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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 22nd February 2018 | Issue #452

Data and Design: When Opposites Attract   Business aviation needs to capture, share big data.   Forty Days of Lent has begun
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United States

2017 year-end aircraft shipment and billings

Slight growth in bizjet deliveries - up 1.3%.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the 2017 year-end aircraft shipment and billings numbers at its 'State of the Industry' press conference yesterday (Wednesday 21st).

GAMA Chairman Phil Straub, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Garmin Aviation, announced that airplane shipments globally increased 2.5 percent, from 2,268 units in 2016 to 2,324 units in 2017 from the same reporting companies.

Conversely, airplane billings declined 4.2 percent, from $21.1bn to $20.2bn. Worldwide rotorcraft shipments rose 7.5 percent, from 861 units in 2016 to 926 units in 2017. Rotorcraft billings increased by 1.4 percent, from $3.6bn in 2016 to $3.7bn in 2017.

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Record growth in 2017 springboards Desert Jet into the new year

Palm Springs, California-based business aviation services company Desert Jet reports a remarkable year-over-year growth in 2017 to its charter, FBO and maintenance businesses, with revenues increasing 100%.

Desert Jet added four new aircraft to its charter fleet last year - including three super-mid-sized jets - and saw an upsurge reflecting 40% increase in charter flight hours and 62% increase in charter revenue.

Desert Jet Center, the company’s FBO, also reported significant growth after a year and a half of operations.

Construction of its new 32,000 sq. ft. executive terminal at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Palm Springs/Thermal, California, is currently underway. Desert Jet Center increased traffic to the airport by 17% and captured 35% total market share in 2017.

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Gulfstream to expand in Appleton, Wisconsin

New service center will create approximately 200 jobs.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is to construct a new service center at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport to support its growing customer fleet.

This additional Gulfstream Appleton facility, which will complement the existing hangar and office space, is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2019 and create approximately 200 jobs.

Gulfstream will develop an approximately $40m, nearly 180,000-square-foot/16,723-square-meter maintenance, repair and overhaul facility northeast of the airport terminal. The new building will include a hangar, offices, back shops and support space. The expansion will boost the number of employees at Gulfstream Appleton to more than 1,000.

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Altitude Attitiude

Jordan Walker
Data and Design: When Opposites Attract

Jordan Walker, digital director at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, KS, the Air Capital.


eft brain, meet right brain. Complete opposites.

The left side deals with analytics and numbers. It’s systematic. The right side is intuitive, creative and free thinking. Although they are opposites, when each side works together, it creates a relationship that evolves as it learns. The same is true for marketing’s data and design.

When your data and design teams communicate the insights they find, your resulting messaging packs more punch. Your brand becomes more personal to your client, which leads to improved results. Here’s how.


You want to be at the right place at the right time. This is one of the top reasons why data and design need to work together.

Data can tell you where your target markets are most likely to be, how they use their different devices, and what types of content help them make decisions.

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Data and Design: When Opposites Attract


NBAA identifies Top Safety Focus Areas for 2018

The National Business Aviation Association has released its annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, topics identified by the NBAA Safety Committee as primary risk-mitigation targets for all business aircraft operators.

“The identified focus areas represent the most critical safety-related risks facing business aircraft operators in 2018,” said David Ryan, chairman of NBAA’s Safety Committee.

"This list is the result of spirited collaboration between the dedicated men and women on the Safety Committee, who are committed to not only identifying potential hazards, but also through working with regulators, member companies and other industry stakeholders, to provide the business aviation community with the most effective mitigation tools and strategies.”

The 2018 NBAA Top Safety Focus Areas


Med-Trans partners with Care Flight for service in California and Nevada

Leading national air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation and Care Flight, a medical flight service of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), have partnered to provide helicopter medical service to large parts of Nevada and California.

"Care Flight is thrilled to partner with Med-Trans to provide rotor-wing critical care transportation across the region," said Dean Dow, president and chief executive officer, REMSA - Care Flight. "Med-Trans' safety record and its commitment to patient-care excellence made it an ideal partner for Care Flight."

