Knowing The Man Behind Global Aviation Infrastructure

Knowing The Man Behind Global Aviation Infrastructure

Global Aviation Infrastructure LLC, a firm that is known for its management and advisory services in the aviation sector, was founded by Mr. Steven Levesque. Mr. Levesque has more than two decades of experience in the industry and has worked as a senior executive, most recently as CFO and CEO, for several private equity portfolio aviation companies.
Mr. Steven P. Levesque graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in business administration in 1989. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and served in various active duty and reserve capacities for over 25 years, including as Commanding Officer of a commissioned expeditionary logistics unit. He joined Hawthorne Aviation in 1995 served in various management and executive capacities at Hawthorne, Piedmont Hawthorne and Landmark Aviation.

 

Highlights include CFO of an $850 million revenue aerospace company and most recently serving as CEO of a new general aviation services company and Fixed Base Operation (FBO) platform with capabilities in aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM). Steven Levesque’s international aviation experience includes development and management projects in India, Europe and the Middle East. Focus areas include development and operations of airport infrastructure in the FBO, MRO and ACM areas as well as the development of airport facilities.

Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC

At Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC, Mr. Levesque focuses on working with aviation asset owners to maximize the value of their aviation holdings through the use of industry leading best practices, scalable enterprise solutions and business model innovation. Specifically, Global Aviation Infrastructure, LLC concentrates on providing Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM), and aviation infrastructure management for aviation asset owners, corporations, airports, private equity firms, family offices and financial institutions. Mr. Levesque firmly believes in the power of the industry and sees both continued growth and consolidation in the industry. Global Aviation Infrastructure offers a wide range of services to meet the diverse needs of aviation asset owners, from turnkey project management to customized structures which address the complex competitive landscape facing owners and investors. Contact Aviation Infrastructure Management Specialist Global

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes is the first wooden building in free form!
Meticulously planned, this customer information centre and event forum for the company Backaldrin in Asten, Austria, is an iconic structure comprising two elements: a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms that can be used for a variety of presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors and the Wunderkammer des Brotes (Museum of Bread), a two-storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

 

A centrally chiselled circular atrium is at once the cynosure of all eyes as it is flanked by a robust spiral staircase that invites visitors to pause awhile and take in the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables, and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. It further allows for striking vertical displays that take on a chandelier-like appearance, adding on to the visual appeal of the commanding building. The raw aesthetic of the interior is augmented by its self-supporting wood shell with its layers of cross-laminated timber and the natural light that filters in from above the atrium. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form and the high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology that is precision-driven and cuts valuable construction time. It is a step into the future of construction; as Design Principal, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix says, “3D plotting, 3D milling and building with robots – that is the future of building.”

All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

For families, choosing the right ski resort is the most important part in planning a sporty winter vacation. To ensure that everyone is happy, there are many things to consider, from accommodation to childcare. This can be a difficult and complicated task even for veteran travelers. To help, here are some things to look out for.
Guaranteed Snow – The ski season can be long, sometimes too long, and the tour company can persuade you cheaply off-season – but then you do not find snow when you get there. No one will suck energy from a party like turning on and finding no snow, so it’s always useful to consult an independent site beforehand. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

Travel – No one likes to travel, especially small children. We recommend that you keep the trip to a minimum; This means shorter flights and shorter transfers. A resort far overseas may be cheaper, but is it worth deliberate?

Accommodation – Good quality, family friendly accommodation is your top priority. Although a little expensive to start, the lay lodges end up saving money for a week and making the holidays easier for the tired kids and their parents.

Nursery and Ski School – The resort you choose should have a slope for all abilities. If your kids do not have a good skiing experience, it’s also a good idea to check if the resort has breeding and ski schools that are reputable yet affordable.

Off-Piste Activities – On a week-long journey in the mountains, everyone will need to rest from the slopes as often as possible. Make sure that your resort has many off-piste actions, such as swimming pools, sleds or animal farms.

Best Resorts:

With all the factors considered, here are some of the best resorts for families.

La Plagne, France – La Plagne is a large ski area scattered in ten different villages, each with many villas and at least one nursery. There is also a ski school or two in each village, some of which are managed by Englishmen to help the language barrier.

Ylläs, Finland – For the more Christalm atmosphere the kids love, head to Ylläs in Finland. The resort has your off-piste activities covered, offering snowshoeing, deer sleigh rides and sledging. The accommodation here is not right on the slopes, which means that the villa is quieter at night and everyone gets more sleep.

