STANDARDAERO CUTS RIBBON ON NEW 206,000 SQ. FT. CINCINNATI COMPONENT REPAIR FACILITY
19/09/2018

StandardAero Component Services recently cut the ribbon on a new 206,000 sq. ft. repair facility, directly adjacent to its current 236,000 sq. ft. component repair facility in Cincinnati, nearly doubling its capacity to accommodate rapid growth in customer demands during 2018 and beyond. Hosting a ceremony to dedicate the new facility on September 14, StandardAero […]

StandardAero Component Services recently cut the ribbon on a new 206,000 sq. ft. repair facility, directly adjacent to its current 236,000 sq. ft. component repair facility in Cincinnati, nearly doubling its capacity to accommodate rapid growth in customer demands during 2018 and beyond.

Hosting a ceremony to dedicate the new facility on September 14, StandardAero CEO, Russell Ford and Rick Stine, President of StandardAero Components, Helicopters & Accessories, were joined by employees and more than a dozen invited guests and dignitaries — including customers, city and state of Ohio officials, including representatives of U.S. Congressional offices, along with local economic development executives.

The new facility has been converted into a high-tech aerospace component repair shop with new flooring, lighting and HVAC systems. StandardAero is actively moving parts, equipment and people into the building. The facility will accommodate component repair growth on new and legacy platforms, aeroderivative, military and commercial aircraft engine component repair, as well as larger components.

Once fully operational, StandardAero expects to employ 200-300 new technicians to continue to meet the growing demands of customers over the next 12-18 months. Currently, the company has 70+ open positions publicly posted for new jobs in Cincinnati.
“As new engine platforms are launched and legacy fleets are still maintained, the entire industry is seeing tremendous growth. Demand for component repair has increased so we are stepping up to directly support our customers and address the continued and rapid need for more component repair capacity,” said Rick Stine.

During 2018, StandardAero also increased shop capacity by an additional 60,000 sq. ft. with expansions of its facilities in Hillsboro, Ohio and Miami locations.

Overall investment to fund the expansions will exceed $20 million in construction and capital equipment, when completed.

“We are continuing to invest to accommodate overall increasing volumes for StandardAero — as well as to continue to provide the aerospace industry’s best delivery performance for component repair and manufacturing services,” Stine added.

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GARMIN ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF COST-EFFECTIVE NAVIGATION DATABASES
20/09/2018

Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of new, cost-effective Garmin Navigation Database information for South America. This database is now available in the newly expanded Americas OnePak, which offers coverage in North, Central and South America and provides database updates across all Garmin avionics and a portable in a single aircraft. New to South […]

Garmin is pleased to announce the addition of new, cost-effective Garmin Navigation Database information for South America. This database is now available in the newly expanded Americas OnePak, which offers coverage in North, Central and South America and provides database updates across all Garmin avionics and a portable in a single aircraft.
New to South America, the Garmin Navigation Database provides a trusted and convenient path to incorporate the latest database information within select Garmin avionics. Data such as instrument procedures, frequencies and airport data are included in this database. Coverage of the new Garmin Navigation Database in South America starts at $149 USD for a single update and $399 USD for an annual subscription for the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen series or GNS™ 430W/530W navigators.
Pilots operating across the Americas are offered significant savings with OnePak annual database subscriptions, which combines the Garmin Navigation Database and many other Garmin databases (where available) to provide additional data options that suit their needs. For one annual price, databases within OnePak subscriptions can be downloaded to multiple Garmin avionics and one qualifying portable in a single aircraft. The Americas OnePak that incorporates the new South America data is available on compatible products for $724 USD, which includes the Garmin Navigation Database, Terrain and Basemap and can also include the Airport Directory, IFR enroute charts, VFR sectional charts, Obstacles and SafeTaxi®. The purchase of a OnePak subscription also provides existing Garmin Pilot™ subscribers with an upgrade to Garmin Pilot IFR Premium that includes coverage in South America.
The Garmin Navigation Database and OnePaks are compatible with the following certified avionics:
• GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators
• GNS 430W/530W navigators
• G500 TXi™/G600 TXi/G700 TXi/G500H TXi flight displays
• G500/G600/G500H flight displays
• G1000®, G1000 NXi, G2000®, G3000®, G5000®, G1000H® and G5000H Integrated Flight Decks1
Compatibility is also available for the following experimental flight displays and portables:
• G3X™, G3X Touch™ and G900X® glass flight displays
• aera® 660
• aera 795/796 series
• aera 500 series
• GPSMAP® 696
The new Garmin Navigation Database with coverage in South America is available immediately. To purchase and download the new Garmin Navigation Database or OnePak database subscriptions and to view additional database pricing or coverage information, visit: www.flyGarmin.com.