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Employee accolades at Million Air Medford (KMFR)

Million Air Medford's leadership team has announced its FBO Employee Honors for 2017: Reka Silafaou is named CSR of the Year, Jared Jenkins as Line Tech of the Year and Jennifer Hite as Employee of the Year.

Employees are selected for the annual awards by President Joe Keith, Line Manager Thomas Gamble and Customer Service Manager Laura Sartori who consider an employee’s work ethic, customer service, safety record, impact on the business and customer comments when selecting whom to honor.

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Nick Weston
Nick Weston

At the 455th meeting of the BACA Council on February 15th, Nick Weston of Weston Aviation was elected to the position of BACA Deputy Chairman.

He will share the role with Volker Meissner of ARGUS International during a transition period as BACA moves forward to its next stage of development.

Weston Aviation operates a network of five FBOs in the UK and Ireland; Durham Tees Valley, Humberside International, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield, Newquay and Cork airports.

CEO Nick is well known throughout the industry and has decided the time is right to take on the role of Deputy Chairman.

One of his key aims is to ensure that BACA becomes "the global broker association" representing and speaking on behalf of brokers worldwide.

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United Kingdom

Oriens Aviation inaugurates Oriens Maintenance Services

New Authorised Pilatus Service Centre at London Biggin Hill.

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Centre, formally inaugurated its new MRO facility, Oriens Maintenance Services, at London Biggin Hill Airport on 15 February to an audience of 130 guests, including senior representatives from Pilatus Aircraft, plus three PC-12 NGs on show.

Luca Zatti, Service Centre Manager, Pilatus Aircraft (left), celebrates with Oriens Aviation CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer.

Luca Zatti, Service Centre Manager, Pilatus Aircraft (left), celebrates with Oriens Aviation CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer.

Founder and CEO of Oriens Aviation Edwin Brenninkmeyer highlighted his company is proud to be at the forefront of the single-engine turboprop (SET) revolution, one of the brightest spots in the business aviation industry today.

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Plane Speaking
Plane Speaking

Business aviation needs to capture, share big data

Kathryn B. Creedy.

Kathryn B. Creedy


usiness aviation has always been shrouded in secrecy, confusion and misunderstanding.

But one organization - PrivateFly - is pioneering the aggregation of customer-oriented data and adding it to the limited information the industry provides on aircraft movements and aircraft, all in an effort to lift the veil on an industry that is, rightly or wrongly, seen as Big Boys Toys.

Given the issues facing the private aviation industry - under attack on both sides of the Atlantic - gathering and disseminating intelligence is in the industry’s best interest.

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United States

Flying Colours Corp selected by Conair to complete six Q400MR special mission interiors

Flying Colours Corp, the maintenance, refurbishment and completion specialist, has signed an agreement with fixed wing aerial firefighting aircraft provider Conair Group Inc to modify six production Q400MR aircraft to support multi-purpose missions.

Flying Colours Corp selected by Conair to complete six Q400MR special mission interiors

Flying Colours will be responsible for the engineering, fabrication, installation, certification and completion of four different cabin interiors to support passenger, cargo, combi-transport and medevac special missions.

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United Kingdom

Luxaviation UK, part of the Luxaviation Group, has added an Embraer Legacy 650 to its fleet.

G-SPCY is available to Luxaviation UK clients for charter and will be based alternately at Athens International Airport and one of London’s airports, meaning charter requests can be made from a variety of locations at short notice. The aircraft can accommodate up to 13 passengers, with a maximum flying distance of 3,900 nm (7,222 km).


The Luxaviation UK fleet includes five further Embraer Legacy 600/650s, four Cessna Citation Excels, two Dassault Falcons and more. The new Legacy 650 will become part of the Luxaviation Group’s global fleet of more than 270 aircraft.


RUAG first in Europe to complete 2020 ADS-B avionics compliance modification on Challenger CL601

RUAG Aviation has successfully upgraded the avionics baseline of a Bombardier Challenger CL601 to comply with regulatory mandates for 2020 and beyond.

RUAG first in Europe to complete 2020 ADS-B avionics compliance modification on Challenger CL601

The first upgrade of this kind completed in Europe, the ADS-B Out, FMS 6.1 and LPV requirements were met in full ahead of compliance deadlines. The integration of the avionics upgrades was carried out at RUAG Aviation’s Bombardier Authorized Service Center facilities in Munich, Germany, during a scheduled heavy maintenance visit.

