Skyservice Business Aviation expands to the United States

New growth initiative builds on 35-year heritage of leadership in business aviation

TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2021 /CNW/ – Skyservice Business Aviation (“Skyservice”), Canada’s leading business aviation provider, today announced its expansion to four new locations in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, thereby enhancing its platform of services and growth potential in an attractive North American market for business aviation.

Under the leadership of Benjamin J. Murray, Skyservice’s President & CEO, Leading Edge Jet Center (“LEJC”) will rebrand its facilities, services and teams at King County International Airport-Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, Redmond Municipal Airport and Bend Municipal Airport in Central Oregon,  and Helena Regional airport in Helena, Montana under the Skyservice banner, establishing a significant physical presence for the company in the United States in fixed base operations, aircraft maintenance, charter flights, aircraft management, and aircraft on ground support services, among other world-class offerings.

“We are delighted to bring Skyservice’s award-winning safety and service to customers in the Pacific Northwest as LEJC starts the development of a new 70,000-square-foot low carbon hangar and executive terminal space at King County International Airport-Boeing Field,” said Mr. Murray. “We strive to deliver an exceptional, bespoke customer experience across our platform and are committed to excellence and sustainability in all we do.  We look forward to reaching even more customers, partners and communities with our distinctive value proposition as we accelerate the growth of our company.”

Founded in 1986, Skyservice is the only fully integrated business aviation services company in Canada, managing the largest fleet of business aircraft in the country with a premium brand that is recognized and trusted globally.  In October 2021, Skyservice became the first business aviation provider in Canada to offer sustainable aviation fuel to its customers, reflecting Skyservice’s dedication to reducing carbon emissions and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

“Skyservice is one of the most respected companies in business aviation globally and we are proud to become part of the family,” said Steven Levesque, President of Skyservice United States.  “This new initiative will further elevate, evolve and enrich the experience of our valued customers locally while bringing innovation and new resources to drive efficiencies along with regional growth.”

About Skyservice™
Skyservice is a North American leader in business aviation dedicated to innovation, responsible operations, safety, and service excellence. Celebrating its 35th successful year, Skyservice is at the forefront of the business aviation industry with best in-class facilities across North America. Our skilled maintenance teams, outstanding fixed base operation facilities, first-class aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit http://www.skyservice.com/.

Skyservice Celebrates Milestone Anniversary: 35 Years in Business

Company marks anniversary by helping reforest region affected by wildfires

TORONTO October 20, 2021 /Press Release/

Skyservice Celebrates Milestone 35th Tree Planting
Aiming Higher and Reaching Further – Skyservice celebrates its 35th Year in Business Aviation

This year marks the 35th anniversary for Skyservice™ Business Aviation, Canada’s leading business aviation services provider to private jet owners, travel enthusiasts and commercial clients. Launched in 1986 in Montréal offering regional fixed base operations (FBO), Skyservice has grown into a world-class, full-service aviation company trusted by its clients and recognized in the industry for its safety, service excellence and seamless offering of travel services and aircraft ownership.

“Skyservice has achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our people and our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization,” said Benjamin Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This milestone is more than a number. It reflects our commitment to personalized, high quality service to our clients and the deep relationships we have fostered on trust in the industry. Skyservice is poised for continuing growth and is excited to continue to innovate and invest in our people, our communities and in our industry.”

To celebrate this milestone, and in support of the regions impacted by wildfires in Canada, Skyservice has made a donation to One Tree Planted to help reforest lost habitat in British Columbia and invited 35 of its employees from across the organization to plant trees in the community on October 6th.

Mr. Murray added, “We asked our employees how best to celebrate our milestone. With our focus on responsible operations and sustainability, the choice was simple. We are proud to donate over 200 trees for each year since our inception and to contribute to reforestation in British Columbia, which suffered significant loss as a result of wildfires this past summer. We hope our efforts will replant over five hectares of land and rebuild lost habitat in the area.”

JET A-1 jet fuel grade is commonly used in Canada and beyond North America. Formerly known as “kerosene”, it is suitable for most jet aircraft. It meets stringent international requirements, particularly the latest versions of the AFQRJOS, the British DEF STAN 91-091 standard, the ASTM D1655 standard and the NATO F-35 specification. It has a minimum flashpoint of 38°C and a maximum freezing point of -47°C. JET A-1 is the principal fuel used for jet turbine engines.