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DUNCAN AVIATION HAS COMPLETED 16 DASSAULT FALCON 7X
19/09/2018

Since 2016, Duncan Aviation has completed 16 Dassault Falcon 7X 1C inspections at its MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facilities in Battle Creek, Mich., and Lincoln, Neb. Falcon 7X operators throughout the United States and as far away as Belgium are trusting Duncan Aviation with the most comprehensive inspection for all Falcon aircraft. “They are […]

Since 2016, Duncan Aviation has completed 16 Dassault Falcon 7X 1C inspections at its MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facilities in Battle Creek, Mich., and Lincoln, Neb.

Falcon 7X operators throughout the United States and as far away as Belgium are trusting Duncan Aviation with the most comprehensive inspection for all Falcon aircraft. “They are looking for an MRO facility that can provide a competitive downtime with the tooling and experience to skillfully work through any discrepancies and concerns that may arise,” says Duncan Aviation Airframe & Engine Service Sales Manager Alan Monk. “They are finding it at Duncan Aviation.

Duncan Aviation has been a Dassault Authorized Service Facility for 22 years. The company is well known by Falcon operators who call to schedule not only the 1C inspection, but the smaller inspections that lead up to it.

Since the interior is removed during this major inspection, Monk says it is a great time to get additional work performed. The scope of work associated with Duncan Aviation 1C inspection projects has run the gamut from carpet-only to complete interior refurbishment and installation of a Cabin Management System. After eight years in service, complete paint is also common with the 1C on the 7X. In addition, there is a lot of expressed interest in the new Gogo AVANCE L5 and Ka band Satcom systems.

For more information, visit Duncan Aviation at booth #3896 during this year’s NBAA convention from October 16-18, at the Orange County Convention Center at the Orlando Executive Airport in Orlando, Florida, or watch for announcements at www.DuncanAviation.aero/nbaa.

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JET AVIATION SAN JUAN IS FIRST IN PUERTO RICO TO ACHIEVE IS-BAH STANDARD
19/09/2018

Jet Aviation’s FBO in San Juan is the first in Puerto Rico to qualify for Stage 1 registration to the IS-BAH™ Standard (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling), ensuring that all customers receive the maximum level of safe and secure ground-handling services. David Paddock, senior vice president and general manager, Regional Operations USA, said achieving […]

Jet Aviation’s FBO in San Juan is the first in Puerto Rico to qualify for Stage 1 registration to the IS-BAH™ Standard (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling), ensuring that all customers receive the maximum level of safe and secure ground-handling services.

David Paddock, senior vice president and general manager, Regional Operations USA, said achieving IS-BAH registration has been an essential objective since Jet Aviation rebranded the San Juan FBO under a management agreement in 2017. San Juan now joins the eight Jet Aviation FBOs in the U.S. and the 13 FBOs in EMEA and Asia that have achieved IS-BAH certification.

“The IS-BAH certification for San Juan maintains our industry leadership in Puerto Rico,” Paddock said. “Just as with all of our U.S. locations, our San Juan team has been working to ensure that all of our processes meet IS-BAH standards. We started working toward IS-BAH certification as soon as the program was launched. And all of our locations are already working toward the next level of registration, Stage 2, for IS-BAH standards. This demonstrates Jet Aviation’s commitment to serving our customers – no matter where they are.”

He noted that, according to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) that administers the IS-BAH program, San Juan is among a small number of FBOs to achieve IS-BAH registration across the Caribbean. It is considered one of the most convenient U.S. airports of entry in the Caribbean for South American and European flights connecting to the U.S. mainland. It was the first in Puerto Rico with a full-service, onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection terminal to facilitate convenient customs, immigration, and agriculture processing for international flights.

