Archive for July, 2012

London 2012 Olympics … Jet Aviation London Biggin Hill

Friday, July 27th, 2012

FBO Jet Aviation at London Biggin Hill gears up for London Olympics


Jet Aviation London Biggin Hill has completed refurbishment of its passenger lounge and enlisted an international team of handling experts to support the local workforce during the London Olympics.

“We are doing everything in our power to ensure our customers enjoy the highest service standards that they have come to expect at Jet Aviation – despite the increased traffic,” says Judith Moreton, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation London Biggin Hill, which is based 20km (12 miles) from central London.

The facility’s dedicated maintenance operation is also bringing in additional line maintenance specialists from Gulfstream, who will be at the facility throughout the Games, as well as a central 24/7 on-call aircraft-on-ground team, says the company.

Jet Aviation Biggin Hill provides FBO services, maintenance, avionics installations, refurbishment and exterior painting. With a hangar area of 2,600m2 (28,000ft2), the operation is an authorised service centre for the Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000 families, and is approved for the Hawker 125 series, the Cessna Citation 525, 550 and 560 family, and the Bombardier Challenger range of super-midsize and large-cabin business jets.




Business Air Charter Airports … Czech Republic

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Business Air Charter Major Airports … Czech Republic


Flying to the Czech Republic, Prague Ruzyne

ABS Jets and Aviation Service both offer private jet handling services. In Prague there is a choice of executive handling services, however these mostly specialise in handling commercial airlines or local operators, Euro Jet specializes in VIP clients and special missions through Prague.


Just 15 minutes from the city centre of Prague, the Aero Airport at Vodochody is a private international airport without restrictions from airport slots.


Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with a large part of its industry focused in the technology sector. Located in the South East of the country it serves well as an ideal airport for leisure flights. Eurojet handles around 50 flights a year in Brno with the vast majority of those being business charter flights.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is located in the Western Bohemia are of the country and is one of the most popular spa resort towns in central Europe, a popular holiday spot.


Business Air Charter Slovakia …

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Business Air Charter … Slovakia’s Major Business Aviation Airports


Flying to Slovakia, Bratislava

Bratislava enjoys a central location in Europe, with Vienna less than an hour away by car, At MR Stefanik airport, a complete range of services is offered for general aviation flights, composed mainly of VIP, business and medical flights. The GAT offers a VIP lounge and was opened in 2005 to enhance the processing of ground handling of clients travelling through the airport. Bratislava airport offers flexibility by having no slot requirements and the 24 hour handling services.



Poprad is a popular ski resort town located in the Tatry mountain range and , as a cold weather holiday destination, the winter months do tend to bring the highest level of air charter traffic. Letisko Poprad-Tatry opened its pilots lounge in May 2012 and is planning a new departure terminal, with the present terminal building being converted into a dedicated general aviation facility within 2 years.


Located in thr middle of Slovakia, Sliac underwent a major renovation in 2009 and re-opened to civilian air traffic in the summer of 2011. With its central location, Sliac is used for many holiday charters during the summer months.


Piestany is not too far from Bratislava and a popular choice for commercial charter airlines and cargo aircraft.

Canada Advances Biofuel Testing …

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Canada Advances Biofuel Testing with Vintage T-33 Trainer


The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has for the first time conducted biofuel test flights using chase aircraft to measure the emissions. The campaign is among a number of different projects which the government research and development body is presenting at Farnborough this year.

The biofuel test flights were completed in May and June 2012 using a Canadian-gown feedstock based on brassica carinata. NRC’s flight research laboratory employed its Dassault Falcon 20 to test the fuel and a Lockheed T-33 vintage jet trainer to trail the business aircraft and measure its emissions in real time.

Stewart Baillie, director of the institute’s flight research laboratory, says the Falcon crew was able to switch back and forth between standard Jet A1 and the biofuel blend with Jet A1. This showed that the biofuel emissions comprised “significantly less” particulate matter, such as black carbon and sulphate, than Jet A1, he says. The results are preliminary and a full assessment is underway before NRC publishes its final report.

The Canadian institute was the first to use biofuel beyond a 50:50 blend ratio, which is currently the maximum-certified limit by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). While NRC conducted some flights with a standard 50:50 mixture, it also employed a 60:40 blend.

No difference was detected by the pilots when they changed between conventional Jet A1 and biofuel. Bailey says that the crew reported that the aircraft’s performance was “indistinguishable” during a range of ground and flight operations, including engine restarts at altitude.

