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Titan Aviation Appoints Drummond as President

Titan Aviation, the Morristown-based provider of aircraft management, sales, and charter services, announced the appointment of Toni Drummond as president of Titan Aviation US.

“We are excited to start 2023 with this new leadership addition as we continue to execute our global expansion plan,” said Founder and Managing Director Captain Sakeer C. Sheik. “Toni’s experience in emerging technologies and sustainability correlate with the future of aviation and Titan Aviation’s evolution. We’re positioning Titan Aviation to understand what possibilities will take flight within the next few years.”

Drummond will lead the strategy for responsibly growing Titan Aviation’s aircraft services and fleet, in addition to identifying emerging markets and expansion opportunities.

“Titan Aviation is front and center to the expansion and orchestration of business aviation as we know it. Our company has consistently provided excellence in aviation for almost 20 years – a true example of safety and professionalism around the globe,” said Drummond. “As emerging aviation technologies continue to evolve, I’m grateful to lead a forward-facing team that cares about positioning ourselves as a leader in sustainability. We are bringing our five-star services boldly into the US market where it is needed. I will focus on building the roadmap to providing and implementing sustainable aviation solutions into business and corporate jet markets, while maintaining the service level and embracing the future.”

Drummond has committed to focus solely on the growth and expansion of Titan Aviation in the Global marketplace in 2023. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. Drummond is a seasoned private aviation entrepreneur previously holding global roles in both corporate aviation and emerging aviation technologies.

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Viewpoint: Flight Departments Of The Future Mean Opportunity

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A test flight is flown by a DroneUp pilot in preparation for drone delivery of Covid-19 home self-collection kits from Walmart amid a Covid-19 surge in El Paso in 2020, in El Paso, Texas. Residents who lived within 1.5 miles of the Walmart Supercenter in East El Paso were eligible for the free kits as part of a drone delivery pilot program.

It’s an exciting time for the corporate flight department.

This segment of the market will help set a safe and scalable pathway forward into NextGen flight. Business aviation is, by nature, cloaked in a thick and unwavering commitment to prioritize safety above all else. The future flight department will have opportunities to take that goal with them as we progress digitally. The deep knowledge and understanding of general aviation practices are what will help enable the progression of new aviation technology.

Most recently, Walmart teamed with drone delivery giant DroneUp to service last-mile delivery solutions. In 2022, this partnership expanded with an aggressive goal of opening more than 34 DroneUp delivery sites nationwide by year-end. That has been a visible shift in the marketplace and has opened up conversations about sustainable responsibility that has become more comfortable over time.

Corporate giants, such as Verizon, have stepped into the spotlight by highlighting a business/general aviation safety standard in using uncrewed aerial vehicles to provide effective solutions. This company, along with other utility providers, uses drones for inspections on a regular basis. Verizon announced that it recently obtained a coveted ISBAO safety rating. This proactive safety practice highlights the company’s commitment to integrating current GA safety standards into the uncrewed environment as it looks forward.

Start-up drone innovation companies, such as San Diego-based PromoDrone and Las Vegas-based Brinc Drones, are using uncrewed aerial systems to aid mission-specific search and rescue professionals. These aircraft bring a layer of protection to our first responders and keep them physically out of harm’s way while alertly and proactively monitoring and managing the situation. General aviation applications for search and rescue, first responders, and health-related movements can now be handled safely and with accuracy.

As we look into the future of aviation, there is a keen eye on electric aviation. Electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or eVTOL, provides a scalable and environmentally conscious solution for the overall well-being of the planet. It is a key force multiplier when we talk about NetZero 2050. Electric and even hydrogen solutions are being tested around the world. In fact, more than 750 electric concepts are presently listed with the Vertical Flight Society worldwide.

