BBGA member TAG Aviation SA Appoints Vladimer Velebit as Manager of the Charter Services Department in Geneva

TAG Aviation SA Appoints Vladimer Velebit as Manager of the Charter Services Department in Geneva.

Geneva, 16th January 2017 – TAG Aviation SA has today announced the appointment of Vladimir Velebit as Manager of the Charter Department based in Geneva.


TAG Aviation SA Appoints Vladimir Velebit as Manager of the Charter Services Department in Geneva

BBGA member Lydd Airport investment on course


An upbeat assessment of investment plans and continued expansion of new aviation services has been provided by London Ashford Airport at Lydd in Kent.

Addressing members of the Lydd Airport Consultative Committee this week, Executive Manager Hani Mutlaq outlined the encouraging progress being made on investments and business growth at the airport.


And at a time when Brexit continues to cast shadows of uncertainty over business, Hani underlined the long-term commitment of the owners to delivering on promises to create a successful, modern regional airport supporting a substantial number of new jobs and acting as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.


Central to Lydd’s ambitious development plans is the construction of a runway extension and the building of a new terminal licensed to handle up to 500,000 passengers a year. Planning consent for both has already been granted.

Hani reported that the airport’s legal team are in the final stages of negotiations to buy an area of agricultural land to enable the existing 1,500m runway to be extended. The work will involve lengthening the runway by 294m plus a 150m starter area.


Acknowledging that delays in securing the land had proved frustrating, Hani said that a purchase and compensation package is still under negotiation with the land owners. Once resolved, tenders for the project will then be prepared and issued and he predicted that work would start on the runway “by summer 2018 with work completed by early 2019”.

Meanwhile, rising demand for more business and general aviation facilities has led to the addition of two new hangars at a cost of more than £850,000. “Such is the demand that both new hangars are virtually full and we have a waiting list, so we will be taking a decision soon on investing in even more hangar space at Lydd,” said Hani.

Bristow, which has operated Search and Rescue helicopter services from Lydd for the past 18 months from a temporary hangar, has recently committed its future to the airport. The company will invest millions of pounds in building a permanent base, with construction work expected to start this spring. The operation employs around 30 staff and more jobs are likely to be created as part of Bristow’s investment.


Flight training specialist Go Fly London set up a base at Lydd in 2016 and has installed a £100,000 flight simulator on site. A range of courses are provided that are enabling students from the UK and overseas to use the facility to learn to fly and gain a full light aircraft pilot’s licence (LAPL).

Hani told the meeting: “The airport is heading in the right direction. Our expansion plans are progressing and the support of the owner is strong. Indeed we are even considering bringing forward our plans to build the new terminal, in addition to the runway extension. That is a sure sign of our confidence in Lydd Airport.”

During a Q&A session with the committee, Hani reiterated the airport’s ‘Kent First’ policy of using local suppliers and staff wherever possible, discussed how road and rail links to the airport could be enhanced, and repeated LAA’s determination to minimise the environmental impact of its operations.

The Lydd Airport Consultative Committee was established to boost links with community on Romney Marsh. Chaired by highly respected former county councillor Fred Wood-Brignall, it’s members include representatives of airport users, local businesses, residents, Shepway District Council, parish councils plus Dungeness power station and the Lydd firing ranges.


The airport has spent £35 million upgrading facilities over the past decade, including the installation of an instrument landing system, a new executive terminal with VIP facilities, improved passenger check-in, and a new departure lounge. The airport caters for a range of aircraft operations and provides extensive services, including air traffic control and navigational aids, an FBO with 24-hour operating capability, full terminal services and engineering and cargo facilities.


London Ashford Airport is the perfect base for airline operators. Once completed, the runway extension will enable Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft types to fly with a full payload of passengers, maximising the availability of routes and aircraft choice to operators and providing much-needed additional airport capacity in the South East.


It also offers easy access to the motorway network and is just 14 miles south of Ashford, which has a high-speed rail link that gets you into London in just 38 minutes.


