Bombardier Hands Over First Indonesia-based Global 7500

Bombardier Hands Over First Indonesia-based Global 7500 Bombardier’s Global 7500 has entered the Indonesian market with the first delivery of one of the company’s flagship business jets to an undisclosed customer based in Jakarta. The worldwide Global 7500 fleet now exceeds more than 50 aircraft, a milestone reached in March, about 2.5 years after the model entered service in late 2018. Indonesia marks the latest Asia-Pacific region expansion for the Global 7500, an aircraft model that is also based in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Bombardier noted that its entire portfolio is generating strong interest in the region. Calling the 7500 aircraft “ideally suited to customers in the Asia-Pacific region who are looking to connect far-flung city pairs,” Nilesh Pattanayak, Bombardier regional v-p of sales for Asia-Pacific, said, “The ultra-long-range Global 7500 aircraft opens up a world of possibilities for convenient and productive travel.” With a 7,700-nm range, the Global 7500 can fly nonstop from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Seattle, from Singapore to San Francisco, from Tokyo to New York, and from Melbourne, Australia, to Los Angeles, Bombardier said. As its presence expands in Asia-Pacific, Bombardier has been growing its customer-service footprint in the region with a new customer-service center expected to open in 2022 at Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne, Australia, alongside the ongoing project at its Singapore service center, which will quadruple the operation’s space there. Bombardier’s highly anticipated flagship Global 7500 entered into service December of 2018. The Global 7500 is the world’s largest purpose-built business jet. Its first flight took place on November 4, 2016. Flight testing was completed in August 2018, with over 2,400 hours logged by the five prototypes. In September of 2018, it received type certification from Transport Canada,

Argus: European Bizav Ops Rebound 156% in May

Argus May 2021 data showed that the midsize jet category marked the largest resurgence in Europe, up 227.8 percent year-over-year. Business aviation activity showed a sharp rebound across all categories in May in Europe with an overall 156.7 percent increase from a year earlier, when traffic had slowed to a trickle as the pandemic took root, according to the latest Argus TraqPak report. Argus May 2021 data showed that the midsize jet category marked the largest resurgence in Europe, up 227.8 percent year-over-year. Looking at super-midsize jets alone, that increase is even greater at 282.5 percent. Activity was up 197.7 percent for “base” midsize jets. As for the other categories, large-jet activity increased 213.7 percent, while light-jet operations experienced a 168.1 percent rebound. Turboprops, meanwhile, marked an 83.8 percent increase year-over-year, almost mirroring the 83.7 percent increase they experienced in April. Single-engine turboprops drove this gain in May, up 135.2 percent with multi-engine turboprops posting a more modest 59.3 percent increase in the month—the only category to come in under triple-digit gains. May business aviation activity in Europe came in 39 percent higher than April and marked increases across all categories. Light-jet activity led the monthly increase at 53 percent with large jets up 33.5 percent and midsize jets higher at 48.5 percent. Turboprop activity further posted a 24.3 percent increase. Argus expects business aviation activity to be up year-over-year by 52 percent in June. Source: AIN

Embraer Unveils Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300

Embraer's Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300 features a convertible medevac cabin. (Photo: Embraer) Part 135 operator GrandView Aviation will be Embraer’s launch customer for a convertible Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300 interior STC that the Brazilian airframer developed for its Phenom 300 light twinjet. “With the Phenom 300MED conversion, our aircraft can transition from a passenger cabin interior to Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300 in a matter of hours, allowing for maximum operational efficiency,” said GrandView COO Jessie Naor. “We already operate diverse missions, and the Phenom 300MED further adds to our ability to meet a wide variety of client needs.” Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300 Aerolite provides the equipment for the Embraer Phenom 300MED's cabin. (Photo: Embraer) Aerolite will provide the equipment for the Phenom 300MED’s medevac interior. The installation will be performed at Embraer’s service center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “We are sure this will be the first of many conversions around the world,” said Marsha Woelber, Embraer Service & Support’s head of worldwide executive jets customer support and aftermarket sales. Baltimore-based GrandView owns 10 Phenom 300s as well as Sikorsky S-76D and Bell 407GXi helicopters. Medevac Cabin for Phenom 300 is available at for Air Ambulance services.

