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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 7th November 2019 | Issue #532

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Flying has never been safer: Allianz and Embry-Riddle report

2017 and 2018 are among the three safest years of the aviation industry for fatal plane crashes.

Despite record numbers of over 4 billion passengers globally, statistics show that flying has never been safer.

The global airline industry has experienced some of its safest years ever in terms of fatal accidents in recent times, according to the new “Aviation Risk 2020: Safety And The State Of The Nation” report published by the corporate and aviation insurance specialist Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in association with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.

Flying has never been safer

Three of the past four years have been the safest ever. For example, in 2017, for the first time in at least 60 years of aviation there were no fatalities on a passenger jet flight, making it the safest year ever. Even 2018, which saw a total of 15 fatal airliner accidents with 556 victims, ranks as the third safest year ever, according to statistics from the Aviation Safety Network, with 2015 ranked second.


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United States:

Runway Status Lights now fully operational

The FAA has announced that Runway Status Lights (RWSL) - the first technology to provide direct warning to pilots about potential runway conflicts - is now operational at all 20 sites approved to receive the ground-breaking technology.

A report on the effectiveness of RWSL at the 15 airports where it was operational in 2017 found an overall 52% reduction in the average runway incursion rate, with 15,484 potential saves by the technology.


The FAA developed RWSL technology to increase situational awareness for flight crews and airport vehicle drivers, providing an added layer of runway safety. The technology alerts pilots and vehicle operators to stop when runways and taxiways are not safe to enter, cross or begin takeoff. Red lights embedded in the pavement illuminate when the presence of other traffic creates a potential conflict. RWSL uses the airport’s surface surveillance system to determine the location of aircraft and vehicles. The lights are fully automated, requiring no input from air traffic controllers.

Pilots and ground vehicle operators must still receive clearances from controllers for any operation on runways or taxiways.


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United States:

Volans-i becomes first drone delivery company to earn ARGUS Gold rating

ARGUS International has awarded its Gold Unmanned Operator rating to Volans-i, making the organization the first unmanned delivery operation to earn the prestigious aviation rating.

The California-headquartered autonomous drone delivery solution serves the commercial, defense, and humanitarian sectors both within the United States and abroad.

The ARGUS Unmanned Audit Standard is the first audit of its kind, developed to provide consumers with unbiased, factual, and relevant data necessary to make informed and confident decisions every time they utilize a service provider. The program assesses the safety of UAS operators while creating a fully-vetted registry of commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators to support end-customer sourcing and due-diligence requirements for internal operations and external vendor qualification.

“Volans-i has an incredible model to meet the expanding market for autonomous on-demand drone delivery and it will be fascinating to both watch and support their mission as they grow,” said Joseph Moeggenberg, ARGUS President and CEO. “It is easy to overlook safety in rapidly evolving industries such as this one. Taking an active role in managing risk by participating in the ARGUS Unmanned Rating program and incorporating industry best practices into their growth plans, Volans-i has demonstrated that safety to them is not only a concern but a priority.”


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Signature embraces the spirit of innovation

Testing and introducing new concepts to evolve and enhance the customer experience.

The world’s largest FBO network, Signature Flight Support, is challenging traditional approaches to aircraft flight support services and finding innovative ways to distinctively serve an increasingly broad set of customers.

“Over the past few years we’ve made significant progress when it comes to embracing technological change and developing innovative, new programs and offerings focused squarely on the needs of our customers,” said Mark Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer, BBA Aviation plc and Signature Flight Support.

Shawn Hall, Chief Commercial Officer, Signature Flight Support added, “Signature has entered a new and exciting phase in its history. We will continue to invest in and go to market with industry defining customer centric technology and offerings. Our aim is to not just maintain relevancy, but to help redefine the industry.”

To ensure consistent, exceptional service at its approximately 130 US locations, Signature invested in a comprehensive new software interface called ‘SIGnet 2.0’. The successful 2019 rollout of the platform allows for expanded tracking, coordination, and delivery of aircraft services, while empowering Signature staff members through a suite of tools that enhance the customer experience.


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Montreal, Canada:

MSB Aerospace introduces new stowage portfolio to enhance cabin experience

MSB Aerospace LLC has unveiled a new portfolio of precision engineered stowage solutions.

