NetJets Europe taps AMA for data streaming

AeroMechanical Services is to supply NetJets Europe with its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) for 30 Hawker Beechcraft 750/800XP aircraft.

NetJets – the largest business jet operator in Europe – has engaged in a collaborative in-service evaluation of the AFIRS 220, its Fuel Initiative Reporting System Tracker and FLYHTStream programmes over the past two and a half years.

During that time, a Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the AFIRS 220, applicable to the Hawker Beechcraft 987 series of business jets.

Initial installations will consist of the next generation AFIRS 228B, which will be updated to the AFIRS 228U to provide compliance with Europe’s new air traffic control regulations (Link 2000+) for Protected Mode Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (PM CPDLC).

The AFIRS 228U upgrade will be implemented when certification activities are completed, well before the February 2015 compliance deadline.

“NetJets Europe is the European leader in business aviation and we are proud to have met their standards and expectations through our collaborative in-service evaluation,” said Bill Tempany, president and CEO of AeroMechanical.

NetJets Europe, financially backed by Berkshire Hathaway, operates 150 aircraft. It has selected the entire suite of AFIRS services to provide real-time data from its Hawker Beechcraft 750/800XP aircraft fleet as well as enhanced flight data monitoring, fuel management, and Electronic Flight Bag connectivity.

AeroMechanical’s FIRST programme will quantify and monitor operating procedures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, supporting NetJets Europe’s Climate Initiative to reduce environmental impact. NetJets Europe and AeroMechanical will also work together to adapt AFIRS’ unique FLYHTStream position and data streaming capability to serve the operator’s need for enhanced troubleshooting and emergency management.

AeroMechanical will provide equipment and services to NetJets Europe over a five-year contract. The installations for Hawker Beechcraft 750/800XP will commence this April and activation will occur when AeroMechanical receives all necessary certifications. No issues are anticipated in completion of the certifications.

AeroMechanical will receive initial payments totaling between $1-2m over the first few months of the contract and payments for recurring revenue services as incurred. If AMA completes installation on all contracted aircraft and receives appropriate EASA STCs, with recurring service for the full term of the agreement, gross revenue to AeroMechanical will total in excess of $6m, excluding optional upgrades and services. The exact amounts of the contract have not been disclosed at the customer’s request.

AeroMechanical has previously received a provisions-only STC for AFIRS 228 on the Hawker Beechcraft 750/800XP from EASA and a flight test was successfully conducted on January 26, 2012, in order to obtain the full activation STC. It is anticipated AeroMechanical will receive the activation approval and STC from EASA within eight weeks of the flight test.

AeroMechanical first announced an AFIRS 220 installation on a NetJets Europe’s aircraft on September 9, 2009, its first business jet installation.

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