Luanda, Angola-based Best Fly Maintenance plans to open a Part 145 line station at Luanda International Airport in the fourth quarter. The new station will offer line maintenance tasks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance checks for the G450/550, Falcon 900, Falcon 7X and King Airs. Best Fly will be qualified to work on more than 30 aircraft types.
Angola’s booming economy, which saw 10-percent growth in gross domestic product last year driven largely by new oil discoveries and reconstruction after the southwest African country’s long civil war, is driving a rapid expansion in business aviation activity. In response, local handling and aircraft management group Bestfly has opened the country’s first real FBO at Luanda International Airport. It is building a 21,500-sq-ft hangar that it expects will be ready in July.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Huambo, Angola, Jan. 19, 2008–Thirteen people, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when the Gira-globo charter flight crashed in the mountains on an IMC approach to Huambo Aerodrome. The Angola Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the accident with the help of an NTSB representative.