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Solar Flight Pioneer Bertrand Piccard Tells EBACE2017 Attendees: Aviation Can Inspire the Impossible
“When I was here last, you didn’t tell me my idea was crazy,” Piccard told the attendees gathered on 22 May for the EBACE2017 Opening General Session. Piccard heard many times when starting Solar Impulse that it was impossible, “but it is precisely because nobody has done it before that you have to do it,” he said. “Otherwise it will always remain impossible.”
When Piccard first started, the round-the-world flight seemed like science fiction. The airplane needed a 72-meter wingspan to fit enough solar cells. They’d run four electric engines with less power than a motorcycle. And the entire craft needed to weigh less than a car.
Teaming up with engineer and co-pilot André Borschberg, Piccard brought together a multidisciplinary team of aerospace engineers and Swiss shipbuilders who designed ultra-light hulls for America’s Cup racing vessels.
“In the world of pioneering, sometimes you have to look outside the system,” said Piccard.
Solar Impulse was built using carbon fiber materials three times lighter than paper. Dassault Aviation supported the project, making their engineers available for design review.
Aviation Offers a Glimpse of the Future
Before Solar Impulse’s unlikely flight, even Piccard doubted solar aviation would become a commercial reality, but at EBACE2017, he predicted that within 10 years, the industry would be flying plug-in electric airplanes, with 50 passengers, on short-haul routes.
“Today, we can reconcile ecology and economy. Imagine no noise, no pollution, getting your customers closer to where they want to go,” said Piccard, challenging the business aviation professionals at EBACE2017 to take his vision further and bring it commercially to market.
“This is what clean technologies offer,” said Piccard, “and once again aviation will inspire what’s possible.”
Piccard’s vision of cleaner, greener aviation is a symbol of European technological excellence, said Brandon Mitchener, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association.
“This is a fast-paced, evolving industry,” Mitchener said. “As someone who believes in solar energy’s virtually unlimited potential, I see this as a glimpse of the future of aviation.”
Cutting Edge Technology at EBACE2017
With Piccard’s keynote, Mitchener and Bolen officially opened EBACE2017, with a sold-out aircraft display and a packed exhibit floor showcasing even more cutting-edge technology powering the future of business aviation. This year’s show features more than 400 exhibitors, 58 aircraft on display at Geneva Airport and four more inside the Palexpo exhibit hall.
“We have an exciting show lined up this week, highlighting where the sector is going,” said Mitchener. “EBACE is where all our industry’s dynamism, passion and innovation comes together.”
Solar Impulse Chair Bertrand Piccard Delivers Welcome Message to EBACE2017 Attendees
Bertrand Piccard, chairman of the Solar Impulse project, adventurer, pioneer and the first to fly a solar-powered aircraft around the world, will motivate attendees at the 22 May Opening General Session of the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2017). “I love the history of aviation, because aviation is an inspiration…aviation has changed the world,” he said, adding he’s excited to share his message about “the spirit of innovation [and] the spirit of pioneering that we need to keep alive in the world of aviation.” (Video)
Cabin Safety Training To Be Offered at New DaVinci Inflight Training Institute
8th June , 2017
DaVinci Inflight Training Institute, the brand new, first comprehensive professional flight attendant training school in the world, will be participating at next week’s NBAA Flight Attendant Conference as a gold level sponsor and presenter during the Long Beach, CA, event June 13-15.
Following a successful week at the recent EBACE in Geneva, Paula Kraft, founder of DaVinci, will be attending the conference with Scott Arnold, well-known business aviation cabin safety trainer and DaVinci partner, who will provide cabin safety training as well as inflight service, etiquette, and career development courses.