About Skyservice™

Skyservice is a North American leader in business aviation dedicated to innovation, responsible operations, safety, and service excellence. Celebrating its 35th successful year, Skyservice is at the forefront of the business aviation industry with best in-class facilities across the United States and Canada. Our skilled maintenance teams, outstanding fixed base operation facilities, first-class aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit https://skyservice.com/.

Skyservice is First Full Service Business Aviation Provider in Canada to Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Private Aircraft Clients

AirSprint is the company’s first customer to operate with SAF fuel

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2021 /CNW/ – As part of its commitment to environmentally responsible operations in the air and at its facilities, Skyservice Business Aviation (Skyservice™), Canada’s leader in business aviation, is pleased to announce that it is the first private aviation company in Canada to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its customers, reflecting Skyservice’s dedication to reducing carbon impacts across its business. AirSprint, Canada’s pioneer in Fractional Jet Ownership, will be the first Skyservice customer to operate with SAF.

Skyservice™ Business Aviation is first in Canada to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for private aircraft; AirSprint is their first customer to operate using SAF. Photo Credit: Adriana Bernal/AirSprint Private Aviation (CNW Group/Skyservice Business Aviation Inc. - Mississauga, ON)
Skyservice™ Business Aviation is first in Canada to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for private aircraft; AirSprint is their first customer to operate using SAF. Photo Credit: Adriana Bernal/AirSprint Private Aviation (CNW Group/Skyservice Business Aviation Inc. – Mississauga, ON)

“We are aggressively seeking to lessen the impact of our operations on the environment and offering low-carbon fuels is one of many ways we are doing that,” said Benjamin Murray, President & CEO of Skyservice. “Our objective is to achieve carbon neutrality at Skyservice by 2050. By offering SAF, we can effectively contribute to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction goals as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization and advance our own corporate environmental protection mission.”

Skyservice will make SAF available to all customers, providing the opportunity to reduce the life cycle emissions by  20% compared to traditional jet fuel, based on a life cycle assessment of  70 percent reduction in carbon dioxide for “Neat SAF” in a 30 percent Neat SAF / 70 percent JET A-1 fuel blend.

Skyservice’s Toronto South Terminal, located at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the first of its’ Fixed-based Operations to receive its first SAF shipment from World Fuel Services. The SAF was produced by World Energy, the world’s first and America’s only commercial-scale SAF production company.

JET A-1 jet fuel grade is commonly used in Canada and beyond North America. Formerly known as “kerosene”, it is suitable for most jet aircraft. It meets stringent international requirements, particularly the latest versions of the AFQRJOS, the British DEF STAN 91-091 standard, the ASTM D1655 standard and the NATO F-35 specification. It has a minimum flashpoint of 38°C and a maximum freezing point of -47°C. JET A-1 is the principal fuel used for jet turbine engines.

“We have always worked to align our values with those of our Fractional Owners and suppliers, and a commitment to sustainability has never been more important to us, and to them,”
said Jared Williams, Chief Operating Officer & Vice President, Operations at AirSprint. “Having the opportunity to purchase SAF in Canada not only helps mitigate the impacts of traditional jet fuel on the environment, but it also helps move the aviation industry forward in a more efficient and positive way.”

As SAF supply increases, Skyservice plans to transition its fuel program to use SAF exclusively, reinforcing the company’s focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility.

About Skyservice™
Skyservice is a North American leader in business aviation dedicated to innovation, responsible operations, safety, and service excellence. Celebrating its 35th successful year, Skyservice is at the forefront of the business aviation industry with best in-class facilities across Canada. Our skilled maintenance teams, outstanding fixed base operation facilities, first-class aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit http://www.skyservice.com/.

About AirSprint
AirSprint Private Aviation is a privately held company with offices in Toronto, Montréal and Calgary. AirSprint maintains the largest fractional fleet of private aircraft in Canada, a jet collection of Embraer Praetor 500s, Embraer Legacy 450s, Cessna Citations CJ3+ and Cessna Citations CJ2+. AirSprint proudly flies Canadians from coast-to-coast including service from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and the Maritimes. AirSprint provides discerning Canadians with a better choice for optimizing their time by enhancing the private jet ownership experience with industry-leading safety standards, exceptional turn-key service and increased flexibility; everything personalized for the Owners’ individual travel needs. All at a fraction of the cost. AirSprint.com

Skyservice Partners with Lithium Fire Guard to Extend Safety Solutions to its Managed Aircraft Clients

Enriched managed service offerings provide tailored solutions for aircraft owners

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 19th, 2021 /Press Release/

Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation™, announced today that it is adding Lithium Fire Guard protection solutions to the company’s Managed Aircraft Services Offering. As a partner and authorized distributor of Lithium Fire Guard products, Skyservice employs a cost-effective, simple solution to a potentially hazardous problem.

