With the completion of a runway refurbishment project late last month at Dubai International Airport, flight operations there have been fully restored, according to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was finished ahead of a surge in air traffic at the airport for the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
Jet Aviation Basel recently received the approval certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) as a design organization. According to Jet Aviation, it is the first time the SACAA has issued such an approval to a company outside of South Africa.
Deer Jet, China’s largest private aviation services provider, opened its newest base at Changsha Huanghua International Airport in Hunan Province. Funded jointly by the company and Hunan Airport Economic Development, the facility occupies nearly 108,000 sq ft and includes a lounge and a customer parking lot. The FBO handled its first flight on May 31, but it will service only Deer Jet flights until its official opening next May, according to a company spokesperson.
With runway construction nearing completion, Jet Aviation Dubai has resumed full operations from its maintenance facility and newly refurbished FBO at Dubai International Airport. The company took the opportunity to rebrand its FBO while the airport resurfaced its runway in order to integrate the new corporate look and feel initially launched at the Jet Aviation facilities in Geneva and Zurich last year.
Jet Aviation Dubai recently redelivered its first successful controller pilot datalink communications and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out upgrade on a Gulfstream G550 for an undisclosed customer in the region. “This particular upgrade was technologically challenging and logistically complicated,” said Wajahat Ali Khan, director of safety and maintenance at Jet Aviation Dubai.
Londonderry, N.H.-based Pro Star Aviation has named Thomas Kennedy director of maintenance. In his new role, Kennedy will use his 27 years of experience to manage the MRO’s day-to-day airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul functions. Before joining Pro Star Aviation, Kennedy held various positions, from lead technician at British Midland Airways to director of maintenance at both Jet Aviation and Signature TechnicAir in Bedford, Mass. Most recently he was Northeast regional engine manager for Dallas Airmotive.
Jet Aviation signed an agreement today with Luxaviation Group, a major European business aviation operator, to provide exclusive handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Under the FBO service agreement, Jet Aviation will provide dedicated handling services to Luxaviation’s managed fleet of almost 100 aircraft at its FBOs in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Jet Aviation Basel recently received FAA approval to provide line and base maintenance for the G650. The company received similar EASA approval last month. “We are continuously investing in new technologies and training our employees,” said Erik Vandegrift, director of Gulfstream maintenance operations at Jet Aviation Basel. “We are pleased to broaden our maintenance capabilities for Gulfstream owners and operators in the region.”
Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBOs in Jeddah and in Dubai at Dubai International Airport as part of its refurbishment and corporate rebranding program. Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBO facility in Jeddah to integrate the new corporate look and feel launched in Geneva and Zurich last year. With runway construction under way at Dubai International Airport, the company is overhauling this facility while all FBO, line maintenance and AOG services are being supported out of its Dubai World Central facility.
While known primarily for its FBO network, Landmark Aviation has made great strides in its aircraft management division over the past few months. In the wake of three strategic company acquisitions, the Carlyle Group subsidiary’s managed aircraft fleet has grown 50 percent, to a total of 83 jets and turboprops nationwide, rendering it the country’s second-largest business aircraft management operator behind Executive Jet Management, according to industry data provider Argus. Approximately 50 of Landmark’s managed aircraft are also available for charter.