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December 13, 2012 - 5:15am
Peter Shaw-Smith
Pictured (l-r) are Rolf Smith, Viation sales director; Pat McHaffey, managing director of Viation UK; Greg Thomas, PrivatAir CEO; Christian Hatje, PrivatAir v-p business aviation; and Nick McHaffey, director of Viation UAE.

The Gulf region is in need of a sound regional business aviation policy and is suffering from lack of a dedicated regulatory environment, said London-based lawyer Aoife O’Sullivan during a break yesterday from overseeing several business aircraft transaction on the fringes of MEBA 2012 in Dubai.

December 13, 2012 - 2:00am
Peter Shaw-Smith

The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) general assembly elected two new board members yesterday and held an insurance workshop for its MEBAA aviation insurance scheme (MAIS).

Wajdi Al Idrissi, managing director of Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), and Richard Gaona, president and CEO of Comlux Management, will join other industry leaders to promote business aviation in the region and beyond as members of MEBAA’s board.

December 12, 2012 - 6:00pm
Kirby J. Harrison

Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) took another step toward emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday when it received authorization from the bankruptcy court to sell its remaining inventory of Hawker 4000s.

December 12, 2012 - 1:55pm
Chad Trautvetter
Adel Mardini

Jetex Flight Support, which provides business aircraft handling services around the world and operates two FBOs in Europe, is planning an aggressive growth strategy that could see its FBO holdings triple over the next year. As the Dubai-based company celebrates its seventh anniversary, having launched at the 2005 Dubai Airshow, it revealed that four more FBOs were in the pipeline–including one here at Dubai World Central (DWC) to be built next year.

December 12, 2012 - 1:50pm
Matt Thurber
MEBA 2012 attracted more than 7,000 visitors who perused business aviation pleasures like this popular Gulfstream G550.

In just a little more than six years since its founding, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has grown from a small regional organization to an influential shaper of business aviation’s future in 23 Middle East and North African countries. Thus far in 2012, MEBAA has added 25 new members, reaching a total of 195 during this year’s MEBA show - the organization’s fifth - which ends today.

December 12, 2012 - 1:40pm
James Wynbrandt
The Vigiplane security system detects aircraft intrusions, sending notifications to a server, cell phone or other digital device.

Visitors viewing the Airbus ACJ318 on static display (A15) here at MEBA 2012 are being viewed right back by the Vigiplane, the bright yellow, autonomous-monitoring system locked onto the jet’s nosegear.

December 12, 2012 - 1:35pm
David Donald

Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in Geneva last May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” here at MEBA 2012 yesterday, coincidentally at 12 past 12 on 12/12/12.

December 12, 2012 - 1:30pm
David Donald

Lufthansa Technik (Stand 335) is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division at its Hamburg plant. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program while the second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year.

December 12, 2012 - 1:25pm
David Donald

As Cessna’s sales representative in the Middle East, Wallan Aviation has naturally operated an all-Cessna charter fleet, but now the company has announced that it is to add two Dassault Falcon 900s to its roster. The aircraft will provide a significant long-range and large-cabin capability.

December 12, 2012 - 1:15pm
David Donald
Royal Jet operates two dedicated medevac-equipped jets, a Gulfstream G300 and Bombardier Learjet 60.

Royal Jet will celebrate its tenth anniversary next May, and the company is reporting significant growth and its busiest year so far. Last year Royal Jet operated 3,135 flights to 370 cities in 136 countries, and this year already is set to exceed this figure. Revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were up 15 percent, while the company’s summer performance saw a 19-percent increase in flying hours over the same period in 2011.

 

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