GULFSTREAM TO EXPAND IN APPLETON, WISCONSIN
16/02/2018

New Service Center Will Create Approximately 200 Jobs, Add Maintenance Capacity. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced its plans to construct a new service center at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport to support its growing customer fleet. This additional Gulfstream Appleton facility, which will complement the existing hangar and office space, is expected to begin operations in […]

New Service Center Will Create Approximately 200 Jobs, Add Maintenance Capacity.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced its plans to construct a new service center at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport to support its growing customer fleet. This additional Gulfstream Appleton facility, which will complement the existing hangar and office space, is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2019 and create approximately 200 jobs.
Gulfstream will develop an approximately $40 million, nearly 180,000-square-foot/16,723-square-meter maintenance, repair and overhaul facility northeast of the airport terminal. The new building will include a hangar, offices, back shops and support space. The expansion will boost the number of employees at Gulfstream Appleton to more than 1,000.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.
“This is the most significant expansion we’ve had in Appleton in the nearly 20 years we’ve been there,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “The demand for our outstanding service business is growing, so this added maintenance capacity and additional jobs are great news for our customers and the community. These added resources will further enhance the world-class service and support this site is known for in the industry.”
A company site since 1998, Gulfstream Appleton is home to a service center and large-cabin completions facility spread over more than 315,500 sf/29,310 sq m. In 2017, employees there completed 582 aircraft visits, including road trips, to support customers at regional airports.

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RUAG 1ST IN EUROPE TO COMPLETE 2020 ADS-B COMPLIANCE ON CHALLENGER CL601
16/02/2018

RUAG Aviation has successfully upgraded the avionics baseline of a Bombardier Challenger CL601 to comply with regulatory mandates for 2020 and beyond. The first upgrade of this kind completed in Europe, the ADS-B Out, FMS 6.1 and LPV requirements were met in full ahead of compliance deadlines. The integration of the avionics upgrades was carried […]

RUAG Aviation has successfully upgraded the avionics baseline of a Bombardier Challenger CL601 to comply with regulatory mandates for 2020 and beyond. The first upgrade of this kind completed in Europe, the ADS-B Out, FMS 6.1 and LPV requirements were met in full ahead of compliance deadlines. The integration of the avionics upgrades was carried out at RUAG Aviation’s Bombardier Authorized Service Center facilities in Munich, Germany, during a scheduled heavy maintenance visit.
“This is a milestone on behalf of our customer, as well as on behalf of all operators of older aircraft,” states Volker Wallrodt, Senior Vice President Business Jets, Dornier 228 & Components, RUAG Aviation. “For aircraft like the Challenger CL601, flying with ADS-B today provides pilots with a number of immediate benefits, yet it also ensures the aircraft is equipped to fly after December 31, 2019. Equipping older aircraft with ADS-B transponders improves operational flexibility and preserves investment, well past 2020 requirements, because it allows those aircraft to continue to operate reliably and profitably while adhering to the latest aviation regulations with state-of-the-art technology,” he confirms.

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DEMAND FOR PRIVATE JETS TO GROW IN 2018
16/02/2018

According to IATA, the number of travellers will continue to rise in 2018. Airline passenger numbers are expected to increase to 4.3 billion. So airlines should also expect growth in the number of new aircraft in the market. The European business aviation company KlasJet has noticed this trend too, in the rising number of flight […]

