UAS’ MOHAMMED HUSARY AWARDED NBAA’S TOP 40 UNDER 40 HONORS
05/11/2018

UAS International Trip Support (UAS) Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President, Mohammed Husary has been named in the inaugural National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Top 40 Under 40 for his leadership and business management skills at the helm of UAS. The 2018 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40 was formally presented at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & […]

UAS International Trip Support (UAS) Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President, Mohammed Husary has been named in the inaugural National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Top 40 Under 40 for his leadership and business management skills at the helm of UAS.

The 2018 Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40 was formally presented at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, Florida in October. It recognizes young professionals working in business aviation for their career accomplishments and dedication to the industry in eight categories. UAS leader Mohammed Husary was listed in the Business Management category.

He said, “I’m truly delighted to receive this accolade from NBAA, along with so many other great contributors to our beloved industry. I’m thankful to NBAA for this great honour with the assurance that I’ll continue my commitment to business aviation for many years to come.”

Mr. Husary Co-founded UAS in 2000 and it has since grown to incorporate continental headquarters in Houston, Hong Kong Dubai, and Johannesburg, regional offices in Beijing, New Delhi, Nairobi and Lagos, and ground presence in 23 global locations. As a pioneering aviation expert and corporate strategist, Mr. Husary is responsible for formulating and implementing UAS’s corporate strategy, global growth and service sustainability.

Mr. Husary was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards 2018 at EBACE in May.

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TAG FARNBOROUGH MAINTENANCE SERVICES TO EXTEND LINE MAINTENANCE OPS
05/11/2018

From this November TAG  Aviation’s  Farnborough  Maintenance Services (TFMS) will be extending the hours of its Aircraft Cleaning and Detailing Services operations to run from 6am to 11pm,  7  days  a  week,  which  will  be  available  to  any  aircraft  landing  at  TAG Farnborough Airport. TAG Aviation Maintenance Services Detailing Teams are fully mobile with dedicated […]

From this November TAG  Aviation’s  Farnborough  Maintenance Services (TFMS) will be extending the hours of its Aircraft Cleaning and Detailing Services operations to run from 6am to 11pm,  7  days  a  week,  which  will  be  available  to  any  aircraft  landing  at  TAG Farnborough Airport.

TAG Aviation Maintenance Services Detailing Teams are fully mobile with dedicated vans and deliver over 9,000 hours of aircraft interior and exterior Detailing Services annually from their base at Farnborough Airport and throughout the surrounding area.

“Extending the hours of our customer interface for Cleaning and Detailing Services is part of a wider move to improve our ‘one stop shop’ customer experience at TFMS”, said Cyrille Pillet, Vice President Maintenance Operations, TAG Aviation Europe. “We have  also  recently  reinforced  our  Customer  Services  Team  to  cover  the  Line Maintenance shift operations from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. A dedicated team of Line  Engineers  will  be  assigned  to  enhance  our  current  Line  Support  Services operations, and this will be fully implemented by Q2 of 2019.”

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VERTIS AVIATION ADDS SECOND BBJ TO ELITE PORTFOLIO OF LONG-RANGE AIRCRAFT
05/11/2018

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation, the boutique long-range charter specialist, has added a second Boeing Business Jet to its growing portfolio of large-jets available for international charter. The latest addition to the roster, operated by Bermuda-headquartered Longtail Aviation, will be exclusively marketed to the international sector by the Vertis team. With a maximum range of 5,500 nautical […]

Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation, the boutique long-range charter specialist, has added a second Boeing Business Jet to its growing portfolio of large-jets available for international charter. The latest addition to the roster, operated by Bermuda-headquartered Longtail Aviation, will be exclusively marketed to the international sector by the Vertis team.

With a maximum range of 5,500 nautical miles, and flying-times, augmented by seven PATS auxiliary fuel tanks, of up to 12 hours, the aircraft will be popular with clients seeking an executive airliner that delivers extreme comfort combined with flexible operational capabilities. The aircraft’s floating base better serves the growing number of clients requiring long-range charters from the Middle East, Europe and Russia. London to Bangkok, Paris to Los Angeles, and Dubai to Tokyo city pairs are all within easy reach of the BBJ’s impressive operating scope.

