London Heliport Sees 5% Increase in Activity in 2017

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In a news update from London Heliport, 2017 saw the facility handle 11,900 total movements, an increase of 5% on 2016 figures. With Halo and Starspeed now making the Leonardo AW169 available for charter, the heliport has seen a shift towards large twin-engine executive helicopter movements. The heliport is currently undergoing a major communications network upgrade to include a new transmitter and receivers to meet the new 8.33mHz spacing regulations for VHF Ground-Air communications, as well as new voice-switch and recording equipment. A partnership agreement has recently been ratified with the Meteorological Office to upgrade available sensor equipment which will Read more

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Baltic Ground Services will provide services for Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A330 Cargo

On April 19, Baltic Ground Services (BGS) – a Lithuanian company situated in Vilnius, which provides ground handling for aircraft and passenger services at 16 airports in Europe, has landed the first Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft at the Vilnius Airport. “Since 2012, our company has been working with Turkish Airlines by providing ground handling and fuelling services. We are happy to announce that BGS will continue working with this company by providing services for their Airbus A330 Cargo aircraft. Of course, new opportunities come with new challenges. A new customer requires not only a lot of hard work, Read more

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Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 used in first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

The first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the newest and largest addition to the 787 family, was converted to Mobil Jet™ Oil 387, following its late March 2018 delivery to Singapore Airlines. The converted components include the aircraft’s Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines as well as its UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) variable frequency starter generators (VFSGs). Mobil Jet Oil 387 was approved for use in UTAS VFSGs in late 2017 and Singapore Airlines is the first commercial fleet to use the product. Last year, ExxonMobil announced the use of Mobil Jet Oil 387 across the entire Singapore Airlines’ fleet, which includes a Read more

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Jiangsu Jet signs agreement for Jeppesen Operator platform

Jeppesen, a Boeing Company, has signed a three-year agreement with Jiangsu Jet to provide the China-based business aviation operator with Jeppesen Operator, an online business aviation platform. The deal for the next-generation platform strengthens Jeppesen’s services commitment in the region and will assist Jiangsu Jet with enhancing operational efficiency by integrating key business aviation needs, including overall flight planning, runway performance and crew & fleet scheduling and management in a ‘one stop shop,’ self-service environment. A new Personal Assistant app has recently been added as a new Operator feature to increase productivity, providing essential flight information in a quick reference Read more

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The European Court of Justice has strengthened the rights of passengers

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According to a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), airlines may also be obliged to pay compensation to passengers in the event of wild strikes. The Luxembourg judges ruled on Tuesday that airlines are not automatically exempt from their obligation to pay compensation in the event of flight cancellations or delays due to unlawful work stoppages under collective bargaining agreements. Rather, decisions must be taken on a case-by-case basis. The background to the trial was the wild strike by Tuifly employees in autumn 2016, which resulted in more than 100 flights being cancelled, while many others were delayed Read more

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London Oxford Airport hails 10 years of consistent growth

London Oxford Airport, ranked the fifth busiest UK business airport in the UK and amongst the top 20 in Europe, is among a handful of UK business airports that have seen consistent growth post the financial crash of 2007. According to Eurocontrol figures published last month, London Stansted (with its five FBOs) leads the ‘most recovered’ with a 35% 10-year growth. But London Oxford is a close second with an overall 32% growth. London Luton Airport retains its crown as the number one airport for business aviation movements, but it and a few other London-centric airports have become “increasingly squeezed Read more

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MCAP switches to FLYdocs for fleet records management

FLYdocs, the aviation data and records management software provider and a global leader in managing the lease transfer of aircraft and assets, has reported that MCAP, a global aircraft leasing company, has switched to the FLYdocs platform to manage their complete fleet. With a fleet of more than 70 aircraft owned and managed, MCAP were looking for a platform to improve their aircraft transition management functions. While they utilize multiple IT systems in their operations, they decided to focus on reorganizing their data and record management functions and switched to FLYdocs. They selected FLYdocs as it will bring them visibility Read more

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Jet Aviation to develop STCs for Ka Band connectivity

Jet Aviation has received EASA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for Ka-band system integration on a Boeing 747-400 in Basel. The company is also working on Satcom SBB and Live TV systems installations. It recently demonstrated compliance with the latest EASA bird strike requirement on the Rockwell Collins Live TV Radome. Jet Aviation is investing in connectivity solutions to ensure its customers can enjoy the fastest internet connectivity available in the market for commercial aircraft and private jets. The company’s engineering team in Basel spent two years developing a technical solution for Ka-band system integration. After demonstrating EASA-compliance, the solution was Read more

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BAA Training establishes new company in Vietnam

BAA Training has announced the establishment of a new company in Vietnam – BAA Training Vietnam which is to operate a training centre of 4 full flight simulators and Ab Initio flight school by 2023. According to the Boeing projections Asia Pacific region will require up to 253,000 new pilots until 2036. Looking at South-East-Asia alone, the aircraft numbers will grow from 1,410 in 2016 up to 4,200 aircraft by 2036, 77% of which will be made up of single aisle airplanes, mainly A320 and B737 family aircraft. The total number of A320 fleet is predicted to rise from 120 Read more

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Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN sign MoU with Inmarsat for “inflight connectivity & in flight entertainment” collaboration

Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Inmarsat on development of integrated inflight connectivity and entertainment solutions. As part of the collaboration, the three companies will offer a joint solution for emerging markets, which integrates Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution with the Turkish Technic-HAVELSAN inflight entertainment system.

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