Covid-19 Gives Africa Bizav a Boost

The Fireblade fleet of Bombardier Challenger 350s and (left) a Bombardier Global 6500. (Photo: Fireblade Aviation) Although business aviation has prospered in Africa over the past 12 months due to Covid-19’s destabilizing effects on its airlines, several challenges remain to successful operations. Hamish Harding, chairman of Dubai-based broker, Action Aviation, sees big opportunities. “There are always things happening in Africa, and chances to do good transactions,” he said. “Covid lockdowns in different places … carry on causing issues. It’s a bit unpredictable, as to which countries will be open for business, but, absolutely, there’s demand in the usual locations for business jets in Africa at the moment. “Angola, with the oil price higher, is still very strong. Even the likes of Kenya do have requirements.” The focus of Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has remained on Nigeria. It has added a GIV-SP to its Lagos fleet, which currently consists of three airplanes. “We are in discussions for additional aircraft, and it remains a fairly active market for us,” said managing director Paras Dhamecha. He was frank in saying EAG had been slow to explore other African opportunities. “[I]t's a question of where you best employ your resources,” he said. “In business aviation, resources generally end up being stretched thin, especially in areas where there's not necessarily very high quality or experienced aviation talent easily available. At a time like this, when it's difficult to move around, it's not easy to find people to join the team very quickly.” Krimson Aviation The Krimson Aviation management team, left to right: Betelhem Shumu (MarCom Executive), Leul Mesfin (Flight Ops Team Leader), Gideon Girma (Commercial Manager), Dawit Lemma (CEO), Michael Mesfin (Koncierge and Services Manager), Helina Teshome (Managing Director).

Jet Edge Secures $150M from KKR as it Unveils AdvantEdge

Jet Edge's newly coined AdvantEdge charter and management program aims to provide predictable revenues and schedules. (Photo: Jet Edge) A day after KKR announced its $4.5 billion acquisition of Atlantic Aviation, the investment firm is further extending its reach into the business aviation market with the provision of a $150 million credit facility for aircraft charter, management, and brokerage firm Jet Edge. The facility will provide backing as Van Nuys, California-based Jet Edge formally rolls out its AdvantEdge charter management program that CEO Bill Papariella said will further enhance the company’s efforts to expand nationally and add predictability to the ownership experience. In addition, the credit facility will help Jet Edge roll out new digital technologies this year for its client base and strengthen its employment base, which now tops 700. Papariella called the Jet Edge AdvantEdge program a “whole aircraft ownership solution that is a true alternative to both fractional ownership and the antiquated traditional aircraft management model.” The program, he said, will build predictability and the ability to forecast usage and revenue for owners. Describing the program as a cross between whole ownership and fractional with scheduling closer to that of an Airbnb, Papariella told AIN the program essentially packages a number of services that Jet Edge has been building out in recent years and “truly takes our charter/management product nationwide.” The company has been running a number of aspects of the charter and management program since 2018 and built on that with the acquisition of Jet Select announced in early 2020. “We’ve already seen the success over the three years and proved it. AdvantEdge, in more of an institutional way, builds the infrastructure around it.” Heading into the pandemic, Jet Edge had

Signature Aviation Now Under New Ownership

With the conclusion of its sale to a group of private investment firms, Signature Aviation is now under new ownership. A statement from the company noted it expects "there will be no immediate change to day-to-day operations and remain focused on delivering exceptional experiences to our valued customers and stakeholders." Without any fanfare, the $4.7 billion sale of Signature Aviation to a consortium of private equity firms was completed last week. The groups—Blackstone, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Cascade Investments—combined to establish a jointly-owned company and issued the successful bid, which was approved by Signature Aviation’s shareholders in late March. The purchase was officially sanctioned by a UK court on May 27. “Effective June 1, Blackstone, Global Infrastructure Partners, and Cascade assumed ownership of Signature Aviation, which is now a privately held company no longer publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange,” Signature said in a statement released to AIN. “All three companies have unmatched experience successfully investing across the aviation, transportation, infrastructure, and hospitality sectors. They are deeply committed to accelerating the growth of the Signature Aviation business while making a positive impact on our team, our customers, the environment, and the communities we serve.” In January, Global Infrastructure Partners issued an offer of $4.6 billion to purchase Signature, which operates the world’s largest FBO network with more than 200 locations globally. That prompted responses from Cascade, which handles the bulk of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’s personal fortune and owned a nearly 20 percent stake in Signature, as well as from private equity group Blackstone Infrastructure Advisors and Blackstone Core Equity Management Associates, which had previously issued its own $4 billion offer, to combine forces to buy Signature.   Source: AIN