According to IATA, the number of travellers will continue to rise in 2018. Airline passenger numbers are expected to increase to 4.3 billion. So airlines should also expect growth in the number of new aircraft in the market. The European business aviation company KlasJet has noticed this trend too, in the rising number of flight requests by private jet.
In recent years we have been hearing a lot about economic growth. The Daily Journal states that 120 countries enjoyed economic growth in 2017, creating the broadest global expansion in seven years. World trade is expanding and consumers are more confident. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that global growth in 2017 was the most substantial since 2011 and is forecasting a further 3.9% growth for this year and 2019.
This has led to the International Air Transport Association’s statement that airlines should expect a rise in passenger numbers to 4.3 billion in 2018. The association noted that this would be a 6% rise from the 4.1 billion recorded in 2017. “The number of passengers is expected to increase to 4.3 billion in 2018. The traffic of passengers is expected to rise 6.0%, slightly down on the 7.5% growth of 2017 but still ahead of the average of the past 10-20 years of 5.5%, which will exceed a capacity expansion of 5.7%,” the association’s experts state in their forecast for 2018.
This means that there will be a huge growth in the number of new planes in the market. Boeing confirms that in 2018 it will need approximately $139 billion for the funding of new aircraft, which is $17 billion more than in 2017. The company Jetcraft confirms these numbers with the supporting information that Global Business Aviation has already installed a base of just over 21,000 aircraft and will surpass the 28,000-unit mark (net retirements) in 2026, growing 33% during the forecast period.
The European business aviation company KlasJet has noticed this growth too, in the rising number of business and sports flight requests. “Comparing 2016 and 2017, the number of requests increased more than twice over. This leads to the number of requests received already in 2018, which helps us to forecast a minimum 46.5% growth in requests compared to 2017. By this, the KlasJet fleet has increased its operated aircraft by 50%, adding aircraft owned by private business representatives as well as world-renowned sports clubs. Flight destinations are becoming broader, including the main shopping destinations – Milan, Monaco, Nice, Paris and London – and unique vacation destinations in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The economic growth therefore allows VIP clients to choose a more flexible and comfortable reach in their preferred destinations,” comments Dovydas Jurgelevicius, CEO of KlasJet.
KlasJet provides CAMO Supervision, Jet Management, Jet Charter and additional services. The company operates with Bombardier CRJ200, Bombardier Challenger 850, Hawker 800XP and Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

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NEW APPROACHES PUBLISHED FOR LEE’S SUMMIT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT ON FEB. 1
16/02/2018

New local Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) for runway 18-36 at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), 2751 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., were published on Feb. 1, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new IAPs provide official confirmation from the FAA of the 5,501 ft. length of runway 18-36. While the extension of […]

New local Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) for runway 18-36 at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), 2751 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., were published on Feb. 1, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new IAPs provide official confirmation from the FAA of the 5,501 ft. length of runway 18-36.
While the extension of runway 18-36 from 4,016 ft. to 5,501 ft. was completed at the end of September 2017, the publication of the new approaches is another important milestone. “The publishing of the new approaches means the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport and its 5,501 ft. runway is officially on the map. We have received many inquiries into the lengthened runway, but many pilots were not able to fly in until the approaches became officially published. We look forward to seeing new faces at the airport and we’re ready to showcase the improvements and our exceptional customer service,” says Airport Manager John Ohrazda.
KLXT is a full-service fixed-base operator (FBO) located just minutes from Kansas City, Mo. With quick and easy highway access, and close proximity to the Truman Sports Complex and downtown Kansas City, KLXT is in a great location for anyone flying into or out of the Kansas City metropolitan area. KLXT has two runways: 18-36 is a grooved concrete runway 5,501 ft. in length and 100 ft. wide; and 11-29 is 4,000 ft. in length and 75 ft. wide. KLXT also has a 40,000 sq. ft. heated enclosed hangar available for storage, concierge services, a new pilot’s lounge, crew cars and more.
For more information about the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, visit LSAirport.net

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SOUTHEAST AEROSPACE NAMED BENDIXKING REPAIR PARTNER
16/02/2018

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) is pleased to announce our formal selection as a BendixKing Repair Partner, designating SEA as an authorized BendixKing repair, overhaul and OEM distributer. SEA was selected by BendixKing for this partnership due to our extensive capabilities, state of the art facilities, and over 20 years of experience supporting BendixKing repairs to our […]

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) is pleased to announce our formal selection as a BendixKing Repair Partner, designating SEA as an authorized BendixKing repair, overhaul and OEM distributer.
SEA was selected by BendixKing for this partnership due to our extensive capabilities, state of the art facilities, and over 20 years of experience supporting BendixKing repairs to our domestic and international customer base.
As a Repair Partner, Southeast Aerospace will provide repair services for a variety of BendixKing equipment, including: Silver Crown, Gold Crown, Nav/Com, Autopilot, Radar, HF, Compass Systems, and more. For more information on SEA’s partnership and services provide, please Contact SEA at MRO@seaerospace.com.
SEA is an FAA and EASA approved repair station, offering MRO capabilities for thousands of products.

