Magazine Style Newsletter for General Aviation Industry Professionals

January 2016 A Magazine-Style Newsletter Publication for Aviators and General Aviation Industry Professionals New 10 Hour Record Flight with Embraer Lineage 1000 Exceptional Versatility made the PC12 a Market Segment Leader Embraer’s Lineage 1000E is Embraer’s ultra-large business jet, a cost-effective alternative to larger aircraft such as the Airbus A320 Corporate Jet, and the Boeing 737 Business Jet. It can also operate in smaller airports with shorter runways and noise restrictions, such as Aspen, Colorado. While it lacks the speed of smaller business jets, it makes up for that in comfort and space. Recently it flew from Beijing to Abu Dhabi and completed the journey in 10 h 4 mins. A Pilatus PC12 is again this years official carrier for the exclusive St. Moritz Jazz Festival. The aircraft is shown here with a TugMAXXE® 5.0 ROTV’s (Remote Operated Tug Vehicle), enabling flight and ground crews to move the aircraft in & out the hangar, and around the apron, fast and safely, without touching the airplane. Considering the versatility of the ROTV, TugMAXXE® and Pilatus are a perfect match. In this Issue:         Hangar Talk - Management Update Large-Cabin Jets count for more tan 40% Inside an FBO’s Line Managers Life - Interview Honda Jet delivers first Jet’s to Customers January Spot Light AERO CHARTER World Economic Forum draws 440 Business Jet’s 100% Buy-Back Guarantee for Aircraft Tow Tugs …...and much more News & Stories “The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” Bill Gates
January 2016  A Magazine-Style Newsletter Publication for Aviators and General Aviation Industry Professionals  New 10 Hou...
HANGAR TALK MANAGEMENT UPDATE ExecuJet Acquires FBO at Munich International Airport Jetex Expands FBO Network in Mexico and Japan ExecuJet Aviation Group will offer Handling and Ground Support Services from its Fixed-Base Operation (FBO) at Munich International Airport Jetex Flight Support is expanding its presence in the Mexican market by announcing a partnership with local company Eolo to co-brand its FBO at Toluca International Airport The Munich FBO is ExecuJet’s second handling facility in Germany after Berlin Schoenefeld, and will begin operation Feb. 1. This addition takes the ExecuJet FBO network to 20 locations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia. Gerrit Basson, CEO ExecuJet Aviation Group, said, “Germany is one of Europe’s largest business aviation markets and we are very excited to begin operations in our second FBO in the country.” Strategically, Munich is the perfect location because the international airport is one of the largest in Europe and is also the most punctual large airport within the EMEA region. The General Aviation Terminal (GAT) is the most popular private jet airport in Germany. The staff will remain in their respective positions, delivering the same excellent level of personalized service to clients who they have established excellent working relationships with over several years. In addition to its Dubai headquarters, Jetex already has a network of FBOs in Paris, Shannon (Ireland) and Santiago (Chile), as well as flight support bases in Miami, Kiev (Ukraine), Beijing, Tokyo, London and the Philippines. It has a presence at more than 37 locations in 27 countries. According to Jetex, the scope and level of services available at the Toluca Mexico FBO will now adhere to its standards at other airports around the world. The facilities include an executive lounge, full ground handling capability, office space, fueling services and aircraft parking. The FBO’s staff can speak a mix of languages, including Spanish and English. Meanwhile, Jetex also has launched a licensing agreement with Japan’s Air Contrail to provide ground handling services at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports. Under the agreement, Air Contrail will rebrand its existing FBO’s under the Jetex name. UAE 3rd largest market in Middle East The full range of Jetex services will be available at both airports, marking the Dubai -based group’s entry into the Japanese business aviation market. Air Contrail’s staff will be trained to meet Jetex’s global service standards. The company’s facilities include an executive lounge, as well as customs and immigration, fueling, ground handling support, and concierge and security services. Its staff speaks Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. 17% Market Share for Business Aircraft The Middle East and Africa take a 7.9% share of global business jet shipments. Dubai remains to be a world class aviation center and is one of the fastest growing and huge potential aviation hubs in the world. Jet Aviation’s Dubai facility celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 and the operation is an authorized service center for warranty support for the Boeing Business Jets, the Gulfstream G150, G200, GIV, GV, G450, G550 and G650, and the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X. It also provides full service capability for the Hawker Beechcraft 800/900 series jets, the Airbus ACJs and the Embraer Legacy’s. Tokyo is set to host the 2020 Olympic Games and these are expected to drive growth in business aviation traffic. Slot availability at the Japanese capital’s airports has improved in recent years. -2- +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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Flyer-Truck® towbarless Tug Vehicles with Cabin are again rated as the “Best-in-Class Driver-Operated” Aircraft Tow Tug For the 4th year in row Flyer-Truck® was awarded the 5-Star Rating From off-the-shelf models to custom built tugs, FlyerTruck® provides airport authorities, FBO’s, MRO’s, and corporate flight operations just the right solutions they need. The TugMAXXE® 5.0 rated up to 132,000 lbs. (60,000 kg) MTOW One of the most exclusive FBO Facility handling the worlds top Executive Jet Customers is using TugMAXXE® At an Elevation of 5,600 ft (1,707 meters), St. Moritz’s Samedan / Engadin Airport is the highest paved Runway Airport in Europe, serviced by a large Variety of Corporate and Private Jets St. Moritz is well known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice, and it is a popular destination for the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the most expensive and exclusive ski resorts in the world. The airport is busy and frequented daily by corporate jets, including wide body business jets. The FBO required the best “state-of-the-art” tow tug equipment matching it’s clients modern aircrafts and the FBO’s high quality facility. We all know that great consideration is given when investing in a piece of machinery or tow tug equipment. Users and operators need it to work well and to last. That’s why the Engadin FBO only considered the best technology of aircraft tow equipment available. They decided to purchase the TugMAXXE® model 5.0, truly unique in the industry. Exactly as the smaller models 3.0 and 4.0, the TugMAXXE® 5.0 can turn an aircraft literally on the spot St. Moritz within it’s own wingspan, without turning the nose gear. No winch and straps are required to pull the nose gear onto the tug. The universal design and wheel size adjustment makes it very easy and it only takes 10 seconds to secure the aircraft. Nose gear oversteering and damage is impossible. The operator can enjoy more precision, higher safety and unmatched flexibility. At this high elevation in the Alps, St. Moritz has winter conditions with ice and snow almost six months per year. Because the TugMAXXE® is designed to utilize the aircraft nose weight to improve traction, and is not dependent on its own vehicle weight like traditional tugs, it operates very well in winter conditions. The TugMAXXE® 5.0 towbarless Aircraft Tug serving a Wide Body Corporate Jet +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com -3- Each year EAGSO publishes a list of those aircraft tugs that have performed best in their respective categories. A Best-in-Class Star Rating is published showing which tugs have performed better than their competitors. As the requirements for each star rating become tougher each year, the “Best-in-Class” comparison is made only within each calendar year so that all products are assessed against the same standards. To define the “Best-in-Class” rating, a calculation is made of the weighted sum of the scores in each of the areas of assessment. This sum is finally used as the basis for comparison. For the 4th year in row Flyer-Truck® was awarded the 5Star rating. Somewhat under the radar, Flyer-Truck®, a German family-owned manufacturer established more than 60 years ago, has become a specialist and leader in towbarless electric tugs. Flyer-Truck® C-Series Flyer-Truck® C-Series electric cabin tugs are available in various size categories, from 77,000 lbs. (35t) to 220,000 lbs. (100t). The C-Series is the ultimate electric towbarless aircraft tow tug available in todays market. No winch and straps are required to pull the nose gear onto the tug. Universal wheel adjustment and the advanced 100% hands-free cradle technology makes this tug unique. Coupling and uncoupling is joystick controlled, either from inside the ergonomic drivers cabin, or optional remote controlled. As leading specialist manufacturer in this segment, Flyer-Truck® delivers affordable aircraft tow capability and ongoing product support. The Ultimate Electric Cabin Tow Tug
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Large-Cabin Jets now account for more than 40% of new Purchase Plans The top 10 most expensive Airports to land a Corporate Jet The Publication The Richest has compiled a List of the most expensive Airports for Landing Fees and Handling Expenses By far the most expensive airports are in Japan, but La Guardia New York also made it to the top 10. The Flyer-Truck® C-Series is ideal for larger Business Jets The Fleet Composition is changing, with a greater Number of Large-Cabin, LongRange Aircraft purchased and operated 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan Narita Intl. Airport in Tokyo, Japan Kansai Intl. Airport in Osaka, Japan Toronto Pearson Intl. Airport, Canada Darwin Intl. Airport, Australia Bristol Airport in England, UK Chubu Centrair Intl. Airport in Nagoya, Japan Dublin Airport, Ireland La Guardia Airport in New York, USA Salzburg Airport, Austria Many airport authorities and FBO’s are not yet fully prepared to handle larger aircraft. There is a lack of adequate and suitable aircraft tow tugs at many airports. Good and appropriate tugs are designed by people who understand the importance of being able to move and re-position an aircraft around a hangar and airfield with absolute ease and accuracy. Too many aircraft tow tug products offered in todays market are older technologies, or products that are not really suitable for todays modern aircraft and busy flight operations. Epic E1000 Prototype Enters Flight Test Program Many customers consider Flyer-Truck®‘s ease of operation to be the best in the industry. The FlyerTruck® line of environmentally friendly C-Series towbarless cabin tugs have the power and reliability to get the job done. Models include the FLT C-250350 with a towing capacity of 77,000 lbs. (35t), the FLT C-250-800 rated 176,000 lbs. (80t), and the FLT C-250-1000 220,000 lbs. (100t). Customers value the 100% hands-free nose gear cradle and lifting technology, as well as many other advantages like the on -board battery charger because a fresh charge is only the closest power outlet away. The first Prototype Epic E1000 - FT1 completed its Maiden Flight on December 19th at Oregon’s Bend Municipal Airport The comprehensive Flyer-Truck® product family offered in the Americas by TNA - Aviation Technologies consists of a wide range of models with the capability to move aircrafts like larger business jets, all the way up to Boeing B737 and Airbus A320’s. Aircraft owners, airport authorities, FBO’s and airlines trust this comprehensive product line-up to help with their operational needs and to make their desires and operational goals reality. Flyer-Truck® C-Series FT1 is the first of two test aircraft that will be flown for the E1000 FAA certification program, which is expected to be completed by year-end 2016. FT1 flight testing will include general handling qualities, operational performance, systems operations in normal mode, failure scenarios, extreme conditions and flight into known icing testing, according to Epic Aircraft. FT2 is under construction and will focus on assessing interior and cabin functionality, including fuel, hydraulic, avionics, navigational and environmental systems. “Our loyal customers value our product quality, responsiveness, professional & advanced designs, affordable prices and excellence in customer service, which makes them consistent buyers”, says Michael Turwitt, Managing Partner and joint-owner of TNA Aviation Technologies. Whether customers need to tow a G550, G650, a Global 5000, a Falcon, a large