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February 2018 edition
This issue was published on February 13, 2018.

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FAI parts out recovered Challenger

A Challenger 604 owned by Germany's FAI Aviation Group has completed its final journey onboard an Antonov 124.   Full story

ADA sponsors fifth Abu Dhabi expo

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) will be one of the diamond sponsors of the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Air Expo, which will run from 26-28 February 2018 at Al Bateen Executive airport.   Full story

Flight hours and staff numbers are on the rise at GlobeAir

Austrian Mustang operator GlobeAir is reporting positive results for 2017, and says that last year business aviation movements grew more than at any time since the financial crisis of 2008.   Full story

GI to represent design company

Abu Dhabi-based operator GI Aviation has been selected as the exclusive Middle East and North Africa representative for Edese Doret Industrial Design (EDID).   Full story

Babcock receives the go-ahead for Gothenburg HEMS

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (SAA) has been selected to operate a patient transfer service for the people of Gothenburg in Sweden. To fulfil the four-year contract, valued at $46 million, the company will operate a specially-configured AW169 helicopter from a new base in the city.   Full story

Wijet signs MoU for multiple HondaJets

Air taxi operator Wijet, which currently manages a fleet of 15 Citation Mustangs, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Honda Aircraft Company for 16 HondaJets to upgrade its fleet.   Full story

Qatar Executive reaffirms Gulfstream relationship with fourth G650ER

Qatar Executive has taken delivery of a fourth Gulfstream G650ER, which will be immediately available for charter.   Full story

Emperor adds G450 after spike in Russian traffic

Emperor Aviation, part of the Aim of Emperor group, has taken delivery of a Gulfstream G450. The aircraft was repainted and refurbished at the OEM's facility in Savannah, Georgia, US.   Full story

Waves' TCO approval enables UK and Europe charter

Caravan operator and technology developer Waves has been granted EASA approval to perform commercial flights into the UK and Europe.   Full story

Falcon secures Kuwait AW169 oil and gas contract

UAE operator Falcon Aviation has secured a five-year contract to fulfil offshore and onshore oil and gas operations with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).   Full story

Trainer FlyGAC acquires AOC and adds pair of Citation CJ2+

Danish ATR training organisation Global Aviation Contractors is adding two further Citation CJ2+ to its fleet in the next three months after it was approved for an AOC in September 2017.   Full story

VistaJet has a 2017 to remember and sees a surge in Middle East flights

VistaJet has announced 2017 as its strongest year yet. Its Program customer base in the Middle East has grown by 50 per cent, with the UAE accounting for 28 per cent of flights and 37 per cent of flight hours in the region.   Full story

Aeropartner opts for HondaJet and absorbs Air Prague

Czech operator Aeropartner has taken delivery of a factory-new HondaJet HA-420 and a fifth Citation Mustang. Commercial operations with the HondaJet are expected to commence in mid-March from the company's base at Prague International airport.   Full story

Topjet moves into new hangar and refurbishes Hawker fleet

Topjet Executive, based in Milan, Italy, noted an increase in flight hours of 15 per cent last year when compared with 2016, along with growth in the number of on-demand flights.   Full story

Xclusive adds 15-seat 900B to increase trijet offering

Xclusive Jets has expanded its fleet with the addition of a second Falcon 900B. The aircraft arrived at the company's Southampton, UK, airport base last week, and is expected to be available for charter in February.   Full story

Wiking names Nassl as CEO and awards Jet A1 contract to Air Total

Germany's Wiking Helikopter has appointed Ernst Nassl as CEO. Spokesperson for the shareholders Aylin Yildiz Basel says: “Ernst is an exceptional leader and has demonstrated leadership in his previous professional posts, including senior leadership and general manager positions at Siemens and Nokia."   Full story

BroadSword adds Boeing pair out of Stansted for large VIP delegations

2Excel Aviation, headquartered at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire, UK, is adding two VIP Boeing 737s to its fleet.   Full story

Gama bolsters board with Steeves and Medley

Gama Aviation has appointed Dr Richard Steeves and Neil Medley to its board. Steeves joins as an independent non-executive director, having founded and built up Synergy Health, the FTSE 250 outsourcer.   Full story

Nigerian operator benefits from Dornier 328 remarketed in Bern

Dornier Aviation Nigeria has purchased a Dornier 328-100 aircraft, which was remarketed by RUAG Aviation in Bern as a fixed-price, turnkey package solution.   Full story

AOC applicant Iroise prepares for a future in charter with a UK to Bordeaux curry trip

