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.
A request for tender (RFT) issued by Airservices Australia last month for the “oneSky Australia” program presents a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to field a joint civil and military air traffic management system by 2020, according to the government-owned air navigation services provider.
ExecuJet Aviation’s growing global FBO network now extends from new facilities in Australasia to its rebranded operation at Cambridge Airport in the UK. Late last year, the Switzerland-based group unveiled new bases at Wellington International Airport in New Zealand and at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport in Australia. Both, according to the company, have the potential for long-term growth, building on increasing business aviation activity across the Asia-Pacific region.
The Business Jet Center FBO at Love Field in Dallas had an unusual visitor on November 12, a Cessna 206 on a nationwide tour before traveling to Papua New Guinea for medical relief operations. The float-equipped refurbished 1977 Cessna belongs to Samaritan Aviation and is named the Spirit of Paradise.
A court in Papua New Guinea (PNG) convicted Australian pilots Andrew Reid and Peter McGee of making an illegal landing in a Cessna Citation II at the disused Kieta airstrip, near Aropa on the island of Bougainville. The court imposed fines of more than $100,000, but the pilots avoided the 12-month jail terms the nation’s civil aviation authority (CAA) demanded.