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May 2018 edition
This issue was published on May 18, 2018.

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Mountainflyers takes over Heli-West

Increasing regulations are a major burden for smaller operators, so two Swiss businesses have joined forces to meet the challenge head on.   Full story

K5 selects Fokker to complete first ACJ319neo

Fokker Techniek is celebrating winning a contract to refurbish an ACJ319neo; seven months of work begin next May.   Full story

Luxaviation combines luxury travel and high end villas

Alpine chalets, country estates and private islands are now all on the menu from Luxaviation, which is extending its cooperation with a luxury chalet rental expert.   Full story

Fly Comlux's arrives in San Marino with latest AOC

Owners of business aircraft under management at Fly Comlux now have the choice of air operator certificates in four different jurisdictions.   Full story

Luxwing adds Phenom 100s to boost capacity

With Phenoms and Citations flying every day Luxwing is looking forward to the arrival of reinforcements later this year.   Full story

JetGlobe negotiates Saudi management deals

A new name and a bright future at its home base in Istanbul have spurred JetGlobe to go hunting for aircraft management contracts.   Full story

Harmony Jets expands month by month

Two European companies offer charter with the mature Falcon 100, and both are in Malta. Harmony tasks its own in-house MRO with maintaining availability.   Full story

Atlas Air Service brings latest Phenom to Germany

German buyers have taken to the Embraer business jet range with enthusiasm, keeping Atlas Air Services' order books ticking over nicely.   Full story

Chopin Vodka to fly Warsaw's first HondaJet

Innovative aircraft attract innovative buyers, it seems. One ambitious Warsaw spirit maker sees inspiration in its latest acquisition: a HondaJet.   Full story

NHV appoints Spindler to oversee bases

Pilot and engineer Brieuc Spindler has joined NHV to head up worldwide operations - a substantial undertaking involving over 500 staff.   Full story

Multiflight expands eight-seat fleet with H155

After more than ten years' experience of the AS365 Dauphin, Multiflight is proudly offering charter customers the space and speed of its latest incarnation, the H155.   Full story

Global Jet adds to its host of heavy jets

A fleet of more than 85 by the end of the year - that is the target set by Swiss operator Global Jet, and with five added already this year that leaves only ten to go. Offices in Monaco and Moscow have played key parts in the company's spectacular growth.   Full story

ACE aims to trump the group charter competition

When it comes to group charter two Benelux operators have a vision of the future. They aim to steer their new venture towards a fleet of 30/40-seat aircraft at key airports around Europe.   Full story

Nomad expands long range options

Diversity is vital for Swiss charter operator Nomad, which now has no fewer than nine different business jet models on hand.   Full story

Potocek adds to maintenance expertise at ABS Jets

Former Honeywell man Miroslav Potocek has taken the role of base manager for ABS Jets in Prague.   Full story

GlobeAir goes green for 2018

Environmentally-aware passengers flying with GlobeAir of Austria can now be reassured that their trip is subject to a carbon offset scheme designed to support forestry, hydropower and biodigestion worldwide.   Full story

Heli-Team juggles power line work with local projects

It goes without saying, but power line work can be challenging in the dark. However, Norway's Heli-Team finds its AS350 fleet highly effective in the Arctic and is looking maintain operations as diverse as possible.   Full story

Apollo approved for multiple crew

Apollo Air Services' fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters are now available with two crew, following the UK's first approval for Multi Crew Cooperation on the type. Many prospective charter customers now insist on two pilot operations, the company reports.   Full story

Aerowest complements Sovereign fleet with first German Latitude

Such is its success with Citation Sovereigns, Aerowest made a recent snap decision to bring the larger-cabin Latitude to Germany. With a charter price-point similar to the Sovereign it has delighted brokers and is already in demand.   Full story

Uralhelicom increases customer base with R66 arrival

Light helicopters like the Robinson R66 are proving popular around the world, and Russia is no exception.   Full story

Centreline parent acquires ASG Group to boost Guernsey presence

Pula Aviation continues to invest in Guernsey, following its investment in the resident FBO Aiglle Flight Support last year, and now has a stake in the airport's maintenance business too.   Full story

SaxonAir adds third 900XP and fourth base around London

Hawker jets are experiencing a resurgence of interest, says SaxonAir, because they offer a lots of cabin size and range at a competitive price. So the company is delighted to have a fourth exampole on its fleet, this time a highly capable 900XP.   Full story

Elit'Avia to benefit from shared resources in OJets takeover

Singapore's OJets may be a relatively new company, but it has global plans for growth, and has kick-started these with an impressive takeover. Slovenian Elit'Avia's fleet of 21 aircraft is already under its wing.   Full story

Skydive ENPC first to receive XP140 upgrade

A five-blade propeller and the AeroAcoustics sound kit are delivering faster climbrate and more comfortable conditions for Dutch parachutists aboard Skydive ENPC's Caravan.   Full story

