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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FLIGHTSAFETY CONGRATULATES JOE PING ON BECOMING THE 4,000TH RECIPIENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS MASTER TECHNICIAN PROGRAM AWARD
06/12/2018

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Joe Ping, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance, Global Integrated Services – Aviation, Cummins Inc., is the 4,000th aircraft maintenance technician to successfully complete the Master Technician training program. Joe earned his Master Technician certificate following completion of a comprehensive multi-year training curriculum for the Gulfstream G280 aircraft. “We are very […]

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Joe Ping, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance, Global Integrated Services – Aviation, Cummins Inc., is the 4,000th aircraft maintenance technician to successfully complete the Master Technician training program. Joe earned his Master Technician certificate following completion of a comprehensive multi-year training curriculum for the Gulfstream G280 aircraft.

“We are very pleased and proud to congratulate Joe Ping on his significant achievement and to celebrate the awarding of FlightSafety’s 4,000th Master Technician certificate,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “The recognition Joe and all others who have completed this rigorous program is most deserved.”

FlightSafety Master Technician training provides aviation maintenance professionals with in-depth instruction and real-world practical training. This innovative and unique program was developed in close collaboration with aircraft, component, and systems manufacturers. It is designed to enable technicians to further enhance their contributions to the safety, reliability and operating efficiency of the aircraft or components they support and maintain.

In order to earn this important certification, technicians must complete five advanced aircraft type and path specific maintenance courses. The paths include Airframe, Avionics, Composites, Engines, and Management. Technicians typically earn a Master Technician certificate in several paths. It usually takes four to five years to complete the program.

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DUNCAN AVIATION INTRODUCES ITS NEWEST PROJECT MANAGER
06/12/2018

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that Nick Parsons has accepted the position of Project Manager at the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. In his five years at Duncan Aviation, Parsons has proven himself a capable leader and conscientious mechanic while working on Challenger and Global projects. After serving as a Combat Engineer in the United States […]

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that Nick Parsons has accepted the position of Project Manager at the Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. In his five years at Duncan Aviation, Parsons has proven himself a capable leader and conscientious mechanic while working on Challenger and Global projects.

After serving as a Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps for four years, Parsons enrolled at Spartan Collge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and pursued his A&P certification. He began his career at Duncan Aviation shortly after finishing his degree in 2013.

“We’re pleased Nick has agreed to transition to the Project Manager position,” says William Morris, Assistant Manager of Customer Service. “He brings a great deal of technical skill and information, not to mention a wealth of experience working with internal and external customers, to this new position. We’re confident he will excel in this role that requires balance when communicating with the folks on the floor and conveying the wishes of our customers.”

Parsons and his wife Trina are working to remodel their house, one room at a time, and when they have any free time, they enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.

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VISTAJET LAUNCHES THE FIRST GLOBAL PROGRAM FOR WINE IN THE AIR
06/12/2018

The leading private aviation company redefines wine in flight with a collection of expert findings, signature and wine club selections, tastings in the sky and curated tours VistaJet, the first and only global business aviation company, announced today the launch of The VistaJet Wine Program, the most expansive and engaging experience of wine, designed to […]

