The National Business Aviation Association has joined with other aviation groups and unions in voicing support for S.2198, Aviation’s Next Era Act of 2019, also known as the “PLANE Act of 2019”.
The PLANE Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and an avid pilot, and Angus King (I-ME), member of the Armed Services Committee, sets the stage for positive growth and future development for the aviation industry.
“The general aviation industry is poised for a critical phase of innovation and progress - an era of advancement not witnessed in decades,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “This legislation would help ensure that general aviation, which is an essential contributor to the nation’s economy, can continue its advancement in a safe and efficient manner for the benefit of all citizens.”
77% of US bizav fleet ready for ADS-B mandate deadline
With five months to go before the ADS-B equipage mandate deadline, an updated report this week from FlightAware reports that 77 percent of the US registered business aircraft fleet has been equipped.
Of the 17,319 currently registered aircraft, 3,967 (23 percent) have not yet been modified.
Leaders amongst models with the highest rate of compliance are: Cirrus Vision SF50 (97 percent); HondaJet (97 percent); Gulfstream Aerospace Gulfstream G650 (93 percent), Cessna Citation CJ4 (91 percent) and Beechcraft Super King Air 300 (90 percent).
Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.
Kansas aviatrix Amelia Earhart once famously said, “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” We recently took that advice.
We decided to publish a book about the Air Capital. The creative assets already existed. We’d developed them over a 10-year period for a large-scale history display at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport’s new terminal. Its opening in 2015 drew raves. But four years later, lacking a benefactor to fund the book’s creation, we are taking it on ourselves.
The Air Capital’s stories haunted us. After living with them for so long, we felt responsible. To live on, stories need to be shared. The display on the terminal’s mezzanine draws lots of attention. But busy travelers only have so much time. We want people to hold these stories in their hands. To curl up with them. To come back again and again.
Dreams of Flight
Today, when flying on a $60m jet at 40,000 feet with fly-by-wire precision, it’s easy to forget the early birds. And the men and women who risked all to test their limits. More than a century ago, Kansas visionaries and likeminded innovators dreamt of flight. Amateur engineers across the state drew up daring plans. Some put hammer to nail and built their flying contraptions. Nothing stopped their pursuit. Here’s a small sampling of what our book offers.
San Bernardino, CA:
Five-year expansion brings record growth, skilled jobs, and greener pastures for retired planes.
San Bernardino International Airport’s sunny skies and convenient location made it the ideal choice for Unical MRO when the company was evaluating sites for its aircraft recycling and repair business.
Five years later, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility has become the Airport’s largest tenant, boasting impressive gains in its leaseholds and job creation.
Since establishing operations at SBD, Unical MRO’s footprint has expanded by 726%. It now encompasses 2,576,322 square feet, a significant increase over its initial lease of 311,890 square feet. For the Airport, this translates to dramatic revenue growth. “In 2014, Unical’s lease activity contributed $112,351 to SBD’s revenues,” says Mark Gibbs, Director of Aviation. “This year, annual revenues from Unical leaseholds will surpass 1.7 million. Unical’s success demonstrates how a strategic location like SBD can help aviation businesses thrive.”
Copeca Jet Center joins The Paragon Network
Copeca Jet Center at Rafael Hernandez International Airport (TJBQ) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, is now an elite member of The Paragon Network.
Copeca Jet Center is a first-class FBO with full-service concierge located in the Northwest corner of Puerto Rico and the southernmost US Port of Entry with customs available 24/7. Their runway is the longest in the Caribbean at 11,300 feet and their facility features 36,000 sq. ft. of open ramp space. Copeca Jet Center is the tech stop specialist at BQN/TJBQ and consistently perform quickturns in under an hour.
“We are thrilled to have Copeca Jet Center in our network,” said Megan Barnes, President of Paragon Aviation Group. “Their commitment to delivering outstanding customer service makes them a perfect fit for the group. Copeca Jet Center is a great addition to our growing list of exceptional FBOs world-wide."
The Paragon Network is a distinguished membership of elite FBO’s and international handling agents that provide world-class service to general aviation travelers around the globe. Paragon Aviation Group performs a comprehensive audit of the facilities and service offered to ensure the quality of the member base before any FBO joins the Network. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards to remain in the group.
Meridian Air Charter
Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, announces that Jeremy Ojerholm has joined its charter sales team as a Charter Sales Executive.
He will be based at the company’s newly opened sales office at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami, FL., and will be responsible for growing the overall retail charter business as well as focus on business development in the South Florida market.
Jeremy has worked in business aviation for over 17 years, and comes to Meridian with an extensive background in charter sales/operations, jet card membership programs, aircraft sourcing and scheduling, direct client and aircraft owner relations, and FBO services. He has prior experience with many well-known business aviation companies, including Bohlke International Airways, Alerion Aviation, M&N Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Sentient Flight Group.
