Signature Flight Announces New Program to Assist Commemorative Air Force
Jul 24, 2017
Signature Flight Support (Signature) issued a statement at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI whereby Signature will provide preferred pricing on fuel and services at all FBO locations to the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), the world’s largest flying museum comprised of over 165 historic warbirds.
Volunteer pilots and aircrews can relax and refresh during tech stops as they travel the country performing and exhibiting at airshows. Some of the pricing and services include a nationwide avgas fuel program, ground support and assistance with AOG and MRO services as needed via its Signature TECHNICAir division.
Pilots and crews will be able to participate in Signature TailWins, Signature’s pilot rewards program. Under the BLUESky program all Signature TailWins members earn 10 times points for avgas fuel purchases. Points can then be redeemed for cash equivalent gift cards or virtual Visa cards.
“We are pleased to offer this program to the Commemorative Air Force to help them further their mission of the preservation of historical aviation equipment and the military legacies of the brave individuals who flew these aircraft. In addition, we continue to enthusiastically support all avgas pilots and the general aviation sector. Signature is the largest provider of avgas in the United States, the availability of fuel and access to trained ground support for piston-powered aircraft. Signature offers its BLUESky program to all avgas pilots whereby pilots earn 10 points per gallon of avgas purchased. Also Signature’s Weekend TakeOff program provides for a fifty cent discount on posted retail avgas prices”, noted Maria A. Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer for Signature Flight Support.
“Operating the World’s largest flying museum, especially touring cross-country most of the year is expensive, but vital to perform our mission. The CAF is grateful for the generous support that Signature is providing our organization and looks forward to visiting many of their FBOs while on tour,” said David Oliver, CAF Vice President of Operations.
EAN Aviation becomes first West African IS-BAH Stage 1 registered company EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based business aviation services company, has become the first West African IS-BAH Stage 1 registered Fixed Based Operator, and only the second organization to earn the status in all of Africa. The IS-BAH Stage 1 certificate was finally awarded by IBAC on March 31, 2017. The certification is the culmination of a nearly three-year process which began in 2014 when EAN embarked on a mission to harmonize its operating and safety practices with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) SMS framework, the International Standards for Business Aircraft Handling Standards, industry standards and recommended best practices.
Aviation Bloom is delighted to announce that Aviapartner Executive is opening its new FBO in the Balearic Islands at Ibiza (IBZ/LEIB) in June!
Aviation Bloom CEO Thomas Kränzlein, Aviapartner Director Europe of Premium Services, Caroline De Caigny & the Amsterdam FBO Manager, Martijn Minnema, dannounced the new facilities listing on the Aviation Bloom Ground Handling booking platform at EBACE last week.
During the first 20 days of the facilities operation every operator booking handling via Aviation Bloom will receive a 20% discount off the Basic Handling Fee ! www.aviationbloom.com
JETEX ENTERS ITALY WITH FBO AT ROME CIAMPINO AIRPORT
5/18/2017 10:38:02 AM
Jetex Flight Support marks another milestone in its growth history, with the announcement of a successful tender to provide FBO services at Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport (CIA/LIRA) in Rome, Italy. Set to open in the second half of 2017, the Ciampino FBO will herald Jetex’s entry to the Italian market and further expand the company’s European network, which encompasses locations including but not limited to France, Ireland, Spain and Ukraine.
"Opening an FBO in Rome represents an important strategic step in expanding our presence in Europe," said Jetex CEO & President Adel Mardini. "The city’s central geographical location, together with its importance as the country’s political and financial capital, makes it the ideal location to establish our first FBO in Italy."
As Rome’s main hub for general aviation (GA), Ciampino Airport consistently ranks on the list of top 10 busiest GA airports in Europe. Ciampino saw an average daily departure rate of 21.1 GA flights in 2016, reflecting its position at the heart of Italian business aviation.
"With a rich heritage of over 100 years of operation and close proximity to Rome’s city center, Ciampino remains an important and strategic asset to the Italian airport system," said Mardini. "Providing FBO services at Ciampino allows Jetex to bring our world-class flight and ground handling services to a wider market."
JETEX EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE AS HANDLER AT THREE AIRPORTS IN SPAIN
5/17/2017 2:25:55 PM
DUBAI, UAE. May 16, 2017 – Jetex Flight Support marks its first venture into Spain with ground handling stations in three new locations: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCM/LEBL), Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), and Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP/LEMG). The new Spanish facilities further expand Jetex’s European network, which covers France, Ireland, Italy, and Ukraine, amongst others.
"Spain is an important player in the European business aviation community, as indicated by a 6.4% year-over-year growth in flight departures," said Jetex CEO & President, Adel Mardini. "With the Spanish economy forecasted to grow strongly over the next few years and tourism on the rise, Jetex is positioning itself to provide the highest level of service at these key airports as private jet traffic increases in the country."
Press Release 15 May 2015 AfBAA celebrates five years with launch of AfBAC EXPO and Access Africa
The African Business Aviation Association, AfBAA, today marks its fifth anniversary having launched on the 15th May at EBACE 2012. To celebrate the successful establishment of the dynamic organisation AfBAA will be launching AfBAC EXPO, Africa’s first dedicated Business Aviation Conference, Exhibition and Static Display, at the African Pavilion – Booth V70 – during this year’s EBACE.
l - R Tareq Ragheb, Founding Chairman
& Rady Fahmy CEO
AfBAC EXPO will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 29 November until 1 December, 2017 and will be of interest to any international professional or business operating, or planning to operate in Africa.
The conference objective is to inspire and inform through a variety of mediums including authoritative presentations from industry leaders, dynamic panel discussions from experts in their field, video presentations from international companies, and a selection of workshops that will discuss current topics affecting business aviation development in Africa. Training sessions on safety and regulation will run in parallel, as will an afternoon session dedicated to the booming area of remotely piloted aerial systems, RPAS. Building on the success of the AfBAC 2016 conference, content will also be delivered by professionals from outside the aviation sector who will discuss alternative business concepts, and their potential application within the aviation arena.
Once again networking and participation will be encouraged with a programme of social events taking centre stage, whilst during the conference interactive polling and digital questioning will provide delegates with the opportunity to share their feedback in real time.
“We have achieved much in five years, but we know there is still much to do as our journey has only really just begun,” said Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of AfBAA. “We recognise that aviation in Africa doesn’t work in global or commercial isolation, which is why we are launching AfBAC EXPO at EBACE. We want to bring together international professionals to share experience and knowledge in a dedicated environment. With Europe’s strong connections to the continent, we’re hoping to garner a lot of interest during EBACE,” he added.
AFBAC EXPO will also incorporate an exhibition area for companies wishing to showcase the latest innovations, products and services, as well as a static display which is expected to include around 15 aircraft from international OEMS and local operators. Site visits to FBOs and operators at Lanseria Airport will be part of the schedule. It is anticipated that the event will welcome visitors representing the full spectrum of the business aviation sector.
First Access Africa to take place at EBACE
Access Africa, a new international initiative from AfBAA, is also launching at EBACE. The forum has been created to facilitate better understanding of what is required to undertake business within the African business aviation sector. The plan is for the new event to be held during international aviation conferences around the globe. During the 90-minute session, attendees will be transported to Africa, through a trio of concise presentations from leading African business aviation experts, who will outline local issues, share anecdotal experiences, detail what works, and importantly what does not; as well as highlight the points to consider when taking the first steps into Africa
At EBACE these will be Segun Demuren from Nigeria’s EAN Aviation, Nuno Pereira from Angola’s Bestfly and Gavin Kiggen of ExecuJet South Africa. The informal nature of the forum is designed to stimulate frank discussion, open questioning and interaction that will address key concerns from the audience.
“One of AfBAA’s guiding principles is to raise awareness of the continent’s potential and that is what drives us to create these types of events. We are aware that many European companies are interested in developing African business but don’t necessarily have the information they need to hand. Access Africa is about providing tangible, practical information to support these professionals’ endeavours,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA. Access Africa is the second international event organized by AfBAA, the first being the annual African Pavilion at EBACE, and represents the sixth event in the growing portfolio of AfBAA meetings.
Access Africa will take place on Monday 22nd May in Conference Room L of PalExpo, Geneva. There are limited places available for the free event so please email email@example.com for more information or to register your interest.
After more than two year of consultation with business aviation stakeholders we have launched Aviation Bloom, a new online platform designed to connect flight planners, crews, owners and operators with FBOs, Business Aviation Ground Handlers (BAHA), Airports, In-Flight Caters, Chauffeur companies & other services.
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Sky Atlas: All-inclusive package for business aviation
5/10/2017 5:55:16 PM
Press release - Moscow, 3 May 2017
From 1 May, Sky Atlas introduces a brand-new price list for ground handling and passenger services in Russia, based on the all-inclusive fixed-price package principle.
In Russia, when business aircraft owners and operators receive their bills for ground handling, they are often confronted with a long list of operations that they didn’t order or budget for. It often comes an unpleasant surprise and leads to disputes.
Sky Atlas, the provider of ground handling and flight support in Russia, has introduced a brand-new price list to the Russian business aviation market.
From 1 May 2017, all clients who are arriving at or departing from Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport can make the process easier by using the new Sky Atlas price list. The list is based on the package principle, where handling services are calculated and a fixed price is quoted. This allows the client to work out their expenses accurately before the flight.
The price list is divided into three levels: Gold is the basic one; Frequent Flyer is dedicated to regular customers; and Premium is for clients who have long-term contracts for apron or hangar aircraft storage. For the first two months, all Gold clients will be granted with Frequent Flyer level discounts.
Download the new Sky Atlas price list here: https://www.skyatlas.biz/upload/%D0%A0ackage_price_SVO_Moscow.pdf
Sky Atlas was established in October 2015 in Moscow. Our main mission is to provide all business aviation related services – from flight support to turn key solutions – in charter flights arrangements and aircraft acquisition.
Sky Atlas is the preferred provider of FBO-related services at Sheremetyevo and Pulkovo International airports. Today, Sky Atlas possesses a network of representatives at 140 airports in Russia and CIS
02 MAY: Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, announced the acquisition of JetSun Aviation Centre, at Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX).
FBO has more than 100,000 square feet of hangar space, a Part 145 Repair Station, extensive avionics capabilities, a large reception area, conference room, pilot’s lounge & flight planning. In addition to FBO services, Sioux City will offer full maintenance and avionics services.
“The Sioux City FBO is a key addition to our growing FBO network, now with six FBOs located across the East Coast, Midwest and South,” said Bryon Burbage, president and CEO of Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. “We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service & our new Sioux City FBO will continue to deliver on this promise to our FBO customers.”
Premier Jet Center appointed Authorized Cirrus Service Center at Flying Cloud Airport/Minneapolis
5/1/2017 9:02:00 PM
Premier Jet Center appointed as an Authorized Cirrus Service Center at Flying Cloud Airport (KFCM) in Minneapolis.
“The designation from Cirrus expands our service offerings and gives the local and regionally-based owners and operators access to quality authorized services,” says Jim Sweeney, President of Premier Jet Center. “We are thrilled to be selected by Cirrus for this opportunity and look forward to many years of success, growth and collaboration between our companies.” adds Sweeney.
To commemorate our new designation, we will be hosting an open house at Premier Jet Center on June 9th, featuring a 2017 SR22T G6.
Click our banner for full details including hotel reservations and registration information. This is the first time AAAE/IAAE have held a conference in Iceland. We are pleased that the CEO of Icelandair will speak on May 26!
Global FBO Consult are Media Partners with AAAE/IAAE for this unique event.
Manny Aviation Services at Toluca International/MMTO, Mexico City, has become the first FBO in Mexico to achieve certification under the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH).
First AfBAARS|NBAC launches new Nigerian business aviation organisation
4/7/2017 11:32:43 AM
Press release, 7 April 2016, Arena Group
First AfBAARS|NBAC launches new Nigerian business aviation organisation.
The first jointly hosted African Business Aviation Association Regional Symposium and Nigerian Business Aviation Conference highlighted the need for regional stakeholders to collaborate to make real change happen. At the end of the two-day event, held at the Eko Hotel Lagos, 24 and 25 March, Segun Demuren CEO of local organisers EAN Aviation, pledged to form and launch a new Nigerian business aviation organisation within 90 days. Work has already begun on forming the administration and board of the AfBAA Nigeria Chapter which will be launched by July.
The announcement was made following two days of presentations and panels that clearly demonstrated local operators, suppliers, brokers and government bodies all derive benefit from meeting in a dedicated environment to create mutual understanding that can positively affect business aviation in the region. The AfBAA Nigeria Chapter will follow the template of the first AfBAA Country Chapter which was launched in Addis Ababa in May 2016. It has already succeeded under the guidance of local President Dawit Lemma, MD of Krimson Plc, in making great strides in raising the business aviation profile in Ethiopia. The AfBAA Nigeria Chapter will receive ongoing support, guidance and direction from the continent’s official association. “This is exactly the kind of positive action we welcome at these events, and look forward to working with, supporting, and participating in the organisation’s future,” commented Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA. “I encourage all those involved in Nigerian business aviation to join the association to maximise the knowledge sharing opportunities,” added Fahmy.