The future flight department will include team members that become specialists in new fields. We will be keen to implement socially sustainable goals when hiring, training, attracting and encouraging the ecosystem that supports future flight. Specialties, such as carbon offset, carbon neutrality and sustainable aviation fuel management will be a new spade for expertise. A step further into the future envisions electric battery and hydrogen management as well. Licensed dispatchers and those who understand FAA regulations like 14 CFR Part 135, Part 91, and Part 121 stand to gain significant career advancement as they will be in great need. We now open up new roles for remote pilots, advanced traffic management systems, maintenance and repair, to name a few.

The revolution of next-generation future flight is abruptly moving forward, and we are poised for a shift unlike we have witnessed for many decades.

We honor the lessons of the past as we adapt digitally and generationally to what lies ahead. As aviators, our commitment to prioritizing the utmost standard of safety will remain firm as we implement new ideas. As the industry makes room for new stakeholders, I can envision today’s experts collaborating with tomorrow’s change makers to focus on safe and equitable solutions.

As we step ahead in 2023, may we do so with excitement and vigor for we are all part of what is next. We will move forward with a gentle, deliberate hand to usher in an intentional and responsible future in the sky.

Toni Drummond is founder and CEO of Global Aerial Management Group, a company with a focus on UAS, AAM, electric aviation and sustainable aviation initiatives. Additionally, she owns multiple general aviation companies. She was the winner of the 2021 Women and Drones Team Innovation award and in 2022, was also named as one of the Top 100 Women to Watch in aviation & aerospace. Drummond is a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Emerging Technologies Committee.

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Titan Aviation Eyes 50-strong Fleet by 2023

Aviation services concern Titan Aviation expanded into Indonesia in 2020 and added a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), bringing fleet size today to 28 aircraft. It also added Guernsey approval to its existing four air operator certificates (AOCs), of which the San Marino’s is the most important.

“For the first time, we added a BBJ under our San Marino operations,” managing director Sakeer Sheik told AIN. “That’s a 2016 aircraft based in the UAE, a big addition to the fleet. The private owner hopes to use it for charter in the future.” Sheik noted the organization has also added three other aircraft—two Hawkers and one Embraer 145—to its San Marino managed fleet. Further joining Titan’s San Marino AOC is a Falcon 50 based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Titan’s aircraft owners hail from the Middle East, India, Indonesia, and the U.S.; 70 percent are business leaders or corporations, but it also has single owners. “In 2022, we are probably looking at adding about 10 aircraft to the fleet,” he said. ”We expect to hit the 50-aircraft mark by end of 2023.”

In addition to the four approvals AIN detailed in 2018, Titan now has a Guernsey private operator certificate (POC) and has also secured IS-BAO Stage 2 approval.

“We actually expanded into new territory in 2020,” he said. “We moved into Indonesia with a fleet of three aircraft, locally based. You do have both island-hopping as well as international; the aircraft are busy. We also sold aircraft into Indonesia in the last few months, including a Praetor 600 for delivery in 2024.”

Sheik said India was booming. In the last two months, Titan signed up to 2,600 hours for one year on three aircraft: two light jets and one super-midsize. “That’s a one-year contract,” he said. “We have three years on all three aircraft together. That’s very good business for us. That’s how the charter business is performing in one of the most price-sensitive markets.”

During Covid, new people entering the market often became new owners, he said, after flying charter for a time. “It was not easy chartering these aircraft, so they started trying to buy them. If you look at how the market has behaved since the third and fourth quarters of 2020, it’s been a continuous upswing. Industry participants have all been signing up aircraft.

“There is always demand. Supply is short today, but there are always people who want to pay you money to buy an aircraft. For example, an aircraft valued at $10 million is listed in the market for $13 million. There are buyers at about $12 million or $12.5 million because they are desperate to buy. They will never see the delta between the actual value of 10 and buying price of 12.5, that it’s something that you write off for life. That’s where the market is these days.”

In terms of operating out of Dubai, Sheik said Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) fit the bill well. “We are very comfortable with DWC,” he said. “It is a good airport; customers are happy with it these days. It has a good FBO setup. We have a tie-up with Falcon Aviation’s FBO. Falcon is functioning as an independent FBO at the DWC VIP Terminal today.”

