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March 2017 edition
This issue was published on March 13, 2017.

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Me & My Aircraft: TBM900/930

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EAG offers desirable city pairs non-stop using managed XRS

Empire Aviation Group of Dubai (EAG) has inducted a third Global Express XRS into its managed fleet. The large cabin, ultra long range business jet will be operated on behalf of a private owner and will also be available for charter.   Full story

DRF reduces overhaul costs through engine extension

German rotary operator DRF Luftrettung has had the time between overhaul (TBO) on its PW206B2 engines extended from 4,000 to 4,500 hours.   Full story

Elit'Avia marks 10 years and commends local workforce

Elit'Avia is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Headquartered in Ljubljana with AOCs in Slovenia and Malta and a US office in Atlanta, the company achieved Stage 3 IS-BAO accreditation in December 2013.   Full story

PrivatAir opens Lisbon office to increase competitiveness

Swiss PrivatAir has completed a restructuring plan and introduced a new centre of operations in Portugal to add to its other locations in Geneva and Düsseldorf.   Full story

Turkmen takes on four new types in regional expansion

Turkey's Turkmen Air has introduced four more aircraft to its AOC: a Falcon 2000, two Challenger 604s and a Global Express. The company was acquired by Bilen Air Services in December 2015 and previously managed a Learjet 60XR.   Full story

Alpinlift makes a move for Marenco with SKYe signing

Swiss Alpinlift Helikopter has placed an order for the Marenco SKYe SH09, becoming one of the first customers for the type.   Full story

AirClub COO Goeppel joins Jetex

COO of AirClub Dennis Goeppel has been named regional sales manager, Europe, for flight support organ-isation Jetex.   Full story

Woodgate secures jobs with mapping contract win

The UK's Woodgate Aviation has won the contract to assist with mapping every square inch of Northern Ireland from the air. The contract, worth almost £1m, is for a five-year period and a specially-adapted Chieftain will perform the missions, operating from Woodgate's hangar at Belfast International airport.   Full story

Mercy Air expands into Swaziland to provide much-needed eye care

Humanitarian aid organisation Mercy Air, headquartered in South Africa, has commenced flights in Swaziland to provide eye care to rural areas using an Airbus Helicopters AS350B2.   Full story

Five MD902s arrive to assist Hungarian police

The Hungarian National Police force (HNP) has added five MD 902 Explorer helicopters to its fleet. The rotorcraft join an air support unit that already includes three MD 500Es and have been acquired to replace the force's ageing Mi-2s.   Full story

Aeronexus has buoyant first year with refurbished 767

Aeronexus, headquartered in South Africa, is celebrating the first anniversary of its Boeing 767-300ER operations. Since founders Gavin Harrison and Sven Petersen introduced the B767-300ER to the Aeronexus fleet in February 2016, the aircraft has completed a busy year of diverse charter activity, making good use of its worldwide AOC.   Full story

Nomad enjoys 20 per cent more range from winglet CJ

Swiss operator Nomad Aviation has added another Citation CJ to its charter fleet. The company believes that the light jet will be well-suited to short haul trips across Europe, offering a spacious cabin and seating four to five passengers.   Full story

Norsk takes two AW139s to implement HEMS nationwide

Norsk Luftambulanse (NLA) is leasing two AW139 rotorcraft from Milestone Aviation Group to support HEMS operations in Norway. In July, Norway's National Air Ambulance Service awarded NLA a six-year contract, with a further two two-year extension options, to operate all 12 HEMS bases in Norway.   Full story

Flugservice Bautzen keeps an eye on Caravan and IFR SET rulings

Germany's Flugservice Bautzen is hoping to invest in a Cessna Grand Caravan in the future, having just taken delivery of a single piston GippsAero GA8 Airvan for parachuting missions.   Full story

SaxonAir praises LCY-approved Legacy

UK operator SaxonAir has added a London Stansted-based Legacy 500 to its worldwide AOC. The aircraft will be available for charter and the operator is promoting it in association with Stansted FBO Inflite.   Full story

Flexjet opens for business in Europe as a trio of Nextants arrive

Flexjet has taken delivery of its first jet in Europe in the form of a Nextant 400XTi, and CEO of the company's UK operations Ray Jones says that everything has gone to plan so far.   Full story

GNAAS praises Multiflight at Leeds for helicopter training provision

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) in North East England is impressed with the support it has received from Multiflight's Leeds Bradford-based ATO.   Full story

Air Hamburg adds three jets and hopes L500 venture pays dividends

Air Hamburg in Germany is about to take delivery of three more aircraft: a Phenom 300, Legacy 500 and Legacy 650. The operator currently has 20 aircraft in its fleet.   Full story

