WEST STAR AVIATION’S NEWLY EXPANDED CHATTANOOGA FACILITY CELEBRATES OPERATIONAL MILESTONES
16/11/2018

West Star Aviation highlighted the new Paint and Maintenance Hangars at the Chattanooga facility Open House, November 7, 2018, attended by customers, vendors and employees. With over 300 people in attendance at the open house, including Mayor Jim Coppinger and Charles Wood, VP of Economic Development with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce who both gave […]

West Star Aviation highlighted the new Paint and Maintenance Hangars at the Chattanooga facility Open House, November 7, 2018, attended by customers, vendors and employees. With over 300 people in attendance at the open house, including Mayor Jim Coppinger and Charles Wood, VP of Economic Development with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce who both gave remarks at the open house, the expansion is a welcome addition to the local community. With the completion of these new facilities, West Star now occupies over 175,000 sq. ft. of space at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

“The open house was a great way to showcase our new facilities, and to demonstrate to our customers in this area of the country that we are continuing with our heritage of quality, world-class service,” said Jim Rankin, CEO, West Star Aviation.

The recently completed expansion includes a new 65,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility that includes 40,000 sq. ft. of
hangar space, and over 25,000 sq. ft. of office and support space. This completion also includes a 45,000 sq. ft.
state-of-the-art paint facility that can accommodate the paint needs of most business aircraft flying today, including
Gulfstream G550, Embraer Lineage, and Embraer Legacy 600.

They have input their first customer paint & maintenance project at their newly expanded Chattanooga (CHA) facility.
The first customer project to be completed will include a 3C Inspection, Service Bulletins, an avionics installation and
a full paint job on a Falcon 2000. This project is anticipated for completion before Q1 of 2019.

“We are pleased to have our first customer in service at the new expansion to our Chattanooga facility. This completed
expansion provides our team the capacity to ensure we are working efficiently, and meeting deadlines to get our
customers back in the air as quickly as possible,” said Steve Goede, General Manager of West Star Aviation,
Chattanooga.

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MTU AERO ENGINES HONORS SIX SUPPLIERS FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
16/11/2018

For the seventh time around, MTU Aero Engines has honored suppliers for their outstanding performance. On the occasion of this year’s Supplier Day, which was held in Munich in early November, the MTU Supplier Awards were presented to six companies in five categories. MTU’s Chief Operating Officer Lars Wagner explained: “With this award, which is […]

For the seventh time around, MTU Aero Engines has honored suppliers for their outstanding performance. On the occasion of this year’s Supplier Day, which was held in Munich in early November, the MTU Supplier Awards were presented to six companies in five categories. MTU’s Chief Operating Officer Lars Wagner explained: “With this award, which is a substantial part of our supplier management, we want to honor excellent achievements of our suppliers.”

Germany’s leading engine manufacturer cooperates with around 6,500 suppliers from all over the world and currently purchases around 35,000 different parts from them – from the smallest bolt all the way to high-tech components. MTU invites its major national and international suppliers to an exchange of experience and expertise every two years. This year, more than 140 senior-level representatives of 70 different companies from 16 countries accepted the invitation.

The visit to Munich was definitely worth it for six of the participating companies: They were presented with the 2018 MTU Supplier Awards. This year’s winners include Hanwha Aerospace Co. Ltd. (Korea/Vietnam) in the Efficiency category, Senior Aerospace and Leistritz (both from Thailand) in the Quality category, and Austria’s voestalpine BÖHLER Aerospace GmbH in the Logistics category. In addition, Germany’s ALMECON Technologie GmbH was honored for outstanding innovations and Mexico-based Walbar Engine Components for excellent cooperation.

Top on the agenda of this year’s meeting was the massive production ramp-up, an issue of central importance to MTU and the entire aviation industry at present. Given the huge market success of the geared turbofan engine, which is being built in several versions by U.S. company Pratt & Whitney in cooperation with MTU, the Munich-based engine manufacturer currently has to cope with the biggest production ramp-up in its history. The company’s order books are full and component volumes are set to increase sharply – and this development shows no sign of abating: By the year 2022, production volumes will have doubled as compared with 2016. “To be able to tackle this big challenge we continue to invest heavily in the expansion of our production and maintenance facilities around the world,” said COO Wagner, adding that the company has already advanced half-way towards achieving its goals.

