Unsurprisingly, considering the wave of further bad economic news from the sunnier parts of the Eurozone, chartered business jet departures from southern European cities dropped far more steeply over this part winter than in northern Europe. New charter data prepared by online charter portal Avinode exclusively for AIN shows departures out of southern Europe dipping below 10,000 in January 2013. This was almost 1,000 below the total for the same period last year and a big drop from the almost 20,000 departures seen in July 2012.
London Biggin Hill Airport
The 328 Group returned to the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg with a new brand identity that splits the company into its two prime areas of expertise: “328” and “Jets.”
The move reflects 328 Group’s increasing portfolio of interior manufacture and design work on aircraft ranging from small helicopters to large airplanes such as the Airbus A340 and Boeing 767, and its expansion of maintenance expertise under the “Jets” brand. The change also comes following the recent acquisition of a new maintenance facility at London Biggin Hill Airport.
328 Group acquired an FBO and business aircraft maintenance and repair station at London Biggin Hill Airport from Jet Aviation earlier this month. The facility has been renamed Jets (Biggin Hill) Ltd. The acquisition brings new aircraft maintenance capabilities to the 328 Group, including the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X and Cessna Citation 525, 550 and 560, in addition to its existing services for the Bombardier Challenger 300, 601, 604 and 605; Learjet 45; Dornier 328; and Hawker 700, 800, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, 950XP and 1000.
A new high-tech voice communication control system recently approved by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has been installed in the ATC center at London Biggin Hill Airport. Created by Netherlands-based Micro Electronics Products, the quarter-million-dollar system known as TCP990 includes a central electronic processor in the control tower that integrates and processes all inputs from UHF and VHF channels, personnel and emergency radio units as well as a slate of pre-selected contacts at each controller position and on the ATC assistant desk.
London’s Biggin Hill Airport (Stand 230) is an important location for business aviation operators going to and coming from the Middle East, who will be glad to know that the airfield has recently upgraded its air traffic control voice communication control system (VCCS) to enhance ATC performance and integration, especially during emergency situations.
Despite dire warnings about the consequences of restricted access to UK airspace and airports, overall business aviation’s part in London’s Olympic Games seems to have gone smoothly. In fact, those dire predictions proved overstated, and the event appears not to have resulted in as much of a boost to the industry as it might have expected.
There have been no airspace or parking problems at London Biggin Hill Airport since the Olympic Games started last week, according to airport business development manager Robert Walters. “There’s lots of space…it’s not bedlam, and slots are flexible and well managed,” he said on Friday during a press conference.
London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet.
London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet. Starting this week, Concierge is conducting its activities under a UK air operator’s certificate. The company has fleet expansion plans and is also offering aircraft management services. Managing director Glen Smith used to work for Air Partner.
London Biggin Hill Airport, to the southeast of the UK capital, will be in the thick of the action in late July and August as it deals with hundreds of additional movements arising from corporate- and executive-aircraft operators flying to the UK for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.