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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 21st September 2017 | Issue #432
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Over 40,000 aircraft now equipped with ADS-B

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed the news that as of September 1, rule-compliant Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment is now on board over 40,000 aircraft flying in the United States.

Air traffic control system modernization activities are accelerating worldwide. It is vital that aircraft owners begin to make informed decisions about how to comply with emerging and existing regulatory mandates by selecting the right equipment for their aircraft’s typical mission. The FAA has estimated that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to be equipped with ADS-B Out before the January 1, 2020, mandate.

“We’re now just over two years out from the FAA compliance deadline,” said GAMA President and CEO
Pete Bunce. “As we move forward, knowing that date will not change, it is essential that those operators who haven’t yet, make a plan for equipage to avoid having their aircraft grounded and losing its residual value.”

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Bombardier continues to expand worldwide parts availability for bizav customers

New depots in Miami, Florida and Tianjin.

Bombardier Business Aircraft confirmed its continued expansion of worldwide parts availability for its growing fleet of Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.

As part of the company's commitment to operators in the United States, Latin America, and Asia, Bombardier Business Aircraft recently opened parts depots in Miami, Florida and Tianjin, China.

"Our focus has been and continues to be on keeping our worldwide services network aligned with the needs of our customers in every region," said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience. "With an increasing fleet of business jets, we're continually expanding our network and services offerings to maximize the efficiency of our customers' aircraft operations."

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Med-Trans celebrates 35 years of making a difference

Med-Trans Corporation joined team members past and present across 26 states on Monday to celebrate 35 years of safely making a difference in the outcomes of the patients they have served.

From the company's early focus that began in the upper Midwest community of Bismarck, N.D. to today being a leading provider of medical transportation solutions, now calling the suburbs of north Dallas home, Med-Trans has a proud history.

Over these past 35 years, the company has transported and cared for more than 250,000 patients under the pillars of Safety, Premier Patient Care and Service/Relationship Integrity. Med-Trans has grown into a leading national medical transport provider, focused on establishing intimate relationships with leading health systems, medical centers, and EMS agencies.

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Time to rethink your vision and values?

Sonia Greteman, president and creative director, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency based in Wichita, the Air Capital.

rands need to evolve just like the organizations and companies they represent.

Maybe your services have changed or you have new leadership. Maybe you need to move into new markets and connect with different audiences.

A first step is to take a good hard look at your company vision, mission and values. And if necessary, develop new ones. I have peers whose eyes glaze over at the thought. Or even when faced with giving them a needed review. I’m the opposite. My eyes dance. I see this as an opportunity. To discover, create, and, if necessary, evolve.

One of the most-liked and respected brands: Southwest

Just to ensure we’re on the same page with these terms, here’s what I mean when talking about vision, mission and values. Southwest Airlines offers great examples of each.

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Raisbeck receives STC approval for composite five-blade swept propellers

Raisbeck Engineering has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA for its new Composite five-blade Swept Propeller for the Beechcraft King Air 350.

The composite five-blade Swept Propeller, designed to improve King Air comfort, performance and efficiency, was developed in collaboration with Hartzell Propeller. At 106 inches in diameter, Raisbecks composite five-blade Swept Propeller reduces weight and contributes to improved short field and climb performance, while providing strength and durability expected from modern composites. The new composite propellers have an extended 3,000-hour, three-year warranty and unlimited blade life.

“This is a significant milestone in our journey to market entry for a composite five-blade Swept Propeller,” said company CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Tony Armstrong. “We couldn't be happier and our new propeller will further enhance the King Air 350 performance. We believe King Air operators will truly enjoy flying with these new propellers.”

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Leaders and Legends to headline NBAA opening session

The National Business Aviation Association has announced an outstanding lineup of aviation industry leaders and legends for the Opening General Session, taking place on Oct. 10, to kick off the association’s 2017 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

At the session, held on the show’s exhibit floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, attendees will hear from Rep. Dina Titus (D-1-NV), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, newly confirmed National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt and famed NASA Apollo 13 commander, Capt. James A. Lovell.

“NBAA’s convention always brings together top leaders to share their perspectives, and that will clearly be the case this year, when we’ll have an opportunity to hear from speakers with long-standing service to the country, and from all corners of the aviation and aerospace industries,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are very excited to welcome this group, and we look forward to hearing their insights about the policies and issues shaping business aviation today.”

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Nomad Aviation


Thomas Koehli

Swiss-based Nomad Aviation has appointed Thomas Koehli as the company’s Chief Executive Officer as of October 1st.

Koehli will lead the management team and will be in charge of the Nomad Aviation group. He succeeds his father Heinz Koehli who, as Executive Chairman, will concentrate on company expansion. In addition to his new assignment Thomas keeps his role in leading the Charter Sales and Ground Operations Department.

Thomas joined Nomad Aviation in September 2016 as Senior VP Sales and Ground Operations. He previously spent 18 years with a reputed ground handling company at Zurich International airport, having risen to vice president and member of the executive management.

