CRS Jet Spares has named Randy Shelton sales manager for the north central region.. Shelton brings a diverse, 20-year background to the business jet community. Previously he has worked with Gulfstream Aerospace, Pentastar Aviation and Comlux servicing Learjets, Hawkers, Gulfstreams, Challengers, Falcons and Beechjets. “Randy has the background to provide our customers with a blend of knowledge and experience that will benefit operators in his region,” said Jack Caloras, CRS vice president of sales and business development.
In just a little more than six years since its founding, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has grown from a small regional organization to an influential shaper of business aviation’s future in 23 Middle East and North African countries. Thus far in 2012, MEBAA has added 25 new members, reaching a total of 195 during this year’s MEBA show - the organization’s fifth - which ends today.
Lufthansa Technik (Stand 335) is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division at its Hamburg plant. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program while the second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year.
Royal Jet will celebrate its tenth anniversary next May, and the company is reporting significant growth and its busiest year so far. Last year Royal Jet operated 3,135 flights to 370 cities in 136 countries, and this year already is set to exceed this figure. Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were up 15 percent, while the company’s summer performance saw a 19-percent increase in flying hours over the same period in 2011.
Aero Specialties (Stand 573), manufacturers of aircraft and airport ground support equipment; global fuel provider AvFuel (Stand 580); Aviation Partners, Inc. (Stand 575), whose blended winglets are found on airliners and business jets; Bangor International Airport (Stand 577) in Maine, a popular point of U.S. entry and exit for international private aircraft flights; Cirrus Aircraft (Stand 574), manufacturer of the popular SR20 and SR22 single engine piston aircraft; communication-equipment manufacturer Cobham/Thrane & Thrane (Stand 578); EVAS/Vision Safe Corp.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (Stand 624) has added a second Embraer Legacy 650 to its aircraft management fleet, which now numbers about 20 aircraft, including two Legacy 600s. Empire’s aircraft management philosophy “helps owners to optimize their investment and protect the long-term value of their aircraft asset,” according to the company, “covering all aspects of the aircraft’s operation, the option of charter and maintenance management.”
Jet Aviation Basel (Stand 590) recently completed and delivered an Airbus ACJ319 with the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system (CMS) and high-definition entertainment system.
Here at MEBA yesterday aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation (Stand 598) announced the sale of its 250th airplane, completed last week. “This is a big achievement for us,” said Thierry Boutsen, president of the Monaco-based sales firm and a former Formula 1 racecar driver, who founded the company in 1997 with his wife Daniela.
Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air twin-turboprops continue to take the lion’s share of the Middle East turboprop business market, accounting for more than 70 percent of sales over the last three years. However, the type’s good endurance, configuration, capacious cabin and attractive operating economics have also made it a natural platform for a wide variety of special tasks, and many hundreds have been converted for special missions during the type’s long career.