The privately-owned aircraft is configured to comfortably accommodate 18 passengers with regular business class seats supplemented by sectional, sumptuous, L-shaped sofas creating two separate relaxing lounge environments. A fully equipped galley, including microwave and oven, enables fine dining at altitude. The cabin also incorporates lie-flat sleeping for 11, including one state room designed for the ultimate in comfort, featuring its own queen-size double bed, shower and toilet.

To satisfy the growing requirements for efficient connectivity the cabin is outfitted with high speed WiFi to support smart-phone and laptop usage. A state-of-the-art entertainment system links to TV screens delivering box-office movies, customized content and moving map imagery. For larger groups the baggage cabin comfortably accommodates up to 35 suitcases making the aircraft ideal for multi-leg leisure trips.

Vertis partner Jeffrey Emmenis says, “We are experiencing a solid rise in demand for aircraft that can accommodate complex trips, and we’re arranging an increasing number of global circumnavigations. This type of aircraft perfectly fulfils all the requirements for these very special journeys.”

With long range tanks, experienced crew and high standards of comfort Emmenis anticipates the aircraft will appeal to a select clientele including government officials, heads of state, captains of industry, international celebrities and ultra-high-net worth individuals. “I am extremely pleased to be expanding our portfolio with this jet as we know many clients are fans of the BBJ models. It perfectly complements our tailored aviation services, and I know will be welcomed by our customers.”

The BBJ aircraft, which is available immediately for charter, will join the existing long-range charter fleet marketed by Vertis which also includes two Airbus ACJ executive airliners, two Bombardier Global 6000 types, and a Bombardier Global Express.

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FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL CHOSEN TO BUILD NEW FLIGHT TRAINING DEVICES
02/11/2018

FlightSafety International has been selected by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NA WCTSD) to design and manufacture Flight Training Devices for the AH-I Z and the UH-1Y. The devices will be installed at the Marine Air Corps Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. They will feature FlightSafety’s latest advances in simulation technology. This […]

FlightSafety International has been selected by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NA WCTSD) to design and manufacture Flight Training Devices for the AH-I Z and the UH-1Y. The devices will be installed at the Marine Air Corps Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.
They will feature FlightSafety’s latest advances in simulation technology. This includes FlightSafety VITAL 1100 Image Generators, a dome visual display with 270 x 80 degree field of view (+30 degrees up and -50 degrees down). The devices will also feature Microsoft Windows 10, advanced Cybersecurity, daily operational readiness test software as well as other computational system upgrades.
In addition, FlightSafety will modify four existing AH-lZ and UH-IY Flight Training Devices located at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in Southern California. The modifications to these devices, which were manufactured by FlightSafety, include a new aft entry area, Instructor Operating System position and design, a visual display dome and visual turret structure, as well as an expanded vertical Field of View and 6-axis degrees of freedom secondary motion system.
FlightSafety currently supports other important government programs. They include the KC-46 Aircrew Training System; Training Systems and Contractor Logistics Support for the KC-10; T-38 Talon Training System and Contractor Logistics Support; T-1 Jayhawk Contractor Logistics Support; T-6A Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System and T¬IA avionics modernization program.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. Over 2,000 highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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STANDARDAERO DEDICATES 30,000 SQUARE FOOT EXPANSION AT MIAMI COMPONENT REPAIR FACILITY
01/11/2018

StandardAero Component Services recently celebrated and dedicated the company’s 30,000 sq. ft. expansion of its component repair facility, located in Miami, Florida. The additional working space and capital improvements included the installation of a state-of-the-art clean line, an additional vacuum furnace as well as water jet cleaning capabilities. As a result, the facility will be […]

StandardAero Component Services recently celebrated and dedicated the company’s 30,000 sq. ft. expansion of its component repair facility, located in Miami, Florida.

The additional working space and capital improvements included the installation of a state-of-the-art clean line, an additional vacuum furnace as well as water jet cleaning capabilities. As a result, the facility will be the largest provider of aerospace and aerospace-derivative combustor overhauls in North America, and the second largest in the world.

