Currency Trouble & How to Stay Calm

Currency Trouble & How to Stay Calm The best aviation news and events now come to you every week. The future of Viva Group, Emirates removes first class, tips for sleeping well on a plane, Brazilian currency plunge effects on Gol, and how to stay calm under pressure.

Never Forget Your: Quote

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." — Henry Ford

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Never Forget Your: News

Viva Group spreads its ambition to Costa Rica and Central America’s barren LCC landscape — “In mid-2015 new reports surfaced that the Viva Group aimed to launch its third airline in Costa Rica by YE2015 with two A320s initially focusing on flights to Central America."

Emirates plane removes first class to fit in the most seats ever — “Emirates launches new two-class Airbus A380 after scrapping first class in favor of expanding economy and creating the largest ever passenger plane."

11 Tips for Sleeping Well on a Plane — “Studies have shown that lack of sleep can decrease brain performance by 20 percent, so it's crucial to anyone crossing time zones to rest as much as possible during the flight. Washington, D.C.–based clinical sleep educator and RN Terry Cralle shared her tips for powering down (and getting at least a power nap) on a flight."

Brazilian Currency Plunge Put Gol in Bad Position — “Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA posted a record quarterly loss and cut its profitability outlook as the real’s plunge increased the financial burden on Brazil’s biggest airline."

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Never Forget Your: Relief

Cut Your Rotable Cycle Times In Half Right Now — “You’ll often hear about how awful turn-around-times (TAT) are. They’re a constant headache, almost as much as an AOG. Learn about the stages where time can be cut in half, and millions can be saved."

How Successful People Stay Calm Under Pressure — Losing your cool at the drop of a hat can cause people to doubt your credibility as a business leader. Try these 6 tips for remaining calm and in control.

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Never Forget Your: Events

Singapore Airshow

  • February 16-21, 2016
  • Changi, Singapore

SpeedNews 6th Annual Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers Supply Chain Conference

  • March 7, 2016
  • Beverly Hills, California

MRO Americas

  • April 5-7, 2016
  • Dallas, Texas


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The Disturbing Truth: How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

Disturbing Truth About How Airlines Are Maintained Today The search is over. We bring you the best aviation stories from this week. Why AOGs drive airlines crazy, whether lithium batteries can be made safe, the truth about airplane maintenance, and how to stay positive.

Never Forget Your: Quote

"To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home." — Anonymous

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Never Forget Your: News

Why AOGs drive airlines crazy and how to minimize their impact — “AOGs are a thorn in your spine. They give you an overwhelmed feeling deep in the pit of your stomach. A feeling you can't outrun. This is why planning and knowing your operational downside is important."

To the rescue: Can lithium batteries be made safe for flight? — “Today more than 18 carriers have banned the bulk transport of lithium batteries as belly cargo on passenger planes, and some have banned the cells on all shipments, including freighters."

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today — “In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth."

The world needs aviation — how flying keeps us grounded — “Technology has made it easier than ever to turn our attention inward, with often depressing results. Aviation may seem like the ultimate activity for the confident individual, and yet learning to fly has a unique ability to make us humble."

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Never Forget Your: Relief

The Stress Free Benefits Of On-Demand Expendables — "You've labored over cutting POs, making sure the part number was right, and ensuring you have the right condition without overspending. Making things easier is your operational priority. Find out how through these benefits."

Stay Positive — Thinking negatively can drag down our moods, our actions and even our health. Learn ways to stay positive.

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Never Forget Your: Events 

NAAA 49th Annual Convention & Exposition

  • December 7-10, 2015
  • Savannah, Georgia

AOPA New Year's Day Fly In

  • January 1, 2016
  • Nappanee, Indiana

MRO Middle East

  • February 3-4, 2016
  • Dubai, UAE

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Weekly Aviation Round-up: The Future of Airline Seat Reclining

Aviation Weekly Roundup

The best aviation stories from this week. The future of airline seats, Dynamic Airways fire, Jetblue drops cargo, and how to reduce your stress.

