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In the wake of the Paris and Brussels bombings, Global Risk Mitigation Mgr for UAS David Camargo said his partners at airports around the world continue to see an increased police presence in areas that have been less monitored in the past like ticket lobbies, baggage claim, parking areas and pick up/drop off points. It may have an impact for GA flights where crews and passengers must clear CIQ in the terminal opposed to the FBO. Here are a few suggestions from Carnargo in planning flights during heightened security:
1. Make sure all documentation is in order to minimize time in clearing Customs.
2. Reactions to perceived threats may be more aggressive. Plan for an alternative airport in case air space at primary destination is suddenly closed.
3. Add extra time to clear Customs.
4. Talk with folks at your destination FBO to see if a dedicated security guard to accompany your passengers and patrol your aircraft is recommended.
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BBA divests 6 FBOs to KSL Capital Partners. As part of the DOJ approval process following the acquisition by BBA Aviation of the Landmark Aviation, BBA has divested the 6 former Landmark locations in ANC, FAT, HPN, IAD, SDL and TRM for $190M to KSL Capital Partners. KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has tapped former Ross Av Pres & CEO Jeffery Ross to manage the 6 locations.


Benefits of Cross-Training

An editorial from David Bjellos.
Av Mgr, Agro Ind Mgmt
Gulfstream IVSP, Bell 407, S76C+

Business aviation has always been multi-disciplinary and attracts people who love a challenge. Consider the flight departments and airmen that operate both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
Salary differential for rotorcraft pilots has always been contentious, compared with their fixed wing counterparts. Cross trained pilots often have an edge by providing a "value added" component for an employer and are often paid a premium for these skills. And, perhaps most importantly, flying multiple types is fun and keeps you sharp. Your skills as an aviator can only be enhanced by adding a rotorcraft rating, and your job satisfaction will increase as you pursue another facet of this fascinating business.


Advent Aircraft Systems receives FAA approval for anti-skid braking system for King Air B300 series a/c. STC applies to those aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line GPS 4000S or Garmin 1000/430W/530W avionics. Advent eABS is lightweight and easily installed. Shown here is VP of Mktg & Sales Tom Grunbeck at a Banyan ADS-B Out Compliance event.


Universal Avionics tests CPDLC departure clearance functionality with FAA. Using their FANS1/A+ equipped Cessna Citation VII, Universal Avionics successfully tested CPDLC Departure Clearance functionality recently in Louisville, KY (SDF). "When equipped and properly trained for CPDLC-DCL, operators simply logon to the tower, receive their clearance in seconds, and call ground control for taxi, saving both time and money," notes Universal Avionics. During the tests, clearance was received in a mere 22 seconds after logging in to the tower via CPDLC-DCL.

Air Elite adds Skylink Services LCLK. World Fuel Services Air Elite Network adds 52nd location as Skylink Services at LCLK (Larnaka Cyprus). FBO has operated for over 18 years and is the only base at LCLK. Skylink Services was also selected to build, manage and operate LCLK's Heads of State Lounge facility, reserved for all Heads of State and other visiting foreign dignitaries by the Republic of Cyprus.



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Aviation Unit Celebrates 45 Years. CMPD, which took its first helicopter in 1971, a Bell 47G5, today operates 2 B407s. The CMPD unit flew 991 hours in 2015, responded to over 2200 calls for service, assisted in 240 arrests, and was directly responsible for 118 arrests.



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SmartSky Networks sets sights on biz an market. Relative newcomer to In-Flight Connectivity (IFC), SmartSky has set its sights on the biz av market. Says Pres Ryan Stone, biz av is "a better starting point because it's a more dynamic, fragmented marketplace where the best solution can win on its merits." Having recently signed an agreement with Bombardier to deliver SmartSky's 4G LTE ATG network to in-service aircraft, SmartSky also announced the signing of a contract with aircraft management company Clay Lacy to develop an STC for SmartSky hardware on up to 4 Gulfstream models. SmartSky plans to offer full US network coverage by in mid-2017. Photo shows 3 passengers streaming large files simultaneously.


FlightSafety Intl celebrates 65 years. Incorporated in the State of New York on March 29, 1951, FlightSafety continues on its mission to train aviators and mx staff. Pres and CEO Bruce Whitman acknowledged founder Al Ueltschi, as well as FSI customers. "Al's vision, leadership, and commitment to safety are best summarized in his, and our, belief that the best safety device in any aircraft is a well-trained crew. This is as true and important today as it was in 1951." According to FSI, close to 1800 instructors deliver more than 4000 courses for 135 aircraft models today. Click here to see photos of old sims and trainers at FSI.



