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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jet Aviation has opened a new FBO at Dubai World Central to take the pressure off its facility at Dubai International Airport (DXB), which at certain times of the day is unable to obtain slots for airplanes to land.
Aero Specialties (Stand 573), manufacturers of aircraft and airport ground support equipment; global fuel provider AvFuel (Stand 580); Aviation Partners, Inc. (Stand 575), whose blended winglets are found on airliners and business jets; Bangor International Airport (Stand 577) in Maine, a popular point of U.S. entry and exit for international private aircraft flights; Cirrus Aircraft (Stand 574), manufacturer of the popular SR20 and SR22 single engine piston aircraft; communication-equipment manufacturer Cobham/Thrane & Thrane (Stand 578); EVAS/Vision Safe Corp.
Along with new aircraft and a new show site, MEBA 2012 is presenting a new exhibit area, the U.S. Pavilion, showcasing the goods and services of ten U.S. aviation companies, spanning a range of goods and services from inflight catering to aircraft manufacturing.
As well as its day-to-day task of catering for business aviation in Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen Executive Airport is getting ready for the second Abu Dhabi Air Expo (March 5-7, 2013), billed as “the only general aviation exhibition in the Middle East.” Organizers appear to be attempting to incorporate light and sport aviation, whereas MEBA is mainly a business aviation show, otherwise its claim to be the “only” show might suggest a strategy to
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (Stand 624) has added a second Embraer Legacy 650 to its aircraft management fleet, which now numbers about 20 aircraft, including two Legacy 600s. Empire’s aircraft management philosophy “helps owners to optimize their investment and protect the long-term value of their aircraft asset,” according to the company, “covering all aspects of the aircraft’s operation, the option of charter and maintenance management.”
Following the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies in July, the company was merged with Hamilton Sundstrand to form a new entity: UTC Aerospace Systems (Stand 445). The combined company stands as one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, providing systems, components and services for a wide range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in both military and commercial worlds.
Ac-U-Kwik (Stand 606), the well known airport and FBO directory based in Overland Park, Kansas, is highlighting the recent launch of Ac-U-Kwik Premium, an enhanced option for subscribers of www.acukwik.com, here at MEBA 2012.
Bahrain Airports Company (BAC) is well advanced with plans for further expansion at the international airport at Muharraq, in the north of the island, an official told AIN at MEBA 2012 in Dubai.
“Bahrain Airports Company is planning a major project to expand the passenger terminal building as well as a major service center,” said Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah, CEO of BAC. “We have already developed infrastructural plans. We hope that by 2013, we will begin the work.”
In just two and a half years, Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablet computers. Airline and business jet pilots were early adopters of iPad technology, which offers powerful electronic flight bag (EFB) applications that help with preflight preparation, inflight navigation and display of charts and flight manuals.
Jet Aviation Basel (Stand 590) recently completed and delivered an Airbus ACJ319 with the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system (CMS) and high-definition entertainment system.