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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 1st August 2019 | Issue #521

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United States:

Honda breaks ground on new wing and parts facility

Honda Aircraft Company celebrated its most recent expansion in a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday (July 30th). The new facility will allow for more HondaJet Elite wings to be assembled concurrently, resulting in a major increase in production efficiency. The expansion will also add additional storage for service parts for the growing fleet of HondaJets around the globe.

Expected to be completed by July 2020, the latest expansion is a $15.5m investment in an 83,000-square-foot facility on Honda Aircraft's 133+ acre campus in Greensboro. This will bring the company's total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245m.

The ceremony's attendees included members of local, state and federal government officials, prominent community figures and leaders in the aviation industry. During the event, remarks were made by Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC), Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Kevin Baker and Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. The celebration also featured a HondaJet Elite flyover in the skies above the company's future additional production site.


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Women in Aviation International:

WAI President and Founder Dr. Peggy Chabrian announces her retirement

Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women in Aviation International, has announced her intention to retire in April next year.

Speaking at the WAI Connect Breakfast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last week, Dr. Chabrian said: “The organization is in an excellent place with record accomplishments in all areas including membership numbers, scholarship awards, and a solid financial position. It has been a pleasure to have established the WAI annual conferences 30 years ago, to create the organization 25 years ago, and to serve as its president since its inception in 1994.

Dr. Peggy Chabrian

Dr. Peggy Chabrian

"My commitment is to engage in continued fundraising and public relations for WAI through next year’s conference, March 5-7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista Florida, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, up through April 2020 and to ensure a smooth transition once a new individual has been hired.”

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Q2 2019 pre-owned heli market trends

Positive signals continue to dominate preowned helicopter markets.

Toronto-headquartered helicopter brokerage, Aero Asset, has published its Q2 2019 pre-owned helicopter market report.

The report ranks preowned twin-engine markets by liquidity, tracks trading values and breaks down sales & supply, quarterly and YOY.

Twin engine retail sales are up across weight classes except medium twin which account for 30% of preowned transaction volume YTD.

VIP buyers are driving over 60% of all retail trades YTD.

The most liquid preowned twin market Q2 is the EC/H145 and AW109S/SP, with 6 retail trades and respectively 6 and 12 months of supply at current trade levels. The least liquid market is the Bell 412 market with 1 retail transaction Q2 and 6 years of supply at current trade levels. The H225 market continues to improve with two retail transactions Q2 and several s/n’s currently deal pending.

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Embraer delivered a total of 51 jets in the second quarter of 2019, of which 25 were executive jets (19 light and 6 large) and 26 were commercial aircraft.

As of June 30th, the firm order backlog totaled USD 16.9bn compared to USD 16.0bn at the end of 1Q19. Embraer’s 2Q19 backlog increase is largely due to continued market demand, mainly for the new family of Praetor jets.

The Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet received Type Certification from the three main world regulatory agencies: ANAC, the FAA, and EASA. The first Praetor 600 was delivered in June to an undisclosed European customer.

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2020 Caribbean Aviation Conference dates announced

The next, 5th annual, Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference will again be held on St.Maarten / St.Martin on June 16-18, 2020.

CARIBAVIA as the event is popularly called, is the most significant results and solutions oriented communication platform on the subject of ‘airlift’ in the region. It has gained increased appreciation by international professionals and experts of the aviation, tourism and investment industries.

Under consideration is to extend the event to a full ‘Aviation Week’, because of the interest from other organizations to join-in this week with meetings, workshops and sessions.


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Florida Keys Mosquito Control orders two new H125 helicopters to boost mosquito fighting capabilities

Part of a fleet upgrade program, two new H125s ordered by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will support aerial spraying to control the mosquito population in the Florida Keys, off the southern coast of the state.

With a sub-tropical environment, the Keys regions from Key Largo to Key West is home to approximately 46 species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying proves one of the most effective ways to combat mosquito-borne disease such as Zika virus and Dengue.

Florida Keys Mosquito Control

“The H125 is already the helicopter of choice for managing Florida’s large mosquito population. We’ve chosen the aircraft because of its ability to increase the coverage areas during a single mission, and to improve the safety of our operation,” said Joshua Kogut, Director of Aerial Operations at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.

“We look forward to bringing the two aircraft on board to support our operations in the most efficient manner.”

Florida Keys is the third Florida district to turn to Airbus Helicopters in recent months to fight mosquitoes.


