Europe’s business jet fleet has enjoyed double-digit growth over the past year, according to the latest statistics from UK-based aviation data group Airclaims. Tracking jets registered in 38 European countries, the figures show 1,407 aircraft as of last December 31–a 12-percent increase on the tally of 1,260 at the end of 2004.
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IBM Euroflight, the computer giant’s European corporate flight department, is to close down before the end of June due to “insufficient activity.” Its two Dassault Falcon 2000 jets are to be sold and bargaining between management and the unions as to the future of the operation’s 20 permanent employees–including seven pilots and seven maintenance technicians–at its Paris Le Bourget Airport base is at an advanced stage.
The first delivered Piaggio Aero P180 Avanti II will be covered by Jet Support Services, Inc.’s (JSSI) Tip-to-Tail hourly maintenance cost program. The twin pusherprop has been operated by Swiss company Fly Wings. The Tip-to-Toe package, which covers both the airframe and the Avanti II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66 engines, is jointly offered by JSSI (Booth No. 221) and Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 1644).
Harrods Aviation has been honored as best handling agent in the Excellence Awards voted for by members of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). The UK business aviation services group has FBOs at London’s Stansted and Luton airports. BACA members also selected air taxi firm London Executive Aviation as best general aviation operator and Dubai International Airport as the best airport.
Handling and flight planning specialist Feras has appointed Otto Wright as its new sales director. Having begun operations in Russia back in 1992, Feras is fast expanding with bases throughout eastern and central Europe, as well as in Germany and Belgium. The group now has over 90 stations in more than 21 different countries. “Feras is entering its next level in terms of company size.
Next month Montreal will host the 45th annual Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) convention (June 13 to 15). The static display is to be held at the Skyservice Aviation FBO at Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval) and the event’s seminars and social functions are to be staged at the downtown Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
A little over one year has passed since the European Union introduced higher minimum liability insurance requirements for aircraft registered within the EU, and those of foreign registry flying into or over its 25 member states.
Honeywell Aerospace is giving both its own staff and its customers the tools they need to ensure consistently good product support, according to Adrian Paull, vice president of customer and product support.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what technology might make business aircraft operations safer and more cost effective. But Honeywell Aerospace clearly didn’t want to take any chances and so in 2004 it hired as its vice president for advanced technology Bob Smith, executive director of American Space Alliance, the contractor on NASA’s space shuttle upgrades development program.
Here at EBACE Honeywell is exhibiting its runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), which gives the crew of an airplane the proper information to avoid making a runway incursion.