Titan saw 5,500 revenue hours in 2021. “I don’t have the numbers off the top of my head, but in 2022 it’s going way above what we have predicted,” he said. “We will probably do over 7,000 hours.”

Sheik conceded that Titan had been a late starter in the U.S., despite having the Part 135 charter approval. “We’ve been waiting and watching the market; unlike, let’s say, the Middle East or Asia, the U.S. has a lot of players,” he said. “We wanted to go in with the right kind of strategy and business model, which creates value for the customers and is a win-win for everyone.

“Whenever I meet an aircraft owner there, I learn about new business models. We’ve been waiting and watching; we got hold of two or three good aircraft owners who are in sync with our thinking. All of us know that aircraft ownership is not an easy road to profitability. Our U.S. business is all light and midsize jets. We are now working on adding super midsizes to the fleet.”

From 2020, Titan’s Indonesia presence has helped it to branch out into Asia-Pacific, and the company is seeing strong activity in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. “One of our core aims is to establish a much bigger base in that part of the world, to drive business coming from Singapore,” he said. “On Malaysia, we’ve been talking about at least five-to-seven aircraft in the next few months, to go into that part of the world, either for sale or under our management.”

Operating under the San Marino Aircraft Registry has been a boon, he said. “It’s the regulatory acceptance of the authority; it’s a neutral country. It’s very easy to get things done around the world. If you have a T7 aircraft, it’s the approachability of the authority. They give you solutions, and they get things done fast. Speed of delivery is very important, especially in the private jet business.”

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Titan experiences a return to form in the final quarter

The first quarter of 2020 was fairly routine for Titan, but MD Sakeer Sheikh admits that Q2 and Q3 were a ‘total washout’. It has however added five jets of late in Indonesia and Dubai, and brighter times are ahead.

Dubai-headquartered Titan Aviation, which operates across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the US, has added five more managed jets to its roster since October 2020. The additions comprise a Legacy 600, a Citation Latitude and a Hawker 850XP based in Indonesia, and a Phenom 300E and a Hawker 900XP based in Dubai.

MD Sakeer Sheikh says the company’s most popular aircraft are the Legacy 650 and Hawker 850XP/900XP. “Both types serve the clients extremely well, and they fulfil specific mission requirements,” he says. “Owner flights are their regular mission, and customers have business reasons to fly around their respective areas. We also organise third party air ambulance flights and recently operated one for a high profile client who had multiple health complications. This was very challenging, especially with the additional COVID complications.”

The first quarter of 2020 was fairly routine for Titan, but Sheikh admits that Q2 and Q3 were a ‘total washout’: “Since Q4, we have been extremely busy, and I have spoken to lot of my industry colleagues who have confirmed that it is the same for their business as well. This is a very positive indication. We are scaling up after making certain organisational changes during Q2 and Q3, and we hope to achieve our best performance in the months to come. There is positivity in the air, and we hope that the introduction of the vaccine will help to sustain it.

“After what we saw in the year 2020, it is best not to plan too much. COVID taught us many lessons, and many of us are learning to accept and adjust our business model accordingly. We want to sustain the growth, build adequate infrastructure and resources, serve the clients and operate under strict compliance of health and safety.”

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Titan Aviation expands into the Asia Pacific market; adds 3 Business Jets to its fleet

12th January, 2021: Titan Aviation, a specialist Aircraft Management company has added three more business jets to its globally managed fleet, in the Asia Pacific market.

The new expansion includes brand new Citation Latitude, Embraer Legacy 600, and a Hawker 850XP. Citation Latitude is the first ever jet delivered in Indonesia, which will be exclusively operated by Titan Aviation under private category for the Owners.

“Legacy 600 and Hawker 850XP will be operated under San Marino registry while the Citation Latitude will be flying under FAA private category” said Mr. Javed Ahmed, President -Technical of Titan Aviation.