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BBGA member Capital Air Ambulance now offers global medical and repatriation flights following the addition of Learjet 45

Capital Air Ambulance (Capital), the aeromedical brand of Rigby Group’s aviation division and the UK’s No 1 provider of fixed wing air ambulance services, is now offering global medical and repatriation flights following the addition of a Learjet 45 Aircraft to its growing fleet.

The new aircraft – added to Capital’s Air Operator’s Certificate with worldwide coverage this month – has already completed operations to India and the United Arab Emirates and has enabled the UK’s preeminent domestically owned aeromedical operator to begin offering unlimited international services with immediate effect.

Lisa Humphries, Accountable Manager said: “The addition of the Learjet 45 to our fleet, and the global reach that it affords us, represents a hugely significant milestone for Capital Air Ambulance and our strategy for expansion.

“With five aircraft now in active service from two UK bases, a highly trained staff of over 100 medical personnel and unique status as Britain’s only Eurami accredited operator, we are positioned to provide a level of high quality, cost-effective aeromedical services few can rival.”

To cater for a significant increase in its workload, Capital’s medical department has now recruited and trained over 100 specialist flight nurses and doctors under the direction of Medical Director Dr Terry Martin – representing more than a 40% increase in crew numbers since mid- 2016.

With its fleet based at Exeter and Coventry airports, Capital provides rapid response medical repatriation services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to clients. Employing a highly experienced Operations team, Capital can deliver a vast range of aeromedical services utilising its own aircraft, providing medical escorts on scheduled commercial carriers or arranging ground transportation. With a 30-year track record in repatriating British citizens when they have been injured or fallen ill in a foreign country, it is the only accredited UK air ambulance company to operate its own fleet of air ambulances. Capital also provides bed-to-bed transfers for the full spectrum of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions, using its dedicated fleet and commercial airliners. Since 2014 the company has been part of the Rigby Group plc aviation division, a trusted flying partner to the Royal Navy and experienced Search & Rescue service provider.

It unveiled plans for significant expansion into the European market in July 2016. Paul Southall, Director Rigby Group Plc commented: “In little more than six months since announcing its growth strategy Capital has once again performed beyond expectations, not only by recording a marked increase in flights across Europe and surpassing targets for specialist crew recruitment but – following today’s announcement – by also extending its reach to offer worldwide services. “It has long been our belief that there is a significant opportunity for a UK operator to mount a serious challenge to Europe’s established aeromedical players, and Capital’s continued growth only serves to demonstrate that. There is still much more to be achieved, however, and we look forward to continuing this success story in the years ahead.”



BBGA Member TAG Aviation Receives IS-BAH Accreditation for Ground Handling Operations in Geneva and Sion

News Release
TAG Aviation Receives IS-BAH Accreditation for its Ground Handling
Operations in Geneva and Sion

Geneva, 25th January 2017 – TAG Aviation’s Fixed-Base Operations (FBOs) based in Geneva and Sion
have been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1
certificate of registration from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) for their
rigorous safety and quality ground handling operations.

The IS-BAH standard, which focuses on the refueling, ground handling and storing of general
aviation aircraft, is a set of global industry’s best practices in safety management and risk
mitigation for business aviation ground handlers.

The accreditation process involves a complete audit of the FBO’s safety management systems,
emergency and security procedures, organisational structure, training protocols and operating
procedures. Certificates of registration are issued by IBAC to FBOs that have successfully
demonstrated conformity to the industry’s best practice standards through completion of a three
stage-external audit by the IBAC accredited auditor.

“Congratulations to TAG Aviation on their achievement of successfully implementing, through to
registration, the IS-BAH at both their Geneva and Sion locations. IBAC thanks the management and
the teams involved within TAG Aviation’s FBO network for their continued commitment to adopting the
industry Standards with positive support,” said Terry Yeomans, IS-BAH Program Director for the

Ilias Ziragachi, TAG Aviation’s Handling Manager for Sion said, “The IS-BAH
registration process represents months of hard work for the management teams of
both stations. Receipt of the IS-BAH certification is a significant milestone and it is very
important we continue to formalise our continuous improvement and build upon the safety culture.”