“It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is true for aviation,” stated Lyne Barbeau, VP of Aviation at Skyservice. “The proliferation of products using lithium-ion batteries is growing. Laptop computers, tablets, smart and cellular phones, cameras and battery chargers are just some of the common portable electronic devices (PED) passengers bring onboard an aircraft. Things rarely go wrong but having a solution on hand that can mitigate risk just makes strong business sense.”

When overheated or damaged, lithium-ion batteries can ignite, starting a relay effect for each battery cell. The fumes and smoke emitted from these batteries are toxic, and the unstable PED may explode, causing additional damage. The PG-100 is an aluminum box designed to contain the toxic smoke/fumes fully while allowing the PED thermal runaway event to continue inside the box until complete.

“Managed Aircraft clients are looking for full customizable service and support for their aircraft. Adding leading safety products, like Lithium Fire Guard’s PG 100, is a natural extension to Skyservice’s commitment to safety and service excellence,” commented Benjamin Murray, Skyservice President & CEO. “We are thrilled to offer a leading edge product to our managed and MRO clients around the world.”

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About Lithium Fire Guard

Lithium Fire Guard is the manufacturer and distributor of the PG-100 fire containment box. The PG-100 is the only solution that offers 100% containment of all the elements of a Lithium-ion battery thermal runaway event. Our patented “Scoop It” technology & transparent shield allows the firefighter to locate the burning device while protecting them as they position the PG-100 over the device to scoop into the box. Lithium Fire Guard is committed to aviation safety and is proudly manufactured in the USA.

About Skyservice™

Skyservice is Canada’s leader in business aviation, dedicated to safety and service excellence. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice leads the Canadian business aviation industry with the best-in-class facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, and Muskoka. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter Services, Aircraft Sales, and Acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit www.skyservice.com.

Skyservice becomes an Authorized Installer of Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion® in Bombardier Challenger 604 Aircraft

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 15, 2021 /CNW/ – Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation™, announced today that its’ Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Division is an authorized installer of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion in Bombardier Challenger 604 Aircraft. Pro Line Fusion provides operators of Challenger 604s with advanced flight deck avionics that meet both current and future airspace mandates, increasing aircraft value, ensuring airworthiness and modernizing the overall cockpit experience for pilots.

“Skyservice is one of the world’s leading MROs for Bombardier and we manage one of the largest Challenger fleets in Canada. We are proud to offer solutions that deliver strong ROI with benefits that extend far into the future,” stated Benjamin Murray, President & CEO of Skyservice. “Pro Line Fusion fits this bill with a feature and functionality-rich solution for owners concerned about the increased costs and scarcity of parts to repair their aircraft obsolete CRT display.”  

Skyservice Pro Line Fusion
Picture Provided by Collins Aerospace

The Pro Line Fusion for Challenger 604 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is approval by Transport Canada (TC). It includes three 14.1″ widescreen LCD high-definition image displays that can be customized to display full or split screen views.  The touchscreen, easy graphical flight planning and FMS interactive maps provide enhanced data presentation for pilots and provide great situational awareness. Pro Line Fusion also comes with NextGen® airspace capability and communications technologies like Synthetic Vision, Controller Pilot Data Link (CPDLC), Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), RNP/LPV, and the option to add Safe Flight AutoPower and FANS-1/A.

Installations of Challenger 604 Pro Line Fusion avionics are available at all Skyservice maintenance locations.

Information on Pro Line Fusion installations on Challenger 604 Aircraft is available at https://skyservice.com/collins-pro-line-fusion-avionics-upgrade-for-challenger-604/.

About Skyservice MRO

As a global one-stop shop for all business and commercial aircraft MRO services, Skyservice is committed to quality, service excellence and on-time project delivery without hidden costs.  Skyservice is an approved aircraft maintenance organization of TCCA, FAA and EASA, Part 145, BDCA, HK-CAD, 2-REG, Aruba and CAAS, and an Authorized Service Centers/Warranty/Dealer and preferred installer for Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault/Falcon, HondaJet, Honeywell Avionics, Collins Aerospace and Gogo.

