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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 22nd June 2017 | Issue #421
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United States

NBAA opposes call for ATC giveaway in House FAA bill

General Aviation groups united in opposition to ATC privatization.

The National Business Aviation Association has stated its opposition to legislation containing a breathtaking giveaway of sweeping authority over the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system to a new entity governed by private interests.

The legislation is designed to reauthorize funding and programs for the FAA. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) unveiled the bill yesterday (Wednesday 21st June) as a long-term measure to fund the FAA after the current budget extension expires Sept. 30, 2017.

“As Congress debates FAA reauthorization, NBAA has continually supported measures aimed at aviation system modernization. It is imperative we ensure the U.S. has the world’s best air transportation system, today and in the future,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said.

“But let’s not confuse modernization with privatization. Our nation's ATC system is and always will be a monopoly, and that monopoly must operate in the public’s best interest. This bill proposes to strip control over that monopoly from the public’s elected representatives, and essentially hand sweeping authority to a group of private parties, which will likely make decisions based on their business interests.”

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Paris Air Show

Rolls-Royce, Purdue University and State of Indiana announce new initiatives to develop next-gen jet engine components

Rolls-Royce, Purdue University and the State of Indiana announced a new $24m jointly-funded program during the International Paris Air Show that further strengthens the state’s leadership position in the aerospace industry.

This new initiative will establish unique gas turbine research capabilities at Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories which will focus on advanced turbine aerodynamic and heat transfer technologies. Rolls-Royce will apply these technologies to jet engine airfoil components - blades and vanes - in current and next-generation jet engines produced at the company’s Indiana facilities.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is supporting this partnership with $6m over the next three years through the Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, which promotes Indiana economic growth and innovation-driven public-private partnerships. Purdue University is supplying facilities and equipment infrastructure investments of $8m, with Rolls-Royce committed to contribute up to $10m.

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HondaJet wiring package contract awarded to GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business has signed a contract with Honda Aircraft Company to manufacture the complete electrical wiring and interconnection system (EWIS) for the market-leading HondaJet.

HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet being manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Adriaan Leyte, Vice President of Business Development for GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business, said: “We are delighted to extend our involvement on this important and exciting program. This contract extension builds upon our successful relationship with Honda Aircraft and we are proud to be part of the team.”

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First AfBAC EXPO to take place at ExecuJet South Africa's Lanseria facilities

Following hard on the heels of EBACE, the African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, is pleased to announce that ExecuJet South Africa’s Lanseria facility will be the first venue for Africa’s new dedicated business aviation conference, exhibition and static display, AfBAC EXPO.

Gavin Kiggen, Director, ExecuJet Africa and Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA, signed the agreement during this year’s annual convention in Geneva.

When AfBAC EXPO kicks off on 29 November 2017, ExecuJet will welcome international attendees from Africa, and beyond, to its modern, purpose built, facility at Lanseria International Airport.

With a total footprint of more than 18000 sqm the facility is well-positioned to accommodate the needs of a one day conference on the 29th November, and two-day exhibition and static display on the 30th November and 1st December.

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United States

Advent Aircraft Systems’ eABS granted EASA certification

Advent Aircraft Systems (Tulsa, OK.) has taken their patented eABS anti-skid braking system worldwide, confirming orders from Australia, Canada and Norway.

The orders come on the heels of EASA certification for the eABS on PC-12/PC-12NG and King Air B300 aircraft. Advent has launched Transport Canada and Australia CAA certification processes for the same aircraft, with the King Air B200 to be added to the approvals once FAA certification for that model is achieved, currently planned for July.

The company’s first European order was received from Sundt Air AS, Gardemoen, Norway for a King Air 250. In Australia, Pilatus dealer Premiair Aviation Maintenance has ordered an initial three PC-12 eABS kits, with Australia CAA acceptance of the FAA STC pending completion of the first PC-12 installation.

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Avflight Harrisburg developments underway

Major developments are underway at Avflight's FBO in Harrisburg, Penn. (KMDT). The FBO will break ground this month on phase one of the development plan: a new FBO facility, to be completed by January 31, 2018.

