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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 19th September 2019 | Issue #525

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Savannah, Georgia:

Gulfstream East Campus opens at Savannah HQ

Dedicated customer support space in Savannah now tops one million square feet.

Gulfstream has marked the opening of its new MRO facility at company headquarters in Savannah with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Gulfstream East Campus, opened to accommodate fleet growth, has been operational since September 11th.

The 202,000-square-foot/18,766-square-meter building located on the east side of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was built with an investment of more than $55m and gives Gulfstream more than 1 million sq ft/92,903 sq m of dedicated MRO hangar, office and back shop space in Savannah. The expansion, announced in April 2018, is expected to result in approximately 200 Customer Support-related jobs over several years, some of which will be filled by graduates of Savannah Technical College’s Aviation Technology Division.

Gulfstream East Campus opens at Savannah HQ

“This is a great day for our customers as well as Savannah, Chatham County and Gulfstream,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are very excited about this expansion, which follows the recent entry into service of our two all-new aircraft, the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. To help ensure those aircraft and the rest of our growing fleet continue to have the best service and support in the industry, we built and staffed this fabulous facility.”


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United States:

NBAA to honor members for safe flying at 2019 Convention

Cox Enterprise recognized for 75 years of safe operations.

The National Business Aviation Association has announced its 2019 Flying Safety Award recipients for the period ending December 31, 2018.

These awards serve as a demonstration of the high degree of professionalism and outstanding safety culture within participating companies. In total, more than 1,000 companies and individuals were recognized for accident/incident-free operations in 2018.

A total of five member companies are being honored for 50 years of safe operations; five member companies are being recognized for 60 years of accident-free operations; and one company - Cox Enterprise, Inc. - is being recognized for 75 years of safe operations.


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Knightwood Capital and Six West join forces in new Maltese leasing venture

Knighthood Capital Partners and Six West have formed a strategic alliance to explore and develop new growth opportunities for the aircraft leasing industry.

The partners will cooperate to offer aircraft lessors and lessees an integrated and comprehensive package of aircraft leasing and financing services from their base in Malta. These services will allow lessors to deploy aircraft into new regions, making use of their vast resources sitting in long term preservation, adding significant value to their bottom line.

From its offices in Geneva, Abu Dhabi and Malta, Knighthood Capital offers business advisory, capital structuring and investment services to government and private enterprise. Together its partners, who have decades of experience in the global aviation and aircraft industry, have sourced and financed more than 1,000 aircraft valued in excess of $30bn.

James Hogan, Executive Chairman of Knighthood Capital said: “We believe our partnership with Six West will support the growing aviation hub and exciting developments in aircraft leasing in Malta. Together we can offer a broad strategic proposition that combines deep global experience, expertise and innovation.”


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Southlake, Texas:

IADA exclusive search portal handles $1.6bn in sales in first 7 months

In its first seven months in operation, the new exclusive pre-owned aircraft search portal of the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) has handled more than $1.6bn dollars in aircraft sales.

Since the launch of AircraftExchange.com on February 1st, IADA dealers have recorded sales of more than 235 aircraft listed on the site.

"The sales of previously owned aircraft have actually exceeded our expectations for a startup website and the momentum is building," said IADA Executive Director Wayne Starling. "That's more than an aircraft a day seven days a week since beginning the site and we are getting spooled up for an even higher volume of aircraft sales going forward."

Currently the site lists more than 500 aircraft available for sale exclusively from IADA member dealers. There are almost 400 jets, over 70 turboprops, 20 piston aircraft, and 15 helicopters.

IADA has contracted with Diane Levine-Wilson to ensure that aircraft search data provided exclusively by the accredited dealers on the organization's aircraft search website is accurate and up to date for buyers and sellers of business aircraft. She is a well-known and respected researcher in the aviation industry whose responsibility is protecting and safeguarding the integrity of the aircraft data presented on IADA's search portal.

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Canadian Business Aviation Association:

Business aviation has new tool to recruit and retain top talent

The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) 2019 Compensation Survey will help business aviation employers recruit and retain top talent, even in the face of industry-wide labour shortages.

Analyzing 63 separate positions, the survey, released in early September, provides a comprehensive overview that includes detailed salary/cash comparisons, as well as a thorough review of business aviation compensation practices, incentive plans and work conditions. It also includes data on recruitment, turnover and retention practices.

