11TH ANNUAL AL CONKLIN & BILL DE DECKER SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED
10/12/2018

Conklin & de Decker, a JSSI company, in association with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), has announced the recipient of the annual Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship is Najla C. E. Dorsey of Columbus, Ohio. Each year, NBAA Charities and Conklin & de Decker award $5,000 to a carefully […]

Conklin & de Decker, a JSSI company, in association with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), has announced the recipient of the annual Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship is Najla C. E. Dorsey of Columbus, Ohio.
Each year, NBAA Charities and Conklin & de Decker award $5,000 to a carefully selected undergraduate student who is enrolled in an aviation management program at a University Aviation Association member school. Dorsey is a senior at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio, where she is majoring in air transportation with a professional pilot specialization.
Dorsey expects to graduate in 2019 but her dream of becoming a pilot began several years ago when she was a ramp agent for an airline in Philadelphia. Her path to make that dream a reality started when she enrolled as a professional pilot major at OSU and researched the many career options that aviation has to offer, including business aviation. Dorsey has served as an aerospace education officer for the Civil Air Patrol since 2011. She is the current president of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, OSU Chapter, and a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Board. She has also volunteered for the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Ohio Memorial Chapter, Women in Aviation, and the Buckeye Tigers A.C.E. Academy.
“It is always an honor to award our annual scholarship and we are especially excited to recognize Najla in 2018. She is very deserving and I am confident she will represent our industry well,” stated Bill de Decker, co-founder of Conklin & de Decker. “On behalf of the Conklin & de Decker and JSSI family, we congratulate Najla and wish her all the best as she pursues her career in the business aviation industry.”
“I am exceptionally thankful for the Conklin & de Decker Scholarship. I look forward to using it toward my commercial rating and being one step closer to embarking on my career as a business aviation pilot,” added Dorsey.
The scholarship was initially created to honor the memory of Al Conklin, a U.S. Air Force veteran and business aviation leader for more than 60 years. Conklin’s career took him to business aviation where he sold aircraft for several companies and, in partnership with Bill de Decker, created the first Aircraft Cost Evaluator program and founded Conklin & de Decker. In 2015, the annual scholarship was renamed to also recognize Bill de Decker and his contributions to business aviation, for which he was honored with NBAA’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award in 2014.

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GULFSTREAM G650ER CONNECTS NEW YORK WITH DUBAI IN RECORD TIME
10/12/2018

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER has completed a record-breaking flight en route to the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show in Dubai. The aircraft bested the previous world speed record by one hour and 48 minutes. The G650ER flew from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Dubai, United […]

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER has completed a record-breaking flight en route to the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show in Dubai. The aircraft bested the previous world speed record by one hour and 48 minutes.
The G650ER flew from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a distance of 6,142 nautical miles/11,375 kilometers, in just 11 hours and two minutes. The flight was completed at an average speed of Mach 0.90.
“Time and again, the G650ER has demonstrated its performance agility,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “And this is another one of those times. No other aircraft offers the high-speed range utility that the G650ER does out of high-demand airports like Teterboro. This proves yet again that the G650ER remains in a class by itself.”
More than 325 G650 and G650ER aircraft operate around the world, including more than 30 in the Middle East alone.
Pending approval by the National Aeronautic Association, this record will be the G650 family’s 79th.
The G650ER, along with the rest of the Gulfstream fleet, will be on display at Dubai World Central from Dec. 10-12.

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JET AVIATION RECEIVES IS-BAH™ STAGE 2 SAFETY REGISTRATION FOR 20 FBOS AT MEBAA
10/12/2018

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce today that it has received International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 2 Safety Registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for 20 of its FBOs across EMEA and the Americas. The company intends to achieve IS-BAH Standard registration for its new Hawker Pacific and KLM Jet […]