TAG Aviation


Steve Bull

Steve Bull has been appointed Customer Support Director for TAG Aviation’s Farnborough Maintenance Services Centre (TFMS) and will take up his position from 1st October.

He replaces the position held by John-Paul Williams who is stepping down in order to pursue a more technical based career.

Steve Bull will be responsible for all aspects of customer support interface and will oversee TFMS’ dealership agreements. He brings over twenty years’ experience gained working in Sales and Customer Support functions within the commercial and business aviation industry.


United States

Embry-Riddle safely relocated 62 aircraft from Florida to Alabama as Hurricane Irma loomed

In the rainy early morning hours of Saturday, September 9 - about six hours before Hurricane Irma churned into the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm - 62 flight instructors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University piloted a fleet of small airplanes to two locations in Alabama.

The pilots, navigating 44 Cessna 172, 9 multi-engine Diamond 42, 8 Piper Arrow, and 1 Beechcraft Baron aircraft through a thick band of rain, were grateful to be hosted by Auburn University and Atlantic Aviation.

More than 60 flight instructors assisted with relocating airplanes to Alabama.

A new video conveys the urgency and complexity of Embry-Riddle’s fleet relocation effort right before Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key on the morning of September 10.

United States

Honeywell's new connected flight planning iPad app optimizes routes and improves safety

Honeywell has released its latest flight planning application for the Connected Aircraft, GoDirect Flight Bag Pro, to business aviation pilots.

Pilots can create and file flight plans for easy reference, calculate and compare aircraft cruise modes to increase performance, and access real-time weather updates to ensure the aircraft arrives at the destination on time. GoDirect Flight Bag Pro is available via an iPad app, and versions for other tablets are in development.

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Jet Aviation invites first customer at new Bedford FBO to cut ribbon

Jet Aviation celebrated the opening of a new FBO at Hanscom Field at Boston/Bedford last month with a ribbon-cutting performed by the first customer to enter the building.

The two-story, 12,000-square-foot facility opened for business officially after the red ribbon was cut by Bob Braceland, director, Executive Aircraft Operations at Raytheon, who served as the ceremonial first customer. The opening was followed by a catered lunch for Jet Aviation’s tenants, customers and staff at the FBO.

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Silver Air expands fleet in the LA basin with new Citation Excel at Van Nuys

Private jet manager and charter operator, Silver Air, has added a Citation Excel to its expanding fleet of managed jets in the United States, furthering the company’s presence and availability in the Los Angeles basin.

Leading with its PURE Management model, Silver Air continues to grow strategically while serving an expanding charter base and more owners who are benefiting from the company’s owner-advocacy approach.

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Bizav Newsreel

This week it's all about the UK . . .

Coverage from the Air Charter Expo (ACE17) at Biggin Hill and a special Piaggio Aerospace event in conjunction with their UK distributor, ConnectJets.

ConnectJets CEO, Gabriella Somerville.

There's also a report from Rendcomb Airfield, home of the Breitling Wingwalkers - the world's only professional wingwalking team - where Sherrill Semple performs a wingwalk on behalf of Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.


ExecuJet’s Zürich FBO gains IS-BAH Stage II accreditation

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, has seen its Zürich FBO gain the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage II accreditation, making it the first FBO facility in Switzerland to do so.

The Zürich FBO is based at the ExecuJet Aviation Centre at Zürich International Airport and features a private hangar, private ramp, VIP lounge and separate pilot’s lounge.

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Inmarsat to demonstrate advanced SwiftBroadband-Safety capabilities in flight trial with FLYHT

Experimental aircraft to showcase cutting-edge technology that enhances safety and operations for the global aviation industry.

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, will demonstrate its advanced new SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) solution in a flight trial with FLYHT, a leader in real-time aircraft intelligence and cockpit communications.

The evaluation will commence later this year using an experimental trial aircraft that enables a range of conditions to be assessed. It will use the capabilities of Inmarsat’s next-generation SB-S solution to provide secure, high-speed global connectivity to enhance airline safety, security and operations.

FLYHT will provide equipment and software, including its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) product and UpTimeTM Cloud flight management server, together with technical support for the flight trial.

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European Aviation satellite confirmed ready for commercial service

Inmarsat has confirmed that the European Aviation satellite has successfully completed its in-orbit tests and now stands ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes ‘live’ later this year.

The satellite, built by France’s Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in June this year.

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Air BP renews contract at Albert Picardie Airport

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, continues to strengthen its presence in France with the announcement that it has renewed its contract to provide fuel operations at Albert Picardie Airport (BYF/LFAQ) for 15 years.

The contract which is effective immediately, follows 10 years of successful collaboration between the two companies. The contract renewal reinforces Air BP’s offering in France which is one of 94 Air BP supplied airports in the country.

