The HondaJet Elite has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), demonstrating that the aircraft meets the safety standards set by the organization. Deliveries in the region will begin this year.
"Honda Aircraft’s objective is to create new value in the aviation industry. Since we expanded to China, we have received several orders and have prioritized sales throughout China. We will continue to contribute to the maturity of the business aviation market with the HondaJet,” said Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are pleased our customers will soon be able to take delivery of their aircraft and are confident the HondaJet Elite will provide them with more efficient and comfortable travel."
CEO of Honsan General Aviation Co., Ltd. Dr. Cheng Qian added "The HondaJet Elite is now certified in China and we are thrilled to begin deliveries of the aircraft to our Chinese customers. The market here has reached a turning point and I believe the HondaJet will revitalize the aviation business.
XOJET, Jet Linx and ARGUS selected as exclusive partners.
CAE has announced the launch of a cadet pilot training program where CAE will train more than 700 new professional pilots over the next 10 years for Southwest Airlines’ Destination 225° program at CAE’s aviation academy in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Destination 225° will support Southwest Airlines by developing world-class pilots who are ready to fly ‘The Southwest Way’,” said Alan Kasher, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Flight Operations.
“We’re proud to partner with CAE in this comprehensive pilot development mission designed to make a pathway to becoming a Southwest Pilot an attainable goal for passionate, qualified individuals. CAE is an experienced, global leader in pilot training programs, and we look forward to working together for years to come.”
Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Banyan Air Service recently completed its first HondaJet Advanced Performance Modification Group (APMG) package, which was developed by Honda Aircraft to offer improved performance and avionics capabilities to owners of the HA-420 HondaJet.
The APMG package modifies a HondaJet into a better performing HondaJet. It provides the aircraft with a take-off field length reduction of 443 feet to 3,491 feet, forward baggage capacity increased to 200 pounds, an increased maximum take-off weight of 10,700 lbs. resulting in more mission flexibility.
The APMG modifications include the extension of the horizontal stabilizer, removal of vortex generators on the tail and winglets, elimination of the mid-aileron fence, plus it includes many Garmin G3000 avionics software upgrades that enhance situational awareness and safety. Some of these upgrades are increased connectivity with Flight Stream 510 compatibility, electronic checklist, and advanced integrated Take Off & Landing (TOLD) calculations.
Sky Trek Aviation at Modesto City-County Airport (KMOD) announces its new name, Modesto Jet Center, as it changed ownership effective August 1, 2019.
Matt Bosco and Dan Kimmel - decades-long customers of Sky Trek Aviation - acquired the FBO from Jim Van Heukelem, Penny Weber and John Rogers, who operated the company for more than 30 years, building its reputation for upstanding customer care.
“We have great respect for the longevity of this esteemed operation,” said Bosco. “The experienced team - some of whom have been around for more than 20 years - have carefully built a reputation for exceptional customer care. We’re looking forward to working with them to uphold that reputation for heightened service in the region.”
At the helm of the team will be new general manager, John Earl. Earl has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, having spent the last 20 years with Pacific States Aviation in Concord, California. And while the FBO welcomes its new manager and executive leadership, the team also looks forward to some aesthetic updates. To enhance the customer experience, Modesto Jet Center will see a refresh of its branding and customer-centric areas, namely the lobby and pilot lounges, as well as staff offices.
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.
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.
London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is appointing its first operations director.
Bob Graham, formerly operations director of Birmingham Airport, will take up his appointment on 1st October 2019. He joins a management team that has seen London Biggin Hill become the fastest growing business aviation airport in the UK; home to 1,300 employees and more than 70 aerospace enterprises.
Millennium International Avionics
Missouri-headquartered Millennium International Avionics has announced its new Director of Business Development, Todd Slater.
In this position Todd will be responsible for developing sales and service channels for the Commercial Air Transport and Corporate Aviation divisions, along with third-party support.
Todd started his career with Absolute Aviation (now Wencor) as a bench technician and has held multiple technical and leadership roles. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Pricing and in the sales division for Wencor Group MROs. Todd acquired his BS degree from ITT Technical Institute in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
The WINGX Report:
There were 90,550 business aviation departures in Europe in July according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published today (August 8).
The figure represents 2.5% fewer flights compared to July 2018, but otherwise higher than in any July month since 2006. Year to date, flight activity is down by 1.8% vs 2018. The last 12-month activity is trending down -0.8%.
Most of the YOY decline this month was due to a slowdown in flights from Germany and the UK, down 6% YOY. The busiest market was France with 19K flights, a flat YOY trend.
Adds 5 FBOs to its Caribbean network.
Signature Flight Support has agreed to purchase aviation services provider IAM Jet Centre and its affiliated companies. The addition of 5 new locations compliments Signature’s existing FBOs in the Caribbean, and further strengthens the company’s presence at over 200 airports worldwide.