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce today that it has received International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 2 Safety Registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for 20 of its FBOs across EMEA and the Americas. The company intends to achieve IS-BAH Standard registration for its new Hawker Pacific and KLM Jet Center FBOs in 2019.
IBAC Program Director for IS-BAH, Terry Yeomans, presented 20 IS-BAH Stage 2 Safety Certificates to Jet Aviation at its MEBAA chalet today in Dubai. “This remarkable achievement demonstrates Jet Aviation’s ongoing commitment to the highest safety standards for its customers and employees,” said Yeomans.
Based around a safety management system that models the structure and format of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators (IS-BAO™), IS-BAH establishes criteria for best handling systems, processes and practices to ensure FBOs meet rigorous safety and security standards.
Jet Aviation received IS-BAH Stage 2 Safety Registration for the following FBOs in EMEA and Asia:
Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland
 Berlin (Schonefeld), Dusseldorf and Munich, Germany
 Vienna, Austria
 Dubai (DXB and DWC), United Arab Emirates
 Jeddah, Medina, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
 Singapore
In the U.S., Jet Aviation’s IS-BAH Stage 2-registered FBOs include:
Washington Dulles, Virginia
 Teterboro, New Jersey
 Bedford, Massachusetts
 Palm Beach, Florida
 Dallas and Houston, Texas
 St. Louis, Missouri
 Van Nuys, California
Stefan Benz, Jet Aviation’s SVP Regional Operations, EMEA, said, “Two years ago, we announced that we had earned IS-BAH Standard registration at 11 of our facilities. Today, we have achieved Stage 2 at nearly double that number. This is a great credit to our teams of FBO professionals and clearly underscores Jet’s culture of global safety.” Jet Aviation is exhibiting at MEBAA 2018 from December 10 through December 12. Please take the time to visit the Jet Aviation Chalet (A19/20).

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DASSAULT FALCON 8X IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT MEBAA 2018
10/12/2018

Dassault Aviation will highlight its ultra-long range Falcon 8X and new Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet at the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show and exhibition, which opens on December 10th at the Dubai World Central Airport. The company’s Falcon 8X flagship, now nearing its second year in service in the […]

Dassault Aviation will highlight its ultra-long range Falcon 8X and new Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet at the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show and exhibition, which opens on December 10th at the Dubai World Central Airport.
The company’s Falcon 8X flagship, now nearing its second year in service in the Middle East, will be on display during the three-day event.
Large cabin Falcons -the 6,450 nm/11,945 km 8X and the 5,950 nm/11,020 km 7X, from which the 8X is derived-now make up nearly one third of the 75 Falcons operating in the region and account for almost half of new Falcon deliveries.
This trend is expected to accelerate with the introduction of the all new, ultra widebody Falcon 6X, which will offer more cabin volume than any other business jet in its category. This revolutionary 5,500 nm/10,186 km aircraft has already received a significant number of orders from the Middle East. Development of the 6X recently entered the detail design phase and the program is on track for initial deliveries in 2022. Visitors will be able to experience virtual reality demonstrations of the 6X cabin at the Dassault chalet.
“Operators in the Middle East highly value the performance, flexibility, robustness and innovative features of our large cabin models, which draw heavily on advanced technologies inherited from Dassault’s fighter programs,” said Gilles Gautier, Vice President, Falcon Sales for Dassault Aviation. “This is particularly true of newer models like the Falcon 8X, which offers the best combination of range, cabin comfort and operating efficiency of any aircraft in its class.”
“The regional market improved last year and we anticipate a good market in 2019 and going forward,” continued Gautier. “The region also offers significant replacement opportunities.”
Falcon 8X the new ultra-long range standard
The Falcon 8X can fly nonstop from New York to Dubai, Dubai to Adelaide and Jeddah to São Paulo, yet easily access short runway airports like London City, Gstaad and Lugano in Switzerland and Cannes, France that are typically off limits to big business jets.
The 8X offers the quietest and brightest cabin in business aviation, along with a broad selection of standard cabin configurations, including a forward VIP lounge that can easily be converted into a certified crew rest for very long flights. Its industry-leading digital flight control system ensures unrivalled flying agility and stability, providing an ultra-smooth and relaxing flight.
The 8X is available with a wide range of state-of-the-art options, including Dassault’s revolutionary FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first Head-Up Display to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities, and FalconConnect, a new inflight connectivity service that integrates all cockpit and cabin ground and satellite communications into a single bundled offering, making onboard connectivity systems easy to use and consumption simple to manage and control.
FalconEye was recently granted FAA/EASA certification allowing low visibility approaches with 100 foot minima, an enhancement that provides customers with a significant operational benefit and greatly improves access to airports in bad weather conditions.
Falcon 6X – the new benchmark for cabin size and comfort
The highly anticipated Falcon 6X will comfortably link Dubai directly to destinations throughout Africa, Europe and Asia.
The 6X cabin will offer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) of headroom and a width of 8 ft 6 in (2.58 m), more than any purpose-built business jet. It will accommodate 12-16 passengers in three separate lounge areas and offer multiple layout configurations, including a large entryway, a crew rest area, and a spacious rear lounge affording greater privacy, especially on long, overnight flights.
The 6X will be equipped with a string of innovative design features, including a new ultra-efficient wing and a new-generation Digital Flight Control System that commands all flight control surfaces, including slats and flaps, reducing pilot workload and increasing performance and safety. The DFCS will feature a novel device called a flaperon, derived from fighter applications, that enhances lift and roll control, especially during approaches with a steep descent profile. It will also integrate nose-wheel steering for safer runway handling in strong cross-winds or on wet runways.
The aircraft will be powered by PW812D engines, based on proven core technology already employed in 16 different Pratt & Whitney Canada PurePower® engine applications. The PW812D development engines are currently performing bench and flight tests with more engines in preparation as the program evolves.
Reinforced Product Support Network
Dassault continues investing in the Gulf region to improve and expand its product support network. It recently opened a new engineering office in Cairo to support the growing number of Falcons operating in the region. Falcon customers can also rely on an Authorized Service Center, spares distribution center and regional sales office in Dubai and an Authorized Service Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
These regional facilities are backed up by a growing global support network staffed by some 1,700 Dassault engineers, experts and technicians.
Middle East customers also benefit from Falcon Response, Dassault’s comprehensive AOG support service offering. Designed to whisk spare parts, repair tools and GoTeam specialists around the globe 24/7 in the event of an aircraft on ground situation, FalconResponse is supported by two dedicated Falcon 900 aircraft that customers can also use for alternative lift – an industry first.