Embraer, a DHC-8, an ATR 42, a B737, or the A320, just to name a few, Flyer-Truck® Unique HDCS Cradle TNA - Aviation Technologies has a specific model to satisfy every customers individual needs. A product line designed to fit a wide range of requirements with uncompromising technology, functionality, style, comfort, and safety. EPIC E1000 The $2.95 million, all-composite E1000 is powered by a 1,200-shp (flat-rated) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A. Performance specifications include a top speed of more than 325 ktas, range of 1,650 nm, maximum altitude 34,000 feet and full-fuel payload of 1,120 pounds. The flight deck is equipped with a three-display Garmin G1000 suite. Flyer-Truck® 100% Hand-Free Flyer-Truck® for B737’s and A320’s -4- Epic Aircraft is already working with the FAA on its production certificate and expects to achieve that late this year, shortly after certification. After ramping up production, Epic expects to build 50 E1000s per year. +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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TNA - Aviation Technologies is seeking Sales Partners and local Sales Reps Partner with TNA - Aviation Techn. As part of our expansion strategy, we're looking for sales partners in various States throughout the USA. It is our intention to expand our sales network. For this reason, we are looking for new partners who are interested in assisting us to promote and to sell our products into market areas where we are not yet locally represented. Our portfolio of high-quality state-of-theart aircraft tow tug and airplane repositioning systems covers almost all aviation applications, from small single engine aircraft all the way up to Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 jets. Our product line is unique, and our product capabilities and features are unmatched by others. January Spot Light AERO CHARTER Aero Charter Inc. in Chesterfield, MO has a long Tradition of Quality and First Class Service Aero Charter knows aviation, and their growth during 40 years in the aviation industry is proof. Today Aero Charter is a Total Aviation Solution company, specializing in aircraft management and jet charter services. As a vertically integrated company, Aero Charter also offers full FBO service, maintenance, avionics, flight crews, acquisitions and a travel agency. Established in 1966, locally owned and operated, Aero Charter is on a path of additional growth. A few years ago the company completed a 38,000 sq. ft. ramp expansion and taxiway widening project enabling larger private jets easy access to its services. In 2011 Aero Charter added an additional hangar, offices, and further expanded its ramp space. The company is continuously enhancing their operational efficiency by modernizing and procuring new equipment. We set high standards for ourselves regarding product quality, functionality, durability, and service. As a sales partner you make a point by aligning yourself with the best. Most recently Aero Charter purchased a modern TugMAXXE® ROTV (Remote Operated Tug Vehicle) model 3.0 to upgrade their existing ground support equipment. The 3.0 is equipped with a proprietary 360° technology with the ability to turn an aircraft literally on the spot within its own wing span, without turning the nose gear. This clean, safe, and easy to operate equipment is rated for a wide range of aircraft up to 33,000 lbs. (15t) covering the vast majority of aircraft Aero Charter is handling on a daily basis. In addition this technology will allow the company to utilize their available hangar space much more efficiently. The TugMAXXE® ROTV sets the standard for future tow tug equipment and represents cutting-edge innovation with unmatched and best-in-class-technologies. Aero Charter’s Senior Management Team The new tug will be delivered in February. This is just one example of modern forward-thinking FBO’s and aviation services companies that are progressive, sophisticated and always at the forefront of technology. Also FBO’s are welcome to apply. Interested to do business with us? Contact us to receive more information about sales partner opportunities. +1-904-217-0496 info@tunias.com http://www.tna.aviation.com TugMAXXE 3.0 ROTV (Remote Operated Tug Vehicle) -5- +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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Q: Aero Observer How do you move and stage aircraft? A: Paul Mosler I am responsible for guiding, towing, parking, including all hangar movements, and organizing aircraft readiness. I never move with the engines running, only pilots can do that, but I tow planes to appropriate apron areas and hangars. I also supervise my line technician's while they operate aircraft towing vehicles and luggage transportation carts. Q: Aero Observer What type of aircraft tow equipment do you use? Inside an FBO Line Managers Life Interview with Paul Mosler, FBO Line Manager. Paul, 51, has been working in the aviation industry for more than 25 years. Starting as aircraft technician, followed by some years as hangar supervisor, he found his dream job working at a very busy FBO handling all kinds of general aviation aircraft from small Cessna’s to large wide body corporate jets. Q: Aero Observer It appears you have a hugely responsible key function at the general aviation terminal. What kind of work does the job entail? A: Paul Mosler We operate TugMAXXE® ROTV’s. Those are extremely flexible and versatile remote operated tug vehicles, enabling us to get the job done. We had many other tugs in the past, and still have a few older ones, but none of those other tug models can produce the same result. Being able to turn an aircraft within its own wingspan on the spot, and reaching areas inside the hangar and on our busy ramp area, no other tug can reach, is absolutely priceless. We can utilize our space much more efficiently and it is so much easier to move aircraft with those semi-robotic aircraft tugs. We also own and operate a Flyer-Truck® C-Series tow tug. We had an Airlift tug before, something similar to the Lektro tug, but there is absolutely no comparison to the A: Paul Mosler As line manager I am the first level operational supervisor and manager of ground crews on the operational floor, also called apron or ramp, at the FBO facility. My job is the hands-on day-to-day management of all FBO operations outside the terminal building. That includes marshalling arriving and departing aircraft, aircraft ground handling, including