Innovative Advantage (Booth 1655) has designated Associated Air Center of Dallas, Texas, as a preferred completion center for the installation and certification of its audio/video distribution systems (AVDS) on Boeing BBJ and Airbus ACJ platforms. The partnership follows the installation of Redmond, Washington-based Innovative Advantage’s AVDS as part of a high-definition (HD) upgrade for the refurbishment of a BBJ for a West African head of state at Associated Air Center (Booth 2047) earlier this year.
Finding an indoor parking spot for your business jet at the notoriously congested general aviation section of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport just got easier. Aviation technical services provider JetSupport (Booth 1937, with KLM Jet Center) announced here at EBACE that it has gained access to 8,000 sq m (86,000 sq ft) of hangar space it plans to use exclusively for indoor aircraft parking.
Eurocopter UK at Oxford Airport is branding itself as “Britain’s civil helicopter hub,” and with good reason. Of the 700 or so civilian turbine-engine helicopters that fly in Britain (the largest fleet in Europe), around 45 percent are made by Eurocopter, making it far and away the biggest OEM in the sector. To meet the demands of the operators of the 300-plus civilian Eurocopter helicopters, the company has put in place a comprehensive modification and maintenance program.
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, has a new FBO and by year-end it should have a second. The Pulkovo-3 FBO at Pulkovo International Airport officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to the purpose-built facility’s operator, JetPort SPb, it should be ready to handle international flights as soon as customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.
The European Business Aviation Association has recognized four European companies for their safety achievements, presenting awards here at EBACE 2013. Both Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award for completing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying, while a gold award for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident was bestowed on VistaJet. FAI rent-a-jet received a bronze award for achieving 20 years or 40,000 hours of safe operation.
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.
Few punches were pulled as speakers took on the challenges facing business aviation in Europe at the opening session of EBACE 2013 yesterday morning, with government policies, outdated infrastructure and the slack economy the primary targets.
The global fleet of nearly 1,200 Pilatus PC-12s reached a major milestone this month by accumulating four million flight hours since the first copy of the turboprop single was delivered in October 1994. According to Stans, Switzerland-based Pilatus, the highest time PC-12 has logged more than 24,000 hours in operation as an air ambulance with Air Bravo in Ontario, Canada.
Solid recurrent training is at the core of any safety management system and the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA, Booth 827) and its members know this. The organization has chosen EBACE 2013 as the venue to announce a new member benefit: MEBAA Total Training Service, a package designed specifically for MEBAA by Emirates-CAE (Booth 372).
NetJets Europe plans to operate Embraer Phenom 300s by early 2014, the two companies announced here at EBACE yesterday. Holding a firm order for 50 of the specially outfitted “Signature Series” light jets, NetJets took its first delivery on May 1 for its U.S. operations and expects to accept roughly two airplanes a month.