Klosters, Switzerland – Klosters has a reputation for family fun like no other. This is mainly due to Madrisa Land, Switzerland’s largest adventure park on Mount Sonnberg Klosters. The park contains many additional safe areas for children to have fun with the ancient snowball fight and more.

Alpbach, Austria – A cozy little resort, Alpach is very popular amongst British families looking for a less hectic skiing holiday. There are many cottage options built right next to the ski nursery, which is perfect for small children. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!

A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!

Winter sports fanatics can quickly become exhausted with the normal activities on offer. For those who crave a call that is really exciting and close to nature, leave skiing in this winter chalet. Walking on the ice and the thrill of every crunch under your feet on the glacier should be the next winter adventure. Glued to the screen at the end of your seat, you have watched a documentary about people climbing the ice, so now is the time to bring the sensation to yourself: try climbing the glacier for a unique experience that has additional benefits. takes place amid some of nature’s most beautiful natural sites. A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

The world-famous glacier is only accessible by helicopter, so all the ducks lined up to visit here to be one of the most amazing trips to mark your bucket travel list. Thisglacier continues to move, so the surging streams and floods and falling ice and rock slides are not uncommon. Be sure to check accessibility before you make your way there. But once you’re out there on the ice surrounded by a network of ice niches, blue ice and ice caves, you’ll be burdened by your own sincere feelings in the face of this big and powerful glacier. A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!

Chadar Trek, Ladakh, India

This lifelong Indian adventure is a challenge for those who like their difficult treks. The 100km-long 9-12 day journey has a ‘tough’ rating and not for a weak person. You will walk on the frozen Zanskar River, and may even be able to see the icy cold water pouring beneath the ice-frosted layer like the glass where you stand. This is truly an unending adventure: you will be camping in caves along the way and carrying all your own gear. It really is a baptism of fire (or ice!).

Maligne Canyon Icewalk, Canada

If you’d rather have more ice decomposing than plunging into Chadar Trek, then this two hour icewalk complies with the doctor’s orders. High-quality equipment including necessary boots and ice is offered on-site, so you are free to explore frozen waterfalls, towering ice pillars and underground caves in Maligne Canyon Icewalk safely.

Glacier gray, china

Chilean patagonia is bound to make this list, and Gray Glacier is often regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. The glacier itself and surrounding area is very beautiful. There are a number of hiking routes with varying degrees of difficulty leading to the glacier, with some very challenging treks offered for the toughest explorer out there! Strong winds, freezing temperatures and terrain that try to beat you before you even make it to the ice run, but still survive. The mesmerizingly beautiful landscape at the end is more than worth it. A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!

Insurance against Use and Tears …

If you have your sights on ice hiking at this destination or elsewhere, you will need winter travel insurance. While the most common policies can be expensive and limiting, there are renowned winter holiday insurance providers such as Let’s Go Insure that offer affordable rates for ice trekking and related activities. With the right insurance rates, even the most famous powdered dog and sensual seeker hunter can go through their own winter wonderland scenario with peace of mind. A Wild Walker Winter Come True Dream!

Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveler and insurance expert with Let’s Go Insure team. Ethan’s spirit is to inspire his clients to go further, deeper and higher on their journey and his expertise in providing ideal insurance allows them to do just that. If you are looking for the best winter sports insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer competitive insurance without sacrificing protection.

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

Listen up skiers! Summer’s heading for the exit and you know what that means. You, your best mates and some ski runs to conquer…
That’s all nice and simple, but there’s still the tricky choice of where to go. There are loads of great ski resorts to choose from in Europe, each with their own incredible set of pistes and happening après-ski scene. Want my advice? For me, the only way is Morzine in the huge 650km Portes du Soleil area: a scintillating selection of runs (ranging from intermediate to expert), and off the snow entertainment that’s perfect for both party animals and more laid-back customers. You can thank me later.

 

Ripping Après Ski

When the sun sets on Morzine it becomes one hell of a party town. And because it’s not too big, wherever the night starts your next port of call is probably just around the corner. These are my picks (discovered through detailed ‘research’) of the best joints.

• The Tibetan Café – start the evening’s entertainment at this energetic spot. • Bar Robinson – one of Morzine’s most popular bars is a great place to take things up a notch. • Dixie Bar – chillers will dig this easy-going sports bar and its live music. • The Cavern – want to party into the small hours? Look no further. • Le Crepu – open till 2am and just right for winding down after a heavy night.

