EBACE 2010 News Clips

 - May 3, 2010, 9:39 AM

Ocean Sky Acquires Hangar
Ocean Sky has signed an agreement to buy a maintenance hangar from Monarch Engineering at London’s Luton Airport, doubling its ramp space there. The UK-based business aviation services group opened its new FBO at Luton in April 2009, and after the acquisition of the Monarch hangar the total aircraft parking area will measure 120,000 sq ft–more than twice the area that it could offer a year ago.

The 46,000-sq-ft Monarch hangar can fit two Boeing 757s. Ocean Sky (Booth No. 1449) plans to create 10 additional maintenance technician jobs at its Luton base and add a full interior shop at the new hangar. The company wants to establish a Bombardier authorized service center at Luton and it recently started providing line maintenance of Dassault Falcon jets there.

“This is an excellent acquisition for us,” said Ocean Sky CEO Stephen Grimes, “a rare opportunity at the premier UK airport. We were determined to seize it, particularly because it dramatically increases our engineering and parking capability.”

EBAA Wants Your Opinion
EBAA has launched a Web-based survey and is asking for input from fixed-wing business aviation pilots. The results of the survey, which focuses on European flight time limitations, will be used in the development of the new aviation safety regulations, scheduled to go into effect in June 2012.

At present, the same regulations apply to both airline and business aviation operations. The survey will be used to “convince regulators that business aviation operations are simply not comparable to airline operations, and as such, should not be covered by the same regulations,” according to EBAA.

The association requires a minimum of 1,000 responses to validate the findings of the survey, which has been launched in conjunction with Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D, president and CEO of Alertness Solutions.