Several French airports have flocked to the EBACE show to promote their facilities and services for business aviation. For instance, while Nîmes Airport may take advantage from the proximity of the Mediterranean coast, Chambéry and Grenoble airports seem to enjoy their location next to the Alps.
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The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) is stepping up efforts to offer the latest in TV, on-board Internet and telecommunications technology, as customers are consistently asking for electronics in their aircraft that have become commonplace on the ground. The Toulouse-based VIP completion facility (Stand 7070) has reached its target production rate of around four new cabins per year.
Led by AlmaDesign, a Brazilian/Portuguese consortium that included Brazilian airframer Embraer (Booth No. 741), hit the cabin design jackpot in March with its Project LIFE executive private jet cabin design, winning top prize in the “Visionary Concepts” category of the recent Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany.
Gulfstream’s G280 super-midsize business jet broke away from its flight-test program long enough to fly nonstop to Geneva from Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport. It is on display during the annual European Business Aviation Conference and Exposition (EBACE).
The Jet Business, the new London showroom where would-be business aircraft buyers can evaluate options, is about to add helicopters to its portfolio. The company is working on the purpose-developed software it uses to help buyers select their preferences so it can also incorporate full details of all available rotorcraft.
The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show will be staged for the first time at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport later this year (December 11-13). Organizers say the new location at what is also known as Dubai World Central will allow plenty of space for growth at a show that in 2010 attracted 338 exhibitors, 55 aircraft and 6,200 trade visitors.
Business aviation services group Ocean Sky is about to start construction for an FBO complex at London Luton Airport. The new building will replace Ocean Sky’s existing FBO and will be immediately adjacent to its main hangar and engineering shops, with direct access to an enlarged ramp space with capacity for 30 aircraft at a time.
Aircraft transparency, coatings and sealants specialist PPG Aerospace (Stand 1728) opened a new, larger sales office in Toulouse, France, last month. The enlarged facility also includes a climate-controlled paint spray booth and a new laboratory to be used for transparency engineering analysis beginning later this year.
Blue Green Technology is here at EBACE (Stand 1977) exhibiting its Vigiplane security system for parked aircraft. The device, which operates autonomously from the aircraft systems and does not require certification, immobilizes aircraft through a special nose wheel chock.
Cessna remains optimistic about Europe. “In spite of all the negative news you get in the press about economic activity in Europe, our order inquiry activity from [that region] has remained very positive,” said Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president for business jets.