The Gulf region is in need of a sound regional business aviation policy and is suffering from lack of a dedicated regulatory environment, said London-based lawyer Aoife O’Sullivan during a break yesterday from overseeing several business aircraft transaction on the fringes of MEBA 2012 in Dubai.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) general assembly elected two new board members yesterday and held an insurance workshop for its MEBAA aviation insurance scheme (MAIS).
Wajdi Al Idrissi, managing director of Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), and Richard Gaona, president and CEO of Comlux Management, will join other industry leaders to promote business aviation in the region and beyond as members of MEBAA’s board.
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has received approved maintenance organization (AMO) certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The MRO has the equipment in place to maintain Saft batteries and aircraft wheels across a range of aircraft including the Dornier 328 and Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global Express.
Cabin completions provider Lufthansa Technik is in the final stages of preparation for the arrival of a second Boeing 747-8 for outfitting at its facilities in Hamburg, Germany.
The airplane, destined for an undisclosed client, is expected to arrive before the end of the month. The first 747-8 is already in the cabin completion process following its arrival in August. Arrival of the second will bring to three the total number of twin-aisle bizliner projects being completed simultaneously.
Sierra Industries has added a new maintenance facility at San Antonio International Airport. The site might fill the void left by the closure of a Hawker Beechcraft factory service center. Sierra CEO Mark Huffstutler said, “Since our earliest days we have dedicated ourselves to taking the best legacy aircraft and making them better.
CRS Jet Spares has named Randy Shelton sales manager for the north central region.. Shelton brings a diverse, 20-year background to the business jet community. Previously he has worked with Gulfstream Aerospace, Pentastar Aviation and Comlux servicing Learjets, Hawkers, Gulfstreams, Challengers, Falcons and Beechjets. “Randy has the background to provide our customers with a blend of knowledge and experience that will benefit operators in his region,” said Jack Caloras, CRS vice president of sales and business development.
Jetex Flight Support, which provides business aircraft handling services around the world and operates two FBOs in Europe, is planning an aggressive growth strategy that could see its FBO holdings triple over the next year. As the Dubai-based company celebrates its seventh anniversary, having launched at the 2005 Dubai Airshow, it revealed that four more FBOs were in the pipeline–including one here at Dubai World Central (DWC) to be built next year.
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in Geneva last May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” here at MEBA 2012 yesterday, coincidentally at 12 past 12 on 12/12/12.
Lufthansa Technik (Stand 335) is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division at its Hamburg plant. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program while the second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year.
As Cessna’s sales representative in the Middle East, Wallan Aviation has naturally operated an all-Cessna charter fleet, but now the company has announced that it is to add two Dassault Falcon 900s to its roster. The aircraft will provide a significant long-range and large-cabin capability.