The A-Z of EBACE 2016

The A-Z of EBACE 2016

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The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) will launch its new African Business Aviation Conference concept at the African Pavilion – Booth Y140. The first annual meeting, which will take place on 17 and 18 November, and will highlight the dynamic African sector. It will also provide African business aviation stakeholders with insight into international business aviation activity and how it can support their own development.  A highlight will be Africa’s first annual forum dedicated to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS. “Africa’s operating environment offers great scope for unmanned aerial vehicles. The applications and opportunities are immense, and it’s an area that affects business aviation operations in a number of ways. This is why we’ve chosen to launch the annual RPAS Forum as part of the AfBAC event,” explained CEO Rady Fahmy.

It’s been a tough old year for Bombardier, but the Canadian company seems to be emerging from some dark skies. Visitors to EBACE will not only be able to check out the full business aircraft portfolio on the static display but, we believe, also see the full-scale Global 7000 mock-up which made its show debut earlier this month. Barring production hiccups, the Global 7000 has great potential for Bombardier, so check out its “four unique living spaces”.

Cirrus Vision
Cirrus Vision

If you’re a pilot, you’ll want to be heading over the Cirrus stand to check out their top-selling range of aircraft, such as the iconic SR22, and the exciting Cirrus Vision SF50 – the personal jet that bridges the piston-VLJ gap for owner flyers. With the Vision just completing its maiden flight (see News section), this is an exciting time for Cirrus and they are sure to be doing brisk business.

Promising “aviation as unique as you are” Austria’s Diamond Aircraft produces a full range of high quality, certified, all-composite aircraft. The aircraft of choice for flying schools around the world, Diamonds also make fine business aircraft – especially the twin engine DA62 which can seat 7 passengers. They say “Diamond achieves high fuel efficiency, low noise, excellent performance and safety”. We say – Diamond make great entry-level business aircraft. See them on the static and booth U056.

Embraer Executive family
Embraer Executive family

Every time we hear Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO, Marco Tulio Pellegrini, address the press, we have to pinch ourselves. Is it really only 10 years since the Brazilian behemoth started making business jets? The sales speak for themselves, and only last month Embraer delivered its 1000th business jet. The manufacturer has built a wide portfolio that ranges from small jets like the Phenom 100E right up to the Lineage 1000E, and somehow manages to deliver great quality coupled with keen pricing. If you are in the market for a new jet, a visit to Embraer is absolutely essential.

If you need an MRO, you know where to go. Flying Colours Corp specialises in green completions, interior refurbs, paint jobs, avionics installations – anything that you might need to upgrade your aircraft. The Canadian company is also in fine fettle – with its Singapore office celebrating a first anniversary and has just confirmed signing the first customer for INAIRVATION’s pre-engineered retro-fit cabin solution for Bombardier Global aircraft types. Work has already begun, with delivery of the aircraft expected in Q1 2017. Find out more about this project and Flying Colours’ other impressive work, at Booth WO63.

Navigation at sprawling trade shows can often be an issue, with main aisles looking the same and frankly indecipherable signage meaning you walk a country mile just to find a stand that was a few steps away. Luckily, those good folks at Gulfstream help to alleviate that stress by producing a signature stand so impressive in scale and content that it becomes a temporary landmark and map reference for any intrepid explorers. But you don’t want to just use the Gulfstream stand as a grid reference – this is where the X on the map reveals transportation treasure. Put your name down on the waiting list for the awesome, all-conquering G650ER – the private jet prince of the skies – or simply bask in the other impressive aircraft available from this majestic marque. You can read some of P1’s recent Flight Tests of Gulfstream jets in previous issues, complete with films.

Here’s an interesting one – this time last year we had the gleaming HondaJet flying into Geneva as part of a glamorous photoshoot over the Alps. Some of us had expected the company to announce certification, but that finally arrived with great fanfare at the tail end of last year. The big question now of course is does the highly anticipated Very Light Jet deliver? After all of that anticipation, is there bound to be an element of disappointment, or does this aircraft – 30 years in the making – have a market-changing future? More, if not all, will be revealed at EBACE as word of initial reaction is sure to spread fast.