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Equity Bank

Morgan Littell

Morgan Littell

Equity Bank, the Wichita-based bank subsidiary of Equity Bancshares, Inc., has named Morgan Littell Vice President, Business Aviation, responsible for establishing its Aircraft Financing Division.

She brings more than 10 years of successful aircraft financing acumen to the newly created position, which will offer nationwide aircraft financial services.

Littell has been involved in aviation for more than 20 years, beginning her career in sales and marketing for a Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer. In addition to being an expert in aircraft financing she also has experience in aircraft maintenance and aircraft chartering. She joins Equity from another financial institution where she established a new aircraft financing organization and headed aircraft financial transactions.

Littell holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University. She is active in aviation organizations, including Women in Aviation, the National Aircraft Finance Association, the National Business Aviation Association and the Wichita Aero Club.

Meridian Air Charter

Emil Iannone

Emil Iannone

Award-winning private aviation company Meridian Air Charter has announced the promotion of Emil Iannone to Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Based at the company’s headquarters at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, he will be responsible for managing and streamlining the charter business, including charter operations, charter sales, aircraft management and marketing. Mr. Iannone has served as Director of Operations since 2013, when he returned to Meridian after 13 years in the financial industry.

The organizational restructuring comes as part of the company’s overall growth strategy, and is designed to allow Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter, more time to focus on other critical aspects of the charter business. These include owner relations, aircraft maintenance, and accounting. Together, Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Iannone will be responsible for the strategic direction of the charter organization.

Mr. Iannone started flying in the mid-1980s at Teterboro Airport before attending American Flyers Academy. After graduating and earning his CFI, he returned to Meridian as an instructor pilot, moving up the ranks to Chief Pilot. In 1994, he was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing the daily operations of Million Air Charter, when the company was part of the franchise.

He is type rated in Gulfstream, Learjet and Cessna Citation aircraft.

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United States:

Embry-Riddle to replenish its flight-training fleet with Cessna and Diamond aircraft

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plans to replace many of its existing aircraft with at least 60 new Cessna Skyhawks from Textron Aviation Inc., as well as four new Diamond DA42-VI aircraft from Diamond Aircraft Industries.

The fleet replenishment, confirmed last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., reflects Embry-Riddle’s continuous effort to advance aviation education in service to students by ensuring that the school’s fleet is updated on a regular basis.

Diamond DA42-VI

Diamond DA42-VI

“In keeping with Embry-Riddle’s rigorous focus on aviation safety, new aircraft for our fleet were selected following an exhaustive evaluation by a team of experts on both our Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., campuses,” said Dr. P. Barry Butler, president of Embry-Riddle.


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Signature expands aircraft trip support capabilities to six additional Italian airports

Signature Flight Support has announced a major expansion of its European business aviation support services in Italy with the addition of six airports to its current in-country presence, which now totals nine aircraft handling stations.

Signature expands aircraft trip support capabilities to six additional Italian airports

Signature’s expansion follows several months of preparation, including the establishment of qualified local partnerships and an exhaustive vetting process conducted by Italian aviation authorities. Existing locations at Milan-Linate (LIN), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), and Rome-Ciampino (CIA) are augmented by the addition of key airports at Bergamo (BGY), Catania (CTA), Florence (FLR), Naples (NAP), Palermo (PMO), and Pisa (PSA).


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This week . . .

NBAA praises Dr Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women in Aviation International, who has announced her intention to retire in April next year.

Dr Peggy Chabrian

“For 30 years, Dr. Chabrian has been a source of inspiration to women in aviation, and a tireless advocate for educational initiatives and other resources to ensure their success and career growth in the industry.” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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United Kingdom:

Air Charter Service jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane

A team of 11 fearless Air Charter Service employees recently skydived their way to raising almost £9,000 for children’s charity Momentum, which supports families with children facing cancer or other life-challenging conditions across South West London, Surrey and West Sussex.

ACS's PR & Advertising Manager goes into freefall.

ACS's PR & Advertising Manager Glenn Phillips goes into freefall.

Glenn Phillips, ACS’s PR & Advertising Manager and one of the brave few to take on the jump, said of the experience: “We were all a little apprehensive, but we knew that we were doing it for a very worthy cause which helped with the nerves.

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Single-Engine Turboprop Ops:

SETops Returns!

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.

SETops Returns!

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.


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United Kingdom:

Signum Aviation welcomes new Board members

Heralds flight support company's expansion plans.