Some Awesome Skiing

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, meaning you have the pick of as much as 650km of pistes, just waiting to be tackled. With this selection of the best areas to go, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the group.

• Avoriaz – freestylers rejoice! This nearby resort has six terrain parks as well as plenty of gnarly high-altitude powder runs to strut your stuff. • Le Pleney – close to Morzine and with a great spread of blues, challenging reds and steep wide runs, Le Pleney is perfect for intermediates in search of real challenges. • Les Gets – high-altitude powder runs are the name of the game here.

And Still More Fun

If you fancy a day or two’s break from the skiing but can’t bring yourself to abandon the snow all together, then why not have a go at snowmobiling (either solo or with a guide depending on your confidence), ice skating or snowshoeing? Even winter paragliding’s an option. Believe me when I say it’s completely unlike anything you’ll have done before.

Morzine also has an active entertainment and leisure scene off the slopes. With a cinema, indoor swimming pool, ice-hockey games every week and spa treatments there’s no chance of boredom striking.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine with Shuttle Direct is like going down a green run. Easy. Pre-book a Geneva to Morzine transfer and once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and your mates travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and lively nights of top-notch après ski.

Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

Medical device makers work and operate in various regulatory systems whose requirements are different and not always consistent with each other. The new ISO version, ISO 13485: 2016, recognizes this fact. Different requirements of each regulatory system require manufacturers to identify their roles, as well as regulatory requirements for the role, and then incorporate them into their Quality Management System. Various jurisdictions, however, address the problem of post-market devices in various ways. Complaint management, reporting of adverse events and withdrawals are three interrelated and interrelated processes that need to enter SMM. Corrective action and design changes, which support the QMS process; also need to complete these three processes. And then, the regulatory requirements, which typically involve areas such as recording and reporting, are also entered. Course on how to implement an integrated QMS GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading professional training provider for all regulatory compliance areas, organizes excellently educational and valuable learning sessions about these primary and secondary SMM processes and how they need to be understood and implemented in conjunction with US, EU, and Canada. Dan O’Leary, president of Ombu Enterprises, LLC, a company that offers training and implementation in Operational Excellence, which focuses on analytical skills and systems approach to operations management, will be the director of this two-day seminar. And brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of quality, operations, and program management in regulated industries including aviation, defense, medical devices, and clinical laboratories. Want to benefit from Dan’s rich experience and want to understand how to implement integrated SMM where various aspects of  Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls  complaints, reporting and adverse withdrawal are built? Please sign up for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900960SEMINAR?Article-SEO. The seminar was approved by RAPS eligible for 12 credits against RAC recertification after completion. Alignment with FDA FDA The degree of alignment with the requirements of the FDA Quality Management System (QMS) is an interesting one from the final version of the ISO 13485: 2016 standard, which is now available. The alignment rate set at 2016 versions in 13485 may be much higher than the previous version of 2003; However, there are still some points where it deviates from the FDA QMS. Companies that must comply with these standards should keep this in mind. Now after ISO 13485: 2016, the Medical Single Audit System (MDSAP), and the new EU Medical Device Regulations have been introduced; companies need to update their QMS and integrate all elements if their implementation is to be effective and appropriate. In this two-day session, Dan will provide the tools the participants need for this. The agenda of this learning session is as follows: • Regulatory Structure? FDA QSR? ISO 13485: 2016 and regional variants? ISO 14971: 2007 and regional variants? Implementing MDSAP? EU Medical Device Regulations • Maintenance? Identification of problems ? Serving data analysis? Feedback to the grievance process • Complaint Identify complaints? Evaluate a complaint? Investigating a complaint? Complaint data analysis? Put it into a corrective action process? Feedback to risk management process • Corrective Action? Develop the process? Analyze product and process information? Determine the next action? Put it into the design process? Feedback to risk management process • Design and Design Change? Determining the need for design changes? Documenting the design changes? Design change verification and validation? Feedback to the risk management process? Input into the pre-market delivery process • Risk Management? ISO 14971: 2007 and regional variants? Entering post market information • Updating Pre-Market Submissions? US – Guide 510 (k)? EU – Technical files and design documents? Canada – License change • Bad Event Reporting? US – MDR? EU Alert Reports? Canada – Mandatory Obligatory Reporting • Remember? US – Corrections and Removals? EU – Corrective Action of Field Safety? Canada – Remember Complaint Handling, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recalls