This was welcome news for national attendees who have had a particularly challenging time following the reduction in oil prices, the Nigerian recession, and a scarcity of Forex. Combined these phenomena have reduced purchasing power, stalled jet transactions and slowed business development. However, Demuren noted that opportunities do exist, and have been bolstered by the appointment of an aviator as the Minister for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Some 150 delegates agreed that challenges need to be approached with a coordinated strategy. There were numerous calls for stakeholders to submit a list of priorities through the new association to begin to lobby for change to deal with the varying issues of grey charter, complex and long AOC applications, and excessive import taxes for jets and spare parts.
Group Captain Edem Oyo-Ita, Director of Air Transport Regulation at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority stated that the CAA was willing and ready to collaborate with the sector. He acknowledged the need to amend parts of the aviation regulatory structure that had originally been formulated for commercial aviation. Delegates applauded the significant progress that has already been made by the CAA in creating an automated permit process making it easier for unscheduled last minute requests to be processed in a timely manner.
Several new additions to this year’s schedule were well received. A dedicated helicopter operators panel with representatives from Bristow Helicopters, Nestav Aviation, and Caverton Helicopters, congratulated the chief pilot of Genesis Global Aviation, Captain Abayomi Coker, on the recent awarding of its AOC. Continuing the challenge as opportunity theme the panel discussed the notion of exploring operational diversification in the tourism, medevac, security, bullion movements, and emerging mining markets
The first Women in Aviation panel was also well received by the predominantly male audience who confirmed that women bring a diverse and valuable set of qualities to business aviation including relationship building, efficiency, loyalty, organisation and a balanced view of business opportunities. A call was made for AfBAA to raise the profile of the sector’s opportunities for women, and to create engaging, attractive strategies that would appeal to women at early stages of their career selection.
A meet the operators speed-networking session also spawned new relationships as Nigerian operators met with local and international suppliers keen to work with them, whilst potential customers took the opportunity to search for the right aircraft for their specific mission.
Nick Fadugba, the chair for this year’s meeting closed the event suggesting that Nigerian Business Aviation must work harder, closer, collaboratively, and with one common purpose to enhance business aviation in Nigeria. As one delegate quipped, “Nigeria should be heaven for business aviation.” With the launch of the AfBAA Nigeria Chapter organisers expect this to the be the first step in that direction.
Airport Best Practices Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
4/4/2017 6:57:41 PM
American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) and Isavia (Operator of Keflavik International Airport) are very pleased to present the North America/Europe Airport Best Practices Conference, which will be held May 24-26, 2017, at the Hilton Hotel in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland.
Airport and aviation executives from Iceland, North America and Europe will discuss best practices in several key areas, including: airport/tourism partnerships, enhancing the passenger experience, safety/security initiatives, increasing non-aeronautical revenue and green/sustainability initiatives. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear how airports in Iceland, North America and Europe are handling current challenges and to discover new strategies for improving airport operations and performance.
This unique forum will allow senior airport/aviation executives, government and corporate executives from North America and throughout Europe to network and to discuss the current challenges and opportunities associated with operating airports in today’s dynamic environment worldwide. Representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and other aviation organizations have been invited to participate. Attendee participation is highly encouraged, as the intent of these sessions is to provide a forum for exchange of best practices. The broad array of panel discussions will surely have a topic of interest to suit attendees from across the aviation industry.
The conference will begin with an evening reception on Wednesday, May 24, and conclude at 12:30 on Friday, May 26.
Book Ground Handling Early for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
4/4/2017 2:22:29 PM
Attention Trip Support Service Providers, Aviation Departments, Flight Crew & Operators !
An important message from our OCC at
Belfast International Airport/EGAA/BFS
Please book Ground Support Early!
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland, 6-9 July 2017
This event will attract considerable business aviation traffic to the area.
Global Trek Aviation at Belfast Int. is the nearest (nearer than City/EGAC) full service FBO facility to the event & we offer:
Two BizAv dedicated Jet A-1 fuel trucks & full range of GSE (not 3rd party)
NATA Safety 1st certified ramp crew
Excellent VVIP facility with secure chauffeur parking area
The only off terminal VIP parking ramp on the airfield, directly in front of our VIP facility.
CIQ attend our FBO to process VIP PAX.
Escorted departing VIP transportation directly to aircraft steps.
Very competitively priced Handling/Parking
Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland, EGAA/BFS
Just 11.5 NM north-west of Belfast City, is the ideally located airport for this world class event. It is CAT IIIB and operates 24H with no curfew restrictions. Multiple runways (9100’ +) ensure no congestion slot restrictions and short taxi times.
Brussels, 22 March 2017: Brandon Mitchener has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017. A French and US citizen, Mitchener’s career as a journalist and public affairs professional spans more than 25 years in Europe, including the last 20 in Brussels.
Before joining EBAA, Mitchener headed corporate communications for Monsanto Co. in Europe and the Middle East for four years, where he helped position agricultural technology as part of the solution to global food security challenges. Prior to this, he served as director of public relations EMEA for First Solar Inc., where he launched the company’s corporate communications presence in India, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Mitchener’s experience also includes working as a European public affairs consultant at APCO Worldwide for four years, advising a variety of blue-chip companies, business associations, non-profit organisations and governments on relations with the EU, the media and other stakeholders.
Mitchener spent the first 15 years of his career as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires in New York, Germany and Brussels.
Smyrna Air Center, Nashville, Tennessee, KMQY Receives New Owner and Name: Hollingshead Aviation : Source: Avfuel Corp. Mar 9, 2017
As Jeff Hollingshead settles in to his new role as president of the FBO previously known as Smyrna Air Center, the FBO ramps up changes to settle for nothing less than excellence, starting with its new name: Hollingshead Aviation.
“When I took over the FBO, I immediately recognized its value as an alternative to congested city traffic and its potential to provide premier services to GA traffic in the greater Nashville area,” said Hollingshead. “As Hollingshead Aviation, we’re raising the bar of our services, from ground handling to customer needs and everywhere in between.”
Located at Smyrna Airport, Hollingshead Aviation lands guests approximately 30 minutes from Nashville’s downtown with quick access to a major highway. This serves guests with a convenient location to fly in for exceptional services without the hassle of big-city congested airspace.
The FBO boasts red carpet customer service, ensuring every aspect of its customers’ trips are executed flawlessly. Hollingshead Aviation’s modern, state-of-the-art amenities and personalized rampside services are designed to offer guests total comfort and convenience. Flight crews enjoy no landing fees, a dedicated pilot lounge complete with wide-screen smart TVs, over-sized recliners, showers, and an on-site golf course.
In addition, the operation provides specialized aircraft maintenance as a Part-145 Repair Station. Each technician is factory-trained and A&P certified through the FAA. Services include: inspections, metal repair and fabrication, aircraft weighing, troubleshooting, A/C service, STC installations and conversions, Pratt & Whitney hot section inspections (PT6 Large), GE Walter 601’s and H80 inspections and repairs, aircraft pressurization and testing, factory-trained Lycoming & Continental mechanics, and aircraft detailing services.
Global FBO Consult are proud to announce that they are a Media Partner for the forthcoming Aviation Festival Africa 2017, to be held 13 - 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. Aviation Festival Africa is the leading aviation conference & exhibition in Africa. Take a look here: www.terrapinn.com/avfestafrica
PRESS RELEASE - BBGA highlights the need for change at 43rd annual meeting
A bolstered British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) meets for its annual meeting at a new Luton Hoo Hotel venue today. Membership has been strengthened, especially with more operator members, following the recent partnership with EBAA, whereby all UK members of the latter automatically become members of BBGA. This has seen a boost in membership from 122 to over 170 companies.
Some 120 plus of them will be in Luton to listen to the theme ‘Embracing Change Together.’ Topics due to be covered include Brexit; the desire to continue with EASA regulations and to embrace ‘Single European Skies’; and securing the concept of ‘Assured Clients’ and ‘Approved Organisations’ with the Home Office, DfT and CAA to enable transparent, safe and efficient transfer of repeat business into the UK.
Following a welcome address from BBGA Chairman, Marwan Khalek, delegates can look forward to presentations from a range of industry influencers, including Martin Rolfe, CEO of NATS; Chris Leach, CEO of Air Charter Service who will reflect on his long and glittering career in charter broking and how the industry has evolved with the general diversification/consolidation in the industry. Delegates can also look forward to presentations from Brian Humphries, President of EBAA; and discussing Brexit , Sir Gerald Howarth MP, together with the UK CAA’s Andrew Haines and Clyde and Co’s Mark Bisset.
With the emergence of new business models, airline hybrids, a robust MRO and aviation services market (as operators hold on to older aircraft for longer) versus industry concerns over a shortage of pilots and licensed engineers, lack of access and threatened small airport closures, Alex Berry will chair a session on future trends later in the afternoon. Joining him are Carol Cork, Privatefly, Surf Air CEO Simon Talling-Smith; Oriens Aviation CEO and SETops proponent Edwin Brenninkmeyer. Richard Mintern, Chairman of JMC Group and ELMS Aviation joins to bring a different perspective to the session drawing on his decades of experience in airline engineering and latterly the commercial helicopter industry.
A significant part of the day will be the ‘Visions and Values’ presentation led by Sewells, a company with significant experience in reviewing change programmes for corporate businesses and associations. It has been engaged by BBGA as an independent to do a top to bottom review of the Association and what it stands for, engaging with members and non members as it seeks to address what can our association do for you.
With the uncertainty over Brexit, the BBGA has decided there is no better time to evaluate what it’s doing for its members, and is therefore currently part way through a process of deciding exactly how the association should focus its resources to offer the best service possible.
Sewells has already overseen initial consultation inside and outside BBGA’s membership through a gathering in January 2017, attended by over 40 industry decision makers in business and general aviation. The association is now working through a schedule with the guiding coalition – made up of 15 volunteers from the aforementioned forty attendees – to establish the BBGA’s mission, vision, values and objectives. The ‘Visions and Values’ session at the BBGA annual meeting will continue to try and ascertain the needs and preferences of its members.
CEO of BBGA, Marc Bailey, commented: “We are the biggest national association and have an important part to play looking after our membership. The partnership with EBAA is very strategic and we are working hard with them and other European industry bodies to ensure strong national associations where we can work together with a joint strategy and act with one voice. With this in mind, it seemed like the perfect timing to formally assess how we can best use our growing position of influence to keep the UK business aviation thriving.
We therefore look forward to hearing the opinions from more of our members at our annual meeting.”
FBO Acquisitions, Mergers, Networks & Partnerships update: ExecuJet has acquired an FBO at Kingsford-Smith Int. Airport, Sydney, Australia to complement its existing maintenance, flight operations & administrations facility. The FBO is located at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, 12km from the city center, with a dedicated VIP lounge, passenger amenities & CIQ processing facilities.
Part of the Luxaviation Group, ExecuJet now has an international network of 25 FBOs. Facilities are located across Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Afriqiyah Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, ASKY Airlines, Air Djibouti, Libyan Wings, Air Seychelles and many more!
Running an airline in Africa is not for the faint-hearted with customer satisfaction posing as a very fickle prospect. Airlines regularly get the rap for factors that are completely out of their control. Slow airport terminal facilities, crowded airspace and even bad weather can negatively affect the customer’s experience of the airline.
How can airlines in the modern age live up to the high expectations of today’s traveller?
The 7th annual Aviation Festival Africa, brings together the brightest minds in the aviation industry to discuss the most effective ways to deliver excellence, keep the customer happy and the bottom line healthy.
Join our first 30 African speakers who will be sharing their insights:
·Kate Aleksidze, Chief Executive Officer, United Airports of Georgia, Georgia
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UK & Ireland based FBO group Weston Aviation completed work on the expansion of its business aviation center at Humberside HUY/EGNJ in the north of England. The work has doubled the size of the existing space, which now offers separate crew & passenger lounges, a kitchen area, quiet zones & crew work stations. In 2011, Weston Aviation became the first FBO facility at Humberside, which serves the area around the city of Hull.
“This further investment & commitment to Humberside Airport is in line with our expectations & growth plans for our FBO & we are delighted to be able to offer to our crews & passengers this significantly expanded & improved facility that will see us into our next phase of growth & expansion at Humberside Airport,” said Weston Aviation CEO and founder Nick Weston.
The Weston group also operates three other FBOs in the UK, at Durham Tees Valley, Doncaster Sheffield & Cornwall Newquay Airports, as well as a facility in Ireland at Cork/EICK.
Led by a specialist faculty of business aviation experts – who lead transactions every day – the interactive course will use practical examples and case studies to give you knowledge and understanding you can use to get deals closed:
• Gain an insight into what determines aircraft values
• Understand the fundamentals of the sales process – with a special case study on negotiating and structuring a letter of intent
• Review the practicalities of aircraft registration and insurance
• Develop a thorough understanding of risk management – including a focus on residual values and asset management
• Understand fiscal regulations that apply to business aircraft
• The residential course will give you opportunities to network and make new business contacts in a relaxed environment
• Over the two days the faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and to give you detailed insight into specific topics that are relevant to your business – without paying an hourly rate.
• The School of Corporate Jet Finance uses a mixture of discussion and (very) interactive case studies taking attendees through the whole process of buying, financing, repossessing and selling an aircraft.
You can see the current agenda and confirmed speakers on our event website by clicking on the following link:
Feedback from delegates on past courses has been fantastic, with individuals enjoying the course and returning to work with new skills. Past attendees include: financial institutions, operators, charter brokers, trust companies, law firms, aircraft brokers and others.