Kerry O’Sullivan, StandardAero’s Chief Operating Officer and Rick Stine, President of StandardAero Components, Helicopters & Accessories, joined Diego Beltran, Vice President & General Manager of the company’s Miami facility, his leadership team and employees to dedicate the new expansion on October 25.

“Since becoming a part of the StandardAero family in 2017, we have enjoyed the support and resources that the company has brought to bear on our Miami operations,” said Beltran. “We are excited for our employees here as well as for our customers as we bring more and new work into our shop to meet the growing demands in the industry.”

The Miami location expansion complements StandardAero’s recent new building expansion at its Cincinnati facility and the company is still proceeding with another 30,000 sq. ft. expansion at its Hillsboro, Ohio facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

StandardAero Component Services offers a full range of repair and overhaul capabilities using special processes developed and/or implemented at our facilities to solve unique and complex problems. These can range from advanced repair technologies through procedural, compliance and quality assurance processes. Some of our major process capabilities include cleaning, NDT and inspection; thermal spray and coating; plating; welding/brazing and heat treatment; painting, stripping and surface prep; manual and CNC machining; and extensive composite capabilities.
StandardAero Dedicates 30,000 Square Foot Expansion at the Company’s Existing Miami Component Repair Facility.

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MERIDIAN HAYWARD VOTED CAA PREFERRED FBO AT HWD
31/10/2018

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, announced that its West Coast fixed base operator (FBO), Meridian Hayward, was voted the Corporate Aircraft Association’s (CAA) Preferred FBO at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA. CAA is a membership-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing the operating efficiencies of corporate flight departments. A “CAA Preferred” FBO […]

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, announced that its West Coast fixed base operator (FBO), Meridian Hayward, was voted the Corporate Aircraft Association’s (CAA) Preferred FBO at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA. CAA is a membership-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing the operating efficiencies of corporate flight departments. A “CAA Preferred” FBO represents a combination of good service and fair pricing for its members, serviced by the most highly qualified personnel and FBO management in the industry.

A CAA Preferred FBO must be voted into the program. In order to be eligible, it must receive at least 35 votes from participating CAA Fuel Program Members. If there are multiple FBOs at an airport, the one receiving the most votes is named the CAA Preferred FBO. The winner is then tendered a three-year, exclusive contract at its airport.

The voting period for HWD ran from October 1 – 7, 2018, and results were announced on Monday, October 8. Meridian Hayward General Manager, Carlos Rodriguez, was excited by the news: “The entire Meridian team is ecstatic over this designation because it will give us the opportunity to show loyal CAA members that we provide outstanding customer service at very competitive pricing. With both of our FBO locations CAA Preferred facilities, we can now fully serve our CAA customers on both coasts.”

Meridian Teterboro has been the CAA Preferred FBO at Teterboro Airport since 1996. The CAA Preferred FBO designation for Meridian Hayward will officially begin at HWD on November 1, 2018.

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EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY TO POSITION DART INTERNATIONALLY
31/10/2018

About a little over a year ago today, DART departed on a new quest – eCommerce. The company had the goal to develop a new platform that would ease the purchasing process for clients and partners. Before embarking on this eCommerce adventure, DART’s objectives were clear: Improve customer experience : With 24/7 access to net […]

About a little over a year ago today, DART departed on a new quest – eCommerce. The company had the goal to develop a new platform that would ease the purchasing process for clients and partners.

Before embarking on this eCommerce adventure, DART’s objectives were clear:

Improve customer experience :
With 24/7 access to net pricing and product availability
With improved access to technical publication
With intuitive search, filter and checkout processes
With a responsive website that adapted to the various mobile devices
With recommendations based on products of interest

Continuously deliver on operational excellence to internal and external partners
Stay in front of the parade on industry trends and integrate the latest technological tools

In order to make sure DART was looking at this challenge from all angles; its lead team on the project incorporated the management’s vision and ideas through a series of workshops, all while communicating with key high-volume customers. The company also put together a team composed of members from various departments (sales, planning, engineering, customer support, and marketing) to help make decisions on the project along the way.

New product positioning

In conjunction to this eCommerce project and while taking into consideration various types of customers that purchase DART products, the team made a crucial change to the classification of the company’s product lines, in order to match customer buying habits.
Then was born the new positioning – GEAR UP, TUNE UP and TOOL UP.
The GEAR UP category now includes all DART specialty equipment manufactured to ensure mission readiness.