In addition to its well-established range of Hi-Lo pedestal tables and crystal, china and flatware inserts MSB’s new products add convenience and elegance, while reducing clutter and noise for an improved cabin experience.

In response to the growing number of personal digital devices carried on board by passengers and crew MSB has developed a range of stowage systems to optimise usage and space. A new tablet stowage system securely stows and holds any sized tablet via an intricate arm and grip mechanism.

The intelligently designed system effortlessly moves from its stowed position within side ledges or arm rests to any specific viewing point as selected by the passenger. When no longer required it silently slides back into its locked position.


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Embraer 3Q19 deliveries

Embraer delivered a total of 44 jets in the third quarter of 2019, of which 27 were executive jets (15 light and 12 large) and 17 were commercial aircraft. As of September 30th, the firm order backlog totaled USD 16.2bn.

In the Executive Jets segment, Embraer announced a purchase agreement with Flexjet, a global leader in private jet travel, for a fleet of Praetor 500, Praetor 600 and Phenom 300 jets. The announcement was made during the 2019 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in Las Vegas, Nevada. Valued at up to USD 1.4bn, at current list prices, this deal was included in the 2019 second quarter backlog, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Also, the new Praetor 500 midsize business jet was granted the Type Certificate from three regulatory authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil); the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration), and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). Embraer has already received orders for the Praetor 500, including in Brazil. Also, Embraer delivered a Praetor 600 to its first Brazilian customer in 3Q19.

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Guardian Jet

Casey Crafton

Casey Crafton

Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic Casey Crafton is the latest addition to Guardian Jet’s aircraft brokerage in-house maintenance team, where he will perform on-site aircraft evaluations and oversee aircraft pre-buy inspections.

As Technical Services Manager, Crafton will also play a client-facing role by providing sound aviation technical advice, market research and key insights.

Crafton brings more than a decade of aircraft maintenance experience as an A&P mechanic to Guilford, CT-headquartered Guardian Jet, working on business, commercial and general aviation jet engines.

Prior to Guardian Jet, Crafton served as an assembly technician at Pratt & Whitney in Middletown, Connecticut, and as a lead aircraft technician at Embraer Executive Jet Services in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Crafton earned his B.S. Degree in Aviation Management and A&P certificate from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.


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United States:

NBAA commends FAA for new measures to preserve aviation privacy and security

The National Business Aviation Association has applauded the Federal Aviation Administration for developing a plan to allow a real-time flight-tracking opt-out for operators that have equipped their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, which will be required to operate in most US airspace from Jan. 1, 2020.

In a related move to ensure operator security and privacy, the FAA said it will establish new terms-of-service agreements with aircraft tracking service providers that will limit the sharing of aircraft data, if operators want to opt out from having their flight information broadcast over the Internet. The new terms of service are expected to go into effect by year’s end.

Under Phase 1 of the so-called “Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) Program,” which is expected to be in place by January 1st 2020, the FAA will set up a web portal to accept requests from operators that wish to block real-time ADS-B position and identification information for their aircraft. These operators will be issued an alternative, temporary International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aircraft address, which will not be connected to their aircraft information in the FAA Aircraft Registry.


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UK Labour Party threatens 2025 business jet ban

By Alasdair Whyte, Editor-in-chief, Corporate Jet Investor.

  Alasdair Whyte

This week the UK demonstrated that the single biggest threat to business aviation worldwide is environmental regulation

The Shadow Transport Secretary (the official opposition to the actual Transport Minister) has suggested that the UK should ban all traditional private jet flights by 2025. If he has his way, only electric business jets would be allowed after this time.

The Labour MP, Andy McDonald tweeted: “The multi-millionaires & billionaires who travel by private jet are doing profound damage to the climate, and it’s the rest of us who’ll suffer the consequences. A phase-out date for the use of fossil fuel private jets is a sensible proposal.”

His remarks are particularly significant as the UK will be holding a General Election on December 12. Labour is one of two parties that are likely to win.

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EBAA's statement in response to the proposal to ban business jets.

