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August 2017 edition
This issue was published on August 7, 2017.

Features included: Feature: Fast-track alternative airports

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Air Hamburg takes delivery first Legacy 650E

Air Hamburg has taken delivery of its first Legacy 650E. A further two are expected at the end of August and in November.   Full story

KlasJet serves sports and music with first 737

Lithuania-based KlasJet has added a Boeing 737 business jet to its fleet. The aircraft has been modified and furnished by FL Technics to meet the demands of sports teams, large business groups and government officials, and has been supplied under an operating agreement with AviaAM Leasing.   Full story

GlobeAir gains from sterling drop and luxury retail rise

Austrian Mustang operator GlobeAir experienced a 53 per cent increase in flights to London during the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2016, and attributes this to the falling value of the pound sterling and London's strengthening position as the world's capital for luxury retail.   Full story

DRF Luftrettung close to 20,000 missions in six months

Air rescue organisation DRF Luftrettung, which operates 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, was called out to 19,558 rescue missions between January and June this year.   Full story

Multiflight to support promoted Huddersfield Town FC

UK operator Multiflight has been appointed the official flight partner for newly-promoted Premier League football club Huddersfield Town FC.   Full story

HondaJet debutant Privateways experiences encouraging demand

Germany's Privateways, which launched in April as the first European operator of the HondaJet, expects to take delivery of a second aircraft in the next four weeks.   Full story

Blackhawk upgrade enables longer range Caravan safaris

Mark Ross, owner of Nairobi safari operator The Ross Company, says he is delighted with the Blackhawk conversion that has been installed in his Cessna Caravan.   Full story

Harmony Jets gains Malta AOC and pledges transparent ops

Malta-headquartered Harmony Jets has received its AOC from the Maltese CAA. The company operates two Falcon 100s, a Falcon 50 and a King Air C90, and negotiations are under way to add a Falcon 20 and a Falcon 7X.   Full story

Titan Airways explores charter options with 32-seat A318

London-Stansted based Titan Airways has entered into service an all business class, 32-seat Airbus A318.   Full story

GHS launches rugged H225 for humanitarian work


Elit'Avia teams up with On Air Dining and pre-empts client flying patterns


Titan Aviation shows Gulf medevac interest and eyes San Marino AOC


Entrepreneur selects PC-12 for business and leisure


Blackbird to split operator and broker interests

Blackbird Air Charter, based at Billund in Denmark, is in the process of obtaining an AOC.   Full story

ExecuJet promotes sport to youngsters for Mandela Day

ExecuJet Africa welcomed children from local community schools to an event held on Mandela Day in July, a day of commemoration of politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela.   Full story

Zenith delighted with first half flight figures

Biggin Hill-based operator Zenith Aviation has experienced a considerable year-on-year increase in hours flown so far in 2017.   Full story

Comair Flight Services finalises facilities and adds to mixed fleet for pan-African appeal

South Africa's Comair Flight Services (CFS) has completed renovations on its south side hangar at Lanseria International airport in Johannesburg and has welcomed seven additional charter aircraft to its fleet since May of this year.   Full story

Luxaviation UK enjoys positive start to summer

Luxaviation UK is experiencing a rise in summer bookings, with a 15 per cent increase in June versus the same period last year.   Full story

Global Jet adds G650 for Mediterranean ad hoc clients

Swiss-headquartered Global Jet Concept has taken delivery of a Gulfstream G650 which will be immediately available for charter.   Full story

DAS Private Jets flies Phenom 300 for Zollern courtesy of Atlas

Atlas Air Service, an authorised sales centre for Embraer Executive Jets, has delivered a Phenom 300 to fellow German company Zollern, a metal processing specialist headquartered near Sigmaringen.   Full story

KEA improves low light lifesaving with night goggles

Ugandan operator Kampala Executive Aviation (KEA) is implementing night vision goggle technology in central and east Africa.   Full story
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Leonardo helicopters take on VIP missions

Sloane Helicopters, the UK and Ireland distributor for Leonardo, has signed for a further AW109SP rotorcraft, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2018.   Full story

Lithium-ion battery now available for R66

Robinson Helicopter Company has added the TB17 lithium-ion battery to its R66 options.   Full story