The soon-to-be-completed 6,500 square foot facility will open for tours and classes this summer and is based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida. In co-operation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students will be able to enroll for several online courses, available as stand-alone programs or blended, designed to be completed prior to attending a specific course at the new facility. The wide variety of online courses include topics such as: SMARTtraveler, The Professional You, Pilot Essentials, Food Allergens, Special Meal Planning, Menu Writing, and updates on the Food Safety Modernization Act and Safety Management System training–relating the catering prepared and served on board–as well as proper handling for food served from global catering sources, including aviation caterers, restaurants, hotels and home chefs.
The multi-purpose facility includes a mock flight department area that will test graduates on the entire cabin service experience. Bespoke products and services, including butler training, new galley technology, food packaging and presentation, will also be available at DaVinci ensuring greater passenger safety and satisfaction.
Drawing on his decades of experience as a cabin safety trainer for numerous business aviation flight departments, Scott Arnold has designed all of the DaVinci courses to include soft skills, service etiquette, – cabin safety programs at the preliminary and elite level. Included in the courses offered, there will be numerous culinary classes covering a multitude of topics for a single day of attendance to weeklong in-depth elite classes. Classes have been capped at 12 students to maximize the training experience for all levels of experience, and focus on the development of each student.
“Our -school stands apart from the rest of the other training companies as we will not only provide industry expert programs but also from current life experiences. Every instructor is experienced and currently working as a corporate flight attendant, cabin crew, caterer, we are at DaVinci literally ‘talking the talk’ and ‘walking the walk’. Our programs are continually updated to be the most relevant, current, and innovative in our ever-changing industry. TrainDAVINCI’s unique teaching approach will not only engage our students but also empower them to be successful. All of our cabin safety courses are CRM driven and focus on communication skills and the cabin crew and flight deck experience during an emergency,” underlined Scott Arnold.
Industry Study Warns of Looming Skills Shortage in Business Aviation
Geneva, 23 May 2017: Is there a critical skills shortage looming in the business aviation sector? A recently-published study by Korn Ferry Hay Group finds that the industry needs to be prepared for such a shortage and already to begin taking remedial action. Korn Ferry Hay Group undertook the study with the support of Booz Allen Hamilton on behalf of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
“This study is an advance warning that we need to raise awareness among our members and in the wider industry and find ways to attract more talent to the sector,” says EBAA CEO Brandon Mitchener. “This includes developing a compelling brand proposition for the sector, concerted talent marketing activities, initiatives to attract more women, and a sector-wide information plan.”
The study investigates whether there are current skills shortages within the European Business Aviation sector and examines the likelihood of future workforce shortages. It assesses the workforce situation on a regional basis, including a comparative study of Europe, North America and Asia. In addition, the study gauges the attractiveness of a career in Business Aviation to students and graduates and appraises the validity of proposed solutions to workforce shortages within the sector.
The study findings concluded that there was little awareness of workforce shortages within business aviation, that there is evidence of increased demand for highly skilled aviation professionals and that regional differences in demand for skilled aviation professionals will rapidly increase.
“Our consultants suggest a comprehensive strategy consisting of a number of initiatives to be taken in order to positively influence the workforce supply side of the problem, starting by making the industry wake up to the looming labour shortage,” says Christian Weiss, project director for Korn Ferry Hay Group.
Six Operators Honoured at EBACE2017 for Achievement in Business Aviation Safety
Geneva, 22 May 2017: “These awards recognize companies for their exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations, as well the thorough and diligent attention paid to safety in all aspects of their operations,” said EBAA President Brian Humphries. “By following safety best practices and achieving accident-free operations, these companies have proven to be admirable safety standard-bearers for the business aviation industry.”
This year’s EBAA Safety of Flight Award recipients are as follows:
• Cat Aviation AG received the EBAA Silver Safety of Flight Award, recognizing companies that have achieved at least 30 years, or 60,000 hours, without an accident.
• FAI rent-a-jet AG received the EBAA’s Gold Safety of Flight Award, honoring companies that have achieved at least 40 years, or 80,000 hours, without an accident.