French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Any trip through any region in France will likely be a culinary adventure. This is a country where the national cuisine is like a religion everyone believes and delicious home-cooked food can be found in the simplest brasserie restaurant. But while France is generally regarded as a very good home cooking, it does not mean that every department has no unique taste and taste of its own. From the northern crepes to the stews of the fish to the south, each region has a culinary tradition that boasts.
One of the great pleasures of a relaxed French barge cruise through a certain region of the country is the opportunity to instill yourself in the cuisine of this district and to discover the unique flavors, ingredients, and preparations used in local food. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Local ingredients of Bordeaux

The first thing you will see on your French barge cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux countryside is access to a variety of beautiful fresh and fresh ingredients. A landscape that includes a vast expanse of fields given for farming, the rivers that cross the road in this region, and the Atlantic coast that marks its border contributes to Bordeaux’s wonderful dishes. From fresh Atlantic oysters and local lamprey delights to the wild cèpes mushrooms found in forests and forests, Bordeaux’s natural environment is reflected in its cuisine.

As well as food grown on land, you will find different types of livestock kept in this fertile environment. Particularly notable in this area are lambs fed from Pauillac and lambs whose milk is used to make a famous local delicacy: Roquefort cheese. Of course the wine, especially Cognac and Armagnac, is the region’s most famous export; Not surprisingly, they all praised the delicious local cuisine.

Dishes to enjoy

On French Waterways French cruises, your on-board chef cruise will use a lot of fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create some of the delicious dishes served during your trip. Tasty food including pâté de fois gras, lamb with truffles, and cèpes prepared with breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley and ham, all can find their way to the dining table. Our chefs believe in a traditional approach to French regional cuisine – local drinks are served before the meal, and a three-course feast starts with a gentle amuse bouche to really get your flowing gastric juices. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

There are some better ways to end your meal in Bordeaux than with a glass of Cognac or Armagnac to aid digestion and complete the fun of the evening. Whether you choose to enjoy it on your barge deck watching the sluggish winding of water beneath you, or in the company of friends in the elegant dining room, every meal will feel like a party to remember. In France the food is a way of life and there is no better place to enjoy a relaxed approach and pamper excellent cuisine than the French barge cruise through beautiful Bordeaux.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury barge cruiser service provider, and cruise ship barge to other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure

 

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure
This collection of porcelain art in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China is a breath-taking sight of ingenuity – the Sanbao Art Museum!
Sanbao village, a scenic place not far from the Central City of Jingdezhen in China, hosts a nascent, dynamic, porcelain-centric hub with porcelain artists’ studios and porcelain-related industries, causing a highly competitive environment, where it takes great ingenuity and endless efforts to be the best. The relationship between the artists and their creation is sort of romantic, like the feeling of first love: indirect probing, exploring, negotiating and subtle manoeuvring. And the transformation in the pottery kilns is like the process of developing films – full of uncertainties; like the photographers’ having projected their best imaginations onto the films, but results will be unravelled only after the mandatory stint in the dark room!

 

But it is these very risks and uncertainties that mandate detail and delicacy; brain power juxtaposed against a passionate song in the heart… romanticism at its best!

An art museum in this milieu not just builds an interactive space to encourage reciprocal communication between visitors and the space, both emotionally and behaviourally, it inculcates sensitivity and imagination. The museum is a visually linear shape, 150m long, but the visiting flow is nonlinear, with visitors having multiple paths to explore. The purpose is to boost serendipity between people and spaces. Architecture creates the atmosphere with which visitors have personal connections. Walls, the most important part at shaping exhibition space and atmosphere, are made of rammed earth to offer a poetic feeling. The main passage is a long transparent space, 100m; around which rammed-earth walls, 4m high, grow from earth.

Major materials used in building the museum, such as rammed earth, titanium zinc panels and travertine, will be eroded by time. This process of erosion is like the fermentation of wine, time gives its unique flavour. In addition, Sanbao village naturally produces unique soil, slightly red in colour, so the continuous loam walls are built with local clay, delivering a certain familiarity and tension.