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BANYAN TO HOST GOGO INFLIGHT CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS SEMINAR
15/02/2018

Banyan Air Service (KFXE) will host a Gogo Inflight Connectivity Solutions Seminar on Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5360 NW 20 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.    The seminar will be presented by Scott Tychsen, regional sales manager for Gogo Business Aviation and will focus on AVANCE L3, AVANCE L5, AVANCE […]

Banyan Air Service (KFXE) will host a Gogo Inflight Connectivity Solutions Seminar on Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5360 NW 20 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.    The seminar will be presented by Scott Tychsen, regional sales manager for Gogo Business Aviation and will focus on AVANCE L3, AVANCE L5, AVANCE SCS and Gogo Ku.
AVANCE L3: an air-to-ground system ideal for supporting non-streaming services including email, internet browsing, VPN access, and smartphone calling and texting. This system integrates Gogo Vision information and entertainment services. Cost effective and flexible, with three flavors to choose from, coverage across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Alaska.
AVANCE L5: an air-to-ground system that supports more devices, plus audio and video streaming, and all the services available in AVANCE L3. In 2019, the Gogo Next Gen network will be available to AVANCE L5 customers who wish to upgrade and access it to gain performance up to 100 Mbps.
AVANCE SCS: smart cabin systems that provide an advanced router plus integrated Gogo Vision information and entertainment services.  Can stand-alone or be integrated with a connectivity system.
Gogo Ku: a satellite-based solution, available the end of 2018, that will provide high-speed performance for global operators.
The seminar is free, but reservations are required. RSVP at banyanair.com/gogo-pr.  A light lunch will be provided.

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NOMAD AVIATION RECEIVES THE IS-BAO REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
14/02/2018

Nomad Aviation has received the Registration Certificate for the successful implementation of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which is issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The IS-BAO certification was launched in 2002 by the business aviation community and was designed to promote the use of high quality operating practices for […]

Nomad Aviation has received the Registration Certificate for the successful implementation of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which is issued by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
The IS-BAO certification was launched in 2002 by the business aviation community and was designed to promote the use of high quality operating practices for international business aircraft operations by establishing a framework for effective safety and operational processes. It provides tools to perform gap analyses to facilitate the implementation of best practices and delivering a Safety Management System (SMS) appropriate to the operational profile. IS-BAO is based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards that prepare the operator for domestic and international operations. It is applicable to both large and small operators. The registration certificate issued upon successful completion of an audit serves as proof of conformance to key ICAO standards.
“We are proud to be the holder of the Registration Certificate. The program centers on the Safety Management System (SMS) and leads our company from establishing principles, to achieving an effective SMS, and eventually attaining a risk-averse, generative safety culture “, says Thomas Koehli, Nomad Aviation’s CEO and adds” The program audits are conducted every two years and ensure conformance with the standards and recommended practices. The audits also provide valuable feedback to Nomad Aviation.”

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ORIENS AVIATION MARKS STRONG YEAR WITH PILATUS PC-12 SALES
14/02/2018

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles sales distributor for the PC-12 added to Pilatus Aircraft’s excellent year in 2017, bringing five new aircraft into service with new customers; selling its original demonstrator (G-RABB) and securing its first new-build delivery position for 2018. Oriens delivered an aircraft to a private owner in Oxford in March; one […]