supervising all aircraft fueling operations. A major part is also maintaining ramp safety, the maintenance of all aircraft parking and tie-down areas, including hangars, aircraft towing, re-positioning, and staging. Q: Aero Observer Very often many aircraft arrive almost at the same time. How are you prepared to handle multiple jets simultaneously? A: Paul Mosler First of all we plan ahead. Being very busy is part of the job and we anticipate our rush hour peaks well in advance. We have to follow very rigorous safety standards, and managing available ground crew resources is a vital component of my job function. I have to ensure optimal utilization of all resources, not just people but also ground support equipment, and monitor all processes while supporting my team members to maintain efficiency of all line and ramp operations. I continuously interact with pilots, flight crews and FBO flight operations staff, security officers, and government agency officials like customs, immigration, and law enforcement to make sure everything is safe and secure. Flyer-Truck® C-Series Flyer-Truck® C-Series. The Flyer-Truck® is the ultimate electrical towbarless aircraft tug in this size, and the CSeries technology is lightyears ahead of anything else out there. Q: Aero Observer Thank you very much for the interview. A: Paul Mosler You are welcome. TugMAXXE® 5.0 ROTV Marshalling and Guiding Aircraft is one Part of the Job -6- +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
Q  Aero Observer How do you move and stage aircraft  A  Paul Mosler I am responsible for guiding, towing, parking, includi...
HONDA begins Deliveries of the HondaJet Aircraft Honda is officially shipping Jets for the first Time. The ceremonial first Delivery of the HondaJet Executive Light Jet was recently made at the World Headquarters of Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, North Carolina The milestone came on December 23, two weeks after HondaJet received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration for a craft that Honda claims is the fastest (at 420 knots or 483 mph) and most efficient in its class. It also comes a little less than a year and half since the jet's first test flight. Major U.S. FBO Chain PARAGON is reaching out to Latin America Paragon Aviation Group is a distinguished Group of carefully vetted independent FBO’s that provide a First-Class Experience for General Aviation Travelers The recent addition of FBO Lux Air Jet Centers at Phoenix-Goodyear Airport to the Paragon Network brings the number of “elite” independent FBO’s in the network to 23, three more than a year ago. To join the network, FBO’s undergo a facility audit conducted by Paragon Aviation to ensure the facility and services offer top-level quality. Each member FBO must also comply with a set of core standards to remain in the group. Services offered by Paragon include marketing, brand awareness, sales and economies of scale. Network facilities are currently concentrated in North America, but with three FBO’s in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico among this group, Paragon Aviation is looking to add facilities in Latin America, executive vice president Megan Barnes told the press at the 2016 NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference. The company credits the HondaJet's performance and efficiency to its configuration, with engines mounted over "natural-laminar flow" wings and fuselage made from lightweight composite materials rather than aluminum. It says a "combination of co-cured integral structure and honeycomb sandwich structures results in increased cabin space, better performance, and greater fuel efficiency." Honda teamed with GE to make the HondaJet engines, which are each capable of 2,050 pound-feet of thrust. The jet itself measures 42.62 ft (12.99 m) long with a wingspan of 39.76 ft (12.12 m) and a height of 14.90 ft (4.54 m). Inside, it can be configured to seat up to five or six passengers with 17.80 x 5 ft (5.43 x 1.52 m) of interior space and 4.83 ft (1.47 m) According to Barnes, the network helps independent FBO’s thrive and compete against the FBO chain locations. “For a reasonable monthly fee, we help level the playing field for the independent facilities, which offer business aircraft passengers and crewmembers personalized service and a boutique feel. These facilities offer value and quality, not the lowest price - but you get what you pay for. And when there is a problem, customers can talk directly to the owner who can make decisions. You don’t get that at the chain FBOs” Barnes added. ILM undergoing Multi-Million Dollar General Aviation Renovation Wilmington, NC has announced major Plans to modernize the General Aviation Area ILM is undergoing a $5.8 million project aimed at renovating the entire general aviation area. That includes rehabbing existing concrete, installing a storm drain system, new lighting, and expanding the ramp area so more aircraft can park. Initial work began in September 2015, and is expected to wrap up in spring of this year. Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton said general aviation has seen a decline at ILM over the last few years, so they’re enhancing their operations with the hope of attracting more of it. “We’re constructing, updating and rehabilitating,” Broughton said. “General aviation is a very big deal to us. We’re a commercial airport first and foremost, but our corporate aircraft need to have a home base, as well as our private aircraft.” The project is also perfect timing for the Wells Fargo Championship, part of the PGA Tour, coming to Wilmington in May 2017. These improvements are in addition to the $4 million, state-of-the-art customs facility ILM built back in 2008. Broughton said the nearly 14,000 square foot space was the first of its kind at the time, and it was needed to accommodate corporate and private international traffic. of head room, making it taller and roomier than many competitors in the same class. HondaJet is being manufactured in North Carolina, and Honda plans to target the lower end of the light jet market at first, offering the craft for sale to North America, South America and Europe through a dealer network, with pilot training already underway at its headquarters. Modernization at Wilmington, NC International Airport - General Aviation +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com -7-
HONDA begins Deliveries of the HondaJet Aircraft Honda is officially shipping Jets for the first Time. The ceremonial firs...
The unique HDCS Flyer-Truck® Technology Flyer-Truck® FLT 180 e-drive The Hydraulic Door Closing System, is a 100% Hands-Free Soft Coupling Cradle This technology differentiates Flyer-Truck® from all other products available in this specific market segment. Most operators are familiar with the old-fashioned and outdated method of ramping an aircrafts nose gear into place by forcing it onto the tug with a winch and straps. Because this has been the most common method many operators are not yet familiar with new modern technologies that can Flyer-Truck® HDCS is the smarter Technology The latest Flyer-Truck® Innovation Flyer-Truck® is launching the new FLT 180 e-drive Towbarless Electric Tow Tug with 55,000 lbs (25,000 kg / 25 tons) MTOW Capacity TNA - Aviation Technologies current product line-up covers the entire range of towbarless tugs capable of moving everything from an entry-level piston aircraft to single-aisle airliners in the 220,000 lbs (100 tons) range. Flyer-Truck®, one of the manufacturers represented by TNA, announced a new model that will fill the gap between its 33,000 lbs and 100,000 lbs operator driven tow tug vehicles. Like it’s current models, the FLT 180 e-drive is equipped with the proven, unique, patented, and proprietary HDCS feature, allowing the tug operator to lift and to tow the aircraft without leaving the tug’s driver seat. This universal soft-coupling cradle is joystick controlled and completely hands-off. A tiedown winch, adaptors, and straps are not required in conjunction with the HDCS technology. However, there is an FLT 180 e-drive entry level configuration at a lower price, equipped with a winch for specific customers that prefer such model with tiedown winch and straps. Both configurations are equipped with powerful electrical motors and all typical standard features that can be found on all Flyer-Truck® 180 e-drive other Flyer-Truck® models. One important option is the hybrid function. The FLT 180 e-drive can be operated in standard “driver / operator configuration” as well as “ROTV (Remote Operated Tug Vehicle)”, enabling the user to remote control the entire unit. make their life and work so much easier. At numerous airports one can find tow equipment that’s well past their prime and should have been retired long ago. Tow tugs truly are the “neglected step child” of the GSE world. Advanced technologies are readily available at very affordable prices. Pilot Shortages now are a Reality for many Flight Departments Some small Flight Operations don’t have enough Full-Time Pilots. There are no extra Pilots on Staff to provide Margins for Absences due to Vacations, Training, etc. Small and medium-size flight departments, as a result, increasingly are using contract pilots to fill in the gaps. The financial appeal for using temps is strong because they’re paid only when needed, they aren’t entitled to regular employee benefits, there’s no payroll paperwork including calculation of withholding amounts, and there’s less demand for office space and office staff. The FLT 180 e-drive model is the result of an accelerated development program to meet customer demands for a tug in this size range. Currently this new model is undergoing most rigorous testing to assure it’s been tested under all possible operational conditions, and pushed to its limits to ensure reliable function and smooth operation. The FLT 180 e-drive is based on the well-known compact modular vehicle design concept Flyer-Truck® applies for all its other models with an unbeatable priceperformance ratio and best-in-class design and unmatched “value for money” position. Contract Pilots are a viable Alternative Flyer-Truck® 180 e-drive Flyer-Truck® 180 e-drive -8- To meet the minimum legal requirements, all a contract pilot needs is an ATP or Commercial/Instrument license, a current first- or second-class FAA medical certificate, a periodic proficiency check in accordance with applicable sections of FAR Part 61 and three takeoffs and landings in the preceding 90 days. To meet minimum insurance requirements, a contract pilot also may need to successfully complete an FAR Part 142 simulator check in the preceding 12 months. +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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Airbus delivered the first A320neo, its Next-Gen 737 Competitor Airbus has delivered the first Production A320neo to Launch Customer Lufthansa, marking the Beginning of the next Generation in Mass-Market Airline Travel NetJets and VistaJet in Dogfight over the American private Jet Market If you can't really tell the difference between the A320neo and its predecessor, the A320, you'd be forgiven: the aircraft is largely the same as the wildly popular outgoing model, which has been in service since 1988. The biggest changes are in the all-new engines, which are designed for less noise and higher fuel efficiency. The A320neo new engine will be 15% more efficient than existing narrow bodies, the Toulouse, France-based manufacturer has promised. Want to get into a Dogfight with Warren Buffett over American Skies? Thomas Flohr, CEO of VistaJet is not ducking the Challenge “Looking at where we are in the world today, it’s clearly coming down to two contenders,” says VistaJet’s founder and chief executive. “VistaJet’s strategy is to be truly global in any corner of the world. We’re now flying to more than 80% of the globe with our one-way pricing. No other company does that. Corporate America was the big piece that was missing in our global network. Where our strategy really pays off is that American clients can call us anywhere in the world, wherever they need us” Flohr added. VistaJet means business. Set up in 2003, it now has 57 Bombardier Challenger 350 and Global Express planes. It claims that this makes it the world’s fastest growing private aviation company and the largest outside the U.S. VistaJet has only been in the U.S., the world’s largest aviation market, since March 2014 when it began operations there through a “hosting” deal with Jet Aviation, part of General Dynamics. It still has only seven jets based in the U.S., making it much smaller there than NetJets, Berkshire Hathaway’s private jets investment, and other operators. But Flohr is aiming big. “We have a very solid five-year