The London-based Baltic Air Carrier Association (BACA), which claims to be “the largest and longest standing [since 1949] organization focused on the air charter brokerage industry in the world,” has endorsed Argus’ Certified Charter Broker Program. “The air charter brokerage business is largely unregulated,” so users have to do their own due diligence, BACA noted.
Argus International implemented several updates to the audit standard that it uses to qualify a charter operator for the Argus Platinum and Gold Plus rating. The additions are intended to create an “even more valuable and informative audit process,” said Argus president and CEO Joe Moeggenberg.
Lou Martin & Associates of San Antonio, Texas, is offering three new window shade styles for business aircraft. One of these is a bulkhead shade system that can close off a cabin compartment to allow greater privacy, or open to permit a feeling of roominess. The shade can be customized to include artwork or a company logo and comes in a variety of sizes.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo, Lou Martin & Associates introduced three new window shade styles. A dual mechanical shade features both blackout fabric and a sheer fabric, allowing the passenger to see out but block UV rays and heat, yet block light when complete darkness is desired. The E-3 shade incorporates an electrically dimmable window shade, integrated with the pleated blind for complete darkness.
Argus International has revamped its Charter Evaluation and Qualification (Cheq) system with a new user interface to ease searching, and unlimited TripCheqs. The new system allows users to search, manage and perform due diligence all in one program. Users can now search operators by Argus ratings, aircraft operator, aircraft model and geographic location.
The I-Shade cabin light management system has been picked by Nextant Aerospace for its 400Next upgrade of the Beechjet 400A.
The I-Shade “smart” windows will be integrated into the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system on the 400Next “to create a seamless cabin environment management system.”
Germany-based ACM Air Charter achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 registration
International relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is using an eclectic fleet of its own, borrowed and chartered aircraft to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Haiti. The day after the January 12 earthquake there, the organization landed emergency assessment and medical teams in Port-au-Prince aboard a turbine DC-3 operated by Missionary Flights International out of Palm Beach.
With the Orlando venue rapidly assuming the role of the NBAA annual meeting and convention’s “unofficial” home, static display host Showalter Flying Service has become virtually synonymous with the show itself. Having managed the static display since NBAA was first staged in Orlando, the FBO at Executive Airport has become the acknowledged gold standard in dealing with the complexities of displaying more than 100 aircraft.
Half a continent away from its builder’s growing U.S. base in Philadelphia, an AW109 Grand looks sleek and businesslike even with its feet out feeling for terra firma here in Houston.