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April 2017 edition
This issue was published on April 11, 2017.

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DEA combines charter and donor work with special missions

DEA Specialised Airborne Operations in the UK has added dangerous air cargo to its approvals, and is considering investing in some King Air class aircraft to service its expanding marketplace.   Full story

GreyBird makes further strides in Denmark and Sweden

GreyBird Pilot Academy has had new hangar, maintenance and education facilities approved by the Danish authorities.   Full story

HeliGroup excited to offer ad hoc VIP on AS355NP

UK operator HeliGroup is expecting delivery of an AS355NP helicopter in May this year. Once it has undergone completion at Airbus Helicopters UK, the aircraft will be added to the operator's AOC and be fully available for charter.   Full story

Superior Air adds to volume in Mykonos with speedy EC130B4

Greek rotary operator Superior is introducing an EC130B4 helicopter to its fleet. The rotorcraft will be based out of Mykonos this summer.   Full story

HeliAir Sweden offloads another MD500 and lines up H125s

HeliAir Sweden has sold another MD500, leaving one remaining in its fleet.   Full story

Meridian works hard on steel trips in southern Africa

South African businessman Colin Chapman is enjoying plenty of activity in his Piper Meridian. The aircraft is leased to his steel distribution business NJR Steel Holdings, and completes regular 686 nm commutes between Johannesburg and Cape Town in order to visit customers and suppliers.   Full story

Guardia di Finanza signs with Vector

The Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza) has signed a two-year engine support contract with Vector Aerospace for support of its Rolls-Royce M250 engines.   Full story

ABS Jets gains experience and prestige from Gulfstream pair

Czech operator ABS Jets has added two further Gulfstreams to its fleet: a G650ER and a G550. Both aircraft will be for private owner use only.   Full story

SOS Air averages 50 hours a month with Beech 400XP

Istanbul-headquartered medevac operator SOS Air is receiving regular bookings for its air ambulance-configured Beechcraft 400XP, which is wholly owned by the company and flies on its AOC.   Full story

IS-BAO recipient NasJet adds diversity to managed fleet

Saudi Arabian NasJet has added four aircraft to its managed fleet: a Gulfstream GV, Legacy 600, Gulfstream GIV and Twin Otter DHC-6.   Full story

NetJets Europe instrumental in project to land aircraft at Bremen using sat nav only

NetJets Europe has played a key role in landing an aircraft using satellite navigation only. A first for Germany, the passenger aircraft used a new satellite-based precision approach procedure without the aid of the conventional ground-based navigation infrastructure to touch down at Bremen airport.   Full story

Avionord debuts trackable organ transport chamber

Italian air ambulance specialist and medical equipment manufacturer Avionord has designed an innovative container to transport human organs.   Full story

Kenyan government receives multi-role Mi-17V5

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the national government of the Republic of Kenya has taken delivery of a Russian Helicopters Mi-17V-5, produced by Kazan Helicopters.   Full story

DAS heaps praise upon Phenom series as it prepares to welcome second 300

DAS Private Jets in Germany has ordered its second factory-new Phenom 300, which will be inducted into the fleet in May. It joins another Phenom 300, a Phenom 100E and a Cessna CJ1.   Full story

TAG renews Stage 3 IS-BAO for a further three years

TAG Aviation's UK operation has had its IS-BAO Stage 3 status renewed by IBAC. Stage 3 is the highest level to be awarded to aircraft operators and renewal follows on from the company's Wyvern Wingman approval which was awarded last summer.   Full story

Atlas takes on favourable payload AS355N to fly from Battersea

Atlas Helicopters, based in Hampshire in the UK, has purchased an AS355N helicopter, which will be available for immediate charter.   Full story

Gama makes strides in 2017 with EVO, Learjet and facility investments at Sharjah International

Gama Aviation's Middle East operation, based at Sharjah International airport, has welcomed a Learjet 60XR and a Piaggio Avanti EVO to its fleet, with a Learjet 60 expected to follow shortly.   Full story

Copenhagen Air Taxi lines up commercial PC-12 alongside island hops

Denmark's Copenhagen Air Taxi (CAT) is looking to add commercial SET ops with the PC-12 to its current flying programme, which includes scheduled routes to the small islands in Denmark.   Full story

Federal Airlines welcomes PC-12 and a pair of Grand Caravans

Federal Airlines in Johannesburg, South Africa has added a Pilatus PC-12, two Cessna Grand Caravans and a Beechcraft 1900D to its fleet.   Full story

Starspeed enthused by prospect of AW169 for VIP charter

UK rotary operator Starspeed has added an AW169 and an EC145 to its AOC. The AW169 will be immediately available for ad hoc charter and is the only one of its kind currently available in the country.   Full story

Kapranos and Fauré join the fold at Elit'Avia

Slovenian operator Elit'Avia has welcomed two new executives to its senior management team. Menelaos Kapranos will assume the role of chief communications officer and will be responsible for Elit'Avia's customer experience and corporate communications.   Full story

Approval is set to boost numbers of PC-12s

Following EASA’s approval of single-engine turbine aircraft for commercial operations on 1 March 2017, Pilatus is predicting a spike in PC-12 and PC-12NG numbers.   Full story

Zenith rides the wave of substantial charter and maintenance upswing

Biggin Hill's Zenith Aviation is reporting a positive start to the year, with charter sales up as much as 250 per cent year-on-year.   Full story