The 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art FBO building will feature a conference room, kitchen, pilot lounge, three private pilot rooms, office spaces, a catering kitchen and more. The FBO facility will be finished in the contemporary Avflight style for which the brand is known.

Avflight’s facility will be situated in a premier location on the airport field next to the main terminal and across the street from a new Marriott-property hotel, which is currently under construction.

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Global Jet Capital


Christopher H. Paul

Global Jet Capital has announced the appointment of Christopher H. Paul as Senior Managing Director and General Counsel.

He will be responsible for the leadership of the company’s worldwide legal organization with a mandate focused on accelerating growth through domestic and international markets.

Chris has extensive experience working in aircraft financing and M&A activities, and joins from CIT Aerospace, a global aerospace financing business which owned, financed and managed a fleet of more than 350 commercial aircraft valued at more than $11bn, where he served as General Counsel.

In more than 20 years practicing law, Chris has gained significant experience in commercial transactions, corporate governance, M&A and corporate finance. He received his Bachelor's degree from Colgate University and his Law degree from The University of Connecticut School of Law. Chris is admitted to the bar in Connecticut and New York.

Million Air Medford


Ramon Ochoa

Million Air Medford (KMFR) has announced the appointment of Ramon Ochoa as is its new quality control supervisor.

Ramon is responsible for assisting with audits and performing regular tests on the FBO’s fuel trucks and tanks on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis to ensure high-performance and industry standard compliance.

He has served Million Air MFR as a dedicated line technician for the past two years and during this time has exhibited a depth of knowledge for the business and fueling operations.

Before coming to work for Million Air MFR, Ramon worked as a line technician at Atlantic in Ontario, CA, and at LAX.


Paris Air Show

Boom Supersonic unveils refined XB-1 Demonstrator design

Sales to-date now total 76 airplanes, across 5 major airlines.

Boom Supersonic has unveiled the completed design of the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, the subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner.

When it flies next year, the XB-1 will be the world’s fastest civil aircraft, and it will demonstrate in flight the key technologies for mainstream supersonic travel.

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Paris Air Show

Commemorating a century of French and American partnership in flight

Tom Kallman (center), president and CEO of Kallman Worldwide (organizers of the USA Partnership Pavilion), presented French President Emmanuel Macron with an historical photo of Compte Charles de Lambert flying a Wright Flyer around the Eiffel Tower in October of 1909.

The photo is framed with an inset card signed by Orville Wright and Lambert, and validated by their thumbprints. Joining Kallman for the presentation were Gerri Cozic, VP of Kallman Worldwide (right) and Amanda Wright Lane (not pictured), great grand-niece of the Wright brothers.

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Jet Aviation FBOs worldwide achieve IS-BAH Stage 1

All 21 Jet Aviation FBOs worldwide have qualified for Stage 1 registration to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

The 10 Jet Aviation FBOs in the U.S. and Caribbean recently joined the 11 FBOs in EMEA and Asia in achieving the qualification, demonstrating the company's dedication to ensuring that all customers uniformly receive the maximum level of safe and secure ground-handling services at every Jet Aviation FBO around the world.

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Paris Air Show

Daher showcases new TBM 910 in air taxi role at Paris Air Show

Daher has been showcasing the TBM 910 - the latest member of its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family - for use in rapid and efficient air taxi service at this week's International Paris Air Show.

This focus comes after Europe’s recent approval of commercial operations with pressurized single-engine turboprop aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and at night, reflecting the growing acceptance of such operations worldwide.

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Bizav Newsreel

Bienvenue à Paris!

In addition to a handy guide on how to survive Le Bourget, there's news from Paul Cardarelli, VP of sales for JetNet. He reports that JETNET iQ has discovered that total business jets cycles in the USA for 2016 were just under 4.4 million. While this metric has sustained a positive trajectory since the recession, he cautions that it was 2003 when the US fleet last recorded a similar level cycles.

"That was over a decade ago, when the US fleet was roughly 5,000 fewer business jets than it is today. This is a clear indication that a state of over supply continues to exist for the business jet fleet and that perhaps some 3,000 older business jets in the US are likely parked.”

