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Cuba Limited in Aircraft Mx, but Opens Door for Incoming Support

Four years after the rules for travel between the U.S. and Cuba began to relax, aircraft repair services still remain in short supply in the island nation. But the easing of rules in recent years facilitates bringing in parts, mechanics, or other supplies to support aircraft that encounter AOG situations in Cuba, said Eric Norber, founder of Cuba Handling.

When the U.S. opened the door to travel to Cuba, the ability to repair aircraft in country was a chief concern. “There is not a lot of local mechanics or repair shops available in Cuba,” said Norber. “But, knowing that, Cuban authorities put in place in a policy that opens the door for whatever support you need you can bring in. It’s just at the expense of the operator.”

With the policy changes, he added, “There is no customs process. There’s no immigration for mechanics. It is really open access for the support or repair of any AOG aircraft in Cuba.”

On the U.S. side, the removal of Cuba from the list of nations with certain export bans in 2016 eased the ability to bring in parts and equipment necessary for support.

Cuba Handling, which has specialized in Cuban operations handling for more than 27 years, has assisted aircraft operators with issues as small as tire changes and to as large as an engine swap, he said, adding the latter being on an airline airframe. All were completed on the ramp in Cuba by U.S. mechanics. Norber cautioned that travel logistics, such as hotels and transportation, must be arranged through a handling company.

Some MRO shops from around the world have held discussions with the Cuban government over the possibility of opening a facility there, Norber said, adding he was not […]

By |September 8th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Al Maktoum Airport to become a ‘cosmic super-port’

Al Maktoum Airport
Al Maktoum Airport is to be reinvented as an aviation hub that can handle supersonic, hypersonic and even space planes in addition to aircraft. Steve Nichols reports.

The announcement, made in June, is part of the Dubai 10X initiative, with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects working on the project in partnership with Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).

This means DWC is to become a “multi-mode super-port” with the hub set to become the region’s first spaceport, with the surrounding aviation infrastructure being known as Al Maktoum Airport a “cosmotropolis”.

Al Maktoum Airport will become the first of its kind in the world to provide an integrated travel outlet for both air and space travel.
According to the Government of Dubai’s website, the initiative, part of a total of 26, was approved by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of the board of trustees of the DFF.

Khalifa Suhail Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, said: “The advent of new travel technologies, such as supersonic aircraft and space travel, have raised questions about the ability of existing airports to accommodate these modes of travel in an integrated way using Al Maktoum Airport.
“As the most ambitious country in the field of exploratory space missions, we believe the time is right to develop a new comprehensive plan for an integrated airport that offers both air and space travel.”

Al Zaffin added: “The Dubai 10X initiative has helped us make great strides. Dubai has always pioneered change and has a strong track record of innovative projects.
“Our Dubai 10X projects provide real opportunities for us to set new and innovative standards in the aviation industry and add unique value to the passenger experience.
“Dubai Aviation Enterprise […]

By |September 8th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Five Saudi female pilots take to the skies

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has recently issued five licenses for Saudi female pilots, permitting them to work as pilots on Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft, reports abouther.com.
It was only this July that women in Saudi Arabia were finally allowed to enroll in flights schools, following the rescinding of a decades-long ban on female motorists that came into effect this summer.

The issuance of pilot licenses to Saudi women is seen as part of the country’s overall efforts and specifically of the GACA’s commitment to empower Saudi women to work in the aviation sector, which is one of the objectives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

This year, the Oxford Aviation Academy, a trainer and crew recruiter, received applications from hundreds of women in Saudi Arabia hoping to start lessons in September at its branch in Dammam.

Source: arabianaerospace

By |September 8th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Air Charter to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Air Charter to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia!

Since 1930 the FIFA World cup has been help every 4 years hosted by various countries throughout the world. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. Let us take care of your Air Charter to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, and the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe. This year the 21st FIFA World Cup will be hosted in Russia to be played at 12 different stadiums across 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, Sochi, and Saint Petersburg. Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with 7 matches being played at each of these stadiums. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novogrod and Samara will host 6 matches including one quarter-final match apiece, and the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don will host 5 matches apiece including one round of 16 match each. Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk will host 4 matches each and none of these cities will host any knockout stage games.