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HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.’S AVIONICS PROTECTION PLAN SELECTED BY AFRICA-BASED HELICOPTER OPERATORS
19/09/2018

The Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) Avionics Protection Plan has been selected by leading Africa-based helicopter operators Heliconia of Morocco, Caverton of Nigeria and Titan Helicopters of South Africa. These fleet operators will benefit from maintenance coverage on their Honeywell helicopter avionics with reduced exposure to unexpected maintenance costs, leading to better control of annual […]

The Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) Avionics Protection Plan has been selected by leading Africa-based helicopter operators Heliconia of Morocco, Caverton of Nigeria and Titan Helicopters of South Africa. These fleet operators will benefit from maintenance coverage on their Honeywell helicopter avionics with reduced exposure to unexpected maintenance costs, leading to better control of annual maintenance budgets.

The Honeywell Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) is a maintenance service program that offers full coverage for all Honeywell helicopter avionics. The plan is designed to help operators avoid unplanned maintenance costs and downtime by agreeing to a fixed-price annual fee that covers maintenance of their helicopter electronics, which helps operators handle unforeseen issues quickly to keep their helicopters in service.

“Operators often experience unexpected grounding of their helicopters and incur associated maintenance costs as a result. HAPP helps an operator’s budget by offering a solution that reduces unplanned maintenance costs, downtime and unnecessary stresses,” said Rudolph Louw, aerospace leader, Africa at Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell International Inc. “It is encouraging to see HAPP selected as the maintenance plan of choice by leading operators across the African continent.”

HAPP allows users to select the coverage that best meets their needs, with flexible contract options, discounts for early enrollment and special pricing for fleet operators. Honeywell in turn offers avionics expertise, global reach and resources to protect aviation electronics and cockpit technologies.

 

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AIRBUS DELIVERS FIRST AIRCRAFT FROM MOBILE POWERED BY SUSTAINABLE JET FUEL BLEND
19/09/2018

Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the U.S. will this week deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue is due to depart Mobile on 20 September with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. In total, five A321 aircraft are due to be delivered to JetBlue […]

Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the U.S. will this week deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue is due to depart Mobile on 20 September with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks.

In total, five A321 aircraft are due to be delivered to JetBlue from Mobile using sustainable fuel by the end of 2018. All of the fuel will be supplied and certified by Air BP. It will be loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support, Airbus’ fuelling services provider in Mobile.

Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of taking delivery of new aircraft from Toulouse, France, using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. Following the deliveries to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the southeastern U.S.

“Our goal is to source sustainable fuels in the southeastern United States. It is an opportunity to work closely with local stakeholders to scale-up production and the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels in the region,” said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus. “We are actively seeking ideas to leverage Airbus’ strategy into opportunities for new economic development in Alabama.”

“This is another example of JetBlue acknowledging that a sustainable future for aviation will require cooperation between all parts of the industry,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue. “Renewable jet fuel affirms JetBlue’s belief that we can help define our industry’s future path. Our goal is to serve as a market-maker for renewable jet fuel, creating demand and therefore supporting supply. We’re working closely with Airbus to set up infrastructure for more options in the southeast region.”

Air BP Chief Commercial Officer, Matt Elliott, added: “The airline industry has ambitious carbon reduction targets, which in a growing industry will only be achieved with support from across the entire supply chain. We are working closely with airlines and aircraft manufacturers, such as Airbus, to drive change by promoting and securing the supply of sustainable alternative jet fuel.”

“Signature Flight Support is proud to play a role supporting Airbus and JetBlue in their efforts to utilize sustainable fuels. BBA Aviation and Signature Flight Support are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and to the industry innovations that help to drive that effort,” stated Mark Johnstone, Chief Executive for BBA Aviation and CEO of Signature Flight Support, which also collaborates with Air BP to offer its business jet customers carbon neutral fuel by offsetting the emissions through the BP Target Neutral program.

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DUNCAN AVIATION AND GOGO BUSINESS AVIATION COLLABORATE ON ST 4300 STC FOR CHALLENGER AIRCRAFT
18/09/2018

Duncan Aviation and Gogo Business Aviation recently worked together to develop a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installing the Gogo ST 4300 Iridium Satcom Satellite Telecommunication System configuration for Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) 1/A+ in a Bombardier Challenger 604 variant (Challenger 605 model). This new STC includes Challenger 605 aircraft, serial numbers 5701 […]

Duncan Aviation and Gogo Business Aviation recently worked together to develop a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installing the Gogo ST 4300 Iridium Satcom Satellite Telecommunication System configuration for Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) 1/A+ in a Bombardier Challenger 604 variant (Challenger 605 model). This new STC includes Challenger 605 aircraft, serial numbers 5701 through 5990.

