VOAR Embraer partnership

Embraer partners with VOAR

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
VOAR Embraer partnership

Embraer has announced a partnership with VOAR Aviation. The objective of the partnership is to offer unscheduled services to Embraer executive aviation customers at the Congonhas Airport in São Paulo.

Embraer says it is continuing to strengthen its operations of MRO services and support the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) to meet the growth of executive aviation in Brazil.

Embraer inaugurated its new hangars at the Sorocaba Service Center in the countryside of São Paulo, doubling its usable area. The unit now has four hangars, three of which are dedicated to MRO and one to FBO.

“This agreement with VOAR is the ideal complement to the expansion of Embraer’s service operations in Brazil. We will be even closer to our customers, establishing our presence in the most important airport in the country for business aviation,” said Frank Stevens, Vice President, Global MRO Centers, Embraer Services & Support.

“Partnering with Embraer makes perfect sense for VOAR, as we have a large fleet of the company’s aircraft using our facilities. The customer, who will be the main beneficiary, wins,” said Alessandra Abrão, CEO of VOAR Aviation.

“The main goal is to offer dedicated support at the Congonhas Airport, further improving our customer’s satisfaction. We aim to bring benefits such as greater agility in service, with local teams supporting the operation, and greater network integration, both owned and authorised,” said Everton Vicente, MRO & FBO Managing Director, Embraer Services & Support.

Maddison Gerhardt ACS

Air Charter Service to expand operations in California

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
Maddison Gerhardt ACS

Aircraft charter broker company Air Charter Service has announced its plans to expand operations in its two offices in California.

According to the company, it has had a record year. Maddison Gerhardt, ACS’s Director of Private Jets for the state commented: “The private aviation market in California was always buoyant pre-pandemic, boasting the most amount of departures of any state, before the obvious drop-off following the onset of Covid. Since that slump we’ve seen a real bounce-back in the past 12 months with the return of the entertainment industry and business travellers flying again. Sales grew considerably and last year we saw 9% growth on 2019’s pre-pandemic levels, compared to the market which saw only 4% growth on overall departures in the state.

“Our Jet Card product, a pre-paid account with funds held on account, has seen sales skyrocket across the US – up by 127% year-on-year. We saw a lot of new customers turn to private aviation during the pandemic and we are now seeing many of them upgrade to a Jet Card, as a way to secure aircraft availability in a challenging market for fleet operators.”

Thomas Howe, CEO of ACS California, added: “We are looking to recruit talented aviation professionals to grow the team and drive forward from our record year and a strong first quarter to this one. With scheduled services not expected to fully return to pre-pandemic levels for several years, private aviation is going to continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.”

Air Charter Service arranges larger passenger aircraft and cargo charters, as well as private jets, and has seven other offices across North America, along with LA and San Francisco, and 28 globally.


Jetfly partners up with Ravenair

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments

Fractional ownership and aircraft management company Jetfly, which has a 50-strong Pilatus fleet, now offers its members domestic UK flights on board newly re-registered PC-12NG (G-OJFA) following an announcement of its new partnership with UK PC-12 business aviation operator Ravenair.

According to Jetfly’s Sales Director UK Jonathan Clough, two more Jetfly PC-12s are planned to join Ravenair’s UK Air Operator’s Certificate to realise increased demand for flights from destinations such as Oxford to Cornwall, Fairoaks Airport to Jersey and Goodwood Aerodrome to the Isle of Man.

Liverpool-based Ravenair oversaw the export of a Jetfly Luxembourg-registered aircraft to the UK and the airworthiness, registration and AOC formalities included a 300-hour scheduled maintenance check undertaken at Jetfly’s Part 145 maintenance facility at Bournemouth Airport, overseen by Ravenair’s CAMO.

Wayne Barrett, Ravenair Operations Director, extended his thanks to his Operations teams, trainers and examiners for handling the project, which completed at the end of May.

“This convenient arrangement with Ravenair provides more flexibility for Jetfly members, who can now fly from the UK to the EU, intra UK and intra EU through the Luxembourg-headquartered Jetfly Group,” said Jonathan Clough.

Jetfly says it has four fully trained UK pilots already supporting G-OJFA and is training more in line with G-registry rules as demand escalates.


ACJ delivers ACJ319neo to a new customer

By Business aviation, Featured, InsightsNo Comments

Airbus Corporate Jets has announced it has delivered an ACJ319neo to a new West European undisclosed private customer from the final assembly line in Hamburg. The aircraft, which is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, will be managed by Jet Aviation and will be available for charter flights.

“This demonstrates the value of the ACJ319neo for the business aviation market! The aircraft’s latest technology engines and Sharklets enable even longer intercontinental flights* in the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, while delivering at least 20 per cent fuel-saving and excellent economics combined with a robust 99.9 % operational reliability,” says Airbus Corporate Jets President, Benoit Defforge.

