Gulfstream Aerospace named SkyJet Aviation Services as a commercial sales representative in central Africa, covering Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. “Business aviation is growing in this part of Africa, especially in Nigeria, and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing Scott Neal. SkyJet, a private charter airline and aircraft maintenance provider founded in 2006, is headquartered in Kaduna, a city in central northern Nigeria, and has offices in Lagos and Abuja.
STS Component Solutions has opened a new support office in Turkey and hired Omur Basol to spearhead its marketing and sales activities. Basol is a former purchasing executive for several Turkish airlines and MROs. The new office complements existing locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe and Singapore. “Expanding our global footprint is an essential step in our strategic growth strategy,” said Tom Covella, group president. “We are excited to provide expanded support to our customers while continuing to meet growing demands within the Turkish region.”
The next Singapore Airshow in 2016 will be expanded in several key areas of growing interest to the wider aerospace and defense industries. The new Training & Simulation Zone, first introduced at the February 2014 show, is expected to almost double in size to include military exhibitors. Show organizer Experia Events (Chalet B18) is also planning a new dedicated Business Aviation Zone and an Aerospace Emerging Technologies Zone.
Rosoboronexport, Russia’s defense export agency, continues to benefit from backing by President Vladimir Putin. Speaking at a late April meeting of the Commission for Military Technical Cooperation with Foreign Countries, Putin claimed that Russia is second only to the U.S. in terms of volume of military shipments, with a 27-percent market share.
French aerospace industry lobbying association Gifas (Hall 1 Stand A15) is foreseeing another excellent year in terms of revenue and orders. In an economy bombarded with bad news, France’s aerospace sector is often cited as an example. A thorn in its side, however, has been the euro/dollar currency exchange rate. Recruitment remains a tricky issue, too.
Russian Helicopters has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants formerly owned by Russia’s ministry of defense. The plants are located in Khabarovsk, Svetly (Kaliningrad Region), Engels (Saratov Region), St. Petersburg and Chita. They will “significantly strengthen” after-sales service for Russian commercial and military helicopters, according to the manufacturer. Managers from the plants met with Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev on May 21.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the FAA to make the controversial North Shore helicopter route over Long Island permanent, albeit with a few changes. The offshore route became mandatory in 2012 but is scheduled to expire under a sunset provision on August 6 unless the FAA renews it.
Richard Smith, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI), is leading the delegation of this first-time ABACE exhibitor (Booth H523). He is accompanied by Steve Scott, CAACI flight operations manager, and Guy Healey, airworthiness manager. The Authority considers ABACE an opportunity to connect with aircraft owners, operators and key decision-makers in both the Chinese market and Asian region. The emerging business aviation market in China is synergistic with the affluent target market for the Cayman Island Aircraft Registry, according to CAACI.
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.
Air Greenland announced last month it has canceled the purchase of two EC225s. “In August 2013, the company observed that the market for offshore operations around Greenland had not developed as expected since the time of the order in 2011,” the carrier explained. It also said it attempted to sell the rotorcraft to other parties with no success. Under the final agreement, Air Greenland will pay a waiver of DKK16 million ($2.8 million), just over 4 percent of the value of the 2011 contract.
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