The TUNE UP category includes OEM replacement parts and consumables such as skidtubes, wearplates, crosstubes, transparencies, engine mounts, interiors, and more.
Lastly, the TOOL UP category comprises tools and ground support equipment.
This new and dynamic positioning was launched at Heli-Expo 2018 last February and thus has been highlighted throughout various advertising campaigns since then.

Cautious on-boarding

To ensure user acceptance, DART ensured to launch a non-transactional version of the website first, to slowly on-board handpicked customers who accepted to test the eCommerce site and its functionalities. The team dedicated an important amount of time to test the platform for a stable and successful deployment; a large amount depending on the feedback the team would receive from internal and external parties. In due time, DART is planning to make the eCommerce functionality available to all.

With a lot of teamwork and passion, the first phase of the project was launched as a big achievement for DART and continues to help DART customers worldwide search for products easily and efficiently on a new and embellished website.

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THREE OF DUNCAN AVIATION’S SATELLITE FACILITIES EARN MEXICAN CERTIFICATIONS
30/10/2018

Duncan Aviation’s Satellite Avionics shops in Denver, Colorado, and Austin and Dallas, Texas, recently received certification from Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), which is the civil aviation authority for Mexico. This certification allows the Duncan Aviation shops in Denver, Austin, and Dallas to expand their avionics services for customers with aircraft based in […]

Duncan Aviation’s Satellite Avionics shops in Denver, Colorado, and Austin and Dallas, Texas, recently received certification from Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), which is the civil aviation authority for Mexico. This certification allows the Duncan Aviation shops in Denver, Austin, and Dallas to expand their avionics services for customers with aircraft based in Mexico.

“We’re proud to secure these authorizations because they let our customers from Mexico know that we are committed to and respectful of their processes and procedures,” says Duncan Aviation’s Manager of Satellite Operations Matt Nelson. “We’ve had several requests from customers with aircraft based in Mexico, and we anticipate that will only increase, especially with the upcoming ADS-B mandate.”

The Denver shop has been on the ramp at the Centennial Airport in Englewood for 16 years. It’s located at 7375 South Peoria Street and serves as home to both the avionics repair team and the Engine Rapid Response Team (RRT).

The facility in Dallas is one of Duncan Aviation’s longest-running Satellite Avionics Shops, and it has a new manager, Bryan Davis, for the first time in its 30-year history. The Dallas shop opened on September 11, 1988, and is located on the Dallas Love Field Airport at 8611 Lemmon Avenue, Building R, Suite 101.

The Duncan Aviation Avionics Satellite shop in Austin is located in the Atlantic Aviation hangar at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 4309 Emma Browning Avenue in Hangar 6.

It is important to Duncan Aviation to be able to provide service to all of its customers, regardless of location. The Satellite shops in Denver, Austin and Dallas join those in Scottsdale, Arizona; Van Nuys, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Houston, Texas; as Duncan Aviation Satellite avionics facilities with DGAC certification.

To see the latest certifications by facility, go to: www.da.aero/resources/certificates.

To contact a specific location, see the Duncan Aviation location directory at: https://www.duncanaviation.aero/locations/index.

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GRAHAM WILLIAMSON LEAVES TAG AVIATION TO EMBARK UPON NEW QUEST
30/10/2018

Graham Williamson, President of the Aircraft Management and Charter Division for TAG Aviation Europe, has made the decision to leave his position, effective end of October. Mr. Williamson has played a pivotal role in the development and success of TAG Aviation since he joined the organization back in 2004 and has been catalyst to overseeing […]

Graham Williamson, President of the Aircraft Management and Charter Division for TAG Aviation Europe, has made the decision to leave his position, effective end of October.

Mr. Williamson has played a pivotal role in the development and success of TAG Aviation since he joined the organization back in 2004 and has been catalyst to overseeing the delivery of many significant accomplishments throughout his fourteen years of dedicated service.

