National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen told members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation’s Subcommittee on Aviation and Space that full implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is critical to maintaining America’s lead in global aviation - a shared priority for all stakeholders, including business aviation.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen
“The United States has the world’s largest, safest, most efficient and most diverse aviation system, supporting more than 200,000 general aviation aircraft,” said Bolen.
“However, to maintain our leadership, we must continually modernize the ATC [air traffic control] system. This imperative to modernize is why NBAA has taken a leadership role in partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance our shared modernization goals.
With more than 1.1 million jobs and $219bn in annual economic impact tied to general aviation, our industry is committed to growing and moving forward.”
Bombardier's two latest additions to the Global family - the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets - have been awarded Transport Canada Type Certification, paving the way for entry-into-service this year.
Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are expected to follow shortly.
The aircraft flew through the rigorous flight testing program, which was completed at Bombardier’s world-class test centre in Wichita, Kansas.
Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company has opened a corporate office in New York City to better serve clients on the East Coast.
The Manhattan office expands Silver Air’s corporate footprint from Los Angeles to New York. Silver Air operates charter fleets out of bases across the US including major charter hubs like Van Nuys, the Bay Area, Dallas, Houston and Teterboro in its continued expansion of PURE Jet Management.
“Silver Air’s new Manhattan office allows us to deliver the highest quality of service, more flexibility, and a local touch to our growing client base on the East Coast,” said Brandon Martin, Silver Air’s Chief Operating Officer.
“With our expanding charter fleet at bases across the country, it was a natural move to open a corporate office in New York to service the growing demand for our domestic and international charters.”
US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Department will award $986m in airport infrastructure grants to 354 airports in 44 states and Puerto Rico and Micronesia.
This is the fifth allotment of the total $3.18bn in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
Steuart L. Walton, pilot, entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Game Composites, and co-founder of Runway Group, will speak at the Day 1 Keynote on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, NV.
Game Composites, a Bentonville, Ark. based company, designs and builds small composite aircraft. The company is the creator of a versatile, two-seat aerobatic aircraft called the GB1 GameBird, which is expected to be featured as part of NBAA-BACE. While the GameBird is capable of competitive aerobatics, it is also an efficient touring aircraft.”
“A pioneering leader in aviation and business, Steuart brings a unique perspective to this year’s convention,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
“NBAA-BACE attendees will be thrilled to get a firsthand look at his next generation aircraft, and we look forward to hearing his vision for the future of aviation.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan:
Gerald R. Ford International kicks off construction on new Avflight FBO
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) and Avflight tossed the first mounds of dirt yesterday (Wednesday 25th September) at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new state-of-the-art FBO and hangar on a five-acre leased parcel at the Airport.
The new facility includes a 5,000 square foot FBO building, plus a 30,000 square foot hangar located on the airport’s east side with convenient access to the terminal and taxiways/runways as well as the local highway system. Other services provided to the airport community include premiere indoor car parking, secured access, and 1,650 square feet of office space with the ability to build to suit.
“We are anxious to break ground on this new facility, and we are proud to see growth in general aviation at our airport as the demand for more options increases,” said Tory Richardson, Gerald
“The Ford Airport contributes over $3.1bn in economic output in West Michigan each year and as our community grows so does the need for air travel and services associated with air travel. General aviation at our airport is responsible for business traffic, mission trips and charitable flights, health-related services, and even educational opportunities. Avflight is a welcomed addition to our airport.”
Avflight, with 21 locations worldwide, plans to add 30+ new jobs and will make a $6-to-$7m capital investment at GRR, establishing a world-class FBO serving both general aviation and the airlines. It is a sister company of Avfuel which has more than 650 branded FBO locations worldwide.
MedAire, the International SOS Company specialising in medical and travel security services to aviation and maritime clients, welcomes Hany Bakr to the newly created role of Security Director for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).
In this role, Hany will assist MedAire clients in managing and mitigating risks to their people, their aircraft and their operations; as well as support aviation security product development to maintain MedAire’s industry leadership.
Hany brings more than 20 years of experience as an aviation and security professional and has held executive leadership positions in airlines’ airport operations, safety, quality and security divisions in the United Kingdom and the Gulf region.
