Summer 2023

issue 62

If you have just picked up this summer 2023 edition of Executive & VIP Aviation International in the hall at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, then please use it as an excuse to sit for a moment – especially if you’re already regretting your footwear choice – and flick through our carefully curated story selection.
Once again, we’ve spoken to experts and executives from across the industry, on subjects including jets, helicopters, FBOs, completions and maintenance. From Bombardier’s Thomas Fissellier, Director Pre-owned aircraft acquisition and sales support, we learn about the OEM’s unique Certified Pre-Owned Aircraft offer. It provides owners with the very best pre-owned experience, delivering fully upgraded and refurbished aircraft handpicked and reworked by Bombardier’s expert team.

Keen to learn more about the impressive new ACH160 helicopter, we spoke with Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters Frederic Lemos, who was typically enthusiastic about the organisation’s products. And we took the opportunity to sample the best of Leonardo and Castle Air, flying London Biggin Hill’s Helishuttle into the City.
By coincidence also based at Biggin Hill, Oriens Aviation is expanding its Pilatus expertise to include an AOC, adding operations to its maintenance and distribution activities. Another well-known maintenance provider, Fokker Techniek is also expert in cabin completion and refurbishment. With its first ACJ330 in hand, Boaz Bal, Sales Director for VIP Completions, provides insight into the company’s proud heritage and future ambition.

Considering ground services, industry veteran and Director General Aviation and Business Development at Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, Jean-François Guitard explains how the company’s Sky Valet brand expanded into the Sky Valet Connect franchise, which is announcing new locations during the EBACE show. Meanwhile, EVA also spoke with Bestfly co-founder and CEO Nuno Pereira, and Dawit Lemma, CEO at Krimson Aviation, about their BFK Aviation joint venture, which is starting out in Guyana and ultimately has plans for FBOs and other support capability.

Safety is invariably cited as a cornerstone of business and VIP aviation. As Glen Smith, Accountable Manager, Flight Operations at Oriens Aviation explains, achieving safety requires a proactive approach and hard work to maintain. When it comes to safety in the cabin, especially if the unthinkable – a fire or emergency landing – should happen, then we’d surely all like to think that the cabin attendants looking after us are equipped with the tools they need to keep us as safe as possible. To find out a little more about those tools and how they are furnished, we spoke with executives at several leading training providers, experiencing full motion simulation along the way.

And how else could a British editor conclude his ramblings in the summer edition of a UK-based magazine than with a mention of the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and the Queen Consort? Weather permitting, there will have been a military flypast over Buckingham Palace and, if the day’s events reflected the recent flypast rehearsal, the eagle-eyed among you may well have spotted a Falcon 900 business jet among the helicopters, fighters, transports and tankers. Business and VIP aviation it seems, really does get everywhere.

Read More

Take A Peek

Featured in this issue

  • Unique Proposition

    Bombardier’s Certified Pre-Owned Aircraft product offers a unique, premium pre-owned customer experience, as Thomas Fissellier, Director Pre-owned aircraft acquisition and sales support, explains ...

    Read More
  • Enhancing Ownership

    Oriens Aviation, the authorised Pilatus distributor and service provider for the UK and Ireland, has added an AOC to its competencies. Glen Smith, Accountable Manager, Flight Operations, explains B...

    Read More
  • European Connections

    In 2017, Sky Valet, the FBO brand of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, launched the Sky Valet Connect network, which is expecting to make a significant member announcement at EBACE Jean-François Gu...

    Read More
  • Flying Vision

    Boaz Bal, Sales Director for VIP Completions at Fokker Techniek, considers the company’s legacy as a basis for its continuing excellence Aviation enthusiasts will know the name ‘Fokker’ for i...

    Read More
  • Embedded Value

    Airbus Corporate Helicopters has enjoyed a great 12 months, capped off with first deliveries of the all-new ACH160. Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH, spoke with EVA Speaking ahead of May’s EBACE show ...

    Read More
  • Always Prepared

    In the unlikely event of an emergency, you really want to know your cabin attendants have the training to keep you safe… Regulatory requirements vary with region, but the FAA requires cabin atten...

    Read More
  • Helicopter, Hotel, Heritage

    Already offering the unique Helishuttle service into the Edmiston London Heliport, London Biggin Hill Airport has added The Landing Hotel to its unique passenger and crew offer Few airports in the ...

    Read More
  • The Agusta Brand

    Leonardo’s VIP rotorcraft brand, Agusta offers an exclusive range of world-class helicopters and the unique AW609 TiltRotor, all supported by AGUSTA FOR YOU maintenance and service packages With ...

    Read More
  • JSSI’s Growth Journey Continues

    The addition of JSSI Aviation Finance to its offer earlier this year has continued JSSI’s trajectory of growth Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), is the largest independent provider of maintenanc...

    Read More
  • The Application of Experience

    Africa’s Bestfly and Krimson Aviation have formed BFK Aviation to support new aviation markets, beginning in Guyana On 27 February, Angolan operator Bestfly and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia-headquartere...

    Read More
  • Worth a Thousand Words

    Helmut Harringer is marking the tenth anniversary of JetPano, his specialist aviation photography company Austrian photographer Helmut Harringer founded in 2008. JetPano emerged out o...

    Read More

Previous Issues