• PrivatAir received the EBAA Platinum Safety of Flight Award, recognizing companies that have achieved at least 50 years, or 100,000 hours, of safe flying.
• Three companies – DC Aviation GmbH, Flying Group N.V.and Gama Aviation of the United Kingdom– received the EBAA Diamond Safety of flight Award recognizes a company that has achieved more than 50 years or 100,000 hours, without an accident.
Ressources Available for Operators Seeking 2017 EGNOS Funding
Universal Avionics Experts On Hand Throughout EBACE to Assist With Questions and Applications
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Universal Avionics’ EGNOS experts are on hand during the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) to help guide operators through the 2017 CEF funding application process. Through this funding, operators can take advantage of available grant money for regional, commercial, business (corporate), general and rotorcraft aircraft to equip with EGNOS/SBAS technology.
“There’s considerable confusion and inherent nervousness amongst European operators regarding the available funding,” said Ross Dickey, Universal Avionics Airline and Government Sales Manager. “Many operators don’t have the opportunity to attend industry events, so they’re not getting this important funding information in front of them,” he added. “We can assist with this and coordinate with the appropriate authorities to complete their applications.”
Member European States and international organizations, joint undertakings, and public or private undertakings, or bodies established in an EU Member State are all eligible for the 2017 CEF funding. There are two deadlines for application submission; the first cut-off is 14 July 2017, and the second cut-off is 30 November 2017.
With increasing airspace congestion, EGNOS is becoming an extremely valuable technology for aircraft operators. Throughout Europe, there are already more than 440 EGNOS-based approaches at almost 220 airports, and that number is growing.
EBACE2017 attendees can visit Universal Avionics booth Y66 throughout the show to have their 2017 CEF funding questions answered and to take the first steps toward submitting their application.
About Universal Avionics
Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Business, Helicopter, Airline (regional/commercial), Government/Military, Special Missions, and OEM.
Universal Avionics Provides LPV Payback Calculator for Operators Considering SBAS Upgrades
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – During the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), Universal Avionics is showing operators just how easy it is to save on flight hours, fuel, and engine reserves when equipped for Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV). The company is featuring an “LPV Payback Calculator” in booth Y66 throughout the show so attendees can calculate the payback period of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) upgrade for their aircraft.
According to Robert Clare, Director of Sales for Universal Avionics, “LPV capability for both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft is one of the future navigation concepts that is fully embraced by Europe’s SESAR. Universal’s SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS) support LPV approaches enabled by the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which offers significant benefits over conventional Non-Precision Approaches (NPA). In addition to the ROI benefits, LPV approaches greatly increase both operational safety and airport/runway accessibility, while also reducing pilot workload.”
Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS is available in four models for installation flexibility and is certified on over 50 aircraft types, making it one of the most diverse options available on the market today. To learn more, be sure to visit Universal Avionics’ booth at EBACE to speak with an SBAS/LPV expert. Operators that won’t be in attendance during the convention can visit uasc.com/LPV to access Universal’s LPV Payback Calculator.
Industry first : VistaJet abolishes positionning fees globally
19 May, 2017 –
VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, announced today that it has abolished hourly ferry flight fees for new Program customers globally. Uniquely in the industry, the commitment applies no matter where in the world a customer is flying to or from. The move signals a significant commitment to VistaJet’s mission to be the first operator to offer a truly global service. Its customers now have complete freedom when booking, without bearing the burden of paying a ferry flight hourly rate for an aircraft to return to a home base or service area, and enjoying truly transparent pricing.
Positioning fees have traditionally been a frustrating and unexpected cost for business aviation clients. Currently, most companies in the sector make their customers pay for the cost of returning the empty plane to its home airport or service area after a flight is completed. Depending on location, this can add tens of thousands to the overall cost of a flight. For example, if a customer stepped onboard a London based aircraft towards Australia, the cost of returning the aircraft to its home base could add more than $100,000 to the overall cost of the journey.