Iroise Aero Formation (IAF), based in Brittany, has used its recently acquired TBM700C2 to deliver an Indian takeaway from The Akash restaurant in Portsmouth, UK, to Bordeaux, France.   Full story

Turkmen Air expands fleet and rebrands as JetGlobe to reflect increased worldwide appeal

Turkmen Air, based at Ataturk airport in Istanbul and owned by super-vision and flight support provider Bilen Air Services, has changed its name to JetGlobe in order to reflect its increasingly international client base.   Full story

Medavia ramps up leisure trips and plans to grow workforce

Malta's Medavia experienced an increase in holiday charter bookings in 2017 and expects that trend to continue this year.   Full story

Titan takes on B737-400 number two for charter ahead of freight conversion

London Stansted-based passenger and freight operator Titan Airways, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, is introducing a second Boeing 737-400 jet to its fleet.   Full story

Italian services swell AW139 fleets for patrol and SAR

The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2018, while the Italian Customs and Border Protection Service (Guardia di Finanza) has ordered six to perform patrol operations, with deliveries to be completed by 2020.   Full story

Daher owners complete round-the-world trip from Poland to New Zealand

Two Polish TBM 930 owners have completed a circumnavigation of the globe during a four-week trip. Tomek Dudziak and Arjan Bakker flew most of their around-the-world expedition on segments south of the Equator, and many of their 26 stopovers in 25 countries were at UNESCO World Heritage sites.   Full story

Jet Aviation receives Slovakia-based Legacy

Jet Aviation has added a Legacy 600 to its recently-acquired Maltese AOC. Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, and immediately available for charter, the aircraft has a seven-hour range and seats up to 13 passengers.   Full story

Air Seychelles names Althuis to succeed Kinnear as CEO

Air Seychelles, which operates a fleet of Twin Otters for inter island charters in addition to its schedued airline duties, has appointed Remco Althuis as interim CEO.   Full story

ASL adds Sovereign number four

ASL/JetNetherlands has taken delivery of a fourth Cessna Citation Sovereign. Previously operated and managed under the N-register, the 2006-built aircraft is now in the process of being re-registered in Belgium.   Full story

Latvia to increase disaster and SAR capabilities using Leonardo pair

The State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract with Leonardo for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters with the option for an additional unit, customised configuration, aircrew and maintenance technician training services.   Full story

Luxaviation UK adds refurbished XLS+ with full-time crew

Luxaviation UK, part of the Luxaviation Group, has welcomed a Cessna Citation XLS+ to its fleet. The XLS+ is available for charter and will be based at London Luton airport with a full-time crew, allowing for last minute requests.   Full story
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IS-BAH achieves century milestone

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has announced that its International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) programme has reached 100 registered handler locations since it was introduced in July 2014.   Full story

Stobart Jet Centre at Southend hopes to outperform the competition

Stobart Aviation, part of the Stobart Group, has launched a new FBO at London Southend airport, with which it aims to outstrip competitors on price, speed and convenience in the south east of the UK.   Full story

London Oxford passes IS-BAH Stage II

London Oxford airport's OxfordJet FBO has been awarded IS-BAH Stage II by IBAC. The facility is one of only a handful of FBOs to have received Stage II endorsement, and the second in the UK, after TAG Farnborough.  

Air BP expands into Iceland with fuel at Reykjavik-Keflavik

Air BP has further extended its reach in the Nordics and is now supplying Jet A1 fuel at Reykjavik-Keflavik International airport, Iceland's largest airport.  

Falcon Aviation receives IS-BAH to mark Dubai South anniversary

Falcon Aviation's FBO at Al Maktoum International airport in Dubai has been awarded an IS-BAH Stage I certificate, just as it completed its first year of operations. COO Raman Oberoi praised the work of FBO manager Ahmad Badreddine for his work during the audit.  

Reconstructed road to FBO Riga is complete

FBO Riga has welcomed the completion of the Marupe region road infrastructure project at Riga International airport. Prior to the reconstruction, the road was without lighting and in a poor state of repair. Roman Starkov, co-owner of Flight Consulting Group of which FBO Riga is a part, says: “We are happy that the road is totally reconstructed and will not cause any more inconvenience to our passengers.”  

