Gama Aviation has announced plans to open a new base in Switzerland at Geneva Airport. The aircraft management operation is expected to be up and running by July, with the intention of getting its Swiss air operators certificate by year-end. It will be led by general manager Hamish Ross.
EBACE Convention News » May 14, 2012
Tough trading conditions aren’t discouraging business aviation services group Gama (Stand 955) from its goal of growing a global network. The latest evidence of this is that Gama’s Asian clients are now benefiting from the UK-based business aviation, charter, management and maintenance company’s recently opened Hong Kong FAA Part 135 operating base.
Aviation Partners (Stand 128) is introducing its Falcon 50 blended-winglet modification to the European market with the arrival of its flight test aircraft in the static display at EBACE 2012. The aircraft made the 3,129-nm trip from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Geneva International Airport with one stop, in Keflavik, Iceland, according to pilots Dave Hurley, Bo Corby and John Reinhold.
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., announced recent certification milestones for the company’s HondaJet yesterday at EBACE, while unveiling new enhancements for the VLJ’s avionics and cabin management system (CMS).
It is “challenging” selling BBJs in the present economic environment, Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor told reporters here in Geneva yesterday. Though the order book for this year is still open and looking for ink, Taylor was optimistic that negotiations begun at the 2012 ABACE show in Shanghai, China, in March would produce real orders before the year is out, if not at EBACE.
Hong Kong’s Asian Sky consulting group has announced it is teaming up with international aircraft broker Avpro, which is looking to extend its global footprint into the Asia region. Avpro’s annual gross sales average $1.5 billion with an average of 90 aircraft transactions per year. Asian Sky, meanwhile, offers a range of business aviation solutions to the fast-growing private aviation markets of Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.
European policy makers will this morning be told to stop kicking business aviation while it’s down at the opening general session of the 2012 EBACE show. New rules on airport slots, the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and new taxes imposed by Europe’s cash-strapped governments are all conspiring to keep the industry’s prospects flat, according to business aviation leaders gathering here in Geneva yesterday.
TAG Aviation (Stand 7020) was awarded the European Business Aviation Association’s prestigious Platinum Safety of Flight Award for 2012 yesterday. The award recognizes a European operator that surpasses 100,000 flight hours without incident or accident.
Gulfstream’s G650, the U.S. manufacturer’s largest, fastest flying jet, made its first transoceanic crossing to appear here at the EBACE show, having touched down at Geneva Airport on Saturday evening. Both the G650 and the super mid-size G280, which landed Saturday morning, are making their European debuts. They flew in from Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International. Gulfstream intends to apply for city-pair speed records from the U.S.
Dassault Falcon Jet has recently installed the first FalconCabin HD+, a cabin management system that Rockwell Collins has designed for the Falcon 7X and Falcon 900. It features audio and video on demand, interactive 3-D moving map and iPad data sharing. Derived from Rockwell Collins’ Venue system, it uses a fiber-optic network.