Bombardier will showcase the newest member of the Learjet family, the Learjet 75 Liberty, with a full-size interior mock-up at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“This mock-up will truly show light jet customers just how spacious and comfortable our newest Learjet is,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet 75 Liberty offers a larger cabin and superior performance for the same price as competitors, and it’s certified to a higher safety standard.”
The full-size interior of the Learjet 75 Liberty at Bombardier’s static display at NBAA-BACE will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the features that set this light jet apart.
Teterboro, New Jersey:
Jet Aviation has announced the opening of its new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar and completely renovated FBO in Teterboro, NJ. The company held a pre-opening celebration at the hangar in August 2019 and has now received its final operating approval.
The construction is part of Jet Aviation’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network of 35 locations. The company is investing heavily to ensure its facilities are designed and equipped to meet all the business aviation needs of its global customers.
David Best, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Regional Operations USA speaking at the pre-opening celebration.
Jet Aviation invested more than $25m in its Teterboro facility, including a complete renovation of its FBO and construction of a new state-of-the-art, 40,000 sq. ft. hangar - equipped with 30-foot doors - that can accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream 650s.
The FBO incorporates new standard design elements that will ensure customers have a consistent experience when visiting any of the company’s sites worldwide. Guests and crew can relax and enjoy the site’s many amenities, including dedicated passenger and crew lounges, flight planning room, executive conference rooms, business center, health/fitness spa and on-site US customs services.
The TBM Owners and Pilots Association’s (TBMOPA) 2019 convention brought together TBM owners and their Daher-built very fast turboprop aircraft from around the world, underscoring this annual gathering’s importance as one of the largest such meetings for a turbine aircraft type.
Converging at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver, Colorado were 102 aircraft representing all TBM versions produced by Daher to date: the TBM 700, TBM 850 and TBM 900 series. In total, 345 participants - including 135 owners, of which 51 were first timers - attended the convention, held September 25-29 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
The primary focus was on airmanship and safety, with the performance of safe landings as topic of a special session moderated by Raphaël Maitre, the Daher Airplane Business Unit’s Vice President of Customer Support and involving Igor Lucas of Simcom and Dierk Reuter, a TBM 930 owner.
Women in Aviation International:
Massive recruitment effort to ensure aviation’s next generation workforce.
With 118 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s October 5 Girls in Aviation Day 2019 reached approximately 20,000 attendees.
Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States but in 17 other countries in Canada and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Girls were introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools.
“We go beyond piloting careers to include air traffic controllers, mechanics, engineers, technicians and designers. In fact, one girl told me that she now wants to design aircraft interiors as her career. That’s a career she would never have even known of, much less considered, without Girls in Aviation Day.”
ZenithJet, business aviation’s leading technical services oversight provider for Bombardier Global aircraft, has announced its 152nd Bombardier Global mandate.
As of October 1, the ZenithJet team has worked on 152 Bombardier Global transactions in less than 11 years. Specifically: 2 Global 7500s, the first Global 6500, 54 Global 6000s, 39 Global 5000s, 29 Global Express XRS’ and 27 Global Express’.
The ZenithJet team possesses expertise in numerous disciplines including manufacturing, sales, completions, refurbishment, operations, registration and residual value assessment.
Collectively, these strengths contribute to successful aircraft ownership experiences for ZenithJet clients.
Morristown, New Jersey:
Lynx FBO Network, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, has acquired the assets of FTC FBO and will now operate as the second full-service FBO at the Morristown Airport (MMU) in Morristown, New Jersey. The acquisition marks Lynx's eighth FBO location.
"We are excited to enter the New York metropolitan area and believe this expansion into the largest general aviation market in the United States is a perfect complement to our growing network of FBOs," said Matt DeLellis, Chief Financial Officer with Lynx.
"We look forward to working with DM Airports, LTD., the town of Morristown and the local team to develop a safe, customer-centric FBO that operators in the region have come to expect."
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the appointment of Peter Vasconcelos, an industry veteran, to regional senior vice president of Sales for the northeastern US and eastern Canada.
He is based at Gulfstream’s Manhattan Sales and Design Center and reports to Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales.