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles sales distributor for the PC-12 added to Pilatus Aircraft’s excellent year in 2017, bringing five new aircraft into service with new customers; selling its original demonstrator (G-RABB) and securing its first new-build delivery position for 2018.
Oriens delivered an aircraft to a private owner in Oxford in March; one to Leeds-based entrepreneur Neil Armstrong in June, coinciding with the Goodwood Festival of Speed and a third to Chris Makin, owner of newly named Leeds East Airport, in December. Ravenair is this aircraft’s operator and management company, operating under EASA PART-NCO Lease Operations.
“Since securing the PC-12 distributorship in March 2015 we are pleased to have played a part in raising product awareness of this ultra-versatile, best-selling, single-engined turboprop, amongst business users and private individuals,” said CEO and owner Edwin Brenninkmeyer, who has personally logged over 4,000 hours’ flying time, undertaking over 150 demo flights last year.
“The interest in the PC-12 continues to grow.  Its versatility, exclusivity, affordability, comfortable and generous cabin makes it unmatched in its class,” added Oriens Sales Director Craig Lammiman.  He believes it will not be long before the aircraft is operating on commercial charter IFR under an UK AOC.
Accordingly, Oriens Aviation is ready to facilitate the process for entities seeking to get PC-12s on an AOC.   “As part of our responsibility for sales in the region and our closeness to European PC-12 customers, we are well placed to play a facilitating and advisory role for UK based commercial operators, or European PC-12 operators, and assist any owners who may choose to put their aircraft under aircraft management and gain revenue from charter,” Edwin Brenninkmeyer added.

Complementary MRO facility supports operators
Furthermore, Oriens has reinforced its commitment to the aircraft by setting up a dedicated Pilatus Service Centre, following its recent acquisition of Avalon Aero’s London Biggin Hill MRO.   The business, newly renamed Oriens Maintenance Services Ltd, will be formally introduced to customers, suppliers and industry guests, supported by representatives from Pilatus, this week.

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DAHER’S 2018 TBMS INTRODUCE HEATED SEATS MARKING A FIRST IN SINGLE-ENGINE TURBOPROP AIRCRAFT
13/02/2018

Daher today announced new features for its 2018 production TBM 910s and TBM 930s, including the first electrically-heated seats for an aircraft in its single-engine turboprop category. Building on the cabin restyling implemented last year for Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft, every seat in Model Year 2018 TBM 910s and TBM 930s are the new […]

Daher today announced new features for its 2018 production TBM 910s and TBM 930s, including the first electrically-heated seats for an aircraft in its single-engine turboprop category.

Building on the cabin restyling implemented last year for Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft, every seat in Model Year 2018 TBM 910s and TBM 930s are the new heated seats, with the heating function controlled. Once the mode is engaged by the pilot via a master control in the cockpit, each occupant can choose whether to utilize the heating – and select either light or moderate heat settings.

Other new features on the Model Year 2018 aircraft are tailored for improved pilot interface. This includes backlighting on the cockpit’s central console to provide enhanced visibility at night for the manual trim, power lever, flaps lever and override controls. Additionally, a high-fidelity microphone has been incorporated in the pilot’s oxygen mask for clear communications with air traffic control when the mask is in use.

“Updates for the Model Year 2018 underscore our commitment to constant improvement on the TBM 910 and TBM 930,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “In addition to benefitting our owners and operators, they enhance the in-flight experience for passengers – which is important as we see the development of TBM sales to corporate and commercial operators.”

He added that Daher’s superior level of service for TBM aircraft is further evolving to meet customer expectations. In addition to the continued inclusion of Total Care Program (TCP) coverage as part of the TBM “Elite package,” Model Year 2018 TBM 910/TBM 930 customers will receive a host of new services: subscriptions to the Garmin Pilot database and Jeppesen Pilot Pak™ bundle and, in countries where available, a three-month subscription to Sirius XM weather and radio.

