Dubai-based UAS International Trip Support said this week at ABACE 2014 that it is enhancing its aircraft handling services to bridge a trip-support gap between China and Africa. UAS already has a strong presence in China, handling 25 to 50 operations per day into and out of the country. It plans to open a regional office in China next year in response to the strengthening economic ties between what are said to be the two fastest growing business jet markets, China and Africa, the latter linked primarily to the growth of business aviation activity in Nigeria.
Bulgaria’s small air defense force has been scrambled numerous times in the last two months to meet a growing number of surveillance flights being launched by Russia over the Black Sea following developments in Ukraine, according to minister of defense Angel Naidenov. Although none of the flights violated Bulgarian airspace, they approached and flew along the coast and were operating without flight plans, in turn requiring investigation.
Haiti Air Ambulance is partnering with Air Methods to bring helicopter EMS service to the poverty-stricken nation on a full-time basis for the first time. Beginning next month, two Air Methods Bell 407s–a primary and a dedicated back-up–will be based at a secure industrial park near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and will be gearing up to fly two missions a day or about 700 hours per year.
Abu Dhabi-based charter group Royal Jet has partnered with Air Seychelles to open a new FBO at Mahé International Airport, the archipelago’s main gateway. The partners believe that the new Air Seychelles VIP facility could trigger a spate of FBO developments in other parts of Africa.
Part, a Victorville, Calif.-based MRO, has contracted with the Chilean Air Force to do a C-Check on its presidential 737-500. Part has performed heavy maintenance for other Chilean aircraft. A spokesman for the company told AIN, “We’re making a conscious effort to expand our services to the Latin American market. We see it as a long-term growth region for us.” A second presidential aircraft for an unspecified customer is also undergoing a C-Check, and later this year two more Latin American presidential aircraft are slated to arrive at Part’s facilities for maintenance.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry (Chalet B14) has announced that 63 Dubai-based aircraft have joined since its opening 11 months ago. The organization touts the confidentiality it guarantees to owners, as well as the fiscal flexibility as to which jurisdiction their taxes are attached to. Moreover, the San Marino “T7-” registration mark is said to be politically neutral.
The business jet fleet will continue to expand in mainland China, just not at the breakneck levels seen last year, according to a First-half 2013 Greater China Fleet Report from Hong Kong-based business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG). It now predicts that the Chinese fleet of new and used business jets will grow by 18 percent this year, versus 40 percent last year.
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.
A Beechcraft 1900 on an April 7 ferry flight from Namibia is missing and assumed lost in the South Atlantic Ocean near Sao Tome off the southwest corner of Africa. Neither the pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, nor any portions of the airframe have been recovered. Weather at the time of the accident was reported as heavy rain, with lightning and high winds.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry secured the registration of a Pilatus PC-12 owned by a major Swiss company this week, marking the 43rd aircraft to be recorded at the registry, which made its debut in December at MEBA. Under new laws recently passed by the government of San Marino, it is now possible for aircraft to be registered in the principality under the name of the owner, ensuring that the process is completely transparent.
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