Air Charter flew several teams to the FIFA Wold Cup Like the Ghana Team. If you need a full commercial airline or a jet for a few fans we have what you need.
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32 nations will be competing over a total of 64 matches will be played  to determine the world champion. Of the 32 teams, […]

By |June 15th, 2018|Categories: @en|0 Comments

Bombardier Adds Two More Globals to Family

Two new additions to Bombardier’s Global family were unveiled on the eve of EBACE: the Global 5500 and 6500. The flight test aircraft is making a surprise appearance here powered by a new family of engines from Rolls-Royce, the Pearl, developed under cover and certified secretly in February.
The Global 5500 and 6500 take the current Global 5000 and 6000, respectively, and boost their speed and performance with new engines and a wing with a re-profiled trailing edge. Range with eight passengers at standard cruise of Mach 0.85 is extended by 500 nm, but by as much as 1,300 nm from hot-and-high locations such as Toluca, Mexico, to 5,700 and 6,600 nm, respectively. Mmo is Mach 0.90.

The aircraft will be produced on the same line as the Global 5000 and 6000, which will continue to be available. The four models will offer mission, capability and price points to appeal to different customer requirements. First deliveries are planned by the end of next year.

The Global 5500/6500 Rockwell Collins flight deck is the first to seamlessly merge infrared and synthetic images into a single view, Bombardier says. Advanced weather radar detection, real-time air traffic information, and improved airport moving maps are all incorporated in the latest evolution of the Bombardier Vision Flight Deck.

Many new features ate incorporated into the new aircraft, including the cabin’s Ka-band connectivity, fibre-optic-based cabin management systems and Nuage seating that Bombardier developed especially for the Global family. They will not, however, be offered for the Global 5000 and 6000.

Other new features include a kitchen (“placed in the front of the aircraft, where it belongs,” says Bombardier), incorporating designer home features with high-end exposed appliances including a steam oven. New cabinets, and new countertops with the latest styling in […]

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

DASSAULT UNVEILS THE FALCON 6X

Time does not wait.  Rather paradoxically, this quote from Lenin has never been more poignant than for Dassault and the launch of their new Falcon 6X on 28th February 2018. In fact, the manufacturer has precious little time when faced with competition and following the delays in the 5X program and their decision to stop the latter in December 2017.
 

Never mind. Dassault has been through worse. The Falcon 5X program will leave its mark within the manufacturer’s ranks for sure. But its years of development will not, in fact, be in vain… Far from it. The advent of the Falcon 6X tends to show the manufacturer’s incredible flexibility and the fact that it remains a front-runner in the latest high-end aircraft race. Less than two months will have elapsed between the official announcement of the discontinuation of the Falcon 5X program and the public presentation ceremony of the Falcon 6X. An all-time record.

 

Quick decision

The decision to launch the aircraft’s program was taken in September 2017 just as Dassault’s management was told by Safran that an additional delay was expected on the SilverCrest. Such a delay was inconceivable for the aircraft manufacturer who has already “sacrificed” more than three years on its initial schedule. This resulted in all hands on deck for the consulting firms of the St Cloud aircraft manufacturer, who were under pressure to find new solutions.  Dassault needed to once again be present in this market segment which the French aircraft manufacturer could not leave to its only competitor Gulfstream. At the NBAA convention, Dassault Aviation approached Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) to find a replacement engine. A derivative of the P&WC PW800, the PW812D was proposed by the engine manufacturer and selected by […]

By |April 25th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Gulfstream Delivers 300th G650

Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the 300th aircraft in the Gulfstream G650 family, just over five years after the aircraft entered service in December 2012.
At least 70 of the G650 and G650ER aircraft are in service in Asia-Pacific, including 57 in Greater China, according to data from Hong Kong consultants Asian Sky Group.

“The continued popularity and demand for the G650 affirms its position as the leader in the ultra-long-range segment,” says Gulfstream president Mark Burns,

“The aircraft amassed an impressive backlog of orders when we announced it in 2008, and that backlog is still strong today. The introduction of the G650 was a turning point — not just for Gulfstream, but for the industry as a whole. We set out to change the game and ultimately, we did just that.”

The G650 is the fastest large-cabin, non-supersonic aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, having flown westbound around the world in a record-setting 41 hours and 7 minutes, claiming 22 city-pair speed records along the way.

In late 2017, the G650ER proved its performance capabilities with a worldwide record streak, setting five records in six days, including New York to Paris and Tokyo to New York. Together, the aircraft have set 70 city-pair records.

The G650 can fly up to 7,000 nm when flying at Mach 0.85. The extended-range variant, the G650ER, can fly up to 7,500 nm at the same long-range cruise. Both aircraft are capable of a near-supersonic maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925.