“We are very proud to have been awarded such coveted industry recognition”, said Erturk Yildiz, TAG
Aviation’s Handling Manager for Geneva. “By adopting the IS-BAH best code of practices, TAG
Aviation’s Geneva and Sion FBO’s and ground handling teams have demonstrated their commitment to
providing safety excellence and set up a strong and solid Safety Management System that adds
important value for our clients.”

TAG Madrid’s FBO and handling station is currently working towards implementing IS- BAH
accreditation to harmonise all TAG’s FBOs under the industry-developed best
practice programme.
About TAG Aviation
TAG Aviation has pioneered industry standards in business aviation client service,
safety systems, operational excellence and bespoke training, with a history dating back to 1966.
TAG Aviation is a global company that includes TAG Aviation Europe, TAG Aviation Asia in Hong Kong
and TAG Aviation Middle East in Bahrain. The company offers a broad range of business aviation
services including aircraft management, charter, maintenance and FBO/handling. Globally, TAG
Aviation manages a fleet of over 120 aircraft, with around 50 available for charter. The company
also provides comprehensive maintenance and engineering services in nine
locations (Geneva, Sion, Farnborough, Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, Madrid, Lisbon, Hong Kong and Lomé).
The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and comprises of operating centres in Geneva,
Farnborough (London), Madrid and Hong Kong. TAG Aviation’s FBO facilities in Geneva and TAG
Farnborough Airport, a sister company, have repeatedly been rated among the top three FBOs
worldwide. TAG Aviation employs over 1,200 aviation professionals worldwide including nearly 600
pilots and cabin crew. TAG Global Training, TAG Aviation’s training division, trains an average of
3,000 aviation professionals each year.
About IS-BAH:
IS-BAH is a joint program between IBAC (The International Business Aviation Council)
and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The IBAC represents the interests of
business aviation worldwide. IBAC is a non-profit international trade association with permanent
observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the UN Specialised Agency for
aviation matters, in Montreal, Canada.
Press Contact:

For any further information and photography please contact: Della Edwards, PR Officer, TAG
Aviation, Europe.
T: + 44 (0) 792 053 6850 E:




BBGA member Jet Aviation supports VIP attendees at WEF 2017 in Davos-Klosters

Jet Aviation supports VIP attendees at WEF 2017 in Davos-Klosters
ZURICH / January 23, 2017 – Jet Aviation successfully supported the surge of VIP customers that
arrived at its FBO in Zurich to attend the 47th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting held
January 17-20, 2017 in Davos, Switzerland. The company handled 592 movements, 1,320 passengers and
296 aircraft, further supporting fuel sales of 1.120 million liters.

As the closest airport of entry to Davos, Switzerland, Jet Aviation’s FBO at Zurich International
Airport once again ramped up its team and resources to support attendees of the World Economic
Forum (WEF) held last week in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 17-20, 2017.

This year, the Zurich FBO WEF team consisted of 72 handling professionals, including 20 fueling
specialists, 41 local handling and administrative personnel, and an additional 11 handling agents
from its Basel, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Jeddah, Munich, Palm Beach and Singapore facilities. The
Zurich FBO further expanded its automobile fleet to 32, up from 10 during normal operations,
including vehicles from Mercedes, BMW, Sixt and Garage Foitek AG (Maserati). It also retained the
Basel-based Allen Group to assist with aircraft technical cleaning in the days leading up to and
following the assembly.

In cooperation with the company’s Munich and Basel operations, the Zurich FBO handled 592
1,320 passengers and 296 WEF aircraft at Zurich International Airport and the nearby military
airport in
Dubendorf. The company was the only FBO in Zurich that supported 15 aircraft in Dubendorf.
“The entire team truly pulled together to provide an excellent customer experience,” said Joao
Martins, general manager of the Zurich facility. “Last year we employed FBO1 to better connect,
harmonize and manage our global FBO network. It was wonderful to see how our personnel from Zurich
and Basel, across EMEA and the U.S. all worked together to provide a seamless service delivery as
one team.”

