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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Aircraft Update for 12-Jan-2016


Blue Islands Joins Flybe Team

Jersey's Blue Islands is set to become a Flybe franchisee following the signing of a MOU between the two carriers. Blue Islands flights from Jersey and Guernsey will operate under the Flybe banner from May-2016.

The company will continue to be an independent, Channel Islands owned air operator, but will be able to take advantage of the Flybe brand, and distribution channels. Blue Islands operate four ATR-42's and one ATR-72 on routes to Bristol, Southampton, London City and Geneva.

MSN 546 - ATR-42-500 G-ISLF
Blue Islands
Geneva, Switzerland 15-May-2012
Steven Byles Photo

Avmax & Sunward Intelligent Equipment Announce Share Purchase Agreement

January 12, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Avmax Group Inc. (“Avmax”) is pleased to announce that its parent corporation Avmax Holdings Inc. (“AHI”) has entered into a share purchase agreement dated January 8, 2016 (the “Agreement”) with Sunward Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. (“Sunward”) and Binder Capital Corp. (“BCC”). Sunward is a corporation existing under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and is listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code: 002097).
“Leveraging the strengths of each organization we will gain the necessary capital to continue to grow our diversified revenue streams and enter new markets that will build value for investors and our clients. The Agreement will leverage Avmax and Sunward’s combined strengths to expand as a global and fully integrated aviation company,” said John Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avmax.
“Avmax will benefit from Sunward’s geographic footprint and industry connections to grow new revenue opportunities in the areas of aviation. With a foothold in one of the largest markets in the world, China, and with Avmax’s current global locations — the combined companies will contribute to a significant aviation presence,” said Kirk Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Avmax. “Avmax and Sunward will continue to operate as independent units while taking advantage of synergies between the two companies.”
Due to Canadian Transportation Agency restrictions on foreign ownership, the participation of Sunward in the ownership of Regional 1 Airlines Ltd. (dba R1 Airlines) shall be restricted, pending regulatory approval. Further, the U.S. subsidiaries of Avmax shall be wholly excluded from the Transaction for the time being, pending U.S. regulatory approval.
Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of standard closing conditions including, but not limited to, applicable Chinese and Canadian regulatory approvals. Where applicable, the Transaction cannot close until the required regulatory approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.



MSN 317 - ATR-42-312QC TG-TRB
TACA Regional (Aviateca)
Zagreb, Croatia 17-Jun-2015
Aviafan Photo

444 - ATR-72-202 C-GJPY 8199400 Canada Inc., Yellowknife, NT (Summit Air)

Registered 05-Jan-2016, ex T7-COB; this aircraft was handed over to Summit Air on 25-Nov-2015 and positioned to Toulouse for freighter conversion. The aircraft is seen below in storage during 2013; it was subsequently painted for lease in the Philippines as RP-C9017, but was not delivered.

MSN 444 - ATR-72-202 T7-COB
ex-Royal Air Maroc Express
Monchengladbach, Germany 02-Aug-2013
Shamu28 Photo

1310 - ATR-212-212A (600) EC-MJG Canarias Airlines, Las Palmas

Flew Las Palmas - Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 for painting; the aircraft had been delivered to Las Palmas on 30-Dec-2015 in primer finish.



Skylink Express Beech 1900C-1 C-GKGA is seen below in front of the London Air Service hangar at Vancouver, BC. This is a 1990 build aircraft that came to Canada in 1996 and has been operated by several cargo operators since then.

MSN UC-117 - Beech 1900C C-GKGA
Skylink Express
Vancouver-Int'l, BC 01-Aug-2015
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo



427 - DHC-8-202 N989HA WFBNW/Flightworks 

Flew Bangor, ME - Goose Bay, NL - Narsarsuaq 12-Jan-2016 as SXA1280; ferry being operated by Southern Cross Aviation. The aircraft originated in San Marcos, TX yesterday.

4505 - DHC-8-402 C-FKIY Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Registration cancelled 11-Jan-2015 to JA81RC

4514 - DHC-8-402 C-FLGW Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Registration cancelled 11-Jan-2015 to TU-TSI

4515 - DHC-8-402 C-FJWE Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Flew Downsview, ON - North Bay, ON - Downsview, ON 11-Jan-2015


British Aerospace

One of three Jetstream 31's operated by Saskatoon based West Wind Aviation, C-FCPD was originally delivered to Ontario Express in 1988.

MSN 822 - Jetstream 31 C-FCPD
West Wind Aviation
Saskatoon, SK 02-Oct-2014
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo



120351 - EMB-120ER N583SW Global Principal Finance LLC, New York, NY

Flew Fresno, CA - Springfield, MO 12-Jan-2016 as SKW1376; the aircraft is seen below at Los Angeles back in 2012 courtesy of Mark Kalfas. This is one of the nine Brasilias being marketed by Northstar Aviation Services.

MSN 120351 - EMB-120ER N583SW
Skywest Airlines
Los Angeles, CA 22-Feb-2012
Mark Kalfas Photo

One of the three Brasilias operated by Freightrunners/Air Charter Express, N122HL is still in Skywest colours, and seen at Concord, NC,

MSN 120271 - EMB-120ER N122HL
Hammer Leasing/Freightrunners/ACE
Concord, NC 11-Jan-2016
Hunalink Photo



AC-741B - SA227AC Metro III C-GKLK Carson Air Ltd. Kelowna, BC

Updating the item carried on 07-Jan-2016; on 29-Dec-2015 C-GKLK exited the runway into snowy grass in the infield area on landing runway 35R at Calgary-Int'l, AB. The incident was a result of steering difficulty, with the crew unable to arrest the directional drift prior to leaving the runway. The aircraft was repaired & returned to service on 04-Jan-2016.

On 04-Jan-2016 the aircraft experienced a similar condition on departure from Calgary-Int'l, AB, but was able to take-off safely. On take-off at Regina, SK an initial take-off was rejected when the same problem occurred, and in a second attempt the aircraft left the paved surface during the take-off run, ending up approximately 70 feet from the runway before coming to a stop.



A great shot of Japan Air Commuter 340B JA8886 at Myazaki, Japan

MSN 340B-281 - SAAB 340B JA8886
Japan Air Commuter
Miyazaki, Japan
J.P. Yamato Photo