The airport continues to attract international business aviation traffic from China, Russia and the US and is currently growing at an impressive rate of 40% per annum, based on year-on-year movements. One of the airport’s major customers is the Airbus Group.

Air BP was selected based on its track record of success and its strength in the general aviation sector.

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BP announces $10m investment and strategic partnership with on demand jet charter marketplace Victor

BP Ventures is lead investor in Victor's $20m fundraising round.

BP has announced an initial investment and the creation of a strategic partnership between its BP Ventures and Air BP businesses with Victor, one of the world’s leading ‘on-demand’ marketplaces for private jet charters.

As part of the partnership, BP Ventures has committed to investing $10m in Victor. In addition, Air BP has entered into a commercial agreement to become the preferred fuel supplier for flights arranged via the Victor digital platform at Air BP locations.

This investment is part of BP Ventures strategy to invest to accelerate the development, commercial viability and deployment of digital technologies and offers across the BP group. Air BP, which has a growing digital presence, stands to further benefit from this new collaboration.

Victor’s customer-friendly mix of ‘hi-tech and high touch’ has delivered 946% revenue growth over recent years.

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Aircraft charter expected to be crucial to World Cup logistics next year

Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, says that aircraft charters will be an essential part of logistics for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Group Director of ACS’s Commercial Jets division, Matthew Purton, commented: “The 2018 championship in Russia throws up a variety of problems with regards to getting people around. Russia is a huge country and the distance between some of the stadiums is more than 1,700 miles, which is a long coach ride!

Matthew Purton

"With only Russian registered airlines being able to perform domestic flights in the country, this drastically limits the choice of aircraft able to transport the teams and fans from hotels and training camps to matches."

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VIP flight attendant training by Training Solutions - 10 years of success

Swiss VIP flight attendant training specialist Training Solutions is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Established in 2007 with one business aviation client, the company has now trained over 1,200 flight attendants from 70 countries.

Training Solutions' founder and course leader, Dietmar Duller, has personally conducted over 170 training courses:

"What sets us apart from our competition is that we focus only on customer service excellence and we welcome both experienced private jet flight attendants and commercial cabin crew at the same time," he says.

Dietmar Duller

"Training courses are based on 'learning by doing', using real case scenarios and with constant interaction. Many commercial flight attendants have used our training to get an overview of the business aviation industry and have gone on to work in the private sector.

"Today we have twenty business aviation companies and more than 30 private jet owners in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa who trust us with educating their VIP cabin crew. We look forward to continuing our success story by welcoming many more in the future."

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

Bugs on a Plane

s 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.

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Mainstream Aviation pioneering aviation standards

With construction work on Accra-Kotoka International's new Terminal 3 flagship project moving into top gear some operators at the airport have had to change location to facilitate this major development.

The airport expansion supports the country's ambition to upgrade its vital infrastructure by modernising and transforming the airport into a gateway for West Africa and as a regional aviation hub. It is also expected to contribute to the country's economy by facilitating market connectivity and by reducing the cost of doing business.

One of the effected companies is Mainstream Aviation. They are now well into the process of relocating to a purpose built facility which will house their Dispatch, Permit & OCC offices as well as aircraft charter and management teams.

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Universal Avionics' UniLink receives first European DLS Capable approval

Complies with 2020 European data link services mandate.

Universal Avionics has received EASA Supplemental Type Certification for a UniLink UL-801 Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 upgrade on a Bombardier CL-600-2B16 (601-3A Variant), complying with the February 2020 European Data Link Services (DLS) Mandate.

The certification was awarded to Avionics Integration & Engineering Corporation AG and marks the first European DLS capable approval for the Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit.

"Data link is a cornerstone of the Single European Sky and the FAA's NextGen initiatives and will continue to improve safety and efficiency for operators," said Carey Miller, Universal Avionics Director of Corporate Programs and Business Development. "Our UniLink UL-800/801 now has the capability to meet the data link requirements around the globe," he added.

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New support tools allow for increases in airspace capacity

Within the scope of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme , the German air navigation service provider DFS and the software company GLVI (Gesellschaft für Luftverkehrsinformatik) have developed a highly performant system to assist air traffic controllers in monitoring flight paths.

During large-scale simulations, air traffic controllers were able to control up to 20 percent more traffic when using the Controller Assistance Tool (CATO) while safety levels remained high.

DFS and GLVI want to continue their partnership that commenced in 2011 to include research on additional functions that will result in further automation of air traffic control in the future.

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Legendary aircraft from Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Battle of Britain go up for auction

Movie aircraft are amongst 600 lots of movie memorabilia in an upcoming £3m auction in London on Tuesday 26th September 2017.

A full-size Stampe SV.4 Biplane (pictured) from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning adventure sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy is estimated to sell for between £20-£30,000.

The Biplane, together with hundreds of other lots, will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September 2017 at London’s BFI IMAX, presented by ODEON.

A free public preview exhibition is now open until the day of the sale at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, London.

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