The biofuel – named “Resonance” – has been newly developed by Canada-based Agrisoma Bioscience. The crops used for the NRC tests were grown in the Saskatchewan prairie province in 2011. But this year, Agrisoma says, this has commercially been contracted on a “significant” scale in western Canada. The biotechnology company adds that brassica carinata is ideally suited as a non-food industrial oilseed, because it grows it in semi-arid areas unsuitable for food production with “reduced overall crop input requirements”.

Among NRC’s other projects is the development of a stochastic model to predict ice build-up on airframe structures more accurately. This has now been licensed to the Montreal-based icing simulation specialist Newmerical Technologies.

The work focussed in particular on the melting and refreezing of water droplets as they move across aircraft structures, for example, wings downstream from the anti-ice systems. “It’s all about better characterising the randomness of water in the atmosphere and how it interacts with the surfaces in the aerodynamic flow,” says Baillie.

The model allows simulating the formation of rough and discontinuous, three-dimensional ice structures and to predict the density and surface quality of accreted ice.

Ice can build up in unexpected areas, namely the engine core, and this was the focus in another recent project that NRC conducted together with Boeing. Following 46 reported power-loss cases at high altitude since 1990, the researchers proved in wind tunnel tests that ice can build up in the low-pressure compressor (LPC) of gas turbine engines.

The incidents, which included uncommanded thrust roll-backs, flaming-out, stalling and LPC damage through shed ice took place at altitudes above 23,000ft (7,000m), which is usually considered to be the upper limit where liquid water droplets exist. However, they all happened in the vicinity of thunder clouds in tropical regions.

The researchers proved that ingested ice-crystals can partially melt and refreeze on internal components in areas such as ducts, where airflow changes can cause sudden temperature variations. Baillie says this kind of analysis had not been done before but will be useful for regulators in North America and Europe as they begin certifying commercial gas turbine engines against this type of ice build-up this year.



Bournemouth Airport Private Air Charter …

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Bournemouth Airport Private Air Charter


Bournemouth Airport is a key national and international gateway to Southern England, annually serving around 600,000 passengers and 36 destinations.

The airport recently underwent a £45m investment in its main terminal, providing air travellers to and from the South Coast region of England with a new and greatly improved passenger experience. Bournemouth Airport supports 900 full time equivalent jobs which contribute more than £24 million to the local economy.

Bournemouth Airport is within ten minutes drive from the busy seaside town of Bournemouth, Dorset. Bournemouth and nearby Poole have won several tourism and beautiful beaches awards. Poole boasts one of the largest natural harbors anywhere in the world and has regular ferry connections to France and the Channel Islands.

Only a short drive north from Bournemouth Airport and you are in the historic New Forest, one of the largest forests in the country, offering spectacular scenery and steeped in history with many outdoor attractions. Bournemouth has all the facilities expected of a fast paced business hub and we are sure you will enjoy your time here.

Private Jet Charter flights arriving into Bournemouth Airport are catered for by Signature Flight Support on the North side of the airport away from the hussle and bussle of the main terminal building and its arrving/departing commerical airliners. A real dedicated handler whether you are using the airport for business air travel or leisure. With some good links onto the South West of the UK and a reasonable distance from London you have a good choice arriving and departing from Bournemouth airport for your air charter needs.


European Business Aviation …

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Europe’s Business Aviation Industry


Europe’s business aviation industry has many tough choices and challenges this year and it must be proactive in the face of new political hurdles and rising operating costs, according to Fabio Gamba, chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

Speaking at the trade association’s annual general meeting in Brussels this month, Gamba cited as key industry concerns the “worrying proliferation of national taxes, a burdensome EU emissions trading system (ETS), a faulty Single European Sky due to the lack of member states’ political will, a recast of the slots regulation that deprives business aviation of historical rights under their current form, and other important initiatives in domains such as ground handling and noise”.

Gamba said: “We may be facing headwinds, but that means we must push harder against them. We must demonstrate the significance of our industry. And we must use our expertise and influence to assist politicians and regulators as they weather the global crisis.”  Business aviation is taking important steps, said the EBAA. One initiative is the creation of an International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). It mirrors on the sector’s successful International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), which is a recognised European standard and has more than 500 operators registered globally as in compliance.