WFS celebrates first year with TAG Farnborough

World Fuel Services (WFS) is celebrating a successful first year as a full-service fuel and solutions provider to TAG Farnborough Airport.   Full story

Record WEF activity for ExecuJet

ExecuJet is celebrating a successful 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, after handling a record 620 business aircraft movements during the event across three of its European facilities.   Full story

Harrods increases ramp capacity at Luton

Harrods Aviation has secured a contract to offer an additional 53,000 sq ft of temporary ramp parking space at its London Luton FBO.   Full story

On Air Dining to deliver training at flight attendant institute

Inflight caterer On Air Dining has been selected as the only UK company to partner with the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute, a flight attendant training school that officially launched last month in Florida, USA.   Full story

Frasca launches affordable simulator for IMC recovery training

Frasca International has launched a lower priced helicopter training device, designed for helicopter air ambulance providers, airborne law enforcement, introductory turbine transition training and ab initio flight schools. Frasca developed the device in response to customer demand for one that had a lower price point but still delivered the features required to meet training objectives.  

Stoflight receives Diamond sim

The Stoflight Academy, based at Stockholm Vasteras airport in Sweden, has taken delivery of an Alsim AL42 FNPT II flight simulator for the Diamond DA42. Head of training Diako Rad says: “We have been looking for a capable simulator to meet our needs for a while now and, after trying a few of them, we finally found the Alsim to be the best.”  

AW109 Trekker meets EASA criteria

Leonardo's AW109 Trekker has been issued with type certification by EASA and deliveries will commence in the first quarter of 2018.   Full story

AW139 fleet passes two million flight hours

The global fleet of Leonardo AW139 twin engine helicopters has reached the milestone of two million flight hours, while performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government and military operators across five continents. Coming just three years after the first million, this accomplishment was achieved with the AW139 fleet leader having exceeded 12,000 hours on a single aircraft.  

Airbus Helicopters continues to deliver in 2017

Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017.   Full story

Safran appoints Le Merrer as executive VP

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Olivier Le Merrer as executive VP, support and services. Olivier succeeds Franck Saudo who has been appointed CEO of Safran Transmissions Systems.  

Marenco rebrands to Kopter

Marenco Swisshelicopter has unveiled its new brand name, Kopter. During an inauguration event held at its recently completed engineering facility, the company's CEO Andreas Loewenstein introduced Kopter to customers, suppliers, partners and staff.   Full story

JetSupport continues MRO services for Dutch Coastguard Dorniers

Amsterdam Schiphol's JetSupport has been awarded a further four-year contract providing MRO services for the two Dornier 228-212s operated by the Dutch Coastguard.   Full story

Leonardo and SEA Prime collaborate at Linate

Leonardo Helicopters and SEA Prime at Milan Linate are opening a new maintenance base at the airport for Leonardo types.   Full story

Atlas and FTI receive Citation ADS-B Out authorisation

FTI Engineering Network has received a supplemental type certificate to retrofit all Cessna Citation CJs with ADS-B Out transponder technology in cooperation with German MRO provider Atlas Air Service.   Full story

Gama's Oxford facility receives FAA approval

Gama Aviation's Oxford airport maintenance organisation has received FAA approval to support Global, Challenger, Legacy and Hawker types.   Full story

­­­­Aero-Dienst opens line station at Klagenfurt

Nuremberg MRO provider Aero-Dienst has received German LBA approval for its line maintenance station at Kärnten airport in Klagenfurt, Austria.   Full story

On Air Dining hopes Berry will bring more to the table

Culinary concierge company On Air Dining has appointed consultant Alex Berry as head of strategy and development in order to extend its geographical profile.   Full story

Interflight adds Hawker, Beechjet and Nextant approvals and updates hangar

London Biggin Hill-based Interflight has received EASA approval to perform maintenance on the Hawker 400XP, Beechjet 400A and Nextant 400XT.   Full story

Third ACE in a row to be delivered at Biggin Hill

This year, London Biggin Hill airport will welcome Air Charter Expo 2018 (ACE18) for the third consecutive time. Taking place on 11 September, ACE18 is expected to build on the success of 2017, where attendance hit a record high of more than 700 industry professionals.   Full story

Tecnam P2012 Traveller stays on track for certification

Tecnam has completed the first flight of its second P2012 Traveller aircraft. Serial number 002 will be configured as the conforming production aircraft and will be the template for all P2012 customer production units.   Full story

ARGUS adds best practice assessment for flight departments

ARGUS International is launching a Flight Department Best Practices Assessment for non-commercial operators who wish to operate at a higher standard of safety.   Full story
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From airport entry to boarding, FBOs and handlers ensure smooth transit for high volumes

As passengers become ever more demanding, many handlers are developing the ability to predict what clients want before they ask for it. At the very least they are learning that they need to go beyond the traditional scope of handling operations to meet the increasing complexity and number of requests per client, which could be anything from faster ground transport options to individualised allergy-aware catering.   Full story
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