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Eastern Aviation Fuels welcomes Precision Air at FLO (Florence SC) to the Shell FBO network. Precision Air is participating in Shell AeroClass and is a contract fuel location.

L-3 recvs TSO and AML STC on ESI-500 standby system. System is designed for Class I, II and III Pt 23 a/c and Pt 27 helicopters. It's a 3-inch display that incorporates features including synthetic vision, obstacles, terrain alerting and navigation.

UAS Intl Trip Support enters strategic partnership with Aviation Concepts. This move allows UAS to increase its presence in Asia Pacific region. Aviation Concepts services Hong Kong a/c owners and operators and has appointed UAS as its trip support solutions provider for all its intl flights.

Cardiff Heliport located in Cardiff Bay Wales are due to start within next 3 months. Helicopter flights from Cardiff to London are expected to be an option along with journeys from Dublin to Caernarfon.


Bob Schmidt new Pres of Million Air DAL. As outgoing Pres Jack Hopkins begins retirement, Million Air DAL has tapped Bob Schmidt as new Pres. Schmidt joined Million Air DAL in Oc 2005. He was former VP and DO and holds an ATP and type ratings in the DHC8, LR60, GV and BD700.

Mark Van Tine joins board of Sun Flyer developer. Van Tine retired as CEO of Jeppesen and now sits on the board of Aero Electric Aircraft (AEAC) which is developing the solar electric Sun Flyer gen av flight trainer.

Lorrie White is avionics sales rep for Banyan FXE. With her extensive avionics background she is assisting customers to match needs to budget. Lorrie was an avionics technician with the U S Navy and has worked at L3 Commun, AECOM, LB&B Assoc as an electronic tech on the F5 Tiger Flight Trainer and at Duncan Av Ft Lauderdale. She holds a BS degree in Electronics Systems technologies from Southern Illinois Univ.


Back to Basics: Prioritizing Safety in a Challenging Economy

Annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit draws nearly 600 attendees to Vancouver.
By Stuart Lau
ATP/FE/CFII. Airbus A300-600, Boeing 747, 747-400, 757/767, CRJ and Saab 340

Oil prices hovering near a 15-year low has devastated the helicopter service companies supporting oil and gas exploration and production. Yet the 3rd annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit drew CEOs, pilots and engineers from insurance, operators, OEMs, academia and govt in similar numbers as previous years. All gather to learn and talk about safety over a 3-day event held in early April. Summit kicked off with opening remarks from CHC Helicopter CEO Karl Fessenden discussing the current state of the industry and how companies can manage safety through these tough economic cycles. Keynote Address followed with Australia's CASA Dir of Av Safety outline the transformation of regulators to meet the ever-evolving aviation safety environment. The popularity of the event is based on an impressive line-up of speakers and a number of high-quality workshops. This year featured 100 workshops covering a wide range of topics. To see highlights of 2016 courses follow this link: https://youtu.be/VqFa-cD8bns


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Czechia (CHECK-iya) may become new name of the Czech Republic. Leaders were looking for something catchy for athletic jerseys. Rejected names included Czechlands, Bohemia and Czech. Change must gain cabinet approval and then be submitted to the United Nations.

Japanese ice cream maker apologizes for 9 cent rate hike—the 1st since 1991. President and leaders of company Akagi Nyogyo assemble with mascot Garigari-kun (meaning Crunchy-Crunchy boy) and bow in contrition to the Japanese people. Designed as an affordable after-school treat in unique flavored-popsicles like spaghetti, potato stew and corn potage, the company understands the potential impact in a flat-lined economy.

When landing at Centerline GBD (Great Bend KS) you may be directed in by the youngest marshal we've heard of in the midwest. Meet Ethan Genova whose parents manage the FBO. See video: http://www.fuelwith.us.


Sometimes it's nice to see nature's flyers. High atop a Tulip Poplar tree at the U S National Arboretum in Washington DC, eagles The First Lady and Mr. President had 2 eaglets born in late March. In a naming contest, 36,000 participants helped select the names Freedom and Liberty for the little ones. Click here to see real time eagle cam: http://dceaglecam.org


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