For Erwin Pignitter, Senior Vice President, Procurement and Logistics at MTU, a strong network of suppliers in conjunction with close cooperation as partners is a major key to success: “Only if we work shoulder to shoulder, meet the highest quality standard and put stable processes in place can we all stay on track and benefit from the future growth.” Pignitter sees the production ramp-up as a big challenge, but is convinced that the efforts will pay off. “Over the next few years, we expect our industry to grow at an average rate of around seven percent annually.” With the technologies developed for the geared turbofan, MTU is excellently positioned in the narrowbody engine market. On top of this, it has also successfully established itself in the market for widebody engines. In this growing business segment, MTU cooperates with U.S. engine manufacturer GE Aviation and is responsible for the turbine center frames of several engine models.

 

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LEONARDO AWARDED CONTRACT FOR 22 AW169M HELICOPTER
16/11/2018

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in […]

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in summer 2019 and to be completed by 2024.
The aircraft will be used to perform a range of roles including patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security, complementing a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twins, six of which are already in service and the following eight due to be delivered in 2019.
“This contract will allow us to deliver the Guardia di Finanza a new generation helicopter with the best technologies available, to perform missions which are getting more and more complex and challenging. Our ability to provide state-of-the-art products to meet the requirements of Italian government agencies and armed forces, for the security of our nation, is the result of Leonardo’s leading edge technology and innovation”, said Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO.
The AW169Ms of Guardia di Finanza will receive a military qualification by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) and will feature a dedicated configuration including rescue hoist, emergency floatation system and life rafts, wire cutters, TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), NVG (Night Vision Goggle) compatible cockpit, HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System), advanced communication system, OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System), advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System), AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) with SAR modes, searchlight, ice detector, fast roping and satcom. The aircraft will be also fitted with a range of Leonardo systems such as RW ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) system with advanced operator console, Gabbiano radar, LEOSS (Long Range Electro-Optical Surveillance System), M428 IFF transponder, V/UHF radio systems cockpit panels and lighting and provisions for SPHYDER (Smart Processing Hyperspectral Detection and Reconnaissance System).
The contract for the AW169M by Guardia di Finanza follows the success of the AW169 type in Italy for emergency medical services with various operators across the nation. It also follows the success of the AW169 for law enforcement in Europe and the Americas.

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DUNCAN AVIATION RESUMES ROCKWELL COLLINS TDR-94/TDR-94D MODIFICATIONS
16/11/2018

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that it has resumed modifiying the Rockwell Collins TDR-94/TDR-94D at its Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Rockwell Collins announced that it, too, had resumed modifying the transponders. With the modification to the transponder, which can be performed only by Duncan Aviation’s Avionics Component Shop or by […]

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that it has resumed modifiying the Rockwell Collins TDR-94/TDR-94D at its Lincoln, Nebraska, facility. On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Rockwell Collins announced that it, too, had resumed modifying the transponders.
With the modification to the transponder, which can be performed only by Duncan Aviation’s Avionics Component Shop or by Rockwell Collins, the TDR-94/TDR-94D meets the FAA’s mandate requiring aircraft to comply with the DO-260B standard for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Out (ADS-B Out) by January 1, 2020.
Duncan Aviation had briefly suspended modifications to the TDR-94/94D at its Lincoln facility while Rockwell Collins developed a software fix to address a minor TSO-non compliancecommunicated on October 25, 2018.. On November 13, Rockwell Collins received an FAA waiver for the TSO non-compliance and plans to release a Service Bulletin for the software fix by the end of December. For additional information, please reference Rockwell Collins Service Information Letter 523-0825796.
“We’d like to reassure our customers that the recent software issue with the TDR-94/TDR-94D has no flight deck effect and in no way affects flight safety. The fix  will be an optional service bulletin that Duncan Aviation can perform during a scheduled maintenance event or as a quick turn in our Avionics Component Shop. There is no reason to put down an aircraft for this modification,” says Vice President of Component Services, Parts Sales and Satellites Mark Cote.
Although the software issue is a completely separate modification from the ADS-B mod, the Avionics Component Shop at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, facility is able to perform both—the ADS-B modification and the software fix—on the Rockwell Collins TDR-94/TDR-94D transponders.
“Duncan Aviation never stopped upgrading aircraft for ADS-B because we had a rotable pool,” says Manager of Satellite Operations Matt Nelson. “Our other two MRO facilities (Battle Creek, Michigan, and Provo, Utah) and our 27 Satellite Avionics Shops and workaway stations are able to facilitate this software upgrade in conjunction with our Avionics Component Shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. As of Tuesday, November 13, the Avionics Shop in Lincoln again began accepting Rockwell Collins TDR-94/TDR-94D transponders for modification for ADS-B.”

