Briefs From EBACE 2022—May 25

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Web Manuals Celebrates 10 Years Digitalizing

Based in Sweden, Web Manuals (Booth S109) was created in 2012 to serve aviation professionals and utilize technology to simplify the editing and reviewing of the industry’s vast number of compliance regulations and manuals. The digitized process intends to save operators time and administrative costs while improving compliance and flight safety. Web Manuals has grown substantially over the past decade and now has offices in Malmö, San Diego and Singapore. The organization currently has more than 440 customers around the world, covering a wide range of aviation sectors, including cargo, airlines, business jets, flight schools, drones, and UAVs. 

Embraer Installs Ka-Band In Flexjet Legacy 500s

Flexjet is the first Legacy 500 customer in the world to install Ka-Band as an aftermarket modification on its European fleet. This new capability—which provides fast, home-like broadband—is available for the Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets. Embraer optionally offers Ka-Band for the Praetor 600 and the Praetor 500. “We saw demand in the market for Embraer to offer this aftermarket solution and now we are able to proceed with the installation of this feature in the field,” says Marsha Woelber, Embraer Service & Support’s VP of worldwide executive jets customer support and aftermarket sales.

UAS Waives Fee For Sustainable Fuel Uptakes

UAS International Trip Support (Booth A22) will not charge handling fees for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) ordered by operators for the next six months. In a commitment to sustainable air operations, this incentive is designed to motivate operators to convert to SAF and encourage suppliers to make SAF more accessible globally. “The business community is making tremendous efforts to achieve carbon-neutral growth and halve our total emission by 2050. As of now, the technologies and infrastructures needed to make SAF widely available are not developed enough, and prices are not competitive,” says Omar Hosari, UAS co-owner and CEO.  

Pratt & Whitney Canada and JetFly, in Environmental Initiative 

P&WC announced this week that European fractional owner JetFly has signed up its entire fleet of PT6A and PT6E-powered Pilatus aircraft that are enrolled in the Eagle Service Plan maintenance program to the company’s Carbon Offset Service. The service enables operators to contribute to greater environmental sustainability by offsetting the carbon footprint of their aircraft in a simple, cost-effective manner by sourcing high-quality carbon offset credits from South Pole, which offers environmentally sustainable solutions. It supports local communities by creating economic opportunities, such as clean water access, renewable energy and forest conservation projects.

Agusta Rises Again—For VIP Helicopters

Technically and legally they are Leonardo helicopters, but the Italian manufacturer returns to Booth S53 marketing its VIP/corporate transport helicopter capability offer under the “new” Agusta VIP brand name. Leonardo has a global fleet of more than 900 helicopters carrying out a range of passenger transport missions, including private transport, corporate transport, charter, scheduled services and VIP/government transport. More than 35% of the aircraft are based in Europe, the world’s largest market for civil helicopters. Da Vinci’s first name might have prestige, but so does that of Giovanni Agusta. 

Signature Opens New Birmingham Terminal

Signature Aviation, the world’s largest private aviation terminal operator (EBACE Booth K51), announces the opening of its newly constructed private aviation facility at Birmingham Airport, England. The Fixed Base Operator (FBO) facility features a 2,400-ft.2 building replete with traveler lounge space, refreshment area and a passenger security screening checkpoint. It also includes a dedicated pilots’ lounge and an electric vehicle charging station. “This opening solidifies our ongoing commitment to our customers and to Birmingham Airport as we look to the future,” says John-Angus Smith, Managing Director for Signature EMEA. 

TAG Aviation Granted Cayman AOC 

An Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) to TAG Aviation (Booth O95). The operator has already opened a dedicated Cayman office and registered its first managed aircraft, a Gulfstream 650. The company holds AOCs from San Marino, Malta and UK. Receiving the Cayman AOC will further enhance TAG’s aircraft management and charter service portfolio activities. “The Cayman AOC allows us to extend the scope of TAG’s capabilities and widen our range of bespoke services to our clients by providing the flexibility of various operating solutions,” says Steven Young, President of TAG Aviation. 

Honeywell Weather Radar For ABS Jets Retrofits

ABS Jets, a business jet operator and Honeywell authorized channel partner based in Prague, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, has signed an agreement to retrofit its fleet of Embraer Legacy aircraft with Honeywell’s IntuVue RDR-7000 advanced weather radar system. While conventional radars scan only a portion of the sky, the IntuVue RDR-7000 automatically scans from the ground to 60,000 ft. and as far as 320 nm ahead. Honeywell (BoothN94) was the first to introduce vertical displays in airborne weather radars, and the IntuVue RDR-7000 incorporates the most advanced version using patented, three-dimensional (3D) Volumetric Buffer technology.

MySky Announces Integration With Myairops

Bringing cost transparency to flight operations, MySky (Booth E57), the global technology company specializing in financial solutions for aircraft owners and operators, has announced its integration with business aviation operations software specialist myairops (V93). With the integration of MySky’s technology, operators and charter companies that use myairops are able to digitalize invoicing for faster verification and payment; customize budgets and KPIs; and access MySky’s global benchmarking tools. These new features will be hosted in a centralized calendar that automatically uploads the cost data and analysis of each scheduled or past flight in real-time, giving myairops customers oversight of all their costs.

ExecuJet Goes Big in Dubai

ExecuJet MRO Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, will soon be opening a major new center in Dubai that can simultaneously accommodate between 18 and 24 business jets. Covering 163,000 ft.2, the facility has been designed to handle the largest business jets, including the new Falcon 6X and Falcon 10X, as well as aircraft of other OEMs. Conveniently located at Al Maktoum International Airport, the facility will also become ExecuJet’s new regional headquarters.