The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) is holding seminars at two aviation events in the UK this month. The first seminar will address charter brokerage and operator issues during the Business Aircraft Europe Expo and Conference, which will be held September 11 and 12 at London Biggin Hill Airport. The second seminar will be held in conjunction with the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) on September 17 at the British and General Aviation Day at Cambridge Airport.
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Private aviation club Wheels Up has appointed a management team packed with business aviation pedigree. Last month’s announcement of 15 high-level appointments came as Beechcraft completed the initial build of the first of 105 King Air 350i aircraft that Wheels Up ordered in July.
Air charter broker L’Voyage, Bombardier Business Jets sales representative Sino Private Aviation and business aircraft broker Jetcraft announced a one-year charity project to support the Hong Kong committee for Unicef’s “28 Days to Save a Child’s Life” fundraising campaign. The three companies pledged to raise more than $136,800 to support the campaign, which aims to provide more than 2.2 million doses of vaccine to save children from tetanus, a preventable deadly disease. They will donate 5,688 doses of tetanus vaccines per charter flight and 32,500 doses per aircraft sold.
Aircraft charter and management firm Talon Air added four new Hawker 4000s to its Part 135 certificate this week. The super-midsize jets are based at Talon’s new 100,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex at New York’s Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Long Island. With nine Hawker 4000s on its charter certificate–nearly one-fifth of the in-service fleet of this type–Talon remains the largest owner and operator of these twinjets in the world.
Jet Aviation Flight Services has added its first Gulfstream G650 to its Part 135 certificate. The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range twinjet, which is available for charter, is being managed by Jet Aviation’s Van Nuys office. The charter G650 accommodates up to 13 passengers and has a range of up to 7,000 nm. This is the second known G650 to be added to the fleet at a U.S.
Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter has recruited executives from NetJets’ Executive Jet Management subsidiary for his new private aviation club’s management team. Robert Garrymore, most recently EJM’s president, is now president for ventures at Wheels Up. Serving alongside him as executive v-p for ventures is Ronald Silverman, who was EJM’s senior v-p of aircraft management, sales and owner services.
Prime Fraction Club, whose members buy shares in high-end boats and automobiles as well as aircraft, has added a new six-passenger AgustaWestland AW109 Grand to its fleet, which now features 10 helicopters. The pricing structure for the fractional ownership program offers one-quarter shares in an AW109S Grand at a buy-in cost of R$3.56 million ($1.55 million), in addition to a fixed monthly fee of R$34,724 ($15,074) for maintenance, hangar space and other costs.
Brazilian air taxi operators association ABTAer is to hold its fifth annual convention at São Paulo’s Campo de Marte Airport on August 30 and 31. The event is expected to draw more than 60 companies, as well as government officials and members of Brazil’s congress. Among the issues of concern to ABTAer’s members are ongoing airport access problems and the threats posed by illegal charter activity.
FlyMex of Mexico has successfully completed a Wyvern standard audit to earn the Wingman status, which the Trenton, New Jersey-based auditor says demonstrates when a charter operation meets “the highest safety standard.”
Jet Aviation Flight Services has signed a strategic alliance agreement with C-Fly Aviation, a São Paulo-based aircraft management and charter provider. As Jet Aviation, the company founded in Switzerland but now part of U.S. company General Dynamics, continues to expand its global services to meet customer demand, C-Fly (Stand 5105) will exclusively provide the Teterboro, New Jersey-based company with referrals on charter and aircraft management in Brazil.