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THE PARAGON NETWORK DONATES THOUSANDS TO BREAST CANCER FOUNDATIONS
16/11/2018

The Paragon Network donated thousands of dollars to breast cancer foundations through their “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in October. During the month of October, participating members of the Paragon Network handed out “Think Pink” awareness bracelets, t-shirts, hats and pens. Many of them also donated a portion of their fuel or service revenue […]

The Paragon Network donated thousands of dollars to breast cancer foundations through their “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in October.
During the month of October, participating members of the Paragon Network handed out “Think Pink” awareness bracelets, t-shirts, hats and pens. Many of them also donated a portion of their fuel or service revenue to organizations supporting the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Paragon Aviation Group also made a donation for every FBO survey completed during the month of October. Top contributors included Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, Hill Aircraft, Texas Jet, Platinum Air Center and Business Air.
“It’s an honor to work with this elite group of independent FBOs on a daily basis,” said Scott Jefvert, Director of Sales for Paragon Aviation Group. “For the second year in a row, our members have made a large contribution to the continued effort to find a cure for this disease that affects so many men and women across the world.”
Paragon Aviation Group will have their “Think Pink” campaign every year in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness month and continue raising awareness for men and women everywhere.
The Paragon Network is a distinguished membership of independent FBO’s that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers in North America. Paragon Aviation Group performs a comprehensive audit of each facility and services offered to ensure the quality of the member base prior to any FBO joining The Paragon Network. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards in order to remain in the Paragon Network, which is facilitated by Paragon Aviation Group.
Paragon Aviation Group is owned and operated by Delk’s Valley Oil, a family business comprised of Mike Delk, Megan Barnes and Molly LeBlanc. With their combined industry experience of over 75 years, they have introduced an exciting new industry platform for premier aviation service providers.

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FORMER RFDS MEDIVAC HAWKER 800XP NOW AVAILABLE
15/11/2018

Duncan Aviation’s Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions team now has available for purchase a unique aeromedical Hawker 800XP jet that can be used for medical repatriation or evacuation services. This 2002 Hawker 800XP, serial number 258594, is crammed full of technology that was specified and operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), one of the […]

Duncan Aviation’s Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions team now has available for purchase a unique aeromedical Hawker 800XP jet that can be used for medical repatriation or evacuation services. This 2002 Hawker 800XP, serial number 258594, is crammed full of technology that was specified and operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), one of the world’s foremost medical evacuation operations. The aircraft arrived in Australia in 2009 and has been operated by the RFDS since that time.
The first medical flight for the RFDS took place in 1928, more than 90 years ago. The flying medical service was a long-time vision for Reverend John Flynn, who witnessed the daily struggles of pioneers in the Australian bush. When people were injured in the remote areas of Australia, they had to endure lengthy rides by horse or early automobiles to the nearest city that had medical services; often, they died long before they completed the journey. Flynn recognized this need and worked to develop an air service that provided a “mantle of safety” for those remote pioneers. The RFDS is now one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organizations in the world.
Tim Barber of Duncan Aviation’s European-based Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions office is proud to represent this aircraft in the market, as it has personal meaning to him.
“My aunt emigrated in the 1960s from the United Kingdom to Australia,” Barber says. “She worked for many years with the RFDS and was proud of her affiliation with the organization. I am pleased to have gained the sales mandate for this aircraft and look forward to finding a buyer who also is keen to put it to an equally meaningful use.”
The Hawker is able to carry two critical-care stretcher patients and two medical teams at one time, or three stretcher patients and up to three clinical staff. It is configured with dual Lifeport PLUS aeromedical modules in tandem configuration. In addition, it can carry medical oxygen, allows for medical suction, and is equipped with hands-free satellite phone communications.
Equipped with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight deck, the aircraft is ADS-B compliant and operates under the Rockwell Collins CASP program. The aircraft will be delivered with fresh paint.