Titan Aviation has been operating Legacy and Hawker family of jets for over 10 years, worldwide, and the company is hands-on with these types, with extensive knowledge and experience on these models, according to Capt. Sakeer C. Sheik, Founder and Managing Director of Titan Aviation. “With its new cabin and modern platform, Citation Latitude is a great addition to the fleet, and working with Textron is a pleasure, globally”, he says.

“In a span of 20 years business jet and civil helicopter fleet is conventional to grow by 5.7% ahead of the global average of 4.5%. APAC holds for 30% of global passenger traffic and I see a good opportunity to expand our operations in this region. Following the world class Safety Management System and with IS-BAO Stage II approvals, we are thrilled with this expansion and look forward to add more jets in the APAC” he concluded.


Citation Latitude


Legacy 600


Hawker 850XP

About Titan Aviation

Titan Aviation is a world-wide aviation specialty provider headquartered in the USA. Since 2004, the company has created a robust reputation offering specialized services in Aircraft Management, Charter Sales & Leasing, Cockpit Crew Support and Pilot Training. Managing a fleet of over 20 aircraft, including US, Middle East & Asia and is now expanding its services to APAC. It is one of the unique Private Aviation Companies in the World that operates under FAA 135, San Marino AOC, Cayman and Guernsey POC, with fully qualified Safety Management System and IS-BAO Stage II approval. For more information, please visit www.titanaviation.aero

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1000 hours of flying – Titan Aviation

On completing 1000 hours of flying; Dr. BR Shetty with Capt. Sakeer C Sheik – MD, Titan Aviation and Mahesh Iyer, President, Titan Aviation.

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Titan Aviation To Continue Expansion Beyond Middle East

After a year of expansion into the U.S. and Europe in 2018, Dubai-based Titan Aviation has added new international AOC and other approvals in the last three years to become a global company, and is looking to more than double its managed fleet to 50 aircraft in the next two years.

“2018 has been a year of expansion,” Sakeer Sheik, managing director, Titan Aviation Group, told AIN during a brief stop in Dubai on the way from the U.S. to India. “Besides physically [moving] into Europe and the U.S., the company has also taken a decision to launch [operations] into Asia-Pacific with immediate effect. Further, a global sales plan is being implemented, with key positions being filled by qualified professionals,” The sales plan covers aircraft management, aircraft sales and charters, he said.

Titan has four international approvals that pave the way for global operations: a U.S. Part 135 charter certificate, a San Marino AOC, a Cayman Private Flight Operations Approval, and an Indian AOC.

“[These approvals give] our clients the best of solutions, based on their region of preference to position their jet. We have owners from different parts of the world, not just India. We are a Dubai-based company and represent owners from the Middle East, Europe, the U.S., and also from India,” he said.

Sheik said he expects fleet size to reach 50 aircraft by 2020. “We have a mixed fleet, the largest being an Embraer Lineage 1000 and the smallest being an Embraer Phenom 100, as well as helicopters. Not every aircraft is available for charter. The Asia and Middle East regions have the majority of our jets, followed by Europe and the U.S. Our owners prefer long-distance, widebody jets. We see [most of the] interest in this category.”

At last year’s NBAA show, Titan claimed to have logged 5,500 revenue hours per year in its charter operations.

He confirmed comment elsewhere in the market that the transition to FBOs at Dubai’s DWC is well underway. “For any operator, services provided by companies like Jetex Flight Support or ExecuJet, for example, are attracting more people to DWC. Some used to use [FBOs in other locations], but then found better facilities at DWC. At least two of our owners [have moved] to DWC. It is a bit more expensive, but with better service levels. The facilities really did attract many new customers,” he said.

“At the end of the day, people who own business jets have their own needs, and specific reasons to use different FBO or airport options. We have found in the last six months that many people are choosing to go into DWC, or around 60 percent of our owners.”

Sheik holds multiple academic and technical qualifications in aviation, including an MBA in Aviation from the U.S., in addition to pilot licenses. “After obtaining my pilot’s license, I set up my own flight school in India in 1995. I then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and obtained my second masters in 2002. We launched Titan Aviation in Dubai in 2004.”

