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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 10th August 2017 | Issue #428
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United States

ARGUS: 2017 Mid-Year Business Aviation Review

Halfway through 2017 and US flight activity continues to climb higher with every month recording year over year gains from 2016.

2017 YTD flight activity is up 3.9% from 2016 while flight hours have risen 6.0% for the same period.

Flight activity continues to be very strong in the Part 135 segment. The Fractional industry has finally managed to put the consolidation behind it and has produced solid gains so far in 2017. The Part 91 segment has been relatively flat in 2017.

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NBAA welcomes favorable resolution of East Hampton Airport litigation

At the conclusion of the precedent-setting case for public-use airports nationwide, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Court of New York on Aug. 7 issued a permanent injunction that strikes down access restrictions for New York’s East Hampton Airport (HTO) and resolves multiple years of litigation by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and others.

Federal District Court Judge Joanna Seybert officially ended the litigation by recently signing a permanent injunction against the noise and access restrictions at East Hampton Airport.

“We are gratified that the judicial system upheld our position that the restrictions at East Hampton violated federal law,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “For aircraft operations to be successful, it is essential to have a uniform and consistent set of rules. The courts clearly understand the longstanding policy that our country has a national aviation system, not one subject to a patchwork of local regulations.”

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JETNET releases June 2017 'pre-owned' Aviation Market Report

JETNET has released June 2017 and the first six months of 2017 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, helicopter, and commercial airliner markets.

Key worldwide trends across all aircraft market segments were studied, comparing June 2017 to June 2016. 'Fleet For Sale' percentages for all sectors were down in the June comparisons. June 2017 was the lowest 'For Sale' percentage (10.8%) for business jets that we have seen since the great recession began.

Generally, across all six aircraft sectors reported, inventories are down, and average days on the market improved to 15 fewer days before selling.

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Improve Your Small-Group Presentation Skills

Ashley Bowen Cook, vice president at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

ost of us will do many more small-group presentations in our life than standing in
front of a large crowd.

Whether you’re presenting to an internal team or a group of shareholders, here are a few suggestions to keep your audience engaged and your points remembered.

Provide an overview of what you’re going to say. Set the scene. You don’t have to have a formal speech written out, in fact, please don’t do that. People will tune out. But you shouldn’t completely wing it. Jot down an outline of key points, even if you don’t refer to them when you’re talking. They will help you make a mental map and ensure you hit the points you want to make. It will also help you make them quicker. You will ramble less.

Establish yourself as an expert. But do it quickly. People want to learn from you. Not listen to your life story, though I’m sure it’s fascinating.

Ask if anyone has an experience to share. This invites participation and immediately makes it more of a conversation than a presentation. This kind of discussion can enrich the presentation by making it more relevant and real. Just don’t lose control. Manage your time and move on when you need to.

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GAMA commends Senate on confirmation of key transportation safety officials

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has applauded the U.S. Senate for confirming Robert Sumwalt III as the next National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) Chairman, and David Pekoske as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Since joining the Board in August 2006, Sumwalt has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation. Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, accumulating over 14,000 flight hours. During his tenure at US Airways, he worked on a special assignment to the flight safety department, and served on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance monitoring team.

Robert Sumwalt III, National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) Chairman.

Following his airline career, Sumwalt managed the corporate aviation department for a Fortune 500 energy company. He also chaired the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and co-founded the association’s critical incident response program as well as spending eight years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System.

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Inmarsat demonstrates seamless Global Xpress connectivity in VIP aircraft worldwide test flight

Leading global mobile satellite communication services provider, Inmarsat, has announced the successful completion of its Global Xpress ‘Around the World’ test flight.

The exercise, conducted on a Gulfstream IV aircraft between June 5 and June 11, 2017, covered more than 25,000 miles and demonstrated Global Xpress’ ability to deliver seamless, worldwide coverage across multiple spot beams and satellites.

While government and business users have historically had to manipulate flight plans to avoid gaps in coverage and performance, the test flight enjoyed complete flexibility in route selection. The flight route spanned the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, beginning in the United States with stops in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Australia and Fiji.

A Global Xpress subscription-based data plan was configured for the Honeywell aero Tail Mount Antenna (TMA), with a committed information rate of 4Mbps forward and 1Mbps return but capable of 15Mbps or more. Uniform coverage and service was delivered to the aircraft as it moved across 28 beams with handovers that went unnoticed by users; and 3 satellite-to-satellite handovers that were accomplished seamlessly.

