The UK government and key aerospace companies have formed a joint venture to invest more than £2 billion (approximately $3 billion) over the next seven years in a move designed to keep the country’s aerospace sector globally competitive, and to increase its market share. Under the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), the government’s £1 billion investment will be matched by industry and will see the creation of a new Aerospace Technology Institute.
British Helicopter Association CEO Peter Norton has urged UK authorities to abandon plans for new restrictions on rotorcraft operations over urban areas following the January 16 accident in which an AgustaWestland A109 Power crashed in central London. The crash prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to order a review of helicopter operating rules, and an Air Accidents Investigation Branch inquiry is in progress.
TAG Farnborough Airport unveiled plans today at EBACE for new facilities that will include additional premium office space available for rent, and a customer-dedicated second entrance to the airport. Plans for the expansion follow the company’s recent purchase of a 38,000-sq-ft office building and associated land on the airport’s northeast boundary. The expansion will provide space in the TAG terminal for additional passenger lounges and enhanced facilities, with further details due to be announced later this year.
World Fuel Services announced today at EBACE that Harrods Aviation, located at Stansted and Luton airports, is joining its Air Elite FBO network, becoming the first facility in the UK to do so. The deal brings the total number of FBOs in the network, established by World Fuel in late 2011, to 29 worldwide. Both of Harrods’ FBOs provide convenient access to London.
TAG Farnborough Airport (Booth 344), part of the TAG Group of aviation services companies, has unveiled plans for new facilities that will include additional premium office space available for rent, and a customer-dedicated second entrance to the airport.
Transport Canada has granted Falko Regional Aircraft full transport category type certification for the Avro RJ series of airliners. The jets had not been certified in Canada when originally in production with BAE Systems, although the earlier BAe 146 models were approved by Transport Canada.
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) introduced two BAE Systems 146 jet transports modified to accommodate troops and their equipment. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft designed the conversion–from a quick-change interior–under a $23 million urgent operational requirement (UOR) contract; subcontractor Hawker Beechcraft Services at Chester in the UK completed the project.
TAG Farnborough Airport is at ABACE highlighting the importance of the Europe-Asia business aviation industry, and its role in facilitating that. The airport is 40 miles from central London, and recently has invested more than $135 million in infrastructure.
Hangar and office space totals more than 240,000 sq ft; FBO amenities include concierge service. TAG Farnborough Engineering offers aircraft maintenance, and visitors can stay overnight in the TAG Group’s Aviator Hotel.
Reorganization of Great Britain’s police helicopter bases is well under way, in a campaign to provide “more efficient and accessible” air support to police forces in England and Wales. Although the number of bases is being cut, the improved efficiency of the system should eventually ensure that 98 percent of the population is within 20 minutes’ flight time of a base.
With delivery of the first A400M airlifters nearing, Airbus Military has concluded an initial support deal with the French air force and a long-term training contract with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Meanwhile, Airbus Military is equipping its international training center in Seville with A400M computer-based trainers and a full-motion simulator.