Fly­ing into the Fu­ture with Brexit, Al­ter­na­tive Jet Fu­els & Airspace Is­sues

Avi­a­tors around the globe con­vened at the Euro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion (EBACE) to take stock of the busi­ness avi­a­tion sce­nario

SP's Aviation - - Table of Contents - By ARPITA KALA

THIS YEAR’S EDI­TION OF THE MUCH-AWAITED AN­NUAL AVI­A­TION event Euro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion (EBACE) kicked off in Geneva last month. The four-day long event saw rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Euro­pean in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment come to­gether to dis­cuss op­er­a­tional con­straints lim­it­ing busi­ness avi­a­tion travel, and to ex­plore meth­ods to mit­i­gate them. Sus­tain­abil­ity was a ma­jor area of con­cern apart from the changes that may be brought about in Euro­pean busi­ness avi­a­tion cour­tesy Brexit. The at­ten­dees also paid homage to Das­sault Group chair­man emer­i­tus and busi­ness avi­a­tion leader, Serge Das­sault. Euro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (EBAA) Chair­man Juer­gen Wiese also an­nounced that EBACE2018 is ded­i­cated to Das­sault’s mem­ory. He said, “Un­der Serge’s guid­ance and in­spi­ra­tion, Das­sault Avi­a­tion rose to become a global leader in busi­ness avi­a­tion, mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments. With­out ques­tion, he will long be re­mem­bered as a diplo­mat, states­man, in­no­va­tor and leader, not just within the in­dus­try, but among all those who have been in­flu­enced by his lead­er­ship.”

TROU­BLE IN THE SKIES?

The prospec­tive with­drawal of the United King­dom from the Euro­pean Union may cause some tur­bu­lence in the skies above Europe. Mark Bis­set with Clyde & Co. says, “Avi­a­tion is sim­ply not on the agenda in those dis­cus­sions at all. And that’s wor­ry­ing, be­cause the clock is tick­ing and we’re try­ing to re­main pos­i­tive.” Dur­ing an ed­uca­tive ses­sion at the EBACE 2018, con­cerns such as han­dling cus­toms du­ties and VAT re­quire­ments, mem­ber­ship of the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion and ac­cess to Bri­tain by out­side coun­tries, in­clud­ing US, were dis­cussed. How­ever, traf­fic rights be­tween the UK and EU states re­main on the top of the list of con­cerns for op­er­a­tors. EBAA had also re­cently un­veiled a de­tailed anal­y­sis of the fol­low­ing six pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios for busi­ness avi­a­tion op­er­a­tions in the af­ter­math of the United King­dom’s pend­ing exit from the EU:

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FLY­ING GREEN

En­vi­ron­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity was the main fo­cus at the con­ven­tion with their host fa­cil­ity, the Pal­expo con­ven­tion cen­ter, boast­ing of a roof with 15,000 pho­to­voltaic pan­els that form an ex­pan­sive so­lar ar­ray ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 4.2 gi­gawatthours per year, enough elec­tric­ity for 1,350 house­holds. From op­ti­mised show equip­ment and trans­porta­tion al­ter­na­tives to re­duc­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles re­quired on-site, as well as lo­cally re­cy­cled show car­pets in the ex­hibit hall and a “ze­roland­fill” event strat­egy, they were com­mit­ted to­wards the cause.

In­ter­est­ingly, the site of the air­craft static dis­play at the EBACE, Geneva Air­port (GVA), was de­clared “car­bon neu­tral” in 2017 and has earned the high­est level (3+) in the Air­port Car­bon Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (ACA) cam­paign. The third busiest air­port in the world and is also set to in­clude 1 per cent of re­new­able Jet A1-cer­ti­fied avi­a­tion fuel pro­duced from waste ma­te­ri­als in the avi­a­tion fuel dis­trib­uted at the air­port with the ob­jec­tive of be­ing cost neu­tral for all users.

A new ini­tia­tive fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness of avail­able and emerg­ing al­ter­na­tive jet fuel op­tions was also ex­pressed at the con­ven­tion with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Guide to the Use of Sus­tain­able Al­ter­na­tive Jet Fu­els (SAJF). Ac­cord­ing to them, SAJF for busi­ness avi­a­tion are safe, ap­proved, and avail­able to­day, though in limited quan­ti­ties, the fu­els of­fer myr­iad ben­e­fits. The fu­els are pro­duced from multiple feed­stock, which are sus­tain­able, re­new­able re­sources, and are there­fore an en­vi­ron­men­tal “win-win.” In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Coun­cil Direc­tor Gen­eral Kurt H. Ed­wards said on the EBACE web­site, “Sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive jet fu­els are a new tech­nol­ogy avail­able now for use by our in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity. Their grow­ing use will be a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of busi­ness avi­a­tion’s global com­mit­ment to mit­i­gate and re­duce car­bon emis­sions, and to meet our as­pi­ra­tional goal of car­bon-neu­tral growth from 2020.”

