SR Technics is selling its design engineering to groWING.aero
SR Technics announced that, effective October 1, 2020, its design engineering solutions department will be transferred to groWING.aero as part of a sale that ensures the continuity of these services. This is due to the industry-wide COVID-19 crisis and the changing market environment where SR Technics has decided to focus on engine services and line maintenance in Switzerland. SR Technics will remain involved until the end of this year to support a smooth transition to the new owner. All SR Technics staff dedicated to design engineering solutions at the Belgrade, Dublin and Zurich locations will continue to be employed at groWING engineering partners GmbH under the umbrella of the Swiss company groWING (holding) AG, based in Hünenberg, canton of Zug. Many valuable relationships have been established over the many years that SR Technics has provided its customers with sophisticated design engineering. groWING.aero is committed to maintaining these relationships during and after the transition. The new groWING.aero design organization will continue to provide services under approval reference EASA.21J.770, and customers will continue to receive support from the former SR Technics team led by Randolph Odi as the previous and new operational lead, and in sales and customer support by Oladimeji Olukolu, also part of the current SR Technics team. Together with Patrik Kobler and Manfred Brunner from groWING.aero, the four managing partners will support the integration of the organization into the groWING.aero network. Jointly they will support the existing clients and design solutions and ensure the continuity into the future, while developing new services and products for its valued customer base. Jakob Straub, Senior Vice President Aircraft Services at SR Technics, said: “With groWING.aero, we are pleased to have found a reliable Swiss partner who will take over all existing projects and incorporate the SR Technics employees. This seamless business transfer guarantees business as usual for ongoing projects and existing customers.” Patrik Kobler, Accountable Manager and Managing Partner at groWING.aero, said: “We are proud to have the opportunity to acquire an established organization with the excellent reputation of SR Technics. We are looking forward to new encounters with customers, employees, and our two new managing partners Randolph Odi and Oladimeji Olukolu and the coming joint successes.” www.growing.aero
MEBAA show is postponed to February 2021
The Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) postponed its biennial MEBAA Show from early December to late February, citing “concerns related to the evolving Covid-19 outbreak.” Unlike most other airshows which had been due to take place since the pandemic began in March this year, its organisers have rescheduled the biennial gathering for 22-24 February 2021 rather than cancelling outright. www.mebaa.com
Working groups launched to accelerate business aviation’s “green recovery”
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched two working groups tasked with defining guidelines for the sector’s bold initiative S.T.A.R.S. – Standards & Training for Aviation Responsibility and Sustainability. The S.T.A.R.S. programme is a three-tiered set of standards and resources, which permits even the smallest of business aircraft operators and companies to receive accreditation for complying with progressive social and environmental best practices. “The road to recovery from COVID-19 can and should happen in a sustainable way across all industries,” says EBAA Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan. “For Business aviation, S.T.A.R.S. aims to provide the guidance and resources to do so. We anticipate having the standards and the accompanying label ready to launch in early 2021.”
Once finalized, the standards will be integrated in the existing International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH). They will also be available standalone for organisations that do not operate aircraft or provide ground services as part of their activities. www.expandinghorizons.com
ZeroAvia completes pioneering flight with hydrogen-electric plane
ZeroAvia has completed the world first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft. On September 24, the flight took place at the company’s R&D facility in Cranfield, England, with the Piper M-class six-seat plane completing taxi, takeoff, a full pattern circuit, and landing.
ZeroAvia will now turn its attention to the next and final stage of its six-seat development program - a 250-mile zero emission flight out of an airfield in Orkney before the end of the year. The demonstration of this range is roughly equivalent to busy major routes such as Los Angeles to San Francisco or London to Edinburgh. ZeroAvia plans to scale up the propulsion system and start supplying commercial operators and aircraft manufacturers in 2022, initially targeting up to 500-mile regional flights in 10 to 20-seat fixed-wing aircraft. www.zeroavia.com
Victor announces Co-CEOs appointment: Toby Edwards and James Farley
Jet charter company Victor announced the appointment of longstanding employees Toby Edwards and James Farley to Co-CEO, with former CEO, Clive Jackson stepping up to Executive Chairman. This follows the company’s management buyout (MBO) in March of this year.
Edwards and Farley both joined Victor in its infancy in 2012. Following a career in recruitment, Toby joined Victor as the first Member Services Executive in July 2012. Over more than seven years he has built and trained the sales, operations and flight management teams in the UK and has also recruited for the US team. In 2018, he took on the Managing Director role for the Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East & North Africa regions. In addition to his responsibility to the UK-based sales, operations and flight management teams, Toby helps drive revenue and operational efficiency across the organisation. Before joining Victor, Toby began his career at VWA Search, recruiting for a broad range of organisations in the financial services sector, pharmaceuticals, management consultancy and the media. He earned a BSc in Geography from the University of Oxford Brookes. Toby is an avid sports fan, runner, and Ironman triathlete.
James is responsible for Victor's global P&L oversight and ensuring that the consumer and commercial objectives and respective KPIs and monitoring functions are correctly set and met across the organisation. In addition, he is responsible for the brand and marketing team, leading business transformation and driving cross-departmental efficiencies. He joined in 2012 as the first Head of Product, to help shape the business' consumer and trade offerings, and has also served as Head of CRM, Head of Data and Head of Strategy & Planning over his time at Victor. Before joining Victor, he helped secure early-stage financing for the company in his corporate finance advisory role with TMT Ventures. www.flyvictor.com