 ”The EU’s ground handling regulation recast did not include airports of less than two million passengers [a year], which is primarily the types of airport from which business aviation operates. Therefore we have anticipated the needs of our industry and developed up-to-date standards that are also aligned with the regulations,” said EBAA president Brian Humphries. “We will conduct our own quality and safety assessments of fixed base operators and ground handling against this standard, enhancing both safety and the customer experience to the benefit of all.”

Another important initiative is business aviation’s campaign to curtail illegal charter flight activity within Europe. It aims to discourage the operation of aircraft that do not have a valid air operator’s certificate, or are non-compliant with traffic rights. The EBAA has published guidance for operators, brokers, passengers, politicians, authorities and regulators.








Italy Approves Payment Methods for Air Taxi Tax

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Italy Approves Payment Methods for Air Taxi Tax


Following the adoption by the Italian Parliament on 26th April 2012 of the Decree modifying the original one adopted in December last year, and as abundantly covered in previous emails by the Secretariat, commercial operators flying to, from and within Italy now have to pay a so-called Air Taxi Tax. The Italian Collecting Agency has just adopted the rules on the payment method for this tax.

Please find herewith a copy of the rules in Italian and below a clarification of the main points:

1)     Tax on Air Taxi

  • The tax is due by each passenger on each leg of the journey. The per passenger tax for legs of less than 1,500km is €100 and for legs over 1,500 km amounts to €200. For instance, a commercial flight Chicago-Rome and return with 2 passengers onboard “costs” hence 4 times €200 = €800;
  • Since the Decree entered into force on 29th April, any flight operated after that date is subject to the tax even though until now the tax was not collectible. It is now. For those flights taking place between that date and 30th June, payment is now due before 31st July 2012. For flights taking place as from 30th June 2012 and for aircraft registered in Italy or any Member State of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), payment is due by the operator before the end of the month following the month when the flight took place. For aircraft registered in a country outside the EU or the EEA, payment is due upon arrival on the Italian soil or just before the aircraft leaves the Italian territory;
  • On pages 4 and 5 of the attached rules you can find the account number where to make payment and the instructions on how to make payment.

2)     Tax on Private Aircraft

  • Regarding non-commercial operations, the Decree adopted on 26th April sets that non-commercial aircraft registered outside Italy have to pay a tax for non-commercial operators only if they stay in Italy for more than 45 days. According to our interpretation, in order to trigger the application of this tax, the stay in Italy has to be for more than 45 days in a row. We therefore believe that subsequent stays of less than 45 consecutive days cannot be cumulative.

As a side note, please rest assured the Secretariat is doing its utmost to verify the legality of such a tax and that, together with its partners IBAA and EHA it is considering all the legal means at its disposal. Should there be a legal hiccup, we don’t preclude any possible legal recourse against the Italian government and his tax(es) the modalities of which remain, today, unheard of.


source: EBAA News Brief

Airport Focus … Alicante Airport, Spain

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Airport Focus … Alicante Airport, Spain


Alicante Airport is locates just 5 miles from Alicante city. Since Alicante Airport opened on 10th March 1967, it has grown at a significant speed (mostly in the last few years) as a result of the increasing tourist passeneger traffic – attracted by its surroundings – South of Valencia, Alicante and Murcia.


Private air charter flights operate through the airport with ease with a choice of executive charter handlers based at the airport. With flight times of 2 hours 30 minutes from London Alicante is an ideal airport for those business or pleasure trips to the Mediterranean. Transport on to the coast is also a simple affair whether by road or rail.




Aviastra – The Baltic Air Charter Association

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd Proud Members of The Baltic Air Charter Association BACA


Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd are proud members of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA).


BACA provides very generous support with administrative and social resources to its BACA members. Located in the heart of the City of London, the Exchange gives members a central base where they can hold meetings, hire secretarial services, use the bar and restaurant, review their emails etc.

‘The name of the Exchange itself, Baltic, originates from the city coffee house of that name where shippers and merchants met to conduct broking business in the early 18th century. Similarly, Mr Lloyd’s coffee house was where London’s insurance market started.’


Membership of BACA offers Aviastra Flight Charter Ltd and other charter brokers and aircraft operators amongst other things;


Membership of the largest air charter industry association in the world, membership of the Baltic Exchange, one of the most prestigious organisations in the City of London, use of the BACA Escrow facility to safeguard advance charter payments, FREE training days on relevant topics for members and their staff, participation in an annual air charter excellence awards competition & support for a BACA-chosen charity.

You can find Aviastra in the members list located on the BACA website