'Safe Return' transforms Vision Jet into autonomous vehicle that navigates to nearest suitable airport for landing.
Cirrus Aircraft ushered in a new era of innovation this week with the introduction of Safe Return - a revolutionary emergency autoland system that enables passengers to land the Vision Jet with just the touch of a single button.
Once activated when available, Safe Return assumes control of the aircraft and transforms the Vision Jet into an autonomous vehicle that navigates to the nearest suitable airport for landing, communicates with air traffic control, lands and brings the aircraft safely to a complete stop. The Vision Jet, with both Safe Return and the award-winning Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), provides a comprehensive, must-have total safety solution unique to G2 Vision Jet operators.
“Our mission is to make personal aviation more accessible by continuing to improve passenger comfort and safety,” said Zean Nielsen, Cirrus Aircraft Chief Executive Officer.
“Safe Return delivers the next step towards autonomous flight, bringing a new level of confidence to the overall flying experience by providing the ultimate level of safety and control to passengers.
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Las Vegas famously touts, “What happens here, stays here.” That normally may be true, but not last week.
The happenings at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, Oct. 22-24, will reverberate through the industry for months to come.
The industry’s goal to cut carbon emissions in half by 2050 resonated throughout the convention hall.
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by World Fuel Services powered every refueling aircraft departing Henderson Executive Airport (HND). On Oct. 23, World Fuel Services Vice President Darren Fuller kicked off an expert luncheon forum about sustainability. World Fuel walked its talk by being carbon neutral at the show. It either used sustainable sources to meet its energy requirements at the show, or it covered them by carbon offsets through Europe-based Kinect, part of World Fuel. Its booth sported a tree that was donated and planted after the show.
Later that day, another forum - “I Want My SAF” - had people spilling out of the Innovation Zone to stand and listen from nearby aisles. All shared that customers are embracing the use of SAF and want aviation to be a more environmentally friendly enterprise. Bombardier Aviation President David Coleal urged attendees to exhibit sustainability leadership to the world.
Gulfstream has delivered more than 25 Gulfstream G500TM aircraft to customers just over a year after the aircraft entered service. The aircraft’s first delivery to a Brazilian customer has also taken place.
“When the first all-new G500 was delivered last September, we knew customers were receiving a mature aircraft backed by Gulfstream’s record of delivering on its promises,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.
“Thanks to the research and development behind the G500, one of the most rigorous and robust flight-test regimens we’ve ever undertaken, and Gulfstream’s advanced manufacturing, we are getting these amazing aircraft to customers with proven performance capabilities.”
When the G500 took its first flight, the aircraft had already completed tens of thousands of hours of ground testing in Gulfstream’s Research and Development Center. During the flight-test program, the aircraft flew more than 5,000 hours over more than 1,400 flights.
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Modern Aviation, a leading operator, acquirer and developer of FBOs has announced a partnership with Carbonfund.org Foundation to offer customers an opportunity to offset their carbon emissions as part of their fuel purchases.
As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship, Modern Aviation has collaborated with Carbonfund.org Foundation to develop a voluntary program to allow customers to purchase aviation fuel bundled with a carbon offset in carefully selected, top quality verified projects.
“Modern Aviation is dedicated to excellent corporate responsibility and this is an effort to help achieve a lower-carbon future,” said CEO Mark Carmen. “To support our customers in mitigating the environmental impact of their flights, Modern is committing to fund 20% of our customers’ contribution to participate in this positive program during the program’s first year,” Carmen added.
Beginning November 1st, 2019, Modern Aviation customers can elect to seamlessly purchase a carbon-offset for each gallon of fuel they purchase through Modern Aviation, helping to offset the carbon impact of their flight for only a small additional per gallon fee.
Jet Aviation and GE Aviation have signed a long-term agreement for a comprehensive safety and fleet modernization project including C-FOQA. The program covers Jet Aviation’s global fleet of some 300 aircraft including the Airbus, Boeing BBJ, Bombardier, Dassault, Gulfstream, and more.
“The partnership with GE Aviation and their C-FOQA Flight Efficiency Services data analytics marks a continued commitment Jet Aviation has in the support of our flight operations, our flight crews and, most importantly, our customers,” said Don Haloburdo, vice president, Flight Services, Jet Aviation. “Because safety will always be our top priority, we’ve chosen to work with the industry leader.”
FOQA (Flight Operations Quality Assurance), also commonly referred to as FDM (Flight Data Monitoring), is the process of analyzing and reviewing routinely recorded flight data. Airlines and operators that adopt FOQA are better able to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards in flight operations.
IBAC’s new Board Executive Officers reflect global nature of business aviation
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has announced its new Governing Board executive officers.
Mr. Ali Alnaqbi, Founder and Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association will become Chairman of the IBAC Governing Board from 1 January 2020. Mr. Alnaqbi is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Juergen Wiese, Chairman of the European Business Aviation Association, will become Vice Chairman.
Mr. Sudhir Nayak of the Business Aircraft Operators Association of India will continue to serve as the Treasurer of the IBAC Governing Board.
"I appreciate the commitment to IBAC and the global business aviation community that each of these gentlemen has demonstrated in their participation in IBAC and their respective associations,” said Kurt Edwards, Director General of IBAC. “It will be a pleasure to work with them and the Board over the next three years as we expand IBAC to meet the needs of a growing, vibrant industry.”
Established in 1981, IBAC serves an international voice for the business aviation community. IBAC governance is exercised through the Governing Board with representatives from each of the 14 member associations.
“While he remains Chairman of the Governing Board through December 2019, I want to express my gratitude to Scott Macpherson of the Canadian Business Aviation Association for his service as Chairman and Vice Chairman for the last six years,” said Edwards. “His insight, guidance, and support have been invaluable to IBAC’s development.”
Honeywell has announced that Mike Madsen, an executive with more than three decades of leadership experience within its Aerospace strategic business group, has been named President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace, effective immediately.
Madsen, 56, succeeds Tim Mahoney, who held the role for the past 10 years and has been named Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation.
Most recently, Madsen served as Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, for Honeywell Aerospace, with broad responsibility for the business group's global supply chain and manufacturing facilities. Previously, he was President, Honeywell Aerospace Defense and Space, a unit that served OEMs along with the aftermarket, military, government agency and commercial helicopter customers internationally.
He earned a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
The National Business Aviation Association wrapped up an inspiring 2019 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) last week, reflecting a changing industry, and driving it to embrace the future on all fronts.
The show opened with NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen declaring that this year’s NBAA-BACE would be “the most exciting convention NBAA has ever hosted.” At the conclusion of the show’s three days, that outcome was indisputable.
Energy was high from the convention’s start - when basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson jumped off the opening keynote stage to tell the crowd he could never accomplish all that he has off the court without a business airplane - to the closing day, when every refueling turbine aircraft departed Henderson Executive Airport powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This week Liz Moscrop reports from NBAA-BACE 2019 in Las Vegas.
Highlights include the introduction of the all-new Gulfstream G700 and the Pilatus PC-12 NGX, plus the $1.4bn order from Flexjet as launch customer for Embraer's Praetor jets.
Kelly Murphy, Communications Director for Women in Aviation International and Don Dwyer, Managing Partner at Guardian Jet, talk about diversity in our industry.
Thunderstorms are not usually dangerous for airplanes, but they are often followed by turbulence that really can rock.
Now all airline pilots have an option to try out an easy-to-use app, proFLIGHT by Swedish AVTECH, that very precisely shows where the actual threats are in real time along the trajectory.
There is no witchcraft behind the app, but very accurate 10K weather data from Met Office UK, in combination with IATA’s Turbulence Aware observations (for participating airlines) as well as real-time satellite thunderstorm data, provided by Airbus Defence and Space GmbH.