GSR's managed Avanti leads to low fuel costs and passer-by compliments

Private management company GSR Aviation, based at Prestwick in Scotland, has had a promising first six months with its managed Piaggio Avanti II.   Full story

Flexflight steps up to heavy jets with Challenger

Danish operator Flexflight has taken delivery of its first heavy jet in the form of a Challenger 604. Sales manager Thomas Dessau says that the arrival opens up possibilities, as the operator will now be able to offer flights all over the world.   Full story

Voldirect adds second TBM 850 to meet local business demand

French operator Voldirect has added another TBM 850 to its Rennes-based fleet. The company was one of the first in Europe to be approved for commercial operations using a single engine turboprop in 2013, and CEO Frederic Caussarieu is looking to capitalise further.   Full story

Volare handles Global upgrade plus Challenger and Hawker contract

Volare Aviation, headquartered in Guernsey but with an operations base in Oxford, has added a Global Express to its fleet for an existing owner who upgraded from a Challenger.   Full story

NPAS spreads to fixed wing and expects four P68Rs

The UK's National Police Air Service (NPAS) is set to take delivery of four Vulcanair P68Rs later this year in order to offer a fixed wing service for the first time.   Full story

Encore+ joins Aerowest's busy floating fleet

Aerowest has seen plenty of activity from its Citation Encore+, which replaced a Piper Cheyenne in the company's fleet earlier this year.   Full story

Twin Otters are top of the props for Air Seychelles' island hops

Air Seychelles is full of praise for the resilience of its DHC-6 Twin Otter fleet, which last year completed 1,400 charter missions in addition to 16,000 domestic scheduled trips between the Seychelles' Mahe and Praslin islands off the east coast of Africa.   Full story

Heli-Union receives AW139 with south east Asia in mind

French operator Heli-Union has taken delivery of its first AW139 helicopter from Lease Corporation International (LCI). The aircraft will be leased in order to support the operator's growing presence in Asia.   Full story

Luxaviation UK takes on CL604 for south east Europe and Balkan routes

Luxaviation UK has added a Challenger 604 to its fleet, available for immediate charter. The aircraft will be positioned at Athens International with a full-time crew to enable last-minute requests.   Full story

AANI receives go-ahead for daily HEMS in Northern Ireland

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) has been approved to perform HEMS using a pair of EC135s by Minister for Health Michelle O'Neill.   Full story

Bartolini accepts P2006T number 200 from Tecnam

Polish flight training organisation Bartolini Air has taken delivery of the 200th Tecnam P2006T. MD Bartlomiej Walas flew the aircraft directly from Tecnam's Capua production facility to the company's home at Lodz airport in Poland.   Full story

TAG Aviation Spain earns Wyvern Wingman renewal

TAG Aviation Spain has received renewed accreditation to the Wyvern Wingman safety programme follow-ing a rigorous on-site safety audit.   Full story

Power company orders baskets for inspections

RTE-STH, the helicopter division of French public utility company RTE, has commissioned Airbus Helicopters' UK design team to deliver a power line maintenance customisation kit for its H135s.   Full story

EAA adds technology for safer neonatal transfers

European Air Ambulance has developed an intelligent interface named Bluebox to deliver the electrical current necessary for incubators and connected appliances such as respirators and monitoring equipment on board its aircraft during transfers of premature babies.   Full story

VistaJet growth continues as aircraft owners switch to charter

VistaJet is celebrating the milestone of operating more than 100,000 flights since its launch in 2004, and reports that some 40 per cent of new business is coming from former aircraft owners and fractional ownership programme members.   Full story
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Wings of Business lays plans for 2018

Following the success of this year's Wings of Business Awards which took place in Moscow on 17 February, Russian United Business Aviation Association VP and organiser of the awards Mikhail Titov is already planning next year's event.   Full story

Icelandic FBO IGS takes advantage of transatlantic tech stops

IGS Ground Services, a ground handler with a presence at all four major airports in Iceland, says that despite some European and Middle East traffic, US operators are still the primary source of unscheduled handling business.   Full story

Joen broadens services with R66 and EC130 support

Finnish maintenance and airworthiness management provider Joen Service has added R66 and EC130 support to its portfolio and has recently been awarded Russian maintenance certification in addition to its EASA approvals.   Full story

ExecuJet Brussels follows in footsteps of group counterparts to achieve IS-BAH

ExecuJet's FBO in Brussels has passed the IS-BAH audit to mirror its other facilities in Zurich, Berlin and Lanseria. Handling and protocol manager An-Céline Claes says that there was a great deal of work to do but that the process has been completely worthwhile.   Full story

Malta flying school offers cheaper tuition to first Chinese students

FTO Malta School of Flying is experiencing growth and has taken on its first Chinese students. The company has a training fleet of seven aircraft including the Tecnam P2006T.   Full story

FlightSafety first to offer authorised G650 sim

FlightSafety International now offers the only factory-authorised Gulfstream G650 training programme located in Europe, using its fifth G650 simulator. It is installed at Farnborough airport and qualified to Level D by the FAA and EASA.   Full story

CAE celebrates its 70th birthday

Global training company CAE is commemorating its 70th anniversary.   Full story

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The rise of purchasing power within the aircraft sales market

“You should never underestimate the enormity of buying and selling aircraft,” says Gacem Feth el Nour, pilot and air traffic controller for Algeria's Etablissement National de la Navigation Aerienne: “It's a daunting task, so very different from looking for a car or web surfing for shopping.”   Full story
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