Business aviation services group Comlux will complete the relocation of its main holding company from Switzerland to Malta with the formal opening on Thursday of its new headquarters on the Mediterranean island.
VistaJet, a global aircraft charter operator that flies only Bombardier business jets, opened its new Malta operations center late last week. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and other top-ranking Maltese officials joined VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr to mark the occasion.
Aeronautical Professionals Malta (AP Malta), an EASA-approved Part 147 training provider located in the Mediterranean island of Malta, is offering two aircraft type training courses (valued at more than €15,000, or approximately $23,000) as raffle prizes during EBACE 2013. The two-year-old company offers aircraft type training to engineers, airworthiness review staff and aircraft mechanics.
The Mediterranean island of Malta, which was awarded Britain’s George Cross gallantry medal for its resistance against Axis air raids and a naval blockade during World War II, is now engaged in a campaign to become as involved in the aviation services industry as it previously has been in maritime affairs.
Malta has a long and successful history of support to the shipping industry, and ranks second in the list of vessel registrations in Europe. As part of a strategic government vision, the unified Transport Malta agency and its civil aviation directorate (Stand E335) have embarked on a program to emulate that success in the aviation sector.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been preparing its members for the new requirement for operators to have a safety management system (SMS). The Brussels-based group has staged a series of workshops on how to develop, implement and maintain an SMS toolkit according to the guidelines of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has formally recognized the affiliation of five new national groups to its organization. The Brussels-based industry group now encompasses the newly formed Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA), the Spanish Executive Aviation Association, EBAA Belgium, the Malta Business Aviation Association and the Austrian Business Aviation Association.
Patients needing aeromedical evacuation from North Africa can now take advantage of a Synergy Aviation Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 based in Malta. The King Air is based at Malta’s Luqa Airport and is equipped with a Lifeport stretcher and five passenger seats. UK-based Synergy and Medilink International are cooperating to deliver medical transportation and care services to clients in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean.
DC Aviation has been providing airport handling services at Malta International Airport since August and has applied to the government, the airport and the department of civil aviation to build an FBO to serve travelers visiting the Republic of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea south of Italy.
UK operator British International has been asked to take over the helicopter service between the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. The original service by Malta Air Charter, which used two Bulgarian-registered Mil Mi-8s, closed down late last year after Malta’s May 1 entry into the European Union brought aircraft certification and operation under the new European Aviation Safety Agency.
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