Rockwell Collins received EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. The Pro Line 21 retrofit features four 10- by 8-inch LCD panels and Waas/Egnos capability, as well as support for electronic charts and graphical weather. The upgrade is also available for the Falcon 50EX. The first installation is scheduled for this summer at a Ruag maintenance facility in Germany. An upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for these Falcons.
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Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) has embarked on a second five-year plan this year to improve service and concentrate on new lines of business. It expects to be a leading player as the number of Middle East-based private aircraft grows to around 800 aircraft in 2020, CEO Faisal Kayal said.
In a Saudi press interview earlier this year, Kayal said SPA would focus on four areas: private aircraft leasing; management and operation; ground services and logistics; and maintenance. He added that it was putting the “final touches” to its new five-year plan.
A new web-based portal to be launched in June will enable customers of BaseOps International to plan routes, file flight plans, access information such as Notams and aviation weather, and pre-arrange FBO services such as aircraft handling, fuel and crew needs, as well as concierge services, including hotels, rental cars and catering. BaseOps is a unit of World Fuel Services.
One element of China’s current five-year plan is the improvement of the environment for general aviation, which includes business aircraft operations. New airports and infrastructure are being built, and more airspace is being made available for non-airline commercial and business operations. Many of the issues affecting this segment of the aviation industry will be addressed at the inaugural Open Skies Xian business and general aviation leaders forum to be held in September this year.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has announced that it will hold its annual conference at a new venue–The Wing, Silverstone (the UK’s Formula One racing circuit)–on June 10. Conference sessions in the morning will be followed after lunch by a workshop with key personnel from the UK CAA, and the conference will conclude with a business development session with the likes of Arinc Direct and Kennedys Law. The evening will include a jazz band playing on the terrace during a champagne reception.
Geneva-based Global Jet reports receiving several business jets for charter recently as well as it gaining a Chinese air operator certificate (AOC) from the China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC). The AOC allows operations in China by Global Jet in partnership with Hangzhou-based Jinggong Business Aircraft. Global Jet is exhibiting here at EBACE 2014 in Booth 5555.
AeroEx recently partnered with Web Manuals Sweden (both companies are at Booth 5843), which digitizes aviation company operations manuals and maintains them online, to provide a Web-based integrated compliance library that will ease the updating process for clients. As EASA changes are announced, AeroEx will automatically alert Web Manuals subscribers, and the system will highlight the exact section of the manual to which the changes apply. Malmö, Sweden-based Web Manuals, which is co-exhibiting with AeroEx, plans to open a U.S. office later this summer.
Malta-based Aircraft Corporate Services (Booth 6240) is making its debut appearance at EBACE, promoting its administrative support services for aircraft operators that wish to base aircraft in the island nation. Aircraft Corporate Services was launched following the 2010 introduction of Malta’s Aircraft Registration Act, which established favorable requirements for aircraft importation, registration, issuance of a Malta air operator certificate and associated regulations.
Bombardier and Rolls-Royce announced a new engine service agreement today granting the airframer’s service centers in Amsterdam and Singapore authority to perform maintenance on the BR710 engines installed on the ultra-long-range Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000. They are the fifth and sixth company-owned service centers to receive such authorization and are certified to perform line maintenance and engine removal.