Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received joint maintenance management approval from the Civil Aviation Administrations of China and Macau to work on aircraft registered by those respective authorities in Hong Kong. The facility, which recently won designation as an U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station, also has achieved approval by the Hong Kong and Cayman Island authorities during the past year.
Singapore Air Show » February 2, 2010
Boeing 787 pilots last week conducted the program’s first stall tests–in which pilots intentionally reduce power to both engines and then recover normal flight speeds–as part of the initial airworthiness program for the airplane. Additional stall tests will take place throughout the flight test period.
Hong Kong-based handling and security provider ASA has reported a sharp increase in recent months in traffic at its Asia-Pacific locations, which has prompted the company to recruit additional staff to support flights coming from within Asia, as well as from North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Hawker Beechcraft is establishing a new sales and customer support team in this part of the world. The U.S. manufacturer has recruited former Asia Jet CEO Justin Firestone as its new president for the AsiaPacific region. Firestone will continue to be based in Hong Kong and will lead a network of staff extending in Beijing, Singapore and Australia.
Jet Aviation has a long pedigree here in the Asian business aviation community, having established its handling and aircraft support operation at Singapore’s Seletar Airport 15 years ago. Last year, its aircraft management business in the region grew by 20 percent to a fleet of 24 aircraft, nine of which are based in Hong Kong. The Swiss-based group also manages aircraft for clients in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and India.
Reed Exhibitions has launched Asian Business Aviation (ABA) as a new trade show that will be held for the first time in the Chinese city of Macau June 9 to 11 this year. The event will be hosted by the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) at Macau International Airport and will include indoor booths as well as a static display of aircraft.
Asia is set to be at the epicenter of a resurgence in business jet sales, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s latest market forecast. In the most recent survey, 58 percent of operators in Asia indicated that they intend to replace or expand their fleets over the next five years. This was step up from the 2008 survey, when almost 50 percent had said they would buy new aircraft following a nine-point gain that year compared with 2007.
Finland’s Patria has chosen Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) to perform a glass-cockpit upgrade for the Finnish Air Force’s BAE Systems Hawk Mk66 advanced jet trainers. The air force purchased the 18 ex-Swiss Air Force Hawk Mk66s in 2007 to add to its fleet of Hawk Mk51s.
Goodrich (Chalet CD-07) is celebrating 15 years since opening its Changi maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility here in Singapore. This began in 1995 as a 3,000-sq-ft repair shop with just 14 employees but is now an entire campus with 530,000 sq ft and 700 employees.
Thales is opening a new facility in Singapore today that will employ more than 400 in activities encompassing its complete electronics and systems product portfolio. The France-based company also is set to announce a new long-term avionics spares and component maintenance deal with Hainan Airlines for the support of its Airbus A340-600 fleet.