Gulfstream has made shopping for its aircraft more convenient for European, Middle Eastern and African customers with the opening of a London sales and design center. Located in the heart of the city, in upper-crust Mayfair, the 5,500-sq-ft center provides easier access for international customers, who no longer have to journey to the U.S. to view their cabin interior choices.
Aviation International News » July 2013
Eurocopter has received orders from China’s State Grid General Aviation Company for two AS350B3e AStar/Ecureuils and one EC225. They will be used to support the country’s electric grid development and for other airlift missions. The B3e light singles will be delivered late this year. Handover of the EC225 is scheduled for 2015. Eurocopter has also signed contracts with Japan’s National Police Agency for one EC155B1, one AS365N3+ and two EC135P2es to replace aging aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled over the 2014-2015 period.
The UK’s East Anglian Air Ambulance charity organization and its helicopter operator, Bond Air Services, have been allowed to fly emergency medical service missions at night, using night-vision goggles. The charity believes that it will be able to conduct approximately 30 percent more missions, helping an estimated 300 more patients a year. Special equipment also includes a powerline detection system.
Canadian officials approved certification of Robinson’s turbine single May 31, accepting the U.S. FAA’s equivalent level of safety (ELOS) finding that exempts the helicopter from being equipped with redundant hydraulics. The FAA granted the ELOS in February. Currently 13 N-registered R66s operate in Canada and another 13 are on order for customers there. Almost 400 R66s are operating worldwide.
The Air Elite FBO network now numbers 30 locations worldwide with the addition of UK-based Harrods Aviation and the UAE’s Royal Jet. An offshoot of the group that owns the London department store, Harrods Aviation operates facilities at London Stansted and Luton Airports with luxurious guest and discrete VIP lounges, workstations, conference facilities and select Harrods merchandise. In addition to the standard crew amenities, the Stansted facility offers two private crew bunk rooms. Both locations can handle private bizliner-class aircraft, up to a Boeing 747-400 in Stansted’s case.
Mexican service provider Asertec expects to break ground this month on a new FBO terminal at San Antonio International Airport in Texas, the company’s third location and its first in the U.S. Since last November, Asertec has been operating an FBO at the airport out of offices in the former Sino-Swearingen facility, now a hub of aviation businesses known as Skyplace Center.
APP Jet Center has broken ground on a new 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar at its Manassas Regional Airport facility near Washington, D.C. When completed in January, the FBO’s sixth hangar will be able to accommodate business aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. The addition will bring the total aircraft storage space at the facility to 150,000 sq ft. APP’s existing hangar space at Manassas is fully occupied, and the company said it continues to receive inquiries from operators based at Dulles seeking to relocate there.
Volo Aviation has been awarded a three-year contract to manage the FBO at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) International Airport, which serves the Plattsburgh/Montreal/Lake Placid Region, including northern New York State, southern Quebec and Vermont. “We are pleased to have been awarded this contract,” said Volo Aviation senior vice president for FBO operations Brian Ciambra. “By leveraging our FBO experience and market knowledge, we are confident that we can assist Clinton County in achieving its goal of enhancing the customer experience while expanding business at this location,” he added.
The Jet Centre at London City Airport (LCY) concluded a $500,000 renovation of its passenger facility last month. Aimed at streamlining the passenger experience, with improvements such as a relocated entrance adjacent to the car park and a new layout to facilitate interaction between staff and customers, the facility now offers a “60-second plane to car” arrival pledge.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services has acquired APP Jet Center’s FBO facility at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SQR), Fla., for an undisclosed cash amount. The move consolidates the Massachusetts-based company’s holdings on the field while reducing the number of service providers there to two. The Rectrix Aerodrome Center now encompasses 24 acres with more than 180,000 sq ft of hangars and passenger service areas. The addition allows the FBO to service up to four aircraft at a time, with space to accommodate another 60 aircraft.
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