“This STC is designed for customers who have the Gogo Axxess II system installed in their aircraft. Although that system will be replaced, they will be able to keep Gogo Iridium and upgrade to the Rockwell Collins Proline 21 Advanced with FANS,” said Avionics Sales Representative Justin Vena. “From the perspective of a customer who already has the Gogo Axxess II systems, adding the ST 4300 will integrate with existing Air-to-Ground (ATG) systems for broadband internet capability. Further, customers can continue to use existing handsets for their voice communications.”

This STC when installed along with the factory Service Bulletin 605-34-019 Proline 21 Advanced will help customers achieve a FANS solution to satisfy the upcoming 2020 mandate in a cost-effective way. The ST 4300 combines global voice and data functionalities into a single box to reduce weight and size. It takes everything Iridium can offer, including FANS and ACARS, and lets the customer configure cabin and flight-deck connectivity based on their specific needs and budget.

Call Justin Vena or any of the Avionics Sales Representatives at Duncan Aviation (www.duncanaviation.aero/company/employee-directory#AvionicsInstallationSalesSupport) if you have any questions.

If you’re heading to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Orlando, Florida, October 16-18, plan to stop by the Duncan Aviation booth #3896 and visit with Vena, too. Watch for Duncan Aviation’s NBAA announcements at www.DuncanAviation.aero/nbaa.

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PILATUS HANDS OVER THE FIRST PC-24 TO JETFLY
18/09/2018

Jetfly, a fractional ownership operator, took delivery of its first Super Versatile Jet during a handover ceremony on 17 September 2018. The PC-24 with serial number 111 is the first of four Super Versatile Jets destined for future operation at Jetfly. Cédric Lescop and Maxime Bouchard, directors of Jetfly, took delivery of the company’s first […]

Jetfly, a fractional ownership operator, took delivery of its first Super Versatile Jet during a handover ceremony on 17 September 2018. The PC-24 with serial number 111 is the first of four Super Versatile Jets destined for future operation at Jetfly.
Cédric Lescop and Maxime Bouchard, directors of Jetfly, took delivery of the company’s first PC-24. Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation at Pilatus, presented the keys of the outstanding PC-24 in person. Jetfly appointed Philippe Starck, the well-known French designer, to take care of the livery and interior.
“Today is a really exciting day for us”, said Cédric Lescop with evident enthusiasm. “We are very happy to be taking delivery of our PC-24 at last. This first Super Versatile Jet ‘Made in Switzerland’ will be a valuable addition to our existing offer. The PC-24 is an amazing aircraft which our customers are looking forward to with great anticipation.”
Ignaz Gretener commented: “The Jetfly PC-24 looks stunning! Yet another eyecatcher to be seen in European skies from now on. We have enjoyed an excellent partnership with Jetfly for many years and we are obviously delighted that the management opted to add the PC-24 to the company’s fleet of PC-12s.”
PC-24 benefits
Jetfly operates 22 PC-12s and plans to deploy the PC-24 in parallel in order to extend its current range of services. Jetfly uses the Super Versatile Jet to provide its customers with a fast, safe, uncomplicated means of flying to their destination. In addition to the larger cabin and greater speed, Jetfly customers will also enjoy other PC-24 benefits such as the large cargo door which comes as standard and the ability to use very short runways.

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JET AVIATION MAKES NEW ASIA-PACIFIC REGION AND LEADERSHIP TEAM APPOINTMENTS
17/09/2018

Jet Aviation has formed a new region for Asia-Pacific (APAC) and appointed Joe Reckling SVP Regional Operations APAC, effective immediately. The company also appointed David Best, current VP Business Development, as its new SVP Strategic Global Growth (SGG), effective December 1. Best succeeds Johannes Turzer, who is retiring from this role at the end of […]

Jet Aviation has formed a new region for Asia-Pacific (APAC) and appointed Joe Reckling SVP Regional Operations APAC, effective immediately. The company also appointed David Best, current VP Business Development, as its new SVP Strategic Global Growth (SGG), effective December 1. Best succeeds Johannes Turzer, who is retiring from this role at the end of January 2019.

To help the company capture the value of Hawker Pacific and pursue interests and ambitions in support of its vision, Jet Aviation has formed a new region in Asia-Pacific (APAC) to which it has appointed Joe Reckling SVP Regional Operations. Reckling joins the leadership team, reporting directly to Jet Aviation President, Rob Smith, and will oversee the company’s business activities throughout the region. The new APAC region has 21 locations and more than 1,100 employees.

