Bombardier Aerospace on Saturday opened its newest wholly owned service center, located at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The $8 million facility’s 45,339 sq ft can accommodate eight Learjets, four Challengers and two Globals, and it offers repair work on airframes, engines and avionics. An initial staff of 37 is expected to increase to 50 by year-end.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. On Saturday, the Canadian airframer officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Efforts to establish Lelystad Airport as the main business aviation gateway for the Netherlands have received a boost as a result of a recent Dutch government decision to allow the main runway to be extended to almost 6,900 feet.
Holland’s recent experience with the consequences of requiring all aircraft to be equipped with mode-S transponders may prompt a revision of similar rules by other national aviation authorities.
Dutch investigators have found that a faulty altimeter likely played a role in last week’s crash of a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 on approach to Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, killing nine aboard.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will get a new business aviation terminal next year. The modestly sized 7,850-sq-ft building is to be constructed by the airport authority on the east side of the Dutch gateway, replacing the existing executive terminal. The facility could be open by the first quarter of next year.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 1153) was selected by KLM Cityhopper, based at The Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, and KLM uk Engineering, of Norwich, UK, for the maintenance of its Fokker 50 engine and propeller accessories. The three-year contract covers maintenance, repair and overhauls of the accessories for the fleet of 19 Fokker 50s.
• Operations on the new fifth runway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport began on February 20. Initially, the 12,467-ft Runway 18R/36L is open only at night, but from July it is scheduled to start being used for limited daytime operations until November 1, when it becomes fully operational around the clock. The runway is configured to allow aircraft to take off and land over less densely populated surrounding areas to reduce noise affects.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has shelved long-standing plans to build a new business aviation terminal on the east side of the Dutch gateway. According to an airport spokeswoman, the development has been postponed due to financial constraints but is expected to be resumed before the end of this year.