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Mayhemville to Shangri-La

A trip from Chaos to Efficiency

Issam Sultan, managing director of UK flight support company FltCtrl.

A Never Ending Trip

Issam Sultan


nlike any trip, the journey you take to efficiency is a continuous one and will never end as there is always a process or a workflow that can be improved.

The only way to progress is to continue to go forward nonetheless keep an eye on your rearview mirror to avoid falling for the same mistakes again.

In the last five articles, I have shared my experiences in our effort to become more efficient and following is a quick recap of what we have covered.

According to Merriam-Webster, efficiency “is the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time, or energy." Based on this definition, and through trial and error, I have devised a four-step process of creating a more favorable business.

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2017: Another good year for the Daher TBM aircraft

The Daher Airplane Business Unit announced its 2017 delivery totals for the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft yesterday (Wednesday 21st), with 57 TBM 910s and TBM 930s provided to owners and operators during the year.

2017: Another good year for the Daher TBM aircraft

This highlights the aircraft’s success since the Daher group’s takeover in 2008, reinforced by the TBM 900-series introduction in 2014.

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Bizav Newsreel

Bizav Newsreel

This week . . .

Oriens Aviation formally opened their new maintenance hangar at Biggin Hill Airport. The company sold five PC-12s last year and is set to expand its service offering by supporting other types at the former Avalan Aero shop.

Bizav Newreel

Mike Walsh, CEO of Asia Jet and AsBAA board member encourages anyone with an interest in bizav in Asia to attend ABACE in Shanghai, April 17- 19.


FlightSafety completes expansion of Columbus, OH, Learning Center

FlightSafety International has completed the expansion of its Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio. Phase one of the Center opened in 2014.

“The expansion of our Columbus Learning Center is a clear demonstration of our commitment to continuously enhance the training and services we provide to our Customers,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all those involved in the planning and completion of this important project.”

FlightSafety completes expansion of Columbus, OH, Learning Center

With this 63,000 square foot expansion, the Columbus Center now has 14 simulator bays, 29 advanced technology equipped classrooms, 28 briefing and debriefing rooms, as well as facilities for Graphical Flight-Deck Simulators and other training and service areas.

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United Kingdom

Signature's London Luton and Nice FBOs earn IS-BAH certification

Signature Flight Support's London Luton and Nice, France, FBOs have achieved the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) accreditation, following a highly stringent, week-long safety management audit and external assessment by a team of IBAC- accredited (International Business Aviation Council) auditors.

IS-BAH is the industry leading accreditation for the global standard for best business aviation safety practices.

“Congratulations to the teams at Signature Flight Support London Luton and Nice for achieving IS-BAH certification,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for IBAC. “All of us at IBAC commend Signature Flight Support for this accomplishment and recognize their dedication to a safety culture that embraces global industry best practices for business aviation ground handlers.”

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Air Charter Service announces revenue of almost $700m for 2017

Leading aircraft charter specialist Air Charter Service has revealed that the company’s revenue was $677m (£477m) in the financial year ending January 31st 2018, a 39% increase on the previous year.

Across all divisions the company arranged almost 15,000 contracts in 2017, up from 12,500 the year before. The total number of passenger charters was up more than 20% to 8,618 over the year. And cargo flights increased by 11%, to 4,300 contracts arranged across 2017. The company revamped its onboard courier division two years ago and that also enjoyed a good year, increasing job numbers by 52% to 1,670.

Andy Christie

Andy Christie

Andy Christie, Group Director of Private Jet Charters at ACS said: “8,618 is a huge amount of passenger charters - the figure means that, on average, we arranged a passenger flight every hour of every day in 2017. Many of the contracts that we fly are round trips or multi- sector, meaning that in terms of actual flights, the number is well over 15,000.

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Daher inaugurates its third Moroccan plant in Tangier

Daher has strengthened its position in Morocco as an aircraft manufacturer, equipment supplier and service provider, with the inauguration of a new plant in Tangier.

It follows the first site established at Tangier in 2001, and a second created at Casablanca during 2007.