The acquisition includes IAM Jet Centre’s locations at Barbados’ Grantley Adams Int’l Airport (BGI), Maurice Bishop Int’l Airport (GND) in Grenada, Terrance B. Lettsome Int’l Airport (EIS) in Tortola, and Sangster Int’l Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. A further FBO under construction at Hewanorra Int’l Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia, expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2019, is also included in the transaction.
Signature will also assume control of IAM Jet Centre’s VIP suite services, including the Trident Suite in Barbados and the St. George’s Suite in Grenada.
One of the joys of working in business aviation is the chance to use incredible new technologies, driving our industry forward. And when those technologies combine with a truly personal customer service, business aviation really soars.
Let’s start by looking at the dramatic changes we’ve seen in how private jet flights are booked. After all, we don’t just need to ensure digital natives like our services. We need to make sure these affluent and influential individuals like the way they book our services too.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, telephone calls and e-mails are no longer the only booking options. Look at China, where the ‘WeChat’ mobile messaging app is a popular means of communication between brokers and operators. And generations raised with virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa in their homes, and Apple’s Siri on their phones, will expect to be booking flights through voice technologies soon – speaker identification security will become increasingly common in every industry, including business aviation.
A brave new world of online booking
Fort Worth, Texas:
Baker Aviation, the master distributor for the HOT-STOP® ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, now offers an ELT-sized vessel for safe and convenient stowage of the lithium-ion battery powered device with other emergency life raft equipment.
The new 14” x 10” sized fire containment solution is considered FIREPROOF, as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR 1.1, meeting the same strict testing criteria that all the HOP-STOP ‘L’ products achieve.
Ray Goyco, Jr., CEO for Baker Aviation Services Group LLC said, “This is another example of how we continue to expand our product line through research and development to support our customers and improve safety. As pioneers in this industry, we have developed numerous custom solutions in addition to standard laptop and tablet sized containment products. This portable ELT-sized vessel provides an added level of protection to flight crews and passengers."
Signature inaugurates dedicated VIP facility at Milan-Malpensa
Signature Flight Support has commenced operations in the newly opened Business & General Aviation Terminal at the Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP). Signature’s crew and passenger lounge is housed within a freshly constructed 1,400 sq. m. facility, the first purpose-built structure for business aviation at the airport.
The new Business & General Aviation Terminal aims to significantly enhance the experience offered to VIP travelers by providing exclusive infrastructure to accommodate private aircraft, including a contemporary terminal styled by a leading Italian design firm, dedicated ramp space, and additional car parking. The facility is the culmination of an 18 month construction effort to create a permanent home for business aircraft at Malpensa, the primary commercial service airport for Milan.
“The expansion of Signature’s presence at the Milan-Malpensa Airport is part of our strategy to provide comprehensive flight support solutions to business aircraft operators in Italy” said John-Angus Smith, Managing Director EMEA. “The new Business & General Aviation Terminal at Malpensa comprehensively upgrades the experience of private aviation crews and passengers visiting the airport, and serves as an elegant gateway to Milan and the rest of Northern Italy.”
Edmiston, the world leading yacht company, has taken over the title sponsorship of The London Heliport.
Interflight Aircraft Maintenance is now able to offer certified line support for the Gulfstream 550 on both EASA and Aruban registered aircraft.
Speaking on the news, Lee Sugden, Interflight’s Director of Engineering, said: “We’re very pleased to announce the new addition to our growing list of capabilities here at London Biggin Hill Airport. We hold approvals on Hawker 700, 800B, 750, 800/850XP, 900, 1000, Hawker 400XP, Beechjet 400a, Nextant 400XTI and now the Gulfstream 550.
We are particularly proud of this new capability because it is Interflight's first type approval in the heavy business jet class of aircraft.”
Companies Launch Phase 1 of Collaboration Program.
The OXIS Energy Lithium-Sulfur battery cell technology offers significant benefits to aviation and as a result, it is collaborating with Bye Aerospace of Denver, Colorado to produce a common Li-S advanced battery cell for the high voltage battery pack system to be considered for Bye’s future electric aircraft.
These cells will achieve the higher energy density required for such aircraft. The project will commence in September 2019.
Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO OXIS Energy, said, "Aviation is one of OXIS’ target markets, and in the first instance, Regional Rapid Air Taxi Transportation. A key measure of OXIS’ suitability is to be able to consistently produce cells in excess of 400 Wh/kg, which are already undergoing evaluation. OXIS expects to achieve 500 Wh/kg by early 2020."
Single-Engine Turboprop Ops:
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.
In the new IDTechEx report, 'Manned Electric Aircraft 2020-2030' the analyst praises manufacturers such as Bye Aerospace for "walking before they try to run".
Like Tesla with cars, they started with two-seater pure-electric vehicles and progressed to four – in this case, fixed-wing aircraft. Sales of these as air taxis and pilot trainers are booming with Bye alone attracting $165m in business in about one year.
Nuno Pereira, CEO and Founder of Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company, signed for the company’s first two ATR 72-600 regional aircraft at a ceremony held at Toulouse Francazal Airport, France, at ATR headquarters, on Friday 2nd August.