The leading private aviation company redefines wine in flight with a collection of expert findings, signature and wine club selections, tastings in the sky and curated tours
VistaJet, the first and only global business aviation company, announced today the launch of The VistaJet Wine Program, the most expansive and engaging experience of wine, designed to enhance the exploration of the world of wine on its aircraft and at world destinations.
VistaJet Founder and Chairman, Thomas Flohr is an avid collector and investor in wine with a cellar of more than 3,000 bottles and a particular passion for Burgundies. “Enjoying a glass of wine while in flight should be the same as a glass of wine in a restaurant. But nobody has ever managed to offer this on a global scale,” said Flohr. “So, to provide the consistency of service and quality to our Members, we have created the first global program that will ensure our guests enjoy the best possible wine in the sky whilst catering to all their needs when it comes to tasting, collecting, discovering and developing a deeper knowledge of wine – anytime, anywhere.”
Much of the pleasure of savoring wine is in understanding its nuances, yet the effects of altitude, cabin pressure and air quality mean that selecting the right wine for a flight can prove to be difficult. During the development of The VistaJet Wine Program, the company hosted some of the world’s foremost wine experts, including those from Marchesi Antinori, Rothschild (Lafite), Ca’ del Bosco and Artemis Domaines, on several flights to sample, taste and compare a number of different wines from all over the world. By tasting on the ground and in the sky, the experts were able to further understand how taste and smell are the senses most affected by the atmosphere and work together in a pressurized cabin; nasal sensors’ reception of aromas are limited owing to the lower air pressure that comes with a lower humidity; bubbles found in sparkling wines, which contain up to thirty times more aromas than the liquid, tend to stick to the sides of the glass; and that fruit flavors are diminished, while bitterness and spiciness are largely unaffected.
In addition to that of the palate, Oxford University professor Charles Spence noted that the level of background noise on a commercial flight adversely affects a person’s perception of smell and taste. In a business jet however, the comforts of someone’s home environment are more accurately recreated with cabin noise 35 decibels less than commercial, minimizing the inherent psychological impact. Flying at 45,000 feet, VistaJet’s Global 6000 has an equivalent air pressure of only 4,500 feet, making many of the sensory effects of air travel less noticeable.
The learnings from these memorable wine flights, touching down in exclusive vineyards including Clos de Tart and Château Smith Haut Lafitte, proved instrumental in the development of The VistaJet Wine Program.
Elements of The VistaJet Wine Program include:
The Wine in the Sky Questionnaire
VistaJet invited popular oenophiles including Sofia Coppola, Andrea Bocelli, Jeannie Cho Lee and Daniel Boulud, to contribute to The Wine in the Sky Questionnaire, a compendium of considered suggestions for tasting, serving and transporting wine on travels around the world.  Published in collaboration with Assouline, the book serves to advise on how to select the most appropriate wines considering the different effects of flying on our senses. The Wine in the Sky Questionnaire will be available for pre-order from December 6th on Assouline.com and in stores mid-December.
Signature Wine List
Sourced from some of the world’s most iconic vineyards and personally handpicked by Thomas Flohr, all VistaJet passengers can enjoy the Signature Wine List with wines that take advantage of the effects of flying to perform best in the sky. The list features great classics such as the elegant, pure and aromatic Ruinart Champagnes; the dense, smooth and ripe Château Pape Clément, Pessac Léognan with its lifted notes of raspberries; and the Gaja, Rossj Bass Chardonnay, presenting a definite character and good acidity with a fresh and lingering finish.
The VistaJet Wine Club
Adding a discovery aspect to the signature offering, The VistaJet Wine Club will allow Members to explore the world of wine with 12 carefully selected wines each year, tasting two new bottles every other month from a range of producers and grapes around the world. To further enhance the experience, VistaJet Cabin Hostesses, trained up to WSET Level 2, can organize a blind tasting to assess the characteristics of grape varieties and record notes on tasting cards.
The full list will be disclosed to VistaJet Program Members throughout the year, with the first selection of wines including the infinitely delicate yet complex 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Albert Bichot; the 2009 Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Annamaria Clementi with its tangy acidity and ultrafine perlage; and the full bodied 2013 Solaia, from Marchesi Antinori with tannins of much shape and solidity.
Wine Tours
Through its global coverage, VistaJet provides bespoke access and personal introductions to the world’s best winemakers and wine clubs through the VistaJet Chairman’s Office. With the global Wine Tours, Members can also request round-the-world wine itineraries and personal tours of the finest vineyards and wine regions, as well as access to wine auctions and events with fine wine traders and collectors.
VistaJet’s Wine Tours include a three-day experience hosted by Marchesi Antinori, to enjoy a dinner with the family at Palazzo Antinori, tasting wines from their private collections, before visiting their historical vineyards in Tuscany and Umbria by helicopter and staying in the family estates’ exclusive guest houses.
The World of Wine Concierge
The World of Wine Concierge offers tasting advice both prior to flight and at destination, to help Members discover wines and vineyards in any region they’re visiting. The concierge can also assist with acquiring a historic vintage for a special anniversary, giving personalized recommendations about buying wine en primeur and at auction, as well as help arranging safe transportation of wine around the world. Members can request advice from a global network of local experts in North America, Europe and Asia.

