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October 2017 edition
This issue was published on October 2, 2017.

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GlobeAir doubles flights to and from Cannes for yacht show

Austrian air taxi operator GlobeAir has partnered with the 40th Cannes Yachting Festival, which took place from 12-17 September. The event attracted around 500 visitors and 600 boats were on display.   Full story

CHC's H175 completes first flight from Aberdeen to offshore North Sea rig

CHC Helicopter is celebrating the inaugural flight of its H175 super-medium aircraft to the Ocean Patriot offshore oil and gas rig in the North Sea.   Full story

Opinion: An update on the market from a UK perspective

There is a lot of positivity in the UK market and current figures from WingX Advance show that the industry is finally overhauling August 2008 figures.   Full story

Scully takes reigns at Private Sky

Shannon, Ireland-based Private Sky has announced Dave Scully as accountable manager and MD. Scully previously held the post of ops director at Dublin-Weston executive airport.   Full story

AirX accepts Argus Platinum and IS-BAO approvals

Maltese operator AirX Charter has received the Argus Platinum rating and IS-BAO approval.   Full story

Air Charter Scotland's Citations busy as it works towards 7X LCY approval

Air Charter Scotland took delivery of a Citation XLS+ in August and has been steadily increasing hours on its Falcon 7X, which arrived in December 2016.   Full story

Interflight reintroduces 'hardworking' Hawker 800B after refurb

London Biggin Hill-based operator Interflight has made its Hawker 800B available for charter once more, following an extensive interior refurbishment.   Full story

Bristow Norway secures a five-year Eni and Statoil deal

Bristow Norway has secured a contract to provide helicopter offshore crew change and SAR services to support Eni Norge and Statoil in the Barents Sea.   Full story

MC Aviation outlines ambition for AOC and hangar

MC Aviation, based in Istanbul in Turkey, is in the process of applying for an AOC and already manages two business jets, a Global Express and a Challenger 604, which currently operate under the AOC of Turkmen Air.   Full story

Mustang Charter steps up comfort with Phenom

Austrian operator Mustang Charter has received a Phenom 100 from Atlas Air Service. The aircraft is the first of its type in the country and replaces a Citation Mustang.   Full story

Nomad Aviation names Koehli as CEO

Swiss-based Nomad Aviation has appointed Thomas Koehli as its CEO. Koehli will lead the management team and will be in charge of the Nomad Aviation group.   Full story

Voldirect reports piqued interest in SET since upgrading its AOC

French TBM operator Voldirect has renewed its AOC so that it is compliant with the new SET IMC regulations, and is reporting that its flight hours have increased by more than 20 per cent versus the previous year.   Full story

Avionco set to receive European AOC and start with Skyline Challenger

Avionco, headquartered in Calgary, Canada, is in the final stages of applying for an AOC with the 2-REG registry in Guernsey, paving the way for it to manage business jets in Europe from early November.   Full story

Castle Air reaches six Grands and treats ACE guests to shuttle sample

Castle Air, which operates the London Heli Shuttle between London Biggin Hill airport and Battersea Heliport in central London, has grown its fleet to include six AgustaWestland AW109 Grand helicopters.   Full story

NOLAS adds Norway's first civil Helionix H135

Norwegian air ambulance operator Norsk Luftambulanse AS (NOLAS) has become the first civil customer to receive an H135 equipped with the Helionix avionics suite.   Full story

VistaJet introduces reduced rate empty leg scheme

VistaJet has launched VistaJet Direct, a digital membership offering priority access to the operator's one-way and empty leg flights at reduced rates.   Full story

Luxaviation Helicopters makes Starspeed its first acquisition

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has acquired UK-headquartered helicopter management, charter and training company Starspeed.   Full story
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ExecuJet in Zurich gains IS-BAH Stage II

ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation Group, has had its Zurich FBO accredited with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage II.   Full story

Sikorsky celebrates a year of forward stocking at Stavanger

Sikorsky is marking the first year of operations for its Stavanger, Norway-based forward stocking location (FSL).   Full story

RUAG fulfils Dornier 328 heavy maintenance inside a month

RUAG Aviation has completed phase four and phase six heavy maintenance checks on a Dornier 328 in a turnaround time of four weeks at its Bern-Belp, Switzerland location.   Full story

Germany certifies world's first H145 full flight simulator

The H145 simulator at the Airbus Helicopters Training Academy in Germany has been awarded Level D status by the German Federal Aviation Office, the highest certification for a full flight simulator.   Full story

Entrol H135 T2+ FTD level 2 sim receives certification

Héli-Union Training Center has received certification for its entrol H135 T2+ FTD Level 2 simulator. Equipped with both spherical visual and vibration systems, it enables pilots to feel real cockpit sensations such as vortex ring, turbulence or ground contact   Full story

Aeros acquires second Alsim AL42

Alsim has sold a second AL42 FNPT II simulator to Aeros Flight Training for its academy in Gloucester, UK.   Full story

TAG Farnborough maintenance tasks Bull to lead customer support

TAG Aviation's Farnborough maintenance services centre (TFMS) has appointed Steve Bull as customer support director.   Full story

Certification trials of Ka-62 to commence in 2018

Russian Helicopters intends to begin two years of certification trials of its Ka-62 helicopter early in 2018. Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company has already produced two flight test models.   Full story

Euro Jet names Lourenco as OCC manager

Euro Jet Intercontinental has appointed Paul Lourenco to lead its operations control centre in Prague, Czech Republic.   Full story

Jetex hosts HondaJet on Dubai leg of world voyage

Jetex has provided services to Julian and Kim MacQueen, founders of Innisfree Hotels, as the pair endeavour to be the first to circumnavigate the globe in a HondaJet.   Full story

Piper returns 39 M600s to the skies following aft wing component testing

Piper Aircraft has returned its grounded M600 fleet to service. Just before Oshkosh in July, the OEM carried out some component testing and found that an aft wing spar section of the M600 was out of tolerance.   Full story

Bombardier on track for 2018 deliveries with Global 7000

Bombardier is reporting that its Global 7000 programme is running to schedule, and is on course for entry into service in the second half of 2018.   Full story

Piaggio ramps up production and zones in on uncharted markets with Avanti EVO

Piaggio's promotion campaign for its Avanti EVO is in full swing, and CEO Renato Vaghi says that while initially targeting mature and established markets such as the US and Europe, he is also anticipating interest in the Middle East and Africa.   Full story
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Sky high catering; when you can have your cake and eat it

How has in-air catering evolved over the years, and how do you serve high quality meals to both short and long haul passengers on small or large aircraft? It seems that the catering sector of the industry has successfully managed to accommodate the ever-changing demands of its affluent clients in terms of choice, quality and timeliness.   Full story
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