Vasconcelos comes to Gulfstream with more than 20 years of aircraft sales and sales leadership experience with a business-aircraft original equipment manufacturer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Bryant University in Rhode Island and studied international business at Richmond, The American International University in London. He is also a licensed private pilot.
JetLoan Capital based in Stuart, FL., has appointed Jennifer Odell as their new Account Representative.
Jennifer’s career in aviation began over ten years ago when she started at Atlantic Aviation and ultimately became the customer service supervisor, managing customer relations at the FBO in Stuart, Florida.
JetLoan Capital is an independent aviation financial brokerage firm assisting aircraft owners with financing and refinancing jet, turboprop, piston aircraft, helicopters and commercial aircraft through their group of over 100 banks, leasing companies and private equity funding sources.
A newly released manifesto from the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is advocating a revitalisation of apprenticeships as a successful pathway to the world of future aviation opportunities.
Kick-starting a campaign to encourage STEM for the new generation, BBGA is calling on government and the private sector to come together and create more successful initiatives such as that pioneered by Stansted Airport College, which has just enrolled 429 full-time trainees and 52 apprentices in its second year.
BBGA plans to work with the UK CAA to leverage its approach and steer a path toward innovative training for a global industry - to equip aviation’s workforce with skills on the ground, as well as in the air.
Representing over 180 UK business and general aviation companies, in a variety of disciplines, BBGA highlighted at a special Tomorrow’s Workforce event, that its first priority is to align with Aviation Strategy 2050 and quantify what the UK workforce needs over the next 30 years.
This World Sight Day (today, Thursday October 10th), Fuelworx and eye care charity Orbis UK have come together to launch an innovative fuel donation programme to connect Fuelworx clients to the work of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.
Every customer who uses Fuelworx to re-fuel will be given the option to donate to support Orbis’s sight-saving work as part of their transaction.
Orbis, which operates the world’s only ophthalmic hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, prevents and treats avoidable blindness in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where access to vital eye care can be scarce.
Global 7500 flies another 8,000+nm mission
Bombardier's Global 7500 business jet has once again flown another mission in excess of 8,000 nautical miles, successfully connecting Sydney and Detroit in one non-stop flight, the longest city-pair in business aviation in history flown by a purpose-built aircraft.
With low tailwinds averaging approximately 20 knots, the multi-award winning aircraft smoothly and effortlessly completed the journey from Sydney, Australia to Detroit, Michigan on October 6, 2019. Point-to-point distance between the two cities is 8,225 nautical miles, eclipsing the 7,990 nautical mile distance between Singapore and Tucson, which the plane previously flew.
Global 7500 | Library photo.
“Since entry-into-service, the Global 7500 aircraft continues to go above and beyond expectations, flying farther and farther, setting new benchmarks for exceptional performance and comfort,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “It’s an incomparable advantage for our customers to know that they can travel great distances in style and ultimate comfort thanks to Bombardier’s signature smooth ride.”
With challenging weather, desert terrain and a 711.7 nautical mile (1,318 kilometre) coastline, the United Arab Emirates’ National Search and Rescue Center (NSRC) provides a timely response to emergencies in the nation’s locale.
Established in 2013 by His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s National Search and Rescue Center is tasked with providing federal Search and Rescue (SAR) services for 'all land, sea and mountain rescues'.
Mohammed al Hobsi, the NSRC’s director of operations, explains that SAR operations are executed using the NSRC’s Joint Rescue Coordination Center and Mission Control Center which are used to coordinate immediate requests for search planning, SAR and SAR unit coordination.
Salina Muni, Kansas:
Avfuel continues its efforts to demonstrate the viability and safety of SAF
Avfuel will supply SAF to Avflight to fuel operators headed to Las Vegas, Nevada beginning October 17. Avfuel has commitments by high-profile manufacturers - Embraer, Textron Aviation and Dassault - to fuel with the sustainable product en route to BACE as well as many other private operators. Avfuel Corporation will be flying their sales team to and from Las Vegas on SAF, refueling at KSLN and KHND.
“This will be Avfuel’s fourth product demonstration of the viability of SAF specifically in business aviation,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels. “Avfuel is steadfast in our obligation to support the industry’s commitment to reduce its impact on climate change.
We catch up with Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly as he talks safety and strategy with OneSky's Chief Safety Officer Chuck Sarakowsky at ACE2019 at London Biggin Hill Airport.