There are already more than 2,200 A320neo and A321neo aircraft already in service with airlines around the world, Airbus says. The manufacturer supports more than 500 customers and operators through a worldwide network of field service, spares and training centres, complemented by services tailored to the needs of private jet operators.

More than 210 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide.

honeywell aerospace

Honeywell Aerospace approves C&L Aviation Group as channel partner

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
honeywell aerospace

C&L Aviation Group has announced that it has been approved as a Honeywell Aerospace channel partner, offering the full line of Honeywell’s avionics products.

The product line includes all NZ 6.1 FMZ-2000 FMS upgrades, DU875 LCD unit system upgrades, Primus Elite, RD-7000 Weather Radar Systems, Laseref IV Internal Reference Systems, CD-830 Touchscreen Display Control Units and more.

“Honeywell is one of the most recognisable names in the industry and it’s an honour to partner with them and offer their full line of products to our customers,” said Charlie Carroll, Avionics Sales Manager for C&L Aviation Services. “We are excited to provide Honeywell’s latest technology to our customers to enhance their flying experience.”

C&L Aviation Group performs Honeywell avionics installations, upgrades, and engineering solutions for customers at their 200,000 sq ft Part 145 repair station located in Bangor, Maine. C&L also provides Honeywell avionics repairs, exchanges, and outright sales around the globe through its parts sales division.

ACJ twotwenty

CTT Systems to supply humidification system for ACJ TwoTwenty

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
ACJ twotwenty

Aircraft humidity control system supplier CTT Systems has signed a deal with Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) to supply a humidification system for the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet.

According to CTT Systems, the TwoTwenty humidification system is developed by CTT in partnership with ACJ, with an aim to achieve a minimum weight solution while ensuring the highest levels of performance, including optimised humidity in the entire cabin with efficient anti-condensation protection. The humidification system is designed to equally distribute humidified air in the extra-large business jet cabin.

“The ACJ TwoTwenty includes a flexible cabin catalogue, opening the Xtra large business jet categories. Airbus is committed to offer market leading comfort and best cabin performance in the extra-large TwoTwenty business jet,” says Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “As part of this effort, we will promote the humidification system. Because only if humidity is restored to adequate and ground-like level, passengers can fully benefit from long-haul travel in the best large-cabin business jet on the market.”

“We are delighted that Airbus Corporate Jets includes humidification as part of the comfort climate in ACJ TwoTwenty aircraft,” says Peter Landquist, Vice President Senior Advisor Sales at CTT Systems. “ACJ is first-in the large-cabin business jet segment to offer significantly elevated cabin air humidity with total moisture protection that eliminates all fuselage condensation issues.”

The ACJ TwoTwenty humidification system will reduce dry air related problems on long-haul flights such as fatigue, jet-lag, red eyes, dry skin and spread of virus diseases. CTT says its humidifier is based on evaporative cooling technology and uses a method that effectively precludes the transfer of bacteria.

farnborough airport

Flexjet sets up European Tactical Control Centre at Farnborough Airport

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
farnborough airport

Business jet operator Flexjet is setting up its European Tactical Control Centre at Farnborough Airport in the UK.

Flexjet has sustainability as one of its priorities, including a complete emissions offset (300% CO2e) for both carbon and non-carbon pollution, at no extra cost to the passenger. Farnborough Airport says this contributes to its own commitment to sustainability and the UK government’s targets for net-zero carbon emissions.

Flexjet’s new Tactical Control Centre and office space for its operations and other support teams at Farnborough Airport adds to the 50 companies based on site and the airport’s longstanding history of driving economic growth and local employment in the region.

Farnborough Airport’s CEO, Simon Geere, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Flexjet to Farnborough Airport. The operator’s exemplary focus on sustainability brings additional value to our airport, not to mention a boost to local employment and fiscal growth in the region. After becoming the first business airport to be awarded carbon neutral status in 2018 and making continued improvements in our environmental performance, this partnership further establishes our position as one of the most modern, well-connected, and sustainably minded airports of its kind.”

Flexjet European Managing Director, Marine Eugène, said: “Our move to Farnborough Airport represents an important milestone in our European expansion and generates a multitude of synergies and benefits for our team and our owners alike. Flexjet and Farnborough Airport have a shared ethos for excellence in both operations and service, so we are delighted to be forging this closer partnership.”

Flexjet Embraer Preator 600

Flexjet to almost double its European fleet in 2022

By Business aviation, Featured, InsightsNo Comments
Flexjet Embraer Preator 600

Following a 180% annual uplift in flight activity in Europe in the first four months of 2022, premium private jet provider Flexjet is set to almost double its European fleet in the coming months.

It is adding three more super-midsize Praetor 600s to its European fleet before the end of May and is set to operate a Gulfstream G650 in Europe from July, mirroring the success of its G650 programme in the United States. The operator says two of the ultra-long-range jets will be based in Europe by the end of the year.