Reckling joined Hawker Pacific as CFO in 2008, having held senior financial, commercial and managerial roles with various public companies in the UK and Australia. A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Growing Business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

“Joe has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions and post-acquisition business integration,” adds Smith. “I’m very pleased to welcome him to the leadership team and am confident he will continue to expand and strengthen our service offerings in Asia-Pacific to exceed customer demand.”

Best joined Turzer’s SGG team as VP Business Development in April 2017 and has been largely responsible for the successful acquisition and integration of Hawker Pacific to date. Prior to joining Jet, he founded and led a global aviation and business consultancy company and held senior positions with BBA Aviation Asia Pacific and Signature Flight Support. Best serves as Board of Governor of the Asian Business Aviation Association and sits on the Governing Board of the International Business Aviation Council. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, where he earned his MBA and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Turzer began his career with Jet Aviation in Dusseldorf in 1976 as an Avionics Engineer. In 1978, he left the company to take on various managerial roles in the Industry until 1999. In 2000, Turzer returned to Jet Aviation as VP and GM of our Germany operations. He later assumed further responsibilities for London Biggin Hill and was also instrumental in establishing Jet Aviation’s Moscow Vnukovo presence in late 2007.

In 2011, Turzer took leadership of our maintenance operation in Basel, and is credited for successfully overcoming considerable market challenges before assuming his current role as SVP SGG in 2017.

“David has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the USA throughout his business career,” says Smith. “He brings to his new role deep knowledge and expertise in all aspects of strategy, corporate growth, acquisitions and business aviation infrastructure. Please join me in thanking Johannes for his significant contribution to Jet, and in wishing David continued success as SVP SGG.”

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GROWING PILOT SHORTAGE COMPLICATES SALE OF PRIVATE JETS
13/09/2018

London based Colibri Aircraft, which specializes in the marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft, says a huge shortage of pilots in the European private jet sector is resulting in owners not always being able to use their aircraft when they need to. The company believes this problem will get worse as airlines are […]

London based Colibri Aircraft, which specializes in the marketing, resale and purchase of pre-owned private aircraft, says a huge shortage of pilots in the European private jet sector is resulting in owners not always being able to use their aircraft when they need to.

The company believes this problem will get worse as airlines are retiring current pilots and recruiting from the private jet sector, and growing markets in Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere are attracting more European pilots.

Colibri Aircraft says around 7 in 10 sales it works on encounters difficulties in being able to guarantee sufficient access to a pilot or crew. Five years ago, only around 20% of cases Colibri Aircraft worked on was affected by this problem.

Oliver Stone, Managing Director, Colibri Aircraft said: “Europe needs around 95,000 new commercial pilots by 2034*, and many airlines are looking to the business aviation sector to help fill this gap leaving fewer pilots available to fly private aircraft.

“The pilot shortfall is a combination of several factors including the legal retirement age for pilots being set at 65, and growing demand for pilots from overseas markets – especially Asia and the Middle East.

“We are increasingly having to research in the early stages of an acquisition at how clients plan to crew their aircraft. If they decide to only hire one full-time pilot and rely on contract crew, they increasingly run the risk of not having crew available when they want to fly.”

Colibri Aircraft says the easiest solution for an owner is to pay a higher monthly cost to have three full-time pilots available when they want to fly. Another option is to consider an operator who already has crew on their certificate that they can use.

Oliver Stone said: “Jet ownership should be a means of making your life easier, but right now crew availability is a real issue affecting ownership and usage that increasingly has to be considered before making a purchase.”

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GULFSTREAM DELIVERS TELEMETRY RANGE SUPPORT AIRCRAFT PLATFORM TO U.S. NAVY
13/09/2018

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy. Designed and modified at Gulfstream, this aircraft will host a wide array of sensors to support the Navy’s telemetry range support mission. “The G550, with its exceptional reliability and proven performance, is an ideal aircraft for Telemetry Range Support Aircraft and […]

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy. Designed and modified at Gulfstream, this aircraft will host a wide array of sensors to support the Navy’s telemetry range support mission.

“The G550, with its exceptional reliability and proven performance, is an ideal aircraft for Telemetry Range Support Aircraft and will help the U.S. Navy address its diverse and challenging operations,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

The unmatched performance, speed, high altitude and range of Gulfstream aircraft make them ideally suited for a variety of special missions. The sophisticated cabin also provides an optimized operational environment for crews.