Never Forget Your: Quote

"You can teach a monkey to fly an aircraft, but not to fix it." -Unknown

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Never Forget Your: News

The Future of Airline Seat Reclining or Not — "To recline, or not to recline, is a troublesome question. Recent events in the U.S. air travel market prove that it is a volatile issue for some passengers, leading to aggression onboard."

Dynamic Airways Fire Caused by Faulty Fuel Line Connection — "While initial reports based on eyewitness accounts attributed the source of the fire to be the aircraft’s left Pratt & Whitney JT9D engine, investigators have not found any evidence 'of an engine uncontainment' or other failure.”

JetBlue Drops Cargo Business to Add More Human Cargo on Each Plane — "JetBlue officially got out of the cargo business about a week ago, and one of the factors leading to that business line’s cessation was the airline’s move to place”

Shaheen 737 Heavily Damaged During Landing — "A Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Pakistani carrier Shaheen Air International has suffered severe damage upon landing at Allama Iqbal International airport in Lahore.”

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Never Forget Your: Relief

How To End The Day After A Stressful AOG —  Stress is common and a big part of your aviation life. It grabs you tight, suffocating your every move. Most days are made up of you scrambling to resolve the next urgent issue. One after the other. Try these tips...

Take 10 Relaxing Steps Now —  You're stressed we know it. A stress free life is a healthy life so do us a favor...

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Never Forget Your: Events  

Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition

  • November 17-19, 2015
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

9th Annual Flight Operations Conference 

  • December 1-2, 2015
  • Rome, Italy

MRO Latin America 

  • January 21-22, 2016
  • Lima, Peru

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Happy National Aviation Day 2015

What are you waiting for? Get up and celebrate...it's National Aviation Day. National Aviation Day

Our friends over at Wikipedia explain the meaning of  National Aviation Day:

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"The National Aviation Day (August 19) is a United States national observation that celebrates the development of aviation.

The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years). The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation."



In The News: Revolutionary Aircraft 'Fly-Bag' Limits On Board Explosion and United Airlines Hands Out Million-Mile Bug Bounty

Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact


A new system to resist terrorist bombs smuggled onto aircraft has been tested in dramatic experiments. A device called FlyBag is designed to absorb the shockwaves and shrapnel caused by explosions. Read more here.

Article By: David Shukman Science editor

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United Airlines Pays Man A Million Miles For Reporting Bug

TWO MONTHS AFTER United Airlines launched a bug-bounty program to reward researchers who report flaws in the company’s web site and apps, a researcher has received 1 million air miles in the first reward given. Check out story here.

Article By: Kim Zetter

In The News: AF B777 Loses Landing Gear Panel Over Shanghai and $1.2M Penalties Against SkyWest

Boeing aware of metal 'fragility' issues before aircraft part plunged into Shanghai factory


Aerospace giant Boeing has ordered airlines around the world to address a "fragility" problem after a section of landing gear from one of its 777 passenger jets broke off shortly after take-off from Shanghai last week and plummeted 3,700 metres into a city suburb. Check out story here.

Article by: Danny Lee

Inspection Failings Could Cost SkyWest $1.2m

The FAA has proposed a total of $1.2m in civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines for failing to correctly inspect aircraft. The US regulator has proposed a penalty of $911, 000 alleging that Utab-based Skywest. More details here.

Article by: MRO Network

In The News: Blackbox of Missing Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft Found and ALTA Traffic Report

Major breakthrough in locating missing Dornier aircraft CG 791: Flight data recorder recovered


After an exhausting 33 day effort that was the largest ever maritime search mission launched by Indian agencies, the coast guard has managed to locate and pick up the flight data recorder of the missing Dornier aircraft CG 791 from the Bay of Bengal. More of the story here.

Article by: Manu Pubby

Latin American Air Carriers Report 3.8% Increase in Passengers

Latin American airlines reported a 3.8 percent increase in passengers for the month of May 2015 compared to May 2014. Capacity (available-seat-kilometers) was up 4.7 percent for the month, slower than revenue-passenger-kilometers (up 5.5 percent). More here.

Article by: Oliver Wyman

Sales Support Team

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and allowing us to get to know you better. We’re looking for the next person who will be a perfect fit to the Skylink team. Is it you? If you think so, read the open role below and let’s get together.

