Commercial aviation is the biggest impediment to business aviation’s growth in Asia, according to Tay Tiang Guan, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Speaking at the ABACE show conference session yesterday, Tay admitted that the rapid growth of the commercial aviation sector is taking the lion’s share of regulators’ attention and dominating airspace.
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China is facing a chronic shortage of pilots to fly its growing fleet of business aircraft. Moderating an ABACE show seminar on crew training in Shanghai yesterday, consultant Christopher Jackson said the current backlog of orders from China indicates a need for an additional 500 to 1,000 private aviation pilots. He said operators in China typically need a ratio of five pilots per aircraft.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet (ABACE Booth H326) announced that it expects the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to grant it approval in April to maintain Embraer Lineage 1000 and Legacy 600/650 jets.
TAG Aviation Asia (ABACE Booth H102) said company officials are still in discussions with Chinese charter operator Lily Jet over a partnership that would enable the two companies to benefit from their respective air operator certificates.
Last year’s announcement of schemes aimed at opening some lower-altitude airspace (LAA) in China offered a glimmer of hope to the rotary-wing sector that it would soon be easier to operate helicopters in the country. However, there is still some way to go before the industry can grow much further, as officials grapple with how to manage airspace once the experiments finish.
Aerochine Aviation (Booth P702), the independent representative for Bell Helicopter in China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2009, reports that last year was a banner one for the company’s sales in China.
When it comes time to equip a business jet with satellite communications equipment, the choices can be confusing. A company like service provider Satcom1, however, offers simple solutions that clarify the choices.
The medevac unit of Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet evacuated 31 Chinese workers injured in explosions in the Republic of Congo on March 10, transporting them on a Boeing Business Jet from Maya Maya Airport in Brazzaville, Congo’s capital, to Beijing, China, in 16 hours following a brief stop i
The largest barriers to growth of business aviation in the Asia Pacific region are “infrastructure, infrastructure and infrastructure,” General Aviation Manufacturers Association (Gama) president and CEO Pete Bunce told AIN here at the AB
It’s been two years since Jetex Flight Support opened its new office in China to provide assistance both to the growing numbers of Chinese business aircraft operators and to visiting foreign aircraft.