Some of the places in the world where business aviation is needed most are by their very nature some of the hardest places to provide and support this mode of transportation. It is a core paradox of the industry’s emerging markets, as frustrated service providers will attest.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) hosted the first Jordanian Regional Forum at the Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on October 8. The agenda for the event, which was sponsored by the Ayla Aviation Academy, included issues such as local restrictions on airspace and airport access, enhancing safety audits, crisis management techniques and reducing so-called gray market, illegal charter activity.
Demand for business aviation in Russia and the wider Commonwealth of Independent States is continuing to excite aircraft manufacturers and service providers alike, especially with the nearby markets of Western Europe remaining largely stagnant. Russia was not untouched by fallout from the financial crisis that started in 2008, but for most of the past 10 years has sustained strong business aviation growth.
Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai.
The European Union’s so-called safety blacklist, which bans carriers from specified countries deemed to have inadequate safety regulation standards, has been condemned as “misguided” by Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). During last month’s Central Asian summit on aviation safety, Tyler highlighted the bans on summit host Kazakhstan and its neighbor Kyrgyzstan. Carriers from these countries are banned from operating in EU airspace, with the partial exception of Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, which can operate only some of its fleet.
Three months after launching scheduled domestic service in the UAE with flights to Sir Bani Yas and Delma Islands from Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, Rotana Jet extended its offering on September 19 to double-daily Embraer ERJ-145 service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Fujairah. Exactly a week later, the upstart regional airline started twice-daily flights from Abu Dhabi International to Al Ain.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is hosting the first Jordanian Regional Forum at the Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on Monday. The agenda for the event, which is being sponsored by the Ayla Aviation Academy, will include issues such as local restrictions on airspace and airport access, enhancing safety audits, crisis management techniques and reducing so-called grey-market, illegal charter activity.
Arguably nowhere on earth is the business case for seaplanes more compelling than in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives with its 1,190 islands (200 of them inhabited). The scattered nation, situated 250 miles southwest of India, has the world’s largest fleet of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, offering high-end tourists a time-saving alternative to the boat connections between its low-lying islands spread over 35,000 square miles.
A Sita Air Dornier Do-228 19-seat turboprop crashed on September 28 just after takeoff from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (VNKT) in Nepal. All 16 passengers and three crewmembers perished in the accident. A Sita Air spokesman told local media that the aircraft caught fire after a bird strike thought to involve a large vulture and crashed on the nearby banks of the Manohara River. This is the second fatal crash of a Do228 in Nepal in 2012.