Aireon space-based ADS-B flight test yields comparable results to land-based stations

NAV CANADA has completed a successful flight test of Aireon”s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, the company said.

The test was conducted to collect ADS-B data used for validating Aireon´s satellite aircraft surveillance and tracking service.

During the flight test, 6,935 ADS-B messages were received and decoded by a single Aireon payload, and after analysis, were found to exhibit comparable results to that of terrestrial ADS-B stations.

Aireon´s space-based ADS-B system will be operational in 2018, providing air navigation service providers (ANSPs) with global air traffic surveillance, and airlines with real-time flight tracking.

The system will provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-site and densely populated areas.

In partnership with ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018.

Turkish Airlines begins stopover service for Pakistan transfer passengers

Turkish Airlines now offers ´Stopover´ service in Istanbul for transfer passengers departing from Pakistan and having more than 20 hours connecting time prior to arrival in the US, Schengen Countries, UK, or Ireland, the airline said.

Stopover offers economy class passengers a complimentary accommodation for 1 night at a 4-star hotel, business class passengers a 2 night stay at a 5-star hotel.

Moreover, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Turkey has begun to offer a complimentary 7-day transit visa to Pakistani passengers who will travel with Turkish Airlines from Pakistan to the US, Schengen Countries, UK, and Ireland.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 337 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 299 destinations worldwide with 250 international and 49 domestic.

The Star Alliance network, established in 1997 currently offers more than 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries.

United Airlines adds Buenos Aires to New York/Newark schedule

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) has announced new year-round daily, nonstop service between New York/Newark (EWR) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) starting October 28 (subject to government approval), the airline said.

The airline is also increasing its year-round, daily service to Bogota, Colombia, with an additional daily flight starting June 8 through August 14.

Buenos Aires will be United´s 14th South American destination served nonstop from the United States. United already offers daily nonstop service between Houston (IAH) and Buenos Aires.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline operates 737 mainline aircraft and its United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft, and is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.

Skyworks appoints Littlewood to strategic advisory board

Skyworks has named Peter B. Littlewood, PhD to its strategic board of advisors, effective immediately, the company said.

Littlewood is a professor of physics at the University of Chicago, and Emeritus Director of the Department of Energy´s Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests include the applications of materials for energy and sustainability.

Littlewood is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences). He holds a bachelor´s degree in natural sciences and a doctorate in physics, both from the University of Cambridge.

Gyroplane technology company, Skyworks Global, studies and designs sustained autorotative flight. The company has more than 40 patents with several more underway, all obtained in an effort to change the way gyroplanes are perceived and utilized.

EL AL Israel Airlines to begin Miami-Tel Aviv nonstop service in November

EL AL Israel Airlines will launch Miami-Tel Aviv nonstop service, starting in November with three weekly roundtrip flights operating on Boeing 777-200 aircraft, Miami-Dade Aviation Department said.

Miami International Airport (MIA) will be the first EL AL destination in Florida and the airline´s fifth route in the USA.

EL AL is the sixth international passenger airline to schedule a service launch into the Miami market this year, following Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris, Canadian airline First Air, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air, Aer Lingus, and SAS.

MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is a leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of USD 33.7bn annually and welcoming 70% of all international visitors to Florida.

Hess Corporation joins Bristow medevac, search and rescue consortium

Bristow US LLC has been awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico, Bristow Group said.

This is Bristow´s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the contract, Hess joins Shell Offshore as the second member of the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which guarantees 24/7 SAR and medevac response to members within their entire Gulf of Mexico operations.

Bristow will operate the new service from its standalone SAR facility at the South Lafourche Airport in Galliano, dedicating a Sikorsky S-92 and a Leonardo AW139 aircraft for the contract.

Consortium members also receive emergency dispatch service provided by nationally registered EMTs and certified with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

Bristow provides SAR services as a core part of its helicopter services in most of the countries in which it operates. Since 1971, it has flown more than 65,000 SAR operational hours and conducted more than 20,100 SAR missions, during which more than 10,700 people have been rescued.