business plan that takes us to more than 100 aircraft globally and we’ll allocate them to the regions where they’re needed” he says. “If we sign up five or ten new customers, we’re going to put two or three more airplanes into the U.S. If it’s another 15 new customers, it will be another five airplanes. On the back of having more clients, we’re putting more planes into the U.S. That’s where our momentum is coming from” Flohr explains. Next to new engines the aircraft features many other enhancements. Boeing has taken a similar strategy with this generation of single-aisle aircraft, repurposing its decades-old 737 for the 737 MAX. Though 737 MAX aircraft have recently started being built, none have been delivered to airlines yet. Airbus says it's booked around 4,500 orders for the A320neo family, which includes three different sizes — the A319neo, “The other companies in the U.S are saying: ‘Your fleet size is too small’,... but it’s not too small. It’s right for our clients and we’re going to continue to add clients and add airplanes in the U.S. We’re flying a lot more than seven airplanes in and out of the U.S. We’re satisfying international traffic from the U.S with our international fleet” Flohr added. VistaJet, which employs 500 people at its headquarters in Zurich and bases in London, Frankfurt, Beijing, Moscow, Lagos, Dublin, Hong Kong, Malta and New York, does not detail its turnover or profits. However, its number of flights globally increased by 17% in the first half of 2015. In North America, VistaJet operated 159% more flights than in the same period of 2014. To date, its branded fleet of large-cabin aircraft have visited more than 180 countries; landed at 1,350 airports; logged 73,000 flights; and carried more than 174,000 passengers. Swiss-born Flohr, a former asset finance executive, entered the private jets market with a single jet, hiring it out when he wasn’t using it. He aimed to disrupt the industry’s traditional model, opting for his planes to have no home base and for all VistaJet’s flights to be one-way only. Thomas Floor and Steve Ridolfi, former President of Bombardier Business Aircraft Bombardier Business Aircraft and VistaJet recently jointly announced the expansion of VistaJet’s inservice fleet to 65 aircraft comprised exclusively of Bombardier business jets. This key milestone was achieved last month when the company took delivery of another Global 6000 aircraft. A320neo, and larger A321neo. Boeing has booked around 3,000 orders for the 737 MAX, which is expected to be in service toward the end of next year. The Flyer-Truck® C-Series is also used for larger aircrafts like the A320. (Extract from Article by Andrew Cave, Forbes Dec 2015) -9- +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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World Economic Forum in Switzerland Draws 440 Business Aircraft More than 60% arrived from the US TugMAXXE® has been extensively utilized by crowded Airports and busy FBO’s Private Jet Flights to Davos in January 2016 soared by a Third. The Number of Corportae Jets landing was 35% higher compared to last Year as World Leaders, Executives and Entrepreneurs descend on Davos for the annual World Economic Forum The four major airports used for last week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, drew 440 business aircraft and nearly 1,100 aircraft movements, according to business aviation analysts. Business aircraft averaged 220 daily movements at Zurich (LSZH), Dubendorf (LSMD), Altenrhein (LSZR), and St. Moritz (LSZS). Zurich handled 62% of the aircraft, with Altenrhein the next busiest airport. Jet Aviation Zurich, which prepares months in advance for the uptick in traffic during the WEF, handled 612 movements, 1,830 passengers and 306 of the aircraft at both Zurich and Dubendorf during the event. The company brought in employees from its bases in Geneva, Dusseldorf, Munich and Dubai to handle the increased traffic. Around 2,500 delegates have been flying into Davos for the annual conference, including David Cameron, Michael Dell, US Vice-President Joe Biden, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Microsoft boss Satya Nadella, as well as celebrities such as Leonardo di Caprio, Kevin Spacey and Bono, just to name a few. At Dubendorf, a military airport secured for overflow traffic, the event brought in record traffic and fueling, according to ExecuJet Aviation. “The World Economic Forum is one of the busiest times of the year for business jets travelling to Switzerland; the forum presents a full month’s worth of traffic in a single week,” said ExecuJet Zurich FBO manager Basil Gamper. “This year, we handled 250 aircraft movements and 430,000 liters [113,594 gallons] of fuel between our two FBOs.” The Gulfstream V/G500 accounted for 12% of all of the movements, but other commonly found aircraft during the event were the Bombardier Global Express, Cessna Citation XLS, Dassault Falcon 2000 and Dassault Falcon 7X, WingX, and others. The TugMAXXE® 5.0 has been extensively utilized during this very busy period. TugMAXXE 5.0 is used by Swiss FBO’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Selects Diamond Aircraft DA42 for their Training Fleet Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has selected the AUSTRO ENGINE Jet-Fuel Piston Engine-powered Diamond Aircraft DA42-VI to provide Multiengine Training at its Daytona Beach, Florida Campus Delivery of the fleet of 10 aircraft will start April 2016 with all aircraft scheduled to be in place prior to the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Compared to conventional powered twins, the fleet of 10 aircraft is expected to generate more than $3 million in fuel savings alone, over the next eight years. The DA42-VI is the newest version of Diamond’s technology leading light piston twin, the first certified general aviation piston aircraft to combine modern technology airframe, avionics and powerplants. Nearly 1,000 DA42’s have been delivered since its introduction 10 years ago, outselling all other certified piston twins combined. The all-carbon composite DA42’s are equipped with efficient, clean and reliable turbo-diesel AUSTRO engines, Garmin G1000 with 3-axis AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) and optional electrically driven air conditioning. These aircraft are expected to be in operation at Embry-Riddle through 2024 . The sophistication and advanced technology of the DA42 commands a higher retail price than conventional flight training twins; however it is the total cost of ownership, especially the incredible fuel cost savings, which is the deciding factor. Diamond DA42 for Embry-Riddle The TugMAXXE® 2.0 aircraft tug is especially suitable for the DA42. - 10 - TugMAXXE® 2.0 for the Diamond DA42 +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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Why is the patented and proprietary 360° Turnable Adapter & Wheel Coupling the Better Technology? The first question most aviation industry insiders ask themselves is: “What is the difference compared to other products available in the market?” First of all, it’s not to be confused with what others offer as “Lazy Susan”. 