TAG Aviation has announced the appointment of Ms Joanne Goodall as Director of Customer Services for the UK with immediate effect.
In this newly created role Ms Goodall will provide direction and training to the CRM (Client Relationship Management) and CSR (Customer Service Representative) teams throughout Europe and oversee strategic enhancements and opportunities for ongoing expansion in alignment with TAG’s future development.
With an abundant background in business aviation, Ms Goodall has worked for both commercial and cargo-based airlines, beginning in 2007 as a Senior Account Manager and subsequently undertaking an array of executive appointments which have advanced her aviation industry knowledge globally. She joined TAG in 2017 as a Client Relationship Manager and prior to this worked for an FBO/Maintenance Company in Basel in Switzerland.
Opening this week, the 67th annual EAA AirVenture show, commonly known simply as “Oshkosh”, is expected to draw more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and 10,000 aircraft from 80 countries to this small Wisconsin town. What started as a grass roots gathering of just of few light aircraft designers and manufacturers in 1953, is today the world’s largest aviation gathering.
With the ability to operate from very short and even unpaved runway surfaces, Pilatus highlights the best-selling PC-12 NG turboprop and the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet with the exhibit theme 'Gravel, Grass and Dirt'.
Tom Aniello, Vice President of Marketing for Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd says: “We love Oshkosh. Not only is it the best venue in the world to highlight the unique aircraft that Pilatus build, but it gives us a great opportunity to meet with customers, prospects and enthusiasts from around the globe. And, it’s just a lot of fun to be here, and remind ourselves why we enjoy working in this great industry.”
'Off-road' capabilities of the world’s first Super Versatile Jet make it the perfect aircraft for exploring Africa.
ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is expanding its Super Versatile Jet capabilities in Africa, adding a second Pilatus PC-24 to its managed fleet.
ExecuJet pioneered the use of the PC-24 for charter missions in Africa, becoming the first business aviation company to operate and manage the jet in the region last year.
Both PC-24s will be based at ExecuJet’s FBO at Cape Town International Airport in South Africa, an ideal location for the popular safari missions the aircraft is suited to.
ProFlight Series 2 ideal for corporate jet and commercial pilots.
Bose is introducing its new ProFlight Series 2 Aviation Headset at at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week.
The new headset has been designed for pilots operating in low to moderate noise conditions.
Building upon the advanced technology of the original ProFlight Aviation Headset, the ProFlight Series 2 combines customer feedback with Bose’s world-renowned engineering and is the most lightweight, compact and comfortable aviation headset Bose has ever produced. The new ProFlight Series 2 is expected to be available worldwide beginning in September.
It is the latest addition to the company's aviation headset lineup, which also includes the Bose A20 - a headset designed for pilots flying louder turboprop and piston engine aircraft.
“To Have or to Be?” is the title of a once-undervalued 1976 work by psychologist Erick Fromm in which he reflects on the materialistic nature of human beings.
Erich’s argument of society's deviation from the path of "being" in nature was backed by strong cases of consumerism and great promises made by industrialization in late 1970s.
Fast-forward 40 years and a radical modern version of postmaterialism dominates virtually every aspect of our lives, from home ownership to transportation. And while there’s a wide range of possibilities to “own things”, the impact of the sharing economy has never been more profound.
By some estimates, the value of the sharing economy sector in the US will equal the country’s traditional rental equivalent already by 2025 (PwC, 2016). Hungry for new experiences and products and services with no strings attached, the so-called millennials make up a whole new generation of consumers for the majority of traditional sectors - private aviation included.
First for an Air Operator in the Philippines.
Philippines-based INAEC Aviation Corporation earned the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 1 Certification following a comprehensive audit performed by Mente Group, an accredited international IS-BAO auditor.
This marks the first time a holder of an AOC issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has been accorded such distinction.
"INAEC will continue to work for Stage 2 and Stage 3 certification as we continue our journey to achieving an effective safety management system and sustainable culture of safety," said INAEC President Benjamin R. Lopez. "We were very pleased with the thoroughness and professionalism of Mente Group during this process."
European private and business charter carrier, KlasJet, part of Avia Solutions Group, has added two more exclusively designed Boeing 737VIP aircraft to its fleet, strengthening its positions and becoming one of the most capable private charter operators in Europe.
After the introduction of the latest aircraft, KlasJet’s diversified fleet will consist of 7 aircraft, designed to meet demands of various business customers: from small VIP delegations to whole sports teams with tailored services.
“We are aiming to attract more clients from different markets with the introduction of new airplanes to our fleet. These aircraft are entering service at the time of the high demand - there are many queries and some scheduled flights already,” notes KlasJet CEO Justinas Bulka.
For the second year in a row, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is sending ten inspired young leaders to represent the industry at the 2019 One Young World Summit in London.
