TAG Aviation, in a joint venture with European company SOKO, has opened a new business aviation handling facility at Torrejon Airport in Madrid. According to a company official in Europe, the new facility will focus on aircraft sales and management, charter, line-level maintenance, fueling, passenger handling and other line services.
Aviation International News » November 2005
Le Castellet International Airport in the south of France was set to activate distance- measuring equipment on October 27. The new landing aid will make it much easier for pilots to shoot IFR approaches to the airfield’s 5,741-foot runway without first having to perform a daytime checkride.
Just as with most elements of aircraft ownership, a good cleaning, inside and out, is much more involved than the average person could possibly imagine. Even showering down a piston single involves more than just putting on your bathing suit and grabbing a bucket and sponge. Cleaning solutions from the shelves of the local supermarket or Pep Boys won’t do.
Executive Airlines, Spain’s second largest executive charter operator, in the last few months has added three business jets
to its fleet, bringing its total to seven, four of which are owned. The company expects to add more next year.
In recent years the city of Waco–population 150,000–has quietly built a reputation as home to a number of prominent aviation and aerospace operations, and since the election of George W. Bush has been the Texas home to Air Force One.
The chief of the NTSB’s French counterpart is concerned that an increasing number of aircraft are flying under flags of convenience.
The Asian Aerospace show at Singapore’s Changi Airport in February will be the last event in the current format, following a sudden split between the Singapore government and show organizer Reed Exhibitions. Singapore authorities have said that they will run their own biennial airshow beginning in February 2008. UK-based Reed is now considering alternative venues outside Singapore to stage future Asian Aerospace events.
The growing Russian market for business aircraft prompted western manufacturers to expand their presence at the MAKS airshow, held recently at Ramenskoye Aerodrome near Moscow.
Pulling into position for takeoff or passing the final approach fix for landing, especially at a mountain airport, presents many challenges. The accident history of corporate jets indicates an apparent lack of preparation for contingencies, such as engine failure on takeoff, mountain wave turbulence, extreme cold temperature errors in altimeters, technology glitches, changes in IFR clearance and so on.
Apparently, it’s just a time-honored myth that the Inuit language of native Alaskans has as many as 400 different words covering all forms of frozen precipitation. In fact, there are about a dozen, just like in English.