360° A A Lazy Susan is basically a simple rotating tray. Originally the Lazy Susan was invented to be placed on a circular table to turn food and to share dishes among the diners. The TugMAXXE® 360° technology is much more advanced. Turning the ROTV, turning the nose gear, and moving the aircraft are three different actions. The patented TugMAXXE® 360° technology and features make the difference. TNA - Aviation Technologies is offering a 100% Buy-Back Guarantee An exclusive Program that stands behind the Value and Quality of the TugMAXXE® and Flyer-Truck® Aircraft Moving and Re-Positioning Systems With so many choices, it’s no wonder why aircraft owners, operators, hangar owners and FBO’s have so much trouble settling on the aircraft tug that is just right for their needs. As one can imagine, not all tugs are created equal. Choosing the right aircraft tug can make a big difference to the operators bottom line. TNA - Aviation Technologies gives customers numerous choices amongst their extensive product line of tugs that are widely known in the industry under the TugMAXXE® and Flyer-Truck® brands respectively. In the hectic world of fixed base operators, regional airlines, corporate flight departments, and all other flight operations, tug users need reliable, rugged equipment to meet a wide variety of daily challenges. Making the right choice eases the stress of daily responsibilities, and provides solutions to all aircraft towing tasks with a proven line of aircraft tugs that are designed to safely tow a wide variety of aircraft in all weather conditions. TNA - Aviation Technologies is offering a unique Buy-Back Guarantee for the American market. The Buy-Back Protection is available at no extra cost to anyone who purchases an aircraft tow tug from TNA - Aviation Technologies. If the tug purchased is not performing as advertised, TNA - Aviation Technologies will buy the unit back and refund the purchase price. Moving Helicopter’s One Person can re-position a Helicopter TugMAXXE® factory engineers went further than just looking at the tug market to obtain ideas and inspiration. They actually concluded from the beginning that it was time to revolutionize helicopter tow technology, and to create a vehicle that represents the future and setting new standards in the industry. The factory always intended to offer practical solutions that improve personnel autonomy, comfort and pleasure while ensuring safety and efficiency. As a helicopter re-positioning and moving solution specialist TugMAXXE® engineers always focus on aircraft & helicopter handling concepts that are helpful to pilots, ground crews, and owners. With multiple models TugMAXXE® helicopter movers can meet needs particular to most operators. Overall this results in much less space requirements and elevates the hangar and apron utilization. TugMAXXE® can turn any aircraft literally on the spot without turning the nose gear. No winch and straps are required to pull the nose gear onto the tug. Nose gear oversteering risks are eliminated. The patented swing bearing ring mount with 360° rotating assembly is not just a hybrid zero-turn capability. It is a solid and perfectly engineered solution unmatched by anybody else. Starting with smaller tugs for the Robinson market, TugMAXXE® substantially widened its product portfolio to serve the majority of light to midsize helicopters. In addition TNA - Aviation Technologies, the exclusive TugMAXXE® importer & distributor for North America also offers the Flyer-Truck® heli mover product line to fulfill most customer needs (e.g. Eurocopter, Bell, Robinson, Enstrom, Agusta’s, and others). TNA - Aviation Technologies offers solutions allowing helicopter operators to apply several different lifting and moving options. Depending on the type of aircraft, customers have the choice to lift from under the heli’s belly and skids, or from the front or rear (front wheels, or tail dragger wheels). TugMAXXE® for various Types of Helicopters (e.g. Agusta, SeaKing Helicopter’s, etc.) +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com - 11 -
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Cool Aviation Photos - Editors Pick This Month we again selected a few amazing and very cool Aviation Photos Niki Lauda buys Amira Air Jet Charter Former Formula 1 World Champion and Commercial Pilot Niki Lauda has re-entered the Business Aviation Industry with the Purchase of Private Jet Operator Amira Air According to public information, the sale was completed during the Christmas period, with Lauda reportedly saying that the purchase was “Insanely expensive”. Selfie of the Month - P. Rodriges You can be a part of the next issue of Aero Observer by sending us your aviation selfie. No cost! No risk! Help us make the next issue great by being a part of it! Please include your full name with your submission to info@tunias.com Lauda had previously owned an airline called Lauda Air. Setup initially in 1979, plans for the airline were put on hold for several years while Lauda returned to Formula 1 for three seasons in the early 1980s. The airline finally began operations in 1985 with a leased BAC 1-11. Shortly after the start of operations the company acquired Boeing 737’s, an aircraft that would form the backbone of the Lauda fleet, flying mostly to leisure destinations around Europe and North Africa. Later the airline