Summer 2022

issue 58

As this edition of Executive & VIP Aviation International is prepared for press, the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) is just weeks away. Twice cancelled, it seems a very long time since the industry last gathered in Geneva, yet the intervening period also seems to have flown and when anyone says, ‘last year’ at the show, we’ll all know they really mean ‘last time’.

The passion that permeates business and VIP aviation was positively brimming among our interviewees for this edition. Between them they boast centuries of aviation experience, from veteran engineers like Gama Aviation’s Paul Kinch, Director, Engineering Service Line and Andy Robinson, SVP Customer & Services for business aviation at Rolls-Royce, to Douglas Corbett, Sustainable Flight Operations Consultant for Equinox Charter, which was established only in November 2021.

Our focus at Gama Aviation is on MRO, an important asset within the company’s broad business and special missions portfolio and one in which Paul Kinch says network and connections are an important enabler. Do we need any more of an excuse to visit Geneva?

From Andy Robinson we learn of the extreme lengths to which Rolls-Royce goes in supporting its customers as well as how new technologies are being used to create digital twins of in-service engines, powering predictive maintenance and engine development.

Taking a very different view we also hear from two European business aviation institutions, Switzerland’s Albinati Aeronautics and Prague-based ABS Jets, while Dustin Dryden, owner of the UK’s Volare Aviation, reveals his very different business model which, he says, is increasingly responsible for operating family aircraft rather than business jets and helicopters.
The post-Covid boom in the business jet sales, charter and refurbishment markets has already made plenty of headlines, but Eric Gillespie, Executive Vice President at Canada’s Flying Colours Corp, says the MRO and refurbishment specialist has also seen increased interest in its regional jet and helicopter conversions. Elsewhere, the ever-effusive Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, reports a similar surge in helicopter interest, as travellers seek to replace long car journeys and multiple touch points with a helicopter ride.

Connecting it all, we hear from Chris Moore, President at Satcom Direct, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Inflight connectivity has evolved almost beyond recognition since 1997, to the point where for many owners and operators a recalcitrant satcom today means an AOG, while downloaded aircraft systems data is driving operational efficiency.

Even if you already read this summer 2022 Executive & VIP Aviation International digitally prior to the show, I hope you’ve taken the opportunity to pick up a printed copy at EBACE. We have a team roaming the exhibition hall, keen to speak with you about all things business aviation and to explore how, between us, we can help deliver your message through unique content. See you there!

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  • Five Favoured Years

    “It seems like only yesterday,” says Head of ACH Frederic Lemos, looking back over the years since Airbus Corporate Helicopters launched at EBACE 2017 Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) celebra...

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  • Dynamic Shift

    Volare Aviation offers the unique possibility of buying an aircraft from stock and flying it away within a day or so, a fact that hints at an enormous capability that has adapted well to the post-Covi...

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  • Service in the Heart of Europe

    ABS Jets provides the highest service standards at airports across the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Marketing Manager Petr Wessnitzer explains Headquartered at Václav Havel Airport Prague in th...

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  • Three Tiers of Sustainability

    Specialist provider to the music industry Equinox Charter launched its Enhanced Sustainability Initiative in April, helping clients choose preferred operators based on professionally assessed sustaina...

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  • 25 Connected Years

    Satcom Direct (SD) has been in the business aviation connectivity business a quarter century. Company president Chris Moore takes a look at SD’s latest developments and highlights some of the milest...

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  • Oxford Advantage

    Always innovatively embracing the lighter end of general aviation alongside its bizjet and helicopter activity, London Oxford Airport is adding and renewing infrastructure ready for a bright future ...

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  • Swiss Movement

    Albinati Aeronautics embodies the Swiss reputation for quality across a range of business and VIP aviation services, including aircraft management, charter and CAMO Founded by CEO Stefano Albinati ...

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  • Helicopters on the up

    Elsewhere in this edition Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, reports hearing from customers keen to use helicopters where they might previously have been happy with a long car journ...

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  • Regional, Rotary, Resurgence

    Alongside its regular business jet work, Canada’s Flying Colours Corps is seeing a resurgence in interest for regional jet and helicopter conversions, as EVP Eric Gillespie reveals Today’s hect...

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  • Building Relationships

    Sam Cook, who leads J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Specialty Lending division, provides an overview of aircraft financing in an unprecedented marketplace Even industry veterans with 30 or 40 years...

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  • Flying in the Cloud

    Honeywell Aerospace has taken a bold step forward in flight deck design with Anthem, an intuitive, connected cockpit, described here by Ryan Lees, the company’s new EMEAI president Once upon a ti...

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  • Perfectly Aligned Service

    Alongside its Pearl engines, Rolls-Royce is exploiting digital technologies to enhance reliability and customer experience. Andy Robinson, SVP Customer & Services for business aviation, explains ...

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  • Maintaining Excellence

    Gama Aviation is building on almost four decades of business aviation MRO experience, with new approvals extending its maintenance excellence beyond a core of expertise in the Challenger, Global and K...

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