About Skyservice™

Skyservice is Canada’s leader in business aviation, dedicated to safety and service excellence. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice leads the Canadian business aviation industry with the best-in-class facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, and Muskoka. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter Services, Aircraft Sales and Acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. 

Skyservice Business Aviation Receives Additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for Its Installation of Aviation Clean Air Purification Systems on Gulfstreams

Canadian aircraft owners push for in-cabin clean air and disinfecting solutions as the hope for future air travel returns.

Skyservice Business Aviation - Aviation Clean Air Purification Systems

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 30th, 2021 /Press Release/

Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation, announced today that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Division has received additional supplemental type certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for the installation of Aviation Clean Air’s (ACA) purification system inside Gulfstream V and G550 (GV-SP) long range aircraft.

Skyservice Gulfstream - Supplemental Type Certificates

These certifications are in addition to the STC approvals Skyservice received last year for installing ACA solutions in Canada for the Bombardier Challenger 300/350, Global 5000/5500/6000/6500,Dassault Falcon 7X, Beechcraft King Air 300/350, Dassault Falcon 2000/2000ex and Boeing’s 737-300, 737-400, 737-500 aircraft.

ACA’s patented Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization® systems proactively neutralize pathogens in the air and on surfaces throughout the cabin and for the duration of a flight. Aviation Clean Air is scientifically proven to clean and purify the air by flooding the environment with +/- charged ions, rendering viruses like COVID-19 harmless.

“All aircraft owners appreciate good value and trusted health and safety solutions,” commented Benjamin Murray, Skyservice President & CEO. “ACA’s Airborne Air & Surface Purification System delivers an environmentally-friendly, easy to install, cost effective and proven in-cabin disinfecting solution to our clients.”

About Skyservice™

Skyservice is Canada’s leader in business aviation dedicated to safety and service excellence. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice leads the Canadian business aviation industry with the best in-class facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montréal and Muskoka. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter Services, Aircraft Sales and Acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. To learn more, visit www.skyservice.com, and to learn more, visit: Clean Air & Sanitization Solutions.

Benjamin Murray Appointed President and CEO to Accelerate Skyservice’s Strategy

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Skyservice Business Aviation (“Skyservice” or the “Company”), Canada’s leader in business aviation, today announced the appointment of Benjamin Murray as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Murray succeeds Emlyn David as CEO of Skyservice and will continue the company’s commitment to safety and service excellence while leading the company to a new chapter of growth and global expansion.  

Benjamin Murray – Skyservice Business Aviation President & CEO (CNW Group/Skyservice Business Aviation Inc. – Mississauga, ON)

“I am grateful to Emlyn and the entire Skyservice team for their warm welcome and the opportunity to partner together in accelerating our company’s growth and industry leadership,” said Ben Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we will harness our strengths and exceptional brand to continue to succeed, build our platform and deliver service excellence.”

Mr. Murray has more than 20 years of leadership and operational experience in business aviation in North America, including progressively responsible roles with NetJets Inc., the largest private aviation company in the world, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary Executive Jet Management, where he doubled revenue in less than two years, enhanced the breadth and quality of its services, and strengthened its profitability and market position.  Mr. Murray also served with Landmark Aviation as President, Aircraft Management and Charter, building the enterprise into the second largest aircraft management company in the United States.  Prior to joining Skyservice in November 2020, Mr. Murray was Founder and Managing Member of North Star Solutions, LLC, a corporate aviation consulting company serving the aviation and mobility needs of international blue-chip clients.

“On behalf of the Board, I thank Emlyn for his contributions to Skyservice, including directing the company’s growth over the past 14 years and his instrumental role in building Canada’s first top tier business aviation centre at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,” said Gregory J. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of InstarAGF Asset Management Inc. “We are delighted that Emlyn will be continue to serve as an advisor to Skyservice and the Board on the company’s expansion plans and business strategy.”

“Over the past four months, Ben and I have collaborated closely on this transition, which positions the company for a bright future,” said Emlyn David, former Chief Executive Officer of Skyservice.  “I am thrilled to continue working with Ben and the Board to expand Skyservice’s footprint, including in the United States, and to work with InstarAGF on other new initiatives.”

About Skyservice™
Skyservice is Canada’s leader in business aviation dedicated to safety and service excellence. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice leads the Canadian business aviation industry with the best in-class facilities in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Muskoka. Our skilled Maintenance teams, outstanding Fixed Base Operation facilities, first-class Aircraft Management, Charter Services, Aircraft Sales and Acquisition provide our customers with an experience that is truly above and beyond. 

Skyservice becomes exclusive distributor & reseller of VisionSafe’s Emergency Vision Assurance System in Canada

Skyservice expands offering of leading aircraft safety solutions to the Canadian Aviation market

MISSISSAUGA, ON, January 26th, 2021 – Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation, announces it has agreed to be the exclusive distributor and reseller of VisionSafe’s Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS®) in Canada. In addition, Skyservice is able to install the solution in aircraft across Canada. EVAS is the only cockpit smoke protection system that is certified to effectively defend heavy and continuous smoke emergencies in the cockpit. EVAS is certified for use in dozens of aircraft types by Transport Canada, Federal Aviation Administration, European Union Aviation Safety Agency and others.

“Approximately one in ten reported commercial and business aircraft incidences in Canada are a result of fire or smoke, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s 2019 air transportation occurrence statistics, which show fire or smoke resulted in 91 occurrences from a total of 911 in 2019”, commented Chris Skurat, Director of Sales for Business Aviation at VisionSafe. “In situations where dense continuous smoke fills a cockpit, EVAS will ensure pilots see the flight path and vital instruments and are able to reach approach plates and emergency procedures to land the aircraft safely”.

“Skyservice is thrilled to be the exclusive reseller and installer of VisionSafe’s EVAS solution for Canada,” said Paul Weeks, VP of Maintenance at Skyservice. “Safety is our number one priority at Skyservice and the ability to distribute and install one of the world’s best safety solutions for our customers further reinforces our commitment to excellence in aviation safety and service.”

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Skyservice Business Aviation Receives Additional Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for its Installation of Aviation Clean Air Purification Systems

Increased demand for in-cabin clean air and disinfecting solutions fuels additional STC requests on Canadian aircraft

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 8, 2020 /CNW/ – Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation, announced today that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Division has received additional supplemental type certificates (STC) from Transport Canada for the installation of Aviation Clean Air’s (ACA) purification system inside Beechcraft King Air 300/350, Dassault Falcon 2000/2000ex and Boeing’s 737-300, 737-400 and 737-500 aircraft.

These certifications are in addition to the STC approvals Skyservice received earlier in the year for installing ACA solutions in Canada for the Bombardier Challenger 300/350, Global 5000/5500/6000/6500 and Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft.

ACA’s patented Needlepoint Bi-Polar Ionization® systems proactively neutralize pathogens in the air and on surfaces throughout the cabin and for the duration of a flight. Aviation Clean Air is scientifically proven to clean and purify the air by flooding the environment with +/- charged ions, rendering viruses like COVID-19 harmless.

“All aircraft owners are looking to reassure passengers on in-cabin air quality and safety,” commented Benjamin Murray, Skyservice President & COO. “ACA’s Airborne Air & Surface Purification System provides the answer by offering a cost effective, easy to install, environmentally-friendly and safe disinfecting solutions to our clients.”

Business Jet Sales Soar at Skyservice

Canadian light jet and turboprop sales pick up amid COVID-19 

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1, 2020 /CNW/ – Canada’s leader in business aviation, Skyservice Business Aviation, announces record activity for light jet and turboprop aircraft, selling seven aircraft over the past twelve weeks. Skyservice™ is the exclusive dealer for Hondajet in Canada and one of the largest aircraft brokerage firms in Canada.

“Light jet and turboprops are in high demand as they have lower operating costs relative to other business jet options,” stated Lyne Barbeau, VP of Business Aviation. “Business aviation provides a safer,  more convenient means of transportation — attributes that are highly sought after in today’s pandemic environment”. 

Skyservice is an accredited dealer and proud member of IADA (International Aircraft Dealers Association), the global standards body for aircraft brokerage.  The success of Skyservice’s Aircraft Sales and Acquisition group reflects the company’s  expertise, reputation and commitment to value for customers. 

“Our sales team leverages our depth of knowledge across the organization to bring unparalleled expertise to the sales and acquisition process for our clients,” said Benjamin Murray, President & COO of Skyservice Business Aviation. “From the initial discussions of aircraft ownership to the investment and management of the aircraft, the Skyservice team delivers industry-leading value to the customer.”

During the pandemic, Skyservice provided complimentary aircraft consultations to aircraft owners looking to right-size their aircraft based on current and future needs.  For more information on Skyservice aircraft acquisition and sales service model, visit https://skyservice.com/aircraft-sales-acquisition/.

To view recent aircraft transactions, visit https://skyservice.com/recent-aircraft-transactions/