Business aviation operators who want to create an effective recruitment and retention strategy will find the data invaluable as it allows them to compare individual positions’ base salaries and total cash according to CBAA president and CEO, Anthony Norejko.

“Operators will no long have to rely on educated guesses or assumptions. They can use the report to do a deep dive into the data and rank how they compare with colleagues and competitors– and create new recruitment and retention packages based on the data.”


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EPIC Fuels

Owen Busch

Owen Busch

EPIC Fuels, part of Signature Flight Support, has announced the appointment of Owen Busch as Senior Vice President of Sales for EPIC Fuels and the Signature Select FBO brand.

In his new role, Owen is responsible for the growth of the branded EPIC Fuels and Signature Select network, extending Signature Flight Support’s global reach to independently owned and operated Fixed Base Operators.

Owen joins EPIC Fuels with nearly 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within the B&GA fuel sector, having started at Avfuel Corp in 1995. Following duties with Signature Flight Support and Atlas Oil Company, he most recently held the title of Vice President of Global Sales Excellence at World Fuel Services. Owen has also pursued entrepreneurial endeavors in the technology sector, including the position of CEO of Aeroparts Now as well as serving as an Enterprise Sales Executive at Seeq Corp.

Owen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.


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Bombardier delivers first of three Global 6000s to Luftwaffe fleet

Fulfilling German diplomatic and parliamentary transport requirements.

Bombardier has delivered the first of three Global 6000 business jets destined for use by the Luftwaffe, Germany’s air force.

The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000 business jets to fulfill political and parliamentary transport requirements.

Bombardier delivers first of three Global 6000s to Luftwaffe fleet

“Bombardier is incredibly pleased that the Luftwaffe will add the Global 6000 aircraft to its fleet,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Our Specialized Aircraft team has built longstanding relationships with governments around the world who trust in the safety and performance of our products.”

The delivery of the Global 6000 aircraft deepens Bombardier’s substantial ties to Germany, where it is the leading provider of business jets. Bombardier Transportation, a global rail industry leader, is headquartered in Berlin.


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Stream of aircraft join Luxaviation fleet in 2019

Luxaviation is reporting an influx of new aircraft to its managed fleet in Europe, with two new additions - a Bombardier Global Express XRS and a Global 5000 - bringing the total to nine jets joining in nine months.

Niclas von Planta, Vice President, Luxaviation Europe, says: “Having an average of one aircraft joining our managed fleet every month attests to the care and expertise shown by our staff members for each client, whether they’re new to Luxaviation or have a long-standing relationship with us.

Niclas von Planta
Niclas von Planta

Luxaviation is one of the largest private aircraft operators in the world, comprising Luxaviation Helicopters, Starspeed and some of the world’s leading business aviation entities including ExecuJet.

Operting globally across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East under 15 AOCs and a network of 27 FBOs, Luxaviation operates more than 260 jets and helicopters and currently employs more than 1,000 employees worldwide.

“As business jet ownership levels increase worldwide, we are fully prepared to meet the growing demand for aircraft management, no matter where our customers are based across the globe,” added von Planta.

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United States:

AVIAA Cares Program debuts with Corporate Angel Network

AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has announced the launch of AVIAA Cares, a brand new charitable initiative enabling the business aviation community to help patients and their families in need of medical transport.

AVIAA Cares’ first partner will be Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to transport cancer patients to specialized treatment centers by arranging free flights on business aircraft.

AVIAA Cares Program debuts with Corporate Angel Network

“We created AVIAA Cares to help those organizations who help those in need by applying our buying power and streamlined procurement services,” said Matthew Smith, AVIAA Chief Business Development Officer. “We welcome Corporate Angel Network as our first partner in developing this important program for AVIAA and our valued members.”


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Swissport sets target for 50% electric vehicles by 2025

Global leader of airport ground handling, Swissport, has committed to reducing the use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles in favour of more efficient and environmentally friendly Ground Support Equipment, especially electrically powered vehicles (eGSE).

By 2025, the company aims to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet to at least 50% to further reduce its carbon footprint and to improve the direct working environment of its employees.

Swissport sets target for 50% electric vehicles by 2025

Between 2016 and 2018, Swissport increased the number of eGSE from 925 to 2,420 vehicles, among them electrical cargo lifters and battery-powered aircraft pushback tractors.

