• Atlas Air Service buys insolvent charter airline in Stuttgart

    Atlas Air Service AG from Bremen takes over the insolvent charter company Stuttgarter Flugdienst GmbH (SFD). All its employees will also be taken over by the new investor.

    Atlas Air Service is now based with offices and 2 charter aircraft - a Cessna Citation CJ3+ and a Cessna Citation Encore - at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of Stuttgart Airport. "We are very pleased to have successfully negotiated the takeover of the insolvent Stuttgarter Flugdienst GmbH! We now have a total of 9 aircraft at our locations in Bremen and Stuttgart ", says Nicolas von Mende, CEO Atlas Air Service AG. The family-owned Atlas Air Service also offers sale, acquisition and maintenance of jets in its service center in Bremen and Augsburg.

  • Wheels up acquires tech company Avianis

    Wheels Up, a private aviation company, announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain material assets of Avianis Systems, LLC, a private aviation technology company that provides an advanced Flight Management System ("FMS") for private aircraft owners, operators, management companies, charter brokers, and flight departments.

    Wheels Up is making significant investments in technology that will develop new functionality to help private aircraft operators digitize and streamline their services via post-booking automation; calculate real-time pricing, feasibility, and availability; and create new revenue streams through access to additional flight demand at scale.
    The acquisition will also allow Wheels Up to accelerate the development of its next-level platform, including its digital Charter Marketplace. Wheels Up offers a private aviation solution for its 6,000+ members across North America. Wheels Up Core and Business Members receive guaranteed access to a members-only fleet of 93 King Air 350i, Citation Excel/XLS and Citation X aircraft (operated exclusively by Gama Aviation).

  • The Citation Longitude receives FAA certification

    Textron Aviation this week announced it has achieved Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its super-midsize jet, the Cessna Citation Longitude, paving the way for customer deliveries.

    The experimental and demo fleet completed close to 6,000 hours of flight time. In addition to 11,000 test points during the certification process, the Longitude also completed a 31,000-nautical mile world tour. With seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat, the Longitude features a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin and a low cabin altitude of 5,950 feet. Early in the development program, the Citation Longitude exceeded initial performance targets and achieved an improved transcontinental range of 3,500 nautical miles (an increase of 100 nautical miles) and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (an increase of 100 pounds). The longest-range Citation delivers a maximum cruise speed of 483 ktas.
    “The Longitude is the best flying Citation yet,” said Ed Wenninger, chief pilot for Textron Aviation engineering flight test. "The FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines feature fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection and provide responsiveness and excellent power.” The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck.

  • People: Jean-Marc Lenz, new CEO at SR Technics

    The MRO service provider SR Technics recently announced the appointment of Jean-Marc Lenz as new Chief Executive Officer with effect from September 6, 2019. Jean-Marc succeeds Frank Walschot, who has decided to take up a new opportunity in the aviation industry.

    Jean-Marc Lenz Jean-Marc Lenz and Frank Walschot have been working side by side for many years, as Jean-Marc has played an active role in business operations, quality & safety and Lean CI. Frank Walschot will remain available until the end of November this year to support the transition.
    Jean-Marc Lenz began his professional career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician with the company in 1985. After holding different management positions within SR Technics, such as Head of Line Maintenance and Head of Aircraft Services, Jean-Marc was appointed as Head of Engine Services in March 2015. With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager at SR Technics, he is a recognized aviation executive. Jean-Marc holds a degree in industrial engineering from the MTM in Berne and a master’s degree from ASM Kaderschule in Winterthur.

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