They discuss what's in store for the company and why scrupulous safety standards are more important than ever in the private charter world.
Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly (left) with Chuck Sarakowski, Chief Safety Officer, OneSky.
City of Fort Lauderdale recognises Banyan Air Service
Banyan Air Service has been honored by the City of Fort Lauderdale with a proclamation recognizing the company's 40th anniversary at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
The proclamation, signed by Mayor Dean J. Trantalis and read by Commissioner Heather Moraitis, highlighted some of the achievements of Banyan during the last 40 years, including Banyan’s commitment to rebuilding a hospital and nursing school in a small village of Egbe in rural Nigeria, West Africa, where CEO Don Campion was born and raised. The result of this commitment is that the hospital now provides medical and health care to over 1800 patients per month who otherwise would have no access to these critical health and training services.
Banyan’s CEO, Don Campion receives a City of Fort Lauderdale Proclamation recognizing Banyan’s 40th anniversary. Also in attendance, Sueanne Campion, Commissioner Heather Moraitis and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Airport Manager, Rufus James.
"Our vision has always been in alignment with that of the City of Fort Lauderdale," said Campion. "We really strive to attract businesses and at the same time bring a big benefit to the neighborhoods around us. It’s been a joy of my life’s work being at Executive Airport and working with the management and city in creating one of the best airports in the country."
Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company with operations in Los Angeles, The Bay Area, Seattle, Dallas, Houston and New York, has added a supermid Falcon 2000 jet to its managed fleet.
Available for charter immediately, the Falcon 2000 is based out of Dallas Love Field (DAL) and boasts an executive configuration with forward galley, highspeed Wi-Fi, and a 3,000 nm range for US and international flights.
Difficulties in securing pilots putting private jet sales at risk.
London based Colibri Aircraft, which specialises in the marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft, estimates that between now and 2038 the UK will need to find around 2,500 new business aviation pilots to meet the growing demand to fly privately.
The company warns that a shortage of pilots is creating operational challenges for current owners and risking the sale of some private jet types. Colibri Aircraft is warning clients that this is a real threat if they decide to only hire one full-time pilot and rely on contract crew.
The company is also warning that business aviation pilots are increasingly leaving the sector to fly commercial aircraft as airlines offer them more predictable schedules.
CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has been awarded a new consultancy project to help the Kazakhstan aviation regulator adopt a new aviation oversight model, based on that used in the UK.
The new regulatory system will support Kazakhstan’s air transport sector growth and provide a foundation for Kazakhstan’s aviation industry to become a world player.
The project falls under Kazakhstan’s 100 Concrete Steps national development initiative announced by the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2015, calling for widespread economic, social and political reform. Step 68 specified improving the government’s air transport management system “to increase the attractiveness of air transport through Kazakhstan”. Part of this initiative was the creation of the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan (AAK) that was established in August 2019.
Over the next 12 months, regulatory experts from the UK CAA will assist the AAK to review Kazakhstan’s primary legalisation and propose ways to further incorporate EASA/EU provisions and alignments with the UK CAA model.
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Air Partner's Air Evacuation division has entered into a strategic partnership with Northcott Global Solutions (NGS), the international emergency response company.
Under the terms of the partnership, Air Partner will become the preferred emergency air charter supplier to NGS’s extensive customer base. The agreement will also enable Air Partner to leverage NGS’s capabilities in medical provision, ground and maritime security, armed protection, and traveller tracking and intelligence to its own existing customers.
Air Partner’s Air Evacuation department provides 24-hour air evacuation planning and implementation services from anywhere in the world, giving customers priority access to the thousands of aircraft on the company’s books. This includes flying people out of dangerous situations, transporting support teams to the site of a disaster or the last-minute movement of critical equipment. For instance, the company regularly evacuates customers out of hurricane situations and, during the Arab Spring in 2011, the Air Evacuation team worked around the clock to evacuate more than 12,000 people from across the Middle East.
Private charter platform PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, has announced a new and extended list of discounted, fixed-price private charter routes for the autumn and winter season.
This follows the successful launch of its City Pairs offering earlier this year, which accounted for over 20% of its European flights in the summer period.
