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Leeds East Airport opens FBO and offers new RNP approach

Leeds East Airport, located northeast of the city in Yorkshire, UK, is opening with a new FBO, including a VIP lounge and other facilities, said to be designed to offer international standards of service. The RNP (GNSS) instrument approach has been approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is active from August 10th. The system provides a full instrument GNSS approach on runway 06/24. The Royal Air Force station closed its training facility at the airport in 2013. Speaking about the opening of the airport CEO Chris Makin said: “Leeds East Airport is now open for business for full IFR traffic. We have spent time and money to ensure that we can offer the finest facilities to operators and customers travelling to the North of England. The newly approved RNP Instrument approach system means that we offer the highest flight safety standards combined with brand new, state of the art FBO facilities.”


Airbus Helicopters H160 medium twin gets FAA nod

Airbus Helicopters has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the H160 helicopter, marking a significant milestone in the aircraft's development and positioning it for entry into the U.S. market. European regulators approved the H160 on 1 July 2020 and it has since been certificated by the authorities in Japan and Brazil. The manufacturer had expected US certification to be much quicker, but factors including the Covid pandemic, internal issues at the FAA, and a cockpit screen-blanking flaw combined to slow the process. Unveiled at the 2015 Heli-Expo, the H160 represents a number of firsts for Airbus Helicopters, including a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, a Biplane Stabilizer and Blue Edge main rotor blades that increase the payload and at the same time reduce external noise levels. According to Airbus, the 12-seat H160 is also the first fully composite civil helicopter. The H160’s maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is 13,338 lb (6,050 kg).


FAA calls trajectory-based flight demo a Success

A first-of-its-kind joint effort to manage flights across multiple countries by predicting where an aircraft will be and at what time has proven successful. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) six-day live flight demonstration included four unique scenarios and flights between the U.S., Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Using Trajectory Based Operations (TBO), countries shared the aircraft’s trajectory, and air traffic experts from each country sequenced the flights’ routes to achieve the optimal flight path across multiple regions. Controllers factored in conditions such as weather, air traffic and airspace closures.

TBO uses precise aircraft trajectory data (latitude, longitude, altitude and time) to show where the aircraft expects to be on its route from takeoff to touchdown. Aircraft fly precise flight paths with seamless information exchange between air and ground systems. In the future, air traffic controllers will shift from sharing information using voice-based exchanges to sharing information more broadly, primarily using data. This will allow each country to be immediately aware of how changes in other countries will affect a flight and better plan for when an aircraft enters its area of responsibility. The test demonstrated how sharing and coordinating trajectory information across multiple countries could improve safety and efficiency. This collaboration will help minimize delays and disruptions; cut travel cost and time; and reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions by up to an estimated 10%.


People: Janine Iannarelli elected Chair of EBAA Associate Member Advisory Council

Victor CEOs Toby Edwards (left) and James Farley (right)

Janine Iannarelli is the founder and President of Par Avion Ltd., an international aircraft brokerage firm, established in Houston, TX in 1997. Par Avion specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft. An industry veteran, Iannarelli has more than 35 years of business aviation experience and 400+ transactions to her credit having represented a diverse group of corporations and private individuals worldwide.

Iannarelli is a member of the European Business Aviation Association where she serves as the Vice Chair of the Associate Members Advisory Council and Chair of the AMAC Sales & Acquisition committee; the National Business Aviation Association where she serves as a “go to resource for the media” and has been a part of the NBAA Mentoring Network since 2020; Women in Aviation, International, and the American Marketing Association. In 2014, Iannarelli was appointed to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee, serving in that capacity through April 2020. In 2016 Iannarelli was one of three inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey and named a “Women on the Move” by the Texas Executive Women’s organization. Corporate Jet Investor named Iannarelli as one of America’s Top Dealmakers in the Fall of 2019. During EBAA’s recently held annual general assembly, Janine Iannarelli was elected as Chair of the EBAA Associate Member Advisory Council (AMAC). The AMAC comprises in excess of 500 members strong representing a diverse group of industry participants including aircraft charter, finance, legal, maintenance and sales.

A native of Fair Lawn, NJ and a long-time resident of Houston, Iannarelli graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

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