Inmarsat
Inmarsat

In a world where we are so dependent on the internet, there is little point spening more time in the air if that time is not used productively. Reliable, fast broadband is expected everywhere these days, and the cabin of a multi-million dollar jet at 41,000ft is rightly no exception. Step up Inmarsat – providing global, fast, reliable broadband to the cabin and the cockpit. Inmarsat enables passengers to connect their own devices and achieve speeds just like in the office to email, surf the internet, make phone calls and stay ahead of the game. Pilots and crew can also access safety communications, weather and flight-plan updates without impacting the passenger experience. Visit Inmarsat’s business aviation team at EBACE (Booth A023) to learn more about how those solutions can be tailored to your needs.

We have talked about charter apps a lot in P1 this last 12 months – including Victor, the now defunct BlackJet, and new kid on the new block, JetSmarter. How will this latest startup upstart fare? Well, they claim to be the only app offering real time pricing and availability, and have aviation experience at the highest management level. P1 feels these apps could provide a welcome fillip for an industry at a time when demand is sagging, so why not go along and see what they have to say? More people flying private by any means has got to be good news for the vast majority of people attending EBACE. Stand N090.

Keitas Systems is the first company worldwide to offer a proactive assistance service of AOG (aircraft on ground) management for any type of aircraft or helicopter. This allows maintenance technicians and operators to greatly reduce aircraft downtime and costs. The company was founded by Lahou Keita, a maintenance planning engineer, who went on to develop the Tempeus software – for managing and predicting failures and therefore reducing aircraft downtime. Tempeus is designed for all aircraft pilots, operators and owners, aircraft and engine manufacturers and their representatives, and service centres – so that’s a hefty chunk of EBACE attendees.

Founded in 1989 by owner and president Jim Lee, Lee Aerospace – like Keitas Systems – is a warming story of one man driving his company forward to greatness. Starting out as a small factory building cabin windows for Boeing, Lee Aerospace has grown to include advanced window design, repair and installation, and composites manufacturing for customers including Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Gulfstream, and HondaJet.

With over eight decades of aviation experience Marshall Aviation Services is trusted for the sale, operation, management, support and modification of new and pre-owned business aircraft. As part of the UK’s largest independent aerospace company, we offer the full spectrum of business aviation services, from day-to-day operation and management through to complex upgrades and modifications.

NetJets Europe penned a new partnership deal with London Heliport just days before the EBACE show, and figures across the continent seem to show bright skies ahead for the largest business jet company in Europe, now celebrating its 20th year. NetJets Europe began 2016 with a strong period of growth; Good news for us all?

One Aviation's Eclipse
One Aviation’s Eclipse

One Aviation gained EASA type certification for the Eclipse 550 late last year so this will be something of a European showcase for the aircraft that claims to be the most efficient twin-engine jet on the planet. The Eclipse 550 features best in class performance, economics, and safety. It can fly at up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430mph, all the while consuming a meagre 59 gallons of fuel per hour.  “The Eclipse perfectly fits the typical European mission profile, one that involves carrying three or four passengers a thousand nautical miles,” said Alan Klapmeier, ONE Aviation’s CEO.

If you are not familiar with the PC-24 from Pilatus, where have you been? Made in Switzerland, this is the only aircraft (they say) that combines the versatility of a turboprop with the cabin size of a medium light jet and the performance of a light jet. Confused? Don’t be. It doesn’t fit into any one category, so they created one – the Super Versatile Jet (SVJ). Think of it like an SUV, taking you to more destinations around the world. Fly closer, use smaller airports, reduce ground transfer times – what’s not to love? We think this latest Pilatus could be a real hit.

Qatar Executive
Qatar Executive

Commercial airlines are increasingly looking to bolster their offering with bespoke corporate services – and nobody is doing this better than Qatar Airways. As Qatar Airways’ private jet division, Qatar Executive offers worldwide on-demand travel services. Qatar Executive’s corporate jet fleet now features two Gulfstream G650ER aircraft, three Challenger 605s, and three Global 5000s. Qatar Executive also operates a luxurious Global Express XRS. Qatar Executive’s service portfolio also includes aircraft management, large airliner charters, maintenance and a full range of FBO services at Doha International Airport. As a Bombardier Approved Service Facility, Qatar Executive offers scheduled maintenance, repair and warranty services at its dedicated hangar facility.

