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December 2017 edition
This issue was published on December 18, 2017.

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FAI's Learjet replenishment remains on course

German operator FAI rent-a-jet has bid farewell to its penultimate Learjet 55 aircraft. The aircraft has already been replaced by a Learjet 60 that was recently acquired in Bulgaria.   Full story

Surf Air relocates to City and adds PC-12 pair

Membership-based operator Surf Air has relocated its London service to London City airport, with flights taking off from this month.   Full story

Premium Jet customers cash in with Bitcoin

Swiss operator Premium Jet has decided to accept charter flight payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. It is one of the first business aviation operators in Europe to offer the option.   Full story

CHC wins Centrica contract for Norwegian sea drilling support

CHC Group has been awarded a contract from Centrica to provide helicopter services in support of its forthcoming drilling programme at the Fogelberg field in the Norwegian Sea.   Full story

Three-zone Global to satisfy long range demand for Gama

Gama Aviation has introduced a Global Express for long range charter. Marketed through its Sharjah office and operated by its US associate business Gama Aviation LLC, the former Bombardier demonstrator can transport up to 13 passengers and has a fully equipped galley and crew rest area.   Full story

BySky brings business aviation to Belarus with PC-12 NG

BySky Business Airlines is launching as the first business aviation operator in Belarus and has invested in two Pilatus PC-12 NGs courtesy of Russia and CIS sales agent Nesterov Aviation.   Full story

GI Aviation commences with second PC-12NG and seeks additional captains

UAE-based GI Aviation has added a second PC-12 NG to its fleet, based at Al Bateen Executive airport.   Full story

Solenta invests in Rusada software for smoother CAMO

Johannesburg-based ACMI operator Solenta Aviation has selected engineering and maintenance software from Rusada to support airworthiness management across its 45-strong fleet.   Full story

Investments and hours: a forecast for 2018 and beyond

As 2017 draws to a close, it is time for EBAN to offer some insights and predictions for the years ahead, and to analyse how the market has been performing this year compared to last.   Full story

Luxaviation UK is snowed under with ski requests

Luxaviation UK has announced its European winter hotspots, with eastern European destinations proving increasingly popular among private flyers.   Full story

Jet Aviation secures Maltese AOC and heralds a half century of charter and maintenance

Jet Aviation has received an AOC from the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate, which joins the company's other European AOCs from Switzerland and Germany.   Full story

ProAir looks to build on sports and music success

Germany's ProAir is seeking a year of consolidation next year, having inducted six aircraft to its fleet in 2017. General manager Andreas Wald says that he has been very busy with large group charters, including sports teams and music groups.   Full story

Elit'Avia offers optimal service to ACMI clients and outright owners

Slovenia's Elit'Avia is reporting a shift in business aviation access and ownership models. “Overall, the total number of aircraft sales is declining, while ACMI arrangements are becoming more prevalent,” states CEO Puja Mahajan.   Full story

VistaJet doubles Middle East hours and notes record Q3

VistaJet has seen its flagship Program membership hours in the Middle East double this year, driven by a 50 per cent increase in the number of Program customers in the region.   Full story

Nomad adds to Legacy roster with managed 650

Swiss operator Nomad Aviation has added an Embraer Legacy 650 to its managed fleet. Under a management contract Nomad will provide a wide range of services, including CAMO management, flight planning, fuel and insurance management.   Full story

ADA afforded peace of mind through P&WC engine cover

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a 20-year fleet management programme (FMP) contract with Pratt & Whitney Canada for the PT6C-67C engines that power its fleet of AW139 helicopters, which primarily serves the oil and gas sector in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India.   Full story

Albinati adds roomy Latitude for charter

Swiss company Albinati Aeronautics has welcomed a Citation Latitude to its fleet, which will be immediately available for charter.   Full story