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ERIC DALBIÈS APPOINTED CEO SAFRAN POWER UNITS
15/11/2018

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Eric Dalbiès as Senior Executive Vice-President and Safran Power Units CEO. At Safran Power Units, Eric succeeds François Tarel, who has been appointed to another position within the Group. Eric Dalbiès joined Snecma1 in 1992, within space propulsion division in Vernon. Within Snecma, he fulfilled various positions in engineering and […]

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Eric Dalbiès as Senior Executive Vice-President and Safran Power Units CEO. At Safran Power Units, Eric succeeds François Tarel, who has been appointed to another position within the Group.
Eric Dalbiès joined Snecma1 in 1992, within space propulsion division in Vernon. Within Snecma, he fulfilled various positions in engineering and programs until 2005. In 2005, he was appointed Turbomeca2 Head of information systems, before being named deputy to the President and Head of the improvement initiatives in 2008.
Since 2013, Eric Dalbiès served as Safran Executive Vice-President, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions.
Eric Dalbiès (51) is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique (1987) and ISAE-SUPAERO (1992).
1 today Safran Aircraft Engines
2 today Safran Helicopter Engines

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PLANET NINE ADDS ANOTHER FALCON 7X TO ITS CHARTER FLEET
15/11/2018

Planet Nine Private Air Limited (“P9PA”), North America’s newest boutique ultra long-haul charter specialist introduced its third VIP 16-seat Falcon 7X (N919NE) into service last week.  The aircraft’s arrival rounds off a frenetic first six months for the Van Nuys, California based operator, recently accredited with WYVERN WINGMAN status, under the new onsite flight leader […]

Planet Nine Private Air Limited (“P9PA”), North America’s newest boutique ultra long-haul charter specialist introduced its third VIP 16-seat Falcon 7X (N919NE) into service last week.  The aircraft’s arrival rounds off a frenetic first six months for the Van Nuys, California based operator, recently accredited with WYVERN WINGMAN status, under the new onsite flight leader programme, coinciding with NBAA-BACE last month.
“We are very proud to have achieved our initial goal of introducing three newly refurbished 5,950m ultra long-range Falcon 7X business jets into the market whilst at the same assembling a world class group of pilots, crew members and operational ground support personnel since being awarded our Part 135 operating certificate in June,”  commented co-founder and head of business development Matt Walter.
“None of this would have been possible without the honest and impartial advice provided by Freestream CEO Alireza Ittihadieh, who successfully sourced, structured and negotiated all three aircraft transactions on behalf of P9PA,” commented James Seagrim, director of operations at P9PA, adding, “we are very grateful for his expertise and counsel.”
“James Seagrim and Matthew Walter over many years, built up a deserved and stellar reputation at Advanced Air Management for safety, quality and service in the ultra-long range charter market,” said Alireza Ittihadieh.   “And it is no surprise to anyone that they have quickly bounced back with their new company.”
Obtaining WYVERN WINGMAN status in October was a very pleasing endorsement for us, said Planet Nine Chief Financial Officer, Bill Wulf, who previously spent 23 years at NetJets in various leadership roles. “As a group of dedicated aviation professionals, we are pleased to be accredited so early in our history, fulfilling WYVERN’s rigorous safety and maintenance requirements.”
The globally revered Wyvern endorsement recognises Planet Nine’s “delivery of consistent and exceptional service and acknowledges the business has the infrastructure to support over 20 aircraft with a best in class finance function to deliver a seamless flight experience to their clientele.”
“Planet Nine has demonstrated a commitment to safety through its established Safety Management System.  In its quest to successfully achieve Wingman Certified status they have embraced The Wingman Standard, and proven they go above and beyond minimum regulatory requirements, allowing them to become an industry leader in safety culture,” commented Sonnie Bates, CEO of Wyvern Ltd.

