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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 19th January 2017 | Issue #400
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United States

Trump lures fewer private jets for inauguration than Obama

Donald Trump’s inauguration is set to attract a smaller audience than President Obama’s, at least in the private jet sector, according to private jet booking platform Stratajet.

Ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday, January 20) ceremony, Washington D.C. is expecting fewer flights into its airports than when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Over the corresponding weekend in 2009, despite private aviation suffering the downturn of the 2008 credit crunch, Washington D.C. airports received more than 600 private jet flights. While a higher-than-average influx of private jets is expected into the Capital this weekend, the number of expected flights is set to be dwarfed by that of eight years ago. A spokesperson from Washington Dulles Airport Operations commented that they were “anticipating a minimum of 400 aircraft staying over the period of the weekend.”

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GAMA looks forward to working with Secretary Elaine Chao on GA issues

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed Secretary Elaine Chao’s statement at her confirmation hearing for U.S. Secretary of Transportation that she wants to address “unnecessary bottlenecks” in regulations governing manufacturing processes.

Secretary Elaine Chao

Appearing before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Secretary Chao also said she looks forward to working with the Committee on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s transition to NextGen and facilitating the innovation and creativity necessary for emerging technologies.

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Executive Aircraft Maintenance expands with new ownership in 2017

Executive Aircraft Maintenance, located in Scottsdale, Arizona is now under new ownership.

RCA Avionics LLC purchased Executive Aircraft Maintenance’s hangar operations from Copperstate Turbine Engine Company (CTEC) on October 28th, 2016. The deal included the Executive Aircraft name and both the Maintenance and Avionics operations. The new company is RCA Avionics LLC dba Executive Aircraft Maintenance. The sale will allow both EAM and CTEC to focus more heavily on their individual core competencies and address their customer’s needs.

The acquisition will improve EAM’s ability to service existing customers as well as open up doors for greater capabilities to manage the maintenance and avionics needs on a variety of new airframes. read more

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NBAA mourns the passing of Gene Cernan

National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen reflected this week on the passing of Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, a frequent participant in NBAA events and programs and a long-standing advocate for business aviation.

“Gene Cernan is an American legend whose life will long be a source of inspiration,” noted Bolen. “He was a champion of the global aviation community, and a hero to the next generation of aerospace pioneers. He left his footprints on the moon, and an indelible mark on our hearts.”

Gene Cernan

In 2013, NBAA honored Cernan with its Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, the business aviation industry’s most distinguished honor, in recognition of Cernan's extensive contributions to furthering achievements in aviation and aerospace.

A career U.S. Navy aviator, Cernan flew into space three times over his 13 years, first serving as pilot of the Gemini 9 mission in 1966, which furthered NASA’s understanding of the techniques required for extra-vehicular activities. He later flew two trips to the moon, serving as lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, NASA's final proving mission for the vehicle and procedures to be used for the Apollo moon landings, and as commander of Apollo 17, NASA's final manned moon mission, in 1972.

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FAA and Skypan International reach agreement on UAS enforcement cases

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with SkyPan International, Inc., of Chicago, resolving enforcement cases that alleged the company operated unmanned aircraft in congested airspace over New York City and Chicago, and violated airspace regulations and aircraft operating rules.

Under the terms of the agreement, SkyPan will pay a $200,000 civil penalty. The company also agrees to pay an additional $150,000 if it violates Federal Aviation Regulations in the next year, and $150,000 more if it fails to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement. SkyPan also agrees to work with the FAA to release three public service announcements in the next 12 months to support the FAA’s public outreach campaigns that encourage drone operators to learn and comply with UAS regulations.

The agreement settles enforcement cases involving a $1.9m civil penalty that the FAA proposed against SkyPan in October 2015. It is the largest civil penalty the agency has proposed against a UAS operator.


Bombardier completes 200th 96-month Challenger inspection

Bombardier Business Aircraft reaffirmed its tip-to-tail OEM expertise by announcing its Service Centre Network has completed over 200 96-month heavy inspections on Challenger business jets.

The 96-month inspection on the Challenger business jet is one of the most in-depth maintenance events in the aircraft's lifecycle, which comes due during its eighth year of service and requires a thorough inspection of the airframe, structure and landing gear.

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TRAXXALL Technologies

Rich Anzalone

Aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system provider, TRAXXALL Technologies, has announced the appointment of Rich Anzalone as Vice President, Customer Experience.

As an industry veteran with exceptional experience, Mr. Anzalone’s mandate is to work with TRAXXALL’s customers to better understand their needs and preferences, while ensuring that they derive maximum value from TRAXXALL’s products and services. Rich will also provide sales, operations and product development guidance to TRAXXALL as the company continues to grow and serve more customers.

