A “go anywhere” aircraft” is a rare exhibit in the EBACE static park, and, although beauty is not a claim that many would make of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, this unique Swiss design has become a legend in its own lifetime. Capable of flying into and out of short unprepared strips, as well as operating on floats or skis, the Porter remains in production at the rate of between five and 10 each year. A total of 530 have been delivered to date.
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Africa is not the easiest part of the world in which to conduct executive aviation services, which is why Landover Aviation Services was established 14 years ago to foreign operators penetrate the complex bureaucracy in the region. Since then the company has become the leading source of assistance not only in Nigeria–where it is based in Lagos, but also in many other parts of Africa.
RusAero has become established as a leading source for civil aviation support services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, handling or facilitating movements mainly from abroad.
Evektor-Aerotechnik (Booth No. 1305) has developed a new-generation multipurpose turboprop, the EV-55 Outback. Based in Kunovice in the Czech Republic, Evektor is a major sports aircraft producer, and has sold 400 airplanes in 30 countries.
Spectro in the UK and its Jet-Care sister operation in the U.S. (Booth No. 220) report growing demand for their oil and engine debris analysis services. The two companies’ programs highlight damage and abnormal wear to engine components such as disks, blades, stators and gears that might escape routine flight-line inspection.
Avinode is back at EBACE (Booth No. 754) to present its new price quotation tool and new availability board. The Swedish firm provides pricing, availability and flight time information, as well as photos of the aircraft, which are sorted by category, model, operator and actual net charter price.
Avidyne used the stage at Sun ’n’ Fun in Lakeland, Fla., last month to launch a suite of datalink services for general aviation. The new FlightCenter services announced at the show are intended to provide flight tracking and two-way text messaging to operators flying with Avidyne avionics.
Thanks to the efforts of a Flexjet Learjet 31 crew, a former airline pilot and his three passengers were spared spending a cold February evening outdoors after their Bonanza A36’s engine quit over Mexico’s rugged Baja peninsula.
En route from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Van Nuys, Calif., in mid-afternoon early this year, Learjet pilot Adam Fine and copilot Steiner Krogstad picked up an ELT distress signal on 121.5.
The prospect of marginally qualified pilots hurtling through the rarefied atmosphere of the flight levels in very light jets and promoting fear and loathing in the heavy-metal professionals–which is how some people view the imminent advent of the “Volksjet” era–has been a topic of lively debate of late, and no surprise to Eclipse Aviation founder, president and CEO Vern Raburn.
Beyond the merriment that the very light jet is coming to market, the insurance industry is preparing to drop the curtain in the final act.