NBAA cancels 2020 NBAA-BACE event

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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has cancelled its 2020 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, 6-8 October.

The Florida Department of Health recently issued an advisory recommending that individuals avoid participation in gatherings of more than 50 people, making it impossible for visitors and companies to participate in the world’s largest business aviation event.

According to NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, “NBAA has always advised its members to conduct a thorough risk evaluation before every flight to determine whether or not the mission can be safely conducted. We have brought that same discipline to the upcoming NBAA-BACE, and we regret that this year’s event must be grounded. We will immediately begin working with exhibitors and others as we wind down this year’s event and begin preparations for next year’s NBAA-BACE.”

The 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition will take place from 12-14 October in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FAI partners with Atalanta Golden Yachts

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FAI rent-a-jet AG, German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services.

Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Clients will be served by FAI’s jet charter fleet which includes Bombardier´s Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 (pictured) and the Premier 1A light jet.

As a dedicated air ambulance specialist and special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet AG, is also in the unique position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts‘ clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

Luxaviation Group implements FlySkills hygiene and safety standards

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Luxaviation Group has begun implementing the hygiene and safety standards recently developed by FlySkills together with Socotec.

The FlySkills Hygiene Certification (FHC) Program is available to all FBOs, aircraft operators and owners enabling them to demonstrate that defined and accredited hygiene standards have been implemented and are both followed and subject to regular compliance auditing.

FlySkills, an independently working Luxaviation Group company, is supervising the adoption of these standards with Luxaviation Group operators and ExecuJet FBOs the launch customers.

The procedures validated by Socotec allow any participating FBO, operator or aircraft owner to be listed in the FlySkills’ certification database. This listing will be made available to charter brokers and dispatch departments and related B2C and B2B platforms, enabling them to choose suppliers at any location that meet the hygiene protocols their customers are demanding. FlySkills accredited organisations are certified to minimise the risk of exposure of their aircraft owners and charter customers to COVID-19 and other such communicable diseases.


Global 5500 enters service

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Bombardier’s long-range Global 5500 business jet has entered into service following delivery to an undisclosed customer.

“This spacious and efficient aircraft is the ultimate business tool, with the range and access to safely take our customers where they need to be,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “The first Global 5500 aircraft delivery is of particular significance for our employees in Wichita, who recently took on the meticulous work of interior completions for the Global 5000 and Global 5500 aircraft.”

The new Global 5500 business jet features Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, the first new seating architecture in business aviation in 30 years, a 4K-enabled cabin offering the fastest in-flight connectivity, and an intuitive cabin management system that delivers an ultra-high-definition entertainment experience, from Collins Aerospace.

The Global 5500 business jet is also equipped with Bombardier Pũr Air, a sophisticated air purification system available exclusively on Global aircraft. The system’s advanced HEPA filter captures up to 99.99% of allergens, bacteria and viruses, and completely replaces the cabin air with 100% fresh air in as little as one-and-a-half minutes.



Clay Lacy deep clean

Clay Lacy launches new deep clean services

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Clay Lacy deep clean

Clay Lacy Aviation has begun providing comprehensive aircraft cleaning and disinfecting services at the company’s maintenance centres and through its mobile response teams.

Wearing full-body Tyvek suits, goggles, gloves and face masks, detailing experts use bipolar ionization equipment and EPA-registered, aviation-approved products to clean and disinfect the aircraft interior. The procedure kills surface and airborne pathogens, bacteria and mould, removes odours, improves air quality, and reduces static electricity, dust, pollen and smoke. For clients who also require line maintenance, pre- or post-flight checks or return-to-service support after extended downtime, Clay Lacy mobile response teams can combine cleaning and disinfecting with maintenance requirements for easy scheduling and service.

Inside the cabin, a powerful ion distribution unit runs for one hour, producing up to two million positive and negative ions.  No ozone is produced. The cabin is then sprayed with aviation-approved disinfectant, and meticulously wiped down and dried. Leather surfaces are wiped down with an approved cleaner, and the entryway is sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down upon exit.


JetSuite files for bankruptcy

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Superior Air Charter dba JetSuite Air (JetSuite) has voluntarily filed for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The compant offered charter flights on its fleet of Embraer Phenom 100s, Phenom 300s and a Legacy 650.

In a statement, Chief Restructuring Officer Ted Gavin, CTP of Gavin/Solmonese LLC said: “JetSuite has always done its best to honour its commitments to customers throughout its exemplary history, and JetSuite leadership has spent and will continue to spend enormous time and effort pursuing strategic and financial alternatives to restart operations.

Unfortunately, the global circumstances brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have caused JetSuite’s revenues to drop to near zero, and the carnage across the economy and in the aviation industry in particular is well reported and has no clear end in sight, so we have made the regrettable but necessary decision to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.”

The statement also said bankruptcy protection will be used to reorganise, preserve and maximise the value of its assets, and potentially resume operations.

Sister company JSX (formerly JetSuiteX) remains unaffected and is continuing operations.

