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December 12, 2012 - 6:15am
Matt Thurber
A Falcon Aviation Services Bell 412 lofted the UAE national flag high above Abu Dhabi’s seaside Corniche on UAE National Day.

A Bell 412 helicopter played a key role in the December 2 celebration of the United Arab Emirates National Day, towing the world’s largest banner–the UAE national flag–along the seaside Corniche. The banner was visible from 20 kilometers as the Falcon Aviation Services helicopter towed the massive 4,600-sq-m flag. The celebration also included hot air balloon rides, aerial aerobatic demonstrations and fireworks.

December 12, 2012 - 6:00am
Matt Thurber

Honeywell (Stand 625) has received EASA certification of its Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) for the Boeing BBJ and, in partnership with Jet Aviation, delivered the first system to a BBJ3 customer in the Middle East. Jet Aviation Basel (Stand 590) did the completion project on the BBJ3, including installation of a Honeywell MCS-7200 satellite communications system.

December 12, 2012 - 6:00am
AIN Staff

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, accompanied by other dignitaries and government officials, inaugurated MEBA 2012 by touring the new airport’s facilities on December 11, 2012.

December 12, 2012 - 5:45am
Kirby J. Harrison
Emteq’s Daylight lighting system allows for variable LED lighting that can replicate multiple shades of white, all controlled through the cabin management system.

Emteq was one of the first business aviation suppliers to introduce LED lighting to the private jet cabin, and with the U.S.-based company leading the way, LED has become the standard in cabin lighting, from washroom to cockpit, to reading lights and emergency signage.

December 12, 2012 - 5:30am
Charles Alcock
Bombardier can support its family of aircraft, including this Global Express, supplying parts from its new depot in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone to operators in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Bombardier has achieved a big boost in the availability of spare parts to business aircraft operators in the Middle East with the recent opening of a new depot here in Dubai. The new facility, operated through a joint venture with parts logistics specialist Transworld Aviation, is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and so is far closer to the new Al Maktoum International Airport than the Canadian airframer’s former parts depot at Dubai International Airport.

December 12, 2012 - 4:30am
Peter Shaw-Smith
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group (center), today officially opened the fourth MEBA. To his left is Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA; and behind him on his right is Khalifa Al Zaffin, Chairman of Dubai World Central.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, accompanied by dignitaries and government officials, inaugurated the first-ever airshow to take place at Dubai World Central by touring the new airport’s facilities yesterday.

December 12, 2012 - 4:15am
Matt Thurber
Comlux BBJ 767-200

Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor chose a unique venue for yesterday’s BBJ press briefing: Comlux’s head-of-state-outfitted BBJ 767-200, which is here at the MEBA show static display on a break from its normally busy charter schedule. The Comlux BBJ 767, which is based in Bahrain, can fly up to 6,400 nm with a full load of 60 passengers and 10 tons of freight.

December 12, 2012 - 4:00am
David Donald
Challenger 605

Bombardier of Canada arrived at MEBA on the crest of a wave, having just landed the biggest order for business aircraft in the company’s history.

December 12, 2012 - 3:45am
James Wynbrandt
Tarek Ragheb, AfBAA chairman

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), launched at the EBACE this past May, announced at MEBA 2012 that UAE-based flight planning and support service provider Hadid International Services has been selected as the association’s penultimate founding member.

“We are delighted that Hadid has accepted our invitation to become a founding member,” Tarek Ragheb, chairman of AfBAA, told AIN here at the show yesterday. “It is joining an exceptional line-up of inaugural members and brings valuable experience and breadth of knowledge to the table,” he said.

December 12, 2012 - 3:30am
James Wynbrandt

Brazil’s Embraer Executive Jets, manufacturer of the Lineage and Legacy business jet families, has selected Indianapolis-based Comlux Aviation Services, a division of the Comlux Aviation Group, as the first independent Lineage 1000 Authorized Service Center (ASC) in North America. Embraer also bestowed ASC status for the Legacy 600/650 on the maintenance and refurbishment center.


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