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JET AVIATION DESIGNS VIP CABIN CONCEPT FOR THE NEW BBJ 777X
10/12/2018

Jet Aviation proudly supports the unveiling of Boeing Business Jets’ new BBJ 777X at MEBAA 2018 with a VIP cabin concept. The Jet Aviation design dubbed Shaheen, meaning Royal White Falcon, elegantly blends modern and classic elements. Boeing Business Jets is launching its new BBJ 777X, along with Jet Aviation’s interior design, at MEBAA in […]

Jet Aviation proudly supports the unveiling of Boeing Business Jets’ new BBJ 777X at MEBAA 2018 with a VIP cabin concept. The Jet Aviation design dubbed Shaheen, meaning Royal White Falcon, elegantly blends modern and classic elements. Boeing Business Jets is launching its new BBJ 777X, along with Jet Aviation’s interior design, at MEBAA in Dubai.
The Jet Aviation Design Studio in Basel partnered with Boeing Business Jets to support the unveiling of the new globe-spanning wide-body BBJ 777X. Renderings of Jet Aviation’s stunning VIP cabin design are on display at the Boeing Business Jet MEBAA chalet. The interior is designed to accommodate 43 passengers plus a crew of eleven. It features forward thinking technologies grounded in Jet Aviation’s MRO and Completions Center capabilities and expertise.
The interior concept takes advantage of the BBJ 777X’s size; featuring lounges, a game and cinema area, a stately office, private work spaces, three guest bedrooms and a master suite that includes its own lounge, luxurious bedroom, spacious dressing/bathroom area and a very large shower and hammam.
“Like many contemporary homes, our design incorporates modern and traditional elements that are contrasted through the use of colors, materials and the general design intent,” explains Director of Design at the Jet Aviation Basel Completions Center, Elisabeth Harvey. “This is intensified with extremely detailed, very light ceilings and sidewall treatments with patterns and traditional paneling structures, opposing the darker wood floor which replicates the ceiling pattern with fine marquetry inlays. Light sidewall and bulkhead treatments are balanced by minimalistic but colorful furniture with delicate detailing, such as engraving inlays and floral fabric inserts.
“Artwork, such as the balloon rabbit by Jeff Koons in the forward dining lounge column display and the deconstructed mirror by Matthias Kiss in the forward master lounge add to a playfulness throughout the interior. The result is a carefully orchestrated, playful and holistic combination of shapes, patterns and colors that brings our unique interior concept to life.”
Head of Boeing Business Jets Greg Laxton expressed appreciation for Jet Aviation’s commitment to the highest design and completion standards: “Jet Aviation Basel is a very well-known and highly regarded completions center. Their interior concept for our new BBJ 777X is a compelling combination of a beautiful design and the latest technologies.”
“In addition to features such as weight and space optimization through fiber optics and technology-integrated furniture, we incorporated forward-thinking concepts such as intelligent, digital LED lighting throughout the cabin, as well as OLED and Smart Glass technology on all the window panels, which allows the windows to be dimmed and virtual curtains or window shades to be displayed,” says Matt Woollaston, VP Completions Sales. “We envision these and many other advances to functionality will be seen in cabins of the future, including gesture- or voice-controlled features to offer an enhanced customer experience.”
Jet Aviation Basel has successfully completed 28 VIP Boeing cabins in Basel since 1998. It was the first company to take delivery of a BBJ 787-9 for interior completions and signed its second completions contract for a BBJ 787 earlier this year.
Jet Aviation is exhibiting at MEBAA in Dubai from December 10 – 12, 2018. Please take the time to visit the Jet Aviation Chalet (A19/20).