Jet Aviation Zurich offers FBO handling and fueling services, and is the only location at the
Zurich airport providing Avgas. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of Zurich’s financial
district, the facility is a convenient entry point for those attending the many international
events held in Switzerland. As the market leader and FBO of choice, hundreds of leaders in
government and business pass through Jet Aviation
Zurich every year on their way to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

NCC information

At our recent Flight Ops meeting we discussed the progress of NCC in the UK and what we might do to help the process. Clearly for the majority of our members they will be providing NCC as part of their AOC package, or helping clients to make their submissions to the CAA. If however you become aware of any potential members, or occasional clients that may need help with their NCC status, then please feel free to direct them towards the BBGA.

We are concerned that there are elements of our community who may not understand their position if they fail to meet the terms of their declaration. To be clear it is not the regulator who are at risk in the event of anything happening during NCC operations. If the organisation are undertaking activities which do not follow what they have declared to the regulator, then it is highly likely that they will not be covered  in the event of legal action.

If we can help people in our community to follow the requirements of NCC we should take that step rather than leaving people exposed. Anything you can do to instruct others would be of benefit to our sector in the long term.

8.33KHz requirements

8.33 kHz EU grant funding – Eligibility Criteria

Below is our DRAFT of the eligibility criteria that we will assess claimants against when deciding whether or not they qualify for funding towards their 8.33 kHz channel spacing radio voice communication equipage.

There are some criteria that are written into the EU contract and so cannot be amended, otherwise, it is up to us to determine suitable criteria.

Once the criteria are set, they must remain fixed throughout the whole project.

Some of the EU contractual criteria are (I’ve only listed relevant ones below):

  • Claim period: 16Feb2016 – 31Dec2017
  • UK GA fleet, aircraft up to 13,999kg
  • Maximum of 20% of cost can be refunded (if vat registered, then it is the ex-vat net cost)
  • Refund only, no forward pre-funding
  • Receipts are required to support a claim
  • Claims to be assessed on a “first come, first served” basis
  • We must be clear, fair and transparent
  • Demonstrate that the criteria is linked to 8.33 kHz voice communications equipment
  • Comms, nav/comms and handhelds are permitted
  • Absolute maximum gross costs of equipage are limited in the contract as follows (but the CAA are permitted to have a maximum cap lower than this):
    • Combined nav/comms: EUR32,000
    • Comms only EUR6,000
    • Handheld device EUR800
  • For each claimant, an absolute maximum of EUR60,000 can be paid to them (this equates to a claim of EUR300,000)

Our criteria must not be construed as sanctioning an unapproved activity.

The EU contract further defines three “call periods” where we shall formally assess and allocate claims to that date.  In practise, this means that we will only launch the next call period if there are funds unallocated remaining from previous ones.  This approach aims to encourage early adoption.  Note that I use the phrase “allocated” rather than “paid” as we only receive the funding from EU in 2 tranches:  40% (EUR1.7m) up front, then the remaining 60% (EUR2.6m) at the end of our project, 31May2018.  The CAA will actually make payments after the end of each call period.  This means that after the initial EUR1.7m has been paid out, no more payments will actually be made until May2018.

The three defined call periods are:

  • 16Feb2016 to 31Mar2017
  • 01Apr2017 to 30Sep2017
  • 01Oct2017 to 31Dec2017


CAA Proposed Eligibility Criteria

The EU contract states that the CAA will define the exact eligibility criteria that are in addition to the EU contractual criteria (as listed above).  The CAA criteria can be more restrictive, but cannot be outside the EU ones.

To avoid sanctioning an unapproved activity and to ensure the claim is for aircraft usage, for a claim to be considered, the claimant must have either a fixed or a transportable licence (“Aircraft Radio Licence” or “Aeronautical Transportable Radio Licence” respectively).  If they have both and are claiming different radios under both licences, then they should submit 2 separate claims.