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United States

Raisbeck expands dealer network with addition of Yingling Aviation

Wichita-based Yingling Aviation has joined Raisbeck Engineering's global network of Authorized Dealers.

Yingling was established in 1946 and specializes in a broad range of piston and turboprop aircraft including the Beechcraft King Air.

“We are excited to have an organization with their level of expertise join our dealer network,” said Lynn Thomas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Raisbeck Engineering. “Yingling's established team of aviation professionals combined with a long history in general aviation make them an ideal partner for us. Being well known as a full-service fixed base operation providing 24-hour line service as well as aircraft maintenance, repairs and modifications adds significantly to the Raisbeck Engineering organization.”

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London Biggin Hill Airport

Gary Chapman

London Biggin Hill Airport has announced the appointment of Gary Chapman as its new Chief Financial Officer.

For the last eight years Chapman was Finance Director of Nippon Yusen Kaisha’s (NYK’s) Energy Transport business in London and prior to this, spent six years as their European Head of Tax. He started his career with KPMG, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in accounting, asset finance and corporate governance, as well as in strategic and general business management.

As a key member of the Board, Chapman will take responsibility for asset management, the financing of current and new projects and ensuring that the business and its reporting systems are optimised.

Will Curtis, Managing Director, London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “The airport has entered a period of fiscal growth, which has created some exciting and significant changes. Recent developments include our new 60,000sq ft. hangar and the construction of a 4-star hotel on the airport.”


South Korea

Business aircraft operators should start planning for 2018 Winter Games

Due to the anticipated high-demand on ground services during the 2018 Winter Games, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. recommends that general aviation operators attending this event should begin planning for parking, airport services and crew accommodation immediately.

The Winter Games will be held at PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea February 9-25, 2018.

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New business models, new safety risks

Pilots welcome new EASA guide to mitigate safety hazards.

A new practical guide aimed at better equipping European aviation to manage safety hazards and associated risks that stem from new business models has been welcomed by the European Cockpit Association (ECA).

The practical guide is a recognition that outsourcing safety critical tasks, subcontracting/wet-leasing, crew atypical employment, and other tools to bolster profit and productivity can negatively impact safety.

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United States

Meridian adds another G550 to fleet

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company with locations at Teterboro Airport and Hayward Executive Airport, has added a Gulfstream G550 (N970SG) business jet to its ever-growing managed fleet.

This aircraft is conveniently based in Gary, Indiana (GYY) to serve its Chicago area customers. This ultra long-range jet was manufactured in 2007 and fully refurbished and repainted in 2016. The aircraft is now available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

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United States

National Jets authorized by TSA for DCA Gateway FBO status at FLL

National Jets has a lot to be grateful for this year as it celebrates its 70th anniversary and most recently its approval of becoming Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International's (FLL) newest DCA Gateway FBO under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) - the program that governs business aviation access to Washington’s Reagan National Airport (KDCA).

According to Reggie Nichols, National Jets’ General Manager and FBOSSP Security Coordinator, the application process took approximately three months, which included paperwork, the establishment of a security program, training, and inspections by the TSA. The agency determined that the existing facility would not require modifications to comply with the FBOSSP regulations.

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Bizav Newsreel

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” In 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the crown for first humans to land on another planet, just as the Wright Brothers did with flight more than a century ago now.

As a species we have conquered flying and flight continues to evolve - with massive help from one of the world’s premier space agencies. After wind tunnel testing in Ohio, NASA’s quiet supersonic transport (QueSST) X-plane is on target to start flight tests in three years time.

United States

Northstar Aviation (KPVD) adds on-site Customs to FBO services

Pilots and passengers traveling through Northstar Aviation at Theodore Francis Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, now benefit from the availability of on-site U.S. Customs.

The FBO now has FIS - Federal Inspection Services - right in the FBO for the upmost convenience in international traveling.

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VIP Aviation Handling Company celebrates milestone VistaJet flight

VIP Aviation Handling Company, headquartered at Tbilisi International Airport, recently celebrated the handling of its 150th VistaJet flight.

The occasion was marked at Batumi International Airport (UGSB) on July 27th with a water salute for the aircraft and a sightseeing tour for the crew, who enjoyed some typical Georgian hospitality.

VIP Aviation was established in 2008 and has enjoyed close co-operation with VistaJet for six years. The company operates in six other countries; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is the first and only EBAA member in Georgia.

VIP Aviation Handling Company is now preparing to celebrate another milestone - an overall total of 2,000 flights, 4,000 landings/takoffs and nearly four and a half million KG of fuel uplifted since 2008.