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United Kingdom:

Drone registration scheme will help improve safety, say UK pilots

The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme went live on Tuesday (November 5) requiring all operators of drones (and model aircraft) between 250g and 20kg to register and pass an online CAA test.

Registration is mandatory from Saturday, November 30, 2019 and users who fail to register or sit the competency tests could face fines of up to £1,000 GBP.

Drone registration scheme will help improve safety, say UK pilots

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) welcomed the scheme, saying it hopes the new rules will help to improve airspace safety.

BALPA Head of Flight Safety, Dr Rob Hunter, said: “We have been calling for drone registration for some time now as we believe that in the same way that other vehicles - be it those in the air or on the ground - are registered, so should drones.

“Drones bring huge potential commercial and leisure benefits, but ensuring they’re integrated into the skies safely is a key concern for BALPA. Following on from earlier improvements to restrictions around airports, this is another measure to encourage responsible drone operation, which is desperately needed to ensure a collision between an aircraft and a drone is avoided.”

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Aviation skills shortage: BBGA offers 5 solutions

Stansted Airport College

Looming aviation skills shortages are of real concern to our industry. This week's video outlines the key takeaways from last month's session co organised by the British Business Aviation Association, the European Business Aviation Association and Stansted Aviation College. Illuminating and timely.

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Avon, Connecticut:

GLOBALJET instructors receive Charles Taylor 'Master Mechanic' award

GLOBALJET Services, Inc., a leader in on-location aviation aircraft, avionics, safety, and professional development training, has announced the achievements of two of their long-time instructors.

Arthur Risco and Walter "Jake" Harvey received the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in a ceremony at GLOBALJET's Avon, Connecticut office on November 1st. Together, Mr. Risco and Mr. Harvey deliver a combined century of excellence in providing maintenance training to aviation professionals worldwide.

Master Mechanics Arthur Risco and Walter "Jake" Harvey

Master Mechanics Arthur Risco and Walter "Jake" Harvey

This is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to persons certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65 recognizing individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession.

Award applicants must meet specific requirements in addition to five decades of industry service, including maintenance history and letters of recommendation for the nomination process. The award recipient’s name, city and state are added to a published “Roll of Honor,” an elite group of currently over 2,800 aviation technicians.

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Medevac:Fort Lauderdale, Florida:

Luxaviation Helicopters were at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida for the first time this week, showcasing an ACH145 from its managed fleet.

The ACH145 is operated by Starspeed, the UK’s most experienced helicopter operator, which joined the group in 2017.

Almost half of Starspeed’s fleet of 25 helicopters are able to take off and land on yachts and the ACH145 is perfectly suited to yacht operations because of its size, performance, smooth flight characteristics and modern equipment.

The ACH145 can accommodate up to nine passengers, plus one or two pilots, and has a range easily capable of covering New York City to Washington DC or London to Paris.

  Luxaviation Helicopters

Luxaviation Helicopters launched its Charter Alliance in March 2019, to connect VIP helicopter charter operators around the world. Seven months on, the Alliance is now comprised of Italy-based HoverFly, as well as ExecuJet’s helicopter fleet in Mexico and South Africa, Philippines-based PhilJets, Spain-based Hélity, US-based HeliFlite, Austria-based HeliAustria, France-based Azur Hélicoptère and UK-based Starspeed.

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White Plains, New York:

Gulfstream G650ER, Falcon 7X and Pilatus PC-24 join Clay Lacy’s Northeastern US charter fleet

Clay Lacy Aviation has added a 16-passenger, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER, a 16-passenger, long-range and fuel-efficient Dassault Falcon 7X tri-jet and the East Coast’s first Pilatus PC-24 midsize jet for charter to its Northeastern US fleet.

All three aircraft are based at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), just five minutes from Teterboro, White Plains, Farmingdale, Stewart, Newark and other local airports serving the greater New York City area. All three jets are equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite phone and other desirable amenities. With cruising speeds approaching Mach 1, the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650ER can quickly transport passengers up to 7,500 nautical miles in remarkable quiet and luxury.

The fast, richly featured Falcon 7X is ideal for transcontinental and transoceanic journeys.

The fast, richly featured Falcon 7X is ideal for transcontinental and transoceanic journeys.

