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November 2017 edition
This issue was published on November 8, 2017.

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Mountainflyers invests in AS350B2 for sightseeing and charter

Swiss operator Mountainflyers has added an AS350B2 helicopter to its fleet. The aircraft will be used for the operator's flight school as well as sightseeing and VIP charter.   Full story

Corail adds EC120B for quiet airport transfers

Corail Helicopteres, located in La Reunion, has taken delivery of an EC120B helicopter for the transfer of passengers and luggage to and from the island's hotels and airports.   Full story

ExecuJet adds CL605 to Middle East Bombardier roster

ExecuJet has added a third Challenger 605 to its managed fleet in the Middle East, bringing the total number of aircraft it manages in the region to 14, including a Lineage 1000, Falcon 2000LXS and six other Bombardier aircraft including a Global XRS.   Full story

Starspeed takes AW139 under management following Luxaviation merger

Fairoaks, UK-based Starspeed, now part of Luxaviation Helicopters, is set to take delivery of a managed AW139 helicopter early in 2018.   Full story

Jota promotes RJ for ACMI and charter in Europe

Jota Aviation's management team recently attended the European Regional Airlines Association General Assembly in Athens to highlight availability for immediate ACMI and charter work on its RJ100.   Full story

DCAF opens hangar number two and showcases services at Dubai Airshow

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group and Germany's DC Aviation, is opening its second hangar at Al Maktoum International airport in Dubai.   Full story

Synergy manages workload for round-the-clock executive and medical King Airs

Synergy Aviation, based at Fairoaks airport in the UK, says that its fleet of King Airs has enjoyed a very busy summer of flying for passenger charter and last minute organ transportation.   Full story

Babcock becomes launch customer for Safran engine health initiative

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore (Babcock MCS) is the first customer to sign up to Safran's Helicopter Engines Health Monitoring service.   Full story

FAASA to fight fire with two Bell 412s

Spanish operator FAASA Aviation is to lease a pair of B412SP helicopters from Milestone Aviation Group.   Full story

Surf Air launches European business service with London to Zurich route

Membership operator Surf Air has completed its maiden flight from London to Zurich. Following the launch of leisure routes to Cannes and Ibiza this summer, the addition of Zurich signals the start of Surf Air's business travel offering in Europe.   Full story

CAAT selects AW169 as air ambulance replacement

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) has selected UK-based Specialist Aviation Services as the preferred bidder to provide an AW169 EMS-equipped helicopter under a ten-year contract starting 2019.   Full story

LOM Praha signs for six training Enstroms

LOM Praha in the Czech Republic has signed a contract for six Enstrom 480B-G turbine helicopters. Czech Enstrom representatives Dan Tucek and Roland VanHees coordinated the marketing, flight demonstrations, sales support and contract negotiations for the deal.   Full story

Alidaunia leases a pair of AW169s for HEMS

Italian operator Alidaunia has signed an agreement to lease two AW169 helicopters from Milestone Aviation Group.   Full story

FAI targets African government delegations with large cabin ACJ

German operator FAI rent-a-jet has added a new flagship aircraft to its fleet, in the form of an Airbus ACJ319.   Full story

Babcock invests in King Airs and medevac Latitude to serve Norway

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance has placed an order with Textron Aviation for 11 aircraft, comprising the first medevac-configured Citation Latitude and 10 King Air 250s.   Full story

ABS Jets leads the way in Czech Republic with IS-BAO Stage III

Prague-based operator ABS Jets has been awarded an IS-BAO Stage III certificate, becoming the first company in the Czech Republic to do so.   Full story

EAG named management provider of the year again

Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has been named 'Aircraft Management Service Provider of the Year 2017' at the 11th annual Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai last month.   Full story

HTM signs engines up to management programme

Helicopter Travel Munich has signed a 12-year Fleet Management Program agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada.   Full story

Wiltshire Air Ambulance tops out Semington base and comes close to securing full funding

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has held a topping out ceremony to mark the progress of the building work on its new airbase.   Full story

Airtelis signs for three H215s for high voltage maintenance work

French operator Airtelis, with the support of Nova Capital Group, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 heavy helicopters, including two options.   Full story

Comlux to manage lessor's Lineage

Fly Comlux has been selected by leasing company Global Jet Capital to manage a Lineage 1000. The aircraft will be based at London Stansted airport and will be available exclusively for ad hoc charter.   Full story

Air Zermatt strengthens Bell relationship with B429 signing

Air Zermatt, based in southern Switzerland, has signed a purchase agreement for an additional Bell 429 helicopter.   Full story

GHS opts for FlyScan to safeguard helicopter health

German operator Global Helicopter Service (GHS) has become the launch customer for Airbus Helicopters' FlyScan software, designed to analyse and manage the Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data from its helicopter fleet activities.   Full story

Acropolis maintains strong transatlantic relations with Wyvern renewal

Farnborough, UK-based Acropolis Aviation has renewed its Wyvern Wingman accreditation, following a fourth successful audit. The operator has held the status since 2011.   Full story

Uni-Fly purchases AW169s for wind farm support

Danish operator Uni-Fly has signed a contract with Leonardo to acquire two AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters.   Full story

Waves gathers momentum for full launch

Channel Island Caravan operator Waves has received its AOC from 2-REG in Guernsey and is moving towards fully fledged operations.   Full story

Jung Sky looks for expansion with focus on quality

Jung Sky, headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia, will soon be celebrating eight years in business since its formation in 2009.   Full story