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GARMIN® ANNOUNCES NEW 2019 AVIATION TRAINING EVENTS
15/11/2018

Garmin is pleased to announce expanded pilot training opportunities for 2019 to include additional classes throughout the United States and more instructor-led courses. These training classes are available for the G3X Touch, GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight display systems, Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, and the GWX aviation weather […]

Garmin is pleased to announce expanded pilot training opportunities for 2019 to include additional classes throughout the United States and more instructor-led courses. These training classes are available for the G3X Touch, GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight display systems, Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, and the GWX aviation weather radar. These training opportunities provide pilots with a hands-on approach to learning Garmin avionics in a classroom environment taught by experienced certified flight instructors.
G3X Touch Installation and Pilot Training: New for 2019, Garmin is hosting a two-day course that reviews fundamentals associated with installation considerations and maintenance of the G3X Touch flight display. Pilot training includes how to effectively navigate and use the PFD/MFD, communication, navigation and surveillance equipment within the system. The two-day course is $495 and will take place in Olathe, Kansas on the following dates:
• April 15-16, 2019
• October 17-18, 2019
G1000®/G1000 NXi Pilot Training: Intended to serve both novice and experienced aviators, this two-day course will explore the capabilities of the G1000 or G1000 NXi Integrated Flight Decks by providing hands-on, scenario-based training in a classroom environment. The course will focus on flight planning, instrument procedures, vertical navigation, the automatic flight control system and more. The cost to attend the G1000/G1000 NXi training class is $749 and the class will be held in Olathe, Kansas on the following dates:
• March 7-8, 2019
• June 10-11. 2019
• September 26-27, 2019
GTN 650/750 & Flight Displays: For pilots who are considering an avionics upgrade or those who already have an existing GTN 650/750 paired with a Garmin flight display, Garmin is hosting several classes tailored specifically to flying with these avionics. This two-day class provides a collaborative environment designed to help pilots transition from analog flight instrumentation to Garmin flight displays. A presentation and practice format offers attendees the opportunity to practice real-world in-flight scenarios with Garmin avionics. The cost to attend this pilot training class is $625 and is scheduled in Olathe, Kansas for the following dates:
• January 14-15, 2019
• March 2-3, 2019
• August 22-23, 2019
• November 4-5, 2019
GTN 650/750 Pilot Training: Pilots may also take advantage of training classes tailored specifically to the GTN touchscreen series. This two-day class is available for $495 and highlights loading and activating departures, visual approaches, and instrument approach procedures, flying holds, flight plan modifications and more. GTN-specific class dates are also hosted in Olathe, Kansas, and are scheduled for the following dates:
• March 25-26, 2019
• October 26-27, 2019
Pilot Training Classes – Regional U.S. Locations: Classroom-based training opportunities will be hosted throughout several new locations within the United States in 2019. These classes will provide the same in-depth instruction offered at Garmin Headquarters, covering the G500 TXi/G600 TXi, G500/G600, G3X Touch and GTN 650/750 avionics suites. Cost to attend any one of the regional classes is $795.
• February 21-22, Garmin Chandler Office; Chandler, AZ
• April 4-5, Garmin Cary Office; Cary, NC
• June 20-21, Ace Aviation; Seattle, WA
• September 5-6, Ramada by Wyndham Englewood Hotel & Suites; Englewood, CO
• October 10-11, Garmin Chanhassen Office; Chanhassen, MN
• November 20-21, Broward College; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Integrated Flight Decks: Integrated Flight Deck training is tailored specifically to aircraft type and flight operations performed by pilots attending the class. These on-demand courses are dependent upon instructor availability, training aids and other resource considerations. These classes provide a hands-on learning opportunity in a structured environment for pilots flying with the G1000/G1000H, G3000 or G5000/G5000H Integrated Flight Decks.
Aviation Weather Radar Class: Successful operation of the weather radar requires an understanding of radar principles, as well as operational considerations and techniques. This class starts with the fundamentals of ground-based and airborne weather radar systems and covers best practices for using the Garmin GWX 70, GWX 75 and GWX 80. The class concludes with a scenario-based module on weather threat management. New for 2019, this class is suitable for pilots with little weather radar experience, pilots looking to refine their weather radar skills and those transitioning from other radar systems.
For customers interested in web-based online courses, Garmin offers several eLearning courses for the G3000™ and G5000™ Integrated Flight Decks, Link 2000+, GTN 650/750 Essentials and Weather Radar Operations. These eLearning courses are self-paced and guide customers through scenarios, which help build confidence with Garmin avionics systems.
Garmin will also be hosting various training classes at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (July 22-28, 2019) and at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV (October 22-24, 2019). To attend any of the courses at Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, Kansas or throughout the United States, register online by selecting the Training Tab on www.flyGarmin.com. For additional information or to request training for any one of the G1000/G1000H, G3000 or G5000/G5000H Integrated Flight Deck courses, contact aviation.training@garmin.com.