For more than 50 years, Gulfstream has been producing aircraft for a variety of special missions, including head-of-state transport, airborne early warning, ground surveillance, maritime patrol and aeromedical evacuation. More than 200 Gulfstream aircraft support governments in 40 countries.

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DUNCAN AVIATION ADDS CONTEMPORARY TOUCHES TO CL605 CABIN
11/09/2018

Duncan Aviation announced that its Multimedia Designer Ken Reita has designed new drink rails and updated the seat design using new seat frames for a Challenger 605 customer. These two enhancements added visual appeal and gave the entire interior of the 605 a sleek, contemporary look that can be repeated in any Challenger 605 cabin. […]

Duncan Aviation announced that its Multimedia Designer Ken Reita has designed new drink rails and updated the seat design using new seat frames for a Challenger 605 customer. These two enhancements added visual appeal and gave the entire interior of the 605 a sleek, contemporary look that can be repeated in any Challenger 605 cabin.

This particular aircraft had some ornate trim features and design details that dated the interior. The customer was hoping to incorporate a brushed satin silver trim to replace the older cove molding on the drink rails.

After discussions with the customer, Reita and Sales Representative Adam Bruce pulled together a team of Modifications specialists to add more contemporary design elements. Based on their discussions, Reita produced 3D renderings of the proposed design to give the customer an idea of how great of an impact the two relatively small changes—the new drink rails and updated seat design–would make.
“This customer wanted to improve the aesthetic look and feel of the cabin without being wasteful,” says Reita. “Many of our customers come to us with design ideas and ask how they can achieve a specific look.”

Reita put the 3D renderings on a screen and the customer was impressed and pleased to see that the changes would make a huge difference in the cabin.

“Let’s face it, any time we can delight a customer with new interior features, we’re thrilled,” says Reita. “Whether we’re getting creative and performing a few updates or doing a nose-to-tail redesign, we want our customers to be happy with the transformation of their aircraft.”

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MARATHON AVIATION ASSOCIATES JOINS AVFUEL-BRANDED NETWORK
11/09/2018

Operators headed to Florida’s Middle Keys will now benefit from Avfuel’s competitive fuel prices and loyalty rewards as the company welcomes Marathon Aviation Associates (KMTH) to its network of branded FBOs. Marathon Aviation Associates is the sole operator at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, overseeing the operations of both FBOs on the field: Marathon […]

Operators headed to Florida’s Middle Keys will now benefit from Avfuel’s competitive fuel prices and loyalty rewards as the company welcomes Marathon Aviation Associates (KMTH) to its network of branded FBOs.

Marathon Aviation Associates is the sole operator at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, overseeing the operations of both FBOs on the field: Marathon General Aviation, providing avgas, and Marathon Jet Center, providing jet fuel.

Marathon is highly regarded as a premier destination location with 30 percent of traffic flying in to nearby resorts that are open for business following last season’s storms, including Cheeca Lodge & Spa, and Hawks Cay Resort. Vacationers also look forward to the opening of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa (late 2019), and Isla Bella Beach Resort (January 2019) in close proximity to the airport.

And with the customs facility once again open on the airport field, Marathon Aviation Associates is the most convenient choice in Florida’s southernmost area for final destination and stopover traffic alike. Marathon is right in the flight path of vector G44843, which offers traffic a customs stop without deviation from Latin America to Florida, allowing aircraft to reposition or simply avoid the hassle of Miami’s bustling air traffic and customs services.

For added convenience, Marathon Aviation Associates fuels aircraft in the custom’s box, allowing for more efficient turns and waived customs fees with a fuel purchase.

“Marathon Aviation Associates unlocks access to the Florida Keys for operators in the Avfuel Network in addition to serving as a key international gateway—this is a major strategic location and we see a lot of promising opportunity in this partnership,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s vice president of sales. “The Marathon team has an upstanding tradition of excellence, and we’re honored to be associated with that.”

“This is an exciting time for Marathon Aviation Associates,” said Martin Hiller, the company’s president. “We look forward to serving our customers with enhanced services and amenities through our partnership with Avfuel and our upcoming developments, making Marathon an ideal choice for their island vacation or mainland stopover.”

Those attending the 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando (October 16 – 18) can visit with both the Marathon Aviation Associates and Avfuel teams on the show floor.