Our super early bird registration fees expire on the 7th April:
First Delegate - £ 2099.00 plus VAT
Second Delegate - £ 1574.25 plus VAT and any additional delegates at £ 1049.50 plus VAT per person.
The above fees include all course documentation, accommodation and dinner for the nights of the 26th, 27th and 28th June, lunch on the 27th and 28th June, and breakfast on the 27th, 28th and 29th June.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has joined with five additional aviation stakeholders to petition the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the recent agreement between Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO).
Last month, the FAA announced it had reached a settlement with the city, which, in addition to permitting closure of the historic airfield at the end of 2028, would also allow the city to immediately begin the process of reducing the length of the SMO's sole runway from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen termed the FAA’s seeming acquiescence to a vocal minority of Santa Monica residents, "a one-of-a-kind development" that would severely restrict aviation access throughout Southern California and across the U.S.
"Santa Monica's airport is a vital asset to our aviation system, both locally as well as nationally, and serves as a critical transportation lifeline for the entire Los Angeles basin," Bolen added. "NBAA remains committed to aggressively supporting unrestricted business aviation access to SMO, through this petition and other available channels."
City officials have repeatedly attempted to curtail access by aviation users and other stakeholders to the airport, in defiance of established historical precedents dating back to the original 1948 instrument of transfer agreement that returned control of the former military airfield back to the city, as well as the city's federal grant obligations.
Last Gulfstream G150 tech stops at
Global Trek Aviation, Belfast International Airport/EGAA
enroute to Texas Completions Center
The last production Gulfstream G150, serial number 326, still in basic primer, made a night stop with Global Trek Aviation FBO at Belfast International Airport this week enroute from the manufacturing plant in Tel Aviv to the Gulfstream Completions Center at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.
“Both the G150 and the larger G280 have been regular tech stop visitors with GTA our Operations team here are sorry to say goodbye to the popular mid-size business jet transits. However, they plan to be on hand for further visits of the ever successful and sleek super mid size G280” said Gordon Bingham, GTA General Manager.
Developed as an improved version of the highly successful G100 corporate jet with wider and longer cabin and uprated engines the G150 was the first business jet to be certified by the FAA for Stage 4, the industry’s most stringent noise standards.
Airframe #326 is expected to be delivered to the customer mid 2017 following interior fitting out, exterior painting and final flight trials.
Pilot in command for the delivery flight Captain Tal Avital, a G150 test pilot, said “The G150 is a joy to fly, is always reliable and offers a great passenger experience.”
Gulfstream Aerospace, a General Dynamics company, actually use two G150 themselves as part of their Field & Airborne Support Teams (FAST), dedicated to ensuring a swift, well coordinated response to aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.
Global Trek Aviation and Belfast International Airport are proving to be an excellent combination for aircraft transiting the North Atlantic as it offers the perfect geographical location on the eastern seaboard, very competitive fuel pricing, professional service (all staff are trained to NATA Safety 1st standard) and a great choice of quality hotels and amenities.
13 February 2017: AfBAA and NBAC to co-host West African Business Aviation Symposium
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has teamed up with EAN Aviation, organisers of the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, NBAC, to merge the two respected meetings into one powerful event.
In a value-add for delegates the two meetings will come together to spearhead discussions about the value of creative business thinking, and how it can stimulate new ideas to help navigate the increasingly challenging world of business aviation in the region. The organisers have designed the programme with the aim of providing a set of pragmatic tools that will support the region’s stakeholders’ future planning and development.
Networking will also from a significant part of the meeting and organisers have introduced a “Meet the Operators” session that will enable suppliers and operators to effectively network in a dedicated environment. “We see operators as a lynchpin for the industry and want to facilitate meetings that will be genuinely useful for both parties,” says Rady Fahmy, CEO of AfBAA.
The programme will include discussions about human resources and training; the benefits of purchasing pre-owned as opposed to new aircraft; and look at how to plan for ongoing success. Presentations will explore the perception of West African business aviation and a case study will look at how the closure of Abuja airport, Nigeria’s legislative capital may have affected the sector.
“We’ve create a dynamic programme with some fascinating new themes for delegates to debate. We are sure we can provide several tangible take-aways that will contribute to business longevity,” added Segun Demuren, CEO of co-host EAN Aviation.
In another first the event will be Chaired by African aviation industry veteran Nick Fadugba who, for more than thirty years, has been supporting aviation development on the continent through his company African Aviation Services. Sponsors are already confirming their interest with leading names Bombardier, Gulfstream and RUAG all confirming their participation.
The AfBAA Regional Symposium West Africa/NBAC 2017 event will take place at The Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos on 23 and 24 March. For more information please visit www.afbaa.org or www.nbac.com.ng
The African Business Aviation Association was launched in May 2012 to represent the interests of Africa’s aircraft owners, operators, and suppliers to the Business Aviation community in a single voice. AfBAA has over 115 members.
AfBAA’s primary objective is to promote the understanding and benefits that Business Aviation provides for the Continent’s economic development and prosperity through advocacy.
As an active, well funded, professionally run organisation AfBAA is committed to increasing membership, raising awareness of the Association internally and externally in Africa and supporting all entities involved in Business Aviation in Africa.
World Fuel Services has expanded its branded fuel network across Canada with the addition of 34 new locations that were formerly served by ExxonMobil and/or Imperial Oil, it announced today at the 2017 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC). “It is our great privilege to have the opportunity to serve these FBOs with our solutions, earn their trust & further establish the World Fuel Services Network in more areas of Canada,” said Steve Drzymalla, the fuel provider’s senior vice president of general aviation. “Our experienced team has already begun tailoring our solutions to meet each location’s specific needs.”
As part of the network, the new locations—including the Sky Service FBO chain’s four bases, Executive Aviation Fuels three FBOs and Lockhart Aviation Services two facilities—will have access to World’s comprehensive business and general aviation FBO solutions such as training, equipment and marketing support. The network includes locations under the World Fuel Services, Ascent and Phillips 66 Aviation fuel brands, along with the Air Elite Diamond Service brand. Participants can offer to flight departments World Fuel Services contract fuel, with an extra bonus for operators who use their Avcard to earn FlyBuys Rewards points with every purchase
07FEB; Avfuel: Effective January 31, 2017, Castle & Cooke Aviation’s three FBOs in Van Nuys, California (KVNY); Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL); and Everett, Washington (KPAE) became new significant locations in the Avfuel Network of 650+ branded FBOs.
“Our goal for 2017 is to grow and strengthen the Avfuel Network—that means not just increasing the number of locations, but adding quality locations. And nothing says quality like the reputation Castle & Cooke Aviation has earned these past 35 plus years,” said Mark Haynes, vice president of sales for Avfuel. “We’re proud to align ourselves with such an upstanding operation that values safety and service above all else.”
Gary Jet Center at Gary-Chicago International Airport, has started building a new corporate flight center. Measuring 8,000ft², the terminal will offer more than double the space of the existing building, with multiple pilots’ lounges, a business center, conference room and kitchen facilities. The old location will be retained for tenant offices and the expansion of Gary Jet Center’s aircraft maintenance offering. Completion due to in summer 2017.
Wil Davis, chairman and CEO, Gary Jet Center, said, “This corporate flight center is the crowning piece in Gary Jet Center’s goal of providing the finest flight experience in the Chicago aviation market.
Safety is the cornerstone of our business, and that is why all of our line staff are NATA Safety 1st trained and certified.
Avfuel Corporation announced Rider Jet Center, the sole FBO at Hagerstown Regional Airport-Richard A Henson Field,
has joined its Network branded FBOs.
“We continuously strive to strengthen and enhance our Network with meaningful locations for our pilots,” said Joel Hirst, vice president of sales for Avfuel. “Rider Jet Center is a perfect location to add substantial value to our customers looking for Avfuel’s services in the eastern part of the U.S. They run an upstanding operation with which Avfuel is proud to align itself.”
Rider Jet Center is a full-service FBO in Western Maryland, offering aviation services to every aircraft, pilot and passenger that lands on its ramp. Owned by David and Ben Rider, the father/son duo established the FBO on the basic principle of the Golden Rule: treat guests as they would like to be treated when flying into an FBO.
VIP Terminal Extension at Belfast International Airport Granted
February 5th 2017, Belfast International Airport/EGAA, Northern Ireland
Barely 18 months after opening their full service FBO at Belfast International Airport, Global Trek Aviation has been granted permission by the airport to extend their FBO facility building by 100%! This follows ever increasing US corporate aviation & ferry flight use of the existing facility.
Back in mid 2015 GTA may have been a new start up but with a team of highly experienced industry professionals who had worked for such companies as Landmark Aviation, Ocean Sky and RSS across the UK it quickly became a success!
At Belfast International they built a brand new facility which included a very spacious VIP lounge, crew centre, showers and Operations Control Centre next to the GA Ramp. The facility boasts excellent privacy with its own secure entrance and car park well away from the commercial terminal.
On the ramp an impressive GSE display includes two Jet A-1 trucks (43,000 Litre and 17,000 Litre), three diesel tugs, three Houchin 690-C GPU, 2 wide bodied air stairs, Lav truck, potable water truck, as well as their VIP ground transportation fleet.
Global Trek MD David McColm comments “Our facility has been getting busier by the month and we have taken the decision to plan for future growth at an early stage. Doubling the floor space will allow us to provide even greater comfort for our clients, put in additional amenities and expand our Operations Control Centre to keep up with customer demand”
Brian Carlin, Belfast International Airports Director of Commercial Development in welcoming the expansion plans said “Global Trek has shown the depth of their industry experience and commitment by hitting the ground running, delivering a first class experience to their clients and investing in infrastructure, GSE and personnel training from the very start”
Going to NBAA SDC ? Meet the Global Trek Aviation FBO team, Booth 1928. General Manager Gordon Bingham & Flight Supervisor Philip Armstrong will be there to tell you why GTA FBO is the very best Tech Stop choice on the North Atlantic. With a NATA Safety 1st trained team & our two Jet A-1 trucks always next to the GA ramp offering excellent fuel prices, all the GSE you could wish for, 24H operations & no night curfews, Global Trek Aviation FBO at Belfast/EGAA/BFS is standing by for you!
Hawker Pacific has acquired the Adagold FBO locations in Cairns and Brisbane, Australia, bringing its total to eight FBOs.
At Brisbane Airport, which is anticipating the opening of a new runway in 2020, the company will operate from both its existing FBO facility and from the newly acquired location in on the GA ramp. The addition of the Cairns location improves the company’s capacity to capture the increasing amount of aircraft traffic in Queensland.
“With the recent announcements of improvement in the mining industry in Queensland, there is an expected lift in the fly-in, fly-out sector,” said Graham Owen, the company’s vice president of Australian FBOs. “Hawker Pacific is focused on ensuring we continue to meet growing demand in this segment of the market and further cement our position as the leading FBO in the region.”
BA Group Moves Forward with World-Class FBO Plan for Addison/KADS
1/31/2017 10:29:19 PM
Addison, TX / January 30, 2017
The Business Aviation Group announced that its bid was recently accepted for the redevelopment of 16+ acres at Addison Airport, a northern Dallas suburb. Having completed a preliminary agreement with the Town of Addison, the BA Group is now ready to move forward and identify qualified candidates who possess the expertise, financial strength, and experience necessary to execute a long-term commitment to this first-class facility.
The BA Group’s new development will be in the southeast quadrant of Addison Airport (KADS), adjacent to the notable Addison Circle Park. The desirable location is conveniently accessible to the downtown district and is planned to be developed in two phases. Phase I will consist of 11-acres and is designed to include 56,000-sq. ft. of corporate aircraft hangar space with complimentary office space. A well-appointed 22,500-sq. ft. two-story FBO terminal building will be the focal point of the development and will serve as the operational center of the campus. To handle today’s ultra-long range, large cabin business jets, a 5+ acre ramp has been incorporated that will ensure safe and efficient aircraft ramp movements. As initially conceptualized, the FBO terminal also includes a roof-top observation deck and restaurant. An exciting feature of the development will be a free standing indoor auto-spa with lifts and valet car service for discerning clients.
Phase II of the development will nearly double capacity with 62,500-sq. ft. of additional corporate aircraft storage and office space to accommodate expanding corporate flight departments in the growing Dallas area. “Our vision is to design, develop, and construct a world-class, state-of-the-art business aviation campus that will incorporate the desired goals for the Town of Addison and Addison Airport,” commented Iver Retrum, co-founder, and partner of BA Group. “This will be a welcome addition to Addison Airport, and it represents the largest development program ever initiated at the airport. There is a need to support the continuing growth of the large business jet market within the region. This FBO will accommodate the market with its spacious terminal, hangars, and ramp! It will reflect the area’s warm hospitality, deep commitment to the community, and provide five-star service for its clients alike,” added Retrum.
Odyssey Aviation Partnership Revitalized Linking Bahamas and U.S. FBOs
1/31/2017 8:25:14 PM
Odyssey Aviation Bahamas announced today that it will partner with two FBOs in the United States at Detroit’s Willow Run Airport (KYIP) and Orlando’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) owned by the Quantem FBO Group, LLC, an FBO acquisition and aviation consulting company. Both U.S. FBOs will operate under the Odyssey Aviation brand forming an international relationship and network of seven FBOs in total.