Air Harrods celebrates 20 years of luxury helicopter shuttles

Air Harrods is marking its 20th year of operations at London Stansted airport. The business was founded when the former owner of the Harrods Knightsbridge store Mohamed Al-Fayed expanded his personal helicopter fleet and decided to offer luxury helicopter services to the open market for charter.   Full story

51 North places Falcon 900 on UK AOC with EAS

Farnborough, UK-based 51 North Group has added a Falcon 900 to the fleet of Executive Aviation Services (EAS), an operator it acquired last summer.   Full story

Polish government receives first of three head of state Boeings

The government of Poland has signed a multi-aircraft deal with Boeing Business Jets to purchase three next generation B737s: two BBJ2s and one 737-800.   Full story

GlobeAir logs record hours and UK flights spike

Air taxi operator GlobeAir, which flies 16 Citation Mustangs, logged 2,509 flights between July and September this year, a higher figure than any Q3 in its 10-year history and four per cent more than the same period in 2016.   Full story

Harmony Jets enjoys sales upswing and benefits from in-house MRO

Harmony Jets, which operates on a Maltese AOC, has witnessed a 19 per cent increase in sales in 2017 versus the previous year.   Full story

Norway receives first AW101 for Scandinavian SAR

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) has taken delivery of the first of 16 AW101 helicopters from Leonardo.   Full story

Mack Air takes ten Caravans for services to Botswana safari lodges

Mack Air, based at Maun in Botswana, is expecting delivery of 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops.   Full story

EAG adds Glenn to direct sales and forms Elan division

Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has named Scott Glenn as director of sales in order to build activity for new and pre-owned types.   Full story

Falcon Aviation adds leased AW169 trio and flies fleet leader

Falcon Aviation, based in Abu Dhabi, is expanding its fleet with three further AW169s. The light inter-mediate aircraft will enter service in the first quarter of 2018 and will be acquired through a lease with Milestone Aviation Group.   Full story
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Emirates welcomes first Phenom 100EV

Dubai-based Emirates Flight Training Academy has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100EV. The jet is the first of five 100EVs in the academy’s training fleet and is the eighth 100EV manufactured by the OEM.  

FlightSafety PC-24 sim receives go-ahead from FAA

FlightSafety's first full flight simulator for the Pilatus PC-24 has received interim Level C qualification from the US FAA.   Full story

PFA adds DA42 sims as part of long-term strategy

Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) based in Norway has ordered two DA42 NG simulators from Diamond Aircraft in Austria.   Full story

ACS introduces modular ATPL course

ACS Flight Training, based at Perth airport in Scotland, has launched a fast track airline pilots modular course using the DA42 Twinstar aircraft and Alsim AL42 flight simulator.   Full story

CAE and ADA collaborate with Falcon

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Centre (ADATC) have launched a new Embraer ERJ145 pilot training programme with Abu Dhabi operator Falcon Aviation.   Full story

Helicentre ramps up scholarships

With the selection process for its 2017 CPL (Helicopter) Scholarship Programme underway, UK-based Helicentre Aviation Academy has introduced a further prize fund of £60,000, consisting of three part-funded scholarships worth £10,000 each, and £30,000 of awards to be given to promising applicants to complete their training and further their careers.   Full story

Capital Air Ambulance approved to provide training on King Airs

Capital Air Ambulance has been certified by the UK CAA as an ATO for type rating training on the King Air 200 series.   Full story

Jet Aviation breaks ground on Basel hangar

Jet Aviation has held an official groundbreaking for its wide-body hangar project in Basel. The company's 8,700 sqm facility is scheduled to become operational at the end of 2018.   Full story

JetSupport authorised as Gogo MRO

JetSupport, based at Amsterdam Schiphol, has been authorised as a full service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo Business Aviation dealer and will participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations across Gogo's product portfolio on business aircraft.   Full story

Bombardier doubles Biggin Hill's capacity for heavy work

Bombardier's service centre at London Biggin Hill airport is doubling its capacity with the addition of a new hangar and more than 70 technicians, providing customers in Europe with extended maintenance support.   Full story