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BELL’S SHANNON MASSEY APPOINTED TO TX GOV AEROSP AND AVIAT. ADV CMTE
10/12/2018

Shannon is a leader in her community and partners with local educators to ensure a skilled labor pipeline is developed to support future demand needs. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey, Bell’s vice president of Assembly Operations, to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts […]

Shannon is a leader in her community and partners with local educators to ensure a skilled labor pipeline is developed to support future demand needs.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey, Bell’s vice president of Assembly Operations, to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.
“We appreciate Governor Abbott’s recognition of Shannon’s merits, leadership – at Bell and in her broader community – and the unique perspective she will bring to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee,” stated Robert Hastings, Bell’s executive vice president of Strategic Communications and Chief of Staff. “Texas has been home to Bell’s global headquarters since 1951, and we are proud Shannon will have a voice in keeping our industry strong across the state for years to come.”
Massey oversees Bell’s aircraft assembly in Amarillo, TX and Ozark, AL which includes safety, quality, cost, and delivery performance to military and commercial customers. Shannon is a leader in her community and partners with local educators to ensure a skilled labor pipeline is developed to support future demand needs.
She also serves as board member to the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon and co-chairs the West Texas A&M University Path to 125 intellectual resources committee. Additionally, Massey is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Helicopter Society, American Chemical Society, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Massey received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
“I see firsthand how aerospace manufacturing drives prosperity across state and local economies,” said Massey. “I am honored to receive Governor Abbott’s appointment and look forward to serving and promoting solutions to develop critical skills and grow our industry’s presence in Texas.”
Bell employs more than 4,000 employees across its Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Amarillo facilities and yields an estimated $4.6 billion annual economic impact.
Shannon’s appointment was announced earlier today  and will continue through August 2021.

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AIR BP SHOWCASES ITS TECHNICAL SERVICES CAPABILITIES AND GENERAL AVIATION EXPERTISE AT MEBAA
10/12/2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is delighted to participate in MEBAA 2018 at Dubai World Central (DWC/OMDW) this week. The company will be showcasing its technical services capabilities and general aviation expertise in the Middle East, a region where it has been active for over 85 years. Air BP’s technical […]

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is delighted to participate in MEBAA 2018 at Dubai World Central (DWC/OMDW) this week. The company will be showcasing its technical services capabilities and general aviation expertise in the Middle East, a region where it has been active for over 85 years.
Air BP’s technical services offer is a complete aviation fuel consultancy service tailored to customers’ individual requirements. It includes a range of innovative technical services for airports including the design, build and operation of fuelling facilities to help customers manage their operations and associated risks. Air BP is currently providing technical services to customers in 11 countries across the Middle East, including Al Maktoum International airport, where the company was selected in 2015 as lead participant by the oil companies joint venture to design a new general aviation fuel terminal. Work has just commenced at the airport to connect the main fuel hydrant to the new general aviation terminal, which is home to Jet Aviation, Jetex Flight Support, ExecuJet, DC Aviation and Falcon Aviation, and is expected to be completed next year.
Other notable recent successes include a technical services agreement with ADNOC, at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUD/OMAA), to interlink two existing ship unloading lines at Anabeeb fuel terminal, enabling greater efficiency and flexibility in fuel supply, plus the project management of the tank farm refurbishment at Erbil International Airport (EBL/OREL) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This latter project is expected to commence next month and is anticipated to offer airlines visiting the airport a more reliable fuel supply.
Air BP’s general aviation fuelling expertise is unique in the region and recognised by customers, including the Emirates Airline Flight Training Academy at Al Maktoum International Airport, which has a fleet of 22 trainer aircraft. Michel Saba, general aviation manager, Air BP Middle East, who will be attending the show this week said: “The Middle East continues to be an important region for Air BP where we are continuing to invest and grow with our customers. We are seeing our general aviation business grow ever stronger thanks to our experience in handling Avgas, which has led to tie ups with customers such as the Emirates Flight Training Academy and the commissioning of new fuel facilities at the Al Maktoum International airport general aviation terminal.”
Visitors to MEBAA will also have the opportunity to find out more about Air BP’s low carbon solutions. Air BP is the first aviation fuel supplier to achieve carbon neutrality for its into-plane fuelling services across its international network of over 250 operated facilities. This includes Air BP’s operations at two of the largest airports in the region – Dubai International and Sharjah International.