Middle East-based air-ambulance operations are limited but are likely to prove rewarding with the recent withdrawal from that market of Abu Dhabi-based charter specialist, Royal Jet. “We are in the process of re-launching [medevac] in the first quarter of 2019,” he said.

The decision of the Indian authorities to open the field up to third-party aircraft management is also an opportunity for Titan Aviation. “This is a great move that happened in a timely manner. I hope external factors don’t come into play in between. We have set up our management business there, and it is strong and growing. It is in a good position in terms of the regulatory requirements,” he said.

“In understanding how the model works, we are in a much better position to take advantage, and take part in sharing what we learned from doing business in Europe and the U.S.”

Sheik is well versed in business aviation activities throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council region. “We manage one aircraft based in Kuwait. Kuwait has good users of the jet and we have been operating there since 2008. Many owners and users prefer to keep their flying habits very private.

“Bahrain has been a good charter market for many years, but with more inbound traffic,” he continued. “We have started seeing an increase of flights into Oman, with Muscat and Salalah being picked up as destinations. This is very promising.”

The Chennai floods in 2015 proved a serious setback to the company, when eight aircraft, including a Global 6000 and a Gulfstream G200, were damaged beyond repair after monsoon rains at Chennai Airport. But Sheik now regards the incident as a pivotal moment in the company’s history.

“Ours was the management company worst affected by the Chennai floods. But I am a strong believer in working harder in the face of adversity. We reassessed the situation and decided to expand into new territories, within India and abroad and went ahead with Europe and U.S. plans.”

“The industry is going through an exciting phase. The mid-2000s saw business-jet sales increase for the first time outside the U.S., but, post-2008, our industry struggled. Now, we see the changes, with the U.S. showing very strong signs of stability. As we all know, our business is very cyclical and, for companies like Titan Aviation, it helps to [run] multiple global locations to offset disturbances in any particular region.”

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For Titan Aviation, San Marino Is A Breath of Fresh Air

Dubai-based Titan Aviation has placed a Gulfstream G-V, which it has been operating on behalf of a private owner since delivery in October, on San Marino’s register. Captain Sakeer Sheik outlines the advantages of the move: “Our decision was born primarily out of the convenience of intended operations in Europe.”

“We find from a day to day operational point of view that the staff in San Marino are a breath of fresh air to work with. The team has an attitude that nothing is too much bother.”

Captain Sheik has presented last minute requests in light of operational changes, and says that these requests are always accommodated. “Even if we contact them outside of working hours, or over a weekend, they are happy to help. When they do come across something that doesn’t quite fit the box, they seek clarification from the legislation, and are generally able to offer a solution, within 48 hours. They have a good team behind the scenes, with an extremely high level of experience.”

Titan now intends to transfer other aircraft onto the registry.

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Used Private Jets from China are Landing with U.S. Buyers

MONTREAL/ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – Chinese companies and individuals are selling more used private planes than in previous years as economic growth slows in China, and U.S. buyers are snapping up hard-to-find models, according to interviews with business jet analysts, dealers and consultants.

“Luxuries like private jets are often the first things to be parted with as the companies can no longer afford or justify them,” said James Coak, vice president of international business development for Titan Aviation.

So far this year, 15 of 268 business jets operating, based or registered in China have been sold outside of the country, compared with an annual average of 10 from 2014 to 2017, according to FlightAscend Consultancy data.

Total used sales from China are expected to reach about 20 this year, FlightAscend senior valuations analyst Daniel Hall said.

Half of this year’s sales so far have landed in the United States, Hall said, where a sluggish business jet market in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis is turning around partly due to more favorable U.S. tax laws for corporate aircraft ownership.

The uptick in U.S. demand has coincided with a decline in business optimism by private jet operators, owners and financiers in China, according to a survey by Hong Kong-based business aviation specialist Asian Sky Group.

