Business has been so good at West Coast charter/management firm Jet Edge International that the company devised an unusual arrangement to build a fleet of Gulfstream G200s. With a fleet consisting of mostly large-cabin Gulfstreams, Jet Edge has seen growing demand for the super-midsize charter market, and the G200s (and one G280, with two more coming) are ideal to fill that need, according to president Bill Papariella.
Argus International’s new Avmosys operations software has been selected by the Wheels Up aircraft access membership program “to manage customers’ flight-related activity,” according to Argus. First to sign up for Avmosys was charter/management firm ACP Jets, and charter broker Apollo Jets was the first company to implement the system fully, according to Andy Balser, Argus International’s Avmosys product manager.
Two new full-motion helicopter simulators will soon be coming online at two FlightSafety International learning centers. An Airbus Helicopters EC135 simulator is expected to be up and running at FSI’s Dallas facility, followed by a Sikorsky S-92 level-D device at the company’s São Paulo center in the third quarter.
Business aircraft activity maintained its positive momentum into the new year, thanks to a robust Part 135 segment, according to the latest TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Last month, flying increased 1.8 percent from the same period a year ago, the company said.
Bombardier, FlightSafety International and Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation have signed a joint letter of intent to establish a training center for Q400 NextGen turboprop pilots, in preparation for the launch of Sutong Airlines in 2015. Bombardier will support planning of aircraft training, while FlightSafety will supply and operate a full flight simulator. Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation will support the set-up of the facility in China’s Jiangsu province, the airframer said here at the show.
NetJets this month expects to import its first two aircraft into China in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operators certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of 2014. The U.S. fractional ownership provider will base a pair of its Hawker 800 midsized jets in China in order to be able to offer private charter services to local clients.
A busy year for upheaval in the fractional ownership and closed-fleet private aviation sectors reached a crescendo in December when Flight Options parent company Directional Aviation Capital completed its $185 million acquisition of Bombardier’s Flexjet program.
Signature Flight Support completed its acquisition of Maguire Aviation Group at Van Nuys Airport. Through this acquisition, Signature expanded its FBO at Van Nuys to a combined footprint of 1.17 million sq ft of hangar, ramp, passenger lounges and office space. This also includes a dedicated NetJets facility at Van Nuys.
Keith Plumb, president and COO of regional fractional-share provider Executive AirShare, will add the role of CEO starting on January 1. Current chairman and CEO Bob Taylor will step down at the end of the year, at which time he will become chairman emeritus and founder, while remaining an active board member. Plumb and Taylor founded Executive AirShare in 2000. “We are finishing our best year in the history of the company and now is the time for this change,” Taylor said.
The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) has welcomed six new members. To its core aircraft broker/dealer segment, the association added North Carolina-based Corporate Fleet Services and Exclusive Aviation, an affiliate of Fargo Jet Center. The four new members of NARA’s aviation products and services group include global fuel provider Avfuel, aviation services chain Landmark Aviation, NetJets and aircraft financier Guggenheim Partners.