Paris Air Show

GKN celebrates more than 20 years as key Gulfstream supplier

For over two decades, GKN Aerospace has been a proud supplier to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) on all of the company’s large- and ultra-large-cabin programs, including the latest G500 and G600 business jet programs.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business began participating in Gulfstream’s very successful business jet programs in 1993. Activities started with the design and build of the empennage and thermoplastic floor panels for the GV, followed by the common rudder for the G450/G550.

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Piper launches M600 demo tour of Africa with Piper dealer, NAC

Piper Aircraft Inc. and National Airways Corporation (NAC) - Piper's sales representative in Africa - are collaborating to exhibit the M600, the company's flagship product, throughout the continent of Africa during the month of July.

The aircraft will make stops in several key countries as it makes its way to South Africa. Following an aggressive demo schedule commencing down the West Coast the M600 will also stop in Nigeria, Angola, and Namibia, following which it will stay in South Africa for a couple of days performing demonstrations, and then travel north along the East coast of Africa, making stops in Malawi, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Egypt. This will be the first time that an M600 aircraft is on display in Africa.

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United States

Kestrel secures management of another new BBJ 787

Follow-on from its pioneering, world’s first VVIP BBJ 787.

Kirkland, WA-based Kestrel Aviation Management has secured the right to manage a new Boeing BBJ 787-8 on behalf of a European investor.

Kestrel secured this business based on its previous role of purchasing, co-designing, modifying and selling on a turn-key basis the world’s first BBJ 787 on behalf of another investor.

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Paris Air Show

Honeywell and NASA bring supersonic flight to the masses to cut flight time in half

New technology will help mitigate sonic booms over populated areas, bringing the aerospace industry closer to supersonic flight.

Honeywell and NASA have completed a two-year test to determine the most effective way to show pilots flying supersonic jets where people on the ground may hear sonic booms, potentially eliminating one of the primary barriers to the broad adoption of supersonic flight.

The testing program successfully integrates predictive software and display technology into business jet cockpits, and demonstrated how pilots can see where, and how, sonic booms would affect the population on the ground.

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United Kingdom

Flightworx maintains premium service with ISO 9001 assessment success

Flightworx, a UK leader in flight support solutions, is celebrating successfully passing its first annual continuing assessment of the ISO 9001 standard since it was awarded in 2016, demonstrating the company’s commitment to continuously improving its service.

ISO 9001 is a voluntary global code of best practices for companies, assessed through a quality management system, which crucially recognises that organisations need to have systems and processes in place to deliver industry-leading services and products to customers.

Assessments are made annually by the British Standards Institution (BSI) to ensure on-going compliance, whilst total re-certification is required every three years.

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Returnjet and GlobeAir pioneer the first online charter quote and booking tool

GlobeAir, the leading European private jet operator with the largest fleet of Citation Mustang jets, announces a ground-breaking first AUTOMATIC booking via the Returnjet Platform, thanks to the integration of its revolutionary API (Application Programming Interface) developed by BoldIQ.

The API is driven by the latest web-based software technologies and interfaces with Returnjet’s online platform to deliver instant nett pricing to brokers, including integrated aircraft performance and availability check, together with an end-to-end booking process.

Within minutes of going live GlobeAir announced that their first automated booking had been successfully received. GlobeAir regularly takes booking via the Returnjet platform but this is the first using this revolutionary technology.

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

Let’s drink our way to healthy

knew that would get your attention!

You think I am talking about beer, wine or alcohol, right?

Not really. We all agree that water is the best way to stay hydrated, and those in the air need loads of water on hand. Good, clean, fresh water . . . be it a designer brand or generic.

There are actually more beverages that we might want to think about stocking on the aircraft (than the usual sodas, alcohol and juice) that will come in handy for all kinds of situations.

We can divide our need for drinks into several categories; for fitness, for aiding an illness, for general overall health, and for adult enjoyment.

For most of the suggestions I am about to make, you will probably find the supplies on board your aircraft in the galley or pantry.