Where a claimant has more than 1 aircraft, then they would submit separate claims for each one.  The “per aircraft maximum cap” applies to each aircraft, and the overall “per claimant” maximum limit applies to the claimant.

Claimants could be individuals, part of a syndicate, or on behalf of a company.

Any recipient name on the receipt must be directly associated to the claimant.

The claimant must be listed on the radio licence.  Additionally, for a fixed radio, the claimant must be listed on the aircraft registration:

  • For individuals, this will be themselves
  • For a syndicate, this will be a trustee
  • For a company, this will be a director of the company or an authorised person registered with the CAA.

Note:  for companies, if the claimant is not listed on the aircraft registration, then they will be asked for evidence from companies house to prove they are a director and therefore able to represent that company.

If the claimant is on behalf of a company that is vat registered, then they can only claim against the ex-vat net cost, and similarly will receive any refund ex-vat.

Total claim against one aircraft is capped at a maximum gross cost of £20K (20% of £20K==£4k refund).  This is the gross cost including vat, noting that these same limits apply to all claimants, including companies.  Otherwise the EU contractual limits apply for each device type, using an exchange rate of 1.2 EUR/GBP (this is the average EUR/GBP for 2016).

Purchase receipts can only be considered if they are from a recognised bonafide company and supported by a receipt that clearly shows the item claimed.  This will allow the CAA to check with the reseller if required.  Where claimants purchase an item as part of a packaged deal (so the individual price of the claimed item is not shown on the receipt), then they must also provide clear evidence of the price from this reseller that would have been paid had the item been purchased on its own (e.g. screen printout or document from the reseller).

The cost of fitting (labour) was considered.  However, it has been decided not to include it within the eligible criteria as it is proving just too administratively difficult to prove that we have checked that only legitimate claims are approved.  We feel that the cost of administering this is disproportionate to the claim, and have instead opted to include additional associated hardware that can be much easier checked against receipt.


In the below eligibility criteria, information required from the claimant is preceded by the bullet symbol “>”



There is some general information that we need to gather from every claimant that doesn’t form part of the eligibility criteria, but can be mandatory(*) in order to make a claim:

Claimant’s details (general):

  • Name of claimant (*)  (first name and surname) – see above for eligible names when the claim is for an individual, syndicates or companies
  • If claiming for a company, are you vat registered?
  • Address (*) – same as is on the radio licence / G-INFO
  • Post code (*)
  • Country of residence (*)
  • Phone number (*)
  • Email address (*)
  • Photo ID (*) (e.g. scan copy of passport, EU ID card, or driving licence)
  • Proof of address (*) (e.g. scan copy of utility bill less than 3 months old)


  • UK bank account details (*); bank name, account name(s), account no., sort code  (note this must be a UK bank account in GBP)


  • Are you claiming against a fixed or a transportable licence? (“Aircraft Radio Licence” or “Aeronautical Transportable Radio Licence”)


now go to the relevant section below



Fixed – Aircraft Radio Licence:

Background information:

A Fixed Aircraft Radio Licence is for 1 aircraft and can cover not only installed radio’s, but also handheld radios that are dedicated to be used only in that aircraft.

An Aircraft Radio Licence is for the aircraft and does not itself restrict the number of comms equipage devices that are physically installed (“fixed”), nor does it restrict the number of “handheld” devices that are dedicated for use only in that aircraft.

Our criteria for an aircraft with a fixed aircraft radio licence, will allow them to claim for up to 2 “fixed” and up to 2 “handheld” devices that are only to be used in this one aircraft.  (Note that this limit of 4 devices is to permit all the permutations that a fixed licence could cover)

Note:  A claimant might make more than one claim under this 1 fixed aircraft radio licence during the project, we are going to limit this to a maximum of four claims .  This might, for example, be because they only want to purchase 1 comms equipage at a time, and they want to claim early knowing that it is on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted however that for any claim to be considered for “related fitting accessories” or “associated hardware”, the claimant, under this fixed licence number, must have also claimed for an 8.33 kHz comms equipage.  This is to prevent a claimant simply claiming for a new headset without ever claiming for a comms equipage.