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Aeronexus acquires control of PRIVAJET

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Aeronexus Aviation

Aeronexus, a provider of wide-body VIP air charter market, has acquired a controlling interest in the Maltese-based aircraft management company, PRIVAJET.

PRIVAJET, which operates large VIP Business Jets, will become an Aeronexus Group Company.

“Building on our success in the wide-body VIP charter market, the opportunity to obtain a European AOC and bring PRIVAJET into the group comes at a very opportune time,” commented Gareth Evans, Head of Aeronexus’ UK-based Commercial team. Evans and his team will continue to market, sell and organise all Aeronexus’ air charter activity.

Aeronexus’ flagship VIP B767-300ER (pcitured), which was introduced in February 2016, will be seamlessly transitioned onto the PRIVAJET AOC by mid-2020.

“When we emerge from this world crisis, a busy year of international sporting fixtures awaits and we are already responding to positive enquiries regarding future tours and flights using our 96-seat aircraft,” commented Evans.


CTT Systems announces VIP inflight humidification order

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CTT Systems AB (CTT) has announced an Inflight Humidification VIP system order from Comlux Completion for an Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft.

The CCT system will use two humidifiers to create increased humidity in the entire aircraft cabin, with Anti-Fuselage-Condensation protection. Additionally, the humidification system is based on evaporative cooling technology and precludes the transfer of bacteria.

Peter Landquist, VP of Sales and Marketing of CTT Systems stated, “We are delighted to cooperate with Comlux again in the completion of the second ACJ320neo that Comlux equip with our IFH system.

The VIP cabin air is more dehydrating than any place on Earth without an efficient humidification system – below 5%. The system will have a humidity increase which expects to create a more comfortable environment for passengers. VIP passengers for long-haul flights will potentially avoid dry air related problems such as fatigue, jet-lag, dry skin and the spread of diseases.

“Humidification is one of the most important features in engineering luxury and comfort,” commented Daron Dryer, CEO of Comlux Completion. “CTT Systems is a trusted supplier…proven to be a very reliable and efficient system.”

BBJ Max 9

BBJ MAX 9 aircraft to benefit from CTT Systems Inflight Humidification

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BBJ Max 9

CTT SYSTEMS AB (CTT) is to supply an Inflight Humidification VIP system on behalf of AMAC Aerospace for installation on a Boeing BBJ MAX 9 aircraft.

The system will feature increased humidity in the entire aircraft cabin, which requires support from three humidifiers, with Anti-Fuselage-Condensation protection. The system will be delivered to AMAC in Q4 2020.

Without an efficient humidification system, the VIP cabin air is far more dehydrating than any place on Earth – below 5% Relative Humidity (RH). This BBJ MAX 9 will increase humidity to approximately 20% RH.

long-haul flights, passengers on this BBJ MAX 9 will benefit from reduced dry air related problems (e.g. fatigue, jetlag, red eyes, dry throat, dry skin, spread of virus diseases) and improved wellbeing and general sleep.

The CTT humidifier is based on evaporative cooling technology and uses a method that effectively precludes the transfer of bacteria. The CTT IFH VIP system offers total anti-condensation protection.


Phenom 300E interior

Phenom 300E receives certification boost

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Phenom 300E interior

The Phenom 300E from Embraer has been granted Type Certificate by ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). The new Phenom 300E is the most enhanced version of the Phenom 300 series, which was the most delivered business jet series in the 2010s.

The new Phenom 300E has avionics upgrades and enhancements that lower cabin noise levels.

“The triple-certification by ANAC, EASA and the FAA reaffirms the position of the Phenom 300 series as the best light jet ever made, offering the ultimate experience in business aviation,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Phenom 300E owners can be assured of the jet’s performance, with our ongoing commitment to unparalleled technology, safety and comfort.”

In the cockpit, pilot and co-pilot seat tracking has been increased almost 40%, providing additional legroom. The cockpit enables single-pilot operation and offers the advanced Prodigy Touch Flight Deck, based on the acclaimed Garmin 3000 avionics suite. The avionics enhance situational awareness with clear information about speed, altitude, fuel, engine performance and other flight parameters. Additionally, the Phenom 300E offers 4G connectivity via Gogo AVANCE L5.

Passengers can enjoy the best cabin altitude in the category (6,600 ft at FL450) along with a generously-sized baggage compartment. Along with Embraer’s iconic airstair and oversized windows, the 17-ft-2-in-long Oval Lite cabin features new enhancements that reduce cabin noise, plus the already significant head room and aisle space for truly exceptional in-flight comfort. First created for the Praetor 600, the optional Bossa Nova Edition interior is now available in the Phenom 300E.

The cabin design also includes a cutting-edge “backbone of technology” with adjustable lighting, touchscreen monitors and patented flush gaspers. Multiple zones of personalisation and the nice HD by Lufthansa Technik, an advanced cabin control system that offers portable device integration and wireless audio/video streaming, further add to the sophisticated interior.