TAG Aviation is in the final stages of receiving an air operator’s certificate from the Kingdom of Bahrain and expects it to be issued by the end of this month. The Switzerland-based business aviation services group began the process of seeking the certificate six months ago and will base a Challenger 605 in Bahrain once it is granted.
Aviation International News » January 2011
The delayed arrival of business aviation at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport got a kickstart at Meba. Airport developer Dubai World Center (DWC) and the Al Futtaim Services Company (AFSC) signed an agreement to establish general aviation services at the ambitious new hub.
The latest edition of the Middle East Business Aviation (Meba) show provided a vivid snapshot of the region’s business aviation industry. There is still tangible growth coming through, albeit at a markedly slower rate than had been seen before the global financial crisis washed up on some parts of the Arabian Gulf’s shores.
Amac, the Swiss MRO company founded in 2007, opened a 90,500-sq-ft widebody hangar at Euro Airport Basel on December 2. The new building stands next to the company's initial 45,000-sq-ft hangar, which is capable of accommodating two single-aisle airliners. Plans for another large hangar are already in the pipeline.
Bringing a new business aircraft into service has always been fraught with potential difficulties, but when the aircraft in question is going to earn its living in an emerging market, such as India or China, the potential for headaches is even greater.
In the aftermath of the FAA’s new rule requiring reregistration of aircraft every three years, news media reports that the FAA had “missing data” on as many as 119,000 of the 357,000 U.S.-registered aircraft prompted a U.S. senator to call for congressional hearings.
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed to general aviation organizations that a new proposal for GA security will not target small airports. Instead, the plan is expected to concentrate on aircraft.
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