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X piques interest following EASA certification

Bell Helicopter's Jet Ranger X has received EASA certification. The model has now been certified in 11 countries. Executive VP of commercial sales and marketing Patrick Moulay says that the customer response to the helicopter has been overwhelmingly positive.   Full story

Bell increases support in UAE with ADA approval

Bell Helicopter has appointed Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) as an authorised customer service facility for the Bell 412 and 212. “The Middle East is an extremely important market for us,” says executive VP Glenn Isbell.   Full story

Russian Helicopters prepares digital production and tests Mi-171E

Russian Helicopters is creating a technological production model of the Ka-226T helicopter at its Ulan-Ude assembly plant.   Full story

ExecuJet Middle East offers Phenom 100 maintenance

ExecuJet has extended its MRO offering in the Middle East by gaining approval to perform line and base maintenance on Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft.   Full story

Hala Bahrain to provide passenger services at BIA

MENA Aerospace has signed an agreement with Hala Bahrain for the provision of passenger handling services at a revamped, dedicated terminal building for travellers flying in and out of Bahrain International airport (BIA) on business aircraft.   Full story

Falcon Aviation appoints Badreddine

Falcon Aviation has achieved IS-BAH accreditation at its Dubai South facility, and has appointed FBO manager Ahmad Badreddine. “I am very pleased to join Falcon Aviation Services as FBO manager,” he says. “I believe that with my experience and our talented team we can take the FBO forward and build up our customer base in GCC and beyond.”  

Weston Aviation victorious at BACA

Weston Aviation, UK and Ireland-based FBO and business aviation services company, has won the title of best FBO/handler at the annual BACA – The Air Charter Association Awards held at the Guildhall in London. It is the second time in a row that Weston came first.  

Jetex tasked to manage FBOs in Oman

Jetex Flight Support has been appointed to manage the first FBOs in Oman. Awarded by the Oman Airports Management Company, the agreement will see Jetex develop two new FBOs at Muscat International airport and Salalah International airport.   Full story

ExecuJet adds Dubai FBOs to IS-BAH recipients ExecuJet's Dubai FBOs, located at Dubai

ExecuJet's Dubai FBOs, located at Dubai International airport and Al Maktoum International airport, have achieved IS-BAH Stage I.   Full story

Jet Aviation opens at Dubai South

Jet Aviation, together with its joint venture partner the Al Mulla Business Group, has opened a new FBO facility in the shared terminal at Dubai South.   Full story

Cypriot pioneer Skylink joins IS-BAH ranks...

Skylink Services' facility in Larnaca, Cyprus has become the first FBO on the island to be awarded IS-BAH Stage I.   Full story

Certification of PC-24 signifies Pilatus' entry into business jet arena

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from EASA and the FAA for its PC-24, the first-ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the jet paves the way for initial customer deliveries.   Full story

Textron unveils large utility SkyCourier

Textron Aviation has launched the Cessna SkyCourier 408, a new twin engine, high wing utility turboprop. FedEx Express has signed on as the launch customer, with an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more.   Full story

AfBAA joins the ranks at IBAC in time for Johannesburg conference

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) has been voted on to the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), making it the organisation's 15th member.   Full story
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Going in with eyes wide open – will next year's crop of new business aircraft give you a good return?

A number of new private aircraft are expected to enter into service over the next 18 months and EBAN asked its readers to pick their preferred, if theoretical, factory-new investment for the year. Which new types should hold their value and which offer the best charter recuperation? We also talked to some of the manufacturers about where these aircraft will fit into the marketplace, and the models they are set to replace.   Full story
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Titan implements OASES

Titan Airways has joined the community of operators using Commsoft's OASES, an MRO IT system. To support its mixed Airbus and Boeing fleet, Titan Airways has selected the core, airworthiness, planning, materials, line maintenance control and production modules, which will be installed on local servers.   Full story
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