When claiming for a fixed installation, the following constitutes an 8.33 kHz radio fixed installation:

  • A piece of approved avionics equipment where the 8.33 kHz voice communication facility is an integral part of the system
  • For example:
    • Comms only
    • GPS / Nav / Comms
    • Integrated Comms systems
  • 33 kHz handheld radio, including those purchased as a “kit” that is packaged with related accessories (e.g. Pro pack, Sport pack)

Approval of radio equipment can be achieved in 2 ways.  Preferably, the radio will have an individual approval number from ETSO, TSO, or CAA.  Alternatively, if it does not have an individual approval, then it must have an approval that is gained at installation (e.g. EASA minor change or CAA minor modification).  It is felt that the above scenario covers all radio equipage.


Eligibility Criteria for a fixed licence claim:

General information:

  • Customer No. from current licence
  • Licence No. from current licence
  • Date of issue of current licence
  • G-reg of aircraft OR if an Annex II glider that is NOT on the G-reg, then the unique BGA registration number (e.g. BGA 1234)


  • Have you already made a claim against this fixed licence? – we will ask for the reference number of the previous claim(s), noting a maximum of four claims per fixed licence
  • How many fixed installations are you claiming for on this form? (1, 2, 3 or 4)

For each radio (1-4):

  • Radio Equipment information – make, model, serial number, cost (incl. vat)
  • Approval details of radio equipment; this will be an individual equipment approval (ETSO / TSO / CAA approved), or, if the radio does not have an individual approval, then through the approval reference of its installation (e.g. EASA minor change or CAA minor modification)
  • What company did you purchase it from?
  • Did you purchase it with a fitting kit or related fitting accessories? – list the fittings with cost (see below for what is allowed)

For each aircraft (only allowed to claim the below once per aircraft):

  • Other associated hardware – make, model, serial number, cost (see below for what is allowed)


Below are details of exactly what can be included within a claim, along with any maximum cap on the cost that can be claimed (this cost is the gross amount including vat, noting that for vat registered companies, the refund is against the ex-vat net amount).

The following are allowed within a fitting kit or related fitting accessories:

  • Radio manufacturer prepared installation fitting kit for this equipment – up to £1,500
  • Panel mounting frame / bezel – up to £500
  • Mounting brackets – up to £300
  • Connectors – up to £300
  • Wiring harness for this equipment – up to £500
  • Aerial and / or cabling – up to £500
  • [[ Question – are there any others that you feel we ought to be including here?? ]]


The following are allowable associated hardware:

  • Intercom – up to £300 total
  • Headset (s) – up to £500 total
  • Audio Panel – up to £1,500
  • Remote microphone/speaker – up to £300 total
  • [[ Question – are there any others that you feel we ought to be including here?? ]]




Transportable – Aeronautical Transportable Radio Licence:

Background information:

An Aeronautical Transportable Radio Licence is for just 1 handheld device that is not fitted into the aircraft and can be operated as a standalone device.  It is transportable and can therefore be used in the aircraft that the operator is flying in, subject to the approval standard that the device has been certified to meet.  These are referred to as “handheld” devices.

The transportable licence is not tied to an aircraft and so it is not relevant to ask for the UK registration of the aircraft.  Handheld devices can also be used with associated hardware and so these are also permitted.

The claimant will therefore only be able to make 1 claim for the radio device itself, but if they wanted to claim separately then we will permit a subsequent claim for associated hardware, with the pre-requisite that they must have made a valid claim for a handheld radio.  This pre-requisite is to ensure we only consider equipage that is purchased within the eligibility period.