The decision to partner was a familiar one for Steven Kelly, CEO of Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, and Ken Allison, CEO of Quantem FBO Group, LLC and the new Odyssey Aviation United States. The two business owners created the Odyssey Aviation brand and partnership together in 2008 fresh out of each of their decade long affiliations with Million Air. At the time, Ken owned seven FBOs in the U.S. and Steven, as a shareholder, operated the Nassau, Bahamas location. They shared a vision to create an organization with a business model designed to partner with the customer while focusing on service excellence and safety. Odyssey Aviation’s tagline “Your Flight Service Partner”, emphasizes this ideal.
In 2011, Ken sold the seven U.S. locations but quickly realized that he did not want to retire. With Quantem’s acquisition of two new FBOs in 2016 and the goal for continued growth, the Odyssey Aviation partnership was revitalized.
“I am looking forward to once again serving the general aviation community with our two FBOs. And I am excited about the future. My Quantem team and I plan to quickly expand the Odyssey Aviation U.S. network as opportunities present themselves,” said Ken.
“I am proud of how well my Bahamas team has developed the Odyssey brand over the last six years and brought global recognition to our name. Joining forces again with the U.S. FBOs reinforces a strong network and will leverage the skills and fortes of both our companies,” said Steven.
About Odyssey Aviation:
Odyssey Aviation Bahamas is the most trusted provider of aviation services in The Bahamas. Odyssey Aviation has three full service Rubis branded FBOs at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), Exuma International Airport (MYEF) and San Salvador International Airport (MYSM) in addition to two ground handling stations at Governors Harbour Airport (MYEM) and Rock Sound Airport (MYER). Odyssey Aviation is the only service provider in the Bahamas where all representatives are trained and certified at Odyssey Aviation Nassau, Headquarters. Odyssey Aviation Nassau and Odyssey Aviation Exuma are both a part of the Paragon Aviation Group which is an exclusive membership of independent FBOs that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers. Odyssey Aviation Nassau is consistently recognized among the top aviation service companies in the Caribbean.
Odyssey Aviation United States has two full service FBOs at Detroit’s Willow Run Airport (KYIP) and Orlando’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM). Both airports offer general aviation services, hangar accommodations, customs and immigration and World Fuel branded fuel. Odyssey Aviation Kissimmee has aircraft maintenance. Odyssey Aviation Detroit will join the Paragon Aviation Group in February 2017. For more information, visit www.odysseyaviation.com.
The Paragon Network Expands Their Service Offering On The West Coast
1/30/2017 10:04:54 PM
Houston, TX – January 30, 2017 –Paragon Aviation Group is proud to announce Ross Aviation (KLGB) at Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) is now an elite member of the Paragon Network. Ross Aviation’s state of the art, 24-hour facility at Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) has everything you need including a luxurious pilot lounge, private VIP lounge, showers, and more! Their full-service concierge is available to assist you with reserving rental cars, booking a hotel room, finding the best local restaurants, and anything else you may need while in the Long Beach, CA area.
"My team and I are very excited to be a part of the Paragon Network," stated Greg McQueary, General Manager of Ross Aviation at LGB. "Ross Aviation is committed to uniting exceptional customer service and uncompromising safety standards, which is the core of all Paragon Network FBO members. We look forward to working with such an amazing group of independent FBOs."
The Paragon Network is a distinguished membership of independent FBO’s that provide an elite experience to general aviation travelers around the world. Paragon Aviation Group performs a comprehensive audit of the facility and services offered to ensure the quality of the member base before any FBO joins The Paragon Network. Each member FBO must comply with a set of strategically developed core standards to remain in the group. Paragon Aviation Group facilitates The Paragon Network.
Paragon Aviation Group is 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.
Orange County To Replace Signature with ACI Jet at SNA
1/27/2017 11:58:07 AM
The Orange County, California, board of supervisors has awarded ACI Jet one of two FBO leaseholds at Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport/KSNA, giving the company a fourth location in the state. ACI Jet, which provides charter, management, maintenance & ground handling services, is taking over the east side FBO & west side hangars at the airport from Signature Flight Support, which had run the facilities for at least the past two decades.
The board of supervisors voted to switch amid complaints by some tenants about fuel pricing. Supervisor Shawn Nelson noted that he had received complaints that both SFS and Atlantic Aviation, the other FBO on the airport, had nearly matched each other on pricing that was above market rates.
During the meeting some attendees urged a switch in FBOs, saying pricing was as much as 20% above market rates. Other businesses at the airport urged caution, worried that a switch could affect their existing agreements & operations. Both FBOs had lowered prices after complaints were brought to light.
Atlantic Aviation CEO Louis Pepper and Julie Broderick, the area director for SFS, based at KSNA, told the board that their goals are the same as the county’s. Broderick added she would work to address concerns.
Jet Aviation has acquired the Ross Aviation FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport, marking the company’s 9th location in the Americas. The move comes just six months after Ross Aviation aquired the former Landmark Aviation facility at Dulles from Signature Flight Support, which per the U.S. Department of Justice had to divest six FBOs as part of Signature’s absorption of Landmark.
At the 19th Annual Global Airfinance Conference in Dublin, Ireland, Kyle Wine, VP of Sales, Jet Pro International, The company serves as an aviation parts Distribution Company specializing in the sale of fully traceable, rotatable & expendable spare aircraft parts. They understand the importance of accurate, on-time delivery & their staff has perfected the processes necessary to make this a daily reality. These processes, working in coordination with their centrally located warehouse facility in Phoenix, AZ, allow them to provide unparalleled delivery turn-times.
Aviation Africa will feature an exhibit hall hosting 50 aviation companies from Africa and around the world. The conference will host 70 speakers & panelists along with 500 delegates.
Don't miss this event, which offers a fantastic platform to look at the opportunities to do business with Africa. Register today and join these names and many more who have already registered.
Jet Aviation has broken ground on a new expansion project at its Seletar Aerospace Park/WSSL/XSP in Singapore. The new build will include 41,441 sq ft/3,850 sq m of hangar space and an additional 4,100 sq ft/380 sq m of shop facilities. This third hangar at the combined MRO & FBO facility will be capable of simultaneously accommodating a pair of bizliners or up to five Gulfstream G550s!
The new structure being built by Airport Support Industries will be adjacent to the current Jet Aviation facility, which, once the new hangar is complete, will offer a total of 125,400 sq ft/11,650 sq m of hangar space. The General Dynamics subsidiary last added to its hangar capacity at the location in 2014
Another UK regional airport under threat of total/final closure to redevelopment plans.
Manston’s runway is 2,752m, long enough and wide enough to accommodate any commercial aircraft type. There is a full parallel taxiway, with all air and ground paths uncongested.
There are no slot or gate restrictions, and on-stand passenger aircraft parking available for 3 x 737-800 (Code C) aircraft or 2 x 747-400 (Code F) aircraft. Further remote stands and aprons are also available. Fees and charges were highly competitive.
Manston was regularly used for flight testing and crew training (e.g. British Airway’s A380 and the 787 Dreamliner) as well as ‘touch and go’ landing sequences. Training rates are highly competitive and space for crew rest and flight planning are available at Manston’s world class training facilities.
Manston has seen regular use for aid shipments to other countries in times of disaster.
One of the few airports in the UK to hold a license for the dismantling and recycling of aircraft. The area surrounding the airport is home to a developing cluster of aviation-related businesses. There are significant areas of land around the airport identified for development within Manston Airport’s masterplan – which can offer direct air-side access if required.
Independent FBO - FlightServ To Open Jan17 at Trenton Mercer/KTTN, NJ, USA
12/28/2016 5:17:11 PM
FlightServ, the new independent FBO at Trenton Mercer/KTTN will open its doors on January 1, 2017.
Founded by a team from sister company, Aviation Charters, FlightServ personnel uniquely understand the needs and desires of flight crews and their passengers. Their years of experience traveling around the country—from the perspective of both the pilot and the scheduler, has given the team insight into what makes for an exceptional FBO experience.
“It’s our ability to empathize with our guests that drives our quality of service,” said Paul Weiss, FlightServ president. “We understand what it takes to plan and execute a perfect trip for both the flight crew and their passengers. We want all our guests, no matter what aircraft they’re flying, where they came from, or who’s sitting in the cabin, to discover the power of yes. We believe every request can be accommodated and are ready to deliver a completely personalized experience.”
With its convenient location in the state’s capital, FlightServ helps guests land closer to prominent business and the esteemed Princeton University without the congestion of Newark or Philadelphia.
The new Avfuel branded FBO will provide a variety of quality services and amenities for its guests, including fueling for Jet A and Avgas, Avfuel Contract Fuel, AVTRIP, ground power units, free WiFi, a crew lounge, dining area, access to daily news, and complete concierge services for ground transportation, catering, hotel accommodations and more.
Located at Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, N.J., FlightServ brings a refreshingly independent flair to the KTTN field. Founded by members of its sister company, Aviation Charters—including father/daughter duo Paul Weiss, president, and Kate Weiss, charter department manager—the team at FlightServ has acquired a unique understanding of their customers’ needs. Situated on the southeast side of the field, FlightServ offers easy access to both of the airport’s runways: Runway 6/24 (6006 feet) and Runway 16/34 (4800 feet).
Urgent action has been taken by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to prevent the demolition of buildings at Wellesbourne Airfield in the UK.
The airfield is HQ to EASA/CAA, IS-BAO certified Heliair,a pilot training organisation, charter operator & Robinson Helicopters agent. It is also regularly used by corporate Phenom 300 in support of a major nearby manufacturing facility.
The council’s ruling cabinet agreed to remove permitted development rights from the site owners, the Littler family. The decision took immediate effect and is now in force.
The cabinet also decided to seek powers to compulsorily purchase the airfield if negotiations with the owners fail and to obtain an injunction if any attempt is made to start the demolition process.
The moves by the cabinet were made under urgent business at a special meeting that had been arranged to discuss another issue.
Shock plans to begin demolishing the site were revealed by the family two weeks ago. The news – which would involve all the businesses there closing down with more than 200 jobs being lost – prompted urgent discussions between the tenants and leading figures at the district council.
The Littler family and developers Gladman are believed to be furious that their proposals to close down the airfield and build 1,500 homes on the land has been repeatedly rejected at every level – including that of the planning inspectorate.
Given that the airfield has been refused classification as a development site in the council’s core strategy, there is deep concern that the owners now want to render the site unusable for aviation purposes by wrecking it.
Just over a week ago Cllr Chris Saint (Cons, Shipston North), the leader of the council, wrote to Business Secretary Greg Clark and Small Businesses Minister Margot James, asking the government to intervene to help save the airfield. At the beginning of this week he was awaiting a reply.
With an expansion plan for Africa and the Middle East ready to go into top gear, African Open Sky CEO Mr. Max O. Cisse, are poised for even greater success in 2017, hot on the heels of a very busy 2016! Our reputation for ‘going the extra mile’ has set African Open Sky apart as the leading Trip Support Company in Africa.
AOS is the largest flight support company in Africa, offering services to governmental, commercial, corporate and private operators. Their operations cover passenger and cargo ground-handling services, which covers transportation, hotel accommodation, catering, refueling, maintenance, aircraft security, flight planning and other activities from their more than 50 offices and operations across the continent. They are licensed operators in every country they reside in, and so have direct relationships with the authorities there and do not use third-party agencies. This simplifies operations and significantly reduces costs. Their approach of being locally certified has revolutionized the market and has made them fully accountable – legally and otherwise – to the local authorities and as such enabled them to expand at a phenomenal rate. While other African flight support operators saw a 30% growth in traffic last year, AOS was at 45%.
CEO Mr. Max O. CISSE was awarded “Aviation CEO of the year – Africa” by The European Global Banking & Finance Awards 2016, & for “Recognized Leader In African Aviation Sector” by Business World Wide Awards 2016 for his exemplary leadership and innovative approach to simplifying international travel. His business model has been to establishing direct links with all Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) in Africa. Having accepted direct responsibility and control of all their operations for their clients, local authorities have come to rely on their hands-on approach and some have given them exclusive contractual rights. Mr. Max O. CISSE believes this has been the reason for their success. As such AOS is able to procure permits within a short period of time, even in countries with complex regulatory policies. They are not seen as an Ivorian company, but as a local brand with an international presence.
Another primary reason for the company’s success is the ability to provide the basic and crucial necessities at ‘unbeatable’ prices. Fuel supply has been one of their major services from their inception and so they ensure they have the lowest prices available. This is particularly important given rampant fuel supply problems in many countries, most notably in Nigeria – oil producing and non-oil producing alike. Lack of affordable and consistent fuel supply has been one of the reasons why local travel remains so expensive in Africa, significantly higher than in Europe, where low-cost airlines thrive. But with AOS’s strong local connections, they are able to reduce some of those costs. Due to AOS excellent breakthrough services across the African continent lead the company winning several European and global awards in 2016 including the Business Worldwide Corporate Excellence Awards 2016 for the “ Best Flight Support Services Company of the year - Africa ” and The European Awards for the “ Private Aviation Company of the year - Africa”.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered the owners (City of Santa Monica) of Santa Monica Municipal/KSMO to halt the evictions of 2 aviation companies at the airport until the agency can finish an investigation into the city's effort to force a shut down of the facility.
FAA officials issued an interim cease-and-desist order to stop the eviction of Atlantic Aviation and American Flyers, two major providers of FBO services, including fuel, flight instruction, hangars and amenities for charter operators.
The move to evict the companies is part of the city's strategy to force out aviation tenants, reduce movements and shut down the oldest operating airport (and birthplace of the Douglas DC-3) in Los Angeles County by July 2018.