The revolutionary new offering has been made possible by the $2.5bn investment the company has made to grow its fleet to a global scale, as well as its effort to establish a global customer base through its 10 sales offices around the globe. The company’s unique business model, built on removing the notion of a home base for its aircraft, means customers only pay for the time they are in the air: when a VistaJet Program customer books a flight, VistaJet will simply move the nearest plane to pick them up.
Unlike business jet charter, VistaJet owns every one of the over 70 silver and red aircraft in its fleet, so customers know what will greet them on the tarmac anytime, anywhere in the world. The company has invested in an industry leading operations centre in the European country of Malta, and created an innovative infrastructure with the capacity to manage global flights 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It has also established offices on 5 continents, managing flights to over 1,600 airports in 187 countries to date.
Chairman and Founder Thomas Flohr said:
“When you call a taxi, you don’t worry about paying for its journey to you. Today’s entrepreneur or business executive will be flying to America one week, Asia or South America the next, and Europe in between, so it’s become critical to offer them a truly global service. The sustained investment we’ve made for the past 13 years has been calculated to ensure we can offer our customers something completely ground-breaking: one way pricing around the globe.
At VistaJet, we challenge ourselves every day to offer the best experience in the industry. So along with knowing that our customers will only pay for the time they are in the air, when they fly with us they know that they will receive the very best service, with everything tailored to their specific needs.”
A World First : Level 2 IS-BAH certification for Sky Valet, FBO of Cannes Mandelieu Airport
18 may 2017 “Today we are proud to announce that Sky Valet Cannes is the first FBO in the world to obtain level 2 certification. In 2015, Sky Valet Cannes was the first European FBO to obtain the IS-BAH certification (International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling).”
Created by Business Aviation operators and professionals and specifically adapted for the business aeronautics sector, IS-BAH is delivered by the International Business Aviation Council after an independent audit. This certification is required to meet numerous criteria. Achieving level 2 of the IS-BAH provides an additional guarantee to customers and partners of the FBO of Cannes Mandelieu in the fields of security, safety, service and the environment.
Michel Tohane, Director of the General Aviation Business Unit and Sky Valet, has said “Sky Valet is the leader of its sector in Europe and aims to be the market leader in terms of quality of service. This world first is a source of pride that allows us to strengthen our position, highlight our ground handling expertise and maintain a partnership with our Business Aviation customers based on trust. ”
According to Joseph Azzaz, Head of the Ground Handling department: “Our level 1 IS-BAH certification validated an organisational principle based on the mastery of safety of our ground handling expertise as a whole. IS-BAH level 2 confirms and guarantees the daily implementation of our safety management system. This means that we have integrated it into each of our actions and that it is now a part of our DNA, but also that of our partners because the certification is the result of true team work involving the employees of Cannes Mandelieu Airport, suppliers and subcontractors. ”
This certification is part of the development strategy for Sky Valet, FBO specialised in ground handling services for Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur Group’s Business Aviation and is aimed at internationalising and establishing a pan-European FBO network in key locations.
Sky Valet operates at 22 airports in France, Spain and Portugal and aims to generalise IS-BAH standards throughout its entire network.
Sky Valet will be attending the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) which will be held in Geneva from 22 to 25 May 2017 (no. C34).
The Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur Group manages the Nice Côte d’Azur, Cannes Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports and is ranked second in Europe in terms of business air traffic. FBO, Sky Valet, continued to grow internationally, it operates at Paris Le Bourget, across Spain and in Portugal.
Cessna Citation Longitude headlines Textron Aviation EBACE 2017 product display
WICHITA, Kan. (May 18, 2017) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, will debut its new super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude to the European market at next week’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the Longitude, the company will showcase many of its class-leading Citation business jets and turboprop platforms.