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HAI MEMBER HELICOPTER CREWS HELP BATTLE MASSIVE CALIFORNIA FIRES
14/11/2018

As California experiences two of the most devastating fires in its history, helicopter crews are working long days to assist with battling the massive conflagrations. There are currently 22 helicopter crews working on the Woolsey Fire that is ravaging Southern California, and another 21 crews fighting the Camp Fire in Northern California. “Helicopters are very […]

As California experiences two of the most devastating fires in its history, helicopter crews are working long days to assist with battling the massive conflagrations. There are currently 22 helicopter crews working on the Woolsey Fire that is ravaging Southern California, and another 21 crews fighting the Camp Fire in Northern California.

“Helicopters are very much like a multitool for incident commanders to use in a variety of missions when fighting these massive fires,” says Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of Helicopter Association International (HAI). “Helicopters crews can directly attack the fire using water or retardant; they can quickly deploy firefighters or supplies to remote areas; they can serve as an observation post or direct air traffic; or they provide search-and-rescue or air ambulance services as needed. If needed, some helicopters can even switch between roles over the course of a day.”

HAI represents the commercial and civil helicopter industry, and several of the association’s member companies are currently assisting with the California fires, including Erickson, Helimax Aviation, Columbia Helicopters, and CHI Aviation.

Government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) designate helicopters working on forest fires into three classes:
• Type I helicopters are the largest, capable of carrying hundreds or thousands of gallons of water or retardant, and are typically used to attack the fire directly. Depending on the aircraft configuration, Type I helicopters may also carry firefighters or supplies.
• Type II helicopters are medium-size aircraft. They typically carry hundreds of gallons of water to fight fires and quite often carry firefighters out to the fire lines.
• The category for smaller aircraft, Type III helicopters are used for reconnaissance, air traffic control, or moving crews or supplies in smaller numbers. There are currently 11 Type I and 10 Type II helicopters working on the Camp Fire, which has destroyed the community of Paradise in Northern California. The helicopters are working from a helibase near Oroville. In the LA basin, there are nine Type I, nine Type II, and four Type III helicopters working on the Woolsey fire. The aircraft are operating out of the Camarillo airport.

“Right now, Columbia Helicopters has five Chinooks fighting fire in California,” says Keith Saylor, director of commercial operations for the company. “We have two Chinooks working on the Woolsey Fire, two Chinooks working on the Camp Fire, and the fifth Chinook is assigned to perform initial attack operations in the Sacramento area. We have over crewed our aircraft, so we’re able to fly every available minute of the day without worrying about exceeding the mandatory crew rest periods.”

“We have three Aircranes flying on the fires in Southern California,” says Chris Schuldt, chief of staff and senior director at Erickson. The distinctive orange of Erickson’s Aircranes are a familiar sight during fire season in California, and the company’s aircraft routinely deploy to fight wildland fires in Australia, Europe, and Asia.

Helicopters attacking fires directly have several options available for deploying water or retardants. Traditionally, helicopters carried large buckets slung below the aircraft, and the modern “Bambi” buckets of today offer features such as self-filling buckets and variable dispersion rates. Typically carried up to 200 feet below a helicopter, the technologically advanced buckets permit pilots to fill from tree-lined streams or ponds, and the self-filling feature allows crews to fill from water sources as shallow as 18 inches.

Tanked helicopters use either internal or external tanks. Again, the tanks range in size from hundreds to thousands of gallons, depending on the size and capability of the helicopter. Pilots fill the tanks using powered snorkels or by skimming across the surface of a water source. Regardless of whether a crew is using tanks or buckets, flight crews can adjust the dispersion of the water or retardant, depending on requirements. Pilots can make one massive drop all at once, open and close the gates to create a series of smaller drops, or slightly open the gate while in forward flight to create a fire line.

“At the end of the day, there is no better tool for fighting fires than helicopters,” continues Zuccaro. “However, while helicopters play a vital role in battling wildland fires, we gratefully acknowledge that it is the crews on the ground — the men and women out on the lines —– who actually put out the fires. HAI salutes those crews and prays for their safety.”

