Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport will commission its new instrument landing system and GNSS/VOR/DME-based precision approach this month, ending its VFR-only limitation. The former military air base now lays claim to being the Middle East’s only dedicated business aviation airport and further redevelopment is planned as it prepares to double its annual movements to more than 12,000 by 2014.
Falcon Aviation Services
Bell Helicopter delivered two Bell 412EP helicopters to Falcon Aviation Services yesterday, taking the Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi-based operator’s 412 fleet to 10, eight of which were delivered this year.
Falcon Aviation Services, a charter operator based in Abu Dhabi, has placed its Eurocopter EC 135 “L'Hélicoptère par Hermès” on the market, less than five months after taking delivery. UK-based PremiAir is marketing the luxurious light twin.
Embraer reinforced its partnership with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, by signing an agreement to extend FAS’s maintenance capabilities to the Lineage 1000 executive jet. FAS became an Embraer authorized service center in the Middle East in November 2008 when it was given responsibility for the entry-level Phenom 100, light Phenom 300 and super-midsize Legacy 600.
Falcon Aviation Services is opening a Sikorsky S-76 customer support center in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East. The company is a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The scale and impact of the MEBA 2008 show must have removed any remaining doubts that today the Middle East is business aviation’s hottest marketplace.
Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer announced three separate orders for its Legacy business jets today at the Middle East Business Aviation show, as well as the addition of Falcon Air Services of Abu Dhabi to its growing list of worldwide service centers. Al Jaber Aviation signed for four Legacy 450 and four Legacy 550 jets, for a total value of $134.6 million.
Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer announced three separate orders for its Legacy business jets here at MEBA yesterday, as well as the addition of Falcon Air Services of Abu Dhabi to its growing list of worldwide service centers.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is to establish a customer support center for S-76 helicopters at Abu Dhabi’s City Airport. FAS, a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services founded in 2006 under the direction of Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has signed delivery position agreements covering four S-76Ds for VIP/corporate transport use.
Petroleum Air Services (PAS) of Egypt plans to add a third Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter to its fleet and has taken out options for a further two. It received its first EC 135 in late 2007 and the second earlier this year. The aircraft are used to transport oil workers from the Egyptian mainland to offshore oil platforms.