Commenting upon on Mr. Williamson’s departure, Daniel Christe, CEO of TAG Aviation Europe said, “We cannot thank Graham enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation which he has brought to his role with TAG Aviation. He will be hugely missed by all the staff, Senior Management Team colleagues and fellow Board members. We will not forget Graham’s invaluable contribution and his inspired leadership, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish him every success as his embarks upon an exciting new endeavor.”

In addressing fellow colleagues and staff members, Mr. Williamson expressed his gratitude and good wishes to everyone at TAG Aviation saying, “I am very proud to have been part of the TAG family for the past fourteen years and I know that you will continue to set the standard for Business Aviation, well into the future. I may be embarking upon a new career challenge, but I will always hold the Spirit of TAG Aviation within my heart and continue to follow its core values of respect, excellence and integrity.”

In the coming weeks Carlos Gomez, Chief Operating Officer for TAG Aviation UK, will step up from his current position to assume the role of Managing Director and work in tangent with Mr. Williamson to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer of responsibilities. Mr. Gomez has led TAG Aviation’s Centers in both Spain and Asia and formed part of the leadership of TAG Aviation Europe for twelve years.

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NOMAD TECHNICS COMPLETES FIRST 6 & 12 MONTH MAINTENANCE ON CHALLENGER 604
30/10/2018

Nomad Technics completed its first 6- and 12-month inspection on a Challenger 604 at its Basel, Switzerland, facility. Maintenance tasks also included the routine inspection, defect rectification, modification and changing of wheels on the main landing gear. Deep cleaning of the aircraft and the cabin concluded the maintenance event. Nomad Technics AG, the maintenance division […]

Nomad Technics completed its first 6- and 12-month inspection on a Challenger 604 at its Basel, Switzerland, facility. Maintenance tasks also included the routine inspection, defect rectification, modification and changing of wheels on the main landing gear. Deep cleaning of the aircraft and the cabin concluded the maintenance event.

Nomad Technics AG, the maintenance division of Nomad Aviation AG, is an EASA Part-145 approved organization (Approval No. CH.145.0386) and provides maintenance inspection and none routine repair work on Cessna Citation 525 and Bombardier Challenger series aircraft and other aircraft types including Bombardier Global, Global XRS, Global 6000, Embraer Legacy 600 and 650 business jets. The company occupies its own 7’400 m2 hangar together with 7’000 m2 of additional ramp space at the International EuroAirport in Basel / Switzerland, where it offers also hangarage services for aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 737 series and the Airbus family.

“We are proud that we have completed our first maintenance event on time on a Challenger 604 aircraft”, says Heinz Koehli, Executive Chairman of Nomad Aviation. “We are looking forward to welcoming operators of Cessna, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft at our company as their preferred choice and to build relationships with clients and industry partners”, adds Roman Hug, Director Maintenance of Nomad Technics.

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AIR BP EXPANDS IN BRAZIL, ADDS SALVADOR INTL AIRPORT TO ITS NETWORK
30/10/2018

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has bolstered its network in Brazil with the addition of Salvador International Airport (SSA/SBSV), effective immediately. Operations at the airport will be managed by Air BP Petrobahia, a joint venture between Air BP and Brazilian company, Petrobahia. Air BP Petrobahia has invested USD$3 million in […]

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, has bolstered its network in Brazil with the addition of Salvador International Airport (SSA/SBSV), effective immediately. Operations at the airport will be managed by Air BP Petrobahia, a joint venture between Air BP and Brazilian company, Petrobahia. Air BP Petrobahia has invested USD$3 million in enhancing fuelling infrastructure and training at the airport and will supply Jet A-1 fuel to both general and commercial aviation customers.

Salvador International is a key entry point for customers visiting Brazil from Europe and the USA. It complements Air BP’s existing location at Recife International (REC/SBRF), enabling greater choice for customers when travelling within the region. As part of Air BP’s 900-strong network, customers using the airport will be able to use their Air BP Sterling Card to purchase fuel, in addition to ordering and paying for fuel via the RocketRoute MarketPlace app.

Ricardo Paganini, general manager Air BP Brazil, comments: “As we continue to see optimism in the Brazilian aviation industry, we are excited to be investing in yet another new location for the benefit of our customers. I am sure that Salvador International will prove to be a popular location with both our existing, and new, commercial and general aviation customers looking for a safe and reliable fuel supply.”