The VistaJet Wine Program

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JSSI UPGRADES AIRFRAME PROGRAMS TO INCLUDE STANDARD WI-FI COVERAGE
06/12/2018

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has announced that Wi-Fi coverage is now included as a standard feature on all new airframe programs. Previously an add-on option, customers seeking airframe protection for their aircraft will now automatically benefit from Wi-Fi equipment […]

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has announced that Wi-Fi coverage is now included as a standard feature on all new airframe programs. Previously an add-on option, customers seeking airframe protection for their aircraft will now automatically benefit from Wi-Fi equipment and related component coverage at no additional cost.
“This latest upgrade reflects the changes in technology and advanced avionics we are increasingly seeing onboard modern business jets. We continually evaluate and evolve the coverage we offer. This ensures our clients have peace of mind knowing that even the state-of-the-art equipment on their aircraft is covered by the most innovative airframe program on the market,” explains Jim Stovall, JSSI vice president, pricing and program development.
“Wi-Fi used to be a rare item on business jets but is increasingly everywhere we go and is now a feature most of our clients expect to see onboard. Whether clients choose to enroll on our Tip-to-Tail®, Term, Parts-Only or Check-to-Check Airframe Programs, the Wi-Fi equipment components installed on their aircraft will now be included at the time of enrollment, covering all scheduled, unscheduled and routine maintenance,” added Stovall.
JSSI has been innovator in aircraft engine maintenance programs since 1989 and added airframe and APU coverage options to create its innovative Tip-to-Tail program in 1997. JSSI Airframe Programs cover virtually every part, component, assembly and system of the airframe, including all parts and labor for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. Like other JSSI programs, the JSSI Airframe Program delivers lower maintenance costs, higher residual value and 24/7 global support from the team of JSSI technical advisors stationed around the world.

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AIRLINES AND KALMAR ÖLAND AIRPORT ARE NOW JOINING FORCES
06/12/2018

The aviation sector is working together for fossil-free aviation from Kalmar Kalmar Öland Airport and Kalmar Municipality, together with airlines SAS and BRA and fuel supplier Air BP, have cooperated to meet a 5% biofuel target on all flights from Kalmar to Stockholm. Kalmar Öland Airport has, together with its owner Kalmar Municipality, been working […]

The aviation sector is working together for fossil-free aviation from Kalmar
Kalmar Öland Airport and Kalmar Municipality, together with airlines SAS and BRA and fuel supplier Air BP, have cooperated to meet a 5% biofuel target on all flights from Kalmar to Stockholm.
Kalmar Öland Airport has, together with its owner Kalmar Municipality, been working actively for many years to create the conditions to secure funding for the additional cost of aviation biofuel, with a long-term goal of having fossil-free aviation from Kalmar. As a first step towards fossil-free fuel locally, domestic flights between Kalmar and Stockholm flew on biofuel during the Kalmarsundsveckan 2017 sustainability week.
The next step in the process was to establish the conditions for funding the aviation biofuel more broadly. During this process, both Kalmar Municipality and the airport, and many of the municipal companies, took the decision that all their own business travel on flights from Kalmar should be powered by biofuel. The procurement of aviation biofuel, equivalent to three years’ supply, for Kalmar Municipality took place this autumn.
As part of the project, airlines SAS and BRA are coming on board too and joining forces with Kalmar Municipality and Kalmar Öland Airport, which represents a unique investment in aviation biofuel for the industry and the region.
– “The cooperation between these organisations is proof that with combined strength you can make things happen when you look at the bigger picture rather than just individual benefit,” explains Ronny Lindberg, Managing Director and Head of Kalmar Öland Airport.
The approximate 80 tonnes of biofuel required for flight services from Kalmar to Stockholm in 2019 will be supplied by Air BP to Kalmar Öland Airport for SAS and BRA to refuel their aircraft. Together, the airlines will finance 50% of the additional cost of the biofuel, whilst Kalmar Öland Airport, as the representative for the region, will secure financing for the remaining 50%.
– “Air BP is delighted to be able to support our client airlines and airports to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. This is an important first step that has been taken for all passengers between Kalmar and Stockholm to reduce their emissions and we are proud to be part of this cooperation,” adds Thorbjörn Larsson, General Manager of Air BP Nordics.
On 29 November, coinciding with a large delivery of aviation biofuel, representatives from the various organisations met at Kalmar Öland Airport to talk about the cooperation, the challenges and the industry’s transition.
– “For us at BRA, access to biofuel is essential to successfully achieve fossil-free domestic air travel in the future. We need large-scale, continuous production nearby in order to have access to sustainably produced biofuel for reasonable pricing,” explains Anna Soltorp, Head of Sustainability at BRA.

