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August 2018 edition
This issue was published on August 13, 2018.

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Aramco set to receive AW139s for oil and gas

Being able to perform well with one engine inoperative in hot conditions is a crucial requirement for Aramco's helicopters in Saudi Arabia, and the AW139 fits the bill nicely.   Full story

Voluxis hires ex-Royal Squadron man as DFO

Andrew Boxer Missen has flown the British Queen and three Prime Ministers and is determined to set the highest possible standards at Voluxis in his new role as director of flight operations.   Full story

Zenith secures funding from Paragon for Learjet 75 number four

Zenith worked closely with Paragon Aviation Finance to secure its fourth Learjet and more may well follow, while James Mulholland, son of MD Stuart, has passed the PPL on his 17th birthday.   Full story

Premium Jet to manage PC-24 as owner upgrades

A former PC-12 owner did not have to think twice about upgrading to a PC-24 and is entrusting its management to Switzerland's Premium Jet. The operator anticipates good charter availability.   Full story

Multiflight and Cavendish Aviation collaborate on nano coat application that saves fleet respray

Applying one of Aerocoat International’s nano coats are effective in restoring paint work and can reduce the time that an aircraft spends out of action. Multiflight recently took full advantage.   Full story

Rega receives medevac CL650 two of three

Rega deployed its first Challenger in 1982 and its relationship with Bombardier has gone from strength to strength since then. The CL650 has engines with increased thrust and a Vision flight deck.   Full story

VistaJet vows to be number one in each territory

VistaJet’s year-to-date stats are very healthy and its fleet of 72 aircraft has been consistently on the go in 2018. The company credits its subscription model and sporting and cultural partnerships for the demand.   Full story

Twin Jet to upgrade Beech 1900D avionics with monthly subscription

Upgrading your avionics can be cost-prohibitive, but BendixKing claims to have found the answer with its pay monthly Avionics-as-a-Service. France’s Twin Jet is one of the first to sign up.   Full story

Ukraine puts pen to paper for 55 Airbus helicopters

It took an intergovernmental agreement between France and Ukraine to pave the way for Ukraine to purchase Airbus Helicopters' products. It has grabbed the opportunity with both hands, opting for 21 H225s, 10 H145s and 24 H125s.   Full story

Gama adds Global in Europe and G650ER in Asia

Gama Aviation has a presence on almost every continent and the Global and Gulfstream additions serve to strengthen that presence. The company believes itself to be a compelling management option for discerning long range aircraft owners globally.   Full story

Magpas replaces faithful Explorer with faster AW169

The AW169 appears to be the aircraft of choice for air ambulance operators in the UK, and Magpas' bid to bring the type to the east of England is nearing fruition. The company will be able to widen its net and assist more people using the upgraded helicopter.   Full story

Qatar Executive debuts G500 at Farnborough

Qatar Executive is already the global fleet leader for the G650ER, and now the latest G500s are set to follow. The G500's ability to connect London and Los Angeles will be a big plus for those with interests on both sides of the Atlantic.   Full story

AirGO commences fleet upgrade to comfortable and spacious EVO

AirGO has built its 'boutique' business on the Avanti II. But upgrading to the EVO seems a sensible choice, as an updated propeller is said to be whisper-quiet.   Full story

Bristow lifts the lid on Lydd for AW189 SAR flights

Lydd completes a perfect ten SAR bases for Bristow, which has been operating from temporary facilities on the London Ashford site up to now. A pair of AW189 rotorcraft will deliver the service.  