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AVIAÂ PARTNERS WITH JETEX TO LAUNCH MIDDLE EAST SUPPLIER NETWORK
10/12/2018

AVIAÂ, the international group purchasing organisation (GPO) for business aviation is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the signing of a new preferred supplier partnership with Jetex, the leading international ground handling specialist in the region. The partnership commences with exclusive savings on full business aircraft handling, through select FBOs in Jetex’s global […]

AVIAÂ, the international group purchasing organisation (GPO) for business aviation is expanding its presence in the Middle East with the signing of a new preferred supplier partnership with Jetex, the leading international ground handling specialist in the region.


The partnership commences with exclusive savings on full business aircraft handling, through select FBOs in Jetex’s global network.
AVIAÂ Business Development Director Matt Smith signed the partner agreement with Adel Mardini, CEO and President of Jetex flight support, at its flagship VIP Dubai South, Dubai World Central Airport FBO on Sunday, 9th December, on the eve of the biannual MEBAA 2018 Show.
The agreement opens up a wealth of savings for AVIAÂ members, located primarily in the US and Europe, when using Jetex FBOs in the Middle East and selected European locations, including Paris, Barcelona, and Rome.
“We are delighted to be entering the exciting and prosperous Middle East region, in partnership with such a well respected and large business aviation player,” said Matt Smith.  “This is our first year attending MEBAA and we’re thrilled to be able to ratify the partnership here, in person, ahead of the region’s premier business aviation show.”
“This is a first for us to be working with an innovative disruptor like AVIAÂ.   We have seen the traction they have quickly built up with their membership in the US and Europe after just 18 months and are now pleased to be collaborating with them as a supplier partner.  We recognise it is a valuable path to help broaden and widen the Jetex offering among business aviation operators,” commented Adel Mardini.
Next week Jetex opens its second exclusive FBO in Oman, which will complement its flagship FBO at the VIP Private Jet Terminal in Dubai South.
AVIAÂ uses aggregation, transparency, industry expertise, and proprietary algorithms to streamline the procurement process for both operators and vendors. Through membership, operators of all sizes achieve improved business intelligence and economies of scale, allowing them to get the best value for key operational items; suppliers receive committed volume without the overhead, reduced friction costs around transactions, and deep insights into customer behavior and purchasing patterns.
The business is headquartered in Orange County, California, with additional offices at London Oxford Airport and Park City, Utah.

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IKHANA OBTAINS CERTIFICATION OF THE RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ TWIN OTTER
10/12/2018

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces award of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) STC for their RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Increased MTOW to 14,000lbs. “The FAA’s certification of our RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ upgrade adds significant capabilities for operators to expand their mission role, optimize payload and range, add value to their aircraft, and increase revenues.” states […]

