Just over four years after London Stansted Airport FBO Inflite opened its new Jet Centre facility back in March 1999, the company reports growing volumes of traffic.
Universal Weather & Aviation announced new flight services for European customers at EBACE. On June 1 Universal opened its new European operations center at London Stansted Airport to serve operators traveling within ICAO E and L country codes in Europe. This will eliminate the need to telephone Universal’s corporate headquarters in Houston, for flight services within those countries.
An extensive “restructuring” of Boeing’s Alteon Training subsidiary will see the company close four training centers, redistribute assets to other centers and open a new facility in Shanghai to house the first Boeing 787 simulator in China. The facilities marked for closure include Long Beach, Calif., Dallas, Texas, Kunming, China and Luton, UK. Boeing expects to close the two U.S. centers and the Chinese facility in December.
British environmental protesters targeted business aviation today when they blockaded the main entrances to the London-area airports at Biggin Hill and Farnborough. The demonstrations were an offshoot of a week-long protest staged at London Heathrow Airport. At Biggin Hill, passengers and crew had to be temporarily diverted through alternative entrances while police forcibly removed protesters who had chained themselves to the gates.
London-based flight planning group Flight-Operations. com has been rebranded under the name Air Planner. The company has also benefited from fresh funding that has allowed it to invest in more specialist staff and achieve compliance with Europe’s JAR-OPS 1 operating standards for commercially operated aircraft.
Business jets make up a small percentage of UK commercial air traffic–3.5 percent–but a recent analysis of air traffic safety indicates that the rate of incidents and accidents among business jets is higher than among other types of commercial turbine aircraft flying in UK airspace.
Travelers through both airline and general aviation terminals in the UK should expect longer delays from enhanced security screening and plan accordingly, according to a special report issued by Houston-based Air Security International (ASI) in the wake of today’s bombings in London.
Effective March 25 all general aviation aircraft are required to have slots for landings and takeoffs at London Luton Airport. The privately owned airport has said that it has had to introduce the requirement to be able to “better manage the flow of ad hoc traffic.” It has emphasized that it does not wish to discourage business aviation traffic.
Business aircraft cabin specialist MacCarthy Interiors has moved its headquarters to a new and larger facility near Gatwick Airport, about 35 miles south of London. The move essentially doubles its capacity. MacCarthy earlier last year signed an agreement with Harrods Aviation that allows both companies to offer similar interior completion and refurbishment services at their respective locations at London Luton and Stansted Airports.
Starting March 25, all general aviation aircraft will be required to have reserved slots for both landings and takeoffs at London Luton Airport.