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DUNCAN AVIATION INSTALLS FIRST LOPRESTI BOOMBEAM LIGHTING SYSTEM IN PHENOM 300
13/02/2018

Duncan Aviation recently installed LoPresti Aviation’s BoomBeam High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting system in a Phenom 300, the first in the industry to receive the lighting upgrade. Completed at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, facility, the Duncan Aviation installation technicians worked with LoPresti engineers to develop and receive an installation deviation approval to avoid removing […]

Duncan Aviation recently installed LoPresti Aviation’s BoomBeam High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting system in a Phenom 300, the first in the industry to receive the lighting upgrade.
Completed at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Michigan, facility, the Duncan Aviation installation technicians worked with LoPresti engineers to develop and receive an installation deviation approval to avoid removing the aircraft’s fairings.
“The paint design on this Phenom aircraft has four different colors, some which are hard to match,” explains Duncan Aviation Project Manager Mark Davis. “So it was important to the customer to keep the fairings in place, therefore keeping the integrity of his paint scheme intact.”
The BoomBeam HID lighting system replaces older technology while providing lights that produce three to 15 times more light, engineered specifically for each model aircraft. Benefits of the BoomBeam HID lighting system include increased safety, reduced electrical load and heat output, decreased AOG time for lighting issues as there are no filaments to break, and a color that more closely approximates natural daylight. The system also comes with a five-year/5,000-hour warranty.
The BoomBeam HID landing and taxi light system for the Phenom 300 aircraft features dual light array landing light pods, taking a four-light system to a more robust six-light system. The combined light output from all six lights on this system significantly increases the safety of the aircraft. With the extended range, pilots have more time to see and avoid possible wildlife or obstancles on the runway during night operations.
“I am very happy with the system,” says Luke Krepsky, Aircraft Manager with Exec Aire, LLC. “In addition to the extra time viewing the runway on landing, on the ground, the light pattern extends farther and wider than the stock lights, a very welcome addition for anyone operating at airports with dark ramp and taxiways. The additional two lights allow for MEL flexibility, and the HID system has high expected reliability.”
The ability to see more with the aircraft lighting system has already proven its worth, Krepsky says. “Our airport has a deer issue … several times I have had deer just within view on the side of the runway, too late to react if they would have been in my path. My very first night operation with the new system, after being amazed with the view of the runway, I was greeted by four deer crossing the taxiway in front of the aircraft. They would not have been visible with the stock lights, and I was able to warn the inbound aircraft of the potential deer near the threshold.”
Last fall, Duncan Aviation announced that its satellite avionics shops and workaway stations would offer quick, flat-rate installation of the BoomBeam system on a variety of business aircraft. The pricing varies, depending on the airplane make and model, and the lighting system chosen.
LoPresti Aviation manufactures lighting systems for multiple aircraft makes and models, with Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and Part Manufacturing Approval (PMA) covering more than 550 aircraft models.
To see a demonstration unit of the BoomBeam lighting system, customers are encouraged to contact Duncan Aviation and schedule a visit at one of our locations. We have a portable demo unit available and would encourage anyone interested in the technology to schedule a time to see it first-hand.

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FLIGHTSAFETY AND PILATUS ANNOUNCE THE START OF PILATUS PC-24 TRAINING IN DALLAS
13/02/2018

FlightSafety International and Pilatus announce that training for the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has begun at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas. “We are pleased to announce the start of training for the new Pilatus PC-24 aircraft in Dallas,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. “FlightSafety and Pilatus worked closely together to ensure owners […]

FlightSafety International and Pilatus announce that training for the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has begun at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas.
“We are pleased to announce the start of training for the new Pilatus PC-24 aircraft in Dallas,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. “FlightSafety and Pilatus worked closely together to ensure owners and operators of the PC-24 receive the highest quality training and outstanding service they deserve and expect.”
The Pilatus PC-24 simulator was recently qualified and approved for training by the European Aviation Safety Agency. Qualification by the United States Federal Aviation Administration occurred in December 2017.
“Receiving EASA and FAA qualification demonstrates our ability to design and manufacture simulators that replicate the flying characteristics of the aircraft they represent, and meet or exceed the stringent standards of aviation regulatory agencies around the world.” added Davenport.
Pilots and maintenance technicians who operate and support the Pilatus PC-24 benefit from the highest level of fidelity, quality, and reliability this new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator provides. It is equipped with the latest advances in technology including the VITAL 1100 visual system, electric motion and control loading, and new Instructor Operating Station.
FlightSafety’s two Learning Centers in Dallas are equipped with 25 full flight simulators. They are used to provide training for business and commercial aircraft manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier, Embraer, Dassault, Gulfstream, and Pilatus.

