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G. Ziemelis: Do We Still Have Competition in Aircraft Manufacturing?

Air travel today is down to a very exact science. When airlines are building their fleets, they have a multitude of factors to consider when carefully selecting which aircraft will best help them accomplish their desired mission. “Passenger volume and route distance will dictate if the airline...

BACA appoints two new Council Members – Ilaria Iacobini and Kevin Ducksbury join the BACA Council

Ilaria Iacobini of Universal Aviation and Kevin Ducksbury of Emerge Aviation have been elected to join the Council of BACA - The Air Charter Association.  Their appointments come following the departure of two of the Council’s longest serving members; Bernard Keay and former Chairman Dick...


Andy King from FLYT - ‘Best Start-Up’ at Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards

EBACE 2018 was the moment to discover some new companies and new people in business aviation. I would love to share one of them: Andy King from FLYT, awarded as "Best Start-Up" by Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards. Q. How you ended up in business aviation - was it a dream since childhood, was it by occasion, by your choice? A. As a child I was fascinated by aircraft, I...

Hurricane Industry: Sectors for Success. Turning the tide towards true regional resilience

by ir. Damien Richardson Caribbean Billion Dollar Mountains Living among the green mountains  Overwhelmed by the vast arrangement of colors Floating like leaves on trees  Wrapped in royal apparel with tones of  Purple, red, blue, orange, and yellow As we arise in spirit and mind  We climb together in recreational mode  to top of hurricane pinnacl...

G. Ziemelis: Real Benefits to Aviation from a Virtual Source

From video games to aviation, and even video games about aviation, virtual reality has a strong foothold in society; and thanks to rapidly developing technologies virtual reality is earning an invaluable place in the very real field of aviation. More effective training for pilots and mechanics In the purest sense, virtual reality is already implemented effectively in flight training through...

Gediminas Ziemelis: The Future of Aviation Exists on the Blockchain

Aviation has always been on the leading edge of innovation. Recently, however a new technology has been leading digital innovation – Blockchain. While still a new concept, Blockchain is already disrupting the Fintech industry and with its secure operating principles, so here’s why Blockchain is already on target to improve the Aviation industry as well.  At its core blockchain...

TAG Aviation Announces the Appointment of New Charter Manager for the UK

TAG Aviation Europe has today announced the appointment of Karl Mills as Charter Manager for the UK with immediate effect. In his new role Karl will be responsible for providing direction, training and development to the UK-based Charter team whilst overseeing the ongoing expansion of charter opportunities. Karl joined TAG Aviation Europe as a Charter Sales Executive in 2014 where most rec...

Nick Weston of Weston Aviation becomes BACA Deputy Chairman

At the 455th meeting of the BACA Council on February 15th Nick Weston of Weston Aviation was elected to the position of BACA Deputy Chairman. He will share the role with Volker Meissner of ARGUS International during a transition period as BACA moves forward to its next stage of development. As CEO of Weston Aviation Nick is well known throughout the industry and has decided the time i...

Bruno Even est nommé CEO d’Airbus Helicopters

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Bruno Even, 49, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 April 2018. He will report to Airbus CEO Tom Enders and join the company’s Executive Committee. Bruno Even comes to Airbus from Safran where he was CEO of the Helicopter Engines business since 2015. He succeeds Guillaume Faury who will a...

TAG Aviation expands presence in Europe with appointment of new business development director for French region

TAG Aviation Europe has announced the appointment of Victoire Totah as business development director for the French region. In this new role, Ms Totah will be responsible for the development and growth of aircraft management and charter opportunities within France, Monaco and Benelux and the ongoing expansion of TAG Aviation's footprint throughout this key European region. Ms Totah joins...

Air Partner’s Predictions for Commercial Jet Market in 2018

By Clive Chalmers, Trading Director at Air Partner In the below comments, Clive Chalmers, Trading Director of the global aviation services group Air Partner, looks at some of the key drivers of 2017 and focuses on the ones he believes are likely to shape the Commercial Jet broking industry in 2018: “I expect meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) activity will continu...

Gediminas Ziemelis: Despite paying $164 M, Bombardier continues to risk human lives

On 10 of January Polish national carrier LOT flight LO 3924 crash-landed at Warsaw’s Chopin airport when Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 nose gear did not lock. It was the ninth similar happening with the same type of aircraft. In 2008, Canadian aircraft manufacturer managed to quench similar scandal by agreeing to pay out $164 million settlement with SAS Airlines. Maybe this is the reason why over 1...

Safran Helicopter Engines appoints Olivier Le Merrer executive vice-president, support and services

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Olivier Le Merrer as Executive Vice-President, Support and & Services. Olivier succeeds Franck Saudo who has been appointed CEO of Safran Transmissions Systems. Olivier Le Merrer (57) joined Safran Aircraft Engines in 1982, fulfilling various roles in Engineering, Program Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Business Unit Management.  In...

Gediminas Ziemelis: 2017 was interesting, but 2018 will blow our minds

The air transport industry in 2017 was definitely a ride to remember: travel bans, laptop bans, a handful of bankruptcies, all at the backdrop of unprecedented financial results for airlines. In this end-of-year post, I’d like to go back to several events that made history. This list does not intend to be complete or objective, call it a personal reading, if you may. China spreading w...

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Renowned Australian landscape and nature photographer Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and friend John Davis were killed when Green’s Airbus Helicopters EC135, VH-GKK,  crashed in...

Cameron Delays Heathrow Decision Until 2016, Sparking Anger

David Cameron delayed once again the decision he has been putting off for more than three years: whether to allow another runway at Heathrow Airport, and in so doing break a promise he made in 2010....

AerSale, Inc. Promotes Bill Thompson to Senior Vice President, Materials Division

AerSale, Inc. announced today that Bill Thompson has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Materials Division. In his new capacity Thompson will oversee AerSale’s global materi...

Producers of Tom Cruise's Mena sued for wrongful death after plane crash

Last September, American film pilot Alan Purwin and Carlos Berl of Colombian were killed when a plane used for the Tom Cruise film Mena crashed in Colombia. Now his widow, Kathryn Purwin, has filed a...

Why some airlines are adopting MB packaging for inflight wifi

Earlier this year, we put the question of “why” to Panasonic Avionics VP Global Communications Services David Bruner, and asked him to forecast what the future holds for IFC data...

Alaska Airlines Appoints New Managing Director of Fleet, Standards and Operational Control

Alaska Airlines has named 26-year aviation veteran John Ladner managing director of fleet, standards and operational control, a position he previously held from 2010-2011. In his new role Ladner will...

Spirit Air’s Ousted CEO Walks Away With $1 Million and Free Flights for Life

Ben Baldanza resigned his position as Spirit Airlines CEO and also his board position on January 4. His separation agreement with the airline was revealed Friday evening in an SEC filing by th...