Following a Joint Venture agreement between Avia Solutions Group and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) signed in July, 2019, a ground breaking ceremony on October 25th marked the beginning of construction of the new BAA Training China centre in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, China.
The training centre is set to open its door in the second half of 2020 and will be designed to provide 40,000 flight hours per year, training approximately 4,000 pilots.
As aviation experts predict, the Asia Pacific demand for new commercial pilots will account for 38% of the global demand with more than half of it going to fulfil China’s market. Boeing has just recently updated their forecast for the upcoming twenty years, stating that Chinese carriers will need 8,090 new planes until 2038, which exceeds the previously predicted figure by 5.2%.
SAVE S.p.A Venice FBO joins Signature Select program
SAVE S.p.A has announced the addition of its Venice Marco Polo Airport FBO to the Signature Select licensing program. The addition of the Venetian private aviation terminal brings Signature’s Italian presence to a total of 10 locations.
Signature’s initial presence in partnership with SAVE S.p.A. was established in 2016. The FBO, located within the airport’s General Aviation Terminal, enables for the provision of exclusive use facilities to visiting flight crews and travelers, including a dedicated VIP passenger and crew lounge. Further distinguishing the FBO is an array of fully owned and operated ground handling services, including in-house aircraft fueling via SAVE’s own fuel trucks, a capability unmatched by traditional handling supervisors at the airport.
“The new agreement with SAVE S.p.A at the Venice Marco Polo Airport highlights the advantages of Signature Select in Europe, in which independent FBOs are affiliated with Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest FBO network” commented Mark Johnstone, CEO of Signature Flight Support. “We anticipate significant upcoming growth from our Signature Select program and look forward to extending the benefits of our global sales, service, and marketing programs to our licensed partners.”
FAI nominated as finalist in Air Ambulance Company of Year Award
The Air Ambulance division of German Special Mission Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has been named as one of three finalists in the 2019 International Travel & Health Insurance Journal's (ITIJ) industry awards - Air Ambulance Company of the Year category.
FAI is the world’s largest air ambulance jet operator by revenue, logging far above 10,000 hours per year flying air ambulance missions. The 10-strong fleet which comprises Learjet 60, Bombardier Challenger 604 and Bombardier Global Express is based at FAI’s Headquarters at Albrecht Dürer International Airport in Nuremberg.
It is supported by some 200 full time staff plus 50 part-time physicians and paramedics. The company specialises in air support in hostile areas for the world´s largest NGO. It currently averages three intercontinental medical evacuations per day for its global client base.
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Thales has completed the production of a new H145 Level D Full Flight Simulator that will be installed in the Helisim Simulation Center now under construction at the headquarters of Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Upon completion of factory acceptance testing, the simulator will be disassembled for shipment to Texas.
Simulation center construction, installation of the H145 simulator, and Federal Aviation Administration certification are expected to be completed in Q2 2020. Helisim is a Joint Venture between Airbus Helicopters, Thales and DCI providing high-end simulation training services for pilots.
More than 1,000 AVANCE systems installed and flying.
Gogo Business Aviation's AVANCE systems - AVANCE L5 and AVANCE L3 - have now flown more than 175,000 flights totaling more than 108 million miles.
The 175,000 flights is a milestone that took just two years to reach following the initial launch of AVANCE L5 in late-2017 and highlights how extensively the two systems have been used onboard business aircraft of all types and sizes.
Gogo currently has more than 1,000 AVANCE systems - which includes nearly 750 AVANCE L5 and more than 300 AVANCE L3 systems - installed and flying across a wide array of business aircraft, from single-engine turboprops to the heaviest-iron global business jets.
“When we launched the AVANCE L5, we knew it would delight our customers, but it’s surpassed all our expectations,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation.
“We then launched AVANCE L3 and that system has delivered connectivity to smaller aircraft bringing a customizable connectivity experience to meet the needs of passengers on light jets and turboprops. The great news is that demand from the marketplace continues to be strong for both systems.”