Beechjet enables airborne meetings and reduces wait times for NAD

South African property developer New Africa Developments (NAD) has acquired a pre-owned Beechjet 400A to transport its staff to meetings across southern Africa.   Full story

EFS moves to Landvetter and expects two more managed jets this year

Swedish operator European Flight Service (EFS) has relocated to Landvetter International airport in Gothenburg and is building an FBO there.   Full story

FAI carries out 892 missions in 2016 and circles globe 117 times

The air ambulance division of German operator FAI rent-a-jet has achieved revenue of more than €45m for the first time in the company's history.   Full story

Interflight names Cantillon as commercial manager

Biggin Hill-based charter and management operator Interflight has appointed Paul Cantillon as commercial manager.   Full story

HeliAir Sweden impressed by 'plug and play' B3E

Vasteras-based HeliAir Sweden has taken delivery of an AS350B3E with a floor window, cargo hook, electric mirror and air filter. The aircraft will fulfil a number of roles alongside the operator's EC120 and MD500 fleet.   Full story

Wijet teams with Omixy to cater for health conscious private travellers

French Mustang operator Wijet is collaborating with technology-based person-alised medicine platform Omixy to offer additional services to its clients. Omixy provides detailed metabolic health checks followed by tele-medicine consultations.   Full story

AW189 fleet leader Bel Air exceeds 6,000 North Sea hours

Bel Air's two AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters that were delivered in Q3 2014 have exceeded 6,000 flight hours as of January this year, performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea.   Full story

ASL Legacy 450 first to receive approval for 'demanding' LCY

Belgium-headquartered ASL has received approval to perform commercial charter flights in and out of London City airport (LCY) with its Embraer Legacy 450.   Full story

Heron extends reach to Far East with managed G-V

Heron Aviation of Germany has taken on a Gulfstream G-V for a private client in the Far East. The aircraft will be unavailable for charter.   Full story

Zenith leads formation with Learjet 75 to signal 'Biggin 100' centenary celebrations

The UK's Zenith Aviation played a key part in the Biggin 100 centenary celebrations for London Biggin Hill airport by flying one of its Learjet 75s in formation with a heritage Spitfire.   Full story
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Dassault enhances training with immersive 3D VR

Dassault Aviation has developed 3D virtual reality (VR) technology that is being used to train maintenance engineers and technicians.   Full story

Leonardo AW609 prepares for icing trials

Leonardo's AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made with FAA certification in mind, which remains on track for 2018.   Full story

Global 7000 programme is up to speed as second test unit is airborne

Bombardier's second flight test vehicle for the Global 7000 has completed its maiden flight, putting the programme on track to enter into service in the second half of 2018.   Full story

G280 sets fourth African speed record for Windhoek to Dakar

Gulfstream's G280 recently set another speed record in Africa, flying from Windhoek, Namibia, in the southern part of the continent to Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast. The flight took seven hours and 38 minutes.   Full story

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives CAR145 approval extension from GCAA

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim and Germany's DC Aviation, has received an extension to its CAR145 approval from the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority to provide line maintenance for the Falcon 7X.   Full story

Latitude tops the midsize segment for deliveries last year

Textron Aviation is reporting that its Citation Latitude has become one of the world's best-selling business jets since entering the market in August 2015, and is the leader in the midsize segment with more deliveries in 2016 than any other aircraft in its category   Full story

Oaklands Global names Edwards as chairman to seek additional markets

UK aviation recruitment consultant Oaklands Global has appointed Dave Edwards as chairman of the board. A former executive VP of Qatar Executive, Edwards has extensive experience across commercial and business aviation.   Full story

Phenom 300 tops business jet delivery charts

Embraer Executive Jets delivered 63 Phenom 300 light jets in 2016, the highest volume of any business jet model for the year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).   Full story

Second G600 test vehicle takes to the sky

Gulfstream's second G600 has completed its first flight, spending four hours and 26 minutes in the air.   Full story

Is the age of taxi drones drawing near?

Dubai's Roads and Transportation Agency is planning to make the one-seater EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) available for air taxi flights from July. The drone is manufactured by the Chinese company EHang and has already performed test flights around the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.   Full story

GAMA hails commercial SET-IMC ops rules in Europe

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has welcomed the European Union's acceptance of commercial air transport (CAT) operations using single engine turbine aircraft at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (SET-IMC) in Europe.   Full story

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Me & my aircraft-TBM 900/930: The world's fastest certified single-engine turboprop

The TBM 900/930s are relatively recent incarnations of the long- standing 700/750/800 range. With the 900 launched in 2014 and the 930 two years later, French manufacturer Daher is expecting the relaxation of single engine turbine commercial air transport (SET CAT) rules to provide a new impetus for these versatile and efficient models.   Full story
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