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March 28, 2012 - 2:15am
James Wynbrandt

Charter broker Chapman Freeborn (Booth H508) is no stranger to China, having established a sales and marketing office in Beijing in 2004. Now the UK-based company has opened an office in Shanghai and here at ABACE is touting the business aviation side of its charter services.

March 28, 2012 - 2:10am
James Wynbrandt

Aviation data services provider FlightAware has extended its free web-based flight-tracking service to Australian customers. This makes Australia the first country outside North America to be offered its web-based flight tracking on FlightAware.com, which tracks both general aviation and commercial flights.

March 28, 2012 - 2:10am
Curt Epstein

Global medical travel services provider International SOS has opened a new international healthcare clinic in China, with its Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) facility joining existing clinics in Beijing, Nanjing and downtown Tianjin. The clinics supply medical care and emergency response to travelers and expatriates.

March 28, 2012 - 2:10am
Matt Thurber

For flight academies training the next crop of Chinese pilots, a flight simulator or training device can make the training process much more efficient and effective. Simulator manufacturer Frasca International is here at ABACE 2012 (Booth H509) to promote simulators and flight-training devices for flight-training organizations, and to add to the more than 20 Frasca devices already in use in China. The next five to 10 years will see rapid growth of aviation in China, said Niu Tao, Frasca’s chief representative for China. Tao is based in Frasca’s office in Beijing.

March 28, 2012 - 2:05am
Curt Epstein

Flying Colours could be little more than a year away from opening its planned new completions center in Asia, with the firm close to concluding a partnership agreement in the region. CEO John Gillespie told AIN that the decision to make the move is a natural one because 70 percent of its completion capacity is currently dedicated to aircraft destined for the Asian market.

March 28, 2012 - 2:00am
Liz Moscrop

Charter start-up Big White Bear Jet (Booth P216) will be open for business in August this year. Located in the Shunyi Bonded Zone at Beijing Capital Airport, the company will offer management and charter services, and has also established a base that will offer aircraft maintenance and crew training.

March 28, 2012 - 2:00am
Curt Epstein

With business aviation in China continuing its upward trajectory, life is getting somewhat more straightforward for this class of aircraft operators according to those most closely involved in trying to help them, namely flight planning and support companies.

March 28, 2012 - 1:55am
Chad Trautvetter

California-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners finalized its acquisition of ground-support equipment manufacturer Tronair (Booth P413) earlier this month. The U.S. company makes more than 1,000 products, including towbars, electric tugs, tripod jacks, de-icer carts, lavatory servicing equipment, potable water carts and engine inlet covers for more than 300 business aircraft, military aircraft and airliners. Tronair was founded in 1971 as Danair, a division of the Dana flight department, and first manufactured towbars for Learjets, Falcons and the Gulfstream Is.

March 28, 2012 - 1:55am
Matt Thurber

Hawker Beechcraft’s 400XPR upgrade program has achieved two milestones: the first set of Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines was recently mounted on the 400XPR test airplane and certification has been achieved for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite.

March 28, 2012 - 1:50am
James Wynbrandt

Aviation data services provider FlightAware has extended its free web-based flight-tracking service to Australian customers. This makes Australia the first country outside North America to be offered its web-based flight tracking on FlightAware.com, which tracks both general aviation and commercial flights.

 
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