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September 2017 edition
This issue was published on September 5, 2017.

Features included: Show issue: ACE Biggin Hill, MEBAA Morocco and Helitech

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ASL positions Legacy 450 at St Tropez for Les Voiles

For the second consecutive year, Belgium-headquartered ASL will base its Legacy 450 at St Tropez La Mole airport during the 2017 Les Voiles regatta, which will take place between 30 September and 8 October on the French Côte d'Azur.   Full story

Héli-Union boosts African activity and looks to add heavy mediums

French rotary operator Héli-Union has recently delivered two AW139 helicopters to its base in Gabon, Africa.   Full story

GI Aviation seeks crews to satisfy PC-12 interest

GI Aviation in Abu Dhabi, the first operator in the Middle East region to become certified for single engine night, instrument and commercial operations, has hired two additional captains, bringing its total to six, and is on the lookout for two more.   Full story

Paralympian Millward joins Wiltshire's efforts to fund air ambulance base

Construction of a new site at Semington for UK charity Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) is well under way and is due to be completed in spring 2018.   Full story

CHC launches first H175 for offshore tasks

CHC Helicopter has welcomed its first H175 for use in offshore oil and gas operations. The aircraft has been delivered in offshore passenger transport configuration, allowing CHC to begin training and adjustment from its base at Aberdeen, ahead of operational launch.   Full story

DCAF swells Dubai roster with Al Maktoum Challenger 605

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has expanded its managed fleet with the addition of a Challenger 605.   Full story

Surf Air catches wave of summer Phenom flying

Membership airline Surf Air has received glowing feedback for its first Phenom 300, which has been operating flights from London to Ibiza and Cannes over the summer season.   Full story

Air Hamburg leads the way for UK pet approvals

Air Hamburg has become the first charter operator to be approved to fly with pets into all 16 entry airports in the UK, after receiving London Heathrow approval last month.   Full story

VistaJet equity surpasses $2.5 billion

VistaJet has received investment from Rhône Capital amounting to US$150 million. Rhône will now have a $200 million stake in VistaJet in a deal that values VistaJet's equity in excess of $2.5 billion.   Full story

RUBAA VP shines a light on private aviation in Russia

Russia remains an important and valuable market for business aviation, says RUBAA vice president Evgeny Bakhtin. Between 2010 and 2013, the country witnessed a 35 to 40 per cent increase in business aircraft traffic and the number of aircraft purchased.   Full story

ABS Jets teams with youth centre for historic experience

Czech operator ABS Jets recently partnered with AeroClub Plasy airport and the Kamarad Tremosna Youth Centre to provide a week-long camp for children to experience the lives of World War II military pilots.   Full story

Jet Exchange cleared for Farnborough pet travel

UK operator Jet Exchange has secured approval to fly pets that comply with government requirements into Farnborough airport.   Full story

Global Reach benefits from AOC partnership with ProAir

Global Reach Aviation, headquartered in Billund, Denmark, has had a busy time over the warmer months with its pair of CRJ 200s, and is also fully booked for the next quarter.   Full story

Caverton signs for eight oil and gas 407GXPs

Lagos, Nigeria-based Caverton Helicopters Limited, a subsidiary of Caverton Offshore Support Group, has signed a purchase agreement with Bell Helicopter for eight Bell 407GXPs.   Full story

Air Seychelles introduces scenic charter flights

Air Seychelles has launched a low altitude scenic flights programme over Mahé, using a 19-seat Twin Otter DHC-6.   Full story

Global Jet adds charter-ready Legacy 450

Swiss-based Global Jet has taken delivery of a Legacy 450, which it will manage and operate on behalf of a private owner.   Full story

Sky Lounge adds CL605 to meet Gulf requirements

Lebanese charter company Sky Lounge Services has added a refurbished Challenger 605 to its fleet.   Full story

Hahn Air adds fleet to Returnjet system following FL3XX integration

German scheduled and charter operator Hahn Air Lines, based at Düsseldorf and Frankfurt Egelsbach airports, has announced a partnership with search and booking platform Returnjet.   Full story