Bristow US LLC is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc., a provider of global industrial aviation services offering helicopter transportation, search and rescue (SAR), and aircraft support services, including maintenance and training, to government and civil organizations worldwide.

Bristow and its affiliates have operations in the Australia, Brazil, Canada, North Sea, Nigeria, the US Gulf of Mexico, Russia, and Trinidad, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world. Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide and to the public sector for all of the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Lufthansa Group chooses IBM iOS app for front-line staff

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has announced that Lufthansa Group is introducing a new mobile offering for employees powered by its MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline´s ground operations and boost customer service, the company said.

Manage Gates is a digital business assistant designed specifically for flight managers, providing immediate access to all essential data of the airline´s assigned flights. The app simplifies everyday tasks, resulting in efficient processes that allow flight managers to address customer needs more directly.

With Manage Gates for iPhone, flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for Lufthansa passengers, can react more promptly to situations such as current booking and boarding status, baggage status, inbound flights, aircraft and crew rotation, and are independent from a stationary workplace.

Lufthansa began rolling out Manage Gates in February 2017 with full deployment to 290 Flight Managers to be completed by June 2017.

Armonk, New York-based IBM provides information technology products and services worldwide.

Hawthorne expands FBO network to Iowa with JetSun acquisition

Charleston, South Carolina-based Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has acquired JetSun Aviation Centre, a Sioux City, Iowa fixed based operator (FBO) at Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX), the company said.

NexPhase Capital (NPC) and Hawthorne Corporation formed Hawthorne in 2010 to pursue an FBO acquisition strategy. NPC provides the company with strategic advice.

The Sioux City FBO has more than 100,000 square feet of hangar space, a Part 145 Repair Station, extensive avionics capabilities, a large reception area, conference room, pilot´s lounge, and flight planning.

In addition to FBO services, Sioux City will offer full maintenance and avionics services.

Hawthorne Sioux City further expands the Hawthorne network that includes FBOs at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, NY (KISP), Cobb County International Airport in Atlanta, Ga. (KRYY), Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, Ill. (KPWK), Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. (KEAU), and Tuscaloosa Regional Airport in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (KTCL).

Hawthorne provides general aviation services, and operates six FBOs.

NPC is a New York-based private equity firm that targets equity investments in leading middle market, growth-oriented companies.

Financial Services Company Invests in Five9

Five9, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIVN) Virtual Contact Center (VCC) has been chosen by a financial services company to replace its legacy on premise solution, the company said.

The transition to a cloud-based, enterprise-level contact center solution has expanded and enhanced the firm´s support of its most valuable customers.

Five9 is a provider of cloud software for the enterprise contact center market, bringing the power of the cloud to thousands of customers and facilitating more than threebn customer interactions annually.

Since 2001, Five9 has led the cloud revolution in contact centers, helping organizations transition from legacy premise-based solutions to the cloud. Five9 provides businesses with cloud contact center software that is reliable, secure, compliant and scalable, which is designed to create exceptional customer experiences, increase agent productivity and deliver tangible business results.

ATSG reports 34% increase in 1Q 2017 revenue

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSG), a provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation, and related services, has reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the company said.

Compared with amounts for the first quarter of 2016 (except as noted), revenues increased 34% to USD 237.9m. Excluding revenues from reimbursable airline expenses, revenues increased 23%. Revenues from ATSG´s airline, maintenance, and logistics businesses increased significantly.

Earnings from Continuing Operations were USD 9.8m, or USD 0.13 per share diluted, compared with USD 8.2m, or USD 0.13 per diluted share a year earlier.

Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations, which exclude non-cash warrant-related adjustments, were USD 11.2m, or USD 0.17 per diluted share, up 33%.

Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations were USD 16.1m, up 33%. Adjusted Pre-tax Earnings, which exclude the warrant effects along with additional non-cash items, increased 6% to USD 17.0m.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to USD 57m.

Capital expenditures were USD 83.8m, up 17%. Share repurchases were USD 1.5m, or 90 thousand ATSG shares for the quarter.

ATSG provides aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements.