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.
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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.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation and flight on Bell 212 helicopters. Certification for Bell 204s and 205s is imminent, and EASA approval of BLR’s best-selling Bell 412 FastFin system is in the works.
Ruag Group, the parent company of Ruag Business Aviation, has emerged from 2011 in good form, according to the company’s financial report released in late March. What’s more, the Swiss aerospace and defense technology firm has launched “a new, sharper brand image” as it expands and becomes more international.
Safe Flight Instrument announced last month that its AutoPower autothrottle has been approved as an STC by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for installation on the Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 900, 850, 800 and 750 jets. AutoPower will also be STCed for Cessna’s Citation X this summer by the Cessna Wichita Citation Service Center and will be offered as a retrofit on all Citation Xs.
Germany’s OHS Aviation Services (Stand 2149) can breathe new life into the look and feel of your aircraft and it’s here at the EBACE show to give visitors a chance to see and touch the “sensory magic” its team aims to bring to cabins. The company, which is launching a new corporate identity this week, either does the interior refurbishment and repair work at its Berlin Schoenefeld Airport headquarters or its technicians can bring their tools and materials to the owner’s base airport.
Concorde Battery (Stand 2404) is exhibiting its range of improved lead-acid aircraft batteries. Although lead-acid is old battery technology, having been invented in 1859, it may be soon the only one available for aviation use. According to Concorde executives, nickel-cadmium batteries could be banned to protect worker health and lithium-ion models seem too hazardous for airborne applications.
In an age when general aviation airports are under attack as sources of unwanted noise, Cannes-Mandelieu Airport on France’s Mediterranean coast has reached an accommodation with its neighbors. Just four years ago Côte d’Azur residents were threatening to shut the airport down.
Private aircraft makeover specialist Flying Colours is embarking on what may well be the company’s most ambitious project. Known for its Execliner renovations, which turn Bombardier’s CRJ family of regional airliners into well-appointed business jets (also known as Challenger 850s), the Canadian cabin completions specialist has begun work on what it describes as its first “fully loaded” CRJ200 conversion.
In an effort to penetrate the UK and U.S. markets, France’s Lyon-Bron Airport has grooved its 5,971-foot runway so that international operators can disregard the 15-percent increase for landing on wet runways. Having recently joined NBAA, Lyon-Bron (LYN) is the first French business aviation airport to adopt the Federal Aviation Administration standards, since French civil aviation standards do not include grooving.