Supervisors Verity Elston, Anita Hadlow and Kevin Audis | globaltrekaviation.com

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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.


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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.

Embraer delivers first new Praetor 600

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.



The WINGX Report:

European business aviation slackening at half-way 2019

There were 87,236 business aviation departures in Europe during June according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published today.

Whilst this was the busiest month of the year so far, the figure was down by 1.7% YOY, in line with the overall fall in activity in H1-19. Trailing 12 month flight activity is flat in Europe.

June's decline was most severe in Turbo Prop activity, flights down 6%, -9% in AOC. Business jet flights declined 2%. Charters were flat, but Owner flights slipped. Large Jets are maintaining slight growth over L12M, but Small Jet activity is trending down 2%.

Top market France was up, with departures gaining 4% YOY. Flights out of the UK fell 6%, and slumped 11% from Germany. Flights from Spain were up 9% YOY. So far in 2019, France activity is -1%; the UK, Germany and Switzerland declining between 3% and 5%.

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After 70 years of change, BACA becomes The Air Charter Association

In 1949 the Baltic Air Charter Association was founded at London's Baltic Exchange.

Throughout those 70 years the association has focussed heavily on representing the interests of professional organisations and individuals working in the air charter industry with regulatory authorities and Governments around the globe.

With only two brand refreshes in those 70 years, the Council has taken the opportunity to mark the 70th anniversary with a clear statement to the world of our purpose with the brand and identity change to 'The Air Charter Association'.

The new branding gives The Air Charter Association a much clearer identity to stakeholders and partners and will allow the council and management team to move forward on the many key issues facing the industry, particularly illegal charters, security, training and best practice. The new brand was officially launched by Chairman, Nick Weston, at the Association's 70th anniversary event held at the prestigious Institute of Directors in London's Pall Mall at a special event on 4th July.


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Aircraft-friendly Cardiff business park to launch in September

A significant and unique business park development with a ready-to-use commercial airfield on site will launch at St. Athan, South Wales, on September 30th.

Bro Tathan Business Park - approximately 5 miles from Cardiff Airport - is situated in the Vale of Glamorgan on the airfield which was transferred from military to civilian control in April 2019, clearing the way for new and exciting business opportunities.

Global car icon Aston Martin is already operating on site as anchor tenant with significant available space across Bro Tathan to attract further businesses and organisations. The property and land owners Welsh Government and the global property agent Savills have big ambitions for the site given its scale and the proximity to an airfield for companies needing easy access to air freight, UK and international markets.

The airfield will be operated by neighbouring Cardiff Airport, and the resurfaced 1,800m runways have already been put to excellent use by companies such as eCube Solutions, who are already occupying the site.


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Drivania and Universal to form new ground transportation joint venture

Private transportation company, Drivania Chauffeurs, has embarked on a joint venture with Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., to create a new ground transportation company focused on the business aviation industry.

Under the agreement, Universal’s ground transportation business - formally under Universal Private Transport - will combine with Drivania’s business aviation division, Drivania BizAv.

Drivania BizAv is Drivania’s division focused on delivering a superior ground transportation experience for jet operators, air charter brokers, flight support companies and FBO’s, with the overall success of their mission in mind.

Universal Private Transport was launched by Universal in 2016 to address the unmet need to better integrate crew and VIP ground transportation into the overall planning and delivery logistics of a mission - reducing 4th party handoffs, reducing scheduling errors with ground transportation providers, and improving response times for changes.


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Vertis Aviation App ramps up usage and adds new JetClass routes

The newly launched Vertis Aviation App from the Switzerland-headquartered charter specialist has quickly gathered momentum with an active audience regularly using the app for charter requests.

Since launch during EBACE in late May more than a hundred users have signed up from leading business aviation regions to take advantage of the easy to use interface which provides charter quotes, empty leg alerts and seat only booking options.

Led by users from the USA, where Vertis recently opened a new office in Boston, customers from Switzerland, the UK, France and Germany have been regularly logging on to search for charters. Averaging a visit of once a week the initial trend is for ad-hoc charter requests, 10% of which have converted to fixed bookings, confirmed with the Vertis charter team.

The Empty Leg Watchlist alert is proving popular with a significant number of European users signing up for the service which gives instant access to competitively priced charters on aircraft repositioning or returning empty to its home base. The most popular alert so far has been for London to Ibiza flights.


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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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And Finally

UK pilots set for new World Record

Piper Malibu flight visits 16 countries in 24 hours, over 1,700 miles.

Intrepid British pilots Mike Roberts and Nicholas Rogers have successfully flown a Piper Malibu light aircraft (G-TFAM) to 16 countries in 24 hours to claim a new World Record.

Mike, owner of flying club and flight training school Take Flight Aviation, based at Wellesbourne Airfield, Warwickshire and Nicholas Rogers, a B737 Captain based at Birmingham Airport, undertook the challenge on Tuesday, 25th June. They now await formal verification of their feat from the Guinness World Record Organisation, which currently lists the most countries visited by fixed wing aircraft in 24 hrs as 11, achieved by James van der Hoorn and Iain Macleod in 2010.

As well as fulfilling a personal challenge, Mike and Nicholas embarked on the initiative to raise awareness of the ongoing campaign to Save Wellesbourne Airfield, which since 2015 has been under threat from closure from its Landlords, despite the local authority’s attempts to purchase it and retain its current use.

UK pilots set for new World Record

“In doing this trip and taking in 16 countries, we wanted to demonstrate how accessible Europe can be served by general aviation aircraft - for business and leisure - and raise the awareness of the terrific standards many GA airfields offer,” Mike Roberts said. “We are passionate in our belief that preserving our local airports is vital for Great Britain plc.; for the training of future pilots and also for the inevitable role they will be able to play in supporting the next generation of aircraft (including these hybrid and electric models) that don’t require the infrastructure and cost of big airports.”

“We didn’t want to just beat that 2010 World Record, but beat it by a substantial margin,” Nicholas Rogers added. The 2008-built Piper Malibu averaged a cruise speed of 190 mph and its performance was outstanding, he noted.

Their journey with the Malibu commenced with a night departure from Denmark’s Roskilde Airport near Copenhagen at 3.30am (local time) visiting Sweden as the sun rose, before returning to Denmark briefly and onwards to Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium and France.


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