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.
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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.
“The European business aviation market recovery is lagging that of the U.S. market by 12 to 18 months,” Chad Anderson, president of business jet broker Jetcraft (static display), told AIN here at EBACE 2014. “Many European operators are rightsizing their fleets, which makes this a stronger recovery. However, there is still a lot of price fragility in the pre-owned business jet market.”
Veling Tayara, a new business jet leasing firm led by former Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards, was launched yesterday at EBACE 2014. The Dubai-based company is a subsidiary of airliner lessor Veling, which counts Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines among its clients. Veling Tayara (the latter word meaning “aircraft” in Arabic) is focusing on five-year leases for young (three years old or newer) pre-owned and new midsize to large-cabin jets. It is targeting clients in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and former Soviet blocs, though it will also provide leases in other regions.
Stating that he believes the worst years of the global economic downturn are over, EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba kicked off EBACE yesterday with “confidence that 2014 is going to be, if not a defining moment, certainly a positive and exciting one.”
“The European business aviation market recovery is lagging that of the U.S. market by 12 to 18 months,” Chad Anderson, president of business jet broker Jetcraft, told AIN today at EBACE. “Many European operators are rightsizing their fleets, which makes this a stronger recovery. However, there is still a lot of price fragility in the pre-owned business jet market.”