Today at MEBA 2012 in Dubai, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) and U.S.-based General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced a joint initiative to further promote and develop business aviation in the Middle East and North Africa region. The objective of the joint effort is to change the regulatory environment by encouraging civil authorities in the region to adopt a “best practices” set of common principles, which the two organizations will soon develop.
AINalerts » December 11, 2012
After posting a gain in October, business aircraft flying hit a patch of turbulence last month, falling 2.3 percent year-over-year, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. These results were partially weighed downed by the temporary shutdown of Avantair’s flight operations from late October to mid-November, Argus noted.
The U.S. NTSB is assisting Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) in the investigation into the crash of a chartered Learjet 25 that claimed the life of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera early Sunday morning. The twinjet disappeared from radar just minutes after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. local time following her concert there, for a flight to Toluca.
A senior AgustaWestland executive told AIN late last week that the company was giving serious consideration to building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S., possibly in Texas. Robert LaBelle, managing director of the AgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Co., said the aircraft initially would be built partially in Italy and the U.S., but that the ultimate decision on where to conduct final assembly would be “driven by the customer base” and that “35 percent of that is predicted to be in the United States.”
Landmark Aviation announced on Thursday that it has made its entrée into one of the top business airports in the U.S. The Houston-based FBO chain, which was recently sold to previous owner the Carlyle Group, has purchased Teterboro Airport-based First Aviation Services from Goldman Sachs for approximately $100 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Piper Aircraft and the state of Florida reached an agreement yesterday to amend a 2008 contract to retain the company’s operations in Florida and increase investment in aircraft manufacturing facilities. Since Piper is staying in Florida and has exceeded its research and development investment obligations under the previous agreement, Florida will permit Piper to retain half of approximately $6.6 million in economic development incentives already awarded to the company.
Jet Aviation Basel recently completed and delivered an Airbus ACJ319 with the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system (CMS) and high-definition entertainment system. The Venue system features on-demand delivery of Blu-ray movies displayed on high-definition monitors, along with digital audio. It also includes the Rockwell Collins Airshow 3D moving map system.
ExecuJet Middle East has been named by GE Aviation as an authorized service center for the General Electric CF34-3 turbofan, which power Bombardier Challenger 600-series business jets. Under the agreement, the Dubai-based MRO facility will perform line-maintenance inspections and routine installed-engine maintenance, including the removal and replacement of engines and their components. The agreement also allows ExecuJet Middle East to support GE’s new-engine warranties, and to provide GE’s OnPoint solutions.
Today at MEBA 2012, U.S. private jet charter company ExcelAire announced it is launching a new international transfer service (ITS) for passengers arriving in New York on long-haul airline flights. ExcelAire’s team will meet passengers as they arrive at either New York John F. Kennedy or Newark International Airports and swiftly transfer them to awaiting private jets for their onward journeys.
Lufthansa Technik is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s completions facility in Hamburg, Germany. Those preparations include an intensive engineering planning phase, qualification programs and modifications to the hangar space to accommodate the aircraft. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program. The second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year. Both of these 747-8s are due to be delivered to their customers in 2014.