Rich Anzalone recently concluded a 34-year career at CAMP Systems, having joined as an Aircraft Analyst - with a specialization in Dassault Falcon business jets - progressing to Director of Operations and VP Customer Support and Sales. He earned an Associate degree in airframe and powerplant technologies from the College of Aeronautics (now Vaughn College) in New York City in 1978.


Daher delivers 54 TBM aircraft in 2016 and prepares a new integrated flight deck for the TBM 900

Daher’s Airplane Business Unit has announced the delivery of 54 TBM 900/TBM 930s in 2016, underscoring the success for these latest members of its very fast turboprop aircraft family - which continue to benefit from system enhancements.

North America remained the lead market for TBM aircraft, accounting for 41 of last year’s deliveries to customers in the United States and Canada. Europe was in a solid second position with ten deliveries: composed of four aircraft provided to the United Kingdom, two for France and one each in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Latin America ranked third with two deliveries to Mexico; while Asia-Pacific counted for the remaining delivery, for a customer in Thailand. read more

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United Kingdom

Flying start to 2017 for Luxaviation UK with brand new Mustang and Challenger 350

Luxaviation UK (formerly London Executive Aviation), the UK’s largest private jet charter operator, is celebrating the start of 2017 with the arrival of a Cessna Citation Mustang and a Bombardier Challenger 350 to its fleet, both brand new.

These new additions bring Luxaviation UK’s total fleet number to twenty six. read more

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United States

Aireon announces successful first launch for space-based ADS-B network

Iridium NEXT satellites successfully launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Aireon has announced the successful launch and deployment of the first ten satellites hosting its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system.

Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic management capabilities, providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight tracking across 100 percent of the planet. Currently, more than 70 percent of the earth, including oceanic and remote airspace, has no existing air traffic surveillance. read more

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United Arab Emirates

Falcon Aviation presents world’s first offshore-configured AW169 NG helicopter to Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas community

Falcon Aviation has presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 to Abu Dhabi's Oil & Gas community during a ceremony at the Marina Mall Helipad.

Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil & gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.

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Embraer delivered 43 executive jets - 25 light jets and 18 large - and 32 commercial jets during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Company ended the year with 108 aircraft delivered to the commercial aviation market and 117 to the executive aviation market, totaling 73 light and 44 large executive jets. These numbers are aligned with the estimates reported to the market throughout the year (105 to 110 commercial jets, 70 to 80 light executive jets and 35 to 45 large executive jets).

The total of 225 aircraft for these two markets represents the highest volume of deliveries in the last six years. As of December 31, the backlog totaled USD 19.6 billion.

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Women in Corporate Aviation announces inaugural TAG Aviation Scholarships

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary of providing global pilot and cabin crew training, TAG Aviation has selected Women in Corporate Aviation’s scholarship program as a means to launch two inaugural scholarships.

Current WCA members - age 18 and older - are encouraged to apply for the scholarships between January 9 and March 26, 2017.

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Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade to include light category helicopters

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345 transponders.

The L-3 ADS-B In/Out retrofit upgrade features an intuitive, panel-mounted touch-screen transponder which replaces the aircraft’s existing unit. Should console or cockpit space be a challenge, Vector also offers a remotely mounted transceiver with a compact cockpit control head. read more

United Kingdom

L3 Commercial Training Solutions confirms launch of London Training Center and production facility in 2018

NYC-headquartered L3 Technologies has announced that its L3 Commercial Training Solutions (L3 CTS) unit will partner with Surrey County Council in the United Kingdom on the development and construction of a purpose-built airline training center and production facility for the manufacture of aircraft simulators.

The new training facility, to be named L3 London Training Center, is scheduled to become operational in the second quarter of 2018.

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United Kingdom

The appropriate depth of appraisal is essential for strategic deals, says IBA

Leading independent aviation consultancy, IBA, has responded to Avolon’s Head of Strategy Dick Forsberg’s report assessing aircraft appraisers.

In his response paper, Phil Seymour, IBA’s CEO and the current chairman of the ISTAT International Appraisers’ Program, agrees that the appraisal community needs to better highlight the complexities between types of appraisal so that purchasers have the appropriate depth of research for the specific project.

Seymour also highlights that a broad range of values against complex assets such as aircraft is only to be expected given the variables in play.

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De-icing training and awareness can prolong the life of aircraft brakes and save airline industry millions

Improved de-icing training and awareness of the impact of de-ice fluid could help prolong the life of aircraft brakes and save the airline industry millions, says industry specialist Phil Randell, Managing Director of World Aero, experts in aircraft wheel and brakes.

World Aero sees many brakes come through its EASA/FAA Part-145 certified repair station each year destroyed by de-icing fluid damage. The damage mainly caused by de-icing fluid is from the alkali-metal-salt fluid applied by airports to the runways, which can get transferred on to the wheels (and therefore brakes) when the aircraft is taxiing, taking off and landing.