Elitop to manage R66 for private client

For around $1 million the Robinson R66 delivers plenty of bang for the buck, and is making a name for itself in company transport.   Full story

First of three CL650s set to boost Rega's lifesaving capabilities

Rega's Challenger 604s have plied the skies as air ambulances for sixteen years, but now their era is coming to an end. The first replacement Challenger 650 has arrived in Zurich already, with two more hot on its heels.   Full story

FAI sells Learjet pair and retains both on AOC

One of the eleven Learjet 60s on the fleet of FAI in Germany is having a major facelift inspired by Ferrari styling. The new owner will be relaxing in grey leather seating, while FAI continue to look after the aircraft's operations.   Full story

CHC Norway wins contract extension with Aker BP

Thirty-five years is a long time in business aviation, but that is how long CHC has been providing helicopter services for the Valhall oil and gas field, and now this contract has been extended until at least 2021.   Full story

Airborne of Sweden seeks 30-seater for sport shuttles

Sometimes nineteen seats just isn't enough. Sports teams, for example, with a full squad, substitutes, trainers and management almost always need at least thirty, and so Airborne is already weighing up the Embraer 145.   Full story

Russian Helicopter Systems receives medical Ansat to access remote regions

The more remote regions of Russia are set to become safer places. A host of medevac Ansat helicopters is now being deployed across the country to replace older rotorcraft.   Full story
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Jet Aviation acquires Hawker Pacific

A quarter billion dollar deal has seen Jet Aviation add 19 locations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East to its global network, including seven FBOs and 14 MRO facilities.   Full story

Helisota and ASA cooperate

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RUAG Geneva completes speedy 7X C-check

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Blackhawk gains Engine+ upgrade approval

King Air 350 owners now have the option to upgrade to the latest engine and five-blade propellers within EASA rules.   Full story

Jet MS receives ASA-100 certificate

One Lithuanian parts supplier has passed muster following audit by the Aviation Suppliers Association.   Full story

Augsburg offers King Air conversion to NXi

The G1000 NXi upgrade offers faster processing, brighter high-resolution displays, wireless connectivity features, HSI mapping, autopilot-coupled visual approaches and SurfaceWatch runway monitoring.   Full story

Coptersafety H145 sim is a Step 2 first

Helicopter simulation in Finlands just became even more realistic, with software updates to match the latest in service.   Full story

Lufthansa invests in Diamond aircraft and sims

Five Diamond DA-42s are on their way to Rostock-Laage.   Full story

CHC launches Den Helder hoist facility

A new training aid, designed to resemble an AW139 cabin, is now training offshore crew in the use of hoists.   Full story

Armenia hosts private pilot training

Armenian Piper dealer Simavia is offering a free training course with every aircraft sold.   Full story

Helicentre announces flight instructor refresher

The refresher includes a General Aviation Safety Council presenting on the causes, consequences and prevention of airspace infringements.   Full story

London Heliport witnesses continued growth

One in five movements through central London's heliport involves interlining with business jets at the city's airports.   Full story

Rotary is on the up, says IBA

There are now around 22,000 turbine helicopters worldwide, and emerging economies should account for increases in future.   Full story

FCG Ops is up for the cup with parking alternatives

Aircraft visiting the World Cup in Russia this summer may have to park away from the venue airports, maybe even in anorther country altogether.   Full story

Biggin Hill enhances fire and rescue services

Fire services are now available on demand and without payment at south-east London airport Biggin Hill.   Full story

London Oxford hails 10 years of growth

London Oxford airport is among a handful of UK business airports that have seen consistent growth since the economic crisis of 2007.   Full story

Digital helicopter booking platform FLYT launches

Online booking platforms for business jets now occupy a very crowded space, but helicopters are much more tricky. But one UK team thinks that their app can overcome the challenges of almost infinitely variable departure and arrival points.   Full story

Bizjet and Aeromanagement combine expertise to stay ahead in Falcon sales

Bombardier jets may be comfortable, and Gulfstreams powerful, but for beauty and technology you can't beat a Falcon. So says one business aviation veteran of more than fifty years.   Full story

Global 7000 has longer legs and revolutionary Nuage seating

It is a very appropriate name, Nuage - the French for 'cloud'. The Global 7000's new seat is a comfy recliner that can glide back and forth and provide a proper headrest. Just what you need when nearing the end of a 7,700nm trip.   Full story

Adams Aviation marks half century

The ramp in 1968 was littered with Hawker Siddeley HS125s, Sabreliners, Fan Jet Falcons, Lear Jets and Jet Commanders, with Adams Aviation providing the spare parts. Most of those aircraft are long-since grounded, but Adams goes from strength to strength.   Full story
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When does owning your own aircraft become a necessity, and a reality?

Our feature talks to aircraft owners around Europe and Africa to explore their motivations for aircraft purchases - whether for convenience, desire or out of necessity.   Full story
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