“We are thrilled to introduce the super-midsize Citation Longitude to the European market this year at EBACE, allowing visitors to experience firsthand the class-leading amenities and capabilities, including the quietest cabin in its class,” said Tom Perry, vice president of Sales, Europe. “With more than 1,700 jets and turboprops based in Europe, Textron Aviation outperforms its competition in delivering aircraft and support to customers throughout the region that further their success.”
The company recently added a fourth jet to its Longitude flight test fleet and expects Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification later this year. Designed for maximum passenger comfort, the 6,482-kilometer range Longitude has the lowest cabin altitude in its class at 1,814m (5,950ft). With seating for up to 12 passengers, a stand-up, flat-floor cabin with a standard double-club configuration and a class-leading walk-in baggage compartment, which is fully accessible in flight, the Longitude is poised to revolutionize the super-midsize category.
The company will also display its midsize Cessna Citation Latitude at EBACE. Since entering into service in August of 2015, the nine-passenger business jet has experienced tremendous success with 68 aircraft delivered globally. In 2016, the Latitude secured more worldwide deliveries than any other jet in its class. Now certified to operate at La Mole Airport (St. Tropez, France) and having received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) steep approach certification in March of this year, the Latitude is the ideal platform for European customers.
Additional class-leading Citation jets on display will include the Cessna Citation XLS+, offering customers an unparalleled combination of comfort, ease of operation, range of mission capabilities and favorable operating efficiencies. The Cessna Citation CJ4, Cessna Citation CJ3+, and Cessna Citation M2 also will be on display representing the company’s CJ series, which is the best-selling light jet product line.
With more than 600 turboprops operating in Europe, Textron Aviation continues to lead this segment with its established Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan platforms. The Beechcraft King Air series offers more than five decades of turboprop excellence, and customers in Europe have enjoyed the platform’s superior performance and flexibility. The Beechcraft King Air 250 will be on display at EBACE this year, featuring the Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Also on display will be the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, offering customers proven dependability for nearly any mission.
Textron Aviation is also leveraging its turboprop expertise and input from customers to transform the high-performance single-engine turboprop segment with the upcoming Cessna Denali. This aircraft aims to elevate the pilot, passenger and owner experiences above all other competition in the single-engine turboprop segment with the first FADEC engine, class-leading cabin pressurization and unmatched ownership costs. Development of the Cessna Denali is on track and first flight is expected in 2018.
Beyond the class-leading products on display, Textron Aviation is dedicated to keeping its European customer base flying with company-owned service centers in Doncaster, Düsseldorf, Paris, Prague, Valencia and Zürich. Customers can count on fast, comprehensive support across Europe. In addition to the six company-owned service centers in Europe, Textron Aviation has seven line maintenance stations, more than 50 authorized service facilities and a team of more than 400 employees, comprised of engineers, service technicians, field service representatives and sales representatives. The company’s 11 experienced field service representatives serving Europe offer maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, refurbishments and other specialized services for the entire range of Textron Aviation products. In the last year, the company’s focused investments in Europe have resulted in a fleet of dedicated support aircraft serving the region and a European parts distribution center located in Düsseldorf, Germany, which houses more than 225,000 parts.
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network.
Meridian Air Company, the first air operator in Russia, receives the prestigious IS-BAO Stage III certificate
In March 2017 Meridian Air Company became the first Russian business jet operator to receive the top Stage III certificate of conformity with the International Standard of Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). With this achievement, the air operator will strengthen its presence in both domestic and international markets.
The IS-BAO standard was developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) with its headquarters located in Montreal. The IBAC auditors examined the Safety Management System and the Quality Management System of Meridian Air Company in detail and concluded that the level of both systems was in full compliance with the top international regulations.
