New jet fuel brokerage launches in Switzerland
iFuel AG Switzerland is a young aviation fuel broker with headquarters in Zug and representative offices located in Vienna, Barcelona, London, Moscow, and Dubai. The company positions itself as being technologically innovative and environmentally conscious. iFuel provides aircraft refueling services to business, commercial, cargo, and military flights. They work directly with over 170 suppliers, offering their clients the best deals on both sustainable and jet aviation fuel. Such a wide network of suppliers all around the globe allows iFuel to deliver its services wherever its clients need them.
“We are thrilled to launch our operations,” says Rinad El-Rabaa, iFuel’s Founder and CEO. “Our mission is to provide our customers with the very best of service, support, advice, and facilitation. We are, therefore, in the process of developing an outstanding platform for the aviation industry. It would save extra work hours and ease operations for commercial, corporate and military operators.”
The company believes sustainable aviation fuel to be the ultimate power source for any flight, and they work towards providing environmentally-conscious fuel solutions that would cut the general carbon footprint of their clients. iFuel AG partners exclusively with fuel suppliers who believe in the same cause to free its clients of the need to conduct their own research. www.ifuel.aero
BHS Aviation to become independent aviation company
BHS Aviation GmbH Bamberg has recently received approval to operate as a commercial aviation company from the German Federal Aviation Office. In addition to the newly obtained AOC, BHS Aviation has been certified as Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) for helicopters and will further expand its helicopter management business on this basis.
The company was established as Brose Helicopterservice in 2008 to serve the business aviation needs of the automotive supplier Brose. It entered into commercial aviation in 2016 through a partnership with DC Aviation Stuttgart. In May 2019 BHS acquired DC Aviation Switzerland AG, the helicopter division of its partner with its own AOC for Switzerland. This strategic step helped the newly named BHS Aviation Group expand its portfolio to include aircraft management.
The company now also offers these services in Germany. They include flight planning and organization, providing pilots and crew members along with maintenance, insurance, and optional helicopter chartering services. Moreover, as a full-service provider, BHS Aviation also offers subcharter services. Receiving the German AOC brings the previous collaboration with DC Aviation Stuttgart to an end. www.bhs-aviation.com
PC-12 NGX training device for pilot training certified
An all-new Level 6 Flight Training Device for Pilatus’ PC-12 NGX has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) National Simulator Programme approval for training flight crews of Pilatus’ latest iteration of its popular single-engine turboprop. It is now in place and operational at the SIMCOM training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
SIMCOM is the exclusive factory approved training provider for the new PC-12 NGX. The Flight Training Device is built with Pilatus aircraft components and offers an extremely realistic training experience. A second PC-12 NGX Flight Training Device is under construction and will go into service in Europe in 2021.
In addition to the new Flight Training Device, Avionics Software supplier Honeywell has produced an array of training videos for the PC-12 NGX that may be viewed through the Honeywell Pilot Gateway. www.pilatus-aircraft.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.
People: LCI appoints Jaspal Jandu as new CEO
LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has announced the promotion of Jaspal Jandu to Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO, Michael Platt becomes Vice Chairman, and Praveen Vetrivel is appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect.
Jaspal Jandu was previously LCI’s Chief Financial Officer and played an instrumental role in developing its proven leasing platform and robust financial strategy. He spearheaded the development of the company’s partnerships with many leading financial institutions. LCI completed its exit from the fixed wing market in early 2020 and is currently focusing on the helicopter sector.
Prior to joining LCI in 2007, Jaspal worked for Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for numerous aviation investments. During this role, he transferred to the then in-house lessor, AWAS, remaining with the company until its divestment to Terra Firma. Jaspal has also held posts with the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) and has an established track record in the aviation industry.
Jaspal graduated from Essex University with a degree in Economics and completed his Economics Masters in 1996. Jaspal is also an alumnus of Harvard, Wharton, and London Business School, where he has completed a number of Executive Development programmes. www.lciaviation.com