Avia Solutions Group acquired a controlling interest in the Lithuania-based helicopter maintenance organization Helisota. Until recently the group focused on the aircraft maintenance sector through the development of its FL Technics subsidiary, involved in engine repair, parts sales and the expansion of line maintenance stations.
At the Paris Air Show this week, Viking Air sold four Twin Otter Series 400s to Aerostar Leasing and an another seven to existing customer Vityaz Avia of Russia. The combined deals are worth approximately $70 million.
When oxygen is required, nothing else will do. The new Avia Pulse DE series emergency portable pulse oxygen system from Avia Technique is one answer.
Introduced at AIX last month, the system is “a major improvement over everything that has come before,” according to the Berkshire, UK-based company that developed it.
In a market forecast released this week in Shanghai, consulting firm Avia-Tek is predicting 65 civil helicopter deliveries in China this year, which should bring the fleet to 435. The growth in 2012 was “ 3.7 percent higher than the most-probable scenario of the previous year’s edition.” As a result, the fleet stood at 370 as of Dec. 31, 2012, compared to 305 one year earlier. The most urgent need to be filled is now for “intermediate, twin-turbine, and heavy lift helicopters,” Matthieu Devoisselle, one of Avia-Tek’s founding partners, added.
Chinese domestic production of civil helicopters is set to grow, but not as quickly as the country’s authorities predict, according to a local market analyst. Matthieu Devoisselle, co-founder of Avia-Tek, a Shanghai-based aerospace consultancy firm specializing in emerging countries, regards government forecasts as unrealistic. But Chinese manufacturer Avicopter does have reason to be optimistic, he adds.
As VIPport nears completion of its Pulkovo-3 FBO at St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport, another prominent local player, Avia Group, has revealed its own plans to set up a competing business aviation center on the airfield. At present, the airport has no FBOs; should both developers deliver on their promises, it will have two independent FBOs by year-end.
A dedicated business aviation facility, Terminal A, opened last month at Moscow Sheremetievo Airport (SVO). The Avia Group-operated facility, the most recent addition to a series of the new terminals completed in Sheremetievo (C, D and E) and reworked ones (B and F), is the first exclusively for business aircraft passengers. The other “lettered” terminals are for mainline airline passengers. The opening of the facility marks the completion of the Sheremetievo major reconstruction process launched in the late 1990s to bring the airport to modern European standards.
Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor last week rolled out its EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-seat, high-wing twin turboprop. First flight of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21-powered utility airplane is planned for the third quarter, two years behind the company’s original schedule.
New owners have taken over the insolvent Kestrel program and plan to bring the single-engine all-composite turboprop through to certification. The new Farnborough Aircraft brought the original prototype to the Eur-Avia International Exhibition in Cannes and to the EBACE show static display. The six-seat Kestrel prototype first flew in 2006, and the design offers 350-knot cruise and 1,500-nm range.
Organizers of the third annual Eur-Avia Cannes show say that, despite worsening economic conditions in Europe, the private aviation event will be twice the size of last year’s. As of mid-January, 90 percent of the 2008 exhibitors had committed to this year’s event (April 30 to May 2) and with new exhibitors joining them, these companies will fill nearly 600,000 sq ft of exhibition space.
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