Unfortunately no practical measures can be taken to avoid this damage caused by runway fluids, but if aircraft de-icing application methods are carried out correctly, then the damage can be minimised as far as possible.

The contamination of aircraft carbon brakes by modern types of de-icing fluid can lead to oxidation of the brake discs, causing serious damage to the wear components.

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Jet Aviation sets record with IS-BAH Standard registrations across its FBO network in EMEA and Asia

Jet Aviation's entire network of FBO facilities across EMEA and Asia has received registration to the IS-BAH Standard (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling) from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

The company operates 11 FBO facilities in EMEA and Asia, all of which operate under one unified safety and quality management system.

The IS-BAH Standard was developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and launched at EBACE 2014. It is based around a safety management system that models the structure and format of the standard for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO). IS-BAH establishes criteria to ensure handling systems, processes and practices meet rigorous safety and security standards.

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

If it smells like fish . . .

ne of the most often asked questions during my training classes is about serving fish
on board.

Questions about its selection, its handling, its cooking or reheating.

There is so much information to share about fish - more than we can cover in one article - so I will attempt to hit the high spots.

First and foremost, keeping fish safe requires proper handling and considerable attention; not only by the caterer, but by the delivery person, the intermediate handlers (the FBO or crew member) right through to onboard handling during, and on completion of, the cooking process. Fish poses a risk for you, A large risk. Fish deteriorates quickly. Fresh fish has as a very short shelf-life and should ideally be consumed within a day or two of purchase. And if the fish has been marked on the grill and left raw (or 80% undercooked to finish on board) it is especially critical to get that fish delivered and wrapped with some sort of ice pack, and close to freezing, as soon as possible.

A few simple rules

I think we should start out with a few rules: (I guess not really rules, but things I want you to know and think about when the catering request has fish on the menu). These are my personal precautions for you. If we lived in an ideal world I would suggest putting fish on the aviation off- imits list. But we don’t, and our passengers want more and more fish served. This requires us all to think outside the box and find the safest possible way to keep the fish from making anyone ill.

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Pattonair achieves ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management of UK operations

Leading aerospace and defence supply chain provider, Pattonair, has achieved the internationally recognised ISO 14001:2015, the latest standard awarded for an organisation’s environmental performance, which takes into account both internal and external elements influencing its environmental impact.

In December 2016, Derby, UK-headquartered Pattonair received the certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS) for using resources more efficiently and reducing waste in its UK operations.

The EMS developed by Pattonair enables it to manage and monitor environmental standards `holistically` as they are applied across its operations, workforce and throughout its supply chain.

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BACA partners with ACE for first ever conference and exhibition

As part of its drive to deliver ever greater value to its members and to enhance the profile and reputation of the air charter industry generally, BACA - The Air Charter Association, has teamed up with Air Charter Expo (ACE) to deliver the Association's first ever conference and exhibition.

ACE '17 takes place at London Biggin Hill airport on 12th September 2017.

BACA works hard to find ways in which it can foster and enhance the mutual standards and understanding between brokers, operators and flight support companies (FBOs, airports, fuel companies and others) in the air charter market to ensure the best levels of client service. ACE '17 aims to provide a unique opportunity in the UK to bring together all of those who work in the air charter market to learn, network and do business together.

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Small overall decline belies solid growth for business jets. The WINGX Report. read

London City Airport past and present Unseen archive photographs commemorate 30th anniversary year. read

Record airlift of thoroughbreds from Ireland to China as 76 animals airlifted from Shannon read

Food Trends for 2017. Paula Kraft, founder and President of Atlanta, GA- ased Tastefully Yours Catering, continues her guide to the new foods for 2017. read

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John Travolta and Harrison Ford gather to celebrate the 14th Annual 'Living Legends of Aviation' Awards
John Travolta, the "Official Ambassador of Aviation," will host the 14th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton, January 20, 2017.

The awards program starts with the "Flown West Tribute" to those Legends lost during 2016; Arnold Palmer, R.A. Bob Hoover and Doolittle Raider David Thatcher. The Legends would also like to acknowledge the recent passing of their colleague, Legend and friend Captain Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.

The Legends will welcome 5 new inductees this year. The new inductees include Ray Conner, Vice Chairman of Boeing Company, Dr. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board for Papillon Group, General Mark Welsh III, recently retired Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, and Nick Popovich, aviation repossession expert.

Phebe Novakovic, Chairwoman and CEO of General Dynamics, will receive the "Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award." She has led General Dynamics on an extraordinarily successful path.

Aviator and actor Treat Williams will present Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, twin brothers, astronauts and Navy Captains with the "Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award." read more

John Travolta to host the 14th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

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