AVIAA AND LOFT PARTNER ON CITATION AND CJ TRAINING OFFERING
February 12, 2020 – AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has added LOFT as another strategic partner for its membership. For the past 15 years, LOFT has provided experienced flight instruction to Cessna Citation and CJ pilots through the entire training process. Its unique Part 142 simulator training program, based in Carlsbad, California, will now be offered to the growing number of AVIAA members operating Citation C Series business jets.
“As our community grows, we understand the importance of offering our members training partners that have the ability to deliver the highest level of training and adapt to an operation’s specific and ever-changing needs,” said Matthew Smith, AVIAA Chief Business Development Officer. “LOFT is a natural partner to add to our portfolio with its track record of experienced simulator pilot training, as well as the significant number of AVIAA members operating the Citation jet. Insurance and crew training are critical operational pillars where AVIAA delivers economies of scale to members.”
LOFT recently added a new Cessna 560 Level D simulator at its location in Southern California. Offering a wide variety of training courses as well as scheduling options, LOFT flight instructors are career aviators and professional pilots.
“We pride ourselves on specialized CJ and Citation initial and recurrent training at LOFT, and partnering with AVIAA will allow us to offer its members pilot instruction in a relaxed and professional environment,” said Collin Yantos, LOFT Marketing Director. “All of our courses are taught with a proprietary curriculum and state-of-the-art technology to ensure the best training experience for pilots whether they are seeking initial type ratings, ATP certificates, SIC training, or insurance-approved recurrent training.”
Carlsbad, California-based LOFT is a simulator-based training provider for Cessna Citation and CJ pilots.
“Flight to Sustainability” – The environment and business aviation tops conference agenda
11 February, 2020 – Embracing the number one issue affecting our industry today, the British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA) is putting sustainability at the heart of its annual conference theme next month. Returning to Luton Hoo Hotel, UK, on Thursday 5th March, the Association is pleased to confirm that environmentalist, former MEP and World Bank representative, author Stanley Johnson will be this year’s keynote speaker.
The conference, to be hosted at Luton Hoo’s historic and grand Mansion House venue this year, will also address the importance of Future Aviation Strategy 2050 with Paul Maynard MP, Minister for Aviation and Major Infrastructure, followed by a workshop discussion. BBGA and its membership have provided input to FAS 2050, highlighting how the unique characteristics of business and general aviation can make a valued contribution. “We are on the precipice of an exciting new world in aviation – encompassing alternative fuels; modern renewable powerplants; new eVTOL models,” said Marc Bailey, BBGA CEO. “Our recommendations for a sustainable future include maximising use of airspace, performance based navigation and multiple approach paths to minimise noise and fuel burn, as the need to invest in sustainable fuels.”
There will be a session focused on air travel and SAF with EBAA’s head of environment Bruce Parry, plus Thorbjörn Larsson, General Manager, Air BP UK and the Nordics and Bryan Stonehouse, Global Biofuels Manager at Shell Aviation.
A session on illegal charter and a call for regulation and legislation, heightened in light of the high profile and tragic Sala accident, will be chaired by BBGA Chair and Partner, Air Law Firm, Aoife O’Sullivan, together with Dave Edwards, CEO of The Air Charter Association (ACA), David Kendrick, Head of Airline Licensing and Consumer Issues at the UK CAA and Simon Williams, Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.
In the afternoon BBGA will address the pre-requisites for a sustainable (operationally viable) future for our airports, including the smaller airfields under threat from closure. James Dillon-Godfray, Head of Business Development at London Oxford Airport will lead the debate with Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at Farnborough Airport, (the world’s first carbon neutral airport) and Douglas Mancini, Chair of Fairoaks 2020, the lobby group for Surrey’s Fairoaks Airport.
In the second stand-alone talk, biologist Rod Arnold will highlight how the British Antarctic Survey (and David Attenborough) relies on business aviation – as an enabler for climate change research. As Head of the BAS’ Air Unit, Rod oversees the operation of five de Havilland Dash 7 and Twin Otter aircraft active in the polar regions, delivering science to the Antarctic and Arctic.
“The aviation industry has found itself firmly in the spotlight since the beginning of the year and much has been directly related to sustainability. The title, theme and timing of our conference is especially relevant,” added Marc Bailey. “Sustainability is extremely pertinent to the next generation, as we heard at last week’s Corporate Jet Investor Conference in London* and EBAA’s AirOps 2020 in Brussels. We are pleased too to be joining forces with our sister organisations in tackling this issue. Marc will be joined by Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK; Martin Robinson, CEO of AOPA UK; Athar Khan, CEO of The Air Charter Association in discussing this hugely importantly topic.
“Stanley Johnson leads a diverse and interesting speaker line up this year, adding to what we are sure will be an informative and educational event. We are also holding a so far untitled and undisclosed 30 minute session in the afternoon which will inevitably lead to a call to action.”
As before, BBGA will use the occasion to present the Michael Wheatley outstanding contribution to industry award. This will be presented at the start of the conference at 09:30 hrs. Recent recipients were Penny Stephens, CEO of Inflite Group (2019); Philip Lammiman (2018) and Andrew Walters (2017).
First Euramec Diamond DA-20 Flight Simulator In Service at Aeroviation Singapore
HAMME. Belgium Februari 5, 2020 – Euramec, the European flight simulation solution providers announced that Aeroviation Inc in Singapore is now operating their first Diamond DA-20 flight simulator.
Faris Iskandar, CEO Aeroviation: “Aeroviation is an aviation hub in Singapore that trains future aviators starting from seven years olds, all the way to adults. Students from 15 years onwards will proceed to obtain their Recreational Pilot Certificate or go further. The Diamond DA-20 is an excellent tool for students to transit smoothly to an actual aircraft and obtain their licenses in a short amount of time.”