QME signs for GrandNew to extend Sloane scope in Ireland

It has been a strong summer for Sloane, which is operating a HEMS AW109 for Irish Community Rapid Response and has signed a VIP GrandNew with QME Mining Equipment.   Full story

DCAF swells management roster with additional Challenger

DCAF is very familiar with Challengers and benefits from being able to offer supplementary services including maintenance and CAMO in-house.   Full story
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Bell 429 chalks up 330,000 hours

The Bell 429 has been chosen by police forces, air medical teams and militaries around the world for time-sensitive missions.   Full story

Sikorsky hails partnership with UK coastguard

A coastguard helicopter crew has been recognised for their actions in rescuing two boys stranded on an offshore rock, winching them to safety aboard a Sikorsky helicopter.   Full story

Airbus H160 has rear fuselage fitted

Babcock are one step closer to receiving the first H160 in service, as Airbus Helicopters targets a delivery every 40 days.   Full story

WFS named as fuel supplier for UK's Cotswold airport

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ExecuJet opens Seychelles FBO to extend African presence

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JetHost hosts first jet

Aircraft at Roskilde airport can now be booked into the lap of luxury, with underfloor heating, courtesy of a new hangarage option.   Full story

Wimbledon champion visits Biggin Hill

A short hop from centre court, Angelique Kerber headed home through London's Biggin Hill.   Full story

Fly-In-Spain first in country to choose AL250

An innovative buy-back scheme from manufacturer Alsim has resulted in the arrival of the AL250 simulator in Jerez.   Full story

First of four H125s arrives at ETPS

Formula 1 style telemetry will keep tabs on the progress of trainee pilots flying Empire's new H125s.   Full story

Trimaille renews faith in Alsim with AL250 and ALX

The need to meet forthcoming regulations for localizer performance with vertical guidance led this French training expert to choose Alsim again.   Full story

Futures Day inspires young women

An aspiring astronaut from Titan Airways was among the speakers at the ADS Group Futures' Day.   Full story

Entrol H39 certified for HPE

Entrol's latest simulator was modelled on flight data from a real AW139 to make it as real as possible.   Full story

Helicentre students receive one-of-a-kind degree

Combining practical teaching and academic work in a unique collaboration, three pilots can now boast a BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) qualification.   Full story

AMAC lands Global and Airbus contracts

One lucky Airbus A340 is be fitted with a fuel tank inerting system - a particular speciality of AMAC in Basel.   Full story

Signature TechnicAir approved for Tamarack winglets

A reduction in fuel burn, performance gains and increased asset value; it could be a win-win-win situation for some Citation owners now active winglets are available in the U.K.   Full story

ExecuJet to offer TFE731 maintenance

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JetSupport improves quality management

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328 collaborates with AMC to breathe new life into Dornier

Rugged and versatile, there will soon be a new variant of the Dornier 328 which will be unfazed by unpaved runways.   Full story

Quest appoints authorised dealer in Africa

Quest Aircraft has recently launched Series II of its Kodiak, so the appointment of NAC as an authorised dealer for the rugged and reliable aircraft in southern and east Africa is timely.   Full story

Stratos responds to feedback and evolves 714 to 716

It is over eighteen months since the first flight of the Stratos 714 and the OEM is very pleased with how its programme is progressing. A test aircraft has logged 185 hours and Stratos will be taking orders of its latest 716 incarnation towards the end of 2018.   Full story

Traveller production progresses as Cape Air pays a visit

As ageing aircraft are phased out in the years ahead, Tecnam is hoping that commuter and utility operators will select its 11-seat Traveller as a replacement. US operator Cape Air is the launch customer, and the manufacturer expects European counterparts to follow suit.    Full story

G500 is certified by FAA and exceeds range projections

No clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft has ever received a type certificate and a production certificate on the same day, until now. The G500 has more than 20 city pair records under its belt, and its cockpit technology is at the leading edge.   Full story

CL350 gets the nod for steep approaches

It has been a busy summer for Bombardier; as well as approval for steep approaches on the CL350 it has introduced the first Premier Cabin Global 5000 for European charter work with TAG.  
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The funny old world of business aviation

Whether it is crossing the Atlantic at 300 feet, delivering scientists to the poles of the earth or battling huge spiders on the flightdeck, our readers have overcome the odds.   Full story
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