According to PrivateFly, its City Pairs exclusives are 30% lower than average year-round prices on the same or an equivalent aircraft. New route pairings from London include Amsterdam, Zurich, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Barcelona - adding to existing destinations such as Paris, Geneva and Nice. Prices start from €4,500 (£4,050) one-way between London and Paris on the 6-seat Nextant 400XTi, giving a person price of £675 if a six-strong group fly together.
Longer range pairings on the Legacy 600 include Marrakech and Moscow, and in addition to London, there are routes to and from Paris, Geneva and Nice. These prices are available for flights departing before 31 March 2020.
New security equipment at FBO RIGA fast-tracks passenger screening
FBO RIGA business aviation center at Riga International Airport, has installed Liquid Explosive Detection (LED) and Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) security equipment for preflight screening of baggage, hold luggage and personal belongings of passengers in accordance with new EU Regulations.
The installation will release the company from previously obligatory alternative security measures for baggage screening which required passengers’ personal attendance. FBO RIGA is the first and the only FBO in Latvia equipped with these detectors.
“The quality of services and the ability to find a fast track to getting any customer’s issue resolved are the signature features of FBO RIGA," said Roman Starkov, co-owner of FBO RIGA.
"We are investing a lot in our infrastructure in order to provide customers with the best ground handling services. The installation of this modern security equipment will make the preflight inspection procedures faster and more comfortable for passengers.”
Previously the FBO had to request a special permit for alternative security measures for preflight screening of passengers and baggage. It is now able to provide the screening without the passengers' attendance.
Air Charter Service’s Miami office recently filled up an empty passenger aircraft, on its way to perform an evacuation flight, with key supplies that the company had purchased to help those in need following Hurricane Dorian.
Along with several evacuation flights on both private jets and larger aircraft, as well as relief goods charters that the company had arranged, ACS wanted to donate some of their own aid to the victims in the Bahamas.
The company flew the cargo into the islands on an empty leg of a passenger flight with hundreds of kilos of supplies for the Bahamians.
Jordan Hinsch, Private Jets Manager of ACS Miami, said: “Myself and a colleague flew down to Great Harbour Cay on the KingAir 100.
"As a company we donate a lot of money to charity, and we arrange so many flights to disaster-hit regions, but always with other people’s cargo – so we just thought that we should be more hands-on this time."
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Embraer and Ufes conduct first autonomous aircraft test in Brazil
A scientific and technological cooperation between Embraer and the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Ufes), in the areas of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence resulted in the first test of an autonomous aircraft in Brazil. The successful initiative made it possible for a prototype to perform the taxiing operation on its own, moving along a previously established path without human interference.
The sensor and image navigation set led the autonomous systems technology demonstration aircraft through the runway, taxi area and patio independently, without outside assistance. A pilot followed the cockpit operation in case of any interference.
For the past six months, researchers from Embraer and Ufes have worked together on mathematical and computational models of automation, software development, hardware, laser sensor kit, GPS and cameras, as well as systems integration into the aeronautical platform. The autonomous land navigation system was tested in a simulator during preliminary assessments prior to actual operation.
“Our strategy for technology development in autonomous systems seeks to position the country at the forefront of artificial intelligence processes in a variety of applications”, said Daniel Moczydlower, Embraer's Executive Vice President of Engineering and Technology. “Achieving this technological milestone in Embraer's 50th anniversary month demonstrated not only the importance of bringing industry closer to the university, but also how prepared and engaged our people are for the journey of excellence needed for the coming decades.”
The integrated artificial intelligence system monitored the aircraft’s external and internal conditions, which acts independently on the acceleration, steering and braking commands, and accurately performed the movement along the indicated path. The test aircraft platform - the same one used for the development of the modern executive jets Legacy 500 and Praetor 600 - integrated features of the Intelligent Autonomous Robotic Automobile (IARA) system, result of an autonomous cars’ research that began in 2009, at the Ufes High Performance Computing Laboratory (LCAD).
“This success demonstrates the excellence of what we have been developing at Ufes in the last 10 years in the areas of autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence. It puts us once again at the scientific forefront in these areas worldwide. Doing all this in partnership with Embraer fills us with pride and satisfaction”, said Professor Alberto Ferreira de Souza, project coordinator.
Watch the autonomous aircraft test video here