When claiming for a handheld radio, the following constitutes an 8.33 kHz handheld radio:

  • 33 kHz handheld radio, including those purchased as a “kit” that is packaged with related accessories (e.g. Pro pack, Sport pack)


Eligibility Criteria for a transportable licence claim:

General information:

  • Customer No. from current licence
  • Licence No. from current licence
  • Date of issue of current licence

For the radio:

  • Radio Equipment information – make, model, serial number, cost (incl. vat)
  • Approval details of radio equipment; this is the individual equipment approval (ETSO / TSO / CAA approved)
  • What company did you purchase it from?
  • Did you purchase it as part of a manufacturers “kit” that is packaged with related accessories (e.g. Pro pack, Sport pack)

Associated hardware (only allowed to claim the below when a radio is also claimed for):

  • Other associated hardware – make, model, serial number, cost (see below for what is allowed)


The following are allowable associated hardware that would be used with the 8.33 kHz handheld radio device:

  • Intercom – up to £300 total
  • Headset (s) – up to £500 total
  • Remote microphone/speaker – up to £300 total
  • [[ Question – are there any others that you feel we ought to be including here?? ]]



Declaration from Claimant

  • We will be including a declaration that the claimant states that their claim is legitimately for 8.33 kHz voice communication equipment and associated equipment, and that they are entitled to make this claim (reminding them that making fraudulent claims are open to prosecution).
  • Total cost you would like considered in this claim: Limited to the maximum cap threshold (noting this will be the ex-vat net figure for vat registered companies)

BBGA Member Jet Aviation signs agreement for its 10th C-Check on a Dassault Falcon 7X in Basel

Jet Aviation signs agreement for its 10th C-Check on a Dassault Falcon 7X in Basel

BASEL, Switzerland / November 15, 2016 – Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel recently signed an agreement with an undisclosed customer that will have the company perform its 10th C-Check on a Dassault Falcon F7X. Jet Aviation completed its first C-Check on this aircraft type in April 2015.

As a Dassault Falcon Authorized Service Center, Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel is quickly gaining experience with the largest maintenance event for the Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft.
The company recently completed two C-checks on Falcon 7X aircraft, delivering them to their respective operators following seamless test flights, and has now signed an agreement to conduct its 10th C-Check on a Falcon
To optimize the downtime, the 10th C-check at the Basel Maintenance Center will be performed in conjunction with an extensive list of Service Bulletins (SBs), including a fuel accessibility improvement for the center-wing tank (SB 338) and a fluids circulation improvement in the lower panels of the lateral center- wing tanks (SB 353). In addition, the interior will be refurbished and a new exterior paint will be applied.

“Jet Aviation works closely with the OEMs to ensure we have the necessary tooling and expertise for the various aircraft types, and we also continually strive to improve and optimize work flows to gain efficiencies and reduce ground time,” said Johannes Turzer, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s Maintenance Center in Basel.

Regarding the two recent deliveries, Basel’s Maintenance Director for Dassault Aircraft Fabien Fuster confirmed that both Falcon 7X operators went operational with their aircraft on the same days as their test flights. “We’ve had the opportunity to complete 9 C-Checks on the Falcon 7X the past year and a half, which has really helped us hone our skills. By drawing on our experience
gained through previous checks and modifications, successive customers benefit,” explained Fuster. “With the service bulletins for this upcoming 10th C-check, for example, our professional team of technicians has already performed 14 such modifications.”

For Customer Representative Adrian Hollenbach, Technical Director & Continued Airworthiness Manager for Planair Enterprises, Jet Aviation’s expertise with the Dassault Falcon 7X was clearly paramount. “We selected the Jet Aviation Basel Maintenance Center to do our C-Check, because we knew they had considerable experience with this aircraft type. We clearly made the right choice, as we didn’t have anyfindings during the test flight and common problems were fixed quickly.”

‘The BBGA provides our industry an invaluable co-ordinated voice which can be used to debate, listen, negotiate, report, promote and educate’
Malcolm Humphries – Managing Director / Chief Pilot
Capital Air Ambulance