“During the audit for IS-BAO Stage III certification, flight safety is evaluated not only in terms of documentation, but also by interviewing the personnel. The auditor may come to any employee and ask any question, for instance, when was the last time the employee reported to the management about his errors voluntarily, when he attended a flight safety meeting and so on. The goal of such interview is to assure if flight safety is part of each and every employee`s work. If you expect your personnel to be ready for such examination, you cannot train them to memorize correct answers to those questions; what you require is a systematic approach to training, regular internal audits and inspections. These days, our team consists of highly responsible employees who are entirely reliable, and this is a result of years-long and deliberate personnel management”, said Mr. Vladimir Lapinskiy, CEO of Meridian Air Company.
During the audit the IBAC auditors evaluated the level of risk management in Meridian Air Company and carried out full examination of corporate documentation, e.g. meeting minutes, records, checklists; they also studied the results of audits conducted by state authorities and performed aircraft inspections.
“When we started preparing for our first IBAC audit and implementing international standards five years ago, we improved efficiency of all corporate processes in our company. During these years, we have integrated the following tools into our daily business: Risk Management System, Voluntary Reporting System, Change Management; we have created continuous flight safety training for the personnel and receive effective feedback from every employee in the airline. We truly hope that our recognition received from the International Business Aviation Council will give an impulse to improving service quality of Russian air operators and will contribute to developing the whole aviation industry in the country”, said Mr. Yury Larchenkov, Deputy CEO of Meridian Air Company.
About Meridian Air Company
Meridian Air Company is the leader of the Russian business aviation market with 25 years of experience in aircraft management and commercial operation of both Russian and foreign registered business jets. The airline is the sole operator in Russia in possession of the Air Operator`s Certificate for commercial flights, the Private Operator Certificate and the IS-BAO Stage III Certificate of Registration, thus being able to arrange flights in any operating environment. Winner of the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards for 2015 in the Business Jet Operator category. Meridian Air Company offers a diverse range of services including aircraft management and flight operations, VIP charter flights, continuous airworthiness, flight dispatch and aviation consulting.
For more information, please visit http://www.meridian-avia.com/
- BizjetMobile Secure Second North American Fleet
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, May 16, 2017 – BizjetMobile today announced City Jet Inc. as the second fleet operator in North America for CHiiMP Smart.
City Jet Inc.’s selection of CHiiMP Smart follows fleet installations from Emergency Airlift in North America and Jetfly in Europe after they committed their respective fleets to the revolutionary Bluetooth-based platform last year.
City Jet Inc. CEO Ron Mays said, “We are excited about the airborne access that BizjetMobile offers with such a cost conscious entry into text messaging and email. After looking at different options that were $100K and over, we decided that BizjetMobile was the best solution. We are looking forward to installing CHiiMP Smart in all our aircraft.”
BizjetMobile Sales Director Ally McDougle said, “City Jet coming on-board affirms our belief that charter operators are looking to provide simple inflight connectivity for passengers and crew without breaking the bank.”
CHiiMP Smart is the only inflight connectivity system in the world that utilizes Bluetooth Smart technology and Iridium to simultaneously connect pilots and passengers with the outside world via voice, text, email and tracking services.
BizjetMobile is currently offering CHiiMP Smart to customers as an exclusive all-in-one package that includes the system, 12 months free text and email plus 500 minutes of voice. This transparent approach to inflight connectivity means everyone can stay connected for the entire flight without consuming expensive broadband. The result is that aircraft owners and operators avoid bill shock, which is often associated with inflight Wi-Fi.
BizjetMobile will be displaying CHiiMP Smart and its range of unique Bluetooth systems at EBACE Booth M115 on 22-24 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
BizjetMobile is the leading global supplier of Bluetooth connectivity solutions for business jets. Since 2014 we have offered a low-cost alternative to the expensive Wi-Fi platform, having equipped a range of aircraft globally from Turboprops to Boeings. Our flagship product CHiiMP Smart broke industry ground in 2016 as the world’s first Bluetooth Smart inflight connectivity system, launched by European carrier Jetfly.