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BOEING, ELG CARBON FIBRE FIND NEW LIFE FOR AIRPLANE STRUCTURE
06/12/2018

Boeing [NYSE:BA] and ELG Carbon Fibre announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment. The agreement – the first of its kind for the aerospace industry – covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites […]

Boeing [NYSE:BA] and ELG Carbon Fibre announced a partnership to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment.
The agreement – the first of its kind for the aerospace industry – covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.
Carbon-fiber reinforced material is extremely strong and lightweight, making it attractive for a variety of uses, including in building the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner and the all-new 777X airplane.
As the largest user of aerospace-grade composites from its commercial and defense programs, Boeing has been working for several years to create an economically viable carbon fiber reuse industry. The company improved its production methods to minimize excess and developed a model for collecting scrap material.
But technical barriers stood in the way of repurposing material that had already been “cured” or prepped for use in the airplane manufacturing process. UK-based ELG developed a proprietary method to recycle “cured” composites so they do not have to be thrown out.
“Recycling cured carbon fiber was not possible just a few years ago,” said Tia Benson Tolle, Boeing Materials & Fabrication director for Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development. “We are excited to collaborate with ELG and leverage innovative recycling methods to work toward a vision where no composite scrap will be sent to landfills.”
To prove that the recycling method can be applied on a grand scale, Boeing and ELG conducted a pilot project where they recycled excess material from Boeing’s Composite Wing Center in Everett, Wash., where the massive wings for the 777X airplane are made.
ELG put the excess materials through treatment in a furnace, which vaporizes the resin that holds the carbon fiber layers together and leaves behind clean material. Over the course of 18 months, the companies saved 380,000 pounds of carbon fiber, which was cleaned and sold to companies in the electronics and ground transportation industries.
“Security of supply is extremely important when considering using these materials in long-term automotive and electronic projects,” said Frazer Barnes, managing director of ELG Carbon Fibre. “This agreement gives us the ability to provide that assurance, which gives our customers the confidence to use recycled materials.”
Based on the success of the pilot project, Boeing says the new agreement should save a majority of the excess composite material from its 11 sites, which will support the company’s goal to reduce solid waste going to landfills 20 percent by 2025.
“This collaboration takes Boeing’s commitment to protect the environment to a whole new level. Recycling composites will eventually be as commonplace as recycling aluminum and titanium,” said Kevin Bartelson, 777 Wing Operations leader.
Boeing and ELG are considering expanding the agreement to include excess material from three additional Boeing sites in Canada, China and Malaysia.
As a result of the partnership, ELG estimates the number of its employees will nearly triple from 39 in 2016 to an expected 112 by the end of 2019 as the recycling market continues to expand.

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EXECUJET AFRICA WINS AT SACAA INDUSTRY AWARDS 2018
06/12/2018

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating winning the Aviation Customer Services and the People Development Awards at the 2018 South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Industry Awards. ExecuJet also came runner-up in the Aviation Support Services category. The awards recognise individuals and companies making an outstanding contribution to the development of the African […]

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, is celebrating winning the Aviation Customer Services and the People Development Awards at the 2018 South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) Industry Awards.
ExecuJet also came runner-up in the Aviation Support Services category. The awards recognise individuals and companies making an outstanding contribution to the development of the African aviation industry.
Gavin Kiggen, Vice President Africa, ExecuJet says: “Achieving this recognition from SACAA is testament to the time and investment we put into supporting the growth of business aviation across Africa.
“We believe strongly that sustainable growth – and high-quality customer service – is achieved through skills development. Our apprenticeship programmes, SACAA-Approved Technical Training School and our strategic partnership with FlightSafety International demonstrate our continuing investment in people, and our commitment to delivering renowned client services with a local feel.
“As a global company, we will continue to challenge ourselves and others to practice sustainable development and provide an industry-leading customer experience for all travellers in Africa.”