This latest news follows the announcement in April of Air BP’s new location at Santos Dumont, Brazil. It further underpins Air BP’s commitment to the country where it markets and sells fuel at 27 locations.

Salvador International is the largest airport in the Bahia region by passenger numbers and the tenth largest airport in Brazil. Over seven million passengers travelled through Salvador International in 2017. The airport currently serves over 19 destinations operated by more than 20 airlines, including the principal Brazilian carriers.

 

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BELL 407GXI CERTIFIED BY FAA, CELEBRATES FIRST CUSTOMER DELIVERY
30/10/2018

The Bell 407GXi has been validated by the FAA after receiving certification from Transport Canada earlier this year. Chilean based customer, Eagle Copters, took delivery of the first Bell 407GXi to be used for corporate transportation. Bell announced the latest enhancements to the popular Bell 407 platform featuring improved pilot awareness, higher precision navigation, enhanced […]

The Bell 407GXi has been validated by the FAA after receiving certification from Transport Canada earlier this year. Chilean based customer, Eagle Copters, took delivery of the first Bell 407GXi to be used for corporate transportation. Bell announced the latest enhancements to the popular Bell 407 platform featuring improved pilot awareness, higher precision navigation, enhanced engine controls, and improved connectivity.

“This is an important milestone for the program and bell is proud to announce the first delivery since the introduction of the bell 407gxi earlier this year,” said Susan Griffin, executive vice president, Commercial Business. “Our customers continue to compliment the aircraft’s performance and enhanced all-glass digital cockpit.”

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GARMIN RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR GFC 500 AUTOPILOT IN BONANZA AND DEBONAIR
29/10/2018

Garmin has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 500 autopilot for select Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair aircraft. Intended for piston single-engine aircraft, the GFC 500 delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems. New aircraft models approved for the GFC 500 […]

Garmin has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 500 autopilot for select Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair aircraft. Intended for piston single-engine aircraft, the GFC 500 delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems.

New aircraft models approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include:

  • Beechcraft Bonanza/Debonair
    • Models: 33, A33, B33, C33, C33A, E33, E33A, E33C, F331, F33C1, G331

The GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with the G5 electronic flight instrument or a combination of both the G5 and G500 TXi flight display to provide pilots with an economical and modern autopilot solution. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustments to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a level button that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight. As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin ESP with the GFC 500 autopilot, which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles and provides airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft.

In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes:

  • Premium functions and advanced capabilities such as altitude pre-select and indicated airspeed hold mode.
  • Pilots can fly fully coupled descent Vertical Navigation (VNAV) profiles throughout the enroute and terminal phases of flight with a GTN 750/650 navigator.
  • Pilots can select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches.
  • Built-in GPS roll steering capability eliminates the need for external roll steering converters, allowing for smoother navigation tracking when installed with a compatible navigator.
  • Level Mode, which automatically engages the autopilot to restore the aircraft to straight and level flight.
  • Underspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from stalling the aircraft.
  • Overspeed protection helps prevent the pilot from exceeding aircraft maximum speed (VNE).
  • Pilots can fly coupled ‘go-arounds’ during missed approach sequencing. A remotely-installed go-around button commands the Flight Director to display the appropriate pitch attitude required for the missed approach procedure and activates a loaded missed approach when paired with a GTN 650/750 navigator.
  • An optional pitch-trim servo adds automatic trim and manual electric trim.
  • With the addition of an optional yaw damper servo, Yaw Damping (YD) mode minimizes yawing oscillations while also helping to maintain coordinated flight by keeping the slip/skid indicator centered.

For customers who already have a G5 electronic flight instrument, the GFC 500 starts at a suggested retail price of $6,9952 for a 2-axis autopilot. The GFC 500 can be purchased with the G5 electronic flight instrument for a suggested retail price of less than $10,0002.

In addition to these aircraft, Garmin is working on a GFC 500 STC for the F33A Bonanza and expects to complete that certification in the coming months. Garmin also continues to broaden its aircraft approval list for the GFC 600 and GFC 500 autopilots.