If the evictions go forward, the city plans to replace Atlantic and American Flyers with its own municipal aviation company and sell bio-fuel for jets and unleaded gas for propeller planes to reduce aircraft emissions. Federal law allows governments that operate airports to provide services themselves instead of relying on private companies.
The city sent the first notices to evict in mid-September and filed lawsuits against both tenants in November to regain possession of the property.
"While we are disappointed but not surprised that the FAA has decided to issue this interim order on the pending evictions of Atlantic and American Flyer, we remain committed to replacing private fixed-based operations with public services," Mayor Tony Vasquez said.
The cease-and-desist order states that Santa Monica's "unremitting effort" to remove critical aeronautical services and its "hostility" to the sale of leaded fuel still needed by many aircraft is "a clear contravention of law."
Signature Flight Support’s newest FBO location at Panama City - Tocumen International Airport/MPTO/PTY is officially open. The company now has 200+ locations worldwide, has been expanding throughout Latin America and the Caribbean over the course of the year. Its licensing arm, Signature Select, added Central Charter de Columbia at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, to its network during 2016, with a facility in Trinidad also nearing completion.
Argos VPH Group Plan To Build FBO Chain Across Europe
12/9/2016 1:07:00 AM
Argos VIP Private Handling, the largest FBO group in Italy, is looking to build a network of FBOs beyond its native Italy. The Rome-Ciampino based group recently opened its first operation outside the country, at Lugano/LSZA, Switzerland & plans on further expansion across Europe, specially in France.
Commercial Director Barbara Ciolli, says that Argos VIP had targeted the UK as an region of interest for its FBO expansion , but put this decision went on hold following the countrys' vote to leave the EU last June.
Gama Aviation unveiled plans at MEBAA 2016 for a major business aviation facility at Sharjah International Airport. The development, to open in mid 2018, will offer an alternative to congested Dubai International Airport/DXB and closer access to the center of Dubai than Dubai World Central/DWC.
The UK based groups' architectural drawings show a purpose-built complex that will offer space for commercial tenants, as well as passengers and crew of its own aircraft management and charter operations. Billed as the first integrated facility of its type at Sharjah, the new location will consist of a large hangar (with an option for a second) and 215,000 sq ft / 20,000 sq m of ramp parking space.
Over the past 12 months Gama, which also provides maintenance services has seen a 12% increase in the volume of traffic it handles at its existing Sharjah operation. It attributes the gain to slot restrictions at DXB and to Sharjah's proximity to Dubai’s financial district.
Second annual awards honor outstanding global partners
December 6, Dubai – Leading global ITP solutions provider,UAS International Trip Support announced the 2016 winners of the UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards at MEBAA Show 2016 in Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai. Launched in 2015, the awards celebrate and reward UAS’ top-performing industry partners in every continental area it serves.
The UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards are an important method of both honoring outstanding partners and reassuring UAS’ international client base of heads of state, VVIPs, Fortune Global 500 companies, and business jet operators, of the company’s stringent quality assurance processes throughout its supply chain. The awards selection is based on client satisfaction reports instigated by UAS Procurement department. UAS follows a strict selection process when choosing vendors based on an evaluation by all stakeholders involved, including client feedback and internal assessment of quality and service levels.
UAS Ground Handlers of the Year 2016 recipients:
JetHandling Ecuador in America
BidAir Sevices (Pty) Ltd in Africa
Pacific Airport Services in Asia
Harrods Aviation Ltd. in Europe, Russia, and CIS
DC Aviation Al Futtaim LLC in the Middle East
UAS Fuel Suppliers of the Year2016 recipients:
Sol Aviation Services Limited in America
PUMA Energy (Aviation) S.A. in Africa
Q8 Aviation in Europe, Russia, and CIS
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited in Asia
Shell Aviation in the Middle East
“At UAS, we’re motivated by achievingclient satisfaction by exceeding expectations. We’re acutely aware that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link which is why we hand-pick only the most outstanding international network of vendors and fuel suppliers to work us,” said Mr. Mohammed Husary, UAS Co-Owner / Founder and Executive President. “We’re delighted to recognize great performances through the UAS Ground Handler and Fuel Supplier of the Year Awards,” he added.
Dubai, December 6: Global leading business aviation company Deer Jet has concluded the acquisition of major shares of UAS International Trip Support (UAS). Deer Jet has become the major shareholder of the global flight support solutions provider.
The agreement was completed ahead of MEBAA Show 2016 on Monday, December 5 by UAS’ existing shareholders and Deer Jet Chairman and President Zhang Peng. UAS Group executive management continues under the leadership of both Co-Owners/Founders Mr. Mohammed Husary as Executive President alongside Mr. Omar Hosari as Chief Executive Officer.
First announced at NBAA-BACE 2016 in October with a view to finalizing by the end of 2016, the strategic alliance is set to massively benefit the two industry heavy-weights and their clients by significantly improving their capabilities and accelerating strategic goals to enhance international business aviation flights and user experience.
UAS is now the flight support partner for the impressive fleet of 90 aircraft that Deer Jet operates and manages. The fleet includes the world’s only BBJ 787 in VVIP configuration - “the Dream Jet.” Deer Jet operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Group, a Fortune 500 company, and by joining the Deer Jet family, UAS will have more opportunities to serve the group’s airlines.
AfBAA welcomed more than 160 delegates from over 60 international and African companies, to the first ever African Business Aviation Conference held in Cape Town, November 17 – 18. The latest event in AfBAA’s growing portfolio was the largest yet, and will become an annual Cape Town fixture on the aviation conference circuit.
Innovation was the conference theme and leading by example AfBAA launched the continent’s first forum dedicated to RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) technology. Over forty delegates learned about the possibilities for RPAS use in Africa. The highlight of the forum was a presentation about ZipLine, a company using RPAS technology, in association with the Rwandan government, to deliver urgently needed medical supplies across the difficult terrain of the country.
Underpinning AfBAA’s commitment to innovation CEO Rady Fahmy used the conference as a platform to announce an expanded AfBAA collection of events. The AfBAA Regional Symposium 2017 will take place in Nigeria where West African Business Aviation will be the theme, as it runs for the first time in collaboration with the annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference. The newly established CountryRound Tables, which have already spawned the Ethiopian Chapter of AfBAA, will provide an option for specific nations to discuss the themes and topics affecting their business aviation industry as Kenya and Nigeria were announced as the next locations. Access Africa, will complement attendance at international events. Designed for companies eager to grow their business in Africa the sessions will include presentations from leading African organisations that will impart local know-how and expertise. EBACE 2017 will be the venue for Access Africa’s first outing.
Fahmy also announced that Sascha Neusser of Jeppesen will be leading a new professional development programme for flight and ground operations through AfBAA’s Safety and Training Committee. It is being formed in conjunction with the Association of African Aviation Training Organisations. In addition the Aviation Security Committee was launched with a vision to collate the best practices and resources to vet the risks of flying in Africa, and explore how they can be mitigated. Training is now available for operators flying over conflict zones and can be deemed essential on a continent where at any one time conflict, hostility or emergency situations may emerge. Supporting these new events and committees is a renewed Board of Directors* who were introduced at the AGM preceding the conference. “Brimming with experience, knowledge and energy directors from twelve international and African companies, representing a full range of business aviation sectors, will now take AfBAA to the next level,” said Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of the Association.
The AfBAC conference delivered on its innovation promise with a first-of-a-kind line up of speakers covering new topics particularly pertinent to the African market. Ex-US Navy Seal Tom Rothrauff talked about how to manage landing in conflict areas and the psychological considerations; Pierre Lucas of the World Food Programme discussed operational challenges for emergency deliveries; whilst Jimmy Cho, a Boeing Digital Aviation specialist, explained how big data collected by omnipresent chips will affect the future of aviation; he also demonstrated how the Microsoft HoloLens technology may change the future of training through the use of augmented and virtual reality; whilst Investec economist Chris Becker explored how digital technology can advance African business, through the use of cryptocurrency, 3D printing and Apps.
Operators, technology suppliers, maintenance providers, engine manufacturers and regulatory bodies also spoke. Nuno Pereira CEO of Bestfly of Angola, and Segun Demuren, CEO of Nigeria’s EAN Aviation, argued that in the current African climate business grows organically, “We are growing directly in response to market demand,” said Pereira. He also encouraged competition arguing it prevents complacency. Demuren was concerned that African CAAs think about security above all else when it comes to Business Aviation, a consequence of years of conflict, “enterprise tends to come second,” he lamented, “all our achievements in Africa are in spite of the government red tape.”
Khader Mattar VP of Sales for Bombardier in Africa confirmed that market demand for aircraft has reduced from a few years ago but argues that it is up to the OEMs and jet brokers to manage the demand, in order to satisfy the needs. The OEM panel acknowledged that Africa is no longer the dumping ground for old aircraft. “The market is much more savvy and won’t just respond to new models any more,” he said highlighting the need to think smart about sales activity. “It recognizes the value of modernizing pre-owned aircraft with a good heritage. A complete overhaul and upgrade can offer an owner great value for money explained Jonathan Deutsch of JSSI. Satcom Direct’s Brian Roos stated that with the right equipment installation owners can create an office in the sky to support their business for reasonable costs.
Some new business models that may have shocked twelve months ago, such as the JetSmarter membership club concept, are also providing access through democratization of private aviation on the continent. Although cultural differences, challenging regulations, permit challenges and few operators currently make this more of an idea than a reality. Atedo Peterside of ANAP Jets is pushing the fractional ownership model with Embraer Phenom 300 aircraft based in Nigeria, but acknowledged it will take time to change the perception of business jet usage even though it is a smart way to fly. “Are we selling a dream or a business tool?” asked one delegate.
Lack of operators is preventing development of the air ambulance market argued Volker Lemke of medevac specialists FAI. Whilst regional demand exists the lack of equipped aircraft, the challenge of acquiring permits and the lack of medical experts on the continent means there is a long way to go before Africa can maximize this business opportunity. Flying over hostile zones, emergency areas and conflict areas continues to be a challenge but Stanley Joseph of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. argued that being prepared, with good local partners, information and communications, would support operations into and out of these challenging areas.
Innovation is key in supporting the market too. Pratt and Whitney Canada made its AfBAA event debut announcing the implementation of four mobile support teams strategically located to assist clients across the continent. “If we want to flourish in Africa we have to invest in support,’ said Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam VP Commercial Services for P&WC. With 2165 engines currently operating on the continent it is this kind of support that is welcomed by the industry. “The PT6 is the backbone of Africa, and we’re delighted to hear about PWC’s further commitment to the continent,” said Tarek Ragheb, AfBAA’s Founding Chairman.
In closing the event Chair Alan Peaford said that “AfBAA is not just a talking shop about ideas, the association is beginning to make moves as reflected in this conference. We have touched on areas that haven’t been touched before. AfBAA has made great steps.”
AfBAC 2017 will be held in Cape Town in November. See www.afbaa.org for more information.
Photo Caption: Tarek Ragheb welcomes delegates to the first AfBAC event in Cape Town.
TAC Air, with 14 FBO locations across the USA, has becaom the first FBO chain to be issued with IS-BAH safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IS-BAH is a set of global industry's best practices for business aviation ground handlers.
"The International Business Aviation Council congratulates the entire TAC Air team in demonstrating such a strong commitment to building and maintaining a culture based on safety management and risk mitigation," said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the IBAC.
IS-BAH accreditation involves a complete audit of an FBO's safety management systems, emergency procedures, organizational structure, administrative elements, security procedures, training protocols, and operating procedure.
"We'd rather be better than lucky," says Christian Sasfai, TAC Air VP and COO. "As we continue to grow our network, it becomes increasingly important to formalize our process for continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture already in place." Sasfai adds, "We continue to make investments in building a strong customer service experience and one aspect of that is our commitment to a higher level of safety and risk management."
Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully demonstrated conformity to the industry's best practice standards through completion of a three-stage external audit by an IBAC accredited auditor.
APP Jet Center, which operates a network of FBOs across North America, has announced that its new $5m facility at Hayward Executive Airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, is on track for opening in December. This is a major expansion of APP’s existing operations, designed to better serve its growing client base.
The new 3,000ft² FBO building will include a pilot lounge, snooze rooms, shower facilities, concierge facilities, wi-fi and private meeting rooms. Design of the project has been handled by Niche Interiors, with a brief to aesthetically reflect the style of Silicon Valley.
A new 30,000ft² hangar has also been created, with 28ft tall doors, which will increase APP’s capacity at Hayward to 86,000ft². This includes an existing 12,000ft² hangar that has been fully renovated.
Chris Hambleton, vice president of APP Properties, said, “This is a bold achievement for APP. We are increasing our aircraft storage and client services while developing the most distinguished facility at Hayward Executive Airport. We have planned on this for many years and are very excited for our clients to share our enjoyment of this upscale, modern property.”
Tom Panico, general manager of APP Jet Center Hayward, added, “It’s an honor to offer this top-notch facility to our loyal clients and to our growing list of new clients as well.”
Ahead of the first African Business Aviation Conference, (AfBAC 2016) to be held in Cape Town 17-18 November, Rady Fahmy, Chief Executive Officer of AfBAA, has confirmed delegate registrations have topped that of any previous AfBAA event, with more than 150 delegates registered ahead of next week’s inaugural meeting. “We are delighted to see that delegates value the event enough to register in advance. We genuinely look forward to meeting them all,” said Fahmy.
Built on the success of the AfBAA Regional Symposium, AfBAC has evolved into a two-day conference that is set to welcome an impressive list of influential African business aviation executives, in addition to international attendees exploring operational opportunities on the continent. The new, annual flagship event will encourage innovation, discussion, and debate about the topics that will ensure stability of the Business Aviation sector in Africa.
In another first, a dedicated afternoon session debating the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Africa, a continent that is said to lend itself well to the opportunities presented by this rapidly developing technology, will also be conducted.
During the event Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of the Association, will announce a new Board of Directors, which will have the baton of governance passed to them. They will be introduced to delegates, and have their roles and activity defined for the next there years.
As momentum builds sponsors are also confirming their involvement. Bestfly, the Angolan business aviation company has confirmed it has taken the leading sponsorship position for the first time at an AfBAA event. Nuno Pereira, Bestfly MD has supported AfBAA since launch, has been an active voice throughout the Association’s development and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Association in September 2016. The Diamond sponsorship firmly demonstrates his commitment and belief in the potential of the Association.
“We are taking AfBAA to the next level with this event,” says Fahmy. “It has a whole host of new elements built in, aims to encourage participation from all sectors of the business aviation arena, and will highlight our achievements over the last year. It is meetings like this that underscore just how important sharing information in this emerging market is. We thank our sponsors, and particularly Nuno and his team at Bestfly, for their Diamond level commitment. Without them all this type of activity just wouldn’t be possible.”
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Photo Caption: L to R - Tarek Ragheb and Rady Fahmy look forward to AfBAA's biggest event yet. High res available on request
African Business Aviation Conference (AfBAC) - Cape Town 2016
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AfBAA’s Flagship event aims to provide the African and the global market with a two day world-class conference nestled in Cape Town, one of Africa’s top destinations. Designed from the ground-up in response to market demand, AfBAC is squarely focused on business aviation, and its wide array of disciplines making it a unique proposition on today’s event circuit.
New EBAA Chair Plans to Highlight the Industry’s Benefits, Seek Level Playing Field
Nov. 8, 2016
European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) top priority in the coming years will be communicating the economic benefits of business aviation, Juergen Wiese, the recently elected EBAA chairman, said of his goals for his three-year term.
“We have done recent studies on perception and economic impact, and based on those, we will launch a long-term communication initiative,” he said. “We want to make clear to all our stakeholders that business aviation is an important segment of the European transportation system, and business aviation is leading to new opportunities, careers, economic growth and regional development.
“We also need a common communication guide for our national associations, as well as a grassroots effort to ensure a [positive] long-term effect, with educational materials that can be used at schools and in other forums to plant the seeds for the future,” Wiese added.
EBAA’s other primary focus, according to Wiese, is dealing with regulatory issues, including flight time limitations and LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) approaches, “which we want to roll out to a greater degree in Europe. In the United States they have thousands [3,722 LPV approach procedures serving 1,812 airports as of mid-September], but in Europe there are just a few hundred. We have the technology in most of our flight decks, and LPV could provide business aviation better and safer access to regional and secondary airports.”
As a non-commercial operator – Wiese has headed BMW’s flight department since 2003) – he is especially concerned about implementation of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Part-NCC rule, which took effect in August.
“Many operators haven’t yet fully understood that they have to comply with it,” he said. “This needs to be a cooperative effort together with the national aviation authorities and EASA to fight for uniform application of NCC rules throughout Europe.”
Wiese added that an important goal for business aircraft operators in Europe is to gain equal opportunity in terms of access to airspace and airports.
“Regulators need to understand that the ‘one size fits all’ rulemaking is basically over,” he said. “In business aviation we are pretty flexible, and we are well equipped to comply with performance-based regulation. The problem is, while we think we are under one legislation, national authorities still have to apply this.”
Another of Weise’s goals is to increase EBAA membership from the current 560 members by “creating more tangible value for members and the business aviation community.”
He is encouraging EBAA members to engage and even organize regional and local forums and workshops to share their experience on issues, and to proactively provide input and feedback to the association.
“I think it will help us all, not only having the strength through numbers, but also safer business aviation.”
BBGA gains bigger voice in Europe as innovative dual membership deal is signed with EBAA
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), the largest national business aviation group in Europe, is to grow in stature following the joint signing today of a significant new membership-based partnership with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Effective November 2016, all UK members of EBAA will automatically become members of BBGA. In addition, any new UK companies seeking to join Brussels-based EBAA will be invited to file their membership and pay their fees, accordingly, through their British association and enjoy the benefits of dual membership, including eligibility to exhibit at EBACE without the payment of further membership fees.
The result will see BBGA’s membership expand to 170 member companies and give the Association even greater lobbying power as it will be joined by several more AOC operators.
“Members of BBGA and EBAA will benefit from dual membership - giving them a louder voice on crucial European and UK aviation matters,” said Marc Bailey, CEO of BBGA. The administrative side will be simpler for them too, as BBGA will (from November) collect both EBAA and BBGA annual membership contributions.
“This new dual membership agreement will lead to an even greater co-operation between the EBAA and BBGA and enable us to be more visible when we represent our combined member companies when meeting with regulators, officials and politicians. The main objective is for us to speak with one voice - whether we are in the UK or the EU.” added Marc Bailey.
“We’re delighted to enter into this agreement,” says EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. “It’s the basis for enhanced coordination between the two associations, allowing us better to represent member interests at both National and European levels, and to speak with one voice for the sector.”
The Leading Global Trip Support Group and Asia’s leading Business Aviation Company Join Forces to Greatly Enhance Global Footprints
October 31, Orlando, FL. Deer Jet – the premier business aviation company and subsidiary of HNA Group - and leading global ITP UAS International Trip Support have signed an SPA that will see Deer Jet acquire Major shares in UAS. The agreement was announced today at NBAA-BACE 2016 and is expected to be completed by December 2016.
According to the terms of the agreement, UAS shares will be held by Deer Jet and the existing shareholders. Additionally, both parties accorded that UAS Group executive management will continue to be led by both Co-Owners/Founders Mr. Mohammed Husary as Executive President alongside Mr. Omar Hosari as Chief Executive Officer. The partnership will see both companies benefit from valuable synergies the agreement facilitates. The alliance will see both dynamic and visionary companies enhance their capabilities significantly to revolutionize international business flight and user experience.
In its 21st year of operation, Deer Jet operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Group, a Fortune 500 conglomerate engaged in tourism, aviation, capital investment and eco-technology among other businesses. Deer Jet operates an impressive fleet including the world’s only BBJ 787 in VVIP configuration - “the dream jet”- and has a vision of building an international brand and a global service network for business aviation. Deer Jet has been named the World’s Leading Private Jet Charter by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for its excellence in service and contributions to the industry.
Since its establishment in 2000, UAS has become a global leader in the flight support industry with four continental headquarters in Houston, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, and Dubai, four regional offices in Nairobi, Lagos, Beijing, and New Delhi, and ground presence in 23 global destinations. UAS’ visionary growth strategy is based on technological advancement, strong emphasis on user experience maximization and thought leadership.
This partnership will facilitate both companies’ ambitions to expand their footprint in the international aviation industry.
Mr. Mohammed Husary, UAS Co-Owner/Founder and Executive President, said: “A pioneering spirit is something both UAS and Deer Jet share, and we’re extremely pleased to partner with this leading business aviation group. Deer Jet is a company that consistently demonstrates its ambition and dynamism, an outlook which mirrors UAS’ strategic and organizational goals.”
He added, “UAS’ growth and expansion plans will be accelerated greatly by having such a strong partner. Deer Jet’s support will help us to realize our medium-term goals and maximize our ambitions for the long-term future.”
Mr. Omar Hosari, UAS Co-Owner/Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The alliance with Deer Jet will greatly enhance UAS’ dominance in the trip support industry as it gains access to massive business potential. Likewise, Deer Jet will gain the support of a world-class flight support leader that will help them grow and quickly develop its global market to increase its global footprint.”
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Zhang Peng, Chairman and President of Deer Jet said: “At Deer Jet we feel very excited to enter into this strategic agreement with UAS which will strengthen our global operation capabilities, upgrade customer service experience and boost the international development of our company. In the upcoming future, Deer Jet will continue to expand its global footprint through a series of strategic acquisitions. We are committed to create and deliver a very distinctive brand experience by mixing the best of arts, design and oriental hospitality to serve our global customers. ”
HOUSTON, TX -- (October 30, 2016) - Universal Aviation, the worldwide ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., announced the continued expansion of its global network with the opening of Universal Aviation Dominican Republic at La Romana International Airport (MDLR).
Based at the MDLR Executive Aviation Terminal, Universal Aviation Dominican Republic is the network's 18th location in Latin America and the Caribbean and its 65th location worldwide.
"We remain committed to expanding our Universal Aviation network at high-risk, high-stress destinations where our customers operate their business aircraft to most," said Greg Evans, Chairman, Universal. "By opening Universal Aviation Dominican Republic, we can better ensure the success of our customers' critical missions on the ground through pro-active trip management, versus relying solely on third-parties."
Universal Aviation Dominican Republic is open now and actively coordinating ground handling operations at MDLR, including managing arrangements and facilitating any changes or last-minute requests.
"The Dominican Republic has a fast growing economy and is an increasingly popular destination for general aviation for both business and tourism, with a strong base of regional traffic in the Caribbean," said Adolfo Aragon, Senior Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean, Universal. "We have an outstanding local team at MDLR, with many years of experience in the country, allowing us to facilitate difficult last-minute requests seamlessly."
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) said it is very pleased with the industry’s response to the first of its new AirOps Europe conferences, staged last week at Cannes Airport in the south of France. “We hoped for 300 visitors and in fact we had almost 400, so that was very positive” said EBAA president Brian Humphries. The event, which has some similarities with the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference, drew around 30 exhibiting companies including FBOs, fuel providers, ground-handling specialists, trip support companies, airports and aircraft operators.
AirOps Europe included training & auditing sessions for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), which a growing number of FBOs and handling providers are seeking. The event featured “speed networking” sessions to give companies the opportunity to make pitches for new business and partnerships.
The second edition of AirOps Europe will be held Sept. 20-21, 2017, once again in Cannes.
AviationBloom is exited to announce that our business aviation support platform, in development over the last three years, is available via the APP Store, Android & iOS version.
Aviation Bloom is a business aviation support tool. Our system provides flight departments with a tool that allows the client to book multiple FBOs, fuel, HOTAC, ground transportation and VIP catering through vetted vendors.
CEO Thomas Kränzlein says "We are the next generation aviation information provider and travel support service. I invite all trip planners, from flight departments to flight crew to visit our Bordeaux airport page www.aviationbloom.com/airport_info/LFBD to see for themselves how our system can work for them."
Thomas Kränzleinis a corporate pilot himself,has flown several aircraft types, mostly across Europe and Africa and he has seen the need for an integrated system the flight crews, planners and OCCs can trust in.
Sterling Group Announces New FBO Network, Acquires Destin Jet
10/3/2016 6:25:24 PM
The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced the creation of a new FBO network and the acquisition of Destin Jet. The acquisition of Destin Jet, an FBO located at the Destin Executive Airport in Destin/KDTS, Florida, is the first location in the new network.
Sterling has assembled a strong and experienced team to build the new network. Greg Elliott, a Partner at The Sterling Group, has been involved in building several FBO networks in the past fifteen years, including roles as Chairman of Encore and Trajen, and Board member of Landmark Aviation. Chad Farischon and Tyson Goetz, former members of both the Trajen and Landmark Aviation management teams, will lead and manage the network, executing a buy-and-build strategy. Chad and Tyson have purchased and integrated over 50 FBOs over the course of their careers.
"Sterling is thrilled to partner with a talented team in Chad and Tyson," said Greg Elliott. "Having worked together at both Trajen and Landmark, we knew that they were the right leaders to build a premiere network."
"Sterling shares our vision to build a national leader in aviation services," said Tyson Goetz. "Given their past experience in the industry and their track record of partnering with entrepreneurs to grow businesses through acquisitions, Sterling was the ideal partner for us."
Destin Jet, the sole service provider on the Destin Executive Airport field, serves resort destinations in the Florida panhandle area and the Emerald Coast. Destin Jet's facilities are world-class, featuring modern terminals with a wide range of passenger and crew amenities.
"We are looking forward to working with the airport and becoming an active member in the community," stated Chad Farischon. "Destin is the perfect first location for our network given the best-in-class customer service and facilities, all built out under the superb leadership of Jay Odom. We look forward to building on this successful model across the country."
Sterling and management are actively seeking acquisitions in North America
Segun Demuren becomes AfBAA’s Chairman of the International Committee
9/30/2016 1:45:11 PM
Segun Demuren becomes AfBAA’s Chairman of the International Committee
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has today confirmed Mr. Segun Demuren, CEO of Nigeria-based EAN, as the association’s Chairman of the International Committee. Segun and EAN has supported AfBAA since its inception by being one of the association's Founding Members and a Director at AfBAA’s Board of Directors. Since AfBAA’s launch Segun has been very active and a strong vocal representative for the organisation. He is frequently present at the AfBAA symposia and at AfBAA Pavilions at EBACE.
Segun will support AfBAA’s Founding Chairman Tarek Ragheb and AfBAA’s Executive Director Rady Fahmy in building strong bridges with Africa’s Ministries of Transportation and Civil Aviation Authorities, international organizations such as AFCAC and other stakeholders that will be informed about the benefits of business aviation to the economy and profile raising of Africa’s position on the international aviation landscape. “We are delighted that Segun is taking up this prestigious and extremely important role for AfBAA. He understands the Association, our mission and vision, as well as having first-hand knowledge of the challenges affecting the growth of business aviation on the continent,” said Ragheb.
Volo Aviation has been awarded a contract to serve as the FBO at the Ogdensburg International Airport.
A press release from the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, states Volo Aviation, based in Stratford, Connecticut, is expected initially to be responsible for ramp operations at the Ogdensburg.
Volo Aviation Senior VP, Brian Ciambra, said the company, which helps manage FBOs at airports in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and New York, has extensive experience in the market sector.
“We are confident that we can grow the business at OGS while at the same time enhancing the customer experience,” Mr. Ciambra said.
The airport is in the final stages of a US$26M expansion project that included lengthening the runway, renovating the passenger terminal and adding a 425 space parking lot.
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will investigate City of Santa Monica owned SantaMonica Municipal Airports "starvation strategy" which could close the city's embattled airport within two years.
Santa Monica Airport officials have told Atlantic Aviation Services & American Flyers, the two major tenants that provide FBO & fuel services, to leave by Oct. 15.
"The FAA strongly recommends that the city withdraw the notices to vacate until such a time as this matter can be resolved," the agency said.
FAA officials said they also plan to scrutinize the city's airport leasing policy, a proposal to limit fuel sales & efforts to reduce jet operations until federal courts rule on whether the airport can be shut down, .
"These actions may be causing, and appear intended to cause, impairment of the airport, including, but not limited to a de facto closure of the airport in violation of applicable law" the FAA said in a notification to the city.
Santa Monica was the birth place of the worlds most produced airliner, the Douglas DC-3. The airport has been in continued use as such since the early 1920s.
Both FBOs have filed emergency requests for the FAA to halt the eviction process. The FAA responded with a notice of investigation (NOI) requiring the city to explain its rationale for the evictionswithin 10 days, with a “strong” recommendation that the city halt the eviction process until the agency’s investigative process is
completed. The FAA also subpoenaed city representatives to appear, in person, at an October 12 agency hearing on the matter.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has welcomed the prompt action by the FAA to investigate the attempt by the City of Santa Monica to evict the two longstanding service providers on the field.
Stacy Howard, NBAA’s Western regional representative, noted the FAA’s response reflects concerns from industry stakeholdersabout the city’s actions. "While federal regulations may allow the city to operate its own FBO, Santa Monica is certainly notprepared to provide an equivalent level of service by Oct. 15,” she added. “It is also unlikely the city would ever do so in amanner beneficial to the airport and its aviation users."
Avflight has expanded its FBO network to 16 locations with its latest acquisition of JPS Aviation, the lone service provider at Louisiana’s Monroe Regional Airport/KMLU, Louisiana, USA.
Its facility features a 6,000 sq ft two story terminal with pilots' lounge, snooze room, shower facilities, outdoor balcony, 10 seat conference room & onsite car rental. The location also offers 150,000 sq ft of hangar space capable of storing super-midsize jets> Avflight is in the process of having the facility’s Part 145 maintenance and avionics certificate transferred.
“Joining Avflight is a grand opportunity for our FBO and the airport,” said John Mullen, the FBO’s general manager. ‘We’ve always delivered a high standard of service, but the level of support and branding recognition Avflight provides will help us thrive in an evolving market for years to come.”
FBO files Part 16 against the City of Santa Monica
9/15/2016 1:16:46 PM
FBO Files Part 16 complaint against the City of Santa Monica, Calif.
Atlantic Aviation asks FAA to compel the city to renegotiate its lease in good faith
In the continuing battle over Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) Atlantic Aviation, an FBO based on the aerodrome, has filing a Part 16 complaint with the FAA.
In its complaint, Atlantic Aviation says the city has not acted in good faith in negotiating a new, long-term lease with the FBO because of its long held intention to close the airport.
In the complaint, Atlantic Aviation, which has operated at KSMO since 2007, describes itself as the only full service FBO at the airport. It employs 30 people and provides services to based and visiting general and business aircraft operators, servicing an average of 36 aircraft per day. Atlantic leases 33 hangars from the city, which it subleases to aircraft owners and others, as well as office space,
some of which are also subleased. According to the document submitted to the FAA, a policy adopted by the City Council in March that would nearly double its rent to $40,000 per month, and was in effect for only 30 days. The complaint with the FAA documents the long history of the city's attempts to close the airport and what Atlantic Aviation describes as the lack of good faith effort on the part of the city in negotiating with the FBO and other tenants.
The complaint requests that the FAA take any and all actions that are necessary and appropriate to ensure that the City is in compliance with its obligations as sponsor of SMO. Specifically, Complainant requests that the FAA issue an order directing the city to
(1) immediately reenter the written Holdover Agreement it previously negotiated with the Complainant
(2) negotiate in good faith with the Complainant toward a long-term lease renewal (a minimum of 3 years) at competitive market rates, and without restrictions intended to eliminate or reduce aviation usage of the airport
(3) to maintain the full range of FBO services at the Airport with no limitation or restrictions that will have the effect, intended or otherwise, of limiting air traffic at
The FBO has asked that the FAA expedite its request, as the city's new FBO policy directs the City Manager to serve Atlantic Aviation with an eviction notice on September 15, 2016 or soon thereafter, and the city would take over the business as a proprietary operation by December 31, 2016. "If the city is permitted to do either, Complainant will be irreparably harmed," the company says in the document.
JetLease welcomes James Chen as it expands its presence in China
PALM BEACH: JetLease, the world's largest private aviation leasing company, is pleased to announce the addition of James Chen to its international team as it expands its operations in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Chen has more than 25 years of manufacturing and international trade experience, and has owned and operated businesses in China, Hong Kong and Canada. Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Fukienese and English, Chen serves as the official trade and investment representative of Tianjin City as well as vice chairman of the Association of Family Offices in Asia, specializing in business and investment strategies for high net-worth entrepreneurs.
“The addition of James will strengthen our ability to meet the unique needs of our Asian-based clients as well as facilitate opportunities for our international clients looking to develop or expand operations in the region," said Russell Dise, president of JetLease.
Chen will work closely with Katy Glynn, based in the JetLease Chicago office. "Katy has extensive experience working with business aviation in China and will be our U.S. point of contact for these opportunities," said Dise.
"I am honored to be working with JetLease to bring their 30 years of aviation experience in
leasing, financing and aircraft sales to the Greater China Region," said Chen, who will be based in Hong Kong. "I’m particularly pleased to offer Asian-based aircraft owners the financial benefits of leasing their under-utilized aircraft. We do this by eliminating their fixed costs and generating revenue
14SEP2016: Ireland. An allocation of €870,000 has been announced for Waterford Regional Airport by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross. It is part of an overall allocation of €2.7 million in funding support for the four regional airports in Donegal, Ireland West Airport Knock, Kerry and Waterford.
The Waterford funding, however, will only be confirmed when the resumption of scheduled passenger services has been secured by airport authorities. The airport authorities in Waterford are in discussions with a number of airlines with a view to securing a replacement carrier for VLM Airlines which filed for bankruptcy protection in Belgium in June.
The Exchequer grant allocations are being made under the Regional Airports Programme 2015-2019, which was approved last year by the EU Commission and administered by my Department. The funding is aimed at assisting with capital investment on various projects at the four regional airports over the coming months in the areas of safety and security such as CCTV monitoring equipment, repairs to taxiways, aprons and perimeter roads, upgrades to electrical systems and winter-ready equipment.”
In the case of Waterford it is envisaged that when the money is drawn down it will be used in part toward acquiring properties by way of compulsory purchase as a first step towards the runway extension
AirOps Europe is a unique event offering the business aviation support community a powerful & cost-effective platform to network & market their services in Europe.
Taking place 12-13 October in Cannes, France, this inaugural event will bring business aviation operators & the support community in Europe together in one forum for priceless marketing opportunities & insights, as well as a unique chance to engage in an industry dialogue on such key issues as harmonized standardization & enabling legislation.
Nuno Pereira becomes vice chairman of AfBAA as membership growth continues
Members of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) have voted in Nuno Pereira, MD of Angola-based BestFly, as the Association’s Vice-Chairman. Nuno has been regularly involved with AfBAA since inception with BestFly committing to its Founding member status at an early stage. Since launch he has been extremely active and a strong vocal representative for the organisation. He is frequently present at the AfBAA symposia, AfBAA Pavilions, and also hosted the Association’s second members only Rendezvous event, at BestFly’s Luanda home base in February 2015.
Nuno will support Association Founding Chairman Tarek Ragheb in lobbying African governments and educating them about the benefits of business aviation to the economy; profile raising of Africa’s position on the international aviation landscape; and in his supplementary role as Chair of the Budgeting Committee will manage forward finance and budgeting. “We are delighted that Nuno is taking up this prestigious and extremely important role for AfBAA. He understands the Association, our mission and vision, as well as having first-hand knowledge of the challenges affecting the growth of business aviation on the continent,” said Ragheb. “Nuno is also an astute businessman which will ensure he can add value to our strategic development. We thank Achuzie Ezenagu for his work in this role until now, and look forward to developing it further with Nuno.”
Nuno joins AfBAA’s Board at a period of growth as it confirms a 20% rise in membership numbers in the last six months. Now, with 111 members, AfBAA is preparing for the first ever African Business Aviation Conference, AfBAC, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa this year on 17 and 18 November. The event is already attracting leading aviation experts as speakers, and eminent aviation companies as sponsors. Confirmed speakers include representatives from OEMs Bombardier and Gulfstream, as well as principal operator Execujet. Nigeria-based fractional ownership business ANAP Jets is making its debut as an AfBAA event sponsor as it takes an Emerald sponsorship, whilst Universal Aviation and Weather Inc., which has been a consistent supporter of the Association, takes Ruby sponsorship. The association has also announced Ethiopian Airlines as the confirmed Official Carrier of the conference.
The new look conference will incorporate international speakers from a wide range of industries. Alongside regular maintenance, finance and training topics, new and varied panels will cover subjects including the use of aircraft in anti--poaching, lessons to be learned from commercial aviation, flying humanitarian missions in Africa and the pilot’s experience. An Innovation Zone section will look at developing trends.
AfBAA has also added a new sparkle to the event through the creation of a five-tier gemstone sponsorship structure with an amber category leading the way, followed by emerald, sapphire, ruby and diamond options. “We always try and be inclusive at AfBAA which is why we have introduced a cost-effective sponsorship in our amber option,” explains Fahmy. “We would like to encourage the small to medium size business’s to get involved. As an event sponsor it helps their visibility, and enables them to be seen in a dedicated aviation environment by fellow professionals. We hope our nod to South Africa’s gemstone industry will appeal to a whole new set of sponsors.”
Aeroflight Services Kenya - Expanded Service Cover
8/31/2016 11:41:55 AM
Aeroflight Services Kenya is the leading flight support company in the region, based out of Nairobi, Kenya & routinely involved in obtaining flight clearances for all types of flights (Corporate, Commercial, Charter, Private, Medevac, VIP…etc.) in Kenya & across the entire African continent. The scope of our expanded services now covers the following services:
✈Obtaining Over flight & Landing Permits in Kenya, Africa and beyond
✈Representation before Aviation & Airport Authorities
✈Ground handling & supervision
✈Local Safari Arrangements
✈Fuel uplift arrangements
The Wings of Business - a National Award in the Field of Business Aviation - will be Introduced in February 2017 in Moscow
The Wings of Business Award ceremony will take place in Moscow on 17 February 2017.The Wings of Business Award is a national award established by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) and is given for the highest achievements in the field of business aviation. This decision was taken as the Russian business aviation has reached a high level of development by now; it demonstrates strong operating and economic performance and has become a high-tech and advanced industry that creates thousands of jobs.
Thus, it was decided to distinguish the best industry players at the first award ceremony that is planned to be held annually.
Unique prizes will be delivered to the winners based on the results of 2016 in such categories as business aviation airline, general aviation operator, business aircraft manufacturer, flight support, business flight organization broker, service company, etc. Additional awards will be given to the business aviation project of year, a legend-company, and a legend-person.
It is important to note that though the Wings of Business is a national award, such categories as foreign business aviation airline, business aircraft manufacturer, MRO Company, project of the year and legendary achievements foresee international participation.
The ceremony will be held at the highest level: the dress code for the attendees will be the Black Tie, the guests will be offered haute cuisine, and the entertainment program will include performances of Russian celebrities. The Air Perfection contest for flight attendants will close the official part of the ceremony.
Business Aviation Systems, Ltd. lead by Mikhail Titov acts as a producer and a sponsor of the Wings of Business Award ceremony.
RUBAA will hold a press conference dedicated to the Wings of Business Award and the forthcoming first ceremony on September 8 as part of JetExpo 2016. The press conference will take place at 14:00 in the B2B hall of the exhibition in Vnukovo-3 Business Aviation Center.
The President of RUBAA Valery Ochirov, Vice-President of RUBAA Mikhail Titov, Chairman of RUBAA Board Alexander Kuleshov, and the Project Producer Ksenia Ananieva are expected to take part in the press conference. The Executive Director of RUBAA Anna Serezhkina will direct the press conference.