The twin-engine, turbo-prop regional airliners, which have been leased from ACIA Aero Capital group, represent a first of this type for Bestfly, as well as being the first ATR-600 series to operate in Angola. Aircraft number one was ferried to Luanda over the weekend, with the second due to arrive by the 10th August.
Complementing the existing Bestfly fleet of fifteen aircraft and two helicopters, the addition of the ATR 72-600s marks an important evolution for the business as it adds corporate shuttle service operations to its existing jet, turbo-prop and rotary charter services. Pereira anticipates the new aircraft will be kept busy supporting corporate charters for the energy sector, private charters for the expanding national business fraternity and will interline with international commercial business class passengers requiring further transport across the vast nation of Angola.
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
Or should I say Traveler’s Tummy Season, Montezuma’s Revenge Season or Where is the Nearest Bathroom Season?
The mere lifestyle of our industry - travel, travel and more travel, might make us think we’re immune to ‘traveler’s tummy’ when on a holiday.
We anticipate and plan for summer holidays all year long. We invest a great deal of time, money, energy, and planning to have the perfect time away from work; time to unwind, regroup, refresh, and rejuvenate our body, mind, and soul.
The last thing you want to encounter while on holiday are digestive issues that cause you to spend your vacation time in or near a toilet.
It’s not that the food around the world is dangerous or bad for you. You’re on holiday. You’re on a culinary adventure, experimenting with new foods, new cocktails, regional delicacies. Your body is not accustomed to the microbiological make-up of the water, foods, and ingredients that cause you gastrointestinal problems.
I’m not saying that some food is not contaminated and toxic, but the majority of traveler’s tummy is due to the fact that - through lack of exposure - you’re more sensitive to certain microorganisms found in the food and water at your vacation spot.
I have some helpful, common sense ideas for you, your family, your passengers and flight crew to prevent the gastrointestinal disaster from occurring.
ACS ramps up investment in Brazil as it builds on record year
Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, is continuing its commitment to investing in South America, with the expansion of its Brazilian operation.
Ana Benavente, ACS Brazil’s CEO, commented: “The new premises is almost twice the size of our last place and gives us enough space for the foreseeable future, with plenty of room for the next stage in our expansion plan - we have almost doubled the size of our team over the past 12 months and are looking to push on with further investment later in 2019.
“Brazil is a market on the rise. We have the eighth largest economy in the world, with several companies in the country featuring in the top 250 of Forbes’ “The World’s Largest Public Companies” list and almost 50 billionaires based here.
“We had a record year at ACS Brazil in 2018 - we surpassed 2017’s figures with more than two months of the year remaining. As the only global company of our type in South America, we had an especially busy period in June and July last year as we chartered for four of the five South American nations taking part in the FIFA World Cup.
“Probably the most pleasing aspect is that the growth is spread across all three of our departments: private jets, commercial airliners and cargo aircraft.”
RUAG MRO International has developed a streamlined solution for CPDLC in Eurocontrol airspace on behalf of their business aviation customers flying with Embraer Legacy 600/650.
The solution is a minor modification that builds on the OEM’s Service Bulletin (SB) for FANS / CPDLC. Using ATN by means of VHF, the modification supports a clear and prompt digital dialog between air traffic control and the cockpit. The upgrade kit is available from RUAG’s business aircraft engineering and MRO team at Munich-Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Embraer Legacy 600/650 operators are free to decide if they prefer to opt for CPDLC as outlined by Mandate 2020 from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Future-proofing A&D manufacturing for Industry 4.0 Evan Butler-Jones, Director, Defence Product Line, Aerospace & Defence Business Unit, IFS.
Solving the menu terminology puzzle. Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
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Korean Air demonstrates unmanned helicopter technology with inaugural flight of 500MD
Korean Air has successfully completed the inaugural flight of KUS-VH, the 500MD unmanned helicopter. The flight lasted for about 30 minutes, at Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s aviation center located in Goheung, South Jeolla Province, Korea.
For the inaugural flight, Korean Air conducted ground tests, including a remote engine start to check the functionality and operation of unmanned systems, and tethered hover flight tests to validate the flight control system. The aircraft took off and hovered 10 meters (30ft) above the ground, showcasing the capabilities and functionality of the unmanned flight control system.
The company then received a special airworthiness certification from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.
The KUS-VH is equipped with a state-of-the-art system, featuring a flight control computer, tactical-EGI, propulsion control system, and electro-mechanical rotor actuators. After further development and once the mission equipment has been installed, it is expected to be utilized in various fields such as surveillance and reconnaissance during the daytime and night-time.
Korean Air has been modifying 500MD helicopters to turn them into unmanned helicopters since 2014 through a series of programs, including a technology development project of Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
The company will gradually expand the unmanned helicopter’s flight range and operational altitude by continuing its development until 2021, to accommodate potential customer requirements, to demonstrate the flight performance of the 500MD unmanned helicopter and its capability to operate mission equipment such as EO/IR, SAR and AIS.