First In-Service Sharklet Retrofit on ACJ320

Alpha Star Aviation Services of Saudi Arabia has become the first Airbus ACJ320 customer for an in-service retrofit of Sharklets, upswept fins attached to the wingtips that save about 4% in fuel consumption while also enhancing performance and appearance. It is also the first Middle East customer for the in-service retrofit of Sharklets on an Airbus corporate jet. Alpha Star (Booth 3824) plans to fit them to an ACJ320 that is already in opera- tion, in 2016. The retrofit comprises local structural reinforcement of the outer wing, a software upgrade to several flight-control computers, and replacement of the existing wingtips by Sharklets.

Hubstart Paris Champions CDG and LBG Area

Hubstart Paris Region Alliance partners are at EBACE to promote the Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget airport area. Seine-et-Marne Development Agency, the Seine-Saint-Denis General Council, the Val d’Oise Economic Expansion Committee and the Paris Region Economic Development Agency are promoting, under the Hubstart banner, the benefits of Europe’s lead- ing business aviation hub, primarily driven by Paris-Le Bourget and two additional facilities, the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin airport and the Melun-Villaroche airfield, both of which are key European sites for business growth and economic development.

WSI and Air Support Join Forces

The Weather Company’s professional division WSI is joining forces with flight planning systems specialist PPS by Air Support, well known for its ability to optimize on fuel, time and cost. Integrating the WSI Fusion platform with PPS’s optimized flight planning “will empower dispatchers and other operational personnel to stay ahead of changing weather conditions, and take proactive action and stay on time and on target,” the companies say. Air Support is at Booth 5141.

London Executive Aviation Joins Luxaviation

Luxaviation has integrated London Executive Aviation, creating one of Europe’s largest business avia- tion groups. London Executive Aviation is the largest business aviation charter operator in the UK, which is one of Europe’s three largest business aviation markets. It operates 26 aircraft, ranging from the Beechcraft King Air 200 to the Dassault Falcon 2000LX and is the largest European operator of the Embraer Legacy 600/650 business jet, with a fleet of eight aircraft. LEA will continue to be led by chief executive Patrick Margetson-Rushmore and managing director George Galanopoulos.

HYDREP MRO Services for Legacy Landing Gear

HYDREP (Booth 6550) has signed a contract with landing gear manufacturer Héroux-Devtek to supply MRO services for the Embraer Legacy 450/500 and a letter of intent for the Dassault Falcon 5X program. The 12-year service agreement covers full support of the fleet from manufacturer warranty repair to overhauls. Marc-Olivier Gagnon, director of product support at Héroux-Devtek, said, “With HYDREP’s state-of-the-art facility, highly skilled personal, customer focus and solid reputation, it was the perfect choice to support the Eastern Hemisphere fleet on these promising programs.”

AMAC Turkey Named Falcon Service Center

AMAC Aerospace has announced that its facility at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, has become a Dassault Falcon Authorized Service Center (ASC). AMAC Aerospace Turkey achieved EASA Part 145 approval for Falcon 900 and Falcon 900EX EASy models earlier this year. It was subsequently awarded Dassault Falcon ASC status at the end of April. It is anticipated that maintenance approvals for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX EASy family will be given later in the summer, and that Falcon 7X approval will be given by year-end. 

L-3 Expanding Custom Cabinetry Capability

L-3 Platform Integration’s VIP and Head-of-State Completion Center in Waco, Texas, is more than doubling the size of its custom cabinetry shop to 24,000 sq. ft. The expanded area will feature a CNC router machine for custom fabrication of metal, wood and composite parts. L-3’s aircraft modification portfolio includes 50 VIP aircraft deliveries and reflects extensive experience on multiple models of the Boeing Business Jet 747, 747, 757, 767 and 777 series as well as the Airbus A310 and A340, and the MD-11. Booth 3206.

Airops Launches Charter Quoting Tool

Airops Software has introduced an upgraded version of its software for charter operators that enables them to provide automatic charter quotes via its integration with PrivateFly.com. The new software enables Airops’ operators to quote automatically for customers’ live flight requests via PrivateFly’s booking platform. The quote is generated within the operator’s own software, based on live aircraft availability and location. After being approved, it is submitted to Private- Fly and the end customer. Operators already registered with Airops should contact support@ AiropsSoftware.com to switch on automatic quoting. Airops is here at Gama Aviation’s Booth 806.

Rizon Jet Biggin Hill Joins Avfuel Network

Avfuel Corporation and Rizon Jet UK FBO at London Biggin Hill
have announced a partnership that allows Rizon Jet to offer Avfuel
Contract Fuel and AVTRIP Rewards Points, as well as have access
to operational systems and training provided by Avfuel. “Rizon Jet’s
extremely desirable location, combined with an acute attention
to detail, results in an unparalleled experience for guests,” said Marci Ammerman, Avfuel VP, marketing. “The luxurious facilities and levels of service are impeccable. Avfuel is very pleased to partner with Rizon Jet to further enhance offerings.” Rizon Jet is at Booth 1421.

