Embraer Executive Jets yesterday announced that it has sold and delivered a Legacy 650 to Saudi Arabia-based FAL Aviation–the first Legacy 650 registered in the Kingdom. A subsidiary of the Fal Group in Riyadh, Fal Aviation was among the first operators of the Legacy 600 when it was introduced in 2003.
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Following a year of planning, the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) marked its official launch here at EBACE, with the goal of “establishing business aviation as an asset that is recognized, valued and supported by governments, their respective civil aviation authorities and enterprises throughout Africa,” said Tarek Ragheb, chairman of the new organization.
Many business aviation operators could lose their livelihoods because of political tussles between the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world, especially over the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). This was the clear message underpinning the opening general session of EBACE 2012 yesterday, when a panel of EU regulators joined Fabio Gamba, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), and Ed Bolen, president of the U.S.
Bell Helicopter believes it is poised to rebuild market share in Europe with sales for its latest 429 model, which is on show here at EBACE (Stand 7091). For several years, the European market’s requirements for twin-engine rotorcraft has favored rivals Eurocopter and AgustaWestland.
Blackhawk (Stand 483) has signed a deal for its 375th aircraft performance-improvement upgrade, as a consequence making the Waco, Texas-based company one of the largest non-OEM buyers of new Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) turboprop engines in the world.
Iacobucci HF (Stand 167) is rolling out its ATS Galley Cart here at the EBACE show. The sleek, modern cart was developed in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and combines structural optimization and weight-saving design with an array of customization options.
Munich, Germany-based operator MHS Aviation is here at EBACE 2012 (Stand 749) promoting its renewed portfolio of aircraft, including its recent acquisition of two pre-owned Dornier 328-100 turboprops, each seating 32 passengers. “For the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the demand for group travel of up to 30 passengers,” said Frank Steitz, director of charter sales.
The Advanced Air Support FBO at Paris Le Bourget has purchased equipment to handle widebody business jets such as Boeing 777s and Airbus A340s. The equipment consists of two air-starter units, a container dolly, a goods lift, de-icing equipment and a medical lift for wheelchair access. In addition, a new hangar dedicated to this size of aircraft is being built and will open by the end of the year. Advanced Air Support is hosted under the Jet Services group umbrella (Stand 148) here at EBACE.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace (YPA) has appointed Rick Richardson as vice president of business development, while Harvey Ticlo succeeds Richardson as president of YPA’s Cabin Innovations division. Richardson will continue to support the division in marketing and sales. Ticlo, with more than 20 years of experience, including five in aircraft maintenance and modification facilities in the U.S, has worked on completions on Boeing BBJ and Bombardier Global Express aircraft.
Lufthansa Technik has renewed its general agreement to provide interiors and finishing for Airbus VIP and executive jets, including the ACJ318. So far, the company has delivered 15 ACJ318 cabin completions from it facility in Hamburg, Germany, and two ACJ318s from its U.S. subsidiary, BizJet International, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three more aircraft are scheduled for completion in Tulsa.