The L5 and L3 systems operate on the Gogo AVANCE platform - a breakthrough combination of hardware and software that is the foundation of all of Gogo’s latest inflight connectivity solutions. Because the AVANCE systems are software-centric, it enables a new level of remote, cloud-based service and support.
Captures 100% toxic smoke & fire from the latest water-proof phone technology.
Baker Aviation, the master distributor for the HOT-STOP ’L’ Fire Containment Kits, now offers a new vessel developed for the latest mobile phone technology.
Ray Goyco, Jr., CEO for Baker Aviation Services Group LLC said, “This is our next generation phone containment unit as we continue to expand our product line to support our customers and improve safety. We realized many of our customers carry larger, more powerful waterproof phones with cases. Therefore, we made this new bag larger and tested it to be FIREPROOF with zero tolerance for toxic smoke and gasses associated with these fires."
Inflite The Jet Centre, part of the Inflite group of companies, has announced that its London Stansted Airport FBO will become the new European home of Embraer’s business jet demo fleet.
With immediate effect, Inflite will look after the manufacturer’s demo fleet, including both Phenom and Legacy demonstrators (and eventually the new Praetor 500 and 600), under dedicated terms, inclusive of handling, maintenance and hangarage.
Christoffer Creutz, Managing Director of Inflite The Jet Centre, concluded the agreement with Embraer’s Brad McKeage, VP Flight Operations, in Melbourne, Florida, just ahead of the annual NBAA-BACE Convention in Las Vegas, NV last week.
The deal builds on a 16-year relationship between Embraer and Inflite. Today, independently-owned Inflite is the OEM’s largest Authorised Service Centre serving the EMEA region for the Legacy, Lineage and Phenom families of aircraft.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps called for greater diversity in the aviation industry, as he sought to address the skills shortages in the sector by meeting key groups from across the General Aviation industry in Parliament last week
The Transport Secretary hosted business leaders and representatives from flying schools, the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Operators Association, and organisations representing those with interests in the sector.
Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.
As business aircraft hop around the world, country to country, even state to state, your cabin can become a breeding ground for bugs.
Itsy-bitsy larvae, on and off the plane laying eggs in, on, and around food or trash, or on a drop of spilled sticky juice.
You're thinking that you haven’t seen any bugs on board. You may spray before leaving a country, or you may even be required to decontaminate your aircraft of as you enter or leave a zone with infestation regulations. Of all the unwanted travelers who hitch a ride on board your aircraft, I thought maybe I would just discuss the fruit fly. These tiny little flies (or bugs, whichever name you prefer) are correctly known as Drosophila Melanogaster. Let me introduce you.
The fruit fly comes from a group of insects that have a significant impact on our environment. They have a direct bearing on the world’s agricultural crops. This fly is amazing; it can smell fermenting foods from considerable distances and move in to lay eggs and savor the appealing snacks you are providing them. No snacks on board your aircraft? A single drop of spilled juice or spilled wine that seeped into a corner and whose residue lingers in the carpets can attract a fruit fly and you won’t even know they've arrived.
L3Harris Technologies awards 10 Pilot Pathways Female Scholarships
£250,000 ($320,000) of scholarships offered to aspiring female pilots.
L3Harris Technologies has offered 10 L3Harris Pilot Pathways Female Scholarships for 2019 towards the cost of the company’s Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (APTL) training.
“We congratulate the successful candidates and wish them long and exciting careers as pilots,” said Geoff van Klaveren, Vice President, L3Harris’ Airline Academy. “We are passionate about encouraging more women onto the flight deck. It’s a significant issue for the industry and we are committed to showcasing the career among a wider group of people.”
Scholarship recipients Olivia Clarke and Miryam Ley.
“This scholarship has provided women with the motivation to consider becoming a pilot, as well as the means,” said scholarship recipient Olivia Clarke. “I can’t wait to advance my dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.”