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MARC PARENT, CAE’S PRESIDENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IS NAMED CEO OF THE YEAR 2018
06/12/2018

CAE is pleased to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Marc Parent, was named CEO of the Year, in the Large Corporation category, by Quebec-based business journal Les Affaires. To explain its choice, the journal cited that: “CAE and its leader, Marc Parent, are often under the radar. However, with Mr. Parent at […]

CAE is pleased to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Marc Parent, was named CEO of the Year, in the Large Corporation category, by Quebec-based business journal Les Affaires.
To explain its choice, the journal cited that: “CAE and its leader, Marc Parent, are often under the radar. However, with Mr. Parent at the helm, the Quebec aerospace giant has undergone a major transformation over the last ten years that is propelling it to new heights.” It goes on to say that, thanks to the transformation that led it to become a global leader in training, over the past five years CAE has seen an impressive increase of more than 30% in annual revenue, its stock has nearly doubled, and its Civil and Defence backlogs are at all-time highs.
“CAE is a global success story thanks to our 9,000 highly talented employees worldwide and their steadfast commitment to customer excellence. This honour is shared with all at CAE and its Board of Directors,” said Marc Parent. “We are driven by a vision to be the recognized training partner of choice and by our noble purpose. CAE benefits society by making air travel safer, defence forces mission ready, and medical personnel better able to save lives.”
“It is thanks to Marc’s vision and leadership that CAE has made such great progress with its training strategy; this recognition is well deserved,” said The Honourable John Manley, CAE’s Chairman of the Board. “CAE has grown to become a world leader, offering the most comprehensive training solutions for customers in the civil aviation, defence, and healthcare markets.”
The jury, composed mainly of members of the business community as well as university professors, was asked to assess the vision, innovation, capacity of implementation as well as the achievements of candidates, while taking into account the growth achieved by companies under their leadership.
CAE congratulates the other two 2018 winners, Marcel Bourassa of Savaria, who won in the SME Category, and Pierre Lassonde of Franco-Nevada, who won in the most socially-engaged executive category.
Link to the article in Les Affaires.

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AIRBUS READY TO ROLL-OUT PILOT CADET TRAINING CO-DEVELOPED WITH ENAC
06/12/2018

Airbus and the French Civil Aviation University, ENAC, have obtained EASA certification for a co-developed ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme that will be used by a worldwide network of partner flight schools, starting with the first customer Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) in Mexico city early 2019. Pilot Cadets worldwide will now be able […]

Airbus and the French Civil Aviation University, ENAC, have obtained EASA certification for a co-developed ab initio Pilot Cadet Training Programme that will be used by a worldwide network of partner flight schools, starting with the first customer Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM) in Mexico city early 2019.
Pilot Cadets worldwide will now be able to benefit from a complete and fully integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence programme built upon Airbus’ high safety and reliability standards and extensive experience in pilot training.
The Airbus Pilot Cadet Training Programme aims to equip cadets with the skills and mind-set required to become an “operationally-ready pilot” focusing on the all-important development of key pilot technical and behavioural competencies. The programme reflects, not only Airbus’ commitment to supporting the safe operation of all its aircraft, but also supports airline customers in contributing to the long-term availability of qualified pilots, helping to meet the growing demand forecast for more than 500,000 pilots over the next 20 years.
The programme will be open to young people over 18 years old who have graduated from high school. Candidates will undergo online and on-site screening tests before being eligible for training, which will include 750 hours of ground school, plus 200 hours of flight training.
Airbus has been offering training courses since its creation some 50 years ago and has always taken a comprehensive and innovative approach via its unique cockpit commonality concept and the regular introduction of the latest technologies or learning concepts.
Airbus tripled its training locations worldwide in the last few years. With an extensive and growing global network, Airbus has created a complete flight training package, allowing its customers to benefit from its training expertise closer to their home base, ensuring a wider range of competent candidates make it to the cockpit.

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