Prior to joining MedAire, Hany was most recently part of the executive leadership team of the Qatar Airways Group as their Acting VP Group Security, accountable for all aspects of aviation and corporate security worldwide.
Hany was also the Chairman of the oneworld Alliance Security Group, Chairman of the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) Security Intelligence Task Force, Chairman of the Qatar Airways Security Risks, Threats & Security Action Groups and a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Security Group representing 290 airlines.
Flagship Citation cleared to revolutionize the super-midsize business jet category.
Textron Aviation's Cessna Citation Longitude has achieved Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, paving the way for customer deliveries.
“With the broadest lineup of business aviation platforms available worldwide, today Textron Aviation welcomes the Longitude into the esteemed Citation family of products and begins a new era of best-in-class solutions for our customers,” said Ron Draper, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “The Longitude revolution starts now.”
FAA Type Certification follows the most robust flight, structural and component qualification testing completed on a Citation to date. The experimental and demo fleet completed close to 6,000 hours of flight time.
Specially configured business jets are backbone of Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program.
Bombardier’s Global aircraft platform has achieved a significant in-service milestone with the US Air Force in special-mission configuration.
The jet is known in the Air Force as the E-11A.
A fleet of four modified Global aircraft has collectively flown an impressive 100,000 hours since entering service. These aircraft are an integral part of the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program, an airborne communications relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems.
Over the course of their mission, BACN aircraft have regularly flown over 18 hours a day for months at a time, demonstrating the excellent dispatch reliability of the Global platform.
Bombardier delivers 100th Challenger to NetJets
Bombardier has celebrated the delivery of the 100th Challenger aircraft to join the NetJets fleet.
The 100th Challenger aircraft in NetJets’ fleet is the award-winning Challenger 350 business jet, which continues to lead the way in the super mid-size segment.
“We're very proud of our longstanding relationship with NetJets, who share our desire to create an exceptional flight experience for customers,” said David Coleal, President of Bombardier Aviation. “This addition of a 100th Challenger aircraft to NetJets’ fleet shows how sought-after this aircraft is and why it’s simply the best business jet in its class.”
NetJets currently operates a combined total of 100 Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 aircraft in its fleet.
Highlights from the Air Charter Expo (ACE2019) at London Biggin Hill Airport, including an interview with Julie Black, Deputy Chairman of the Air Charter Association on a new training initiative launched at the show.
New book celebrates Wichita as the Air Capital
“We’re publishing the history of the Air Capital - a daunting but delightful project,” says Sonia Greteman, agency president and creative director. “Telling these stories has made us fall in love with our city and industry all over again.”
Content was also given more breathing room. Photos that may have only run in a cropped version might now occupy a full spread. Anecdotes formerly grouped in a collage could have a dedicated page.
“When you’re flying through the airport, you only have so much time to interact with the display,” says Greteman. “The book lets you hold these stories in your hand - and be struck all over again by the sheer audaciousness of our becoming Air Capital of the World.”
Partners with Airbus Helicopters to develop RACER (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft).
Since its creation in 2005, Vision Systems has been producing different composite products for the aircraft industry using RTM and thermocompression processes (helicopter cyclic sticks, sun visor casings, window stiffeners, tubes and shells for shading systems).
In response to the growing need of the aviation and helicopter markets for products integrating composite, but also to meet the new expectations of the marine industry in terms of weight, robustness and complex shapes,
Vision Systems established a new production plant in 2015 dedicated to high-end composite solutions, Fibertech.
TAG Farnborough Airport has been named the winner in the Energy and Carbon Transition category at the newly launched IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards 2019, recognising the airport’s achievements in energy efficiency and carbon management.
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the largest professional body for environmental practitioners in the UK and worldwide, with nearly 15,000 members. The new IEMA Awards recognise people and businesses that are transforming the world towards sustainability, with winners selected by a panel of judges featuring leading authorities in the environment and sustainability sector.
Receiving the award, Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport, said: “This award represents another important milestone in our ongoing energy efficiency and carbon reduction efforts. TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to developing its business in a responsible and sustainable way through the comprehensive management of our environmental impact.”
Furthering the UK Government’s ambition to develop the aviation industry, the Transport Secretary has announced that the first balloon pilot to cross the North-West Arctic Passage, Phil Dunnington, will become the General Aviation Advocate.