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MSB AEROSPACE COMPLETES FIRST CCF INSERT ORDER FOR L3 ISR SYSTEMS
29/10/2018

MSB Aerospace has completed and delivered its first set of crystal, china and flatware inserts for Waco, Texas-based L3 Integrated Aerospace Systems. The ninety-piece collection of custom-made inserts is the largest yet sourced from MSB’s state-of-the-art production facility in Savannah and is destined for installation on a head-of-state aircraft. This represents the first completed project […]

MSB Aerospace has completed and delivered its first set of crystal, china and flatware inserts for Waco, Texas-based L3 Integrated Aerospace Systems. The ninety-piece collection of custom-made inserts is the largest yet sourced from MSB’s state-of-the-art production facility in Savannah and is destined for installation on a head-of-state aircraft. This represents the first completed project in an ongoing collaboration between L3 Technologies’ VIP completions business area and MSB Aerospace LLC, a Sogeclair company.

The custom-made inserts, which were specified in conjunction with the L3 completion center technicians, will safeguard valuable crystal, china and flatware through all phases of flight. In addition, with so many inserts needed, the customer requested a system that enabled access to all the inserts, and their contents, with minimal noise and maximum ease. To facilitate the request, each item features a bespoke MSB-designed handle which supports easy insert egress and access.

The executive airliner cabin incorporated numerous bespoke cabinets in the galley which resulted in the need for MSB to aggregate two distinct sets of measurements to fulfill the insert order. MSB accurately measured each of the customized monuments to produce correctly fitting inserts for each space. In addition, a representative selection of each of the tableware items, which had also been custom-made, required meticulous measuring to generate precise template cutouts that were used to produce the protective inserts.

Consideration was also given to where the items will be used in the cabin, the frequency of use, and where they will be placed in the cabinets. Form, function and practicality informed the final insert layout blueprint. To meet the strict weight parameters and aviation regulations, the inserts were made of a lightweight but strong high-density foam fully certified for aviation use. The physical manufacturing of the complete set took the US-based team just twelve weeks from start to finish.

“This is the largest consignment we’ve had to fulfill since our doors opened in Savannah in January. There is no doubt that closer proximity to the client, the procurement of materials sourced in the USA, and the skills of our local US technical team supported the seamless operational success of this project,” said Robert Lodge, business development manager for MSB Aerospace.

“This initial contract with MSB has worked out well,” said Anthony Cusumano, Vice President of Head of State programs at L3 Integrated Aerospace Systems. “It is a real benefit to us, and therefore our customers, to have a US-based company that understands and fulfills our very exacting requirements.”

Photo caption: MSB technicians precision engineered every insert for the head-of-state aircraft. High resolution available on request.

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JETREADY EXPANDS ITS CHARTER FLEET WITH THE ADDITION OF A NEW HAWKER
26/10/2018

JetReady – private jet charter operator – continues to grow its existing charter fleet and is proud to announce their newest Hawker 800 aircraft addition. The aircraft is now available for domestic and international charter flights. Well-rounded in nature, this midsize jet provides the ultimate in comfort, cabin room and range for its category. The […]

JetReady – private jet charter operator – continues to grow its existing charter fleet and is proud to announce their newest Hawker 800 aircraft addition. The aircraft is now available for domestic and international charter flights.

Well-rounded in nature, this midsize jet provides the ultimate in comfort, cabin room and range for its category. The aircraft offers a spacious floor plan with its 8 passenger executive configuration and 2018 renovated modern interior. The layout includes a forward right side, 3-place divan opposing an individual captains chair and an aft 4-place conference group. The aircraft is fully equipped with a forward mini galley, microwave, complimentary WiFi, and Airshow.

JetReady’s Chief Executive Officer, Nigel England stated, “We are thrilled to announce the newest Hawker addition to our charter certificate allowing us to now offer midsize category options to the market as we continue to grow.”

JetReady specializes in 24/7, on demand, charter flights worldwide with a stringent focus on stellar, personalized service and quality product. The company also maintains safety ratings with ARG/US and Wyvern. With this addition, JetReady now has fleet of 10 aircraft consisting of Gulfstream IVSPs, Challenger 601s and Hawker models with plans to add more aircraft this year.

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