Abelag is here at EBACE Booth No. 253 as a first-time exhibitor, highlighting the company’s two European FBOs and its charter, aircraft management and maintenance capabilities. Founded in 1964, Abelag operates 20 business jets from three bases, in Brussels and Kortrijk, Belgium and Lille, France. Abelag’s Brussels and Kortrijk bases are also full-service FBOs.
EBACE Convention News » May 20, 2008
For 100 years now, taxiways have borne metaphorical (and sometimes material) testimony to the “wannabe–really, really wannabe” aspirations of prospective aircraft manufacturers whose engineering sense was more acute than their marketing acumen. Accordingly, many viable designs have not been translated into money-earning projects, if only because financial backers’ arms were shorter than the depth of their pockets.
After months of waiting, Sagem Avionics says it is tantalizingly close to receiving its first FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for the company’s Integrated Cockpit Display System retrofit cockpit.
Eyebrows were raised in January when Grob was named as the single source for the Learjet 85’s entire primary and secondary composite structures. That was because Zurich-based Grob is also developing another all-composite light jet, its own SPn, which could potentially compete with Bombardier’s Learjet 40XR.
Women in Aviation International is attending EBACE for the first time this year due to the increasing number of its members in Europe. The association is also meeting with current WAI chapters, including Aviation for Women in Europe (which is planning a conference in Norway this September) and with new chapters forming in Madrid and Dublin.
Honeywell said here at EBACE that an in-flight messaging service for Wi-Fi-compatible BlackBerrys it launched recently is now available as part of its OneLink cabin service. The offering can configure Inmarsat Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satcom and router equipment to enable e-mail messaging in flight. The system can be configured for general access by all passengers or for secure access by designated passengers.
Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe, received the EBACE 2008 European Business Aviation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to European business aviation. The award was handed over in a ceremony prior to the opening day. Eric Mandemaker, CEO of EBAA, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO NBAA, both underlined in their speeches the leadership of Booth and NetJets in the development of business aviation in Europe.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 1147) yesterday signed a letter of intent with Ogden, Utah-based Kemp Development to open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility and Jet Aviation FBO at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. Midcoast is a subsidiary of Zurich-based Jet Aviation Group of Companies. The Swiss company plans to assume the existing FBO operations of Kemp Jet Services, following the close of the deal.
Hawker Beechcraft (Booth No. 7462) is extending its international reach and announced here at EBACE an order by Artur Przygoda of Poland for a Baron G58 piston twin. The airplane is to be registered in Europe with EASA and Hawker Beechcraft anticipates aircraft certification by EASA in time for delivery to Przygoda in October.
Hamish Harding, owner of Sino Swearingen SJ30-2 Serial No. 7 and chairman of Action Aviation, is here at the EBACE static display showing off his airplane’s attributes. The company, based at London Luton Airport, is an SJ30-2 distributor. Two SJ30-2s are currently flying, but production is on hiatus pending further funding of the program. Harding has logged 400 hours in SJ30-2s thus far. Serial No. 7 has logged 98 hours.
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