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Who is Skylink?

We’re a dedicated team working together to bring efficient supply chain solutions to international airlines, MROs and military aircraft fleets. We deliver this by following our “Never Forget Your Wings” mantra. Every day we help fleets remain in the air and avoid the complexities of aircraft maintenance.

Skylink started its humble beginnings in 1988 from a defunct airline where founder Jim Anglin was an executive. He started by providing rotable sales to anybody that needed them. Today we’ve molded into a supply chain powerhouse. We’re thrilled to work with dedicated airlines, MROs and military clients in over 30 countries. They look to us to streamline their supply so they can worry less about fleet maintenance and reduce the complexities felt by so many aircraft maintenance and purchasing professionals.

Where will I work?

You’ll work at our Skylink hub in Sanford, FL. You’ll have your own workspace and organize it with what makes you happy and inspires you. You will work daily with various Skylink teams, clients, and supply chain partners that span every country on this fine planet we call home.

How do things happen at Skylink?

Here at Skylink we have no central management and no hierarchy. We have dedicated teams with specific roles and coaches to guide the knowledge base. Teams are able to make their own decisions as long as they involve people affected in the decision and people who have knowledge in the decision topic. We are constantly innovating and everyone’s ideas matter. Flexibility and improving is our middle name. We all work to maximize the value we create for customers and to create “WOW” experiences every step of the way.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for an addition to our Sales Support team.

In this role being organized with fantastic communication skills is crucial.

Your day to day will be to help the Account Management team to create “WOW” experiences of your customers. Organizing RFQ projects and talking with suppliers is the foundational tasks you’ll be involved in.

Paying attention to details (you’ll be entering data into our ERP system) being able to think outside of the box are winning traits for our sales support team.

As an individual we invite you to be creative and innovate. We look for people that have this unique characteristic to join our team and you very well may be that person.

We strive for a balance of being a team that feels like a family. This means we share feedback regularly, support each other’s self-improvement efforts, and take mistakes as opportunities to learn together. Using your mind to innovate is highly regarded.

If you’re not afraid to communicate, your smart, organized and can communicate well with your team, you’ll be a perfect fit.

What we value

We are deeply passionate about working as a team and going over and beyond for our customers. Creating “WOW” experiences, be willing to adapt and drive change, hustling and driving maximum efficiency, accepting problems and solving them, building a team-oriented approach, and having passion and integrity are the core values we live by. If you feel you embody each one of these then you’ll be an AMAZING addition to our team.


Technology: You’ll get hooked up with technology that’ll make your life easier so you can do your best work.

Salary: Base salary. We’ve created a salary formula that takes experience and seniority into account and changes based on this formula.

Vacation: Take time for you and your family.

Health insurance: You’ll have the option to take on our health insurance and every year we’ll take on a higher percentage of the payment.

Work-space: You’ll have your own work-space so you feel like a champion.

Be innovative: Take a portion of the time you work to be innovative, to come up with new ideas and to guide the implementation.

Be human: Feel free to be yourself, no absurd dress code and no policies telling you to be someone different.

Travel: If you need to visit customer and supply chain partners, travel will be taken care of.

Celebrate life: Every month we celebrate the birthday’s and get together over lunch.

Healthy living: We strive for a healthy mind and body. Nate Anglin has focused 10 years of his life to bringing this concept to the business world. He’ll help you navigate this often confusing topic for your life if you need guidance.

Still reading? We want to hear from you!

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In The News: A Look at the Mysterious 'Black Box' and Worldwide Airline Market Forecast

The Mysterious Black Box


Whenever there is an accident involving an airliner, news reporters immediately begin talking about “the Black Box.” Many reporters have no idea what the Black Box is. What exactly is the “Black Box” and why is it so important? Check it out here.

Article by: Ken Hoke

World Air Passenger Demand Grows by 6.9% YOY May

ATA Air Passenger Analysis - May 2015 Worldwide passenger traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometers, increased by 6.9 percent in May 2015 compared with May 2014, according to the International Air Transport Association. Check out full analysis here.

Article by: Oliver Wyman