Experiences vary, when visitors walk through different areas, attracted by the outstretched eaves after the woods area. The sound from the creeks relaxes, whilst what lies ahead leads visitors further into a cryptic but joyful world. Every tour becomes a story between visitors and architecture – a mix of discovery, expectation, waiting, anxiety, disappointment and joy. DL atelier is the recent winner of the American Architecture Price (cultural architecture category),

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Every year, more than 10 million people relocate in the US. If you’re one of them and worry about being ripped off for your money by unreputable movers, you should be, according to LDM.
The moving industry players have a couple of scams up their sleeves to charge customers more than they should actually pay. In most cases, this can add up to several thousand bucks to your relocation budget and the worst thing is that people don’t even suspect they’re being ripped off!

The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Arm yourself with the insider knowledge we’re sharing today, protect your rights and fight against moving scams.

Moving scam #1: brokers

First things first: before signing up with any mover, you have to find out whether it’s a real mover or not. In a nutshell, you should avoid household good brokers like hell because few people ever got it straight with them.
Brokers have no insurance and deliver no moving services. They simply accept your deposit and hire a moving company to handle your order. Should any problems arise, both the broker and the moving company refuse to help their clients: movers are saying their client is the broker, not a customer, and the broker is saying he/she doesn’t provide moving services, hence all questions should be redirected to the movers.

The best way to break this vicious circle is not to enter it, ever. Use the company’s USDOT number to check whether it’s a broker or mover via this site: http://www.safersys.org/CompanySnapshot.aspx. Entity type for a broker is “BROKER’ and for a real moving company it’s “CARRIER”.

Moving scam #2: packing boxes

Here’s a straightforward scam to get more money out of you: moving companies charge up to 3 times more for the packing materials than local shops. For example, you can often get cardboard boxes for just $3 in a local shop (or even for free) while movers can charge you up to $15.
Regardless of how busy you are, consider taking care of the cardboard boxes on your own. Why pay more for the exact same stuff?

Moving scam #3: weighing

Customers are often blissfully unaware that their movers are playing all sorts of tricks when weighing their belongings to drive the weight up. Here are some of their most outrageous tactics.
Tricks with a diesel tank

You may already know that your possessions are weighed to get a cost estimate. First, an empty truck is weighed. Then, your stuff is loaded and the truck is weighed again. The difference between the two figures will determine the costs.

Little you may know that movers can weigh an empty truck with an empty diesel tank but fill it with fuel when weighing a full truck! This adds a few hundred bucks to your budget.

Tricks with wheels

Another way your movers can fool you with weighing is by placing an empty truck on a scale unevenly so that the wheels are not actually on a scale. This reduces the total weight by 1,000 to 3,000 pounds! Of course, they won’t do this when weighing a fully loaded truck and you’ll end up with a huge difference that can cost you a fortune. The Worst Moving Scams No One Is Telling You About

Adding more load

There’s a simple rule you should follow: always overlook the weighing process. If you’re not present or looking, the movers can simply add more load and you’ll end up paying more.

Moving scam #4: estimates over the phone

The moving company can call you and offer a free cost estimate. If you agree they will ask you to provide them with a list of your inventory. Few people will bother to list every item they want to move over the phone.
So the movers will give you an average figure, for example 300 cubic feet for a 2-bedroom apartment while it’s usually no less than 700.

Home away from home

Home away from home Designed by SM Studio, this weekend getaway amidst lush green expanses of the hilly terrain of Lonavala, effectively blurs the boundaries between inside and outside.
A modern dwelling against a laidback visual setting, the landscape and the built form are designed to reflect the surrounding peaceful expanses of nature, merging the outdoors with the interiors. The openness of the built form showers the home with abundant natural light, through full-height sliding windows, while two sides facing open spaces frame views of the scenery around, through extension of living spaces to balconies and decks.

Home away from home

The structure plays with the element of three-dimensional space and form, with the double-height living and dining space becoming the focal loci of the home. Conceptualised on minimal lines, the double-height lends a feeling of being grandiose, whilst the interior treatment keeps the ambience understated and chic. The interior vocabulary develops amid luxurious comfort, with a rich, sophisticated material and colour palette, complete with theatre and activity rooms with a jacuzzi on the terrace!

The massing configuration follows strict geometry and defined proportions; and apart from linking the exterior and interior, it efficiently provides the necessary shading hours, despite the open facades receiving abundant sunlight throughout the day.

The exterior colour palette of green and white, with the pool extending outward on the first floor above the entrance foyer, sits in harmony with the natural surroundings. This 7000sq. ft. abode offering unrestricted vistas of lush greenery, with luxury within, does become the perfect getaway