Oxford Airport is being redeveloped and marketed as a business aviation gateway for central England and the London area. The move is an attempt to fill the capacity left by a halving in the amount of flight-training activity at the airfield.
Hong Kong International Airport
On November 28 a third runway with Cat IIIa ILS approaches at both ends became operational at Helsinki-Vantaa (Finland) Airport. Capacity at the airport is expected to double after terminal operations move to a site between the two main parallel runways. With the new runway, the airport can handle up to 50 operations per hour. Plans to move the operations center are being evaluated, based on traffic flow.
Business aviation traffic continues to grow at Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport, and to serve that traffic, Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre (HKBAC), which is affiliated with FBO operator Signature Flight Support, opened a second hangar on September 3. Hangar 2 covers 38,000 sq ft and can accommodate Airbus ACJs and Boeing BBJs. Construction cost was nearly $13 million.
Business aviation in Asia–particularly in China–was the focus of this year’s Asian Aerospace, held in Hong Kong from September 3 through 6. This year’s event also marked the show’s debut at a new venue– Asia World Expo at Hong Kong International Airport–as show organizer Reed Exhibitions moved the event from Singapore after its joint venture with that government ended.
Hong Kong is to host the second Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 6 to 7, 2007. ABACE2007 is to be held in the new Asia World Expo building situated adjacent to Hong Kong’s InternationalAirport at Chek Lap Kok. The static airport display is tobe located at the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center.
Few would dispute the fact that the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) has been a roaring success. A decade ago, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) held its annual meetings at a hotel in the suburbs of Brussels.
In 1902 John Hay, Secretary of State under President Theodore Roosevelt, said, “Western history began with a Mediterranean era, passed through an Atlantic era and is now moving into a Pacific era.” The world now stands at the leading edge of that era and, like it or not, the future of the U.S. is linked to it.
Gulfstream is set to deliver the first G450 to an Asian customer by the end of this month. The aircraft is going to Hong Kong-based Speed Jet Charter and will be managed and operated by Metrojet.The owner will use the jet to transport its top executives but will also offer the G450 for charter.