- Embraer Executive Jets at EBACE 2017
São José dos Campos – Brazil, May 15, 2017 – Embraer Executive Jets marks its presence at EBACE by showcasing the entire range of business jets. All aircraft, from the entry level twin jet Phenom 100E all the way up to the ultra-large Lineage 1000E, will grace the Embraer static display at Palexpo in Geneva from May 22nd to May 24th 2017.
Embraer’s static display include the world’s best-selling Phenom 300, the clean-sheet design Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, along with the Legacy 650E which now carries an unprecedented 10-year or 10,000-flight hour warranty, the longest in the business jet industry.
- AfBAA celebrates five years with launch of AfBAC EXPO and Access Africa
15 May 2017 : 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.
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.
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 some 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.
Chairman Tarek Ragheb, and Executive Director Rady Fahmy, work with the Founding Members to lead development of the Association.
- Piper M600 on Display for First Time at EBACE
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 11, 2017 -Piper Aircraft has announced plans to attend the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) and display its top-of-the line M600 aircraft. Executives from Piper Aircraft will attend the event along with its European dealers and sales agents, to be held May 22-24 at Geneva’s Palexpo and Geneva International Airport.
“This year’s EBACE convention is the ideal venue for Piper to showcase our new M600 at a premier event with prominent leaders in the European business aviation community,” said Piper’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, Ron Gunnarson. “The new M600’s continent crossing range and impressive payload capability make it ideally suited for all European operations.
The European venue is primarily focused on business aviation and provides Piper with the opportunity to promote the M600 as the ideal stable-mate for any corporate flight department. The M600 offers significant payload and range while providing the added benefit of low operating and acquisition costs – making the aircraft the perfect complement to a corporate jet fleet and a viable option for the prospective and existing business-class aircraft owner.
“We all know an aircraft is the ultimate business tool. Well the M600 delivers an ideal European recipe of aircraft performance, environment friendly efficiency and corporate fiscal responsibility,” Gunnarson continued. “From Geneva the M600 can take you and your team to Reykjavik, Moscow, Cypress and all of Northern Africa at a fraction of typical operating costs and over € 900,000.00 EUR less than the its closest competitor.
- Satcom Direct and Lufthansa Technik extend nicemedia® in-flight entertainment service to all platforms
Melbourne FL / 10 May 2017 – The nicemedia® premium content service launched by SD at MEBAA 2016 for aircraft equipped with nice®HD cabin systems is now available for all IFE/CMS platforms. Together with Lufthansa Technik, SD has expanded the types of jets which can benefit from the nicemedia SmartBox system, which delivers Hollywood blockbuster movies and contemporary TV shows to the cabin. SD will be booking appointments for onboard demos during EBACE 2017 at Booth S80.
The wide selection of movies and TV shows, available via the portable system, can be viewed on cabin monitors or can be streamed to personal electronic devices including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets. Multiple devices and users are supported allowing passengers to watch different content on PEDs and cabin monitors at the same time. To maintain currency, automated monthly content updates can be downloaded to the SmartBox while on the ground, avoiding additional data usage onboard. Up to 450 movies and TV shows per year will be made available.
“Together with our partner Satcom Direct we are pleased to receive a lot of interest in our new nicemedia service from operators, OEMs, completion houses, and retrofit companies,” says Philip von Schroeter, Director of OEM Programs at Lufthansa Technik. “It seems the market is realizing the need for legal media content and we’re offering exactly what they need.”
“The demand for in-flight entertainment is rising as passengers increasingly expect a similar entertainment experience in the air, as on the ground. Our partnership with Lufthansa Technik allows us to provide great entertainment in a convenient format. The option to preload the data, carry on the box, and plug and play, is a real bonus for any operator or owner,” said Ken Bantoft, SD Chief Technology Officer.
Movies are guaranteed to be shown in English, German, Spanish and French across a variety of genres including action, adventure, comedy, family and science fiction. The content is DRM-secured and licensed, and includes new releases and high definition content.
NB SD will be offering a promotion to delegates signing up for the service at delegate.