Russian Helicopters presents VRT500 at MAKS

Russian Helicopters showcased its light multirole VRT500 helicopter developed by the VR-Technologies design bureau at the¬†International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017, which took place at Zhukovsky near Moscow from 18-23 July.   Full story

Relentless resumes flight test programme

Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless programme has resumed flight test activity after receiving experimental certificate renewal from the FAA.   Full story

Woodgate Aviation offers Open 2019 pitch

Woodgate Aviation is hoping to secure the business of golf's top performers ahead of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland in 2019.   Full story

FBO Riga partners with Jurmala festival

FBO Riga recently acted as an official partner of the Laima Rendez-vous Jurmala festival, which was founded by actress, singer and Jurmala citizen Laima Vaikule and took place in the Latvian resort from 20-23 July.   Full story

Sky Valet Lisbon passes IS-BAH

Sky Valet's Lisbon airport FBO has obtained IS-BAH Stage I certification.   Full story

Moscow Zhukovsky opens dedicated heliport

A helicopter landing site has been opened at Zhukovsky International airport in Moscow.   Full story

GreyBird breaks summer flying record

GreyBird Pilot Academy in Denmark and Sweden has broken its summer record for training flights, flying 180 hours in five days using seven aircraft, including an additional P2006T that arrived in July.   Full story

BACA to deliver broker training at ACE17

BACA – The Air Charter Association has announced a full day of broker training to coincide with this year's Air Charter Expo (ACE17).   Full story

Qatar selects Diamond for pilot training

Qatar Aeronautical College has signed a purchase agreement with Diamond Aircraft Industries to invest in 14 training aircraft – four of which are DA-42VIs – and two simulators at its Doha headquarters.   Full story

RUAG repaints XRS with bespoke design

RUAG Aviation in Munich has repainted a Bombardier Global Express XRS on behalf of long-term customer SBK Holding Ltd.   Full story

Nomad adds three to CAMO

Nomad Aviation in Switzerland has added a further three aircraft to its CAMO services portfolio: the Cessna Citation CJ1, the CJ2+ and the Dassault Falcon 50.   Full story

Daher offers G1000 NXi on TBM 850 and 900

Daher is launching avionics kit that upgrades all TBM models equipped with G1000, including TBM 850, TBM 900 and some modernised TBM 700, to the Garmin G1000 NXi next-generation integrated flight deck configuration.   Full story

Vector completes first PT6A-140 overhaul

Vector Aerospace has completed its first full engine overhaul on the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A-140 turboprop engine at its facility in Lanseria, South Africa.   Full story

Centrik hires Wilkinson for enhanced MRO support

Operational management system supplier Centrik has boosted its support for MROs by appointing Andy Wilkinson as head of MRO.   Full story

Gama Aviation adds European maintenance agreements and renews Wijet deal

The UK's Gama Aviation has signed two maintenance support agreements with European operators and has extended its current agreement with air taxi operator Wijet.   Full story

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Denali development takes shape for Textron

Textron Aviation has made significant progress in bringing the Cessna Denali to market.   Full story

EAN Aviation is first in West Africa to pass IS-BAH Stage 1

Lagos, Nigeria-based FBO EAN Aviation has become the first West African IS-BAH Stage 1 registered company, and only the second organisation to earn the status in all of Africa.   Full story

Castle Air offers heli shuttle prize to ACE attendees

Biggin Hill-based Castle Air Group, comprising rotary operator Castle Air and fixed wing division Sovereign Business Jets, is eagerly anticipating Air Charter Expo (ACE17), which takes place at London Biggin Hill airport on 12 September.   Full story

Falcon 5X aims for 2020 operations after successful first flight

Dassault Aviation‚Äôs all-new Falcon 5X has made its first flight as part of a limited number of preliminary flight tests before the fully fledged campaign begins next year.   Full story

RAS repaints fourth Luxembourg air ambulance

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Owner/pilots: flying your own aircraft is good for the soul

Many of our readers pilot their own aircraft, be it helicopter, turboprop or small jet. Some use it for business, some for leisure, others for stunt flying. We thought it was about time to talk to these aviation addicts to find out the answer to the eternal question: what comes first, the business or the PPL?   Full story
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