Speaking on the occasion of the publication of the company's latest Sustainability Report this week, Swissport's President & CEO Eric Born said: "As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Swissport is committed to responsible business principles. We integrate sustainability into our decision-making."


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Babcock to support Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance's new Aberdeen-based service

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has agreed a contract with Babcock to launch a new air ambulance service from Aberdeen International Airport.

The four-year contract will see aerial emergency services specialist Babcock operate and maintain the air ambulance helicopter from a new base at the airport.

Babcock Onshore Director Richard Youngs said: "Babcock is a familiar name in Aberdeen for offshore operations, but we are also the UK’s leading provider of air ambulance services and have been supporting SCAA since it was first formed in 2013. Bringing this new aircraft and service to Aberdeen is great news for communities in the north east and further afield.”


The new aircraft - an EC135T2e - will operate from a dedicated facility on the east side of Aberdeen International Airport, beside the existing Babcock passenger terminals.

SCAA has been operating Scotland's first and only charity-funded air ambulance helicopter service from its base at Perth Airport since 2013. In that time, the charity has responded to over 2,200 emergencies, working alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service's air fleet, taking paramedic care to those most seriously ill or injured anywhere in Scotland and transporting them on to definitive hospital care.

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Washington DC:

AviationManuals expands offerings with new FBO manual

AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aviation manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, has expanded its Manuals portfolio with a new Fixed Base Operations Manual, designed to help managers and staff improve the professionalism, standards and safety of their FBO operations.

“For more than 20 years we have been a convenient and effective resource for helping aircraft operators improve their operations through the development of high-quality manuals. We are now channeling that extensive experience for FBOs,” said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier. “We will make things easy for FBOs that simply do not have the resources to research, write, and maintain manuals themselves.”


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United Kingdom:

London Biggin Hill invites applications for Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship

There are only a few weeks remaining to apply for the 2020 Nick Davidson Memorial Flying Scholarship (NDMFS), sponsored by London Biggin Hill Airport.

The scheme provides young people from the ages of 16 to 25 with a flying package worth £13,000, helping them to train towards their international Private Pilot Licence (PPL) standard. Scholars receive 45 hours of flight instruction with EFG Flying School, ground school coaching and examinations.

Flight Lieutenant Steven Inch

Flight Lieutenant Steven Inch | Photo: JO Productions.

Previous recipients of the NDMFS have used their training as a springboard to a successful aviation career. Flight Lieutenant Steven Inch is currently undertaking fast jet training with the Royal Air Force, having completed his PPL at London Biggin Hill Airport in 2015. He hopes to fly the RAF Typhoon or F35-B Lightning II jet.


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United Kingdom:

Weston Aviation opens new FBO at Manchester Airport

Weston Aviation, the UK and Ireland based FBO and business aviation services company has agreed terms to launch a new FBO and ground handling services at Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC).

The new services, which have already commenced operation, will bring Weston Aviation's current FBO network to five locations and will have a key focus on FBO and private aircraft handling, cargo handling and supervision and local business aviation development.

Nick Weston

Nick Weston

Speaking of the new launch at the Air Charter Expo at London Biggin Hill Airport, CEO and founder, Nick Weston said, "We are thrilled to announce our new opening at Manchester Airportand it is a great pleasure to be working with the Manchester Airport Group once again. Our Manchester Airport operation will enable us to offer new and existing customers a wide-ranging portfolio of services."

Manchester Airport Operations Director Rad Taylor, said "We are delighted to welcome Weston Aviation to Manchester Airport. As a well-respected FBO operator at four airports, we are looking forward to working with them on their new venture."

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ACS expands Spanish presence

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has moved its Spanish operation to new larger premises in Madrid, double the size of the previous office, following a strong year in 2018.

James Fitzgerald, managing director of the office said: “This is an exciting step for ACS Spain – this year we have added several new faces to our team, to help us to build on last year’s impressive growth. We had our most successful year ever in 2018, our tenth anniversary, and we are currently surpassing that this year in terms of charter numbers, revenue and margin.

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald

“The Spanish economy is the thirteenth largest in the world, and the country is home to some of the world’s biggest businesses, with more than 20 in Forbes’ list of The World’s Largest Public Companies. Spain also has two of the top 10 busiest airports in Europe.”