UP TO THE MINUTE

The con­ven­tion was an ideal setup for leading avi­a­tion brands to show­case their lat­est of­fer­ings. The Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 busi­ness jets showed off their new seats for the first time

that of­fer their cus­tomers more per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions with new styles in stitch­ing, ma­te­rial tex­tures and color ap­pli­ca­tions. Their other en­hance­ments in­clude a best-in-class cabin alti­tude (5,800 - gone Avance L5 in­stal­la­tions too. Ear­lier this year, in March, the Legacy 450 jet set a new speed record on a flight be­tween Port­land, United States and Farn­bor­ough, United King­dom. Ac­cord­ing six hours and five min­utes, cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 2,756 nau­ti­cal miles at an av­er­age speed of 521.89 mph with fuel re­serves op­er­a­tions. Talk­ing about speed, Embraer also be­came the first busi­ness air­craft man­u­fac­turer to of­fer line-fit high-ca­pac­ity high-speed Ka-Band con­nec­tiv­ity for medium cabin busi­ness jets. The Vi­asat so­lu­tion will become avail­able in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019 for new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 cus­tomers as well as for cur­rent cus­tomers of th­ese mod­els through a retro­fit so­lu­tion. At the con­ven­tion, the sign­ing of a pur­chase agree­ment for a pre­owned Legacy 500 was also an­nounced. The busi­ness jet will be op­er­ated by Cen­tre­line, a UK-based full-ser­vice pri­vate jet com­pany, which al­ready op­er­ates two Legacy 500s. The de­liv­ery of this ad­di­tional or­der is sched­uled for Au­gust this year. Embraer also an­nounced a new pur­chase agree­ment for four more Legacy 650E busi­ness jets with Air Ham­burg, world’s largest op­er­a­tor of

Mean­while, Das­sault Avi­a­tion had un­leashed their avian talons with Fal­con 8X, Fal­con 900LX and Fal­con 2000LXS on static dis­play. On Day 1 of EBACE 2018, Das­sault launched Fal­conCon­nect, pro­vid­ing one-stop con­nec­tiv­ity ser­vices for own­ers and op­er­a­tors of new and in-ser­vice Fal­cons rather than buy­ing air­borne hard­ware and then ar­rang­ing for ser­vice with a ser­vice provider. Cus­tomers op­er­at­ing Das­sault Avi­a­tion’s new Fal­con 8X will also re­ceive op­er­a­tional credit al­low­ing bad weather ap­proaches to 100 foot min­i­mum de­ci­sion heights on air­craft equipped with Das­sault’s Fal­conEye com­bined vi­sion sys­tem. The new ca­pa­bil­ity will be in­tro­duced onto the mar­ket be­fore the end of the year.

A day be­fore the con­ven­tion Das­sault Avi­a­tion signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Das­sault Sys­tèmes for the im­ple­menta cov­ers the re­place­ment of Das­sault Avi­a­tion’s civil and mil­i­tary

will also en­able them to ex­pand the Fal­con busi­ness jets, evolve

Das­sault Avi­a­tion’s rapidly ex­pand­ing in­roads into the mul­ti­mis­sion busi­ness jet mar­ket. The most re­cent deal in­volves the Ja­pan Coast Guard, which ac­quired an­other Fal­con 2000 Mar­itime Sur­veil­lance Air­craft (MSA) to re­in­force its mar­itime pa­trol ca­pa­bil­ity. The Coast Guard had pre­vi­ously or­dered four MSA air­craft, which are based on the 4,000 nm Fal­con 2000LXS.

The Gulf­stream G600 and G500 also made their Euro­pean de­but in Geneva. The highly cus­tomis­able 19-seater G500 can fly 5,200 nm at Mach 0.85 while the G600 can fly 6,500 nm at Mach 0.85. Tak­ing the Gulf­stream ex­pe­ri­ence a notch higher with virtual re­al­ity, at­ten­dees ex­pe­ri­enced Gulf­stream’s Sym­me­try Flight Deck™ with an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that fea­tures a pi­lot seat, all-new ac­tive con­trol side-sticks and a throt­tle quad seat de­sign in the four-liv­ing-area space, was also made pos­si­ble at the con­ven­tion.

Close on their heels, Bom­bardier also showed off two ad­di­tions to its Global Busi­ness Jet Fam­ily: the new Global 5500 and Global 6500, ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice by the end of 2019. Pow both air­craft can reach top speeds up to Mach 0.90. The new en­gines also yield a 13 per cent fuel burn ad­van­tage, re­duc­ing op­er­at­ing costs and the air­craft’s car­bon foot­print.

But the ‘qui­eter and louder at the same time’, Hon­daJet Elite, was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion at EBACE 2018. Honda Air­craft un­veiled the twin-en­gine light jet at the con­ven­tion fea­tur­ing an ex­tended range, noise at­ten­u­at­ing en­gine in­lets, full-ser­vice gal­ley and new color op­tions among other fea­tures. The new air­craft, in de­vel­op­ment for the past two years and priced at $5.25 mil­lion, has achieved a 17 per cent range in­crease to 1,437 nm and is equipped with a newly de­vel­oped at­ten­u­at­ing in­let struc­ture that lines each en­gine to re­duce high-fre­quency noise and in­crease cabin quiet­ness. The Elite also in­cludes up­dated Garmin 3000 avion­ics, two-tone ex­ec­u­tive leather seats, a belted lava­tory and Bon­giovi Avi­a­tion speak­er­less in-cabin au­dio sys­tem in­te­grated into the in­te­rior panel. Honda Air­craft Com­pany also an­nounced that it has ex­panded sales of the Hon­daJet to the Mid­dle East with the ap­point­ment of Je­tex Flight Sup­port as an au­tho­rised sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive based in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates.

(LEFT) HONDA AIR­CRAFT PRES­I­DENT AND CEO MICHIMASA FUJINO AND JE­TEX CEO AND PRES­I­DENT ADEL MARDINI (RIGHT) IN­TE­RIOR OF THE AWARD-WIN­NING GULF­STREAM G600

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