If not, some of these beverage suggestions might be worth considering as a galley addition.

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ATR sees strong market potential for ATR 42-600 with enhanced STOL capabilities

The ATR 42-600S could reach runways of 800 meters and create new business opportunities.

ATR is finalising the evaluation for the launch of a version of the ATR 42-600 with enhanced Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities. The regional turboprop aircraft manufacturer is ready to offer this new version, the ATR 42-600S, to its current and potential customers.

The ATR 42-600S will substantially reduce the minimum length of runway required to take-off and land with full passenger capacity, down to only 800 meters. By improving these capabilities of the ATR 42-600s, hundreds of airports with runway lengths between 800 and 900 meters will be able to welcome the aircraft, thus increasing business opportunities for its operators.

As of today, a large and ageing fleet of nearly 2,200 regional aircraft from 30 to 50 seats operate all over the world. Among this fleet, turboprops account for nearly 60% (1,200 aircraft), and provide an essential connectivity to smaller and remote communities.

These turboprops serve over 3,100 routes today, with one third of these routes relying exclusively on these aircraft.

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Paris Air Show

GKN awarded Boeing contract for completion of Dutch Head-of-State BBJ

GKN’s Fokker business and Boeing Business Jets have today signed a contract for the design and completion of the interior of a new Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) for the Dutch government.

The aircraft will be used to transport government officials and the Dutch Royal family. The 737BBJ is the successor to the Fokker 70 PH-KBX of the Dutch government that has been in service for more than 20 years.

Under the contract, which was signed at the Paris Air Show, Fokker Techniek in Woensdrecht will design and complete the aircraft’s interior.

The 737 Boeing Business Jet will be configured for 24 passengers, split into two cabins (12 VIP, 12 staff) and include a crew rest area and bathroom. The interior will include the latest SatCom technologies. Boeing and Fokker Techniek have closely collaborated on the offer for the delivery of the new Government aircraft.

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Air Service Basel celebrates successful week during Art Basel 2017

Air Service Basel welcomed guests from all over the world to attend the Art Basel exhibition, which took place in Basel from 13th-18th June 2017.

Just a 10-minute drive from the FBO, the annual exhibition features more than 4,000 artists from 34 countries, showcasing modern and contemporary works, in over 291 leading international galleries.

Often described as the “Olympics of the Art World’ with over 60,000 visitors, it’s no surprise that there’s a surge in air traffic to the Swiss cultural capital over the course of the Art Basel week.

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Symbolic Daher TBM 930 honors the centennial of America’s entry into World War I


As part of its presence at this week’s Paris Air Show, Daher is honoring the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I with a symbolic paint scheme on one of its new TBM 930 very fast turboprop aircraft.

The stars and stripes featured on this TBM 930 are a reminder of the role of France’s Morane-Saulnier - the predecessor aircraft manufacturer to Daher - in developing America’s nascent air power during the early 1900s. Morane-Saulnier’s “Parasol” high-wing aircraft served as trainers for the American Expeditionary Forces at Issoudun, France, which was the world’s largest air base at the time.

“The World War I centennial celebrates 100 years of French and U.S. cooperation, a camaraderie that continues today across the Atlantic,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. and President of Socata North America Inc., which is Daher’s subsidiary in the USA. “We are proud of Daher’s continued American presence, with nearly 1,000 airplanes in operation - composed of our TBM very fast turboprop, as well as the Rallye and TB general aviation aircraft. Backed by a network of 15 service centers, our company continues to give wings to U.S. aviators.”


Daher’s largest single market for its TBM aircraft family is the U.S., with more than 600 delivered to owners and operations in the country.

The latest TBM versions are the TBM 930 and TBM 910, both of which share the advantages of superior performance: a maximum cruise speed of 330 kts., a highly efficient 1,730-naut. mi. maximum range and a fuel consumption at economy cruise of 37 U.S. gallons per hour. The two models are differentiated by their primary avionics: Garmin’s G1000NXi avionics system with physical keypad for the TBM 910; Garmin’s G3000 with touchscreen controller for the TBM 930.

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