About Satcom Direct:
Satcom Direct (SD) and its companies provide global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government, and head of state aircraft. The company also provides land mobile services to areas with connectivity limitations. Since 1997, SD has worked to advance the technology of global connectivity, being first to market with new capabilities in communications technology. SD’s industry leading hardware solutions, like the Satcom Direct Router (SDR), are complemented by their divisional capabilities including TrueNorth cabin and flight deck systems and SD software solutions. A premier Inmarsat distribution partner (including Jet ConneX), Iridium service partner, and ViaSat Ku preferred reseller, SD is also a value-added reseller for Panasonic systems and the exclusive service provider for SmartSky Networks.
About Lufthansa Technik: The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 25,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading providers of technical services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group’s portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.
nicemedia is a product of Lufthansa Technik’s Product Division Original Equipment Innovation (OEI), which offers many unique products from cabin management, in-flight entertainment, lighting concepts and medical care to seating configurations as well as capabilities as an innovative development, production and maintenance organization.
- Education Programs
05/05/2017 For a complete listing of all education sessions, including full session descriptions, presenters, and more, visit the EBACE2017 program schedule.
- FAI continues fleet expansion with the addition of Global Express XRS and Challenger 604
27/04/2017 German general aviation operator and air ambulance specialist FAI rent-a-jet Aktiengesellschaft (dba Flight Ambulance Intl.) has announced further expansion of its fleet with the addition of a fourth Bombardier Global Express and sixth Bombardier Challenger 604. This bolsters FAI’s total fleet to 24 jet aircraft and further underlines FAI’s position as Germany’s largest general aviation operator.
The Global Express XRS is being operated under Part-NCC (Non-Commercial Operations) rules on the San Marino aircraft registry on behalf of a corporate client. The Challenger 604 will also be operated under Part-NCC rules under the Cayman Islands registry. Both aircraft will join the fleet on June 1st.
The aircraft will be based at the company’s headquarters in Nuremberg and will be maintained by FAI’s MRO subsidiary, FAI Technik.
The company has taken a leading position in the German Business Aviation sector utilizing in excess of 13,000 hours of airtime in 2016. Commenting, Siegfried Axtmann, FAI´s Founder and Chairman said: “I’m delighted to welcome these two excellent performing aircraft into our fleet and equally delighted to maintain our position as the largest business jet operator in Germany for the second year in succession. Our primary goal is to continue to be one of the most profitable business jet operators in Europe and so far this year it is looking like we will achieve this yet again.”
FAI is a niche operator specialized in worldwide patient transport by air ambulance, as well logistic flight support for NGOs in hostile areas. All of the aircraft are based at the company’s home base of Albrecht Dürer Airport in Nuremberg, Germany and maintained by FAI Technik. The additional aircraft also serve to strengthen the company’s position as one of Europe’s largest Bombardier operators, which brings significant operational and cost benefits.
The FAI fleet comprises four Global Express, six Challenger 604, 11 Learjet 60, two Learjet 55, one Premier 1A and a King Air 350.
FAI will be exhibiting at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) during May 22-24th in Geneva, Switzerland on the Avinode Booth #F70.
About FAI Aviation Group
FAI Group operates Germany’s largest fleet of business jets and utilized more than 13,000 hours of air time in 2016. FAI´s group fleet of 24 jet aircraft and one Turboprop includes four Bombardier Global Express, six Bombardier Challenger 604, 11 Bombardier Learjet 60 and two Bombardier Learjet 55 plus one Premier 1a and one King Air 350. Headquartered at Albrecht Duerer Intl. Airport in Nuremberg, Germany, FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon neutral FBO.
FAI employs a full time staff of 190 people, including 60 mechanics and engineers at FAI´s in house MRO plus some 50 part time physicians and paramedics. FAI operates satellite offices in Dubai and Miami, as well as line stations in Bamako and Dakar.