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RECORD-SETTING GULFSTREAM G500 TO VISIT RUBAE 2018
11/09/2018

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its all-new, clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 will be on display at the 2018 Russian Business Aviation Exhibition (RUBAE), Sept. 12-14, in Moscow. The G500’s RUBAE debut comes just after the aircraft earned its U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type and production certificates in July. The G500 will join the high-demand Gulfstream G650ER and […]

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its all-new, clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 will be on display at the 2018 Russian Business Aviation Exhibition (RUBAE), Sept. 12-14, in Moscow. The G500’s RUBAE debut comes just after the aircraft earned its U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type and production certificates in July.

The G500 will join the high-demand Gulfstream G650ER and class-leading Gulfstream G280 at the event. The G650ER boasts proven, real-world performance capabilities reflected in the more than 70 speed records it shares with its sister ship, the Gulfstream G650. The super-mid-size G280 offers the technology of a large-cabin aircraft and the ability to operate in and out of challenging airports.

“Gulfstream has a considerable fleet in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. “The G650 and G650ER continue to be tremendously successful in the region, and we look forward to complementing them with the G500. With the same high-speed capabilities and custom-tailored cabin comfort that the G650 and G650ER are known for, the G500 boasts its own class-leading customer benefits, including advanced technology in the flight deck and cabin, ultra-long range and design excellence.”

The G500 is capable of linking Moscow with New York or Luanda, Angola, among other international destinations. It has demonstrated its high-speed performance by setting more than 25 submitted city-pair records, including Moscow to Hong Kong in 8 hours and 33 minutes and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, to Geneva in 6 hours and 18 minutes.

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FILM SHOWS LONDON’S WEST END CAN BE REACHED FROM LOA INSIDE AN HOUR
11/09/2018

London Oxford Airport has enlisted the talents of canine supermodel ‘Ivanka’ to highlight that car journeys from London Oxford Airport to London’s West End are achievable in under 60 minutes. ‘Ivanka’ – played by Iraida, the supermodel ‘Gucci Poochie’ Afghan hound – is the star of a three-minute film directed by Liz Moscrop and the […]

London Oxford Airport has enlisted the talents of canine supermodel ‘Ivanka’ to highlight that car journeys from London Oxford Airport to London’s West End are achievable in under 60 minutes.
‘Ivanka’ – played by Iraida, the supermodel ‘Gucci Poochie’ Afghan hound – is the star of a three-minute film directed by Liz Moscrop and the GearupTV team, which also features stunt drivers, a BMW Mini, a Porsche and some unconventional use of our runway.  It is currently in final edit, readied to be premiered next month.
Building on the theme, the airport is inviting jet-set pet owners and operators to send in digital photos of their pets on a plane.  It is offering a bottle of champagne for the best five in an Instagram and Twitter competition leading up to the business aviation fraternity’s biggest event, NBAA-BACE in Orlando, FL. 15-18 October.
Posts on @LOXOXFEGTK  @OxfordAirportUK / Insta # PetsOnJets
To date, London Oxford Airport has handled well over 1,000 pets, predominantly dogs, accompanying their owners on business jets and helicopters.
Movements up 16% this summer
“This fun and creative film, which happens to be based on a true story, reinforces our continued popularity as a convenient airport for London access,” said the airport’s Head of Business Development James Dillon-Godfray.   “We saw a 16% increase in business aviation movements this summer, with mid-size and large cabin aircraft leading the growth.  Turboprop flights, mainly King Airs and Pilatus PC-12s, more than doubled compared with the same period in 2017.”
Its main event of the year, the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, saw a 130% increase in jet fuel sales over 2017 uplifts and proved to be busiest race weekend for five years for business aircraft movements.
Another summer highlight was the US Presidential visit to neighbouring Blenheim Palace, a mere mile from the airport and Winston Churchill’s birthplace.    The extraordinary entourage that accompanied the President underlined the unique benefits of having a commercially-capable airport in such close proximity to one of Europe’s finest and exclusive major event venues.
London Oxford Airport regularly assists in air transportation options for local events, supported by 22- minute helicopter shuttles from its sister operation, the London Heliport.  It also supports ad-hoc charters for commercial airliners with up to 100 seats-plus.
The airport and its IS-BAH Stage 2-accredited FBO Oxfordjet returns to Air Charter Expo (ACE 2018) on Tuesday, 11th September.  Booth No 616.

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