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May 13, 2012 - 9:30am
Amy Laboda

Ocean Sky (Stand 1669) is upgrading its 46,000-sq-ft hangar at London’s Luton Airport as part of the development of a new FBO complex. Tooling is being upgraded to provide support for the latest Bombardier aircraft, while the company’s interiors workshop and showroom is also scheduled for a facelift. The refurbishment and improvements call for recruitment of an additional eight qualified engineers by the end of 2012, said the company.

May 13, 2012 - 9:30am
Amy Laboda

Ocean Sky (Stand 1669) is upgrading its 46,000-sq-ft hangar at London’s Luton Airport as part of the development of a new FBO complex. Tooling is being upgraded to provide support for the latest Bombardier aircraft, while the company’s interiors workshop and showroom is also scheduled for a facelift. The refurbishment and improvements call for recruitment of an additional eight qualified engineers by the end of 2012, said the company.

May 13, 2012 - 9:15am
Mark Huber

The AgustaWestland AW169 medium twin helicopter made its first flight on Thursday at the company’s Cascina Costa plant in northern Italy. The company reported that the eight- to 10-passenger, 9,000-pound helicopter performed “as expected” during the flight to check out general handling and basic systems.

May 13, 2012 - 9:00am
Matt Thurber
APG iPreFlight

An enhancement of Aircraft Performance Group’s iPreFlight iPad app adding in-flight analysis is about to be released on the Apple App Store, but EBACE attendees can get a preview demo from APG (Stand 2364). Previous versions of the app need to be connected to the Internet to perform runway analysis calculations, but in-flight analysis (in what will be Version 1.17) allows a landing-distance assessment to be completed while airborne.

May 13, 2012 - 8:30am
Matt Thurber
Vision flight deck

Rockwell Collins (Stand 436) has completed flight trials and is “on course” to receive operational credit approval for synthetic vision on a head-up display (HUD) next year, according to Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager business aviation for the U.S. avionics manufacturer. “We are moving very fast in working with industry partners [aircraft manufacturers] to get operational credit,” he said.

May 13, 2012 - 7:45am
Matt Thurber
Hawker 400XPR

The first flight of the re-engined Hawker 400XPR on May 3 was the culmination of 14 months of work by Hawker Beechcraft and Sierra Industries to further enhance the 400 model, continuing efforts to breath new life into one of Hawker Beechcraft’s older aircraft types.

May 13, 2012 - 7:45am
Ian Goold
Aero-Dienst

With customers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America, as well as here in Europe, Germany’s Aero-Dienst (Stand 1745) is expanding its business jet maintenance, aircraft management and flight operations activities. It also has been forging partnerships with other companies that can complement its business, including introducing an on-site cabin refurbishment service.

May 13, 2012 - 7:30am
Ian Goold

More than 100 business aircraft, with a nominal overall value of more than $1 billion, are currently covered under the FinServe European Business Aviation Placement (F-EBAP) “privileged” insurance program sold by independent broker FinServe Aviation Insurance (Stand 383), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

May 13, 2012 - 7:00am
Ian Goold
Avfuel

With increasing visibility outside North America, operating more than 3,500 locations worldwide, Avfuel (Stand 456) claims that growing availability of its contract fuel service ensures that corporate flight departments are able to buy fuel at competitive prices no matter where they fly. In addition to boasting a growing network of its outlets, the U.S.-based group provides automated billing to streamline transactions.

May 13, 2012 - 6:45am
Charles Alcock
SimplyFly finance

With financing for business aircraft still far from easy to secure, ExecuJet Aviation has stepped up its efforts to help get more people airborne through its SimplyFly Finance program. The plan is to offer fast-access, simplified nonrecourse financing in the shape of five-year loans or leases for up to 70 percent of the value of an aircraft worth at least $20 million and no more than five years old. An initial fund of $400 million provided by ExecuJet’s main shareholder Dermot Desmond is available to support the program.

 

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