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JET AVIATION WINS ASBAA’S BEST MRO ICONS OF AVIATION AWARD FOR 4TH YEAR RUNNING
14/11/2018

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce it won the Best MRO Provider award at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation (IOA) 2018 awards event held in Hong Kong on November 10, 2018. The annual IOA Awards commend the industry’s best in the region in appreciation of their vital support. This year, AsBAA honored former Hawker Pacific […]

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce it won the Best MRO Provider award at the AsBAA Icons of Aviation (IOA) 2018 awards event held in Hong Kong on November 10, 2018. The annual IOA Awards commend the industry’s best in the region in appreciation of their vital support. This year, AsBAA honored former Hawker Pacific CEO, Alan Smith, with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Founded by the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) in 2015, Jet Aviation was recipient of the IOA’s 2018 Best MRO award in the region for the fourth consecutive year. Jet Aviation had 20 employees representing its regional MRO, FBO and Aircraft Management and Charter businesses at the annual charity gala and awards dinner held in Hong Kong, including David Best, VP Business Development at Jet Aviation and former Vice Chairman at AsBAA, and John Riggir, VP Regional Operations Asia & GM Singapore. Both Best and Riggir currently serve the AsBAA Board of Governors.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award and have our MRO operations lauded by the industry,” said Riggir. “I am very proud of the team and pleased to see their collective efforts recognized. They give everything they have to ensure our customers remain safe and mobile. Their commitment to the highest standards is unwavering.”

Best was equally pleased, adding, “AsBAA once again organized a spectacular event to acknowledge the great efforts of so many dedicated business aviation professionals. Today is a day on which we should all be proud of what we have achieved. Personally, I am delighted to see Alan recognized for his life’s work and commitment to the business aviation industry. He’s a true professional.”

Former Hawker Pacific CEO, Alan Smith, received the Legends of Aviation award at AsBAA’s annual charity gala and awards dinner. Jet Aviation acquired Hawker earlier this year to expand its footprint and customer offer across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

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TAG AVIATION ASIA WINS BEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY AWARD
14/11/2018

TAG Aviation Asia has once again been recognised by the Asian Business Aviation Community (AsBAA) as ‘Best Aircraft Management Company’ for the Greater Asia and Asia Pacific Region. The AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards, which are presented annually, were launched in 2015 and recognise outstanding achievement across 13 key categories within business aviation. “We are […]

TAG Aviation Asia has once again been recognised by the Asian Business Aviation Community (AsBAA) as ‘Best Aircraft Management Company’ for the Greater Asia and Asia Pacific Region.
The AsBAA Icons of Aviation Awards, which are presented annually, were launched in 2015 and recognise outstanding achievement across 13 key categories within business aviation.
“We are proud and delighted to receive the AsBAA Award for the fourth time and the recognition again marks the quality of our services. Our people make the difference” said, Jolie Howard, CEO and Accountable Manager, TAG Aviation Asia.
This coveted recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that TAG Aviation Asia has been voted for and received an AsBAA award, having previously won the award for ‘Best Operator’ at the inaugural Awards Ceremony in 2015 and as ‘Best Management Company and Operator’ in 2016-2017.

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TUBREAUX AVIATION SERVICES JOINS AVFUEL-BRANDED NETWORK
13/11/2018

Avfuel welcomes Tubreaux Aviation Services to its branded FBO network, offering operators that fly in and fuel up the benefits of Avfuel programs, including Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP rewards. Tubreaux Aviation Services is the sole FBO at Shreveport Downtown Airport (KDTN), providing operators all the full-service benefits of metro airports with the convenience of […]

Avfuel welcomes Tubreaux Aviation Services to its branded FBO network, offering operators that fly in and fuel up the benefits of Avfuel programs, including Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP rewards.

Tubreaux Aviation Services is the sole FBO at Shreveport Downtown Airport (KDTN), providing operators all the full-service benefits of metro airports with the convenience of a general aviation airport, namely: heightened privacy, less congestion, and an optimum location that situates the FBO just two minutes from downtown Shreveport and five minutes from the area’s six resorts and casinos.

“Our commitment to the general aviation community is our biggest differentiator,” said Nicholas Delbasty, Tubreaux Aviation Services’ operations manager. “That commitment translates to the superb service our customers expect from a premier private aviation facility. Each guest is served with a meticulous attention to detail and a sensitivity to their unique needs while in a secure environment that affords the heightened privacy desired when flying privately. Of course, this is in addition to all the aviation services they require from a full-service FBO with an unwavering dedication to safety.”

