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French ATC Industrial Action
6/30/2015 12:58:44 AM
From Eurocontrol: Please be advised of a call for Industrial Action by ATC staff in France:
The Industrial action has been postponed new starting period is : from 0400 UTC on 02 July until 0400 UTC on 04 July. NOTAM F/1190 refers.
MAC Air & Portland Jetport/KPWM
6/26/2015 5:33:24 PM

 MAC Air Group has broken ground on its first FBO at Portland International Jetport, Maine, USA. The new facility is estimated to cost around $6 million & completion is scheduled for January 2016.

The FBO will comprise two levels with the first floor incorporating first class crew and passenger facilities. The second floor will be dedicated to office space including MAC Air Group’s corporate headquarters. Crew will benefit from a crew lounge and quiet room, flight planning resources, shower facilities and fitness room.

Passenger facilities will include a luxurious customer lounge, executive conference amenities, gourmet catering service and front desk reception area. Keen to emphasize its longevity, MAC Air Group will be decorating the interior with photographs that demonstrate the company’s 56-year aviation history showcasing its continued commitment to its clients.

Allyn Caruso, president of MAC Air Group said: “
This month’s ground breaking represents a major milestone for MAC Air Group as it expands its presence at Portland. We have developed a thriving & robust business that continues to grow. As a long-standing, independent family-run business, we will be building on our reputation of delivering excellent customer service to our clients. We look forward to creating a first class FBO for international and domestic VIP business aviation customers. We are very proud to strengthen our ties with Portland International Jetport and look forward to the FBO completion,” added Caruso.

Joe and Tom Caruso founded Bar Harbor Airways in 1947, and then in 1959, Joe Caruso moved his family to Portland, where he established Maine Aviation Corporation. Allyn “AJ” Caruso, Joe’s son, now runs Maine Aviation with his wife, Alysan, general manager, & their son Travis is the company’s VP Maintenance.

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Simcoe Regional join Avfuel Network
6/23/2015 3:57:04 PM
Avfuel announces that Lake Simcoe Regional Airport has joined the Avfuel Network as a fuel & branding partner. Originally opened in 1991, this Ontario-based regional airport is located between Barrie and Orillia, ON - a rapidly growing community just north of Toronto. The FBO is only a short drive away from Toronto itself and minutes away from Ontario’s Cottage Country.
Gone West - Otto Pobanz
6/22/2015 3:03:30 PM

Business aviation pioneer Otto Pobanz died June 12 in his sleep. He was 93. Pobanz leaves a legacy for serving as a long-time business aviation pilot & safety expert. “Otto represented what makes business aviation great. He was professional, personable, energetic, thoughtful and totally engaged,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He made a lasting impact on technology adoption, flight department management and practices and on NBAA. Otto will be greatly missed.”

Inspired by Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, Pobanz began flight lessons at the age of 16 in a Taylor Cub and by the time he was 19 had amassed more than 1,000 hours. He was one of only three commissioned officers under 21 in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His corporate flight department experience traces to the 1950s, when he became an executive pilot/captain for RCA in 1956. A year later, he became chief pilot and flight operations manager for Federated Department Stores, beginning a 30-year-career there.

He became active in numerous safety issues, serving on government/industry panels addressing proper management of NiCad batteries and the development of cockpit resource management.  Safety concerns led Pobanz to help initiate development of Learjet 24/25 thrust reversers. Charged with reducing the noise of Federated’s Challenger 600, he led a team of engineering and product manufacturers to reduce interior noise levels while exceeding flammability and toxicity standards. As a result of this effort, he later served on an FAA panel that led to new flammability standards and co-invented with ATR the Exo-Grid Interior isolation system for the Boeing Business Jet and Bombardier aircraft, as well as hydraulic noise-attenuation technology for the 600-series Challenger and the Gulfstream II/III.

He served on the NBAA board of directors from 1972 to 1983. The late John Winant, who served as president of the association, wrote that “Pobanz's subsequent long service on the Board was distinguished by his inquisitive mind and by the constant flow of ideas and suggestions which it generated. He was a great, creative source of energy.”

 

Corporate Captain
6/21/2015 2:28:41 PM

CORPORATE CAPTAIN REQUIRED: For private aircraft operated from Munster, Ireland. Minimum requirements for this role:

• 1500 Hours total pilot time
• 500 Hours Multi Engine Jet as PIC
• FAA- CPL (ATPL an advantage)
• Current FAA Medical – Class 2 Minimum
• Type rating (Embraer Phenom 300) an advantage but not essential
  Apply Online: http://tinyurl.com/pqh6mge

Business Airports Int - New EJ Register
6/17/2015 4:41:35 PM
From Business Airports International, June 2015 Issue

The EJ Register is the new Irish ‘gold standard’ aircraft register for private and corporate aircraft. It is an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) register, meaning that unlike other offshore registers, it operates entirely in compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations.

The forthcoming EASA Non-Commercial Complex (NCC) aircraft regulations will impose severe restrictions on the operation an offshore-registered aircraft within Europe and the new EJ register already takes into account these regulatory changes.