The annual summit taking place in London from 22-25 October will host talented youth from a range of companies, NGOs, and other public and private institutions. The delegates will meet and learn from a host of global leaders - referred to as Counsellors - including Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, campaigners, CEOs and activists.
On the new group of delegates, EBAA Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan said, “To deepen our industry’s commitment to sustainable growth, we must engage young leaders early in the process.
"Their energy and passion are what will help to evolve the business aviation industry. For that reason, we are proud to once again support One Young World, an influential platform for empowering the very people who will be the architects of our future.”
Dominvs Aviation enters bizjet and helicopter market
The company operates as part of the well-established Dominvs Group, a hotels, real estate and private equity business based in central London.
Dominvs Aviation was founded by CEO Chris Mace, previous founder of charter business SaxonAir and well-known to most in the business aviation industry; and Sukhpal Ahluwalia, business entrepreneur and Chairman of Dominvs Group.
Chris Mace says, "Whilst the company's core focus is aircraft acquisitioning and sales, it also provides a 'turnkey' asset management service providing clients with comprehensive aviation solutions; including operations, finance, ownership structure, importation and crewing. These are just a few of the elements that collectively ensure our clients receive the best, safest and most efficient solutions."
Air Partner plc, has launched its new fixed Trans-Atlantic rate structure as part of its industry leading JetCard programme.
The fixed rate of $15,650 per hour is now available for flights between Europe and the United States, further simplifying JetCard members’ journeys between these service areas.
The rate is offered for a variety of global cabin jets, including the Gulfstream series, Bombardier’s Global series and Dassault’s Falcon series, and a discounted rate is offered for round trips.
Air Partner’s new fixed Trans-Atlantic rate offering is well-suited for both existing and new JetCard members who frequently fly Trans-Atlantic routes for work, whose flying schedules can be unpredictable. The guaranteed price and flight availability provide passengers with peace of mind knowing that any last-minute changes can be catered for, hassle-free.
Commercial Pilots and Licenced Engineers
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued updated information concerning licence transfer applications and Part 66 licence transfer applications in advance of the UK’s exit from the EU.
Paula will be back next week
AVIAA, the world’s only independent global group purchasing organization specializing in business aviation, has announced the addition of privately-owned Global Trek Aviation to its network.
Global Trek Aviation, headquartered in Prestwick, Scotland, opened jet handling facilities on the south side of Cardiff Airport two months ago, investing in a brand new facility featuring a dedicated passenger lounge, private offices, crew briefing centre and flight operations facilities, plus an integrated security suite.
The new FBO mirrors its award-winning handling facility at Belfast’s leading airport, Belfast International, which has been operational for five years.
Global Trek Aviation is a 24/7 full service operation, offering its own dedicated in-house Jet A1 fuel service, with its own Jet A1 fuel truck fleet, in collaboration with Gulf Aviation, ensuring clients can always refuel. Since 2018 it has been proud to be an Air BP Sterling Card seller too.
GKN Fokker marked its centenary on Sunday (21st July). Exactly 100 years ago, aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker registered the 'Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek' which led to the formation of the world famous Fokker business.
A Dutch industry-wide celebration event took place on 14 March in Amsterdam, to jointly recognise the centenaries of GKN Fokker, Royal NLR and KLM. In September, GKN Fokker will host an employee celebration in the Netherlands.
Anthony Fokker, 1912.
SETops lands at The Royal Aeronautical Society - October 3, 2019.
Emerald Media, BlueSky News and the Royal Aeronautical Society are delighted to announce the return of SETops (Single-Engine Turboprop Operators Conference) 2019, after a year's absence.
We will look at how the market has advanced, hearing from operators and OEMs. This year we are widening the theme to include small airfields, which are playing an increasing role supporting SET aircraft, yet so many of them are under threat of closure.
We will also take a look at the next generation of passenger craft on the horizon from 2021 with a panel of futurist speakers who believe the future is electric/EVTOL.
Flexitarians: Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
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Building work for a pioneering £11m Aerospace and Technology College will begin at London Biggin Hill Airport, UK, this autumn, after plans were unanimously given the go ahead by Bromley Council.
The London Aerospace and Technology College is led by London South East Colleges in partnership with London Biggin Hill Airport, with the Greater London Authority (GLA) contributing £6.2m for the project from the Skills for Londoners Fund. The specialist college will train the next generation of mechanical, electronic and service engineers as well as technicians and ground crew professionals.
David Winstanley, chief executive officer, London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “If the UK aviation industry is serious about tackling the skills shortage, we must find new ways to grow our own talent. The London Aerospace and Technology College is a game changer that will create a new generation of skilled aircraft engineers to meet the needs of aviation for years to come.
“London Biggin Hill Airport is proud to be the future home of a specialist college that will leave a lasting legacy, creating careers for young people across London and the South East.”