Wijet re-ups with Gama Aviation on fleet maintenance

European jet taxi operator Wijet has extended its maintenance support agreement with Gama Aviation indefinitely.

The deal covers base, line and AOG maintenance support for Wijet’s fleet of 15 Cessna Mustang entry-level business jets, the largest such fleet in Europe.

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United Kingdom

Jet Exchange secures approval for pet transport to Farnborough Airport

Private charter provider Jet Exchange has secured approval to fly pets that comply with DEFRA requirements into Farnborough Airport.

The approval expands on the company’s existing approvals meaning that Jet Exchange can now transport eligible cats, dogs and ferrets into both Biggin Hill and Farnborough, with a further application for Oxford Airport currently in progress.

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Flying Colours first to install combined Rockwell Collins FANS 1/A and ADS-B Out solution on Canadian registered aircraft

Flying Colours Corp. has redelivered the first Canadian registered aircraft to have the Rockwell Collins network’s Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A upgrade installed in combination with Flying Colours ADS-B solution.

The FANS 1/A system, which is available through Rockwell Collins dealers, will improve operating costs, whilst the addition of the soon to be mandatory ADS-B Out technology will help maintain asset value.

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Growth maintained, especially in the Med region

July was the peak month so far in 2017 according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, with 87,826 departures.

This figure represents an increase of 2.5% YOY, taking the YTD trend to 3.0% - an additional 13,950 flights compared to 2016. Activity in July 2017 was also only 1% down from pre-crisis July-2008.

The anniversary of the Euro Football Championships last summer meant that activity was well down in France, also falling in Benelux and Switzerland. 54% of flights from France were Private, these declining by 5% YOY.

Germany had a strong month with flights up by 5% YOY. Most of the increase came in AOC flights which were up by 14%. The UK also maintained some growth; flights up by 2%. Both countries have YTD growth trends approaching 4%. Vs 2016.

Strongest growth in flight activity this month, as throughout the summer, was in the Mediterranean, with business aviation activity in Spain up by 7%, and double-digit growth in flights from Turkey and Greece.

Europe’s business jet connections with Russia were up 6%, and transatlantic arrivals from North America gained 2%, but inbound traffic from Middle East and North Africa fell by 5%. Flights from Europe to Asia-Pac fell 15%, but trend up by 9% YTD.

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United Kingdom

Official opening of International Aviation Academy-Norwich

Local, national and international aspiring aviation students and people seeking a new career in aviation can now realise their dream after the Official Opening this week of the International Aviation Academy-Norwich at Norwich Airport.

The building was officially opened by Group Captain Carol Vorderman, Air Cadet Honorary Ambassador and Air Commodore Dawn McAfferty, Commandant of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, at a ceremony at the Academy. Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman of Rigby Group plc and owners of Norwich Airport, also announced their support for the building’s Board Room and Seminar Room.

The plans, unveiled in September 2013, were to create an Aviation Academy at the Airport to provide a centre of excellence for education and skills training in aviation, delivered in partnership with the region’s employers, education groups and local authorities. Today, this new state of the art Aviation Academy, part of the airport’s ambitious expansion plans, is already training the next generation of aviation engineers with more areas of aviation to follow.

The academy is a Joint Enterprise between Norse Group and Aviation Skills Partnership. It is supported by a core group of founding partners, including Norfolk County Council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norwich City Council, KLM UK Engineering, Norwich Airport, KLM UK Engineering, City College Norwich, University of East Anglia, and Broadland District Council. It is based at the airport site, and is equipped to provide training to 400-500 students at any given time.

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New MyHandling release enables a seamless FL3XX integration

MyHandling, a global provider of business aviation handling systems, has announced its partnership with FL3XX, the leading aviation management platform for the business aviation industry.

The API integration between the two companies is going to streamline the process of handling requests enabling a richer, faster and easier way to set up flight confirmations.

This latest enhancement will further enable FL3XX users to utilize MyHandling as a handling booking platform, allowing for more efficient use of resources and effective communication capabilities. Since its initial design, 30+ FBOs have implemented MyHandling software, including Bergen (ENBR), Grenoble (LFLS), Chambery (LFLB), Barcelona (LEBL), and the entire Skyvalet network (in France and Spain).

“We are pleased to be working with a quality partner that is as committed to helping schedulers and flight planners as we are with handling agents," said Pascal Meyer, GM and founder of MyHandling. "The integration between MyHandling and FL3XX simplifies both booking and managing handling requests. Schedulers, flight dispatchers or even sales can run a more successful business and take better care of clients.”