Flexjet says it has made significant investments in its European crew and infrastructure over the past six months to prepare for the fleet increase, opening a new state-of-the-art Tactical Control Centre and office space at Farnborough Airport in April to form the operational heart of its European operation.

The new centre has replaced the operator’s UK facility in Hertfordshire and adds to Flexjet’s second European operational centre in Malta and its sales centre in London’s Mayfair.

The company has also launched a hiring campaign for pilots, adding 33 more to its European crew.

Flexjet European Managing Director, Marine Eugène, said: “We are delighted to confirm these significant investments, which are fuelling our continued expansion in Europe. Demand for our services continues to be exceptionally strong, with our fleet already seeing a 180% annual uplift in activity so far this year. New programme sales and forward bookings are also very robust, so we are well-prepared for a busy summer and second half of the year.

“The opening of our new facility at Farnborough Airport, which includes our state-of-the-art Tactical Control Centre, represents a very significant investment in infrastructure and perfectly places our team on the site of one of Europe’s most impressive business aviation airports, as we continue our ambitious plans to build Flexjet in Europe over the coming years.

“With Farnborough being such a key London gateway, we are also excited by the potential to broaden our offering here, including providing seamless central London connections via our group-operated helicopter fleet.”

Flexjet has worked closely with the Embraer Services & Support aftermarket team this year to retrofit Ka-band Wi-Fi on its Legacy 500s, making it the only large fleet operator in Europe to offer the ultra-fast Wi-Fi connectivity on all its aircraft.

Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, said: “Flexjet is one of our most important global customers and we are delighted that our technologically advanced Praetor 600 is proving key to their European market success. This is a long-standing, mutually rewarding, evolving partnership for us, and we look forward to finding new ways to support Flexjet’s growth and continue to offer their customers the ultimate experience in business aviation.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-67XP engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches new PT6E-67XP engine videos

By Business aviation, Featured, MRONo Comments
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6E-67XP engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched a new video series about its PT6E-67XP engine technology to help customers fully benefit from the engine experience. The engine powers the Pilatus PC-12 NGX aircraft which entered service in 2020.

“This video series will help customers new to the PT6E-67XP engine take fully advantage of its state-of-the-art technology,” said Nicholas Kanellias, Vice President, General Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

“Along with the Data Collection Transmission Unit app, that is now available for download on the Apple iOS App Store, these videos are examples of our commitment to meeting customers’ needs with innovative customer service solutions that help optimise management of their engine assets.”

Pratt & Whitney Canada says the three videos showcase different aspects of the PT6E-67XP engine user experience enjoyed by Pilatus PC-12 NGX pilot-owners, directors of maintenance and technicians. The engine features a dual-channel integrated electronic propeller and engine control system which Pratt & Whitney Canada says is the first of its kind in the general aviation turboprop market.

You can view the video on the flying experience here.

Inmarsat jetconnex

Inmarsat gears up to increase Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity speed

By Business aviation, FeaturedNo Comments
Inmarsat jetconnex

Inmarsat has unveiled a major upgrade programme to increase the in-flight broadband speeds offered by its Jet ConneX (JX) business aviation solution.

Inmarsat says JX Evolution, which was announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Switzerland, will set an unprecedented new standard for business aviation connectivity on board by leveraging Inmarsat’s global Ka-band satellite network, including enhanced capabilities from its highly advanced upcoming satellites, in addition to the latest terminal technology from partners.

Initial testing for the upcoming programme has already demonstrated speeds in excess of 130 megabits per second (Mbps) using Inmarsat’s existing satellites. This will enable users to simultaneously connect even more devices and enjoy even the most data-hungry applications, such as high definition video.

Inmarsat is introducing seven satellite payloads to its Ka-band constellation, increasing the total number to 12. This includes two Inmarsat-6s, the most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever built, which enter service next year. They will be followed by two payloads in highly elliptical orbit, enabling the world’s only commercial mobile broadband service for business jets flying in higher latitudes and across the Arctic, then three more satellites in geostationary orbit.

Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation, said: “Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX is regarded as the gold standard of business aviation connectivity and its market leadership has only been reinforced following the pandemic, with soaring demand for inflight broadband that is fast, reliable and consistent across all flight routes. Inmarsat’s JX Evolution follows our ethos of building ahead of demand and the new service plans that will launch as part of this programme will redefine the concept of premium connectivity.

Inflight spoke exclusively with Kai Tang after EBACE, who noted that the announcement will serve as a heads up for Inmarsat’s customers and sets up expectations for the next few years. The company is continuing to innovate and expects to release a more formal announcement at NBAA-BACE conference in October.

The company says its JX Evolution solution will also leverage the latest terminal advancements from Inmarsat’s partners, which are compatible with a wide range of business jets, using cutting-edge technology and lightweight designs to optimise performance, reduce costs and simplify the installation and maintenance processes.

Kai Tang Inmarsat