Fitzgerald concluded: “The new office offers more than twice the floor space of our previous one, but we are in the same building, just a few floors below. Our business in Spain has grown every year since it opened in 2008 and this new office space allows us to continue that trend for the foreseeable future.”


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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.

Resetting your Circadian Clock

You have been traveling across time zones and you are suffering from jet lag. You are fatigued, can’t sleep at night, and your normal eating patterns are skewed.

Traveling day after day, ending up a couple of hours off your normal time zone . . . then back into the zone . . . then out again . . . most definitely stresses your body.

Believe it or not, your food choices can help you get back on track. Let’s look at how you can reset your body’s clock and get your system back functioning at its full potential. It's important to consider not only the food you consume, but also when the food is consumed. The body metabolizes food differently during different times of the activity and at different times in the Circadian clock.

The Circadian clock is strongly swayed by diet. Food intake leads full-spectrum light in, setting your Circadian clock. If you regularly eat at night and fast during the day, the body will start treating night as day and day as night. If you are traveling during the night over a period of time and sleeping during the day, then your internal clock will reverse.

The Circadian clock

Alcohol consumption at night can also reset your Circadian rhythm clock, so be advised that when traveling across time zones a glass of wine with dinner may not be the wisest choice. This suggests that controlling the timing of food consumption can help to maintain Circadian rhythms.

There is a very popular Circadian rhythm diet developed by Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz that I want to share with you to help you reset and rebalance your body’s systems.


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United Kingdom:

New look and website put airport in the pink

Cambridge City Airport has unveiled its contemporary new branding and website showcasing all of the features that make it one of the UK's most well equipped regional airports.

The website is part of an extensive marketing campaign and details all the services on offer, including charter and business flights, full fueling and ground services, air traffic control, hangar space and aircraft parking, equine transportation and flight training.

Cambridge City Airport

"We've haven't done a great deal of PR or marketing over recent years but with the recent announcement about plans for our aerospace business to relocate it's really important that we spread the message that Cambridge City Airport is still very much open for business," said Airport Director, Kevan Craske.


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European Cabin Service Conference 2019

The fifth edition of the European Cabin Service Conference will take place on 3rd & 4th October 2019 at the Hilton Grand Place Brussels.

Cabin crew, caterers and pilots from around the world will join this two days event to strengthen BizAv relationships and learn about best practices in the industry.

Beside the numerous networking opportunities, the participants will have the occasion to enhance the skills needed to achieve safe and secure travel while delivering the highest quality service.

Full details and registration available here


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United Kingdom:

Drum Cussac and Osprey Flight Solutions team up for first-of its-kind aviation risk and security partnership

Market-leading travel risk and security technology provider, Drum Cussac, has joined forces with aviation intelligence and data-led risk management experts Osprey Flight Solutions to deliver a market-first aviation risk and security solution.

This product offers a unique partnership which gives the aviation industry a single solution for world-class aviation-specific intelligence, and 20 years’ experience in security, travel risk management and duty of care.

Osprey-Drum Cussac

Drum Cussac and Osprey recognised a genuine gap in the market which led them to create this unique partnership.


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And Finally

Two decades of Bavarian hospitality at Munich Airport

September 9th marked the 20th anniversary of Airbräu, the Munich Airport restaurant with its own onsite brewery. The world's only airport brewery was born from the idea of offering passengers and visitors a unique, Bavarian-themed dining experience.

Airbräu, which features Europe's largest covered beer garden, quickly became a popular spot, beloved among staff on the airport campus, residents from the surrounding area and travelers from around the world. Master brewer René Jacobsen pursues his craft with passion at Airbräu - naturally applying the time-honored principles of the German Purity Law of 1516.

Two decades of Bavarian hospitality at Munich Airport

Over the past 20 years, Airbräu has brewed 10 million liters of beer. Complementing the perennially popular year-round brews (lager, weissbier and märzenbier), Jacobsen creates seasonal and festive beers. The special creation to mark Airbräu's big anniversary represents a new direction for the 32-year-old brewer: "This is our first-ever cool dry-hopped beer, reviving a time-honored brewing technique. The master brewer's recommendation: "The full-bodied tangy flavor of our fruity Rotfuchs beer makes it a perfect match for lighter menu choices such as salads and fish dishes." Jacobsen is looking forward to raising a stein with his beer garden guests to toast Airbräu's next 20 years.

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