Miryam Ley, another scholarship recipient, added: “Until I came across a female pilot’s social media profile, I had not considered a career as a pilot because you never think of yourself in a role unless you see someone you can relate to in it. I now hope to be a role model that can inspire other young women to consider it as an exciting and viable career opportunity.”
Ground handling support coming to six additional airports along with new Ops Center
Universal Aviation Dominican Republic, a member of Universal Aviation, the worldwide ground handling division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., is expanding its footprint in the Dominican Republic.
A newly signed commercial agreement with Assist Air, a member of the Caribbean Holding Group, expands Universal Aviation Dominican Republic’s state-of-the-art ground handling support services for corporate and private aviation operators to six international airports in the Dominican Republic. Caribbean Holding Group, is the holding company of Caribbean Catering Services, and Aviam LTD, the largest provider of under-the-wing services in the Dominican Republic.
FlightPlan free of charge to all operators and flight schools with zero emission / electrically powered aircraft.
In a bold move, RocketRoute has confirmed it will offer RocketRoute FlightPlan - its flight planning product - free of charge to operators of electric aircraft.
RocketRoute recognises the part that electric passenger planes can play in reducing aviation's impact on the environment. It is also offering innovative flight training academies access to its FlightPlan product, a cloud based flight planning tool available on both mobile and web.
In a year that has seen the company focused on a number of collaborations to improve sustainability and decision making, this programme is part of its wider strategy of investment in future technologies that includes dedicated research into optimising routes, reducing emissions, and reducing fuel burn.
Air Charter Service raises £30,000 for Macmillan
The staff at Air Charter Service’s office in London have raised £28,892 for the leading charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Emma Heley, the Senior Fundraising Manager at Macmillan, and who recently visited the company’s London office, commented: “Thank you to everyone at ACS for helping to raise this incredible amount - it will pay for a nurse for 1,000 hours, helping people living with cancer and their families to receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.”
Tina Leach, Head of ACS’s Charity Committee, said: “We really appreciate a personal thank you for our charity work - Macmillan is a cause that is close to a lot of people’s hearts here.”
Emma Heley’s visit was planned to coincide with a Macmillan Coffee Morning at ACS’s headquarters that same day, where bakers at the company raised more than £400 in a cake sale.
Air Charter Service supports a number of charities around the world; these include the international charity Save the Children and charities local to its London HQ, Momentum and the Dysart School.
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Especially if it’s not moving, new study confirms.
Skilled pilots approaching a runway usually can’t see small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) encroaching on their airspace, and they virtually never detect motionless drones, a newly published study shows.
During an airborne human factors experiment, certificated pilots failed to see a common type of quadcopter during 28 of 40 close encounters, researchers with Oklahoma State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University reported.
In other words, the pilots got a bead on the invading drone in 12 out of 40 cases, or only about 30 percent of the time. When the drone was not moving, the task became even more difficult. A mere three out of 22 motionless drones were spotted by the pilots. Drones were detected at distances of between 213 and 2,324 feet.
These findings, published in the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace (IJAAA), illustrate a real and growing threat to aviation safety, said Dr. Ryan J. Wallace, assistant professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle.
“Dangerous close encounters between aircraft and drones are becoming an increasingly common problem,” Wallace said. “Statistics on pilot sightings of drones continue to increase year over year, and what is being reported by pilots is probably just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of the time, unmanned aircraft are not being seen by pilots.”
Even in a best case scenario, if a drone was spotted at the study’s maximum detection range of 2,324 feet, the pilot would have only about 21 seconds to avoid a collision. “That might be enough time if the drone was hovering in one spot, but not nearly enough if it’s in flight, headed for the aircraft,” said Dr. Matt Vance, assistant professor of aviation and space at Oklahoma State. “The situation is far more dangerous when both aircraft are moving,” he said. “Our eyes are attuned to movement. When a drone is not moving, it becomes part of the background.”