Norwegian Police opts for AW169 as tool against terrorism

The Norwegian Police Directorate has selected the Leonardo AW169 as a law enforcement helicopter following a tender for its helicopter service modernisation programme.   Full story

FLN takes on Islander for coastal missions

German operator Frisia Luftverkehr Norddeich (FLN) has taken delivery of a twin piston BN2B-20 Islander from Britten-Norman.   Full story

Air Serv relocates Caravan to aid DRC crisis

Ugandan operator Air Serv has deployed a Cessna Caravan to Kananga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a programme in support of humanitarian organisations working in the region.   Full story

AMC Aviation extends charter options and refurbishes Warsaw Modlin hangar

Poland's AMC Aviation is expanding the operational arm of its business, having already established itself as a provider of technical and maintenance services.   Full story
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European Flyers invests in MEP sim

Spanish flight school European Flyers has purchased an en-1000 FNPT II simulator from entrol, and is the first customer for this model.   Full story

European Flight Academy chooses DA42-VI fleet

European Flight Academy based in Rostock, Germany, has signed a contract with Diamond Aircraft for the purchase of five DA42-VI multi-engine training aircraft with the option of adding five more DA42s   Full story

Russian Helicopters to test Ka-226T in Iranian heat

Russian Helicopters, working with the Iran Helicopters Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC), will test the Ka-226T rotorcraft for its performance at extremely high temperatures, up to 50 degrees celsius.   Full story

Lobo signs Sikorsky power deal with Heli-One

Dublin, Ireland-based Lobo Leasing has signed a three-year power-by-the-hour contract with Heli-One to provide support for one of its Sikorsky S-76C+ helicopters.   Full story

FBO Riga welcomes guests to cultural festival

Latvia's FBO Riga is acting as the official business aviation partner of Baltic Musical Seasons 2017 (BMS), a programme of concerts that are taking place in Jurmala and Riga for the first time.   Full story

TAG Geneva showcases graffiti art in lounges

TAG Aviation's Geneva FBO is displaying a contemporary street art collection created by Swiss graffiti artist Joule Champod throughout August and September.   Full story

Augsburg certified as CAMO+ for Phenoms and Diamonds

Germany's Augsburg Air Service has been presented a CAMO+ certificate for the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Diamond DA42 following an audit process undertaken by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation.   Full story

JetSupport pursues ADS-B out upgrades

Netherlands-based JetSupport has completed an ADS-B Out upgrade on a Cessna Citation incorporating Rockwell Collins transponders and use of a Universal FMS unit.   Full story

AMAC has Taiwanese approval

Swiss AMAC Aerospace has received maintenance approval to work on Taiwanese registered aircraft.   Full story

Universal Aviation UK earns IS-BAH

Universal Aviation UK, based at London Stansted airport, has passed an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling audit and is now an official IS-BAH accredited location.   Full story

UAS assists Deer Jet with G450 management

UAS International Trip Support, with offices in South Africa and the Middle East, is assisting with the management of a Gulfstream G450 in partnership with Chinese company Deer Jet.   Full story

G600 number five takes to the skies with 'testbed' cabin layout

The final aircraft in Gulfstream's G600 flight test programme has completed its debut flight.   Full story

Pilatus to discontinue PC-6 production in 2019

Pilatus is to discontinue production of its Porter PC-6. The multi-role aircraft has been manufactured at Stans in Switzerland since 1959, where it is currently produced at a low volume of no more than 10 units a year.   Full story

Air BP extends biojet initiative to Bergen

Air BP is now offering commercial jet biofuel (biojet) to customers at Bergen airport in Norway.   Full story

Piaggio debuts at ACE with innovative EVO

Piaggio Aerospace will be bringing its Avanti EVO to Air Charter Expo (ACE17), which takes place on 12 September at London Biggin Hill airport.   Full story

HondaJet benefits from European exposure and city pair suitability

Honda Aircraft Company is reporting a promising start for its HondaJet in Europe, where six of the type are currently in service.   Full story
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Are drones carving out a special place in aerial photography?

Cameras may be needed for movie filming, geological studies, nature programmes, real estate images or pipeline surveys.   Full story
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