Alpha Star Expands Saudi Arabian Services

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Alpha Star Aviation Services will receive Quality Management and Quality Services Certification under ISO 9001:2008 and AS9110B:2012 standards here at EBACE. Established to meet increasing demand in the private aviation sector in the Kingdom, it provides aircraft management, acceptance, and delivery and completions; flight operations; technical support; quality assurance; safety management; and consulting services. “We have a dedicated team to provide tailored solutions for VIP flight services. These include travel arrangements, dedicated VIP representatives and personalized cabin services,” says the company. Booth 3824.

Arnaud Martin Joins Comlux as EVP

Comlux The Aviation Group has appointed Arnaud Martin EVP and board
member. “Comlux shareholders are determined to reinforce their position in
the markets where they play a role, and Arnaud represents an asset in obtain-
ing this objective,” said president and CEO Richard Gaona. In his previous role as VP of Airbus Corporate Jets Programs, Martin was in charge of development and production of VIP aircraft, from the ACJ318 to ACJ380, and supervised the Airbus-approved cabin outfitting centers. During this period, he oversaw delivery of more than 120 VIP aircraft. Comlux is at Booth 5152.

Air BP Appoints New Global Sales Director

Air BP has appointed Norbert Kamp global sales & marketing director, based at its global headquarters in Sunbury-on-Thames, UK. Kamp takes on his new role on July 1 and will report directly to Air BP CEO David Gilmour. German-born Kamp brings more than 15 years of fuels experience to the position, gained in a variety of senior leadership roles within parent company BP. For the last four and a half years Kamp has been VP, strategic cooperation, where he successfully led the strategic partnership between BP and General Electric. Booth 634.

ExecuJet Forms Global Services Department

ExecuJet Aviation Group (Booth 5629) is expanding its European centralized services department, based at Cambridge Airport in the UK, to encompass its aircraft management services globally. The new department will further enhance service levels across the group through increased efficiencies and economies of scale, offering global trip planning, maintenance planning, and oversight and pilot training and administration. John Brutnell, previously operations director of ExecuJet Europe, has been appointed aircraft operations director and will lead the new centralized services department, in addition to managing ExecuJet Europe’s flight operations department.

HAITEC Launching VIP Maintenance at EBACE

HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH (Booth 5113 and Static Display) is launching a VIP Maintenance subsidiary at EBACE. It will operate at Erfurt-Weimar Airport, where it has a 14,000-sq.-ft. hangar. The company holds EASA Part 145 approvals for the Gulfstream G550 and nearly all types of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and is preparing for approvals for

Gulfstream 450s, Bombardier Globals and Challengers, and Cessna Citations. In addition to line and base maintenance, the company will concentrate on cabin refurbishment and interior design.

RUAG’s Connectivity Solution for Falcon 7X

RUAG, Satcom1 and EMTEQ have developed an EASA STC-approved add-on solution for existing connectivity installations on Dassault Falcon 7Xs. Based on Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband high-gain antenna service, it is capable of streaming data services up to 432 kbps. Features include virtual private network, user profile management and use of PEDs including iPads and smartphones seamlessly while in flight. “This is an opportunity developed in order to enhance the inflight experience and work efficiency with a cutting-edge solution, involving minimum capital investment and installation downtime,” says Michael Sattler, SVP of business aviation at RUAG (Booth 3839).

Eclipse and Jeppesen Join Forces for E-Charts

Eclipse Aerospace has partnered with Jeppesen to offer a new Web-
based delivery system for EChart and navigation subscription data
updates. Current Eclipse EChart subscription customers can download
their Jeppesen data by logging in at the company’s website. “This
secure, Web-based delivery system automates the data update process
and eliminates potential errors that can occur from entering data manually...and will increase overall efficiency for operators,” said Scott Reagan, director of Jeppesen OEM client management.

Xian to Host Chinese Open Skies Forum

Open Skies, the China General and Business Aviation Leaders Forum, is a three-day gathering to showcase the country’s new, relaxed aviation climate. The event, to be held September 10-12 in Xian, will feature presentations from PRC government ministers, aviation industry experts, manufacturers, the media and financial pundits. Concurrent with the forum will be the Great Silk Road Air Race Qualifier, which will run from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Xian and will involve some 12 teams flying light, propeller-driven aircraft. The winner of the race will get $50,000 and teams that complete the course will qualify for the Great Silk Road Air Race 2015.

Tyrolean Jet Services Honored by EBAA

Tyrolean Jet Services (TJS) will be honored here with the EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight Award for operating business jets that have logged more than 100,000 accident-free flight hours. TJS’s fleet ranges from ACJ319 and ACJ318 ER, Global Express and G550 to a G200 and Citation CJ2. “This award reflects TJS’s ongoing safety awareness,” says the

EBAA. Established in 1978, the Innsbruck, Austria-based company offers worldwide VIP, private and business jet charters, aircraft management and maintenance services. TJS is at Booth 6556.