Phil Dunnington, one of the world's most widely experienced commercial balloon pilots, will become the UK's GA Advocate.
Dunnington, currently Managing Director of an aviation consultancy for regulatory and accident analysis, will be responsible for championing and shaping the future of the sector. He will represent general aviation on key industry boards and provide relevant independent advice to the Government on key industry issues. Dunnington will also provide an annual report on “The State of General Aviation” to the Secretary of State.
Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard, said: “The future of the aviation industry is incredibly exciting. It’s innovative, sparks imaginations, provides opportunities and brings together some of the smartest minds from all backgrounds.
“Phil is a longstanding champion of General Aviation and a role model and inspiration to the aviation industry. His career shows just what can be achieved by joining such an exciting sector and his direction and influence is welcomed by all.
Speaking during the opening session of Air Charter Expo (ACE19) at London Biggin Hill Airport on Tuesday (17th September), Nick Weston, chairman of The Air Charter Association announced a joined-up initiative between a number of key industry bodies on illegal charters, a blight on the professional industry that the association represents.
Part of the initiative will be a ground awareness and education campaign designed to reduce the supply and demand for illegal flights. The concept is to target the customers and crews who may unwittingly be using or operating an illegal flight.
For an illegal charter to operate, the crew and passengers will come into contact with several airport personnel from operations, ATC and ground crew.
Any of these can report their concerns about potentially illegal flights to The Air Charter Association via the website who will then take the matter further with the relevant authorities.
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
Over the past few years, I've seen changes in the breakfast requests from our general aviation clients. There is a demand for more creative, healthier options, something different, something flavorful and especially memorable.
Yes, this trend did seem to start with granola parfaits - or yogurt parfaits - whatever you wish to call them. Then came requests for more whole wheat breads and muffins, and recently the request for gluten free meals jumped off the charts. And now the trend seems to be moving toward breakfast tapas, the big breakfast is slowly moving into something we can say “used to be” breakfast.
It is time we, as your aviation catering sources, look for new menu ideas outside the normal overused and over-ordered items. Breakfast is no longer just for early risers and early flights. It's the perfect solution for mid morning or late nights, served like tapas.
The service style can also be changed on board.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry, has acquired MRO software specialist Tracware Ltd to enhance its growing suite of technology-enabled services.
This is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions for JSSI, which includes Conklin & de Decker and S3 Aero Specialists.
Tracware provides affordable, high-quality aviation process control software designed to manage workflows for third-party MRO providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and those managing their own aircraft fleet.
“We’re responsible for maintaining in excess of 2,000 business and regional jets and helicopters around the world. As a result, we manage close to 10,000 maintenance events per year, working with a wide cross section of MROs,” said Neil W. Book, president and CEO of JSSI. “Tracware’s comprehensive understanding of the specific processes and requirements these businesses need to thrive operationally, combined with JSSI’s capabilities, presents many opportunities to better serve our customers at every stage of aircraft ownership, and to deliver technology enhancements to industry partners.”
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.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps called on the aviation industry to “take the lead” in launching a “green transport revolution”.
Addressing industry experts at Cranfield University last week. Mr Shapps set out his vision for aviation:
“We need to get to grips with commercial aviation greenhouse gas emissions for the sake of our children and our fragile environment,” he said.
Praising the UK aviation sector, he continued: “I know how the whole sector supercharges our economy, drives prosperity, jobs and tourism and helps promote Britain’s interests globally. [However] with aviation set to grow significantly over the next three decades, largely driven by rising demand from emerging markets, particularly Asia, the Middle East and India, I want to pave the way for the transition towards commercial use of cleaner electric planes. I want to create an electric revolution in our skies.”
Resetting your Circadian Clock. Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
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Munich Airport celebrates the world's biggest folk festival
The World-famous Oktoberfest kicked off at the weekend in Munich and for 16 days, the sights, sounds and tastes of Oktoberfest will be enjoyed at Munich Airport.
Employees swap their uniforms for a traditional dirndl dresses or lederhosen and the airport brew master - Airbräu - offers a special festival beer created just for the occasion.
The festivities are not restricted to the aiport however; for the 12th consecutive year, Lufthansa's popular "Oktoberfest crew" will delight international passengers on a variety of routes by donning traditional Bavarian costumes in the airline's corporate colors.