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces award of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) STC for their RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Increased MTOW to 14,000lbs. “The FAA’s certification of our RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ upgrade adds significant capabilities for operators to expand their mission role, optimize payload and range, add value to their aircraft, and increase revenues.” states Mr. John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. He adds, “this takes the aircraft well beyond its original capability. The Standard Commuter Category STC addresses a typical Twin Otter operator’s need for as much payload as possible. A Twin Otter can now take 19 passengers with 2 crew and fly 450-500 Nautical miles. Big picture, it offers increased utility with a rapid return on investment. This has been a long term and intensive engineering effort for IKHANA and we are pleased that this long-awaited enhancement is now approved and available on the market.”
The RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Series aircraft from 12,500 lbs. MTOW (5670 Kg) to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg), providing an increase of 1500 lbs (680 Kg) or 12% overall and represents a 31% increase in payload based on an average empty weight of 7700 lbs. Operations are allowed to the full 750 shaft horsepower of the PT6A-34 engines along with the improved efficiency and noise reduction of the Raisbeck/Hartzell four blade “Scimitar” propellers. Additional aerodynamic and structural enhancements complete the modifications. As a Standard Commuter Category STC, DHC-6-300 operators will be able to operate in revenue service without special purpose restrictions.
IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN – BUILD – FLY solutions to the aerospace industry through integration of new technologies, aircraft modifications, heavy maintenance, major repair, and critical parts manufacturing. Headquartered at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and Fiji repair station approvals, FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and is a Viking Air Factory Endorsed Service Center. IKHANA has a proven reputation for developing unique engineered solutions across a wide variety of aircraft platforms and diverse customer base including extensive experience in the DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air, and Gulfstream airframes.

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THE EMBRAER “SHARK” E190-E2 JET COMPLETES WORLD TOUR
10/12/2018

The Embraer E190-E2 jet with a shark livery completed its five-month global demonstration tour. With a kickoff at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK, in July of this year, the E190-E2 jet tour visited 39 countries, presenting the airplane to 120 airlines in 68 cities. The E190-E2 jet traveled more than 125,000 nautical miles (231,000 […]

The Embraer E190-E2 jet with a shark livery completed its five-month global demonstration tour. With a kickoff at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK, in July of this year, the E190-E2 jet tour visited 39 countries, presenting the airplane to 120 airlines in 68 cities. The E190-E2 jet traveled more than 125,000 nautical miles (231,000 km), the equivalent of nearly six laps around the Earth, in more than 350 hours of demonstration flights.
In addition to its Farnborough debut, the jet was on display at the 12th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, in Zhuhai, and at the ALTA Leaders Forum, in Panama, having visited airlines in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China and Asia Pacific.
During the tour, the E190-E2 landed at airports with several operational challenges, such as short runways, as in London City, and high altitudes, as in Tibet and Nepal. In addition, the aircraft visited remote places of the planet, such as Kiribati, in Oceania.
“The main objective was to demonstrate to airlines the features that make the E190-E2 a unique airplane in its category,” said Rodrigo Silva e Souza, Marketing VP, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The tour has given the airlines a firsthand look at what the E190-E2 can offer in terms of operational performance, while keeping the same amount of space in the passenger cabin that made the first generation of E-Jets so popular. It is also important to highlight that the tour was uninterrupted, with a flawless operation and a 100% schedule reliability.”
The E190-E2 is the first of three new E-Jets E2s that Embraer is developing to succeed its first-generation E-Jets. Compared to the first-generation E190, the E190-E2 burns 17.3% less fuel and nearly 10% less than its direct competitor. This makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market. The E190-E2 brings more flexibility with maximum range of up to 3,293 miles (5,300 km), about 621 miles (1,000 km) more than the first-generation E190.
The E190-E2 also generates significant savings for airlines in terms of maintenance costs, with a reduction of up to 25%. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years.
Pilots of the first-generation E-Jets require only two-and-a-half days of training without the need for a full flight simulator in order to fly the E2, which decreases the training burden and saves both time and money for the airlines. The E2 cockpit features advanced Honeywell Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics. Combined with the closed-loop fly-by-wire controls, the systems work together to improve aircraft performance, decrease pilot workload and enhance flight safety.
From the passenger’s perspective, the E2 cabin features a comfortable two-by-two layout. The absence of a middle seat enables passengers to have an enjoyable flight experience with more legroom and additional luggage storage space.
Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of a regional aircraft. Today, E-Jets are flying in fleets of 70 customers in 50 countries.

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PLANET NINE PRIVATE AIR (“P9PA”) LAUNCHES EXECUTIVE PROTECTION OPTION FOR CLIENTS
07/12/2018

Planet Nine Private Air (P9PA), the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator announced today a newly ratified collaboration with T&M Protection Resources, LLC (‘T&M’) to provide personal protection for its international customers. Planet Nine is offering the T&M solution on a non-exclusive basis as an added safety enhancement, in response to the increasingly uncertain […]

