South Africa’s Denel has unveiled plans to design and build a new 15- to 24-seat commercial turboprop aircraft called the Sara.
An Air Algerie MD-83 crashed near Gao in Mali on July 24, while en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers. On July 25, French troops in Mali located the wreckage and confirmed that all 116 people on board had been killed. They located one of the aircraft’s flight data recorders.
The Air Algerie McDonnell Douglas MD-83 carrying 110 passengers and six crewmembers that had gone missing while en route from the West African nation of Burkina Faso to Algiers has reportedly crashed.
A Fokker 50 freighter bound for Mogadishu, Somalia, crashed July 2 shortly after takeoff from Runway 6 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Kenya. The twin turboprop came down in a residential area just over a mile northeast of the airport at approximately 4:15 a.m. All four crewmembers on board were killed in the accident. No casualties were reported on the ground. The aircraft was believed to have been carrying a narcotic plant called Khat.
Luanda, Angola-based Best Fly Group has formed a partnership with Spanish company Corjet Maintenance (owned by Gestair) to create start-up company Best Fly Maintenance. Best Fly Maintenance will benefit from Corjet Maintenance’s EASA Part 145 knowledge and experience, enabling the newly formed business to offer maintenance solutions in Angola and the surrounding region.
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria has announced a new name here at EBACE. The original name was inevitably shortened in the industry to “EAN,” so the name EAN Aviation has been adopted to better reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, which has grown to include inflight catering and sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo designed by the Etu-Odi agency. EAN Aviation is showing off its new look here at EBACE on the AfBAA stand (Booth 5542).
Athens-based air charter operator GainJet Aviation is opening GainJet Africa, a charter base in Kigali, Rwanda, next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range private charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream G550 in Kigali. “We want to bring to Africa the service that we have been supplying to Europe and the Middle East,” said GainJet president Ramsey Shaban. “Kigali is a natural aviation hub. It sits at the center of the continent, and the Government of Rwanda has offered us the right incentives.”
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) announced a new name this week at EBACE–EAN Aviation–to reflect the company’s growing portfolio of services, from in-flight catering to sales representation for Gulfstream in Nigeria. Along with the new name is a new logo. Beginning operations as an FBO at Lagos-Murtala Mohammed Airport, EAN Aviation currently also offers maintenance services under the regulatory approval of local authorities, the FAA and the EASA.
The Kenya Airports Authority collaborated with the National Birdstrike Committee of Kenya to organize the third annual East African Wildlife Symposium, which runs from May 28-30 in Kisumu, Kenya. The event was created to share information about wildlife hazards in the region and reduce the overall number of wildlife strikes by aircraft in East Africa. This year’s theme is “Wildlife Hazards, Land Use and Aviation Safety: Impact, Challenges and Opportunities for Synergy.”
With the recovery of business aviation in the mature Western markets of Europe and North America still sketchy, Africa has emerged as one of the bright spots of growth, and the jewel in the crown is Nigeria, where oil and gas production has been the principal driver behind a massive growth in business traffic. The rise of the sector in Nigeria has been phenomenal, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. That was the abiding message from the second Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, which was held in Lagos at the end of March.
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