Midlands air ambulance charity receives first H145 for HEMS use

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) in the UK has taken delivery of its first H145 helicopter, which will be operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services.   Full story

NHV's deliveries continue as it heralds three years of offshore H175 ops

Rotary operator NHV is celebrating three years since it introduced the Airbus Helicopters H175 to its North Sea fleet.   Full story

Zenith doubles LR75 roster after a stellar six months

Zenith Aviation, based at London Biggin Hill airport in the UK, has purchased a further two Learjet 75 aircraft. The operator has been flying Learjets since 1999 and last year took delivery of its first two LR75s.   Full story

Premium Jet is first to go ARGUS Platinum in Switzerland

Premium Jet has become the first Swiss operator to achieve the ARGUS Platinum rating. This rating is the highest level awarded by ARGUS to air charter operators who have implemented industry best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance.   Full story
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43 Air School to receive efficiency boost from MOMook

South African aviation training provider 43 Air School has signed a contract to use MOMook software in order to manage its pilot training processes.   Full story

CAE launches Wyvern-endorsed Master Pilot programme

CAE is introducing Master Pilot Training Program, intended to raise platform knowledge, safety awareness and situational response capabilities of business aviation pilots throughout their career.   Full story

FlightSafety announces Platinum programme and promotes Goodwin

FlightSafety International has launched FlightSafety Platinum, a new training services programme designed to offer customisation and flexibility.   Full story

328 breaks into rotary market with Reiser Simulation and Training collaboration

328 Support Services has completed a project with fellow Bavarian company Reiser Simulation and Training to carry out an extensive flight test programme that gathers flight envelope and handling quality data, which will be used to generate a Level D compliant flight model of the Airbus Helicopters H125.   Full story

Third H160 prototype joins flight test campaign

Airbus Helicopters' third H160 prototype (PT3) has performed its maiden flight at the OEM's headquarters in Marignane, France.   Full story

Sikorsky launches customer experience 2.0

Sikorsky has introduced its next generation portal for customers, providing a more direct web-based location for all their needs regarding maintenance and questions about aircraft.   Full story

Bell expands certified service facilities in Europe

Bell Helicopter has appointed AS Aerospace Ltd as an authorised customer service facility. Based at Denham in the UK, AS Aerospace will offer Bell 429 field maintenance.   Full story

Airbus Helicopters progresses onboard imaging for VTOL systems

Airbus Helicopters is developing an experimental onboard image proc-essing management system aimed at performing automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions, as well as paving the way for future sense and avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems.   Full story

Leonardo reveals AW189K and Safran unveils Aneto engine range

Leonardo is introducing the AW189K helicopter, a super medium type that will feature the new generation 2,500 shp class Aneto-1K engine, unveiled by Safran Helicopter Engines at Helitech in London.   Full story

ACS Aviation teams with Specialist Helicopters

ACS Aviation's maintenance division ACS Engineering has entered into a joint venture with Specialist Helicopters to provide full maintenance support to Skyhook Helicopters' Airbus AS350.   Full story

Dassault expands service centres and spares

Dassault Aviation is expanding its global customer service network to include new and extended spare parts facilities and additional service centres.   Full story

Happy Design Studio and Air Livery complete BBJ project

France's Happy Design Studio and UK paint specialist Air Livery have collaborated for the first time to complete a new livery design for a Boeing Business Jet.   Full story

TAG Geneva strengthens maintenance capabilities and Le Bourget takes ASF award

TAG Aviation Maintenance Services Centre in Geneva has recently expanded its on-site aircraft refurbishment proficiencies.   Full story

World Aero achieves 20,000th component repair

Aircraft wheel and brake MRO World Aero is celebrating the delivery of its 20,000th component repair from its workshop in west Sussex, UK.   Full story

Heli-One Norway adds AS350 blade capability and promotes Torgersen to managing director role

Heli-One Norway is opening a 3,500 square foot blade repair and overhaul shop at its facility in Stavanger.   Full story

Stobart Jet Centre to open at London Southend

Stobart Aviation is launching an FBO, the Stobart Jet Centre, at London Southend airport in the UK. The centre replaces an existing smaller facility and is due to open this month.   Full story

Access Oslo first to pass IS-BAH in the Nordics

Access Oslo Executive Handling in Norway has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification and is the first FBO in the Nordics to achieve this.   Full story

Air BP invests in fuel system upgrades to improve stock-holding at Land's End

Air BP has completed a series of upgrades and enhancements to the fuel system at Land's End airport in the UK.   Full story

Multiflight named as Safran distributor

Leeds Bradford airport, UK-based Multiflight has become an official distributor for Safran Helicopter Engines, which was previously known as Turbomeca.   Full story

FlightSafety offers P&WC training in Johannesburg

FlightSafety International is now offering its Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) training programmes in Johannesburg, South Africa, through a cooperative agreement with ExecuJet.   Full story

BACA boosts management team for future challenges

Dave Edwards has been appointed to the role of CEO at BACA – The Air Charter Association on a part-time basis.   Full story

Trading company Helipool keeps paint shop full

Helipool, based in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, has purchased five helicopters this year for the purposes of renovating, repainting and reselling them.   Full story
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Gulfstream: Highlights from 50 years since GII certification

At the same time as the Beatles released their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, so the Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, then named Grumman Aircraft Engineering, relocated its civil aircraft production to Georgia in the United States.   Full story
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