Planet Nine Private Air (P9PA), the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator announced today a newly ratified collaboration with T&M Protection Resources, LLC (‘T&M’) to provide personal protection for its international customers.
Planet Nine is offering the T&M solution on a non-exclusive basis as an added safety enhancement, in response to the increasingly uncertain global environment and the need to mitigate potential risks to HNWI/influential and high-profile passengers.
The addition of this valued global aviation solution follows interest from a growing clientele of ultra HNW/ high profile clients and governments who want that extra layer of security, even beyond the inherent safety of flying privately aboard P9PA’s Falcon 7X business jets, from discreet FBOs.
T&M’s executive protection services mirror the rigorous standards employed by the U.S Secret Service.  Short and longer term domestic and international personal protection is offered to travelers on Planet Nine flights and at their destinations by a long-standing, experienced company comprised of security agents and security drivers who have law enforcement and/or military experience.
Planet Nine operates modern next-generation aircraft with an unparalleled safety record,” commented Robert Tucker, Chairman and CEO of T&M.   “We are pleased to bring in an extra layer of protection with our worldwide network of vetted companies and security personnel, uniquely positioned to provide 24-hour physical security to both aircraft and passengers at short notice.”
T&M has earned its reputation over 35 years through its ability to make critical decisions and rapidly deploy security personnel in response to evolving threat conditions. you
Through its 24/7 Command Center based in New York City, T&M’s experienced security, cyber security and intelligence agents maintain situational awareness and obtain real-time alerts and intelligence on factors that may impact traveler safety during flight and on the ground.
“Personal security is an incredibly important concern when traveling to remote locations in aviation.  We, like our clients, take it extremely seriously, so we are pleased, after just six months of flying, to be adding this important layer of safety to our operations.  We are duly proud to make this the Planet Nine differentiator on our long-haul flights,” said Matt Walter, Head of Business Development.
“We consider it very important to consider security risks at planned destinations and, when needed, obtain intelligence briefs and organise executive protection services in advance.”

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SWISSPORT FIRST AIR CARGO HANDLER IN CANADA WITH IATA CEIV PHARMA CERTIFICATION
07/12/2018

Swissport International AG is adding Montreal to its network of CEIV Pharma certified cargo warehouses. The global leader of airport ground services and cargo handling for the aviation industry has received the certification as the first air cargo handler in Canada. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport Cargo Services Montreal at Pierre […]

Swissport International AG is adding Montreal to its network of CEIV Pharma certified cargo warehouses. The global leader of airport ground services and cargo handling for the aviation industry has received the certification as the first air cargo handler in Canada.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport Cargo Services Montreal at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport with the CEIV certification for particularly sensitive pharmaceutical logistics. CEIV is IATA`s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators. The CEIV Pharma standards guarantee air freight customers highest quality and temperature control standards for the transport of sensitive pharmaceutical products.
“We are very pleased to receive the IATA certification for our facility in Montreal”, says Nils Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer of Swissport International AG. “The formal recognition by IATA reflects our strategic commitment to superior air cargo handling services.”
With annual growth rates of nearly ten percent and a total turnover of some 27,000 tonnes in 2017, Montreal is a key cargo location for Swissport in Canada. The facility features temperature-controlled storage areas for pharmaceuticals with a range of +15 to +25 and +2 to +8 degrees Celsius. Additionally, there is a special cooling unit for goods which require a constant temperature of -20 degrees Celsius.
Swissport’s Montreal warehouse is the company’s seventh CEIV Pharma certified cargo facility. It contributes toward an ever more seamless international network for pharmaceutical logistics in which airlines, airports and air cargo handling and logistics companies work hand in hand. In May 2018, IATA awarded Swissport at Basel’s EuroAirport with the CEIV Pharma certificate. Basel is a major international pharma hub and home to Switzerland`s most advanced cargo warehouse.

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ABU DHABI INTL AIRPORT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF INTERACTIVE WALKWAY
07/12/2018

Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data. Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects […]

Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.
Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals within the capital’s high-tech airport, which handles around 2 million passengers a month and is the first application of its kind in a commercial airport in the Middle East.
The footsteps of around 8,000 travellers per day are being captured and converted into electrical energy to track footfall data and power lighting along the walkway as they pass between Terminals 1 and 3 of the airport. The system incorporates screens to highlight how much energy is being harvested with a special game interface for children that shows airplanes rising and descending according to how much energy is being generated.
Commenting on the new project, Ahmed Al Shamisi, Acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “We’ve partnered with Masdar to install the Pavegen walkway, poised to power the data-driven, smart cities of tomorrow. Through this collaboration, Abu Dhabi Airports aims to further its commitment to sustainable practices, educating travellers and residents alike about different sources of off-grid energy and data”.
“Our environmental performance and green initiatives demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the international aviation community.”
The articulated flooring surface is constructed from a series of interlocking triangles. As people walk across the patented system, electromagnetic generators produce off-grid energy. This electricity is being used to power local LED lighting and to provide a data feed.
Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO, Pavegen said: “With millions of visitors a day, airports are a key destination for our energy and data generating technology. As the first major Pavegen permanent installation in the Middle East, this a key milestone for us as we look to grow our presence in this fast-changing region.”