Signum Aviation Ltd, now into its second decade as one of the leading bespoke flight support companies for business aviation, has annponced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to its board.

(L to R): Dave Edwards, Jonathan Gill and Tom Wells.

(L to R): Dave Edwards, Jonathan Gill and Tom Wells.

Founded by Jonathan Gill in 2007, the business has grown substantially from a small office in Chester to a its present facility at City Airport, Manchester, with a staff of 15, supporting over 20,000 flights around the world, each year with aircraft ranging in size from Cessna Mustangs through to Boeing 777s.
The business has enjoyed tremendous growth since its foundation, currently averaging a CAGR of 52.75% over the past six years.


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New aviation training centre in Vietnam ready to open

European aviation training provider, BAA Training, has announced the completion of its brand new aviation training centre - BAA Training Vietnam - in Ho Chi Minh City.

The 3,000 sq. mtr. facility is designed to accommodate 4 full flight simulators and boasts spacious studying and briefing rooms, a VIP lounge and in-house accommodation.

New aviation training centre in Vietnam ready to open

Operations will commence with Airbus A320 pilot training as the brand new state-or-the-art Airbus A320neo full flight simulator is currently being assembled.

The first Airbus A320 type rating student-pilot group is expected to start in August, while the second A320neo is scheduled to reach the training centre by the end of 2019. In addition to type-rating training, the company is to provide wet and dry lease FFS services to corporate clients. It is also planned to add Flame V9000 Commander Fire Fighting Trainer at the end of 2019.

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Oshkosh, WI:

Bose introduces improved ProFlight headset

ProFlight Series 2 ideal for corporate jet and commercial pilots.

Bose introduced its new ProFlight Series 2 Aviation Headset at at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last week.

The new headset has been designed for pilots operating in low to moderate noise conditions.

Bose introduces improved ProFlight headset

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.


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United Kingdom:

New Noise Commission: 'Aviation growth cannot come at any cost'

The new Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) has set out ambitious plans to improve the way that aviation noise is managed across the UK.

Established at the start of the year, ICCAN is a non-statutory organisation that will provide independent, impartial advice to government, regulators and the aviation industry.

On the publication of its Corporate Strategy, which outlines its aims, objectives and priorities for the next two years, Rob Light, ICCAN Head Commissioner, said: “My mission, and ICCAN’s priority in its first two years, will be to raise aviation noise higher up the agenda for airports, airlines and regulators, at a time when they are rightly looking at their future plans.

“To see the sort of growth in air travel being planned for the UK, intended to benefit the economy, I believe aviation must be sustainable. That means aviation noise should be considered a priority alongside air quality and carbon reduction. Aviation growth cannot come at any cost. ICCAN will be looking to ensure that aviation noise is better managed, measured and mitigated in the UK.”


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Guest Article

Evan Butler-Jones

Future-proofing A&D manufacturing for Industry 4.0

Evan Butler-Jones, Director, Defence Product Line, Aerospace & Defence Business Unit, IFS.

A checklist for manufacturers to ensure they take advantage of the benefits of Industry 4.0.

The benefits of Industry 4.0 for A&D manufacturers are enormous but involve critical decisions on digital investments and an increasingly cyber-aware ecosystem.

Here, Evan Butler-Jones, Director, Defence Product Line, Aerospace & Defence Business Unit, IFS, explores how A&D manufacturers can ensure they extract value from Industry 4.0 to stay competitive into the next decade and keep their business processes connected, configurable, intelligent and secure. That means getting the building blocks in place with a forward-looking software platform for such future-proofing initiatives.

In a recent report Deloitte defines ‘Aerospace & Defence 4.0’ as the application of Industry 4.0 technologies for developing new cost-effective products and services, making existing products smarter using sensors and connectivity, and leveraging advanced manufacturing processes.

A&D manufacturer BAE Systems has been using these principles in its New Product and Process Development Centre since 2017, where 3D printing and virtual reality technology are used to reduce costs and speed up manufacturing processes for combat aircraft. Still, this may seem like a daunting task for many A&D manufacturers, particularly those tier two and three companies that play a vital supporting role in the manufacturing ecosystem but lack large manpower and monetary resources.


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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, offers an invaluable glossary of cooking terms.

Solving the menu terminology puzzle

How does one interpret a menu? What do all the terms mean? As a chef and foodie, I can generally recognize a cooking preparation simply by the terms used in the menu description.