added a small fleet of 767s for longer range flights to Thailand, Vietnam, the USA and Australia, but these were replaced by more fuel efficient 777 aircraft. As well as scheduled and charter flights, the company also set up its own executive charter division, operating a small fleet of three business jets. Following a slowdown in European air traffic in the late 90s, Lauda sold his airline to Austrian Airlines. Lauda then stayed on the board until 2001 following some changes in the management structure. Lauda’s break from aviation was short lived, and he was soon back with the formation of a new airline called NIKI, which Lauda formed after acquiring Aero Lloyd Austria. The airline soon announced a cooperation with Germany’s Air Berlin, and was eventually merged into the Air Berlin Group in 2011. Amazing Vapor Cloud Lauda’s interests in business aviation continued, and in 2010 he was announced as the launch customer for the Bombardier Global 5000 with the Global Vision flight deck. Lauda went on to operate a Challenger 300 and a Global 6000, and currently holds an order for a Global 7000. Passenger jet lands on ice in Antarctica. A monumental moment in aviation history occurred in one of the furthest corners of the globe. Antarctica is one of the few places that has long remained off limits to many commercial pilots around the world. But a Loftleidir Icelandic crew changed all that when they became the first to land a Boeing 757 passenger jet on an ice runway on the earth's southernmost continent. The flight was 'undertaken to prove the feasibility of landing commercial passenger airliners at Union Glacier in Antarctica. Icelandic pilots are well trained to operate on ice. - 12 - Amira Air was founded in 2004 by Croatian born businessman Ronny Pecik. Starting from a small fleet, the operator currently holds 14 jet aircraft under its AOC. The majority of these are all Bombardier build aircraft, however the fleet also includes a solitary Cessna Citation CJ2. Amira Air is one of the most important aircraft charter companies in Central Europe and its aircraft are stationed throughout the European continent. Customers are as international as their destinations are. The company operates worldwide. According to further reports in the media, Lauda has acquired Amira Air to further expand on its operations, and is currently deciding on a possible re-brand. +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com
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NetJets takes Delivery of first Cessna Citation Latitude 'Manned' Drones ready to cross the next Frontier The Berkshire Hathaway-owned Company will use the Jet as a Demonstration Aircraft for its Customers NetJets recently confirmed it has taken delivery of its first Cessna Citation Latitude, and will use the aircraft as well as the next one to follow to demonstrate Textron Aviation’s new midsize business jet to its fractional shareowners and other customers across the country. Drone Maker EHang Inc unveiled what it calls the World's first Drone capable of carrying a Human Passenger NetJets, which is owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, is the largest publicly announced customer for the $16 million aircraft that features a 6-foot-high, stand-up cabin. In 2012 it announced a firm order for 25 Latitudes with an option for 125 more. Textron Aviation last June received type certification for the Wichita-built jet. And in the third quarter of 2015 the company began Latitude deliveries. NetJets said in a news release that it initially plans to use its second Latitude as a demonstrator that will be based in Europe. EHang rolls out its latest model capable of carrying a passenger. The company said it is anticipating largescale commercial use of its aerial vehicle. The EHang 184 takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but with four double-propellers spinning parallel to the ground like other drones. Having a destination input, the automatic flight control system will choose the fastest and safest route to fly the passenger who only needs to give two commands, “take off” and “land”, on a touchscreen tablet. It could take a passenger wherever he or she wanted to go, and then land vertically to drop them off. Passengers can also elect to halt flight and simply hover in the air. The drone can fly as high as 11,500 feet, and according to the company, the new means of point-to-point short flights can be applied in a wide range of areas including urban traffic, tourism, logistics, emergency medical treatment and disaster relief. The vehicle is primarily designed for traveling short-to-medium distances - around 10 miles. EHang plans to sell the drone at a price of $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 per unit. Derrick Xiong, EHang’s cofounder and CEO acknowledged that it will take a few years before laws and regulations are in place to ensure that this type of air vehicle can be operated safely within the airspace traffic system. Currently there are no regulations that apply to such products because its an entirely new category of aviation technology. The EHang 184 was not launched as a gimmick. Many commercial groups like transport services, e-commerce, logistic companies and also government entities approached EHang and assured their interest in a product like this one. “I truly believe that EHang will make a global impact across dozens of industries beyond personal travel” Derrick Xiong said. Imagine leaving for work not in a vehicle, but in a fully autonomous flying drone that will get you there in no time. That’s what we were shown in the 70’s Jetsons cartoons and Ehang wants to deliver it. The vehicle has been flown hundreds of times, including manned flights during testing. We still have to wait some years, partly because of the legal grey area it occupies. US authorities are starting to lay out guidelines for drone use, and a human-passenger drone seems certain to face strict scrutiny. NetJets offers fractional aircraft ownership, private charter and other private aviation services. It has a fleet of more than 700 aircraft. Right now we can just imagine,… a manned Drone over a major US City +1-904-217-0496 http://www.tna-aviation.com - 13 -
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