Air Works India Engineering, India’s first independent maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, has signed an exclusive agreement with Pune-based automobile stylist Dilip Chhabria to address the interior refurbishment needs of business aircraft owners in India. This is the first time such a service is being offered in India and the work will be done with Chhabria’s company, DC Design. Refurbishments will be carried out at the Air Works facility in Hosur near Bangalore, where the designer will supervise the process.
Aviation International News » May 2012
Judging by the dominance of business jets at India Aviation 2012, held at Hyderabad in southern India from March 14 to 18, predictions of double-digit general aviation growth in the country have inspired manufacturers and service providers to boost their presence in the market.
India’s ailing airliner sector was conspicuous by its absence from the third biennial show, barring a static display of the Boeing 787 in Air India’s colors and a mock-up of the Russian Irkut MC-21 airliner. Instead, a spurt of announcements relating to India’s business aviation sector lifted spirits.
Invision Air is seeking to bring economies of scale to kick-start India’s executive charter sector. For the most part, the industry consists of small operators with no more than two or three aircraft each. But the Mumbai-based start-up has a 12-aircraft order with Embraer for a mix of Phenom 100 and 300 light jets.
After years of frustration, India’s business aviation community is hoping that a new report due to be published in April will trigger a sea change in government policy toward the industry. A team of representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation is preparing for business and general aviation in India a blueprint that is expected to form the foundation for a more transparent and consistent approach to both regulating and stimulating the industry.
Connectors Deliver More Data to iPads
The growing popularity of Apple’s iPad as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) has captured the interest of avionics manufacturers, and at last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association show two new devices that connect iPads to aircraft data were unveiled.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avfuel has added three FBOs to its branded dealer network. Platinum Flight Center at Outagamie Regional Airport in Appleton, Wis., acquired the existing FBO at the airport in 2010, and it plans to begin construction of a new facility this summer. Indianapolis’s Eagle Creek Aviation Services provides close proximity to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Stadium, host to the most recent Super Bowl.
In recognition of the London Summer Olympic Games, Portsmouth International Airport FBO Port City Air is offering all international inbound or outbound corporate flights additional fueling discounts from July 17 through August 20. The discounts apply only to fuel purchased through one of the FBO’s participating contract fuel providers.
In honor of two of its most famous former residents, Little Rock, Ark., has changed the name of the state’s largest airline-served airport from Little Rock National/Adams Field to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after the former President and his wife, the current Secretary of State. “We are grateful for this honor and for all that the people of Arkansas have done for us,” said Bill Clinton in a statement.
Oregon-based fuel supplier and distributor Epic Aviation has entered into a partnership with China’s National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF), Asia’s largest aviation fuel supplier, which serves airlines at more than 160 airports in China. Epic will work with CNAF’s Global Jet Service subsidiary to develop an aviation services network that will provide general aviation fueling, customer services, charter and aircraft management services at all of China’s airports.
Flight planning provider Jeppesen has handed out its “ground handler of the year” awards. Selected by the Boeing subsidiary’s trip planners, based on criteria including response time, problem-solving ability, facility quality, safety and customer service, the top locations in five regions were honored. For the region of Africa, the Middle East and India, Jet Aviation’s location at Dubai International Airport was selected. The location features an 11,300-sq-ft two-story FBO building along with more than 45,000 sq ft of hangar space.
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