 

Source: AVIATIONWEEK

By |April 25th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

EMBRAER CERTIFIES AND DELIVERS FIRST PHENOM 300E

Embraer has delivered the first new Phenom 300E business jet, having received its type certificate in the first quarter from the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC – Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil). The new light jet model was launched—and debuted—at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in October 2017. The new aircraft is designated “E” for “Enhanced” in reference to its entirely redesigned cabin and the addition of the industry-leading nice® HD CMS/IFE (Cabin Management System/InFlight Entertainment) by Lufthansa Technik. The Phenom 300, the new model’s successful predecessor, has been the best-selling and most delivered light business jet for the last six years.

“We are thrilled to deliver the first Phenom 300E on schedule, only five months after its launch, with overwhelming positive reviews from customers and the market,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I want to congratulate our teams, who have so passionately worked to bring to market yet another best-seller, delivering true value to customers. I am also elated for our first Phenom 300E owner, a return customer who will enjoy an even more elevated customer experience with all the truly innovative value in this amazing new aircraft.”

“The Phenom 300E is an elegant and comfortable aircraft that is the best match for our travel needs throughout Africa,” said Mr. John McCormick, a South Africa businessman. “The interior architecture and design are modern and all the customization options allowed us to make the aircraft perfect for us. The Phenom 300 has served us quite well and we’re even more excited to fly the Phenom 300E home.”

The Phenom 300E inherits the Embraer DNA Design, […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Bitcoins for Flights: Charter Operators Enter the World of Cryptocurrency

Some charter companies looking to keep up with consumer demand are accepting a new method of payment: Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is the world’s first and highest-valued decentralized digital currency, meaning all transactions take place directly between users without a central administrator or intermediary. It is the most recognized example of a cryptocurrency – “crypto” denotes the highly secure encryption that protects data – which are digital assets built from a technology called “blockchain,” a public, unalterable ledger for recording transaction histories.

Originally associated with the underground internet, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (and competitors like Ethereum and Ripple) have become increasingly common in mainstream businesses. There are numerous reasons why charter companies have begun accepting cryptocurrencies – 24/7 transaction ability, faster processing times, lower fees – but the most common factor is customer feedback.

Adam Twidell, founder and CEO of PrivateFly, was initially turned on to Bitcoin’s business possibilities by a question in a post-flight customer review: “Can I pay in bitcoins next time?”

 

“I started to investigate and couldn’t find a good reason not to accept it,” said Twidell, whose company began taking Bitcoin payments in 2014.

After learning how simple it was to set up the company’s secure cryptocurrency wallet – a software program that effectively stores bitcoins, enables transactions and monitors the user’s balance – the decision ultimately came down to providing the best customer-service experience possible.

“We don’t have the luxury as a charter company to dictate to our customers how they interact with us,” said Twidell. “Bitcoin is just another payment method we put in front of the customer that they’re welcome to use or not use.”

Cryptocurrency payment options may also open doors to new customers. Bloomberg recently reported that more than 58 percent of American Bitcoin investors […]

By |March 17th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Dassault launch Falcon 6X as a replacement for the X5

Dassault has launched the $47 million Falcon 6X, as the replacement for the Falcon 5X that the company was obliged to cancel last year.
 

The Falcon 5X was officially canceled in December 2017 following continuing issues with the Snecma Silvercrest engines that were due to have powered it.

The Falcon 6X will instead use Pratt & Whitney Canada PW812D series engines, each capable of producing between 13,000 – 14,000lb of thrust.

Swapping to PW812D engines means that the aircraft will also be more fuel efficient than its abandoned predecessor, as well as being able to fly further. The Falcon 5X was projected to have a range of 5,200nm, but the Falcon 6X will be able to fly 5,500nm.

The cross-section from the 5X is reused but has been stretched by 20 inches. The structure of the wing has also been completely redesigned, with a new structural aerodynamics.

 

As with most other Falcon aircraft, the 6X will be able to use steep approach paths and short runways, including those at Aspen and London City airports.

 

Falcon 6X—Industry Leading Cabin Space

The Falcon 6X cabin is six feet, six inches (1.98 m) high and 8 feet 6 inches (2.58 m) wide — the highest and widest cross section in a purpose built business jet – and is nearly 40 feet 8 inches (12.3 m) long. The cabin can accommodate 16 passengers in three distinct lounge areas, affording room for multiple configurations including a large entry way/crew rest area and a spacious rear lounge.

Every element of cabin style and design has been totally rethought, the result of an extensive survey of customer tastes and inputs from Dassault Aviation’s own in-house Design Studio. Flowing uninterrupted lines enhance the feeling of space and declutter the cabin.
Significantly more […]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments