FBO chain Signature Flight Support has established a dedicated sales team to provide personalized flight support services in the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. “We built our EMEA sales team on the model that has worked for us in the U.S.,” said Signature vice president and managing director for EMEA.
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French executive charter operator Masterjet has signed an agreement with AFI KLM Engineering & Maintenance to use its Vipjetsuite cabin interiors services. The Air France KLM airline subsidiary provides a range of MRO services, including cabin modifications. “They have always been able to meet our deadlines in a highly efficient and effective manner,” said Nuno Perestrelo, maintenance and engineering director at Masterjet.
Jet Aviation (Stand 7040) has secured authorization from the French authorities to fly the Embraer Phenom 300 into Saint-Tropez La Môle International Airport in the south of France, the first air charter operator to gain such approval.
When asked, “Why an app, and why now?” James Hardie, Arinc Direct’s director for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, responded, “Once we realized that more than 50 percent of our subscriber base was already using the [Apple] iPad as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit, we knew that we could provide more up-to-date information, automatically, through our own app, whenever it is connected via the Internet to our servers.”
Idair (Stand 783), the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics, is debuting Eclipsair, its wireless “infotainment” system, here at EBACE. Aimed at the VIP and business jet markets, Eclipsair delivers news, video, audio data and flight information. The company anticipates it will be available for customer installations in the second quarter of 2013.
Hawker Beechcraft has added MedAire’s medical safety program to its SupportPlus maintenance and parts service plan for new Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Owners that sign up for SupportPlus will receive an additional four years of MedLink membership, recurrent training vouchers and annual refurbishment of their aircraft first-aid kits. This augments the current MedAire membership entitlement that HBC provides to new aircraft owners.
Stratajet has unveiled a new web portal presenting aircraft charter availability and pricing in Europe. The UK-based company claims that new Stratafleet platform, which is due to go live August 1, will calculate charter quotes more efficiently and accurately than through existing systems.
ExecuJet Aviation and Ruag have announced a new partnership to provide handling and support here at Geneva Airport. The companies will jointly operate Ruag’s existing FBO, which has just benefitted from a $3 million remodeling.
Aerovision is here at EBACE with its Dassault Falcon 50 jet fitted with a camera pod, designed for in-flight filming, transmitting live images from the EBACE static display to its indoor exhibit (Stand 148). The French company expects to receive European Aviation Safety Agency approval soon so as to have the aircraft available for commercial operations this summer.
Pratt & Whitney Canada claims to have improved turnaround times for customers by 20 percent through a number of advances and innovations. For example, its online diagnostic tool enables customers using its PW300 turbofan, PW100 turboprop and PW200 turboshaft engine families to diagnose their engine issues quickly.
Here at the EBACE show, the engine maker is introducing a new product called flight acquisition storage transmission (FAST). This automatically acquires, stores and transmits engine and aircraft flight data for analysis for planned maintenance.