“My email is full of advertisements from brokers or inquiries from owners every day with aircraft for sale,” Jackie Wu, president of Hong Kong-based private jet consultancy JetSolution Aviation Group, said in an email.

Wu has seen a near-23 percent rise in sales from Greater China year-to-date, compared with the year-ago period, she said.

The biennial Airshow China, the country’s largest, runs this week in the coastal city of Zhuhai, where Gulfstream and other planemakers are looking to sell new jets.

Among pre-owned Chinese planes recently sold, according to FlightAscend, are younger Gulfstream models such as the popular large-cabin G550, which can fly nonstop from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

Reuters could not determine the identity of the sellers or buyers.

Only 5 percent of the G550’s worldwide fleet of 556 aircraft is for sale, according to data from Asian Sky Group. Typically, 6 to 9 percent of some 21,284 business jets worldwide can be found on the secondhand market, where dealers say the supply of pre-owned planes overall is shrinking, helping to prop up values.

Reuters could not determine prices for second-hand G550s, but according to industry data cited by JetSolution, the market price for a 10-year-old Gulfstream G450 is around $11 million compared with a $38.9 million list price in 2008.

According to FlightGlobal Values Analyzer data, business jets have lost an average of 7.1 percent in market value over the year. By contrast, business jets depreciated 11.6 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Last month, Reuters reported that cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd [HNAIRC.UL] was selling its corporate “Dream Jet” sporting a “seven-star” hotel-style cabin.

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Globally-Managed Titan Aviation Opens New Office at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 16, 2018) – Titan Aviation, an international provider of aircraft management, aircraft sales, and aircraft charter, recently opened an office inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Titan Aviation also recently established its United States headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey.

Titan Aviation’s globally-managed fleet of nearly 30 aircraft includes a variety of options, from light jets to ultra-long-range aircraft. Among the aircraft available to charter are a Challenger 650 which carries up to 12 passengers and travels 4,600 miles, or eight hours, in one non-stop flight, Lineage 1000, Bombardier Global 6000, Legacy 650, and Gulfstream GV.

“We are excited to open a new office in the heart of the lucrative private aviation corridor between West Palm Beach and Miami,” said Captain Sakeer C. Sheik, founder and chairman of Titan Aviation.

“We see tremendous growth potential in the South Florida market, and look forward to introducing what large, mass-charter companies cannot offer, such as direct access to management and dedicated client service representatives day or night.”

A recent study by Harvard University identified air charter as the most cost-effective way to travel when lost labor hours and an individual’s productivity is considered.

“South Florida business professionals know time is money; our aircraft can be ready in less than three hours,” said Michelle Gamble, director of jet charter marketing and based in Fort Lauderdale. “Private jet charter clients arrive at their destination less stressed and arrive home with more work done,” added Gamble.

Founded in 2004, the expansion brings Titan Aviation’s international experience to Miami. As a gateway to South America and the Caribbean, Miami is where millions travel globally for business and leisure. Titan Aviation’s international experience includes Europe, Dubai, India, and other markets that operate under the highest levels of jurisdictional oversight. This background has equipped the aviation services provider with a high degree of professionalism, safety, quality, and customer care.

Titan Aviation has earned many industry accreditations, including ARGUS and Wyvern. Titan Aviation is also a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA), and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). Titan Aviation also abides by the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), demonstrating a commitment to the highest levels of safety in personal, business and charter aviation through the promotion and facilitation of risk management programs. Titan Aviation is one of just a few organizations to have earned all of these accreditations and affiliations.

Titan Aviation is gearing up for a series of major announcements in the fourth quarter of 2018.

“Our target is to have 50 jets in the USA before 2020,” says Sheik. To achieve this goal, Sheik says the company is looking at medevac aircraft, which can be converted into a VIP charter aircraft. Titan Aviation is located online at tajets.aero. For more information about Titan Aviation, please email info@tajets.aero or call 1-833-TA.JET.US (825-3887).

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