We like visiting the Rockwell Collins stand because there is always something interesting to look at and get to grips with. These are the guys behind the industry leading systems like Pro Line Fusion and Pro Line 21 avionics, the Venue cabin management system and Stage content service. Operators, meanwhile, rely on ARINCDirect flight support services, including flight planning, international trip support, cabin communications, scheduling and more.

Stemme
Stemme

Stemme AG make sleek, premium motorgliders like the S12 and S10 sports aircraft. Founded in 1984, and now headquartered just outside Berlin, the aim was to combine the properties of powerful motorised propulsion with first-class gliding characteristics. The clever and unique design of a foldable propeller, connected to an engine mounted at the aircraft’s centre of gravity, means Stemme aircraft can fly (and soar) for long distances – independent of towing vehicles, winches and accompanying crews.

The Jet Business is the world’s first corporate aviation showroom. Located in the heart of London, The Jet Business is designed to be engaging and interactive from the life-size mock up of an Airbus ACJ319 interior, to the full-scale dimensions of any corporate aircraft on a 27ft video wall. The Jet Business’ ultra elegant environment is complemented by its technology-rich infrastructure and comprehensive data library. This provides clients with information and industry analysis necessary to select the right aircraft for their own personal needs and preferences.

With uvGO from Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., you have a simple, comprehensive, and more intuitive way to plan, build, and manage successful missions worldwide. Viewing online or on an iPad, you can create and file flight plans, view fuel pricing and submit uplift requests, access worldwide weather information, connect to your aircraft via datalink from Satcom Direct, and more. uvGO allows you to do it all yourself or coordinate trips through your Universal Trip Support team. “Now whether a client is using the uvGO iPad app in the aircraft, or the online version in their office, they’ll have access to the same accurate data, simple, easy-to-use interface, and an identical user experience,” said Denio Alvarado, Senior Vice President, Global Product Strategy, Universal.

Brighter is usually better, but not when you are trying to control cabin ambience. As a world leader in solar protection systems offering bespoke solutions to the aeronautic market, Vision Systems will be presenting its range of solar protection and wireless IFE systems dedicated to business aviation at EBACE. The products on show include Vision Systems’ latest innovation – a new concept of Electronically Dimmable Windows (EDW) integrating interactive content, motorised shades and EDWs for business jets and VIP helicopters as well as jettisonable windows with composite frame. Vision Systems’ tailor-made motorised shades for one or two windows feature smooth or pleated fabrics, single or dual screens, light weight, acoustic insulation and a fine fit and finish. Who knew there was so much to windows!

After its inaugural success last year, the Women in Aviation Networking Event returns. Men are encouraged to join the debate on why women in key positions continue to be relatively few in the sector and how balance can be restored. Speakers include Karin Muller of WCA, Lisa Piccione of IAWA, and Catherine Lang of FAA..

XJet combines award-winning service with the finest facilities. XJet’s flagship location at Denver’s Centennial Airport provides a level of customer service beyond that of a traditional FBO. This “seven-star” service is now available at London’s Stansted Airport, at Diamond Hangar, with lounges, a conference room and 90,000sqft of hangar space. XJet’s facility at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) at Dubai South will soon be fully operational and feature full private jet services.

The second Young Professionals Networking Event (YoPro) provides valuable opportunities like networking with established professionals, connecting with career mentors, having exposure to a wide range of aviation backgrounds, and building a better understanding of the business aviation industry. This is addressing under 35s mostly, although anyone “young at heart” will be warmly welcomed. The session starts at 5:15pm on 25 May in F017.

The Zika virus has business aircraft operators rightly concerned, with more than 30 countries (many in South America) infected. The Olympic games being held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are affected, with some athletes deciding not to travel. “A lot of people are going to get anxious when going to Rio,” said Michael Braida, regional medical director, MedAire/International SOS in London. “However, if I were to do a risk approximation at this point, I think the downtown area is not going to be a problem.” Braida will be one of the experts at an education session about the Zika virus on 25 May, from 10am in the Inspiration Zone. The session will look at the Zika issue from both the operator and crew perspectives. “For the operator flying an aircraft into these areas, are there any precautions necessary for their airplane, and for picking up passengers coming from that region? What should the operator and crew look out for?” Braida said. “We’ll talk about how to disinfect the aircraft properly, and how to deal with a potential Zika patient on board.”