Two types of registration are possible:

1. Public Transport registration, where the aircraft is operated under an Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and can fly for hire and reward.

2. Private (NCC) registration in excess of 12,500lb maximum take-off weight, where the aircraft does not operate under an AOC and cannot fly for hire or reward.

Of interest for many owners and operators will be the fact that the EJ register will support the temporary withdrawal of an aircraft from an AOC for valid operational reasons. Since EASA’s Part-NCC regulations, like an AOC, stipulate an operations manual and post-holders must be in place, an operator who maintains both AOC and NCC paperwork will be able to ‘flip’ an EJ aircraft with a minimum of formalities. In addition, EJ registration marks can be transferred between aircraft, for example on the sale of an aircraft. The registry designation EJ will be followed by four alphabetical characters (for example EJ-IASC) allowing for the personalization of aircraft registrations.

Attractive economy
Ireland has an established reputation as a stable jurisdiction from which to access global capital markets. In recognition of Ireland’s strong pro-business environment, Forbes magazine voted Ireland as The Best Place in the World for Business in October 2013.

Within this highly positive economic landscape, Ireland has also created a legal and taxation framework that is most attractive for aviation and aviation related businesses and this small country is also a very attractive base for aircraft registration, ownership, charter and leasing. Today, Ireland is the global capital of the aircraft leasing industry, with over 40 years’ heritage and approximately 50% of the world’s current leased aircraft fleet (4,000+ fixed and rotary wing) being owned and leased from the island.

In addition, Ireland is considered to have one of the best aviation regulatory jurisdictions in the world, operated by the IAA. Operating in full compliance with EASA regulations, both financiers and insurers of aircraft have a very positive view of the IAA and can do business in the knowledge that aircraft are maintained in a full state of airworthiness and their crews are fully trained in compliance with EASA regulations, resulting in ease of financing and insurance for Irish-registered aircraft. Of just as much importance – resale values are also protected.

Shannon Free Trade Zone
A further attraction for private and corporate aircraft owners and operators is the Shannon Free Trade Zone (FTZ). Located on the west coast of Ireland and established in 1959, the Shannon FTZ was the world’s first – a geographic area where goods can be landed, handled, manufactured or reconfigured and re-exported without the intervention of the customs authorities.

Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) is re-inventing the FTZ in a 21st-century context, offering specific taxation advantages to the global aerospace and aviation industry.

At the very heart of the FTZ is Shannon Airport. Shannon is a key strategic location on the trans-Atlantic route between Europe and the Americas, located close to one of the key great circle routes for trans-Atlantic transit. Shannon is designated by the Irish government as the national Centre of Excellence for corporate and business aviation, and is already a major transit stop for corporate aircraft and the only airport outside the Americas offering US CBP pre-clearance to corporate aircraft passengers.

The new EJ registry will further strengthen Ireland’s reputation as an attractive location for business aviation.

Read more about the EJ registry here.

 

About the author
Joe McDermott has worked with Landmark Aviation and Universal Aviation. As founder of Global FBO Consult he has worked on projects with EAN Aviation (Nigeria), Moroccan Aviation Services, Aero Lead (Nigeria), Jet Assist (Belfast), Dublin-Weston Executive Airport, South Aer FBO (Ireland), Skyplan Dubai to name a few.. Global FBO Consult specializes in providing cost effective solutions to assist airports and FBOs grow efficiently and deal with the competition head on, allowing them to attract new customers, keep existing customers and generate maximum revenue.

 

June 15, 2015

 

 

Calspan FBO, Niagra Falls Int Airport
6/16/2015 3:42:28 PM
Calspan Air Services, the lone FBO at New York’s Niagara Falls Int. Airport, has completed a $100k, three-month renovation project on the 40-year-old facility. Included in the work was a gutting of the customer service area and offices, the removal of unnecessary walls, the installation of a kitchen, conference room and bathrooms, as well creation of a new pilot lounge with snooze room. Allocation of some additional hangars on the field takes heated hangar space for transient aircraft to 40,000 sq ft.
In 2013, Buffalo-based Calspan Aerospace, which performs aircraft research, modifications and flight-testing among its offerings, won the contract to provide FBO services at the airport. The location’s maintenance division recently received its Part 145 certification. The FBO provides all fueling at the mixed-use airport.
Legacy 650 & Lear 45 Captains
6/14/2015 6:40:09 PM
We have vacancies for two Legacy 650 Captains and one Lear 45 Captain.  Base: Nigeria

Contact : Tony Ringland.   tony.ringland@gmail.com  CEO, North Sky Aviation



Blink Buys Blackbushe
6/12/2015 7:53:19 PM
Blink has purchased Blackbushe airport, south of London, where it has been based for the last four years. This will allow it to deliver security of tenure and regulation of costs.
The UK air taxi operator has also announced the takeover of Italian air taxi operator MyJet. The acquisition adds three Citation Mustangs to Blink's fleet, bringing it to a total of nine. The deal also provides Blink with an enhanced maintenance capability in the north of Italy to work in conjunction with its existing ops at Blackbushe airport.


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