For destinations throughout much of the US and Canada, including airports where other business jets cannot land, clients will appreciate this Pilatus PC-24, the first PC-24 available for charter in the Eastern US.


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Fort Worth, Texas:

Bombardier’s Safety Standdown 2019 shines the light on elevating standards

Bombardier’s 23rd annual Safety Standdown, one of the most comprehensive safety conferences in the aviation industry, is set for November 12-14 in Fort Worth, Texas.

This year’s theme, “Elevate Your Standards,” prompts aviation professionals and organizations to establish new standards to put them on the path to a safer, more productive future.

“For two decades, Bombardier has led the industry in knowledge-based aviation training through this dynamic event and this year’s theme will most certainly prompt attendees to raise their games to develop a new standards paradigm,” said Andy Nureddin, Vice President, Customer Support, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “In close to a quarter century of sponsoring Safety Standdown, our goal has been to foster a community of aviation professionals who are committed to lifelong learning and to disseminating higher standards of safety and professionalism throughout the industry.”

More than 450 aviation professionals are registered for this year’s event with hundreds more expected to participate online.



The WINGX Report:

Some recovery in business jet charters but owner activity slumps

There were 74,420 business aviation departures in Europe during October 2019 according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor published today.

The figure indicates a flat YOY, and although business jet AOC activity was up for the first time this year, Private/Owner jet flights declined by 5% YOY. Prop activity was down; Piston flights were up.

Activity was up in France this month, in contrast to declines in other major markets, notably a 6% drop in flights out of the UK. Germany suffered the most decline this year with activity down by 5%. As a whole, the last 12-month trend for Europe is -1.4%.

France activity was boosted by Prop activity; in Germany, Large Jet activity fell 6%, with Italy and Spain falling by 10% and 15% respectively. The UK had 2.7% increase in Large Jet activity.

Charter activity was up in Germany, in contrast to a big drop in Private missions, also down in UK, Italy, Turkey and especially Spain. The charter market slumped in Sweden, but was well up in Russia. Turkey and Russia both had more than 10% growth in Large Jets.


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United Kingdom:

New Cambridge Jet Centre open for business

Cambridge City Airport opened its new Jet Centre on Friday, (November 1) offering in-house FBO services to its executive business charter customers.

Investment has included redesigning and rebranding the existing centre on Newmarket Road, to offer up-to-the minute facilities and bring it in line with its eye-catching new pink and blue colour scheme, introduced this summer as part of its plans to grow its executive charter business.

Passengers will have a seamless transition from the welcome desk through the FBO to the executive VIP lounge, which includes modern comfort facilities, complimentary refreshments and new private business centre, as well as pilot and crew lounge.

It also incorporates state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 14 delegates, with projector and telecoms facilities, as well as uninterrupted panoramic views across the airfield and for miles into the Cambridgeshire countryside.


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Broker Training:

The Air Charter Association launches Level 1 of the new Broker Qualification program

The Air Charter Association commences its brand new Broker Qualification program on 14th November.

This is a series of three training modules which will lead to an advanced level qualification. The Level 1 Foundation training is taking place at the Royal Air Force Club in London.

The Air Charter Association Chairman, Nick Weston

The Air Charter Association Chairman, Nick Weston

The agenda for the Level 1 training covers the fundamentals of becoming a broker and handling charter requests. These include such important issues as the Montreal Convention, Freedoms of the Air & Cabotage, US charter parts, operator documentation, passenger documentation and, an issue of increasing importance in recent years, illegal charters.

This aspect of the training alone makes the qualification of utmost importance as there have been examples of new and unskilled brokers arranging illegal charters without realising what they are doing.


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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.

Who are you serving?

Just when you think you have figured out the food preferences of the Baby Boomer generation, you encounter Millennials as our new clients - and our employees.

And now we are seeing the influence of Generation Z’s food preferences replacing and influencing those of the Millennials.

This next group is still a bit young, but, they are altering the food choices even before they are full grown adults with money to spend!

You may ask, why does it matter? How are they changing menus around the world? We need to get ready and plan for Generation Z or we will be left behind.

Aviation catering needs to keep up the age groups we serve, as each group has different needs, desires, and flavor combinations.

