Farnborough, UK is the site of the newest Bombardier Aerospace regional support office (RSO). It is the 10th to open outside North America in the past four years and will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers in Europe. The new RSO is located with Bombardier’s international sales office within the TAG Farnborough Airport Terminal building and alongside Bombardier’s authorized service facility, TAG Farnborough Engineering.
The Black Sheds, the row of elderly aircraft hangars situated at the eastern edge of the Farnborough airfield, close to the runway’s final approach, have been an iconic feature at every airshow held at this historic Hampshire location. But the protected Listed Grade 2 structures have been standing there for a lot longer. In fact, they originally housed some of the earliest British military aircraft as squadrons were formed during the years that led up to World War I.
Bombardier has opened a regional support office here at Farnborough Airport for its business aircraft customers in Europe, and it will also assist non-European Bombardier aircraft flying into the region. Located within the TAG Farnborough Airport terminal, it is next to TAG Farnborough Engineering, which is already a Bombardier authorized service facility.
FlightSafety International (FSI) continues to expand its training center here at Farnborough Airport. In a visit to the site ahead of this week’s Farnborough International Airshow, AIN was able to sample its capabilities in training using the latest equipment and simulators–mainly focused on business aircraft, although the company as a whole trains for airlines as well.
While business aircraft will not be in abundance at Farnborough International Airshow 2012, a VVIP corporate version of the popular Airbus A320 single-aisle airliner will likely take some of the limelight from the military and defense aircraft on display. In fact, the ACJ319 (G-NOAH) would attract attention even if it were among a swarm business aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft, currently in bankruptcy protection, continues to expand its global footprint. The OEM’s Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed EASA Part 145-approved Gama Support Services at Farnborough Airport, UK, to its worldwide network of limited service centers to support the King Air 200, 250, 300 and 350 and the Premier business jet. In addition, Gama Support Services will support the Baron and Bonanza as an authorized service center.
Satcom Direct (Stand 867) is expanding its reach by opening an international facility in the United Kingdom. Its offices will be located inside Hangar 2 at TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK and will include an advanced avionics testing lab, training facility and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff that use the company’s suite of satellite voice, fax, data link and Internet communications services.
Business aviation ground transportation specialist First Class Cars has set up a base at Farnborough Airport. The new operation has been established to be ready to respond to increased demand expected from this summer’s Olympic Games and the Farnborough Air Show. It also will be working closely with the nearby Aviator Hotel to provide a convenient connection to TAG’s terminal building.
TAG Farnborough Airport has revealed further improvements to its distinctive terminal building. The work has been completed in time for the London Olympic Games, for which it expects to be one of the main gateways for business aviation.
Tough trading conditions aren’t discouraging business aviation services group Gama (Stand 955) from its goal of growing a global network. The latest evidence of this is that Gama’s Asian clients are now benefiting from the UK-based business aviation, charter, management and maintenance company’s recently opened Hong Kong FAA Part 135 operating base.
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