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AP COMPLETION SERVICES WORKING WITH 5 GLOBAL 7000 OWNERS FOR INTERIORS
09/02/2018

Defined by Bombardier as the industry’s largest purpose-built business jet, the Global 7000 has four living spaces and a permanent crew rest area. The aircraft also features a true stand-up shower and a master suite with a permanent bed. “The Global 7000 is a sophisticated aircraft with many advanced features. We’re honored to be the […]

Defined by Bombardier as the industry’s largest purpose-built business jet, the Global 7000 has four living spaces and a permanent crew rest area. The aircraft also features a true stand-up shower and a master suite with a permanent bed.
“The Global 7000 is a sophisticated aircraft with many advanced features. We’re honored to be the completions partner of these owners, and we’re grateful to be able to help them and their teams through the process from the beginning,” said Andrew Broccoli, principal, AP Completion Services. “We look forward to getting these aircraft into service as quickly as possible for our clients.”
Broccoli stresses that the Global 7000 is a completely new airplane, “It’s not just a Global 6000 with an extra zone. It’s a bigger, mechanically different aircraft. During the completion, we work hand-in-hand with the owner and the OEM, acting as a team to come to solutions that benefit everyone.”
AP Completion Services works with clients to acquire an aircraft, design its interior space, select materials and manage the completion from induction to delivery, including mechanical checkout, avionics installation and paint. They also provide entry into service support.
“We work with owners and their teams through every facet of the project and can provide counsel on the right new or preowned aircraft to meet an organization’s mission. We can then help ready that aircraft to meet their objectives. Our licensed aircraft engineers, a distinctive attribute of AP Completion Services, are trained to help owners protect their investment,” added Broccoli.
AP Completion Services also follows its clients once their aircraft is in service. “We look for trends: what installations are most successful; does an aircraft have recurring issues? That knowledge benefits our next customer. We are always working to prevent warranty issues and to minimize aircraft downtime for our clients,” adds Broccoli.
Aircraft with global range need a resource with global knowledge. AP Completion Services has assisted clients on every continent. “We’ve worked with OEMs, regulatory authorities and clients around the globe, adding another layer of expertise we can bring to our customers,” said Broccoli. “We’re ready to serve.”

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PIPER EXPANDS SALES REPRESENTATION IN THE PACIFIC RIM
08/02/2018

Piper Aircraft Inc. has named Fanmei Aviation Technologies Ltd, as its dealer for the sales of new aircraft in Greater China, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Fanmei Aviation Technologies joins a growing network of dealers and representatives throughout the region. “We welcome Fanmei Aviation into the worldwide Piper family,” said Piper President […]

Piper Aircraft Inc. has named Fanmei Aviation Technologies Ltd, as its dealer for the sales of new aircraft in Greater China, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Fanmei Aviation Technologies joins a growing network of dealers and representatives throughout the region.
“We welcome Fanmei Aviation into the worldwide Piper family,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “As China opens up its airspace there will be many opportunities there for the sale of M-class products. With its extensive aviation background, Fanmei Aviation Technologies is well situated to take advantage of the anticipated growth in China of this segment as well as the growing demand in China for Piper pilot training aircraft.”
“Fanmei Aviation Technologies has the reach and passion throughout China to become a dominant player in the sales of new Piper airplanes in this key region,” said Piper Vice President International Sales, Drew McEwen. “I am pleased that Fanmei Aviation Technologies has agreed to be Piper’s dealer in the area.”
“China’s fast-paced growth as well as the burgeoning pilot training market offer great opportunities to grow general aviation as well as support the professional pilot hiring needs for China’s many airlines. Fanmei Aviation Technologies is delighted to be able to represent a company of Piper’s prestige and global reputation in this region, said President of Fanmei Aviation Technologies, Don Li.”