The new plant sits just 500 meters from the other facility in the Tangier Free Zone, near the airport. It will support the ramp-up in production for international aerospace programs partnered by Daher, and provide a platform to better meet the needs of such customers as Airbus for its commercial aircraft and helicopters, as well as Dassault.

The site represents an investment of more than €15m as part of Daher's ongoing development in Morocco, which has a booming aerospace ecosystem.

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Significant increase in private jet first-time buyers

Prices of pre-owned private jets fall by around a third making them more affordable.

Colibri Aircraft, which specialises in the marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft, has reported it has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients buying a private jet for the first-time.

Some 21% of the pre-owned aircraft it has sold in 2017 went to first-time buyers, around 50% higher than in 2016. The average price of a jet it’s sold to a first time-buyer in 2017 was $3.68m.

The company puts the increase in first-time buyers of private jets down to two factors - a rise in the number of high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals, and a fall in the price of pre-owned jets. In Europe, the number of people worth $30m or more is set to rise by 12% between 2016 and 2025.

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Tastefully Yours . . . Pauls Kraft.
Paula Kraft

Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA-based Tastefully Yours Catering.

Forty Days of Lent has begun


or the forty days leading up to Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate Lent.

Well, that’s not exactly true about it being 40 days. Those 40 days don’t include Sundays since they’re celebrated during this season as ‘little Easters’; so there are actually 46 days that pass from the first day of Lent, more properly known as Ash Wednesday.

The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is Mardi Gras, which means ‘Fat Tuesday’. It’s called ‘Fat’ (or ‘Great’) because it's associated with great food and parties.

You may know it as Shrove Tuesday - the day when pancakes are served - traditionally to use up butter and dairy produce before the ritual fast begins.

The Lenten Diet

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Pentastar Aviation completes Honeywell DU-875 LCD cockpit screen upgrade on Global Express

Pentastar Aviation, an authorized Honeywell Dealer headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), has completed its first Honeywell DU-875 flight deck display upgrade on a Global Express, resolving upcoming obsolescence issues on the aircraft.

Pentastar was awarded Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST04194CH for certification of Honeywell’s DU-875 flight deck display upgrade on Global Express airframes early last year, and added Cessna 550, 560 and 560XL; Cessna 750; Dassault Mystere-Falcon 900 and Falcon 900 EX and Learjet 45 series to the Approved Model List (AML) in July 2017.

The DU-875 is a form-fit plug-n-play LCD upgrade that increases display reliability and provides a growth plan to Primus Elite with Enhanced Features (charts, maps, XM Weather) and Advanced Features (SVS) on several of the platforms through additional software and hardware upgrades.

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Gulfstream Aerospace held it’s second annual Sales & Product Support Forum at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria in conjunction with SkyJet Aviation Services, the Gulfstream Authorized Sales Representative for Central Africa.

SkyJet have facilities in Abuja & Kaduna, including hangarage, workshops and offices at both locations.

The Forum - which coincided with the arrival of Gulfstream’s fully outfitted flight-test Gulfstream 500 and the G650ER flagship on static display in Lagos - was attended by crews, engineers, managers and operators, underlining the commitment of both Gulfstream and SkyJet to support all Gulfstream operators in the African region.

Both aircraft came direct from the Singapore Air Show where the G500 made its Asia debut.


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And Finally

Robots driving innovation at SR Technics

Swiss MRO service provider, SR Technics, is partnering with Invert Robotics to implement an innovative robotics solution to enhance its aircraft maintenance inspections.

Developed by Invert Robotics, the robot employs a patented mechanism that explores the airframe surface to assess the required maintenance needs.

Equipped with a high-resolution inspection camera, the robot records and transmits video images to a ground-based screen, which are then analyzed by SR Technics engineers. The use of this new solution enables efficient visual inspections both on the tarmac as well as in the hangar. In addition, the inspection images can be used for more detailed repair assessments and as a record of the current state of the aircraft for future comparisons.

The automated inspections can help reduce the inspection time from hours to minutes. Furthermore, the robot's capabilities can be enhanced by adding functions such as ultra-sound and thermographic testing that allow robots to perform many labour-intensive and tedious maintenance inspection processes more efficiently. read more

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