But what about the non- foodie? You may understand some, but, not all. What do terms such as Aïoli mean? What terms on a menu might help you determine what foods will reheat best on the aircraft? Sometimes the name of the food might have absolutely nothing to do with the way the food was prepared.

We are always asking the flight crews, what have you had lately that you loved and would like to have again? What do you make at home and want us to prepare?

Solving the menu terminology puzzle

I have found over the years that flight crews don’t always want restaurant food, but want something that makes them think of home. So on our menu, you might see something like a Mary M turkey sandwich. What does that name tell about the contents of that menu item . . . nothing.

It simply means that a flight attendant named Mary M came up with a sandwich idea and since we also loved the combination of foods and it appealed to enough of you, we added it to our menu and named it after her.


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Zurich Airport FBO, Cat Air Service, has been awarded the second stage IS-BAH (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

“This achievement not only demonstrates our high level of ground service at our facility but also our commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards for our customers and employees,” said General Manager Roger Büchner.

Cat Air Service

Established in 2014, Cat Air Service AG is a joint venture between Swiss companies, Air Service Basel GmbH and Cat Aviation AG. The company provides full ground handling and is the only FBO at LSZH to have an airside lounge including, restaurant service, snooze room, shower room and meeting facilities, providing passengers and crew with a unique and unrivalled experience. www.cat-airservice.com

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Northern Ireland:

IMT Medical Transport acquired by S.E.R.E Group

IMT Medical Transport Limited (IMT Medical) has announced the sale of a majority interest in its business, alongside a substantial financial investment by Northern Ireland based, S.E.R.E Group.

The new venture with S.E.R.E Group brings together IMT Medical with S.E.R.E’s air transport company, Jet Assist (Aviation) Limited, the leading provider of FBO services and aircraft management at Belfast International Airport. With the significant investment from the S.E.R.E Group, IMT Medical will establish itself as a sector leader in road and air medical transport.

Founded in 2017, IMT Medical Transport Limited quickly established itself as a professional independent medical transport company with specialist skills within the organ donation transport sector.


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Global Trek inaugurates new Cardiff Jet Centre

Award winning FBO specialists Global Trek Aviation, already firmly established at Belfast International (EGAA) have expanded their successful brand with the official opening of their second Executive Jet Centre, this time at Cardiff International Airport (EGFF).

During an Open Day on Tuesday (30th July) attended by local dignitaries, airport officials, family members and business aviation leaders, Gordon Bingham, Chief Operating Officer of Global Trek Aviation, commented: “We are delighted to have opened this all new facility at Cardiff International Airport as it offers tremendous potential with its ideal strategic location.


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And Finally

West One launches watch collection trio using flown Apollo mission metal
Metal recovered at remote north-west Zambia airstrip.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings, time-piece manufacturer West One has launched a unique fundraising proposition to support development of a trio of Swiss-made watches created using rocket metal from Apollo Mission AS-203.

The Eagle, Saturn and Orion watches, are the culmination of years of effort by the West One founders since the discovery of what was clearly metal from a space rocket in 1975. Pilot Graham Sheppard made the discovery when he landed at West One airstrip in a remote part of north-west Zambia in a Britten-Norman Islander aircraft, while collecting a patient for the Zambia Flying Doctor Service. Graham’s youngest son Richard, who ended up living in Zambia, recovered the metal in 2000 after a long and at times frustrating search.

West One launches watch collection trio using flown Apollo mission metal

(L to R): Saturn, Eagle and Orion Apollo watch collection.

Detailed analysis in the UK authenticated that the metal originated from NASA Mission AS-203, an Apollo Saturn IB rocket that launched in 1966 from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The AS-203 mission was designed to test the Saturn-IVB upper stage’s single rocket engine, which ultimately took man to the Moon using the Saturn V rockets. However, the stage failed after its fourth orbit following a planned test to pressurize the liquid hydrogen (LH2) tank beyond design limits. The entire stage broke up and debris scattered over the South Atlantic and into continental Africa.

The 13ft by 8ft metal panel, which journeyed out to the stars, will now form the foundation of the West One collection. A phase one Indiegogo fundraising round is generating revenue to support production prototype development. Since launching just a week ago it has reached its first goal of 30% funding. Once stage one funding reaches 100% West One will prepare to launch the manufacturing of production prototypes in conjunction with a leading Swiss horologist. Prototype development will include preparing tooling jigs for production and machining discs from the Apollo AS-203 aluminium alloy.


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