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2018 GARMIN AVIATION HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
07/12/2018

Looking for the perfect gift for the aviator or aviatrix in your life? We can help. Here are a few aviation gift ideas and special offers to consider this holiday season. D2 Delta Series The latest in our line of D2 aviator watches, the Delta series, features three distinct sizes and a wide range of […]

Looking for the perfect gift for the aviator or aviatrix in your life? We can help. Here are a few aviation gift ideas and special offers to consider this holiday season.
D2 Delta Series
The latest in our line of D2 aviator watches, the Delta series, features three distinct sizes and a wide range of features and capabilities. Aviators and aviatrixes alike will love the different stylings of each Delta, from the smaller-sized S model with a rose gold bezel, and the midsize model with a silver titanium bezel and leather band. The largest model—PX—adds a Pulse Ox sensor for checking your body’s oxygen saturation level at altitude. All three models incorporate GPS navigation capability with dynamic color mapping, NEXRAD weather, automatic flight logging, multisport activities and more.
aera 660
Bolster your loved-one’s flight bag with the aera 660 purpose-built portable navigator, which features a 5-inch sunlight readable screen and 3D Vision perspective view that can show terrain, obstacles, airport environment, optional traffic, nearest airport and more. Increase situational awareness around the airport too, with our SafeTaxi terminal safety diagrams, providing pilots geo-referenced airport position information before takeoff and after landing.
GDL 52 Series
Give the gift of GPS data, weather and traffic information on select portable devices with our GDL series portable receivers. The GDL 50 wirelessly displays GPS position data, ADS-B “In” traffic and weather on select devices, while the GDL 51 wirelessly transmits GPS data plus SiriusXM weather and radio. To display a combination of ADS-B “In” and SiriusXM aviation weather, go with our all-in-one GDL 52 that features both. Now through December 31, 2018, get a $200 rebate with the purchase of a GDL 51 and GDL 52.
inReach Series
With our inReach series of portable satellite communicators, loved ones can track flights and stay in touch. Through our Earthmate app, track and share your pilot’s progress with GPS location data transmitted at different time intervals. Plus, send two-way text messages within the Garmin Pilot app when paired with one of the inReach devices. In case of an emergency, a dedicated SOS button, which upon activation triggers an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. Now through December 31, 2018, activate an inReach Device and get one month of free airtime—see offer details here. (Subscription required)
VIRB Ultra 30 in-cockpit
This 4K action camera is ideal for capturing aviation adventures. Three-axis image stabilization provide smooth and steady video in unstable flight conditions, and overlay position, attitude, speed data for even more information about a flight. A headset audio cable and prop filter are included and add even more awesome elements to in-flight videos!
For more information about any of our latest aviation products, visit garmin.com.

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BELL AND MOOG COLLABORATE FOR ON-DEMAND MOBILITY FLIGHT CONTROL ACTUATION SYSTEM
07/12/2018

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott […]

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions.
“Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott Drennan, vice president of Innovation. “Within this collaboration, Moog will ensure an advanced, fully integrated actuation system which will provide a safe, reliable and affordable solution for our aircraft.”
As a global leader and visionary in the industry, Moog’s innovative technologies will bring the design and integration of aircraft actuation systems for flight control to Bell’s VTOL aircraft. Moog’s experience allows for systems that meet cost, performance, weight, and reliability requirements.
Ralph Elbert, group vice president & GM Moog Aircraft, stated, “We are absolutely delighted that Moog has been selected by Bell to partner on this exciting program to explore and develop the on-demand mobility market. Moog’s role will include providing the all-electric, fly-by-wire actuators and electronics used to direct and control the aircraft’s propulsion system and aero-surfaces.”
In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of the VTOL systems. Moog will lead the design and development of the flight control actuation systems which includes architecture, hardware and software needed for air vehicle flight control actuation management.

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