Located on the west main ramp, Tubreaux Aviation Services provides full-service Jet A+ and 100LL Avgas, self-service pumps 24/7, 24-hour callout service, GPU hookups, lav service, an AC cart, towing and overnight hangar rentals. Its FBO facility boasts a full lounge, pilot computers, refreshments, a pilot sleeping room, catering, and crew and rental cars. With such amenities and its centralized location in the southern U.S., Tubreaux Aviation Services is a superb option for those headed to Shreveport for business or leisure, as well as those in need of a quick stopover while making cross-country trips.

In addition to its FBO offerings, Tubreaux Aviation Services also provides flight training, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and even rental aircraft.

Mark Haynes, vice president of sales for Avfuel Corporation, said, “We’re pleased to add a premier FBO in a key region for our operator customers to Avfuel’s family of branded locations. Tubreaux Aviation Services is dedicated to providing the same level of customer service we at Avfuel aspire to each day, and we look forward to working together in this new partnership.”

AVTRIP Members can earn eight points per gallon at this new Avfuel-branded FBO through November 30.

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WEST STAR RECEIVES CESSNA APPROVAL AS AN AUTHORIZED NONDESTRUCTIVE INSPECTION (NDI) FACILITY
12/11/2018

As an Authorized independent NDI facility, West Star is able to perform Nondestructive Testing and Inspections (NDT) requirements on Cessna models, as well as access to documentation and the required standards/kits needed to perform this work. This approval is in addition to a wide variety of approvals and capabilities West Star currently has to service […]

As an Authorized independent NDI facility, West Star is able to perform Nondestructive Testing and Inspections (NDT) requirements on Cessna models, as well as access to documentation and the required standards/kits needed to perform this work. This approval is in addition to a wide variety of approvals and capabilities West Star currently has to service Cessna aircraft, which extends beyond being an authorized Citation jet service center for maintenance and warranty.

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TACOMA NARROWS AVIATION (KTIW) OPENS NEW FBO FACILITY
12/11/2018

Tacoma Narrows Aviation is pleased to announce the completion of its new executive terminal facility: the FBO’s corporate air center. The beautifully-appointed corporate air center includes 30,000 square feet of heated hangar space, 2,500 square feet of passenger and crew amenities, and 5,500 square feet of office space. Guests to Tacoma Narrows Aviation will enjoy […]

Tacoma Narrows Aviation is pleased to announce the completion of its new executive terminal facility: the FBO’s corporate air center.

The beautifully-appointed corporate air center includes 30,000 square feet of heated hangar space, 2,500 square feet of passenger and crew amenities, and 5,500 square feet of office space.

Guests to Tacoma Narrows Aviation will enjoy an abundance of amenities from the corporate air center, including: a hospitality area, a flight planning room, a refreshment bar complete with soda and coffee, a pilot lounge for respite, and a conference room for business.

Situated in a premier location on the airport field near the main gate, the corporate air center is now the pride of Tacoma Narrows Aviation, helping to fulfill the FBO’s goal of providing the finest flight experience in the Puget Sound aviation market.

“The new facility is a wonderful upgrade to the Tacoma Narrows Airport,” said George Swift, Tacoma Narrows Aviation’s owner. “It enhances the premium customer service that makes Tacoma Narrows Aviation a premier choice for the aviation community. We are proud to be the gateway to South Puget Sound and, with this new facility, we are now a more attractive option for both tenants and transient customers.”
The new corporate air center was phase two of development for Tacoma Narrows Aviation. In the spring of 2017, the FBO completed renovations on a hangar from the 1960s. The hangar now features new exterior and interior siding, lighting, windows, electrical, insulation and a fire suppression system, and has space available for both long-term and short-term leasing.

“We are an active member of this community,” said Swift. “As such, investing in Tacoma Narrows Airport’s infrastructure is a priority for us.”

As an Avfuel-branded FBO, Tacoma Narrows Aviation offers guests competitive prices with Avfuel Contract Fuel and robust rewards with AVTRIP. The FBO is situated just 30 miles south of Seattle with more economical hangar rental rates than metropolitan airports and the added convenience of less congestion, equating to no-wait service, and quick taxiing and departures. Normal operations are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

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