Even before Generation Z makes a huge difference for those of you involved in the selection and planning of menus, you need to be on the cutting edge. Tablets, phones and their electronic devices move faster than we ever have in the past.


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United Arab Emirates:

Latest aircraft on display in Dubai

Up to 165 aircraft to feature on Dubai Airshow static.

When the Dubai Airshow opens 17 November 2019, trade attendees can expect to see up to 165 aircraft on display from the entire aerospace industry. In particular, the static display will include the latest civil, business and military aircraft plus a selection of helicopters from industry leaders and new players.

Emirates Airline will be showcasing its ultra long range Boeing 777-300, A380-800 and Airbus Corporate Jet 319-115 alongside Emirates Training College’s Embraer 500 Phenom 100EV and Cirrus SR 22. “The Dubai Airshow is a key event in the aviation industry and has now been recognized as one of the most highly regarded shows that brings manufacturers, suppliers and senior officials under one umbrella,” says Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Emirates Airline. He adds, “It also provides the opportunity for market leaders to showcase their products to the rest of the world in one of the most prestigious aviation shows.”

The AURA 100 UAV will be on display from Aura Group of Companies (AGC). Managing Partner Alexander Ostrovoy tells us, “We are excited to present AURA 100, which is our pioneer project. We are planning to make a fully-fledged presentation of it at the Dubai Airshow to highlight all its advantages and unique features.”


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Denver, Colorado:

Bye Aerospace and Oxis Energy collaborate to increase endurance of future Bye Aerospace eAircraft

OXIS Energy and Bye Aerospace have begun a 12-month collaborative program announced in late July that seeks to achieve a 50% to 100% increase in flight time from a single charge on future Bye Aerospace eAircraft.

OXIS has developed an innovative Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) battery technology that offers significant benefits to aviation markets. Compared to existing Li-ion battery systems technology, the high gravimetric energy density of the OXIS technology - in excess of 500 Wh/kg at 20Ah capacity - offers a two-fold reduction in battery system weight resulting in a significant increase in flight duration.

At the outset, the program will test OXIS cells and modules against the performance characteristics of existing and soon-to-be-announced Bye Aerospace aircraft. This will produce data that will demonstrate the advantages of the OXIS Li-S technology to the aerospace sector and more specifically, to Bye Aerospace’s future aviation applications.


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And Finally

SD confirmed as Most Innovative Company at AsBAA Icons of Aviation awards

Satcom Direct’s reputation as a pioneer in providing game changing business aviation solutions was confirmed by the Asian business aviation community during this year’s Icons of Aviation Awards 2019, held on Saturday 2 November.

Up against an elite business aviation line-up, SD was named Most Innovative Company of the year at the prestigious, black-tie charity gala event, held in Hong Kong.

Hosted by the Asian Business Aviation Association, AsBAA, the awards recognize excellence in the business aviation sector and raise tens of thousands of dollars for AsBAA’s corporate social responsibility program which supports a variety of projects, including the Flying Eye Hospital run by non-profit organization ORBIS. This is the second time SD has won an IOA award, the first being given for Best Operational Support in the region.

The SD Hong Kong based team celebrate winning Most Innovative Company award at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation 2019 gala dinner.

The SD Hong Kong based team celebrate winning Most Innovative Company award at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation 2019 gala dinner.

All awards are voted for by members of the business aviation sector in the region with results verified by an independent third party. “As we embark on our next phase of innovation focusing on data management and optimizing the benefits of our open architecture infrastructure, we are thrilled that our peers recognize our commitment and dedication,” said Michael Skou Christensen, SD vice president international. “We were competing with leading international brand names so are even more proud to know that our customers and associates value us enough to position us as the leader in innovation. Without them we don’t have a business so it’s great to know that they appreciate what we are striving to achieve. We thank them for their support, AsBAA for such a great event, and send congratulations to all the other IOA winners.”

SD has built its reputation on being first to market with market leading products and services. It was the first company to support direct dialing to an individual aircraft in flight with the introduction of Global One Number; the first to offer a certified Aviation IT program, aeroIT which is recognized worldwide; the first to offer free cybersecurity assessment and threat monitoring; and most recently the first to support an automated flight log solution, SD PostFlight.

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