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

Vacation Season

Or should I say Traveler’s Tummy Season, Montezuma’s Revenge Season or Where is the Nearest Bathroom Season?

he mere lifestyle of our industry - travel, travel and more travel, might make us
think we’re immune to ‘traveler’s tummy’ when on a holiday.

We anticipate and plan for summer holidays all year long. We invest a great deal of time, money, energy, and planning to have the perfect time away from work; time to unwind, regroup, refresh, and rejuvenate our body, mind, and soul. The last thing you want to encounter while on holiday are digestive issues that cause you to spend your vacation time in or near a toilet.

It’s not that the food around the world is dangerous or bad for you. You’re on holiday. You’re on a culinary adventure, experimenting with new foods, new cocktails, regional delicacies. Your body is not accustomed to the microbiological make-up of the water, foods, and ingredients that cause you gastrointestinal problems.

I’m not saying that some food is not contaminated and toxic, but the majority of traveler’s tummy is due to the fact that - through lack of exposure - you’re more sensitive to certain microorganisms found in the food and water at your vacation spot.

I have some helpful, common sense ideas for you, your family, your passengers and flight crew to prevent the gastrointestinal disaster from occurring.

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FCG OPS extends its geographical scope of services

Riga, Latvia-based Flight Consulting Group’s ground handling services have been extended to include Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

The company's flight operations control & dispatch center - FCG OPS - now covers all the CIS countries, the Baltic States and Scandinavia.

“Unlike in Western Europe, the organization of ground handling services in Scandinavia is not an easy task," says Sergey Starkov, head of the FCG OPS dispatch centre. "There are countless specific nuances, especially in remote northern airports. This is why many large operators are ready to entrust us with all of their Scandinavian flights from A to Z.”

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Air BP’s Sterling Pilot Scholarship gains momentum as third awardee is announced

Air BP has awarded this year’s Sterling Pilot Scholarship to 17 year old Hertfordshire student, Robert Norris, who becomes the third awardee since the scholarship was launched in 2015. The scholarship, which is valued at around £10,000, aims to assist aspiring UK pilots with little or no experience of flying to achieve a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Through the scholarship Robert wants to work towards fulfilling his dream of flying a Boeing 777 as a commercial airline pilot. He gained his first flying experience at RAF Wittering aged 15 as a member of the Air Cadets. He has since tried gliding as well as pursuing his interest in aviation by often visiting the RAF Museum, London.

Robert Norris

Robert has already logged his first hours at Cambridge Aero Club, which is near the sixth form college where he is studying `A` levels. He then plans to continue his education and complete a degree in aeronautical engineering.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017: A good year for Daher at the world’s leading aviation event

Daher has recognized the TBM community’s strong presence at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with the participation of 60 TBM very fast turboprop airplanes – once again representing the largest number of turbine-powered aircraft at the annual fly-in.

Several TBMs made long flights to join the world-leading aviation gathering at Wittman Regional Airport, with eight coming from Europe (including an airplane piloted by David Fabry, manager of Flying Smart - the U.K. TBM distributor), and a TBM 900 from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Additionally, Daher’s annual customer appreciation dinner was attended by more than 400 invited guests.

For its appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Daher showcased its two latest production aircraft: the TBM 930 and TBM 910; and also brought the full-scale replica of the Morane-Saulnier Type L aircraft - a century-old ancestor to the TBM product line, which attracted a steady flow of visitors during the event, held July 24-30.

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TAG Geneva’s FBO lounges showcase Summer art exhibition by Swiss street artist Joule Champod
An exclusive contemporary street art exhibition entitled ‘The Caps Collection’ by the inspirationally talented Swiss graffiti artist Joule Champod will be on display throughout August and September at TAG Aviation’s state-of-the-art FBO lounges located at Geneva International Airport.

‘The Caps Collection’ pays homage to Joule Champod’s spray caps, which for an artist have become loyal travelling companions on his many trips around the world. Each works effectively like a paintbrush and it is rare to see a creative instrument have accidentally become a creation of its own.

The exhibition features a selection of works taken from a collection of thirty pieces of Champod’s most breath-taking frescoes, amassed over nearly three decades of his art.

Alongside this, inspired collaborations with chocolate maker Marc-André Cartier - who together this year have created their first ever street art chocolate caps - will provide a delicious temptation for both the eyes and the palate for visiting passengers to TAG’s VIP FBO lounges to enjoy throughout the summer. read more

Artist Joule Champod

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