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STANDARDAERO SHOWS INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP WITH JETWAVE FOR GULFSTREAM GV
08/02/2018

StandardAero is once again demonstrating its industry leadership in the world of in-flight connectivity, utilizing Ka-band technology with the development of another first-of-type program using the Honeywell JetWave™ satellite communications system and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite network for the Gulfstream GV aircraft. Just recently, StandardAero completed its STC for the GV model, which […]

StandardAero is once again demonstrating its industry leadership in the world of in-flight connectivity, utilizing Ka-band technology with the development of another first-of-type program using the Honeywell JetWave™ satellite communications system and Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band satellite network for the Gulfstream GV aircraft.
Just recently, StandardAero completed its STC for the GV model, which also includes the terminal, router and purposely designed direct replacement radome. Prototype installation was completed ahead of schedule in partnership with Western Jet Aviation in Van Nuys. First Article installation is complete and the STC with accompanying radome, is available now. In the last year, StandardAero also developed new supplemental type certificates (STCs) for several other business aircraft models.
Honeywell’s JetWave™ satellite communications hardware exclusively connects to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite constellation. The service is called Jet ConneX and provides operators with speeds up to 15 Mbps.
“We are excited to continue to offer these systems, which are designed and proven to provide broadband-class data connectivity for our customers,” said Brian Campbell, Vice President of Global Sales for StandardAero Business Aviation. “The hardware and network are optimized for mobility to provide a consistently outstanding passenger experience all over the world.”
“Inmarsat is impressed with all of StandardAero’s Jet ConneX STC and radome efforts. The GV is no exception. With Jet ConneX, they get that reliability and global coverage, now with speeds similar to what they might experience on the ground,” said Michael Rack, Inmarsat’s Senior Vice President of Business Aviation.

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PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM NEW HERITAGE CAPITAL INVESTS IN FLYING COLOURS CORP.
08/02/2018

Flying Colours Corp. (Flying Colours), the refurbishment, completion and MRO business, announced that Boston-based private equity firm, New Heritage Capital, (Heritage), has become a minority stakeholder in the Canada-headquartered business. The transaction, structured using Heritage’s Private IPO® solution, was ratified and signed by Flying Colours President, John Gillespie, and Heritage Partner, Judson Samuels, on 31 […]

Flying Colours Corp. (Flying Colours), the refurbishment, completion and MRO business, announced that Boston-based private equity firm, New Heritage Capital, (Heritage), has become a minority stakeholder in the Canada-headquartered business. The transaction, structured using Heritage’s Private IPO® solution, was ratified and signed by Flying Colours President, John Gillespie, and Heritage Partner, Judson Samuels, on 31 January 2018. Financial terms remain undisclosed.
Flying Colours will retain its management and operational independence, and will benefit from increased financial resources at a time of considerable growth. The deal enables Flying Colours to realise high-value projects which include expanding service lines, infrastructure development, and the building of additional hangars. Specializing in green completions, refurbishment, maintenance, avionics, paint, and special mission modifications, family business Flying Colours prides itself on its flexibility, innovation and integrity.
“We are delighted to partner with Heritage, as with this capital boost we are well positioned to fulfil the next phase of our ambitious growth strategy,” said Gillespie. “We also look forward to working with their team to seek acquisition opportunities to accelerate our development and scalability across the global business aviation sector.”
Samuels added, “We are thrilled to partner with John and the Flying Colours team to continue building a world class company in the aircraft completions, refurbishment and maintenance sector.  We look forward to assisting the company as it pursues continued expansion.”
Heritage specialises in partnering with founder and entrepreneur owned businesses that want to significantly grow. “We had been approached by several companies who were eager to invest, but Heritage’s extensive network, and focus on growth, brings much more than just financial value to our new partnership. It’s a very exciting time for Flying Colours,” concluded Gillespie.

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