Aviation International News » February 2012

February 2, 2012 - 2:30am
 Bharwan Paneer.

At 41,000 feet, catered meals are a pleasant diversion, no matter the length of the flight. London caterer Alison Price On Air has set its aims just a bit higher than a pleasant diversion. Maybe a lot higher.

The London-based business aviation catering start-up is new to business aviation, but its parent company, Alison Price & Company, is well known in London’s corporate and social circles for its high-end cuisine and service at such events as Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party, and at such venues as Kensington Palace and Lords cricket ground.

February 2, 2012 - 2:10am

One of the airports most conveniently placed for access to the northeast side of London, where the main Olympic venue is situated, is Stansted. Located right next to the venue, London City will be in high demand, and airports such as Southend, Luton and Biggin Hill also are likely to prove popular with business/private aircraft operators and owners.

February 2, 2012 - 2:05am
London Olympics 2012 restricted zones.

The UK CAA will hold a briefing on Olympic Airspace flight planning on Saturday, March 10 in London, in conjunction with the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN). The event, part of the Airspace and Safety Initiative (www.airspacesafety.com) will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, where the RIN is based. It will feature presentations and a question-and-answer session with participants including representatives from the CAA, NATS and the UK Ministry of Defence.

February 2, 2012 - 2:00am

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a campaign to educate those operating to and from the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer about the airspace restrictions to be imposed and how to handle them. Major restrictions will be in place centered over London and the Olympic Park from July 14 to August 15, with lesser restrictions for the Paralympic Games from August 16 to September 12.

February 2, 2012 - 1:30am

Fractional share operator AirSprint Private Aviation has quietly but steadily been building its business in Canada for the past 12 years, and since last June it has been expanding into the Southwest U.S. Calgary-based AirSprint’s Canadian fleet consists of eight Cessna Citation XLSs and 13 Pilatus PC-12s. AirSprint has three PC-12s based in the U.S., at its Scottsdale, Ariz., office, and the company is planning to expand the U.S. fleet as word spreads that there is an alternative to jets or twin turboprops in the Southwest U.S.

February 2, 2012 - 1:05am
Capt. Alex de Vos

Regional airline service has been slow to take root in the Middle East, and especially at the entry-level turboprop end of the market. But now, a start-up operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is preparing to launch a feeder service to the region’s aspiring hubs in Abu Dhabi and Doha, giving locals the chance to bypass crowded Dubai.

Based in Fujairah, UAE, Eastern Express plans to ferry business passengers into Abu Dhabi and Doha to connect with growing Gulf-based international passenger networks starting during this year’s first quarter.

February 2, 2012 - 12:20am
Soloy Mark II 206 mod

Cessna’s 206 piston-powered single is a great airplane, but replacing the original Continental Motors or Lycoming engine with a smooth-running Rolls-Royce 250 makes the 206 a powerful performer that is quieter and easier to fly. Soloy Aviation Solutions has been stuffing the RR250 (formerly Allison) into the 206 since the mid-1980s, and demand for the extensive modification along with other 206 upgrades continues to grow.

February 1, 2012 - 6:00am
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The long-awaited marriage of Apple’s iPad and XM WX satellite-delivered weather data is finally here, and the system, offered by Baron Services, the XM WX provider to aviation, works as advertised.

February 1, 2012 - 5:35am

Turbine business airplanes operating private and charter flights worldwide logged a substantial increase in accidents and fatalities last year compared with 2010, while fractional operations continued to be one of the safest segments. According to statistics compiled by AIN, total accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets nearly doubled, from 17 in 2010 to 32 last year, and U.S.-registered turboprop accidents jumped from 32 in 2010 to 43 last year. The increase in the number of accidents coincides with an increase in the number of business jet flight operations worldwide.

February 1, 2012 - 5:15am
Lithium-ion batteries power nearly every portable device pilots and passengers c

The photo of a badly burned Apple iPhone that circulated after the phone caught fire during a Regional Express flight has raised important questions about lithium-ion battery safety among a wide aviation audience. The incident occurred after the Regional Express Saab 340B landed in Sydney, Australia, on Nov.

 
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