EAN Aviation becomes first African Safety 1st Qualified Location to appear on NATA Global FBO map.
EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based business aviation services company has become the first Safety 1st Qualified African location, to be listed on the US National Air Transportation Association’s, (NATA), Global FBO Map. Whilst the programme certifies individuals, not locations or companies, it established the Safety 1st Qualified location platform to recognise FBOs that consistently maintain their employee’s training status.
EAN currently has a total of 17 active students registered on the NATA training programmes. Leading by example CEO, Segun Demuren, has joined four of his colleagues in following a customer service module, whilst other employees are enrolled in Professional Line Service Training (PLST), and Health and Safety courses. EAN has been investing in NATA training since launch, and was initially recognized by NATA when the Safety 1st Qualification was awarded to thirteen of the operations team in 2013. A minimum of eight internal audits, and four external audits, are undertaken each year to verify that the safety and service levels are maintained.
The addition of EAN to NATA’s Global FBO map demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to putting safety first using the best practices and industry standards. NATA’s map was launched in April as part of a wider campaign to educate aircraft operators about the benefits of utilizing FBOs, and ground handlers, that are Safety 1st Qualified and/or IS-BAH registered.
For EAN the map listing gives credit to its continued focus on providing the highest levels of service to the industry. It also supports business development as it makes the FBO an attractive place to work, and inspires a culture of safety and security. Customers can also be confident that their aircraft, luggage, catering, and paperwork is being handled by internationally trained and qualified FBO personnel.
“I am extremely proud of my team and the way they have maintained their safety levels since the start. To be internationally recognised by one of the best associations in the world of general aviation means a lot to the company, our customers and the African business aviation community,” said Demuren.
EAN has also applied for IS-BAH status and hopes to become the second African location to appear on NATA’s Global FBO map with this certification. It already has all the necessary procedures, training and ongoing IS-BAH standards in place, and anticipates receiving certification with in the next six months.
Photo Caption: EAN Aviation's operations team proud to be the first African Safety 1st Qualified location on NATA's global FBO map.
Established in 1982, General Aviation Services FBO, Lonestar Executive Airport (CXO), Texas, USA switched hands to new owners Herd Air Group, this summer. With the transition the new owner plans to keep much of the FBO’s legacy intact, including its name, its focus on superb service, its passion for aviation and its branding relationship with Avfuel, offering Avfuel Contract Fuel and AVTRIP Points.
“I was impressed by the spirit of the operation,” said Chad Herdrich, owner. “I’m excited to join together with the passionate team here at General Aviation Services FBO. They value what’s important: safety, service and a love for aviation.”
Guests to General Aviation Services FBO enjoy a professional yet comfortable atmosphere full of flying enthusiasts and lively conversation. With the best maintenance crew in the Houston area, customers are assured their aircraft are in the most competent, safe hands. In addition, General Aviation Services FBO is offering no ramp fees and provides state-of-the-art trucks, a pilot conference room, pilot lounge and cinema, kitchen, free WiFi, rental and courtesy cars, available conference room and office space, and overnight hangar space. Situated between taxi ways B and C, General Aviation Services FBO is in prime position for the airport’s best quick turns.
Moroccan Aviation Service have announced that they have signed an agreement with World Fuel Services to set up fuel uplifts at its stations across Morocco where they provide representation, supervision & ground support services, including Agadir, Casablanca, Dakhla, Errachidia, Essaouira, Fes, Laayoune, Marrakesh, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tanger & Tan Tan.
Managing Director, Mohamed Outamrarht says that "We are delighted to be working with WFS, a global leader in aviation fuel supply & we can now ensure the very best price & quality control for Jet A-1 across our network together with a smooth & efficient service for our clients"
Two more FBOs have joined the Paragon Network,Business Air at Denton Enterprise Airport (previously Denton Municipal Airport)/KDTO in North Texas, and Indy Jet at Indianapolis Regional Airport/KMQJ in Indiana, which they purchased in 2009.
Paragon Network is a collective of independent FBOs, which need to comply with a series of core standards.
Business Air has been in operation for more than 15 years, and was recently praised by the City of Denton for its contribution to developing local business. NATA Safety 1st Certified line personnel, competitive fuel prices, no ramp fees and a range of passenger services are among its main selling points.
Indy Jet purchased the full service FBO at Indianapolis Regional Airport in 2009, which has a recently renovated lobby and pilots’ lounge, an executive conference room and a state-of-the-art flight planning room. Its heated hangar space is big enough to accommodate a Gulfstream 650 and Global Express.
Business Air CEO Damon Ward said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to be joining the Paragon Network. As Denton Airport’s longest-standing FBO, we have embraced – and cared about – the same core standards since 2001. Namely, to provide a great flying experience for business and leisure travelers.”
Ryan Maxfield, general manager, Indy Jet, added, “I highly value the ability to tap into a decade’s worth of FBO expertise and industry experience and share best practices, and will enjoy the opportunity for increased buying power.”
Signum Aviation attains ISO 9001 international quality standard
8/1/2016 8:53:11 PM
Signum Aviation attains ISO 9001 international quality standard
Supports expansion of customer base in Europe and the US
Signum Aviation, the UK-based flight support company, has attained the international quality standard ISO 9001-2015. The accreditation demonstrates the company’s personnel, operations, facilities, equipment, and training, have met the demanding standards required to achieve the prestigious quality management systems certificate.
The ISO 9001, which was awarded in May, has given Signum Aviation a competitive advantage in distinguishing its service levels to its international client base. Signum is using the accreditation to target European and North American operators that demand, and acknowledge, the high standards ISO 9001 standard guarantees in terms of quality assurance. “We recognise the importance of showing our customers that we operate to the highest internationally recognised quality standards. This sector of the industry remains largely unregulated, so the ISO 9001 indicates the level of operational excellence customers can expect from us. They know what it takes to achieve an ISO 9001 and understand the benefits of working with a business that has achieved it. I am extremely proud our team’s hard work in achieving this goal”, said Jonathan Gill, Managing Director of Signum Aviation.
To become ISO 9001 accredited the company underwent a rigorous six month external auditing process and invested significant time and energy, as well as money, into adjusting their processes to meet the required ISO 9001 standards. This included upgrading software, appointing a designated quality manager, writing the necessary manuals and training staff to the new standards. Looking forward internal audits will be conducted on a monthly basis, whilst external quarterly audits will ensure the standards are maintained.
UK-headquartered Signum Aviation provides flight planning and operations support to an international client base spanning North America, Europe, Africa, China and the Middle East. Clients include Heads of State in Europe and Africa, government aircraft and a number of high net worth individuals across the globe. The company specialises in providing a personalised service offering tailored and flexible support to its customers on a 24/7 basis. Founded in 2007, with just one client, Signum has grown to handling over 7000 flights a year for a wide range of aircraft, from Citation Mustangs to Boeing 747s
Chandrakant Hugar, Director at Perfect Aviation Services, India reports that the company provided ground handling and other support services to an emergency humanitarian Spanish Air Force flight through India enroute to Nepal following the earthquake there which leve more than 3000 people dead. Pictured here are the crew members and Spanish embassy staff to India during the flights stop at Delhi (VIDP).
Photo: Spanish Air Force Crew & Perfect Aviation support team
Signature Flight Support new FBO at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio
7/20/2016 12:17:16 PM
Signature Flight Support has opened its newly constructed FBO and hangar facilities at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL/KBKL), adjacent to its existing facility, which will be converted to tenant offices.
The Ohio campus spans four acres with a 6,000ft² executive FBO terminal and an 18,750ft² hangar featuring high efficiency lighting. The full service facility is a single story building with areas for flight planning, in flight catering and offices. Customer amenities include a high-end lobby area, executive conference room, bistro and coffee bar, pilots’ lounge and snooze rooms. Secured parking for customer vehicles with easy access to the FBO rounds out the facility’s amenities.
“This new FBO and hangar facilities demonstrate Signature Flight Support’s commitment to provide world-class service at Burke Lakefront Airport,” stated Maria Sastre, president and chief operating officer of Signature Flight Support.
“We are immensely proud to become part of the community and look forward to being a long-term partner of the airport.”
“Burke Lakefront Airport is an important component of the Cleveland Airport System,” said interim airport director Fred Szabo. “We’re pleased that Signature has shown their commitment and confidence in Burke and helped us raise the level of service to our corporate customers.”
Open just one year, FBO Riga has already received positive recognition.
In March 2016, FBO Riga became a prize holder of a yearly competition, Latvian Construction, winners of which were specified by results of a national contest. The competition jury marked FBO RIGA in two nominations – New Construction or Modernization — Logistics and Production Centre and – hangar FBO RIGA (the first prize), and New Construction — Public Facilities —boutique terminal of FBO RIGA (the third prize). The contest winning became possible due to combination of the newest construction technologies, unique art design of the boutique terminal, as well as importance of the object value for regional economy development.
In April 2016 FBO Riga was honored in Prague at the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award, becoming an absolute winner in Handler / Service Provider / FBO nomination and was recognized as the best FBO in Europe. Over 2000 professionals voted for the most prominent online. The jury deserves special attention: in included leaders of Association, which supported the Award – Dagmar Grossman, the founder of CEPA, Anna Serezhkina, the Executive Director of RUBAA, Fabio Gamba, the Director of EBAA, as well as know journalists who write about the industry.
Neil Pakey appointed chair of Regional and Business Airport Group
7/13/2016 11:15:31 AM
Neil Pakey has been appointed chair of the Regional and Business Airports (RABA) Group, which represents smaller regional airports and general aviation airfields. Pakey will replace John Spooner, who has grown the group to its current membership of 33 regional and business airports since it was formed in 2013.
The driver for the Group has been the strong perception among its members that the UK government, and on occasion the European Commission, misunderstands or fails to recognize the role of smaller airports, tending to adopt ‘one size fits all’ policies tailored principally to the needs of larger UK airports. This inadvertently disadvantages or damages commercial and economic interests of RABA Group members and the wider stakeholder networks who support them.
Neil Pakey praised John Spooner for “leaving RABA in great shape having taken it from nothing more than a murmuring of discontent among a number of smaller airports, to a distinct and important voice in the industry.” Pakey added, “I intend to build on these initial efforts and with the support of our 33 airport members raise the understanding and appreciation of the economic and social roles they play in their catchments and in the wider UK aviation.
Mr. Pakey has previously served as CEO Shannon Airport, Senior Director Network Marketing, Cyprus Airports Group, CEO Peel Airports & MD Liverpool Airport.
Signature Flight Support acquired the 200th FBO in its worldwide network, the company announced today. The BBA Aviation subsidiary began operations last week at the former Airborne Aviation facility at New Yorks Stewart International Airport, making it one of two FBOs there. This facility will become a fully branded Signature location offering the chain’s TailWins & Signature Status benefit programs.
The location at the Metro New York reliever airport becomes the company’s eighth FBO in the New York/New Jersey area, joining facilities at Teterboro, Westchester County/White Plains, Newark, Atlantic City, Syracuse, Trenton and Morristown. “Our long-standing, collaborative relationship with the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey is exemplary,” said Signature president and COO Maria Sastre. “Signature has invested heavily in the two states & we have a long-term optimistic view for business & general aviation in New York & New Jersey."
“Today’s announcement highlights the Port Authority’s efforts to position the airport for growth while encouraging air service development beyond commercial & cargo,” Stewart Airport general manager Ed Harrison. “We look forward to this continued partnership as it helps strengthen our airport’s role as an economic driver that creates jobs for the region.”
BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit
Negotiations for aviation must be considered as a priority in the first wave of discussions with the EU, now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey highlighted today. “We have developed legislation alongside EASA that supports our sector. It is therefore vital for BBGA that we retain EU legislation for aviation and develop the requirements in a way which are proportionate and risk based for our sector.
The majority of BBGA’s 140-strong member companies have international interests. Pilots, crews, pilots and other staff are typically multi-national in our industry and naturally highly mobile so UK aviation businesses need multi-lingual employees, many of whom are sourced from the EU.
“It is important for us to obtain a clear picture before year end to prevent any unnecessary movement of aircraft, assets, or companies to an alternate location,” he said. Accordingly, this week BBGA will be formally writing to the DfT and UK Government Ministers this week, urging that British aviation interests must be safeguarded.
Members of the BBGA embrace a wide ranging membership of British businesses active in aircraft operations, aviation services, and the essential services that facilitate those activities. Over its 35 year history, BBGA (and predecessor Gamta) has observed and participated in the development of the single aviation market within the EU as applicable to non-scheduled air transport into a coherent, safe, efficient and well-regulated system. BBGA understands fully the dangers that a return to a UK national aviation market would bring and it would therefore resist this.
“We recognise the vital importance of continued access to the European Single Aviation Market as a major part of the business and commercial aviation industry in connecting UK business and leisure interests with other European Countries,.” Marc Bailey stated.
For both safety and access reasons the viability of the British aviation industry, which is the third largest in the world, is hugely reliant upon the continuation of active British participation and the further positive development of existing trans-national organisational and regulatory structures.
BBGA will host its summer networking event at the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, 13th July, coinciding with Farnborough Airshow. Guest speakers include Robert Goodwill, Aviation Minister, Gerald Howarth, MP, Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, UK CAA and EBAA President Brian Humphries.