1. OPMAS Introduces Quick Guides

OPMAS introduced the new OPMAS Quick Guides after having received many requests to present the importation alternatives in a different way. The OPMAS Quick Guides are showing limitations, potential liability, no-gos and includes procedures which continuously must be handled correctly. Everything is listed point by point showing what you can do and cannot — in a short and precise way. Press the yellow buttons to see the sensitive points!

The Quick Guides are covering:

Where an aircraft is owned/operated by a company or legal entity and used for private and corporate purposes

Where an aircraft is operated commercially by international AOC/Part 135 charter certificate holders

The following points are included:

Entities involved

Methods used for VAT and Customs duty

Pre-conditions and usage

Persons on-board registration

EU stay



The OPMAS Quick Guides will continuously be updated so you might want to check them with intervals.

DK-8000 Aarhus C
+45 70 20 00 51

2. Cirrus Offers Free Training For Buyers of Used Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft has launched a unique program to provide training at no cost to anyone buying used Cirrus SR20 or SR22 aircraft. The offer extends to any Cirrus SR-series aircraft sold, and includes private transactions between parties without any involvement from Cirrus. Under the Embark Program, Cirrus provides the instructor from one of 400 Cirrus instructor pilots at 90 training centers around the world, Kowalski said. The pilot provides the aircraft and buys the fuel.

Every person who is listed as an owner on the aircraft qualifies for the training, the company says. If three partners go together and buy a used Cirrus, all three will get the training. To sign up for the program, buyers should go online or call Cirrus Aircraft.

Cirrus Aircraft
(800) 921-2737

3. Polaris Aero Launches Vector SMS Safety Software

Polaris Aero, a provider of software for improved flight risk management, is offering Vector SMS, an aviation safety management system to help flight departments operate safely and comply with SMS protocols. The software goes beyond checklists and pages of protocol to provide interactive and customized safety recommendations. Vector SMS is available in three subscription options and includes issue reporting, hazard tracking, emergency response planning, automated read and acknowledge, an SMS manual, electronic checklist generator, SMS training through e-learning courses and other features.

Polaris Aero

4. True Blue Battery Certified for TB17 Battery 

True Blue Power has received FAA type certification for its TB17 17-amp hr. lithium-ion, engine-start battery for Robinson R66 helicopters. In addition, the TB17 is now STC approved on Robinson R44 helicopters and type certified as standard equipment on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The TB17 battery weighs 16 lb. and is significantly lighter than the helicopter’s standard 42-lb. battery or the optional high-capacity 52-lb. battery, the company says. The TB17 offers a 60-90% reduced maintenance cost, increased payload and more efficient high-energy starts, it said. True Blue Power is the first company to earn FAA TSO and European Aviation Safety Agency ETSO certification for lithium-ion batteries, True Blue says.

True Blue Power

5. Northstar Aviation Now Includes U.S. Customs

Northstar Aviation at Theodore-Francis Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, now has on-site U.S. Customs. Federal Inspection Services is available inside the fixed base operation for convenience in international travel. It also offers notary services, concierge services, reservation assistance, catering, limo services, a lounge, maintenance, fueling services and other services.

Northstar Aviation 

6. Aerospace Turbine Rotables Adds Customer Service Portal

Aerospace Turbine Rotables has introduced a new customer service portal to allow customers to review and approve quotes, look up airway bill numbers, review work order status and estimated completion dates, download condition reports and invoices and other items. Aerospace Turbine Rotables is a subsidiary of First Aviation Services, and is an FAA and a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified repair station.

Aerospace Turbine Rotables
Wichita, Kansas

7. SimpleCharters Accepting Bitcoin

SimpleCharters, an on-demand air charter service provider is accepting payment for flights using bitcoin. The cryptocurrency, digital currency payment system began in 2009. The use of bitcoin provides clients with another layer of financial privacy and security, the company said. It expands SimpleCharters’ payment methods from traditional credit card and wire payment methods. With bitcoin, there are no foreign exchange rates and funds settle immediately, the company said. “We see the use of bitcoin, and the desire of some clients to use bitcoin for their private charter payments, as a natural, technological growth in the private air charter marketplace, said Charles Denault III, founder and CEO of SimpleCharters. “Bitcoin is independent of all national boundaries and easily transferred. It is what many of our more tech-savvy clients have expressed a desire to transact with.”

An estimated 10 million people hold bitcoin and is accepted by more than 100,000 merchants around the world, Danault said. The total market cap is more than $40 billion, with unprecedented growth over the first half of 2017, the company notes. Clients who want to use bitcoin to pay for flights can go to the SimpleCharters website, select their itinerary and the aircraft for their trip and pay for the flight. When they select bitcoin for payment, the exact amount is displayed and verification occurs upon successful transfer of funds. SimpleCharter can convert the bitcoins into U.S. dollars, convert it into local currencies for international trips or pay vendors who accept it, the company says.