EURAMEC’s DA-20 Flight Training Device has an enclosed cockpit with a grand 240 degree horizontal and 40-degree vertical view to guarantee a most realistic flying experience.
Bert Buyle, CEO EURAMEC: “Diamond flight simulators are built of authentic Diamond aircraft parts, with real avionics, high-end visuals and OEM flight models for safe flight training on your way to obtain a Private Pilot License.”
Aeroviation will benefit from EURAMEC’s experience to deliver flight training regardless of weather conditions or aircraft availability – with a focus on skills and technique development for top student value and satisfaction.
“It does not get any more realistic,” Bert Buyle said. “We are very proud to support the Singapore aviation eco-system with their new state of the art flight trainer.”
Faris Iskandahar said: “”The Diamond 20 from Euramec is an excellent simulator which both our instructors and students enjoy flying it. It was a pleasant experience from receiving the DA-20 on day 1 till it was installed in Singapore. The Euramec team are very professional and very efficient in supporting us to kick start our first DA 20 flight simulator in Singapore.”
Coronavirus – Business aviation in China – what you need to know
4 February 2020 – Carlos Schattenkirchner is Regional Director of UAS International Trip Support based in Beijing, China. He and his team provide domestic handling services across China, assisting overseas business aviation operators achieve easier access to all categories of business airports in the region.
UAS’ Chinese and English-speaking agents are active at the principal business aviation hubs including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Guangzhou, making them a trusted partner for clients requiring ground handling and trip support services. Their English and Chinese speaking personnel are on hand to support a client’s stay in China.
Responding to the escalating situation caused by the spread of the Coronavirus UAS imparts the following advice.
At the time of writing, news comes of more cases of the disease in mainland China and exported cases to 25 countries including Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, France and Germany.
Our advice is to be aware of the risk of additional administrative measures taken by the government at any time (this can be airport closures, commuting restrictions within cities, and regular temperature screening).
Are any of the FBOs temporarily closed?
No FBO’s in China are closed at the moment. However, changes can happen at very short notice. Entrance screening is being implemented. Passengers from affected areas arriving at these airports with a high temperature may be subject to questioning by local port health authorities, registration for follow up monitoring, and possible quarantine and testing.
What are you advising your passengers to do if they must travel?
Importantly, bring your own protective mask, hand sanitation liquid, and disinfection tissues – as all these items are now sold out in China. Generally too, always wear a face mask when outside and avoid public areas as much as practicable. Follow local laws and advisories and have the emergency contact of your Embassy ready.
Has UAS’ travel department been diverting flights bound for Beijing and Shanghai?
Until today all business aviation operations to Beijing and Shanghai are running as normal. No diversions or abnormalities have been observed. However, we respect a large number of international airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa and major US airlines American, Delta and United have temporarily stopped flying to Beijing and Shanghai. The USA (Center for Disease Control and Presentation) has advised citizens against non essential travel to China.
Is it best to delay China trips?
While a general travel ban has not been issued, we advise postponing travel to China as rapid changes in administrative safety measures are imposed. Hotels are suddenly closing / and or no longer accepting guests for health safety concerns. In addition, regular long-haul shuttle bus services from the capital Beijing and Shanghai city have been suspended indefinitely.
Any traveller from any country can be subject to government health checks if any symptoms are shown. Influenza symptoms, common at this time of year, can be misinterpreted and there is always a risk. It is important to stay on alert and well informed before and during the visit to China.
If you must travel, what’s your advice?
Be sure to get the right mask to wear, practice good personal hygiene, keep hydrated and well nourished.
What do we know about Wuhan, where Coronavirus originated?
With 11 million residents, Wuhan is the most populous city in central China and the 7th most city populous in China. It’s main gateway, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport has 45 airlines flying to 109 non-stop destinations in 20 countries. On average, 30,000 passengers depart the airport every day. Since January 23, flights departing Wuhan have been cancelled owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, and only special mission flights (medical, cargo, diplomatic) are being allowed – with prior co-ordination.
Has UAS been helping passengers / operators with re-routing requests?
UAS China is currently supporting operators with re-routing alternatives to ensure as little disruption to their schedules as possible.
AVIAA Partners with TrainingPort.net as Online Training Provider
January 29, 2020 – AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has added TrainingPort.net as another strategic partner for its valued membership. A leading online training provider for nearly 14 years, TrainingPort.net will provide AVIAA members with a wide variety of lessons using an innovative, modern platform. Trainees can access the 15-minute online lessons on any device anywhere in the world.
“Our commitment to help train and make our aviation community safer is always a priority, and our partnership with TrainingPort.net will allow AVIAA to offer our clients enhanced digital learning for pilots, dispatchers, ground handlers, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew,” said Matthew Smith, AVIAA Chief Business Development Officer. “This is another opportunity for our members to benefit from AVIAA’s global network offering economies of scale and savings on insurance and crew training.”
TrainingPort.net’s unique 15-minute lessons are based on concise learning and allow employees to focus on their jobs while retaining information and easily accessing on an iPad, laptop, or cell phone. Both companies are fully vested in their clients’ and partners’ success, and will offer all AVIAA members a 10% discount on these training services.
“TrainingPort is very pleased and excited about our new partnership with AVIAA,” said Brian Laird, Senior Sales Manager-U.S. “This seamlessly links with our ongoing passion to partner with and invest in our clients’ long-term success. AVIAA is a trusted organization that provides unparalleled value to their well-established membership base, and we believe pairing that value with TrainingPort’s high-end suite of training and services will provide AVIAA members with the opportunity to vastly upgrade their online training experience which ultimately enhances their overall operation and safety.”