Eurocopter test pilot Didier Delsalle (center) and president and CEO Fabrice Brégier (right) accepted the world record verification from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) representative Jacques Escaffe (left) for landing the first helicopter on top of Mount Everest (elevation 29,035 feet). Delsalle performed the feat last May in a production Eurocopter AS 350B3 AStar.
European scheduled business aircraft service Club Airways International is providing a daily round-trip connection between the Swiss cities of Geneva and Basel to allow executives from the luxury goods industry to attend two key trade shows next month. The temporary service will operate during the BaselWorld jewelry exhibition (March 30 through April 6) and the SIHH watch show in Geneva (April 3 through 9).
Houston-based flight services group Universal Weather and Aviation selected SkyCare International as its preferred handler for New Zealand and the Southwestern Pacific. SkyCare provides FBO services throughout New Zealand, using agents at most airports and with its own dedicated facilities in Auckland and Wellington.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Arecuna, Venezuela, March 5, 2006–A Venezuelan-registered Caravan, YV-1149C, crashed during a forced landing after reportedly losing power. The airplane was owned and operated as an air taxi by Servicios Aeronauticos Sucre. The pilot and copilot were seriously injured, but the 11 passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Polamar, destined for Canaima.
Gulfstream’s Long Beach, Calif., business-jet completions and product support site is now ISO 14001- and OHSAS 18001-compliant. ISO 14001 is earned by companies that are in compliance with international regulatory standards and demonstrate an established and uniform approach to managing their environmental policies and procedures.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a second field service representative (FSR) in Hong Kong and a second FSR in Singapore to support its growing Asia-Pacific fleet. It has also positioned a specialized PlaneView cockpit technician in Hong Kong as well as a maintenance technician Metro Jet’s Hong Kong facility to assist transient operators.
Spanish operator Helisureste has taken delivery of an Agusta- Westland 139. The new helicopter will be used on the company’s scheduled service flying between Malaga and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the north African coast.
According to a report by Air Security International, a DC-9 then registered to a U.S. company was detained April 10 after landing at Ciudad del Carmen International Airport in Mexico. Authorities found approximately 5.5 tons of cocaine packed in 128 suitcases on the DC-9, registration number N900SA (deregistered on April 13).
Executive charter broker Hunt & Palmer is opening an office in Hong Kong next month. This will serve as the UK-based company’s bridgehead for developing charter bookings in the potentially huge mainland China market. It also has a new charter brokering office in Singapore to handle the wider Pacific-Rim region.
Helisureste also offers scheduled services, flying from Malaga to the Spanish territory of Ceuta, on the North African coast, and from Malta to its Mediterranean island neighbor of Gozo. On the former run it has recently introduced a new AW139, which offers two more passenger seats and shaves 10 minutes off the flying time of its predecessor, a Bell 412.