Polynesia’s Real Tonga Airlines has been given its first aircraft–an MA-60–by the Chinese government. However, the move has prompted New Zealand to suspend millions of dollars in tourism aid to Tonga because it is concerned about the twin turboprop’s safety record. According to the Fiji Times, New Zealand foreign affairs minister Murray McCully has stated that the MA-60 has an unacceptable standard of safety.
Bell Helicopter has named Sameer Rehman director of international trade support for commercial sales and marketing. He was previously managing director for the Textron subsidiary’s commercial business in Asia Pacific. To succeed him, Bell promoted C.M. Hwang, formerly commercial business development manager for Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Singapore.
Odyssey Aviation Bahamas has opened two handling locations on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The new locations are at Governors Harbour Airport (MYEM) and Rock Sound Airport (MYER). Sylvie McCartney is station manager for both locations.
Exuma International Airport will see its first FBO when Odyssey Aviation Bahamas opens a new facility at the airport in Georgetown, Exuma, next March.
Banyan Air Service is hosting Bahamas Day on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to help pilots and charter customers learn about trips to the Bahamas. During the day, Banyan’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport FBO, transformed to look and feel like a Bahamas resort, will offer three seminars: “eAPIS” by U.S.
Already a well-known brand in the Caribbean for the past 12 years, Odyssey Aviation (Booth No. 268) plans to open three new FBOs in the Bahamas on November 1. An island-friendly atmosphere will soon be seen at Treasure Cay, Abaco; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera; and Exuma International, Great Exuma. The FBOs will offer Texaco-branded fuel through Chevron Global Aviation.
Bahama Bay Resort had no sooner announced the opening of its heliport for public use when it had to close because of damage from Hurricane Frances. Located in West End, Grand Bahama, on the north jetty of the marina at Old Bahama Bay, the helipad’s normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. U.S. customs and immigration clearance fees are about $100.
The UK's Department of Transport (DOT) last week issued its official proposal to prevent foreign-registered aircraft from being based in the UK “by limiting the time (e.g.
Business aircraft operators concerned about exposure to security or political risk associated with their country of registration my be encouraged by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, which is here at EBACE 2006 promoting its aircraft registry (Booth 1273). The registry already includes about 110 private aircraft.
The European Commission (EC) last month warned Cyprus that it is one step away from being taken to the Court of Justice over its failure to implement European aviation safety rules. According to the EC, the Cyprus government has failed to adopt European standards for air accident investigation, which should have been on the statute books of the Mediterranean state when it joined the European Union in May last year.
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