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.
IAI 1124 Westwind, Mosstown, Exuma, Bahamas, May 24, 2006–Westwind N475AT declared an emergency after having an electrical problem and was diverted to Mosstown. When the airplane landed and the two crew-members and six passengers left the airplane, one had minor injuries. The Airtrek Westwind had left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Punta Gorda, Fla., on an IFR flight plan. The source of the electrical problem was not reported.
A new FBO terminal is under construction at Montego Bay Sangster International Airport in Jamaica. The 4,500-sq-ft IAM Jet Centre-Montego Bay will offer in-house customs and immigration processing as well as typical FBO amenities such as a private meeting room, high-speed Internet access and covered, discrete access to ground transportation.
MU-2 operators can expect to have to complete a more stringent flight-training program, similar to a type rating, as a result of the FAA’s inquiry into the aircraft’s safety record. The new training likely to be required was one of the subjects of the recent 2006 MU-2 Pilots Review of Proficiency (Prop) seminar.
The organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event plan to expand future meetings to include an aircraft static display and exhibit area and turn the event into an annual affair. During the event’s first run last November at the Dubai Air Show the agenda was confined to speakers addressing various ways to use business aircraft in the region.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Vilanculos, Mozambique, June 30, 2006–The Caravan charter was approaching Vilankulo Airport at night when it crashed about 1.2 miles from the airport. At the time of the approach, the pilot said he thought he had experienced a loss of power. No significant weather was reported. The pilot was killed and the copilot and a passenger were seriously injured.
The new Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is jointly promoting the new-format Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition with Dubai Air Show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E). MEBA will be staged at the Airport Expo Dubai center in the United Arab Emirates on January 31 and February 1, the venue having been switched from nearby Abu Dhabi.
International handlers are recommending that corporate aircraft operators planning to attend this year’s Ryder Cup golf tournament from September 22 to 26 in Ireland, or