As Aviation Digitizes, Leaders Stress Need for Accuracy

The Russian St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport is a hub of business aviation activity this week during the International Economic Forum (IEF), which is being held June 2 through 5 at the St. Petersburg ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre. With one day still remaining before the four-day forum closes, the airport operator reported servicing more than 120 business jets arriving for the event at FBO Pulkovo-3, the airport’s business aviation terminal. However, business aviation traffic for the forum is still about 30 percent off from pre-pandemic levels. As in previous years, some of these business jets flew in from the U.S., whose delegation, with more than 250 people, is the largest foreign group at this year’s IEF. While Pulkovo-3 has been the major business aviation hub in both St. Petersburg and the entire Russian Northwest, there is a possibility that this situation will change. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom recently announced plans to build an airport that will serve the needs of business aviation in Russia in the Lvashovo district of St. Petersburg.

As Aviation Digitizes, Leaders Stress Need for Accuracy

The aviation industry is approaching a time when the use of pen and paper will become nearly obsolete, underscoring the importance of ensuring the accuracy of data, industry leaders agree. Speaking during an EBACE Connect session on “The Importance of Data and Why EVERYTHING Must Be Connected,” which Tim Ford moderated, president of air operations software provider myairops, executives from an operator, and multiple data providers explored the growing uses of information throughout business aviation. “We are in the very early stages of digitizing aviation and automation will come very soon on top of that,” said Diego Magrini, CEO of airport and operational data service aviowiki. Magrini noted the importance of having accurate, up-to-date information in areas such as airports. “We all realize that we cannot follow 28-day cycles in modern days. With airport data, we are now talking about near real-time information about the availability of these airports.” Information that is a day or two old can be outdated, he added. “It's no surprise that we get some information updates on airport closures for example, from Twitter quicker than from the notams,” he said, stressing a need for “information that you can trust” and update quickly. This is true for other information such as visa, permit, and other requirements. “We cannot rely anymore on pen and paper.” Shay Har-Noy, general manager of space-based flight and weather data provider Spire Aviation, stressed the importance of adding data that is useful, reliable, current, and actionable. “If you're missing any one of those [qualities], you're back to pen and paper and logbooks,” Har-Noy said. While conceding that pen and paper “have kept pilots alive for the last a hundred years…so let's not throw them out,” he added, “we can do better. We should strive to do

U.S. Air Force Acquiring Global 6000s for Battlefield Ops

A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-equipped E-11A aircraft rolls out on the flight line at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts in July 2018. On June 1, the BACN program office at that base awarded a $464.8 million contract to Learjet, Inc., a Wichita, Kansas subsidiary of Bombardier's specialized aircraft division, for six Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Mark Herlihy) The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $464.8 million contract to Learjet Inc., a Wichita subsidiary of Bombardier’s specialized aircraft division, for the purchase and modification of six Global 6000s as Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft. Designated as the E-11A and assigned to Air Combat Command, the modified large-cabin business jet model serves as a high-altitude, loitering communications node to air and ground forces, providing them with the ability to communicate by voice as well as share data, video, and images. Bombardier’s Global Express served as an earlier version of the E-11A with four copies in the Air Force's inventory beginning in 2007. This new contract, announced yesterday by the Department of Defense, calls for deliveries to occur over the next five years, through May 2026. Procurement funds in the amount of $70 million have already been made available for an initial delivery order, according to the Air Force. Source: ainonline