Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is to establish a customer support center for S-76 helicopters at Abu Dhabi’s City Airport. FAS, a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services founded in 2006 under the direction of Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has signed delivery position agreements covering four S-76Ds for VIP/corporate transport use.
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The UAE capital’s new dedicated private jet airport has been renamed City Airport Abu Dhabi as part of its overhaul and transformation from its former Al Bateen airbase identity. The name change is intended to highlight the airport’s convenient location, just six kilometers from the city center. The airport is just a 10-minute drive from the Corniche and three miles from the Abu Dhabi’s business district.
Calgary, Canada-headquartered Skyplan has announced the opening of a new office in Sharjah to offer local access to its various services, including flight planning and dispatch, overflight and landing permissions, ground handling and contract jet fuel.
Development of innovative offshore islands has made the United Arab Emirates ideal territory for seaplane services–at least that is the view of a team led by Sheikh Saeed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum who has formed Seawings to operate aerial sightseeing services.
Prior to yesterday’s sixth board meeting of MEBAA, the association’s chairman Ali Al Naqbi told MEBA Convention News that the biggest bottleneck at present is the lack of manpower at the association. “We are recruiting three more staff this year to help us achieve our objectives.
MEBA organizers have declared themselves astonished by the impressive growth of the Middle East’s new biennial business aviation show. With 250 exhibitors from 29 countries along with 78 aircraft having converged here at Airport Expo Dubai this week, the 2008 edition will be 175 percent larger than the first show in January 2007.
Emivest Aerospace’s SJ30 light business jet established an unofficial speed record for its weight class on November 10, flying from London to Dubai in seven hours and seven minutes, including a 41-minute refueling stop in Istanbul, Turkey.
Here at the MEBA show, Royal Jet is expected to announce plans to further increase its fleet. The Abu Dhabi-based company is likely to commit to more aircraft in both the VIP airliner and super-midsize classes. It may also confirm plans to establish one or more new bases in the Gulf region to address a shortage of FBO and maintenance facilities, as well as introducing other new services.
Despite a dour world economy, organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, which runs this Sunday through Tuesday in Dubai, expect to exceed last year’s $907 million record as global investors from 29 countries vie for a slice of the region’s growing charter market. Current forecasts predict 15-percent annual growth rates for business aviation in the Middle East over the next five years.
The Emirates-CAE Flight Training center located alongside the Emirates Aviation College here in Dubai is benefiting from a strategic location, a sound local market and a partnership between local airline and Canadian training specialist that seems to be working well.