This year we could finally find out whether China will fully realize its potential as the world’s most dynamic new market for business aviation. For all the high-octane speculation about growth in China, 2011 closed with fewer than 200 business aircraft registered in the country and continuing difficulties in getting them imported and flying for the new jet-set in the People’s Republic.
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.
The NBAA commended Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today for the stance she has taken against general aviation user fees in a November 28 letter to President Obama.
After some years in development, Hostel Drap of Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain, has come up with a unique, one-time-use, cloth napkin, which private and business aviation operators may find particularly handy.
After being out of commission for nearly three months, the control tower at Puerto Rico Isla Grande Airport (SIG) finally went back online last week in response to increased customer demand at the airport. The tower, which was shut down on August 8, resumed operations after temporary repairs were completed. It is operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
L.F. Wade Bermuda International Airport now has a newly renovated private jet terminal. The LOM Group has assumed a five-year sponsorship of the terminal now known as the LOM Executive Jet Facility at Hamilton Airport, Bermuda. Owned and operated by Bermuda Aviation Services, the terminal–located across the tarmac from the airline center–serves the more than 2,000 private jets that visit the island every year.
Aftermarket parts supplier CRS Jet Spares has entered into an agreement with Brazilian repair and overhaul company Aeross. “This partnership allows us an opportunity to provide local support within Brazil, which boasts the second largest business aviation market in the world,” said CRS CEO Armando Leighton, Jr.
The eighth edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) starts Thursday at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, and show organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag) expects it to be the largest yet.
Aviation maintenance management software developer Mxi Technologies is opening an office in Hong Kong and has named Witono Lukman as managing director. The company cites a growing demand for its Maintenix software throughout the Asia-Pacific region as the reason behind its decision to open the new office.
The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team yesterday to assist with the investigation into Saturday’s accident in Georgetown, Guyana, involving a Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737-800 that broke in two after overshooting the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. The airplane crashed through a chain-link fence and came to rest on a dirt road that ran adjacent to a deep ravine.